Em Garner to sign copies of 'Contaminated' Oct. 26
To coincide with Sea Witch Weekend in downtown Rehoboth Beach, Browseabout Books has announced a Saturday, Oct. 26 book signing with Em Garner, author of "Contaminated."
Garner began writing at a very young age, always preferring stories about what goes bump in the night. An avid reader of horror, science fiction and fantasy, she first turned her hand to short stories about the sorts of things that hide under the bed.
Now Garner spends most of her time in front of her computer, writing away at all the ideas she has swirling around in her head and hoping she can get them into a story before she forgets them.
Released in July, "Contaminated" is Garner’s highly acclaimed, riveting young adult debut.
After the Contamination - an epidemic caused by the super-trendy diet drink SlimPro that turned ordinary citizens into shambling creatures unable to control their violent impulses - the government rounded up the "Connies" to protect the remaining population. But now, two years later, the government's started sending the rehabilitated back home, complete with shock collars that will either stop the Connies from committing violent acts or kill them before they do any further harm.
Since her parents were taken in the roundup, Velvet Ellis has struggled to care for her 10-year-old sister and maintain a sense of normalcy, despite brutal government rations and curfews. She goes to the Kennels every day searching for her parents, and when she finds her mother, she's eager to bring her home. Maybe, eventually, they'll be able to get back to the way things were before. But even though it seems her mother is getting better (something the government says is impossible), there will be no happy transition. Anti-Connie sentiment is high, and rumor has it that an even worse wave of the Contamination is imminent. And then the government declares that the Connies will be rounded up and neutralized, once and for all.
Velvet will do anything to protect her mother. She has to get the collar off her mother before the military comes to take her away, even if it means risking all of their lives.
The signing will begin at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. For more information, call 302-226-2665 or visit browseaboutbooks.com.