Thursday, April 20, 2017

SPIRIT RIDING FREE: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS by Suzanne Selfors

Suzanne Selfors recently shared some news that may make your heart giddyap and go-a-galloping--especially if you or someone you know loves horses. (*raising hand* "I do! I do!") DreamWorks asked her to write a novel based on an animated series they're producing!

The book's title is SPIRIT RIDING FREE: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS. The release date is May 2, 2017. That's in twelve days!



The blurb:

Twelve-year old Lucky Prescott craves adventure, but as a young lady of society she's only been allowed to experience adventure through books. That is, until one fateful day when Lucky, her father, and her aunt leave their neat-and-tidy city life and travel to their new home out west--the Wild West.

At first Lucky is excited, but during the long train ride to her new hometown of Miradero, she begins to worry. What if she doesn't make any new friends? Everyone in the West rides horses, but she's never been allowed to even sit on one. How can she possibly fit in? Anxious about the future, Lucky looks out the train window and sees a  majestic wild stallion. When their eyes meet, she senses a connection. But when the stallion is caught by wranglers, Lucky's heart breaks. And when she next sees the stallion, he's tied to a post, refusing to be "broken in."

SPIRIT RIDING FREE: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS is the story of a girl and a wild horse, equally out of place in a strange, new world, but equally fierce and brave. With each other to lean on, will these two free spirits be able to find a home together?


The book received a nice review from Kirkus Reviews:
"...the fresh voice and unbridled enthusiasm of both girl and horse will inspire anyone dealing with their own isolation and teasing. A wild ride that will make spirits soar."


What an exciting project! I can't wait to read it!


Click here to check out the trailer for the animated series, SPIRIT RIDING FREE! I think it looks so good!

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Congratulations to the uber-talented Suzanne! Yee-haw!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Great Book Alert: THE OTHER ELIZABETH by Elsa Watson

I just read THE OTHER ELIZABETH, and I loved it!



The novel's a YA historical fiction written by my friend Elsa Watson. Elsa's been a guest at my blog before, and I'm excited to tell you about her latest book!


Here's the blurb:

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Tudor feels trapped. King Henry is dead, and her stepmother's new husband is dragging her into a dangerous game. When young commoner Grit Bexley arrives, Elizabeth can't help but notice how much they look alike. It doesn't take the girls long to decide to switch places. Now Grit can enjoy the luxury of the palace while Elizabeth escapes to warn her brother of impending danger to the crown. But can the princess survive the hardscrabble outside world? And can Grit make Queen Katherine believe that she's royalty? Each girl will need her wits to navigate her new world without getting caught...


THE OTHER ELIZABETH is an excellent read! It's suspenseful, fun, and a total page-turner. Elsa, a history lover (side note: and dog lover) at heart, writes gorgeous historical fiction. She quickly pulled me into young Elizabeth Tudor's world, really showing the weight that comes with royalty--figuratively and literally since those dresses were not light! And the world of a commoner like Grit? Elsa shows the harshness of that as well, and Grit is a heroine I immediately cared about and cheered for!

I've been a fan of Elsa's since I read her first book, MAID MARIAN, and I didn't know her back then. She's passionate about history and historical fiction, so I'm super happy she's writing it! Lucky us! She's a skilled researcher so, in addition to weaving an exciting story, she writes a setting that has texture, color, and life. Reading Elsa's book made me hungry for more knowledge about Elizabeth Tudor and her famous family, so I  ordered a nonfiction book about them when I finished THE OTHER ELIZABETH.

I recommend THE OTHER ELIZABETH. It's a book that's fit for a queen. Or a clever commoner.  :)

Do you read historical fiction? If so, what's a title you recommend?


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If you want to buy THE OTHER ELIZABETH, it's available on Amazon!