I decided to call the second book in my Wardens of the Black Heart series, Black Hearts Rising.
I wanted a title to reflect the fact that in this middle volume of the trilogy, Lorna and Monkey were not going to have everything their own way, and the bad guys were going to strike back. The novel also features the appearance of several new characters, whose motivations are hidden from our heroes (and the reader). I’m probably not giving too much away by saying that they don’t all have the best intentions. So, in this way, the title reflects the general theme of the book nicely.
I’ve previously spoken on my blog of how music influences my writing, and in this case, the idea for the title came to me when listening to one of my favourite songs from the 60s. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 classic, “Bad Moon Rising”, fits my narrative beautifully: John Fogerty’s lyrics speaking of “trouble on the way”, “earthquakes and lightning” and knowing that “the end is coming soon”. The song is probably best known for featuring in the classic 1980s film, An American Werewolf in London, and if you listen to the words, it might put you in the right frame of mind for the upcoming story!
Just a reminder that Black Hearts Rising will be released on Amazon Kindle in early February 2019.