Treasure of the Malkin Cover Reveal

November 11th, 2016

It’s Almost Time…

I can hardly believe it’s almost here: the release of my newest novella in the Malkin series, Treasure of the Malkin! I am so excited to share this brand new story with you that I just couldn’t wait to reveal the cover. So, without further ado, here is the newest edition to the Malkin family…

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Coming Dec. 1, 2016

When demons rise, only a time-traveling feline can save the world.

Henry is the Librarian, or was until a demon from the Horde thrust him into the future. Now he’s a magical talking cat in a time where no such thing exists. After a being hit by a car, he strikes an uneasy friendship with an unassuming human named Liz, whose inquisitiveness rivals his own. Hoping to find a way back to his time, Henry asks Liz to grant him a final favor before he leaves: to visit the grand opening of the new Ancient Mysteries wing of the local library. While admiring the exhibits from his own time, Henry discovers someone has plans to raise the demon Horde using an ancient magical artifact tucked away in the library’s collection. With no one else to turn to, Henry and Liz work to stop the threat before the demons rise and bring the end of the world with them.

If you love the Malkins and want to be among the first to read this new work be sure to sign up to my super readers list. Want it free? Contact me at virginiaripple at gmail dot com about becoming a part of the King’s Elite Force.

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Master Cat Series Signed Book Giveaway

June 14th, 2016

I have 1 Signed Set of the Master Cat Paperback Books to offer in this awesome Signed Edition Book Giveaway (June 17-July 8). As an added bonus get a cool Malkin Series water bottle—just in time for the hot summer.

Enter as many times as you like, but do it before 11:59 p.m. CST, July 8, 2016, or you’ll miss your chance to receive this fantastic set of signed books and Malkin Series water bottle.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

All three of these full-length novels in Virginia  Ripple’s Master Cat series are clean sword and sorcery fantasies for ages 9 and older. If you like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter or Erin Hunter’s Warriors, then you’ll love this series that combines their best traits of magic, mystery and talking cats.

Want to know more about these books about a talking magical cat? Here are the descriptions:

Apprentice Cat

A magical partnership between a cat and a boy. A mysterious plot years in the making. Will they uncover the truth before it’s too late?

Toby is a young tom with big dreams. He wants to be just like his father, who had a distinguished career serving the High Council until his disappearance. First things first, Toby must become an apprentice cat and study magic with other magical cats and mages.

Accepted into the King’s Master School of Mages, he’s partnered with Lorn Ribaldy, the human nephew of a notorious traitor. Before long, Toby and Lorn learn that they may soon lose their places in the school and society because of their association with Lorn’s uncle. Their only hope is to find the secret to Toby’s father’s disappearance.

When the puzzle pieces start to fit together, they learn that a much greater danger is looming. Can they catch the evil mastermind at work — and keep up with their homework — before all of humanity is destroyed?

Journeyman Cat:

He’ll protect his partner’s dream—until someone he loves is murdered…

Despite the war, despite that everyone else says he’s dead, Journeyman Toby continues to search for his father with the help of his human partner. When what promised to be another dead-end lead turns into something more, Toby pounces on the possibility like only a talking magical cat can. However, his questions regarding the secret goings-on of a local temple catches the attention of a mysterious cat whose sole ambition is to enslave the human race.

His supervisor orders the young tom to leave his informal investigation alone or be dismissed from the Office  of Kingdom Guardianship. Even though he yearns to find his father, Toby obeys because it would mean taking away the one thing his partner cherishes: his position in the OKG. He follows orders, that is, until someone connected with the temple kills someone he loves.

Master Cat:

His father disappeared… His mother was murdered… His partner is out to kill him…

Toby, a magical talking cat, has cut ties with the Office of Kingdom Guardianship, intent on finding his long-lost father and avenging his mother’s murder. He thought he left everyone behind, but someone from his past is stalking him. Now he must avoid this strange new menace while he seeks the truth about his family’s dark history, a history that threatens to unravel his sanity and cause the rest of the world to descend into madness. Can Toby reconcile himself with the past or will his inner turmoil allow his enemy to plunge humanity into chaos once and for all?

 

Remember, you may enter the Signed Edition Book Giveaway PLUS Malkin Series Water Bottle Giveaway as many times as you like, but do it before 11:59 p.m. CST, July 8, 2016, for your chance at your full set of the signed paperback editions of the Master Cat Series and a cool Malkin Series water bottle.

