Friday, June 15, 2012

I'm giving away a prize!

Sorry, y'all. No "I Need Friends Friday" again this week. My excuse... er, reason? It's summer vacation and my kids are home and I'm a busy mom right now. Time is a commodity I don't have much of right now. I'll try to post something over the summer, but I make no guarantees.

Now, back to business.

I need your help. I need it enough, I'm willing to give away a prize in exchange for your assistance. So, here's the deal:

I am currently working on a book (Daphne Lancaster's book for those of you keeping track) and I have a name dilemma. Our hero's name is James and this name suits him wonderfully and I have no intention of changing it. The problem is his brother. *sigh*

I originally named the brother Julian. I love this name. It's deliciously historical. It is appropriate for the Regency era. It's a unique enough to be interesting, but not so weird it's... weird. It just plain has a cool sound to it. But, I found that, since these men regularly appear in scenes together, often in conversation with each other, having two "J" names gets really confusing and repetitive and almost a little sing-songy.

Try as I might, though, I can't seem to hit on the right name for James's brother. So I am turning to you for suggestions. Here's a little info to help you in your name search:

  1. Because this is an historical set in England, the name needs to be either a very traditional English name (think "Edward" and "Charles"), an English surname that works as a first name (like "Fitzwilliam," Mr. Darcy's given name), or a place name that works as a first name (like "Trent" [a river in England] or "Glen")
  2. The family's last name is "Tilburn," so a name that kind of works with that.
  3. And no names that begin with J or D (since those are the letters the main characters' names start with and that was the whole problem to begin with.
Now, for the prize. Yippee!

For solving my name dilemma, I will give the suggestor (is that even a word?) of the chosen name:
  1. A signed copy of your choice of any of my books.
  2. A shout-out in the acknowledgements of this book when it is published.
  3. My undying gratitude.
Okay, so the prize is a little lame. It's all I got. But I would, actually, really love some suggestions. Thanks tons!


Rebecca said...

I vote for Thomas (my great-great-great grandfather from England!)

Megan said...

Alexander, Allan, or Nathaniel.

Cindy said...

Here are my name suggestions:
Duncan, Ewan, Graham, and Phineas (or Finn).

Marta Smith said...

Charles, Phillip, Arthur, George.

Clorymalory said...

Fredrick, Barrington, Andrew, Peregrine, Owen, Rowland, Blaise, or Hayward.

Cassandra said...

I vote for names like Isaac, Reese, Mark, and Colin.

emily michelle said...

Martin. There are simply not enough Martins in this world. I also like Stephen, Chester and Christopher.

Jeni said...

This is so awesome! My suggestions are: Harrison, Roderick, Andrew, Guy, Oliver.

Marielle Carlisle said...

Richard, Eric, Wilson

Dellory said...

Erasmus, Frederick, Michael, Stephen, Stratford

Melis07 said...

Henry, Marc, or maybe Geoffrey

Amy McArthur said...

Nicholas. Definitely Nicholas. Ian. Sean. David. Those would work too, but I still say Nicholas.

Amber Bryce said...

How about Stephan? Yeah? Yeah? =) The prize is so NOT lame. I love it!

Julia C said...

Carlton, Fillmore, Grainger. My favorite is Rowan. Rowan Tilburn.

Robin Weeks said...

Have I told you I'm half English? My father, Graham, was born and raised in Preston. His father's name starts with the wrong letter, his mother's maiden name is Mannix, and my maiden name is Ambrose.

Since Graham was already suggested, I'm voting for Preston, Mannix, or Ambrose.

Shantel said...

There are all sorts of old fashionedy names that people use at the fort. I will just give you a list:
William Holmes
Thomas Sexton
Nancy Highhat
Nancy Cass
Rachel Juan
(pronounced Jewan)
Shantel Bancroft (I use my maiden name)
Josiah Snelling
Fredrick Lovelan
Harry Boyle
Thomas Lamlin
Jeffery Boorom
Those are real names from 1826- except mine- thatis really mine.

Shantel said...

oh - one more- Rose James.

Tressa said...

