Bob Moseley has been named a finalist in the young adult category of the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards for his debut album Out of Bounds.
“The Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards is open to independent authors, small publishers and publishing giants like Harper Collins and Simon & Schuster,” Moseley said in an email to the Shelton Herald. The ceremony is in November. “There are 100 categories from children’s lit to adult. I was one of six finalists in the category of
‘Young Adult-Coming of Age.’ While I didn’t win the gold medal, I’m proud to be a finalist since my book is self-published by Outskirts Press.”
The book was published in October 2012.
“Like I tell the kids in school, I never thought I would write a book,” Moseley said. “I didn’t think I’d have the patience to do it. But you never know what you might do in your life.”
About the book
Out of Bounds ties together sports, journalism and scandal. The story follows a character named Jason, who joins his school newspaper after suffering a detrimental injury and uncovers a scandal that will rock the entire school.
Inspired by the Watergate scandal, in which journalists uncovered a government conspiracy that resulted in the resignation of President Richard Nixon, Jason aspires to become an investigative reporter.
Through dedicated sleuthing and a bit of help from a mysterious source, Jason uncovers a jolting scandal within the state-champion football team that shocks the entire school.
To ensure that every facet of his novel was believable, Moseley consulted a variety of sources, including Shelton High School’s students newspaper, The Gael Winds.
Since the publication of Out of Bounds Moseley has been marketing the book by making school appearances to talk to seventh and eighth graders, accompanied by book signings.
The judges were receptive to Moseley’s work, with one writing: “Bob Moseley really hit home on a heartfelt and unique coming of age story, and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the story. I couldn’t put it down. I would recommend this story to readers of any age, because you are never to old to learn to have the courage to do what is right. Had me from the very first page!”
The book is available at Written Words Bookstore on River Road and on Amazon.com.