Color my Horse by Bev Pettersen

COLOR MY HORSE (Romantic Mystery)

Yes, it’s definately the year of the repeat read!  This is the second Bev Pettersen book I’m reviewing, she doesn’t need my review but I feel compelled to write!  Having read since a few more horsey/racing stories which didn’t merit reviews, this one had me hooked.  You can take the romance thread, baddie and a plot involving baddies up to no good as read.  The sex bits I skip as I always find them boring and mostly innapropritae.  It’s a darn good read.

But I want to write about the horsey aspect.  You may  have read my comments recently about a romantic novella that just hadn’t stepped inot a stable, well, this had the muck on the boots and the hair on the jacket! Knowing nothing about USA racing, this was completely fascinating, I can’t imagine a Claiming race taking place in the UK!  It was so well detailed under the guise of Jessica learning, I was alongside her. The horses were so real too.  Loved it. Then it struck me somehting was missing, and I was glad it was.  Language!  My mother worked in racing stables back in the 1940s and I don’t expect things have chnaged much, but she said the air was ever blue and was worse than sialing laguage. She took great joy and mischief in teaching this to my nephew, whose mother was sutiably shocked, ut wevn more so, h´when he qualified it all with, well Granny says it’s ok becasue its sepcail racing language!

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My True Love gave to me/On the First day of Christmas by Christine Lynxwiler

I would willingly undergo many more lessons from God about myself if my husband would do something like this…………..

Wish for a Pony by Monica Edwards

Ok, so it’s not an eBook!

Despite having my Kindle, when in the bath I read a proper book, don’t want the damp blowing it up.  A life long vice!  I recently ran out of new stuff and feeling in need of simple comfort I went back to the collection of pony books that travelled with me to Austria. I began reading when I was about 8, my brothers giving me my first book. In those days you could buy 8 books for a Pound!  I’d take off to Smiths in Winchester with me birthday money and come home with a heap. Jumble sales were also a great source. I wish I hadn’t had such a cull when I came here……….

This is my all time favourite book for ponies. Two pony mad girls with a long summer ahead, rescue a riding school horse and are rewarded with lots of riding. Then comes  a great storm and a rescued seaman provides a route for Tamsin to have her very own pony.  Set in the Romney marshes, I guess between the wars, it’s also an incidental account of life at that time, a seemingly much simpler than today, no Tv, no phones, but not a lot of money.   Tamsin is my favourite character and my daughter was to be named after her, but somehow it didn’t happen.  She has such integrity for a kid and of course when she finally gets her pony its an eye watering moment.  It’s very pony mad kids dream, and was mine.  I was lucky enough to have a pony when I was 13, and we had such fun with her until ‘boys’ stepped in.   My book itself tells a tale as it has chew marks on the cover from one of our puppies, and has my address wriitten in bright ink. To read it is to be a child again, in that safe, uncomplicated,  world where stuff comes true.

What’s your favourite book?

Lola’s House by Suzie Groers

Lola's House

This is quite an original little tome, with Lola losing her money in the old house as she restores it and an old love comes back into her life.  Not many writers take on the idea of what happens when the lost love returns and is welcomed back.  There’s some great comeuppances at the end.  Good read.

BUT two gripes! The writer needs a lesson in basic punctuation, did she not have someone proofread the book?  Also, by the end, I felt if Lola had one more shower or bath, I was going to barf.  Look at your structure writers!   These spoil what is really a promising read, shame.

A chair between the Rails by G.T Anders

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This Blog with a review and a Q&A session from George to celebrate the publication of the book.

I’ve already reviewed George’s first book , the Tower of Babel  (see below), and I did wonder at the wisdom of writing a prequel,  but it  works in Starwars!!!!!  At least the Tower, complete in it’s entireity  doesn’t have any boring repeating references as to what went onbefore as I’ve moaned about in other blogs!

This story is the childhood of Austin in the Tower.  George deals with so many issues: of mental illness, personal journeys, reconciliation and redemption in the frame of the out of world journey  in a giant rusting intergalactic train to find  God. It’s like a ghost from our subconscious.  I don’t want to spoil it, but George’s gift with language, his incredible imagination that created this book once again blows me away.

