Romance Author Jae Lynne Davies

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Welcome Special Guest Author Lauren Hawkeye AND GIVEAWAY!

Please join me in welcoming special guest author, Lauren Hawkeye. Lauren joins us as part of her promotional tour with Bewitching Book Tours to share a bit about her new release, TAKE ME DOWN.

Welcome, Lauren!

Thanks for having me Jae Lynne!

Incidentally, “Jae” is one of my favourite names. This made me think of how I go about naming my characters. It’s a process not entirely unlike trying to name a child—except that I don’t have to get my husband’s approval! Nevertheless, the name has to be just as perfect. It affects how the reader will view your character. It might even affect how the character develops. And it has to fit the story, or expect to be asked to change it.

For example, in Take Me Down, I went through quite a long list of names for my heroine. I knew who she was, mostly, at the beginning of the story, and so the name had to fit someone who already existed (in my mind, at least!) This heroine was unsure of herself, she lacked confidence, and she was reeling from yet another perfect event in her perfect sister’s life. She was grumpy because of the heat and because she’d been forced to turn her home into a hostel for the wedding weekend. I wanted a name that suggested someone who had definite ideas and opinions, but who wasn’t too strong emotionally—not an “alpha” female, per say. I went through a few—Leah (made me think of Star Wars), Sarah (not quirky enough), Jennifer (my husband’s sister’s cousin’s mother’s brother’s daughter’s BFF was a Jennifer and apparently was quite a brat... or something like that). The name I kept coming back to was Evelyn, but to me Evelyn made me think of my great-grandma Evie, who according to family lore ruled with an iron fist. But... Evie, the shortened version, seemed to fit quite nicely. And so it stuck.

There are different ways that I find character names. I keep a running list of ones that I hear and like, and if nothing on that list works, I hit up If I‘m writing paranormal, or even just trying to add some symbolism to a character, I’ll often try to find a name with a specific meaning. But sometimes the characters just name themselves. I wrote a manuscript a couple of years ago that had three main characters. Two of them had names that started with J, and it was suggested that I change one. I couldn’t do it. The character was so firmly entrenched in my mind with that name that I wound up writing the entire book with her name as it was, then doing a search and replace with a new name... one that just never really fit for me.

All this talk about naming characters makes me wonder...

What is the most memorable character name that you have ever read? Why did it stay with you?


By Lauren Hawkeye

Pub date: September 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-426-87894-7

Evie may feel like she doesn’t measure up to

her prettier, younger sister, but she still knows

what she wants—Lucas, her cousin’s sexy

roommate. She’s dreamed about being with him

for a long time, and on the sweltering night of her sister’s wedding, it’s clear he shares her lust. Now Evie is determined to take what she desires—even if it’s just for one night….

Book One of Lauren Hawkeye’s Erotic Me series.

Coming soon in the series:

TIE ME UP (Book 2)
By Lauren Hawkeye
Pub date: October 1, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-426-88547-1

LEAD ME ON (Book 3)
By Lauren Hawkeye
Publish Date November 1, 2011


About the author:

Lauren Hawkeye is a writer, theatre enthusiast, knitting aficionado and animal lover who lives in the shadows of the great Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada.

She’s older than she looks—really—and younger than she feels—most of the time—and she loves to explore the journeys that take women through life in her stories.

For more information, visit Lauren's website:

***Lauren is giving away an eBook copy of TAKE ME DOWN! Answer Lauren's question from this post and leave your email address to be entered to win!


Jan O'Hara (Tartitude) said...

Names are important for sure!

In recent years, I'd have to say Katniss has stuck with me the most. It's unusual, yet almost familiar, and sounds like a resilient character.

Amanda Vyne said...

Hi Lauren! Oddly enough, my fave name was was a character in a Julie Garwood book I read a long time ago. He was rough and abrupt but the heroine knew he would be good for her because of his name. I just loved it. I even went use it for the hero in my first book AND the middle name of my son. :)

Barbara said...

Oh, I love thinking about/talking about character names. My favorite is a name with thematic resonance. Like a character named Elizabeth a.k.a. Bet who just happens to have to take a huge risk for a possible chance at happiness. Love it! I also loved the name Katniss--a tough little flower that grows in adverse conditions with edible roots--so perfect for The Hunger Games.

tammy ramey said...

i think the names i liked are from Cathryn Coulter's FBI series,Savich and Sherlock. the series is one of my favorites because not only is it well written and suspensful but it has alot of humor.

Congratulations on the release, the book cover is gorgeous and the book sounds wonderful. i can't wait to read it and all of the others in the series.

Suzanne Rock said...

I think my favorite hero name is James, especially in historicals. You probably think it's boring I know, but it's such a strong, masculine name, and it reminds me of James Dean and James Bond. :p

Juliana Stone said...

I can't even begin to write until I have the name, then the visual comes...totally sets the tone of the character for me!

Roxy Boroughs said...

Heathcliff. Rochester. Love the Brontes.

Anonymous said...

I'll have to say Katniss from the Hunger Games because I just thought it was an odd yet suiting name for the heroine. That nad Peeta just because I loved his character =]


Jae Lynne Davies said...

I love the names Acheron, Talon, Vane and a few others that pop up in Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series. They're strong names and ones I'll consider for a child's name.

Thanks for stopping by the blog, Lauren. Can't wait to read your releases!

Jae Lynne

June M. said...

Some of my favorite names would prob be from Larissa Ione's Demonica series (Eidolon, Wraith, Shade, Lore, Con, Luc, Kynan, Roag, Rade, Stryke, Blade, Talon and the girls Tayla, Runa, Gem, Idess, etc.) Love the uncommon names/spellings.
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winnie said...

Memorable name for me would be Roarke from the In Death series. Love that it's 'just' Roarke.


Jae Lynne Davies said...

The winner of Lauren's release, TAKE ME DOWN, is Tammy Ramey! Congratulations! You'll be emailed details regarding your prize, shortly.

A HUGE thanks to everyone for visiting and giving Lauren a warm welcome! Stay tuned for more visitors and opportunites to win some amazing prizes!