Title: Selah’s Painted Dream
Series: Dream Horse Adventures #3
Author: Susan Count
Publisher: Hastings Creations
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Release Date: May 7, 2018
Unless thirteen-year-old Selah can convince Grandpa she should live at the farm, her life is ruined. She’ll be forced to move hours from her horse and abandon her equestrian dreams.
Determined to stay, Selah must distract Grandpa from his new sweetheart. She searches for a painted dream horse from Grandpa’s past. But, Selah finds his old equine partner neglected and near death.
Then Grandpa reveals his life changing decision that tramples Selah’s plans.
Will the one thing that stood in Selah’s way become her saving grace?
Time to go already?” Selah groaned. “Do I have to?” Grandpa checked his jeans pockets for his truck keys. “There’s more to life than riding Sweet Dream.”
She rubbed the black horse’s withers. “She is my life. I’d rather ride than anything.”
“I know, sunshine. Here, I’ll take her.” He took the lead rope from Selah. “I’ll turn her out while you run, get your stuff, and load up.”
Selah grasped Dream by the halter and kissed her nose. “You’re the prettiest, sweetest, smartest mare ever. I’ll miss you so much.” She dashed up the familiar, well-worn stairs of Grandpa’s farmhouse and burst into her room. The galloping white horse
fabric on the overstuffed cushion in the window-seat reading nook was worn thin. The window overlooked the pasture where her Sweet Dream grazed.
After stuffing her things into her backpack, she paused at the door. She kissed her finger and touched the nose of a paint horse’s photograph hanging on her wall. “I love you—always.” She sighed sadness. “Where are you, Buddy?”
Her eyes swept the room. This place felt more like her room than her room at home did. Even though she could only be there on weekends, it was where her heart’s treasures were stored. Her grandmother’s horse books, which had been left to Selah, and the Breyer horse collection covered every shelf. She was convinced someday they would want to make a model of Sweet Dream. Someday—when they were famous. Selah shut the door gently on her dreams.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Susan Count is a life-long equestrian and owned by a Rocky Mountain Horse that is kind hearted enough to take her on long forested trail rides. She adores grandchildren, horses, and bunnies.
Instilled with the need to create, she loves building projects and writing adventure stories. She writes at an antique secretary desk that occupies a glass room with a forest view. Fittingly, it once belonged to the grandmother who introduced her to the love of reading via Walter Farley’s horse books. That desk has secret compartments which hold memories, mysteries, and story ideas.
Susan has published four books in an equestrian series. As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Texas Association of Authors, she takes studying the craft of writing seriously. Revision is her super-power.
She says the only thing more fun than riding might be writing horse adventure stories and she invites you to saddle up and ride along. You can learn more about Susan’s work by visiting her website!
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