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Author Topic: The Boy With the Clockwork Heart  (Read 1682 times)
Maxwell Grantly
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United Kingdom United Kingdom

« on: July 31, 2016, 03:57:27 pm »

I am very pleased to announce the release of my latest eBook: The Boy With the Clockwork Heart. This ‘free to download’ story tells the tale of how a young Victorian cotton mill worker, named Edward, received a clockwork heart and how he met the Shadow a total of three times.

Just a few weeks ago, I received a draft copy back from my proofreader, accompanied with a few spelling and grammatical pointers. However, I was most surprised (and flattered) to read a final postscript, “It made me cry.” I was not expecting that!

You are welcome to download the story for yourself, totally free of charge, to determine whether you think my proofreader was justified in reaching for a handkerchief.

The eBook can be downloaded from either Kobo, Smashwords or Lulu. (There is a small charge when downloading from Amazon and so I am sure that you may find the other sites more advantageous.) Whatever device you own, the most comprehensive site to find this story is Smashwords, where a full range of different formats can be found.

I do hope that you may enjoy reading this short story.


Edward had a particularly hard upbringing. Despite being a young child, he had to work long hours in Mr. Grime’s dreadful cotton mill. It was a very hard life and, so very often, tragic accidents would occur within the exposed machinery. The other mill workers would tell tales of how the Shadow would frequently visit the factory, to take away the poor souls of the many fatalities that met their fate there. How Edward wished that he might never ever meet the Shadow.

Sadly, Edward’s wish never came true. In this story, he was to meet the Shadow a total of three times.

This is the tragic tale of how Edward met the Shadow so many times and how he came to be the first ever child to receive a clockwork heart.

(Author’s note: This is a beautifully illustrated story for both older children and adults alike. However, due to the triple appearance of death in this story, in the form of the Shadow, it is recommended that this story is not suitable for young children. Although the Shadow has been portrayed sensitively, as always, adults are recommended to use their discretion in the choice of this eBook for their children.)

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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2016, 10:41:21 pm »


"She knew where she stood, when she stood among books." -The Medium

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Maxwell Grantly
Deck Hand
United Kingdom United Kingdom

« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2016, 06:56:50 am »

Thank you very much.

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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2016, 04:46:49 pm »

This sounds like a wonderful story! The funny thing is, I've actually been writing a little choose your own adventure story with a very similar title - King Varrin's Clockwork Heart. I suppose great minds think alike, hmm?

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