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On the String Paperback Now Available

November 6, 2020
‘On the String’, the sixth and penultimate Magic Crystals novel, is now available as a print paperback book. It can be purchased here.

On the String Published Today

October 13, 2020
‘On the String’, the sixth and penultimate Magic Crystals novel, is finally available as a downloadable Ebook. It can be purchased here, and will be available through other retailers very soon.

A Big Day for the Magic Crystals Series

May 9, 2020

It has been rather quiet on the Magic Crystals front lately. This has been partially for personal reasons on the part of the author, and partially for financial reasons. Hayes has not been idle, however; the remainder of 2020 is set to be a big year for the Magic Crystals series.

Firstly, Stephen Hayes is proud to announce that writing of the final book in the series, ‘Antimagic’, has at last been completed. This means that after more than seventeen years of work, the main body of the series is fully written. Hayes intends to continue working on the series, however, through various side projects which you will hear about here when they are ready.

Secondly, numerous Magic Crystals products are set to be published, both on this website and other retailers, throughout 2020 and perhaps into early 2021. This includes the following:

Watch this space for further updates on when these products will be available for purchase.

Current Status of ‘Corridors’ as of April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018
‘Recording of the ‘Corridors’ audio book has been completed. It will be published very soon in the usual audio book outlets, however for financial reasons, publication has been delayed. If the delay continues, it will be published exclusively on Stephen Hayes Online until further notice. Watch this space for further updates.

The Cloak of Steel Published Today

September 8, 2017
‘The Cloak of Steel’, the fifth Magic Crystals novel, is finally available as a downloadable Ebook. It can be purchased here, and will be available through other retailers very soon.

Announcing: The Cloak of Steel

June 30, 2017
‘The Cloak of Steel’, the fifth Magic Crystals novel, is coming very soon. The Ebook is set for publication on August 14 this year, and the paperback will follow along not too long after. No announcement can be made regarding an audio book version of MC5, not while production of ‘Corridors’ continues.

Announcing: Be in the Book

June 23, 2017 is now live. This is a way for you to be directly involved with Stephen Hayes’s work, by creating your own characters to be used in his stories. Go and check it out.

Prices Lowered for Magic Crystals Ebooks

June 16, 2017
We have lowered prices on all Ebook editions of Magic Crystals books in the Stephen Hayes Online Store. View the new prices here, or hang around because very soon, prices will be lowered by other retailers as well.

Parisian Tails Now Available in Print

January 6, 2017
‘Parisian Tails’ is now available as a trade paperback. The paperback edition of this book contains more images than the Ebook version of the book. It can be purchased through retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and through the Stephen Hayes Online Store. Go check it out.

A Christmas Message from Stephen Hayes

December 25, 2016

First of all, a very merry Christmas to everyone out there reading this. I hope you are able to take some time away from the stresses in your life and enjoy some time with your family—or perhaps to deal with the stresses of spending time with your family, however it happens to be for you. My thoughts are with those who haven't had such a good Christmas, for whatever reason, and my fingers are crossed that 2017 will be a better year for all of you.

Speaking of 2017, we've got a lot of great stuff coming your way in the following twelve months, beginning with the publication of the print edition of ‘Parisian Tails’ in January. The book will start appearing in stores like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many others, over the next few weeks. It can also be ordered here and will be shipped to you as soon as possible. We may have just missed our aim to get it out before Christmas, but not by a whole lot.

And for you ‘Magic Crystals’ junkies, I haven't forgotten you. The fifth book in the series, ‘The Cloak of Steel’, is set for release in the second half of the year. It will be immediately available in the usual Ebook and print formats, but an audio version of MC5 isn't scheduled to be recorded until the recording of MC4 is finished. The aim is to publish the ‘Corridors’ audio book within 2017, but I can't make any promises that I'll be able to meet that goal.

And it doesn't stop there. A number of short stories from the ‘Magic Crystals’ universe are also set to be released in 2017. These stories won't be published in the usual way, at least not in the foreseeable future, but links to download them will be sent to various places such as the mailing list and the Facebook page. These short stories are part of a spin-off series called ‘The Chopville Chronicles’, and they will serve to fill in any gaps in your Magic Crystals knowledge.

And there is even more than that. At some stage throughout the year, a new service will be announced, whereby you can get directly involved in the ‘Magic Crystals’ series yourself. I can't give away any details here, but you can stay abreast of everything happening around here by subscribing to the mailing list, subscribing to my RSS feed, or following my Facebook page.

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