Christmas is coming around again, whether we like it or not. I’m probably quite well known by now for my disdain of the whole thing, but I do my best to get into the spirit. To be honest, seeing Christmas through my son’s eyes these last few years has given it a new perspective that I quite enjoy. And the excuse to gather with friends and family to eat and drink is always a winner. But of course, this year is not like other years in so many ways, most especially in the way that travelling to be together is potentially deadly. I mean, even by Christmas standards, that fucking sucks. I hope everyone is able to stay safe.

The other side of Christmas, of course, is the gift-giving. And that’s something we can hopefully keep largely unaffected by plagues and political upheaval. Naturally, we can’t literally hand over gifts like we normally do, but we can send them. Or have them sent. And here’s my offer to you. Books are a great gift – giving someone a reading experience that you’ve enjoyed is a unique present. You get to talk about it and have something to share beyond the book itself. Or you get to give someone an experience you think they’ll enjoy. It’s not just an object – it’s hours of escape, a mental journey they will always have. Sending them that experience signed by the person who wrote it is an extra bonus, and another layer of specialness in the gift. Especially if that author writes a personalised dedication. And that’s what I’m offering you. I’ll even gift-wrap the book/s and send the parcel directly to the recipient if you like, so you don’t have to receive it and then post it on.

So that’s a signed book (or books), personally dedicated, gift-wrapped, and sent directly to your friend or loved one. I can do this anywhere in the world, but I would warn that postal rates outside Australia are pretty brutal. Regardless, the process is now very easy as you can order via my online Eventeny store. Shipping is calculated based on your location and you can check that before you even add a book to your cart if you want. If you do decide to go ahead, you add the book/s to your cart, then there’s an option to “Add a note to Alan Baxter” (right under the cover image) and there you can let me know who to sign it to and any other dedication or gift-wrapping requests you have. All prices in the store are in Australian dollars. Currently available are:

Novels

The Alex Caine Trilogy – BOUND, OBSIDIAN and ABDUCTION – $60 for all three

DEVOURING DARK – $25

HIDDEN CITY – $25

Short Story Collections

SERVED COLD – $25

CROW SHINE – $25

Novellas

MANIFEST RECALL – $16.95

RECALL NIGHT – $16.95

THE ROO – $16.95

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I only have a few copies of some books, so get in quick.

So that’s it. If you’re keen, head over to my online Eventeny store and make your order. At the moment I’m pretty sure we can get stuff anywhere before Christmas, but for overseas orders I would move fast as I can’t guarantee how well the postal service will manage that. Within Australia, there’s plenty of time, but get your orders in sooner rather than later to make sure you get the books you want and to make sure I have time to get them posted well before Christmas.

If you have any problems or questions, give me a shout and we’ll figure stuff out. And happy Christmas to you all. Let’s hope 2021 is a vast improvement on 2020.

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