Sabaska's Tale

Sabaska's Tale

by J. A. Campbell

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615850986
Publisher: Untold Press, LLC
Publication date: 07/14/2013
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Julie was born in Iowa in a pumpkin patch next to the Duck Creek mall. Her parents were out Christmas shopping one day and stopped by. Somehow she managed to fool them into taking her home. They put her under the Christmas tree where she turned into a baby. Baffled, her parents have never since bought a pumpkin for Christmas, though she does have one other sibling, a younger sister who was born in the spring 6.5 years later.

She moved to Ohio with her family when she was young where she met one of her BFF's and spent the better part of 14 years. She grew up around boats and spent as much time with horses as she could. She doesn't remember learning to ride and has since concluded that she probably learned to ride before she was born.

Her first masterpiece was a picture book about Willy the Bookworm. Amazingly enough, this masterpiece survives today, and she even thinks she knows where it is. This was followed by many Nancy Drew style mysteries in elementary school, followed by a longer science fiction piece in high school. She never intended to be a writer, she was going to be a paleontologist. Her 6th grade reading teacher was the first person that planted the seed in Julie's head that she was going to be a writer some day. Thanks Mrs. Fox... it's not all your fault, but you sure helped the process along. Julie didn't believe her at the time, but she believes her now.

In college Julie studied Geological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines until she found out she could get a degree in horses. Firmly set on that plan, she moved to Fort Collins and got her BS in Equine Science. After she graduated, she naturally got a job working in the computer/internet industry.

She's had many jobs over the last few years but a few things have remained consistent in her life: her love for horses and her passion for writing.

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Sabaska's Tale 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SirCap More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book about a wonderful horse, or traveler shall we say. This comes from an obvious horse lover who knows a lot about horses. The pace is very slow in the beginning and perhaps about halfway through, but still interesting enough to keep going. As it nears toward the end, a lot of things are happening and being tied up, keeping you on the edge of your seat. I think there was a little too much foreshadowing on one character, because I could tell what was going to happen with them near the end. But otherwise, great book.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Book exchanged for an honest review~ Sixteen year old Anna really misses her Grandma Sherrie. Anna is staying the summer to sell twenty horses. Anna discovers something unusual about Sabaska her grandmother's favorite horse. Sabaska is more than a horse but a Traveler. Sabaska wants to finish the mission that ended badly. As the bond between Anna and Sabaska grows someone is trying to capture Sabaska. Sherrie hired Cody to help around the farm which is a big help to Anna. Can Anna and Sabaska finish the mission? Can Cody help? Your answers await you in Sabaska's Tale. This new to me author has a great concept and execution for this story. The characters are real, honest, down to earth, raw, humble, and compelling. The story is intriguing, complex, and attention grabbing. I look forward to reading more of this author's work in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Sabaska's Tale" by J.A. Campbell is a delightful story about the love between a girl and her horse. The story begins with a prologue told from Sabaska's POV (Sabaska is the horse). Sabaska is recounting what happened to Sherrie her rider. You see, Sabaska isn't any ordinary horse, she's a Traveler from another world. She can cross into other world's just by thinking of them. The Travelers are at war with the Vanir and Sherrie is killed. (All of this occurs in the Prologue so I promise I'm not spoiling it for you). The story then cuts to Anna, Sherrie's granddaughter, who knows nothing of Sherrie's life as a rider, but shares her love for horses. Anna at 16 decides to stay on her grandmother's farm to sell her horses to good homes and in the process finds that grandmother was keeping a lot of secrets. I liked this story. Anna is a sweet, innocent 16 year old girl who is grieving for her grandmother. She wants to do right by the horses and find them good homes, not just sell them to the highest bidder. She's alone on the farm, until a few days pass and Cody a boy around her age shows up to help clean the stalls and feed the horses. He says her grandmother paid him through the summer. Cody is bashful, but I took an instant liking to him. He seems to genuinely care about Anna. Then there is Cahir. He is one of the potential buyers and also looks to be around Anna's age. Anna is attracted to him, but I found him odd and was suspicious of him. And Sabaska! I loved this horse! She has a free-spirit and is very independent. The plot was just ok I thought. After the suspenseful prologue, it took nearly half the book before Anna knew what Sabaska was and we got back to the main story: the Traveler's war with the Vanir. Also Anna learning what really happened to her grandmother. Before that it was a lot about what/how Anna took care of the horse's and selling them to other families. This part of the book dragged for me, probably because I know nothing about horses, but the last half of the book made up for it. Lots of action and suspense, and some world-building as Anna became immersed in the Traveler's lifestyle. Overall, I did enjoy the book and I would definitely buy/recommend it. The ending is not a cliffhanger (yay!) so it can be read as a standalone, however the author definitely has left it open to add more stories. If you enjoy realistic-fantasy, YA lit, and are an animal lover, I think you would enjoy this book. ***I received a copy of this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a great story filled with action packed adventure. I can't wait to read the next installment.,,,any hoping for more romance :D