Saturday, May 21, 2011

"Cat Calls" Short Story by Cynthia Leitich Smith Now Available Free to Nook Readers

My YA short story "Cat Calls" (Candlewick, 2011) is now available for free as an e-book from Barnes & Noble.

"Cat Calls" is set in the Tantalize series universe and features entirely new characters. Here's a peek:

Tiffany's grandma sees something wild in her future -- but is Tiffany prepared for the powerful shape it will take?

I’m what people call “a late bloomer.”

This May, not long after my sixteenth birthday, I finally started my period for the first time and shifted from blah to bombshell overnight.

For me, it was a relief.

My mom, on the other hand, had a full-scale panic attack. Before you could say “Xanax,” she packed me up and shipped me off to my grandmother, who at the time was predicting the future in Missouri off I-35.

Cynsational Notes

Tiff is claws-down the sassiest point-of-view character I've ever written, and this story radiates "animal" in a fierce, sexy, mind-bending kind of way.

You can download "Cat Calls" for free from Barnes & Noble. It's also available for free download to Kindle readers from

"Cat Calls" was originally published as a short story in Sideshow: Ten Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists and Other Matters Odd and Magical, edited by Deborah Noyes (Candlewick, 2009).


Anonymous said...

This is so exciting! I am about to download it. Let us know how it works, publicity wise. I think your publisher is smart to try this promotion--how long will it run, do you know? --Elizabeth Law

Cynthia Leitich Smith said...

Thanks, Elizabeth!

I don't have an end date at the moment, but the Kindle version has made the "free" bestseller list, and I've had a lot of positive feedback from readers new and established!

So far the only challenge has been getting across that e-book doesn't necessarily equal novel, especially since it's a short story.

OTOH, a number of folks have begged for me to expand it to novel length, so...

It's a worthy experiment--a first for me!