Recessive, Thoroughbred Breeders 3 by Christine Meunier

Recessive, Thoroughbred Breeders 3 by Christine Meunier

Hi everyone!

I am so excited to be starting 2017 with a new release!  Recessive, book 3 in the Thoroughbred Breeders series is now live on Amazon.  You can purchase it via this link!

Whilst you’re at it, why not add it to your Goodreads list?

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Christine

Hi everyone!

After a rush of inspiration, I have recently finished the third book in the Thoroughbred Breeders series! This is to be titled Recessive. It needs to be edited and the cover has just been designed, so stay tuned!

While you’re here, why not check out the blurb?

Recessive, Thoroughbred Breeders #3

Recessive, Thoroughbred Breeders #3

Hi everyone!  Happy New Year!

Once a month this year, I have decided to provide an excerpt from one of my horse novels aimed at mature readers, or one of my non fiction horse books. If you’re interested in reading excerpts from my children’s series, then head on over to http://www.freereinseries.com/ 🙂

Below is an excerpt from my most recent release, No Hoof, No Horse, book 2 in the Thoroughbred Breeders series.

No Hoof, No Horse (Thoroughbred Breeders #2) by Christine Meunier

No Hoof, No Horse (Thoroughbred Breeders #2) by Christine Meunier

Alone
It was on the third thoroughbred property that Craig had been to on his second Tuesday of trimming with Rick and Jay that he decided he liked the area. This property was small for a thoroughbred stud – 200 acres in size and nearly as many horses – and it appealed to him just fine. The owner/manager Nev was laid back and seemed to have a good sense of humour, at least judging by the way he interacted with Rick and Jay when they arrived.
There were three other staff members – two females and one male. It was the youngest female staff member who caught his attention.
Savannah had taken him completely by surprise. At first it was her looks – he’d never met a dark skinned person with blue eyes before. Thinking back over his years in South Africa, he couldn’t recall any time when he’d seen a black person with blue eyes. Not that she was black, more like a chocolate brown.
He also liked that her questions focused on the horses rather than him. It was refreshing. He was used to female attention but not like what he was getting in this small town made up of horse properties. It was a little embarrassing and Rick and Jay had already had a hell of a time teasing him.
He’d since then decided that he would introduce himself as someone who lacked social skills. This was in the hope that it would discourage talking and he could just focus on the horses. It seemed funny to him that it hadn’t worked with other females who held horses for him. And when it had worked with Savannah, he’d not wanted it to.
He noted that she handled the horses well and was entirely focused on them when she needed to be. She was also polite, but not overly chatty. He didn’t know if this was because he was new to her, because of the way he’d introduced himself or if it was just her.
Either way, he felt that he could have a real conversation with her, not one based on a female trying to get his attention or something else superficial. Pity he wouldn’t see her that often. Either way, by the time he’d finished trimming on the property, he had decided he would do his best to get to know Savannah… Anna… Savvy, whenever the opportunity arose.
After the first visit to this farm, Craig was thankful to find out that they visited the property every Tuesday for trims. Sometimes it was a morning visit, other times after lunch but Nev had booked the men in for every Tuesday during the season and at other times if an emergency arose – like one of the stallions throwing a shoe.
The following week when they were heading down the road to the farm, Craig had eagerly anticipated having Savannah hold for him again. He’d considered things he might say to draw her into conversation and had eventually concluded that rather than rehearse lines, he should just see how things played out.
After all, she was the one female who had held horses for him who hadn’t shown any interest in him. Although that made her more appealing than it should, he knew that he should entertain the idea that she wasn’t the remotest bit interested in him.
As they’d driven past the main gate to the farm Craig had frowned in surprise. When he looked over at Rick, his boss had a knowing smirk on his face. At least, it seemed that way. Craig chose to keep silent.
“There’s another farm up the road that has a few spellers that need a trim. I thought we’d get them out of the way first.”
And then we’ll go back to Nev’s place?
Craig didn’t voice his question. He nodded instead. In the side mirror he noted that Jay’s car turned into Nev’s place.
I guess we are going there, then.
Rick and Craig continued up the road, hung a left and pulled into another driveway. Off to the right in a yard, stood half a dozen fillies. Three-year-olds, Craig guessed. He looked at their feet as they stepped out of the car.
Simple trims.
Apparently Rick thought so, too. He introduced Craig to the man waiting to hold horses for them.
One man?
Craig was surprised when Rick indicated that Craig could do the six fillies. Jay and Rick would do the horses at Nev’s, then come pick Craig up and continue onto another farm half an hour down the road.
Craig nodded his acquiescence, and got started. After he’d done half of one filly’s feet, Rick said farewell to the men and headed back in his car and down the road. Craig realised he wouldn’t get to see Savannah that day after all.
“Gotta say, kid, he must like the way you trim,” Rob, a 60-something gentleman commented as Rick’s car disappeared from view.
Craig finished rasping one hoof, let it drop to the ground and assessed it before looking up at Rob with a smile.
“It does appear that way, doesn’t it?” he questioned, thinking of the last time someone had called him kid.
“Take it as a compliment. I don’t know of many apprentices that Rick will leave to their own devices while he’s elsewhere.”
The two men chattered easily as Craig worked. Craig was able to find out a little more about the men he worked for as well as local properties. Every now and again his mind slipped back to what he felt he was missing whilst not trimming at Nev’s.
He was able to find out a bit about the farm down the road and its casual owner/manager, but Savannah didn’t make it into the conversation. Craig hoped that the day’s events were a one-off and he’d get to help trim at Nev’s place the following week.

Like what you’ve read? You can purchase No Hoof, No Horse at Amazon.

Hi everyone! Did you know that if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow my books to read for free? Just thought I’d let you know!

