Hello blog of mine! It’s my first post for the new decade, so, like everybody…
One Wish Away releases next Monday from Bloomsbury Spark! And you can celebrate by entering in a rafflecopter AMAZON GIVEAWAY for two $10 giftcards. Isn’t the cover stunning? I wish I could have a massive poster of it. Seriously though, if I could design my own book cover for RBRP it would be in the vein of this, Salvage by Alexandra Duncan, and the original cover for Across the Universe by Beth Revis.
Be careful what you wish for…
Lyra has always been ahead of the curve. Top of her class in school, a budding astronomer, and with a best friend like Darren she barely has time to miss the mother who abandoned her family years ago. She’s too busy planning to follow in her father’s footsteps, and to become the youngest astronomer at Space Exploration and Discovery.
When a star goes missing Lyra is determined to get to the bottom of it only to discover her braniac dad is the mastermind of a top-secret government experiment. They promise to build a perfect world, one galaxy at a time, but with every tweak of the present, a bit more of the future starts to crumble.
Lyra has to go undercover to reveal the truth and let humanity decide if the consequences are worth more than wishing on a star.
Millions, trillions of stars surround me.
I lift my foot, look under it. There are planets and constellations. Galaxies. My finger rises to find the Milky Way. A meteor flies by me, masquerading as a shooting star. I close my eyes, afraid it’s a dream.
But when I open them the whole universe shines back at me.
I take my first step, anticipation and pure joy tingling in my bones. It’s like I’m flying, the thrill is too great to comprehend. This can’t be outer space. I’d be dead if it were. My skin would burn from exposure to radiation. My body’s moisture would evaporate leaving my mouth, eyes and soft tissue completely dry and my lungs would work in reverse.
It has to be a projection. I look around, trying to find the source, but can’t. For once, I don’t care about getting all the answers. The little bit of mystery makes this the most amazing thing I have ever seen.
I float among the stars, walk through them, around them. I chase after the meteor, run my hand through its train. And there’s the moon! Earth and Mars are not far behind. And there’s—
The Sombrero Galaxy. The light from its bright nucleus bounces around in my pupils as I trace along the dust lane in its inclined disk. I squat down, letting it rest on the top of my head.
I’m wearing the Sombrero Galaxy!
I stand and spin to get another look, still in utter disbelief that what was once a speck in my telescope is displayed before me. To have it in the palm of my hand… there are no words.
Another step back and I remember my purpose. Even in this living replica of the universe, Spica is gone.
About the Author:
Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote. Somewhere along the way she became a Young Adult author.
Kelley was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands. Music plays a large role in her writing process as well as the characters and plot lines within her stories.
You can find Kelley hanging out at her blog, titled in her name, as well as the group blog she shares with her fellow critique partners, Falling for Fiction. Kelley is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.