The River Bend Trilogy goes live today!

Just in time for the holiday season – a trio of holiday stories to warm the heart.

The Holiday Series – The Complete River Bend Trilogy

This includes One Frosty Christmas, The Great Pumpkin Ride & A Filly Called Easter (Books 1 – 3 in The Holiday Series). It is a great gift for all seasons filled with inspiring stories of friendship, determination, and the power of horses to heal the world and overcome obstacles..plus action, adventure and mystery. Available in audio book around the world on Amazon and Audible. Narrated by the wonderful and very talented Leslie Howard.

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Update on The Dastardly Mr. Deeds

I am hard at working on the sequel to Gumboots, Gumshoes & Murder, which has proven to be a popular audio book this fall. The Dastardly Mr. Deeds is coming along nicely. I am about one-third of the way there. I find as a writer the first quarter of the book is the hardest to write. Because the clues to solving the mysteries of the feet in sneakers are within the pages of one of the character’s fictitious books of the name, I have to write two books in one. I am just starting to channel my inner, Tiffany. lol Hopefully, I shall complete the book before the end of January. That is my goal.

Independence and One Frosty Christmas get a new look

Sometime within the next couple of days, the new covers will appear on Amazon for Independence and One Frosty Christmas. I would have loved to have returned to One Frosty Christmas‘ original book cover, but due to the new specs on Amazon, it doesn’t meet their requirements and the artist has moved on. Thanks to my Facebook friends and readers I met at The Mane Event in Chilliwack and at my local farmer’s market in Qualicum Beach for taking the time to chat about everything horses and books. So….ta da!

The Unicorn Daze Series – audio books

unicorn daze 1 - 3 audioNOTE TO LISTENERS OF THE AUDIO BOOKS: The Unicorn Daze Series is based on a series of short stories I performed at middle schools during school readings. I tried to capture the feel of my grandparents tall tales of storytelling when the whole family was gathered around the kitchen table playing cards at their summer cottage. I can still hear my grandfather’s voice in my head all these many, many years later reciting the tale of the Headless Horseman, Paul Bunyan, and his cavalry horse, Big Red.

The kids loved this series of short stories. The readings were made up of several classes from Grades 1 – 4, with special needs children also in attendance. This is what started me reading these stories in the play format so that the younger and older children as well as those with learning disabilities could follow along. It proved very successful and a couple of teachers urged me to publish them.

From some of my reviewers comments on Audible, children aged 3 – 5 are really hooked on this format, but adults may find it distracting. No problem though, just ask the kids to explain it. lol

A huge bouquet of thanks to reviewers

I have been very humbled over the last few days with the many wonderful reviews left by readers and listeners alike. Your kind words have truly meant a lot to me, and to my narrators as well. A huge amount of time, anywhere from 2 months to two years went into the writing of my novels, depending on how much research was involved. Yes, I said, ‘research’. My narrators had to some research to pronounce names and prayers as well, not to mention the endless hours of editing on any given project.

I went to the Natural History Museum in Victoria and Vancouver and spoke to the gracious folks at the Heads Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre to make sure that I had the write details on the clothes worn by Cree, Blackfoot, and the Metis for my ghostly warriors in The Great Pumpkin Ride as well as to get more information on Medicine Wheels and Blackfoot ceremonial dances. I had visited there in the past, and recommend it to anyone passing through that area in Alberta. In Valentino, I had to not only interview folks about Will, the horse that got left behind, but visit Jedidiah Island and research the wild foods and heritage vegetables that were growing there or that could grow there in the winter.

So….in closing, thank you to all.

May all your mounts be swift and your trails be filled with beauty,

Laura Hesse

The King of Christmas – audio book released ahead of schedule

The King of Christmas – click here for a preview

When the three little pigs give Santa’s reindeer the Swine Flu the night before Christmas, it is up to Jessie and Gus to help Santa save Christmas.

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