There are many people who help make a book come together. Once it is written, it needs to be edited. A book cover needs to be designed with photos or illustrations. The book needs to be formatted and published.

Although there are talented people out there who may do the majority of these things, often more than one person is involved in this task. This was the case for the release of B and B.

So I wanted to say a big thank you to two people in particular who helped out along the way. Both are fellow authors, although in very different topics!

  • A big thank you to Dominique, a friend in Canada for his feedback and corrections when reading through the first copy of B and B. You picked up on a lot of little things that when adjusted improved the story! Dominique is set to release a book in the near future.
  • Thanks also goes to Kathie Thomas, who provided one of the photos on the B and B cover. You can check out some of Kathie’s photography online.

I just had to share about B and B‘s first review! I’m rapt that it has been given a 5 star review on Amazon. Thanks Gina!

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I’m rapt that my latest novel B and B is now live and available to readers!

I look forward to reading what you think!

Hi everyone!  Below is an excerpt for the soon to be released B and B.  Below this you’ll find a link for purchase and links to two equine excerpts by other authors. Enjoy!

Ben finished his third cup of coffee before heading back out to the mare. He’d checked on her every couple of hours over the course of the evening and although she hadn’t worsened, she’d taken awhile for her symptoms to decline. He’d never been so relieved to see a horse pass manure than at 3:00 that morning. He’d checked her again at 5:00 and been rewarded with a spectacular sunset shortly after.
He fed the horses early, knowing he might as well get it out of the way before it got too hot and then checked on Ellie again at 8:00 and 10:00. The last check he’d been pleased to find that she was eating and drinking quite happily, calling out to her friends in the paddock and her temperature had gone down.
“Just a couple more hours of me observing you before I put you back out to pasture, girlie,” he’d explained as he watched the farm utility vehicle heading down the drive with three females on their way to church.
A couple of hours later and they were returning. Ben was once again checking on the mare, lost in his own thoughts as he watched her methodically chew on another flake of hay.
“How’s Ellie doing?” Brooke suddenly asked from beside him, gaining his attention, “Margaret said she had colic last night?”
Ben nodded.
“Yeah. I think she’s passed the worst of it, though. She started eating normally about six this morning and seems to have her digestive system functioning fine,” he responded with a tired smile.
Brooke returned the smile. Ben noticed that Ella wasn’t with her; he concluded she must have gone inside with Margaret.
“You look beat! Did you get much sleep last night in between checks?” Brooke asked.
Ben shrugged.
“Is there a ride booked this afternoon?” she questioned further.
Ben nodded.
“Yeah, a few experienced riders. It’ll be nice to go for a bit of a run,” he responded, causing Brooke to grin.
“I’ll bet! I hope it’s refreshing for you, rather than tiring.”
Ben glanced at Brooke’s attire as she leant on the rail to the yard Ellie was in. She was dressed simply but beautifully. Suddenly he thought about her comment at Ella’s birthday lunch. Maybe she dresses so nicely for a man at church.
“So does your man go to church?” he asked suddenly, not able to take the question back although he would have liked to.
Brooke looked at him in confusion.
“My man…?”
“I was thinking about your comment to Jake about not being single… and well, there aren’t really many opportunities around here,” he gestured at the property before them, “to meet people, so I wondered if he went to the church you go along to each week.”
Brooke laughed.
“Oh! Honestly the congregation is made up of mainly older people…” her voice dropped to a conspiratorial whisper, “and I just said that to tease Jake.”
Her laughter hit something deep within him. He couldn’t decide what made it beautiful, but was surprised to find that that was how he would describe it. Perhaps it was the fact that it followed a statement of her being available that made it so appealing.
It wasn’t until she turned her attention to him that he realised he must have crept closer. How else was her face now so close to his? She smiled at him, seemingly oblivious to the thoughts racing through his mind.
It wasn’t until she looked up at him in surprise that he realised he had gone too far. He wondered if his gaze mirrored hers. How had he kissed her? Fool!
“I’m… sorry,” he muttered, taking a step back to put some space between them.
“For kissing me?” she asked in confusion.
He frowned. What else would I be apologising for?
“Umm… yeah.”
Eloquent.
“Because you didn’t want to do that?”
He looked at her, struggling to gather his thoughts. He wasn’t sure what she wanted him to say; why he needed to clarify in what way he was sorry for having crossed a boundary that shouldn’t have been crossed.
“I don’t tend to do things that I don’t want to do,” he muttered, taking another step back.
“So you did want to kiss me?” she asked clarifying.
Just get out of here.
“I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have kissed you,” Ben responded firmly, turning on his heel and striding off.
He forced himself to not run away, but was sure that his pace increased even as the distance between them did. Why did his cabin seem so far away?

If you enjoyed reading a little of this story, perhaps you’d like to purchase the novel! You can stay up to date on Christine’s releases at Amazon.

