A Snippet of Something…

Hello Readers!

So I said in a previous post I’d give you a preview of the new adult fiction book I’m working on. “A Valley Fog” (title to be reconsidered about a thousand times before I finally settle on it), follows Alana Maxwell, a women who has let her dreams of running a large horse stable fall by the wayside. Alana struggles with merely surviving after a devastating divorce, and her plans to turn her small boarding operation into a large scale training, boarding, and clinic venue have become fallen flat. Until, one of her boarders suffers her own setback in life and comes to Alana with a proposition; a partnership to get BOTH of their lives back on track. Here’s a bit from the first chapter, which I certainly have not edited a million times yet. Enjoy!

It was a dusky fall morning in the valley, a fog creeping out among the trees and spilling into the brown and orange flatlands. Alana Maxwell stood on the old wooden porch of the cabin, sipping her coffee and peering out over her vast fields. Horses grazed quietly in the dewy pastures, swishing tails and slowly working their way through the last of the summer grass. Soon, the dew would turn to frost, and then one day Alana would wake to a world of white; snow covering the pastures and the barn that made up her farm and stables. For today though, the last wisp of the summer sun still warmed the earth, and the crispness in the morning air was nothing more than a whisper of things to come.

As she turned to head inside the cabin, a distant noise alerted Alana to an arriving vehicle. Alana watched as an expensive black SUV slowly pulled up the driveway, gravel crunching under the tires and dust circling the shiny car. Even from a distance she could tell it was one of her boarders, Melissa. Alana knew she’d pull up to the barn, parking in the same spot Melissa always chose. She’d walk quickly inside to change into her riding gear, and then work her way out to the fields, lead rope slung over her shoulder, pockets filled with carrots for her large warmblood Maximus. Melissa was predictable, a creature of habit, and Alana found comfort in that. Alana also had her routines, and as long as that remained unchanged, the two got along just fine.

But the SUV only hesitated at the barn, pausing just a moment at the parking lot, then continued it’s slow lumbering journey towards the cabin. “What in the world…” Alana muttered under her breath. The morning feeding had gone fine, she had seen nothing unusual in the fields. Maximus had greeted her with his usual overbearing personality, eager for his grain. The barn was quiet when she left it, clean and tidy. Alana wondered what business her boarder could possibly have up here at her home. It wasn’t as if Melissa was in the habit of making social calls. The vehicle came to a stop in outside the garden fence and Melissa climbed out, looking anxious. She looked up at Alana standing on the porch and gave a tentative wave.

“Good morning! Got a minute to talk?” Melissa inquired. Alana’s heart dropped at those words. They were never followed by anything positive, Alana knew this from experience. Telling someone you needed to talk was always followed by something sudden and something sad; a breakup, a disappointment, a heartbreak. The events in Alana’s life had proven this time and time again. Alana was already suspicious about this conversation and it hadn’t even begun.

“Sure.” Alana said. “Why don’t you come in for a cup of coffee?” She gestured inside. Melissa nodded her head and followed Alana across the creaky wooden porch, through the old door, and into the cabin.

So there it is, the first portion of the first chapter. Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Just a Quick Update!

Hello Readers!

Just wanted to let everyone know I finished the second book in the Red Rock Ranch series. If you remember, a few days ago I posted a book review of the first. I have to say, I loved the second even more. I posted the following review on Goodreads, and I stand by it. Definitely check these books out, I eagerly await the next book Brittney Joy publishes!

“Absolutely loved this book. I think I might have enjoyed it more than the first in series. I appreciated the growing and changing relationship between the two main female characters, and the addition of another attractive cowboy (who wouldn’t?). Lucy’s continued work with Chance is a delight to read about, and will appeal to anyone who has ever sat on a green horse. Overall a very fun read, and one that I ate up. Fans of the YA equestrian genre should not miss out on this series!”

Until next time Readers! I’ll be posting a bit from my first chapter of my adult equestrian fiction. I would love anyone’s feedback!

And Just Like That, It Gets a Little Better!

Oh my goodness. The minute the words come out of my mouth that I’m scared because I haven’t seen any reviews, I get the best, sweetest review from Brittney Joy on my Amazon and Goodread accounts. I have a review! A five star, completely positive review, and I can’t even believe it. If I wasn’t recovering from major surgery right now, I would absolutely jump for joy. I’m so excited. It’s amazing how some simple recognition of your work can completely inspire and motivate you. I haven’t written in a day or two, struggling to find where my next story should go, but as soon as I woke up and saw the review all I wanted to do was get back to work and type away on my laptop. I think this is an important lesson, that a little gesture can make a world of difference in someone’s day.

