Today is Shadowplay‘s official re-publication day! It first came out in January 2014 and has been out of print since the end of 2014, so I’m excited for it to be back in stores with it’s spiffy new cover. I signed a few copies in Waterstones Inverness on Tuesday and had the very fun experience of handselling 3 copies of my books (2 of False Hearts and 1 Pantomime) to customers as I did so. This is my second book and, like all my books, holds a special place in my heart. It’s the first one I wrote to a deadline, the first one I properly arced and plotted, and I had a lot of fun researching Victorian magicians for the content.
In case you missed it, this version does has some minor textual and narrative changes from the previous edition. See this post for details.
Note to American readers: It’ll be distributed in the US next March, but if you’d like to get it before that,you can order the paperback via Book Depository, which has free international shipping!
As before and with every book, there is only so much I can do to jump up and down and wave my arms and hope people give it a chance. I’d be so, so ecstatic if you’d consider doing any of the following:
- Buy a copy for yourself (it’s very pretty and has a matte cover), or for a family or friend for a gift. If it’s not at your local (UK/Aus/etc) bookstore, they can always order it in for you.
- Leave a review on a vendor site (Amazon & Goodreads are the two biggest ones. The more Amazon reviews it has, the more it’ll be picked up by algorithms for others to see. Just a rating and a few words is more than enough). Amazon deleted most of the old reviews of Shadowplay. I used to have about 20 and now I have 2.
- Ask your local library to order in a few copies, either now or in March if you’re in the states.
- Tell a few people who you think might enjoy steampunk fantasy starring an intersex genderfluid protag set in a circus that Pantomime is out there
Read the opening of Pantomime, book 1 in the series!
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Book 3 in the series, Masquerade, will be out March 9, 2017!
All the extra information about the book, including blurb, purchase links, and quotes are below. Thank you so much. <3
Old magics are waking. But will the world survive their return?
Micah Grey almost died when he fled the circus with Drystan – now he and the ex-clown seek to outrun disaster. Drystan persuades his old friend Jasper Maske, a once-renowned magician, to take them in. But when he agrees to teach them his trade, Maske is challenged to the ultimate high-stakes duel by his embittered arch-nemesis.
Micah must perfect his skills of illusion, while navigating a tender new love. An investigator is also hunting the person he once seemed to be – a noble family’s runaway daughter. As the duel draws near, Micah increasingly suffers from visions showing him real magic and future terrors. Events that broke the ancient world are being replayed. But can Micah’s latent powers influence this deadly pattern?
Nominated for the ALA Rainbow List 2015
Gay YA Book of the Month November 2014
Longlisted for the James Tiptree Junior Award 2015
“[Pantomime] stars Micah Grey, an immediately likable and somewhat naive runaway who has some completely understandable trust issues. It’s a very personal story . . . at the same time, it’s also a HUGE story . . . Seriously, the worldbuilding is so excellent: rich and sprawling, but not overpowering . . . I very much enjoyed spending time in Ellada again, and I especially loved being behind the scenes of a magic show and a fake seance or two . . . So if you haven’t read Pantomime yet, DO. Go out and read it, and then read Shadowplay.” – Bookshelves of Doom at Kirkus.com