Big News!

What’s in a name?  What’s in a title?   I know it’s important to readers, but how about authors?   Can a title influence the plot or the heart of the story?  Does a title influence a writer?  Hmm?

med_bamI say  . . . heck yes.  The reason I say this is because, originally, Shadow Falls wasn’t the series title.  As a matter of fact, it didn’t get changed until after the first book was all finished.  Only a few weeks before Born at Midnight was to go to print, I got a call from my editor.  She said,  “Well, at the last minute, marketing decided that Bone Creek Camp sounded too much like a western.”  (Yes that was my original series title.)  Anyway, she said that marketing suggested that we change it to, Shadow Falls.

I liked it and so did my editor, but then she said,  “There’s only one problem.  There’s not a falls at the camp.  Do you think you could go back in and just add a water fall?”

I was a tad panicked.  I mean, I had already finished the book and felt that if the series title was going to be Shadow Falls, then the dad-blasted water fall better be important.  Problems, problems!  Anyway, I decided that instead of actually writing the falls into the first book, I would simply hint at the fact that there was a water fall.  I’ll bet some of you wondered why Kylie didn’t get to the falls in the first book. Well, now you know, it’s because there wasn’t a water fall until I went in and added her hearing it, added her thinking about it.  Added her feeling lured to the falls.

I have to tell you, I loved adding the little bit of mystery about the falls in Born at Midnight.  And look how important the falls became to the story in the rest of the books.  So just a change in the series title added a whole new element.  Now I’m sure if we’d kept the title, “Bone Creek Camp” the bones would have probably played a bigger part in the overall arc of the story, but I seriously think I like the falls better.

So why am I talking about titles?  And just what is my big news?  Well, we finally got the title for Della’s series as well as the title for the first two books.  Are you ready?

Shadow Falls: After Dark

Book one:  Reborn

Book two: Eternal

I really love the titles and the addition of “After Dark,” to the series title.  It has a little spooky connotation to it, but it also adds a little sexy essence.  And with the two titles, Reborn and Eternal, my mind is already moving a mile a minute coming up with plot twists that epitomizes those titles.

And I know a lot of you have been asking about release dates. Well, things could change, but as if right now, Reborn is scheduled to be out in April 2014 and Eternal is scheduled to be out October, 2014.  I can’t wait!!   Because all of you who know Della, knows this series is going to be one wild ride.


t-shirt-150x150Okay, well, I’m off to write Reborn.  Have a great week, guys, and today, I’ll give another Shadow Falls t-shirt away.  So make sure you post a comment and tell me about the titles of other book series that you love.


And last week’s winner of a Shadow Falls t-shirt is Josephine. Please email your mailing address and t-shirt size to Congratulations!



63 thoughts on “Big News!

  1. I love these titles as well as other one-words like “forgotten” and “revived” by Cat Patrick. I think they lure you in because they are not too long and describe what will happen in a book. I also like titles you can interpret in different ways because it makes you want to see what the othe author means. Such a title would be like “beautiful chaos” by kami garcia and margaret stohl or “the splendor falls” by rosemary clement- moore

  2. How funny that this week’s blog was about titles! I had been trying to get to sleep when suddenly i got inspired to write (my college essay of all things!). I just jotted down everything that had popped into my mind and of course this is just a super rough draft, but it’s something to go off of! After i finished that, i was seriously contemplating the title for a little bit, thinking that the title, being super important, has to be captivating and relevant. I scrabbled something together and decided that i should check the weekly blog and found it was about titles! Just thought i’d share. titles can be difficult XP

  3. I adore those titles! Another one that I like is Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. I am grateful for the name change- Shadow Falls would not be the same without the falls.

  4. I love the titles of your books! I think that they really draw the reader in. I usually like “normal” titles. Ones that the reader can tell what the book is about lol. I also love the moment in the book when the title clicks and the reader is like that’s how they are connected. I’m not a fan of really long titles I’m more drawn to the simple titles. “Norma Jean” by Amanda Heath or “Chosen”, “Awaken” and “Forsaken” by Kristen Day. So if a title has more then four words, that pushing it for me. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  5. Wow, I never imagined that your series had a different name! It would have been a rather interesting twist if it was called Bone Creek Camp though. But I do love Shadow Falls <3 I think you did great adding in the falls so last minute. I love writing, but it would have been so hard for me to do that!

    Well, personally, the title of a book doesn't have to be one word or really long for me to get interested. For example, Promise Of The Wolves by Dorothy Hearst, just by her title alone, I got drawn in. I was instantly wondering about what promise that would be, and how it would mold the story.

