So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria; God, life and a small black dog


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BOOKS ON SALE; THIS WEEKEND ONLY, 14th and 15th September!


All are available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Links are below. Do enjoy and leave me a review!!!!

CHALLENGER

A deceitful friend and an injured horse. Can the horses and dogs in Joanna’s life help her to find faith and healing? Equine Assisted Therapy is a key theme.  ‘A beautiful rural family drama, especially for horse and animal lovers.’ Genevieve Raas

https://www.amazon.com/Challenger-Horses-Reflect-Our-Souls-ebook/dp/B07HMYMMR8

 

COMPROMISE

Hardworking Mollie’s life is full of disasters, but can moving in with Chris, in a deal called Compromise living solve her problems?Deeply buried secrets, horses and cows in a gripping drama, where two people try to find their peace. ‘A wonderful story with so many layers…I loved spiritual connection between humans and animals.’ One chapter more

https://www.amazon.com/Compromise-Horses-Souls-Anna-Rashbrook-ebook/dp/B07RRB8BN9

CHAOS

Chris and Mollie might be trying to move on, but their lives are still filled with tragedies, dilemmas and difficult horses. In an explosive climax, will they finally find their happy ending?

Released September 28th.

https://www.amazon.com/CHAOS-Horses-Souls-Anna-Rashbrook-ebook/dp/B07XJCS3DT

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Cover reveal!

The third in my series of books about horses, love and faith. I thought the series was finished, but there’s going to be a Christmas story and one set in Austria… Here’s the blurb!

Chris and Mollie thought it was time to move on; change is good, isn’t it?

But in going their separate ways, they just hit more problems and complications.

Chris leaves the farm to meet his mentor Alan. But his dream of a happy time sorting himself out in the community on the Dorset coast is ruined by a terrible accident. Chris must return to work with horses to make amends. Returning home brings more shocking revelations throw new light on his troubled gender identity. More trapped than ever before, can he find a way out?

Mollie starts her dream of boarding girls from her old school but finds herself out of depth and struggling with the teenagers’ demands and moods. It seems the idea is a disaster for all. But maybe, Ann from the stables has a solution.

Galloping through all these misadventures is the equestrian sport of Vaulting and the struggles of Keith, the stallion who has caused the two so many problems. Strange arrivals, a new horse, a Nun and Mollie’s mother all combine to bring even more chaos to the struggling pair. The journey for all ends in a shattering conclusion but will Mollie and Chris finally get their happy ending? Does it need God to step in and change things?

A standalone follow on to Compromise.


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Guest Post: Lucinda E Clarke

Thank you, Anna, for the invitation to bore your blog readers. I’ll do my very best to answer your questions.

I try not to panic when asked to say something about myself. Where do I begin and who will believe me? And do you really want to know?

My first memory was running away from home at the age of 3 because my widowed mother mentally abused me, but only because she had a personality disorder. This set me up to marry a wildly, exciting, charismatic charmer who was also a bit of a psychopath.

A few years on and I was left in the African bush 25 kilometres outside Nairobi with a 9-week-old baby, little money, no food, electricity or transport. But, I had a guard/gardener and a maid and a leopard visiting each night, so all was not lost.

How about the time I was broadcasting live with a bayonet resting on my shoulder the point pricking my neck? I wouldn’t want to do that again.

And then there’s the day I walked around the corner to see soldiers hanging three young men – which reminds me of the tear gas attack we ran from in a different city.

Living on a sinking boat was also an interesting experience and when your husband is dragged off to prison and the police deny all knowledge of him and your Arabic is severely lacking, well that was a problem too. Solved when we were thrown out of the country.

Later I made history handling my own divorce – tricky when psychopath mentioned above has gone AWOL.

Try running a riding school with 4 horses two of them not fit for the knacker’s yard, plus I couldn’t ride and I had no idea how to feed them or look after them.

So, you see, I’ve been falling into things all my life. Of course, I wanted to write but was told to get a ‘proper job.’ I became a teacher.

