We GeekMoms are a busy bunch. Here are a few of the books and other projects we we’ve done on the side:
Rebecca Angel (Core Contributor)
Rebecca Angel has five albums to date both solo (vocals, guitar, piano) and with her band. Her songs range from life, love, to Viking scientist sorcerers. You can find all her music on CD Baby (and itunes, and rhapsody, and every online music site you can think of…)
Rebecca was part of a wonderful essay project based on experiences of being a young mother. Her essay appears in this the book You Look Too Young to be a Mom: Teen Mothers on Love, Learning, and Success
Journal of an FU Freshman is a compilation of writings taken from an online blog Rebecca kept for several years under the pseudonym of Frank Weever. It is set in a strange and silly place called Freaky University, Freak City. You find it on Blurb.
Endless Winter is a comic Rebecca wrote and was wonderfully illustrated by Kell Smith. You can purchase the collection at GrayHaven Comics.
Natania Barron (Director, Web & Creative)
Pilgrim of the Sky – Just when Maddie Angler thinks she’s over the death of her longtime boyfriend, Alvin, she discovers that he’s not only alive, but he may just be part god. And a killer. Now it’s up to her to unite Eight Worlds she didn’t even know existed in the first place, before chaos reigns. Boneshaker author Cherie Priest calls Pilgrim of the Sky “… a lush, dreamy fable – both vintage gothic, and modern mystery … lovingly laced with magic and darkness from start to finish.”
Kris Bordessa (Senior Editor, Copy)
Team Challenges: 170+ Group Activities to Build Cooperation, Communication, and Creativity – Toothpicks. Rubber bands. Marbles. Drinking straws. Marshmallows. Cardboard tubes. Paper. Popsicle sticks. Rigatoni. Search your cupboards for supplies and get ready to have some fun with creative problem solving!
Tools of the Ancient Greeks: A Kid’s Guide to the History & Science of Life in Ancient Greece – Delve into Tools of the Ancient Greeks where kids discover how ancient theories continue to influence modern-day thinking. Covering topics such as astronomy, geography, and democracy, children will learn about this great civilization and how the people of ancient Greece lived.
Great Medieval Projects You Can Build Yourself – Readers age 9-12 will expand their knowledge of this era beyond knights, fair maidens, and castles as they learn about siege warfare, life in a medieval village, medieval clothing, markets and fairs, the Plague, medieval medicine, and the Crusades.
Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself – From colonial fashions and trades to biographies on key historical figures such as Captain John Smith and Thomas Jefferson, this interactive guide blends engaging activities with facts and trivia about early America. Through hands-on projects using common household materials, kids will try their hand at activities such as rug braiding, candle making, and weather forecasting.
Corrina Lawson (Director, Content)
Freya’s Gift – Set in an alternate universe where Vikings settled North America, this erotica short story is about love after loss and how a long-term couple must heal their tribe with the help of a fertility ritual dedicated to the Norse goddess Freya. [Note: this title is erotic fiction.]
Dinah of Seneca – After wondering what would happen if the Romans and Vikings had existed at the same time, Corrina wrote this alternate history romance that features the Romans and Vikings in North America. Dinah, the lead character, is a former Roman slave trained as a spy and assassin who’s escaped to the North American colony of Seneca to start a new life.
Book 1: Phoenix Rising – He was born to be a weapon. For her, he must learn to be a hero.
Since birth, Alec Farley has been trained to be a living weapon. His firestarter and telekinetic abilities have been honed to deadly perfection by the Resource, a shadowy anti-terrorist organization—the only family he has ever known. What the Resource didn’t teach him, though, is how to play well with others.
When psychologist Beth Nakamora meets Alec to help him work on his people skills, she’s hit with a double-barreled first impression. He’s hot in more ways than one. And her first instinct is to rescue him from his insular existence.
Book 2: Phoenix Legacy – Philip Drake is immortal by virtue of a psychic power that heals all but the worst injuries. He’s needed every bit of it as a black ops agent, a life so violent that the line between pain and pleasure is tangled up in his head.
When he walks away from the CIA, the last thing he expects is to discover someone stole his DNA to create a race of super-healers. And that the expectant mother is a woman from his past who’d consider it her pleasure to spit on his grave.
Novella: Luminous – He thinks he’s seen everything…until he encounters a woman he can’t see at all.
As a teen, Lucy left home to gain the independence to pursue her dreams. When a renegade scientist captured and used her as a guinea pig, she escaped, but not unscathed. Rendered permanently invisible and with little memory of her previous life, she has transformed herself into Noir, a rogue crime fighter with one goal: find and stop her tormentor from harming anyone else.
