Hoping for the winner’s circle

A Special Kind of Courage has been entered into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards under the YA Fiction category. Their 7th contest, the grand prize and four 1st prizes are publishing contracts with advances. Winners will be notified in July after several rounds of judging and reviews. I’ll post when excerpts go up for public review so you can get involved.

Courage is also being entered into the Florida Authors and Publishers Association’s (FAPA) 2014 National FAPA President’s Awards in the YA Fiction category. Winners will be announced the first week of July and honored at a banquet in August.

Barbara and I have also confirmed to share a pavillion for the Authors in the Park event in Mount Dora, FL on March 29th. Barbara will have copies of Courage, and possibly The Sweet Running Filly and A Horse Called Bonnie, at the event. I will keep you posted, but set the date aside to come out and meet Barbara. You can pick up a free bookmark, too!


The sweet filly is still running

Book One of the Bonnie book series, The Sweet Running Filly, originally released in 1971, is being re-released this month!

Barbara has been working through the original five books to make sure they are ready for release. Sally Ann Lyle, the cover artist for A Special Kind of Courage, will grace the covers of all five re-releases.

Here’s a sneak peek at the new cover for book one alongside the original 1971 cover…


We are looking forward to rekindling (no pun intended) the series for a new generation of young adult horse lovers as well as adult fans all over the world.

And a special thank you to all of our UK customers who have been picking up copies of Courage on Kindle! Thank you for helping us get the word out.


Books and BBQ for a good cause

Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 10.35.30 AMTomorrow’s Equestrian Center (TEC) will be holding their 8th Annual Charity Auction and BBQ this coming weekend and we will be there!

Barbara will be there to sign copies of the newest book, A Special Kind of Courage, which will be up for grabs with 20% of the sales going to TEC.

Help us spread the word by clicking here and printing out a copy of their event flyer. There will be an auction, of which I am donating a canvas to, BBQ and you can’t miss out on Bull Chip Bingo!

My family, Barbara, and I hope to see you out there this weekend. Stop by and let Barbara know how much the Bonnie series has meant to you!



Having a bit of a moment today. UPS dropped off this lovely little package from CreateSpace a day early! So guess what I’ll be doing tonight!

We are so very close to the release of book 6 of the Bonnie series, A Special Kind of Courage. We will be going over it to make sure we haven’t missed anything, and I hope to have it launched by the weekend.

The next step after proofing the printed copies, is to send it over for conversion to Kindle so you will be able to order both the paperback and digital formats.

Very excited! And remember…


More updates soon!


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Much fun with reincubate’s Keep Calm-o-Matic.


Putting the finishing touches on book six in the Bonnie Books series, A Special Kind of Courage. The original five books were released in the 70s and were very well received, selling an average of over 200,000 copies each. Released as a box set in 1975, you can still find a few copies on eBay.

Once Courage is up, we will start working on re-releasing the original five books.

This is the OFFICIAL site approved by the author.

We will be keeping you posted along the way and you can get involved by checking out our Contact page for links to Barbara’s social networks.

Back in the saddle again,
Ria & Barbara