I'll try to suggest what hasn't already been suggested. How about:

Good luck! I love all your books!

tressa dot sherman at hotmail dot com

emfawcett said...

Lewis, Laurence, Francis, Frederick, Walter, Alexander, Arthur, Isaac, just to name a few!

J.Grace said...

Edmund, Richard or Curtis.

Thanks for the opportunity to win such a prize.

Katie said...

Anthony, Preston, or Hugh.

Karen Adair said...

Collins Tilburn. or Collin Bardsley, Martin, Nicholas, Pearce, or Piers :)

cellosara said...

Neville sounds like the perfect brother name to a man named James.

Jalaire said...

My first choice would be Devon, which is my brother's name, but you said no D names.

So my suggestions are Matthew, Mathias, Gregory, Benjamin, Peter, Seth, Lincoln, or Colby.

Heidi said...

I like Hugh, Owen, Myles, Sander, or Morgan!

Rachel Larow said...


And as far as I'm concerned, your prizes are super awesome!

Amber Rivers said...

I think Braxton, Caleb, Drake... (but again, its a D), Clinton, Elliot, Colten or Colton, Payton :) Good luck with the name hunt!

Tammy A said...

I have ancestors from England named Benjamin and Aden.

Carissa said...

Patrick Tilburn. Sounds good to me! :)

Shantel said...

You should name a character in your book Joel and Elizabeth. Joel is a VERY old name. or Joel and Shantel- it would be aweseome. or Angus and Lily,

Janae Mitchell said...

LOVE YOUR BOOKS AND OWN THEM ALL! Would be honored to have helped you in ANY small way! :)

So...I nominate:
Pierce (or Peirse)
Keep up the GREAT work!

Amy Dahlke said...

Rowney, Felix, Miles, Curtis, Tobias, Baldwin, Wymond, Milton, Roland, Reuben, Hamond, Hugh, Camden, Evander, Leander, Clement, Warren, Roman, Nash, Avery, Webb, Ellis.

LOVE your books! Can't wait for the next one!

Melissa said...

Vaughn!!!! I love that name and it isn't in many novels and it fits!

Woodruffs said...

I think Myles would be a great name.

Becca said...

Stratford. Forrest. Matthew. Owen (can they have a Welsh uncle or something? Everyone in Wales is an owen or a jones).

Cheri Chesley said...

The prize is SO not lame, but reading through the comments already I think you probably can pick a great name that will work from the ones offered.

So I'm giving a second vote for Phineas or Stephan. Or perhaps Brandon, like Col. Brandon from Sense and Sensibility (what was his first name again--ah, Christopher--which would be delightful).

Good luck!

Adrienne said...

My suggestions are:

Cate said...

At 37 comments (at my time of posting) you probably don't need more suggestions, but autographed memorabilia and undying gratitude are too tempting to pass up. So, here's Bennett, Lucian/Lucius, Theodore, Tristan for suggestions...

Oakley said...

Ooh, I liked


those are my favorites! :) I can't wait to find out Daphne's story! So addicted to the books! :)

Real Chick said...

Will you sign the book, "Sorry I was so in love with a video game that I didn't care anything about you until after they threatened to set you on fire again and even then I only acted like I cared because you pointed out that I'd make more money if it wasn't a warzone in here,"? Just wondering.

Jodee said...

Two of my son's are James and Spencer. Spencer is an English name and title, in our case his middle name is William and we occasionally call him Liam or Spence.

Donna K. Weaver said...

What a lot of great suggestions you have. Good luck deciding. Can't wait for Daphne's story.

chereewolf said...

I am very happy to hear that you are working on Daphne's story! Here's a few name ideas:


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Rachel said...

Hiram Tilburn
Lawrence Tilburn
Percy Tilburn

Lisa said...

I vote Alastair! such an excessively posh name. Or you could spell it Alistair - I'm not sure which is the English spelling, but I think its Alastair. Oliver is another lovely posh one.

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Robin said...

I vote for Ian; the "Tilburn" family could have liked the names James and John as the beloved brothers from the New Testament but decided to give James's brother the name Ian, the Gallic version of John to avoid both sons having the initials J.T.


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