Sunday, June 12, 2011

This Vampire is Driving Me Crazy

Thanks to all who offered up names for the Fanged One!

The winners of RAPTURE UNTAMED:
Christine Shaffer
Ash Wolf

In case you haven't heard the news, I've just signed a new four-book contract with Harper Collins/Avon! The contract includes the next two Feral Warriors books and the first two in a brand new Urban Fantasy Romance series tentatively titled Vampire City. And, yes, this one's about vampires.

This series is going to be a little different from the ones I've done in the past. While it's still definitely romance, the hero and heroine aren't going to find their HEA (happily ever after) in one book. It's going to take awhile. Five books, maybe?

I love this story and I'm having great fun writing it...except for one thing. The vampire hero refuses to tell me his name. I'm three-quarters of the way through the book and I still don't know what it is. I keep giving him names--fifteen so far. And he keeps shaking his head with a small, dangerous smile, and I know I haven't hit upon the right one, yet. I'm beginning to think I'm going to call him He-Who-Has-No-Name. Or Fred.

Several months ago, I asked for name suggestions. And while I couldn't reveal why at the time, they were for this vampire. I'm going to do it again. And in honor of difficult heroes, I'm giving away 5 signed copies of RAPTURE UNTAMED (the story of a pain-in-the-ass Feral Warrior) to the five people who give me names I put before the Fanged One. The names can be normal, unusual, weird, anything at all.

On another note: If you haven't heard, Avon has put the e-version of my Feral Warriors book, OBSESSION UNTAMED, on sale for $1.99 for a month. And DESIRE UNTAMED is priced at only $4.99. If you haven't tried my books, now's the time to snap a couple of them up cheap.

So, give me names. Please! This vampire is going to kill me if I name him Fred. (As will my editor.)


Anonymous said...

Callum ... it's sexy, but not over-used ... can't go wrong!! :)

bella-on-toast [at] hotmail [dot] com

JenM said...

Zacharias - kind of Biblical, and it shortens very nicely to Zach.

jen at delux dot com

Angel said...

Solomon? For some reason, I'm diggin' it. :)

Michelle McMichael said...

Marcus, Aidan, Caleb, Finlay, Samuel, Christian, Harrison, Garreth, Noah, Now I've drawn a blank!

I sincerely wish you all the best with the new series and I'm absolutely loving the fact that there will be more Feral Warriors!



legallycaz said...

I always liked the name Connor!

Love your feral warrior series!

Carlyn :)


WildAboutBones said...

I am thrilled to hear about the additional Feral Warriors book and the new series. Can't wait to read them! Now for names:

Jacques, Armand, Raphael
Chronos or Khronos, Andre
Phoenix, Raven, Acalan, Farrar
Bowie, Grayden, Adrian
Phillip, Chimalli, Aiden
Santiago, Baron, Roland
Quill, Blair, Aries, Swann
Duncan, Kojo, Balfour
Sundai, Patton, Cathal
Matlal, Zolin, Adair
Shun or Shuu, Uileam
Lauritz, TĂ mhas, Yuri, Soji
Baldur, Haldor or Henrik
Rio or Riku, Aster, Taurean
Damon, Orion, Eneas, Icarus
Memphis, Teru or Tetsu
Ajax, Priam

Sorry, I got carried away.
Please enter me in the drawing
WildAboutBones {AT} gmail {DOT} com

debbie said...

I like the names Tristan and Jordan.

Karen H said...

I am so thrilled for more Ferals and a new series, Congrats! As names go I have always been a fan of old fashioned ones.
Phineas, Thaddeus, Giles, and Thackary are some of my favorites.
I hope your hero tells you his name soon so we can meet him.

claddagh64 at yahoo dot com

Mine said...

Name him ARMAND....


Ren said...

It depend with from where your vampire come from :)
I will suggest name Marcus, but it to usual, and too much like Underworld movie, lol!
I will go with Lucas, Lucian, Luke, I always love this variety of name. Or you can name it Rhys, Xavie, Claude or David?

Hope it helps :)

sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

Anonymous said...

Actually, Frederico would be good. the heroine could call him Fred when she gets pissed off... as in.. "Look, Fred, I don't need you or your help!" but could sigh it in pleasure as he bites her neck.."Oh, Fredericoooooooo..."


rattie1968 at yahoo dot com

lopster1024 said...

Love the names..... Devlin, Bryson, or Hudson. Devlin is my fave! :)

Sharon said...

