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.
New Year, new start, new hopes. Most importantly, new plans or renewed energy put towards the old plans. This year I envision landing a traditional contract for a stand-alone novel I've written that is very unique. I believe it has break-through potential. I'm envisioning signing with an agent who "gets me" and who will brilliantly represent my work to the Big Publishers. I see myself sitting at a table signing a lucrative book contract. Later, I'm at a different table, signing copies of the book at an event surrounded by loyal readers... Whoa! Before I daydream my life away, I have to have a serious talk with myself. Dreams are great, but none of them come true without a lot of hard work, planning, and often a good deal of sacrifice. That's why now in the first week of January 2020 I'm getting disciplined about my writing in order that someday (maybe this year!) I'll live out my fondest "author dreams."
False Gods: The Show Jumper's Challenge
People sure are weird. Just when you think you got them figured out, they do stuff totally opposite. Like Kevyn. I thought he was just too into himself to notice me, let alone ask me out. Well, maybe not officially ask me out. And Vee. Total turn around about showing and not sure why. Think it had something to do with that stack of bills but also maybe she really does miss it in spite of what she says. Then I come home and Mom is sitting with some fat, smarmy-looking guy. Not the Roni type for sure and definitely a big step down from Dad. But, hey, maybe this guy keeps his word, unlike Dad, and if Mom’s happy for a change, makes life easier for me. So who cares?