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The Lenten Tradition: Prayer and Bible Studies To Help You Prepare For Easter

February 18th, 2015

Easter is quickly approaching and I believe the time leading up to that exciting Sunday is important to every Christian. Because of this, I’m offering a great deal on my ebooks and Bible studies that can help you prepare during this season of prayer. But first…

A brief history of Lent…

Lent is known as a time for prayerful preparation for the remembrance of Jesus’s death and resurrection. Christians often give up something during Lent like a bad habit, junk food or, more traditionally, red meat.

The season begins with Fat Tuesday (also commemorated by Mardi Gras) in which one consumes all the stuff one plans to get rid of over Lent.

Then on Ash Wednesday, we enter a time of repenting and prayer. Some attend church services in which they are prayed over and anointed with an ash cross on their forheads, a symbol of penitence.

The culmination of Lent is called Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday,  then proceeds through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday to Easter. Each of these days is important in the Christian calendar with Palm Sunday being the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem, Maundy Thursday being the night of the disciples last supper with Jesus, Good Friday the day of the crucifixion and, of course, Easter is the glorious resurrection of Christ.

If you want more in-depth information on Lent and its history, you might enjoy reading this wiki.

History is great, but what can I do to prepare?

As I mentioned earlier, people often give up bad habits and junk food during Lent as a way to understand in a very limited way the sacrifice Jesus made for us. However, there’s also another trend in which you begin a new, better habit as a way to celebrate the new life His sacrifice gave us.

Two great habits you can choose from are a consistent prayer life and regular Bible study.

Limited Time offer…

To help you get started, I’ve reduced the prices on my ebooks Simply Prayer and both my ebook Bible studies, Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises For Our Lives and Trust God! No Matter What…, to $.99 on Amazon from Feb. 18 through Feb. 23, 2015.

You can also “Pay What You Want” for the Simply Prayer audiobook and One Servant’s Heart — Vol. 1, a compilation of six inspirational messages.

Scroll down for a list of these books with links to the Amazon purchase page and the link to the audiobook purchase pages.

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God promises to be with us through everything,
encouraging us to trust him through every situation we encounter.

Individuals and groups alike will find themselves
discovering that every day is a new opportunity to see God’s touch on their lives as they journey through scripture to uncover that:

    • No Matter Who You Are…
    • No Matter How You Feel…
    • No Matter What People Do…
    • No Matter What Happens..
    • No Matter Where You Are…
    • No Matter How Little You Have…
    • No Matter What You’ve Done…
    • No Matter How Old You Are…

    Trust God!

    Ebook version available for $.99 on Kindle Feb. 18 through Feb. 23, 2015.

     

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    Get six Bible based, inspirational messages by Virginia Ripple from the blog One Servant’s Heart all in one .zip file.

    Messages include:

      • Called to Forgive Called to Serve
      • New Beginnings
      • No Fear In Love
      • The Boneyard
      • The Dirty Little Penny
      • The Hardest Commandment

      Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

       

      Simply Prayer ebook

      When we find ourselves stymied by what we think prayer should look like, it’s time to step back and think like a child. God loves each of us and wants to hear from us.

      Prayer can be as complex as we want or as simple as we need, but sometimes we need a little help getting started. In this book you’ll discover the basics of:

        • What prayer is
        • Why we pray
        • How to pray
        • How to know your prayers are answered

        From repetitions to labyrinths to dancing to journals, it is all Simply Prayer.

        Ebook version available for $.99 on Kindle Feb. 18 through Feb. 23, 2015.
        Or Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

         

        Fear Not
        When life seems impossible to cope with, God reaches out to remind us of his promises for our lives. Journey through scripture to meet God in new and unexpected ways as you discover what it means to “Fear Not!”

        Anyone can use Fear Not to meet God in new and unexpected ways.  Each of the eight sessions begins with an introduction, then moves on to a scripture reading (included), questions to ponder, a meditation picture and lastly a list of possible hands-on projects you can do.

        The eight sessions are:

          • Session 1 … God is always with us
          • Session 2 … God is in control
          • Session 3 … God keeps his promises
          • Session 4 … God keeps us safe
          • Session 5 … God provides for us
          • Session 6 … God reveals himself to us
          • Session 7 … God gives us new life
          • Session 8 … God sends a Helper to us

          Ebook version available for $.99 on Kindle Feb. 18 through Feb. 23,2015.

