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Yesterday on my author Facebook page and my personal Facebook page, I asked friends and family to help me decide on a title for my soon-to-be completed and published third novel. Among those asked and gave opinions are fellow authors, the unofficial president and vice-president of my unofficial fan club and several who have purchased my books. So, I was very interested in their opinions.

Also, among those are friends and acquaintances who have not and may not ever purchase my books, but I wanted to have their thoughts on what titles might cause them to consider reading my books. The post is still available on both Facebook pages,

I am close to finishing my third novel, but I haven’t settled on a title. Please help me chose a title. Which of these titles would intrigue you the most to read my next novel.
A. Escape from Island X
B. Naked Saint of Island X
C. Shipwrecked on Island X
D. None of the titles would cause me to be interested in reading the book
Comment your choice. If you like A, B, and C, place them in order naming the most intriguing first.

I have calculated the results to this point using a point system – 3 points for first choice or only choice selections; 2 points for second choice and 1 point for third choice. Here is how it stacks up:
A = 40 points
B = 34 points
C = 17 points
D received some votes but then changed later.
The suggestion to name the island came up as many times as C and D did.
I am thinking about naming the island Tartarus. The name is symbolic with the island’s character. I chose “X” originally, because the island is unknown in reality and in the book.
The naked saint in the one title represents a main character who helps 3 shipwrecked castaways try and escape. She is naked and represents a type of Uriel in my novel, although that is not what I have named her. That could change before publication.
In modern angelology, Uriel is identified variously as a seraph, cherub, regent of the sun, flame of God, angel of the Divine Presence, presider over Tartarus (hell), archangel of salvation, and, in later scriptures, identified with Phanuel “face of God”. He is often depicted carrying a book or a papyrus scroll representing wisdom. Uriel is a patron of the Arts. ¬†
Uriel is commonly depicted as a male figure, but angels are generally thought of as genderless. Uriel has also been female. I chose a female heroine because more than half of my readers are female.
I am uncertain about Escape from the Island of Tartarus as a title, though. The word “escape” either gives too much away or is deceptive. Shipwrecked on Tartarus Isle made people think that my naked saint was shipwrecked.¬† I could be accused of pandering if I go with The Naked Saint of Tartarus Island which might be more accurate than I prefer to admit.
I’d like to hear what you think. What title or titles would intrigue you enough to consider purchasing the book? Can you leave a comment, please?



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Douglas Knight

I write about what I'm thinking or what I've imagined in an effort to regain that childhood imagination and marry with my many years of real experiences. I'm getting better at it the more I write.I am a published author of two romantic intrigue novels.My books can be found at or if you want a personalized copy, by emailing me at

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