It's true the book you write is the one that changes your life! As we gallop into the New Year, I am taking a moment to celebrate the outcomes of my labor of love! Reflecting back, 2017 was such an amazing year, and I wanted to share some of the cowgirlious highlights of my author journey in one place.
There has been a very real magic coursing through all the people who have come together around my books. I am overflowing with gratitude for all the passionate people (especially the readers) who have been on this journey with me. So in no particular order (because they were all incredibly awesome!) I'm listing my favorite spur jingling moments of 2017 ...
1. Feathered Quill Awards in Two Categories
My heart was a flutter when I learned In the Reins had earned TWO Feathered Quill Book Awards in the 'Romance' and 'Book featuring Animals - Adult ' categories.
"If you love horse stories and are looking for a book to draw you into its pages and not let go until that last page is read, check out In The Reins - you won't be disappointed." - Feathered Quill Book Reviews
2. The Tucson Festival of Books
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!
3. Interview with Horsemanship Radio
I so enjoyed talking with host Debbie Loucks about horses, my book written with horse lovers in mind & its 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!
4. Equestrian Author Spotlight Series Success
In 2016, I introduced a new series on my blog. In the Equestrian Author Spotlight Series, I interview and then share the stories of fellow equestrian authors. If you are an author who writes about horses and would like to be spotlighted let me know. I’d be happy to include you! I love hosting these Q&A sessions on my blog with wonderful equine authors who love all things horses & writing just like me.
In 2017, I celebrated the first ten authors featured in the 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 think it is so important to support each other. We are stronger working together to expose this “niche” genre of ours. Here’s to horse books!
5. Horse & Style Weddings Recommended Read
My cowgirl heart skipped a beat when I heard In the Reins would be featured in the Wedding Edition of Horse & Style Magazine! It was such an honor to see my equestrian romance in the pages of the publication. A special thank you to Laurie Berglie of Maryland Equestrian and contributor to H&S for seeing In the Reins as an equestrian romance worth featuring as a honeymoon read!
6. BreyerFest at the Kentucky Horse Park
In 2017, I attended 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!
7. Introducing the Characters from Cowboy Away
In the sequel to In the Reins, readers start exactly where the first book left off, take a deep dive into the history of the Green Briar gang, meet some new characters, and follow the enigmatic Quarter Horse trainer McKennon Kelly into his tumultuous past. These video shorts are character sneak peeks from my "Meet the Characters from Cowboy Away" playlist on YouTube. I've compiled them in a single blog post for easy viewing. Enjoy!
8. Video: Unwrapping Chrome Magazine
A spur jingling SPECIAL delivery! It was so fun to unwrap the hot-off-the-press Winter edition of Chrome Magazine with my Paint Horse, Sissy. Virtual version here:
"Very honored to have been assigned a feature on Carly Kade for Chrome, and I’m chomping at the bit to read the sequel to In the Reins. Thank you to the Paint Horse Journal staff for your trust in me again this year. If you haven’t read Carly’s work, I’m not going to lie - I dragged my feet about reading it last year because it was a romance. Little did I know I’d stay up until 2 AM to finish one night! She’s that good and you’ll love the characters, both human and horse."
9. New Release Cowboy Away, the In the Reins Sequel
It made me so proud to announce the paperback and eBook release of Cowboy Away, the second book in the In the Reins horse book series. Cowboy Away is the sequel to the EQUUS Film Festival Best Western Fiction Literary Award winner & two-time Feathered Quill Book Award recipient, In the Reins.
"Sequels can be difficult to write, but not for Carly Kade. Cowboy Away is fantastic and without a doubt one of the best sequels I have ever read,” said Laurie Berglie of Maryland Equestrian Lifestyle Guide. “This follow-up to In the Reins brings McKennon’s and Devon’s story full circle, yet leaves you hungry for more! I very highly recommend this equestrian romance!"
10. An Interview with The Freelance Remuda
A BIG thank you to The Freelance Remuda for having me on the show to talk about how I pursued my dream of becoming a freelance equine author by writing the In the Reins books series. I hope the interview inspires aspiring authors to go for it and write that book!
