I get a real buzz from Alpha and Beta readers' feedback, and Louise's comments were no exception, making me smile in several places, as well as giving some great insight into how readers might perceive the story.
I decided one of Louise's questions deserved a fuller answer, not least because it brought back some very happy memories of when the boys were young.
We had a small black and white pony on loan, called Paddy, and she appears in "The Bridle Path" as Peddy - Louise wanted to know what Peddy was short for, so Peddy's about to be re-christened as Peddler!
I'm certain many riders have a Paddy, or Peddy, in their childhood memories. The sort of pony who's game for anything, but always safe. And that's the way to start your riding days. It's not a bad way to end them either, so I'm hopeful there's another Paddy or Peddy waiting to join our family.
Now that the new chapters in "The Bridle Path" have alpha and beta readers' nod of approval, this sweet little romance will be re-released soon, and hot on its heels, the sequel "Will to Win". Watch this space!
*Louise may remember this slightly differently, but it only took three begging emails from me before Louise caved in, and in my book, that's an offer!