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.
Here's an upside of being quarantined: more people have tried out new hobbies, picked up a musical instrument, or created art in some form. That's great! Like Kurt Vonnegut once explained, being good at things isn't the point of doing them. Living in a success-oriented society where exhibiting talent and excelling at a skill is held in high regard, it is sometimes tough to be a beginner, to start something new. To be creative. But Mr. Vonnegut's words have never been more valuable. We as humans need to create, to learn new things, test ourselves, explore. If there's something you've been dying to try and never had the time, now's your opportunity.
False Gods: The Show Jumper's Challenge
CORY SAT ON the low retaining wall that surrounded the main entrance to the school, pulled her knees up close, and leaned back. The bricks were still warm from the afternoon sun. She ran her finger between them and thought about getting out her blue Sharpie to draw a line in the cement groove between the bricks in whichever direction she wanted it to go. Like that kid’s book her mom used to read to them about the boy with the purple crayon. The bright blue line would meander crazily up the side of the school, outlining windows, back and forth until she had turned the whole front of the school into an Aztec-looking mosaic.