Just want to share my new cover.

If books are our babies, I have to share my first book in her new party dress.

I loved the graphic quality of the old cover, but too many people asked me if it was for adults. YES!

It obviously looked too young though, some thought Young Adult. So time for a new cover, and my cover girl Rosey Hudson and I agreed this was perfect. Same scene, better representation.

Had to show it again ’cause it’s so pretty.

If you haven’t read it yet, check your eReader– I’ve given away thousands of copies to introduce readers to the Fortune Bay series.

If you only ready print, it is available in print at Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, and the Createspace store.

For a sneak peek at chapter one, CLICK HERE.

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Update!

I’ve been really busy and thought I’d give you an update.

  • How do you like my new website? I love it! Except that I can’t get my “Find me on social media” buttons to work. Hopefully soon.
  • The Getting to Know You Survey is now closed. There wasn’t a spot for people to enter their name,  just their email addresses. My mistake.  I don’t want to post their email addresses here, so I have contacted the winners (Check your email) and will post their names when they respond. Half of the 16 winners have already responded.
  • The facebook party was quiet but fun. I enjoyed a more intimate ‘chat’ with the people who visited.
  • In all, I have a much better ideas of who my readers are, so I don’t feel like I’m writing in a vacuum, and I possibly got some ideas on how to reach them and how to keep them happy. 🙂 I’ll post some of the interesting responses in my next post.
  • I’m moving right along on the rough draft of the next full length Fortune Bay book, probably to be called, Starting Over. I’m  1/3 of the way through, clearing my social schedule to write every day. I plan to have the draft done by the end of July, when I will send it to my editor and go to the UK for a holiday. I’m hoping to have it out in October… The delay was that, at the same time, I was planning the next three books, a related but separate series. Maybe not the most efficient way to work, but you can’t force the muse.
  • I’m changing the cover of Lake of Dreams. Visually I love how crisp it is, but too often readers think it is very young, maybe even Young Adult. I’ll be posting a few cover ideas for your comments soon!
  • If, in the past, you went to my pinterest page you may have wondered, what’s with all the Victorian pics? I’ve removed them so the pins page is mostly Fortune Bay and some of my interests now. Check it out.
  • I reworked Family Matters, the sequel novella to The Good Neighbor that I have been giving to my VIP Readers (formerly called the inner circle. I felt it sounded too covenish so I changed it.) I thought I’d release Family Matters as an ebook, and I still might. You could call it a bridge novella between the first books and Starting Over, but I don’t want to spoil the story in The Good Neighbor  for new readers. Not sure, but I’m happy with the changes.
  • The new VIP Readers website is almost ready. If you’ve reviewed any of the Fortune Bay books, and are interested in joining the VIP Readers group and receiving Advanced Readers Copies of the upcoming books and other perks, send me an email at Judy@JudithHudsonAuthor.com and tell me where you’ve reviewed any of the books and the name you use.

I think that’s all. It’s enough! I’m happy to be working on the new book though, and will be in touch soon.

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The correct date and time for the facebook party

Can I make any more mistakes with the date and time of this facebook party!?

I must have had the calendar open on the wrong month when I set up the party two weeks ago, and when I wrote the last post about the 20 questions survey and set it to go live today, because since then I have realized I had the date (and some of the times!) wrong. (As my husband pointed out so helpfully this morning, there is no Thursday June 7.)

And, to complicate matters more, I later  changed the date to Tuesday because of a previous commitment. (A Grad!)

To say I am in my own little world when I’m immersed in the first draft of a new book would be an understatement.

So, let’s try it again.

On Tuesday June 6 I’ll be posting and chatting with readers for an hour from 10 – 11 am PDT (1 – 2 pm EDT) and again at 6 – 7 pm PDT (9 – 10 pm EDT), but you can drop in any time Tuesday June 6th and add your comments to be entered in draws.

To see the corrected original post– including what’s in the draws and my answers to the 20 Questions Survey — click here.

Now, if I can only remember on Tuesday to show up, everything will be fine!

Judy

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Judy’s answers to the 20 questions survey

 

Here, as promised, here are my answers to the 20 Questions Survey:

Can you see me in this picture?

1/ Where do you live? On Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

2/ Which social media platform do you use most often? facebook and pinterest

3/ What is your age range? 50 – 65

4/ What are your two favourite drinks? coffee and red wine

5/ What makes an evening special for you?  Getting together with one of my groups of women friends, the book club or the painters group or some old friends, for wine and food and talk at someone’s house.

6/ I am married.

7/ How do you feel about children? Have some (2, a boy/man and a girl/woman, whom I love.)

8/ I live in the country near an in-between sized town.

9/ What do you like to do with your women friends? See question 5.

10/ All time best gift from a man? I usually either get nothing at all or an amazing gift. LOL Once, my husband bought me a huge, gorgeous pair of antique Russian Amber earrings he bought at auction. Almost too big to wear! (They are pears.)

11/ What was your favorite book you read last year? Hard to say. Maybe A Discover of Witches, by Deborah Harkness, a romance of sorts.  (I’m looking forward to my trip to England this summer when I’ll read the second book in the series and visit some of the locations, like Oxford.)

12/ Do you buy books of  – any price

13/ Do you work outside the home? Early on, I did too many jobs to list, but particularly liked working in the library. Since then, I have worked with my husband on our small business at home, which gave me the opportunity to write.

14/ What part sticks in your mind. Various parts. The darkroom seduction in Summer of Fortune, the dancing on the dock in Lake of Dreams, Augusta’s interference in The Good Neighbor, when Blue thinks, “I built it for you,” in Home for  Christmas.

My big backyard.

15/ Favorite Fortune Bay character or couple? The one I’m writing now!

16/ What are your hobbies?  I do a lot of photography, particularly  when I’m travelling, biking on the local section of the Trans-Canada Trail, puttering in my (too-large but lovely) garden.

17/ What other small town authors do you read? Lots of them! I’m always reading a new one, but I particularly like Kristan Higgins and Susan Wiggs.

18/ What do you enjoy reading in an author newsletter? I like to see links to lifestyle blogs and of course new books.

19/  What TV shows are you watching this year? Always The  Voice! My one reality show. Currently I’m watching Bull, Madam Secretary and Elementary, as well as Halt and Catch Fire and The Crown on netflix.

20/ My email address. Judy@JudithHudsonAuthor.com I always love hearing from readers!

It’s been lovely getting to know you through the survey. If you want to receive email notice of new web posts, just click HERE.

 

Judy

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What’s the plural of Fiasco?

As a friend pointed out – the time should be 1 – 2 pm, EDT!

Seems to me last time I had a facebook party I made a mistake in trying to do the time zone shift. For future reference, I do  know what time it is where I live (PT) so I’ll let you do the math!

Judy