Last year was tough for most of us, and so many continue to struggle through sickness, loss, economic instability, and other divisions and uncertainties. It’s been a painful opportunity for growth, and I’m hopeful about how God will use this chapter in our lives. The story isn’t over.As for us, we had our coast to coast book tour cancelled, which was a bummer because we wanted to see lots of … [Read more...] about 2020, Am I Right? A Brief, Grateful Remembrance
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We’re going to keep our Christmas sales up till this weekend. Then we will raise prices so high your head will spin. Not really. Your head will be spinless. The prices will go back to normal. But here’s what’s going away. Ornaments are going away! Last chance to snag one of these beauties. Necklaces are back, while supplies last. (They haven’t been lasting long.) Sales are ending: 5 Green … [Read more...] about Necklaces Are Back Again (While Supplies Last) and Christmas Sale Extended Till 1/10/21
Five years ago. We were just getting started. Nine books (and audiobooks) now and it still feels early. I’m so grateful for all the love and support we’ve had, and especially for the small team of pals who have partnered with me to share these stories with you. I especially want to single out for particular gratitude and honor my publisher and partner and pal from way back: Andrew Mackay, one … [Read more...] about Flashback to a Surprising Success and Gratitude for a Great Dude
I’m Sam. I’m married to beautiful and brave Gina and we have four sweet Smithereens. We live in West Virginia and, despite some serious challenges our community faces, we love it. We wouldn’t trade places with the most famous urban elites. I write New Stories with an Old Soul from The Forge—my writing shed about ten steps behind the photographer in the image above. I love writing adventurous … [Read more...] about I Write New Stories with an Old Soul from The Forge
UPDATE! From the FAQ: Did Heather’s Necklace immediately sell out after going live? Yes! We are hoping to have more in stock by mid-December. (We hope in time for the December 13 Christmas shipping deadline—IF “FASTER SHIPPING” IS SELECTED—but we can’t be sure.) Be sure to be signed up for S. D. Smith’s newsletter. Subscribers there get all news first. ---- ---- ---- ----- If your kids … [Read more...] about Heather’s Necklace! Picket’s Sword! Available For Christmas Gifts!
Christmas approaches, Thanksgiving is next week, and I love this time of year. It will be different and challenging this year for many of us, though the world has been far worse. Still, we’re in a painful, frustrating, and (for many), very challenging time—maybe even a time of grieving and lament. Advent, a season of reflection and fasting and giving is just around the corner, and I love that it … [Read more...] about A Giveaway Worth Over $1,000! Happening Now…
I'm really tempted to make this like one of those recipe blogs where they say, "I'm eager to share my homemade butternut nutbutter recipe with you, but it reminds me of my old college roommate Nutty B. Buttersworth. What a nut! Nutty and I went walking in the peanut fields outside of town on a crisp, clear, crispy-clear, very cold and crispy and clear day when he had a—you guessed it—a nutty … [Read more...] about Green Ember Series Reading Order UPDATED
It’s a big day for us as the new book, The Archer’s Cup, is officially releasing. It's officially official, according to the officials who are shilling in their offices. You can get it at bookstores like Amazon and elsewhere, including the excellent audiobook version performed by stage actor Eric Fritzius. Available at Audible and Hoopla and lots of other audiobook retailers! … [Read more...] about Audiobook is Here as New Book is Officially Released!