How old is this vampire? Is he suave/smooth or an angry bad ass? what kind of music would he listen too? Can you give any details about his personality? Need something to go on

Payne or Paine

Jocelynn said...

Funny! I recently posted a contest to name my new warlock villain on my blog. Good luck. It's never good when a character refuses to cooperate from the start. :)

My suggestions: Byron, Locke, and Amadeo.

Also, congrats on the new contracts.

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Drest / Drust - Pictish for riot (found this recently and absolutely fell in love with the name)

Please no calling him Fred. LOL

Gabriel (okay so this is my baby boy's name)

Harlen (hubby and oldest boy's name, it's unusual and means army land)
Toumas, Maverick, Brice

Raonaid (at) gmail (dot) com

Rain Maiden said...

Depends on the age of your vamp, but how about....
Cole........good luck

Trixie said...

How about Lincoln or Michael. Maybe Richard, which could always be shortened to Dick if someone should get really pissed off with him. lol.

Christine Shaffer said...

I have come up with~~~ Darrell, Damien, Stefan, Barnabus, Mikel, Jonathon, Stephen, Mathew, Samuel, Alfred, Jacob, Edwin, Hugh, Ira, Julius, Herbert, Francis, Leonard, Leon, Victor, Clarence, Andrew, Sam, Cecil, Everett, Nicholas, Alexander,Gabriel, Logan, Noah, Duncan, Gareth, Jasper, Micah, Nicolai, Raoul, Zane, Gage
That's about all I can come up with 4 now. : ) Can't wait to read them!!!

chrissy6341 at aol dot com

SdyLion said...

Well I hope one of these speaks to your vampire (or one in the future):
Alvaro, Caswyn, Dallan, Delano, Esten, Falkner, Galen, Jascha, Kaden, Latigo, Laylon, Paxton, Renato, Rewal, Mannix, Naylor, Harlan, Onyx, Orion, Olden, Savion, Scirocco, Shayde, Teagan, Tazman, Talos, Tallen, Uriah, Vasco, Vidal, & Zarek.

Good Luck! sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Gypsy Howse said so i close my eyes to invision a vampire that doent know who he is and i see him with white skin blue eyes and hair that is the lenght to his shoulder with kinda of shaggy cut and he is looking lost and the name that came to mind is Tavin

Sarijane said...

Maybe Sebastian or Trace?

Christy said...

Gallus (ancient roman...rooster)
Cathal (strong in battle)
Paramonos (greek for endurance)
Cadeyrn (battle king)


Anonymous said...

How about Jeran?

Sandy Fisher said...

I really love the name Sylas or Sylan! Not sure what other name options have been thrown out there since my mobile web is being a total buttnugget and not letting me view previous comments! *pouty face* Good luck with presenting the Fanged One with names :D

Pamela Palmer said...

Love the ideas! Keep them coming.

More about the vamp:
He's about 500 years old, born in a small village in Europe, though I don't know what country. That would narrow it down, wouldn't it? Once I know his name, I'll know the country. He's a bit of a charmer, quick to smile, but very, very dangerous.

Sheree said...

I'm thinking Marcus, Dominick, Sebastian, Anton/Anthony, Greg/Gregor/Gregory (depending on where in Europe-at 500, he must have traveled), John, Francis/Frank, and Zazlow.

If not Fred, how about Frederick?

Since someone mentioned Phineas, I can't help but think of Ferb (which may be worse than Fred). :)

ironss [at] gmail [dot] com

Sandy Fisher said...

In addition to Sylas & Sylan, I also love the name Gavriel :D

Anonymous said...

the tavin name belongs to my bff gypsy howse. She was to nervous to leave her name. But i agree Tavin is great name. She also wants to write but she over thinks stuff.

Anonymous said...

i like the names tavin and mykyle but Raymus keeps coming in my head for some reason--- Gypsy.

ClassicRed said...



Tara Lynn Mosby said...

Ugh, I've been in the same boat with my characters! I feel for you. :) I do love Silas, Marcus, and Gabriel. Good luck to you!

The Mrs said...

Sebastian, Garrick, Gareth, Zoltan, Benjamin, James, Reeve, Giancarlo, Emmanuel, Trian, Dominic
That's all I've got.
Good Luck!
sghorney AT gmail DOT com

rightforme said...

Zen, Jagger, Sable, Edge, Steele, Ash ( I named one of my daughters Ashley so I can nick name her the last one) and I really like Gabriel !

Cherry said...

