A GIFT FOR YOU!

These ebooks – FREE – until March 10, 2018!

Click on the title below, to be taken to the book you want to read.

Dark Fire – Nothing is going to stop Lisa from visiting her beloved Jupiter, the horse she was forced to sell, neither her unsympathetic father nor the cruel nephew of Jupiter’s new owner. Then a crime is committed that shakes Lisa to her core, and the police suspect Jupiter.

Desert Song – When Sophie unwittingly puts her foster parents most valuable mare, Aria, in danger, she is afraid she will be sent away. So she keeps her mistake secret, hiding Aria in a remote canyon. But little does Sofie know that a terrible evil is drawing near.

Condor Mountain – Elena’s dad is trapped with his horse in the Andes mountains. Above them, the condors are circling, ready to strike. Elena is the only one who can get to her father and his horse in time, but she doesn’t believe they’re in danger – and she certainly doesn’t trust the strange girl who says she’ll help, the girl who rides the wild mare that no one has ever ben able to tame.

Swift Current – Ali realizes that all the accidents happening on the ranch aren’t really accidents. Someone is setting traps, trying to scare her. Then the intruder targets her horses. She can’t understand why anyone would want to hurt three innocent horses, but one thing’s for certain – she needs to figure it out before something terrible happens! Then the horses go missing. Is she already too late?

Gold Fever – On their annual horseback wilderness camping trip, Karlie and her dad run into a bit of unexpected trouble that quickly turns terrifying. Karlie’s dad is attacked by a murderer, then as he and Karlie escape, they are separated. Karlie knows she must find him and take him to a hospital. But she’s not the only one looking for him. The murderer is looking too, for her dad and for her.

Slave Child – Giselle is heartbroken when Madame says she is selling her old pony, Domi, for slaughter. The thought of gentle Domi being killed is too much. But things are worse than Giselle knows. Back at home, a restavec trader is waiting. Giselle’s aunt has just sold the orphans that were forced upon her – Giselle and her little brother. How can Giselle save Domi when she can’t even save herself?

Abandoned – A stranger is stalking Lauren, so her dad sends her to stay with his sister. What Lauren finds at her aunt’s house is both terrible beyond belief and more amazing than she can imagine! A time travel story!

Winter of the Crystal Dances – Evy can telepathically understand horses, a “gift” that enables her to rescue a mustang filly from certain death. Now can she let the filly she loves return to the wild?

Spring of the Poacher’s Moon – Evy and her horses rescue an orphaned moose calf, not realizing that the poachers who killed his mother will do anything to keep their activities a secret!

Summer of Wild Hearts – Evy is overjoyed that she is allowed to go to the rodeo, just like a normal kid. As she tries to help an abused mare, her filly, Twilight, is miles away and in danger.

Autumn in Snake Canyon – Tumpoo, the moose calf, is causing a world of trouble, but that’s not Evy’s big problem. She’s just discovered that her mom’s art dealer is stealing from them. How can she prove his crime?

Winter of Sinking Waters – Evy is looking forward to a fun weekend with her best friends, both horse and human, when they are rudely interrupted by a hungry bear who decides one of the cows will make a good meal.

Whether you download 1 or download 12, please ENJOY!

Shackles On, Shackles Off

I’m not just quitting writing posts of value; I’m also quitting with the original stuff. 🙂 I was so impressed by an exercise from “Steering by Starlight”, by Martha Beck, that I just had to share. Fair warning: you may want to read this exercise in her book as well, since I’m explaining my understanding of it, which may be wildly different from what she intended. There is a ton of other valuable stuff in her book too.

The exercise:

First, please meet “Shackles On”.

Think of a time you were doing something you disliked, even if it turned out well, even if you were praised for it and only you knew something wasn’t right. If it turned out dismally, even better! Now imagine it thoroughly. Remember what you were thinking, how you felt, some key scenes. Yuck, I know! But it’ll pay off in the end.

When you’re good and into it, stop and check into your body. What are you physically feeling? Tense in your jaw? Sick to your stomach? Shallow breathing? Pinpoint your individual physical reactions and remember them. Mine are a constricted throat, tightness in my chest, and sometimes a queasy feeling in my solar plexis. Shackles definitely on!

Next, “Shackles Off”.

Think of a time you were doing something you love, something that made you feel free and joyful and powerful in your life. Again, really get into it, roll around in the joy a bit, even laugh out loud. I did! And once again, tune into your body. How do you physically feel? What sensations is your body giving you? Pinpoint and remember them. Mine is an open, glowy feeling that’s impossible to describe without using nebulous, vague words like “open” and “glowy”.

Before I go further, I should explain that this exercise is based on the premise that when we are living a life that is worthy of our highest best self, we feel internally free. Shackles cannot exist in the zone, when we’re going with the flow, when we’re riding the wave.

Therefore, it seems kind of valuable to me to be able to recognize what will make me feel free before I actually do it – because, let’s face it, I can’t trust my brain. (I can just hear my husband laughing as he agrees!) But from what I see, pretty much all of us are heavily manipulated by ingrained cultural and personal beliefs, as well as by our hidden desires and fears. With all that against us, we don’t stand a chance of making a truly nonbiased logical decision. And then there’s the experiential evidence. Logic has led me down some truly miserable paths by lying to me about what I should do and be. Am I the only one this happens to? I think not.

Now, back to the exercise:

First, select your question. Should I quit my job and travel the world? Should I run a rescue home for runaway pigs? Should I work to become an astronaut and go to Mars? Or in my recent case: should I write screenplays or novels? (Because a few months ago, it sunk into my thick skull that I didn’t have the time or energy to turn both into viable careers.)

Second, imagine you have succeeded in your goal. Really get into it.

You’re wandering through an outdoor market in Greece, rustic bread and a small pot of honey in your bag, the sun warming your shoulders, the tang of apricots and rosemary in the air…

You’re feeding healthy, homemade treats to your dozens of grateful pigs, who gaze adoringly at you as they gently lift the treats from your palm…

You’re listening to your astronaut buddies sing “She’s a Jolly Good Fellow” in celebration of you proving there is life on Mars, as you sip rehydrated champaign and play with a bald, green near-kitten with ruby eyes…

Now, how do you feel physically? Are the shackles on or off?

Should you go for that goal? Will it bring you true joy?

Your body is telling you the answer. Listen.