What inspired you to write your book?
The numbing statistics about domestic violence made a high contrast to the horrific plight of abandoned and abused horses. I felt that a story could show how each could heal the other.
About your Book:
In the foothills of the beautiful Cascade Mountains, Julia Dorsey lives from moment to moment, never safe, never secure. Her only salvation is the love of a magnificent Morgan mare and the knowledge that someday her fear will end.
In Oklahoma City during her brightest moment, Julia finds herself with one short window of opportunity. She vanishes, leaving everything she loves behind. Making a new life is not easy. Isolation and deception feed her constant fear that her abusive husband will find her.
Life takes an upturn when she discovers the pitiful horses at a local rescue Here is a chance to heal herself, maybe lessen her guilt for abandoning her own horses. Her beautiful mare’s mournful whinnies haunt Julia’s every moment
When mysterious Heck Dillon steps into her life, her deceptions let her trust no one, and powerful emotions sabotage her attempts to move forward. Dillon has his own demons and a secret so dangerous he can’t involve Julia
When all is said and done, the past must be faced head on before anyone can think about the future.
Book Genre: Women’s Fiction Romantic Suspense
What formats are your books in
How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
Love of animals is a universal affliction and I’ve seen that even the inclusion of a pet or animal connection–no matter how insignificant to the plot–will engage most readers.
Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
Know your subject or take a crash course. Use experts and check your facts. You can be sure the readers will!
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I’ve owned a publishing company for over 25 years. At some point, it made no sense to trust my work to someone else. It was the best decision I ever made.
Advice to anyone planning to either seek a traditional publisher or self-publish: the work must be pristine, as perfect as you can make it. Readers have no patience with shoddy work.
Toni Leland has written both fiction & non-fiction for over 20 years. She is the author of six equestrian novels, a paranormal romance, two juvenile chapter books, and a young adult novel; some of her short stories have appeared in Arabella Romance Magazine, True Story, Bylines Writer’s Calendar, From the Heart anthologies, and Horse Tales for the Soul.
As a freelancer, Toni writes feature articles for Grit magazine, Over the Back Fence and Ohio magazine, Country Living, and Romance Writers Report (trade publication for RWA) and has written monthly articles for international gardening site, Dave’s Garden. As a spokesman for the Ohio State University Master Gardener program in Muskingum County, Leland produced the monthly newsletter, Connections and wrote a biweekly newspaper column on gardening.