Monday, August 26, 2013

Christine Meunier, author of Horse Country: A World of Horses



Author Bio:
Christine Meunier considers herself introduced to the wonderful world of horses at the late age of 13 when her parents agreed to lease a horse for her.  She started experiencing horses via books from a young age and continues to do so, but recognises that horses cannot be learnt solely from books.

She has been studying horses from age 16, starting with the Certificate II in Horse Studies and is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Equine Science via distance education.

Christine has worked at numerous thoroughbred studs in Australia as well as overseas in Ireland for a breeding season.

She then gained experience in a couple of Melbourne based horse riding schools, instructing at a basic level before heading off overseas again, this time to South Africa to spend hours in the saddle of endurance and trail horses on the Wild Coast.

Particularly passionate about the world of breeding horses, she teaches equine studies focused on breeding, at a TAFE, Victoria, Australia.

She also writes a blog about equine education which you can view at http://equus-blog.com/

Title: Horse Country – A World of Horses
Author: Christine Meunier
ISBN: 978-0-9875332-0-3
Page count: 492
Genre: New Adult
Price: $24.95 as a hard copy, or $5.95 as an eBook

Tell us about your book:
Christine Meunier has lived a life breathing, dreaming and working with horses in the thoroughbred industry in Australia and has also travelled overseas to work in the industry.  Horse Country takes her own personal experiences woven into a story about four young women studying and working in the horse industry.

Follow Lise and Wes as they work their way around North East Victoria, Australia in the seasonal world of breeding thoroughbreds.  Horse Country follows the seasons of the thoroughbred industry and what the day to day of working on a stud could look like.

A few hours away, Maddie and Melanie are working hard in their parent’s metropolitan riding school, teaching others about horse riding and care of the horse.  From the nervous first time rider, to the child who wants to run fast and jump high, the young women shape lessons to suit the individual.

Horses offer a great opportunity to study, learn, work and develop an incredible career around the world.  Set in Australia, this novel shows that the land down under is indeed a Horse Country.Horse

How long did it take to write the book?
Over a 10 year span!

What inspired you to write the book?
My experiences in the horse industry and a drive to tell others about this great industry to work in.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
I would write as events happened or ideas came to me and towards the end set aside time each day to finish the novel.  I guess my research involved working in the industry and experiencing much of what my characters have!

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
A desire to pursue a career with horses as well as increased knowledge about the horse industry that they can put to work in their careers.



Excerpt from book:
Lise looked around her new home, wiping the dust off her hands and transferring them to her faded jeans.  Her gaze was rewarded with the tiring sight of boxes - many boxes that still needed unpacking.
"They can totally wait," she commented to no one in particular, ignoring the voice that was telling her it'd be smarter to at least have her bedroom and breakfast for the morning organised before she went wandering.
Closing the door on her logical thoughts, she stepped away from the house and headed over to the nearest building - a stable.  She paused at the entryway, a risen voice thickly accented causing her to just stop and listen.
“I wish they wouldn't interfere sometimes!  Those girls think they can do everything.  Women!” the young Irishman muttered, holding a yearling while an older male cleaned a cut on its near hind cannon.
The young horse had escaped the day before and hurt itself.  All, Declan concluded, because two of his coworkers were trying to prove a point about females handling high-strung colts.
“Well, taking that outburst into consideration, I guess you’re going to have a problem with me,” Lise commented suddenly, leaning casually against the nearest box as she gazed down the breezeway at the two men treating the young horse.
“And who are ye?” the broad Irish fellow asked in a bored tone, not bothering to hide his disinterest.
“Your new work mate,” she grinned, stepping forward and offering her hand.
“I’m Trevor,” the older male with slightly greying hair stepped forward, taking her hand in a firm shake while the younger stayed where he was, holding the horse.
“Lise Hemmingway,” she responded, smiling at the man before her gaze traveled to meet the eyes of the other male.
“…and this is Declan.  Generally we both deal with the stallions.”
“Mmm… I guess you won’t have to deal with me that often then.  I’m possibly taking on the assistant neo-natal position when the breeding season comes back around,” she told them, referring to the numerous young foals that were born and raised on the property.
Declan raised a brow, taking in the young woman properly this time.  She stared back, not impressed with his sudden appraisal but willing to sum up the two figures.  She noticed a considerable contrast between the older man’s kind brown eyes, well worn clothes and rough hands, and the younger male’s taller frame, neater clothes and challenging blue eyes fitting well with his ebony hair.
“How old are ye?” Declan blurted out suddenly, his gaze returning to her face.
“How old do I look?” she challenged.
“Sixteen, seventeen,” he shrugged.
“That’s an awfully young age to be working in such a specialised field, don’t you think?” she commented, turning from the pair and heading down the breezeway.
“It was nice meeting you, Trevor.”
The older man chuckled as he looked up at Declan; quickly discerning the younger man wasn’t impressed.
“I like her already.”
Declan grunted, turned the horse around and lead it back into its box, removing the bit and head collar before exiting the box and sliding the door shut.
"Another one to put up with who probably thinks she knows everything.  Just what we need."
"I bet you twenty bucks you'll have changed your mind by the end of the month," the older male smiled at him, his look telling Declan he knew something the younger male didn't.
Not likely!
"I'll take that bet." 


