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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Pandora's Box Signed Poster Contest



In honor of my favorite Hellhounds (y’all of course!), I’m adding a Hellhound into my storyline in Hell’s Phoenix (Road to Hell series book 2).  The Hellhound will be “female”. I’m not sure of the specifics of her yet, but at the moment, I’m thinking she’ll be some cute little fluff ball (think “lap dog”) until you piss her off or threaten her territory (her people) and then she’ll morph into a 3 headed beast.  BUT…she’ll only be introduced in book 2, and her inner demon won’t surface until book 3.  However, I need a name for that Hellhound.  That’s where YOU come in.  As part of the “Signed Pandora’s Box Poster Contest”, I need name suggestions for our Hellhound.  Be creative!  ONE entry per person. That means ONE name only! So, make sure you suggest your favorite name, and not 40 possible names.  Any additional names will be tossed out immediately and not counted.  I will collect names through 11:00 o'clock PM CST, July 7th.  At that time, I will choose my 5 favorite names and those names will be plugged into a poll and YOU will vote for the final name.  The winner of the contest will receive a personalized signed Pandora’s Box poster and I will mention them on the dedication page of Hell’s Phoenix.  You'll also have the privilege of bragging to all your friends that YOU came up with the name. =D

RULES: 
1. ONE entry per person.
2. Name suggestions will ONLY be taken here. If they’re posted to either of my facebook pages, or by email, they will not count.
3.  I have a demon language I’ve created, called Xapil.  If you have a name you love, but want to hear what it would sound like in Xapil, then contact me by email and I’ll give it to you. However, it’ll be up to you which name you choose to suggest as the final entry. Chances are, I’ll use both in the book, depending upon the English name.
4.  Give me a reason behind the name you pick (if you want). It might make a difference if I pick it as one of the five finalists. 
5.  Please ask any questions in the comment section below because chances are if you have questions, someone else has the same question.
6.  Most of all BE CREATIVE and have fun!

36 comments:

Nicole H. said...

Sybil for the woman with the multiple personalities! It sounds sweet with a tad of strength. She could be called Sybbie for short! ^-^ nicholandria at gmail dot com

Sharon said...

Okay, wait for it....Lucy!

First reason, a hellhound named Lucy? BWAHAHAHA!

Second reason, kind of a girl version of Lucifer

Third reason (and my favorite) Whenever they come through the door they can say "Luuuuucy, I'm Hooooome!" gotta use the Latin accent too ;)

Tich said...

I like Chava. In hebrew this name actually means "Life" or "serpent".

Gracen Miller said...

Great names so far!! Keep em' coming folks.

Sharon...I actually have a heroine named "Luci" in one of my short stories I'm working on and she is Lucifer's daughter. I did it because of the play on words. Sooooo...you can keep your suggested name of Lucy if you like, but it's doubtful I'll pick it because I'm already using the name. YOU CAN SUGGEST ANOTHER NAME if you want to. I'll allow it since you had NO idea I was using the name elsewhere. I love the suggestion though, for the obvious reasons I stated. lol

Kelly said...

Hello Gracen!
I would choose the name Devlin. My mom is from Ireland and I learned Gaelic as a child. Devlin means 'fierce' in Gaelic and since this girl is going to be a fluffy little girl at first I think her name should represent her 'beastly' side. What do you think? :)

Gracen Miller said...

I like it, Kelly. Plus it's a nice play against the word "devil".

Huggles,
Gracen

Anonymous said...

Persephone - It is my favorite name, and it suits a Hellhound, especially as she was Hades wife. His most prized possession

Gracen Miller said...

Anonymous...please leave me a name and/or email so I'll know who to plug into the contest!!!

I like Persephone too, but I looooove anything related to Greek Mythology.

Huggles,
Gracen

Michele L said...

I like the name Sadie....it's kind of an old name, and that's what I like about it...It could have a lot of history attached to it. I dont know the meaning of it...I just like the sounds of it.

