Vestigial Tales: “The Tarot Reader” Blurb and Cover! (+Radio Appearance)

“The Tarot Reader” is the third story in the Vestigial Tales series. The previous two stories, “The Snake Charm” and the “The Fisherman’s Net” are already available.

This story stars Cyan, the girl on the cover of Shadowplay. It stands on its own all right, but you’d probably get much more out of the story if you’ve already read Shadowplay and met Cyan (and Jasper Maske, who makes an appearance). This story doesn’t focus on Vestige quite as much as the first two stories, but a Vestige crystal ball still makes an appearance.

Without further ado…


Untold centuries ago, the Archipelago was ruled by the Alder—mysterious beings who vanished, leaving behind only scattered artefacts of unknown power, called Vestige. Sometimes, a person will be lucky or unlucky enough to discover that each piece of Vestige has its own tale to tell…

The Tarot Reader

“Cyan didn’t want to read fortunes.”

Cyan Zhu is the best tarot reader Riley & Batheo’s Circus of Curiosities has ever seen. Too good, some say. She reads the cards, but she can also tell more about her customers than they could ever suspect. Two people walk into Cyan’s cart to have their fortunes told and change her life forever: Oliver, a sailor with a pretty grin, and a mysterious man with a blurred face, who sends her terrible visions that might come true.

Vestigial Tales are stories set in the world of the award-winning Micah Grey series. Step behind the circus ring from Pantomime, the theatre of Shadowplay, and more…

I love this cover so much. Dianna Walla of Paper Tiger has done such an amazing, amazing job. This design is based on the “Moon” card of the Rider Waite series, which is important to the story, yet it also has elements of the “Strength” card, which is also important.


This is my longest story, at 25,000 words. It’ll be $2.99. I’m still debating whether or not I’ll go exclusive with Amazon this time around. I’m leaning towards yes, as I do like having the ability for people with Prime to borrow for free, and one of my friends had really good success with the Kindle Countdown deal. I’m aiming to have this up sometime in early to mid-August.

I can’t wait for you to read this story, as I had a lot of fun writing it.

NEWS: I’m going to be on the local radio (SCHMU FM) this Saturday at 6pm UK time. It’ll be streamed live on the web, so you can listen from anywhere. They will be monitoring the Facebook page, so you can ask me questions and I’ll answer live! I was on the show last year so it’s great that they asked me back.

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