Today is Earth Day. Established in 1970 and paid tribute to in some way each year since, never before has it seemed as important as now. For the first time, scientists are banding together to “March for Science” on Earth Day. One wonders how, in the year 2017, we got to a place where scientists feel threatened, but that’s another post.
Today, as I see pictures of people gathering around the country and the globe, I can’t help but think of the little book series I’ve been working on since 2010. Two days ago I returned from a week in the woods spent working on the final book of the series.
In Seed Savers, ordinary people have lost their right to garden. They’ve lost access to real food; instead, the government takes care of everyone with their highly efficient, manufactured Food Groups. The EPA has ceased to exist as corporate agriculture and government have merged. Communication in the new technological age is restricted in order to keep people safe.
But the resistance is growing. In the fourth book, Keeper, what begin as Earth Day rallies, soon turn into protests about the food laws. State governments are beginning to pass their own bills allowing the freedom to plant gardens. A sleeping public is demanding more.
I hope, in fact, that the future in my books never takes place. I hope we all stand up and make our voices heard before it’s too late.
There are a lot of things that constitute earth care. The water, the trees, the atmosphere, the soil. My thing happens to be our food supply. So if you can, get out there and garden. Garden like you mean it.
HAPPY EARTH DAY 2017! I think our planet is great. 🙂
Today’s post is strictly informational and time sensitive. I’ve been busy with a lot of things and want to keep you up-to-date.
First, I am currently giving away the short book, The Lunchroom, with a sign-up to my email newsletter. The Lunchroom consists of several chapter-length stories giving more background to characters in the Seed Savers series. Find out more about Clare, Lily, Rose and Jason by downloading The Lunchroom here. Also included in The Lunchroom are instructions on seed saving, tea making, and the poems Clare wrote for her 8th grade writing project.
Additionally, by following the above link you can learn about a dozen more middle grade/YA books! This special is good through March 25, 2017, only.
Second, many of you are wondering when book 5 in the Seed Savers series will be available. See the recent review left on Amazon in regard to book 4, Keeper:
My 10 yr old daughter says this series is the best she has ever read. She hopes volume 5 will be out soon. She said when she was finished reading this last book she felt like throwing a fit because she couldn’t read another in the series. My daughter is an avid reader and has never thrown a fit or said she had ever wanted to until she finished this book. Hope there are more to come in this series.
Yes, there is a book 5. Yes, I am working on it now. Yes, I have fallen off the wagon again and have stopped writing for awhile. I will try to pick it up again soon! I do want to finish it this year.
Third, some of the reasons I’ve fallen off the writing wagon… Treasure is finally being made into an audiobook!! In fact, it will be available in April! I will keep you posted. Also, I am busy setting things up for some big events coming later this year and as always, setting up promotions for Seed Savers so that more people can hear about the series.
If you are already a fan, please tell everyone who would be interested about the Seed Savers series!!
These are the big events for Seed Savers this year: the International Master Gardener Conference will be held in Portland in July. I will be in booth 101 to meet you and sell and sign books!
On the heels of the MG conference is the National Children & Youth Garden Symposium, also in the Vancouver, WA & Portland, OR area. I’ll be presenting about the Seed Savers series at this awesome gathering of garden educators and program coordinators.
I will also, most likely, return to the Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, CA in September. This will be my fourth year at this fun and informative event.
For those of you who have read all the way to the end of this post: If you haven’t yet read Treasure or Lily, both ebooks will be on sale for 99 cents starting on March 26 and running through April 9! Be sure to download for spring vacation reading. 🙂
S. Smith is the author of the awesome and award-winning middle grade/YA series, Seed Savers. Visit her Facebook and Pinterest pages. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Sign up for the newsletter!
November 7 is a very special day at our house. It’s the day I gave birth to my daughter, Anastasia.
Often on or around this date I publish a new book. This is not one of those years. However, in honor of my daughter’s birthday I’m putting the first two books of Seed Savers on sale for 99 cents.
What’s the connection between Ana and Seed Savers? Those who have read the first two books know that Ana is the name of the wise and knowledgeable elderly woman who teaches the children about seeds and gardening in a future where such actions are illegal. It is a future where food is manufactured and distributed and has no resemblance to plant life.
I like to think this might be my Ana.
When I wrote Treasure (Seed Savers 1) back in 2010, Ana was very supportive. She was in high school and living at home. She loved the idea of the book before I ever wrote it down and her enthusiasm helped me put pen to paper.
What is the real Ana like? The real Ana plants and tends a garden all on her own. She loves good food and is an awesome cook. As a teen, she spent her summers working with children at camp. She was part of an award-winning Envirothon team in high school. She has sold apples at farmers market and harvested Marionberries on a night picking machine. Ana loves reading and devours books at an amazing speed. She is smart, stubborn, and opinionated.
Does this sound like elderly Ana of Seed Savers? Maybe so :).
If you haven’t read Seed Savers yet, now is a great opportunity to get the series (ebooks) at a discount! Four books of the five book series are currently available, and the first two are only 99 cents for a limited time, a savings of five dollars!! Available on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, and Nook.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANA!
S. Smith is the author of the awesome and award-winning middle grade/YA series, Seed Savers. Visit her Facebook and Pinterest pages. Follow her on Twitter. Sign up for the newsletter!