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          October Fun Fall Favorites $300 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Giveaway

          October 17th, 2014

          Fall is almost on us. Time to stock up on some great new reads and, while you’re at it, why not enter the $300 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Giveaway?

           

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          Book Lover’s Delight $200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

          August 28th, 2014

          Fall is almost on us. Time to stock up on some great new reads and, while you’re at it, why not enter the $200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway?

           

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          The Stone of Valhalla Blog Tour

          April 4th, 2014

           

          Welcome to The
          Stone of Valhalla
          Blog Tour!

          A middle-grade fantasy-adventure by Mikey Brooks.
          Don’t
          forget to check out the
          GIVEAWAY at the bottom this post
          for a
          chance to
          WIN a $25 Amazon
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          Synopsis:
          Aaron was chosen to save their world, but it might come at the cost of
          losing his own.
          Breaking
          into an old lady’s basement was supposed to reward 13-year-old Aaron with new
          friends. Instead he finds an enchanted amulet that transports him to another
          world—one at war with magic. Before he knows it, he is accused of witchcraft
          and invited to a bonfire—where he’s the main attraction. If that’s not bad
          enough, a goblin army shows up and toasts the town…literally. The good news:
          Aaron escapes being charbroiled. The bad news: the goblins are after him. They
          want his amulet and will stop at nothing to get it. Battling to find his way
          home, Aaron teams up with a not-so-magical-wizard and learns it’s his fate to
          destroy the amulet and save this new world. But is he willing to sacrifice his
          own?
          Check out what these talented authors
          are saying about it:
          The Stone of Valhalla is one of those
          books that only comes along once in a great while. Brooks doesn’t just create a
          world, he puts you inside of it, allowing you to experience the wonder in a way
          that only he can. His characters are likable and fun. His twists leave you
          asking ‘Why?’ Treat yourself to an exciting adventure through a beautiful new
          land. Make new friends and be a part of the magic. This is a book that you will
          not be able to put down!”
          —J.R. Simmons,
          author of Ragesong: Awakening.
           The
          Stone of Valhalla
          drew me in from the get-go. Aaron’s journey is
          reminiscent of Dorothy’s trek in The
          Wizard of Oz
          . Magic, sword fights, danger, and more danger, sprinkled with
          humor and unexpected twists. This is one of the ‘best’ fantasy adventures I’ve
          ever experienced!”
          —BBH
          McChiller, author of The Monster Moon
          Series
          .
          The Stone of Valhalla is a riveting
          mystery revealing true friendship, loyalty and sacrifice. Brooks engages the
          curiosity of middle graders and older sleuths alike, until the very end.
          Fantastic!”
          —L.R.W. Lee,
          author of The Andy Smithson series.
           
          Excerpt From: Chapter Two: The Penalty of Witchcraft
          Aaron thought he’d been transported
          to some kind of
          renaissancefair. People milled about in the street, all dressed like
          they belonged on the set of some medieval movie. Most of their faces were stained
          with dirt, and they wore soiled clothing. Large, wooden buildings, held
          together by plaster, loomed overhead and all around him. Some had signs
          announcing specific trades and goods. The sweet smell of bread came from one
          shop, clearly a bakery. A rotund man stood out front, arguing with an old man
          who had a silvery- white beard and a long, purple cloak. He was telling the
          baker that the rolls he had purchased tasted ‘day-old’ and he required a
          reimbursement.
          Several passersby gave Aaron odd glances. One little girl
          with a group of women dressed like nuns pointed at him and giggled. He thought
          he heard her call him a buffoon, but she was quickly shushed by one of the
          women and pulled into a shop.
          This is so unreal.
          Aaron couldn’t figure out what had happened.
          How did I get
          here? Who are these people?
          Aaron waited for someone to jump out and yell, “Surprise,
          you’re on camera!”
          It never happened.
          The seconds drew on like hours, and Aaron stood unmoving
          like a statue in the middle of the dirt road. The sweet smell from the bakery
          was drowned by the stench of a sweaty mule pulling a cart packed full with what
          had to be manure. The wind blew and the wafting smell of poo filled Aaron’s nose.
          He coughed and tried to cover the reek with his shirt.
          “Witchcraft! Witchcraft, I say!”
          Aaron turned around to see a middle-aged woman with only
          three teeth shouting hysterically. She pointed directly at him. He looked over
          his shoulder to ensure no green-skinned, broom-commandeering, warty-faced lady
          in black stood beside him. There wasn’t anyone there. The noise on the street
          stopped dead except for the woman. She grabbed a small wooden crate from a cart
          filled with fresh flowers and stood on it. “Fetch the constable! Don’t let him
          get away, or he’ll set a curse on our town.”
          Five large men formed a group behind the woman and advanced
          toward Aaron. He didn’t know what to do.
          Where to Find The Stone of Valhalla:
          Exclusive price for the eBook
          release is just $2.99! (List Price: $4.99)
          And only $9.99 for the paperback!(List Price: $12.99)
          On April 12th
          2014 the price will return to the List Price
          Another special offer:

