Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
Louise Sorensen has a talent for writing and a passion for horses, so I was thrilled when Louise offered* to read through the newly added chapters of "The Bridle Path", especially those containing 'horsey' activities.
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!
"The Griffin's Boy" present image is from Gustave Dore's engraving of a boy and his griffin, perfectly complemented by Laura Wright La Roche's book design skills...however, with book #3 (still untitled!) of the Griffin Riders' Chronicles on the horizon, I asked the talented Nadica Boskavska to imagine The Griffin's Boy - I'm already thrilled by this preliminary sketch - you can check out more of Nadica's artwork by visiting The Swan Maiden, at Deviant Art.
This sweet little romance is close to my heart and I know from readers' reviews that others enjoyed it too ... as one reviewer commented, "Mills & Boon with bite!" I always wanted to return to Cornwall and share more of Matilda adventures. To do so, "The Bridle Path" needed a little tweaking. The (slightly) re-edited mss is now in the final proof reading stages, and will be relaunched soon - with the sequel hard on its heels!
Meantime, our good friend and prolific paranormal author, Ava K Michaels has some copies to give away - as soon as her facebook page reaches two thousand likes! So if you'd like an advance copy of "The Bridle Path" saddle up and gallop over to Ava's Facebook page.
Readers who purchased the original "Bridle Path" will have their copies automatically updated.
Wren Prenderson; "A Ripple in Time" best hero.
"The Griffin Cryer" best Urban Fantasy. Thank you to the hard working judges and everyone who voted at the eFestival of Words, organised by Julie Dawson, of Bards & Sages.
A Raucous Time, A Ripple in Time, and The Griffin Cryer. Thank you to Julie and her hard working panel of judges and reviewers.
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