Police Lieutenant Aloysius James thought he’d seen it all in the crumbling and corrupt Charlton City, but a brutal bank robbery committed by a monster has left him feeling he’s out of his depth. One man is missing from the scene and if he isn’t found soon, Al fears he’ll be as dead as the rest.
Al is unprepared for the one woman with the key to solving the case—Noir.
Marziah Karch (Senior Editor, Web)
Android Tablets Made Simple – If you thought your phone was smart, you should see the new Android tablets! Based on Android 3 Honeycomb, these tablets provide all the computing power you’ll need on a device light enough to carry wherever you go.
Get the most out of your Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet with Android Tablets Made Simple—learn all the key features, understand what’s new, and utilize dozens of time-saving tips and tricks.
Android Tablets Made Simple includes over 500 pages of easy-to-read instructions and over 1,000 carefully annotated screen shots to guide you to Android tablet mastery. You’ll never be left wondering, “How did they do that?”
Droids Made Simple – If you have a Droid series smartphone—Droid, Droid X, Droid 2, or Droid 2 Global—and are eager to get the most out of your device, Droids Made Simple is perfect for you. Authors Martin Trautschold, Gary Mazo and Marziah Karch guide you through all of the features, tips, and tricks using their proven combination of clear instructions and detailed visuals.
Android For Work: Productivity for Professionals – Android is new, Android is open, and Android is fun. It’s also serious about business. Android for Work shows you how to harness the power of Android to stay productive and take your office on the road. This book also sheds light on the often daunting task of finding the right Android phone for the business user.
Whether this is your first smartphone, your first Android smartphone, or your first attempt to make your phone into a productivity tool, Android for Work gets you started. You’ll learn how to manage email and tasks, but you’ll also learn how to weed through the sea of games to find specialized productivity tools for a variety of professions.
Laura Grace Weldon (Senior Editor, Content)
Free Range Learning describes an individual and cultural shift in education that’s already well underway. It advocates for the child’s right to learn naturally and demonstrates how to enfold this approach into daily life. It incorporates ancient knowledge as well as current research, highlighting wisdom shared by over 100 families from around the world. In this useful book readers will discover a wealth of inspiring ideas for connecting with nature, reinvigorating their communities, and sustaining the love of learning.
Tending is a poetry collection that illuminates the ordinary. In it you’ll find topics rarely found in poetry like archaeology, window washers, train wrecks, and root vegetables.
Poet Alison Luterman described the book this way. “Laura Grace Weldon employs radical empathy to enter into the hidden lives of rutabaga, cows, the neighborhood bully, and the beating heart of life itself. Playful, curious, sensual, she aims to open the reader’s eyes and heart.
Melissa Wiley (Senior Editor, Social Media)
The Prairie Thief (Margaret K. McElderry Books). Experience life on the prairie — with one fantastical twist! Louisa Brody’s life on the Colorado prairie is not at all what she expected. Her dear Pa, accused of thievery, is locked thirty miles away in jail. She’s living with the awful Smirches, her closest neighbors and the very family that accused her Pa of the horrendous crime. And now she’s discovered one very cantankerous—and magical—secret beneath the hazel grove. With her life flipped upside-down, it’s up to Louisa, her sassy friend Jessamine, and that cranky secret to save Pa from a guilty verdict.
“Fans of the Little House books will recognize the setting and enjoy the fantastic twist. Stylized black-and-white illustrations capture key moments and add to the warm tone. The comedic, unexpected, satisfying conclusion hits just the right note. A pleasing folkloric/historical blend.” — Kirkus Reviews
Fox and Crow Are Not Friends (Random House). A Level 3 Step-into-Reading. Fox and Crow can agree on two things: their love of cheese and loathing of each other. These cagey animals will do whatever they can to outwit their sworn enemy and claim sole possession of the prized cheese they keep finding. But they are too caught up in their plotting and planning to realize they’ve picked the wrong house to steal from—since the mother of the house is one fed up Mama Bear who knows exactly how to contend with freeloaders.
Inch and Roly Make a Wish (Simon & Schuster). A Level 1 Ready-to-Read. It is a quiet day. Inch and Roly and their friends, Dragonfly and Beetle, are looking for something to do. They can walk to the wishing well and wish for something to do!
Inch and Roly and the Very Small Hiding Place (Simon & Schuster). A Level 1 Ready-to-Read. Inch and Roly and their friends are hiding from a very scary bird, but they will have to be careful — this is a very small hiding place!