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.
Someone recently asked me how I come up with plot ideas. I wasn't sure. Sometimes I get an idea for a problem, then write a story about the character searching for a solution. Sometimes a character comes to mind and I formulate a world for her to move around in. But during the course of writing a whole book, the creative spark sometimes gets snuffed out. That's when the discipline of writing begins. When you don't feel like it, you still have to sit down and put in the time pounding out words. It may be half of them you toss out. But sometimes there's a golden nugget in all the trash...a nugget that sparks the next writing session.
False Gods: The Show Jumper's Challenge
CORY TUCKED THE journal between the mattress and box spring, too tired to get up and put it away, snapped off the light and wriggled farther under the covers. She pulled them over her bare arms against the chill in the room and rolled on her side to face the wall. She had no idea whether she had fallen asleep or not, or whether it had been hours or minutes, when a wide shaft of light from the hall played across her face, then narrowed. She flipped onto her back, propping up on her elbows as her eyes adjusted to the dimness. A figure stood inside the doorway. Jess? Not Jess, too big. Her mind struggled to make sense of it. The figure moved toward her bed, knocked against the far edge of it, and grunted. A man’s voice. Bucky!