Awakenings Book Smugglers Publishing Smugglerific Cover

A Smugglerific Cover: TIMSHALA by Leah Cypess

In which we reveal the cover for the last short story in our 2018 Awakenings series, Timshala by Leah Cypess!

Behold the smugglerific cover:

About the Story

Siara has always known that every step of her life is predestined—with the exception of a few true choices, a few points in time where she can exercise free will. But when she is condemned to be buried alive in her mother’s tomb, she figures choice is no longer an issue.

She is wrong.

Siara doesn’t know why her own mother wanted her dead, or why others at the royal court are determined to save her. In her attempts to untangle the secrets swirling around her, she will discover that some choices were taken from her before she was ever born. Now, only she can take them back—if she is brave enough to confront a future she never believed possible.

A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers)

Every once in a while, you get lucky enough to discover an author whose work you love–and then sometimes, if you’re very lucky, that author submits short fiction to your open call. Such is the case with Leah Cypess–whose work we’ve loved since practically starting The Book Smugglers (see Mistwood)–so when we received Timshala, we were ecstatic. Timshala is a tale about self-discovery, a legacy of superstition, and Choices. Siara is a princess and heir to the throne, but when her mother dies, Siara faces a grave future: death in the dark, or a chance at life even though it flies in the face of everything she’s always believed. Siara takes the plunge–we hope you will, too.

Map by Exoniensis

About the Author: Leah Cypess

Leah Cypess is the author of four young adult fantasy novels published by HarperCollins, starting with Mistwood (2010), about an immortal shapeshifter trapped in the form of a human girl. She also writes short fiction, which has been published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Strange Horizons, among other places. Her short story “Nanny’s Day” (Asimov’s 2012) was nominated for a Nebula Award. Leah lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her family.

About the Artist: Autumn Evelyn

Autumn Evelyn is a professional illustrator, painter, and designer from Philadelphia, PA. She’s a BFA graduate of the University of the Arts, where she studied illustration and animation. Her style applies surreal imagery to convey thematic resonance. She brings to life images the camera could never capture. To see more of her work, visit

How to Get the Story

Timshala will be published officially on October 29, 2018. 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.

Preorder the Ebook Today

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Want the book right now? Buy the DRM-free ebook edition directly from us and read the story today:

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Add the book on Goodreads, and read Timshala/em> for free next Tuesday, October 30, 2018.


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