And here's your first look at the paperback version!
("But you usually print three proofs!" you ask. "Why four this time?" Well, there is a story, and someday I may be able to tell it.)
For some reason, getting the proofs, holding the paperback, is the moment it sinks in for me. I've written a book. I really have. And this moment fulfills me and makes me smile like almost nothing else does.
To everyone who's helped me in any way, even if it's just buying and reading a Monkey Queen book, towards bringing these stories to life and to readers: Thank you. Thank you all.