Not Quite a Husband: A Giveaway!

Shop Indie BookstoresBehold, we have a special message from Sherry Thomas, whose new website is sleek and sexy like things that are sleek and sexy:

It so happens that I have set Not Quite A Husband—coincidentally—in a spot that is very much in the news: the Swat Valley, which in 1897 broke out in a fierce rebellion  against the British, inspired by the exhortations of a certain Mad Fakir and is now, history repeating itself, a Taliban stronghold and a flashpoint of conflict between the Taliban and the Pakistani government.

The events of Not Quite A Husband—a man traveling to the North-West Frontier of the British Raj to find his former wife and bring her home, because her father lies dying in London—unfold against the 1897 rebellion.  And I have the perfect movie title for the book.


Let’s have a contest titling your favorite romance novels with a little action adventure angle for the big marquee.  For example, Laura Kinsale’s The Shadow and the Star becomes HELP! I MARRIED A SECRET NINJA.  Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible can be DAPHNE PEMBROKE AND THE PAPYRI OF DOOM.

And if you think ESCAPE FROM SWAT VALLEY sucks, you can rename it too!

I’ll pick as winners the three that make me laugh hardest, plus two randomly, just for playing. Winners get a copy of Not Quite A Husband.

Not Quite A Husband hits stores May 19, 2009.

You have 24 hours to rename your favorite book, or Sherry’s new one, so ready, set, get to it!


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  1. Sasha says:

    Coming soon, in(to) theaters near you: “BEHIND THOSE CURTAINS AND UP YOURS: JOURNEY TO THE VERY DEPTHS OF LUUUURVE”—from the bestselling and apparently never-to-be-followed romance novel Passion by Lisa Valdez!

  2. tudorpot says:

    Too early for me to be funny. Puts name in hat.

  3. Pat L. says:

    Wracking my brain – too early for me too but how about The President’s Wife on the Run (First Lady – SEP) not funny, sorry, but am not good at this.

  4. sadieloree says:

    Black Dagger Brother and the Temple of Poon (aka Lover Enshrined by J R Ward)

  5. Castiron says:


    (as opposed to its dissertation title, A Case Study of the Practical Ramifications of the Entail System in a Family without Sons)

  6. Fun!

    I loved Linnea Sinclair’s HOPE’S FOLLY. It didn’t have any space pirates in it, but since we’re talking marquee I think “pirate” should be in the title because they’re cool and you could make the argument that the heroine was sort’ve kind of a pirate. So I’d rename the book LASER-TOTING KNOCKOUT SHE-PIRATE WHO LUURVVS BIG COSMIC RAYGUNS

  7. Babs says:

    Hot Cougar on the Prowl (for Erin McCarthy’s Flat Out Sexy)?

  8. stp says:


  9. This website is awesome, and yay for other people who love trashy books. *name in hat if UK is possible*

  10. Babs says:

    And pardon the vulgarity but the Thomas title makes me want to create some kind of rhyme with twat and Swat. I’m sorry—sleep deprivation keeps me from coming up with anything…anyone else?

  11. Silver James says:

    I have to go with SWAT – BIG GUNS IN THE VALLEY for Thomas’s book.

    Carrie Lofty’s What a Scroundral Wants – THE MAN FROM S.H.E.R.W.O.O.D.

    I need more coffee – my spamword is couldnt56. Nope, I couldn’t come up with 56.

  12. Cathy says:

    Kresley Cole’s “Dark Desires after Dusk” becomes: The Mathematician and the Mercenary: Quest for the Sword of Immortal Doom.

    I don’t know much about “Not Quite a Husband,” but I might call it “The Englishman Who Went into a Valley, and Came Out a Husband.”

  13. Elizabeth Wadsworth says:

    How about S.W.A.T Valley High for Not Quite a Husband?

    And The Shadow and the Star could become The Anglo-European Secret Ninja’s Virgin Mistress.

    More later—the creative juices haven’t kicked in yet.

  14. Sarah W says:

    For a Not Quite a Husband movie, how about

    The Pashtun Passion Uprising?

    Perhaps an alternative title could be, What the Hell are You doing in Malakand?  Or Why I Divorced You in the First Place

    Or Faking It Like Mad in Malakand

    Maybe I’ll try again later, after the caffeine hits . . .

  15. Elizabeth Wadsworth says:

    I meant Anglo-American ninja, dammit.  Brain not working this AM.

  16. darlynne says:

    J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series: The Lost Consonants: Found!

  17. Lovecow2000 says:

    How about for Acheron: The Passion of the Emo Destroyer God?

    Otherwise, I got nothing today…. Stayed up way too late finishing the new Sookie book.  Awesome!

    BTW, Darlynne’s title is cracked me up.

  18. Kay Sisk says:

    Put my name in the hat! Any new Sherry Thomas is a must-read NOW!

  19. Caroline Storer says:

    Not Quite A Husband = The fiance right up the Kyber Pass.  Duh!  I don’t seem to have got the hang of this me thinks! So let me try a couple of other “famous” books.  Here goes…

    Wind In The Willows = F*rting amonst the Trees (!)
    North and South = East and West + 45 degrees (!!)
    Gone With The Wind = nothing – I’ve already done a f*art one!
    Little Women = Weightwatchers Works!
    A Christams Carol = A Christmas Samantha..

