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Celebration and Fan Giveaway!

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In fifteen days the final book of the Seed Savers series will finally be out!!!

For those of you who have been fans of the series since the first book was self-published back in 2012 this has been a long wait. If you found the series last year when Flying Books House began republishing them . . .  not so long. 🙂

But either way, this is cause for celebration! In the days leading up to the release of Seed Savers-Unbroken I’m hoping to do two different giveaways. I know some of you have only the older editions of Seed Savers. Others of you have just digital versions but really want print copies. Some of you may just be hearing about Seed Savers.

So for this giveaway I’m giving away one signed paperback copy of your choice from the first four books (U.S.A. only).

Since the giveaway is to celebrate the series being complete and for fan appreciation, I have tried to think of as many ways to enter as possible, doing what fans do, sharing about books they love.

Ways to enter:

  1. comment on this blog
  2. visit my Facebook Author Page and comment there
  3. follow me on Twitter and dm me there letting me know its for the giveaway
  4. if you don’t already receive my newsletter, sign up here
  5. follow me on Instagram
  6. pin my books on Pinterest
  7. leave reviews for any of the Seed Savers books you’ve read (like on Amazon, Goodreads, B & N, or any local newsletter like libraries, Master Gardeners, etc.)
  8. put in a request at your library for Seed Savers books

I will be able to see if you comment or follow (although I will need your email address for contact if you win, so either put it in the comments or email me at authorssmith[at]gmail.com). If you do some other creative thing like pin on Pinterest, leave reviews, blog, make library requests, please send me an email with a link or screenshot. 

If you have other ideas, let me know. The giveaway starts now and lasts until June 19, potentially longer.

Thank you and good luck!!!

 

Leave comments and questions below.

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What’s in Your Pantry? Politics of Food Called into Question in New Novel

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What’s in Your Pantry? Politics of Food Called into Question in New Novel

SALEM, Ore., June 4, 2019 — The final book in author Sandra Smith’s Seed Savers series, Seed Savers-Unbroken, out later this month, immerses readers in a future where the government dictates the nation’s food supply. Seed Savers-Unbroken is the fifth and final book in the middle grade/YA series that asks readers to imagine a future where growing food is a crime and where real food is eaten only by the elite.

Similar to other environmental fiction, Smith’s series paints a possible future born from decisions made today. The Seed Savers series explores what could happen if intellectual property rights concerning patenting of seeds remain unchecked. The story also brings into question the inherent dangers of relying on large monoculture crops.

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The author notes that Unbroken, like the previous books in the series, is not a bleak and hopeless dystopian. Smith frequently describes the Seed Savers books as “Little House on the Prairie meets Fahrenheit 451.” In an earlier interview, Smith stated that the first Seed Savers book was “a love story starring homegrown food.”

About the final book Smith said, “It took me a long time to figure out how to wrap this series up, tie together the multiple storylines, and hopefully have the Seed Savers come out on top. Even as I stalled in finishing the series, more and more of what I had written as fiction was becoming reality.”

Smith is a former middle school teacher, a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, an OSU Master Gardener graduate, and a seed saver with her local seed/food bank. She grew up on a small family farm and still grows and saves many of the vegetables and fruits her family will eat for the year.

Seed Savers-Unbroken, ISBN 9781943345144, Flying Books House, releases June 26, 2019, and is available in print and digitally. For more information visit SeedSaversSeries.com or FlyingBooksHouse.com. Other books in the Seed Savers series include SeedSavers-Treasure, Seed Savers-Lily, Seed Savers-Heirloom,andSeed Savers-Keeper.

For More Information Contact:

Flying Books House

Anastasia@FlyingBooksHouse

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To schedule an interview with Sandra Smith, author of Seed Savers, email her at sandrasmithauthor[at]gmail.com or visit her website, SeedSaversSeries.com.

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A Reflection on Baby Chicks

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Eleven days ago I brought home four baby chicks. Oh, they were so adorable. This is the third time we have brought in chicks in the last ten years. Any of you who have raised chickens know that chicks literally grow overnight. So if anyone ever announces they have chicks, would you like to come see them, you’d better get over there quick!

When it comes to choosing which variety to get, I usually start by browsing what’s available at my local Wilco store. From there I choose ones that I had before and liked, and I also like to try a new breed. I look for ones described as calm, docile, or friendly and good egg-layers. If the eggs are a special color, that’s a plus.

So far we have owned Buff Orpington, Plymouth Barred Rock, Auracana, Red Sex Link (Novogen), and Speckled Sussex. The two new ones we got this time are a Blue Australorp and a Dominant Copper Maran. I had intended to get a Blue Wyandotte and a Rhode Island, but then we went to a different Wilco and the selection wasn’t quite the same.

Why do I have backyard hens? I find that my backyard is rather lonely without the little ladies. Usually we choose three chicks, but we’ve always had a bit of back luck, like one will be a rooster or one will be too aggressive, and too soon we are down to two. So this time we started with four.

