Winner of Name the Amusement Park and New Cover for Pineapple

New Covers for Pineapple Port Mysteries – What do you think?? Let me know!!

I mentioned last time I was running a poll on AuthorsXP.com to see what makes the perfect cozy mystery cover and that my Pineapple Port happy skull face did NOT do well.

Once all the info was distilled it became clear what most readers liked or didn’t like:

  • Hate cluttered/busy
  • Hate dark/heavy
  • Hate too bright, too! (lot of people hate yellow…)
  • Love dogs (except for the cat lovers who were mad it wasn’t a cat…)
  • Hate covers that look like other genres (too romantic, too thrillery)
  • Hate women on the cover – always appear to be “victims” for some reason, or too sexy
  • Love having a clue what the story is about from the images
  • Hate clipart
  • Maybe getting tired of baked good themes — yet a cover with a bakery was one of the LEAST hated, so go figure.

Using all this, I made the mockup of a new cover you can see here.

What do you think?  This is my sloppy version, my cover guy will make it more professional, so don’t get too hung up on the details,. The idea is that that little icon area (the dirt and shovel – no bones!!) will change from book to book, depending on the theme, as will a few items in the collection of stuff at the bottom maybe.

Does it come across as a fun mystery? Would you buy it?

DO tell me what you think in the comments below or email me at amy@amyvansant.com!

I want something everyone will love (or at least not be terrified of!)


Winner of Name the Amusement Park

A few weeks ago I had you submit ideas for naming an amusement park in The Girl Who Was Forgotten — Shee McQueen Mystery-Thriller #2!

WINNERS OF THE eBOOKS: (releasing June 1 so I’ll send then!)

Kathy Morrison – If the owner is an unscrupulous character trading on the popularity of Disney, it could be the Dalt Linsey Island of Adventure. (LOL!)
Sandra Quinn – Shadow World. The scariest place on earth
Pat Fayo  – Laughter Land
Lezette Pemberton – Minnie’s Grand Adventures Mickey’s wife would branch out in 2021 and have her own marvelous adventures. (LOL!)
brenda b newsome – Dips and Curves (you know, roller coasters).
Pam Enrici –Thrill-A-Second Amusement Park
Jeanette S. Hall – “Milky Way Excitement” and market it as “An Out Of The World Experience”.
Tina Mallery – Spagical Park it is super magical! (LOL!)
Quinta Wilkinson – Horseshoe Crab beach park
Paulette – the bluffs amusement park
Debbie – Disney + (LOL!)
Debra Kronenberg – Florida Funzone
Patricia Poulin – Panther Park
Cheang Wai Kuen – Funshine Park
Lynette Kersey – Wild West
Sue Hieber – Cheap Thrills
Dottie – Furbabies Fun Park
Andrea Stoeckel – Pay No Attention to the world next door (LOL!)
Rena E Holcomb – Happie Land
Reginald Gillem – A Better World
AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER: (Gets Paperback too) – Paulette – the bluffs amusement park  – My neighborhood is actually called The Bluffs so it cracked me up!

eBook & Paperback Sweepstakes!

(2) Winners of eBook “Gift Baskets” of ALL ebooks
Other Winners of individual ebooks or paperbacks
(randomly selected)


COZY MYSTERY SALE – ALL 99c! 24-31

 

Amy Vansant

38 Responses

  1. Kathleen Kendler

    I like the new cover. It is brighter and projects a invitation to a fun read.

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    • Heather

      I like the new cover because it tips us off that it is a cozy mystery and not a heavy handed thriller. I’ll never be tired of bakeries – what is up with people saying that? 😄

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  2. Linda

    I like that only the small center will change from book to book. For this book I don’t see how a shovel in dirt refers to lies. Maybe zippered lips or a finger on lips (shhh). Or red circle with diagonal line stamped on a document (or lips).
    Again with the lips? Geez!

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  3. Patricia Whitesell

    I do like the new cover idea. It looks like it would be a fun read and I would be more inclined to purchase it. I am sorry to say that the smiling pineapple cover for Pineapple Lies seemed a little creepy.

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  4. Loretta L Edgar

    Like the new cover. Maybe a skeleton arm reaching out of the mound.

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      • Andi

        I liked the pineapple theme covers. The cover is ok. Put a pineapple (without so it doesn’t look like skill) on the dirt mound and decrease the clip at the bottom of the page

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  5. Lynn Feinman

    Much more appealing – definitely a murder mystery, but no clue to the theme other than the title. Eye-catching! Love the blue colors and characters at the bottom.

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  6. Jayne

    Well shoot…I liked the pineapple guy. I think it worked well with the contrast of the happy retirement village and its inhabitants with the darker outside world. Anyway, not a fan of what you have above. It kind of comes across to me as a totally self-published book with a bunch of stuff thrown on it. I know you said it would look more professional when done but I’m not sure of the point of the items at the bottom.

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  7. JoAnn Drolshagen

    I like the royal blue background. The dirt is ok but something interesting needs to be peeking out of the ground for interest. The stuff at the bottom looks a bit cluttered. I must be strange but I liked the happy skull. It was different from the other cutesy covets that cosy mysteries all seem to have.

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  8. Jacqueline Merolla

    Nice cover 👍. Might consider using a “pineapple” instead of the letter I in the word. (Possibly too cutesy?)

