Entitled Tuesday with Historical Paranormal Romance Author M.J. Schiller

September 29, 2015

Welcome to Entitled Tuesdays where we ask authors the question: what’s in a name.

This week I welcome historical paranormal romance author M.J. Schiller.

As a writer, playing with words is sort of in my blood. I love twisting words around, matching them with odd mates, using them to create a mood, or an image, just manipulating them in general. Words are so versatile!

The very first book I wrote I titled LADY OF THE KNIGHT. Obviously I was referring to the common phrase used for a hooker or prostitute. It worked well with the material because at one point the main character gets dressed up in rather provocative clothes to seduce someone. It ends up being something she regrets. LADY OF THE KNIGHT was told in three parts, but it was much too long for a standard novel so I broke it up into three novellas, each pretty hefty in size, at the top end of word count for a novella.

The first part was titled A LEAP OF FAITH, which was appropriate because Maggie had to take a literal leap of faith and trust that Darius would catch her. But it was missing my fun knight/night wordplay. So I retitled it LEAP INTO THE KNIGHT. It still worked thematically and I got to use my homophones. The second book was titled LADY OF THE KNIGHT, so I kept it that way. And the third I kept as A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER. It is about defending Darius’ reputation and being sure that he will be remembered correctly. So now all I needed was a name for the series. It didn’t take me long to come up with the ROMANTIC KNIGHTS TRILOGY. I knew I could have fun marketing these. “In the mood for another ROMANTIC KNIGHT?” “Will memories of one Knight keep her from loving another?” “Trusting in the Knight may take a leap of faith.”

I’m almost sad that this is the end of the series. How many more night phrases could I have used?

Thanks for having me on Entitled Tuesday, Jessie. I enjoyed it! May you always be entitled to success!

Don’t Miss A Knight to Remember

A Knight to RememberMaggie’s grief is nearly crippling.

She’s afraid she may never find happiness again, especially when someone seems to be targeting her loved ones.

For Orion, no other woman is like her.

So to take his mind off Maggie, he continues to investigate The Eleven. Will he find evidence to confirm his suspicion that all is not as it seems on the Grand Council?

Can Orion, Maggie and The Forgotten Ones take on The Eleven and win?

The Eleven members of the Grand Council hold all the power. Can the ragtag group Orion gathered help him to restore his Master’s good name? Or will taking the risk mean losing the people he loves? One thing’s for certain, it’s bound to be a Knight to remember.

Coming October 1, 2015, pre-order A Knight to Remember today on Amazon.

9 thoughts on “Entitled Tuesday with Historical Paranormal Romance Author M.J. Schiller”

  1. Alicia Dean

    Love how you came up with the titles for the books in your series. I have only read Book 1. Awesome read…I definitely need to read the others. Yes, the ‘Knight’ play on words opens up a multitude of choices.

    September 29, 2015
  2. Jannine Gallant

    Your titles are awesome, M.J. Very clever. I love playing with song lyrics for my book titles. In my most recent series, I took The Police song “Every Breath You Take” and used 3 different modified lines for titles. Every Move She Makes, Every Step She Takes, Every Vow She Breaks. The series name stumped me. I finally went with the “I’ll be watching you” line and came up with Who’s Watching Now for the series title. Fun post!

    September 29, 2015
    • M.J. Schiller, Romance Author

      Yes, Jannine. And as a music person I hold you in the utmost regard for your clever use of lyrics! 😉 Thanks for stopping by and joining in the discussion!

      September 29, 2015
  3. Susan Coryell

    M.J. When I taught romance era literature I had the kids become “secret knights” doing good deeds anonymously for a week–then writing up their experiences. I entitled the project “Knice Knights.” So, there’s one for your lexicon! I Loved the first book of the series and will treat myself to the others asap. Knice post!

    September 30, 2015
  4. M.J. Schiller, Romance Author

    Love it, Susan! I was a teacher, too, so I can doubly appreciate it. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words!

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