Updated: Mar 24
I fell in love with trees when I visited our local mountains as a little girl. We’d visit the small towns every year in both the summer and winter months. Sure, I liked to play in the lake, but it was the smell of the trees that always brought a smile to my face.
But forests are not without their perils. For example, one summer, a fire started in the campground below the cabin my family was renting. If the wind had changed direction towards us, my family may have not made it out.
Despite the dangers, I still visit the mountains as often as I can spare time. Forests are my ultimate getaway, especially during my book launches. I’ve found the stress of publishing usually subsides when I’m hiking around my beloved trees.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, one large tree can produce enough oxygen for four people. While marine plants provide a majority of our clean air, trees still play a significant role in the Earth’s health. Trees are pretty awesome.
My love of trees is prominently featured in my books. In The Progenitor, I give them life beyond anything we see on Earth. They’re sentient beings with the ability to know the past and the future of the Universe. Golden Wood trees can download your entire memory in a few seconds and store it forever. They love to do this because they love knowledge as much as they love to get to know the surrounding people.
While these enormous trees don’t play as much of a role in the Equinox’s plot, they will play a significant role in the last books of The Progenitor Chronicles. Readers will get a glimpse of the Golden Wood trees in their infancy as they help Xendara face the ultimate threat to the Universe. I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this new story with everyone. But it will have to wait until release day.
In the meantime, here are a few fun facts about these magnificent trees.
Golden Wood tree:
· Bark that shimmers like gold in the sun
· The base of the trees can reach several miles wide
· The male Golden Wood tree that lives in the middle of the capital city of Tahra is said to reach all the way up into the Stratosphere
· These trees are semi-sentient and can telepathically speak to the people of the planet
· They are connected like a network throughout the planet
· These telepathic trees are considered the protectors of the planet
· They were merged with time crystals
· Golden Wood trees can be found in all four equinoxes of the galaxy
· They can emit light that reaches the distant corners of the galaxy
· Gifts are given by them to those they consider special
· Many myths and legends have been told about these ancient trees
It just so happens that March 21 is marked on the calendar as the International Day of Forests. It day when we can reflect on the health of our beautiful planet and how it’s health affects our own. Without forests, we would not be living with many of the modern comforts that we’ve become accustomed. Nor would we have our basic needs met.
If you have an opportunity, take some time, and show your appreciation for our tree population.
May you prosper as the Golden Wood tree.
If you’re a tree lover like me, here are four books that feature trees in the story.
Tree of Ages by Sara C Roethle
A tree’s memory is long. Magic’s memory is longer, and far more dangerous.
Finn doesn’t know what—or who—uprooted her from her peaceful tree form, changing her into this clumsy, disconnected human body. All she knows is she is cold and alone until Àed, a kindly old conjurer, takes her in.
By the warmth of Àed’s hearth fire, vague memories from her distant past flash across her mind, sparking a restless desire to find out who she is and what powerful magic held her in thrall for over a century.
As Finn takes to the road, she and Àed accumulate a ragtag band of traveling companions. Historians, scholars, thieves in disguise, and Iseult, a mercenary of few words whose silent stare seems to pierce through all of Finn’s defenses.
The dangers encountered unleash a wild magic Finn never knew she possessed, but dark forces are gathering, hunting for Finn and the memories locked away in her mind. Before it’s over, she will discover which poses the greater danger: the bounty on her head, or a memory that could cost her everything.
Tree of Ages is the first book in a complete Epic Fantasy series. If you love Celtic Lore, Druidic Magic, and Epic Adventure, you’ll love the dangerously enchanting world of Tree of Ages.
Note: If you want to know what it's like to be a tree, you'll love this book.
Pathways by Camile Peters
Eileen has never been interested in love. Ever since her father's abandonment, she's vowed to never experience such pain again. But the enchanted forest has different ideas. When the continuously shifting pathways lead her to a mysterious stranger, Eileen finds her promise to fiercely guard her heart increasingly difficult to keep.
One night when she becomes lost in a storm, the enchanted forest's pathways lead her to the castle, home to the kingdom's Dark Prince, where Eileen finds herself entangled in what many consider an opportunity but which Eileen believes to be a curse: competing for the Dark Prince’s hand through a series of tests that judge one’s royal worth. Eileen is neither royal nor interested in becoming a princess. But the mysterious stranger she met in the woods has his own reasons for helping her succeed, although the cost of his assistance may be too high: that of Eileen's heart, the one thing she's vowed never to give.
Inspired by “The Princess and the Pea” and "Rumpelstiltskin"
Note: If you'd love to wonder in an enchanted forest, you'll love this book.
The Progenitor by Sara Wright
Peace was all Xendara desired, but her enemies hunger for her power.
Princess Xendara is the heir to the throne, but her life is turned upside-down when a mysterious spaceship attacks. She learns her father had secrets. With his untimely demise, she must uncover them before her enemies remove her from power. In her quest to keep peace within the Six Systems, she discovers a power she didn’t know she had; a power that everyone is looking to exploit. With the help of her childhood friend Darijus, she unlocks long lost memories of her past, only to find his destiny is intertwined with her own. A prophecy guides her choices to the correct timeline. But can she trust a prophecy that foretells the death of a loved one? With the destiny of the Universe on the line, who she chooses to trust will divide a galaxy.
With powers her enemies aim to exploit, will she risk galactic war?
Note: If you'd love a telepathic tree friend, you'll love this series.
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power—the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring—the ring that r
ules them all—which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.
In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as the Ring is entrusted to his care. He must leave his home and make a perilous journey across the realms of Middle-earth to the Crack of Doom, deep inside the territories of the Dark Lord. There he must destroy the Ring forever and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
Note: If you'd love to hitch a ride on the shoulder of a tree, you'll love this series.
Have you ever read any of these?
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Time Crystal by Sara Wright
The Progenitor Chronicles
Time Crystals are forbidden for a reason, but King Oren must use one to save a civilization.
King Oren’s only goal was to be a peaceful caretaker of the galaxy. But when a girl falls through a portal into his courtyard clutching a forbidden Time Crystal, his life changes.
With a cataclysmic event imminent, he must lead a group from his home system to the opposite side of the galaxy. Everyone looks to their seemingly immortal race for aid, but even with their elemental powers, they are far from perfect.
Armed with the Time Crystal, they seek to stop an exploding star from decimating an entire population. The problem is, he doesn’t know how to use the crystal. Even worse, he might die trying.
Will King Oren stop the star from exploding? Or will time unravel?
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