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Announcing The Green Ember Book II: The Sequel Has A Name And Cover

Note: I usually don’t post my newsletters in their entirety, but I’m making an exception this month because reasons. Reasons like the new title and cover announcement!


Hello and How Are You?

I’m fine. I’m fine as a frog hare, which is a rare breed of rabbit from the inky marshes of Toadopolis. Frog hares, as I’m sure you know, are famous for their positivity and remarkable sense of wellbeing. Which is where the cliche “fine as a frog hare” comes from.

Speaking of book covers and new book titles…
The Green Ember Sequel is Coming Soon!

Before I shared the new book’s cover or title anywhere else on-line, I wanted to share it with you. Here it is!

EMBER FALLS updated cover

I LOVE what Zach has done with the new cover art. It’s excellent. I’m SO EXCITED (and a little nervous) to share this book with you. It’s not the last one, but it’s the next one. I can’t wait to get it into your hands.

Ember Falls is in final edits and the plans for the launch are, as the Brits say, hotting up. We are still aiming/hoping for a Spring hatching (probably late Spring or early Summer, honestly). Do you have any suggestions for how to share the launch with as many people as possible?

We are really excited.


Of All The Events In Life, This Was One Of Them

The above is one of my father’s many maxims. So true. So unhelpful. So subtly magnificent.

I had a fantastic time meeting so many wonderful folks at the Great Homeschool Conventions event in Greenville. There were multiple highlights for me, but probably the top one was finally meeting Read-Aloud Revival mavenSarah Mackenzie in person and getting a chance to thank her for all her incredible support. What a great lady!

I also met Warren Cole Smith and John Stonestreet, two wise men I admire and am grateful for. They were both kind enough to send people to our booth all weekend. There were the wonderful ladies at The Homegrown Preschooler, Lesli and Kathy, and the “Classical Crowd” of delightful people from Circe and Classical Academic Press, as well as many more new friends.

I made babies cry. I made some adults cry. After some great/exhausting days, I watched my nephew’s last college basketball game and had a wee cry myself.

It was really fun. I loved meeting so many of you and your beautiful kids!

GHC Greenville 14

I may be doing more of this in the future. They were kind enough to ask me to consider being a featured speaker at all four events next year. What an honor!

There’s another event in the midwest in a couple of weeks.

Cincinnati, I’m coming your way. March 31-April 2. I hope some of you can stop by to say hello. And tell your friends!


The New Deal 

We keep selling lots of books, which must mean you people keep telling your friends about The Green Emberand Black Star. Thank you!

I took this screencap yesterday. Bananas! I’m so delighted to see that this book, in its various forms, continues to connect to readers.

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Plus, our new bundles are available now. You can get the paperback bundle for $15 and save some moola. Maybe share it with your friends?

And you can add a t-shirt and get all three for a mere $25.

We are discontinuing the old bundle of The Green Emberhard cover + Black Star pb for $20. That one was a little insane. 🙂


Things of the Month Things

Book of the Month: John Hendrix’s The Miracle Man. We really loved this. John is an incredible artist.

Music of the Month: Sandra McCracken’s Psalms. On repeat. Balm. For heavy hearts. Lovely.

Movie of the Month: The Secret Word of Arrietty. Really beautiful. Been thinking a lot about animation lately and this was special.

Quotation of the Month: On motherhood, from G. K. Chesterton. Huge.

“I can understand how [mothering] might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about arithmetic, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman’s function is laborious because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.”
-G.K. Chesterton

Okay friends, that’s all for now. I’m so grateful for your support and for the many of you who pray for us. I have always wanted to be on your side and it’s a gift that so many of you have made it clear to me that you’re on my side as well. Thank you.

Bear the flame!



  1. Yay! My brood will be so pleased with this news! Might I suggest a wider spread of T-shirt sizes? I think teens and adults might wear them, too. I know some who would.

  2. It was such an honor to meet you in Greenville. We are all so excited for your new book! That G.K. Chesterton quote is indeed huge. So glad you shared it in your newsletter.

  3. I have just re-read The Green Ember (for the third time)in anticipation of the sequel. I’ve heard it’s even better than the first, which is, frankly, hard to believe. Can’t wait to get my hands on it!!!

  4. My son and I finished The Green Ember tonight and after putting him to bed entirely too late for a Saturday night before church on Sunday morning I started scouring the internet to see if you were doing a sequel and was so excited to find this post! Thank you so much for an incredible book!!! It has sparked a loved for reading in my 6 year old son and as a mama that makes my heart so happy. The game changer was the day he looked at me and said, “Is that it?” I replied, “Well, for this chapter it is, but there are more chapters.” He then said, “We have to read another chapter. Can we please, please read another chapter?” He had never, ever before asked to keep reading!!! Thank you again. I just ordered The Blackstar of Kingston and he nor I can wait until it comes in!! Thank you again!!!!

    1. Crystal!

      I am SO happy to hear that. What a wonderful thing to be a little part of. I’m honored. I hope you both enjoy Black Star and the upcoming sequel. 🙂

  5. I’m beyond excited for this news of the new book! Not sure how I missed it (maybe because you announced on my birthday:)!! The cover is amazing and I know the stuff after it will be too!!!

  6. Super excited for this – THANK YOU for all of your hard work! I have been giving The Green Ember as birthday gifts for the boys’ friends and cousins. You’ve just given me another year’s worth of gifts! 🙂

    We are nearing the end of Watership Down and I am loving the connections between it and The Green Ember. I would not have chosen it as a read-aloud if not for TGE. Fantastic. We’ve got less than 100 pages left. Life inspiring, for sure.

    God bless you!

  7. I can’t even tell you how excited my boys will be to here that the sequel is in its final stages! We’ve been not-so-patiently waiting. We’re just finishing our second reading in 5 months, and my 6 year old is reading Black Star for his first chapter book. Thanks for these!

  8. Sam,
    My Watership Down comment was truly meant as a compliment. Perhaps the rabbit theme is what got me going, but I saw similarities in a couple of the characters’ tenacity. Perhaps the Charlotte Mason education is working on me, helping me see connections in non-obvious ways! At the core, of course, they are completely different but I take great pleasure in the science of relations, finding links across my life.

    Peace be with you!

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