Where can we go to buy your book?
http://www.horsecountrybook.com will have links on the release date of July 1.

Any other links or info you'd like to share?
http://www.facebook.com/HorseCountryBook will detail blog posts, author interviews, excerpts and giveaways.


Monday, August 19, 2013

LeeAnna Kail, author of The OWL Who Couldn't WHOO



Author Bio:
LeeAnna Kail grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her loving parents and five siblings. Ever since LeeAnna was little, she had an interest in writing. In fact, when she was in the fourth grade, she completed a career project and dressed as an author with dreams of writing her own book one day.
LeeAnna attended Duquesne University with a double major in political science and English with intentions of attending law school after graduation. While studying abroad in Rome, Italy, LeeAnna had a change of heart and decided to continue her education at Duquesne studying elementary education instead. She knew she found her niche the first day of class. Inspired by an assignment from a children’s literature course, LeeAnna's dream of writing a book has come true.
LeeAnna currently teaches in Pittsburgh and hopes to be an inspiration to her students to follow their dreams.


Title: The Owl Who Couldn’t WHOO
Author: LeeAnna Kail
ISBN: 978-1612441290
Page count: 24 pages
Genre: Children’s Literature Book, Fiction, Picture Book
Price: $11.95

Tell us about your book:
My book is about an owl named Ollie who cannot “WHOO.” Instead he says, “WHEERE!” or “WHEEN!” or “WHYY!” and sometimes “WHAAT!” Because he is different, the other owls tease him. When his little sister gets lost in the forest, Ollie comes up with the idea to use his special words to find her.

How long did it take to write the book?
About a week. It was final project for a graduate class.

What inspired you to write the book?
As I was daydreaming in class one night, I spotted a tiny cut out owl “staring” at me. In that moment, the idea clicked, “What if I write about an owl who can’t WHOO?” From there, it took a few days to develop the plot.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
I have been writing all of my life. I have probably written over 300 papers from high school through graduate school, especially since one of my undergraduate majors was in English with a focus in writing. Because of that, I am almost forced to have a writing routine! I first work the plot out in my head and bounce ideas off of my dad, who I always go to for inspiration. From there, I write an outline and a rough draft all while listening to soft music. After that, I have several other drafts. And then even more drafts. As a writer, your work is never finished. There’s always something that can be perfected. 

I did some research, although not much since it’s a fiction story. I researched the specific owls I wanted to write about and specific terms to use when talking about them.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
My book is about an owl named Ollie who cannot “WHOO.” Instead he says, “WHEERE!” or “WHEEN!” or “WHYY!” and sometimes “WHAAT!” Because he is different, the other owls tease him. When his little sister gets lost in the forest, Ollie comes up with the idea to use his special words to find her.

Excerpt from book:
Ollie lived in a parliament of Spotted Owls deep in the forest. He was the only owl that did not, “WHOO!” Instead, Ollie said, “WHEERE!” or “WHEEN!” or “WHYY!” and sometimes “WHAAT!” The other owls teased him. 

“WHOO is the only owl in the village that cannot WHOO! Ollie, Ollie, Ollie that is WHOO!” they chanted together. 

“You say funny words,” Hooty shouted. “You sound silly!” Spotty made fun of Ollie. “Are you even a real owl?” Percy teased. 

Poor Ollie felt sad. He couldn’t help screeching, “WHEERE!” or “WHEEN!” or “WHYY!” and sometimes “WHAAT!”

Where can we go to buy your book?


Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, by author


Any other links or info you'd like to share?


World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/n5bul86

Twitter: @LA_Kail