Win TWO vouchers good for one complimentary ticket each to the International Omaha Jumping Grand Prix on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the CenturyLink Center and a signed copy of the award-winning equestrian novel, In The Reins! It's super easy just read more for how to enter the Twitter Giveaway ...
My spurs are still jingling over this interview on Horse Radio Network. I so enjoyed talking about horses, my book & its EQUUS Film Festival literary award win for best Western Fiction with the Horses in the Morning crew. Happy Listening!
In this ninth spotlight edition, I talk with Tobi Lopez Taylor. She's a fellow equestrian author and American Horse Publications member. We discuss the best topics on earth ... writing, books and horses! In the interview, you'll learn about Tobi's favorite horse breed (Arabians), why she thinks good editing is worth the cost, and her views on traditional publishing vs. self-publishing. (P.S. she's done both.) Happy reading!
I am so honored to be the recipient of two Silver Medals for my equestrian fiction book, In The Reins, from the Feathered Quill Annual Writer’s Contest!
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.
Winning Feathered Quill Awards in both the ‘Romance’ and the ‘Adult Fiction featuring Animals’ categories really validates that I’ve accomplished that with the book.
Equestrian reviewers have unanimously praised the novel:
Nothing jingles my spurs more than a good romance about horses involving a handsome leading man especially if he's a swoon-worthy cowboy! So since we are in the month of love, I thought I'd share six of my favorite works of fiction. These horse books for adults offer up a good dose of cowboy romance and plenty of horsey co-stars. Saddle up for some romantic reads you'll want to rope this Valentine's Day!
For the final post in my three part series on equine photography and equine photo shoots, I thought I'd get a little silly! The truth is photo shoots with horses aren't always glamorous so I'm sharing some funny shots from my photo sessions with Melanie Elise Photography. Melanie always makes me laugh and as you will see my horse, Sissy, can be a little silly too. I hope this post gives you a giggle and makes your spurs jingle. There's even an opportunity for you to caption a few. Enjoy!
I am one happy cowgirl. My recent desert equine photo session with Melanie Elise Photography completely captured the immense love I feel for my horse and the passion I have for the Western lifestyle. Now comes the tough part ... choosing which photograph to use for my author biography page in the upcoming sequel to my book for horse lovers, In The Reins.
Readers - Would you help me choose?
You've found the perfect equestrian photographer and you've booked a photo session for you and your horse! You are excited (finally you'll have those perfect pictures of your partnership!) and terrified (Oh no! What if they don't turn out well?) so what do you do? Don't worry! In this post, I'll share tips and tactics for you and your horse as you prepare for your own equine photo shoot!
In this eighth spotlight edition, I talk with fellow equestrian fiction author Laura Wolfe. We discuss the best topics on earth ... writing, books and horses! I just know riders and writers alike will love the message behind her favorite motivational quote. Are you thinking about publishing your own piece of equestrian fiction? You'll glean insight from Laura as she shares the advice she'd give herself if she could go back in time before publishing her first book. I love that she jots her ideas on napkins! I do that too ... smile. Happy reading!
Happy New Year! I couldn't think of a better way to ring in 2017 than by partnering with the Arizona Paint Horse Club for their Copper Country Paint-O-Rama Horse Show at Westworld in Scottsdale, Arizona. I donated signed books as an Arizona Equine Author (and Paint Horse lover) for giveaway in the western riding classes and I made an appearance to chat with and sign copies of the EQUUS Film Festival award winner for Best Western Fiction and Amazon Equestrian Bestseller, In The Reins, right at the show! It was so much fun. I made a little video recap of this New Year's Day book signing during the horse show. Happy Viewing!
My spurs are still jingling from my escapades at the fourth annual EQUUS Film Festival in New York City! Over the course of four days, I appeared on a panel and in the Pop-Up Gallery where I conducted book signings along with other literary peeps! So here's a little recap of my Top 5 favorite moments (in no particular order because they were all AMAZING) from the EQUUS FIlm Festival in NYC!
Ho, ho, ho! Is there any better way to celebrate the holiday season than by watching some hilarious (and sweet) holiday horse commercials? I think not! So here's 6 of my favorites. I hope YULE love them too! Happy viewing and Merry Christmas from Carly Kade Creative!
In this seventh spotlight edition, I talk with fellow equestrian author Ellen Feld. We discuss the best topics on earth ... writing, books and horses! I am honored to feature Ellen as a part of this series because she has written TEN horse books AND Breyer made a model of one of her horse book characters ... OMG! I think fellow authors will appreciate her response to how she structures her writing schedule! Hint: It's very unstructured! A lot of you may be saying, "Phew! I thought I was the only one." I think I can hear the sighs of relief out there! Happy reading!
One year ago this month, In The Reins was born! I send my gratitude to readers for this amazing first year! Thank you so much for the love and support you've shown In The Reins - my labor of love, my learning curve. Firsts are always so special and strange ... both at the same time. Thank you for being so gracious with this first of mine.
