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AnnaLise and Dietrich Von Freund manage Hunter’s Crossing, an equestrian center in Hunterdon County, NJ. AnnaLise mentors her students, providing training and knowledge in all things equine and in matters of the heart. Dietrich, her husband of seventeen years, gives quiet support when estrogen and failed relationships cross paths with recalcitrant horses and the demands of competition.

In Hannah’s Choice, Hannah Reich fulfills a dream; and on ...
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Hunter's Crossing

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Overview

AnnaLise and Dietrich Von Freund manage Hunter’s Crossing, an equestrian center in Hunterdon County, NJ. AnnaLise mentors her students, providing training and knowledge in all things equine and in matters of the heart. Dietrich, her husband of seventeen years, gives quiet support when estrogen and failed relationships cross paths with recalcitrant horses and the demands of competition.

In Hannah’s Choice, Hannah Reich fulfills a dream; and on her first dressage horse on the first day of the rest of her life, the new German ex-Olympic trainer— tall, blond and very stern Hans Wilhelm—sets her mane and tail on fire. Hans may be parsimonious with his praise; but he is quick to show his favorite student that a proper seat requires legs here, torso there - the touches swimming with sensuality. Hannah is ready to entrust Hans with more than just her seat but Hans’ has a complication that arrives unannounced and that complication threatens to destroy all they’ve worked to build.

In The Sweet Scent of Alfalfa, Jessica Berns has been eyeing Andy, the farmer who delivers hay, for over three years. Andy can barely string two sentences together around her, let alone get past his blushing. She invites him to her bungalow for dinner, determined to break the ice. Andy had worried that their age difference might be a problem; Jessica proves to him that he has what it takes to keep up with a hot shot rider. She discovers Andy is a fellow equestrian, doing endurance racing with his string of Arabians. To her surprise, Andy has a son her age, just out of the military. Jack and Jessica hit it off so well that Andy backs off, willing to sacrifice his feelings. But how much is too much when a heart’s desire stands in the way of another’s happiness?

Reader Alert!: Two strong-willed young women find success and joy with their equine partners. But when it comes to mounts of a different sort, one woman must learn to give in and trust while the other finds out how far she can go when she takes control. Hannah and Hans take training to a whole new level while Jess and Andy simmer at a slow burn until Jess decides to take matters in her own very capable hands.

To My Readers: In Hannah’s Choice, I too had that first horse, on the first day of the rest of my life … and the one person who seemed capable of catapulting me to a new level in my riding skills. Any athlete with that special trainer understands the intense bond that forms, the understanding, the support and the emotions that go with effort and striving toward goals. How natural then to add the element of romantic suspense and the complications that arise when the heart and body are at odds. How far are you willing to go when it becomes a matter of trust?

In The Sweet Scent of Alfalfa, a mutual attraction seems destined for the scrap heap until one finally takes the leap that brings them together. But sometimes courage is not enough and sacrifices must be made when family and duty interfere. But how much is too much when a heart’s desire is the one thing that stands in the way of another’s happiness?

Hunter’s Crossing BY Nya Rawlyns

EXCERPT

Hannah’s Choice:
The older woman stood and wrapped an arm about her shoulders, gently guiding her toward the screen door. “Gut. Let’s get you to the arena. Hans is waiting for you.”
Hans was waiting for…? Huh?
“Uh, um. Hans? Waiting for what?”
“Your first lesson. He wanted to start with his most promising student today. Best hurry, dear.” Deadpan, she intoned, “Hans doesn’t like to be kept waiting.”
Oh hell, no!
She clocked Mach Five on the run to the tack room. Scooping up a beater saddle—an old, frayed Wintec that she knew fit D-Mae—she threw an almost clean square saddle pad over top, and the longest girth she could find. The bridle hung shiny clean because it was a von Freund rule: always, always, swipe it with a damp cloth after every ride, making sure the bit was pristine. At least one thing in her tack arsenal was spotless.
AnnaLise had called down for Juan to groom D-Mae and pick her feet, so the mare was ready to go as she skidded into the barn. Juan gave her a thumbs-up and took the saddle and pad, making short work of tacking up. The mare looked bored until Juan unclipped the crossties and led her toward the arena. Hannah followed more slowly, collecting her thoughts. Usually a ‘damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead’ type—thanks to her eventing days—she’d gotten into the habit, under Dietrich’s patient tutelage, of taking a moment to visualize what she hoped to accomplish.
Normally that visualization ran along the lines of a square halt at ‘X’...
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013642829
  • Publisher: Red Sage Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,328,473
  • File size: 305 KB

Meet the Author

I was never not a writer. Awkward and shy and tongue-tied throughout my school years, the written word became my gateway to a larger world. What I could not say, I could write, and write I did! For years I entertained friends and family with homilies, short stories and what today passes as “flash fiction”. I write about events and people who are ‘real’ in the sense that they could be the neighbor next door or that person entering the deli. Everyone has a story to tell and my characters - all of them - seem to be renting apartments in my subconscious. Every now and then my Muse [his name is Rowan and yes he is quite the hunk] will open a door and suggest I meet David or Jackie for they’ve done something wonderful that day and I mustn’t miss the chance to share the adventure. I love to sit and listen to conversations. Language is truly music to my ears, composing those words into coherent sentences is choreography where the dance of dialog and narrative elements take shape and form, and the final product is a symphony of all those elements. Rowan is my conductor -and my son used to laugh at that, but now he boasts to all who care to listen that his mother has “an imaginary friend”. Little does he know …
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