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A Smugglerific Cover: The Astronomer Who Met The North Wind by Kate Hall

Today we are most delighted to unveil the cover of Book Smugglers Publishing’s fifth short story (just one more to go now!) in our Fairytale Retellings line-up.

Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover!


About the Story

Down there, the North Wind whispered in her ear. Down where I don’t blow so fierce, there you will be able to observe your stars.

Once upon a time, high in the northern mountains, there lived a great astronomer and his daughter. Though Minka was clever and loved the stars as much as her father, no one believed she would ever become an astronomerβ€”for this was not a path meant for little girls.

But on her twelfth birthday, the North Wind blows at Minka’s window, beckoning her to leave safety and warmth of her bedroom. With her father’s telescope and journals strapped to her back, Minka embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, under the starry night sky.

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

When we started our Book Smugglers publishing arm, we knew with certainty that we would publish at least one short story for children in our inaugural lineup. As soon as we read The Astronomer Who Met The North Wind, we knew that this story was it.

We love The Astronomer Who Met The North Wind for many reasons: for the telling itself, which is reminiscent of traditional fairytales and gets the tone just right; for the careful balance of science and magic, all against a crisp winter mountains setting; for the main character, Minka and her difficult yet loving relationship with her father. Most importantly, we love The Astronomer Who Met The North Wind for the journey Minka chooses to take, to stick up for her own wishes and dreams, no matter what anyone else says.


About the Author

Kate Hall

Kate Hall is a speculative fiction writer and graduate of the 2013 Odyssey Writing Workshop. Growing up, she moved around between the American Midwest, Newfoundland, and Amsterdam, and took comfort in knowing that no matter where she was, she lived under the same amazing sky. She now lives in Minneapolis with her husband, a horde of pets, cupboards full of tea, and a great many books (because there is no such thing as too many books. Or too much tea). Her fiction has appeared in Fantasy Magazine’s “Women Destroy Fantasy!”, Crossed Genres and Inscription.

About the Artist

Sally Jane Thompson is a freelance illustrator and comics writer/artist.

She’s the author of coming-of-age graphic novel Atomic Sheep, from AAM Markosia, as well as numerous short comics for web and print. Her work tends towards gentle, contemplative stories grounded in real life – often with a magic realist twist and a strong influence from fairy tales and fables – drawn with bold, organic lines.


How to Get the Story

The Astronomer Who Met The North Wind will be available from December 2, 2014. You’ll be able to read the short story in full for free here on The Book Smugglers, but we’ll also have a DRM-free ebook (EPUB, MOBI, AZK) that contains the story as well as a Q&A and essay from the author, available for purchase on all major ebook retail sites.

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Need a copy *right* now? Want to read it *today*? You can buy it directly from us!

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And read The Astronomer Who Met The North Wind for free online from December 2, 2014.

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  • Stephanie Benson
    November 25, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Beautiful cover! And the summary is very intriguing…

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