AHOHO, in paper

A Horse of Her Own is now out in paperback! It features a redesigned cover (nicely blue) and an interview with me in the back. (Note: I should have updated my answers to the interview questions. We don’t watch House anymore…13 is just too unbearable a character. Now we’re all about Thirty Rock and old Dr. Who.)

Blue and Phinny … in the flesh/plastic!!

My characters are Breyer horses. I have no words for how fantastically fun this is for me.

photo-5Henry feeds Blue a waffle…

photo-3And doesn’t neglect Phin…

photo-4Son-playing-with-toys-based-on-my-books = teary, happy mama.

Golden Grove Unleaving

Well, perhaps the golden grove is not quite unleaving yet, but it is very autumnal, and autumn always feels like the real start of the New Year, even if it is the year dying with a dying fall. Alright, enough poetry quoting.

I have not updated for some weeks as I’ve been finishing the next book in the Breyer series: Samirah’s Ride: The Story of an Arabian, which will be published by Feiwel in Spring 2010. Meanwhile, Wild Blue got this nice review from TeensReadToo and both Breyer books, packaged with the models, were on QVC. I’ll try to post images of the models–which are beautiful–soon.

Completely Irrelevant

…and yet I need it on this page. Henry (and me) at Coney Island yesterday, before a rainstorm.

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Bid Farewell for Old Kentucky

kypostcard2The place where I-I-I was born and raised

(Chorus: The place where sheeeee was born and raised)

I’m heading south tomorrow for BreyerFest! Can’t wait to say hello to the horses, real and plastic, and the people, small and grown-up. My reading times are posted to the right. 

(Song reference for the under-70 crowd: “Man of Constant Sorrow.”)

In Which Grown Men Like Horse Stories

oalogoThanks to my old employer–The Oxford American magazine–for these nice words (and the only time I’ll be compared to Patrick O’Brian) about my first book, A Horse of Her Own. “The Southern Magazine of Good Writing” is a worthy institution and has a beautiful new website definitely worth exploring.

I’ll Take Manhattan, Kansas

The praise of a librarian is just about the highest praise of all … and since my mother used to be a children’s librarian, that adds to the warm fuzzies. Here is what the Children’s Room of the Manhattan (Kansas) Public Library had to say about Little Prince, which they’re recommending on their Bookworm Buddies blog:

It’s a gem of a horse story, laugh-out loud funny and exciting. If you’ve ever loved a horse, this book will touch you.

Thanks, lovely librarians!

The Amazon in the Room (Site)

It occurs to me that having my book widgets (look to your right) connect you straight to Amazon to buy myIndieBoundLogo_1Colorblack books implies–nay, insists–that Amazon is my vendor of choice. There are many marvelous things about Amazon–incredible choice, informative reviews, the lazy (emphasis on lazy) luxury of not having to leave the house to buy books (or, say, shower curtains or vitamins). There is also the fact that publishers track Amazon sales, which can be important for the life of the book and for reprints.

But there are many, many more marvelous things about your local independent bookseller, and your local library, that, to my mind outweigh the fraught gifts of Amazon: Intelligently curated recommendations that look beyond the big summer beach book, actual conversation with a (usually) nice person who loves books, often a cat who sleeps in the window.

As I scoured the web for some sort of tool that could help readers find my books at their local bookstore (and of course I shouldn’t forget Powell’s), I found a fantastic group called IndieBound, an organization of independent booksellers doing all sorts of innovative and interesting things … including creating a widget that will allow you to find your local indie bookstore! They already have an app for Iphone (which I’ve installed and love), and as soon as they have the store-finder widget up and running, I’ll put it at the top of this site’s sidebar. 

In the meantime, I’ve linked to the store-finder page on their site. So if you’d like to buy my books, and are not sure where your local bookstore is, please go to the top link on my sidebar. (If you have the flu, can’t move, and just really want the postman to bring them to you, I’m keeping up my Amazon widgets, too.)

There is much to say about the wonderfulness of your local library, but already this is the longest post I’ll ever have on this site (which is not a blog, thank you). But it’s an important subject, so please forgive my long-windedness.

Courier-Journal shoutout

12375612871622595821johnny_automatic_newsboy.svg.medToday’s Louisville Courier-Journal has this shoutout for the new books. The C-J did a nice interview with me last year, when A Horse of Her Own came out, that Tuesday’s Horse has kept online here.

BreyerFest 2009

I’m going down to Kentucky to help celebrate BreyerFest’s twentieth birthday and will be reading and signing Wild Blue and Little Prince, the first two books of the Breyer Horse Portrait Collection. Here’s a nice press release about the event, and I’ll post my reading schedule as soon as it’s finalized. On Sunday, July 19, I’ll also be reading at Joseph-Beth bookstore. 

I can’t wait to be back at the Kentucky Horse Park, where I really, really wanted to live when I was eight, and to meet all the Breyer fans!

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