Addicted to stories from a young age, it was somewhat inevitable that M.J. Hearle turned to dealing them himself. Winter’s Shadow is his first published novel. While ostensibly a paranormal romance it does not contain any sparkly vampires or shirtless werewolves. Instead it creates a new supernatural mythology and a different kind of monster for readers to fear and (hopefully) fall in love with. Published in Australia by Pan Macmillan in June of 2011, it will be followed by a sequel, Winter’s Light, in 2012. An untitled third entry inĀ the Winter novels is plannedĀ for release in 2013.

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  1. Lorraine Hearle-Sharpe

    Hello MJ Hearle
    Congratulations on having your book published. I look forward to reading it. I’m wondering if your father or grandfather may be named Leighton (or similar ) Hearle. My grandfather, Hilton Hearle was married before he married my nana and he had a son with his first wife. The family has always tried to find him without any success. Thanks. Lorraine, Perth WA

    April 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm Reply

    • M.J. Hearle

      Hi Lorraine,
      My father’s name is Peter, and my grandfather is Tom so I don’t think either is the Hearle you’re looking for. Good luck in your search!

      April 19, 2011 at 7:58 am Reply

  2. Lindsay Cummings

    Hi MJ! I’m a blogger in the USA, and I am ridiculously excited for this book! Does it come out in the US? If not, I’d love to get a review copy so I can sing its praises on my blog!! Could you point me in the direction of somewhere I could purchase one, or possibly get one from the publisher? My blog can be found at http://lindsaycummingsblog.blogspot.com/ and Winter’s Shadow is currently on my latest post about books I’m dying to read! Congrats on the success! -Lindsay

    June 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm Reply

  3. Lauren

    loved you book, finished it in just two days!!
    Cant wait for the next one (although i wish i could read it now), do you have any idea around what time next year you plan to release ‘Winter’s Light’?

    Lauren, SA, AUST.

    July 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm Reply

    • M.J. Hearle

      Hi Lauren,
      I’m very happy you liked the book and that you read it so quickly too! At a guess, I’d say the sequel will be coming out in June next year. Keep an eye on my blog for updates.
      Thanks for reading!

      July 10, 2011 at 6:46 pm Reply

  4. Tayla

    Hi M.J Hearle
    I’m a huge fan.
    I have just finished reading Winters Light and it took me two days.
    It was great!
    But I was wondering if you were making another book after this because I want to know what happens to winter and Blake

    April 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm Reply

    • M.J. Hearle

      Hey Tayla,
      i’m very glad you enjoyed the book. I haven’t started writing the third book yet as I’m putting the finishing touches on a short story about Claudette (Blake’s sister). Once it’s finished I’ll get started on the third Winter novel. I’ve got some pretty big ideas brewing for it and can’t wait to get them down on paper.

      April 29, 2012 at 10:18 pm Reply

  5. Erin Liew

    Hi M.J.,
    Winter’s Shadow and Winter’s Light was amazing!
    I can’t wait till the third book comes out
    I was crying my eyes out when Blake died and was literally so annoyed that I finished the book so quickly. I fell in love with books and the characters.
    If you dont mind me asking,
    How many books are you planning to write?

    June 11, 2012 at 1:20 am Reply

    • M.J. Hearle

      Hi Erin,
      I’m very glad the stories work for you. Blake and Winter are very close to my heart. At the moment I’m writing a short story about Claudette and then it’s on to Book 3. I think that will wrap up the series but you never know?

      June 17, 2012 at 2:26 am Reply

  6. Maria Behar

    Hi, M.J.!!
    Thank you so much for your very supportive comment on my review of “Winter’s Light”!! I greatly appreciate it, since I make sure a review is just right before publishing it on my blog.
    I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing an interview with you for my blog. Would you be interested? Please let me know! Thanks!! : )

    July 1, 2012 at 8:01 am Reply

    • M.J. Hearle

      Hi Maria,
      I really enjoyed reading your review. I’d be happy to answer your interview questions. Shoot them through to mjhearle@ gmail.com.

      July 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm Reply

      • Maria Behar

        Oh, cool!! Thanks!!! And thanks for complimenting my review!! I’ll be sending the questions soon!! : )

        July 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm Reply

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  8. Hannah R

    I just finished reading winters light!!!! Loved it so much!!! Anxiously awaiting the next book!

    I find it hard to find a good book these days, and this one I started reading when I went to bed couldn’t put it down was very tired the next day but it was worth it, I just couldn’t find a reason to put it down especially the first one, I would say okay lights out at the end of this chapter but then something would happen and I would have to keep reading.

    Thanks so much!!!

    August 30, 2013 at 11:54 pm Reply

    • M.J. Hearle

      My pleasure, Hannah. I’m delighted you enjoyed the book so much. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on CLAUDETTE IN THE SHADOWS (once it’s released).

      September 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm Reply

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