The Next Big Thing — Part Two — Name That Book!

Thanks to my friend Patricia Sands, here we are with The Next Big Thing — Part Two. Patricia is an author you should know, if you don’t already. She loves many of the same things you and I love. Like what? Travel, chocolate, reading, writing, and more. To check out her website and find out for yourselves. Click Here

Remember when my friend CJ West tagged me in the ongoing Facebook blog hop called The Next Big Thing? Right at that moment, we were working feverishly to finish several new projects which have now hit the shelves. I was excited to tell you about them in The Next Big Thing — Part One, so thanks, CJ for asking! (And if you missed all the excitement get the details: Click Here.)

Now that all five (5!!) of my new Licensed to Thrill boxed sets and my Sampler are published, and the hit Jack Reacher movie starring Tom Cruise is amazing filmgoers in theaters, and you’ve finished Lee Child’s latest book, A Wanted Man, and we’re done with the holidays and the world didn’t actually end on December 21, 2012, and it’s now 2013 — whew — thanks to Patricia Sands, let’s talk about The Next Big Thing (Part Two), shall we?

Under the rules (and we all know how much I hate rules), I’m required to answer these questions about the book I’m currently writing. Hmmmmm. Well, I’ll give it a go, but the very first question is a stumper.

1.  Question: What is the working title?

I’ve been worrying this one around for a while. Maybe you can help me. Let’s have a little vote, shall we? I have two titles in mind. Let’s see how many votes we get for each one and declare a winner. And of course we’ll need a prize for doing this heavy lifting, right? How about an autographed, newly minted copy of the paperback version of Fatal Distraction or Don’t Know Jack? Winner’s choice.

So here’s what we’ll do. Pretty simple. Vote for one title or the other. You can only vote once today, but we’ll run the poll through the end of January. So come back and vote again as often as you like. Which title do you prefer? And it would help me if you’d leave a comment below telling me why you like the one you’ve chosen. Will you help?

Name That Book!

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2.  Question: What is the book about?FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar are back on the Hunt for Jack Reacher. They’ve got no leads and no idea where to look for a man as far off the grid as Reacher lives. But they’ve got to start somewhere, so they begin with his last known associates, the members of his Special Investigative Unit. Or at least, the three who are still breathing after Bad Luck and Trouble wiped most of them out. But this time, another team is hunting Reacher, seeking payback and revenge. Otto and Gaspar arrive at the first subject’s office too late. Now, there are only two subjects left and they’re not expecting to die. Who will find Reacher first? Or will he find them?

3.  Question: What is the one sentence synopsis of [insert book name – once we choose it]?

When Otto and Gaspar follow the money Reacher and his companions stole from terrorists, how far will the terrorists go to Get Jack Back? Or maybe: When Otto and Gaspar follow the money Reacher and his companions stole from terrorists, should Reacher Get Back Jack?

4.  Question:  How long did it take you to write your manuscript?

Ummmm….I’ll have to let you know on that….

5.  Question: What do you love about this story?

Everything. Really. Or at least, I will love everything about it before I let anyone else read it. Even you. Sorry.

6. Question: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Honestly, I don’t think about each of the books independently. To me, the entire series is one long story. And the underlying question is always the same: What’s the rest of the story?

Oh, and of course: Will Otto and Gaspar find Jack Reacher? How will they find him? What will happen when they find him? And the biggest question: who will survive?

Okay. That’s enough tomfoolery. I’ve got to get back to work. Don’t forget to vote to Name That Book! (Check out the sneak peak at the very bottom of this post!) and —

Before I go, here are five writers who will be telling you about their Next Big Thing. These authors would very much like to meet you!

Lise McClendon 

Randy Attwood


And here are the rules:

* Give credit to the person / blog that tagged you 
* Post the rules for the blog hop 
*Answer these ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) on your blog 
*Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Folks, you already know I love to hear from you! I see everything you send to me and reply as soon as I can. No exceptions! If I don’t respond to your e-mail within 10 days, let me hear about it!

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Thank you for reading!


