Book Launch of Jonah and the Clockwork Goblin by Matthew Edwards
posted by Kylie Leane on March 10, 2017

Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to go to a book launch of an old university friend's first novel, published by Stone Table Books, Jonah & the Clockwork Goblin by Matthew Edwards.

Cover illustration and design by D.M. Cornish

It is always exciting to see a new book come to life. Knowing the background work, the ins-and-outs of what goes into making a book...well...a book, just makes a Book Launch feel all the more rewarding to attend.

I took an Uber to get to the book launch, my first time actually, and chatted to my driver as we headed down into the city. He was immensely curious about what I did, having never met anyone who worked as an illustrator and so, I gladly told him about the fascinating world of illustrating.

He sat there for awhile, pondering, before saying, "I never thought about it before, that someone actually has to make a front cover of a book, I always just glossed over them. I don't think I can even recall any front cover from any book I have ever read."

I laughed and replied. "Well, there is a whole industry built around just front covers."

I was going to post photos of the evening here, but none of them turned out. My phone camera has decided to die on me and just be utterly awful.
So, I suggest heading to Matthew Edwards Facebook Page as I am sure they'll have photos of the event up at some point.

I'll leave you with the blurb from the back of Jonah and the Clockwork Goblin.

Jonah is a fifteen-year-old orphan who thinks he already has enough problems in his life. He’s failing all his subjects at school, frequently tormented by the school bully, and can count the people who care about his life (including his cat) on one hand—with fingers to spare. When he faces losing his older brother, he’s convinced things couldn’t get worse. Then he is awoken in the middle of the night by a clockwork cyborg goblin who robs him of a cherished opal pendant and departs through a magical portal. In his pursuit of the goblin thief, Jonah finds himself cast into a world beneath his own where he must pick his friends wisely, grow up quickly, and choose between an eight-foot evil seductress queen and a thousand-year-old tree nymph if he is to survive —and save the world in the process.

continue reading

1,000 Words Friday!
posted by Kylie Leane on October 7, 2016

Greetings dear Readers,
Today I bring you another 1,000 Words Friday.
This little piece is from a series I sometimes talk about: "The Tea Traders" - it's from the opening Chapter.
It's also linked to another book I'm currently writing called "Bloodstorm" which goes way, way, WAY, back into the history of the world of Aburu when 'tea' first arrived.

continue reading

Authors of Influence - Tolkien
posted by Kylie Leane on June 15, 2016

Tolkien - possibly one of the greatest author's who influenced me in my life, and continues to be a great influence. I owe Tolkien so very much, he showed me a world, and taught me how to build them.

continue reading

End of Year Imagination and Creativity
posted by Kylie Leane on October 31, 2015

First - I want to show off a picture of my nephew! Alistaire Leane - he's about a month old now, but this is him about a day old when I went to see him at the hospital. I'm an Aunt! Yay!
So I just thought I'd share with you all the wonderful, marvelous gift that are baby nephews.

Now - onto the blog!

continue reading