From teaching I fell into writing for a living. My SABC radio audition was appalling but they liked the material (written by self on a typewriter minus the letter ‘n’). Bullied into entering the Playwright of the Year Awards, to my amazement I won. Now, there was no stopping me.

Since then (1984) I have written radio plays, hundreds of radio scripts, fell into television and eventually I ran my own video production company before leaving South Africa.

In between I also wrote magazine articles, reports, adverts, mayoral speeches, my own newspaper column, and two books for the Big 5 traditional publishers. (I turned down further contracts as I was too poor to wait for royalties. I had to feed the husband, two children, the home help and her family, the gardener and his relatives, the St Bernard, cats and the variety of small furry creatures that lurked around the house). Heck, I wrote anything for anyone who was prepared to pay me and pay quickly. I am the queen of propaganda with no morals or ethics in sight. It’s easier to ditch those to clothe and feed the children. Monday would see me extolling the excellence of red meat for the Meat Board, while on Thursday I’d scream in favour of being a vegetarian for a corporation making soya products.

But I have also; sewn giant teddy bears, cleaned toilets, climbed rubbish dumps, bred small animals for pet shops and Cairn Terrier puppies (I bred a couple of my own offspring around the same time), made dresses, taught English, presented on radio, and television (TV briefly, I have the perfect face for radio), hosted ambassadors and met royalty, heads of state and deep rural folk.

Altogether I’ve lived in 8 different counties, from a millionaire in a mansion to a one bed flat – and the boat with holes in it. I’m now ensconced in a rabbit hutch in Spain pretending to be retired.

Well of course that lasted all of 9 months before I was bored silly and turned to writing books. A huge learning curve after so many years writing scripts.

Having passed my sell by date, I learned I couldn’t write – well not ‘write proper’ according to my editor, with a sea of red marks to prove it. How the hell had I earned my living for almost 30 years if I couldn’t write? One of life’s little conundrums, I guess.

I made a conscious decision to self-publish, at my wrinkly age I couldn’t hang around waiting for acceptance by any Big 5, or small ones either, and my former contacts are also way past retirement. Anyhow, after freelancing for decades I was used to being self-employed. At last I was free! I merrily cast off the shackles of irritating clients, unreasonable CEO’s and the precise timing required for broadcasting services.

This new venture meant I could make every mistake in the book – which I can proudly attest to – every single one of them.

I didn’t know you had to be on social media. I’d thought readers would find my first biography Walking over Eggshells, by osmosis. They didn’t – well 12 did in the first year.

Next, they tell you to stick to one genre. Really? I’ve written on topics as diverse as splitting the atom, generating electricity, how to climb a ladder, interviewing Julius Caesar, bathing a baby, 52 ways of making a living with no capital and what to feed cows etc etc etc.

So, after the first memoir I turned my hand to fiction and created Amie (I have a sneaking feeling it’s the other way around).

Realising my memory was decidedly dodgy I fired off two more memoirs about my career in the media and how I wrote for cash.

Next came two more Amie books – a few deluded readers had asked for these.

Then during my ‘once in a decade spring clean’ I found an old mss lurking under the bed and I finally completed Unhappily Ever After my satirical Fairyland tale.

Two more Amie books plus a couple of back stories brings me to the present day and I’m now scribbling a psycho thriller.

I don’t write cosy books, or romances or sci-fi. I’ve just seen too much real life to believe in a cotton wool world. Amie has morphed from a shy, naïve, whining, newly-married housewife to a tough cookie who has learned to kill and survive. I’ve put her through a lot and in the latest book Amie Savage Safari, she is witness to the wheeling and dealing of governments that will go to any lengths to secure the rights to mine precious minerals.

Amie has been described as a female James Bond without the sex and the swearing. I like to think that my books can be read by anyone with an interest in travel, other cultures and African wildlife. Despite being cross genre, there is something for everyone.

When do I write? Once upon a time I had a study – a proper office and production studio. When I was still teaching, I’d get up at 4.30am and write and then work every day after school with a break for children quality time and continue every evening until bed time.

