Hi everyone!

I am currently in the process of writing some other horse fiction that is part of a collaboration project, set for release in 2018. I wanted to let you know here, so that you can stay up to date!

I am working on two other stories currently that are aimed at adults and definitely have a horse focus! They may also be romance focused 😉

Horse Books by Christine Meunier that are Educational and Entertaining

Horse Books by Christine Meunier that are Educational and Entertaining

If you’re interested in hearing about this work as it progresses, I encourage you to sign up to my author mailing list. I will definitely be keeping subscribed readers informed as things progress! Although the books aren’t due to be finished and released until 2018 this is fast approaching with us now more than halfway through 2017! Plus, this project is a great chance for you to experience some other horse book authors.

Of course, this isn’t stopping my own personal projects in the form of the Thoroughbred Breeders and Free Rein series. I am still actively writing for these two series and aim to have one more from each published this year. I do also have a couple of other writing projects in the works which will be standalone horse novels aimed at mature aged readers. Stay tuned!

So I thought it could be nice to give you a glimpse into the next Thoroughbred Breeders book! This one is still very much in the writings, with about 1/3 of it complete so far.  It will be titled Focus. Below is the first chapter.

The Thoroughbred Breeders Series by Christine Meunier

The Thoroughbred Breeders Series by Christine Meunier

Savannah spent most of her drive back home thinking about Craig. She was delighted that they had actually organised a date night – it was wonderful to know that he had brought it up again. Wonderful and a little daunting.

She knew that if Craig was interested in dating her, then eventually they would get back to the topic of what she wanted from their relationship. It felt so long ago that he’d kissed her and said it was up to her where things went.

As she made her way down the familiar highway toward her parents’ place, her thoughts were mainly consumed with recollections of the South African farrier. Her studies made sporadic appearances.

She thought about the extra subject she was completing for summer school. Most of her subjects had residential schools. This required that she head up to the university for practical work and usually an assessment or two. She’d specifically chosen her current subject because it had an optional residential school. This meant she didn’t have to attend it to pass the subject.

When first enrolling and viewing the subject matter, she concluded she wouldn’t attend the residential. She had enough to focus on with work, yearling preparation and Craig, of course. The idea of being away from all of that was far from appealing. As she drove and found herself trying to revise what she’d already covered, there was an obvious shortfall.

“I’m not focused on this subject at all. I don’t know if it’s because the subject isn’t horse specific, or just that it’s so foreign to me that I’m in over my depth,” she mused out loud.

Residential school.

Savannah frowned, wondering where that thought came from.

“It’s optional and besides, I don’t have time to go. There’s work and Craig…” she argued to herself, her statement sounding hollow.

Distractions.

She grinned as she realised they were just excuses to not focus on her study.

“Ok, God. If I’m supposed to go to this residential school so that I can focus on my study, then Nev needs to be ok with me going away for a few days in the middle of yearling preparation. I can’t see him agreeing to that, but you can work out the details, right?”

Laughing to herself, Savannah turned up the music on her CD player and sung along to a song from a Reunion Island band she enjoyed.

Savannah enjoyed a meal with her family shortly after arriving home. Her parents asked about work at Nestleby and listened attentively as she described the daily routine of working with the yearlings. This of course was alongside feeding and checking over the rest of the farm and any maintenance work that needed doing.
Savannah found herself hiding yawns behind her hand.

I’m so ready for bed!

Her sister had other ideas and followed her to her room.

“So David bought an unregistered Mustang recently. It’s going to be a little while before he can drive it, but he’s super excited about having a car and has great plans to restore it. I’ve been over to their place a couple of times to spend time with him while he works on it. Did I tell you he’s doing an automotive course? He was doing it at his local TAFE and when they moved over here he was able to get credits for the course here. Neat, huh?”

Savannah nodded absentmindedly, unpacking her weekend bag. Her gaze fell on a book for uni and she grinned. It felt good to have decided to attend residential school if Nev agreed.

“So he told me he loves me,” Keira blurted out suddenly, gaining Savannah’s attention.

She sat down on her bed, watching her sister who was sitting cross legged at the end.

How long have they been going out? Has he kissed her? Did she tell me before and I wasn’t paying attention?

“Wow,” Savannah responded, “it seems like only yesterday you were telling me about David having arrived at church with his family.”

Keira nodded enthusiastically.

