Friday, May 19, 2017

BNG FRIDAY: The Maker's Handbook


Every Friday until its publication, I'm going to blog something about Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls Who Science and Scheme, a YA sci-fi anthology featuring tech-savvy heroines. The goal is to encourage more girls to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers. Revenues from sales of the anthology will be donated to a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. 


Today, I'm spotlighting "The Maker's Handbook," a story by returning Brave New 
Girls author George Ebey, who took us to Mars in Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets. "The Maker's Handbook" is a quieter tale that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where technology is all but forgotten. Enola is a young laborer living alone with her mother after the "dirty water disease" claimed her father. All she knows is hard work and drudgery in a harsh, rural dystopian province. But a wanderer named Sebastian—condemned as an outlaw for refusing to live under the province's laws—offers her a glimpse at the world that once was through his fanciful tales of technology and medicine. After he bequeaths her the titular Maker's Handbook, Enola goes on a journey toward discovery and liberation, risking everything to help carve out a better future. I loved that this story took a softer approach to sci-fi, and that its heroine fights the power through subtle subversion. The story's spare, elegant writing style perfectly matches the aesthetic and Enola's personality. Looking forward to sharing it with y'all when the book releases!

TITLE


The Maker's Handbook 

AUTHOR


George Ebey 

STORY DESCRIPTION


In a post-apocalyptic future where technology is shunned and people work as slaves for the good of their province, a young girl named Enola meets a mysterious wanderer who puts her on the terrifying and liberating path.  

AUTHOR BIO


George Ebey got his start by taking his once-vast collection of action figures on epic journeys though countless lands full of exotic wonders and hidden dangers.  Today, his action figure collection is much smaller, though several still stand guard on his writing desk, ready to take up arms and march into the fray at a moment’s notice.  George was born and raised in Ohio, where he still lives with his wife and an ornery cat named Ollie. When he’s not writing or playing with his action figures, he enjoys being outdoors, studying history, and searching for new and interesting places to explore.

Website:  www.georgeebey.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/George-Ebey-Author/232696100087081?ref=hl
Twitter:  @Ebeybooks
Blog:  https://blogofthephoenix.wordpress.com/
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/George-Ebey/e/B002BM1NT2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1420759810&sr=8-2


THOUGHTS ON BRAVE NEW GIRLS


"In a perfect world, the problem of gender inequality wouldn’t exist.  I hope that Brave New Girls will help bring us one step closer to that world."



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Friday, May 12, 2017

BNG FRIDAY: Let Androids Eat Cake


Every Friday until its publication, I'm going to blog something about Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls Who Science and Scheme, a YA sci-fi anthology featuring tech-savvy heroines. The goal is to encourage more girls to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers. Revenues from sales of the anthology will be donated to a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. 


Today, I'm spotlighting one of the darker stories in the anthology: Meg Merriet's steampunk re-imagining of the French Revolution, "Let Androids Eat Cake." Teen tinkerer Heloise has spent the Revolution keeping her head down, creating mechanical oddities for her family's shop, but finds herself pulled into the conflict when Marie Antoinette escapes execution using an army of automatons—one of which kidnaps Heloise's baby sister for the evil queen's twisted purposes. The story is a stunning alternate history that throws its heroine into an unforgiving steampunk dystopia, twisted and gorgeous in a unique way. Heloise is a girl who won't back down from a fight—no matter how bizarre circumstances are—and I can't wait for y'all to meet her when the anthology comes out!


TITLE

Let Androids Eat Cake 

AUTHOR

Meg Merriet


STORY DESCRIPTION

The French Revolution takes a shocking turn when Marie Antoinette escapes her execution and amasses a deadly robot army. Heloise, a fiery young engineer, infiltrates the queen's forces, sabotaging her automatons. The youth of France will not be enslaved by the machines.

AUTHOR BIO


Meg Merriet is a medievalist with a Masters in Literature from Tulane University. In print, her short stories have been published in The Antigonish Review and Mad Scientist Journal. She currently lives in New Orleans with her husband and their mechanical wind-up cat. For more Steampunk stories by Meg Merriet, visit megmerriet.com.

THOUGHTS ON BRAVE NEW GIRLS


So often in media, we see heroines whose value is based on beauty and brawn. Brave New Girls appealed to my preference for a female character who would prove her mettle through a unique interest, even if it's as unglamorous as stripping engines or coding late into the night.




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Friday, May 5, 2017

BNG FRIDAY: In a Whole New Light


Every Friday until its publication, I'm going to blog something about Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls Who Science and Scheme, a YA sci-fi anthology featuring tech-savvy heroines. The goal is to encourage more girls to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers. Revenues from sales of the anthology will be donated to a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. 


Today, I'm spotlighting "In a Whole New Light" by Michelle Leonard, one of the stories that will be featured in the anthology! "In a Whole New Light" is one of our more down-to-earth stories, taking place in modern-day America. Nina, a brainy biracial girl, has watched in horror as her white cousin has begun spewing the worst racist comments, which he sees as harmless fun. Having had enough of his behavior, she uses virtual reality to show him what the world from a different perspective. I loved that this story wasn't afraid to tackle such a relevant topic head-on. Nina is a fantastic and complex character--a smart, tough teen with a clever voice who takes crap from no one, but who's also vulnerable in her own ways. I was also thrilled to add a more contemporary story to our hodgepodge of fantastical steampunk and faraway space operas. Can't wait to share it with y'all!


