And the winner is, by unanimous decision of the writers and agents, is…
The Iron Covenant.
The earliest comment suggesting Iron Covenant, posted on 04/01/2018 at 12:50 pm, belongs to Joanne. Dear Joanne, please email us to make further arrangements to claim your prizes.
Awesome! Can’t wait!
Great series name! Congratulations to Joanne.
Susan E says
What she said ?
And ditto yet again!
And ditto one more time! ?
Oops, sorry for the repeat – thought the first comment did not post. ?
Ditto too, awesome title. Congrats!
Cori Shaye says
Woot!!! Go Joanne! That’s a badass name!!
Thank you!! 🙂
Great series title. Congratulations to Joanne!
Ruth Ray says
Congrats Joanne! Great series name for the Hugh and Elara stories m
OMG. Im beside myself with happiness! 😀 I’m so excited I can be part of your amazing work in this way and all the prizes are just awesome!!! Thank you!
Congratulations! Go you!
Pat Crouch says
Great name! Congratulations!
Alex R. says
Agreed. Perfect name for this series. Very well done.
Patricia Schlorke says
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! How exciting for you!!!
Totes jelly ?
Congrats on a great title!!!!
Congratulations! When I read the title, I though “Perfect, just perfect!”.
Me too! Congratulations!
Congrats. I like it
Excellent choice! Great name.
Well done Joanne!
What she said!
Love the name. Perfect. I am really looking forward to Iron and Magic, especially after the snippet. Hope you are feeling much better!
Love the name. Perfect. I am really looking forward to Iron and Magic, especially after the huge excerpt. Hope you are feeling much better!
I can’t say thank you to everyone’s congratulatory statements because it won’t let me post that many times in a row. But thank you everyone!!!
Email sent! 😀
Congratulations! … After I read the above post from Ms Ilona, I went back to the contest article. I was scrolling down to find your winning post. You actually posted several great titles.
Congrats Joanne! 🙂
Congrats Joanne! Great name!
Angel Mercury says
Oh, nice one! Can’t wait to read the rest of it. Might even have to take a day off for this release 🙂
Congratulations Joanne! It’s a terrific name! I know you will be thrilled when it comes out!
Ah, Covenant always reminds me too much of religion for some reason haha. Nevertheless, congratulations!
Arkon and Annie says
The Iron Covenant is such a good name!
Ooh, like it! Will be interesting to see mutual respect develop. Also, wondering if Elara would be willing to consider polygamy for herself – as that would be a potential for fun drama with Hugh. Hope events don’t consistently go his way.
Thats really good great pick!
Good choice great name congratulations Joanne
Mary P says
Love it! Perfect name… congrats! ?
Great series name!
Woot! Woot! From April Fool’s to series.
All Hail the might Authorlords and their horde!
Congratulations Joanne. It is an excellent title.
Great name – congrats to Joanne 🙂
Thank You Joanne!
Now we can all pre-order the book!!!
I plus one’d Iron Covenant. Good title.
I have a question, though, Ilona. You mentioned your agent voting on the title. Was that just because she’s familiar with the Kate series? I mean, if Hugh is self-published, then is your agent still involved? Just curious how that works with agents and self-published books.
Alex Salvador says
Congrats! That’s an awesome name!
Great series name!
Congratulations Joanne! It’s a great series title!
Congrats from Singapore, Joanne!
It’s a great title.
Hah I also proposed the iron covenant sometime later without checking(other time zone), so my heart stopped for a second there 😀
Nice title Joanne, congratulations!
And ooooooh super awesome, I love that there’s going to be a series *______*
Should be “The Iron Covenant on a Unicorn” ?
Great name for the series!!!
Yay! Congratulations Joanne!
Gloria Magid says
I like it!
That is such a perfect title. It refers to Hugh and to Elara, and to their marriage, and to their need to make their alliance seem strong. Congratulations Joanne! You are awesome.
Please help а non-native speaker understand what covenant mean. I saw different translations and explanaitions of the word with meanings widely varying between testament and contract. Is the meaning mainly religious? Sorry if the question sounds silly, but it’s one of these words that you don’t meet often in everyday text and I just cannot get a feeling of what the title means.
I always thought of it as a religious contract since I only read that word in the Bible. However, I just googled the definition. It’s literally a contract. Hugh and Elara agreed to join forces. To make it binding, they will marry by name only. A business agreement since they both share the same enemy. Maybe someone who actually used that word can explain it better than me! =)
I’d like to think that in this case it’s also a play on the word ‘coven’. As in witch coven.