Blak, Silk, Marcus, Shadow, Payne. Those names sounds mysterious to me. Intriguing. And Marcus is the normal one. Payne is the tortured angsty hero, etc., etc. :)

Cherry Mischievous
cherrymischif-soldier [at] yahoo [dot] com

Reading Against All Odds said...

Well, I don´t know the background of your character, but for a vampire I kind of like the name Ares.

Ares stands for the Greek god of war who was "overwhelming, insatiable in battle, destructive, and man-slaughtering."
Well, sounds like a challenge to love that kind of man ;-)

Anonymous said...

Kieron. :D

I think everyone else has covered the others, lol.

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Celtic names I can help. LOL.

Liv said...

Baldor - a loose variant of "Fred". Old English. Means "courageous army".

Malin - Old English, means "little strong warrior". And sounds malicious.

Casey H said...

I really like the names Wes, Rio, Markus and Gareth.


Anonymous said...

Something simple, so normal people won't suspect he is a Vampire. Philip, is my suggestion.

Sullivan McPig said...


Sandy Fisher said...

My list keeps gettin longer one smidgen name at a time ;D

Gavriel (yes the v is purpose since I I spruced up. Gavin & Gabriel haha)

Ash Wolf said...


Been looking at all the names suggested just to make sure not to repeat, but here is what I have come up with:

Sedgewick (interesting but different)
Herbert (Bertie!)
Charles (Chuck!)
and Kevin (Kev or Kenny!)

Good luck with the new series.


soup na(t)zi said...


Anonymous said...

Hey there... Hmm, your vamp is dangerous, European and old.

How about:

Damon or Damone

Linda said...

Dallas, of course!

Ashley Baker said...

Just a few names:


Sharon said...

Ambrose, Bartholomew, Giles, Julian, Lancelot, Giovanni, Francesco, Niccolo, Matteo, Domenico, Dirck, Jasper, Valck, Gunthar, Mathias, Scipio, Severus, Isaac, Cort, Jaspar, Wulff, Caelius, Cassius, Julius, Octavius, Titius, Felix

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Dhoryl ; Ly'traer; Kannes; Ithil ; Vyklen ; Esteve ; Entouin; Ruin, Rune; Darke

m.ceschini said...

I like Jared or Magnus.

Linda said...

I like Damian which I think quite a few ppl also suggested; but how about
Daren, or

Genevieve said...

Hi Pamela, I have some ideas for your new Vampire name... Tanner, Collins, Ricky, Damion, Derek, Sanguine (This means Blood in Latin), Haze, or Dominic. I have more if you want me to run them by you.

Elizabeth said...

Man, that's a hard one. The name that popped into my mind this morning was...Ryder. Ry for short maybe?

SandyG265 said...

I like normal names that blend in. How about


cate said...

Cade, Rayner, Caden, Joshua, Esteban, Gian, Melchor, Alain, Joaquin, Drake, Knox, Voltaire, Romnick, Marcus, Adonis, Cyril, Efren, Seath, Zoren, Jago, Macario, Ramiro .Please include me in the contest.

Sharon said...


unseelieme said...

I'm partial to Sebastien.

But how about... Ian, Jonathan, Jonah, Lawrence, Mason, Nolan, Oscar, Rupert, Roland, Samuel, Sven, Tracey (I knew a very HOT Tracey - he had the best butt I've ever seen - lol), Zachary...

Okay, my brain is done.

Anna (Bite Club) said...

Valteri (actually belongs to a hockey player but its favorite vampire sounding name)

LauraJean said...

Blaine Street
Jagger Jules
Xane/Zane Julian
Azriel Dracon
Fielder Watcher
Grey Xavier/Xander
Thalan Cyrian
Stone Fathom
Darrien Callum
Malcom/Mal Terran
Streeter Cade
Stryker Macallister / Mac
Warden Craven
Ranton Lucan/Lucian
Maker Kellan/Killian
Rocker Lucan
Court Wolfgang [lol :) ]
Darrien Lincoln / Link
Laurence Caleb
Talon Skyler

LauraJean said...

On my post above the spacing got messed up. the only ones that belong together are the ones with the slash (/)

Sorry about that!! I was trying to not take up too much space.

good luck and I can't wait to read / devour the new books!!

Anonymous said...

Tavin, Mykyle, Aonach, Ramsey, and Kyran. Are my suggestions. I know i posted it on your comment instead of in here but for some reason it would not let me post it for a long time.