In this sixteenth Equestrian Author Spotlight, I talk with equine author, Rachael Eliker. Of course, we discuss the best topics on earth ... writing, books and horses! In the interview, you'll learn about her favorite horse book (besides her own of course). I think you'll agree it's a solid choice! Also, you'll love learning about the moral of her stories, get a kick out of her commentary on a favorite quote, and want to join her while she researches her equestrian fiction novels. Happy reading!
I can easily recall counting horses (from a backseat window that I could barely see out of) on family road trips, frantically scribbling numbers in notebooks. Of course, that was back when horses in roadside pastures were more commonplace than strip malls or office complexes.
I spent my days lying on the floor surrounded by crayons and colored pencils writing about (and drawing) my four-legged pals over and over again. I had them all – every My Little Pony, all the Breyer Horses. I never wanted to play with the dolls. I only wanted their loyal equine friends.
Until everything changed on my 10th birthday ...
In this fifteenth Equestrian Author Spotlight, I talk with Catherine Louise Birmingham. She is an internationally acclaimed Dressage rider and trainer, her career spans Germany, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Jakarta – Indonesia. She is the author of Ride for Life - The Three Golden Principles for Riders. Of course, we discuss the best topics on earth ... writing, books and horses! In the interview, you'll learn what she thinks makes a book stand out, and how she researches her topics. Happy reading.
It's COVER REVEAL time! I have my manuscript back from my editor and am hard at work on the final revisions. I can't wait get Cowboy Away into reader's hands this year. So, in celebration of this next step in the process, I'm revealing the cover to the second book in the In the Reins series. The book cover is so cowgirlious. I made sure there's a horse (of course) on the cover, too. Can you hear my spurs jingling?
When it's too hot to hit the saddle, I seek some shade and saddle up with my favorite cowboy movies. If your idea of a summer action flick involves cowboys and horses then, boy oh boy, do I have a list for you.
In this fourteenth Equestrian Author Spotlight, I talk with Nicole Moore. She is the author of the Shade Break Farm equestrian fiction series. Of course, we discuss the best topics on earth ... writing, books and horses! In the interview, you'll learn that her favorite equine memory is of a snowy bareback ride on Christmas Day! As a writer, I completely understand and agree with her answer to my question, "What's the hardest part about being an author?" Happy reading.
My spurs are still jingling from attending my very FIRST BreyerFest at the Kentucky Horse Park! I loved meeting readers, fellow authors and all the Breyer Model Horse enthusiasts who attended this awesome event for horse lovers! Go behind the scenes at the festival in this fun little video from my cowgirlious adventures in Lexington, Kentucky. Happy viewing!
We've had record temperatures this summer in Arizona so I am always looking for ways to keep my horse (Sissy) cool. I knew I had to give these a whirl when a family member (Thanks, Uncle Tim!) shared a post from a fellow horse lover on Facebook who had just tried out horsey popsicles. I took some fun video footage of Sissy giving her first horse popsicle a taste. Read on to see the video and get the recipe, too!
In this thirteenth Equestrian Author Spotlight, I talk with L.R. Trovillion. She is the author of the equestrian novel, False Gods. Of course, we discuss the best topics on earth ... writing, books and horses! In the interview, you'll learn about her favorite horse book authors and that her favorite equine memory involves Santa Claus delivering a pony! As a writer, I absolutely fell in love with the motivational quote that is hanging over her desk and her answer to my question, "Why do you write?" I think you will appreciate the words of wisdom she offers in this spur jingling interview, too! Happy Reading.
Can you hear my spurs jingling? I've just heard from my editor. She has finished the first round of reviews to the sequel AND the feedback is positive. I can't wait to get back to work on the manuscript so I can get it into reader's hands this year. In celebration of this next step in the editing process, I thought I would reveal the title to the second book in the In the Reins series. Are you ready for the sequel title reveal? I can't wait!
Can you hear my spurs jingling? I am so excited to share that my equestrian romance, In the Reins, is featured as a recommended honeymoon read in the Wedding Issue of Horse & Style Magazine!
In this post, I share a list of resources that have helped me as a self-published equine author. Whether you're new to self-publishing, have already self-published, are looking for creative ways to network or want to excel at marketing your horse book, there's something for everyone on this list. So, if you're self-publishing your horse book, here's four equine author resources you'll want to gallop over to!
In this twelfth Equestrian Author Spotlight, I talk with Grace Marshall. She is the author of the Horse Haven book series. Of course, Grace and I discuss the best topics on earth ... writing, books and horses! In the interview, you'll learn that she volunteers at a local horse stable, she loves the movie Dreamer, and that her favorite horsey memory involves having her childhood horse step on her foot! Happy Reading.
Seth Godin once said, "The book that will most change your life is the book that you write." Boy, was he right about that! I didn't make the decision to self-publish lightly. When I decided to release my own horse book series, I knew it would be a major commitment but I've found that being responsible for how everything goes is the VERY best part of being a self-published author. In this post, I share why being a self-published author jingles my spurs. Happy reading!
