Let the bells ring out and the banners wave!! I am proud to reveal the new covers for The Returns series. The Returns 2 ~ Showstoppers will be available this week through Amazon.com. It has been nearly a year since I first uploaded The Returns on Amazon Kindle. At that time, everything I knew about writing, publishing, and book promotions could have fit inside a thimble! I have said it before and I’ll continue to say, “What a difference a year makes!” I dare say my knowledge will at least fill up a gumbo pot! I know that I will continue to learn every day through trial and error.
I must say several things at this point. First, I’d like to say how much I have loved the first beautiful cover for The Returns. I will always be grateful to Jay Bowen for his design and help. I had absolutely no idea about book cover design and he was a lifesaver. Second, I want to thank all of my family and friends who have supported me by Facebook postings and word of mouth. I am truly blessed to have all of you in my life. Third, none of this would be possible without my wonderful readers! I have received some of the most heartwarming letters and incredible reviews. I can honestly say that some of my reviews brought tears of joy and pride to my eyes. The incredible thing about my readers is that many of them have become friends. I sincerely thank each of you with my whole heart. Finally, I must thank my husband, Skipper for his constant love and belief in me. That thanks also goes to my children and their spouses. All of them have listened to me ramble on and on about my book. They have been so patient, understanding, and proud of me. I must have done something very right in life to deserve them!
Now, I am ready to move forward with The Returns 2 ~ Showstoppers! This brings up a whole new batch of thanks! One of my readers has become so much more than a friend; she has become my editor, mentor, sounding board, and hero! Leiah Cooper http://soireadthisbooktoday.com/ has proven to be one of the most patient people that I know, and believe me the past few days have proven that ten-fold! If anyone reading this is looking for an excellent editor, look no further! My new covers are the brainchild of Holly Madison of Whimsical Graphix. When I contacted her about making my new cover art, the first thing that she did was to download The Returns and read it. She came up with two brilliant covers that both capture the fun and feeling of my books. She was a joy to work with and let me have major input in her designs. I was extremely proud to have her work on my books and strongly recommend her for any author looking for a graphic designer! Just contact me and I will put you in touch with both of these wonderful women! Holly even used my real dogs for the covers! Of course, Bentley now insists on being called “Hollywood” and Pierre is even more of a Prima Donna! LOL!
As always, my love and thanks go to the wonderful dogs and cats that have been the basis for The Returns. Anyone who has ever loved their pet knows how difficult it is to say good-bye to them. In writing my books, I have been able to bring them back to life and laugh with them again. That has been an absolute gift from God to me. I certainly hope they bring a smile to your lips as they take on this new adventure!
If you already own the eBook version of The Returns, you will be able to download the new edited version at no charge. There are a few changes from the original storyline but nothing major. You can go to your “Manage My Kindle” page to update your copy at no additional charge! It may take a few days before the update is available. I will ask Amazon to contact my readers by email so keep an eye out for a notification. It is usually several weeks to receive the letter so it is quicker to check your personal Amazon page. Don’t forget to check out my Facebook page for some upcoming contests that you won’t want to miss!
Now…drumroll please! My new covers!