“We spend so much time fighting in this war; maybe we should fight for love just as fiercely.”Jo Shanks In this sequel to The Last Archer and The First Fowler, Jo Shanks is charged with aiding Emma on her mission to unite the secret citadels in their fight against the Preylord slavers. Alongside Cole and Heyna Blackstar, Jo and Emma must enter into the heart of a community in … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday to The Archer’s Cup!
Green Ember Archer Series
This story goes back and back. It’s been around seven years since the first Green Ember book was first shared with the world, but the story—in its first iteration—was shared in my little world for many years before that. (Well before this innocuous FB post and it’s sweet little typo twelve years ago. The image of Sam Gamgee beneath was created years later.) It started on a porch in West … [Read more...] about Green Ember Memories and Writing “The End” Again
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!
So, anything happening in the world? Not much, huh. Well, I’m going to excuse myself from the crowded space of armchair experts on elections and epidemics and economics and give you what I’ve got. What do I have? Stories. Now, my stories involve real personalities, characters who face the same sorts of challenges and opportunities we face. That’s why we relate to them. They feel real. (To me, they … [Read more...] about New S. D. Smith Book and Awesome Christmas Deals LAUNCH TODAY!
I wrote a book this year in the midst of a pandemic that has taken life and, adding injury to tragedy, divided friends and families. The book is being released at the height of an election that feels like the political equivalent of an infectious disease, once again dividing friends and family and laying bare our worst idols. Why read about rabbits with swords at a time like this? C. S. … [Read more...] about Why Read Rabbity Adventures During a Pandemic (and a Sickly Contentious Election)?
Available for preorder only at SDSmith.com/store beginning on September 22, 2020. Do you like the cover? Can you or your kids name the characters who are with Jo Shanks? Pop over to Facebook and/or Instagram and tell me. I'm going to pick some folks who get it right to win something! We'll announce winners at our Facebook Live Online Author Event. Get in here. And … [Read more...] about New Green Ember Archer Adventure Announced! Cover Reveal!