Author of Middle Grade novels about friendship, family, and figuring out where you fit in.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Introducing... One Hundred Thirty Stars

I previously mentioned that I have a new book coming out. It's called ONE HUNDRED THIRTY STARS, and it's another contemporary middle grade book.

Everything's really coming together for "Stars," and I'm planning to release it in mid-March. (Exact date will be determined soon!)

If you're curious, here's what the book is all about:

Eleven-year-old Kelly “Birdie” Knotts has the perfect summer vacation planned: she’s finally going to visit her dad, Arthur. Birdie hardly knows him, but she has high hopes that he’ll be the one family member who understands her.

Too bad her vacation is nothing like she imagined it would be.

Arthur’s plans for their father-daughter visit revolve around a video game convention, where he dresses head-to-toe in costume and makes a boisterous scene every chance he gets. When he isn’t shouting gleefully in the hallways, he’s belting out off-pitch tunes in the karaoke room. Birdie’s new plan? Hide under a rock for life.

It’s impossible for Birdie to get to know Arthur when he insists that he’s a video game character. And if he doesn’t step up and start acting like a dad, it might be game over.


ONE HUNDRED THIRTY STARS is already on Goodreads, so click here if you'd like to add it to your To-Read list!

I had a lot of fun with this story, especially all things video game-related. The game that Arthur is obsessed with is a fictional video game called Otto's Quest. And thanks to the fabulous and talented Heather R. Holden, you guys can get an idea of what the characters of Otto's Quest look like:


If you read "Stars," you'll hear a lot about the video game characters shown above! Please check out Heather's site at www.edgyauthor.com if you're interested in a commission of your own -- she's really fantastic!

Lastly, if you feel like getting involved in the release of ONE HUNDRED THIRTY STARS, please feel free to fill out the form below. (If the form doesn't work for you and you still would like to get involved, please email me at shelleysly2 at gmail dot com.)



Stay tuned for more info, including the cover reveal (March 3rd) and the official release date!

30 comments:

Heather Holden said...

One Hundred Thirty Stars sounds like such a fun story, especially the dynamic between Arthur and Birdie! How exciting that it'll be out as soon as mid-March. And thanks so much for your kind words! I'm so glad you ended up liking the art I drew for this... :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

This sounds like a great book, and I love Heather's art which looks like a perfect fit!
Oh, and I just sent a coupon code for a free copy of my writing prompt book to your gmail account.

cleemckenzie said...

Great collaboration you two! Congrats on the new book.

Tiana Smith said...

Yay! Congrats on a new book coming out soon! Can't wait to see the cover :)

Emma Adams said...

Congrats on the new book! This sounds great! :)

Cherie Reich said...

Love Heather's drawing of Otto's Quest! Congrats on your upcoming book release, Shelley!

Lynda R Young said...

Congrats on ONE HUNDRED THIRTY STARS!! Best wishes for its release!

Theresa Milstein said...

Wow, I didn't know you had a book coming out. I'll check it out.

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations! And I love Heather's artwork. I'm a big fan of her web comic.

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like a blast! I'm in :)

Julie Musil said...

Oh it sounds like such a fun story! Good luck with the release!

Shelley Sly said...

You guys are all so kind!

Heather - I totally love your artwork! Thank you again for working so hard on it!

Tyrean - Thanks, I'm so excited about your book!

Lee - Thank you, it was fun working with Heather!

Tiana - Thanks! I can't wait to show everyone the cover, too!

Emma - Thank you! :)

Cherie - Thanks! Isn't Heather so talented? I'm so impressed.

Lynda - Thank you so much!

Theresa - Thanks, yeah, I'm trying to work on not being less quiet about my books!

Christine - Thank you, and yes, I'm a big fan of Echo Effect!

Jemi - Thank you, I really appreciate your help! :)

Julie - Thanks so much! I hope readers find the story fun!

Julie Dao said...

Congratulations, Shelley! This sounds like such an incredibly fun story!!!

Shelley Sly said...

Julie - Thank you! It was a lot of fun to write!

Dawn Simon said...

Sounds like a fun story! Congratulations on the new book, Shelley!

Kelly Hashway said...

I don't know why but the drop down menu on the form isn't working for me. I'd be happy to help though. You can email me khashway(at)hotmail(dot)com.

Medeia Sharif said...

I love the title and description. I signed up.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

LOL - her dad is a video game cosplayer.

Shelley Sly said...

Dawn - Thank you so much!

Kelly - Uh oh... I will look into that. Thanks for letting me know. (And thanks, I'll email you!)

Medeia - Oh, thank you! I appreciate it!

Diane - Yes! I couldn't resist writing about cosplaying. :)

Peaches D. Ledwidge said...

I would be embarrassed and readers will be curious to know will happen or what happened.

Shelley Sly said...

Peaches - That's good to know - I hope readers will be curious!

Nick Wilford said...

Congrats on the upcoming release! I'm happy to help. Very cool to have Heather design a game cover. It looks great!

kristi d.wientge said...

The artwork looks so good, I can't wait to see the cover of the book! Good luck and I can't wait to interview you again! x

Shelley Sly said...

Nick - Thank you! As soon as I saw Heather was doing commissions, I just knew I had to have her draw my characters.

Kristi - Aww, thanks so much! I'm happy to feature you at any time, too!

Caryn Caldwell said...

Wow! That sounds really fun! Love the artwork, too. Good luck with your release!

Shelley Sly said...

Caryn - Thank you so much!

Kelly Steel said...

This sounds like a great book, congrats!

Shelley Sly said...

Kelly - Thank you, and thanks for stopping by!

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