So where's the snow?

Muddling through life from Austria to Wales; God, life and a small black dog


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Guest Post: Hope Ellis-Ashburn


Welcome to Hope! I found her latest book absolutely fascinating, the social history had me riveted, until the end!

Tell me about your life? Where do you live? Do you have a family or pets?

I grew up on a dairy farm in rural Southeast Tennessee, USA. We milked 125 head of Holstein cattle and raised crops such as alfalfa, corn, and soybeans on two farms totalling 600 acres. I love all animals but was born with a passion for horses. I got the first horse that I actually owned when I was 12 years old. She was a 13.2hh Spotted Saddle Horse (pony) that I rode English and western. While over the years I rode a variety of pony and horse-sized equines, my actual first horse-sized partner of my own was an Arabian gelding named Faax El Din. I won him as a prize in an essay contest when I was 16 years old. I have been devoted to the Arabian breed ever since. I attended college at Middle Tennessee State University where I was on the horse judging and equestrian teams while working toward my bachelor of science degree in horse science. I attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville earning a master of science degree in agricultural education. I hold teaching credentials in agricultural education and business education. I am married and have a 17-year-old daughter who is a senior in high school. Writing is my side job that I do on a part-time basis. I’m a full-time career and technology education teacher, instructing classes in business education at a local high school. Presently, I live near a small town about forty-five minutes away from where I grew up. My family and I reside in a remodelled 1927 farmhouse that was originally built by my husband’s grandparents. My husband and his family own the farm on which we live. It is a Tennessee Century Farm meaning that it has been in continuous agricultural operation by the same family for over 100 years. Our farm has met that criteria for 195 years! On our farm, we raise hay and black Angus cattle. My half-Arabian mare, Sally, lives on the farm with us along with her pet donkey, Harmony. We also have two Border Collie farm dogs, Gus and Daisy, and a house cat, Rose.

Why did I begin writing?

I’ve had a love for writing for as long as I can remember. In school, I often wrote short stories just for fun. Prior to my teaching career, I worked for the extension service which allowed me to write newspaper articles, newsletters, and some educational material. In 2015, on a whim, I wrote a true, short story about a horse show experience and submitted it to EQUUS magazine for consideration. It was picked up and it really all began then. Since then I’ve written everything from true stories to more technical pieces relying on my expertise in the horse industry which dates back over thirty years. My articles have covered everything from trailer tyres to pasture management, and everything in between. My client list is one I am proud of and includes: EQUUS, Horse Illustrated, the American Quarter Horse Journal, Arabian Horse Life, Sidelines, US Equestrian, and Hoof Beats magazines. I have also written for TheHorse.com blog.

Tell me about your latest book:

In March of this year, I released my second book, “Always Hope: How dairy cows and Arabian horses inspired grit in a young girl’s life.” It’s my coming of age story about growing up on a dairy farm and my amazing first Arabian horse. It’s both sad and humorous and paints a true picture of farm life. It’s available on Amazon.

What are your future plans for writing?

With my current one just out, I haven’t thought much yet about another book. Certainly, I plan to continue writing for my clients.

What is your all-time favourite book?

I have always loved Gone with the Wind. Not only is it my favourite book, but it’s also my favourite movie! The main character, Scarlett O’Hara, is such a strong female personality. I admire her strength and resilience.


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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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PUBLISHED TODAY!


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Guest blog: Natalie Kelly Reinert

One of the joys of being a horsey writer has been the wonderful people I’ve met. Please now meet Natalie Kelly Reinert who is one if not the most popular US writer!

Bio:
I’ve been obsessed with both horses and writing for as long as I can
remember. I started riding lessons when I was ten, but I started writing
stories a lot younger than that! Over the years I’ve been a pro equestrian
in some diverse disciplines, including eventing, racing, and mounted
police. My experience informs my fiction, so I write novels about young
women dealing with the ups and downs of equestrian life as they navigate
the horse racing and eventing worlds. I also love writing about places
which have left a deep impression on me, so most of my stories take place
in Florida, home of extreme weather and personalities, and in New York
City… home of the same, actually! Two of my racing novels, Other People’s
Horses and Turning for Home, have been finalists for the Dr. Tony Ryan Book
Award, for horse racing literature.

Natalie and Ben

Natalie and Ben

Current project:
My latest book release is Horses in Wonderland, a follow-up to my 2015
novel, Show Barn Blues. The novel explores what happens when a barn owner
in a rapidly developing area of Florida decides to take on the theme parks
at their own game. It was a lot of fun to take readers inside a
fictionalized version of the Disney World stables, home of, as they put it,
“the Happiest Horses on Earth.”

Horses in Wonderland (Show Barn Blues Book 2) by [Reinert, Natalie Keller]

All-Time Favorite Horse Book:
My all-time favorite horse book is The Black Stallion’s Courage. As a kid,
I was just obsessed with racing, and the entire Black Stallion series fed
that obsession. The Black Stallion’s Courage is the best one because it
follows the summer stakes races in New York… which in opinion, are the
best races all year!Show Barn Blues

Natalie Keller Reinert
Fiction – Freelance Writing – Social Media
Author of The Eventing Series, The Alex and Alexander Series, and other novels for equestrians
 
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The Baize door is published!

I’m soo excited!  You can’t imagine the buzz from having a book on Amazon. Do have a look and maybe have a read!! It’s what I call rural romance, with countryside, romance, horses, equine assisted therapy, of course, dogs and Christianity!

Joanna has been sleepwalking through life living in her family’s ancestral manor house and running the Hazeley horse show.

Then a childhood friend, Diane, reappears, ruining the glorious isolation Joanna and her father have created. Diane opens a riding stable literally on Joanna’s doorstep.

So begins Joanna’s descent into a life of pain and frustration but then two totally disruptive puppies enter her life, and she needs Guy to help her with their training. They seem ill-suited until a tragedy sparks something more.

It is when Diane commits the ultimate betrayal that Joanna realises she must radically change her life.

But how?  Is there a way to reconciliation with Dianne? Can horses help? Will she finally overcome her past and pain to build a new life built on faith and love?


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected on the last days of summer

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Farmhouse and harvest

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Apples on the branch

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Butterflies and Buddlea

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The two horses down the lane-always together

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Dog and water?????????? Guess who!

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