Email This Post HomeHumorYour Opinion on a Pineapple Face-lift, Book Specials and Giveaways Amy Vansant February 28, 2018 Humor 88 Comments I sent some of the newsletters out with this link instead of the KILTY cover page: For Kilty go here thank you! Pineapple Face-Lift So after much soul searching I’ve decided to redo the covers on my Pineapple Port series. (Book Six is about 10k words done right now, FYI – should be out in April some time…) While I thought the style of my current books (seen here) made me stand out, too many people over the years have told me they didn’t give it a second glance because they thought it was a children’s book! So it makes me sad, but it has to be done. I think I’m going to go with something like this, below. This is very rough, and the pineapple in the middle would be drawn in a sophisticated manner and probably a different skull design, but this is the general idea. This series is mostly cozy – it’s clean and funny and goofy…but there are the occasional sharp edges, so it spills into classic mystery as well and I don’t want to turn off the cozy people or the Janet Evanovich fun mystery people either. I’d love to know your input! Do you like the direction? What are your favorite covers? Visually, what makes you buy a book? Please let me know in the comments below! (and by the way, click here to get Pineapple Lies for FREE if you don’t already have it! 🙂 ) BOOK SPECIALS FREE TODAY ONLY! Pocketful of Bones – Thriller Finnegan MacGillivray, red-haired, freckle-faced social pariah, finds solace in his mother’s garden while she entertains “dates” in his home. When an accident takes the life of a friend, Finnegan buries the evidence amid the purple dead nettle and bougainvillea, and unearths a treasure trove of human remains. Did his house rest atop an ancient burial ground? Or was there a killer tucking him into bed at night? 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(with bonus 99c and Free books) About Latest Posts Amy VansantAmy Vansant is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author specializing in fun, funny fiction --- even the murder mysteries. Latest posts by Amy Vansant (see all) A Screaming Bobcat, Another Free Book, Giveaway, Steals & Deals! - February 5, 2020 A Thank You & Free Short Story, Pineapple Disco 99c, Win a Kindle Reader - January 30, 2020 Two Big Favors (YOU can get me on TV), Giveaways and Deals - January 22, 2020 88 Responses Brandy Milton February 28, 2018 Wow. I never thought it looked like a kids’ book! But, what interests me into buying a book is how the title relates to the cover…. I thought pineapple lies was perfect! 4 likes Reply Linda Moffitt March 5, 2018 I agree just looked like a cozy mystery to me 0 likes Reply Pat Stingel February 28, 2018 The new cover is perfect for Pineapple Lies. I do judge a book by it’s cover! If the cover is not eye catching I tend to lose interest, but I also check the blurb. 3 likes Reply Jane Starcher February 28, 2018 I judge a book by it’s cover. If the cover doesn’t catch my eye I rarely bother looking at the book regardless of the title. I also want the cover to tell me a little along with the title. I think you are on the right track to getting more readers of your work by changing your cover art.I have not read any of your books because I also thought they were childrens books because of the cover. I have downloaded Pineapple Lies and will gladly give you a review. 0 likes Reply Rosemary Benson February 28, 2018 I love the new cover. Very eye-catching among a page of big-publisher covers! 3 likes Reply Elaine Folger March 8, 2018 Yes, I do like the new covers. They look VERY updated and current. 0 likes Reply Frieda February 28, 2018 I have read the entire Pineapple series & am waiting on the next one. I love the books, however I do not like the new cover. The girls with little dogs is what caught my eye. 6 likes Reply Val February 28, 2018 I love the new spiky pineapple, but prefer the fonts from the original covers. I think they would look great together, and you wouldn’t be losing your whole original concept. I’m sorry but I did think the drawings were too cutesy and passed the books by once ( but now I’m hooked!). The new concept is sharp, clean, and modern, (it reminds me of Darynda Jones’s covers). 1 likes Reply Fiona Furze February 28, 2018 I love the pineapple port series. I did like the old covers but can see why they may be mistaken for kids books. I’m not a fan of the new cover though. I most likely would not have read the series if that was the cover when I first saw it. I like the main character on the cover and I like it animated. 