New in paperback: Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer

Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer coverTiernay West, Professional Adventurer is now in paperback!

Order a copy your favorite young adventurer online or from your favorite bricks-and mortar bookstore (ISBN 978-1719955553).

Originally published as Secret of the Three Treasures, this classic book about a would-be adventurer who isn’t about to let anything stop her has a new look and has been updated for a new generation of young readers.

Get one for the kid in your life today—and for yourself, too. For a limited time, when kindle users order the print book, they can add their own e-copy at no additional charge.

Do share with anyone in your life who might enjoy a bit of adventure this winter holiday season.

Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer ebook — price drop

Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer coverFor the new year, I’ve lowered the ebook price of Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer. Check it out at:

Antigone Books, Mostly Books, Changing Hands, Mysterious Galaxy, and most other independent bookstores
Barnes and Noble

And if you’ve already read Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer (under either this title or as Secret of the Three Treasures) and were inclined to leave a review of the ebook edition at your site of choice, I’d be most grateful!

Ordering Tiernay West from independent bookstores

ETA: Searching for Tiernay West is now working on all Kobo-partnering independent bookseller sites! But if you’d like a direct link to you your indie bookseller added to the list below, just let me know and I’ll still add it.

When I decided to re-release Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer, I was committed to making it available through independent bookstores alongside other ebook vendors from the very start. Indie bookstores have supported me (not to mention the community I live in) throughout my career, and I want to support them in turn wherever I can.

So I was concerned when I began hearing that even though Tiernay was available directly through Kobo, it wasn’t showing up on the sites of the many booksellers partnering with Kobo.

Fortunately, it turns out the book is there, but isn’t yet coming up on title and author searches. I’m working on this, but in the meantime, if you’d like to buy Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer from your favorite independent bookstore, try searching on the ISBN, 1230000192250, instead of on my name or the title, and it should come up. (For many sites, simply adding “/ebook/1230000192250” after the bookstore url will also work.)

Here are just a few of the many independent bookstores where you can buy Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer.

Have an indie bookstore you want to show some love? Let me know, and I’ll add them to the list!

Now available: Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer!

I’m thrilled to announce that Secret of the Three Treasures is available as an ebook for the first time, under the new title Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer. I love the cover’s new look, thanks to illustrator/designer Josh D. Addessi.

Haven’t met Tiernay yet? Here’s a taste of who she is and what her story’s all about:

Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer cover

If there’s lost treasure to be found, she’s the one to find it. Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer—at your service.

Moving with the stealth of a great cat of the African plains, Tiernay West can track a bicycle over dry pavement and infiltrate secret organizations far beyond bedtime. She has little use for playing by the rules, doing as she’s told, or spending time with her mother’s dull new boyfriend and his computer-obsessed son.

Tiernay may be months away from (elementary school) graduation, but she already knows what she wants out of life: to become a professional adventurer, just like the heroine of her father’s best-selling novels. She isn’t scared of anything, and when she catches wind of possible buried treasure in her own hometown, she’s on the job. She knows this could be her big break.

If along the way Tiernay finds herself running for her life, scaling cliffs in the middle of the night, and evading her not-at-all-adventuresome mother, that’s all in a day’s work—and totally part of the plan.

You can also read an excerpt here.

I had a blast writing this book, and I’m delighted to make it available again. Do spread the word!

Here are a few of the places you can download a copy:

“The best adventures all begin with legends that no one believes”

I’ve been editing my middle grade mystery/adventure story, Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer (formerly published as Secret of the Three Treasures) for re-release in an ebook edition.

The book came out almost seven years ago, and it’s fascinating to see how much has changed … and how this leads one to have to make certain editorial decisions.

My protagonist’s mother’s boyfriend’s son (aka Kevin) has a desktop computer, to start with, which might not be true now–a laptop or tablet seem more likely. I let that go. As a gamer, maybe Kevin was able to afford more processing power on a desktop, or maybe his dad didn’t want him dragging his computer around everywhere he went.

But then I came to a sentence where Kevin is playing games on a “handheld computer” at school. That’d definitely be a phone, now. I almost changed it to one … only of course, if I give Kevin a cell phone, the whole rest of the story changes, because the plotting of a mystery with a cell phone is different from plotting a mystery without one. That level of editing would shift the book from a re-release to an alternate edition.

So I’ve decided that the book simply takes place at the time when it was published, and that any historical artifacts reflect that. Since the story is set in our own world (albeit with protagonist Tiernay West’s unique adventuring take on same), this makes sense to me, though for a different book I might have decided differently, because how firmly a book is grounded in its time varies.

Since time has passed since the events of Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer though, this does mean that in our own time, Tiernay is now applying to colleges and making her way out into the world to become an adventurer for real.

This is a frightening and wonderful thought. 🙂

Signed bookplates

John Scalzi is compiling a Holiday Book Suggestion List from authors, and in posting there I mentioned that I’d be happy to send along a personalized bookplate to anyone who does wish to gift one of my books for the holidays.

And it occurred to me that I should mention that here, too! So–if anyone wants to send one of my books as a holiday gift, drop me an email (, let me know which book it’s for and who it should be signed to, and I’ll get a bookplate in the mail.

While normally I can be a little bit slow responding to email, I’ll do my best to get any holiday requests out quickly!

Book linky

School Library Journal on Thief Eyes: “Simner takes the old stories and brings them into the 21st century in this cyclical novel about the powerful relationship between mothers and daughters. It would be great to pair it with Jonathan Stroud’s Heroes of the Valley.”

More takes on Thief Eyes from Library Lounge Lizard, A Good Addiction, The Hiding Spot, Fantasy Literature, and BookPleasures.

Department of Adventurers Need Love Too: chibicharibdys on Secret of the Three Treasures.

Takes on Bones of Faerie from The Neverending Shelf and Bookworm in Training.

Vikki VanSickle talks about Bones of Faerie at The Flying Dragon Bookshop:

Nyomi book blogs Bones of Faerie as well:

(Mostly) Bones linky

Bones of Faerie is a nominee for the 2009 Amelia Bloomer Project, which recommends feminist literature from birth through age 18. (A list I’d be honored to be a part of!)

An interview with Ashley of Book Obsession.

Various thoughts on Bones from Biblio File, One Librarian’s Book Reviews, kanata,, the other side of the mirror, Nightphoenix (contains spoilers), I Don’t Write Summaries (also contains spoilers), and Bookish Blather.

A fun Bones of Faerie trailer from VampireLuver4Ever:

Finally, Library Mistress on Secret of the Three Treasures. Because adventurers need love, too. 🙂