I just wrote a horse book! - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 11-28-2011, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: S.E. Qld
Posts: 28
• Horses: 5
I just wrote a horse book!

Well, not so much a book about horses as about teenagers and their horses in outback Australia - I used to live there, I have horses, I have kids, I teach so I know lots of teenagers, and I have a Masters in Education so I hope I can string a few words together, so a book about kids and their horses in the outback just seemed to make sense. It's not that big, only 36,000 words/95 pages so it's more a glorified story than a big novel. I've written on and off for horse magazines for decades, and even helped write for a horse based tv series, but it's always been my dream to get a book done. It's only on Kindle at the moment, but the print version will be completed soon... then I know what all my family will be receiving for Christmas, lol.

And I'm busy writing the second in the series but it is being changed a bit because of feedback from a few of the teenagers who did the reviews of the first one for me... ugh... some of them are NOT horsey so they demanded that I put some motorbikes into the next one, and I guess when we lived on our station, we used motorbikes as well as horses, so the horses remain but the bikes are now in.

I love the fact that my daughter designed the cover - taking a photo of our Australian Stock Horse stallion playing on a windy day...

and turning it into the cover artwork...
happy123 likes this.

"A bad day at a horse show beats a good day at home doing nothing" - Leanne Owens
Mambo is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 12 Old 11-29-2011, 06:22 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 492
• Horses: 2
Can't see the cover :(
Posted via Mobile Device
lucky2008 is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 11-29-2011, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: S.E. Qld
Posts: 28
• Horses: 5
I wonder why that is... it's saved the same way as the original photo of the stallion on photobucket, or can't you see either of them?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg aIMG_0082 - Copy.jpg (76.2 KB, 166 views)
File Type: jpg Horses of the Suna.jpg (22.0 KB, 190 views)
waresbear likes this.

"A bad day at a horse show beats a good day at home doing nothing" - Leanne Owens
Mambo is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 12-22-2011, 01:39 AM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: denver co
Posts: 16
• Horses: 0
Congrats Leanne! I will definitely check out your book!

Claire Dorotik M.A., author, ON THE BACK OF A HORSE: Harnessing the Healing Power of the Human-Equine Bond
Welcome to Run With It - developed by Claire Dorotik
clairedorotik is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 01-28-2012, 03:59 AM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Fremont, California
Posts: 1,276
• Horses: 0
Id love to read that(:

Baby you light up my world like nobody else.
xXSerendipityXx is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 02-22-2012, 09:24 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 2,355
• Horses: 2
Read the amazon "look inside" exert, and wow!! And, have you checked out your reviews by any chance?!
Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Horses Of The Sun (The Outback Riders)

“Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.” - Unknown
caseymyhorserocks is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 02-22-2012, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: S.E. Qld
Posts: 28
• Horses: 5
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
Mambo is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 02-23-2012, 09:58 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: At The End Of That Rainbow To Yer Left
Posts: 3,171
• Horses: 4
Read the first bit...WHAT A BOOK!
You should write much more. You have a lot of Voice, and this is definetely a good book!

If you want a stable friendship, get a horse.
lildonkey8 is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 02-23-2012, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: S.E. Qld
Posts: 28
• Horses: 5
Thank you. I've written for horse magazines for years (well, on and off for over 25 years) and I have done other writing (tv, literacy book for schools, etc.) and I've only ever wanted to write books but there was never time. I'm trying to make time for it now. I also have Flame The Fire Horse and Other Horse Stories (if this link comes up) http://www.amazon.com/Flame-Horse-Other-Stories-ebook/dp/B006XE3F22/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1330054164&sr=1-1 as well as a 'help' book for young teens. Now, I must try and get another few hours of writing in before doing anything else!

"A bad day at a horse show beats a good day at home doing nothing" - Leanne Owens
Mambo is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 02-23-2012, 10:36 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Gulf Shores, AL
Posts: 115
• Horses: 1
Oh, I am definitely checking it out! I love looking for more material to read :) (If you have any other suggestions, feel free to post 'em.)
canteringhearts is online now  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Poem i wrote. (NOT HORSE RELATED) VanillaBean Horse Stories and Poems 5 10-11-2011 01:01 PM
Horse Storie I Wrote. HorseLife97 Horse Stories and Poems 12 06-22-2011 12:57 AM
this is a poem i wrote about a horse i loved called sadie and sadly she passed away raynee Horse Stories and Poems 1 08-17-2010 06:22 PM
My Mom wrote a book! horsechick139 General Off Topic Discussion 1 09-25-2009 06:43 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome