Earth Day

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Today is the day! ‘Earth, Book Four of The Akasha Series’ is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords. $4.99 will get you through the exciting conclusion to the series. Join the already over 200 people who have added ‘Earth’ to their TBR list on Goodreads, now.  Plus, Goodreads already has 4 reviews and 5 ratings – I’d love if you could add yours! Did you know each book is available in print, too? You can find Water, Air, Fire, and Earth on Amazon (just make sure you are purchasing the print version, not the Kindle version).

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I am also currently in the middle of creating audio books for the entire Akasha series. The ‘Water’ audio version should be out sometime late May, with the rest to follow. Check out the very talented narrator I chose for the series, Emily Lawrence.  I chose her out of 15+ auditions for her great voice, her knowledge about the business, and her reliability and professionalism. Plus – she is an author, herself. What a great match!

 

Akasha Cover bonus contentAlso, by the beginning of May, I will release ‘Akasha, The Complete Saga’. This is a boxed set of all four books (available in electronic formats only), for $9.99. The boxed set will include never before published bonus content; short stories for each of the main characters (including one for Bee – twenty years into the future). I certainly understand that many of you will have already purchased the entire series, and don’t want to spend ten bucks for a few short stories. You can still get them – without spending the money! All you have to do is send me a link to a review of each of the four books (preferably on Amazon or Goodreads), and I will send you the bonus content (just the bonus content – not the boxed set) – for free! Please remember, they have to be a review (one or two sentences is fine), not just a rating.

 

herbs2So – on to the important stuff. How are you celebrating Earth Day? This weekend, we kept our celebration small and planted an herb garden on our outdoor deck area. Thyme, dill, parsley, sage, mint, basil, and some lavender thrown in for scent. Herb gardens are great; they cut down on pollutants, save you money, and green your area. They can be done inside or outside, whether you live in a house or apartment. And trust me – those summer mojitos with fresh mint are totally worth it! We have about ten of these planters, and can’t wait to start cooking with fresh herbs!

Not sure what to do for Earth Day? Go to www.google.com, check out their interactive, animated doodle – then search for evens in your area!

April 22nd, 2012 is Earth Day

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I am an eco-fantasy author, and today is Earth Day.  My immediate thought is – crap, I should really do a blog post about this.  But honestly, what can I tell you today that will make a difference tomorrow?  Probably not much.  We’re all mostly aware of the declining quality of our planet’s ecosystems.  A large part of that is due to the lifestyles to which we’ve become accustomed; and it is something we, as a whole, are unwilling to change.  As individuals – yes, lots of us can do something small here and there.  But the main shift needs to happen at a higher level; with politics.

What I can tell you to do is petition your government at the local, state, and national levels to center their campaigns around environmental issues. Then you need to vote accordingly.

Longer term change needs to be our focus.  In recent research for my books, I have come across another long term solution – permaculture. Permaculture is a philosophy of ecological design that develops sustainable human settlements and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. It draws from several disciplines including organic farming, agroforestry, sustainable development, and applied ecology.

Farm and pasture land take up over 1/3 of the world’s ice-free land surfaces.  These are areas that have been cleared of natural vegetation.  This is why permaculture is so important.  Permaculture works with natural ecosystems to grow food and support life, instead of against it.  Many predictions, including those by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), show that by 2040 Europe, the America’s, and China will not be able to sustain food growth.  This theory, along with others that predict we cannot change global warming, tells us we need to adapt the way we go about growing, processing, and distributing food.

Well, that was a mouthful. Some food for thought, so to speak, for Earth Day.  By this time next year, the final book of the Akasha Series will be released and I can hopefully focus on the larger message I hope to convey with the series.  Wish me luck with that!  In the meantime, Google ‘Permaculture’ and find out what you can do to help.  Here is a great clip on Actress Ellen Page’s experience with permaculture on the Ellen show (I love Ellen  – both of them):