6 likes Reply Jeannie Daniel February 28, 2018 I love the Pineapple series. I liked the old covers they seemed cozier. The new ones take the cozy element away. I’m not a fan 5 likes Reply Tanya February 28, 2018 I like the old covers, they inform readers the contents are humorous and fun. Plus they’re bright and eye catching. I don’t like covers with real people on them, I like to use my imagination when forming a mental image of the characters. The “new” Pineapple Lies cover is ok, but if I didn’t know you had written the book I’d probably pass it over. It just seems a bit less cozy. I liked the first cover of “Slightly Stalky” as well. 4 likes Reply Kelly Carpo February 28, 2018 I just love your books. I was drawn to them because of the original cover. I’m an avid cozy mystery reader and your fell into that category. I also really enjoy books with pets. I wouldn’t have given the new cover more than a passing glance. So looking forward to the next book. 3 likes Reply Jeannie February 28, 2018 I much prefer the old cover. It’s cute. I never though the old cover made the book look like it was for kids. The new one looks boring, especially the fonts and the colors, and I never liked seeing the author’s name in a font that was as large or larger than the title and at the top of the cover (it looks conceited). The new cover gives no indication that the book is part of a series. The only thing I would change on the old cover is to somehow include the series number of the book. 0 likes Reply Barb February 28, 2018 Like the new cover so much better, relates to book. Previous one more cartoonish. Rather see real looking people on covers or real items. Have passed up books because of cover looking fake. Alreadd get newsletter. 2 likes Reply Jennifer Wilson February 28, 2018 I love the covers of your books, they are fun and bright and speak to the type of content. The new one is nice too but it’s missing something I think. Dogs figure in your series and they will grab the animal lover’s eye. How about a dog taking a bite out of the pineapple? Also, because she is trying to become a detective you can throw in a fedora and trench coat..maybe a spy glass? Just thoughts. I adore your books and have them all as well as the released audible versions. 0 likes Reply Lori Hendel February 28, 2018 I like the new cover. What attracts me to a book is the colors used. If I am looking for a light-hearted cozy that is funny, I am looking for something with bright colors. I loved the original colors of your books. If a cover is too somber, it makes me think the book will not be light-hearted enough and I sometimes pass it by. Keep in mind that most of the books I buy are now in kindle format and often it is the description rather than the cover that I see first. 3 likes Reply Kandice February 28, 2018 I like animated characters on cozy books, but I agree there’s something too childish about the old covers. 1 likes Reply Barbara Quigley February 28, 2018 I like the new cover better. Without reading the description, the old cover looks like a child’s book. The cover and title are what catch my attention before I decide to read the description 2 likes Reply Jan Alexander February 28, 2018 I really like the old covers. I think the skull takes away from it being a cozy. 3 likes Reply Becky February 28, 2018 I’m with you…not a big fan of skulls in general, although I like the spiky pineapple concept. Another comment suggested having a dog taking a bite out of the pineapple which sounds better to me. 1 likes Reply Pete February 28, 2018 I think that there are possibilities with the new cover, but as it stands I am not a fan, the pineapple needs a ‘LOT’ of work, and I agree with most others that it isn’t ‘cosy’ enough. I also think that it needs ‘A Pineapple Port mystery’ somewhere on there. If you use this for ‘Pineapple Lies’ how are you going to make the rest of the books in the series different? I admire the effort to think laterally about the cover, but it is very much a work in progress. I am with the majority that I don’t think that the current cover looks like a childrens book. 1 likes Reply Loren Lowery February 28, 2018 I really thought the covers were very nice originally. The new concept would put me off from purchasing the books, and then I would miss out on some good stories. 2 likes Reply Laura February 28, 2018 I prefer the new cover or something like it to the older ones. The older ones made me think they were for middle grades until I read the blurb. 2 likes Reply Mark February 28, 2018 While I like the new cover, as it would make me more likely to check it out, I belive that based on the “target” audience, the older cover or the suggestion about having the dog take a bite out of the pineapple might be better. Either way, a cover is meant to drag you to look at or check out the blurb or reviews so this may serve your purpose 2 likes Reply Bob Morton February 28, 2018 I think that the older cover was fine as the story are about Charlotte and she is figured in the cover (in a picture that shows this is more than a middle school book). The Pineapple cover is more focusing on the murder aspect. I think it comes down to what you want to focus on more, Charlotte or the murder aspect. 