The cover for Sunshine Hunter has been updated. Hurray for no more gym clothes!
We’ve come a long way from the first cover:
My niece has done a wonderful job for me. I was delighted with my first Susan Hunter cover, and I’ve been delighted with every cover in between. I think we’re both getting better at what we do. 🙂
My next big news is that I’ve decided to make Sunshine Hunter a FREE book – permanently. Now that there are five books, with a sixth on the way, I think having the first book in the series for free is a good move. I’m finding that many people who have read the first book have gone on to read more (if not all) of the books in the series.
I’ve already made the cover change and the price change at Smashwords. You can go there and download the book for any eReader (to be sideloaded) – or to read on your PC. When the book is approved for their premium catalog in a few days, it will be distributed with the new cover and pricing to all of their outlets – Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony, Apple, and Diesel Books.
Amazon doesn’t allow me to list the price as free, but they will match the price when the other outlets have updated to free. When the changes have been made everywhere, I hope to do some fun marketing.
I’m looking forward to a good year!
Edited to add: A few minutes before 6:00 p.m. today (15th), the changes to Sunshine Hunter were approved for the premium catalog at Smashwords. Less than 24 hours! That was so fast! It will be going out to major outlets soon.
Looks great, Maddie!
Thank you, Carrie. 🙂
Very. Cute congrats !
Thank you, Jennifer. Have fun at your speaking appearance tomorrow!
Thanks so much! I’m trying to think up questions they might ask me. **yikes!**
Great job! Glad you like it too.
Thank you, El Guapo. I’m tickled pink with it. 🙂
You already know I love it. Did you find me that dress for $35 yet? Would you mind if I post this on Twitter? I’m sure my followers would love a free book, and maybe they’d get the others too! Hoping to finish number 2 myself this weekend. 🙂
Yay! Post away on Twitter!! Thank you, Julie!
Haven’t found the dress yet at a reasonable price. You are so talented though, you can make it! 🙂
Ya know, I was thinking, I may have a pattern for something very similar.
You are so talented, I’m sure you can make adjustments. I like the changes my niece made – the halter strap, no “sewn” waistline, and shorter than the real one. The pleats really make it cute. I love sundresses!
Looking good Susan (and Maddie)! I love the little crab too. It looks great, it really does. 🙂
Thank you, Jackie! I’m really happy you like it. 🙂 I love that little crab.
he is a cutie for sure 🙂
Cutie crabs? Are you part of Mel’s Share the Love Campaign?
LOL!! Cutie crabs, indeed! To be honest, I don’t know Mel other than to see her here and there, and I wasn’t aware of the campaign until you posted it today. That’s ok … I’ll make my way into some of these cool events eventually. 😉
Love that dress. Where did Susan buy it?
You and your “by.” I fixed it for you. 😉 I love the dress, too. It’s modified from one I found online. However, Susan had the dress in her closet when she packed for Florida, so who knows where she bought it. I can’t keep track of her most of the time.
Absolutely fantastic, Maddie!!! 😀 I’m heading over now to grab a copy 😉
Yay! Thank you, Dianne. I hope you like it! 🙂
Very handy having a designer in the family! Just what I need – plus an editor, publicist, marketing strategist, PA… 😉
Huw, if I didn’t have my niece, my covers would be stick figures drawn in crayon. My mother doubles as editor and proof-reader, and my sister proof reads as well. I’m so grateful for the help my family provides.
Wonderful things families. Mine includes an architect, a doctor, mining engineer, landscape gardener, mathematician, loud speaker designer etc – great skills but no use to me at all!!
Free on Smashwords? I’ll put it on my mom’s Kindle. I wrote a less racy story I thought she’d like, but she’s afraid to read it.
LOL, Antoinette! I have good luck with “moms” reading my book. I hope yours likes it, too.
I don’t know if you’re a “cozy mystery” writer, as I’m not entirely sure what they are, but I feel like saying, “Who doesn’t love a cozy mystery?” I need to diversify my genre reading.
At first I thought I would be writing cozy mysteries, but my books don’t fit the criteria. I’m also not pure mystery. I finally figured out that my books are “chick lit with a mystery.”
Be sure to let me know when your book is available for Apple. I don’t have a PC or an eReader. Great new cover, too!
I will Charlie! It should be to Apple within about two weeks. Glad you like the cover. 🙂
I know you love me, but modelling Susan’s New legs on mine is going a bit too far don’t you think?
You have the loveliest legs, Monk Monkey. I think the toenail polish put you over the top as the leading candidate for the model.
True. True. I have put a lot of effort in – something everyone else out there could learn from me.