“It does! But we’ve been going out for nearly three months now,” she said, a hint of pride in her voice.

Savannah questioned if she’d not been so hesitant with Craig when he kissed her, if she would have been able to say the same thing. She thought about this, her mind quickly consumed with images of the dark haired man. She remembered their trip out to the falls and his description of the bones in the horse’s hoof and legs. His touch had sent tingles through her body. When his gaze had met hers, she’d looked down quickly, afraid he would realise how much his touch affected her. When she focused on Keira again, she frowned at the smirk on her sister’s face.

I hate being so easy to read! Why can I hide my gaze from others but I sometimes forget to do that around my sister?

“Who is he?” Keira asked.

Her tone was both smug and curious. Savannah sighed and looked elsewhere.

“Who?” she asked unconvincingly, knowing that at least this time her eyes wouldn’t give her away.

“The guy you’re thinking about. I hope he’s nothing like Jackson. I still want to punch that guy. Who honestly thinks things will go well with their girlfriend if they make up stories about them sleeping together and then spread it around town? Argh, I really would like to hurt him.”

Savannah smiled and reached across to squeeze her sister’s hand.

“Thanks, Keira. I’m not sure that the anger you harbour toward Jackson is healthy, but I appreciate the sentiment.”

Besides, it wasn’t the stories that were the hardest to deal with. It was the constant pressure to sleep with him.

Keira shrugged, returning the topic to David. Savannah refrained from looking at her sister too long. She didn’t want her to see how relieved she was that they’d moved on from the discussion of who Craig was. She also felt she should be paying a little more attention to her sister’s relationship.

I don’t think she’s too young to have a boyfriend… but I think her desire to be married and have kids is a little premature. I hope their relationship isn’t distracting her from her studies.

She smiled to herself, knowing that she was as guilty of that as her sister may be.

And I don’t even have a boyfriend.

“So how’s the study going?” Savannah asked, earning a roll of the eyes from Keira.

“It’s going; it’s just so irrelevant to what I want in life! Really, how is a novel about the Great Depression supposed to help?”

Savannah smiled, starting a rant on its relevance. She found that Keira was very quickly making excuses about needing to sleep. Her older sister was only too happy to let her go – she wanted to do exactly the same thing.

For those who are Amazon fanatics – you can’t get enough of downloading and reading books – chances are you know about Kindle Unlimited. If you’re paying a monthly subscription fee to download and read books for free, I encourage you to check out any of my novels – or non-fiction works! – that you might not have read yet.

All of my books are found on Amazon in Kindle form and each one is signed up to Kindle Unlimited. This means that if you are a member of KU, then you can access all of my books for free!

Christine Meunier Author (www.horsecountrybook.com) on Kindle Unlimited

Christine Meunier Author (www.horsecountrybook.com) on Kindle Unlimited

So what does this include?

My standalone novels Horse Country and B and B, as well as the four books in the Thoroughbred Breeders series (I’m working on #5 currently!) and the 6 books in the Free Rein series. For those who have an interest in horse related careers and the non-fiction variety of books, I have two others. These are titled Equine Passive Income Streams and 52 Steps to Kick-Start Your Equine Career. Both are short reads, under 60 pages in length and only 0.99 to purchase!

If you’re not yet a member of KU but would happily pay a monthly subscription fee to access millions of books for free, head on over to Amazon and sign up!

Here’s an excerpt from my latest release, Breakover (Thoroughbred Breeders #4).

