Thursday, May 20, 2010

There be Pirates Abroad!
As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I've been without the magical world-wide interweb for several weeks, since moving to the Welsh hills. That was fixed a couple of days ago, and once again I will need to show some restraint if I'm going to get any work done.

But one big thing happened while I was cut off from the world, 'The Pirate Cruncher' was published in the United States of America!! Hoorah! Or should I say "Ooooo-ArRR!"

I was sent a copy of the book a little while back, and on first glance there was something peculiar about it. Hmmmm.

Spot the Difference
(apart from the jaunty angle!)

Here's the US cover (above), and the UK cover (below)
I'm afraid there are no prizes. I just wanted to point out to the US book buying public that they're actually getting a little bit more for their money. has quite a few pages in it's preview, if anyone would like to 'Look Inside'.... Look here!

There are also a couple of lovely reviews. For now at least, it's got half a star more than the UK version with a full five stars, but then a couple of snippets in the book have been changed and they rhyme better. That may well be it, a quarter of a star per rhyming couplet. Or maybe it's just the extra bit of tentacle on the cover. Ooops...

And on a related note, my publisher told me that there are only a couple of hundred copies of the UK hardback left in their stock cupboard. So that's good. But if they manage to flog the lot, a paperback version will be published in the UK on the 1st June, I think.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Homeward Bound...
It's been a while, but we've been moving house! We've got a new life in Wales! We've only gone and bought the house I grew up in...

My Mum's moved down the lane, my daughter Daisy is at the same tiny village school I attended as a child, and I've got a new studio in my sister's old bedroom... It's kinda weird, but I'm so happy. I just wish my dad could be here with us.

And my excuse for not blogging..? We've not had an internet connection since April!