It's always such a worrying thing when I see that there's a new review... and then such a huge relief to see that someone else really likes the book and 'gets' it. Although written for younger readers, most of the reviews are written by adults who loved it - I think it sort of appeals to that child within us all that first fell in love with horses. I've nearly finished the second in the series - a lot longer and just getting through some tense scenes now where the five children have to think their way out of a hostage situation with some escaped prisoners (the four children from Sunhaven and their friend Brandon - Amy has a bit of thing for him and he's going to be a vet but will also become one of the leading cutting horse competitors in later books). When I've finished this second one, which I thought would be done by now, I'll get back to promoting Horses Of The Sun - for quite a few weeks there it was on the top five of horse books on Amazon (and out of thousands of horse books, that was pretty good).
I've been busy with so many other things of late that writing just took a back seat for a while. And I've met some fascinating new people, including Zelie Bullen who trained the horses in the movie War Horse as well as the zebras in the movie Racing Stripes (and heaps more: the pigs and other animals in Charlotte's Web, Mask of Zorro, Beastmaster, etc. etc.) who is just the loveliest person. Then one of my very best friends from the 1970s (we haven't seen each other in over 20 years) was diagnosed with cancer and she turned to me, and I would drop everything ten times over to be there for her. Friendship does not know the bounds of time. But I shall return to writing ASAP so the second book can be out there within a few weeks.
"A bad day at a horse show beats a good day at home doing nothing" - Leanne Owens