Wednesday, March 31, 2010

XXXIV - The Goodweather Report, April 2010

Oh, dear. The cover woes continue. I told you back in February about the cover Bantam Dell proposed. That's it, above.  And I was finally able to share it over on my daily blog.  They even put it up on Amazon and now, after I've gotten all used to Birdie with dark hair, not to mention rewriting the book to make her a brunette, the folks at Bantam Dell Marketing have decided that blond would sell better. 

So they've come up with a new cover they're quite enthusiastic about.  They've also insisted on a title change -- seems they felt that The Day of Small Things was a real yawn and wouldn't sell. 

Arrgh!

I don't know . . . of course the name of the game is selling copies of the book. But this new look isn't exactly what I had in mind. . . 


Oh, well . . . I'm only the author. What do I know?

They haven't gotten around to making the change on Amazon yet -- but for those of you who've pre-ordered The Day of Small Things, (for which, many, many thanks!) no need to re-order -- they'll just switch you over to Untamed Love.
Questions and Observations

Pat in east TN says: love the part where everyone shares what they read.  I saw where you read THESE IS MY WORDS and immediately went to Amazon to check it out ... boy I thought this sure sounds interesting, yet vaguely familiar.  Mmmmm ... you got it, I have this book, and have had it for quite some time!!!  This is what's bad when my TBR pile keeps growing because of others recommendations, and the new ones keep going on top of the older ones.  I've done this so many times and then could kick myself for not reading a certain book when I 'just had to have it', yet it got pushed aside for this/that 'must have' book!  So, I will be reading that book when I am done with BLOODROOT, and must thank you for rattling my brain and putting me 'in search of' it.  

and later Pat added:I tried to read PEACE LIKE A RIVER and simply could NOT get into it, so back on the shelf it goes for another day.  LAST GIRLS seems good, but, IMO, FAIR AND TENDER LADIES  is hard to beat.  I have to look and see if she has anything since ON AGATE HILL. 
From Tipper: I  just finished Bloodroot-and really liked it! But I've been wondering what Elizabeth Goodweather is up to. : )

Beth E. reports: I've taken up knitting, so haven't been reading much except at bedtime.  My latest is "Secrets of Eden" by Chris Bohjalian.  I'd read a lot of stuff on your list, not the mountain-themed ones yet.  There will be a new Maisie Dobbs and Ariana Franklin in April.  (I keep referring to her as Ariana Huffington.)


I recently discovered that some authors put knitting patterns in their books (FAmily Tree)--do you know of some good ones?  Did I tell you about that site "Crimes through Time?"  I've really gotten interested in WWI--I read so many of them for a while.  "Stone's Fall" was excellent.


Chris Bohjalian is 1 of my faves!  He wrote "The Midwives", "Peasants at the Feast" (my favorite), others I can't remember, and now "Secrets of Eden."  One of those men who have the sensitivity to write like a woman (how sexist I am).
 
Eleanor W. asks: do you like police stuff? If so you might enjoy Leslie Glass' April Woo series...I got addicted and read 'em all!

And from Katie B. what she's read this so far this year:
·     Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
·     The Help
·     Birds in Fall Brad Kessler (2nd time)
·     The Lost Art of Gratitude by Alexander McCall Smith
·     Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler
·      Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom. Fabulous collection of short stories. Author is a poet, novelist, and psychotherapist. The collection includes two series of 4 linked stories, and a couple of stand-alones. I am breathless in the face of this author’s prose, wicked humor, and insights about marriage, life, death, sex, choices.
·      The Red Door by Charles Todd
·      Brooklyn by Colm Toiban,
·      The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer
·      The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
·      The Weissmans of Westport by Catherine Schine
·      Elegance of the Hedgehog
·      Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
·     Nemesis by Jo Nesbo
·     The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
·     A Poisoned Mind by Natasha Cooper
·     The Cruel Stars of the Night by Kjelll Eriksson (didn’t like, didn’t finish)
·     Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson




Recent Reads and Re-reads
(the ones that are hot links are discussed on my other blog)

The Road to Wellsville by T. Coraghessan Boyle
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt
Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot by Al Franken- During the Health Care debate, I was getting frustrated and fed up with the Party of No and reread this for some fun.


I mentioned the two below last month but since then I've discussed them on my other blog.
 
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain  


These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner

 Happy April 1!  Were you fooled?

Here's an album of pictures from the past month.



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18 comments:

Victoria said...

Oh, you're gooood, really good. You sucked me in...AGAIN!! I fell for it last year, too. I always forget about April Fool's Day, dang it. Oh well, I always enjoy a good laugh, even if it is at myself, lol.

tony said...

Everyone A Winner! Nice One.Regards,Tony.

KarenB said...

I kinda like the new cover! It's got that nifty retro look going for it.

Happy April, Vicki!

Tammy said...

Yeah, you got me again too! If I'd scrolled down first, I would have caught on, but I'm like getting all huffy thinking they would change the NAME of your book. Especially since I think it's a cool name...then when I saw the 'new' name, it slowly dawned on me that Vicki was up to her old April Fool's tricks, yes she was! :-)
Tammy

Liz said...

I knew that it had to be an April Fool - that title is just too good. But what are they going to do about the one fat arm - one skinny arm thing?

Renee said...

First paragraph had me going but the next one just jumped out and said "April fool". You trickster. Love your books. Love your photos. Love you.

Judith C said...

Until I read comments from other readers I believed the title change too. Was about to declare I'd never even pick up a book with a cover like 'Untamed Love'. Yuck!

But WHEN can I get my hands on 'A Day of Small Things'?

Vicki Lane said...

Tee hee, Victoria!

Yeah, me too, Karen!

You'll not be caught next year, Tammy!

I haven't gotten a reply to my question about the weird arms, Liz.

Thanks, Renee --you're on to me, you and Liz.

September 28, Judith!

Sue P said...

I was freaking out! I literally could NOT believe they could be so foolish. Foolish being the operative word here. Once I realized that, I knew this had to be a joke. Good one, Vicki. As to the one "skinny arm, fat arm" comment, unless I am mistaken, it is a representation of past and present?

Vicki Lane said...

Re arms, Sue: that's a great explanation -- I think I'll use it for I doubt Art is going to change it.

Anonymous said...

Vicki, I loved The Irresistible Henry House, just out, by Lisa Grunwald. Happy Easter to one and all!
XXX
Eleanor

Anonymous said...

Dahling, I see you posed for that book cover...very good!
Eleanor

Vicki Lane said...

You recognized me, Eleanor! Of, course, except for the hair color, I do look much the same...

Anonymous said...

you fooled me last year, and I knew better this time! can't wait for it to come out!
thanks so much!

tattytiara said...

Yes. I was. Soundly. Well done!

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