Series Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): Dream Horse Adventures series by Susan Count

Posted March 6, 2020 by meezcarrie in children, Christian, giveaway / 5 Comments


Dream Horse Adventures Blog Blitz

Welcome to the Blog Blitz and Giveaway for Dream Horse Adventures series by Susan Count, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Mary's SongTitle: Mary’s Song
Series: Dream Horse Adventures #1
Author: Susan Count
Publisher: Hastings Creations
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Release Date: October 13, 2016

A young artist falls in love with a foal that is lame, just like her. The expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct the problem. Still Mary plots and conspires to raise money to save the horse, even as time runs out. She sacrifices what she holds dear – the trust of her papa, to gain her heart’s desire. But she could lose everything in her struggle to save the foal.

 

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Twelve-year-old Mary waved and sailed a few carrot offerings over the fence to the gathered herd. They rushed to grab the bribe. With ears flattened, the horses jostled, shoved, and charged at one another to gobble the carrots. When the treats were gone, the mares went back to grazing. As the foals cavorted in circles around their dams, Mary inhaled the delight of being in their company. To draw a foal, she took a snapshot with her mind and sketched it in a great flurry. After capturing the likeness, she fussed with the details and the shading. A twine-wrapped portfolio she kept in her library bulged with sketches. Each sketch was a secret wish to ride, wild and free, someday.

She imagined herself cantering across a meadow polka-dotted with pink flowers. Her hair streamed behind her. Her arms held wide as if to soar. Her dream horse moved in response to her thoughts. A smile lifted and softened her face.

Mary shifted her useless legs to balance the sketchpad better. “It’s not just a dream.” The filly cocked her feminine head to the side and peered at the curiosity in the grass. Mary stared back, hoping the filly would hold the pose long enough for her to soak in every detail. The dark graphite pencil seemed to flow on its own, and soon the rough outline of the curious baby splashed across the paper.

“I will sketch you every minute until Papa comes home with my surprise. It might be—could be—a horse.”


Selah's Sweet DreamTitle: Selah’s Sweet Dream
Series: Dream Horse Adventures #2
Author: Susan Count
Publisher: Hastings Creations
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Release Date: December 15, 2015

Twelve-year-old Selah’s quest to be equestrian superstar is impossible without a horse. Then she spots buzzards circling in the grasslands behind Grandpa’s farm. They’re stalking a horse trapped in wire and Selah is its only hope. But the mare she rescues might be a bigger challenge to her dream than not having a horse at all.

An old friend of Grandpa’s and a world renowned horse trainer offers to work with the wild and defiant mare. Selah jumps at the opportunity. She trains with a fierce determination to equal the equestrian talent of the deceased grandmother who instilled the love of horse in her. But when the horse causes mayhem at the trainer’s facility, he sends them home. Selah must gather her courage and face up to the trainer or watch her dreams gallop away

 

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“What’s that?”

Straining to see, she couldn’t quite make out anything except a dark shape. Selah slipped to a nearby tree, dropped her backpack, and used it like a stool to swing up on the lowest branch just like the monkey bars. She stood on the branch. “There’s something out there,” she whispered down to the dog. From her perch, she still couldn’t quite distinguish the dark shape until its head popped up from the grass.

“A horse?” Questions sprang into her mind in rapid fire. Where did it come from? How did it get here? As her foot slipped, she lunged for the branch overhead, gripping the rough bark. Some skin scraped away from her hands. Her body swung, and she smacked into the tree trunk, nearly losing her grip. Her feet scrambled for the branch below.

As her attention returned to the horse, its body snapped alert as if it heard something scary. In the next instant, it exploded into a run as if its life depended on speed. The galloping horse disappeared behind a stand of trees. Selah stretched as high as she could on the branch to catch one more glimpse.

“It can’t be. Or are you the sweetest dream I’ve ever had?” she questioned. “But you saw it, didn’t you, Skunk?”

Skunk sprawled in the grass with her head nestled on her paws. Her soft, glistening eyes watching her playmate in a tree.

Selah slithered down the tree and slung her pack onto her shoulder as she ran to the farm. Every stride pumped the phrase, “I saw my horse!”


Selah's Painted DreamTitle: Selah’s Painted Dream
Series: Dream Horse Adventures #3
Author: Susan Count
Publisher: Hastings Creations
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Release Date: May 7, 2018

Unless thirteen-year-old Selah can convince Grandpa she should live at the farm, her life is ruined. She’ll be forced to move hours from her horse and abandon her equestrian dreams.

Determined to stay, Selah must distract Grandpa from his new sweetheart. She searches for a painted dream horse from Grandpa’s past. But, Selah finds his old equine partner neglected and near death.

Then Grandpa reveals his life changing decision that tramples Selah’s plans.
Will the one thing that stood in Selah’s way become her saving grace?

 

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Selah stepped out onto the porch and lifted her voice. “Dream!”

Hooves pounded as Sweet Dream cantered in from the far pasture. Selah ran to meet the black mare. Throwing her arms around the horse’s neck, she breathed in the spring-grass scent of her. “It’s not dark. We have time for a ride.” Faster than a pan of fresh-baked cookies can disappear, she tacked up and rode out.

As the absolute beauty of spring in The Canaan Grasslands lifted Selah’s troubled heart, she urged Sweet Dream into a canter. Her joy in the moment soared.

They eased to a stop on the knoll where she’d first seen Dream almost a year ago. The trapped horse would’ve been devoured by buzzards if Selah hadn’t found her when she did. “It makes me so happy to be here. I can almost forget what is about to happen to me.” She leaned forward onto the saddle pommel and slipped her hands around the horse’s neck as far as she could reach. “To us.”

Maybe it was the fresh air. Maybe it was because when she rode she was in the moment, but as she enjoyed the meadow, all things became very clear in her mind. Selah had a plan.

“Grandpa. He’s my ticket. He’ll do anything for me.” Her fingers fidgeted with the reins. I talked him into a cat. Who but me could’ve talked him into keeping Sweet Dream? She moved a hand to cover her heart. When he sees how hurt and upset I am, he will surely suggest I come live with him. It’s the only way this can work.


Check back on Monday for a look at the newly released book 4!


Susan Count

Susan Count is a life-long equestrian and owned by a Rocky Mountain Horse that is kind hearted enough to take her on long forested trail rides. She adores grandchildren, horses, and bunnies.

Instilled with the need to create, she loves building projects and writing adventure stories. She writes at an antique secretary desk that occupies a glass room with a forest view. Fittingly, it once belonged to the grandmother who introduced her to the love of reading via Walter Farley’s horse books. That desk has secret compartments which hold memories, mysteries, and story ideas.

Susan has published four books in an equestrian series. As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Texas Association of Authors, she takes studying the craft of writing seriously. Revision is her super-power.

She says the only thing more fun than riding might be writing horse adventure stories and she invites you to saddle up and ride along. You can learn more about Susan’s work by visiting her website!

CONNECT WITH SUSAN: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest


Dream Horse Adventures JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a copy of Selah’s Secret Dream, Selah’s Painted Dream, and Selah’s Stolen Dream plus a $25 Amazon gift card!

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5 responses to “Series Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): Dream Horse Adventures series by Susan Count

  1. Arletta

    Who doesn’t have a love relationship with horses? These books sound great and the covers are beautiful.

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