To Name a Thing

News! News, I say!
It’s pretty much nine months until Book 2 of the Lotus War hits bookshelves, which seems all portentous and shit. I read a book I found at a bus shelter once that said daddies and mummies who love each other very much can make a baby in that time, but that intel seems suspect to me, and my parental units would neither confirm nor deny it when queried. Dad would just ruffle the newspaper and grunt “Ask your mother” and my mother would flee the building screaming. But when you consider I started writing book two in January of 2011, nine more months isn’t John Holmes long or anything.
But anyways, on this portentous day, I come bearing gifts. Well, a gift more accurately.
The name of book 2.
Now don’t scroll down to look at it before…. Shit, you scrolled down, I TOLD YOU NOT TO DO THAT.
Let’s just pretend you didn’t and roll on with the show. Don’t make me use the hose again.
It took me a year to come up with this name. I went through about half a dozen front-runners over the course of that time, but none of them really sat right with the story or what I was trying to say. I thought Stormdancer as a title had a vibe that matched the vibe of the book, but book 2 of the Lotus War is a pretty dark affair – I set out to write an Empire Strikes back episode of the story. The episode where you figure things can’t get any worse and then BAM, straight shot to baby-maker, Vader is Luke’s father (Vader is not Yuki’s father, that would make no sense, he’s way too tall). So I needed a title that would invoke that grimmer mood. It wasn’t until I’d started playing around with the concepts of book 3 that I really hit on a book 2 title I could look at, turn up the coat of my leather trenchcoat, put on my Lawrence Fishburne glasses and say “YOU are the ONE.”
Anyways, enough with the foreplay. Here it is.
That’s not official typography or anything. That’s just me on the Photoshops.
I think it’s a name that demands to be yelled, preferably while shaking your fist at some nemesis, or perhaps in some moment of dire peril. It seems (to me at least) to be a name possessed of a certain… angst.
Planet of the Apes
Damn you all to hell.
Run, kitteh, run.
Look how hipster I am, all dropping MLP:FIM and shit.
Yeah, I reckon that works.
It’s a celebration, bitches.
So, to celebrate the name launch, I’m gonna give away an ARC of KINSLAYER. We don’t even have covers yet, so it’ll be a while before I get ARCs to give away. But I’m good for it. I’ve got an honest face.
How to go in the running to win? Pimp my shit, of course.
Link this article in your FB or Twitter or whatever. Make sure you tag my Facebook or Twitter page when you do it, so I know you’re pimpin’.  I hate providing sample tweets – they make me feel like I’m telling you what to say. But a sample pimp tweet might look like:
So @misterkristoff ‘s new book has a title, and it’s <insert expletive/praise here>

Sample Facebook pimpage might include pictures of beautiful naked people or something. Subliminal advertising, man, that stuff works. If you were really keen about pimpin’, you could dress in some platform shoes and a purple fedora with a feather in it. But don’t complain to me if you get arrested.

58 Responses to “To Name a Thing”

  1. With a title like that, it better have some fratricide. Or some patricide. Or, you know, like lots of killing.

  2. KINSLAYYYERRRRRRR! It’s ingrained already. Great title, Jay! Love it!
    I bet the third book will be titled HOMEWRECKKKEERRRR!

  3. Frick yeah. *pumps fists in air.
    I expect bloody, bloody scenes, lots of them, with that title.

  4. Alaiel Kreuz says:

    Just by reading the title I know I’m going to fall in love and marry your book (but don’t tell my hubby xD).
    Amazing choice, Jay!

  5. bwtaylor75 says:

    Pimping has commenced. Expect the money in two weeks, or longer if muppets still run the post office. 🙂
    The title is like a stiff right to the jaw. And I mean that in the best possible way. The tone has been set and I’m looking forward to reading Yukiko’s further adventures in poisonland. If all else fails feel free to use that as your title.

  6. neyska says:

    I was busy trying to jack up the price on the ebay auction and now I gotta pimp your shit too!
    With pleasure. 😉

  7. nrlymrtl says:

    It’s really the fleeing kitty that nailed the title for me. Congrats on semi-mastering photoshop!

  8. LOL, love the pics – especially the Kahn one <3! How exciting!

  9. Melissa says:

    Why do beautiful people photoshop pictures of themselves?…
    I love the my little pony! I’m ashamed I know her name…I have a two year old!
    Epic title! Now I will get some suspenders and huge glasses on…there!…ummmmm yeah hi…if you could go ahead and come in this weekend that’d be grrreat…
    Yay! Kinslayer!!!! Is it greedy to put my name in the pimping too? I did get a signed whatsname last time…and awesomeness on that epicness needs to be shared!???

