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.

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The joy in a hug.
posted by Kylie Leane on September 3, 2015
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Today as I write this blog entry I am sitting on the bus into the city center, watching the world go by. It is a startingly beautiful day, as though spring as arrived with a cloak of blue sky so crystal it's breathtaking. There is a squeaky-squeak in the bus -- as if there is a bolt loose somewhere -- everyone is silent, lost in their own thoughts as much as I am.
My thoughts for the last few days have been tumbling about in a bit of a whirl wind. It isn't often, you see, that you get the astounding opportunity that comes along in life to meet someone you've only met online.
I can still picture the amazing moment I caught sight of my friend of (we think) seven years, in the flesh, in reality, coming out of the aeroplane tunnels. What joy! What glee! My heart was racing. What overwhelming wonder...
This moment had arrived!

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Christmas Eve
posted by Kylie Leane on December 24, 2014

It's Christmas Eve!
Tah, I have been so busy the last few days, or at least, I have felt busy. Running about, baking, icing, last minute gift buying, food shopping. I've been utterly exhausted, and terribly sore but it is worth it. Because I seriously LOVE Christmas. I utterly adore giving. Though my Dad and I had a hilarious chuckle at the sign that is posted up at our local shopping mall in the car-park, which says "Happy Giving" -- isn't that SO funny. It's practically saying, 'here guys, have fun BUYING all this stuff in our shopping small and enjoy it while we get all your money!'
Ah well, at least Christmas keeps the economy going, right?
And I bet, right now, all the little kids are so excited! Isn't that wonderful. I remember the thrill I had when I was a little girl, ohhhh, I loved it. I still do love it, but I'm really a big kid inside. My family will vouch to that.

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