So where's the snow?

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


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Special Offer!

The first book of my Memoirs is reduced! Click on the link for the special price of 99c, and a bit less on the UK site. This is because the new book, ‘Finding’, will be out on May 1st!

Brought up by a warring Mother and Grandmother, Anna Rashbrook had to make choices that no child should have to.

In this first memoir, she begins the quest to understand the threads of faith, horses, and love, which weave and intertwine throughout her life.

Years of diarying help Anna in this frank and honest chronicle of her childhood and teenage, as she explores the scars and the dysfunction that was all around her. Not to forget pony mania, the Tremeloes, David Bowie, and some terrible teenage behaviour!

Anna travels to Switzerland to work on a farm in Switzerland for a year before college and finds her first true love, but will it all work out?


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New Book!

Just before Christmas, I published the first volume of my memoirs, doesn’t that sound grand? But this is the book that has me most scared. Revealing myself, rather than playing with the people of my imagination.

However, as a Christian, I have prayed about this and am certain, that it the present situation, this is the main way I can witness to people. The whole of my life leads to God, despite fighting him for years. Maybe someone might learn from my mistakes and trials and find him too.

Blurb

Brought up by a warring Mother and Grandmother, Anna Rashbrook had to make choices that no child should have to.

In this first memoir, she begins the quest to understand the threads of faith, horses, and love, which weave and intertwine throughout her life.

Years of diarying help Anna in this frank and honest chronicle of her childhood and teenage, as she explores the scars and the disfunction that was all around her. Not to forget pony mania, the Tremeloes, David Bowie, some terrible teenage behaviour, travel, first love, and heartbreak.


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Guest Post; Heather Wallace

Heather is on my Facebook group, Horse Books for Growns Ups, and is now starting (at last) a dedicated website for horse books, The Bookstore for Horse Lovers. So here is the first post, all about Heather, then tomorrow about the website!

Hi! My name is Heather Wallace. I’m a returning adult equestrian living in Monmouth County, New Jersey. I have a husband, three beautiful daughters, two dogs, a pony, and not a lot of free time. I stopped riding for almost two decades while going to college and beginning a career. I had thought of riding again but finally jumped back on the horse when my first daughter was a baby. I craved time to myself and feeling freedom again. Nothing ever provided that feeling to me like horses have. Once I was on a horse again, I never looked back.

How did you get into writing?

I’ve always been a writer since I was a child, I just never felt confident sharing that writing. When my children went to school I found myself at a crossroads. Stay at home mom or working mom. I chose to pursue a career in Equine Sports Massage to have flexible hours and spend as much time as possible with horses. Many of my clients had the same questions and more than a few requested I start a blog. I swallowed my nerves and decided to go for it. Except instead of focusing on natural health and wellness I found myself writing about my highs and lows with being a returning rider and new mom. The more I wrote, the more self-aware I became. More, I found so many readers related to my own story. Thus, the Timid Rider was born.

Are you a plot/plan in head person, or do the books write themselves?

I love this question and I talk about it all the time with other authors and writers. For the most part I am a “pantster” or discovery writer. Both Confessions of a Timid Rider and Girl Forward were written almost by themselves, pouring out of me. Often, I have to dictate into Siri to take notes so I won’t forget important ideas while I’m driving. Pretty much the only thing in my life that is spontaneous is my writing. That being said, I’m working on an educational book about conditioning horse and rider which is taking more outlining and planning. It’s good to challenge yourself and try new things!

Plug any all your books, with photos and links!

Confessions of a Timid Rider

Confession of a Timid Rider is the cornerstone book of my blog. A memoir detailing a woman’s insights about being an anxiety-ridden but passionate equestrian. After returning to riding as a mother, she is determined to follow her dreams despite the fear she is somehow lacking in talent or ability. An in-depth look into the heart and head of a returning adult equestrian, this message is not limited only those  with horse experience. In fact, Confessions of a Timid Rider is the perfect book to read for anyone whom even for a moment questions their value in their designated profession or life choice. This book will inspire you to pursue your dreams despite the inner voice that says you aren’t good enough.

Buy links: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Confessions-Timid-Rider-Heather-Wallace-ebook/dp/B07D3FXGJX/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533155980&sr=8-1&keywords=confessions+of+a+timid+rider

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17101838.Heather_Wallace

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0748391LS

Author Website: https://www.timidrider.com

Girl Forward

SYNOPSIS

Heather Wallace is an unlikely adventurer. A mother of three and a small business owner, she has little time to explore the world the way she did in her younger years. So when the opportunity arose to work for a horse race in the heart of Mongolia among the nomads, she took a risk learning about herself and changing her life forever.

