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Black Star on the Horizon: My Second Book is Going to Press

After an incredible amount of work by a lot of people, (my publisher and partner) Andrew Mackay sent the files for The Black Star of Kingston to press

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today. In July, we will be shipping Black Star to you. (If you order it!) It will be available for preorder sometime in the coming weeks!

This is exhilarating and terrifying, like a ride in a hot-air balloon (probably). It’s scary because it’s final. We’ll have a few thousand copies of a book we can’t alter and need to sell. It’s exciting because we know there are people waiting for it, amazing readers who have been so encouraging, enthusiastic, and eager for what’s next after The Green Ember.

I want to keep reminding you wonderful people that this book is a prequel, so it’s not the sequel I keep getting (the most kind) threats about. 🙂 I am working on the sequel, but I hope you’ll give us a little bit more time on that (next Spring?). In the meantime, I hope you like Black Star.

It takes place around a hundred years before the events in The Green Ember and it has a lot in there for Ember readers to recognize. The prologue from The Green Ember is in this book entire. In fact this is that story. It’s shorter than Ember, actually closer to a usual middle-grade novel length. Zach Franzen is back with amazing cover art and beautiful interiors. (Listen to him and our friend Sarah Mackenzie talk about illustration here.)

In fact, I’d love to show you one of Zach’s illustrations for Black Star right now.


Pretty amazing, yes?

The cover is fantastic. I can’t wait for you to see it! I’ll be sharing the first look at the cover exclusively with those who are signed up on my mailing list. (Easy to do here.)

I think you’re going to love this book. I’m so excited to share it with you VERY SOON.


  1. Super excited for you, Sam! Isn’t it amazing how God has plans for us that we never had for ourselves? The boys and I will be purchasing this as soon as it is available!

    God be with you!

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