AUTUMN IN SNAKE CANYON – Whinnies 4

The fourth Whinnies on the Wind book, Autumn in Snake Canyon, is now available! Order from Enchanted Pony Books, from Amazon USA, from Amazon UK, or from the author if you want a signed copy. More outlets coming soon!

Here’s a bit about Autumn in Snake Canyon:

Evy has a couple of BIG problems.

First, her orphaned moose calf is causing her a world of trouble. Her mom is ready to lock him up and throw away the key.

Second, Evy discovers that her mom’s art dealer is stealing money from them, and even worse, he’s purposefully destroying her mom’s confidence in her art.

How can Evy prove his crime? Maybe with a little help from her friends, both horses and human – and one very rambunctious moose calf. Maybe moose trouble is exactly what her family needs!

ENJOY!!!

SUN CATCHER

A fun and exciting novel for readers 8 – 12 years old, available in both print and ebook form:

When Lost River’s tribe is attacked by a strange creature that seems half man and half beast, she is terrified, believing it to be the mythical Sun God. Then a deadly fire starts and Lost River is separated from her people.

Confused and alone, she sees movement in the smoke. Maybe it’s someone from her tribe. Desperate, she follows – and finds herself alone with the beast half of the Sun God!

But the beast seems afraid too. Maybe it’s not a god at all, but an animal, an animal as frightened as she is, an animal who is also running for its life.

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And if you like SUN CATCHER, you’ll enjoy the follow-up book, coming out this fall, SUN CHASER. More on SUN CHASER soon!

A Great Review for WHINNIES ON THE WIND!

Books, Mud, and Compost. And Horses has just published a review of the first three books in the Whinnies on the Wind series!  

I have to admit I’m not struck by the name of this series, but if you aren’t either, don’t let that put you off. These are cracking reads. They’re located in the Canadian north, where Evy lives with her mother. They live a life of almost total isolation, occasionally seeing their neighbours, who live a ride away, and who have a daughter, Kestrel, who is Evy’s friend: in fact her only friend, as school is something that happens remotely . And they occasionally see Evy’s mother’s agent (she’s a painter) and that’s it. They live in a cabin, and life is, by urban standards, primitive. Quite why the family live such a cut off existence is the major unanswered question of the series.

I like a story set somewhere I don’t know, and where the author gives you a real sense of what it’s like to live there. It’s very easy for authors to assume you know all the minutiae of daily existence that happen somewhere they’re familiar with, but that’s not an assumption Angela Dorsey makes. Evy and her mother don’t have electricity, central heating, or running water. They have to chop wood to burn in the stove for heat, and when things get really bad, melt snow for water. When they go outside in the winter, they have to put on layer after layer, and it’s still cold. The horses’ barn needs its own heater.
 

I did wonder about lavatory arrangements, which aren’t mentioned. Presumably there isn’t sewerage, so what happens? Maybe someone familiar with life in the far north can enlighten me.

Into this background of remoteness and isolation, comes Evy and her odd ability. She can talk to horses, telepathically. Most horses’ thoughts she experiences as a cloud of emotion, but some horses can actually talk to her, telepathically. Angela Dorsey succeeds in convincing you that Evy’s abilities are real. They are not a passport into a world of horsey bliss – the-horse-that-only-I-could-ride (because I could talk to it telepathically). Evy’s abilities cause her problems. Her mother reacts badly to any mention of them, and Evy has learned the hard way to hide it whenever she picks up a horse’s thought. Her life is a juggling act: she has the same preoccupations as any teenage girl. She wants friends, and to experience life outside the confines of her family. There is the conflict between pleasing the mother she loves, and starting to make her own way. There is also the pressure to respond to horses’ thoughts, particularly when she senses all is not well with the mustangs who live nearby.

The whole series is an interesting look at a shifting pattern of conflict; and not only is it very well done, the whole makes a rattling good story. I whipped through the three books I have, thoroughly enjoying them all.

The plots are exciting, and the characters are completely believable. If you’re after an involving read with an exotic (to someone sitting in the middle of England) background, you couldn’t do better than these.

Thank you for the awesome review, Books, Mud, and Compost. And Horses!

Interview with Marina Miller

When Marina Miller isn’t too busy being a model, studying at University, or going to cosplay conventions (as you can see by her awesome steampunk photo), she writes books! We were fortunate enough to catch up to her long enough to get her to answer a few questions for us about her new release, SUN CATCHER!

What is your favourite part of your book, Sun Catcher?

It’s hard to pick a favorite part as there are so many exciting scenes! Let’s see, I suppose it would have to be when Lost River finds the ‘sun deer’ in the forest fire. Although the chase scene with the Blackfeet is totally awesome too.

Where or how did you get the idea for Sun Catcher?

Originally, I had the idea of Sun Catcher being an audio-book about a horse that sees humans for the first time and tries to figure out what they are. Of course, the best stories always seem to take on a life of their own, and this particular one wanted to be the story of a courageous Native girl whose life is forever changed when she discovers horses and introduces them to her tribe.

Have you ever owned a horse like Sunshine in the book?

I once owned a palomino gelding named Rocket. Other than his color though, he wasn’t much like Sunshine. He was far more mischievous! He used to escape from his corral on a nightly basis and then jump back in when he saw me coming in the morning with his breakfast!

What do you like most about being a writer?

My favorite part is actually the before-writing part, where I get to spend all my time daydreaming and brainstorming ideas and see how they can fit together to make a story worth telling.  