          During The Stone of Valhalla Blog
          Tour

          Mikey’s other great middle-grade eBooks will also be set to the low
          price of just $0.99!
          The Dream Keeper:
          Kindle | Nook | Kobo
          The Dreamstone:
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          You’re Invited to PARTY!!
          The
          online launch party will take place on Thursday, April 10th at 4pm
          (MST). The party will run for 2 hours and you’re invited to drop by anytime.
          The longer you stay the more chances you have of winning prizes! We have slew
          of eBooks to giveaway, as well as a Stone of Valhalla necklace AND a $25 Amazon gift card! It is hosted by
          LovingtheBookLaunchParty on Facebook. Just follow this link to join the event: http://goo.gl/Q2Fd3r.
          What’s that? Another Party!
          That’s
          right! If you’re local to Utah you don’t want to miss this kickin’ party. We
          are having a launch party to celebrate the release of this awesome new book. Of
          course there will be plenty of giveaways there too, but what’s even better are
          the guest authors! Just check out these fabulous names: J. Scott Savage, Chad
          Morris, Lisa Mangum, Jenni James, Ali Cross, and many more. The Launch Party
          is: Friday, April 11th from 6-9pm at The Viridian Center in West
          Jordan
          , Utah. Follow this link for a map: http://goo.gl/dqVc0u
          About Mikey Brooks:

          Mikey
          is a small child masquerading as an adult. On occasion you’ll catch him dancing
          the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown
          up. He is the author/illustrator of several books including the best-selling ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures
          and Bean’s Dragons as well as the
          middle-grade fantasy-adventure series The Dream Keeper Chronicles. His art
          can be seen in many forms from picture books to full room murals. He loves to
          daydream with his three daughters and explore the worlds that only the
          imagination of children can create. Mikey has a BS degree in English from Utah
          State University and works fulltime as a freelance illustrator, cover designer,
          and author. As a member of the Emblazoners,
          he is one of many authors devoted to ‘writing stories on the hearts of
          children’. He is also one of the hosts of the Authors’ Think Tank
          Podcast
          . You can find more about him and his books at: http://www.insidemikeysworld.com/.

          The Giveaways!

           

          Enter the giveaway below to be entered to win one of the following
          prizes:
          $25 Amazon Gift Card
          The Stone of Valhalla
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          Stone of Valhalla
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          Birthday Bash Sale!

          March 9th, 2014

          giftIt was 21 plus years ago this week (I’m not telling how many plus years. 😉 ) that I let the world know I was here. Because I’m thankful for all the blessings in my life since that day, I’m offering all my books on Amazon and on this post at a discounted rate.

          For a limited time (March 9-15) you can buy Apprentice Cat and Journeyman Cat for $2.99 each and Secrets of the Malkin (Amazon only) for $.99. Scroll down to purchase the epub and pdf versions of Apprentice Cat and Journeyman Cat.

          If you’ve signed up for my newsletter, you’ll receive a special thank you gift that you can download for free. If you haven’t signed up, it’s not too late. You have until 12:01 a.m. CST March 16 to sign up and receive your free thank you gift to help me celebrate my birthday.
          Here’s to another exciting and productive year!

           

           

           

          Journeyman Cat

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          Despite the war, despite that everyone else says he’s dead, Journeyman Toby continues to search for his father with the help of his human partner. When what promised tobe another dead-end lead turns into something more, Toby pounces on the possibility like only a talking magical cat can. However, his questions regarding the secret goings-on of a local temple catches the attention of a mysterious cat whose sole ambition is to enslave the human race.

