Monday, June 15, 2015


Hey everyone! Today's the day that BRAVE NEW GIRLS: TALES OF GIRLS AND GADGETS launched, and I couldn't be more excited! Many of you have probably heard me talk about this anthology and what it's all about a gazillion times, but for those who haven't, here's the gist of it: women are underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields, and while plenty of young girls like math and science, the interest, for some reason, drops in the teen years.

A lot of this has to do with culture, society, etc. Brainy girls are rarely depicted as the heroes of their tales - they're either shunted aside as quirky sidekicks or dolled up into sexy love interests. So sci-fi author Paige Daniels and I decided to do something about that: We put together a whole book full of stories starring girl hackers, scientists, etc. as the heroines. After crowd-funding the venture, selecting stories from 18 talented authors (plus illustrations and a foreword), and putting the whole thing together (professional editing, proofreading, and formatting), we're finally sending this book into the world today! 

The e-book is on sale for only $1.99 until June 22 (regular price will be $4.99). Here's where you can find it:

This collection of sci-fi stories features brainy young heroines who use their smarts to save the day. Girls who fix robots and construct superhero suits, hack interstellar corporations and build virtual reality platforms. Who experiment with alien chemicals and tinker with time machines. Who defy expectations and tap into their know-how—in the depths of space, or the bounds of dystopia, or the not-too-distant future—to solve despicable crimes, talk to extraterrestrials, and take down powerful villains.

All revenues from sales of this anthology will be donated a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. Let’s show the world that girls, too, can be tomorrow’s inventors, programmers, scientists, and more.


Martin Berman-Gorvine, Paige Daniels, George Ebey, Mary Fan, Kimberly G. Giarratano, Valerie Hunter, Evangeline Jennings, Stephen Kozeniewski, Jason Kucharik, Kate Lansing, Tash McAdam, Kate Moretti, Ursula Osborne, Josh Pritchett, Aimie K. Runyan, Davien Thomas, Lisa Toohey, and Leandra Wallace

With a foreword by Lara Hogan, Senior Engineering Manager at Etsy and author of Designing for Performance

Featuring artwork by Hazel Butler, Ken Dawson, Adrian DeFuria, Evelinn Enoksen, Mary Fan, Christopher Godsoe, Kayla Keeton, Jason Kucharik, Jennifer L. Lopez, Tash McAdam, and Josh Pritchett.

Collage of all the Brave New Girls illustrations
So far, release day has been a blast, and we're doing pretty well! As of right now, we've made it into the top 10 on Amazon in Children's Short Stories. Oh, and then there's this...

Such a pretty orange banner with that little "#1 New Release"...

I'm hoping we can keep the momentum going and raise a nice wad of cash for the scholarship to support STEM education for young ladies. I still can't believe that after over a year of working on this project, it's finally out into the world! I'm so grateful for all the support we've received - through donated money, time, and talents, and through help spreading the word. I've been blowing up my Twitter today in my attempts to get the word out, and I'm truly thankful for the support received.

Here's to making a difference in our own little way!

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