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p.p.s. Have you seen the new paperback versions of Don’t Know Jack and Fatal Distraction? They look terrific, don’t they? Our new paperback publisher, Stonehouse Ink, has done a fantastic job. They’ll be issuing all of my books in paperback early next year. For those of you who are looking for hard copies instead of e-versions, and even library copies, we’re very excited to bring them to you soon! Also, if you have new e-readers or friends with e-readers other than Kindle, all of my books are now available on KOBONook, and yes — iTunes!



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55 Responses to The Next Big Thing — Part Two — Name That Book!

  1. Dr Judy Knowles January 2, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    I like Get Back Jack, reminds me of the old song. 🙂

    • Diane Capri January 2, 2013 at 10:14 am #

      Yeah, me, too! And would’t you just love to say that to Reacher and survive the effort? LOL! :-D?

  2. Corey Feldman January 2, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Thanks for including me.

    • Diane Capri January 3, 2013 at 11:25 am #

      Totally welcome, Corey. Glad to have you participate!

  3. Angela Orlowski-Peart January 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    Hi, Diane! I love the idea of letting your readers vote for the title. And I just did 🙂

  4. Melinda VanLone January 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    I like Get Back Jack too because of the song title…but wondering if the meaning is right for the story. I voted for it because it’s cool :-). But Get Jack Back implies revenge or finding someone…both probably appropriate. Get Back Jack implies get out of my way, or stand aside…not sure that quite fits? But it’s still awesome to say and would look great on the cover. Either works, really. Wow I’m no help at all! lol

    • Diane Capri January 3, 2013 at 11:26 am #

      Way to be decisive, Melinda! LOL! 😀

  5. Amy Shojai, CABC January 2, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    I like “Get Back Jack” too and voted. I think the familiarity (with the song) will strike a chord with readers, too.

    • Diane Capri January 3, 2013 at 11:27 am #

      I like that one, too, Amy. Actually, I like them both. But I think Judy Knowles had a good point as well. It might be fun to see how Reacher reacts to being told, “Get back, Jack!” (Assuming the speaker lives to tell the tale, of course!) 😀

  6. Lise McClendon January 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Hi Diane,
    Wow, you’ve been busy with your Reacher books — and more! Thanks for including me in the blog hop! Off to get busy on my post over at

    • Diane Capri January 3, 2013 at 11:27 am #

      Glad to have you participate, Lise!

  7. Karen McFarland January 2, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    Good grief Diane, what a post. You must be exhausted setting this one up. lol Anywho, I just voted for “Get Jack Back.” I love it. Keep ’em coming Diane! 🙂

    • Diane Capri January 3, 2013 at 11:28 am #

      Thanks, Karen, and so glad to see you here!

  8. Louise Behiel January 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    sounds like another keeper, Diane. can’t wait to read it.

    • Diane Capri January 3, 2013 at 11:28 am #

      Hey, Louise — me, too! (Can’t wait to read it, I mean! 😀 )

  9. CC MacKenzie January 2, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    I like Get Jack Back because Get Back Jack makes me think of pushing him away.

    Great post!!!

    • Diane Capri January 3, 2013 at 11:28 am #

      Spoken like a true romance writer, CC! Thanks!

  10. Jenny Hansen January 3, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    Voted!! I love hearing about the new book. 🙂

    • Diane Capri January 3, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      Thanks, Jenny! Appreciate the help!

  11. Patricia Sands January 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    This is all SO exciting, Diane! Thanks for the shout outs and for joining in The Next Big Thing fun in spite of being so busy! I voted for Get Back Jack too. Can’t wait to read the next book!

    • Diane Capri January 3, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

      Thanks for tagging me, Patricia! This was fun!

  12. Emma Burcart January 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    I voted for Get Back Jack, too. I just love the sound of it. My copy of Fatal Distraction just arrived in the mail today, but I will add Don’t Know Jack to my TBR pile so I can be ready when Get Back Jack is out. 🙂

    • Diane Capri January 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

      Thanks for voting, Emma, and I hope you enjoy the book!