    Then there is this one book, House by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker, that I am so excited to read! I just recently found it, and can't wait to give it a try. The title is simple, yet seems to have such a mystery meaning. One word titles always bring in wonder and excitement, or at least they do to me.
    While I don't mind a long title for a book, a short one sometimes makes me more eager to read it.

    I can't WAIT to read Della's series! Della is like my favorite character c:

  6. I love the Shadow Fall books and those titles just fit into place among those already written. Can’t wait for them to come out!!! I also love the titles for J.D. Robb’s in death series, since the overall book contributes to the title.

  7. Oh my so many books that I like the titles of. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward with there titles. The Immortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Um the Darkest Powers by Kelly Armstrong, The House of Night series by P.C and Kristen Cast. Oh yes and also The Anita Blake series By Laurel K Hamilton. All of these series have great titles, and they all tie in with the books. I much prefer reading series as a pose to just single books. Can’t wait to read about Della!

  8. I can not wait to read Della’s story and I love adding the “After Dark”. It is absolutely fitting! Other Names that I have loved in the past : Ignite, Angels on Bourbon Street, oh and Taking Chase (Chase Brother’s Series)

  9. That’s really funny that you added the falls as an afterthought! I want a t-shirt so I will add that I like Cassandra Clare’s City of…titles because even with their continuity they still hint at something important in that specific book and each series has its own name which is also relevant to that set of books.

  10. The Pretty Little Liars series has some good titles, Flawless, Perfect, Unbelievable. I haven’t started to read them yet, I was to read The Great Gatsby first, but PLL is going to be my fill in while I wait for Reborn to release. 😉

  11. I love the new names!! Im glad you changed to shadow falls it sounds perfect! I like catchy and mysterious titles that make you think about why thats the title like all of yours do.

  12. I love a lot of books. Some of my favorite series titles are Mythos Academy, The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Dark Artifices, The Iron Fey, Lux, The Lunar Chronicles, The Chronicles of Narnia, and of course Shadow Falls! My favorite book titles are I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You, Sweet Evil, Before I Wake, With All My Soul, The Fiery Heart, City of Bones, Shatter Me, Grave Mercy, Throne of Glass, A Radiant Sky, United We Spy, Perfect Scoundrels, Born at Midnight, and Reborn/Eternal! I’m so excited for Della’s story!

  13. I love the vampire seris the vampire journals by morgan rice. The titles being
    Also the new series the vamprie legacy based on the vampire journals.

  14. i love that your comeing out with a new book series based on della! The title is the first thing that makes me pick up a book and if you named the series “Bone Creek Camp” I probaly would of picked it up. I do that with alot of books like the Monster High series and the Darkness before dawn series and the one i liked the most is the born at midnight series by CC Hunter!!! CC you are such a great writer i’m abssed with your series you write i cant belive i loved your series it was so addicting thank you for such a wonderful series i cant wait for della series!!!!!!

  15. I can’t wait for Della’s story, and I love the titles. I love your writing, it keeps me interested for page one. Good luck on your writing. Can’t wait for the new series.

  16. What an interesting story about the titles of your books! This is one of my favorite series. Another book series I loved was the Fallen Series by Lauren Kate. Fallen, Torment, Passion, and Rapture. All of the titles somehow connected to a special part in each book, not unlike yours! I love how the titles are intricately intertwined with the books. I really cannot wait for the series about Della!! Keep writing, because I don’t know what I would do without your amazing author skills!

    • Anyways for some reason I am not really feeling Derek and Jenny I always thought it would be suspenseful if Clara had a thing for him, then again I am all about suspense 🙂

  17. OOh I love those titles for Della’s books! Love the series name too because it lets you know you’re still at Shadow Falls. And in a way ties back to the original vampire lore about them only coming out After Dark! I’m sure you might have had something different in mind at the time, obviously Della comes out during the day and all. But that’s just my wild brain taking off! Can’t wait til next year, yay for 2 releases!!

  18. Soooooooi excited!! I always wanted to know more about Della and the idea of hearing more about Kylie and Miranda just tickles me pink!! I am not a patient person, but I will manage the wait time for the books to come out by retreading all of the Shadow Falls series and the novellas of Della again to brush up on everything again.

  19. Love the series name & book titles! Eager to consume these two books and get lost in the world of Della when they are released! Both books can’t come out soon enough. 😉

  20. It’s amazing how one small thing can change a whole series. The Falls scenes were some beautifully written parts of the book. I’m very glad it was changed.

    Some other titles I love are Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver series (I also love how the font colour is the same as the book cover colour), Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, Shelena Shorts’ The Pace series, All of Kelley Armstrong’s books, both Otherworld and Darkest Powers/Darkness Rising, Blackwell Pages, and Cainsville.