Now, it’s the dining room table in our only lounge so it’s a bit hit and miss. I’m still training my DH (Dear Husband) to keep quiet when the muse floats by but he’s constantly forgetting and I have to battle with the radio and even the TV on occasion.

The current work in progress is the only one I have ever mapped out in advance. Usually I have a vague story in my head and the characters – Amie in particular – then take over and do their own thing. I simply get dragged along for the ride.

My favourite book? I honestly can’t tell you. I began with Enid Blyton before I started school, and these days I read about 80 – 100 each year. I like action adventure books that move quickly, that surprise me and can make me laugh and cry.

I have two ambitions left. I’d like to get one book once on one of those prestigious lists out of London or New York and I’d die happy if one of my memorable remarks was ever included in a book of quotations. We can all dream.

I have all the usual addresses – oh for the days when we only had one. And I love to hear from readers and always reply.

Thank you again Anna I appreciate you putting me in the spotlight.

 

Web page – https://lucindaeclarkeauthor.com

Blog link  https://lucindaeclarke.wordpress.com  then add date

Amazon author page:  author.to/Lucinda

twitter name   @LucindaEClarke     https://twitter.com/LucindaEClarke

Facebook  My page https://www.facebook.com/lucindaeclarke.author

WOE page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walking-over-Eggshells/284671991724167

Amie page https://www.facebook.com/AmieanAfricanAdventure

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBIaMN5uEKjs9PwXzGwWgdQ


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PUBLISHED TODAY!


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The joys of being an Indie author!

I had this week free, so great I thought, I can check over Compromise before it goes to publish and I might just finish the next book Chaos. It was raining so it was good to work indoors.

Silly me. I found the paragraph formatting had all gone wrong and despite hours of trying to alter it, those little indents were all over the place. Tried help groups, Microsoft, thought of putting the date back…had headaches and wanted to chuck my PC out the window-well it was its fault…

Then after tinkering for two days, I found this button that says remove all formatting. BINGO! In two hours, I had put it all straight and even made a couple of late changes.

Only to find that the book was locked under pre-sale so I can’t update it until it’s published.

I wont’ make these mistakes again!!!!!!!!


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Guest Post, Jan Ruth

I met Jan lately on my new Facebook Group, Horse Books for Grown Ups. If any of you are looking for such a read, or an author of such a book that you would like to promote, please join us!

All about Jan

I live in Snowdonia, a mountainous area of North Wales, UK. I write contemporary fiction about the darker side of the family dynamic, often blending life in rural Wales with a touch of city business. My style is best described as fast-paced and realistic, with a sprinkling of dry humour.

The real story began at school, with prizes for short stories and poetry. I failed all things mathematical and scientific, and to this day I struggle to make sense of anything numerical!

My first novel – written in 1986 – attracted the attention of editor Anne Dewe, Andrew Mann Literary Agency, London. Dewe’s own company, Love Stories Ltd, was a project aiming to champion those books of substance which contained a romantic element but were perhaps directed towards the more mature reader and consistently fell through the net in traditional publishing. Summer in October was contracted immediately but sadly, the project failed to get the right financial backing and the company dissolved.

Many years later my second novel, Wild Water, was taken on by Jane C Judd Literary Agency, London. Despite Judd’s enthusiasm, the book failed to find the right niche with a publisher.

And then Amazon changed the face of the industry with the advent of self-publishing and I went on to successfully publish several works of fiction under my own imprint, Celtic Connections. After a brief partnership with Accent Press in 2015, I chose to return to the freedom of independent publishing.

Wild Water won the Cornerstones competition for the most popular self-published book in 2011, and Midnight Sky won the Romantic Review Magazine Award (2013). Silver Rain (2015) and Wild Water (2016) were both finalists in the Wishing Shelf Awards.

My books are available globally via Amazon as ebooks or paperbacks and locally, you’ll find them in North Wales libraries and Hinton’s bookshop of Conwy.

When I’m not reading or writing – I love to ride and walk the Welsh hills; a constant source of inspiration. I’m also is also an active trustee member for the RDA (Riding for the Disabled) and an Assistant Equine Facilitated Learning Practitioner.

