Because THE PROPOSAL was timely and concerned a political and social issue, I did lots of radio interviews when the novel released. Dozens. The book won an Angel Award from Excellence in Media and received several nice reviews.
Did the book sell well? Not really. Maybe it was the black cover, maybe it was because this was a change of genres for me, maybe the book was ahead of its time. I don’t know, but I’m convinced the book reached those it was meant to reach. It is still out there, of course (with Amazon’s used book sales, books never die), and its message is still important.
I received several letters from women who’d had abortions and had never heard of the ABC link. I advised them to give their doctors a complete medical history and to be vigilant in their monthly BSEs.
Here are some snippets from reviews: “Although the plot is fictitious, abortion’s link to breast cancer is not. Hunt’s ability to combine startling data with an exciting story line makes for an intriguing medical mystery. This book is sure to be a hit with mystery fans as well as with readers interested in its medical connotations.” —Bookstore Journal.
“Hunt’s research on the issue is solid and makes a persuasive case that Christians must continue to exert political pressure, or other truths may also remain buried . . . ” —Hawaii Catholic Herald.
“The story, fast-paced, suspenseful and entertaining, features a novie writer who stumbles on to a conspiracy to suppress medical discoveries linking abortion and breast cancer. The author, while acknowledging the plight of the unborn, tries to direct our attention to the fact that abortion not only kills the baby, but may eventually kill the mother as well.” —Aspire
“Hunt has done her own research into this subject and found several sources to support her novel. The subject of abortion is an emotional one, and as documents support its link with breast cancer, the repercussions of making this information public are obvious. A decrease in abortions will cost money, would stop fetal-cell research and would alter many political stands. By choosing this subject for her book, Hunt has succeeded in finding a platform for intelligent pro-life argument without making the heroes of the story look like insane zealots.” –“Reading Room.”
“THE PROPOSAL is lively, readable, and rather amusing, particularly in its portrait of the feckless Theodora.” –John Mort, for Booklist.
Tomorrow: your questions and answers. Does anybody have any?
~~Angie, happy to report, BTW, that the WIP is A-OK.