I just got a great review in The Times, the big UK daily newspaper! My book was reviewed alongside new books by Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear (which was exciting in itself) and my favourite line from the review is:
"This intelligent, vividly written tale grips from the first page."
Take a look at the first review of the U.K. young adult edition of The Two Pearls of Wisdom which will be published by David Fickling Books in January under the title, Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye (same book, different cover....yeah, I know, it's a bit confusing).
Hi All, Arrived in London last Thursday and promptly received a couriered delivery of champagne from Transworld to welcome me to the UK and to celebrate the September publication of The Two Pearls of Wisdom. I felt very special. Thanks, Transworld - it was delicious! The last few days have been full of shopping, snoozing and eating including the traditional afternoon tea at Fortnum and Masons with my good friend Lynny. Four courses of sheer bliss. Yum. This coming week I will be meeting the lovely team at Transworld, and also doing some interviews and signing books. I'm awaiting a firm schedule, but as soon as I have some dates, times and venues I will post them here. If you are in London and would like to say hello or have your copy of Two Pearls signed, keep any eye on this space. Cheers for now, Alison
I have had an incredible three days. On Monday the wonderful Penguin team had an Eon champagne brunch in my honour which was fantastic and I met all the hardworking and enthusiastic people behind the scenes. As good fortune would have it, Eon received its first US review that morning - a starred review in Publishers Weekly. So we had lots to celebrate. I then had the most amazing meeting with the marketing team - I nearly hyperventilated as I listened to the stunning plans they have for the book. Then my agent Jill, my publisher Sharyn November, and I went to the first Brilliance audio recording session of the audio book. The very talented Nancy Wu is narrating the novel and I was so impressed by her work and Lisa Cahn's direction. I recorded some promos and a short interview which was nerve-wracking as the microphone in the booth is so sensitive it can pick up heartbeats. I think my hair crackled a bit - must cut down on the hair products. ...my car to the airport just arrived so I will continue this when I get hold of wifi again. I'm now off to London. Stay tuned. Best, Alison
Hi All, I am hip-hip-hopping across the USA having luscious dinners with booksellers who have been very welcoming and so enthusiastic about Eon: Dragoneye Reborn. I've visited Pasadena, California (the houses are huge, the weather very tropical), Naperville, Chicago (lots of Halloween decorations and a small but bustling downtown with no big chain stores - their policy!), and now I'm in Mobile, Alabama. They say southerners are incredibly friendly and they'd be right. Everyone strikes up a conversation and there is a delicious, laid back humour that permeates everything. I've already sampled the local shrimp and apparently a nearby town was the inspiration for Forrest Gump's wildly successful shrimping business. Tomorrow I'm flying to New York to meet with the Penguin people for an Eon champagne brunch and then on to the Brilliance audio book recording studio. The early morning flights are a killer and heaving my luggage around is getting old (why did I pack so many shoes?), but I'm having a ball. Cheers for now, Alison
I'm currently in Seattle for the start of my pre-publicity bookseller buzz tour here in the U.S.A. The city is lovely and has turned on sunny weather for me, although it is renowned for its rain. I did the touristy things today and visited the Space Needle and the Science Fiction Museum - both lots of fun. Tomorrow night is the official start of the tour then it is a city a day. Phew! But I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and talking about Eon. No U.K. schedule yet, but I'm expecting some dates soon.
I'm thrilled to report that the Two Pearls of Wisdom has now been officially released in the U.K. and is available in all good bookstores. I'm also heading over to the U.K. soon and will be doing some publicity appearances in the week starting 6th October. I'll post my schedule here in the coming weeks so if you are in London or Oxford and would like to say hi or get a book signed, keep an eye on this page or visit my new official website at www.alisongoodman.com.au Cheers for now, Alison
I'm very pleased to report that The Two Pearls of Wisdom received a great review in The Age - Melbourne's big daily newspaper - today (Saturday 9th August). Check it out in the A2 section on page 28. I loved this quote: "Goodman has produced an action-packed, well-plotted and acutely imagined fantasy that draws on the popularity of such films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." However, I'm not so sure about the final sentence... "Anyone who enjoys kung-fu movies will devour this book." Well, I suppose that could be true. However, I do know that a lot of the early fans of The Two Pearls of Wisdom have never watched a kung-fu movie in their lives (okay, perhaps Kung-Fu Panda, but nothing else!). Cheers, Alison