I’m happy to make sales on my books, but am also happy to know they’ve been borrowed and read! So if you’re looking for a new horse adult novel to read, consider my latest series, Thoroughbred Breeders or my earlier release in 2016, B and B or my debut novel Horse Country.

http://www.horsecountrybook.com/ - for Equine Novels that are Educational and Informative

http://www.horsecountrybook.com/ – for Equine Novels that are Educational and Informative

If you are interested in non fiction horse books, then you can also check out 52 Steps to Kick-Start Your Equine Career and Equine Passive Income Streams.

And for those who are looking for a horse series for their pre-teens, then be sure to check out the Free Rein series. All of these books can be read for free as an Amazon Prime member.

Hi everyone!

Well I’m excited to say that the three days I had New Blood for free on Amazon resulted in downloads in five different countries!  Even more exciting, I’ve not had downloads in Germany before and it happened this time 🙂

New Blood (Thoroughbred Breeders 1) by Christine Meunier

New Blood (Thoroughbred Breeders 1) by Christine Meunier

I love breaking into new markets for potential readers so I’m rapt about this.  Overall the countries included:

  • United States (71% downloads)
  • United Kingdom (14% downloads)
  • Canada (7% downloads)
  • Japan (4% downloads)
  • Germany (4% downloads)

Generally this list isn’t a surprise to me except for two things.  I’m amazed at the lack of Australian downloads as these are fairly consistent for my Free Rein series.  And Germany as I’ve mentioned is a new country for my books to be downloaded in.

It seems that there are a lot of people in the US and UK who make use of Amazon and purchase/read my books!  This has been the case consistently with my Free Rein series as well as B and B and Horse Country.

Perhaps a goal for me for 2017 will be to break into other countries.  I’d love to reach the New Zealand market and other English speaking countries.  So!  Did you get to download your copy of New Blood?  Have you added it to your Goodreads list yet?

Hi everyone!

New Blood by Christine Meunier

New Blood by Christine Meunier

To celebrate the release of the first two books in my new series Thoroughbred Breeders, I have made book 1, New Blood free on Amazon from November 24 – 26!

This is based on US time, so it’s a little later in the day for those of us in Australia!  Follow the above link to be able to download your free copy!  Feel free to share with others who you think could be interested, too! 🙂

Also, you can add the first two books in the Thoroughbred Breeders series to your to be read list on Goodreads – New Blood and No Hoof, No Horse!

Christine

Hi everyone!

I’m rapt to be able to tell you that I’ve just had two books go live on Amazon!  They’re the first two books in my new series Thoroughbred Breeders.

New BloodSavannah Reynier is doing exactly what she wants in life. After finishing a horse breeding course she has landed a job and been working on a thoroughbred stud for the past year.

Her days are made up of looking after mares and foals, witnessing births and helping to breed horses. Plus, one day a week she holds horses for the farrier men who come to trim the horses’ feet.

Savannah has sworn she won’t date farriers – not ever again. Not after Jackson.

So what is she to do about the new apprentice in town? With an attractive frame, gorgeous smile and green eyes Savannah knows she’s already in trouble. Add a clever mind to the mix and she knows she needs to stick to her resolve. But looking never hurt anyone, right?

New Blood, (Thoroughbred Breeders 1) by Christine Meunier

New Blood, (Thoroughbred Breeders 1) by Christine Meunier

No Hoof, No HorseCraig Pieters is enjoying his new role as a farrier. It sure makes a nice change from long hours, dealing with emergencies and being on call. He’s also coming to like the small town that he works in and around.

Travelling mainly to thoroughbred properties he is given the chance to meet a lot of the locals – mainly young women who work on the studs. Although Craig isn’t looking to add a further complication to his two part time jobs and study, one pair of blue eyes distracts him.

Why is it that the one person who has drawn his interest seems to show no sign of reciprocation? Craig knows it’s better to focus on his career goals and getting established in the town. However, he can’t help but be drawn to the dark haired woman who challenges him to think about what he does and why.

No Hoof, No Horse (Thoroughbred Breeders 2) by Christine Meunier

No Hoof, No Horse (Thoroughbred Breeders 2) by Christine Meunier

The above links take you along to their Amazon pages so that you can check them out and purchase if you fancy!

Hi everyone!  I have recently had a chance to partake in some guest posts that are topics near and dear to me!  Also, I have had an author spotlight!  Why not check them out?

  1. Equestrian Author Spotlight: Meet Christine Meunier. Thanks so much, Carly!
  2. Living within your Means over at Simply Liv & Co.
  3. Investing in Your Education – Learning Online for Free at EPIFE.com.

Hi everyone!

I apologise that this blog has been silent of late – I definitely have been busy!

  1. In early October B and B was featured on the Books for Book Lovers Blog.  You can view details here.
  2. I wrote a new post over at Horse Crossings, title Pay It Forward.  What not have a read and let me know your thoughts?
  3. I have started 2 new books, which will be the first two in a new series aimed at adults, focused on the horse breeding world.  I am looking for people who are interested in reading my new releases and being one of the firsts to provide a review in exchange for an electronic copy of the book!  Be sure to sign up to my author newsletter and let me know if you’re interested!

We’re having some beautiful spring weather on my side of the world.  I hope life’s treating you well!

 

Christine

I was recently able to publish a post over at Horse Crossings about my latest release, B and B. Why not head over to take a look? While you’re at it, you can tell me about an equine release that you’re eagerly anticipating!

Hi everyone! As authors, it is exciting for us when things finally culminate in the release of a new book. The writing, editing, seeking feedback, cover design and other odds and ends have all come together to create a finished product.

And I have been blessed to experience that once again, quite recently. My latest release is a novel for adult readers. It is a horse based, Christian romance. Interested?  Read the rest of the post at the above link… 🙂