Happy Fourth & Book Excerpt!

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The concluding book of the Seed Savers series, Seed Savers-Unbroken, takes place during the week leading up to the Fourth of July. In this future USA, the government is on edge about protests happening nationwide and has issued a ban on Independence Day parades, which only incites the people more. Here is an excerpt from chapter 64, Fireworks.

The weather was already warm for morning. Too warm for all these people.

Clare heard yelling and a commotion. She looked toward the noise. Above the crowd, aloft on horses, men in black, wearing helmets and dark glasses and carrying clubs, rode through the crowd. “Break it up! Go back home,” they shouted. “The parade has been canceled.”

“We’re not a parade!” someone in the crowd fired back.

Clare scanned the sea of faces and the signs ricocheting up and down. Wait.

She moved her gaze back: Arturo and Trevor. They were heading toward the courthouse from another direction. She tried to lift her hand to wave, but it was no use, even if she could get her hand above her head— which she couldn’t. The men were focused only on the courthouse.

Clare began pushing harder through the crowd. No one cared. They were all one pulsating body. As the sun rose higher in the sky—throbbing and scorching—the crowd, too, heated up. More yelling, more black-clad men on horses and on foot.

Clare couldn’t watch the men in riot gear. She had to keep her eyes on Arturo. It dawned on her that Trevor and Arturo thought she was long gone. They would never see her; she had to get to them. Just then the communicator vibrated in her pocket. Jason!

Torn from every direction—the crowd, the police, Arturo, Jason—Clare struggled to an edge of the mob where the sidewalk ran up against the buildings. She leaned against a corner building and reached into her pocket, her eyes never leaving the changing scene in front of her. She thought for a moment that she heard music playing.

Clare gasped. The crowd filling the street between Arturo and Trevor and the courthouse parted, and down it strode marchers donning both Guy Fawkes and skeleton masks. They carried guns.

Loud laughter from the side street pulled Clare’s attention from the protesters. Her eyes caught on a couple of teens hanging out a window in the building next to her. Dangling from one boy’s hand was the largest string of firecrackers she had ever seen. The teens were laughing and hooting.

“Happy Independence Day!” one of them crowed.

Clare’s eyes flitted to the scene unfolding in front of her. The police, hands on holsters, had formed a line facing the men in masks. Clare glanced back at the kid with the firecrackers. His other hand was cupped and his thumb pulled down sharply.

In that moment, Clare saw it all: The flame of the lighter flicking alive as the youth holds it to the fuse. She looks straight at him. Nooooo! But it is too late. The boys stare at her as she points to the lines of men with guns, just now coming into the boys’ view. The one holding the firecrackers turns, then looks back at her in horror. He drops the cake of explosives and disappears, but it is too late. The fuse is lit. As the fuse ignites the first row of firecrackers, they pop like popcorn in hot oil. Pop pop pop pop. Then, answering from out in the street: pop pop pop. Clare ducks instinctively, but not before she hears the screams and sees people fall. Not before she sees Arturo lurch forward, then disappear down into the mass of confusion.

Why not order Seed Savers-Unbroken today? There’s no rule that says you have to start at the beginning of a series. 🙂

Happy Independence Day!



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A Book About Youth Changing the World: Review

This series should be in high school classrooms everywhere as a literary example of Margaret Mead’s quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Okay, so I’m still excited that my book series has officially come to a conclusion (although, yes, some readers are asking for MORE . . . sequels, prequels, etc.).

I’m also basking in some wonderful reviews, so please indulge me as I share one more. This one, unlike the last one, is from a reader who is entirely new to the Seed Savers series, and in fact, has not read any of the first four books. She still enjoyed Seed Savers-Unbroken. I am grateful.

Here is the review she shared on Goodreads:

The Seed Savers series grabbed my attention at first because I am an amateur gardener. Then I learned it’s about a not-so-distant future in America where the government and corporations have taken over all food sources, and I was hooked.

My first recommendation is that you start at the beginning! Unbroken is the fifth in the series, and there was so much I missed out on. I plan on going back to start at the beginning, but given my TBR shelf at the moment, that’ll take some time. So I read, and enjoyed, the fifth in the series. But I know I missed out on so much character development. I felt as though I walked in to the party just as the caterer was starting to clean up. 