Breakover (Thoroughbred Breeders #4) by Christine Meunier

Breakover (Thoroughbred Breeders #4) by Christine Meunier

Craig kept his gaze fixed on the road in front of him. It was late in the afternoon and he had finally managed to get away from the Jenkins home.
That was after a hearty meal, desert and two more rounds of coffee and tea. All he wanted to do was go home and sleep.
Or drive out to Nev’s and see Savannah. I definitely don’t want to be doing this.
“Thanks again for offering to drive me back to Lynbrook. I really appreciate it,” Katie said from beside him in the car.
Offering?
Craig had only been able to get out of the Jenkins’ house after agreeing to escort Katie back home. He wondered how she had gotten there in the first place.
I assume she drives? She is old enough…
Although he wasn’t keen to spend any more time with Katie, Craig knew there was no way he was getting out of the Jenkins’ home without their grand daughter in tow.
Craig shrugged in response to Katie’s comment, keeping his eyes on the road ahead.
“No worries. I guess you start early tomorrow?” he asked, knowing he couldn’t be rude.
“Half past six like usual. It always comes around so quickly!”
Craig nodded in response, pulling into the second driveway on the farm. He knew the staff quarters were off to the right, while the stallion area and holding yards were down to the left. He hadn’t been to this part of the farm before.
And I don’t want to be here now.
With relief Craig pulled up out the front of a house, leaving the car idling. Katie had indicated that the first building was where she lived.
“Would you like to come in for a drink?” Katie offered, undoing her seat belt.
Craig felt the hairs on the back of his neck raise in warning.
No way.
“I think I’ve had more than enough drinks this afternoon! I really should get going, I’ve got a bit to do before work tomorrow,” he responded staring straight ahead and hoping the decline came out politely.
When Katie didn’t reply he turned his gaze to her.
Why isn’t she getting out of the car?
“I really had a nice afternoon, Craig. Maybe we could catch up again without the oldies,” she said, smiling at him as she leant forward to stroke his arm.
Craig shook his head.
“I don’t think that would be such a good idea, Katie. Your grandparents truly are lovely but I am not-”
Craig found himself cut off when the brunette woman leant forward and kissed him. He froze, amazed at her forward nature. A second later Craig pushed her away, none too gently.
“Katie, I have no interest in pursuing something physical with you. Goodbye.”
The brunette considered him in the shade of the car for a moment before getting out of the vehicle and slamming the door shut. Craig let out a relieved sigh.
He didn’t wait to see that she got inside the house safely. Instead he quickly turned his car around and headed off the property at the designated 20 kilometres per hour.
I don’t think I can drive quicker just because I want to get away from that woman!
Craig was thankful when he hit the bitumen road and was able to pick up speed. As he made his way back into town and to his home, he thought of Savannah.
I have to tell her. I have no idea if she wants anything from me other than friendship, but I can’t let her hear about this from Katie.
He frowned as he considered how to tell her.
I can’t just text her. But can it wait until Tuesday? And even then, will I get a chance to talk to her or will she be doing medications again?
Craig sighed, tapping his hand on the steering wheel impatiently.
“What do I do? I don’t know what to do.”

Like what you’ve read?  You can purchase Breakover at Amazon.

Hi everyone!

I’m excited to be able to share details with you of a new project of mine: Equine Authors. I’ve set up another site that focuses on helping horse book authors to develop a book, publish it and promote it.

The site focuses on tools and services that you can use for free to publish and promote your book/s. It also provides a directory of horse book authors with links to their sites and some of their books for sale.

The blog aspect of the site will be made up of short articles that are helpful to establishing authors. They may be how-to articles with regards to setting up an account somewhere – such as on Goodreads as an author. Or the post may focus on good places to find horse stock photos for book covers. These are just a couple of examples.

Equine Authors - the Online Resource for Horse Book Authors

Equine Authors – the Online Resource for Horse Book Authors

Either way – if you have a desire to write a horse book and get it published, I encourage you to check out Equine Authors. You can follow along on twitter @equineauthors and check out the website to see what ideas are there that you may not yet have utilised to promote yourself as a horse book author. From time to time there will also be guest posts from other authors, offering advice or how-to’s.

In time there will also be the opportunity for horse book authors to cross promote each other with a logo and a little bit of coding. Enjoy!

Here’s an excerpt from my debut novel, Horse Country – A World of Horses.

Horse Country - A World of Horses by Christine Meunier

Horse Country – A World of Horses by Christine Meunier

Glancing out of the school window across the green oval the bored sixteen-year-old sighed, admitting to herself that it would be a lot more exhilarating racing her palomino gelding around the emerald surface, rather than sitting in a stuffy room while their teacher marked the roll.
Calling her name he gained her attention, marking her off before addressing the class.
“Morning everyone. Over the next fifteen minutes or so, I want you to have a think about what you’re going to do after year twelve.
“Because you’re in year eleven, I know most of you have already picked subjects that coincide with what you plan on studying in University. But, today I’d like you to have a think about what you want as a job after your studies and list five different possibilities for me. This year you’re going to do two bouts of work experience, so we will try and line these up with your preferences,” a balding fifty something pedagogue informed the general consensus of bored teens before him.
She smiled to herself, mentally correcting the teacher as she stared at the blank piece of paper in front of her. She didn’t want a job – she wanted a career.
And she wouldn’t spend fifteen minutes deciding on one either, she’d spent just short of fifteen years deciding on horses. Flicking through the University/TAFE guide before her she stopped on the letter E, her eyes scanning the page until she came across the word she was looking for.
Finding a list of seven or so careers, she mentally crossed out those that didn’t appeal to her, writing down the few that did before her attention returned to the green surface outside the classroom.