    Keep up the great work! Looking forward to Della’s series.

  21. I really like the Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa. Honestly I had pick up the book because I had already read her Iron Fey series and just loved her writing. But I know that even if I hadn’t read them I would have picked up The Immortal Rules. The title just has so many possibilites to where the story could take you. And I picked up Born at Midnight for the same reason honestly I never planned on buying the Shadow Falls series but after seeing the title and reading the back cover I was hooked. Titles influence a lot. I know I shouldnt do it but I judge books by their title. But hey at its not the cover right?

  22. I’ts weird knowing that Shadows Falls (love the name by the way) was orginally Bone Creek Camp and how the story might have been different if it never changed. I’m glad things ended up working out in the end. Now I can’t wait until Della’s books come out!

  23. A book title and the cover picture r wht attract me to the book. I love book titles like the “Nightmare Affair” “Unraveling””Embrace” “I am Number Four”

  24. ZOMG! I can’t believe there is finally titles! I’ve been waiting for this moment for a few weeks now since I finished Chosen At Nightfall. I honestly thought the titles wouldn’t be shared with until the book was almost out, but I’m glad you told us about it now. And I think my other favorite titles would have to be the Vampire Academy series, Bloodlines series, and the Divergent series titles because they seem to all be well thought out to connect with the plots of the story. Just like Shadow Falls does 🙂 Have a great time writing and good luck C.C.!!

  25. Books I love?
    I love:
    The Selection series (the elite as well) <– TEAM MAXON
    The Trylle Trilogy <– LOKI!!!!
    The Lying Game <– It's weird but I love Thayer!!
    PLL <– I've only read the 1st and the 10th ones though…
    Hex Hall <–Sophie 😉 A Demoness 😀
    The Fallen series <– Love the books…hate the ending 🙁
    City of (Series) <– go to not heaven Sebastian…
    Pride and Prejudice <– Oh… Mr. Darcy
    Basically all of the books by Wendy Mass (13 gifts, Finally 12, 11 birthdays, leap day etc.)
    SHADOW FALLS SERIES <– LUCAS from the start!!! 😀

    I love all of these books and I bet I'll love After Dark just as much 🙂

  26. Other books I like?
    Vampire Academy Series.
    Twilight Saga.
    The Bram Stoker edition of Dracula.
    The Vampire Lestat.
    The Giving Tree.
    The Zombie Survival Guide.
    The Hunger Games Saga.
    The Harry Potter Series.
    Diary Of A Wimpy Kid.
    She loves you. She loves you not.
    By the time you’ll read this I’ll be dead.
    That’s all I can think of, but there is MUCH more. <3
    Your books are my favorite though.

  27. Hello, how are you? Well, I just loved the Series Della combine very with it and will probably mess with me like all the other titles Shadow Falls stirred. I can not wait to read them.

    Well, anyway;
    I am Brazilian, and I love the series Shadow Falls. I remember the first time I read “Born at midnight”, I turned on the computer late at night just to read the book. Kiley and his friends who fascinated a captivating way!
    I also remember when I waited so crazy exactly one year to be able to read the third book in Portuguese, and, God! Well worth the wait, really.

    And book titles never got to me emotionally as the books in the series, seriously.
    “Born at midnight” never made much sense until I get to the middle of the book, and, nowadays, whenever I hear the word midnight and immediately I remember the series.
    “Awake at Dawn” also, you know? Whenever I see the titles with their covers and I get several various hypotheses of a crazy way!
    I just do not have what to say, just know that I love Shadow Falls as I have never loved anything else in my entire life. And, God! Earn a blouse of them would be the best thing in the world!

    And thank you for making a wonderful series!

    P.S: Sorry for the bad English.

  28. Love your books.
    Another series I enjoy is the Fool’s Gold books by Susan Mallery. Love series where you get to revisit old friends (characters), the whole town is like one big family, and the books just get better and better as the series continues.

  29. Great titles. I am loving hearing about the process of making the series. I thought the falls was one of the best elements about the book and it wouldn’t be the same without them. Thanks bunches to those people who influenced their existence.

    I’ve been reading Charlotte Abel recently. She was awesome enough to allow me to be a beta reader for the final book in the Channie series coming out later this month. Her titles are:
    Enchantment (the name of the main character)
    Taken (definetly an element of the plot)
    Finding Valor (perfectly fiting for the book)

  30. I am so excited. I love the names. I also love that you chose to put the falls into the books. It really added that mystery factor to the books. The titles were…mysterious and new. I saw the cover and the title, and I was hooked on the series. Della’s series is going to be just as great as Kylie’s and I know it. Anyways, these are some of the series that I love.
    1. The Violet Eden Chapters(aka, The Embrace series)
    2. Maximum Ride Series
    3. Evermore Series
    4. Watersong series
    5. There are a lot more, but I can’t name them all.
    And of course your series. Thank you so much for writing these. 🙂

  31. There are son many great books out there, and a lot time it is the title that will draw me to new authors. I love the new titles for Della’s story.

