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Book 3 in the Ava of the Gaia series, about Ava, one of the last remaining guardians of Earth's magic, struggling against a mortal foe.
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Thank you, all, for your incredible support! Together, we did it—we reached the goal! Now that the campaign has finished, please join me at www.genosek.com for updates. The first and second books in the Ava of the Gaia series are already available in eBook and paperback form and the third book is coming in early 2017!

-G.E.

This is the Kickstarter for the third and final book in the Ava of the Gaia series—entertaining, hopeful young adult fantasy books animated by explorations of environmentalism, climate change, animal welfare, and gender. 

I studied environmental law and policy in college and law school and went on to work in public interest environmental law. I’ve experienced firsthand the power of drawing on hope rather than fear to engage people on environmental issues. I’ve also seen the power of fiction to inspire and inform. Reading books like The Giving Tree and Anne of Green Gables profoundly altered my view of and my relationship to the natural world. More and more research is emerging that fiction can inculcate empathy in its readers. Thus books present a potent opportunity to connect readers to the natural world and its inhabitants. Such opportunities are especially important in light of a new finding that teachers spend, on average, only an hour or two a year on climate change. 

My books provide another avenue for readers to explore critical issues like climate change. But these books are not dry, moralizing texts. Oh no. I love a good, addictive novel as much as the next person, and I made sure not to sacrifice a compelling story when weaving in social justice themes. One fan wrote to me that, after she’d insisted her sister read Ava of the Gaia, her sister became so wrapped up in the book that she almost missed her plane and had to be paged by the flight crew. Another reader wrote in an Amazon review that she almost overshot her train stop while engrossed in the book. So check out the Ava of the Gaia series (unless, of course, you need to catch a bus, train, plane, or any other form of transit). I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support to get the third book into the hands of readers!

Here's a comic by reader and friend, Hallie Jay Pope, which sheds light on why readers might be missing their public transit while reading the Ava of the Gaia series:

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What are readers saying about the first two books in the series?

Ava of the Gaia

“A fantastic, engaging read that you simply can't put down. Nosek combines a strong and intelligent female protagonist -- Ava, likeable, spirited, and wise beyond her years -- with a riveting environmental theme to create the book I've been waiting my whole life to read.” –Savannah CW, Amazon reviewer.

“Ava of the Gaia, is a spectacular, quick read, and will leave you yearning for more.” –Fiona, Amazon reviewer.

“Rare is a book that addresses serious issues facing the human race and remains 'page-turningly' entertaining! Ava of the Gaia is a necessary read for all ages and would make an excellent book club choice or case study in school. It activates the imagination and is pretty much impossible to put down.” –Georgia Lloyd-Smith, Amazon reviewer.

Ava Rising

“The two wonderful Ava books are for all ages…Please tell me you are working on the third book; it's like waiting for the next installment of Harry Potter (the feminist, Earth-friendly version).” –NSM, Amazon reviewer

"Amazing sequel…I would recommend it for young and old alike!" –Julian, Amazon reviewer

“Nosek's story is creative and rooted in the real-life environmental challenges we face worldwide. Somehow, grappling with the challenges through a young-adult fantasy novel creates a feeling of hope in our reality...” –Amazon Customer, Amazon reviewer

Check out more reviews here!

A note about rewards

In an effort to be as environmentally conscious as possible in creating rewards, I've focused on services and experiences rather than physical goods. I've also provided as many paperless alternative reward options as possible!

About the author

Indie publishing

I felt strongly about self-publishing my novels. I know that some environmental problems can seem massive and complex, beyond the scope of individual or community action. I’ve felt both helpless and hopeless reading stories about crushing environmental injustices suffered by communities, environmental disasters, and the commodification and abuse of animals. But I still believe deeply in the efficacy of individual and grassroots action. Writing these books has been an incredibly empowering and joyful journey and I’m hoping to empower others by sharing my story.
 
When I started writing Ava of the Gaia, I realized my sorrow about the state of the planet was a type of energy—it meant I was still deeply engaged in the world around me. I channeled that energy into my books. Writing allowed me to hold onto my empathy—to ward off the apathy that comes from feeling like you’re watching the world coming undone around you and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. It made me feel powerful.

Now I share that same message with readers and students. I’ve spoken to hundreds and hundreds of students and I love that look of surprise and excitement when I tell them my novels are self-published. That if they’re keen to change something in their household, community, or country, they should jump in. I’ve jumped in and it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I share my story of coming to see sorrow as energy and describe the beauty in channeling sadness into something positive, something defiant—planting a garden, switching to public transport for the day, instituting household recycling, exploring secondhand stores, writing a book, a song, a poem.


Who might like these books?

  • Fans of YA novels
  • Animal lovers
  • Nature lovers
  • Fans of fantasy
  • People who watch movies/read books and wish the girl characters were doing more of the rescuing

Readers as young as eleven and as old as seventy have enjoyed the books, but the vocabulary and relationship themes make the books an especially good fit for high school and college students. Check out a sample chapter here to see if you think they’re appropriate for your reader.

Here’s a beautifully animated excerpt from Ava Rising to give you a sense of the story:

And here's a trailer for Ava Rising:

What are the funds for?

Your support will pay for my time to finish writing the third book, as well as printing, shipping, cover art, formatting for print and digital versions, and teaching materials.

Teaching Materials

I’ve collaborated with a wonderful Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Mozambique as a secondary school teacher to develop critical reading questions on gender, environment, and animals based off of Ava of the Gaia. Your support will help me expand on that work and design an engaging, interactive, and freely available teaching and reading guide to accompany the books.

The Ava of the Gaia series so far

Ava of the Gaia

Ava Fae is delighted at the appearance of an alluring new boy at her high school, until she sees the dagger tattoo on the inside of his arm. She knows that tattoo, and it can mean only one thing—either she or the new boy will be dead by the end of the school year.

Harnessing the magic of the elements passed down to her through the centuries, Ava works frantically to discover the true intentions of the tattooed stranger. But she is not the only one with mysterious powers and she finds herself thwarted at every turn. Hunter and hunted engage in an intricate game of cat and mouse—unaware that a much larger war is brewing, a war that will be decided by the outcome of their struggle.

Ava Rising

After a night of terrible sacrifice and loss, Ava and Lucas have crossed a sacred boundary. Their forbidden bond has awakened the wrath of the Makhai, a fanatical gang of killers who will stop at nothing to wipe out the last of the Gaia. As Ava and Lucas flee across the globe, they are tested by violence, betrayal, and a mysterious curse of fire.

Just as Ava needs her powers most, she is losing control—struggling to accept her new identity as the Alpha Gaia. Within her lies the power of the howling wind, the raging water, the boiling lava, and the quaking earth. It’s a power that frightens her—and it’s growing. With Mother Earth herself stoking the flames of Ava’s fury at the destruction of her world and the killing of her people, will Ava be able to channel her power for good, or will she be consumed by the fire of her rage?

Risks and challenges

I’ve written and published two books in the Ava of the Gaia series before, so I’m confident I can finish and deliver a third book. I’m already more than halfway through the final installment. The biggest challenge will be the shipping stage, although I’m planning well ahead of time to meet that challenge. Thank you so much for supporting my quest to provide hopeful, engaging environmental novels and teaching materials to the public—I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

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