11. A Book Party in Washington D.C.
Meet my SISTERS! My lovely siblings hosted an In the Reins series book party for me in Washington D.C.! Here's a spur jingling video recap of the event featuring their TOP tips for book party success. If you have an author in your life make them feel loved by hosting a book party!
12. Horse & Agriculture Magazine Feature
Happiness is being in the barn and having a fellow horse lover bring you the new Horse & Agriculture Magazine featuring your book for horse lovers in its pages. Thank you to Horse & Agriculture Magazine for including In The Reins in your December issue!
13. An Author Interview with Bridle & Bone
A big thank you to fellow horse lover, blogger and equine author, Bridle & Bone, for having me for an interview. It makes my spurs jingle when authors unite!
14. The Mane Event Expo at Westworld
I had a cowgirlious time horsing around at The Mane Event Expo in Scottsdale. The all equine trade show has hosted some of the best and most knowledgeable horse trainers and educators from North America and beyond over the last 13 years and provides education on cutting edge training methods, equine health, equine entertainment and one of the largest and most diverse equine only trade shows for shopping.
15. Introducing Sissy to Horse Popsicles
We had record temperatures last summer in Arizona so I was looking for ways to keep my horse (Sissy) cool. I took some fun video footage of Sissy giving her first horse popsicle a taste.
17. The Foothills Focus Newspaper Feature
A big thank you to journalist Shea Stansfield for the beautiful write up on my book In the Reins in the Arts section of The Foothills Focus newspaper!
18. American Horse Publications Seminar
The Annual American Horse Publications Equine Media Seminar happened right in my backyard. It was so exciting to meet many of my virtual equine friends (in person) for the first time! There were over 150 horse loving members, speakers & visitors attending. Can you hear my spurs jingling?
19. A New Tattoo Celebrating the Sequel
New ink. A celebration of a dream made real. Each subsequent book title will find a place below In the Reins. Proud to have added Cowboy Away in 2017. New book coming in 2018!
20. Hearing from Readers
Hearing from readers makes my spurs jingle! A BIG THANK YOU to cowgirl Sammy Roberts for sharing this gorgeous pic. Isn't she cute snuggling up with my book & her beautiful horse, Luka? I love hearing from you! ❤️
Here are some early reader comments about Cowboy Away!
"Carly Kade hits another home run with her sequel to In The Reins. As much as I enjoyed the first book, I like this one even more. She strikes the perfect balance between making her characters human and revealing their flaws, while still allowing us to love them and root for their success. I loved the backstory she developed for McKennon - he's even sexier in this book than he was in the original." - Amazon Reader Review
"I just ordered Cowboy Away. Since it’s way too cold to ride ... I’ve been huddled under the covers staying warm by reading your smoldering plot line." - In the Reins Reader comment via Instagram
"Couldn't put it down. Was pulled in by the moving love story. Smooth transitions from past to present story lines. I could feel the pain, love, anger and hope in the main characters Can't wait to read the next book." - Goodreads Reader Review
I'm Ready for the New Year!
I'm ready for 2018! And blasting out a new book. My spurs are jingling because I'm going to bring readers PART THREE of the In the Reins series this year. Yeehaw!
What a cowgirlious year 2017 was. I appreciate everyone who has already bought a copy or helped spread the word on Cowboy Away, the In the Reins sequel. These tiny beautiful gestures help a dream get the kick start it needs. Thank you for giving mine its chance. Please support a dreamer and purchase your copy (if you haven't already) from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, like my Carly Kade Creative FB page, or simply leave a little review behind when you are through.
It’s going to be a great ride, and I hope you continue it with me. I appreciate your readership! Keep up with the latest happenings, news and events by visiting my media room here: http://www.carlykadecreative.com/media-room.html
Carly Kade writes for anyone who loves horses, handsome cowboys and a great romance. Creative writing makes her spurs jingle!
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