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1719204500

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17101838.Heather_Wallace

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0748391LS

Author Website: https://www.timidrider.com

Coffee or tea?

Tea always! My grandmother is English and I was raised drinking tea. Coffee is too strong and bitter for my liking.

Chocolate or crisps (Chips)?

Crisps for sure- I tend to have a taste for salty and savory.

 


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Guest Post: Justinn Harrison

I read the first book in the Gallant Hearts Series and was totally bowled over. I’ve never read anything about modern jousting and it was a mind blower. Great read, strong characters, romance and well understood horses.  Possibly my book of the year for 2020!   

Justinn,tell us a little about yourself, where you live, family, career, horses etc.

Hi, my name is Justinn Harrison, though I publish as J.D. Harrison. I love living in Colorado, though I have traveled all over the United States working with horses. I’ve been an upper level eventing groom, riding instructor, squire to full contact jousters, commercial carriage driver and mostly stall mucker, blessed with a huge variety of equine experiences. Currently, I am a part time stallion handler and barn manager, which gives me plenty of freedom to write and enjoy my own horse. My husband deserves an award for encouraging both of my passions, often to his detriment. He shares me with my dog, Cherry, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, and with my heart horse, Smoke. Smoke is a very rare breed, the Canadian Horse, or Le Cheval Canadien. They are very smart, hardworking, people oriented, courageous and sturdy. To my constant gratitude, they are also long lived. Smoke is 23 this year and while a bit slower some mornings, he is still going strong. We enjoy carriage driving and trail riding mostly, though he is game to try just about anything.

How did you get into writing?

I’ve been writing since I was old enough to put together works on paper, telling stories for myself or writing poems when I needed an emotional outlet. I always took advanced English and creative writing courses with high marks. However, I did not start novel writing until a very serious fight with H1N1 (swine flu) in 2009 shook up my world. When you unexpectedly have to face your own mortality it helps you reevaluate what is truly important to you. The first finished novel came about in 2014, with several more on its heels, but they weren’t quite publication ready. The Gallant Hearts series began in 2016 during National Novel Writing Month, and I’ve been chasing the stories that sprang from that point ever since.

Are you a plot in head first person or does it grow as you write?

I have ideas of where the story is headed, but it’s mostly pointing my characters at that objective and turning them loose. Sometimes I throw situations at them and am just as surprised as the reader at the results. Makes every writing day an adventure.

Plug one of your books!

I’m always going to love book one in the Gallant Hearts series the most. Well Armored Hearts is everything I love all rolled in to one story. A strong heroine, friends who become family, unlooked for romance, renaissance festivals, hard hitting modern day jousting, and more than anything, horses that you fall in love with just as much as the people. It’s a meaty story that reads fast and there’s something relatable for almost everyone.

Coffee or tea? chocolate or crisps? Romance or thriller? Horses or dogs, or both?

ALWAYS tea. Preferably Glenghettie (a Welsh tea) brewed dark with just a lump of sugar and the barest splash of milk.

Oh goodness! If I must pick, then chocolate. Dark mostly. But I do love a salty crunchy snack too. Torture!

Romance. Sometimes romantic thrillers, but honestly, I read to escape and not much beats a believable happily ever after.

And definitely both horses and dogs! The horse often fancies himself a bit dog like, but he’s too big to cuddle with in bed at night. LOL

You can find my work at www.gallanthearts.com, I am on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJDHarrison/

Always happy to chat with other authors, readers and fellow horse lovers.


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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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Compromise

At last in paperback, yippeeeeee!

Sometimes, things just can’t get any worse, but for hardworking Mollie, they do!

Not only does she have to leave her job at the stables, but she also has to find a new home for herself and the dogs. Then a chance encounter with old friend Chris at the Hazeley show brings a solution; Compromise living. Mollie gets a new start on his farm and Chris gets freedom from being harassed by the riding club ladies.

But will this just make things worse? As tangled emotions and hurt begin to surface, Mollie has to make sense of her past and Chris has to come to terms with his deeply buried sexuality.

None of this is helped by the cows and  Keith, a slightly dippy stallion, whose combined antics and dramas cause confusion and heartbreak.