Replaying in her mind the conversation with her “Careers Teacher”, she smiled ruefully, more than aware of how she should have handled the conversation.
“Horses aren’t a career, dear. Every girl goes through a stage where she wants a pony; you’ll grow out of it. Aside from that, it’s too dangerous working with these unpredictable animals.”
It’ll be even more dangerous me working with them if I’m not initially trained to do so.
Girls that want ponies do quickly grow out of it, generally by the time they’ve discovered the male population. I own a horse, have had this infatuation for the past ten or so years and don’t believe I’ll be growing out of it anytime soon. Though, if I am going to do so, surely I’d tire of the animals more quickly if I was put to work with them?”
Aware that this response from her could have turned the conversation either way, she was curious to know if it would have worked to her advantage.
Thankful she had a mother whom was insistent on her following her heart, there’d been no need for her to have a follow up conversation with the older male however, and it was all thanks to her mother’s “little conversation” with the man. She’d managed to convince the teacher to agree to let her daughter work with horses, at least for the first lot of work experience and that’s all that mattered to the teen.
Grinning, she scanned the list of horse properties in the phone book before her, highlighting those that were close enough for her to consider working at and therefore send a letter to.

Like what you’ve read? You can purchase Horse Country – A World of Horses at Amazon.

Hi everyone!  If you’re not on my email list (pssst… you can subscribe on this page, look for the subscription box on the top right of this page), it may be news to you that the fourth book in the Thoroughbred Breeders series is now available for pre-order on Amazon!

You can click to pre-order it right now!  The book will be delivered to your Kindle on the 17th of this month, US time.  Alternatively, click on the image below 🙂

Another big thanks to wonderful friend and photographer Cait O’Pray for her photo for this cover! And especially thanks to those who took part in helping me choose a cover photo over at Facebook! 🙂  You can head along there and check out the four photo possibilities that were posed for voting.  Some of them I like so much, I think they’ll be making an appearance for future covers!

It’s a great thing when complimenting businesses work together. They are able to promote for each other and keep customers happy. Some may debate that equine authors are actually competition for each other, but I beg to differ.

Equine Authors United - Which Equine Authors do you Love?

Equine Authors United – Which Equine Authors do you Love?

As an avid horse book reader, I am always up for a new horse story! I love to read my favourite book or series, but I also love to discover new equine authors. I will ready any horse book, given the chance.

With that in mind, I thought I would share with you about some other equine authors. In this way, you can check them out too – if you haven’t already! I am also ending each post with a link and a paragraph to an equine author with the mindset of, equine authors united. There are many of us out there and we want to help cross promote. Let’s look at some other authors of horse books for adults right now!

  1. Natalie Keller Reinert – Natalie writes a lot of horse novels for young adult or adult readers. As a fellow thoroughbred enthusiast, I particularly enjoy reading her books that focus on the racing and thoroughbred breeding world. I find her pieces to be informative as well as entertaining. Some titles include Ambition, The Head and Not the Heart and Claiming Christmas.
  2. Carly Kade – Carly released her debut novel In the Reins in 2015. I was rapt to be contacted about receiving a copy to review on Equus Education. Carly is eager for authors to unite and help promote each other. In the Reins looks at horse ownership and learning how to train, with a focus on western riding.
  3. Amy Elizabeth – Amy has written a trilogy that I am a huge fan of. The first book in the series is Cut and Run. I think I downloaded this for free on Amazon and I loved it. And so, I was rapt when Amy let me know of future free days on Amazon for the follow on books. The books in this series follow an unlikely pair as they work to make a working ranch into a profitable business.
  4. Alyssa Knee – Alyssa recently released her first horse book, a non fictional piece on her story of owning and caring for a lordotic horse. Spike details how she came to first own her warmblood gelding, his conformational issue and the journey they’ve taken so far to inform others about the issue of lordosis and how to best manage it. It was a truly enlightening read for me.
  5. Jane Myers – generally I would say Jane’s books are for adults, but they are technically for any horse owner or carer. Her books are non fiction and focus on sustainable horse keeping. I have read many of her works, such as Managing Horses on Small Properties, Horse Ownership Responsible, Sustainable, Ethical and her recent Horse Riders Mechanics books.

