A half-wild horse, a Celtic legend, and a teen trying to escape…
Regina Hamilton has three months to prove to the courts she can earn a living on her own and avoid going home to her abusive mother—a tall order for a teen with only her riding skills to rely on. Desperate to prove herself, Regina lands a job at an exclusive dressage barn. But when workers start to mysteriously disappear, she becomes ensnared in a web of lies and deceit. With time running out and unsure who to trust, Regina turns to an unlikely trio: an unusual boy who trains hawks, a reclusive professor of Celtic history, and a half-wild red mare. Together they form a bond that will be tested when a long-held secret exposes a much greater threat—and Regina’s the target. To save her horses and her life Regina may have to trust her enemies and betray her friends.
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.
Pondering on how we are products of our time, I looked up what was popular in 1957, the year I was born. The top song was Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" and it unintentionally echoed the state of the world at the time. We were on the brink of a lot of major changes then. Did we know it at the time? (Do we know it now?) Sputnik changed our educational system and the Cold War started heating up with missile tests. The biggest selling book at the time was "Peyton Place," which was considering steamy and scandalous. Yet during all the technological and social upheaval, the most popular tv show was "Gunsmoke." Maybe we needed to reassure ourselves with a comfortable reflection of the past.
Horse Gods: The Dressage Rider’s Betrayal
I get in the car and slam the door. Brenda takes her time tossing that suitcase bag of hers in the back before she gets in. I glare at it, slouched against the backseat. It’s full of signed papers that say I’m going to be turned over to Angela when she gets out. In three months. Like I’m her property or something. Like I’m a horse she just bought. God help me. If I were just a year and a few months older, I’d be legal. If they would just keep her in prison another year and half…