Sophia’s Winter Sea Giveaway

Book CoverIt’s Sophia’s Secret, it’s The Winter Sea and it can be a touch hard to find in stores in the US. But I’ve got ten copies of the soon-to-be-released mass-market edition of The Winter Sea courtesy of Susanna Kearsley and her marvelous publisher to give away to Bitchery readers.

Since the response to my linkage to her interview in The Toronto Star was so effusive among her fans, I figure there’s at least 10 readers here who would like to give her book a try. So, if you’d like a copy, leave a comment. To make it fun, since the book already has two titles, why not create a third? Here’s the description:

Carolyn McClelland, a writer of historical novels, finds herself with a familiar enemy; writer’s block.

A change of scenery leads her, and her book, in a whole new direction. Writing about the attempted Jacobite invasion of 1707, Carolyn takes up residence in a cottage in Edinburgh.  Inexplicably drawn to Slains Castle, and not so inexplicably drawn to the charming, but somehow familiar, Stuart Keith, Carolyn is soon writing with an unusual speed and imagery which leads her to wonder whether her ‘fictional’ character of Sophia is really so fictional after all.

Carolyn soon realises that she is somehow channelling the memories of her distant relative and that her story has a life of its own.

So what kinds of fun titles can we come up with? Clearly two is not nearly enough. The Scot, the Scribe, and the Secret? The Reincarnated Writer’s Boardroom Mistress? Castled for the Writer’s Block? Whee!  I’ll pick 10 winners at random, and send out your books as soon as they arrive at Bitchery HQ. You have 24 hours – ready, set, go!


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  1. 1
    Courtney says:

    I so stink at coming up with titles.

    How about The Thistle Quill?

    Or Sophia’s Scribe?

    Edinburgh Enchantment?

    See—all awful! But hopefully, I can win the contest as I really want to read this book!

  2. 2
    ArkansasCyndi says:

    I suck at titles… just ask anyone!

    The Channel

    Whispering Secrets

    Castle Secrets

    I want a book (whine)

  3. 3
    Ocy says:

    Journey to the Past

    …yeah, I suck at titles, too.  But had to give it a shot!

  4. 4
    Jen O says:

    The Ghostwriter’s Tale

    (throwing my name in the hat)

  5. 5
    Cathy says:

    “Carolyn Channels a Clansmen”
    “Slains Seance”
    “The Scottish Peat Tycoon’s Reincarnated Bride from Beyond the Pale”
    “Voices in the Castle”

    This is fun. :)

  6. 6
    Violet says:

    I thought of a few, and by far the worst and my favorite is the truly awful The Fog of Unforgetting.
    The book looks terrific. I hope it’s as gothic as it sounds.

  7. 7
    Violet says:


    “The Scottish Peat Tycoon”!

    I love it.

  8. 8
    Carmael says:

    “Cold Feet and Ink Smudges”

    Thought process- Scotland, burr—cold! Wintery Sea… running into cold water. Cold feet destined to meet poor sleeping unsuspecting, innocent husband. Writing, ink, smudging ink on husband—haha! Poor guy gets woken up looking like the long lost member of kiss by my cold feet on his legs. He’s gotta work at 5 in the morning—meh!

  9. 9
    Susan G says:

    “Ghost Scribe”
    “Sophia’s Scottish Spirit”
    “The Slain Spirit”

    This is harder than I expected!

  10. 10
    Jessica says:

    As many of the above, I have horrible titular ability.

    An Old Place

  11. 11
    Carin says:

    How about:

    Between a Block and Hard Place


    The Castle Lord’s Forbidden Virgin Writer

  12. 12
    lustyreader says:

    How about “Souls of Scotland”?
    I also liked the “Ghostwriter” idea even though it reminds me of my favorite TV series on PBS when I was a kid!

  13. 13

    What about ….

    Love Reborn
    Somewhere in Time
    The Possessed Writer
    Imagination Unfurled
    The Scottish Sensation
    Love in A Crubmbling Castle
    You Can Write Without Me
    A Ghost of An Idea
    The Past Beckons
    Without You
    The Shinning (Scottish for Shining, well you get the idea)…

  14. 14
    Theresa Meyers says:

    Sorry, that should have been

    You Can’t Write Without Me

  15. 15
    Fitz says:

    The Scot’s Tale

    Channel Surfing

  16. 16
    hapax says:

    When in doubt, allude to the classics:


  17. 17
    Jennie says:

    Past, Remembered

  18. 18
    AAJ says:

    Reboot Love or Love Reboot

    It’s lame, I know.

    I really want a book…

  19. 19
    Polly says:

    I’m going to go silly: The Jacobite’s Reincarnated Mistress.

    Or: Once More, with Feeling.

  20. 20
    Leslie H says:

    By Scots Inspired!

    Lame, very lame. Tsk tsk..

  21. 21
    Dawn says:

    I really want a book too.

    crap I suck at this.

    the stormy coast

    The winters writer

  22. 22
    militaryspouse says:

    Whispers from the Past

    Roaming in the gloming with a ghostie by her side.

  23. 23
    ms bookjunkie says:

    Great Aunt Sophia’s Memoirs

    My mind is blank today, alas, so my title sucks bananas. I’m throwing my name into the hat anyway…

  24. 24
    joykenn says:

    ME,ME, ME and I’m awful with titles.  How about

    The Passionate Jacobite and the Modern Miss.


    Scottish Memory Returns

    Auld Lange Scotland

    Worse and worse.

  25. 25
    Anony Miss says:

    How about…

    “Romancing the Blockhead”


    “Nepotism, Plagiarism, Tomato, Tomahto, Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off”


    “Hey Baby, Your Lifetime or Mine?”

  26. 26
    darlynne says:

    Writing about the attempted Jacobite invasion of 1707 …

    Really? I know that was the year the two Parliaments were united, unwillingly in Scotland’s view, but who would the Jacobites have tried to invade except for England? Sorry, but that sentence reads as if the Jacobites were invading Scotland, probably my brain’s way of trying to circumvent my truly terrible titles:

    Invasion of the Scottish Ghostwriter
    By Haggis Alone
    Sophia’s Secret Winter
    The Jacobites Are Coming! The Jacobites Are Coming!
    A Cottage in Edinburgh
    Cottage by the Winter Sea
    Been There, Doon That

  27. 27
    Shelley says:

    I can’t even title my own stories, but I’d really like to read this book!

    Once Upon an Invasion
    You Can’t Escape Your Relatives (even three hundred years later)
    Castle Past, Future Love

  28. 28
    Linnet says:

    Written from the Past

    The Presence of Sophia

    Memories of Love

    This would probably be easier if I’d read the book. . .

  29. 29
    Sandi M says:

    Return to Slains Castle.

    I love Kearsley’s books.

  30. 30
    Maureen says:

    It’s Just My Imagination or Is It?
    Deja Vu All Over Again
    Boil, Boil, Writing This Book is Turning Into Too Much Trouble
    Back to Scotland with My Crazy Dead Relative

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