Maddie ~I finished Las Vegas last night. I am in love with the characters and have already downloaded the next one. KEEP WRITING….I’m almost caught up! I love the new cover, btw! ♥ paula
LOL!! I’m so glad you liked the Vegas book. Aren’t her mom and dad so cool! Vegas was my sister’s favorite. The next book in New Orleans is my favorite. These characters are nuts, and I have no control over them! 🙂
These two I need to read but they sound loverly!
Well….YAY and here we go! 😉
Oh yeah! Very nice! I hope all is well.
Jerron!! What a delight to see you! You must think I have abandoned you. I have allowed myself to be stretched too thin between blogging, writing, and life, but all is well. I’ve been gradually getting around to blogs, and will be by soon to see what creative, toe-tapping gems you’ve written. Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂
Ohhh, you don’t have to do that! Just glad things are good.
I never *have* to; I just love to!
I finally got around to reading your books. Yes, all of them. I downloaded one to read last week and went on to buy them all.
This is not my usual style of book, there were no vampires or werewolves and I don’t do mystery. I would never have picked them up if I had not read your blog and been nosy.
But, I have to say thank you. Brilliant, funny light hearted reading – perfect for a weekend chill. I really enjoyed them.
I also like your character. Susan is girly, again, not my usual read. But also kick arse. Good to know that you can be both – I think more girls out there should learn that. I like that she is a normal human, she makes mistakes, she gets moody, she is funny. One of the things that struck me the most was that she had fallings out with people. You know, like normal people do and book heroines normally don’t. Shouting at the nosy old lady in the supermarket for spreading rumours of an orgy – very funny.
Thanks for the great read. I’m sorry you are my doing 6 books, but start working your next theme pleas because I want to read them all. Expectations are high now. 🙂
Ooh, I think you prompted me to write my 1st ever book review too!
Piper! I am almost speechless! Thank you so much for reading not just one of my books, but reading the rest, too. The fact that you liked them and pointed out specifics as to why means a lot to me.
I was heading up to bed last night at about 3:30. I came back to my desk to be sure I had everything turned off, and checked my notifications one last time. I read your comment then.
I was like a giddy schoolgirl! Your comments were the best review I’ve received yet. I grabbed my tablet, hustled my husband off the sofa and up to bed, and then promptly read your comment to him. He was delighted, too. Then I was wound up and chatty, and it was nearly 5:00 a.m. before I drifted off to sleep. I think I’m going to need a nap today.
But you’re the best!! Thank you again. 🙂
Your Susan has the looks and style that would just fit right in on the Goldcoast, very GC they call it over here. Thank you for letting us have a book for free I look forward to downloading it.
My niece has done a wonderful job of bringing Susan to life. I think you are right; she probably would fit in on the Goldcoast. 🙂 Please do download the book, Pauline, and I hope you enjoy it.
Yes I will download and let you know
Really like the new cover, I think it matches your sassy style too! And when I can access my emails will be checking out your new one too which is fab timing as my local library is shutting for renovation work!
Isn’t that email mess so frustrating! Glad you like the cover … sassy is good. 🙂 Have a great weekend!
Wow! So beautiful 🙂 Congrats Maddie! xoxo
Thank you, Dolly! 🙂
Congratulations and I’ll be picking my copy very soon too 😉
Thank you, Pixie Girl. I saw you in “the monkey house” today, and it reminded me to follow you! 😉 Thank you in advance for grabbing a copy of the book. Hope you like it!
Thanks for the follow 😉 can’t wait to start reading! gotta first deal with a couple of deadlines
LOVE the new cover!!
Thank you, Pam! I’m so, so happy with how it turned out. *I* want to be Susan walking on that beach. 🙂
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The new cover is fantastic! Love it. =D Also that is definitely a good marketing move. It would give potential readers more incentive to check out all your other books. Clever thinking, Maddie! 😉
Glad you like the cover, Zen. I’m still swooning over it. 🙂 I’m comfortable making the first book free, and I think it will help. Thanks!
Love the cover Maddie, what a great idea to make the first book free, very smart move 🙂
Hi Rita Kay! I’ve been away from blogs for a while, but will be catching up this weekend. I’m beyond delighted with the new cover. The free book is already working out very well! 🙂
Great work Maddie!
You should be very proud!
Hi Robert! I’ll be stopping by this weekend to catch up with you; I’ve been away from blogs for a bit. … Thank you for the kind words. I am really happy with the cover, and making the first book free has been a smart move. Talk to you soon!!
Congratulations Maddie, it looks great!
Hi Maggie! I’ve been away from blogs for a bit and missed your comment here. Thanks for stopping in. I love the new cover and think it will really help the books. Hope you are well and staying warm! 🙂
I’m so impressed with how well you’re doing and it’s so nice to see the creative process develop. Excellent work, Maddie. 🙂
Thank you for this, too, Kate! I’m so happy with the work my niece is doing for me, and, obviously, the move to free was the right one. 🙂