If you are looking for a series that can help YA readers understand all the control the government can have over its citizenry, this is an amazing example. It also contains many situations in which the characters have to analyze the intentions of all around them ~ because in this dystopian America, it’s hard to know on which side people are on. What I LOVED, as an educator, is how the characters search for information. They know they must work to make things right, and they do that work. Throughout, I was reminded of The Hunger Games: action, corrupt forces, and a quest for justice for all citizens. This series should be in high school classrooms everywhere as a literary example of Margaret Mead’s quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Thanks to Kristin Crouch, teacher reader/reviewer


Seed Savers-Unbroken is available at various online retailers and can be ordered at your local bookstore and requested at your local library! Schools, libraries, bookstores: Ingram.

Thanks for reading!

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Excerpt from Seed Savers-Unbroken

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.


“Yes, Jason?”

“Take notes.” Jason dictated his thoughts about the food groups to his AI. “Oh, one more: intentional.”

Thanks for reading! If you haven’t read any of the Seed Savers series yet, books 1 & 2 are currently on sale for 99 cents (ebook) to help get you started!

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Every School & Library Should Own the Seed Savers Series

The what? If you aren’t a regular follower of this blog, chances are you haven’t heard of the Seed Savers series by Sandra Smith (Flying Books House). The series straddles the line between middle grade and young adult. The first book is younger and as the series continues–as one reviewer stated of the fourth book–Keeper, “this book seems to move out of Middle Grade territory into full-blown dystopia.”

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“She was having a hard time understanding what she read. How did seasons relate to food? What did ‘ripen’ mean? What did it mean to ‘grow’ food?”

Like much of Paolo Bacigalupi’s work, Seed Savers is a book series about a future we’re creating today. In Seed Savers, corporations and government have merged and taken control of the food supply. Real food as we know it today is completely gone from store shelves and gardening and seed saving against the law.

The future will thank you.

The series stars children because children are the future.

The first book in the series is TreasureTreasure has been lexiled at 660. The ISBN is 978-1943345052 it’s available through Ingram in paperback. It’s also available as an ebook and audiobook. Seed Savers-Treasure is a Benjamin Franklin and Mom’s Choice award winner.

“Smith’s Seed Savers books are great reads for young people on many levels. The action is packed with secret acts of civil disobedience, escape from evil GRIM thugs and independent cross-country treks. Plus, teens will both recognize and learn about issues surrounding food sources.  Seed Saver books have something for everyone: diverse characters, themes of empowerment, revolution, and even a little romance.”

“I can’t wait for the movie!”

Check out the Seed Savers series today. Available in paperback and ebook. Seed Savers-Treasure also available in audiobook.


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Still Celebrating: Giveaway #2



Because the final book in my five-book Seed Savers series is releasing NEXT WEEK, after lo these many years, I’m super excited!!! In the giveaway I started last week, I gave away a signed copy of the winner’s choice of one of the first four Seed Savers books. (The winner was Eleanor, by the way.)

This week, I’m drawing 3 random winners! The prize: a code to download FREE the audiobook of Seed Savers-Treasure, redeemable at audible.com. To enter, leave your comment below.

Read more about the incredible narrator, Julia Farmer, here.

To hear a sample, go here.

Good luck! And don’t forget to preorder Seed Savers-Unbroken! Does the underground group Seed Savers prevail in the end? Find out soon in book 5, the final book of the series.

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Seed Savers – Unbroken — Anakalian Whims

Reblogging this review of Seed Savers-Unbroken:

Title: Unbroken Author: Sandra Smith https://authorssmith.com Genre: Teen/ Young Adult Length: 339 pages “Had Smith been right? Was the U.S. headed for disaster?” This line in Sandra Smith’s latest installment of the Seed Savers series made me laugh out loud. In Unbroken, Caleb Smith is a whistleblower who sent the government a 23-page letter regarding […]

via Seed Savers – Unbroken — Anakalian Whims

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Last Day To Enter Giveaway

Just a reminder that today is the last day to enter to win your choice of a signed paperback of one of the first four Seed Savers books. I’ll be doing the random drawing tomorrow and posting the winner and maybe starting a new giveaway for the final countdown to the release of Seed Savers-Unbroken!

Please see the previous post for all the ways to enter to win.

Seed Savers is set in a future where gardening is illegal and real food unknown. Three young friends must decide what to do when they discover the truth about the “old ways” of food. Out to stop them is GRIM, the government agency controlling the nation’s food.

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