1 likes Reply Kathy February 28, 2018 I prefer the original covers. I like cozy mysteries, and the new covers look less cozy, and more like the ones with more violence in them, which would influence me against buying them if I were looking at them for the first time. I do love these books though! 2 likes Reply Eric February 28, 2018 Being a freelance artist I’ve done my fair share of book covers and they need to catch the readers eye first and foremost. The cover also has to relate to what’s in the book as well. I mean if you have a book about dogs you really don’t want to have a cover full of cats, I mean I like cats but wouldntvwork on that book well you get the picture or idea. With that being said I liked the first cover, cartoonist yes somewhat but I think it meshed well with the flavor of the book. The new cover I feel sends a message of horror, it reminds me of a movie poster to either a Friday the 13th or to Halloween 2 ( that one hadva skull blended in with a pumpkin) its alot like that one. Anyways i just dont think its a good fit for your wonderful book but that’s just my opinion. The first cover would make me grab the book while the other one would be left collecting dust or cyberspace dust like stuff. Take care 4 likes Reply Diane M February 28, 2018 The title and picture have to go together. The pineapple face is creepy and makes me want to pick it up and read the back cover to find out what it says. 1 likes Reply Mona February 28, 2018 Prefer the new cover – the old cover was a little too “cutesy”. The pineapple skull seems more up to date and interesting. I always read the blurb before making a decision but a cover can definitely grab my interest and the new one does that even in the unfinished version. 2 likes Reply Cinda Inman February 28, 2018 The new cover is great! I like it…… 1 likes Reply Shirley February 28, 2018 I like the new cover but hope the skull is a little less harsh. Not fond of fright. Definitely not a thriller fan. Read the series and buy mainly based on price but do appreciate a beautiful cover. 2 likes Reply Magi February 28, 2018 I enjoy the more illustrated kind but the dog should hold the pineapple with the dead eyes 0 likes Reply Heather February 28, 2018 Hi Amy! If I see a skull or anything really graphic as the main focus on a cover it’s usually a warning to me that I will not like it…..that it will not be very cozy. I am kind of upset that someone would insult your first set of covers. I realize that happens though. Maybe you could go with something a bit in between like I see often where there is a setting and the main pet or animals from the cozy are featured and the lines of the drawing are somewhat realistic. i.e. a Krista Davis cover. It wouldn’t even have to have all those details that those covers have, but it would show that it’s not a thriller, and let a cozy customer check the box in their mind that it will deliver in the cozy satisfaction department. I hope that made sense, and I wish you tons of luck with the project!! 0 likes Reply Cathy February 28, 2018 I liked the old covers because you can tell that they are cozies. The new cover is nice but looks more sinister. May need a combination of both? 0 likes Reply Kathy February 28, 2018 I am sorry-but i don’t like it. at all! I like the first cover much better. 2 likes Reply Sharon Park February 28, 2018 Of the two, I prefer the original covers. I wouldn’t even look at a book with the pineapple skull because to me it suggests a scary book. I usually prefer covers that reflect the title and what the book is about. I also look for books with cats and/or dogs on them because I enjoy stories that have 4-legged assistants. Maybe the redo of the covers simply requires an “aging” of what is already there rather than taking a completely different direction. 0 likes Reply Hope February 28, 2018 Now this seems a lot more scary. I like this new cover as it draws your attention to the book. 2 likes Reply dvitz February 28, 2018 I would not buy the new cover, it is too scary. In the 15 secs I see a new title’s cover on Amazon I make a decision. I am looking for funny/quirky. Also, I would see the new cover as a new series and would not buy it as a follow-on. 0 likes Reply Leanne February 28, 2018 The old covers, because I think it looks like a cozy mystery. And if you add an animal to it, I will always at least check it out. I love the puppy. I would be alot less likely to purchase the new cover. Good Luck! 0 likes Reply Sharon February 28, 2018 Definately NOT a fan of new cover. Old one was ok, although a bit childish., but at least it indicated humor not horror. I would not buy a book with this cover. I can see making some cover changes, but why not simply replace the puppy with the pineapple skull. Still conveys humor but a bit more mystery 1 likes Reply Penny Friday February 28, 2018 Hi Amy! I like that this is a cozy mystery series. I didn’t care for the old cover (looks too much like young adult). I am not a huge fan of the new cover either. I do like the Pineapple (if it didn’t look like a skull). Maybe have a pineapple tilting against a little shack/house and the book name change to Pineapple Port – which would let readers know it is a town. I like the crisscross lines and the color, etc. in the background. 