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Yesterday was warm and we brought them out (they are still living indoors) to the yard. It won’t be long now that I have to fence off the garden. 🙂

As I enjoyed the warm spring weather, thinking about how fluffy chicks soon become gangly as they mature into pullets, I remembered when I was a child and my grandparents used to get the new chicks. How we’d go over and enjoy all the little yellow peeps. And like every child, I suppose we wanted to go see them again. But they don’t last long. They grow fast. (Much like our own children.) Enjoy them while you can.

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Do you have a favorite breed of backyard hens? Comment box below. 🙂

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Seed Savers-Keeper to Release May 28

Now that I’m back to blogging, I may be breaking a personal record by posting a whopping three days in a row! Don’t worry, it’s not a new trend, just a way to get back at it.

Since the decision has been made (for now) to keep Seed Savers direct to wholesalers (and the public), the final two books are no longer in limbo. So if you’ve been awaiting the shiny new Seed Savers-Keeper, it goes on sale next week, yes, next week!

Here it is again in case you forgot:

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Isn’t the cover just, “Wow,” to quote just about every character in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse?

On the cover are Clare and Dante looking down at the hidden underground bunker. Most of the book is set in Forest Park located in Portland, Oregon. You can see thimbleberries, red huckleberries, salmonberry blossoms, ferns, wild iris and more on this awesome cover.

In Seed Savers-Keeper, the pace picks up as a food revolution is brewing across a future United States where all seeds have been corporately and government-owned for years.

From the back cover:

“Smith has a great writing style that has a way of making it all seem real and possible.” –Erik Weibel, This Kid Reviews Books

“Rich in detail and extremely well-imagined politics.”–Jemima Pett, author of the Princelings of the East series

“In Seed Savers-Keeper, Lily learns the lesson of the hummingbird: to do whatever we can, no matter how big the task.” –Joyce Yoder, former educator, Salem-Keizer Schools

I’ll be back next week. Thanks for reading!

 

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My Spring Garden

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Today’s post is a bit of an extension from yesterday’s post.

I mentioned that I had a couple of big decisions and outcomes I was facing. These dilemmas happened to coincide with unseasonably warm, dry weather. Nice, right? So I basically avoided social media and direct contact with the big decisions to be made and prepared and planted my backyard garden instead.

It was a good move on my part. By the time the nice weather ended, my garden was completely planned and most of it planted. And I was ready to face those decisions. And now I’m slowly getting back in front of the computer. In the meantime, I also get to watch my garden grow, and now that the rain is back, it is growing!

A few photos from this year’s garden:

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I got new strawberry plants this year and they are looking great. The grate is protecting them from birds and squirrels.

The lettuce I planted before we left on our trip to Chicago in April. The artichoke plant is super old. I think it would do better if we separated it, but I don’t know anyone who wants starts.

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These beans are from my most recent planting. And did I mention that it was actually so hot that we opened our tiny pool early? Way early. But next time it’s in the 80s we will be ready! 🙂

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Because of the extended trip we took in April this year, I didn’t grow my own vegetable starts from seed like usual. I think last year’s garden I started everything from seed. Tomatoes, peppers, onions, etc. etc. This year I bought my tomato starts and will buy my pepper starts. I won’t even plant storage onions. Gonna miss the strings of them hanging around the kitchen. I did go ahead and start some cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower from seed after we got back. We’ll see how they do.

If you want to see my last year’s garden, here it is on video at three different points in the season. (Oops, apparently this was from two years ago and there are four videos!)

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How about you, do you garden?

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Carry On and Blog

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It’s been too long since my last post. I’m going to try to get back on a schedule of posting once a week. Maybe I’ll even do a few this week to make up for it.

I have no excuse other than a topsy-turvy life of late. Postponing the release of the last two Seed Savers books while Flying Books House made a distribution decision; deciding whether I should go back to teaching full-time or not; financial decisions; family decisions; you know the drill.

And then just as I was feeling good about knowing some of the outcomes for the above quandaries, I came down with a dreaded cold. I felt it coming on and did my best to stave it off. I took a special bath that usually helps me get well quick and I sipped a hot toddy. I tried, I really did. But my strategies didn’t work this time. As I type, I am on day three of said cold. Let’s hope it runs a quick course. Already, I sent a few terse-bordering-on-rude emails that I partially blame on how I was physically feeling at the time. My better self tells me I’m going to send an apology email. Or at least watch myself on future emails.

For today, I’m sharing my get-well recipes, even if this time they didn’t work their magic. Really, they usually do. And both are very soothing.

Here they are. Enjoy.

Get Well Hot Bath

1 cup Epsom salts

1/2 cup baking soda

4 Tablespoons ginger

essential oils ( I use tea tree oil)

Run the water as hot as you can stand and submerge up to your neck 20-40 minutes.

I love hot baths so this is great for me.

Hot Toddy

11/2 oz. bourbon

1 Tablespoon honey

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

3/4 cup of boiling water

Obviously you can vary these amounts.

Good luck!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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