I’m keeping this post short, because I’m excited to get back to work, but to all you that have read my books, thank you. To all of you who are following me on Goodreads, or liked my Facebook page, thank you. To all of you that have given a little hope to an aspiring author, thank you! Now go out there and do whatever inspires you the most.

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A Personal Post…

Hello Gentle Readers!

I’ve been reading back through my previous posts, and I realized that they’ve been light, and airy, and fun, but there’s not a lot of substance there. I’ve never mentioned a bad day, or a struggle, or anytime I’ve felt frustrated. And really, I think you learn the most about people when they’re not at their best. So here’s a post where I honestly express some feelings.

I have two major sources of frustration right now. The first is, I recently had some major surgery. The surgery and hospitalization were obviously unpleasant, and the recovery is not a walk in the park, but the thing I’m struggling the most with is the limitations on riding! I won’t be able to ride for three to six months, which is tough. To be honest, I know it’s not the end of the world, but I was extremely upset at first. Flynn and I have been making great strides forward (pun intended), so this feels like a bit of a setback for me. I’m trying to keep it in perspective though. Even though I can’t ride, there’s plenty of things I can do from the ground! I’m going to work on long longing, and self-loading on the trailer. Maybe I’ll even teach him to bow! So while my situation isn’t ideal at the moment, it’s not a complete disaster.

The second frustration is the lack of reviews for my books! I can tell that people are downloading, buying, and reading both books in the series, but there’s not one review for either book. Which, as an aspiring author, obviously means I’ve convinced myself the books are terrible and just no one wants to tell me. The good news is I have a few author interviews/spotlights coming up in the next few weeks, so hopefully that’ll bring in some positive reviews.

So there you go Readers! Those are the frustrations in my life right now. Honestly, in the scheme of life, things could be way worse, but I thought I’d be honest for once. Not everything is unicorns and cups of tea!

My First Book Review!

Hello Readers!

So I’ve been asked to write a review another series of Young Adult books, the Red Rock Ranch books. I just finished the first one last night, titled “Lucy’s Chance”, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it.

One of the things I enjoy about reading Young Adult books as an adult, is that they are usually light, fun, easy reads. Even those with darker undertones (such as the Hunger Games or Divergent Series), are typically easy reads. While I really enjoy reading classics (F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway are my two favorite authors) sometimes, you just need to switch it up a bit.

Anyway, so back to the actual book! Lucy’s Chance follows sixteen year old Lucy, a rider who is spending her summer working at the Red Rock Ranch, a resort that offers trail rides, Western rodeo events, and plenty of drama. Lucy is a little out of her element at the ranch, since she’s a traditional English rider, but it’s when she meets a wild and dangerous horse that she really begins to shine. I won’t spoil any of the plot points for you, but I’ll also mention there’s a cute cowboy, and a cute, but terribly rude, rival rider. All the makings for a good YA story.

Throughout the book, I found myself relating to Lucy a lot. Which of us hasn’t found a crazy horse that we’ve fallen in love with, convinced that if we could just get through to them, we could have the type of relationship that dreams are made of? Goodness knows I have. There’s a lot in Lucy that reminds me of myself at that age, and I enjoyed reading as she matured and grew throughout the book.

Bottom line is, I give this book two thumbs up, and highly recommend it to anyone that’s a fan of the Showjumping Dreams or Loxwood series. Interested? See the link below to purchase the first book!

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A Valley Fog

Hello Readers!

So I think I’ve come to a decision on the title of my newest work, “A Valley Fog”. It’s the story of Alana Morell, a woman who, haunted by her own lack of confidence (and the demons from her past), has let her dream of running a successful eventing stables fall to ruin. Instead, her farm has barely survived as poorly run boarding facility. Alana is a loner and believes she is doomed to failure, until one of her boarders steps forward with a proposition. Together, the two just might save Alana’s dream after all.

I’m extremely excited about this story. It’s a departure from my young adult writing, this one is much more directed to the older crowd. I’ve been typing away, and hope to have it finished within the month. We shall see though, as with all things writing and life, I fully expect this to take longer than planned. You can be sure that I will make it well known when it is published though 🙂

So I’ve shared my next exciting project with you, what is something exciting in your life? Do you have something fun coming up, such as a visit from a friend, a new project at work, perhaps a vacation? I hope you have something. I fully believe that at any one time, one should have something to look forward to. Even if it’s just a cup of tea in the morning.

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A New Idea, A New Inspiration

Good morning Readers!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Sunday full of the three f’s: family, football, and food. I know I did. Sundays are always such a melancholy day for me, it’s still the weekend, and still enjoyable, but there’s always that little creeping thought in the back of my head that’s saying “Monday is here tomorrow…” I try to shush that voice as much as I can, but it’s always present.

