The sequel to In the Reins is coming soon, and I'm updating readers on the characters. Here's the fourth video in my "Meet the Characters from Cowboy Away" series on YouTube. This video introduces Green Briar's newest horse. The horses in the In the Reins series are just as important to the storyline as the leading lady and her mysterious cowboy. Happy watching!
I will own horses until I take my last breath. I love them that much. Horses give me peace. There is nothing more peaceful to me than the quiet bond between a woman and her horse. I am happiest when I am in the saddle.
If you’ve taken a tour of my website or followed me on my Carly Kade Creative Facebook page, you’ll notice that Sissy stands in as Faith in my promotional videos for In the Reins. I do all the marketing for the book myself, so it helps to have my own horse to work with as I film the footage!
The inspiration for my writing comes from time spent at the barn and riding my Paint mare, Sissy. After my ride, I often have to scurry to capture the words on the only thing I can find when inspiration suddenly hits me ... torn out insides of my horse's feed bags! I scribble down my thoughts while perched on hay bales listening to the sounds of the horses rustling in their stalls.
My history with horses is definitely a reason why I think other horse lovers have been drawn to my books. I know what it feels like to enter a show pen and be nervous. I know what it feels like to feel stuck with my horse’s training. I know what it feels like to swoon over a cute cowboy. Giggle!
I hope that sort of authenticity comes through in my writing. I’m a horse owner. I’ve shown competitively most of my life. I write about my lifestyle, not something I’ve researched, but what I do.
Beverly Cleary once said, “If you don’t see the book you want on the shelves, write it.” I think I’ve read everything in existence about horses, cowboys and romance. There are a lot of equestrian novels out there focused on dressage or jumping or rodeo, but I haven’t found many that focus on Western pleasure competitive horse showing at breed shows like the Quarter Horse, Paint, Pinto or the Palomino Horse Circuits. I wanted to read a love story themed around the type of horse shows I enjoyed competing in, so I wrote In the Reins and now its sequel, Cowboy Away.
The pages of the In the Reins series are filled with a conversation about human-horse connectedness and the special bond between a woman and her horse. This relationship is explored through horse trainer McKennon Kelly, a horse whisperer cowboy, as Devon Brooke learns from him how to train her new Paint mare, Faith.
VIDEO: Meet Green Briar's Newest Horse
Meet Green Briar's Newest Horse. She thinks he's Charming. McKennon thinks he's a Demon. Will he make their dreams come true or ruin the good thing they have going? Charming is an equine character from the highly anticipated sequel to the EQUUS Film Festival Best Western Fiction Literary Award winner & two-time Feathered Quill Book Award recipient, In the Reins.
VIDEO: Meet Faith
Meet Faith. She's wannabe cowgirl Devon Brooke's young and spirited Paint Horse. Will Devon ever be able to train her on her own? Psst ... this video features Sissy ;)
VIDEO: Meet Star
Meet Star. He's cowboy McKennon Kelly's Prize Quarter Horse Stallion. Is he a Congress champion in the making?
Cowboy Away is Coming Soon!
The sequel will be released in 2017! Stay tuned for an official book release date. I love sharing updates with my readers. I am so excited about the journey this series is taking me on. As McKennon and Devon’s story continues, I will be sharing sneak peeks, updates and new release info on my blog for readers that can’t wait to find out what happens next for the handsome cowboy and his wannabe cowgirl.
About In the Reins
In the Reins, a novel inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, has been an Amazon best seller for more than 10 weeks, is an EQUUS Film Festival Literary Award Winner for Best Western Fiction and has earned two Feathered Quill Book Awards in the Romance and Adult Book featuring Animals categories. The book is available now in Paperback and eBook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.
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In Case You Missed It
A big thank you to fellow horse lover, equestrian blogger and equine author, Bridle & Bone, for having me for an interview! So glad you enjoyed In the Reins, too. It makes my spurs jingle when #authorsunite!
Carly Kade writes for anyone who loves horses, handsome cowboys and a great romance. Creative writing makes her spurs jingle!
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