Changing Book Title and Cover

by Ashlynmathews on July 12, 2017

After contemplating the move for a while now, I’ve decided to take the plunge so to speak and change the title and cover of one of my paranormal romances. When I sold this book to my publisher back in 2013, Elise and Xavier’s story was entitled, My Fallen. The cover back then didn’t quite tell the story of a vampire slayer and the sexy demon who tempts her with his charm and Alpha ways.

When I received the rights back and republished the book in 2014, I changed the cover and the title to Never Forget Always Remember. Yes, the title is a mouthful. As an author, I believed the title would make sense to readers. The old blurb gave readers a hint of what Elise goes through in the book. She will never forget the deaths of her friends, deaths she feels responsible for. And she’ll always remember the horrible things that had happened to her and other kids in a foster home a decade ago. However, the blurb and the title doesn’t convey Elise and Xavier’s story. When I wrote this story, I hadn’t realized I was actually writing an erotic romance. No, not an erotica.

What is the difference? According to Sylvia Day (one of my favorite authors), erotic romance is “stories written about the development of a romantic relationship through sexual interaction. The sex is an inherent part of the story, character growth, and relationship development, and couldn’t be removed without damaging the storyline. Happily Ever After is a REQUIREMENT to be an erotic romance.” Erotica “is NOT designed to show the development of a romantic relationship,” and “Happily Ever Afters are NOT an intrinsic part of erotica though they can be included.”

The blurb gives a hint of why Fallen is an erotic romance. The sex (or lack of) is the appeal of the story and the development of Elise and Xavier’s relationship. How can she trust a creature like her father who had abandoned her mother? Can she trust herself not to go all the way with X? If she did, she can possibly hurt or even kill him with her Slayer energy. The most important question is can she trust Xavier, a Fallen, a demon knight? Period.

I hope by changing the title and the cover, I can entice more readers to download the story. Elise and Xavier’s story is near and dear to my heart because these characters are strong yet vulnerable in their own way, just like we all are in real life. One of the benefits of being an independent author is being able to rewrite the blurb and to change the title and the cover. I hope you like the new title and the new blurb. Fallen is exclusively sold by Amazon. The new title and cover (ebook and paperback) should be available in 48-72 hours. To celebrate the new cover and title, Fallen will go on sale the first week of August for 0.99 cents.

Fallen:  Universal Law

Fifteen years ago, at the beginning of the Third World War, Others—demons, vampires, werewolves, and everything in between—made their existence public on live broadcast, plummeting the world into turmoil. Four bloody years later, the war ended, governments banded together, and universal law came to be.

A sexy, selfish demon knight. A courageous vampire slayer.

The job seemed straightforward enough. Hunt and bring in a Fallen’s vampire-turned friend for reconditioning. What vampire slayer Elise Castle didn’t expect is for the vampire’s friend and boss to be so dangerously seductive.

After her Fallen father had left her mother for a woman with money and power, Elise vowed never to get involved with a Fallen. After her cop boyfriend was killed by her Slayer energy during their first time having sex, Elise swore never to sleep with a man again.

Xavier Doom could have her breaking her promises.

As a man, he’s dangerous to her heart with his charm and willingness to protect her at all costs. As a Fallen, he might be strong enough to handle her half Fallen, half Slayer energy. Falling for the dangerous, rich and powerful demon knight is the last thing Elise needs in her complicated life.

When an alliance is revealed that will guarantee Xavier more money and power, will he stay true to his feelings for the stubborn, loyal and fierce Slayer? Or will he break her heart and go after what he is born for? Fallens are known for their insatiable appetite for women, money and power.

Lives are at stake and loyalties are put to the test. Danger closes in around them, and Xavier and Elise must work together to discern who is a friend, and who is the true enemy.


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