Maxwell Grantly

Magical stories from an independent author

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The Boy With the Clockwork Heart

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I am very pleased to announce the release of my latest eBook: The Boy With the Clockwork Heart.

This ‘free to download’ story tells the tale of how a young Victorian cotton mill worker, named Edward, received a clockwork heart and how he met the Shadow a total of three times.

Just a few weeks ago, I received a draft copy back from my proofreader, accompanied with a few spelling and grammatical pointers. However, I was most surprised (and flattered) to read a final postscript, “It made me cry.” I was not expecting that!

You are welcome to download the story for yourself, totally free of charge, to determine whether you think my proofreader was justified in reaching for a handkerchief.

The eBook can be downloaded from either iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords or Lulu. (There is a small charge when downloading from Amazon and so I am sure that you may find the other sites more advantageous.)

I do hope that you may enjoy reading it.

The Boy With the Clockwork Heart

Edward had a particularly hard upbringing. Despite being a young child, he had to work long hours in Mr. Grime’s dreadful cotton mill. It was a very hard life and, so very often, tragic accidents would occur within the exposed machinery. The other mill workers would tell tales of how the Shadow would frequently visit the factory, to take away the poor souls of the many fatalities that met their fate there. How Edward wished that he might never ever meet the Shadow.

Sadly, Edward’s wish never came true. In this story, he was to meet the Shadow a total of three times.

This is the tragic tale of how Edward met the Shadow so many times and how he came to be the first ever child to receive a clockwork heart.

(Author’s note: This is a beautifully illustrated story for both older children and adults alike. However, due to the triple appearance of death in this story, in the form of the Shadow, it is recommended that this story is not suitable for young children. Although the Shadow has been portrayed sensitively, as always, adults are recommended to use their discretion in the choice of this eBook for their children.)

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The Incredible Adventure of Fingers and Boston

Abandoned by his parents and forced by fate to work on the streets of New Babbage shining shoes, Edward Croydon (also known as “Fingers”) was forced to pick the pockets of rich gentlemen in order to survive. However, his life took an unexpected turn of events when he discovered a stray Boston terrier wandering alone on the streets: a dog with the most peculiar-shaped tag hanging from her collar. Unfortunately, it was not only Fingers who was interested in finding out the meaning of this curious dog tag; a gang of local criminals were searching too.

Will Fingers find out the significance behind the strange-shaped dog tag of his new canine friend?

Get a Head – Get A Hat!

Do you wear hats?

Teddy, Edward’s favourite toy, had a huge collection of hats.

Teddy's Many Hats

Teddy had hats for watching Edward go fishing, hats for exploring in the garden, hats for playing with Edward’s building blocks and many other hats too! However, when Teddy decided he wanted to tell Edward how much he loved him, he wondered which hat he should wear. Teddy looked in the toy cupboard and found his thinking hat. He sat in the playroom and pondered upon this important question: which hat was best for telling Edward how much he was loved? Finally, Teddy had a simple and remarkable plan.

Find out which hat Teddy wore, when he told Edward how much he loved him.

Of course, with any story by Maxwell Grantly, things never go according to plan.

Have you ever met a dream thief?

Fingers and the Dream Thief

Edward Croydon (also known as “Fingers”) was abandoned by his uncaring parents and left on the streets of New Babbage. Fate forced him to work in order to survive, shining shoes and picking the pockets of rich passers-by. Finally, the kindness of one sympathetic gentleman encouraged Fingers to consider moving into the local orphanage, financed by the town’s wealthy photographer: Mr. Snude. Fingers found that the children of the home were very well-cared for and that they were allowed to play with as many toys as they could wish for. The orphanage looked like a paradise for homeless street children! However, despite all of this, Finger discovered that the children lacked imagination and he soon discovered that this children’s home had a dark and dreadful secret: Mr. Snude was a dream thief!

Discover how Fingers saved the children from a life devoid of dreams and how he was able to teach Mr. Snude a lesson that he would never forget.

The Incredible Adventure of Fingers and Boston

I am very pleased to announce the release of my latest picture book: The Incredible Adventure of Fingers and Boston.

The Incredible Adventure of Fingers and Boston

This beautifully produced ebook is a graphics-rich story of some 111 pages, suitable for the younger reader. It tells the story of how Edward Croydon (also known as “Fingers the Pickpocket”) finds a stray Boston terrier on the streets of New Babbage. Upon looking for a nametag, Fingers finds a strange-shaped disc hanging from the terrier’s collar. The discovery of this weird dog tag leads Fingers (and his new canine friend) into an exciting adventure that leads across the length of the steampunk town.

If you love reading on a Kindle or other device, why not share your joy of stories with the younger members of your family too. This story is ideal for reading aloud and the beautiful illustrations are guaranteed to capture the interest of young excited minds and develop their sense of wonder and imagination.

The Incredible Adventure of Fingers and Boston

Abandoned by his parents and forced by fate to work on the streets of New Babbage shining shoes, Edward Croydon (also known as “Fingers”) has to pick the pockets of rich gentlemen in order to survive. However, his life takes an unexpected turn of events when he discovers a stray Boston terrier wandering alone on the streets: a stray dog with the most peculiar-shaped dog tag hanging from her collar. Unfortunately, it’s not only Fingers who is interested in finding out the meaning of this curious dog tag; a gang of local criminals are searching for this dog and her tag too. They will do anything to seize the dog tag for themselves, within the Law or not.

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