Portsmouth, United Kingdom (PressExposure) April 11, 2012 -- Tom Harris releases his self-published debut novel The Amber Room on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords. Fans of the original fairy tales by Charles Perrault will love this young adult adventure-fantasy which returns the genre to its darker roots, but retains a sense of humour.
"It was a girl, and she looked dead. Her face in the grass, her body twisted in the shadows. The beam from a headlight lit her up and North gasped. Everything inside him went dark. He breathed in and out, hard, but there wasn't enough air to fill his lungs. His body was breaking down as if all his bones had been stolen..."
...extract from The Amber Room by Tom Harris.
Fourteen year old kleptomaniac, North, gets a chance to use his compulsion to steal to save the life of his sister, India, when a mysterious accident leaves her hospitalised in a coma. With the help of the eccentric, Dr. Tan, North is transported in and out of dark fairy tale worlds, through a portal in a magical amber room in a hospital.
Guided by a feisty fairy, Rosie Boots, they journey through the sinister pages of Charles Perrault's classic fairy tales - The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, Little Red Riding Hood and Blue Beard. Inside these bleak, unforgiving, worlds, North must steal a series of amber treasures with ancient healing properties that can wake India from her coma.
When India's condition does not improve, North realises that all is not as it seems in the twisted reality of the Amber Room, but knows that he must unravel the dark secrets within its walls if he is to save his sister and escape with his life.
Tom Harris is a 37 year old ex-publican who graduated with an MA in Creative Writing in 2010. He is a member of S.C.B.W.I, New Writing South & The Registry Writers and has recorded a number of longlisted and shortlisted short stories in national writing competitions in the UK in 2012.
The Amber Room is available on Amazon and Smashwords in eBook formats. You can find out more about the book and other projects from the author by connecting with Tom on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.