Shelley Stoehr's Author Newsletter

Drunk Sex or Date Rape?

November 18, 2011

38% of girls aged 14-17 will be raped.

92% know their assailant.

90% of rapes occur when either the assailant or the victim is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

However, 84% of young men polled who committed date rape did not believe they had committed a rape. They thought it was just drunk sex.

So, even though nearly half of our teenaged daughters will be date-raped, more than three-quarters of their assailants will think it was just “drunk sex”.

Why the confusion?

Award-winning author Shelley Stoehr’s new novel, Somebody’s Daughter combines multiple points of view to tell the chilling events of a party gone wrong when the adults have all checked out of their children's lives. … Casey Keenan, 15, and her two best friends attend their first kegger. The girls get drunk, and friend Rain Rikowsky, 16, is brutally raped. As if that weren’t bad enough, Casey's mother has been hired to write a book about the rape and the events leading up to it. And friend Kayla is still in love with the party's host, Brian! The girls -- especially Casey -- must reach deep inside to uncover the truth about the party, and to finally come to terms with themselves and horrifying experience of that night.

“Somebody’s Daughter” could be your own!

Somebody's Daughter available now for kindle at!

Selected Works

MG fiction: Izzy and bff Seven (whose name was supposed to have been “Steven”, but the “t” was left off his birth certificate) set out to rescue a dog, Bone, from its abusive owner. Although they fail repeatedly, they cannot stop trying – though Izzy wonders why not. What's so important that they have to risk "life and limb" to save this dog? But then Izzy learns a truth about Seven, a reality that is so horrible, she realizes it isn’t only Bone who needs saving – it is Seven.
Young Adult Fiction
A dangerous secret… Sixteen-year-old Kyra is odd. She can “mind-speak” with her adoptive father. She has no recollection of anything about her life before age ten. One leg is so badly damaged she has to walk with a brace. And all she wants in her junior year of high school is to be cool. Instead, she becomes a werewolf… Suddenly, a madman is hunting Kyra with plans to use her as his lab rat. A big grey werewolf is killing humans in her town. And worse, her adoptive father might be dating her biological mother. Torn among allegiances to her father, her newly discovered family, and the werewolf pack, Kyra must learn to control the beast within and find a way to stop the madman who threatens to destroy them all. A horrifying act… Selene is a beautiful, tough punk-rocker leader of the meanest gang in school—and a werewolf through and through. She is on the top of the world and plans to stay there. Then Selene kills a human and unleashes a murderous rage that threatens to turn her into a mindless, violent beast. Terrified of what she might become, Selene runs away. Now, far from home in the company of killer werewolves, Selene must run again. She must find a way to regain her humanity. And she must do it quickly, because someone is following her…
Nancy and Katie are best friends with one big thing in common -- they both cut themselves, “Not by accident, we do it purposely -- and regularly -- because physical pain is comforting, and because now it has become a habit.”
When sixteen-year-old Tracey runs away she finds that making ends meet in New York City for a young girl with few real skills is nearly impossible.
“I’ve discovered that if you wear a big enough hat, no one worries much about what’s going on inside your head,” says Cary. And no one, not even her boyfriend, Danny, knows about the things inside Cary’s head. Especially the feelings she has for Wendy, a girl with bright green hair and hard-candy sadness in her eyes.

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