  20. Sarah W says:

    Alt title for Jennifer Crusie’s Faking It

    It Takes a Thief to Schtupp a Thief

  21. Lavender says:

    SHADOW BEAR by Cassie Edwards becomes FERRETS OF FIRE.  😉

  22. joykenn says:

    Urban fantasy/romance is almost TOO easy to turn into this kind of title.  How about Patti O’Shea’s In the Midnight Hour—a really blah title for this gets magically transformed into BADASS WITCH FREES CARTOON HERO.

  23. Cecile says:

    Oh this is fun… Let’s see what we can do…
    Wicked Hot by Charlene Teglie would be “Hot, Hotter and Hottest with Two Brothers”

    The Vampire Queen’s Servant by Joey W Hill would be “Tie Me Up, Slap My Down and Screw Me Silly”

    Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyon would be… “Protecting Not Only Your Soul… But You Body”

    And yes, please throw my name in the hat for this one!!!
    Thanks for the rock a$$ site too!!

    Just for fun.. I’ll try to think of more and be back!!! LOL!

  24. GrowlyCub says:

    “Bokhara: Come Explore Our Special Spa Wells” for Mary Jo Putney’s Silk and Secrets

    Oh well, creativity is not my strong suit. Silk and Secrets is one of my favorite books and when I read the excerpt of NQAH I was immediately reminded of it.  I really am looking forward to ‘Not Quite A Husband’.

    ran44: Juliet and Ross ran for 44 days to get away from Bokhara…

  25. Babs says:

    Not exactly geographically correct but “Gunga Do Me”?

  26. Babs says:

    Hit submit too soon…not to diminish the inherent colonialism and racism in the original Kipling work.

    Did I mention I was sleep deprived?

  27. Wendy says:

    LOL @ Castiron “A Case Study of the Practical Ramifications of the Entail System in a Family without Sons”

  28. The Windflower becomes “Help!  I’ve been kidnapped by (really, really hot) pirates!”

  29. Cat Marsters says:

    There has got to be some sci-fi erotica that could be renamed Octopussy.

    Anything by Jilly Cooper: Posh Totty Getting Horny.  Okay, that’s not an action movie—well, not in that sense.

    A Knight In Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux: Douglass And The Dead Guy

    Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie: The Porno Murders

    Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie: Shallow Cal (okay, he’s not shallow; but I couldn’t resist the pun).

    Agnes and the Hitman doesn’t really need the Hollywood treatment…

    Whitney, My Love, Judith McNaught: So I Married An Asshole.

    And I can’t resist Joanna Bourne’s The Spymaster’s Lady becoming (you know what’s coming) The Spy Who Shagged Me.

    Incidentally, Julie Cohen has an upcoming book titled Nina Jones and the Temple of Gloom.  Srsly.

  30. Jill Shultz says:

    Bitten by Kellie Armstrong becomes My Man Really Is a Dog.


  31. Zoe Archer says:

    How about for Judy Cuevas’ Bliss:

    Drinking Ether and Eating Radishes: Rick Steve’s Really Back Door Normandy

  32. Samantha says:

    An old high school rival has died and put a whammy on Adele Harris , now she is living a nightmare, she is living the “The Curse of the Bad Date.”
    (Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson)

  33. ms bookjunkie says:

    Coming soon after spring break—or any vacation for that matter:  SCHOOLGIRLS GONE WILD (From the collection of stories in The School for Heiresses by Sabrina Jeffries, Liz Carlyle, Julia London and Renee Bernard.)

  34. Amanda says:

    Not Quite a Husband becomes…


    The Vampire Who Loved Me by Teresa Medeiros becomes…

    Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase becomes

  35. Zoe Archer says:

    Oh, damn, I wasn’t paying attention to the Hollywood aspect of the titles.

    Marjorie Liu’s “Shadow Touch” becomes: THE RUSSIAN ATE MY BRAIN.

  36. Nadia says:

    Just finished Lover Avenged last night so it’s on my mind.  How about Barbed-fella? Those of you who’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about. 😉 Or maybe for the series Lord of the Bling:  Fellowship of the Really Hot Blind King, The Two Homoerotic Towering Vampires Who Were Cheated Out of their Man-love, and Return of the Random Unexplained Fallen Angel?

    likely85:  There are likely more than 85 unnecessary product placements in any given BDB book.

  37. ashley says:

    No rest for the wicked by kresley cole: How to win a woman by doing everything she doesn’t want you to do

    wicked deeds on a winter’s night by kresley cole: So you wanna get your (dead) woman back

    Spell of the Highlander by Karen marie moning: the man from one thousand years ago   OR   Trapped!: the mirror diaries

    that’s all I have right now cuz I am le tired. maybe I’ll try again later lol

  38. Robinjn says:


    aka Frederica, Georgette Heyer

  39. jessica says:

    I’m not particularly funny but I hope I win a random!

  40. sadieloree says:

    FROM RUSSIA WITH LUUURVE (aka Turbulent Sea by Christine Feehan)

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