SELAH (Say-la) aspires to be an equestrian superstar. That would require a horse. HER DILEMMA: Grandpa wants nothing to do with horses. THEN: Selah sees buzzards circling the grasslands behind Grandpa’s farm. They are stalking a horse trapped in wire and Selah is its only hope. DANGEROUS: The horse is wild and defiant – jeopardizing Selah’s dreams. FOILED: The legal owner searched for the horse for two years and wants it back. BUT: Selah is confident that God will provide her heart’s desire. MEMORIES: Grandpa shows Selah a video, from long ago, of a phenomenal equestrian. Selah declares that she wants to be like her and Grandpa explains the rider was her grandmother. HOPE: A world renowned horse trainer offers to train SweetDream and Selah. FOILED AGAIN: Her parents could ruin everything unless Sweet Dream’s unruly behavior ruins it first. LOST: Selah’s opportunity to mirror the equestrian talent of her renowned grandmother evaporates when the horse causes mayhem at the trainer’s facility. NEVER GIVE UP: Will Selah gather her courage and face up to the trainer to save her aspirations?
Targeted Age Group:: 8 and up
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A poster size picture of my granddaughter at age three inspired Selah’s Sweet Dream. She is singing her heart out and leading our paint horse in from the pasture with a lead rope around his neck. His head is low and he watches her every step. He looks more like a puppy than a 1200 pound horse.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters knew who they were. They just jumped in. Selah is every girl who’s ever loved a horse. Grandpa is that one person who loves you unconditionally even when you want something that breaks his heart. Sweet Dream is a composite of many horses I have been blessed to know. She is that wildness in all of us that is only changed by love.
“Why can’t we just talk about getting a horse?”
“Because I said so.”
“The farm’s too quiet, Grandpa. A horse farm should be alive with horses.”
“I’m done with horses, Selah.”
“I need a horse of my own! You know Grandma would’ve wanted me to have a horse.”
His eyes darkened. He wagged a finger at her, and then shoved his hands in his pockets as he turned back toward the nest. “Selah, that’s enough. Bring the bunny and come on. Your summer vacation should not be torture for me. Do you want me to call your parents and have them come get you already?”
“No, sir. But, it’s your fault! You gave me Grandma’s horse library. Do I read anything except horse books?”
“She would have wanted you to have them.”
“And a horse!” Selah bit the inside of her lip. “When I was really little and your paint horse put his muzzle right in my face, and breathed his scent on me… it’s like he cast a spell over me that changed me forever.”
“I’m sorry, Selah. It’s not gonna happen.”
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