Feral Nights (Book 1)

FERAL NIGHTS by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Candlewick, 2013, 2014). Audio edition read by Todd Haberkorn, Amy McFadden, Nick Podehl (Brilliance Audio, 2014).

Feral Nights Fans of the Tantalize quartet will thrill to see werepossum Clyde and other favorite secondary characters — plus all-new ones — take to the fore in book one of an all-new series.

When sexy, free-spirited werecat Yoshi tracks his sister, Ruby, to Austin, he discovers that she is not only MIA, but also the key suspect in a murder investigation. Meanwhile, werepossum Clyde and human Aimee have set out to do a little detective work of their own, sworn to avenge the brutal killing of werearmadillo pal Travis.

When all three seekers are snared in an underground kidnapping ring, they end up on a remote island inhabited by an unusual (even by shifter standards) species. The island harbors a grim secret and were-predator and were-prey must join forces in a fight to escape alive.

A wry, high-action entry in an exciting series.

Order FERAL NIGHTS by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Purchase a paperback edition from Birchbark Books, a Native-owned bookstore in Minneapolis. Purchase a paperback edition from BookPeople, an independent bookstore in Austin. Purchase a paperback edition from Blue Willow Bookshop, an independent bookstore in Houston. Purchase a hardcover, paperback, Nook or audio edition from Barnes & Noble. Purchase a hardcover, paperback, Kindle, audio, or MP3 CD edition from Amazon.

Learn more about FERAL CURSE (Book 2)(Candlewick, 2014) and FERAL PRIDE (Book 3)(Candlewick, 2015). The FERAL trilogy is a spin-off of the TANTALIZE series.

  • Writers’ League of Texas Award
  • Featured Title, Texas Book Festival
“Smith’s blend of supernatural suspense, campy humor, and romantic tension is addictive; allusions to both pop culture (‘Thriller,’ Monty Python) and literature (THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME) add to the fun. Most satisfying of all, Aimee and especially unassuming, injured Clyde leave their sidekick roles behind to come into their own.” — The Horn Book

“Smith’s fantasy smoothly switches between the three protagonists’ perspectives, while expertly blending the mythical and the modern. The story’s sharp banter and edgy plot make for an entertaining and clever story about loyalty and reconciling differences.” — Publishers Weekly

“sexy, fast-paced…ending that satisfies and should win her many new fans.” — Booklist

“…dialogue that sparkles with wit, filled with both literary and pop-culture references. (‘You’re saying that you and my sister perform exorcisms on vomiting children with rotating heads?’)…playful, smart tone.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The world building of were-creatures and other supernatural beings in this urban fantasy is so strong, readers will be seeing shapeshifters all around them. Descriptions of the ‘normal’ above-ground versus the unsavory underground our heroes get caught in parallels nicely with the reality of different worlds existing next to us but invisible to us.” — Bay Views (the review journal of The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California)

Book Trailer


Actors Interview: Todd Haberkorn, Amy McFadden, Cristina Panfilio & Nick Podehl of the FERAL Series from Cynsations. PEEK from Nick:

“I loved the bravery and growth that Clyde showed throughout this story. He goes from dorky and seemingly weak to strong and more sure of himself without losing who he is inside.”

Read a sample chapter of FERAL NIGHTS from Candlewick Press.

Media release and Q&A Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith from Candlewick Press.

Shop Sanguini’s at CafePress for TANTALIZE-FERAL verse T-shirts, hats, mugs, posters & more.

Illustrator Interview: Gene Brenek on the Logo for Sanguini’s in the TANTALIZE-FERAL series from Cynsations. SEE ALSO Illustrator Interview: Gene Brenek on Images of Cynthia Leitich Smith’s ETERNAL from Cynsations. PEEK:

“Certainly what separated the dead from the undead restaurants was the vampire mythology. So I started brainstorming and writing down anything that came to mind when I thought about vampires.”

TANTALIZE-FERAL Verse Short Stories

Cynthia has published short stories set in the TANTALIZE-FERAL series universe.

“Cat Calls” first appeared in SIDESHOW: TEN ORIGINAL TALES OF FREAKS, ILLUSIONISTS, AND OTHER MATTERS ODD AND MAGIC, edited by Deborah Noyes (Candlewick, 2009). It is available as a free e-book.

“Haunted Love” appears in IMMORTAL: LOVE STORIES WITH BITE, edited by P.C. Cast (BenBella, 2008). It is also available as a free e-book.

“Cupid’s Beaux” appears in THINGS I’LL NEVER SAY: STORIES OF OUR SECRET SELVES, edited by Ann Angel (Candlewick, 2015).