Thought I would give you all a rest from swampy photos (for a bit) and show this instead. Isn't it lovely?
The best, most special moment in an author's life is to hold in their hand the first copy of their latest book. To feel it, smell it and realise that yep, it really does exist and it's yours. All those sweat and tears paid off.
[And do we then sit down and read it? You've got to be kidding. I loathe re-reading a book once it's published and won't do it until I really, really have to - like when I have to remind myself what's inside because I am writing the next book of the trilogy!]
Anyway, here's the cover of Shadow of Tyr, Australian edition, slated for January publication, but it will probably be in many Oz bookshops by 11th December, and all you have to do is sweet talk your harrassed, pre-Christmas rushed-off-their-feet bookseller into finding the right HarperCollins box in an overflowing store room and opening it for you... Chocolates work wonders, I believe.
Many thanks for the artwork, Shane Parker...
Oh, and need I remind you all to buy books for Christmas presents? For all the kids in your family, all the way up to grandma - fiction especially. If stories in book form are going to remain as part of our culture, people have to keep the industry alive, and it's the retail sales that do that.