Tomorrow is the release of the fifth and final book in the Seed Savers series. While it’s a relief to be finished with the series, I know there is still a lot of work ahead as an author who is not with a large press. Our books don’t tend to get the “air time” of those with the larger publishers. Small presses don’t have the $$$. And so we, the authors, have our work cut out for us in pounding the pavement, knocking on the doors, so to speak.
I do love the Seed Savers series and the characters and the way the books have grown and changed over time from book one to book five. I’m torn as to whether to have a farewell party or welcome party. 🙂
But I digress. Today I wanted to post an excerpt from Seed Savers-Unbroken. Which ended up to be more difficult than it at first seemed, being book 5 and all. I settled on this passage from chapter 19, the thoughts of Jason, a significant secondary character who first joined the series in book 3. Jason has become involved with Radicle (spelling correct) a group of mostly hacktivists trying to gain back freedoms lost to an overreaching government. He and his mentor, Monroe Cassidy, have been tasked with finding secret government documents showing corruption and releasing them to the public on July 4th.
Excerpt from Seed Savers-Unbroken, releasing tomorrow:
Cassidy had fallen asleep while working. Though it wasn’t cold, Jason tossed a light blanket over the older man and climbed into his own sleeping space at the rear of the trailer. But he couldn’t fall asleep. He couldn’t stop thinking about the story. Which story would be big enough to lift the restrictions strangling a country once celebrated for liberty and justice? Jason and Cassidy had argued about whether or not to break open the Net and let everyone talk to each other like in the old days. Days in which neither of them had actually lived but had heard about. The history books painted those days as lawless and dangerous. But the older folks, some of them anyway, would tell you in hushed tones that it hadn’t been so bad. And even though Cassidy agreed, he didn’t think the timing was right for a “free-for-all,” as he called it. “The public ain’t that smart,” he said. “They need to be brought along. It’s how things got the way they are, and it’s the way we need to tread on the way back. Sounds like Radicle’s doin’ that in a limited way anyhow. Jason, just do what Amos says. Find a story for July Fourth. You wanna focus on food, go for it. Me, I’ma look for other scandals. Remember what Boy Wonder said: it’s gotta be personal.”
Personal. Food. What had Amos said—an intentional lowering of life expectancy? A slow poisoning? Were these extreme examples or were they actual possibilities? Jason thought back to what he knew about the change in the food system around the beginning of the century. Was there a correlation between the change from real food to the five food groups and shorter lifespans? And if the one percent ate mostly real food, were they healthier? Did they have longer lifespans? Could he find information on this? He hadn’t yet run into studies on the modern food groups, but they had to be there.
“Take notes.” Jason dictated his thoughts about the food groups to his AI. “Oh, one more: intentional.”