So where's the snow?

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


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PUBLISHED TODAY!

I’m so thrilled, a great day when your third baby is born!

 


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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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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.


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Guest Post; Leah Meahl

I am so pleased to introduce Leah Meahl, a Christian author, whose first book is now on pre-release!

The greatest gift that I ever received without even knowing it was my mother’s prayers over me as a baby. I’ve seen the effect they’ve had on my life over the years. One such prayer was that I would be used for the glory of God’s purposes. At this stage of my life, I believe I’m just beginning to scratch the surface of that purpose.

I’m a Yankee girl with the NY accent to prove it, but with the loving hospitality baked in from living most of my life in Greenville, South Carolina. I believe they call us GRITS: Girls Raised In The South.

Though introverted and shy at heart, I’ve grown up with the desire for storytelling. I grew up in church and community theatre and discovered that I have an acting bug with a knack for singing. I got into the writing scene, however, after being enchanted by a teen romance that may or may not have included a vampire. My taste has grown since then, trust me.

When Jesus called to some of His disciples, He said that they would no longer be considered fishermen, but fishers of men. Similarly, I feel that Jesus has called me to no longer be a storyteller, but to be a teller of His stories. Everything I write has His influence, and my desire is for people to see and hear and understand His influence in their life.

My debut novella, The Threshold, is a true testament to God’s grace and guidance in fulfilling the desires of your heart once they’re surrendered to Him. I couldn’t have continued the writing and publishing process without Him.

Speaking of the writing process, when I begin to craft a book, I need to get deep into a daydreaming state. It usually includes talking to myself. Typically, that’s when the idea first arrives. It takes the form of a snip-it or a moment played out in my mind. If I think it’s intriguing, I build a storyline from that moment. Who was involved? How did this moment come about? What’s the result of this moment taking place?

For the most part, I do a lot of pre-thinking and organizing before I start writing, just to make sure this could be a plausible reality. When a good portion of the plot is planned out, I begin writing. You can plan all you want though, but the writing is when the tale begins to truly blossom.

Unlike when I was younger, I read Christian fiction and non-fiction. I love stories with supernatural elements and mystery but having a love interest is a definite must for me. My favorite book is The Shack by Paul M. Young. It’s the only book I’ve read twice which clinches the fact it’s my favorite. I don’t like to reread books because I’d rather use the time to experience something new.

What used to be a strange concept when The Shack first came out, became a beautiful story that moved me to look at my relationship with God with a new perspective. I had to read it again, so that I could retain the deep spiritual truths it held about healing and loss and trusting God in everything. I highly recommend checking it out.

Be encouraged that whatever God has for your life can be accomplished with faith, prayer, and trust. With those fundamentals propelling you forward, all that’s left is to watch and see what God will do.

 


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Compromise – a review!

This is by Christine Meunier on her equus blog, I was so honoured!

Compromise is the second book by this author that I have read, the first being Challenger.  The two novels are loosely related with some characters that are in both stories. But readers are able to read them as standalone novels.  In Compromise, Molly finds herself struggling with the day to day tasks involved in her job in a local riding stable.

Compromise by Anna Rashbrook | Equus Education (Click to buy)
Compromise by Anna Rashbrook | Equus Education (Click to buy)

As more pressure gets put on Molly to step up into an overseeing role whilst their manager is in hospital, she finds that the joy of working with horses diminishes.  The gossip and nastiness of the women she works with overrides any joy that she used to get from horses and working with them.

As things come to a head, Molly is amazed to find herself suddenly without the security of a job or a home.  An unexpected compromise is provided to her in the form of Chris, a man who has been helping with her previous employer’s stallion.  Molly is surprised by Chris’ solution to her problem but feels that the situation offered may work for her.  She just questions if living with a man she barely knows is a good idea.

As time passes, Molly comes to learn the role of milking cows on Chris’ farm. She also learns that the recluse farmer has a lot more going on than you may first suspect.  Compromise is an insightful look into the world of someone struggling with gender identity.

It features horses throughout and they have a healing affect on the main characters.  There is a faith aspect that is touched on lightly but seems to sit under the surface.  There are a couple of characters within the story that readers may love to hate, as they provide a good amount of friction in the story.  Compromise is an interesting read that finishes off nicely for each of the main characters involved.


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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