These are just some of the many authors whose works I enjoy reading. Why not check out their sites and see what else they have on offer to horse enthusiasts?

Equine Authors United – Bev Petterson writes realistic horse novels for adults.  Why not check out her books?

Below is a short excerpt from the standalone novel, B and B by Christine Meunier.

B and B by Christine Meunier

B and B by Christine Meunier

Ben was almost tempted to ask Jake if he was ready to be a father figure if Brooke returned his interest. Almost. Thankfully they were so busy that morning that there wasn’t much time for conversation outside of what needed to be done.
One of the part-timers had called in sick and they had a lame horse to deal with. As Murphy’s Law would have it, it was one they were planning to use for the 10am ride. While Jake prepared another horse, Ben cleaned out Kindon’s feet and ran his hands down his legs.
There was swelling and heat in the near side cannon and fetlock. Ben checked for a digital pulse, wondering if an abscess was festering or something worse. He noted that the pastern wasn’t swollen however and the horse’s hoof didn’t appear to be hot.
Ben couldn’t see any sign of broken skin on the horse, but wondered if the gelding had knocked it just the same. He hosed down the leg with cold water before drying it off and wrapping it.
The gelding was then led into a holding yard where he would be able to be watched whilst also having his movement restricted. Ben gave him some bute orally, knowing it would help with the discomfort and the swelling.
“You’ll live, old man. But I don’t want you racing around because you feel better with that anti-inflammatory in your system,” he informed the gelding before giving him a pat on the neck and checking to see how Jake was going.
Half an hour later six clients were sitting on their assigned horses and heading down the laneway with Jake leading. Ben was relieved to find that this group was more experienced than the last and that they could do a lot of trotting and cantering.
The riders seemed more interested in their mounts and taking in their surrounds than general conversation. Ben found himself grinning as he enjoyed the warm spring day and the feeling of a sound horse cantering easily below him.
Before he knew it they were returning, dealing with the horses and then stopping for lunch before getting the next lot of horses ready. Ben checked on the old gelding Kindon after lunch. He was relieved to see the swelling had gone down and that the horse was walking a bit better.
“Some more bute tonight and we’ll see how you look in the morning,” he said to the horse, scratching him behind his ears.
Kindon curled his top lip back, enjoying the scratch. Ben laughed.
“If only people were as easy to read as horses,” he mused to himself.

Like what you’ve read? You can purchase B and B at Amazon.

Horse Country by Christine Meunier

Horse Country by Christine Meunier

My debut release Horse Country – A World of Horses was a standalone novel. I put a lot of effort into promoting it around the time of its release and in the months that followed. It sold well locally and online, but not as well as I thought that much effort would result in.

In time I toyed with the idea of creating and writing a series. I love to write. But I was also working on the logic that a series over time builds a following. I shouldn’t have to work as hard to sell the third book as I did the first two.

Since my first novel’s release in 2014, I have now written and published eleven horse related novels and two non-fiction horse books. Two of my fiction books have been standalone novels, whilst the rest are split over two different series – one for children and one for adults.

When I first released my children’s books, the Free Rein series, the first two books were made available at the same time. I wanted people to be able to get a feel for the series, rather than read only the first book and then have a long wait before another was available. I believe this paid off – people tended to buy both books in the series.

From here, the other books have sold and when I made A Dollar Goes a Long Way available for pre-order, there were a few bites. I didn’t do this with the latest release, Contagious however and am still unsure whether it is better to make it possible for people to order copies before the book is released, or just release it as soon as it is able to be published.

The Thoroughbred Breeders series for adults is very new with the first books released in late 2016 and the third in January 2017. So at this stage, I believe it will be a little while before I can see if my series theory is true. However, the third book received sales before I worked to actively promote it outside of my networks.

For those who love to write about horses, it seems to me that building a following of readers with series rather than standalone novels is the better way to go. This of course doesn’t stop you from having more than one series on the go as I discovered with NZ Pony Author, Kate Lattey!