0 likes Reply Chris W. February 28, 2018 I’m a newbie here, but I LOVE the spooky 🍍 💀! Can’t wait to get started!! 1 likes Reply Debbie February 28, 2018 Not a big fan of the new cover. I prefer humorous cozy and looking at the new cover I would see serious murder mystery, not fun. I can understand why you’d want to update from the old covers because they are a little cutesy, but this cover seems too far in the other direction and the cutesy cover is what made me pick up the first book and to get hooked on the series. I don’t know that I would have tried Pineapple Lies if it had your new cover on it originally. 0 likes Reply Tess February 28, 2018 So many people have commented that the new one looks too scary but I thought it looked rather whimsical with the pineapple cut like a skull. My only objection was that the background color is too much the same as the skull. However, a cover with a dog on it seems to always be a good idea. You could have a more realistic pic of a dog with a pineapple beside him? I know how hard covers can be! Best of luck with this! : )) 1 likes Reply Dana Pratt February 28, 2018 I like the Pineapple cover, but compared to your others, it is jarring. The cartoony drawings are good and I love the dog. (I don’t have a website or Twitter account) 0 likes Reply Doug February 28, 2018 I really like the new cover. 1 likes Reply Jennifer M Surdam February 28, 2018 From the above comments, I can see this is gonna be tough. I’m not sure I’ll make it a lot easier! I personally enjoy the original covers. For the same reasons listed above. I love cozies, and they convey that message. I think you could redesign tgem and convey that message, but not with the pineapple skull alone. There would just have to be more. I personally don’t see it as being uber-scary, and i like horror, so it wouldn’t stop me from buying, but I do think you’d need something linking the stories together, noting this is the same series or story as previously written, just a revamped cover, or however you wish to state it. Some of us do buy all books from our favorite author, and if the book wasn’t clearly noted from the same series, we might be a bit confused at first. Or if it was renamed, we might buy it and read a second time and feel like what just happened here?! But I think your previous covers in no way we’re childish. Young, perhaps, but cute and definitely cozy! 0 likes Reply Marnie February 28, 2018 I admit to being someone who at first choose not to read one of the cozy mysteries based upon the cuteness of the cover, so I heartily approve of changing to the more grown up stylization. 1 likes Reply Kathleen Mingl February 28, 2018 I like the new cover better! Kinda quirky, but I have to admit to buying the occasional book just because I was intrigued with the cover (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01681RIHC/ref=series_dp_rw_ca_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1519852464&sr=1-1, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GESB834/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title), or because it was really pretty -(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077RM3QN9/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title). The old cartoonie cover didn’t inspire me to read the description. 0 likes Reply Jane R Leslie February 28, 2018 I love the revised cover! Cartoonist covers like the original don’t attract me at all. I like the one on “Nightmares Can Be Murder” or “Cat Got Your Diamonds” and others like those. I have to admit that I do judge a book by its cover and am less inclined to buy those whose covers I don’t like, unless I am familiar with the author. The pineapple skull is a winner, though! 1 likes Reply Jane R Leslie February 28, 2018 I love the revised cover! Cartoonish covers like the original don’t attract me at all. I like the one on “Nightmares Can Be Murder” or “Cat Got Your Diamonds” and others like those. I have to admit that I do judge a book by its cover and am less inclined to buy those whose covers I don’t like, unless I am familiar with the author. The pineapple skull is a winner, though! 