Shy Town Girls to release second book in series
Shy Town Girls Novel Series Debuts Second Book this Summer: Chicago, IL, June 11, 2013 — “Shy Town Girls,” a new novel series, written and inspired by the lives of the three Chicago authors, will release the much anticipated second book this September.
The book series, written by Katie Leimkuehler, Jennifer Yih and Melissa Wilson, follows the adventures of four twenty-something single girls as they deal with the ins and outs of dating post-college in the work-hard, party-hard city of Chicago. The one thing that gets them through it all: rooftop nights where they split bottles of wine sharing stories about their jobs—careers they’ve killed to be in, but are now killing them.
Networlding published the first book in the series in December 2012. The novel series is truly different – from its inception to its storyline. “Collaborative Publishing” is an effort that starts with multiple authors who work together to create characters, story lines and enhance detail. Each book in the “Shy Town Girls” series will be written by a different author and told from a different character’s perspective.
“We knew we had a great idea when we started sharing our own relationship insights, frustrations and hilarious moments that all of us could relate to,” Leimkuehler said. “We knew if we bonded over our trials of dating that it would be something our readers could connect with too.”
The second book, written by Leimkuehler, will be told from the perspective of Ivy Westin, the brash, outspoken, party girl in the series.
The story follows Ivy, who lives life according to her own rules, whether people like it or not, and her shy friends, Bobbie, Ella and Meryl, who all live in the same apartment building and are reluctant to grow up. Now, Ivy, 24, is trying to find a guy she actually likes, which turns out to be a bigger challenge than she imagined. But, all that changes when Ella’s brother, Shane, enters the picture and Ivy is faced with the hardest decisions she’ll ever make.
The series follows the girls as they experience their first dose of competitive office politics and what it takes to get ahead while the crushing reality of working their dream jobs weighs upon them. Ivy and her friends experience a major turning point in their lives—their quarter-life crisis, where they question what the hell they’re doing, who they’re with and how they really define success.
The books capture the real essence of young women navigating through their first careers while being single and dating in Chicago. The series is a mix of Girls and The Devil Wears Prada. Part romance, part urban adventure and part transitioning to adulthood; these books are an enticing blend of gritty real life and active imagination.