So, here we are at last! Release Day for Romulus Buckle and the Luminiferous Aether has arrived and I am thrilled with the support I’ve received from family, fellow authors and readers. I hope everyone enjoys the book, and the paperback version will be available mid-January. Thank you!
Also, please remember there are a couple of Giveaways for free Kindle copies out there, attached to my first three chapter sneak peek at SFSignal and my character art reveal at The Qwillery! You can check both articles out further in the blog posts preceding this one.
As a part of my continuing attempted conquest of the Commonwealth, Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders is now part of the Kindle End of Year Fiscal Sale on Amazon Australia (06/24-06/30), running simultaneously the UK sale in the last week of June (see UK post below). Hullo, readers down under!
I’m not much of a party guy any more–in fact I’d be tempted to puncture my own appendix to avoid one, generally–so it took quite a bit of work by my wife to set up a wonderful book launch event at our house on the 6th of July.
Book Release Party Reading
About 40 people were able to attend, mostly close friends and family. My sister and her husband flew down from Canada, bravely leaving their offspring in charge of the house. Quite a few of my family members, friends and associates occupy domiciles too far away to the make the festivities, but they sent many warm wishes and were truly present in spirit. My parents Skyped me from Eastern Canada where they and my youngest sister’s family held a little spirited co-celebration of their own. The affair was catered and we put up tables and Tiki lanterns in the back yard. My wife had the cover of the book emblazoned on the cake!
Romulus Buckle Cake
I wore my new white and blue popsicle Tommy Bahama shirt and worked the room just like Sharon Stone in Casino. After the meal I did a brief reading from the book (I was forced by Steve and Vicki) and then released everyone from their obligation to stay. It was a wonderful experience for me and I thank everyone who was able to attend–and those who could not but wanted to–for their encouragement and support. We authors need corny stuff like that.
This was a small, casual celebration. If I ever get rich and famous, I’m gonna throw a elegant dress-up bash at the Museum of Natural History. But it could never beat how perfect this party was for me. A special thanks to my lovely wife, Shelley–she makes it all work, every day, somehow.
My first guest blog on Jeff VanderMeer’s Booklifenow.com website is up and running at http://www.booklifenow.com/2013/07/steampunk-genesis-the-pillars-of-your-private-booklife/. It is entitled “Steampunk Genesis & the Pillars of Your Private Booklife” and discusses the beginnings of my book, Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders, while also looking at a few elements of Jeff’s Booklife writing philosophy. I will be pinning up a new blog post every weekday until Monday, July 8.