  13. Sheila Seabrook January 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    I loved the interview, Diane, and can’t wait to read this latest book. And I voted for Get Back Jack too. The title totally rocks. 🙂

    • Diane Capri January 3, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

      Thanks, Sheila! Appreciate your vote and thanks for stopping by!

  14. Dave Simon January 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    I prefer “Get Jack Back” and voted as such, simply because it tells the story in three short words. To that end, I would vastly prefer a title along the lines of “Pay Back Jack”. In the end whatever you decide to call it, I will pre-order it for my Kindle as soon as it is available.

    • Diane Capri January 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

      Thank you, Dave – for the comment, the vote, and the support. I really appreciate it!

  15. jonquil January 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    I voted for ‘Get Back Jack’. There is an implied threat there, also action. ‘Get Jack Back’ isn’t nearly as active a title.

    • Diane Capri January 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

      Thanks for voting and for explaining your choice. This is a tough decision for me, so I’m glad to hear other views.

  16. Ashfa January 13, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    I like Get Back Jack too.. There’s something there that keeps you interested.

    • Diane Capri January 28, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

      LOL! Perhaps the implied contest is what does it, Ashfa. I mean, can you imagine what would happen if we said that to Reacher? Yikes!!! Thanks for voting!

  17. SO January 24, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    Get Jack Back sounds good to me…

    • Diane Capri January 28, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

      Thanks for voting!

  18. David Kasel January 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    “Get Back Jack” Is a great title for the book. I have read “Don’t Know Jack” and both of the shorts (Jack In a Box) and (Jack and Kill).. I’m in love with the stories already. I will be reading the new novel no matter what its called! keep them coming. Build this up, and Colab with Child, and make an incredible merging of two styles. Thank you for coming up with something original and all of your own, and also giving me a dose of Reacher.

    • Diane Capri January 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

      Thank you, David! I am so glad you’re enjoying the Otto & Gaspar books. Thanks so much for the kind words and for voting!

  19. Annie P January 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    I voted for `Get Back Jack`. Besides reminding me of the song, yep, I thought so too, I thought it was a really catchy title. And I cannot wait to get the third Licensed to Thrill set! I will have to set my calendar up to remind me so I don`t miss buying the Kindle app version on January 31st on sale. Congrats Diane, love your work!

    • Diane Capri January 30, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      Thank you for your vote, Annie! The Reader’s Choice will be announced tomorrow!

  20. Viki House January 30, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    I vote for “Get Back Jack”, not only because of the song, but because it’s a more catchy title!

    • Diane Capri January 30, 2013 at 11:33 am #

      Thanks for your vote, Viki! Be sure to check back tomorrow when we’ll have a Reader’s Choice winner!

  21. Leoda Messick January 30, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    I like the Get back Jack because it has a lyrical sound to it but the other one sounds like revenge.

    • Diane Capri January 30, 2013 at 11:34 am #

      Good points, Leoda! Thanks for voting. And be sure to check back tomorrow for the Reader’s Choice!

  22. Bill Hartman January 30, 2013 at 6:04 am #

    I vote for Get Jack Back. Just seems to ring more for me.

    • Diane Capri January 30, 2013 at 11:34 am #

      Thanks, Bill. I like that one, too!

  23. Carol McClellan January 30, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    I voted for Get Back Jack because you said it was about getting money back

    • Diane Capri January 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      Thanks for voting, Carol, and for explaining your vote.

  24. Rick Berkbigler January 30, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    I vote for Get Jack Back. It just sounds more like a intresting book title.

    • Diane Capri January 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

      Thanks, Rick. Tomorrow we’ll see how the votes came out. I’m very curious…

  25. Mary Bohme January 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    I vote for “Get Back Jack” Catchy title, just like your others. Love those books by the way. Love Jack Reacher and Lee Child. It’s really good to read about Jack from another perspective. Keep up the good work.

    • Diane Capri January 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

      Thank you, Mary! I’m glad you’re enjoying the books and thanks for voting.

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