Title Brainstorm Game! Book Giveaway!

FOD Title GameIt’s time to pick a title for Waves of Freedom, Book 3…and you can help! I’m giving away a book – either Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom, Book 1) – or Anchor in the Storm when it comes out in May 2016 (Book 2).

Here are the rules of the game:

Leave a comment below with your idea for the book title. If you can’t leave a comment, send me an email with your guess. Contest ends Monday, November 16 at 11 pm, Pacific Time.

There are two ways to win a book! First, I will randomly pick one entry from the comments – the winner will be announced here on my blog on Tuesday, November 17. Second, if Revell Books picks YOUR entry as the official title, I’ll enter you in another drawing, with one winner! This second winner will be announced with the title announcement early in 2016.

Here are some guidelines:

The title should NOT have the words “Wave(s),” “Water(s),” “Deep,” “Anchor,” or “Storm.”

Nautical words to play with that relate to the story: “Compass,” “Surface,” “Course,” “Ocean(s),” “Sea(s),” “Steer.” But you’re free to play with other words!

The title should be about the same length as the previous titles so the cover designer can use the same font.

And here’s the story blurb to inspire you…WAVES honor roll

When Quintessa Beaumont learns the US Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, determined to throw off her frivolous ways and truly contribute. Lt. Dan Avery employs his skills in anti-submarine warfare to fight U-boats at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, but the last thing he wants to see on his radar is Tess. As Dan and Tess work together at the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit in Boston, Tess proves her worth and finds her affections drawn by the no-nonsense officer, realizing he sees her as the greatest nonsense of all. While the German Navy challenges Dan’s radar skills, the changes in Tess challenge his notions—and his heart.

120 Responses to “Title Brainstorm Game! Book Giveaway!”

  1. Ruth


    Below the Surface
    Ever Changing Sea
    Beneath the Ocean
    Steer a True Course

      • Sarah Sundin

        Love them all! Beneath the Surface is the title I’ve been leaning toward the last few months 🙂 We’ll see what Revell likes – they usually come up something way better than I did!

  2. Bri Kae

    How about “Under the Surface”? It would relate to Tess trying to be less superficial and Lt. Avery’s work with the submarines.

  3. Morgan Parson

    Steady the Course
    The War Beneath
    Off the Radar
    Aboard Shifting Tides
    Under the Surface
    Beneath the Surface
    Following the Compass
    In Due Course
    Seas of Detection
    Target in the Tide
    Minding the Compass
    Steering Vast Seas

    Maybe one of those? I bet picking a book title is tough work but so rewarding when you settle on a good one!

  4. Amy Grochowski

    Compass of the Ocean

    “Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.” – Saint Augustine

  5. Linda

    Peril on the Sea.
    It’s in the U.S. Navy hymn.
    I can’t wait to read it!

  6. Samantha B

    Here are my suggestions:

    Compass on the seas
    Compass on the ocean

  7. Raechel

    Oceans On Course
    Steering Below Oceans
    Compass Beneath the Ocean
    Steering Among Oceans/Seas
    A Compass in the Distance

    I don’t know…! But I’m looking forward to the book!!

  8. Xochi E. Dixon

    Steering of the Heart

    Breaking the Surface

    Hope on the Horizon

    Hearts of the Ocean

    Two if by Sea

    Thanks for inviting us into the fun, Sarah. I love brainstorming. I look forward to reading this series.

  9. Laurie Bergh

    Abandon ship, navigation home, lighthouse beacon

  10. Susan Sage

    Below the Surface

    Guided by the Compass

    Stay the Course

    Steering Clear

    The Compass Bearing

    I can’t wait….

    By Lighthouse or Compass

  11. Steffani W.

    When Tides Turn

    A Distant Surface

    Whisper of the Sea

    Chart the Course

    An Ocean Between

  12. Rebecca Maney

    Compass of the Heart
    Oceans Between
    Into the Depths
    Clear Course Below
    A Steady Course
    Love in the Depths
    Love’s Oceans Below

  13. Kelly Bridgewater

    The Face of the Deep
    Can’t wait to read anything you write, Sarah!