I can see the Biblical parallels in the books of life  giving the desires of our hearts and the journey to find God. Wanting him here again on earth.  How we really do create God as we would want him in the perspectives of our times and ideologies. So what’s it all  about George?

This isn’t a simple read and I think my second reading  helped a lot, but then again my first read was of the first proof and there was so much work done in between.  What struck me most this time was the ruthlessness of people on a mission to a goal. The book is out of worldly in form and content, it’s even  literary Sci Fi and again I say, needs to be picked up by a publisher.

Tell us a little about yourself, your life, hobbies, work, beliefs, your background

 I grew up in a home where exploration and creativity were encouraged. I felt free to dive into whatever world I had just discovered, whether it was a real-world body of knowledge or an imagined universe. World-creation was my main pastime throughout childhood and adolescence. My exercises in world-creation grew with me, from juvenile flights of fancy, to Tolkienian invention in early adolescence, to linguistic creation in my teens. The act of Making has always been my bread and butter, and the only thing other than Love that still makes me feel alive.

My primary interests are God, the Universe, and the Human Heart. I don’t have time for hobbies, but I do find cooking and hiking (whether alone or with a loved one) immensely therapeutic.

Have you always written?

I have been writing since I learned my letters. I used to take stacks of paper, fold them, and staple them down the middle into books. I would try to fill these books completely with stories, but I couldn’t. I remember realizing at a very early age how difficult it was to sustain a narrative.

I finished my first novel at age 9. It was called A Journey Of 40,000 Miles In Eight Months, and it detailed the 18th-century sailing mishaps of a certain Captain Wetthamson. I consulted our cardboard globe for geography (and for the mile calculation in the title). I finished the book at 109 pages and believed I was a novelist.

I have written about 700,000 words since then in ten or so novels. Most of that work falls under practice–the 10 years or 10,000 hours it takes to achieve mastery. (Not that I consider myself a master. I haven’t arrived.) These are not works that I feel a need to share with anyone, although I’d be happy to back up my claim with complete scans of every paper manuscript I’ve ever written. I still have all of them.

What made you write the books in this order?

Books I and II of the Vaulan Cycle were published out of order because I stopped believing in the work. I tried and failed three separate times to write what is now A Chair Between The Rails. I gave up on it eventually and decided that my newer book, The Tower of Babel, would have to be first in the cycle. Then I realized that the problem with the prequel was not the vision, but the author’s mindset and execution. So I rewrote the prequel. The narrator, James, became more narcissistic and psychologically twisted, probably as a sort of personal catharsis for the psychological anguish that two deranged individuals had been causing me for quite some time.

This means that when I first received the germ for A Chair Between The Rails in 2007, I had not yet experienced enough pain or psychological illness to write it.

Do you have an overall aim in your writing, for example to make people think about God?

 My aim is to serve the work, to get out of the way of the vision. I can smell ego in art a mile away, and while I can’t claim to have eradicated the issue in my work (or even to have addressed it), I am learning more and more how to approach the vision of Beauty. I believe that God is the source of all beauty. I think my writing incidentally supports this claim, but I also think someone who doesn’t believe in God (or doesn’t know what to believe) may find something resonant in my work. I do struggle, however, with categorizing my work. I discussed that struggle in this article. [link: http://www.curatormagazine.com/george-anderson/like-a-cork-out-of-bottle/]

What are your future plans besides writing the third book in the cycle?

I have no future aims at the moment. If I can sort out 50 pages of conflicting notes, there will be a third book in the Vaulan Cycle. If not, I may give up literature. I’ve thought of writing a non-fiction book about being an artist in the Internet age, but I think I may have chosen that project to make myself look cool. Having spent a lot of time trying to look cool, let me tell you, it’s exhausting and has nothing to do with creating beauty. It’s also not very rewarding, because you’re never happy with the amount of public attention you have. That’s an addiction as dangerous as any drug.

So, for now, my future aims are to be sane, get my anxiety under control, and focus on loving my wife, whom I married in June 2013.