  10. Desiree says:

    This title hints at some serious shit that is about to go down! What are you gonna do to my heart Kristoff? I pimped it on facebook but I think I failed at tagging you! Ooops. Heres the link

  11. Tygenco says:

    Strike a pose, ’cause things got Even More Real!
    I pimped the link via twitter and google+.
    There will be awesome artwork, I swear it. (side note; did the posties lose the card I sent? ’cause if they did, I will not only be sad, but I will send a NEW CARD to you to make up for it)

  12. Jasmine Ryan says:

    Warning: Fangirling, Caps and Lots of Screaming ahead.
    Oh my god. I don’t believe this.
    Oh my god. This isn’t happening. This isn’t real. I must be dreaming.
    OH MY GOD: IT’S REAL!!!!!
    THAT TITLE IS SO AWSOME I’M SO HAPPY!!!!!! I’M HYPERVENTILATING I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!! OH MY GOD I NEED THIS. I NEED KINSLAYER!!!! I just… I can’t express my feelings in words….
    Calm down, Jasmine, just 9 more months – 9 MORE MONTHS???!?!? WHY MUST I WAIT SO LONG????!!!
    PS: Hi everyone. 🙂

  13. Kelley says:

    Nice! Instantly, it made me think of the Wheel of Time series (but maybe that’s just because I’m reading those books right now).
    Also, yes, I think Tetsuo expresses the sentiment best.

  14. Nikki War says:

    YAY THE ITS A TITLE hold her hands up and screams the title loud like a mad woman . lol

    *collapses into a pile of fluffy bookish happiness*
    (Won’t be fluffy/happy soon, from what I can tell with, all yeah, slayer. KINslayer. This is going to be daaaark. I LOVE IT.)

  16. Very excited to read this sir. It has a nice ring to it but I’m curious why you shied away from “Utter Bastard”? Or are you saving that for book three or a future autobiography?
    Either way I’m very excited. Also curious to see if kinslayer means exactly what it means or if there are subtleties at play (like the guild mates) that utter bastard would have missed.

    • Yeah, “Utter Bastard” will be the title of my authorized bio, once I’ve stormed parliament on the back of my robot dinosaur and renamed the nation Jaytopia.
      There’s a couple of levels to the name, but talking too much about them gets spoilery very quickly. There’s more than just the superficial meaning to be sure 🙂

  17. Sarah says:

    KINSLAYERRRR! Man, that sounds so badass.

  18. Haha. You know, true story: I got a notification from GR the other day saying “Someone just liked your review of Kinslayer.” And here I was going, “What the fuck is that? Am I reviewing books in my sleep now?” So I click the link and see it’s Stormdancer 2 and I go all Burru-ish, “OHHH! YES, THAT TITLE IS PERFECT.” And then I’m like, “How did I miss this?! Is this what happens when a person attempts to take a twitter break? Kristoff did not inform me!” Like we’re BFFs or something. I know, it got a little weird for a second there.
    Anyway, awesome title! 😀

  19. Pixie says:

    I have sent out the word!
    Fantastic title. I can’t wait to have this in my hands in the near future. 😀

  20. KINSLAYEEEER. Yes, I read the whole saga before scrolling down but I saw it on Goodreads before I came here. :p Congratz on the epic name. Now I need to find a way to fast forward time…

  21. Shonda says:

    Hah! Love it! Man you lost me a whole night! I was up til 6am to finish. 6frigginAM. my eyes were a vault’s door falling slowly and heavily closed. But there were 54 pages left! I could not close that cover and drift to sleep with the story unfinished at this point in the suspense! So I found the steel bars in my vault of useful and not-so-useful emergency gear in the storage space behind my eyes and forced them between the gap to stay the doors. I finished a scant minute before the revolt took over and my body collapsed into oblivion, unceremoniously dropping the book to the floor. When I awoke I re-read the ending to be sure I didn’t miss anything in my haste to finish and placed it back onto the shelf. Soon another soul will soak up the adventure and be left breathless. This will be a tale I will own and place proudly on the shelf after borrowing from the Library.
    Thank you for the beginning of an unforgettable experience this journey will be. I ak hoping against hope I can spread the word enogh for you to send me an ARC!

  22. Vinny K says:

    Fun Fact number eleventy-one: “KINSLAYERRRRRR!” is what William Wallace really said at the end of Braveheart. The filmakers changed it because they knew not that it was a foretelling of future epicness.
    But in all seriousness, that is a great title and you can bet I’ll be pimping the hell out of it.

  23. Jack says:

    For some reason that title should be taken literally in two workds. lol
    But no, probably not. Can’t wait for it!

  24. Is there a release date for Kinslayer yet? I want to pencil it into my calendar. 🙂

  25. Daphne says:

    Love that name! Kinslayer should be the definition of epicness in the dictionary. xD
    I also decided to add it as a Title Reveal onto my blog post if you want to see it. Click here! 😀
    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

  26. X52495 says:

    The title really seems to imply that it’ll be even darker than the first book. And given how dark the first book was already, that’s saying a lot!

  27. Precious says:

    Eeeep! I love the sound of Kinslayer! <3 I'm a really, really big fan of Stormdancer. I'm even pushing for a blog tour of it this year. 🙂
    I tweeted here btw:
    Thank you!

  28. Cynthia says:

    Kinslayer? As in slaying Kin? If this title is a pun on Kin’s death(as well as the slaying of kin in the general sense) I will cry and hyperventilate and swear off the rest of the series! Okay, I won’t swear off the series, I like it too much- but I will still hyperventilate and cry!!!!! I have a horrible feeling of dread now T.T

  29. Kate C. says:

    Am I the ONLY one worried for Kin right now? Kin….

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