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.
The first book in the Maryland Equestrian series, False Gods, is FREE for the next few days in celebration of the upcoming release of the THIRD book in the trilogy, JUST GODS: The Eventer's Revenge. The third book wraps up the story of the three riders, Cory, Regina, and Willow with some "guest appearances" from your favorite secondary characters. It's available for pre-order now. And believe me, it is a wild ride.
False Gods: The Show Jumper's Challenge
Cory conducted her own horse search. Sitting at the old computer on her desk, she scanned the internet classified ads for horses and logged into several horse search engines. Her dream horse, as she envisioned him, was a tall dappled gray with a shockingly white tail that would float behind him like a flag as they flew over the jumps. She even saw the horse’s perfect head with an alert expression, pricked ears, and big, dark eyes. She was getting carried away creating National Velvet stories, as Vee called them. As she reminded Cory on more than one occasion: “There are no perfect horses.”