Last night I suddenly had an idea for a story. These are my favorite times, when inspiration strikes, and I can picture a scene perfectly in my head. I typed away long into the night, editing and changing and writing, and I’m pretty happy with where everything is going. It’s not part of the Shade Break Farm series (which, don’t worry, I am also working on), but it is another horse-centered book. This one will be directed more towards the adults though. I think it’s really going to good; I’ll post some snippets from it when I have the story a little more fleshed out.

I normally don’t write late at night, I prefer to write early in the morning with my traditional morning cup of tea. It was actually nice though, writing just by a little bit of the lamplight, curled up in my bed. Luckily I had my trusty companion to keep me company. He’s great to bounce ideas off of, and is perfectly content to hang out for hours as I type away!

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Frankie takes a well earned work break.

Well Readers, I hope your Mondays are going well. Remember to take a little time for yourself today, even if it’s just a few minutes to enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee. A break might be just what you need to survive the day!

The World of Social Media

Well Readers, Kick On! has now been published for well over twenty four hours and I’m happy to say it’s doing well! It’s so exciting (and so nervewracking) to press that little publish button and watch something you’ve poured blood, sweat and tears into go live. It’s also very exciting to check the reports, and see the little number tick up as new readers download the book and enter the world of Sarah and Flynn.

In the past twenty-four hours I’ve been working extremely hard on my social media campaign. As much as I wanted to rebel against it, and just hope that word of mouth worked for the book, it’s become very apparent I need to work on my people skills a little more. So, kicking and screaming, I’ve designed a page for both the Shade Break Farm series and for myself as an author. I’ve also finally acquiesced and establish a Facebook page for myself, although I can’t imagine I’ll be posting much! Feel free to check the pages out, and add me as a friend. I can’t help but feel this is a slippery slope, next thing you know, I’ll be posting my Instagram name up here!

Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderfully relaxing Sunday, full of football, or contemplative though, or tea, whatever floats your fancy. Until next time, Gentle Readers!

P.S. I almost forgot. The Facebook page for the series is: https://www.facebook.com/Shade-Break-Farm-331992953800407/

Enjoy!

Annnnnd Here. We. Go!!

Well Gentle Readers, it’s finally happened! The second book in the Shade Break Farm series has been published. I owe you all the most sincere of apologies, it has taken me much, much longer to write this then I had planned on. The funny thing is, I actually wrote the book in a fairly short amount of time, but I spent probably three times as long editing it as I did writing it in the first place. It was very important to me to provide you all with a quality product, and I feel confident in saying that I’ve done that. I really hope that you all enjoy it, and whether you do or you do not, please consider swinging by Amazon and leaving me a review.

I hope you all have had just a lovely summer. It’s been dreadfully hot and humid here, and seemed like we would never feel the first crisp mornings of fall. But, like life, time marches on, and it’s slowly but surely started to cool down. The afternoons are still toasty, but the mornings have started to carry a hint of crisp leaves, apples, and pumpkin along the winds. I must confess, if I could follow Fall around the planet and live in this season perpetually, I would do exactly that.

Speaking of fall, I’ve already got plans for the next book in the series. I think maybe something about a hunter pace is in order. I’m imagining apple cider, and crunchy orange leaves, and perhaps even a costume contest for the residents of Shade Break Farm. Speaking of residents, several new boarders will be joining our little family shortly, and I can’t wait to introduce them all to you. But for now, please read and enjoy the newest book in the series. And just remember, when in doubt, kick on!!

 

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Oh My Goodness…

I just saw how long it has been since I posted! I’ve been busy busy busy though. I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer, and are getting to enjoy the sun and some time with your families. I’ve been  traveling again. Just yesterday I got back from Savannah. I love the South. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the Louisiana area, and this is my second trip to Savannah. It was wonderful, the old cobblestone streets, the soft lanterns, the Spanish Moss. Absolutely wonderful. I could have sat on a balcony and people watched all night. Maybe I’ll write a book about that next!

I’m thisclose to finishing the next book in the Shade Break Farm series. I’ve got one chapter left, and then I’ll read back through, edit the parts that need editing, add some parts that need adding, and generally clean it up. Then, it’ll be ready to publish! The first book in the series introduced us to the characters, but the second book is a full length novel, continuing the adventures of Sarah, Jess, Mary, Beth, and of course, Flynn. It involves an upcoming clinic with a hot shot rider, and some big changes in Sarah’s life. I’m very excited about it, I hope you all will enjoy it.

I hear my tea pot getting ready to boil (I believe tea is extra special when made in a pot, even though it would be easier to heat the mug in the microwave!), so I’ll sign off for now. I hope you’re all having a beautiful Monday afternoon!