Heart of Winter by James Hartley

A short story introduction to the upcoming YA book The Invisible Hand

Heart of winter

A creepy, gothic short story about a young girl who travels to a magical school.

Genre: FICTION / Short Stories (single author)

Secondary Genre: FICTION / General

Language: English


Word Count: 10 364

Sales info:

The book is free on Smashwords, where it has about 70 downloads in a week. It debuted at number 16 on the specialist Amazon charts (YA, school) and will be promoted over the next few months, and afterwards as part of the publicity for The Invisible Hand, the main novel, which will be published in February 2017.

Sample text:

Imagine you are the full moon high in the heavens, your face lit bright by the sun. Hanging below you in the starry darkness is the blue marble earth, silent but flashing with the fireworks of world war.

Down from the northernmost ice-cap some green islands are speckled with points of fire. The capital city is alight, under attack from waves of planes and the bombs tumbling from them. Beyond the conflagration is a vast zone of darkness where the country is hiding. You must look very closely to spot a pair of headlights flickering under swaying boughs as a car makes its way along country lanes swirling with leaves.

A storm has come in off the sea with the bombers, and now, hitting land, is gathering pace, tearing tiles from roofs, tipping fences and uprooting oaks which have stood for generations. The sky is fast moving cloud, tangling and untangling to reveal and hide your pale, white face.

Book translation status:

The book is available for translation into any language except those listed below:

Already translated. Translated by Fabienne Rezio Esteves
Already translated. Translated by Sebastiano Inama
Translation in progress. Translated by Thais Ortega

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