Time to get your holiday gifts for everyone who is young at heart!

Greetings everyone,

Guess what?! It’s time! These are the last few days to order books in time for Christmas. (I haven’t mastered the knack of flying, so last minute deliveries aren’t my thing.) If you’re tempted by The Way Between, pick up a copy or two via our Community Publishing campaign … there’s just four days left! Here’s the link:  https://igg.me/at/TheWayBetween. 

Also . . . something exciting is brewing. People are ordering STACKS of The Dandelion Insurrection to give to everyone they know at Christmas. Can you imagine?! What a stocking stuffer! Actually, the idea began with a post I shared on social media about the Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve . . . and then staying up all night reading! I’m game for that! You can get any and all of my books via my website, signed and sent with a card and surprises.

Another awesome story from the book world . . . my sister Leah Cook volunteered at the tiny library in Grand Isle, ME a couple of weeks ago. We were chatting and she mentioned that the library needed some new books. Now, this is a rural Northern Maine community of 600 people. Our family farm, Skylandia (featured in my farm poetry book, btw), is home to numerous black bears, moose, bald eagles, and about ten billion black flies and mosquitos. It’s beautiful. This is the region of the world where The Dandelion Insurrection begins.  Up and down the St. John Valley (one side is Canadian, the other American), are French Acadian families, Catholic churches, and potato fields. It’s a world of its own. Anyway . . . my sister said the library needed new books, so I sent them my whole collection.  Leah put out the books and took a photo, but you won’t see The Dandelion Insurrection, because a local had already snatched it up excitedly.  I love these stories! Real people enjoying my books!  It made me think what our world might be like if we each gifted one great book to our local library at Christmas each year . . . what happens when we give a shareable gift to everyone in our community? Wow!

One last story . . . to the right is a photo of nonviolent conflict researcher Erica Chenoweth. I sent her a copy of The Way Between as a thank you gift for her groundbreaking work.  She demonstrated that nonviolent action is working twice as often as violent methods. Her book, Why Civil Resistance Works, cowritten with Maria J. Stephan, showed me that our fiction literature needed an update! Forget the swords; drop the weapons! We needed adventure stories with nonviolent action and waging peace! The Way Between is the first novel in a series that will integrate the growing knowledge of active nonviolence, peacebuilding, and nonviolent conflict resolution with action/adventure/fantasy. Our children deserve new stories with all the excitement … plus skills that will serve them well in the world that is emerging before our eyes. Find the book here: https://igg.me/at/TheWayBetween

There’s your novel news! With gratitude and love,

Rivera

PS Curious about The Way Between? Here you go!

“Between flight and fight lies a mysterious third path called the Way Between, and young shepherdess and orphan Ari Ara must master it . . . before war destroys everything she loves! She begins training as the apprentice of the great warrior Shulen, and enters a world of warriors and secrets, swords and magic, friendship and mystery. She uncovers forbidden prophecies, searches for the lost heir to two thrones, and chases the elusive forest-dwelling Fanten to unravel their hidden knowledge. Full of twists and turns and surprises, The Way Between is bound to carve out a niche on bookshelves everywhere!”