Monday, June 15, 2015

Release Day for Brave New Girls + a Giveaway! (AKA I'm now published!)


Yay!!! Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets is now live! It's available on Amazon, B&N, and several other retail sites. To celebrate, I'm giving away a copy*. I've also baked cupcakes to take around a few places today, b/c you can't celebrate properly unless there's cupcakes.


These are Cika's Cupcakes. Literally. See-- he's sitting on them! 

I went with a spicy chocolate cupcake so they'd have a bit of a kick to them... (See what I did there? Heh.) I blew up and copied the illustration of Cika from my title page for The Mad Scientist's Daughter. Isn't he just the cutest?






Sixteen-year-old Viala Chesney keeps her inventions a secret. Because when you're the daughter of a mad scientist who committed murder, it's better that way. The last thing she wants is for people to think she'll turn out just like her father. Not that there are many places to hide when you live on a starship.

Starved for company, Viala invents a way to talk to a boy left in a coma following a shuttle crash. But what she discovers leads her to stumble upon a plot that endangers everyone aboard the ship. And it's up to her to stop the threat - before it's too late.

First line: 

No one wants you around when your father is the mad scientist responsible for a dozen murders.

24th line since there are 24 letters in the title: 

At the sound of a chime, she put away her knife and placed her chopping efforts in the chiller.

A favorite line (b/c I like the idea of a tiny robot lizard hiding in my hair. Yes, I'm weird):

She powered up her computer, and her messy topknot on her head wobbled as Cika scrambled from it.

And lastly, a random line: 

His eyes lost some of their edge as he heard the sadness she couldn't keep from her voice. 

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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.

 Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Smashwords




"Brave New Girls shows young girls that math, science, and engineering are not a 'boys only club.' Girls are not only allowed, but should be celebrated. I'm incredibly proud to be part of it."


--Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author, scientist, and mom



I also want to say a big congrats to my fellow anthology authors, and a HUGE THANK YOU to Paige Daniels and Mary Fan for all their hard work. They dreamed this project up together, and hustled tirelessly to get it done. Just like all our girl heroines in Brave New Girls, they rock. Thank you, ladies!! It's much appreciated.

*Shipping to US only (but I do love all my non-US readers!)


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29 comments:

  1. Congratulations!! And the cupcakes look awesome.

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  2. You do the best book releases!!! I wish that cupcake was in PA right now.

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    1. I think you would especially like them, since you're a Mexican cuisine fan. I would beam one to you if I could!

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  3. Congrats!! You really can't celebrate without cupcakes ;)

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  4. Woohoo! I can't wait to get my copy! So happy for you, and all the other authors who are a part of Brave New Girls.

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  5. Yay!!! I love everything! Those cupcakes look amazing!! I love the Cika cupcake topper—such a great idea! If only I lived closer so I could taste one of those scrumptious chocolate cupcakes... :) And the trailer is awesome! As is your story picture page—I love how Cika is sitting on her shoulder. You should be so proud—what a great anthology to be a part of! Woot! Happy Release Day! :)

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    1. Thank you!! Isn't Cika just the coolest? I totally love my illustration. =) And I wish you lived closer too!

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  6. Super big fanstinkintastic congrats! And I LOVE the idea! My oldest were be totally in to this.

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    1. I hope she gets to read it and finds some new fav stories from it!

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  7. AAAAHHHHHHHHHH I SCREECHED when I saw this!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am SO excited to read, you do not even know!!!!!!!! congrats and gigantic hugs!! xoxoxo

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    1. Awww!!!! Thanks so much! Gigantic hugs back!!

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  8. Congratulations!!!! I'm sooooo happy for you, and I can't wait to read it!! WOO HOO!! (And Cika is SUPER cute on your amazing cupcakes!)

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  9. Well done, Leandra! This collection of stories looks awesome and the book trailer is amazing--very professional. Congratulations to all of you involved in this worthwhile project.

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  10. WOOT! That is awesome :) Super congrats!! And I love that little dragon--that's just adorable. And the cupcakes look scrumptious!

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  11. Congratulations on being published! And I like the premise of your story! And the little dragon on your cupcakes. Isn't it the most awesome thing ever when someone illustrates your story?

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    1. It's very awesome! The artist put in a lot of the elements from my story, which feels awesome too. =)

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  12. Huge congrats, Leandra!! I love that first line -- it's a real winner! :)

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