Current Work

I tell myself I’m taking a break from full-length novels but then find myself dabbling! No horses this time. Three sisters, all very different from each other and with a secret in the past which slowly reveals itself through a time-slip structure…

I’m also starting a new series on my blog called The Pony Diaries. I’ve recently completed a series of memoirs spanning 50 years of riding which has been wonderfully cathartic and a great way of collating memories, photographs, and re-discovering parts of my life I thought I’d forgotten. But I realised there was so much more I wanted to say. The Pony Diaries are a continuation of the memoir theme in a way, but where the memoir finished at 2018, the diary entries will be written in a more immediate form.

My most recent novel is Gift Horse.

Imagine living eighteen years of your life around a mistake…
Caroline Walker’s daughter suffers a horrific riding accident. Her distraught parents wonder if she’ll ever walk again, let alone ride. And when Mollie’s blood group is discovered as rare, her husband offers to donate blood. Except Ian is not a match. In fact, it’s unlikely he’s Mollie’s father.

Eighteen years previously, Caroline had a one-night stand with Irish rock star, Rory O’Connor. Caroline fell pregnant. Deeply flawed boyfriend, Ian, was overjoyed. And Caroline’s parents were simply grateful that their daughter was to marry into the rich, influential Walker family.

Caroline turns to Rory’s friend Connor; and although his almost spiritual connection with his horses appears to be the balm she needs, Caroline cannot forget Rory, or her youth – both lost to a man she never loved. Eighteen years on and after surviving cancer Rory lives as a virtual recluse in the Welsh mountains. Through his well-meaning but interfering sister, he is shocked to discover he has a teenage daughter. Or does he?

Someone has made a terrible mistake… someone is going to get hurt…

Where do you get your ideas from?

Even if I tell myself I’m done with writing for a while – and I do, frequently – something will eventually worm its way out of my subconscious. This mutation of daydreaming is often coupled with observations of other people and happenings in their lives, as well as my own, until eventually all of these considerations are pulled together and mulled over, like some sort of fictional tombola. And for me, it’s those personal stories which add an extra layer of reality to a work of fiction. Write what you know is all about understanding your subject thoroughly, and preferably having experienced some of it first-hand.

I’ve been working with disabled people through my local RDA (Riding for the Disabled) for some eighteen months. Then earlier this year I was offered the opportunity to train as an assistant to a therapist working for WITH (Welsh Institute of Therapeutic Horsemanship). This is all about people with mental health problems, and the astonishing success of equine therapy relies purely upon the interactions between people and horses. I hope my modest experience adds a touch of reality and richness to the story of Gift Horse.

How do you work?

I’m an early morning writer. I tend not to plan too much, other than factual things like dates, and timelines. And I don’t have a messy desk with endless notes stuck to my screen or big notebooks overflowing with complicated scribblings. What I do have is a good instinct for the order of things. I think this comes from reading a lot of good fiction and learning why and how something works; what to hold back, when to reveal, how much to tell, what to show, which scene works best as dialogue, or narrative. This balance will be slightly different for every writer, the literary stamp of personal style?

Favourite Book

This is a tough question! I’m going to say The Misremembered Man, by Christina McKenna

Book descriptions/ links/Blog: https://janruth.com/

 


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Tom is on Channillo

What does that mean? My first book, Tom is in a completely different genre, a Christian thriller about lost indentity and demonic possession. I wanted to re-release but not to confuse my horse book readers. Channillo is a paid website where you read books by instalments. I have already got my first reader and it’s only just gone live!

Here’s where to find Channillo, https://channillo.com

Here’s the blurb to Tom!

Running away from London and yet another loser seemed a good idea to Clare, but being left with the miserable and enigmatic Alex doesn’t seem much better. In the quiet of the countryside together they forge a sort of relationship.

To her surprise, Clare finds work, Land Rovers and a life that seems good.  But who is behind the random attacks on her? Is she in genuine danger? Who is Tom? What is Douggie up to? Is there any hope for Clare to find love and happiness? Maybe she will need to run again before she can find peace, healing and love.