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  • Originally posted by Impractical Horsewoman View Post

    Thank you so much talkofthetown ! Yes, I've been around here for a couple of years (and, I admit, taking notes for some of the books, but not in a bad way). I know there are a couple of authors lurking and posting on COTH.

    I'm actually finishing up the editing of book five in the series, Give and Hazard All. It does feature a plot point involving one of Simon's many musical obsessions...but I don't want to give too much away...
    I am truly fangirl-ing right now. I cannot wait to catch up on Simon's life...I was so disappointed when Fortune's Fool ended. Thank you for sharing with us!


    • Yay! Can't wait for the next one... I love your books.


      • In honor of the release of my fifth Fortune's Fool book, Give and Hazard All, I'm offering Book 4 Crawling Between Heaven and Earth for sale for $.99 in the Kindle Store. Book 4 chronicles eventer Simon O'Shaughnessy's attempt to tackle the famous (or infamous) Mongol Derby.

        It's also on sale in the UK:

        And here's a link to Book 5, the latest, Give and Hazard All. This time, the intrepid eventers at O'Shaughnessy Eventing tackle timber racing and the Maryland Hunt Cup!

        Check out my latest novel, Pride, Prejudice, and Personal Statements!


        • Bought Book 5, just like I have purchased ALL the others in the series! Keep on writing, Impractical!
          "I couldn't fix your brakes, so I made your horn louder."


          • Originally posted by Pat9 View Post
            Bought Book 5, just like I have purchased ALL the others in the series! Keep on writing, Impractical!
            Thank you so much! Pat9 I hope you enjoy the ride--and the dual perspective format!
            Feedback from readers is what keep authors motivated...and caffeine
            Check out my latest novel, Pride, Prejudice, and Personal Statements!


            • Just one thing I noticed - Monty's wearing "a leather lead rope." Actually Monty is wearing a lead shank or chain shank. Or just a lead. Yes, I liked the dual perspective format, and the expansion into yet another sport. I still think Simon needs to do an endurance ride like the Tevis. The Mongolian race is a totally different thing. And Phillip can take up team penning.
              "I couldn't fix your brakes, so I made your horn louder."


              • Robert Louis Stevenson, travels with a donkey on Amazon.
                Founding Member: Spotted Saddlebred Pals Clique


                • As an odd coincidence, "Travels with a donkey" was in a library collection at Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ. Stevenson's brother worked there, had a copy of his brother's book, and when he retired or passed away, the books in his office library were placed in the Slipher building, the administration building for the observatory. The educator mentioned that book to us when he discovered that we had just been to the North Rim of Grand Canyon and done two mule rides, plus were interested in Brighty the donkey.. By the way, it's an awesome building, and if you are in the Flagstaff area, go there for an evening visit.
                  "I couldn't fix your brakes, so I made your horn louder."


                  • Cyber Monday is here! In case any of you are fantasizing about running away to ride on semi-feral horses across Mongolia to escape the stresses of the holiday season, you're in luck. My novel Crawling Between Heaven and Earth is on sale for only .99 in the Kindle store, in both the US and the UK.




                    I know some of you are already up-to-date on my protagonist Simon's various doings, and I do have a new stand-alone YA novel--Pride, Prejudice, and Personal Statements--that is also on sale for a limited time for .99 in both the US and the UK Kindle stores. This one doesn't have horses, although it does have a number of scenes featuring cute dogs, including a dachshund named Wentworth.



                    Check out my latest novel, Pride, Prejudice, and Personal Statements!


                    • Mongol Derby??!! Can’t wait to read it! But my reading time is limited – do you have any plans on turning your books into audiobooks?
                      Real Horses. Real Riders. Real Results!


                      • Originally posted by thathorse View Post
                        Mongol Derby??!! Can’t wait to read it! But my reading time is limited – do you have any plans on turning your books into audiobooks?
                        thathorse I can only dream! Unfortunately, it's rather costly to do an audiobook, given that it requires employing an actor or actors. Maybe in the far future, but I'd need to find a publisher willing to finance it.

                        Of course, I've fantasized what screen actors would play my characters on many occasions!
                        Check out my latest novel, Pride, Prejudice, and Personal Statements!


                        • Ohhhhhhhhh...who would you like to cast for Simon? Do tell!
                          The plural of anecdote is not data.


                          • Originally posted by McGurk View Post
                            Ohhhhhhhhh...who would you like to cast for Simon? Do tell!
                            A young Matt Smith from Doctor Who/The Crown/ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies would be perfect, although unfortunately the real Matt's too old now. Of course, he's British, but I assume that all British actors can do an excellent American accent! A lesser known British actor named Russell Tovey also has the right energy for Simon (he was in Angels in America so he can definitely do an American accent). But again, too old.

                            One of the problems with fantasizing about casting a very young role as a writer or reader is by the time a book is optioned and all the financing is taken care of for the production, most of the actors that would seem right for the role have aged out of the part!

                            Somewhat less self-indulgently (don't want to make this post all about me), the number of books that aren't made into films (horse and otherwise) surprises me, when they have such great stories and hundreds of reviews on Amazon. Yet some very mediocre stories do get made into films--or Hollywood just remakes everything that doesn't need a remake!
                            Check out my latest novel, Pride, Prejudice, and Personal Statements!


                            • Impractical,

                              The very favorite dinner table conversation and parlor game among myself and my sibs is casting our favorite books, should they be turned into movies. Sometimes we allow fantasy casting, so for instance, I could say that an age appropriate Michael York (pre-Caberet) would be good to play Simon, alongside an age appropriate Anthony Hopkins playing Daniel McAllister.​​​​​​​

                              The plural of anecdote is not data.


                              • McGurk I love Michael York (and he was absolutely wonderful and vulnerable in Cabaret, what a great film). I wonder what he looked like when he was seventeen or so? And although Anthony Hopkins is best remembered for Hannibal Lector, I also remember his subtle, sensitive performances in Remains of the Day and Howard's End.

                                International Velvet was a rather uneven film, but Hopkins' performance as the team coach was the best thing in it.

                                I could see Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) as Phillip. He's getting a little bit old, but Phillip doesn't show up until Simon is older, so...

                                I think horse films are very expensive to make, unfortunately, animals being animals, and other than racing stories, don't tend to do that well at the box office. Still, an author can dream...
                                Check out my latest novel, Pride, Prejudice, and Personal Statements!