In which we reveal the cover for Hurricane Heels by Isabel Yap!
Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover!
About the Story
Five ordinary girls discover magical powers in this new series of interconnected short stories from Isabel Yap
When Alex, Ria, Aiko, Natalie and Selena met at summer camp, they never expected the goddess would ask for their help, enlisting them as soldiers to protect the world from the forces of darkness. Gifting them each with a different object of power–a bracelet, a ring, a watch, earrings, a necklace–the goddess’s grace grants the friends the weapons to fight, the ability to heal, and the magic to strike back against the Grey.
Now, over a decade later, the five best friends are still fighting. But the burden of secrecy, the inevitability of pain, and the magnitude of their responsibility to keep saving the world has left them questioning their goddess.
How much longer can they keep saving the world? Can their friendship survive if one of them leaves their fold? And can they keep it together just long enough to get through Selena’s wedding?
A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers)
We originally received Hurricane Heels as a submission for our superhero open call (recently completed this summer)–and both Ana and I instantly fell hard for Alex, Ria, Natalie, Selena, and Aiko. We fell so fast and so hard, in fact, that we knew we had a whole series of potential with Isabel’s single submission. Five best friends, five magical girls, complete with sweet weapons masquerading as regular objects, transforming into full Sailor Moon gear? Oh hell yes. As with Carlie St. George’s Spindle City Mysteries from the year before, we read the one submission and reached out to Isabel Yap in order to contract her for four more stories–giving each one of the girls a voice, an identity, a struggle. Collected in Hurricane Heels are the stories of each of these remarkable, magical, ordinary human girls–their loves, their losses, their grief, their triumph. We love them all very dearly, and we hope you will, too.
About the Author: Isabel Yap
Isabel Yap writes fiction and poetry, works in the tech industry, and drinks tea. Born and raised in Manila, she has also lived in California, Tokyo, and London. In 2013 she attended the Clarion Writers Workshop. Her work has recently appeared on Tor.com, Uncanny Magazine, Shimmer Magazine, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction volume 2. Hurricane Heels, her short fiction series about magical girls, is forthcoming from Book Smugglers Publishing. She is @visyap on Twitter and her website is isabelyap.com.
About the Artist: Denise Yap
Denise Yap was born in the Philippines. She studied graphic design and animation before graduating from the Illustration program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 2015. She enjoys all kinds of music, film, videogames and popular culture. She is currently a 2nd kyu brown belt in Shotokan Karate.
How to Get the Story
Hurricane Heels will be published officially on December 6, 2016. You’ll be able to read each of the girls’ stories here on The Book Smugglers, serialized each day of the week next week! To get the full collection, you can purchase the DRM-free ebook (EPUB, MOBI) that contains the story as well as an essay from the author available for purchase on all major ebook retail sites and directly from us. We will also have a print paperback available for purchase next week–stay tuned!
Add the book on Goodreads, and read Hurricane Heels starting next Monday, December 5, 2016.