The Girl Who Loves Horses

By Diana Vincent

This book by Diana Vincent is probably aimed at teenaged girls, but I really enjoyed it although my teen years are a very distant memory. The book is well written with a lovely plotline. It is somewhat predictable but entertaining anyway.Screen Shot 2018-01-19 at 5.17.58 AM

Ms. Vincent is knowledgeable on the subject, her descriptions of equestrian life are accurate down to the smallest detail. She does a great job of capturing the “politics” of competition and teen hierarchy.

A great read that will have you breathless as you imagine galloping up a long hill to a sturdy log jump then plunging across a water crossing for a winning finish. I can almost smell the horse sweat.

The Golden Shears

I just finished The Golden Shears by D. S. Murphy. Loved it! This is the second book in the Fated Destruction Series. I’ve never been a fan of Paranormal anything, (at least I didn’t think I was) but Mr. MScreen Shot 2018-01-14 at 6.27.26 AMurphy has got me hooked on this series. It’s full of Greek mythology with a modern twist. There are a few typos in the ebook version, but at this price, they are easy to overlook, plus D. S. Murphy has links in the back of his books that will get you a bunch of new books free. (Ya gotta love this guy!)

Whoever thought you could learn about mythology by reading a fun fictional series like this?

Kaidence, the MC, has the ability to see how a death will occur just by touching a person. She struggles with being afraid of the power and being isolated because of it. In this book, she learns more about what her power can do and how to use it.

Really, get the first book, The Scarlet Thread, then read The Golden Shears. I’m pretty sure the author has book three in the works. These are a bit of a cliffhanger. (even more exciting!)

 

A Tangled Mercy

This book caught my attention and held it to the end. It takes a hard look at the atrocities of slavery and brings the parallels right into the present day. It brought the horror of the Charleston murders to me in a way that makes it much more than just a segment on the news.
Some parts may be idealistic but the book is educational, relevant and entertaining.

Secondborn

This turned out to be a good book, although it took me a while to get into it. It moves along quickly, but I found myself getting a bit lost at times. It is part Starwars, part romance, and part sci-fi.
I assume it is part of a series because the author set up a lot of areas where the plot could go further.
The one thing I didn’t like was the abrupt ending. It seemed like the author just decided to quit writing when there was more story to tell. I usually like cliffhangers, but they have to end in a way that is drawing you into the next book. This one kind of just stops.

The Scarlet Thread

D. S. Murphy flawlessly blends Mythology and Contemporary Fantasy into a “cant’ put it down” book. Start reading here and you’ll be hooked for the rest of the series and become a D.S. Murphy fan as I have become. Not a bad thing… Mr. Murphy has tons of free giveaways to keep you reading for a long, long time.

Next in the series is The Golden Shears. It promises to be as good as this one. Some reviews state that they don’t like the ‘cliffhanger’ approach to writing books. Personally, I love cliffhangers. It allows the book to continue long after I’ve finished reading…

This book is Quality writing and a great value.

New Release

Stuck on a Merry-Go-Round:  a book about Horses, High School, and Heartache

I am excited to announce a new series for teens. The Merry-Go-Round series features Anna, a New York City teen, who is transplanted by her mother to a small town in Minnesota. The e-book is on pre-order now. ASIN: B078PLDVYC Get it on Amazon/ click here

Anna’s mom would rather party than parent.

A street-savvy teen from New York City, Anna is exiled to live in a nowhere town with her uncle.

Feeling alone and rejected, Anna struggles to fit in with small-town kids. A new friend knows how to get things done, and together they tackle high-school head on.

Learning how to ride her neighbor’s horse changes everything for Anna, as she discovers a lifestyle that her mother once enjoyed. It also reveals the key to her mom’s sketchy past.

Dear Reader,

I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it. Part of the book is a stroll down memory lane for me. I was lucky enough to grow up in a small town in Minnesota where my family was able to have a few horses.

The inspiration for the book came from watching my father shoe horses. The book is really a tribute to him—his saddle is on the back cover. When I was in the seventh grade we moved from big-city, Minneapolis, to small-town Faribault. It was finally a move I could live with.

We had moved several times before and it was always traumatic for me. I wasn’t very good at making friends. But this time we would move to a hobby farm (my father was a farm boy) where we could have horses. I remember being filled with hope that this time I would be one of the cool kids.

I’m pretty sure I still wasn’t one of the cool kids—but it didn’t matter. I had a whole barnful of horses. (We boarded some for other people.) Dad, being frugal and used to doing things himself, paid for horseshoeing a few times, then he learned how to do it himself. The money-saving trick turned into a pretty steady business and he probably shoed most of the horses in Rice County and beyond for a while. He is definitely one of the cool dads.

Trail rides, veterinarians, even the old feed mill all are bits and pieces of my growing up years. Some of the characters in the book are real, and some are made up. Some of them are a blend of several different people (or horses), maybe even a bit of my self is blended in there.

Anna’s story isn’t mine. My mom is more like Isabella, staying home and baking cookies. The idea of a kid struggling with a parent’s addiction struggles comes from watching how kids are affected by this epidemic in our society. Not all of them react the way Anna did, but a friend of mine certainly shares many of her attributes. Sometimes I see this friend in Anna and sometimes I see her in CeCe.

If you see yourself in this book, maybe we met on a trail ride somewhere. I hope it brings back some of those pleasant memories for you as well.

The second book in this series is written but needs much editing. It should be out soon in early 2018. If you would like notification of its release please sign up on my webpage www.nancycupp.wordpress.com  or just drop me a note at nancy.aMuse@gmail.com .

Thanks for Reading,

Nancy Cupp

Running in Heels: a Memoir of Grit and Grace

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Running in Heels: a Memoir of Grit and Grace by Mary A. Pérez.
Gut wrenching! Mary Pérez has written a book that I found difficult to put down. Each page is filled with yet another thing that would be the end of most of us, but she continues to persevere. This memoir shows what many children of alcoholic parents must endure while they figure out what is normal for most children.

The book is written in a style that just tells the story like it happened. There is no fluff or attempt to make it more interesting, just raw, painful, events, one after another, like they happened in life. perhaps the book could have been made more “novel like” for our reading pleasure, but I don’t think there is any way to sugar coat a life like Mary endured.

This is a great book for book clubs to discuss, much could be learned about how children are affected by their parent’s behavior. Perhaps it would be a good read for AA members, it is a sobering reminder!