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HaBO: Name That Dog

Renae has a unique HaBO request – anyone want to help her name her dog after a romance heroine?

It’s a bit of a variant on the usual HaBO but here’s the deal…. I have a
new puppy, and she needs a name. She has one blue eye and one brown eye,
which immediately made me think “didn’t I read a paranormal romance with a
heroine with two different color eyes? and didn’t I like it?”. But of
course, I don’t remember anything else about the book, or if the heroine is
truly deserving of my dog being named after her.

What, you don’t want to name her “Heterochromia?” Call her Chromia for short? Happy new puppy, Renae!


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    In Kristin Cashore’s GRACELING, the heroine (Katsa, which is a great name for a dog) has two different-colored eyes. Which indicates that she has a paranormal talent.

    It’s an awesome book.

    Also, if this dog is an Australian Shepherd, welcome to the world of Aussie owners! They are amazing, wonderful dogs.

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    CT says:

    LOVE Cashore’s GRACELING. I second Katsa!

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    kirshpgh says:

    There was a heroine in the second ” Dark Ones” novel (by Katie MacAlister) that had two different color eyes, I believe her name was Allegra…

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    Deb says:

    Apparently, the one blue/one brown eye is not restricted to paranormals.  I remember an Edith Layton Regency in which the hero has one blue eye and one brown.  I don’t remember his name—but if you ever get a male dog with the same eye-color pattern, there’s a book to check for a name.

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    Sunita says:

      I remember an Edith Layton Regency in which the hero has one blue eye and one brown. 

    That’s Christian Jarrow, Lord North, in Lord of Dishonour. Love that book!

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    Rachel says:

    kirshpgh has it for sure.  Katie MacAlister’s “Sex and the Single Vampire” had Allegra or Allie, a (ghost) summoner, and it was fabulous and funny.  I think it’s impossible to NOT like Katie MacAlister!

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    Ridley says:

    Doesn’t Alys in Mary Jo Putney’s excellent book The Rake also have one brown and one blue eye?

    Alys would be a good doggie name.

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    Lil' Deviant says:

    I agree with kirshpgh.  That was the first thing that came to mind.  Second is not Romance…..but Lilith Saintcrow’s Jill Kismet series has different colored eyes as well.  Love the name Kismet!

    Good luck!

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    Sarah Frantz says:

    Well, I know this is a hero, not a heroine, but there’s also Qhuinn in JR Ward’s BDB series. All the males in the series have something “wrong” with them, but the curses in the second generation are slightly less obvious than the first generation (turning into a dragon, sexual slavery for 200 years, yanno, things like that). Qhuinn has two different colored eyes, and Qhuinn could be a female name, too (without the extraneous H, of course).

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    Noelinya says:

    In The Demon You Know by Christine Warren , the heroine, Abby Baker, has eyes of different colors.

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    Donna says:

    In The Dog Next Door by Sean Michael, the hero is a vet shapeshifter who becomes a dog during the full moon. In both forms he has one blue and one brown eye. The name is Keifer,  which is a great call name for a dog, male or female.

    Even if you don’t choose the name, it is a sweet short story.

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    Jennifer Armintrout says:

    Just name your dog David Bowie, it will be awesome.

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    Sarah Frantz says:

    @Jennifer Armintrout: Groan. That’s just wrong.

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    Alex Ward says:

    kirshpgh has it for sure.  Katie MacAlister’s “Sex and the Single Vampire” had Allegra or Allie, a (ghost) summoner, and it was fabulous and funny.  I think it’s impossible to NOT like Katie MacAlister!

    I can’t stand her work, but fortunately the world of literature is big enough for us all :)

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    willaful says:

    I’d go with Alys, but doesn’t that cat guy by that crazy woman have two different colored eyes?  Let me see if I can narrow that down a bit. ;-)  Okay, cat guy = Rejar, crazy woman = Dara Joy.

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    KimberlyD says:

    In THE DEMON YOU KNOW by Christine Warren, the heroine, Abby Baker, has one blue eye and one brown eye. Abby isn’t the most interesting name but its cute. The book is a paranormal. And Abby has brown hair so if your dog is brown, it would really suit her.

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    KimberlyD says:

    I forgot to say that THE DEMON YOU KNOW is a paranormal romance. I think its a good (though not great) book. The heroine falls in love with a demon (although demons in this book aren’t what we think of when we think about demons.)

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    phoebesmum says:

    The only person I can think off offhand with different-coloured eyes is Jane Seymour (the actress who plays beautiful heroines with long hair, not the third wife of Henry VIII). What, you don’t want to name your puppy after Dr Quinn Medicine Woman? Whyever wouldn’t you?

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    Julie says:

    My first guess would be Riley Jenson, half werewolf, half vampire. I thought she had eyes that are two different colors. I will have to double check. She is heroine of Keri Arthur’s Guardian series.

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    It’s not a paranormal romance, but Linda Howard’s OPEN SEASON has a heroine with one blue eye and one green one: Daisy Minor. (She gets a puppy and entertains the reader by trying out different names for him.)

    Ooh! Wish I could reread!

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    Polly says:

    Doesn’t one of Gena Showalter’s books have a hero with different colored eyes? Too bad I can’t remember a name, or even a title…

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    Lyssa says:

    I second the welcome to Aussies, or Border Collies, or Shelties…(all breeds with dual colored eyes..and all breeds that have given me much PUPPYLOVIN tm). I think Daisy, or Katsa both would be lovely names…PLEASE let us know what you decide!

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    Sycorax says:

    Wow, there are so many… almost as bad as women with black hair and a white streak in fantasy novels.

    My first thought was Brenna from Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series, but she has brown eyes with shards of blue in the centres, so doesn’t quite fit the profile.

    My second thought was Delerium, from Gaiman’s Sandman series, but… no. No.

    I’m liking Katsa and Alys, so far.

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    Rachel says:

    @Alex Ward: you don’t?!  Oh, I always laugh so hard at her stuff.  But you’re right, the literary world is luckily big enough for all types.  :)

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    SB Sarah says:


    that cat guy by that crazy woman

    OH GOD. I just hurt myself laughing. Mostly because the minute I read that I said to myself, “Dara Joy?”

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    robinjn says:

    How about Melusine? It’s the first in a fabulous series of books by Sarah Monette; probably my favorite fantasy series ever. It’s the hero, Felix Harrowgate, who has two different colored eyes. His blue eye doesn’t always see what is in front of him well, but sometimes sees other things.

    Seriously, if you have not read this series it is so well worth it. Felix and his brother Mildmay the Fox are told in separate first-person voice with such honesty and accuracy it makes your heart hurt.

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    Jessica C says:

    I vote for Riley from post above!

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    oldbitey says:

    You could skip the whole paranormal thing and just call her David Bowie?

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    Kelly L. says:

    There is Allegra (Allie) Telford, who had two different colored eyes and had to wear sunglasses in Katie MacAlister’s Sex and the Single Vampire.  She also had a limp.

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    Emily says:

    In Sonya Bateman’s novel Master of None, the girlfriend has two different colored eyes.  Her name is Jazz, short for Jasmine.  She is a mechanic and get away driver.

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