The story is coming along with a few surprises I hadn't expected. Despite all my best laid outlining plans. Ah well, that's how stories go.
I wish I could tell you that the story is completed, but a few life events have derailed my best intentions, such as a temporary part time job and then getting sick with the flu. But by next month, I'll be back on track and hard at work finishing up this last story. I'm really pleased over how everything is playing out.
I wanted to have this part done last week, but as I said, the flu bug smacked me upside the head and laid me out for the week. Such is life. However, I've gone over your wonderful suggestions and narrowed it down to the most popular ideas, and ones I liked the most.
There will be a poll here on my website, and on Facebook where you can vote for your favorite title. I'm keeping tabs on names, so do try to include your first and last name when voting so I can make sure to get the right person when I pick the final winner.
I'll let Phase 2 votes run for the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned. The final winner will be announced in my newsletter first. Are you signed up yet?
Before I get to the poll, I want to go over each suggestion because when picking a title, the deeper meaning is what appeals most to me.
Such as, I picked Illuminated because one, that's what Alyra's talent was called, but also because when one is illuminated, they see things clearly, or in a different light. As Alyra turned from her life in Racah, she began to learn the truth about who she was and the real king of Alburnium.
Luminosity was focused more on Katrina as she began to move into the place she'd been born into. Luminosity means: the quality of being intellectually brilliant, enlightened, inspired. Katrina is pretty brilliant, don't you think?
And so it went with each future title. Ignited, my last book, was the spark that set the people of Alburnium to stand firm and push back on the evil influence that Darnel had encroached on the land and townships.
When going through your suggestions, I looked up the most popular words and checked their meanings, wanting to make sure they'll fit with the final book. Here's what I came up with….
Round Two Title Suggestions:
Looking up this word brought several various definitions, but I finally came across this word: acumen which is the ability to understand and reason. Brilliance (or brilliant) also means- strong and clear in tone; vivid; bright.
The people of Alburnium will need to unite under a strong front if they hope to defeat the Racan ruler.
Second most popular: Incandescence
(I do like this one, but will probably have to shorten it somehow so it'll fit on the book cover.)
Definition: the light produced by raising the temperature of a body. **Turning up the heat, so to speak. Incandescent also means aglow with ardor, purpose, or maybe even passion?
This one would fit well, too.
Third most popular: Emblazoned
Definition: to proclaim, celebrate, extol, to decorate with brilliant colors.
(Another one of my favorites. I might have to shorten to Emblaze (d))
Forth most popular: Ablaze
Definition: burning on fire, excited, eager, zealous, and ardent.
Other words that went with ablaze were: Alight, and lustrous. (*I like these and might add them to the poll to see what you all think.)
One more word popped up that wasn't exactly suggested was Iridescent
Iridescent means displaying a spectrum of colors that shimmer and change due to interference as an observer's position changes.
Please be sure to leave your name in the survey or in the comments below with your vote so I can count you in the drawing of the winning title.
I'm keeping track of who votes for which titles, so please be sure to leave first and last name, or at least last initial, so I can contact you easier.
Those who picked or voted on the Phase two winners are already in the running for the complete collection. Please vote again in this poll for more chances to win.
If you have trouble with the survey, then add your vote to the comments section and I'll get it that way.
Thanks again for your help.
I'm excited about this last book. There will be a big launch party scheduled as I draw nearer to the release date. I hope you'll all come and celebrate with me on Facebook as I end this fun series. I've had such a blast writing it.