THE BOY IN THE SMOKE: ANNOUNCEMENT TIME!

HELLO.

Many of you have asked me, "Maureen, what is going on with The Boy in the Smoke?" And I have puffed on my cigar and looked at you enigmatically before spinning in my chair. Because I could not tell you, even though I knew.

Now I can tell you. And I shall.

*spins in chair for a moment*

FIRST! I will explain what THE BOY IN THE SMOKE is. The Boy in the Smoke is the Shades of London PREQUEL. It comes BEFORE The Name of the Star, and it details what happens to Stephen Dene that causes him to develop his sight! Yes!

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I wrote this novella for World Book Day UK, and it is on sale throughout the UK. However! I wanted to make it available to ANYONE! For FREE!

And now, I am doing so.

On August 18th, The Boy in the Smoke will go live on Wattpad. The story has four sections, and one section will go live every week!

ANYONE CAN READ IT.

HERE IS THE COVER:

Possible questions:

Q: HOW? HOW DO I READ IT?

A: Simple. Go to Wattpad and get a free account. This is super quick. Then follow me on Wattpad by either searching my name or clicking this link. That’s it! The story will just COME to you, like a spider in the night! 

The schedule:

Section one: August 18th

Section two: August 25th

Section three: September 1st

Section four: September 8th

Q: And it’s FREE?

A: It is free as the proverbial bird. I wanted it to be free and SO IT IS!

Q: Why Wattpad?

A: Because I think Wattpad is an awesome platform on which you can share and comment on stories.

Q: What’s the catch?

A: There is no catch.

Q: Do I need to read this to understand things that will be coming up in future Shades of London books?

A: No, but there are details in the story that will certainly ENHANCE that experience.

Q: What if I want a physical copy or an ebook? AND I WANT IT NOW.

A: You’ll need to order that from the UK. Try Waterstones. Click here for a physical copy or here to immediately get the ebook.

I should add on a content note that the second part of the story (it is divided into four marked sections) contains a scene of a suicide attempt (not completed). The story is about NOT committing that act. It’s about how that act is a terrible mistake. However, I wanted this to be known for anyone who, for whatever reason, might have an issue with reading such a scene.

And that’s it! Of course, THE SHADOW CABINET comes out in the United States on February 5th. ALL YOUR ANSWERS ARE COMING!

You can preorder it:

From Barnes and Noble

From your local independent bookseller

From Amazon

OR ANYWHERE ELSE THAT SELLS BOOKS.

**International release dates coming soon, as well as information on pre-order SPECIAL EVENTS. So you might want to wait to pre-order. JUST SAYING**

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*spins in chair*