Friday, April 19, 2013

I Am The Colorado River.

I have run these canyon for six million years
I have traveled from the rocky mountains to the deserts
Through scorching heat and freezing cold
From the land of the dinosaurs to fields of food. 
I lend my hand to seven states,
Two countries,
Nine national parks,
And 36 million people across an arid west. 
I am not the strongest,
Or the largest,
But I am the hardest working. 
People love me.
My playfulness,
My beauty,
My power,
My life. 
But I don't think I can offer anymore.
I am tried, tapped, and tied.  
Of the hundreds of major rivers in the world,
I am one of the few who no longer kisses the sea.  
Battles to harness my soul have been won and lost. 
Use me wisely, and I will sustain you.
Use me like you have, and I will break
My name is Red, the Grand Red River, the American Nile, the Canyon Maker. I am the Colorado River. And I am the most endangered river in America. 
Become part of the solution. 
American Rivers created an epic, awe inspiring video that leaves me scared, very scared. I've said this before and I will say it again, we are in a battle to save our fresh water sources. I don't know who will win, but I thank American Rivers for all that you do to protect the rivers that feed me, nourish me, and provide me and my family with life.

To view Sarah's middle grade fiction book click here: Paperback and Kindle 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Corbett Leith, Corby!

My amazing brother is my hero. He is the reason why I've climbed so many mountains, kayaked so many rivers, jumped off so many cliffs, and surfed endless waves. Everyone and anyone would tell you that Corby is all about adventure. You spend a day with Corby and no matter whether you are in the bowels of a city, the depths of a forest, or the top of a mountain you are in for an adventure. I love him. He is the best.

He is also the illustrator of my cover! He's a professional artist and specializes in large abstract oils. Visit a museum with him sometime - truly one of the best adventures you can go on. His ability to explain a painting and walk you through any gallery in the world is one of the greatest rides. Click here to watch a video that takes you into Corby's world in his own studio. Enjoy!

Here is a picture of my brother - he's the one of the bottom left. And yes, he's the one that just decided on a random day (actually the morning of my wedding) that we should do a water ski pyramid - that's Corby - any and every idea is up for grabs and worth pursuing. More importantly, to Corby every idea is achievable. When you stand next to him you think anything is possible.

To view Sarah's middle grade fiction book click here: Paperback and Kindle