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What’s in a Name? – Spine Poetry Challenge & GIVEAWAY!


What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

It could be argued that the strength in a story’s imagery begins with the title. That appears true.

There’s a seemingly unending list of classic books that almost made it to shop shelves with a different name. Pride and Prejudice was at first glance First Impressions. And War and Peace would have been known as All’s Well that End’s Well. And for all of its glitz and glamour, who would have ever thought The Great Gatsby  might have been the wildly exciting On the Road to West Egg? (Really?) (Click HERE for more.)

1It’s because of titling difficulties like those listed above that I’m grateful for the expertise of publishing teams who know what they’re doing in this area. 🙂 But as the author, it’s fun to know what your original title was and if you so choose, to keep it alive. In The Butterfly and the Violin, you can find the original title of the book embedded in the final line. (Can you guess what the title was?) With A Sparrow in Terezin, I was glad to fully rely on my publishing team to find the right balance between the story and the words to conjure the imagery for it.

So here’s the fun for YOU — Care to play the publisher on this one? Welcome to the #SpinePoetryChallenge, where you can become your own titling genius. 

The task: 

It’s simple. Grab your favorite books and create a “poem” or loose “limerick” from the titles. Maybe try one of these:

  • All your favorite authors in one stack
  • Similar titles
  • Similar spine colors for a lovely mosaic
  • Titles that when placed in a stack tell a simple story or rhyme
  • All of one author’s books in one stack

Where:  Be sure to post a link to your spine poetry in the PromoSimple form for your entry to be counted! (Click HERE to go to the site and enter to win!)

When: May 4 – 15th, 2015 (Winners announced May 18th)

*This giveaway is for US residents only, and is not sponsored or endorsed by Facebook. Review FTC guidelines at the bottom of this websites and at  

Ready for step two?

Take a picture and post it on social media, tagging one or all of our authors: @PepperBasham, @KCambronAuthor, @CarlaLaureano, @BethVogt, @CathWest

Want extra credit?

Visit each of the blogs (listed here:) Pepper Basham, Kristy Cambron, Carla Laureano, Beth Vogt, Catherine West and build a spine poetry entry for each author. You can enter as many times as you’d like!

The prizes: You didn’t want to do this just for the fun of it? Well, okay then. 🙂 Any spine poetry is entered to win a prize basket with a copy of each of our author’s books:

The Thorn Bearer by Pepper Basham

A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

London Tides by Carla Laureano

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt

Bridge of Faith by Catherine West

Somebody Like You by Beth Vogt

If you create a Spine Poetry with any of our authors in one collection, you’ll be entered to win THIS Prize Pack:

  • Hand-crafted journal
  • Hand-crafted Swarovski crystal bracelet
  • Pride & Prejudice DVD
  • Signed copy of The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
  • Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Catherine West
  • Signed copy of Somebody Like You by Beth Vogt
  • Downton-Abbey Inspired Tea Spoon and Tea

So feel free to have fun with this, reader friends… You never know what might come of the play on words. 🙂 (P.S. My Spine ART is below. Of course I had to participate — and make it show my love of art too!)

Spine ART

With Joy in the Poetry,


3 thoughts on “What’s in a Name? – Spine Poetry Challenge & GIVEAWAY!

  1. Thanks for the neat contest..I posted on Pinterest. my poetry for you..
    The Butterfly and the Violin,
    the song,
    love without end,
    The Butterfly and the Violin!

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