Get it now! A Holiday Sale for Middle Grade/Teens

From today until December 22nd, The Riverbend Trilogy featuring One Frosty Christmas, The Great Pumpkin Ride and A Filly Called Easter, a fabulous Disney/Hallmark trio of horse stories for Middle Grade readers, teens, and the young a heart.

Get it NOW on Amazon.com and Amazon.uk for only $2.99 (ebook only). Also available in audiobook and print! FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

JUNE IS CHILDREN’S BOOK MONTH

Enjoy the start of the summer holidays with a series of Hallmark style adventures for children and middle grade readers with some FREE and $0.99 e-book promotions for horse and unicorn lovers.

June 4 – 8th: GUS – a short children’s bedtime story is FREE on Amazon worldwide. Find out more here at Amazon.com or Amazon.ca and Amazon.uk

June 3 – 10: One Frosty Christmas – a heartwarming hanky waving Hallmark style family classic is only $0.99 on Amazon.com and Amazon.uk

June 11 -18: The Great Pumpkin Ride – a rollicking fun ghostly adventure is only $0.99 on Amazon.com and Amazon.uk

June 11 – 18: The Complete Unicorn Daze Series: Books 1 – 6 – a six pack of short children’s bedtime stories is only $0.99 on Amazon.com and Amazon.UK

June 19 – 26: A Filly Called Easter – an action packed adventure for horse lovers of all ages is only $0.99 on Amazon.com and Amazon.uk

Peace and wellness to all.

One Frosty Christmas – the beginning

The number one question that I get asked at book signing events or author readings is: where do you get your ideas? So here’s how “One Frosty Christmas” began.73 dpi frosty

The old mustang in the story, Frosty, is based on an actual pony called “Frosted Tip”.  This little fellow was delivered to Thunderbird in Vancouver several years ago en route from Wyoming to northern BC. A friend of mine was working at the horse show when the scruffy white pony with frostbitten ears was dropped off. The horse transporter asked if she would mind looking after the pony until he was picked up by his new owner? She was delighted. “Frosty”, as my friend aptly named him, was the cutest, if not homeliest, pony she had ever seen. She hoped to meet his new owner, but her responsibilities kept her as busy in the show ring as they did in the barn, and he was gone before dinner the next day.

I was so taken with the story of Frosted Tip…How did he lose the tips of his ears? What adventures had he lived through? Why buy a frostbitten pony in Wyoming and ship him to northern BC? What made this pony so special?…that I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. It must have been frightening for the pony to travel all that distance in the care of total strangers. Before I knew it, my imagination took hold and the concept behind “One Frosty Christmas” was born.

The human characters were a little harder to bring to life. The character of Hannah Storey developed out of time spent working as a volunteer with a couple of therapeutic riding associations and by growing up around numerous WWII vets including my Uncle Mac, who was an amputee. Johnny Joe is a composite of several people – my father, a gentle and peaceful man with a great sense of humour and determination, a native boy from Port Alberni who quietly offered to “sing” for my father’s spirit along with his grandmother and aunt’s on their passing, and Walter, one of the camp cooks I worked with while stationed at Fort McKay, Alberta.

To write, one must ask questions. The first step begins with a thought or an event, like a frostbitten old mustang traveling from Wyoming to northern BC, and the rest is up to the writer.