Navigating the Stars OUT NOW!

I'm excited to announce that Navigating the Stars is available now worldwide!

Navigating the Stars is the first book of my Sentinels of the Galaxy series. It's a fast-paced, action adventure science fiction story, starring Lyra Tian Daniels. It's set 400 years in the future and, in this world humans have discovered Chinese Terracotta Warriors on exoplanets throughout the Milky Way Galaxy. Lyra's parents are the archaeological experts with a capital E and are assigned to travel to Planet Yulin to assess the newest Warrior discovery.

Lyra's not as enthused about the adventure to say the least, but, since she's not yet eighteen Actual years old, she has no choice but to leave her friends behind--50 years behind that is. Traveling through space very fast has a big price--the time dilation. However, once she arrives at Planet Yulin fifty years in the future, she has more to worry about than missing her friends. Looters attack and strange things are afoot!

One of the reasons I really loved writing about Lyra is her voice. She takes snark to a entirely new level and just--as another character remarks on--refuses to be ignored. I think in today's increasingly dangerous world, speaking up for yourself and others is extremely important. And I hope Lyra inspires my readers to Refuse to be Ignored!

Another aspect that was super fun to write was Lyra's relationship with her parents. In so many YA books, the main character's parents are absent, dead, or abusive. But Lyra's are alive and well and involved in her life--too involved if you ask Lyra. And I received one of the biggest compliments about Lyra's mother from my daughter (who has high standards). She said, "I like the mom character because she's so...momish." Boo-yah!

I hope you enjoy reading Navigating the Stars as much as I enjoyed writing it. Chasing the Shadows, book 2 is coming out December 2019.

Check out below for links, appearance info, blog tour schedule:


You can order NAVIGATING THE STARS online at these US and Canadian retailers:

You can order NAVIGATING THE STARS online at these UK retailers:

You can order NAVIGATING THE STARS online at these Australian retailers:                           


December 8, 2018: Release Party for Navigating the Stars! at Cupboard Maker Books at (157 N Enola Rd (Routes 11/15), Enola, Pennsylvania, 17025, 717-732-7288). 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be books, cats (as you can see in the photo, Annika is just so excited to host the party ;), and prizes for those who can attend. For those who can't attend and are in the US, contact the store to order a signed and personalized copy! 

Dinner with the Me :) Come join me for dinner after the party. We'll be going to Jigsy's that's just a block up the road. The cost is $20 plus the purchase of one of my books at Cupboard Maker. The meal is a crowd pleaser, which includes the following: red and white varieties of pizza, meat and cheese stromboli, everything stromboli, wings, celery, blue cheese, antipasto salad, soda, tea, and water. You can register for this event HERE!

December 9, 2018: Fantasy Author Panel and Book Signing at Barnes & Noble (The Court @ Oxford Valley, 210 Commerce Blvd, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, 19030, 215-269-0442). I'll be doing a panel with fellow fantasy authors, Sarah Beth Durst (Fire & Heist), Fran Wilde (Horizon), and Carolyn Turgeon (Faerie Handbook). 2:00 p.m. The panel will be followed by an author signing. Free and open to the public! 

Virtual signing! If you are unable to attend the event, you can order signed and personalized copies of NTS through Good Choice Reading! They ship international! I will sign the book for you on December 9th and it will be shipped soon after. It's a great gift idea for your fellow MVS readers ;) 
Here's the LINK

December 15, 2018: Book Signing at Barnes and Noble (Red Rose Commons, 1700 H Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17601, 717-290-8171). 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 


Rockstar Book Tours is hosting another blog tour for Navigating the Stars. There will be 10 stops and a special giveaway of 5 copies of the book. It's open to my international readers as well. There will be reviews, a Q&A, and a guest post all starting on December 3rd.

Week One:
Dec 6 - a GREAT read - Guest Post 

Week Two:
Dec 11 - Wishful Endings
Dec 12 - Good Choice Reading - Q&A 


  1. Happy Book Birthday Maria!! I can't wait for the next one now!!

  2. Congrats! Sounds really interesting!

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