I'm delighted to announce that, once again, some of Sydney's independent bookstores have been keen to show support for local self-published authors.
So far, the following stores have asked to stock Harry's Quest, alongside Harry's World.
And I delivered all the copies yesterday, so feel free to hop on in and grab yourself an extra present for yourself or someone else - some juicy hard-boiled reading pleasure over the holiday.
You also help to support the wonderful independent bookstores, and we sure as hell need them to survive if we don't want our reading choices completely dictated by corporations.
Currently then, in Sydney, the original paperback is available at the following:
1. Abbey's Bookshop in the city (131 York Street).
2. Berkelouw Books in Paddington (19 Oxford Street).
3. Harry Hartog Bookseller in Bondi Junction (Westfield Centre, 500 Oxford Street).
In the New Year, Better Read Than Dead in Newtown will be stocking Harry's Quest.
And the Bookshop Darwin, up in the Northern Territory has got an order in.
Harry's Quest has headed for the printers today. Final tweaks made to the typeset manuscript and I pressed the green GO button for production! And now drinking red wine, of course.
The original printed paperbacks should be ready in a couple of weeks, but the ebook versions and the POD versions should be available in the next few days.
I'll keep you posted!
And, given Harry's Quest is a sequel, if you haven't read Harry's World, then time to hop in and grab it now!
Spring in Sydney, aside from bringing in the warmer weather, is resplendent in purple, as the jacaranda trees burst into bloom across the cityscape.
I love these trees and their flowers, as does my PI Harry Kenmare. If you've read Harry's World, then you'll know the scene where Harry is walking down Kelly Street to his local watering hole, the Emerald Bar, with the cascade of jacaranda flowers coming down.
Here's a few photos form my neighbourhood, including along Kelly Street, with my local watering hole, the Australian Youth Hotel in the background. And yes, it is the same watering hole as the Emerald Bar in the Harry stories.
And I'm a complete novice at poetry, but here goes:
The canopy of delicate leaves, vibrant green,
Such splendid beauty reveals nature's vast power,
If this awe is not enough to make one serene,
Then hail spring with its majestic purple shower.
(c) A.B.Patterson, November 2018.
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