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Quickie Book Review – The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The Language of HoofbeatsThe Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Compelling read

This is the first book that I’ve read by Hyde, and I can say with out a doubt that it won’t be the last. The author has a way of getting down into the bits of human emotion that most people are afraid to explore. This novel is compelling, touching and the perfect introspective read for a blustery winter night.

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Quickie Book Review – Forewarning by Kate Wyland

ForewarningForewarning by Kate Wyland

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a long-time horse fanatic, I was pleased to read a book in which the author is just as knowledgeable about horses (and didn’t just do a lot of research). Aside from the great horsey-backdrop, Forewarning is a complex, well-written mystery with plenty of richly layered characters, each with their own emotional baggage. And then there is the healing aspect, which I found quite interesting and unique.

Overall, I’d recommend this book to anyone who like their mysteries with a bit of romance, complex human emotions, and on-the-edge of your seat finales. The horses and healing are free of charge 🙂

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Quickie Book Review – Horses and Heroin by Bev Pettersen

Horses and HeroinHorses and Heroin by Bev Pettersen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like other books by Pettersen, there’s a good mix of romance, mystery, suspense and horses in this novel… though the equine theme in this one was a bit lighter than other books. Still, a good compelling read.

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Quickie Book Review- Fillies and Females by Bev Pettersen

Fillies and FemalesFillies and Females by Bev Pettersen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book, even when I wanted to smack the main character Becky over her naivety at a few points. Mystery, romance, and horses! What more could a girl ask for?

(Pettersen has another great horsey book – “Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash” that I’d recommend as well!)

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Quickie Book review – Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash by Bev Pettersen

Thoroughbreds and Trailer TrashThoroughbreds and Trailer Trash by Bev Pettersen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A perfect combination of horses, intrigue and romance. Well written, developed characters with their own agendas and mannerism. On the whole I loved this book enough that I went on a search for more books by Pettersen!

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Weirdness Warning: Photoshop, True Blood and Arabian Horses

Life, as usual, has been getting in my creative way lately. I’ve been busy working on more post for you guys, crafting a story collection, finishing up a novel that I’m very excited about (as well as about five other literary projects) and then there’s the non-writing time-sucks:

1. Photoshop: In addition to gearing up for a Maternity photoshoot this weekend (love me some pregger’s bellies!) and a Senior portrait session with Firetrucks after that, I also have gotten some design work done.

While I do spend a fair amount of time on these things, it’s not all wasted minutes. Crafting cover art (like the mock-up below) allows me to focus a story more tightly, and often gives me the kick-in-the-pants that I need to complete it.

{I’d love to hear any thoughts or comments you have on this cover!}

2. Television: I don’t have Showtime, despite some of my favorite shows airing on that channel. Californication, Weeds, Dexter, The Real L Word… and of course, True Blood, but that goes without saying. And it’s literally killing me to not be able to watch them. Seriously. I spend hours lamenting my sad state of cable subscriptions and cooking up elaborate schemes so that I can bask in the glow that radiates from Eric Northman. I wish I was joking.

3. Parenting Lethargy: I spend so much time trying to accomplish things that sometimes it is overwhelming. Then all at once, I’m bombarded by the things I should be teaching/ doing/ sharing with my children and I want to poke June Cleaver in the eye with rusty scissors for making me feel like a crappy mom. Case-in-point: My daughter has mentioned numerous times that she wants to take horseback riding lessons.
Now, I totally understand. I felt the same at her age and thanks to my own Mother-on-a-pedestal, I rode and showed horses competitively right up until I got married and moved away. I think about getting back into it, but who has the time?

(My horse-days were before the digital era, but my Egyptian Arabian “Clyde” looked like the above.)
But back to my daughter and her equine interest. I’m scared (she’s extremely accident prone- she broke and lacerated her finger WHILE getting a school physical at the Dr’s office!), I’m not rich (lessons and attire and tack, oh my!) and I’m busy enough as it is. So I put it off, and then I feel like crud for not doing it for her. I really need to get on that, and the million other things on my lost To-Do list.

But I can’t start now. It’s late and I’m going to bed.
Until next time!