Wyatt-MacKenzie's May 2013 — Mother’s Day Release of First Novel from Boston Journalist, Memorial Day Release of Children’s Book on Good Citizenship from CIA Mom

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Independent publisher Wyatt-MacKenzie releases two timely titles in May 2013 — one novel which centers on a Bostonian blogger suddenly outed in MORTIFIED, the second is HOW KIDS CAN BE GOOD CITIZENS, an excerpt from NATIONAL SECURITY MOM, created for children by CIA Analyst Gina Bennett, who is featured this month in the HBO Documentary "Manhunt."

From lessons for keeping America strong against terrorism, to lessons on not oversharing online, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing is releasing second books with two authors they’ve previously published.

Lessons for Keeping America Safe and Strong in New Children's Book

How do we raise our kids to be good citizens? How do we prevent acts of terrorism by educating the next generation? HOW KIDS CAN BE GOOD CITIZENS aims to help start the conversation and implementation of acts of good citizenship.

Gina Bennett –– CIA, mom of five, and author of NATIONAL SECURITY MOM (2008) –– offers this small but powerful picture book to help parents and teachers define acts of good citizenship. Ms. Bennett’s belief is that our children are the key to our nation’s security and strength. How they define citizenship as children will have a significant impact on how they will guide America later. When kids learn to be accountable for their actions, respect diversity, and show compassion, they are learning to be good American citizens. And when they practice that good citizenship in everyday situations, they serve as good role models for their community and someday, the world. National security is a commitment to good citizenship no matter the challenges, and when our children learn that, they undermine those who try to make us afraid.

Bennett authored the earliest warnings of today’s terrorism trends, including the 1993 report of Osama bin Laden and the extremist movement he represented. Her analysis has been called “prescient” and “genius” by media and former senior government officials, who nearly two decades later recognize the insightfulness of her work. More at http://nationalsecuritymom.com. An article on CNN.com, Dec. 13, 2012 notes: “Now popular culture is catching up with reality. Not only does ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ star a female CIA officer as the person who finally found bin Laden, but the award-winning fictional television series ‘Homeland’ is built around a determined CIA officer with a gift for finding clues to the activities of a terrorist leader.”

The HBO Documentary "Manhunt" which premiered at Sundance in January 2013, runs on HBO throughout May featuring "The Sisterhood" and other quotes from NATIONAL SECURITY MOM, with photos of Ms. Bennett and numerous references to her mentorship. “Manhunt” airs on CNN on Friday, May 10 at 9:00pm and midnight EST.

Lessons on Oversharing in Boston Blogger's New Novel

MORTIFIED: A NOVEL ABOUT OVERSHARING is for those who like to therapeutically vent in public -- on blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social media -- as a form of digital Prozac, as well as for those who sometimes feel violated by online revelations made by friends and loved ones.

MORTIFIED is particularly relevant as parents are, by the millions, sharing all manner of detail about their children and spouses on social media. Many of the folks who are posting funny stories and intimate details of their lives don't necessarily think through the long-term impact of those reveals, or recognize that embarrassing content can go viral.

In MORTIFIED, Maggie Kelly attempts to work through her resentment over feeling held captive by motherhood and matrimony by chronicling her exploits in an anonymous and oftentimes graphic personal blog. When her blogging identity is accidentally revealed, her marriage is pushed to the brink when her husband Michael isn't sure he can handle being virally humiliated online. Mortification via Google.

A cautionary tale which has real-world impact as people from congressmen and celebrities, to TV personalities and angry baristas, are learning the hard way that there is such a thing as oversharing. A growing number of divorcing couples have been citing items their soon-to-be ex-spouses wrote on Facebook as a reason for their split. And, even more significantly, friends who’ve interacted on social media with those who’ve committed a crime can be complicit.

Joanna Weiss, Boston Globe columnist and author of MILKSHAKE reviews, “A funny, empathetic novel about family, frustration, and the perils of miscommunication. Maggie’s blogging misadventures are familiar to us all, and her voice is irresistible.”

This is the first novel written by former newspaper and investigative reporter Meredith O'Brien, who is currently an assistant professor of English at Framingham State University in the Boston area, where she teaches writing and journalism, including a course on online and social media. O’Brien is the author of A SUBURBAN MOM: NOTES FROM THE ASYLUM (Wyatt-MacKenzie, 2007), a collection of humor/parenting essays and a co-author of THE BUYING OF THE PRESIDENT (Avon, 1996), an investigative portrait of the 1996 presidential candidates. She blogs about pop culture, media and politics at http://suburbanmomnotes.blogspot.com. More about the book at http://mortifiedthebook.com.

MORTIFIED: A NOVEL ABOUT OVERSHARING (May 12, 2013) by Meredith O’Brien; ISBN 978-1-939288-03-4, 284 pages, $14.95 Paperback, Also available in Kindle, iBook and Nook.

HOW KIDS CAN BE GOOD CITIZENS: LESSONS FOR KEEPING AMERICA SAFE & STRONG (May 27, 2013) by Gina Bennett, Illustrated by Kelley Cunningham, Created by Nancy Cleary; ISBN 978-1-939288-04-2, 16 pages full-color, $10.00 Saddle-Stitched.

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