0 likes Reply Candyce Rude February 28, 2018 I am old school and do not like the covers of books with skulls, etc. I usually buy a book by the looks of the cover. If I do not like the cover, I don’t read the book. 0 likes Reply Sharon February 28, 2018 The old covers do look like children’s books. I don’t care for the new cover. Too much yellow. I don’t care for the skull either. It seems like there is something missing but I can’t figure out what it is. A cover must be eye catching. Most of the time it is the color that catches the eye. I have read all the books and love them. I already get the newsletter. 1 likes Reply Mary February 28, 2018 I do think that the original cover is a little childish, but it catches my attention. The pineapple skull is a turnoff to me and I would probably not even stop to see what it is about. Is there a way to make a more contemporary version of the original – something less cartoonish? 0 likes Reply Judy Johnson February 28, 2018 I like the new cover, but I also LOVED the old ones, as they were the ones that originally attracted me to the series and you as an author to begin with. I know that regardless of what you go with, the series will remain popular and you will attract the readers that you are looking for in the genre. Plus, word of mouth and the reviews we post certainly won’t hurt either. 0 likes Reply Angela LeBlanc February 28, 2018 I’m a bit partial to the old cover, these are cozy mysteries not serious for such a drastic change. I do like the new cover, but not for this series. Maybe a very dramatic mystery that takes place in Hawaii or some other tropical venue. 0 likes Reply Kimber February 28, 2018 I’ve passed these books over every time because of the childish cover. The new cover caught my interest immediately – they’re much more sophisticated & because of it I gave the book a look and bought to try & like so far. Never would’ve otherwise, I never even gave the synopsis a read, just passed them by. My honest opinion- I wouldnt want anyone to see me holding the book or even on my kindle with the old cover, just too cutesy. I like a good cozy mystery but if the cover looks juvenile I pass it without a second thought…and I buy about 10-15 books a month. The new pineapple skull art wouldn’t be embarrassing to be caught with in public. 0 likes Reply Deb Burk February 28, 2018 I agree with those that think the old cover looks too much like a children’s book. My eye passes right over it, and even though I’m on your newsletter list, at first glance, I still wouldn’t be interested in finding out more about it. I really came here because I liked the look of the new cover and wanted to see what was up. I adore cozies, and I do love the new cover. It catches my eye, but isn’t gory or creepy, and the title of the book itself sounds like there’s some fun involved. Either way, good luck, and I’ll make sure I read the blurbs from now on. 0 likes Reply Ren February 28, 2018 My opinion: This is not necessarily aimed at your book covers, but this is how I feel: I detest covers that depict skulls, blood and gore. I detest covers that show sexual positions (I don’t care what kind of position and/or gender it is). Granted I was only a paraeducator for special needs children, but I’m also a mom of four and a grandmother of six (last count). When I go and look at books in any store and see trash like this in plain view of young children, tweens and teenagers, I want to scream. Oh…it’s only a cover…true, but what do these people see? Do they see “just a cover?” Are we so inured to visual stuff that it doesn’t phase anyone? Thank you for letting me get that out. As far as your new covers go, I’m sorry to say that I haven’t been able to read any books I have downloaded. I’ve had two tablets “stolen;” borrowed but never returned, my computer went on the blitz in January, my hands are full taking care of my mother and her youngest sister since Thanksgiving Eve and this is my youngest son’s old, old, old laptop that can only hold so much information (won’t download any of the apps to read). So, as I have stated to other authors; when I get another laptop or tablet, I will spend days reading and reviewing. I feel so guilty because I haven’t been able to read nor review. 1 likes Reply judy March 1, 2018 Been there done that. I can’t afford tablets and such. But I was able to get a relatively new Samsung phone from hsn shopping network for 5 payments. It’s currently tracfone which it came with but I plan on switching it to a different pay plan with unlimited. Right now I can add just internet for 1gb for 10$. I use the cool reader app for my books but if u want to read Amazon you have no choice but to put their free android app reader on your phone. I have a bunch of books on Amazon I haven’t read because I didn’t want to have 2 reader apps on my phone. And I got pineapple lies through a giveaway that used instafreebie or book funnel so I was able to add it to my phone. Anyways it’s just an idea. You could check out their website or watch for a sale usually on weekends and holidays and grab a newer phone that way so I always have some books around. Or they offer deals on all sorts of tablets and computers. Back during Christmas they had a one day deal on a set of 4 of the less expensive kindle that was less than 2 at reg price. Mine isn’t a fancy Samsung it’s a galaxy star or sky something like that with a larger screen than most. It’s just an idea. I couldn’t use a kindle anyways because I have to have WiFi which I don’t. Can’t afford internet satellite or cable. But I always have my phone with me. And always some good books. 