How can fans contact you?

marinajmiller@gmail.com

Thank you, Marina, for taking the time to answer our questions!

Clever Books

So if you’re a Whinnies on the Wind reader, and you’ve read the first three books, you may be happy to know that Autumn in Snake Canyon (Whinnies 4) and Winter of  Sinking Waters (Whinnies 5) have raced ahead and gotten themselves published as ebooks! Speedy stories!

Spring of the Poacher’s Moon

Now available in ebook and print. Buy it online or ask your local bookstore to order it in!

Evy is out with her horses, Rusty and Twilight, when she comes across a dead moose. Things only get worse when she discovers a very young, now orphaned calf standing over his mother’s body.

She is determined to save the calf, but before she can, Twilight, her mustang filly, disappears. Evy sets out to rescue her, only to stumble upon even worse danger: illegal hunters who will do anything to keep their poaching a secret.

Will Evy be one of their victims?

“I soooo loved this book!!! Evy has a BIG problem. Some poachers kill a baby moose’s mother. Evy finds it and takes care of it. Soon she finds herself in more and more trouble. I read this book in one day! I advise you after reading Winter of the Crystal Dances, READ THIS BOOK!” ~Megan, a reader

ENJOY!

Winter of Crystal Dances

 Now available! The first in the Whinnies on the Wind series, Winter of Crystal Dances!

Evy can telepathically understand horses, but she’s not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse.

Her secret “gift” certainly seems to get her in a lot of trouble anyway.

When some starving mustangs wander close to the wilderness cabin that she shares with her hermit mother she knows she must help them.

Her act of kindness quickly snowballs into a series of events that forever changes her life and the life of a very special mustang filly.

“Most AMAZING book ever!!! I’m sure the rest of the Whinnies on The Wind books are too! As of now I’ve read Winter of Crystal Dances and Summer of Wild Hearts, I LOVE them both!” ~ Paxton, a reader

“I love this book sooo much. If you love horses like me then I suggest this book. It is very exciting and it is one of my favorite books I have ever read. I recommend this book to all reader lovers and non reader lovers. Then you will be itching just to read the next page and staying up late just to find out what will happen next. I hope whoever is reading this review will read and love this book as much as I did.” ~Sheyenne, a reader

“I signed my daughter up for the Pony club, even thought most of the material is a little old for her (she is 4). She brought your book to me the other day and wanted me to read it. She chooses her books based off of the pictures inside. She loves the artwork in this book. We started reading it and I was hooked! Emma will sit through a few pages, then she wants to know when the next picture is. After reading a chapter a night for the last few nights, I finally couldn’t wait to read the rest so I just sat down to finish it. I love it! I want to know more about Evy and her mothers secret, and I want to know what she got from her pen pal. Thanks for such an awesome book! I love it now and when Emma is a bit older, we will be able to love reading it together.” – Kristina, a reader 

“Winter of the Crystal Dances is an exciting book. Evy has a “gift” that makes her able to understand horses. There are wild horses starving? Can she fix it? I’ll leave that to you, the only way to find out is to read the book. I won’t tell you. 🙂 😉 :)” ~Megan, a reader

Coming Soon – Abandoned!

In our upcoming spring line up – ABANDONED!

ABANDONED was first released in Europe and the USA through an exclusive Pony Club. That edition is now out of print, but soon this book will be available again in the USA, and for the first time in Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand!

Here’s what some ABANDONED readers said about this book:

“Abandoned is Angela Dorsey’s best book. The only horse author I know of that can pull something like this off, is Angela. The book is a real tear jerker, but is also a thrilling mystery. The book is very good!” Stephenie, Reader

“I LOVE this book! Its filled with adventure and mystery! Suprises fill every page of this wonderful book by Angela Dorsey! I would recommend this book to anyone!” Anastasia Holly, Reader.

“I enjoyed this book because I enjoy books about time travel… If you LOVE horses like I do, as well as books where people go back in time, and a book that is still heartwarming, you’ll like this book IMMENSELY! Happy reading!” Sefra, Reader.

Read more about ABANDONED by clicking HERE!

Just Released!

FREEDOM – Now Available on Kindle!

Jani freaks when her parents tell her they are moving to the country, away from the home she loves, the friends she’s had since kindergarten, and all the horses at the riding stable. Her only consolation is that she can bring Keeta, her beautiful pinto mare, with her. But adventures await. While cleaning out the barn on their new property, Jani sees a swirl of movement beside the black, twisted stone in the corner. The barn is haunted! With the help of a new friend, Jani sets out to solve the mystery behind the wild, angry spirit and set it free.
 
 Read the excitement for only $3.05 or £1.95

Writing Contest – Wild Horses

Enchanted Pony Books is proud to donate books for prizes to this great contest!

The Voice For The Horse Foundation is hosting their 1stAnnual Children’s Writing Competition this fall: Subject – Wild Horses. With curriculums for two different age categories 12 and under / 13 – 18 years of age, the writing competition offers a wide array of subject matter that will in fact intrigue the minds of all wild horse lovers alike. Deadline – January 31, 2012.

The writing competition was inspired by Atticus, the Wild Stallion from Deadman Valley, British Columbia, Canada who was captured in the winter of 2011 and rescued by CritterAid / Project Equus in the Interior of B.C.
 
The competition provides a unique and free learning opportunity with the hope that children will have the ability to share their love for horses across North America through their writing.
 
For more information, please visit www.voiceforthehorse.com.
 
Good Luck!