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Lunchbox and the Aliens, the story of a basset abducted by aliens and accidentally given extraordinary intelligence, is finally here. I got my author's copies this week and they are beautiful--the art by Kevan Atteberry (creator of the annoying little paperclip help guy in Microsoft Office) is hilarious; whether you actually read the story or not, the illustrations will crack you up!

The book will officially be on sale September 19th. Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Walmart.com are all accepting preorders.

Not only am I excited about the release of my first book, I have also been offered a contract for the sequel! It will likely be out in a year or so. I'm currently working on a third book in the series--just can't seem to get basset silliness out of my system.
 

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What good news! I already have my copy preordered through Amazon. Also one for my brother - who I am desperately trying to convince to get another basset in his life. Maybe Alien will help tip the scales in a basset's favor. And trust me, that would be one lucky basset!
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Thanks to all who have ordered the book. As a writer looking to polish his craft (and sell more books, I'll admit), I'd be interested in your feedback once you've had a chance to read it. I based Lunchbox on bassets I have known and my childhood fantasies of my basset being smarter and more heroic than he really was. If the book does well my wife might actually let me get another basset...maybe I could take him to book signings...teach him to put his pawprint on books...and I could write off the Alpo and vet bills as business expenses, maybe... :rolleyes:
 

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I will watch for your book, can we get it up here in Canada? I am in the process of self publishing my basset poetry, using pictures of various bassets on this board. It's not a big venture, just fun!

I emailed your friend Kevin A, and told him about my 87 year old father's experience with his little paper clip! I got a very nice reply from him, said he'll repeat the story in the future..

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The book is available in Canada--it's listed at Amazon.ca

Kevan Attebery is a very nice guy and extremely talented. We haven't met face to face; he was hired by the publisher, but only after I begged my editor to dump the first artist they picked (he was really awful, IMHO). Kevan nailed the characters almost exactly as I pictured them--it was obvious he'd read the book thoroughly before he started drawing. He is on board to illustrate the sequel, Froonga Planet (no release date yet). I hope he will illustrate every book I have planned so far (working on a third Lunchbox book and another middle grade novel at the moment).

Ain't technology grand--I live in Texas, my publisher and my agent are in New York, my illustrator is in Seattle--and we can zip stuff to each other instantly.
 
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