0 likes Reply Holly Wagner February 28, 2018 I like a cover that is original with artwork that reflects the title. If it is a series, I like it when it’s kept constant, like “pineapple (something)”. I don’t like real photographs on the cover. I don’t think the covers are childish. I like a cover drawn in ‘caricature ‘. 1 likes Reply Dolly Hawks February 28, 2018 I read Pinapple lies a while ago, and enjoyed it. The pineapple skull gives off a heavier vibe than your book projects. Perhaps a little something on either side to lighten the mood would help. The original was more representative of this series. Maybe showing Charlotte just a little older would be good. She does look more childlike in the original. 1 likes Reply Christine February 28, 2018 I was surprised by how many people judge a book by it’s cover. I’m much more interested in what the book is about and who the author is. I never thought the old cover looked liked a children’s book. I think the pineapple needs something else but I sure couldn’t tell you what. I’ll be a fan whatever the covers are. 0 likes Reply Kathy S February 28, 2018 I like the original covers. I think it draws people’s eyes to it and they want to know what’s inside. I am a very visual person and even thought the newer cover is nice, it does not “speak” to me. 1 likes Reply Donna February 28, 2018 I like the idea for the new cover. I buy books with covers that look interesting but not steamy. No half naked muscle men for me! That’s about it. Otherwise, my taste is pretty eclectic. 0 likes Reply Zee February 28, 2018 I like the idea of the new cover- pineapple – not a gory one though. When choosing books, I look for colours, the picture (which for me should have some indication of the title) and I read the blurb too. If going with the original covers, it may help if Charlotte is not so young and childlike. Good luck with the decision! 0 likes Reply Tracey Hogan March 1, 2018 Really like the new cover! Much better as doesn’t look like a kids chapter book anymore! 0 likes Reply Maz March 1, 2018 I love the new cover. I would definitely buy a book based on the cover as it would draw me to the book if if I knew it wasn’t for children. 0 likes Reply Susan March 1, 2018 I like the new cover concept; however, I’m usually drawn to books reviewed and/or recommended by Dru’s Book Musings or Escape by Dolycas. Titles draw me more than the cover art and my first reaction to a book after the title is to turn to the back cover to discover the plot. If that grabs my attention, I’ll definitely try the author/book. 0 likes Reply Terri March 1, 2018 I agree the old cover needs to be updated but I like the original format. It draws my attention and is suggestive of a fun cozy read. I’m not a fan of the new design. It strikes me as horror/ heavy mystery. I’m not sure I would even look at the book as a possible read. I’m also not sure where you would go to make sure people realize this is a series and not a standalone book. 2 likes Reply Ruth Turner March 1, 2018 I like the new cover better. As long as you keep up the great writing I’ll keep buying! 0 likes Reply Melissa March 1, 2018 I didn’t like the old covers. They were too cutesy…I think it was the stuffed animals and the cartoon faces that made it look like a kid’s book. I think you’re going in the right direction…but the new cover might be a bit too edgy for a cozy mystery…but I do like the pineapple skull for its sheer creativity. Perhaps adding the word cozy somewhere…when I see a stark cover but I see the word cozy, then I know it’s now going to be a blood and guts book that will give me nightmares. 1 likes Reply Debbie Fitzpatrick March 1, 2018 I love the new look. It shows that this is an adult book and will be exciting 0 likes Reply Brian March 1, 2018 I make a decision on try/don’t try based on the blurb, but the cover catches my eye so I read the blurb. I want the cover to reflect the “feel” of the book, and I think the original covers do: light and a little whimsical, a not-too-serious cozy. i would read the blurb associated with the newer style, and so probably try the book, but I don’t think it represents the tone of the series as well as the original. 