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‘The Moment of Everything’: Author had Orangeburg in mind while writing her debut novel  — The Times and Democrat

Make It Write — Good Times Santa Cruz

Book Review and Author Q&A: The Moment of Everything by Shelly King — One Tick to Be Sick

Interview with Shelly King, Author of The Moment of Everything — Bookalicious Mama

Guest blog posts

Getting Published the NaNoWriMo Way — Meg Waite Clayton‘s First Books blog

Lost and Found  — The Book Case Blog on

Page 69 Test of The Moment of Everything — Page 69 Test

A Few Moments with Shelly King — An interview with author Steph Post (A Tree Born Crooked)


“King’s charming debut will strike a chord with book lovers who have whiled away many an hour in a beloved local bookstore.”BookList

“The best part of the book [is]…the loving description of the classic used bookstore at the heart of the tale — described in such perfect detail, down to the musty scent. Readers may be inspired to run out and spend the afternoon in their own local shop.”RT Magazine, 4 stars

“King packs many more twists and turns into this breezy novel, and Maggie’s guardedness and flippancy make an enjoyable counterpoint to the unabashed community of misfits she discovers at the Dragonfly. This diverting read probably won’t change anyone’s life, but then again, books never do. Or do they?” Kirkus

“THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING is one of those books that you remember for years later. [It’s] a book that any booklover will love and cherish [and] is one of the best books I have ever read.”

“But it’s the bookstore that remains my favorite character – Dragonfly which ‘brims with the purposeful lingering movement of those looking for what they don’t yet know they need.’ A great end to summer reading” The Hudson Valley News

“It’s hard to categorize this novel; it’s not purely a romance. I guess I would call it a book about people that love books and about self realization.”The Frugal Mennonite

“The Moment of Everything is filled with love lost, love gained, despair, grief, joy, and more. Maggie’s search for a job is also a search to find meaning in her life.  There’s great romance in this book, but at the heart of it is simply one woman’s search for meaning in her life and she finds it in a bookstore, one particular book, and through a diverse group of friends and family.” —The Book Diva’s Reads

“Shelly King has drawn up an exceptionally well-written book that has so much heart to it.” —One Tick to be Sick Book Blog

A true love story. Not the love between people, though there is a bit of that as well, but the love of books. There’s a wonderfully diverse cast… Gay and lesbian characters! Multiple ethnicities! Characters with disabilities! All different kinds of nerds!—Paperback Heart

“The Moment of Everything is an emotional story about friendship, family issues, finding your calling and maybe even finding love along the way. The Moment of Everything is beautifully written; throughout the pages Shelly King finds the perfect balance of emotional topics and witty humor to keep the readers invested in the story and its characters..”The Bookaholic Cat 

“The Moment of Everything is the perfect book to read on a cool New England night, curled up by the fire, with a warm blanket and a hot cup of tea.”The Book Binder’s Daughter

“If the cast of Girls moved to the Silicon Valley and got tech jobs, if the correspondence in You’ve Got Mail took place in the pages of a used book, you might find The Moment of Everything at this hypercool intersection of retro appeal and modern smarts. Shelly King has drawn a perfect heroine for this very moment — snarky enough to make you laugh and yet satisfyingly full of hope and soul. Thoroughly rooted in the now, but achingly in love with the past, The Moment of Everything is a book lover’s book — a warm-hearted illustration of the continuing relevance of books and bookstores in our modern culture that’s sure to make readers fall in love.”—Lydia Netzer, author of Shine, Shine, Shine and How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky

“Populated with an endearing, eccentric cast of characters, and told with sharp Southern humor, The Moment of Everything is a gift for those who believe in the magic of bookstores…and in the power of books.”—Tracy Guzeman, author of The Gravity of Birds

“Shelly King is among my all-time favorite writers. Her prose brims with beauty and her plots always pack a well-earned punch.”—Lolly Winston, author of Good Grief

“In Shelly King’s charming novel, a young woman finds love letters in an old copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Her quest to discover their source leads her in and out of the many worlds of Silicon Valley, and the surprising twists and turns of love and self-discovery. We’re the lucky readers who get to come along for this delightful ride. Ms. King writes with humor, passion and great intelligence.”—Ellen Sussman, author of the New York Times bestselling novel French Lessons and The Paradise Guest House