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The Sirens of Suspense




After a childhood often spent without electricity and running water, Bekka escaped the beautiful wilderness of Talkeetna, Alaska for indoor plumbing and 24/7 electricity in Berlin, Germany. Used to the cushy lifestyle, she discovered the Internet in college and has been wasting time on it ever since (when not frittering away her time on her iPhone). Somehow, she manages to write novels, including, under Rebecca Cantrell, the award-winning Hannah Vogel mystery series set in 1930s Berlin, and the Blood Gospel series with NYT Bestselling author James Rollins.

Following her critically-acclaimed iDrakula, Bekka breathes life into the second in her iMonster series of cell phone novels, a modern re-telling of iFrankenstein, using only text messages, web browsers, tweets, and emails.

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Top 10 FEMALE Mad Scientists item1



10 more days to Halloween! And how could Halloween be complete without mad scientists and their creations? Originally I was going to list the top 10 mad scientists of all time, ending with Victor Frankenstein, because I’m obviously so obsessed with him that I read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein several times and then wrote my own adaptation (the recently published iFrankenstein).

I made my list, I checked it twice, and I discovered there wasn’t a single woman on there. Not one. I googled, I searched and, frankly, there aren’t a lot of mad women scientists out there. This is an oversight that must be remedied.

Here’s my top 10 list of women mad scientists:




5 Tricks: Evil or Creepy

1.     Dr. Louise G. Rabinovitch. She was a real life mad scientist who allegedly brought animals back to life with electricity (according to this article in the 1908 New York Times). A real life Victor Frankenstein.

2.     Frau Farbissina from the Austin Powers movies. She’s the attack and defense specialist for Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies, and helps to build evil creations and run the empire while he’s frozen in space. Think Q, but with a different accent.

3.     Olga Romanoff, from Olga Romanoff: The Syren of the Skies by George Griffith. She builds a supersubmarine, a fleet of airships, and develops mind control drugs. She’s like a cross between Captain Nemo and The Joker.

4.     Poison Ivy from the Batman series. She uses plants and substances derived from plants to control others. She gives Batman a toxic kiss, and he has to earn the second one which is the antidote. Not a delicate flower.

5.     Mystique from the X-Men. Besides being a shape-shifter, she’s a gifted computer scientist who hacks into anything, particularly weapons systems.


5 Treats: Mostly Good, But Not to Be Trifled With

6.     Dr. Susan Calvin, chief robopsychologist at US Robots and Mechanical Men from I, Robot by Issac Asimov. She’s not really evil, but she’s not all fluffy and cuddly either.

7.     Edna Mode, superhero costume designer from The Incredibles. She builds super suits with amazing powers and no capes.

8.     Grace Augustine from Avatar. She invented the avatar program, learned the Navi language, and wrote the book on the xenobiology of Pandora.

9.     Dr. Stephanie Snyder from The Bourne Legacy, a virologist who gives spies superpowers, while never caring or thinking of the outcome.

10.  Dr. Leslie Winkel from The Big Bang Theory. She’s tough; she’s smart; and she heats Ramen noodles with a laser. Who knows what she gets up to when she’s alone in the lab?



item2WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MAD SCIENTIST (MALE OR FEMALE)? Tell us, or ask Bekka a question by commenting below or visit us and share your thoughts on our Facebook page. and be entered to win the iFrankenstein ebook!

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