My most favorite Sundays are when I have horsey adventures scheduled where I can get my cowgirl on! Here are three of my favorite videos from some of my cowgirlious Sunday Fundays. Watch along as I gallop around a Professional Bull Riders (PBR) event, attend the 40th Anniversary of Cave Creek's Rodeo Days, and meet In the Reins readers at a Blue Ribbon Horse Show! Happy Viewing!
It jingles my spurs to now be able to offer signed eBooks through Authorgraph! If you have a e-version of In the Reins I'd be very happy to sign it for you. Here's the great part! There's no need to repurchase in order to get it signed. Authorgraph makes it possible for me to sign e-books for readers! Here's how it works ...
In this eleventh Equestrian Author Spotlight, my spurs are really jingling because I talk with Jan Ruth. She is the author of the Midnight Sky Series. I am a HUGE fan of her horse book series for adults! Of course, Jan and I discuss the best topics on earth ... writing, books and horses! In the interview, you'll find out what inspired her equestrian fiction series, learn where the inspiration for her beautiful book cover designs come from, and hear why she left traditional publishing to return to the indie world last year (psst ... she prefers creative freedom over any perceived prestige!) What a spur jingling way to honor your creativity, Jan!
Happy Reading, Everyone!
McKennon and Devon's story continues. Time to break out the bubbly! I'm proud to share with readers that the sequel to In the Reins is finished. The manuscript to the second book in the In the Reins series is complete. Here's what comes next ...
I'm celebrating the first ten authors featured in my Equestrian Author Spotlight series with a recap post! Thank you to all the authors who have given me the gift of their time. It makes my spurs jingle when authors unite. I’ve learned so much from other authors and appreciate how unique each of our writing journeys is. I think it is so important to support each other and share knowledge among us. We are stronger working together to expose this “niche” genre of ours. Here’s to horse books!
Here's a recap of the first TEN interviews in case you missed one. Happy reading!
In recent years, the self-publishing industry has exploded and new tools for self-publishing have removed barriers for authors who prefer to go it alone, I am one of them. Equestrian fiction authors have legendarily been told that their books (with an equine twist) are too niche. I don't agree.
My goal was to write a story with an honest depiction of the human-horse bond while at the same time giving readers the experience of falling in love with the characters of my book. After some extensive research, I decided to self-publish my first novel and skip the conversation about my book being too specialized to market.
In this post, I share a list of books that have been priceless to me as I started out on my journey as a self-published author. I continue to reference them as I ready to release the sequel to In the Reins. I believe one must GIVE TO GROW so I hope this list of spur jingling books on self-publishing will inspire and help other self-published authors navigate the awesome (and sometimes choppy) waters of self-publishing.
My spurs are still jingling from attending the Tucson Festival of Books in Tucson, Arizona! I loved meeting readers, fellow authors and all the book enthusiasts who attended this awesome bookish event! The Tucson Festival of Books is a community-wide celebration of literature. Offered free-of-charge, the Festival exists to improve literacy rates among children and adults. All proceeds for the Festival support local literacy programs. Go behind the scenes at the festival in this fun little video from my appearance in the Author Pavilion. Happy Viewing!
In this tenth Equestrian Author Spotlight, I talk with Linda Ballou. We discuss the best topics on earth ... writing, books and horses! In the interview, you'll find out that Linda gets to take horse treks around the globe and write about her experiences, hear why she loves being a writer, and if you are an aspiring author (or even an established one) Linda offers some solid tips on how to enjoy the ride. P.S, Your heart will melt over the stories behind the horses that inspired The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon.
GIVEAWAY: Do you love books? Do you love horses? Do you love books about horses? If so, here's your chance to win A HUGE PILE of equestrian reads. Horse books from yours truly, Brittney Joy, Laura Wolfe, Mara Dabrishus and more are part of the HUGE PILE that just keeps growing. You don't want to miss this easy to enter horse book giveaway. Want to get a feel for all the amazing horse books up for grabs? Just read more!
Get the scoop on the SEQUEL to In The Reins in this NEW interview with Horsemanship Radio. I so enjoyed talking with host Debbie Loucks about horses, my book written with horse lovers in mind & its recent EQUUS Film Festival literary award win! What an honor it was to be interviewed on the same episode of Horsemanship Radio with legendary horseman Monty Roberts. Happy listening!
The Tucson Festival of Books is right around the corner!
My spurs are so jingling! I'm thrilled to share that I will be attending the Tucson Festival of Books this year! I can't wait to meet readers, fellow authors and all the book enthusiasts that will be attending this awesome bookish event! I'll be appearing in the Author Pavilion where I'll be conducting book signings along with other literary peeps! So here's where you can find me in Tucson, AZ!
Carly Kade writes for anyone who loves horses, handsome cowboys and a great romance. Creative writing makes her spurs jingle!
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