GFC Michele Luker

jmluker at winco dot net....

my BFFS sent me...Mindy!!
BFFS means Best friends follower stalker...a little joke between us!!

Gracen Miller said...

Glad to have you join us, Michele!!

Unfortunately, I'm going to have to ask you to pick another name because the main character in my book, Fairy Casanova, is named Sadie. So...I obviously love the name, but like with Lucy that was suggested above, I never use the same name twice. :-(

But...PLEASE offer up another name.

The names that are off limits are:
Sadie
Lucy
Azira
Aysha
Ava
Serena
Madison
Alessa
Petra
Georgie
Zoe
Vela
McKella

Otherwise, your entry should be valid! lol

Thanks to Sharon and Michele for picking alternate names. I appreciate y'all being good sports about it, but atleast you know I loved your name suggestion even if I can't use it. =D

Huggles,
Gracen

Mindy fangedmom said...

I have to go with Chloe. Why? For many reasons...it is a sweet name. Who would ever think anyone named Chloe could be bad? It is such an innocent and sweet name.

2nd it is from greek mythology "Chloe
An epithet for Demeter. It means Green. Makes sense for an agricultural deity"! GREEN is my favorite color. SO i can totally see a bad ass female character in a tiny little package named Chloe who makes everyone GREEN with envy!!!!

stina6891 said...

Awesome contest!

The name I pick is:

Celeste.

Why? Because the word celestial means heavely or divine. Since she has a demon side, it is ironic. Besides, Celeste is a beautiful and strong name. Very innocent sounding. :)

kristinaleigh1@hotmail.com

Gracen Miller said...

Oh, damn...I forgot to add Celeste to the list of no-no's! *beats my head against the wall* Kristina, remember that is Madison's mother's name and she would never, ever, EVER name something after her mother.

Y'all have access to my mind and stories, don't ya? LOL Coz that's 3 of you picking names already used. Either that or we're all psychically linked...CrAzY HoOkY stuff going on here!! lol

Huggles,
Gracen

Gracen Miller said...

UPDATED list of names that are off limits because they've already been used or are being used in storyline:

Sadie
Lucy
Azira
Aysha
Ava
Serena
Madison
Alessa
Petra
Georgie
Zoe
Vela
McKella
Celeste

Michele L said...

Thanks Gracen....

I'm picking again...I did a little research on this one...and this name came up twice for me...its another old name...orgin is Gaelic, and it means Warrior...its a unisex name...but I also thought it sounded cool like Sadie...
Drum roll......

Sloane

sounds innocent but deadly...

Thanks for letting me get another try!!

GFC Michele Luker

jmluker at winco dot net

Sassy said...

Ezra - means Demon. But it's not a harsh name to me it's strong and unuasual and would be perfect. :D

Mazindy said...

Lilith because she was the Hebrew goddess of children and sexuality until she gained too much power and became demonized

hotcha12 said...

TASYSM?TRELLA? ELLA? TRINITY? LOL

hotcha12 said...

lordean, maureen jazmine

Gracen Miller said...

So far I'm loving ALL the names I'm receiving.

Hotcha12, please give me ONE name only. The rules I posted state that any entry beyond one will be immeidatley thrown out of the competition. I will accept only ONE entry and you've given me seven entries. Please pick one and tell me which one that is, otherwise, I'll throw the last six out. Thank you bunches!

Huggles,
Gracen

Elena Gray said...

Hi Gracen!

I love this contest!!

So the name I've come up with is FiFi! Just think a Hellhound named FiFi...Lucifer would love it! ;)

Plus you would never think a cute little dog named FiFi could rip you to shreds.

Ellen Elizabeth said...

