I remember buying White Dragon - hard cover - with my hard earned after school job money. I wanted it so very much and it was so worth it!
I was lucky enough to get to meet/see her and have a few of my books autographed - once at Dark Carnival (Telegraph store) and at LACon 2006.
As johno posted, "Sigh. ...somewhere the dragons are keening". Oh yes.
Thank you for all the wonderful stories.