    • Sarah Sundin

      Not only a title…but a tagline! Bonus entry!!! I hate taglines almost as much as I hate titles 🙂

  14. Joy Doering

    Against the Current
    This Swelling Tide
    A Charted Course
    Calm the Raging Seas

  15. Nikki Hahn

    Sea oceans course would be a good name for book 3

  16. Annie

    Under the Surface
    Depth & Surface
    Under & Steer
    Under & Aboard
    Ease to Protect
    Close Quarters
    Tide to Underway
    Through the Gale
    Under & Surge
    Surge to the Gale

  17. Kathleen West

    Courage Over Perilous Seas
    Courage On Perilous Seas
    Courage Under Perilous Seas
    Fair Winds of Freedom
    Fair Winds of Victory
    Fair Winds To Safe Harbor
    Harbor of Refuge
    Beacon for Freedom
    Beacon for Peace
    Bearing for Safe Harbor
    Bearing True for Freedom
    Bearing True for Peace
    Searching for Safe Harbors
    Resolve for Safe Harbor
    Resolve for Freedom
    Resolve Under Fire
    Resolve for Victory
    Steer for Safe Harbor
    True Bearing to Peace
    Underway With Courage
    Underway for Safe Harbor
    Underway for Peace
    Underway for Freedom
    Over Perilous Seas

    • Sarah Sundin

      Oh my goodness, Kathy! If I were giving a prize for sheer creativity and productivity, you’d win, hand’s down! Thank you 🙂

  18. Rachel DeFelice

    Rising Above the Surface
    Rising o’er the Surface
    Just Beneath the Surface
    Beneath the Surface
    A Guiding Course
    Crashing to Surface

    Because they need to look deeper than the surface to find each other’s value!

  19. Hannah Jones

    What about “Navigating The Heart”. 🙂

  20. Christie

    The Tides of Change
    Charting a New Course
    The Depths of the Sea
    Follow Your Heart

  21. EmJaye8

    Stand Against the Tide
    Amid Shifting Sands
    Shifting Currents
    A Sea Change
    Charting a New Course
    Chart a New Course
    Against the Breakers
    Sight a New Course

  22. Tisha

    Based on the previous book titles and themes, I came up with some ideas for the third book. To see the ideas connect, I included the previous titles before giving the third title.

    1. Through waters deep
    2. Anchor in the storm
    3. Compass the course
    (Both have their own course to follow)

    1. Through waters deep
    2. Anchor in the storm
    3. Steer the heart
    (both are challenged by conflicting desires)

    1. Through waters deep
    2. Anchor in the storm
    3. Heart of the sea
    (Even though both are on the sea, the overriding matter is the heart’s tug)

    1. Through waters deep
    2. Anchor in the storm
    3. Heart of the course

    1. Through waters deep
    2. Anchor in the storm
    3. Under the compass
    (Because both deal with matters that get in the way of their goals for being on the sea)

    And here are some book three titles that are general:

    Surface of the heart
    Two by course
    Two by heart
    Search the compass
    Compass the heart
    Compass of the heart
    Steer the heart
    Oceans of the heart
    Search the ocean(s)
    Heart the course
    Ship of the heart
    The ship’s course (ship being metaphor for the body)
    Under the course
    Navigate the wheel

    Have fun! Hope all goes well.

  23. Alicia

    In Seas Unknown
    A Change in Course
    Toward Seas Uncharted
    Beyond Charted Seas
    Across Unknown Seas
    Until the Currents Meet
    An Uncharted Course

  24. Pam Burke

    Steering True to Course
    Compass to the Truth
    Course of the Heart
    Love Below the Surface
    Heart Below the Surface

  25. Debrah Nash

    “Steadfast and Sure”
    “As the Billows Roll”

  26. Anna Cameron

    Thought it’d be fun to play:
    Over Oceans
    Home on the Horizon
    A Course Unknown

    • Sarah Sundin

      Well, I’ll be. You DO know that as my daughter, you get a free book anyway 🙂 But thanks for playing. I love your ideas. Mom bias, of course….

  27. Jenny Allbritain

    Navigating the Heart

    Beneath the Surface

    On the Horizon

    A Sea of Change

    Awaken the Dawn

    When the Oceans Rage

    Forced to the Surface

    Staying the Course

    (sorry if some of these are repeats)

  28. Rachael K

    When Sea Billows Roll (yes, stolen from It Is Well With My Soul)
    Safe to Shore
    Peace in a Troubled Sea