Book Titles, House-Buying, and Pizza

Last month, I started working on my third book in the Love and Work series. The writing is coming along, but it’s been slower than I’d like. For good reason, though…

We’re buying a house. Yay! The search took about four months, and we visited about sixty houses. After a certain amount of time, the places we saw all started to blur together. To keep track, I collected slip sheets provided at each open house and tucked them in a folder at home.

Getting our offer accepted was a high that wore off quickly once we got into House-Paperwork Quicksand. My creativity has suffered a bit, too. One can’t easily jump from writing a fun, enemies-to-lovers romance one minute to researching home insurance policies the next minute. It’s a rough shift for the noggin’.

Luckily, I’ve managed to keep some creative juices flowing while knee-deep in House Paperwork Quicksand—with a little bit of writing, book-cover creating, and book-title noodling.

Help Me Pick a Book Title and Cover

Here’s a brief snippet of what my new romantic comedy book is about:

An ex-beauty queen faces her biggest rival yet: a cocky advertising sales rep at her new job. When the self-proclaimed “Top Dog of Sales” learns she wants to dethrone him, he won’t give up without a fight. Pride and identity may fuel this rivalry at first. But as they discover more about each other’s past, their rivalry takes a surprising turn.

I’m stuck between two book titles for the book and book covers, and I’d love your input.

Should I call the book A Weekend with Warren?

Or should I call it Beauty Queen Bridget?

If you have any thoughts on the titles or books covers, I’d love to hear it!

Pear Gorgonzola Pizza

A recent trip to California Pizza Kitchen inspired me to make pear gorgonzola pizza at home. I got the recipe from Fit Mitten Kitchen, which calls for pear and gorgonzola (of course!) and balsamic, brown sugar, red onions, and walnuts. I substituted honey-glazed pecans for the walnuts.

I used a lot less balsamic than the recipe mentioned, only about 1/4 cup or so. Next time, I might double the pear amount from one pear to two. I think a little more fruit might add to the flavor.

Overall, I definitely liked it. No, it wasn’t as good as CPK’s version. But it’s hard to make a dish as good as what I get at the restaurant. With that said, I’ll definitely try this pizza again, maybe with flatbread instead of the pizza crust for variety.

Do you have a pear gorgonzola pizza or flatbread recipe to share?

Published by Rene Penn

Author. Blogger.

8 thoughts on “Book Titles, House-Buying, and Pizza

  1. The second cover looks great, romantic and quirky. It is so hard to maintain life changing experiences alongside creativity, plus the job etc. Sometimes, something has to give.


  2. I love the title Beauty Queen Bridgett, and I also love the plot. I may try this pizza. I am not a fan of pineapple on my pizza, but maybe pear will taste better.

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  3. Congrats on the house. It can be exhausting. I know what you mean by how they all look the same after a while. As for the title: What are you drawn to? Does your heart skip a beat when you see one over the other?

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