Horsin Around ThursdaysEdmund Pickle Chin: A Donkey Rescue Story

Today Im taking a break from young adult novels to introduce a very special picture bookEdmund Pickle Chin:  A Donkey Rescue Story, co-authored by Clara Bowman-Jahn and Susan April Elwood. Im deviating slightly from my Thursday horse theme, too, as this picture book is about a donkey, not a horse. But Ive never met a horse-lover who doesnt also love donkeys! Not to mention, Im a sucker for animal rescue stories. Clara Bowman-Jahn is a talented author and former online critique group member of mine. Im so happy to help spread the word about her sweet and heartwarming book, which has been tested and approved by my very own children.

Summary:  Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story is based on a true story. Edmund is an abused donkey who is the first of many animals to call Evermay Farm, a small rescue in central Georgia, home. Susan, Edmund’s care giver in the story, not only gives the shy donkey the time and patience he needs but gives him a new name every day of the week. The title takes on one of those nicknames she so lovingly calls him. As Susan starts to take in new critters, Edmund finds himself changing. As his name grows, so does his trust and acceptance. Edmund soon learns that he is not only needed but wanted. This confused, frightened donkey’s life changes as he becomes a hero, a babysitter, and a companion to the other residents at Evermay Farm.

Age Level:  5-12

Publisher:  eTreasures Publishing, LLC (December 12, 2014)

About the Author:  CLARA BOWMAN-JAHN worked as a registered nurse for thirty-two years, finally trading that job for her true love, writing. Clara’s short stories have been published in the anthology of the “Campaigner’s Challenges Book.” When Clara is not writing, she does volunteer work for a local elementary school and her church. She also likes taking long walks with her husband, blogging, and reading books. She is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Round Hill Writer’s Group. She lives in rural Loudoun County, Virginia with her humorous husband, a senior dog and two cats. And she is the proud mother of two wonderful grown sons and one delightful grandson.

Connect with Clara on her Facebook Page and her website

Happy reading!

Horsin Around Thursdays: The A Circuit

Welcome back to Horsin Around Thursdays! Before I get to todays book, I have exciting news related to the upcoming release of my young adult equestrian thriller, Trail of Secrets. Ive been working my way through the final edits and, a few days ago, I even got a sneak peek at the cover. I absolutely love it! Unfortunately, it may be several more weeks before I can reveal the cover to the outside world. Because patience is not one of my virtues, Im keeping myself happily entertained by reading other peoples horse-themed books.

This week its all about horse showing at the highest levelThe A Circuit. In case youve never heard of The A Circuit four book Series, co-written by Catherine Hapka and professional equestrian, Georgina Bloomberg, prepare to indulge in a guilty pleasure.

Summary (from Amazon.com):  The A Circuit is the top of the top when it comes to horse showing. Its a world with its own rules and super-privileged lifestyles. Teens employ private tutors so they can travel the circuit all year showing horses that cost as much as some peoples homes.Tommi, Kate, and Zara are all elite competitors on the circuit, but they come from totally different backgrounds. Tommi is a billionaire heiress trying to prove she has real talent (not just deep bank accounts). Kate puts the working in working student-every win has been paid for with hours of cleaning stalls. Shes used to the grueling schedule, but Fitz, the barns resident hot guy, is about to become a major distraction. And then theres Zara. Shes the wild child of a famous rock star, but shes ready to take riding seriously. Can a party girl really change her ways?Readers who enjoy peeking into the elite world of series of Gossip Girl or The A-List will feel right at home in this new series with its friendships, drama, and privilege set against a backdrop of competitive horseback riding.

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (May 24, 2011)

Recommended Reading Age: 12-17

If you crave a book filled with drama, horses, and a glimpse into how the other half lives, then pack your beach bag with The A Circuit for a fun, summer read!

My next post will be in two weeks because Ill be off on a road trip with my family for a while. One of our destinations will be the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Cant wait to report back on the experience!