Wanna give your cowgirl something unique this holiday season? Well, yeeeeehaw cowboy! You're in luck 'cause here's a western gift guide for the horse lover in your life. Read on for some creative gift ideas you'll want to tip your cowboy hat to ...
The journey I've been on with my book reminds me of the Rumi quote, "Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray." This November has been one to remember and a testament to the pull of my love for horses and creative writing. That love ... that pull has not led me astray. I am one lucky author cowgirl. I feel so blessed by those who have supported me and the readers who have enjoyed In The Reins. By doing all things with love, I've been gifted these seven slices of author heaven in November ...
Are you looking for the perfect gift for the horse lover in your life? Look no further! Give the gift of In the Reins - a novel for readers who love all things western, horses, handsome cowboys and a captivating love story. Your bookworm cowgirl will bounce in her boots when she finds the EQUUS Film Festival Award Winner for Best Western Fiction under the tree!
Here's the most spur jingling news! I have a brand new cowgirlious store so you can give the gift of a signed copy of In The Reins to yourself or a horse loving friend.
Read more for details ...
When I learned that In The Reins had broken into the Amazon top 100 (then the top 25 then the top 15), my heart grew a thousand times its size because I knew it meant that my writing was resonating with YOU!
You are the audience I wanted to identify with and write for! You know who you are ... you're the bookworms, the horse lovers, the cowgirls, the connoisseurs of cute cowboys! I couldn’t have done it without YOU.
So this Thanksgiving, I've put together a video celebrating YOU - the readers! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am so grateful for your readership. This video is for YOU! It features photos and comments that all the spur jingling readers have shared with me since In The Reins was born last December.
In The Reins wins the EQUUS Film Festival Best Western Fiction Award! Can you believe it? I think my spurs are going to be jingling for days so I made a little tribute video to my spur jingling journey in NYC. I invite you to go behind the scenes of the EQUUS Film Festival with me. My cowboy helped me shoot footage as I attended the four day equestrian extravaganza! We filmed it all - beginning with the VIP Gala & culminating at the equine equivalent of the Oscars called the Winnie Awards. Happy Viewing!
Horse books make my spurs jingle! Before I am a writer, I am a reader. I owe my favorite authors a great deal. They make me feel. My favorite authors speak to a place that engages me and fills me up no matter where I am in life, happy, sad, mad, overwhelmed, they write to the place that heals me when I am cuddled up and lost in a good book! So in order to give back (or pay it forward), I’ve decided to host an equestrian author spotlight series on my blog!
In this sixth spotlight edition, I talk with fellow equestrian author Sharon Kay Roberts! We talk about the best topics on earth ... writing, books and horses! You'll love Sharon's favorite horsey memory! Enjoy the read. It's a fun ride!
The EQUUS Film Festival is right around the corner!
My spurs are so jingling! I'm thrilled to share that I will be attending the fourth annual EQUUS Film Festival in New York City! I can't wait to meet readers, fellow equestrian authors, filmmakers and all the horse enthusiasts that will be attending this awesome horsey event! Over the course of four days, I'll be appearing on a panel and in the Pop-Up Gallery where I'll be conducting book signings along with other literary peeps! Many books featured at the festival have gone on to become movies! Wouldn't that be dreamy? So here's where you can find me in NYC!
In the new series as a contributor for Horse Nation, I talked with Christy Snyder Kelly, head horse trainer at Hold Your Horses Inc., an organization that has been in the business of training AQHA, APHA, and NSBA horses for three generations. Through the interviews and video sessions in this series western horseback riding enthusiasts can glean insights from someone who has been coaching and training champions for years. Read more to learn about this five part series produced with fans of breed horse shows in mind!
Horse movies make my spurs jingle so in celebration of the EQUUS Film Festival (which I'll be attending in a few weeks) I put together a list of my favorite horse documentaries on my blog and included their movie trailers. These are horse movies that I'll watch on DVD or Netflix when I am seeking a little equine inspiration! Enjoy my guide to some great horse documentaries.
I was bouncing in my boots when I learned that my hubby was gifting me a mystery cowgirl getaway in honor of my recent big birthday. It was the perfect getaway for my cowgirl soul! In this blog post, I wanted to countdown my top 5 favorite spur jingling moments from the amazing trip!
In this fifth spotlight edition, I talk with fellow equestrian author Christine Meunier. It's a small world! I learned about the cool things Christine is up to through my work with Beth Jones of Galloping Graphics. Beth had been featured on Christine's Equus Education Blog in the "Profile On" Series. The series interviews people with horsey careers and provides insights for people who want to work with horses!
Do you want a career involving horses?
Christine's site is an excellent resource designed to aid others in developing an equine career. She showcases horse-related careers, horse courses offered around the world (sometimes at no cost) and profiles of those working at making a living related to horses.
Ready to gallop right into the interview and learn more about Christine's work?
I am! Let's giddy up then ...
Carly Kade writes for anyone who loves horses, handsome cowboys and a great romance. Creative writing makes her spurs jingle!
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