But for a moment indulge me as I take you back to last week, just after we arrived back home from Nepal.... yes I know, I haven't posted anything on Nepal yet...at the moment I'm running late with my Bhutan posts... and Nepal is next, but just for the moment I'm going to steal a post (or two) to tell you how excited I was to arrive home and find my author copies of Buddhas, Bombs and the Babu waiting for me - all 400.
I opened the first box and stared at the lovely cover, bright and vibrant. I love this cover so much. The image was painted especially for the book, by a wonderful North Coast artist - Donna Sharam - and it represents every thing that is quintessential Nepal; colour, life, strength and vibrancy. Then it was down to work - within 24hours of arriving home, I'd thrown a couple of boxes into the car and was making a trip around to the book shops in my area - Byron, Bangalow, Ballina....Lismore - in the hope to sell a few. I couldn't offload a one. Not even a single page! Was I disappointed? Not at all... because they had all ordered in the book and there it was, sitting on the bookshelves. I could hardly contain my excitement.
I'd booked the wonderful restaurant at our local TAFE institution - The Nightcap Restaurant - for the Launch Event where they were to serve the most delicious canapés and yummies and promised to ply everyone with wine for me. The incredible Samba Blissters were to roll the book out with a bang and an art exhibition by the cover artist herself - Donna Sharam - would add extra colour and vitality to the night. As I watched the clock tick over while I unloaded the goodie bags and Kata scarfs I'd brought back from Nepal, I prayed to the bodhisattvas to shine their blessings down on me. On the dot of six, the car park began to fill and lines of guests made their way up the path to be greeted with a Kata and a wish of "Happy Journeys - where ever you may travel in life".
And now it's time for the tours of the bookstores. The lovely little book shop of Books@Stones, at Logan Road, Stones Corner is my host for my first ever book signing and author appearance and I'm very excited to be visiting this bookstore just 4kms from the very heart of Brisbane's CBD and located in the village atmosphere of Stones Corner. I can't wait to spread out the beautiful covers for all to see...plus I have a chocky or two to entice