          His supervisor orders the young tom to leave his informal investigation alone or be dismissed from the Office of Kingdom Guardianship. Even though he yearns to find his father, Toby obeys because it would mean taking away the one thing his partner cherishes: his position in the OKG. He follows orders, that is, until someone connected with the temple kills someone he loves.

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          Apprentice Cat

          Toby is a young tom who dreams of becoming an apprentice cat, a feline partnered with an apprentice human mage, at the King’s Academy of Mages. When he is partnered with Lorn Ribaldy, the nephew of known traitor Master Hecktor Ribaldy, he learns his dreams are in jeopardy. There are those who want to keep undesirables out and that includes Lorn and anyone associated with him.

          In a meeting with Head Master Cat Meredith and Head Master Mage Jalen, Toby and Lorn are offered a way to change their status from provisional to permanent: find out why Toby’s father disappeared during a standard recon mission for the High Council.

          Now all they have to do is keep up with their homework and survive a little espionage.

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          Also available as an audiobook on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Listen to a 5-minute demo now.

          Upon Review: Marketing Your Book On A Budget by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

          February 13th, 2014

          I love to curl up with a nice, steaming cup of tea and a free book to review. In fact I subscribe to three book review sites: Book CrashBook Rooster and The Bookplex just so I can indulge in my favorite leisure activity. What’s even better is when an author contacts me for a review. If you’re an author looking for someone to review your book or short story, check out my Request a Review page.

          Because I like to share the great reads I’ve found (and warn readers of the not-so-great finds), I developed a system:

          • One cup — worse than a cup of luke warm black pekoe
          • Two cups — it may be hot, but you’ll need plenty of sweetener just to tolerate it
          • Three cups — it’s not my favorite, but it beats going without
          • Four cups — nice and hot and only needs a smidge of sweetener to be perfect
          • Five cups — loose leaf vanilla Earl Grey, yummy

          Sometimes a book or story doesn’t warrant a five cup rating, but it’s so good it can’t be missed. For those I include the “Must Read” starburst in front of the cup rating. You’ll find my cup rating above the picture of the cover. Enjoy!

           

          Marketing Your Book On A Budget by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

           
          Five Cup
           

          How does an author best get book reviews? What of interviews, blogs and social media? How can a new author expect to be seen while crowding the lane with other authors of his/her genre?

          Marketing Your Book on a Budget is tiny for a reason; any author can afford it. But be prepared for the endless information enclosed. You’ll never wonder again about the best ways to speak up about your book, get free advertising, or learn why postcards can help you get the word out faster and easier than any other way.

          Plus, once you have downloaded the Kindle version, expect yearly updates for FREE. Just contact us to register via the email at the end of the book. Never be in the dark again when it comes to marketing your book. See what little or no money will really attract!

          The Good…

          The ideas are simple and easy to implement in the small amount of time most authors have between writing and editing. While a few are the same techniques preached over and over, there are many I found new and creative.

          Not only are there a multitude of great ideas to use, there are a number of resources listed that the reader may not be aware of. This is so much better than some of the other books out there that tell you to find out where your readers are, but don’t give you a clue where to start looking.

          The Not-so-good…

          To be honest, I didn’t find anything I didn’t like about this book, except maybe that it was shorter than I would have liked. However, the simple fact that it is a short book makes it great for quick references.

          The Overall…

          I would recommend Marketing Your Book On A Budget by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones for any writer looking for a quick reference guide with fresh ideas.

          Clean Authors 99 Cent Ebooks Christmas Deal

          December 19th, 2013

          Clean Authors Christmas Sale

          For a listing of 99 cent ebooks offered
          go to 
          CleanAuthors.com!!

          Be sure to pick up Apprentice Cat by yours truly for $.99 today!

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          Seed Savers: Heirloom Official Blog Tour

          November 16th, 2013

          THE STORY SO FAR (Brief Summaries of the first two books.)blog tour

          Book One, Treasure:

          In a future where processed food is king and gardening is illegal, three friends secretly study about seeds and growing food. Afraid of being caught by GRIM, siblings Clare and Dante run away one night leaving behind their friend Lily and mentor, Ana.

          Book Two, Lily:

          After Clare and Dante leave, Lily sets out to discover why. Along the way she makes new friends and struggles inwardly when a family secret is revealed. Lily must decide what to do and whom she can trust.

