The Birdwatcher is one of the books set in "The Smolder" - a time when freedom has been suppressed for a long time, but the totalitarian rulers are about to lose some of their grip. In this dystopian world, the government has selectively sorted people into not just races, but breeds, each with its own assigned duties, and with its expectations on how each member of that breed should act and think. When I started the series, groupthink in our society was something of a problem, but I think it's become worse, at least in those sorts of people who get themselves in the news, or who teach at universities, or who work in government. Not good. Other books in the series include The Smolder, The Unexpecteds, The Hidden, Notes From Hiding, and The Historian.
Why We Raise Belgian Horses was my debut novel. It features Norwegian immigrants in Dakota Territory, and a big old loveable 'scaredy-cat' of a draft horse, who brings much embarrassment to his owner - until one day... (Oh? You want me to give away the story? Uh uh. Not here. Not today.)
The Birdwatcher giveaway ends August 28. The giveaway for Why We Raise Belgian Horses ends October 3 (to coincide with the anniversary of the release of that particular trade paperback edition). But if you like to enter giveaways, why don't you go sign up while you're thinking about it?