At it’s most basic it means “agreement” but one of the nuances it conveys is that the agreement is “cast in stone”.
which is kind of where the contract/ theological uses come from eg: marriage covenant both contract and religion.
Traditionally once you were married it was for life. Or in contract terms covenant place binding conditions on contracts eg: property contracts could have a covenant which restricts the use of the land (must alway be farming, or a building no bigger than 100m squares.
So for me I think of a covenant as an agreement which is binding either because of contractual clauses or religious principles and practice, like a marriage which is why this is such a fab series title
Hope this helps
Thanks everyone for the great explanations! Now I understand the title 🙂
I’ve always thought Cromwell and the Stuart’s and Covenanters. It has always meant battle to me. Probably not even close sigh….
Bill G says
Cool. Congratulations to Joanne, and thank you for the contest.
Debi Majo says
Love the name! Great job Joanne!
Congratulations Joanne!! That was my top favorite, too. The second I read it, my mind said “OH YES!! That’s a bellringer.” *grin*
Congratulations Joanne, it’s a marvelous series name! Also, Hugh…
Congratulations Joanne. Perfect.
So sorry, Yu. I never get the Series posts until Saturdays. Don’t know why we don’t all get them at once, but there are always hundreds of comments already there when I open up the email in my browser. Maybe if the Author gods find out that we don’t get our emails on the same day, they will see that you couldn’t have responded earlier. There is probably no way for them to trace that.
Ilona, to answer your yarn question, My favorite 3 online catalogues are Love Knitting, Webbs, and Little Knits. They are all great people to work with, Great online catalogues, fast shipping, never a mistake, great prices, and even easy returns. LittleKnits have 2 fascinating looking yarns at a great discount right now by Feza, “Alp” and “Viva Glitz”. But for summer sweaters you can’t go wrong with Cascade Sarasota or Universal Bamboo Pop DK wt. yarns From Love knitting, or Webbs. They have software that you can narrow your search by fiber, weight, color, sale, price. I always go to the yarn wholesalers’ websites to compare color and texture and look at how the yarn looks in patterns, especially variegated yarns, before I go back and buy. Right now , I’m looking for a mottled denim look, because I live in jeans. Have fun!
Lauryn M says
Wow, Chris! That’s just a wonderful and impressive amount of info! I don’t knit/crochet but it still intrigued me enough to go take a peek! But I do I love bamboo, linen and raw silk crocheted/woven shawls and wraps! LoL.
Oh – perfect name! Congratulations Joanne!
Lauryn M says
Love, love, love Iron Covenant!!!! Woohoo Joanne and shoutout to all the great names offered! So much creative power pooled in the BDH! And what a fabulous thing for someone to have their suggestion picked up and immortalized in a series title by this team. That’s just an incredible gift. I can hardly wait, I’ve long wanted more of Hugh’s story. I’ve loathed and despised him, but he also tugged at me.
Ilona, I hope like hell life evens out pdq. Be it great yarn or great yarns, we all need our havens. For many of us, your books fill them. I know you need something else and hope you find some respite and rejuvenation soon.
D Lm A says
Compares well, to the story line.
It’s visual, Hugh’s description, his horse (previous), the Dogs
Now my anxiety is the colors.
But from the sound of it I would reach for it.
The stress, it’s about color
it’s about . . . think nature, think sounds, think roiling mass you will deal with. Not must, not have to, just there.
Roiling, swirling, mashed, blown, crackling, crashing, flashing flickering, soundless spectacle.
there will be, are colors that flit through that sight bending mass.
don’t decide . . . glance, glismp & observe
when you were looking for the dogs, you were looking for that flash of color that is them against the road or bushes or grasses
(actually you were probably trying not to erupt from either end while not running gordon or the dogs over)
however I digress, let the color come to you . . . that sounds so woo-woo
For all you have endured, decision heavy, lost, go find, fix, decide, cope, in your surrounds there is a shade, a swatch, a dot, a speck of color that has centered you. It’s will of the wisping around you now, return & like the dogs it will be right there.
Woo-woo or not that stuff really works. Be well, get better
Patricia Schlorke says
Congratulations! Great name for the series. 😀
congrats Joanne and yeah for us – I think however it will always be the Hugh series…..
Sarah K says
Love the name of the series – congratulations Joanne!
Well done Joanne, great title!!
Congratulations Joanne. Works brilliantly.
Gail K says
Congratulations Joanne, good title, concise but descriptive. I never can come up with good titles. I impressed with the creativity of others.
Love it! Congratulations
The first time I saw this I actually let out an “Oh” followed by silence. It’s just perfect on so many levels. I’m really glad that it won!!!! Yay!!!!
Debbie Fund says
Excellent well done!