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.
This year I broke a cardinal rule of not putting the Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving. But I think all would agree, this year is different. Very different. I felt we needed the beauty and joy of a tree in the house and also put the candles in the windows. We need light and hope in this dark time. I also want the tree to be up because when my daughter comes to visit for Thanksgiving, I do not know if she will be able to be here for Christmas. She's a doctor at a big Philly hospital and we just don't know how things may change in an instant. We have to seize joy and togetherness when we can...and if that means breaking silly rules, well, I'm all for it.
Horse Gods: The Dressage Rider’s Betrayal
I’ve never had goose and it sounds kind of creepy, but like Declan tells me, it’s his dad’s tradition, and I know better than to try to change his menu plans. I’ve had too much eggnog already along with the candied nuts to feel much like eating. The tree is still standing, even though the dogs have beat it with their tails and almost taken it out again. And if they do, we’ll just laugh.