A New Road Beckons
For a while, it felt like this day would never come, but here we are, with The Queen of Smiles officially out in the world (or Amazon’s small slice of the world, anyway)! The fourth full-length novel in the post-Break world–and the first to star someone other than Damian Banach, Baby Crow–The Queen of Smiles is part stand-alone, part post-trilogy palate cleanser, and part something that’s still figuring itself out, much like the titular anti-heroine herself. I had a hell of a lot of fun with this one and I hope you do too!
A special thank you to all of the alpha, beta, and ARC readers who helped make this book a reality: Charity, Claudia, Cory, Doug, Jamie, Johanna, Kerri, Mark E., Mark M., Mitch, Montie, Reid, Sam, Tom, Ziggy, my angel-wife, and–always last but never least–my parents.
Once again, the magic of timezones means some of you received the book yesterday… and have, in fact, already told me about it! I hope reading it put a smile on your faces… preferably one that’s not just a motorcycle helmet decal. For the rest of you, I’ve prepared the usual list of content warnings below. And in case you missed them, I shared the first five chapters of the book over the last few weeks, starting with The Queen of Smiles: Chapter 1.
If you’re new to the series and setting, this book should still function as a stand-alone1, but I think you’ll enjoy it more if you’ve read the prior trilogy. Luckily, The Murder of Crows is, as of last week, conveniently available as a digital boxed set, where it is also always free to read on Kindle Unlimited.
I post content warnings for all of my books so that readers have the information necessary to judge for themselves whether or not the book is suitable for them. Many of these are repeats from earlier books in the series… but please give them a look anyway. As always, I try to avoid spoiling anything outright.
CW: death, violence, gore, bugs, body horror, sexual language, profanity, alcohol usage, mental illness, ghostly possession, (off-screen) torture, etc.
The post-Break world is not a pretty place and some fairly bleak stuff happens in virtually every story in the setting. If any of the above throws up a red flag for you, please think twice about reading The Queen of Smiles. Also, check out the sample chapters I’ve already shared to decide if the book is right for you! My goal with this and every book is to entertain… I’d genuinely much rather you not read something2 that I write than be upset or have some past trauma triggered by it.
And now, as usual, I’m going to go unplug and wait for the release day dust to settle. I hope you all enjoy the book! If you do, please spread the word to your friends, families, coworkers, worst enemies, childhood romances, and any kindly strangers you might encounter on the street. Also? Leave a review!
Happy November, everyone!
The Queen of Smiles is available now in digital and print formats!
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