Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Cover Questions

Some of you are asking about the cover and the title for Book 4. I think it's safe to say that the title for the new book is Andrea Carter and the San Francisco Smugglers. As for the cover....I did get a very rough draft of it the other day. However, I'm not at liberty right now to share that or any other cover that might be part of the Great Choose-the-Cover-You-Like-Best Contest like I had for Family Secret. However, I will show you the elements that are ON the cover, and you can use your imagination to figure out how they are putting it together to make it look very cool.
So...drum roll. Here are the pictures they chose to use (out of a whole bunch I sent them):
(The designer, of course, cuts around all the figures so the background doesn't show.)

This is a little slave-girl, Lin Mei, whom Andi and Jenny help at the school: Stop by Lin Mei's (AKA Gracie's) blog and say "Hi"! She is an HSB homeschooling blogger!
Princess Gracie

This is the background for the cover--Aunt Rebecca's house! Bet you've always wanted to see where dear old Aunt Rebecca lives:

Do these pictures make you want to see the actual cover? Well, hang on for a few more weeks and I'll post the cover and (hopefully) another cover for you to look at for your opinions. Patience, friends!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

A Family Surprise

I'm not quite sure how much I should say about these three little kids. If I say too much it will ruin the story, Family Secret. If I say too little, you won't know what I'm talking about. So I'll tell you about them, and then you can try and guess how we're all related.

First of all, there's Levi. He's about 10 years old and one of the meanest little boys I ever had the misfortune of meeting. (At least, he started out mean...). We didn't get along at all in the beginning. Mitch gave him a pinto pony, which he quickly named "Patches." For a kid who'd never ridden a horse before, he took to it like flies take to honey. I've never seen anyone learn faster than that city-boy, Levi. One good thing--he likes to race horses as much as I do.

Then there's Betsy. She's 6 years old, and she followed me around wherever I went! I was never sure just where she'd pop up. Sometimes it was annoying to listen to her chatter like a squirrel--day in and day out. Mother said she looks up to me and wants to be like me, so I need to be a good example. That helped me think of her more like a little sister rather than a pesky tag-a-long. She actually is kinda cute, and I learned patience.

Last of all is Hannah. She's barely 3 years old and a raggedy-looking little thing she was when I first saw her sitting on my sister Melinda's lap. My mouth fell open and I stuttered, "W-ho's that?" I learned quick enough who Hannah was. Boy was I sore when she stole my locket and jumped on my bed and threw tantrums all the time. When she wasn't whining she was sucking her thumb.

With kin like this, I was ready to move out. But amazingly enough, I ended up loving them as much as I love the rest of my family. And when bad things started to happen, I was ready to protect them, even if it meant risking my own life. Family's like that, ya know?

Monday, March 3, 2008

Are Cory and I Still Friends?

Sarah wants to know if Cory and I are still friends after the third book (Family Secret), since he was pretty mad at me for not telling him what was going on about my sister showing up at the ranch. I won't say anymore about that, in case it might spoil the story for somebody who hasn't read that adventure yet.

But the answer is...yes. Cory and I will always be friends--even though we get into arguments about the dumbest things. But really? Who else will challenge me to a horse race or go fishing with me? Most of my town friends live too far away to ride out to the ranch just to go fishing or exploring.

Cory and I have known each other since we were little. He's like having a brother just my own age, and I like that. You know what he told me the other day? He said he's got an old, outdated map the land office was throwing away. It's marked with old gold mines and diggings. He's fixing to go off looking for gold one of these days, and he asked if I want to go along. He said we'd split everything we find right down the middle--50/50. What do you think of that? Hey, that might make another good adventure to write about sometime...