Author: judyhudson@shaw.ca

Stories about Friendship, Family and Happily-ever-after

I don’t think valentine’s day should be limited to romantic love. I’d like it to celebrate all types of love between all types of people.


The Inuit have 50 words for snow. Surely we should have more than one word for love.

Happy Valentines Day.


The Cover Nerd comes out of the closet

l’m a self-proclaimed cover nerd, which probably stems from my fine arts background . My daughter Rosey, a marketing maven, and I work together to create my covers and last month we went wild changing the covers on most of the books of the series.


It started with Home for Christmas.

I loved the dramatic woman in black on a foggy dock, much like when Rosey comes home to the Island for Christmas and I pick her up at the float plane dock nearby. But as a friend laughingly said, it wouldn’t say Christmas to anyone who did not live in the Pacific Northwest. And your covers have to tell online buyers in a nutshell what your books about. Cover #1 – doesn’t look like Christmas, Cover #2 was visually too confusing, but I think the new cover hits just the right note, and will look great with the Starlight and Tinsel cover next Christmas.

When we got started, we just couldn’t stop. I liked the two newest covers, Starting Over and Starlight & Tinsel, and wanted to bring the rest more in line with those. More fun and direct – which is how I see the books.

Some of the old covers were too static – not reflective of the characters.

Then we decided to update the font on them all. Much sharper I think.

You get the picture. It was lots of fun, but don’t be fooled when you see a cover you don’t recognize. I’ll let you know when I do have a new book out. Hopefully next summer.

Now, back to work.

Cover Confusion

Looking back on 2018 – well, it’s been a crazy year. Despite The Big Move, I managed to publish three books, two that were already mostly written, Starting Over (Fortune Bay) and Temple of the Jaguar (Rocky and Bernadette Mystery #1), and the last Fortune Bay book (I think) Starlight and Tinsel, that I did write this year. In the confusion of packing, selling a business and moving our workshops, I’m amazed I got them out!

My scattered state of mind is evidenced by how I mixed up my two free books here on the page! Sorry if it had new readers scratching their heads.

Summer of Fortune – the first full length Fortune Bay e-book – is free at all online retailers.

(Please let me know if Amazon changes it back to 99cents, as they do randomly. I think just to show they can!).

And Lake of Dreams, the prequel novella is now my gift to new members of my readers group. If you are a member and for some reason have never received it, let me know. If you’d like to join, Click Here.

You can email me anytime about anything at Judy@JudithHudsonAuthor.com  I love hearing from readers.

I also changed some covers, but just to confuse people even more, I’m changing the cover of Summer of Fortune – the free book – back to my original cover.

I was starting a rebranding but realized I loved most of my original covers, ones that resonated with me from the start since I designed them myself with my graphic-designer daughter Rosey. So I’m changing Summer of Fortune back.

Summer of Fortune is free at all online retailers.

 

I do plan to change the covers of Home for Christmas – again. The original only said “Christmas” to someone from the pacific Northwest -lol. And the new one is too visually confusing to see the title and my name.

I’m also going to change the cover of The Good Neighbor, which I think is too static and does not reflect Frankie’s character. So watch for all that in the new year!

I’m talking about these covers on Jo-Ann Carson’s podcast, Blood Sweat and Words, that aired Christmas Day 2018. It was fun. Have a listen.

So I hope 2019 is a quiet year around here.

Now – on to the next book!

Cremona

I’m on a virtual journey with Rocky and Bernadette, my mystery protagonists, to Cremona, a city in northwestern Italy that I love. My husband is in the violin business so it’s no coincidence we’ve been to The home of Stradivarius numerous times and there are still over 100 violin makers in the ancient city.

I thought I’d show you a few of the photographs I took there that I have set up as a slide show on my two monitors to inspire me with glimpses into this intriguing world as I write.

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To see the website for Rocky ad Bernadette’s first story, Temple of the Jaguar, set in the Yucatan, go to www.JMHudsonmystery.com.

More on the Rocky and Bernadette mysteries soon.

New covers!

It’s been a few years so I’m changing a few of the original Fortune Bay covers to bring the series more in line with other small town romance series. I want readers to know what they’re getting and yes, pic out my books to try!

So ta-da! The new beta covers for Summer of Fortune and Home for Christmas.

They will probably change a bit more, but not much, and I’ll be rolling out the new cover for The Good Neighbor soon. Watch for them on all your regular online retailers!