Hi Mama Hellhound! Ok, so I've given this half and half thought and I decided to go with Serenity, I didn't want anyone to steal it so I'm putting that down as the name I want to enter with! Everyone's reasons is amazing, mines not that amazing xD The reason why I chose this name is because I wanted an ironic name for this girl. Serenity is someone who is calm all the time, but when you see this girl turned into a 3 headed dog, then that name completely contradicts her. Thank you for this chance! (:

IandSsmom said...

I'm going with Sarah because it is my daughters name so it is my favorite name!! It means princess!
Shannon Johnson
shannonjean14(at)gmail(dot)com

Reanna said...

I'm going to go with Sweet Pea it sounds so loveable and non threatening... kinda hard to choose one name lol I have a few lol..

Deena said...

What a fantastic contest, Gracen!!! And sucha great prize, too! <3

wlg17 said...

The Bitch from Hell! Well,she came from hell and she's a female so The Bitch from Hell! Wendy Walker Getchell,wlg17@charter.net

Amanda said...

I went looking at names that is taylor made for your character. It is NINA you think it means small or little one because of niña but it is actually Native American meaning Mighty. Nina: mighty ..... Niña: little one ..... and it has the advantage of being a precious name for a tiny puppy.

Amanda said...

Forgot my email amandawoodward1976@yahoo.com

Gracen Miller said...

I'm loving the names y'all are giving me!

Just over 3 hours left to enter the naming contest. After that, I'll pick names for y'all to vote on.

Good luck to everyone!!

Huggles,
Gracen

Kristina's Books & More said...

My new name submission is Carina. Why? I think it's pretty and badass.

Or you could just call her Kick-ass. ;)

kristinaleigh1@hotmail.com

Gracen Miller said...

Oh, lawd, I picked more than 5 names already that I loooove and the contest hasn't ended yet. UGH! How will I ever narrow it down to 5? I might get my 3 boys to pick 3 of the 5 names to make it easier. I will post the poll tomorrow sometime, so keep your eyes peered for it! =D

Huggles,
Gracen

heather said...

I am going with Myrina and I thought this over for about an hour an it keeps coming back to me. In mythology, this is the name of a warrior queen of the Amazons who defeated the people of Atlantis. So yeah this is my choice and I really like it.
rdnckgrl0506@gmail.com

Clarissa P (Clary) said...

I like the name Cadence (K-dense). It means balanced rhythmic flow and I think it would suit the character. You described her as some cute little fluff ball (love that!) but who can morph into a 3 headed beast when pissed. How ironic would it be that her name is Cadence when she's a beast?!?! Lol

This was fun!!! =)

claroxide@yahoo.co.in

Clarissa P (Clary) said...

OMG!!! I just realized that my twin Ellen Elizabeth and I had like the same idea. That is waaaaaaaaay creepy man!! Lol.
Ellen, get outta my head! <3

Gracen Miller said...

Tracy Marie Mccarthy is unable to post here, but she sent me her name entry into the contest through facebook. Her entry was/is...Mulisha.

Huggles,
Gracen

Gracen Miller said...

The time to enter new names has ended and I am no longer accepting further names. Decision time...

As I mentioned last night, I allowed my boys (2 sons and husband) to pick 3 of the names, but then my 2 sons wanted their opionions to matter on MY 2! You just can't make boys happy, you know! ;-) And they call us girls complicated. Ha! I think boys are worse!

After a heated argument with them on MY 2 votes (in which my husband told us 3 to lower our voices or the folks in the condo 10 stories up would call the police...hehe), we've agreed on 6 names instead of 5. LOL

It was tough picking these names and I still wish I could've picked others, but I ultimately had to determine if I thought it was a name my characters would've picked, or if I just liked the name. Not an easy task, I tell you!

So....here are the final 6 names for you to vote on (in no particular order of favoritism):

Carina
Nina
Chava
FiFi
Mulisha
Devlin

Congrats to whoever entered these names because I have no idea without looking back at the comments. Good luck...you may begin voting. One vote per person, please!

Huggles,
Gracen