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.
Writing is tough for a whole bucketful of reasons, but one biggie for me is self-doubt. Sure, we all read the books on writing craft, attend critique groups, study reviews, and get professional editors to go over our work...BUT how do you know who is right? Someone in critique group hates a scene or an editor tells you all the description slows the pace.Often you even get conflicting advice! How do you know what (or if!) to change something? Novice writers get pulled in many directions often following too many "chefs in the kitchen." Advice to 'Go with your gut' is not helpful when you don't have the experience yet to know your own voice. Thankfully, over time, it emerges and gets louder, despite the niggling doubts.
False Gods: The Show Jumper's Challenge
CORY QUIT BAND. She didn’t want to run into Kevyn, let alone sit near him. Her clarinet sat in its case under her bed, keeping company with a discarded tennis racket, a wood burning kit she used only once, and a collection of dust bunnies. She thought about it under there each night when she crawled into bed, feeling guilty that she had quit, but she couldn’t face it right now.