The Trouble with Titles by Joshua K. Johnson (Contest) #Fantasy @Goddessfish

VBT_TourBanner_TheAnsargiRebellionStories have always been easy for me, ever since I was young. The characters, the plot, the twist, all of it has flowed from the Muses. I run into trouble once in a while, but for the most part the meat of the story works itself out.

But one problem that I always seem to have trouble surmounting is finding a good title for my stories. How much do you give away about the plot or the characters? Does the title fit the theme of the story? If its part of a series, do the titles create their own narrative and flow with the plot?

Eventually, I always seem to strike on what I think is the right title and the others fall in line with it. My current set of titles actually developed from Book 2 – The Hydra Offensive. It was the first title I struck on and it gave me a base. From there, I decided that each of the books in the series would be based on the actions of one of the prominent noble houses. I had the other 5 titles set, but still didn’t have one for Book 1. Finally, I struck The Cerberus Rebellion.

As a reader what do you look for in a title? Do you want the theme to be obvious? Are you disappointed if the title gives up too much of the story?


BookCover_CereberusWar changes everything.

On the world of Zaria, Elves, magic and mythical beasts coexist beside rifles and railroads. The futures of two nations hang in the balance as rebels and revolutionaries trade gunfire with loyalists and tyrants.

The King of Ansgar, secure in his belief that his loyal nobles and fearful subjects answer to his every whim, seeks to gain favor with friends across the sea. But his decision to send armies thousands of miles away will test that fear, and loyalty.

In war, little is held back; in revolution, nothing is safe


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BookCover_TheHydraOffensiveKindleMagnus reined up his horse in front of the largest tent pavilion he had ever seen.

“And whose tent is this?” The gaudy purple canvas tent structure stood twenty feet at the center pole, at least twelve at the edge and was more than a hundred feet on each side.

“Your Grace, it is mine!” a short man announced and then bowed. “Sir Byron Alfson, of Harristown.”

“Ah, sir, you have me at a disadvantage.”

Magnus inspected the knight with narrowed eyes.

He had a mop of frail-looking brown hair tied into a short ponytail and a narrow nose that was flanked by light blue eyes. He wore a greatcoat that looked like it had been cut from the same fabric as his tent.

Harristown was one of the small villages that had sprouted up along the rail lines that ran from Agilard to Aetheston. The strange grape beer that had made the town famous gave its color to everything the town did. They had even changed their sigil to a purple field with a golden mug.

“This is quite the pavilion,” Magnus continued after a moment. “I didn’t know that the grape beer business had so much money to be made.”

“We do our best, Your Grace,” the knight said. “I hope my pavilion does not offend you, Your Grace. While it is my tent, I have shared it with many of the knights from Lord Tallet’s levies.”

“It does not offend,” Magnus lied. If he had his way, the knights would be sleeping in camp tents with the rest of his soldiers. But his advisors had warned him that not giving the knights and lesser lords their symbols of pride and authority could drive them away. He had been reluctant to accept the counsel, but in the end the tradition of tent pavilions and knightly feasts had been upheld. “Carry on, Sir Alfson.”

“Thank you, Your Grace.” The knight bowed again and disappeared into his purple monstrosity.



Joshua will be awarding an ebook containing short stories set in the same world as the series, The Chesian Wars to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and an ebook containing short stories set in the same world as the series, The Chesian Wars to a randomly drawn host.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

AuthorPhoto_The Ansgari RebellionJoshua Johnson is the author of “Gunpowder Fantasy” The Cerberus Rebellion and the creator of the Griffins & Gunpowder universe. When he isn’t working or spending time with his family, he writes novels, short stories and novellas.

He currently lives in Northern Illinois with his wife and young children.

You can visit his website at


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