Thursday, May 31, 2018

New “Super Hero” Teen Girl Rebuilds Relationships, Saves the Planet in SKOOTER GIRL

New “Super Hero”
Teen Girl
Rebuilds Relationships, Saves the Planet

A coming of age story of a new female
super hero who uses her wits and her gifts for a
greener planet

Sedona, Arizona -- “I’m just a girl,” would best describe Amber, the spunky new character created by screenwriter Darielle Mac for her new graphic novel Skooter Girl. Dell Barras of Marvel comic book fame has illustrated the book. Mac created this first in a series of graphic novels to introduce her young adult audience to a refreshing new take on strong female protagonists.

“Usually when we see women in film or books, they are portrayed as hard and usually shooting guns. I wanted Amber to be something different. It’s not that we women aren’t powerful, but we don’t have to turn into men and pick up a gun to fight,” says Mac.

“SKOOTER GIRL is an exhilarating new graphic novel ... The title character is Amber, (think Wonder Woman on a robotic motorcycle) who joins a cascade of colorful characters and fantasy situations on her spectacular journey. Sparkling and exciting and insightful on every level! A winner here – entertaining, sensitive, fanciful, and solidly developed thoughts on family and the meaning of relationships.” 

-- Grady Harp, Top 100 Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer

Mac brings a lot of her own personal experiences to her story. Having grown up with a scientist father who worked for the World Health Organization, Mac lived around the world and speaks many languages. From her Harvard-educated mother who “teaches teachers to teach,” Mac knows how to present her material in a matter that enlightens as well as entertains, leaving the audience wanting more. Drawing on her years as an environmental activist, her story touches on saving the planet and our resources without being preachy.

This fantasy/adventure story starts off as Amber turns sixteen, which makes her an adult in her culture in the magical island of Tir na Nor. Her father has taught her well since her mother disappeared, and Amber plays the violin, has a healing touch, and is gifted in many ways. “Seashells, enchanted to life, danced behind her as she ran…” But when she is told who she must marry, she leaves home. Riding her magical scooter, and surrounded first by selkies and then a robot, Amber leads readers on a magical adventure with many surprising turns. The story is strong on rebuilding family relationships and refreshingly absent of the sexual undertones that fill most teen stories today.

“I am trying to tell stories of the earth for a global audience and also empowering women and girls to be the leader and heroes in these stories that heal the planet and heal one another,” says Mac, who has worked hard on portraying strong family relationships in the storyline. “In this world right now, we need a little touchy-feely. There’s a lot of anger out there.”

“Fraught with incredible suspense and danger, this debut by Darielle Mac is both highly accessible and wonderfully conjured. “Skooter Girl” is guaranteed to blow your mind and speed you away.”  
-- John J. Kelly, Detroit Free Press
Hoping to give women more roles in the Skooter Girl film which is in development, Mac is looking for a female director and also hired a female artist to conceptualize the characters before she published the graphic novel. Mac is an international playwright and screenwriter who has worked with the likes of Rachel Rosenthal, Peter Brook, Tandeusz Kantor and Ping Chong. She cut her teeth in the experimental theatre of New York and then went on to create original works in the Bay area, Europe and southwestern United States.  She brings her experiences and vision to the soon-to-be-released film of Skooter Girl.

Skooter Girl ISBN 978-1457552373, April 2018, Dog Ear Publishing, softcover, $10.99, 80 pages, ebook, $3.99 illustrated, available on Amazon

About Darielle Mac: Darielle Mac has written primarily for theatre and film and worked with many great names in the business. She is also a veteran of La Mama and the Performance Garage in New York. In her “other life” she champions causes for humanity and saving the earth’s resources. Marrying those two passions, she wrote Skooter Girl, a graphic novel and her first book for YA readers. The idea originally emerged as a screenplay and is currently being developed into a feature film. Like her other screenplays, Skooter Girl targets a family demographic, focusing on stories about the Earth. 

The idea for Skooter Girl came from an inventor gifting the author a prototype, electric scooter to ride when she arrived back in the US after traveling around the globe. Her personal adventures scooting roadways, and the country inspired the story. 

When she is not writing, Mac spends her time as a falconer, a gardener, and loves running, biking, sailing and spending time with her dogs. She divides her time between the Southwest United States, France and Los Angeles.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Thank You Arm & Hammer. My Kids Gym Lockers Don't Require Facemasks On Fridays

Managing foot odor in the Summer heat can be tough!  Enter the new ARM & HAMMER™ Shoe Refresher Spray, a formula that eliminates the stench left in shoes after a long day. 

Whether it be smelly sneakers, sweaty hiking boots or clammy pumps from a day in the office, this product is certain to terminate any stink that gets in the way. 

With just a quick spray, shoes will smelling as good as new.

ARM & HAMMER™ Shoe Refresher Spray, $5.99

  • Eliminates shoe and sneaker odor on contact
  • Unique targeted actuator sprays in any direction even upside down to conveniently spray where you need it
  • Sweat activated Fresh Guard® Technology refreshes and rejuvenates feet while extending the life of shoes, helmets and sports gear
  • Multi purpose refresher safe for all types of footwear, athletic equipment and gear

The ARM & HAMMER™ Shoe Refresher Spray is available in the foot care aisle at Walmart and other select retailers.

So far we have used it on my husband's works shoes, my kids gym sneakers and even my water shoes and sandals.  I swear by this! It smells great and dries quickly. I used to hate Friday's when the gym sneakers came home for washing. They smelled horrible. 

This spray is perfect. There is mo saturation after spraying. I have even sprayed my sandal with my foot already in it.  Don' t judge!

I will be getting a bottle for everyone in the family and starting September the kids will be keeping it in their gym locker so they don't have to bring those shoes home every day. 

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered. 

The Girls Of Scooby Doo Get Their Own Movie - Daphne & Velma on Blu-ray #DaphneVelma #GIVEAWAY

Disclaimer: **“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”**

Daphne and Velma is out on Blu-ray from Warner Bros Home Entertainment as well as Digital and DVD

Jinkies! The smart and resourceful women of the iconic Scooby-Doo franchise, come to life in an all-new mystery with the release of Daphne & Velma from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film stars Sarah Jeffery (Disney's "Descendants: Wicked World") and Sarah Gilman (ABC's “Last Man Standing”), and follows the first mystery-solving adventures of Scooby-Doo’s leading ladies.

State of the art robots and high-tech gadgets are common sights at Ridge Valley High, an innovative center of learning for some of the brightest minds in the country, including new transfer student, the bright & optimistic Daphne Blake (Sarah Jeffery) who is excited to finally go to school with her online bestie, the whip-smart & analytical Velma Dinkley (Sarah Gilman). But not everything is as innocent as it seems as mysterious disappearances begin to plague the top-performing students on campus. Once cheery and full of life, kids now appear in a “zombiefied” state - lifeless and shells of themselves. Can Daphne and Velma learn to work together and save the students or will they become the next victims? Get ready for thrills and laughs as we follow the first adventures of Mystery Inc.’s fierce female duo.     

It’s an adorable film that the whole family will love! My daughter and I are huge Scooby-Doo fans. She started loving Scooby around 2 1/2 years old. Her love for Scooby and the gang is still strong 10 years later. We loved Daphne and Velma and know you will too!  See my review here

Guys! Daphne and Velma need your help: Quick help them solve this case. 

• Help Daphne & Velma solve their latest case by helping them decrypt the footage! Dial the knob and meters to just the right position to unlock the footage and move to the next challenge. 

• Trigger fun & spooky sounds right from the movie in this fun soundboard