  32. * Diary of a Wimpy Kid
    * The Summer I Turned Pretty
    * If I stay
    * Shiver
    * Elemental Mysteries

    And of course, Shadow Falls. Wishing you happy writing!!:)

  33. Sweet Venom , Die for Me , Eclipse , all the Harry Potter’s , Goddess Test , forgive my Fins , and of cores the Shadow falls . I love you so much please never stop writing 😀

  34. The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson
    The Dead Is series by Marlene Perez
    The Tales of a Frog Princess series by E.D. Baker
    The Wings series by Aprilynne Pike
    The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley
    The Vampire Academy series and Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
    The Percy Jackson and Heros of Olympus by Rick Riordan
    The Killer Unicorns series by Diana Peterfreund
    and of course The Shadow Falls series
    Next year I’m sure The Shadow Falls: After Dark series will be added to this list. Congrats on naming your new series!

  35. I never would’ve guessed it wasn’t the original title, i like shadow falls it has a mystery element to it. Just wondering is that why you added parts throughout the book mentioning how they were called “boners”, because you still wanted the original title to be part of the book? I of course like all the shadow falls titles of the books, as well as the hunger games saga titles, “forgotten”, and “revived”.

    • Oh and two more of my favorite books are “the fault in our stars” and “looking for Alaska” by John green

  36. I can’t wait for Della’s and Steve’s story! I hope she goes back to her stupid ex and kicks he sorry ass so fast and hard he will fly to China and back in record time! And pleaseeeee, no Kylie and Lucas scenes, OK? Just NO! I am a Derek fan to the bones and i can’t stand Lucas. 🙂

  37. the name shadow falls is very interesting but it would have made no différence if it was called bone creak camp because it sounds werstern my brother would have bought it read and went oh she would like this and given it to me and I still would have loved it. But I must say that I love the name shadow falls it has an air of mystery and frankly I love evry title you wrote(so wonderfull) and kelley armstrong’s title like the reckoning and stuff because it doesent say what will happen in the books and yours are really intriguing so I love them so much. The first time I saw born at midnight I picked it up(in chapters) sat down with a latte and started reading it, I was halfway done when my dad decided he would buy me first and second book. 🙂

  38. I really like the Shadow Falls series but other titles I love, well, that’s a hard one. I love the City of Bones books, especially the prequel, The Infernal Devices series. Then there’s the Fault In Our Stars which made me cry like a baby. Lastly, there’s the Stephanie Plum books and movie. They’re funny and a fast read.

  39. Wow thanks for that information, I cannot imagine Shadow Falls without the falls in it! I cannot wait to read the books on Della’s story.

  40. I just found out about this series a month ago, but since I picked the first book I have read all give in a week. You captured my interest in the first chapter of born at midnight. I cried and laughed with these books. I am in love with c.c. Hunter! Keep the good books coming can’t wait till spring 2014!!

  41. So excited! !! I like the new titles. Shadow Falls without Falls in it wouldn’t have been the same.
    Well about other titles, I read about everything so one the series I’m in love with too is called ‘Midnight Breed Series’ and other one is ‘Dark Hunters,’ ‘The Vincent Brothers,’ ‘The Vampire Academy, ‘ ‘The Lords of the Underworld, ‘ …and a LOT more! 😉

  42. The Vampire Academy, Bloodlines, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Sweetbloods, Love at Stakes, man I could go on and on. But I really liked the Shadow Falls titles, thought they just clicked with the stories and all came together.

  43. I love the titles and shadow falls sounds way cooler and more mysterious anyways. I love titles that are quirky and full of mystery like one of my favorite series by Clive Barker Abarat!

  44. I love love love love this series it’s like my life! I even got half my friends to read it just so they would know what I’m talking about when I talked about it which is 24/7. I seriosuly CANNOT wait for Della’s series to come out. Right now there is 227741 minutes left… That is how excited I am!!!!! I wish it would come out sooner tho!!!!!

  45. I am in love with this series but unfortinatly i dont own the books so i didnt get to read all of them,if anyone is willing to give me some or know where there is a cheap set,then plz contact me at 321-578-7975 i havent made enough money and want to enjoy the whole series,i really want the shirt tho omg its beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!ugh sorry i cant buy anything:(
    if you can send books my address is 1284 Old Highway 601,Mount Airy North Carolina 27030
    thx so much if you can

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