Can Viola Parker keep a job for one year to get a surprise trust fund? She used to be one of the best show-jumper riders around, but her attitude has landed her out of work. Again.
When a ghost horse begins haunting her dreams, and dead bodies start piling up, the question isn’t whether she can earn a reference from her hunky boss, Malcolm, but whether she’ll live long enough to get it.
About the Author
I have written stories and ridden horses--frequently simultaneously--for as long as I can remember. I grew up on Long Island and spent my formative years in the saddle--just imagining. Not surprisingly, my stories are usually infused with the mystery and spirituality horses have brought to my life. My philosophy, in brief :: (No, not in briefs, but that's a nice image, thank you very much.) We are all immigrants in spirit, with our minds, hearts, and souls being the final frontier. Yep, that's it. I've discovered this is what happens to all my main characters--whether by choice or accident or design--they go somewhere else. They immigrate. At first, this change is external--physical. Over time, their journeys lead to a place of discovery and growth that is within each individual alone. The final frontier to which we all can go. Boldly go . . . Go on. Go. Awards and such Raver -- Book One of the Horsecaller First place, Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel, Oklahoma Writers Federation, 2003 First place, Paranormal, Toronto Romance Writers, 2005 Winterlight (now known as On the Buckle) Third place, Single Title Contemporary, Toronto Romance Writers, 2005 A Farmer at Last Second place, Essay, Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, 2003 Woman Third place, Poetry Unrhymed Short, Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, 2003 Unending Memory Second place, Saturday Writers Poetry Contest
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Entertaining read. Vi has a trust fund coming to her—on condition that she get and keep a job for one full year—AND get a glowing letter of recommendation. So her best friend finds her a job on a ranch. Where the owner is a hot single Scotsman. First the bad: the ranch appeared to be a weird combination of dude ranch, western AND english, lesson barn, and boarding facility. It just seemed weird. The owner, Malcolm, has Scottish heritage but appears to have grown up in the USA. But he wears a kilt. With nothing under it. While working at the ranch. Seriously?? Who doesn't wear long pants while doing ranch work? With brush, and fencing, and splinters, and horses, etc, you wear long pants to protect yourself. Just didn't ring true. And Vi receives all of the clues to the various murders and mysteries through her dreams. Every time she needs to know something, the horse (who she rode and loved, and who died while jumping) shows up and points out the next clue. I guess I just want my mystery solvers to have to work a little harder, lol. The good: The horse parts were WONDERFUL. Everything from bratty ponies to Vi's high strung OTTB mare who kicks if you touch her unexpectedly, to the brave and honest hunter, were absolutely spot-on. The author clearly is very familiar with horses, with caring for them and riding them. The characters were funny and likable. The bad guys were appropriately evil. The book itself was a fun read, and was very enjoyable. If you like horse fiction you will like this book. Also recommend it for anyone who enjoys a hot Scottish hero! I've already downloaded another book by this author in the series, and looking forward to it.
Love it!!!!! I want to read more!