To my astonishment and delight, we continue to see an (apparently) undiminished enthusiasm for The Green Ember Series. In fact, a while back we sprinted past the 100,000 books sold mark. That feels special to me. We usually don’t talk about numbers, but this might give you a little bit of an idea of what we are seeing. (According to industry veteran Steve Laube, the average book from a major … [Read more...] about 100,000 Readers For My Heart To Find
Dear Friends, It has been an incredible year for us and I just wanted to write and say thanks. This year you helped us share The Green Ember Series with tens of thousands of new readers! I believe in these stories and I’m honored they have found a place in so many homes. I get the most amazing messages, letters, drawings, and cards from readers all over. It’s so encouraging to me and I wish … [Read more...] about What, A Year? #RabbitsWithSwords #2016
I have a confession to make. I've been in on a pretty sweet secret for a little while. Here it is. Joel Clarkson, our esteemed audiobook narrator for The Green Ember Series is also, as many of you know, an incredibly accomplished musician, composer, arranger, conductor...ALL the music things! He has scored films, orchestrated music performed at the Vatican, and has released nine albums so far. … [Read more...] about Release Day! Melodies For The Mended Wood #RabbitsWithChords
Dear Friends, I have been asked a certain question hundreds of times. I’ve been asked it in person, in interviews, in emails, in blog and Facebook comments, and in letters from kids. “When is The Green Ember sequel coming out?” This question has served as both an inspiration to me and a force of pressure on me. I spent nearly a decade in a long “rough draft” of The Green Ember, telling my kids … [Read more...] about Ember Falls, The Green Ember Sequel, Is Here!
Hello Again, There's a lot of buzz about the possibility of a movie version of The Green Ember, but there is more to be excited about right now! I’m writing to say that my new book, Ember Falls (The Green Ember Book 2), is available for preorder from Amazon. It will ship September 13th! (Cool people say "drops." Trust me, I heard someone in California who was certifiably cool say this.) You can … [Read more...] about Ember Falls Into Our Hands: The Highly-Anticipated Green Ember Sequel Is Ready To Drop
Hello Friends, I’m writing this from the skies above middle-America, on my way home from a trip to Los Angeles. I was in LA to meet with folks who want to make a film version of The Green Ember. <---True. (Yay! Hurray! High-five! :) Okay.) I won’t get into a lot of detail now, but some veteran filmmakers with a passion for telling great stories contacted me about six months ago about the film … [Read more...] about Is The Green Ember Heading to the Big Screen?
I've been a big fan of audiobooks for many years. I used to drive a van delivering bearings, sprockets, motors and more to coal mines and manufacturers around southern West Virginia. There was no tape-deck and certainly no CD player in the van, so I bought a crummy tape-player at Magic Mart and got audiobooks on tape from the library to play while I drove the hills and hollows of Appalachia. I … [Read more...] about Is The Green Ember the #1 Bestselling Audiobook in the World?
This is my niece. She brought me $3 and said, "Uncle Sam, I want to back Ember Falls!" A wonderful end to a deeply encouraging 26 days. Speaking of the end... Hooray, hurrah! Thanks to 1,096 backers who pledged $55,508 to help bring this project to life, we’re over the finish line in a victory! This was so special. It’s hard to adequately express how thankful we are for your generosity and … [Read more...] about Kickstarter Success For The Green Ember Book II: Ember Falls! Thank You!