A few readers have wondered why some of my book covers have had frequent updates. I’d like to take a moment to explain.
The reasons for cover change are many, but primarily, a cover may change because the market changes swiftly and so do reader tastes and expectations. Books may get buried unless you keep them up-to-date, and when this happens, authors can no longer make a living. Fortunately for indie authors, we can forge a close relationship with our readers and make adjustments without having to go through a mire of corporate red tape.
Other reasons for changes include: overused models, reader feedback and meeting genre expectations. We have a unique opportunity to create covers that push genre boundaries. But sometimes, market testing provides information that alters perspective. For example, having come from an era with biases against romance, some of my original covers moved toward a “bigger book look” that I thought might please my readers (e.g. no clinches). However, what I discovered was that you like classic romantic covers, and many of you are defiant in that regards. Which I find an amazing and empowering experience. You’re saying “Give me my romance, and I don’t give a flip if you don’t like it!” How awesome is that?
However, you should have no fear about buying one of these books twice, because Amazon will never allow you to repurchase a book you’ve already bought and I will never create a “new” book page for these older titles. They will always simply be updated, so that if you attempt to buy them, Amazon (and all vendors) will tell you that you already bought it.
Keep your questions coming!
I’m so flattered so many people are willing to buy my books without reading descriptions, but please, PLEASE don’t do that. I’m in the process of creating sweet, clean reads of my classic books, and I make it clear in the book description every time I publish one of these, so you don’t accidentally purchase a title twice. Although The MacKinnon’s Bride and Page are FREE at the moment, and I don’t worry as much about these, I do still get incensed 1-Star reviews from readers who had to “buy” these titles twice. Not only does it make me feel bad, considering I’m doing this for you, it makes me feel bad for you as well, and it does make me reconsider the wisdom in creating these new editions.
So why am I revising these books?
Throughout the years, the one thing some fans have lamented was the strong language present in the original editions of my legacy books. Some readers also preferred not to read explicit love scenes, which are a signature of the period in which the originals were written. Also, keeping in mind that I didn’t want my own daughter to read my books until she turned 18, I remain sensitive to readers who wanted to experience my historical romances without compromising their personal values.
Bottom line: If you’ve already read The MacKinnon’s Bride (or any of my legacy books), the story itself will remain unchanged. However, if you always wanted to buy a copy to share with your daughter or your niece, now you can. As long as you’re asking for them, I’ll be adding new versions of all my classical romances in this new “Sweet” genre, so that readers can enjoy all my legacy books, no matter what your reading preference. But I will ALWAYS label these very clearly, so please, please, be sure to read the description on all new books.
But if the titles are different, how can you tell these apart?
First and most important, while the title is different, the character names are not different. Also, in the description for each and every one of these titles, you’ll see in the very first line, in bold print, something like this: “Page” is the SWEET/CLEAN edition of “The MacKinnon’s Bride” by Tanya Anne Crosby –revised by a New York Times bestselling author and her daughter. Also, for branding purposes, since my daughter Alaina does alter the voice slightly to fit a younger market, I have added her name to the byline and to the cover. You should be able to spot these Sweet, Clean reads very easily.
I so much appreciate that I have so many readers who will click the buy button without reading the descriptions. I love you guys for trusting my storytelling so much that you don’t feel you need to know the nitty gritty details, but please, please do read the descriptions so you don’t find yourself purchasing a second copy of a book you’ve already read.
If you have any suggestions at all about how to make this even clearer, I’d love to hear it.
For those of you who don’t know about these books of mine, they were written for Harlequin many years ago, but have been out of print for about a decade. Now, thanks to our digital age, and the generosity of Harlequin for agreeing to return the audio rights, they are available again in both ebook and audio. You can buy the book anywhere Harlequin distributes, but the audiobook is a partnership (once again!) between myself and the wonderful James Gillies.
You will LOVE Jame’s narration, as always. He is a brilliant storyteller and I truly love his Scottish brogue. So, if you love Scotland, and wish you had more of my Scottish books, this is for you. Only fast forward a few centuries (to Victorian England/Scotland) and think “Prince and the Pauper meets Robin Hood,” and here yo go! I had so much fun revisiting these characters. Hope you enjoy it as well. And then stay tuned for book 2 in this series…
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