Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Equine Fantasy

The Roar of Smoke by Candace Carrabus is a newly released unique novel. Fantasy and horse lovers alike will enjoy this descriptive tale of a magical girl and her passion for horses. Tressida begins to learn about her powers when her village is attacked and she’s told to flee by her grandmother, who had shared family secrets with her all during her childhood. While escaping, those words of wisdom come back to Tressida (often called Sida) and magical things happen that help her survive. But there are evil people that want her powers, and will do anything to get them. Sida must learn how to master the new skills to overcome her obstacles.

While horses are not the main focus of the story, Tressida loves horses although they have not been around for a long time. She reads about them in an old book and dreams of riding and caring for them someday. Horses are brought into battle by other good men trying to defeat the evil ones. Eventually, Sida gets a horse of her own.

Visit the author's website to learn more: http://candacecarrabus.com/

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Chronicles of the $700 Pony

The Chronicles of the $700 Pony by Ellen Broadhurst had me laughing out loud at times!

This equine memoir is one of the best written ones I've read, with detailed show scenes and humorous internal dialog. The author didn't just buy a pony for herself to ride, but a green-broke, chestnut mare. With dreams of showing it the next year. Her experiences from housing it, to training to showing low level dressage and eventing will have you rooting for her and cheering at the end.

Great for non-horse and horse lovers alike, of all ages.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Horse That Haunts Dreams by Anna Larson

The Horse That Haunts Dreams by Anna Larson is a wonderful memoir about the horses that were near and dear to her heart. As a horse-loving young girl, Anna was in high school before a horse named Hobo impacted her life.

She describes the ups and downs of Hobo's life, including surgery, rehab and training. She enlisted in the U. S. Army as a veterinary technician and there Hobo was a big hit.

After his death, she reminisces about other special horses in her life. This well-written book will be enjoyed by horse lovers of all ages.

You can find this book on Amazon.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Review of my mystery novel, To Catch a Horse Thief

My second book in the Masonville Mystery Series is now available as an e-book on Amazon!
See here: To Catch a Horse Thief

To Catch a Horse Thief includes all the teenage boy characters from the first novel: Luke, Shaq, Tony and Jason. Octavia, Shaq's cousin (and the boy's high school teacher), and her father, Detective Gordon Vintara are also included.

Amy, from California, spends the summer with her cousin Luke in the Pennsylvania mountains. While bike riding in the nearby park with Luke's three friends, they discover two draft horses and a pony being kept secretly in a temporary pasture on park land. When shotgun blasts are heard, they quickly head home.

 The first review is live!

5.0 out of 5 stars Short, Fun, and Action-packed Adventure, January 15, 2015
This review is from: To Catch a Horse Thief (Masonville Mystery Series Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Although this is book two in a series, it can easily stand on its own. The story revolves around a group of teens who discover some horses hidden away on public lands. It isn't long before more horses are reported stolen, a rich horse owner is found dead in her bedroom, and a groom is attacked. The kids "assist" (without putting them at risk) veteran detective Gordon Vintara and his rookie trainee, Anna Swan, to put together the clues as to what's going on in this small community. The characters are well drawn, the action is fast, and there's a twist at the end. I especially liked the few interspersed chapters from the stolen horses' point of view. Coming in at about 123 pages, it is a short, fun mystery and just the ticket for middle grade readers.