Cory Iverson's junior year is off to a lousy start.
Publicly humiliated by the school's hottest guy and terrorized by a bullying band director, Cory flees sports try-outs and just about everything else she begins, earning a reputation as a loser as well as a quitter. But when her wandering dog leads her to the barn of a former Grand Prix rider, she finds a welcome refuge in the familiar world of horses.
It's not too long before she starts dreaming of showing in one of the country's most prestigious shows--a totally unrealistic hope--until she rescues a mysterious horse with some unusual talents. But her road to success is littered with roadblocks as events spin out of control: prescription painkillers appear in her mother's purse; her ballerina sister wastes away before her eyes; her boyfriend is keeping secrets; and her normally opinionated trainer becomes strangely evasive.
Worst of all, the horse show world is not what she imagined. It isn't long before Cory's winning spree attracts the attention of a brutal trainer with a string of unexplained horse deaths in her wake. When Cory lands in the crosshairs, she has to decide if she'll once again back down and flee or stand up for herself, her horse, and her dreams.
Inspired by everyday miracles, L.R. Trovillion weaves magical stories of hurting people who find hope through horses in her Maryland Equestrian Novel series. Although she earned a degree in Russian and spent a career in government service, her real love has been caring for and working with horses. That love shines through in her series, focusing on the healing power of horses in the lives of teens facing complex and sometimes dangerous family situations. Believing there is more to this world than meets the eye, she adds a dash of the supernatural to each story. L. R. Trovillion lives on a small horse farm in Maryland with her husband, daughter, and several animals that really run the place. Her other works have appeared in Baltimore magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and various poetry anthologies.
"I love it when it gets dark and cold in the winter," said no horse person ever! Or anyone who enjoys the outdoors for that matter. In fact, I heard recently that abrupt Daylight Savings time switches cause a multitude of sleep and health problems. How can we cope? I looked to the people of the North for inspiration--those who live in cold and darkness a great deal of the year and have learned to embrace it. The Danes have a lifestyle philosophy called Hygge that is difficult to translate but is loosely defined as coziness, contentment, and sense of well-being in enjoying simple things. In this country in northern New England and other areas the people celebrate the season by holding Winter Carnivals, arranging ice sculpture contests, and other outdoor fun activities. This coming winter I vow not to be chased inside and get depressed, but to adopt a spirit of Hygge! Got any good ideas for beating winter blues?
False Gods: The Show Jumper's Challenge
CORY TRUDGED ACROSS the showgrounds under a bruised-purple mass of thickening clouds. The sky looked a lot like the muddy watercolor paintings she did as a kid. The parking lot, previously crammed with trailers, had thinned out. Jack and Vee, off conducting some horse training business, had told her to be back at the stabling area by four to leave for home. Cory hugged herself, glanced at the watery winter light and thought maybe she would head back to the stabling area and see if they could get on the road earlier.