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  9. Rita

    One of the main reasons I bought the book was the pineapple on the front. I didn’t always like what it looked like but liked that it was there. Maybe a transparent pineapple behind the dirt and shovel but just a plain pineapple. I also think the little icons at the bottom are way to busy. I also agree with someone else that the dirt and shovel just don’t give great expectations for the story line. Sorry but you asked. I do think you write great stories and should keep up the great work.

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  10. Cherie J

    I like it, It looks like a fun read from the graphics and I like the use of blue. It would attract my eyes and make me want to learn more.

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  11. Jackie

    The cover is colorful and appealing and it catches my attention. A mound of dirt and a shovel peaks my curiosity. I would definitely purchase the book.

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  12. Christi

    The cover it inviting & it would catch my eye when deciding to purchase/read.

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  13. Christine Drum

    The middle part of the over with the dirt is fine but there is too much along the bottom, looking at the cover I wouldn’t think this was a mystery book

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  14. Alison Ramsay

    The new cover is clean and fun. Have to say though I am a fan of the original yellow covers.

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  15. Pat Goard

    I like the new cover a lot. Catches my eye right away.

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  16. Ann Cunningham

    I like the dirt mound and the shovel. Maybe have the end of the handle of the shovel be a pineapple. I think the icons at the bottom are too busy. You could drop them and make the dirt pile and shovel bigger.

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  17. Brenda Matish

    I do like this cover design better. Perhaps you could put a pineapple in the dirt with the shovel? or in the center someplace on each cover. Agree with someone else, not sure what a mound of dirt has to do with lies?? just my opinion.

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  18. Lisa Courter

    I don’t care for the cover. It looks too crowded and juvenile, in my opinion. I love the cover for The Girl Who Was Forgotten. I prefer real images to clip art. I usually don’t even pick up covers with cartoon or clip art. What about finding a tropical background image and a cute little pineapple to add in the corner or something of the sort. Just a thought.

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  19. Shelia E Jamison

    I think you’re on the right track with this one. Even though I always try to remind myself that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, and know it to be true, I can find myself doing just that.

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  20. Julie

    I liked the old covers with the Pineapples. The new one is ok, but having read all the previous books, I would be looking for the pineapple to know the new book is out. Which, by the way, I am impatiently waiting for!

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  21. Donna Kmelius

    I like the new cover. Look like a fun read.

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  22. Doty Montgomery

    It sounds like a fun mystery! I lkie it, makes you want to know more

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  23. Angela

    I DO like it! It looks like fun read. The dog and the riding cart and the pineapples make it look fun! The blue gives it a nice inviting feel. Good job!

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  24. Jerrie

    Too cluttered – not indicative of book’s content – tell one thing about the pile of dirt, nothing more on the cover – none of those icons at the bottom

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  25. Marie Andrée

    This cover is so much better and fun.We still know what it is about but without the gruesome skull.We need some funny stories with all the confinements .As Sherlock would have said,The Game Is Afoot.Well done

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  26. Lissa

    First Thank you, you are a Wonderful author. For me, it is just about reading & enjoying the next installment. I picked up the first book of this series because of the Pineapple, I LOVE the pineapples on the front. They tell me a little about what to expect in this next book. Maybe a buried Pineapple instead of just a pile of dirt and a shovel.

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  27. Stephanie Frost

    I like the idea of just the shovel and pile of dirt ,minus the bones. Although I like the little details myself, the simplicity speaks volumes.

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  28. Gail McCullom

    Love the darker blue background. I did like the pineapple skull and didn’t think it looked scary at all, but a fun mystery. Keep the pineapple, just not a skull? Agree that the icons at the bottom are too small and busy and to drop them (except the pineapples) and make the book subject aka dirt pile and shovel bigger. I also don’t see the connection between lies and dirt pile/shovel.
    Your name and the next line are lost with white font against the paler blue, plus I think san serif fonts read clearer. But the title looks good in yellow against the darker blue (different font than your name?)
    Looking back at the other covers, go towards Pineapple Land Wars and Pineapple Turtle as models.
    No matter what cover, I love your writing (anymore Kilty?)!

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  29. Laura

    I guess I’m one of those ‘weird’ people that actually like the pineapple skull. I think it’s cute and creative. When I see it I immediately know it’s one of YOUR books, and the Pineapple Port series. Kind of sad you won’t be using it anymore. I’m not sure why people thought the skull was gruesome or scary – we all have one! lol

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  30. Barbara Harrison

    I LIKE the new cover. I always thought the Pineapple Guy was a little too dark for “funny, clean, small-town”.

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  31. Cheryl Arcemont

    You cannot please everyone! 🤦‍♀️ But I do understand your dilemma. I personally liked the “skull” but maybe that is just part of my quirkiness showing! 🙃
    Why not just a pineapple without anything on it except the title. I know when I see a 🍍 on the cover I know it is one of your cute an safe cozy! Or put little pineapples on each side of title. The dirt is okay with a clue to what the book is about but the stuff under is too much together in the small area at the bottom. This is just my humble opinion.

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  32. Jamie Legere

    I like the cover; it’s light hearted, indicating, to me at least, while I’ll be reading a mystery, I won’t have to keep all the lights on.

    I have one suggestion – although I know the books can theoretically be read in any order, I’m one of those people who HAS to start with the first book and read them in order. Would it be possible to put the number of the book in the series somewhere on the cover?
    I love your books! Thanks for listening.

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