We're so excited here at CC&C to celebrate the launch of the novella collection: Of Rags and Riches. Many, many months ago, Gabrielle had an idea for a novella collection, and she invited Jaime, Anne, and me, to join her in submitting story ideas. (Along with five other authors whom you will meet later in the month.)
My story in the collection is Win, Place, or Show, and it is about an aspiring equestrienne and her riding instructor.
The idea for the story came from watching the Facebook posts of a friend of mine who is a riding instructor. Katie Gardner lives at Otteridge Farm in Virginia and comes from a long line of excellent horsewomen.
Katie's commitment to the well-being of her animals and the safe, kind, intelligent instruction of her riding students shines from her posts and pictures and videos. I knew I wanted my hero, Gardiner Kennedy, to embody those same qualities.
Gard is a retired army major, a cavalry riding instructor, and soon-to-be horse breeder. He's inherited his grandmother's farm, a property that has been in disuse since her death, and with his riding fees and instructor fees, if he can scrape together enough money, he's got his eye on the perfect stallion to start his breeding program.
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If he survives a summer of debutantes and dillettantes who care more about their pleasures than about the animals they ride, he'll reach his dreams.
Beryl Valentine, society gem, would chuck all the soirees, balls, and high teas to spend all her time in the barn. She loves horses, especially her mare, Lacey. But her father owns Lacey, and he sees horses as assets to be swapped or sold as the whim takes him. Beryl is always afraid her father will sell her mare...something he's done to her twice before with horses she loved.
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With Gard wary of society girls and Beryl weary of the parade of young men her mother foists on her in the hopes she will marry well, each must guard their hearts from the other.
I had a great time writing about the horses and people in this story, and I owe a big thanks to Katie for all her help with the show horse information.
I hope you will get a chance to read about how Beryl and Gard give up their dreams, only to find they get what they wanted all along.
But reading the stories isn't all the fun to be had! The collection authors are gearing up for a Facebook Party to be held July 18th. We'll be giving away prizes, talking about our stories, and playing some games. We hope you'll be able to come.
You can learn more about the party and RSVP by clicking HERE!
If you would like to learn more about Otteridge Farm and the fabulous people and horses who inspired this story, check out:
And if you would like to learn more about the book, you can find it by clicking:
Of Rags and Riches
We hope you'll join us here at CC&C this month, where we'll also be giving away a LOADED Kindle Fire e reader! Check back here for details!
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