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A Written Rhapsody: Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway: Breathe by Abbi Glines

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway: Breathe by Abbi Glines


If you've been keeping up with this blog(yeah, I know you all stalk me regularly), you've seen a review of a book called "Breathe". Well, this week author, Abbi Glines has been awesome enough to share a guest post giving all you lovely people an inside look to the making of her book and how the name "Breathe" came to be! If ya missed it the first time around, we also have a cool e-book and grand prize giveaway at the end of this post.

The Naming of Breathe

Ideas for stories just pop out of nowhere for a writer. Doesn’t seem to matter where I am or what I’m doing, if a story is floating around somewhere it finds me. Kind of like little fairies looking for a place to curl up. A writer’s job is to latch onto that one perfect idea and run with it. We are good at that. It’s just how we roll. 

Deciding on the “title” of our beloved story is another thing. Titles aren’t floating around us. They tend to play hide and seek and man are they good at hiding! Hair has been pulled, nails have been bitten, and sleep has been lost trying to come up with that one small description that will become the name of a novel. 
I was recently asked how I came up with the name “Breathe”.  I could have named it a bazillion other things. At one point in the decision making process I had a notebook full of possibilities. A few in the top running were: My Summer with a Rock Star, The Summer I fell in love with a Rock Star, The Boy with a Guitar, and Steal Blue. None of those made me completely happy. None of those truly explained Sadie and Jax. I kept editing and tweaking Breathe, 
getting it ready so I could start sending out queries. Knowing, I had to nail down a title. 

One Sunday afternoon, I sat outside on my front porch rereading my still unnamed manuscript and I came to the turning point in Jax and Sadie’s relationship. The moment Jax laid himself bare as to how he really felt... (a small excerpt from Breathe by Abbi Glines)  “girlfriend seems to be too shallow a word for what I feel for you. These past two weeks it’s been as if you control my breathing. When I watched you with 
Marcus, my chest would tighten, and it became hard to breathe. But then I would see you smile or laugh and I could 
take a deep breath again.” 

After reading that passage the title came to me immediately. It summed up their feelings throughout the entire story. That feeling of tightness in your chest when the one person you love more than life walks away. You truly feel as if without them you can’t breathe. Title found! Gotcha ya, you sneaky little sucker =)

Abbi’s Links:

Want to try and get your hands on your very own copy of "Breathe"? Check out my review and leave a comment with your email! 

Want some more swag? Visit and comment with your email on all the stops on the YA Bound blog tour for your chance to win all this below!


Winners will be announced on August 25th at 8 p.m. EST during a live chat with Abbi! Good luck all!

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At August 17, 2011 at 2:52 AM , Blogger Sabrina said...

It's so hard to find a title. Breathe is such a nice one! One worded titles get my attention for some reason.

Wow~ I loved the excerpt!

At August 17, 2011 at 7:00 AM , Blogger Trisha Wolfe said...

Yes. Finding the title of your work is so difficult. I think BREATHE is beautiful and so fitting. It's perfect! Love this story.

At August 17, 2011 at 8:19 AM , Blogger lostnthestacks said...

Titles are so important! Way to go on finding the perfect one!


At August 17, 2011 at 9:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always love finding out how authors came about their book titles.

At August 17, 2011 at 10:43 AM , Blogger candice said...

It's a perfect title! I agree one-word titles grab my attention. They make the best book covers, where the title alone can jump out.

candicerjames [at] gmail [dot] com

At August 17, 2011 at 10:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait to read the book!!

At August 17, 2011 at 11:17 AM , Blogger Terri Talley Venters said...

I enjoyed your story Abbi. Congrats on your new release! I just started writing my latest novel and I have no clue what the title will be. I named it book 4 for now.'but I know it will come to men's eventually.

At August 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM , Blogger micia said...

Thanks for the review and giveaway.

At August 17, 2011 at 12:55 PM , Blogger Rachel Brooks said...

I always love hearing how people came up with their titles. Thanks for sharing!

Also, I’m a new follower— wonderful blog! Stop by my blog and follow me too? :)

At August 17, 2011 at 12:56 PM , Blogger Vivien said...

Breathe is a great title. Concise. Not a mouthfull. Thanks again!

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

At August 17, 2011 at 2:37 PM , Blogger Tanya said...

I'm a new follower of this blog as well and Breathe sounds like a really good book.I love books that include music as part of the storyline.


At August 17, 2011 at 10:25 PM , Blogger TheGirlOnFire said...

I am excited for Breathe great title!

thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

At August 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM , Blogger Shannon said...

Thanks for sharing the "secret" behind the name! jersqueenie(at)gmail(dot)com

At August 19, 2011 at 6:54 AM , Blogger Vojalyn said...

Thank you so much for the post and for the giveaway! :)

At August 19, 2011 at 7:04 PM , Blogger nikkipickles45 said...

Really interesting knowing what goes into naming a book.


At August 19, 2011 at 7:27 PM , Blogger BBurton said...

I write some short stories and all of them have no name. It is nice to know how she found the title of Breathe. Thanks for the Giveaway.

At August 20, 2011 at 10:45 AM , Blogger Dovile said...

Thanks for the chance!

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At August 24, 2011 at 4:32 PM , Blogger Laura Ann Dunks said...

Excellent title. Very apt!

The title for my WIP came after a few weeks. Other storys I take forever to name!

I really would love to win this

lauradunks at googlemail dot com




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