TITLE


In a Whole New Light 


AUTHOR


Michelle Leonard


STORY DESCRIPTION

After her white cousin begins acting racist, a tech-savvy, biracial teen girl fights back using her best weapon––her brain––to create a virtual reality game to show her cousin the world in a whole new light. 


AUTHOR BIO


Michelle Leonard was born a math and science nerd. After spending over ten years working with an engineering dream team developing commercial blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs), she escaped the world of seventy-hour workweeks. Nowadays, when she’s not tinkering on her teleporter for transporting her talented daughters to important gigs and lessons, she’s turning outlandish thoughts into stories for young readers. Michelle lives with her science-savvy husband, three inspiring daughters, and a border collie who hates numbers. 

Blog: http://thewingedpen.com

Twitter: @MGYABookJunkie
Instagram: @mgyabookjunkie

THOUGHTS ON BRAVE NEW GIRLS


Girls interested in science and math continue to face much bias, which often steers them off course. Creating stories about clever girls using science to make the world a better place is one way we can help girls visualize themselves in engineering careers.


Females make up half the planet. We should make up half the science and technology workforce too. Combining male and female perspectives results in more creative products with broader appeal. Girls, we need you!


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Monday, May 1, 2017

REVIEW: The Captivity of Choice (Broken Throne, #1) / William R. Herr

Title: The Captivity of Choice (Broken Throne, #1) 
Author: William R. Herr
Publisher: Mechanicsburg Press
Available on Amazon


GENRE
Fantasy - Dark Fantasy

REVIEW
In the William R. Herr's haunting sequel to From a Broken Land (Broken Throne, #1), princess-turned-military-lieutenant Kira struggles to find her place in a world of men. Since running away from an unwanted marriage, she has found a new life and earned the title of Tenant... but the past won't leave her alone so easily. Meanwhile, she's fallen in love with Gidon, her commander - who doesn't know if he can trust those within his own ranks. And on the other side of the land, a man named Malechi, declared a prophet, leads a city in religious rebellion. Herr's spellbinding fantasy novel brings all these characters careening toward an unexpected and fate-changing conclusion.

In The Captivity of Choice, Herr has woven more detail into the already-rich fabric of the complex world-building he set up in the first book. If you think you've seen it all in Book 1, just wait until you see what's in store in the sequel. The book features several elements of classic fantasy - kingdoms, magic, destinies, knights - but mixes in an element of horror in the darkness. I really enjoyed this darker flavor of fantasy, which really comes to life through Herr's lush and haunting descriptions of the world... and the mist.

The Captivity of Choice, as its title implies, is ultimately a story about how characters' decisions drive their destinies... which, in this world, sends them down the path to the eye-popping conclusion. There's honor, religions fanaticism, romance, combat, magic, trickery... There's so much going on in this book, and yet it never felt like too much. I really enjoyed reading this - would have gotten through it a lot faster if I hadn't been so busy last month that the only time I had to read was on the train. My favorite character was (unsurprisingly) Kira, who's gone from damsel-in-distress to strong heroine who can outsmart the best on the battlefield. Yet she's not all-powerful, and ultimately, the forces of fate are too powerful for any individual to battle.

The ending leaves plenty of room for a sequel, and I hope I get to read one soon!

ABOUT THE AUTHORVisionaries, migrants, soldiers, and thieves-Will, as his friends call him, surrounds himself with all of these, and
more. Obsessed with "the wisdom of the lowest classes," he views the world as a perennial outsider, in the company of men and women most would not want to meet in a dark alley. His work reflects this, as he winds dramatic irony and sarcasm together with romance and drama to paint a picture of the world that others prefer not to see.


William R. Herr was raised on the road, and continues to live there. When not travelling the United States behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer, he can be found in Central Pennsylvania, either writing, editing, or arguing with college students over hot cups of coffee.

He lives with his wife and an extremely vocal Irish Stafford-shire Terrier named "The Duke."

Friday, April 28, 2017

BNG FRIDAY: Hack


Every Friday until its publication, I'm going to blog something about Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls Who Science and Scheme, a YA sci-fi anthology featuring tech-savvy heroines. The goal is to encourage more girls to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers. Revenues from sales of the anthology will be donated to a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. 


