A salute to the Dallas Observer and the Texas Library Association (and you)

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Before Revenge of the Star Survivors reaches the end of its first calendar year, I wanted to take a moment to offer one more round of thank-yous. 

First -- thanks to the Dallas Observer for making it one of the 10 Best Books of 2017 by Local Authors. If you know the local authors on that list -- they are pretty darn good, and it was a big, pleasant surprise to see my name among them.

Second -- thank you, Texas Library Association, for making Star Survivors a Spirit of Texas Reading Program-Middle School pick. Anyone who has read the book might suspect that I have a soft spot for libraries and librarians, and it's humbling to get recognition from them. (See you at the TXLA conference in Dallas, librarians!) 

Finally -- thank you, readers and everyone else who has been so kind and supportive of my little book of nerdish delights. What an amazing year it has been. Because of you. I am grateful. 

And -- we're not done yet! Because Revenge of the Star Survivors has a busy 2018 ahead. A sneak peek: 

If you're in Corpus Christi, I'll see you on Feb. 17 at the Teen Bookfest by the Bay. It will be a fun day, with all these other impressive writers

If you're in Highland Park, I'll see you at the HP Litfest on Feb. 23. (And congrats, Scots, on that whole football thing, which I hear is a big deal to many people.)

And on April 20-21, look for me at the North Texas Teen Book Festival, tucked in among this list of astonishingly fantastic authors. Seriously -- if you are reading this, you will want to be there. 

I hope to be able to make a few additional announcements soon. Until then, thank you for reaching for the Star Survivors. (Did I really just write that? Sorry.)

Michael Merschel