Friday, March 10, 2017

Photo Friday: Speak Up and Share!

My publisher has decided to go ahead and release books 5 (Trouble with Treasure) and 6 (Price of Truth) of the Circle C Adventures this fall as anniversary editions with new covers.

Here's the exciting news. I have also been given permission to edit, tweak, and/or rewrite whatever I want in the two books. Unlike Long Ride Home, where I got to ADD words (since the book was only 36,000 and I could get it up to 40,000 words, which meant a whole new chapter), I can't add much length (maybe sneak a little more in, though).

Here's where you all come in. If you think of anything I should change, expand, or fix (yes, I already know what I have to fix in Price of Truth), tell me about it in the comments! I will try to incorporate your suggestions as best I can with the limited amount of space I have. This is YOUR chance to have a part in actually writing an Andi book. Speak now, or forever hold your peace. :-)

p.s. You might have noticed the Price of Truth cover looks a little different from the original. The old picture with Taffy on it was too wide (they cut the horse off until just her nose and eye showed. Geesh!), so I suggested this more centered picture of just Andi and Rosa. And they're actually smiling.

They have created covers for all of the books except for San Francisco Smugglers. They will eventually get SFS a new cover too. The first three are below. Long Ride Home is out. The other two below won't come for quite some time (they have to run out of the old books first.)







30 comments:

  1. I love the new covers!!! I don't know what needs fixed :p but what are you fixing in price of truth? Is San Francisco's Smugglers going to get a new cover too?
    <3 MA

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    1. well . . . it's embarrassing, but when Johnny got sent back east for his part in Andi's kidnapping, I failed to let a judgment fall on Mr. Wilson, his father, who clearly was IN ON IT. Geesh. Even authors make mistakes, and that's a dilly. I will need to add words and come up with a logical consequence (from the judge) for Mr. Wilson's attempt to suborn a witness (suborn means to influence a witness to change their story). It's like . . . against the law. LOL

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    2. Yes, Smugglers will eventually have a new cover too, and from the design/color etc., I guess it will be a dark blue. I like the Price of Truth cover best! LOVE the lavender they chose. Trouble with Treasure is my least favorite, but the brownish cover does go well with the story.

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    3. Thanks! I like the Price of Truth cover and also i like Family Secret cover, they are probably my favorites. But they are all pretty
      <3 MA

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  2. Wow! OK so , the covers are going to be different but it's going to be what you ariginally wrote like in the long ride home anniversary ....so it will be longer and u will change what u want to change. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    P.s. when does the book come out?
    ~Cheyenne

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    1. Pretty much that's correct. However, in Long Ride Home I added a whole new chapter plus I rewrote a lot (but most might not notice). Just made it "better," LOL but the same story of course!

      I am working on Trouble with Treasure right now. I've cut some long-winded stuff out of the first couple of chapters, and I've added some things to make the book go along with the new book I"m writing in the STepping Stones, Andi Dreams of Gold.

      So, for example, when Cory shows Andi the map, she says, "Don't you remember what happened the last time we went after gold?" (a reference to Andi Dreams of Gold). And I'll say what happened too, and that way ALL of the series are much closer in accuracy.

      Hope that answered your question.

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    2. They are releasing the new editions for Treasure and Price of Truth this fall sometime.

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    3. It helped A LOT. Thx!!!
      ~cheyenne

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  3. The covers look really nice! Wow, it's an honor to suggest anything to add to the books! I have one thing. First of all, I don't think there was an actual closing on what happened to Mr. Wilson in 'Price Of truth', correct me if I'm wrong. But I was always wondering what exactly happened to him? I'll have to keep thinking..but I'll have some other ideas soon, hopefully. Do you want us to think of added ideas for all the books or just 'Price Of Truth' and 'Trouble With Treasure'? Thanks! ;-)

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    1. I answered that POT concern/question above in a different fan's comment. You are SO RIGHT. :-)
      Sure, ply me with ideas for everything but Long Ride Home. I've already redone that one and it's out . .. as you probably know.

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    2. Whoops! Sorry, I guess I posted this same question twice on accident, I didn't see this posted (I know it has to be approved first) and waited for awhile and it still wasn't approved and figured that it just wasn't going to be posted. So I wrote the question again. ;-) Thanks for answering my questions. :-)

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    3. No you didn't. I was referring to somebody else who asked the same question. :-) I never saw your original question twice. I think it's all "okay." :-)

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    4. Ah, okay. I did post something similar below, I think, on accident, but not the same comment as the one you are referring to.
      Thanks again! :-D

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  4. Cool, I love the new covers! Does San Francisco Smugglers have a new cover too?
    <3 MA

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    1. It will eventually . . . I'll post it when they send it to me. :-)

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  5. Those are beautiful! The new Price of Truth cover is really awesome!

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  6. I love the new covers! I don't have many ideas for you to maybe add, but I'll be sure to let you know when I do. Oh, just a quick question/idea. I don't remember if you ever said what happened to Mr. Wilson in "Price Of Truth" but maybe expand on that? If you already did that in the books, please correct me. :-)

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    1. Yep. That is on my list. I need to clear it up and make it clear that Mr. Wilson has consequences too! Thanks!

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    2. Alright, thank you! :D

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  7. Lovely covers, congratulations on getting the updated editions published soon. I'll look forward to reading them. :)

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  8. In Price of Truth, I always thought Andi should tell the full truth in court before Jack told her Taffy was safe, not after. Maybe in the new version he could come in right after she answers? That way she is willing to put the truth before Taffy, but Taffy ends up safe anyways. It always seemed like she wasn't sure if testifying truthfully was worth loosing Taffy in the original book, and she never came to a full conclusion. Just a thought.

    --AJT

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    1. That is a very good observation. I tried to make it clear that Andi made the decision to leave Taffy in God's hands and tell the truth, and hoped readers would come to the conclusion that she fully intended to tell the whole truth when she walked up to the stand that second time. But it would be EASY to change, and I think you're right.

      Thanks!

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  9. Do you think one day you might post the changes you make to the books? So ppl like me can know what happened, without buying a whole new book? Just a suggestion. <3

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    1. Oh!!! That would be great!!!

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    2. Except for Long Ride Home, none of the other books will have such extra chapters added or new, completely different scenes. Yes, Price of Truth will be "fixed" with getting Johnny's father to have some consequences, but that's pretty much it. The other books will be tightened and maybe a few things added, but it will be throughout the whole book(s) so I'd pretty much have to post the entire book to show all of the minor changes. I doubt Kregel (my publishing company) would let me do that. :-) You won't really miss much if you don't get the anniversary editions. Mostly it's to give them new covers and a Table of Contents page. :-)
      And new pages (very nice and white!).

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  10. All of the new covers look great!! :D I really like them and I'm excited to read them once they're out. =)

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  11. hmm, I have the books you made first but is there so much change that I should get the new books when they come out?

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    1. I don't think you need to do that. Only Long Ride Home has an extra chapter and most of the changes. The others are just "here and there" wording changes, some things I took out, etc. The plot is the same!

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Let Andi know what you think!