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There & Back Again: Amtrak, Awards, & Ana

It’s been a while since I posted. First, I was super busy with the last two books. Then the hubby and I traveled to Chicago by train for the IBPA Publishing Conference and Awards dinner. You may recall that Treasure was a finalist for cover design. Though it did not win the gold, it did get silver!


We traveled there by train on the Empire Builder, a northern route. The conference was great, though I feel like I was too tired much of the time and maybe not as alert as I could have been.


This is me at the train station before we began the long journey.

After a whirlwind weekend of conference sessions and networking, we headed on over to Goshen, Indiana to visit our daughter Ana (for whom one of the main characters in the first two Seed Savers books is named). We had a wonderful time there!


Cooking with Ana

After several days in Indiana we headed back to Chicago where we had to figure out the Metra train system to visit some other family members. The visit was wonderful and then we got back on Amtrak, this time the California Zephyr for the trip back. The layover in Sacramento before boarding the Coast Starlight is a killer, but the scenery is awesome.

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Our cat was very happy to see us again after 14 days on the road!


Any questions? Feel free to post in the comment section below.

One update about the last two books: I regret that they will not be released on the former timeline (Keeper on April 16, Unbroken on June 26). The book series has a new opportunity that I can’t quite talk about yet, so I’ve had to preempt the release for a time. Thank you all for understanding.

Sandra Smith is the author of the awesome and award-winning middle grade series, Seed SaversVisit her Facebook and Pinterest pages. Follow her on TwitterSign up for the newsletter

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