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The Apology & Forgiveness Song &...

Author’s Note: This excerpt is an example of the kind of compelling fiction we can write when we integrate the current best practices and experiments in conflict resolution. In the story, the Atta Song (Apology and Forgiveness Song) is part of Harraken culture, a way of admitting wrongs and making them right. This tradition is […]

Throw-the-Bones – An Excerpt fr...

This is an excerpt from Desert Song, a novel by Rivera Sun. You can get a copy by supporting the Community Publishing Campaign. Up a long, winding ravine, tucked into a pocket meadow, lived a seer named Throw-the-Bones. Her home – if you could call it that – was a hide-covered lean-to half dug into […]

Ancestor Songs – an Excerpt fro...

Note: This chapter is excerpted from The Lost Heir:  An Unruly Royal, An Urchin Queen, and A Quest For Justice by Rivera Sun. You can purchase the book here. And find the eBook version here. Hours later, exhausted and happy to her bones, Ari Ara slipped through the side gate of the House of Marin with Emir. […]

Alaren & the Feast Day Ceasefire

Alaren & the Feast Day Ceasefire

(Note:This tale is part of the fictional Stories of the Third Brother, an ancient book of folktales about Alaren in Ari Ara’s world. Each folktale teaches a lesson in waging peace using true stories as a spark of inspiration for the tales of courageous nonviolent action. They have been serialized into a 30-week online series […]

Urchins’ Feast – An Excer...

Urchins’ Feast Note: This chapter is excerpted from The Lost Heir:  An Unruly Royal, An Urchin Queen, and A Quest For Justice by Rivera Sun. You can purchase the book here. And find the eBook version here. “No, absolutely not,” the Great Lady Brinelle spoke as she continued reading a draft bill, not bothering to […]

Texas Free Rangers – An Excerpt...

This is an excerpt from The Roots of Resistance, the sequel to The Dandelion Insurrection. You can order a copy here: http://www.riverasun.com/the-roots-of-resistance/ At two o’clock in the morning, Tansy woke Tucker to tell him that a group claiming to be the Texas Free Rangers was taking credit for the pipeline explosion. “The Texas Free Rangers?” he […]

Little Dandelions – An Excerpt ...

This is an excerpt from The Roots of Resistance, the sequel to The Dandelion Insurrection. You can order a copy here: http://www.riverasun.com/the-roots-of-resistance/   Not here. Not us. Not our school. The words of Idah Robbins echoed in Charlie’s thoughts. The fifth grade teacher’s voice rang with fierce determination and a deep love of her students, school, and […]

Debt Prison Strike – An Excerpt...

This is an excerpt from The Roots of Resistance, the sequel to The Dandelion Insurrection. You can order a copy here: http://www.riverasun.com/the-roots-of-resistance/ Chapter Nine Debt Prison Strike Hot and humid as a hairy armpit on a southeast afternoon, the debt prison laundry stank of detergents and hissing cotton steam. The incarcerated workers hauled sacks and trolleys of […]

Gray Atonement – An Excerpt Fro...

This is an excerpt from The Roots of Resistance, the sequel to The Dandelion Insurrection. You can order a copy here: http://www.riverasun.com/the-roots-of-resistance/ “Come on with me and let’s walk down to the end of the block,” Tansy urged grimly. “There’s something you outta see.” The quiet residential neighborhood spilled out onto a commercial corridor with a corner […]

March Into the Heart of Darkness, Bla...

This is an excerpt from The Roots of Resistance, the sequel to The Dandelion Insurrection. You can order a copy here: http://www.riverasun.com/the-roots-of-resistance/ The wind poured through the car window and danced across her scalp. Zadie’s black curls whipped and tangled as she drummed her hands on the steering wheel, singing along with the blaring radio. Barreling up […]

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