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B and B by Christine Meunier; Click to Enlarge

B and B by Christine Meunier; Click to Enlarge

Hi everyone!  I’m pleased to release the cover of my newest novel, B and B!  71% of people who voted on the covers indicated this one to be their preference!

Have you had a chance to read the blurb yet?  As one who likes to play with pictures, I’ve created a graphic in style with the cover that has the blurb on it.  What do you think?

 

 

B and B Blurb

B and B Blurb

Hi everyone!

I have just finished designing some options for the cover to B and B!  Why not help me decide on which one to use?  You can do so by heading along to http://www.facebook.com/HorseCountryBook

Here’s the blurb for B and B:

Things are changing…
Ben likes his life at Happy Trails.  As a trail guide on a property in Australia he doesn’t have to work hard to make friends.  All he needs to do is make sure his clients are safe on their horses and have an enjoyable ride.
Ben can manage that.  He loves that he can work with horses all day, every day.  The humans are an added annoyance but he only has to deal with them in short bouts.
The new cook hired for the farm looks like she could be a complication.  Ben is averse to change and he is certain her arrival means change.

Brooke knows the trial position as cook at Happy Trails is a blessing.  She needs a job to support herself and her daughter – the fact that she can cook for an income is an added bonus.
If she can just avoid the interest of trail guide and jokester Jake, she’ll be fine.  After all, she isn’t interested in a new male in her life.  She just wants to focus on her daughter and make a future for them.

Hi everyone!  Here’s the third and final part to chapter 2 of B and B.  By now you should have had a chance to read the whole of the first two chapters – feedback welcome!

Ben realised there wouldn’t be any getting out of it now. He internally sighed, thinking he had enough to do each day without trying to fit in another trail ride so that Jake could flirt with Brooke.
“Well that’s sorted then! I’ll look at our roster for the rest of the week, but is there a day that suits you best, Brooke?”
Brooke looked to Jake, amusement crossing her features.
“Do I get a say in the matter?” she asked, teasing.
Jake grinned.
“Of course! I did ask you which day suited you best,” he joked, causing her to laugh.
“Whichever day is easiest for you two. I know it’ll be one extra task for you, so I don’t want to make it at an inconvenient time.”
Ben was thankful for her thoughtfulness. Jake shrugged it off.
“I’ll check the roster when I get in tonight,” Jake said and Ben knew it would be the first thing he did when he got in the door of his cabin.
Ben was thankful for Jake’s interception today with Janine, but he couldn’t help but wonder if Brooke perhaps felt the same way he had with Janine’s interest – like a deer in the headlights. He glanced at Brooke. She was cutting up the meat and potato into little bite-size pieces for Ella. Ben concluded that even if the redheaded woman was single, maybe she had enough on her plate without the interest of a high-strung male like Jake. He also concluded that he was going to stay out of it.
Over coffee and dessert – a lovely apple pie – Margaret and Peter were keen to hear Jake and Ben’s take on how the season was turning out. They’d been getting progressively busier over the past few weeks and were well into the swing of the spring season.
It was October and things weren’t expected to quieten down until late January. Ben knew he’d be well over the season by then, but for now things were more often than not appealing and refreshing.
He was a fan of spring – the changeable weather that wasn’t too hot and afforded some incredible storms to watch – and a day or two’s break from a barrage of clients. He was sure the horses appreciated the spell that inclement weather brought, too. Of course sometimes that same unpredictable weather resulted in a ride with clients starting with warm sunshine and ending with drenched horses and riders.
Ben let Jake do most of the talking, adding a comment or two about how the horses were faring as Margaret asked about client numbers and which ride time was the busiest. Peter got back into reading his paper at the table even though his wife insisted that he didn’t.
Brooke was focused on Ella and Ben found himself envious of the two. He’d happily be in his cabin with the heater on and a good book right now. It was with relief that the evening came to a close and Ben was able to make his escape. He didn’t bother to wait as Jake dragged out their goodbye as they headed down the hallway. Honestly, it wasn’t like Brooke was walking them to the door, so why did Jake need to drag his heels?

Here’s a continuation of chapter 2 of B and B, enjoy!

