Thanks for all the feedback. :D I stayed with the original cover but modified where I put my name and added that it was Dave and Mary’s book.
Regarding the edits:
As I’m going through the book, I realize the heroine is one of those women who needs a man to rescue them. I kept thinking she would stop being that way at some point in the book, but she never did. So for anyone who likes kick-butt women, she won’t be your cup of tea. And yes, I really do know women who are just like the heroine in this book, and one is a really good friend. I love Anna. She is who she is. I had no trouble writing her because her personality came through on the first page of the book. However, I am nothing like her. LOL For those of you who read An Inconvenient Marriage, I’m the Sue Lewis of the world, except I don’t like to ride horses. More power to anyone who does. I rode a couple horses, never liked it, and almost fell off of one when it darted off (without my command). Anyway, the last adventure when I almost fell and broke some bones was the last time I ever got on a horse. Okay, another honest moment. I don’t have Sue’s startlingly awesome looks either. But personality-wise, yep. I’m pretty much the complete opposite of Anna.
I don’t know if anyone else has noticed it, but it seems that the two personalities (Anna and Sue) tend to attract each other. You have your Type A personality (me) and a Type B personality (the majority of close friends I’ve ever had, including my husband). I even get along best with my Type B personality kids, and my husband gets along better with the Type A kids. Being a psychology major (got a degree I have yet to use), personality types fascinate me.
And being a Type A, I would be whacking Citlali over the head with my purse to knock some sense into him if I was Onawa, but Onawa’s a Type B so she doesn’t, though I will say she comes to the point where she says “enough is enough”. Speaking of Onawa’s book…
Which brings me to an important point:
I don’t always agree with my characters. Something they do stuff that makes little sense to me at the time when I’m writing, but I’ve learned to trust my instinct and let the characters do what they want and be who they want to be. The book always turn out better when I do. So characters (much like kids) have a mind of their own, and there’s no use in forcing them to be who they want to be.
Hmm… I was just thinking of how strange it is that I wrote about two Type A’s that managed very well together: Jake Mitchell and Sue Lewis from An Inconvenient Marriage. I don’t often mix characters that way–one is usually a Type A and the other a Type B (out of instinct), but hey, if it works, go with it, right? :D