So where's the snow?

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


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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; Tracy Wainright

I live in Virginia’s east coast and am blessed to be surrounded by water. My husband and four children love to spend family time on the river boating, skiing, and tubing. While our schedules are much busier with two teenagers and two pre-teens, we try to get out as much as possible. We also just got a new puppy, which makes life even more interesting. In addition to family time (which includes homeschooling) and writing, I also enjoy speaking and am very active in several ministries. I have a counselling background and launched a caring ministry at our church in the last year as well as stay active in missions. As a matter of fact, I’m about to take my second mission trip to Kenya.

I was the kid in school who didn’t like essay tests or research papers. I always preferred math to English. I enjoyed reading but never dreamed of writing. Then when my second child was born I was a stay at home mom for the first time and had a million emotions and thoughts and no adults to share them with. I started writing to get them out. Then writing became a passion. I spent the next few years learning about the craft of writing and honing the skill. I read about writing, attended conferences, and joined critique groups. I’ve self-published many books – fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books – but this book is traditionally published and the process has been quite different. It takes a lot longer, but it’s nice to have someone else be in charge of the design, cover, and formatting. It will also be nice to have a publisher and network of authors to help promote this book.

My newest book, In an Instant, is a mystery. We start out seeing a desperate Luke Montgomery at the police station trying to get someone to listen to him about his missing wife. Officer Terrence Cooper agrees to look into what happened to Julie Montgomery, but isn’t quite convinced anything is amiss. After all, she’s only been missing a few hours. However, the more questions he asks, the more it seems like something sinister has happened to Julie. As he continues to dig, he uncovers secrets that are most likely connected to her disappearance and give Luke more to deal with than he ever imagined.

How do I write? Usually I have a glimpse of a scene or a character and the story follows. Sometimes I take the time to plot out the whole story, but very rarely. And there are always half a dozen or more stories floating around waiting for me to record!

My most favorite book of all time…that’s a really tough one. I would say the Bible, but that seems like cheating. I think I’ll have to go with the Zion Covenant series by Brock and Bodie Thoene. It’s a 15 book series set before, during, and after WWII. There is loads of historical accuracy included in the books, the characters are excellently written, and the story is both fascinating and totally possible.

By His grace and for His glory,

 

Tracy Wainwright

www.tracywainwright.com


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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; Patricia Snelling

Another great guest post, this time from New Zealand! A sister writer, she’s also a Christian and a rider!

Tell us a little about yourself, where you live, beliefs, what else you do, what pets/horses do you own?

I grew up in a small village in a rural area in New Zealand. From the age of five, I rode horses which my family owned and trained, often winning prizes in the local horse shows. During my early life, my parents had lived off the land, initially share-milking and later as horticulturalists. During the school holidays, my horses and I were regular visitors to neighbouring farms. I remember the friendly farm dogs, waking with roosters at dawn and picking the wild blackberries that my mother served with fresh cream straight from the cows. I loved rural life and even when my family moved to a small town, I continued to spend my holidays on these farms with the horses and animals I loved.

I became saved at a Billy Graham crusade in the early seventies but none of my family became Christians. I found the journey without the spiritual support of my family difficult and often met opposition from family and friends. Apart from taking refuge in God, my animals gave me much comfort. As well as my horses, I enjoyed the companionship of many domestic animals which included pet lambs, cats and dogs.
After completing my nursing studies and qualifying as a Registered Nurse, I spent six years abroad, living in Australia, England and Europe doing a variety of jobs between my nursing roles.  I returned home to start a family and now reside on the Hibiscus Coast of New Zealand where I have retired. Instead of just reading fiction, I am fulfilling my passion of writing fictional novels.
We live on the coast near the beach and are no longer in a good position to keep animals but we enjoy house-sitting friends’ pets. I keep up my riding by visiting ranches and taking horse treks. I miss my pets who have died so much. Animals were the only things that kept me sane during youth until I let Christ into my life.

I am not religious. That means I don’t adhere to rituals and man-made rules of how to live a Christian life. I live by faith and know I am free from trying to earn God’s favour as it is freely given by His grace to all who believe.

Tell us about your current work or which book you are promoting at the moment.

I write inspirational Christian fiction perhaps most suited to a female audience although men enjoy my books too. The genres are mainly Cosy Mysteries and Suspense Romance with a strong Christian message.
My latest book WHEN HOPE WENT SOUTH is the first in a stand-alone series called the Dart River novels. The Dart River lies in the Southern Alps in New Zealand. Hope is a young woman who sets out on a solitary intrepid journey from the North Island to the Southern Alps in search of her horse that has gone missing. The story suits young and older adults. It is full of action and adventure.

How do you work? Late/early? Where/how do you get your ideas? Are you a plot in the head before starting or step by step writer?

I love burning the midnight oil but my health isn’t in love with it. My routine usually consists of doing all my chores and running errands during the day then by mid-afternoon I sit back in my recliner chair with my laptop and start writing. After the evening meal, I get writing again until midnight. I do have evenings where I just relax and watch TV.

I do not write much of the plot for my books. Usually, before I have finished the current book I am busy with, a new novel is already playing out in my mind. I have a vivid imagination and have a few books already at the back of my mind. I write a basic plot and the rest just flows or unfolds. I ask for God’s guidance as I have entrusted Him as my literary agent and distributor. I have to let go and let God.

Your most favourite book of all time? A Moment in Time by Tracie Peterson

 


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COMPROMISE; now on Pre-order!

My new book is available to order for only 99c! Publishing date is June 1st, after this, the price will change.

Compromise is set in Hazeley,, featured in my first book Challenger. However, this book is a standalone read, with new and old characters, the blurb is below. The horse on the cover is Keith the stallion who causes all sorts of problems!

Sometimes, things just can’t get any worse, but for hardworked Mollie, they do! She not only has to leave her job at the stables, but also 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 deeply buried 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.

Image courtesy of Monique Lap art