          Book 3 – Heirloom Summary & Book info
          (scroll down to read an excerpt)

          In a futuristic U.S.A. where gardening is illegal, siblings Clare and Dante have escaped to Canada and are living with a host family, enjoying farm life and learning to grow their own food. Attending Garden Guardian class, they meet other refugees and unearth the  history of how they lost their choices about food.

          Their friend Lily, who was left behind when they escaped, searches for a father she grew up believing was dead, but whom she recently discovered is alive. To succeed in her quest, Lily must elude GRIM, look for the secret Seed Savers symbols, and find the friends who can help in the search.

          Heirloom is book 3 in the Seed Saver Series. The first two books are Seed Savers: Treasure, and Seed Savers: Lily.

           

          Chapter 33

           Clare and Dante

          heirloom front final At last, midway through March, the cold fingers of winter were pried loose, and sunny, warmer weather heartened the budding gardeners. By the third cloudless day, the beds were dry enough to start the early plantings: cole crops such as cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, and kale, and other cool weather plants like peas, lettuce, carrots, and the onion starts. With most of the class working, it didn’t take long to plant the seeds. Clare was disappointed she had only gotten to help with a few kinds; she wanted to gain as much experience as possible. Dante, however, managed to run around to all of the beds and peek at the seeds, excited at how large or small or round they were. He charmed the adults, who let him put a few seeds in the soil before he dashed off to the next bed. Clare, meanwhile, stayed put, dutifully poking their onion transplants into the ground.

          She inhaled deeply, smelling the rich, moist soil. Until her life in Canada, Clare had never realized soil had a scent. It was intoxicating. One of the teachers told the class it was a scientific fact that fumes from good fresh soil, caused by certain microbes, have an effect like antidepressant pills. That digging in dirt makes you feel energetic and happy. Clare wondered what that meant for a country whose citizenry had been deprived of the opportunity to dig in the dirt.

          After everything was planted, the students spent the remainder of the day weeding the perennial beds and the berry patches where the ground had grown lusciously green.

          “I feel kind of bad pulling out these weeds knowing that some of them are eatable,” Dante said.

          “The word is edible,” Clare corrected.

          “Why?” he asked. “I like eatable better.”

          Clare smiled. She had no answer.

          Pulling weeds was hard work, but for the kids the difficulty came more in the monotony than anything else. Their smaller stature, energy, and flexible joints allowed them to upturn the unwanted plants with relative ease, while the grownups often groaned, standing and stretching, or taking multiple and lengthy breaks.

          At the end of the day, though, Clare and Dante were tired—a good, worn-out, physical tiredness. Marissa had suspected they would be and greeted them in a kitchen smelling of freshly baked cookies.

          “Cookies!” Dante yelled as he smelled and spied the fresh cookies cooling on the rack.

          “Thought you might like some warm cookies with milk,” Marissa said.

          He helped himself to the cookies and poured a glass of milk. “I’m never going back,” he said offhandedly as he stuffed a morsel into his mouth.

          Clare’s heart skipped a beat. “Of course we’re going back,” she said.

          “I know. Mama misses us.”

          “That’s right,” she said. She knew there was more to say but decided to let it end there. For now, anyway. He probably hadn’t meant it. It had just sort of slipped out in his admiration and excitement over the milk and cookies. And yet … wasn’t this sometimes when people spoke what they really thought—those careless moments of joy or heartbreak? Clare tucked his sentiment carefully away. She would take it out and look at it later when no one else was around.

           Information Amazon page for paperback/kindle:

          List Price: $12.99/$3.99
          314 pages
          Sandra L.\Smith
          ISBN-13: 978-0615906737
          ISBN-10: 0615906737
          BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Dystopian

          Safe in Canada, Clare and Dante attend Garden Guardian classes while living with a host family on an apple farm. In the Guardian classes they learn about gardening and the history of food politics in the United States.

          Their friend Lily continues the quest to find her father, a former leader in the Seed Savers movement who was arrested and jailed before she was born. Along her journey she meets a host of interesting characters, and more surprisingly, herself.

          AUTHOR BIO

          smith 5x7 authorS. Smith grew up on a farm with a tremendously large garden. She maintains that if you can’t taste the soil on a carrot, it’s not fresh enough. Although she now lives with her husband and three cats in the city, she still manages to grow fruits and vegetables in their backyard garden.

          A licensed ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, Ms. Smith has enjoyed teaching students from around the world.

          Ms. Smith is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and an OSU Master Gardener. She gardens and writes at her home in the beautiful and green Pacific Northwest.