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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Emergence Blog Tour

We're very excited today to be part of the Emergence Blog Tour. 
Emergence is the final book of the Eden's Root Trilogy written by the highly creative Rachel Fisher.

This is a long post, but keep reading . . . it includes the book blurb, my review, and a bit about the author (including a great recipe!).
Then scroll to the bottom for a tour-wide giveaway!

Eden's Root Trilogy #3
Published April 30, 2013

"I promise you, Sean. We're going to stop them."

The pieces on the board are in motion and with both sides gathering strength, each move will be critical. When the Truthers make a play for checkmate, the Seeders are forced to respond. Fi and her companions will face greater challenges and higher stakes than ever before, because this time if they fail, it's for keeps.

My Review

From the time I picked up the first book in this trilogy, I was hooked. And, as much as I love the other books, I think Emergence is the crowning book of the three.

Emergence picks up right where we left off. A quick recap: So far, the world has fallen apart, a young girl (Fi) had to lead her Family to safety - becoming a formidable warrior in the process. Then she became a Seeder, trying to bring the world back to life, and to allow those things which grow in the earth to be wholesome.

I'm really not big on spoilers, so forgive me if I don't give you many details. :)  What I can say is this:

Fi and Asher have a lot to deal with. Things get bad enough that Fi allows herself to be darkened in a way she's (amazingly) avoided before now. And that almost kills Asher. (Okay, not physically, but still. He suffers.)

No one is safe in this book. Everyone suffers something, and since I love these characters as my own friends, it's hard.

We learn a whole lot more about Lawson - the leader of the Truthers. We get inside his head and understand why he's trying to destroy the people who are intent on rebuilding society. And, as any great villain is, he's sympathetic in his own way.

As expected, we get a final battle. Ms. Fisher outdid herself with this one!

The trilogy definitely goes out with a bang, and if you haven't read it yet, you need to. It leads you to consider things in the world from a different perspective, and challenges society's acceptance of things, reminding us not to blindly follow leaders, and to educate ourselves about what's going on around us.

Now go read.

5/5 stars

Rachel FisherRachel E Fisher

I am a wife and entrepreneur living and working in Florida. I am also a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where I majored in Biology. It was always my assumption that I would end up making research my life. Though it did not work out that way in the end, my passion for Biology remains intact.
I have always loved biology-based science-fiction and the young adult genre. It is in this vein that I offer my work.

In Rachel Fisher's dystopian world, natural grown food has turned to poison or died before it can produce fruit. This idea was partly inspired by her own life and the necessity of creating vegan and gluten-free meals.

On her website, Ms. Fisher offers great recipes, and professional scientific insights into some of the studies that "prove" things about different foods ... like the one claiming that having cake for breakfast can cause you to lose weight, or the one where she explains why the study debunking the benefits of organic foods shouldn't be taken at face value.

She also gives suggestions on making food taste better without all the extra butter (seasoning, seasoning, and more seasoning!), how to cook brown rice to get the perfect texture, reviews of books she reads, and all sorts of other great things. Go explore!

And, just for a taste of what you'll find, here's a peek at one of her recipes!

Vegan, Gluten-Free Navy Bean “Alfredo Sauce”

It was with a mixture of hope and trepidation that I took on my vegan, gluten-free version of this dish.  And it turned out DELICIOUS!

Vegan, Gluten-Free Alfredo Sauce
  • 2 T Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free AP Flour (this flour is mostly made from protein rich garbanzo bean flour…very good for you!)
  • 2 T alternative to butter.  I used soy free Earth Balance.  (I plan to try it with coconut oil as well at some point)
  • 1 cup Rice Milk, unsweetened (or Oat or Soy milk)
  • 1 can organic Navy Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 container veggie broth
  • Nutritional Yeast to taste
  • Organic Worcestershire
  • Salt n black pepper to taste
I started by making my bean puree, because I planned to add that to the “Bechamel” later.  I pureed my beans in a small food processor, adding olive oil, salt, and veggie broth as needed to get it to a puree.  I think it’s better to err on the wet side rather than the beany/proteiny side because the Bechamel will be thick enough.  The good news is that you can TASTE it as you go along because it’s all vegetable, so season to taste.

Then I made the Bechamel base.  Combine the flour and “butter” in the bottom of a heavy saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk together and cook slightly so it forms a nice, buttery or toasty brown, then add the cup of milk and whisk as it bubbles together.  You may be able to turn the heat back a little below medium.  It will thicken as you whisk (don’t kill yourself, just keep a nice stir, you aren’t making meringue).  When you get the texture you’d like, add the navy bean puree.  If needed, you can add more rice milk (if you like it a little sweet) or veggie broth (if you want it all savory) to achieve the exact texture you’d like.

Add salt, nutritional yeast, black pepper, and Worcestershire to taste.

Use to top your favorite gluten-free pasta and enjoy!  It’s so tasty and comforting and so HEALTHY!  Firstly, it’s full of navy beany protein goodness!  Secondly, even though it is calorie-rich like real Alfredo, the flours used are full of protein (and no gluten), the “butter” used is healthy and minimal, and unsweetened rice milk is much healthier than dairy.  So you can have an Alfredo without all the guilt!

Find your apron and roll up your sleeves... it's time to celebrate the Eden's Root Trilogy with...

The Emergence Recipe Book Tour

12 – Launch
-          tHe crooKed WorD 
-          Mel’s Shelves 
-          Mortal Moments
19 – MySeryniti 
-          Rose & Beps Blog 
20 – Fundinmental – Eden's Root
21 – MoosubiReviews! 
24 – Markedby Books – Eden's Root
25 – LeeannaMe – Eden's Root
-          Marked by Books – Seeds of War
-          Diary of a Book Addict 
26 – LeeannaMe - Seeds of WAr
-          Marked by Books 
27 – LeeannaMe
28 – TheBookish Daydreamer Eden's Root
30 – Grand Finale

Tour-Wide Giveaway:

August 12 - September 6

2 Winners each (international):
  - eBook of Eden's Root
  - eBook of Seeds of War
  - eBook of Emergence

2 Winners (international):
  - eBook of the trilogy - Eden's Root, Seeds of War & Emergence

1 Winner (US, Canada, UK)
  - signed print copy of Emergence


  1. I’m glad you enjoy this series! I’ve been meaning to start it, so hopefully I’ll get to it this summer at least! :) Yummy recipe too!

  2. I’m happy you enjoy that series! I have been this means to get started that, and so ideally I’ll reach that this summer at the least!: ) Scrumptious food also!