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In 2008, Delany was the grand-prize winner of the first-ever cell phone novel contest--www.textnovel.com. The winning novel was a greatly abbreviated version of 13 to Life. After seeing her work, she was approached by St. Martin's Press to turn her short story into a full-length novel.
Published in June 22, 2010, 13 to Life, her young adult romance involving a teenage girl named Jessie and a werewolf called Pietr, has met positive reviews from many authors. The book has grown to be a five-book series, according to the author on her Facebook page, with the fourth book, Destiny and Deception, awaiting its release on the 31st of January in 2012. It is to be followed by a fifth book named rivals and retribution, estimated to hit bookshelves in the summer of 2012.
Delany has been praised by Lucienne Diver, author of VAMPED, who said, "A fun, gothic romance of suspense, secrets and the dangerous truth behind the new kid in town."
Another positive comment was from the award-winning author of SHADE and BAD TO THE BONE, Jerri-Smith Ready wrote that "Jessie and Pietr's bond is sweet and real, with more than a touch of delicious danger. An original, pulse-pounding story!"
"Hooked by the inquisitive and bright heroine, and reeled in by the mystery of the new kid, I couldn't stop reading this fast paced debut!" said Maria V. Snyder, the New York Times bestselling author of FIRE STUDY.
Shannon Delany has written stories since she was a child. Graduating from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where she studied secondary social studies education, Delany worked as a teacher before deciding to pursue her writing career. She now lives in a farm in Upstate New York, raising heritage livestock and heirloom plants, while writing on the side through the representation of her literary agent, Richard Curtis. Delany, due to her interest in traveling and foreign languages, is fluent in English, French, German, and Spanish. She began writing in earnest when her grandmother fell unexpectedly ill during a family vacation. In 2008 her greatly abbreviated version of 13 to Life (written in just five weeks) won the grand prize in the first-ever cell phone novel contest in the western world through Textnovel.com.
Shannon was thrilled when St. Martin’s Press offered her a contract for a series about her 13 to Life characters. She expanded on the cell phone novel version, adding the subplots and characters she didn’t have time to during the contest. As paranormal as werewolves seem, the grief Shannon used to build Jess’s character is something she personally experienced with the loss of her own mother. Focusing on Jess and Pietr’s story of loss, love and dramatic and dangerous changes, Shannon came to better grips with her own struggle. The resulting novel has earned her blurbs from authors she respects most.
- 13 to Life, St. Martin's Griffin, 2010
- "Beasts and BFFs" (short story), St. Martin's Griffin, 2010
- Secrets and Shadows, St. Martin's Griffin, 2011
- Bargains and Betrayals, St. Martin's Griffin, 2011
- Destiny and Deception, St. Martin's Griffin, 2012
- Rivals and Retribution, St. Martin's Griffin, 2012
- Weather Witch, St. Martin's Press, 2013
- Stormbringer, St. Martin's Griffin, 2014
- Thunderstruck, St. Martin's Griffin, 2014
- Jerri-Smith Ready's blog review, "Wicked Wolfy Wednesday," June 23, 2010
- 13 to Life, Publishers Weekly, 07/12/2010.
- Secrets and Shadows, Kirkus Reviews, Dec. 30th, 2010.
- Bargains and Betrayals, Kirkus Reviews, May 20th, 2011
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