In non-fiction, Geek Mom: Projects, Tips and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st Century Families is out today, with local author Natania Barron a contributor, and local writer Alex Granados is now a published author as his debut novel, Cemetery Plot, has been published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.
First up, the non-fiction: “It’s fast becoming a geek world out there, and all moms need to show off their tech smarts and superhero-like skills in order to keep their savvy kids entertained and engaged. Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families explores the many fun and interesting ways that digital-age parents and kids can get their geek on together. Imaginative ideas for all ages and budgets include thrifty Halloween costumes, homemade lava lamps, hobbit feasts, and magical role-playing games. There are even projects for moms to try when they have a few precious moments alone. With six sections spanning everything from home-science experiments to superheroes, this comprehensive handbook from the editors of Wired.com’s popular GeekMom blog is packed with ideas guaranteed to inspire a love of learning and discovery. Along the way, parents will also find important tips on topics such as determining safe online communities for children, organizing a home learning center, and encouraging girls to love science. Being geeky is all about exploring the world with endless curiosity. Geek Mom is your invitation to introducing the same sense of wonder and imagination to the next generation.” [Goodreads | IndieBound]
And now the fiction, just in time for Halloween: “Vanessa Hawthorne is a zombie…at least, that was the plan. Miserable with her life, she agreed to participate in a fatal ritual that would transform her into one of the Living Dead. Instead, she wakes up decades later alive, unaged and living in a world overrun with graveyards. But when a real estate tycoon finds out about Vanessa, he will stop at nothing to discover how she cheated death. He hopes that this knowledge will give him the power to resurrect the dead. The money he stands to make is incalculable. And he is willing to do whatever it takes — kidnapping, assault and even murder — to get the job done. Luckily for Vanessa she has Mark Nimocks and his friend Emily to protect her but at what costs? A zombie apocalypse is in the works, and it will take a medium from the future to find a way to undo the end of the world. But can he actually help change the past? Or is the world fated to be destroyed no matter what?” So far the book seems to only be available through Amazon, in both paperback and Kindle. But it should be available from other stores and in other formats soon, along with several opportunities to catch Alex at a reading event in November (see below). [Goodreads]
Congrats to Natania and Alex!
4 (Sunday) 2 pm — Alex Granados reading and signing Cemetery Plot at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village in Pittsboro. (See above for book info.)
9 (Friday) — Granados at The Storetellers Bookstore in Wake Forest, during the town’s Art after Hours event.
13 (Tuesday) 7:30 pm — Granados at Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books.
15 (Thursday) 7 pm — Granados at Durham’s The Regulator Bookshop.
15 (Saturday) 4 to 7 pm — Chapel Hill Comics hosts a Geek Mom book event with local contributor Natania Barron.