1 likes Reply Sandy Lipinski March 1, 2018 I thought it was a children’s book at a quick glance. Then I noticed the curves and knew it for a cozy. I’m drawn to books with high heels and a sexy look. I don’t read straight romance, so it’s the strong female character I like. 0 likes Reply Sherril March 1, 2018 I related to the old book covers to denote a cozy mystery. At first glance, the new cover reminds me of a strictly murder mystery, not a cozy one. It is more grown-up looking than the old cover, and still has a bit of cozy “cute” in it! Love your books! 0 likes Reply judy March 1, 2018 I Do NOT like the new cover. To be honest..if I saw this new cover i would never give it a chance. It was the animals that caught my eye. Pets dogs and cats not snakes and rats always catch my eye if they are on the cover. Maybe it’s the cartoon style pictures that throw some off. I realize they are probably less expensive but if it was a more real person and animals on the cover it might work without having to ditch the pups completely. Even tv commercials are using more dogs in their ads these days. People love animals so are always more drawn to ads with them. Not only Subaru but other products have them in the background lying on a couch or one I saw today had different dogs pulling around various mattresses. I really can’t see this cover gaining any additional readers on its merit alone. I just think u need to redo it and keep the animals in a way it’s not like cartoon or comic drawings. 1 likes Reply Trisha March 3, 2018 Is it okay to say I’m not crazy about either cover, but if I were to buy either book based on cover alone, it would probably be the second one. I wasn’t crazy at all about your series first covers. They reminded me of my old Trixie Belden books. But the skull, while clever, is a bit too Alfred Hitchcock. Perhaps if there was a blurb “most dogs BURY bones in a garden, but in Pineapple Grove dogs dig up bones, and more…” might soften the heebie-jeebies? But then, what do I know? 0 likes Reply cyara March 4, 2018 I liked the (old) current designs. To me the new one makes the book look more sinister than I feel that your stories are. Yes they are mysteries and you usually have at least 1 death involved, but the current design tells me that it is a Cozy Mystery and not a more serious thriller type mystery. But it is your book and since I know & follow you as the author, now I would get the future books no matter the cover art. Do what makes you feel good. 2 likes Reply Eleanor Czarnecki March 4, 2018 I like the new cover 0 likes Reply Linda Moffitt March 5, 2018 Blurb 1st for me and price for me I’ve read some Awesome books with some crappy covers Yours was Definitely NOT kids book to me just a Cozy Mystery cover 0 likes Reply Linda Moffitt March 5, 2018 Again though Not Scary now just a different cozy mystery cover Not like it’s bloody with a knife sticking out of it 0 likes Reply Jayne March 6, 2018 The previous covers were a tad cartoonish but I don’t like the new one (sorry). It’s too sinister looking. Yes I know a pineapple isn’t sinister but I would gloss over this one figuring it’s not a cozy. Maybe something along the lines of a field of pineapples with one being a skull. A little cozy but with a bit of edge. 1 likes Reply MaryRhonda March 8, 2018 Interesting new cover, but not for a cozy mystery. I admit I have not read this series. The original cover looks like it is something a teenager would read, which is why I never bought any of these books. Unfortunately, a book is judged by its cover. If the cover doesn’t reel in the reader, they are less likely to even read the blurb. Since I have Pineapple Lies in a Whodunnit box set I will try it out since since so many comments here rave about this series. Good luck coming up with a new cover. 0 likes Reply Dee March 8, 2018 I don’t care for the proposed cover for “Kilty As Charged” . With a title like that, you need someone in a kilt on the cover. 0 likes Reply Elaine March 8, 2018 I never thought it looked like a kids book! It definitely says it is a mystery. I go by the cover and the blurb. The new cover is definitely a”grabber”. It’s maybe a little too intense, but I follow the series, and you can cover it in comic strip paper and I am going to read them. 0 likes Reply Edith Patchan March 8, 2018 I never liked the old cover! In fact I don’t think I have read any of these because I couldn’t get past the horrible covers. They are in my TBR list but not near the top. I want to read them but later. I like the new cover. Might re-think the TBR order. Keep doing good! You’re going in the right direction. HUG! 0 likes Reply Terrill R. March 9, 2018 Wow! I love the new cover. I don’t really like skulls, but the pineapple twist is so clever and not at all creepy. Although I didn’t mind the old covers, I did find them a bit too cutesy. I’m definitely attracted to a great book cover and they draw my reading interest, but I will give a not-so-attractive cover a chance if it comes highly recommended. 0 likes Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Add me to Amy Vansant's Humor Newsletter!