Today, I'm spotlighting one of the stories that will be featured in the anthology: "Hack" by Evangeline Jennings. Those of you who read the first anthology, BRAVE NEW GIRLS: TALES OF GIRLS AND GADGETS will recognize the characters of Georgie and Gracie — two teen girls living on board a spaceship in the future. "Hack" is a standalone sequel that sends the two off on a new adventure. After someone hacks their ship, the two of them, alone, must figure out how to fix it before time runs out. Georgie has been in a coma for years but whose mind is perfectly active and can travel through cyberspace, but because the systems are down, can't communicate with Gracie. I loved the tension created by the ticking clock, the mix of cyberpunk and space thriller, and the camaraderie between the girls (even though they can't communicate for most of the story, their friendship is felt). If you've read Jennings' story "Courage Is..." in the anthology, you'll love seeing the return of Gracie and Georgie -- especially Georgie, whose character gets a lot more of the spotlight htis time. And if you haven't, no problem! The story highlights an individual episode in the girls' lives. Though I highly recommend picking up the first anthology anyway... ;-)


TITLE

Hack 

AUTHOR

Evangeline Jennings 

STORY DESCRIPTION

In a standalone sequel to "Courage Is..." from the the first BRAVE NEW GIRLS anthology, Georgie and Gracie find their spaceship has been hacked and they only have 37 minutes left to live. With Georgie in the data realm and Gracie in the Real, and all communication channels down, the friends must work together to save the day.


AUTHOR BIO

Like a free media and Muslims everywhere, Evangeline is an enemy of the American people. She writes for the Resistance, and her debut novel Burning Down The House imagines the shameful era of American Carnage which follows the rise of a tiny-fingered snake oil salesman. Sad!

Website: http://ejsite.com/
Twitter: @candryll


THOUGHTS ON BRAVE NEW GIRLS

Evangeline Jennings knows nothing about science and frequently struggles with math. She wants her daughter to grow up in a different world.



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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

COVER REVEAL: Jaded / K.M. Robinson

Today's Cover Reveal Day for K.M. Robinson's new book, JADED! Take a look... isn't it cool?


Book Description:


Her father failed in his mission to take control from the Commander, a defeat that has cost Jade her life. She will die as punishment. Now she belongs to the Commander’s son—as his wife. Knowing his intent is to quietly kill her in revenge, Jade’s every move is calculated to survive—until she learns her death ensures the safety of her father and her entire town.

Roan doesn’t want to kill Jade, but once his family isolates her from her father and community, his only choice is to go through with the plan. Jade doesn’t make it easy as she tries to sway him into falling for her. Each misstep makes him question his cause. Each moment makes every decision harder, but the Commander won’t allow him to fail.

One chooses life. One chooses death. In the midst of the chaos, only one will succeed.


Author Bio:


K.M. Robinson is a storyteller who creates new worlds both in her writing and in her fine arts conceptual photography. She is a marketing, branding and social media strategy educator who is recognized at first sight by her very long hair. She is a creative who focuses on photography, videography, couture dress making, and writing to express the stories she needs to tell. She almost always has a camera within reach.


Social Media Links:
www.kmrobinsonbooks.com
www.facebook.com/kmrobinsonbooks
www.instagram.com/kmrobinsonbooks
www.twitter.com/kmrobinsonbooks


www.snowywingspublishing.com
www.facebook.com/snowywingspub
www.instagram.com/snowywingspub
www.twitter.com/snowywingspub


Goodreads link:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34092062-jaded?from_search=true

Friday, April 21, 2017

BNG FRIDAY: The Experimental Bug -- First Test


Every Friday until its publication, I'm going to blog something about Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls Who Science and Scheme, a YA sci-fi anthology featuring tech-savvy heroines. The goal is to encourage more girls to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers. Revenues from sales of the anthology will be donated to a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. 


Today's spotlight is on Jelani Akin Parham's "The Experimental Bug -- First Test," a fun superhero story about a teen girl, Pilar, who develops her very own super-suit. As I'm sure y'all know by now, I'm a total sucker for superhero stories, and this one makes a fantastic addition to our Brave New Girls line-up! Pilar's clever, snappy voice drew me in at once, and it was super fun following her on her first big adventure as a superhero. She's smart, brave, confident, and persistent--she may not always suceed, but she never gives up, and I love that about her. By the way, she'll be starring in a full-length novel due out this summer (titled The Experimental Bug), and I'll be sure to scoop it up!


TITLE

The Experimental Bug - First Test 

AUTHOR

Jelani-Akin Parham

STORY DESCRIPTION

Teen genius Pilar takes her finished "Bug Suit" out for a test run, and after some unexpected glitches finds herself choosing between her own goals and what's morally right. 

AUTHOR BIO

Originally from Southfield, MI, Jelani moved to Phoenix, AZ on the promise of “no snow ever again.” After earning his BA in Media Arts and Animation, he began working as a Freelance Illustrator / Designer, returning to school in 2010 to obtain his MFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University.

During the day, he works as a Software QA Tester. At night (usually to the detriment of his sleep schedule), he toils away as an illustrator and writer on multiple projects. His debut novel, The Experimental Bug, is set to release in early summer of 2017. In his free time, he is an avid gamer, usually spending an unhealthy amount of time playing fighting games and participating in tournaments.

Website: http://www.akinink.com
Twitter: @akinink
Instagram: @akinrok


THOUGHTS ON BRAVE NEW GIRLS
The few lead female characters in media that exist tend to get pigeon-holed into stereotypical roles, and rarely are they involved with STEM as the lead character. As a writer hoping to help change that, being a part of this anthology is an honor.

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