“Cat Calls” Short Story by Cynthia Leitich Smith Now Available Free to Nook Readers

My YA short story “Cat Calls” (Candlewick, 2011) is now available for free as an e-book from Barnes & Noble.

“Cat Calls” is set in the Tantalize series universe and features entirely new characters. Here’s a peek:

Tiffany’s grandma sees something wild in her future — but is Tiffany prepared for the powerful shape it will take?

I’m what people call “a late bloomer.”

This May, not long after my sixteenth birthday, I finally started my period for the first time and shifted from blah to bombshell overnight.

For me, it was a relief.

My mom, on the other hand, had a full-scale panic attack. Before you could say “Xanax,” she packed me up and shipped me off to my grandmother, who at the time was predicting the future in Missouri off I-35.

Cynsational Notes

Tiff is claws-down the sassiest point-of-view character I’ve ever written, and this story radiates “animal” in a fierce, sexy, mind-bending kind of way.

You can download “Cat Calls” for free from Barnes & Noble. It’s also available for free download to Kindle readers from

“Cat Calls” was originally published as a short story in Sideshow: Ten Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists and Other Matters Odd and Magical, edited by Deborah Noyes (Candlewick, 2009).

2 thoughts on ““Cat Calls” Short Story by Cynthia Leitich Smith Now Available Free to Nook Readers

  1. This is so exciting! I am about to download it. Let us know how it works, publicity wise. I think your publisher is smart to try this promotion–how long will it run, do you know? –Elizabeth Law

  2. Thanks, Elizabeth!

    I don't have an end date at the moment, but the Kindle version has made the "free" bestseller list, and I've had a lot of positive feedback from readers new and established!

    So far the only challenge has been getting across that e-book doesn't necessarily equal novel, especially since it's a short story.

    OTOH, a number of folks have begged for me to expand it to novel length, so…

    It's a worthy experiment–a first for me!

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