Happy Birthday to The Black Star of Kingston!

Happy Birthday to Green Ember: Old Natalia 1, The Black Star of Kingston! We’re celebrating with a GIVEAWAY and some FUN NEWS!

giveaway for the black star of kingston

To celebrate The Black Star of Kingston’s birthday, we’re giving away:

  • (1) Complete Signed Set of The Green Ember Series
  • (3) Signed The Black Star of Kingston Books
  • (3) The Black Star of Kingston Audiobooks

We’ll have total of 7 winners! Some will be picked from comments on this post, some from Instagram and some from Facebook.

How to Enter:

  1. Follow Sam on Instagram AND Facebook if you have those.
  2. Comment (here / Instagram / Facebook) with three emojis that best describe you as a reader.

Rules: Must have a U.S. mailing address. Must be 18 or older. Must have a spleen. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook or Instagram or the Galactic Empire. Void where prohibited.

FUN NEWS ALERT! The entire audiobook of The Black Star of Kingston is now free on YouTube!

The Black Star of Kingston with a ship.

“I am afraid…But I keep on loving what’s on the other side of this fight, and that will have to make me brave.”

The Black Star of Kingston

And that is how a hero rises.

But what hero? Who was the founder of Natalia? What led to the inception of the oath we know and love?

The Black Star of Kingston has the answers:

A century before Heather and Picket’s adventures in The Green Ember, a displaced community fights for hope on the ragged edge of survival. Whitson Mariner and Fleck Blackstar face old fears and new enemies, forging a legend that will echo through the ages.
Old wars haunt. New enemies threaten. An oath is born.”

Watch the video to see what S.D. Smith has to say about this legendary oath!

Fun fact: The Black Star of Kingston shares a birthday month with World Emoji Day. Show us your favorite #rabbitswithswords emojis in the comments! Here’s ours: rabbit facecrossed swordsgreen heart

A short sail down memory lane reveals that The Blackstar of Kingston has been loved since the beginning. Take a look in the video!

Have you had a chance to review this book? Let us know what you think on Goodreads, Amazon, or Audible.

Black Star Patch

Now it’s time to join the ranks of Fleck Blackstar and his crew by creating your very own black star patch.

Image of how to create your own black star patch.

Grab a FREE printable guide with instructions and template for this patch here.

*While you’re at it, pick up some FREE coloring pages when you Gimme 5!*

For the black star patch you will need:

  • Felt, black and white
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive (glue, thread, tape, etc.)


Cut a rectangle from white felt.
Cut a star from black felt.
Attach the black star to the white felt using an adhesive.

Ta-da! I hereby dub thee part of the Blackstar Company. 

My place beside you
My blood for yours
Till the Green Ember rises
Or the end of the world.

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We’d love to see your creations! Use #rabbitswithswords and tag @sdsmithereens on Instagram or Facebook. Here are some we’ve received:

New to The Green Ember? Get started with the first audiobook for FREE.

If you want your very own copy, The Black Star of Kingston is available at the S. D. Smith Family Store (where you get the best deal & CURRENTLY ON SALE!) and is also available on audiobook and eBook (and print) at Amazon and your favorite bookshops.

Did you know: if your library partners with Hoopla, you can listen to ALL the audiobooks for free?! Make sure to check with your local library & follow the recommended reading order.

Thank you for celebrating The Black Star of Kingston‘s birthday with us!


  1. I don’t have emojis on this computer, so this might not work…
    :scream: for during all those plot twists
    :melting_face: for right after those plot twists
    :flushed: for when I feel another plot twist coming

  2. 🥰🙏🏼😁
    Love the Green Ember!
    Praying we win cuz we need new copies! Ours were so well-loved they fell apart!
    Happy these books are in our lives!!

  3. I’m doing this again because I don’t see my reply, so if I appear to have entered twice, that is why:


  4. Wish there was a way to enter that didn’t involve social media… can’t enter because those things are such a drain and waste of time, as a homeachooling mama of 4, I don’t have time for those to drain or distract me more than life already does.

    Can you make a way to enter without social media?!? Kids love the seriese, and so do my husband and me. I even started reading the seriese to my brother after his brain surgery recovery. Kept us hopeful for his “mended wood” but his wife decided to just let him go and let hospice starve him to death over 6 weeks. So he is free and in the best mended wood thanks to Jesus, just leaves us sad here on this side for now.

    1. Hi Jill,
      Thank you for your comment! You can comment here on the blog post with your three emoji’s to enter the giveaway! No social media required.
      I’m so sorry to hear about the pain and loss you have experienced. It will not be so in the mended wood!


  5. The first book of the Green Ember I ever read was The Black Star of Kingston. It was at one of the Great Homeschool Conventions in Cincinnati, OH. It was a 3-day event, so the first day I bought that one, the next day I got some of the others and my sister got the next Tales of Old Natalia book. They were really good. We ended up getting all the Green Ember books.


  6. 🎥-I like reading books that have been made into movies, especially ones coming out. I am usually very disappointed in the movies 🤦🏻‍♀️🙃
    🕵🏻-I love a good mystery book but not too scary.
    ✝️-I also like books that teach me more about the Lord and challenge me spiritually (in parenting, marriage, spiritual disciplines, etc).

  7. 😉❤🎅
    emoji explained (cause I just can’t leave then unexplained now)
    I see what you are doing in this story (later, okay maybe not)
    I love reading.
    Who can I give this to?

  8. The emojis that best describe me as a reader are 🕰️ because I read a lot,🎒because I take books everywhere with me, and ⚔️ because who doesn’t like books with swords?

  9. 🦅 🗡️ 🐰 These three emojis best describe me as a reader because I wish I could be a character in the story.

  10. I lovee the Green Ember series! I’ve listened and/or read them a dozen times. I love to read and cary books everywhere. – Isaí signing off- ………My place beside you my blood yours till the green ember rises or the end of the world……….

  11. 🤟🤓🥳 I think I love the characters maybe more than my kids. I was so fun as a ROL and it will be on the classics list!

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