Three weeks I posted the nine finalists and asked for your opinions on which author photo to choose. Your comments (over 130 of them - wow!) were incredibly helpful - thank you!
While a lot of you liked #9, it's true that glasses can quickly date a picture. #4 was another favorite, but didn't seem quite right for the tone of my novel (maybe if I were writing romantic comedies). Finally, after a lot of debate, I choose #1 (the one that Sab H. commented makes me look the most "bad-ass").
Thanks again to Vania / VLC Productions. She takes great pictures!