Stephens launches ‘Ethel’ on Kindle
Rockland — Local author Kay Stephens has just released her first middle grade cyberbullying e-book, “Ethel Is Hot. LOL!!” featuring a 12-year-old Maine kid who gets duped by an all-out cyberbullying campaign orchestrated by two girls looking for YouTube fame, via her sMashup Press. She is offering a giveaway of “Ethel Is Hot. LOL!!” Thursday, March 27, to launch the book through a Twitter chat. For directions on how to enter the giveaway and join the chat, as well as a link to the Kindle, visit tinyurl.com/ethelgiveaway.
The novel grew out of Stephens' experience working with middle school girls in a national online girls chat room where she witnessed the origins of cyberbullying. In 2012, she co-authored the award-winning cyberbullying book for adults “Cyberslammed: Understand, Prevent, Combat and Transform the Most Common Cyberbullying Tactics,” sponsored by Time Warner Cable.
With the help of a Kickstarter campaign this past winter, Stephens was able to finally publish the e-book on Amazon in a Kindle edition. The e-book is the tween novel companion to “Cyberslammed,” a literary way to help kids understand how certain cyberbullying tactics work and how to prevent them.
"I love quirky Ethel and her grandmother. So few stories for girls with such smart and original and loyal characters … and the right level of silliness and brevity … just what I see when I'm a POS (parent over shoulder)," said Lyn Mikel Brown, author of “Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection among Girls” and “Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers' Schemes.”
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