Today's contest is... (drumroll)
!!URGENT MESSAGE TO READERS OF THIS BLOG!! Up to this point I have revealed very little about my novel's story content, but today that is all going to change...well, it's going to change some...okay, I'm going to tell you one thing.
I have a deceased character named Jake.
Jake was a wonderful young man--bordering on perfect, as the deceased often are. He was good-lookin' as heck, kind to the less fortunate, and had big plans as the future student body president. He was the MC's boyfriend.
But Jake has one flaw.
I know, who doesn't love a guy named Jake, but I've come near to the end of my little tale and I find I have a Jackie, a Jen, and a JT, in addition to the aforementioned Jake.
Jake's got to go. Two many J's in the mix.
WILL YOU HELP RENAME JAKE?
A few things to keep in mind...
+My main character's name is Taryn (Eek! BIG REVEAL!)
+(In my mind) Jake is tall with darkish, slightly longish, but not too long hair that curls at the ends
+His name must be pretty nondescript since he is not a main character--just an often-mentioned deceased character
I will choose a winner from among the entrees received in the comments section, and, mind you, it will be completely subjective.
If I choose your name for Jake you will receive a 4th of July vinyl lettering design. (I'll see if I can post a picture of the design at some point.) If there are multiple suggestions for the same name, then I will make a rule, like, the first one who sent it in wins. Something crazy like that. I will run the contest for (approximately) one week.
Please note that there are no guarantees that the winning name for Jake will stay that name in the book's published form. As always, all novel content is subject to the whim of a future editor. The future editor I can only hope (and pray and plead and cry and beg and bribe) to have someday.
And just so you know, I may always call him Jake in my heart no matter what the name on the page says. He was conceived as Jake and he'll just always be Jake to me.