“Now that’s hardly fair, Pete. You know me, I’m just waiting for the right woman,” he said in sincerity, winking at Brooke as she entered the room, holding the hand of a little blonde girl.
Margaret was quick to introduce Brooke Carter to Ben. Ben nodded politely before addressing the young girl.
“And who might you be?”
She stared back at him shyly, ducking her head behind her mother.
“This is Ella. Say hello, Ella,” Brooke directed her daughter.
Ella peeked at him again before shaking her head. Brooke smiled at Ben.
“It seems that manners are difficult when we’re struggling with being shy.”
He shrugged, thinking he could relate. Unfortunately when you were older, you were considered rude if you didn’t respond.
“It’s nice to meet you, Ella,” he said with a smile in the small girl’s direction.
He was rewarded with her peeking up at him and giving him a quick smile before she followed her mum to the highchair. Ben noted that Jake was sitting beside Brooke. He wondered how the red-head felt about his co-worker’s obvious interest.
Ben was thankful he could sit opposite the pair and observe quietly. He was directly opposite Ella and found it was easy to pull funny faces when only she was looking. The small smile was making its way onto her face more frequently.
Maybe kids are easier than adults.
Ben kept an eye on the young girl while Brooke served alongside Margaret. Whoever did the cooking, Ben decided that it smelt wonderful.
They were treated to a roast lamb with an assortment of roasted vegetables. Ben was thankful to find he’d been served a generous portion. Horse work made a man hungry!
Jake’s compliment assured Ben that it was Brooke’s cooking he was being treated to. And it was just that – a treat. He felt pretty sure from this one meal that Margaret would be keen to keep the redhead on after her trial. It would just be a question of whether or not this suited Brooke and her daughter.
Ben found himself questioning where Ella’s father fit into the equation. He quickly silenced the thought. None of my business.
“Don’t you agree, Ben?” Jake asked, drawing his co-worker’s attention back to the table.
Ben looked at Jake blankly.
“Sorry?”
“I was just saying that it’s ridiculous that Brooke hasn’t seen the whole property, yet. We need to take her out on a trail ride when a quiet moment arises.”
Ben almost laughed at Jake’s optimism over a quiet moment in the near future. They were close to approaching their peak time for the trail riding business; a quiet time was going to be hard to come by. Instead he just said, “And who would look after Ella if Brooke has some time to spare for a ride?”
The little girl looked across at him upon hearing her name. He pulled a face, eliciting a small giggle. He grinned back, chewing on a lip when he noticed Brooke watching him intently.
“I could keep an eye on Ella,” Margaret responded, at the same time giving permission for her cook to go on a trail ride with the two.
Ben realised there wouldn’t be any getting out of it now. He internally sighed, thinking he had enough to do each day without trying to fit in another trail ride so that Jake could flirt with Brooke.

The last bit will be provided shortly 🙂

Hi everyone!

A little while ago I provided the first chapter (in 4 excerpts) to my next adult horse novel, B and B.  I wanted to follow this up with the second chapter just to provide a bit of an idea for potential readers!  This book will be available for sale in 2016!

Now for some more of the novel:

2.

Once the last horse had been rugged and turned out for the evening Ben found himself finally smiling.
“What an afternoon!” he said.
Jake nodded in agreement.
“Indeed. Boy did that Janine have a thing for you! Maybe she likes the tall, dark, brooding sort. Personally, I like a bit more fun and conversation,” he teased.
“Ha ha,” Ben replied sarcastically, “but seriously, thanks. I had no idea how to respond to her.”
“You can thank me by coming into the main house for dinner. At least you can talk with some people you know and work with.”
Ben knew that Jake’s comment wasn’t a suggestion. He sighed, but realised that although an evening alone was all he wanted, he had to oblige his mate for saving him from an awkward situation. He paused in confusion as Jake started toward his cabin.
“I thought you said we were going to the main house…” he started.
Jake turned back to him and raised his brows.
“Of course we are, but you don’t expect me to go like this, do you? I’m going to shower and change first! It’s not just Margaret and Peter anymore,” he said, as if that explained everything.
Ben sighed, realising he should have known. Of course Jake would want to look – and smell – good for the new cook. He realised he should also shower. It was the least he could do for Margaret and Peter before entering their house.

Half an hour later the two men made their way up the front steps of the long farm house. Whenever Ben was by himself, he would knock before entering but in typical Jake style, the younger man opened the door and cheerfully called out.
“What’s for dinner? We’re starving!”
“Come in and find out!” Margaret called back, causing Ben to smile.
The two men made their way down the hallway and into the dining room where Margaret was setting a last place at the table. Ben knew she’d added an extra spot for him, not having expected him for dinner before Jake announced their arrival. He was thankful she didn’t make a big deal of it and welcomed him in, simply by making room for him at the large dining table.
“Huh, to what do we owe this pleasure?” Peter asked Ben, gazing at him from over the paper he was reading.
Obviously Peter wasn’t as subtle. Ben shrugged.
“Actually, we’re a consolation prize,” Jake started seriously, causing Ben to question where this conversation was headed.
“You see, Ben had this hot date tonight but because he had to tend to the horses, he turned her down. We’re the next best thing,” Jake finished, causing Peter to look between the two of them in interest.
Ben pulled out the chair at the extra place he’d seen Margaret set at the table. He sat down and glanced over at Peter, not surprised that the older male was still looking at him thoughtfully.
“What?” Ben asked, not sure that he really wanted to know.
“You should have gone out. I’m sure the others would have tended to the horses quite capably without you.”
“I’m sure they would have,” Ben replied, not committing to make comment about the young woman.
Peter sighed.
“And that is why you two will spend the rest of your lives here, old and alone!”
Jake looked indignant.
“Now that’s hardly fair, Pete. You know me, I’m just waiting for the right woman,” he said in sincerity, winking at Brooke as she entered the room, holding the hand of a little blonde girl.

More to come later in the week! 🙂