Friday, December 12, 2008

Guess what I got today?!!

The American version of Timothy and the Dragon's Gate, in all it's glorious hardcover wonderfulness!!! Yes fab readers, I officially am the author of TWO books. And they look so pretty together!

It is really hard to describe how amazing this feels. I got the book last night and sort of cuddled with it all evening, took it with me from room to room. Even broke my own rule and read some of it (which I am now regretting, I've already seen several things I wish I could now change). It's very overwhelming, and amazing, and I really can't quite believe it. When I think back to all the hard work, all the grief and problem solving . . . it's so hard to imagine that it's all done and sitting here, in book form. It's still also hard to believe that I am a real life author. But that's something I have to deal with on a daily basis . . .

Anyway, it looks a lot like Alex. The same size (though Timothy is a bit bigger), the pages are rough along the edges. The cover is a combination of matte and shiny and the title is embossed. What is even cooler is that when you remove the cover you'll notice that Alex is blue and Timothy is red, which makes a lot of sense as those colours are most prevalent in the cover art of each. In all, Weinstein Books did a fantastic job, and I am so grateful to them! Thank you guys so much!

And now, as any proud parent would, PICTURES!

The cover!

The spine!

The Back!

Timothy and Alex hardcovers - together at last!

Side by side . . .

And now I ask that all small children be removed from the room as I present, for the first time for both of them - Alex and Timothy . . .


One Further Note: I was interviewed by the lovely Emily Mathieu of The Toronto Star this week, and the article is out today. It was a really fun one, where we walked around my neighbourhood and I showed her the places I like to go to etc. Anyway, if you are interested, check it out here.


Catherine J Gardner said...

Ooh, I especially love the picture of the two spines together :)

Is it just me or does it feel like just yesterday you got the first copies of Alex? I'm guessing time has flown quicker for me than it has for you. Congrats again, Adrienne - can't wait to read it.

Melanie Avila said...

Congratulations! It's beautiful, especially next to the Alex!

Nancy Hightower said...

Congrats on the books, Andrienne!

Your play looks like so much fun too. Wish I was in Canada (but alas, I'm in snowy Colorado :)

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ORION said...

How very nifty!!!!!
I preordered Timothy long ago and hopefully it will get here soon.

Holly Kennedy said...

Adrienne, I LOVE the new book! Congrats. Now I know what to get my kids for Christmas.

P.S. I recommended a fellow Canadian writer to your blog. Her name is Pattie and she's written a fantasy YA novel and needs some inspiration!

Have a great Christmas.

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Joanna said...

Congrats Adj! I can't wait to read it! And it looks fab. You must be so proud and excited!


Janet said...

Aw, new parents are so cute.

The offspring aren't bad either.

ChristaCarol said...

Adrienne, congrats! I can't wait to be able to experience the feeling of literary birth! I got your book in the mail yesterday and can't wait to start reading it! I also bought one for my 10 year old neighbor boy. He LOVES to read. Happy holidays!

Prince Balthazar said...

Very cool. I enjoyed the first book. Looking forward to reading Timothy.

robbwindow said...

Good one, awesome case, one for the kids and judging by the cover and your loving enthusiasm to be be published, I wish you all the best with this one oh and the other one they are sure to be best sellers. :)

Marian said...

Congratulations, Toothy - those are lovely covers! And it must've made a great Christmas present for you.

Also interesting to hear that you have a rule about not reading the books after publication. Aw. :)

Adrienne said...

Thank you all so much!

Catherine - yes the two spines were definitely the most exciting part! And yeah, totally crazy how time flies, I can't believe it's out already.

Melanie- thank you so much!

Nancy - thanks, and thanks too for the comment on the play. It was such a great time, and we hope to remount in the spring, fingers crossed! (only ever been to Denver, but from that experience I have to say Colorado is just lovely btw)

dj - indeed :)

ORION - you are so sweet! I do hope you like it, let me know what you think!

Holly - thanks hon! And please tell Pattie if she wants she can email me (address is in the sidebar of the blog). Love chatting with fellow Canadian fantasy authors!

Charles - thank you!

Joanna - you is sweet, and don't worry, I'll make you read it if it comes to that!

Janet - yes we do gush a bit don't we? Thanks though for compliment on my babies!

Christa - thank you so much! I do hope both you and your neighbour enjoy it, please do let me know!

Prince - thank you, and I hope you do!

rob - thank you so much, and fingers crossed on that whole bestseller thing ;)

Marian - thanks! And, yeah, it's more of an unspoken kind of rule. . . like every time I try to read it, I really can't because I just find too many things I want to change. I think in a few years I might read both books cover to cover, when they aren't as fresh in my mind. But for now, I'll stick to the few chapters I do at readings.

Janet said...

My to be read pile is ridiculously thick, so it might take a while, but I will let you know.