Post by nzponywriter on Jan 11, 2016 21:05:52 GMT 1
I've just released my latest book, SIX TO RIDE, the sixth in my Pony Jumpers series
Now that Katy's father has returned, he wants to be more involved in her life. Although she's reluctant at first to welcome him back, her head is turned when he offers to buy her a new horse for Christmas. And not just any horse - a talented youngster with all the scope and talent to take her to the top.
But Katy is finding her dream horse a challenge to ride, and as the pressure to succeed mounts from all sides, she can feel herself starting to crack…
ABOUT THE SERIES:
The Pony Jumper series follows the adventures of AJ, Katy, Susannah and Tess as they train and compete their ponies on the National Show Jumping circuit. Whether they have an unschooled pony and tack held together with duct tape, or a string of top-quality show jumpers, these girls all have one thing in common - a love for the sport, and a lot of love for their ponies.
Each book in the Pony Jumper series focuses on one of the four main characters and ties into the books that have gone before. Set in New Zealand, the series incorporates information about training and riding show jumpers that will hopefully give help and guidance to readers, as well as each telling a great story!
I have noticed that Caroline akrill has finished her latest book as it's now available. It's called The Last Coronet and is available only as a ebook atm. Prime members with a kindle or a amazon fire can borrow it for free.
I will be adding it to my amazon wishlist once it comes out in paperback. I usually buy myself something in December to celebrate an anniversary so it might be that. I would download it as a ebook but I have tons of ebooks that I have never read. I prefer something physical (probably explains why I bought a record player ) over something virtual. Most people my age don't own a telly instead preferring to watch online but I am old fashioned and have a telly. I actually prefer a dvd over a downloaded film.
Glad I found this thread: even if it's a bit dated- just like me! I'm looking at new pony books, especially Kindle ones, and I quite like the look of the Pony Jumper's series and there seem to be a lot by Claire Svendsen.
Any suggestions? Saving $ for UK trip in September 2017....so I can have a squirrel away in any (every) 2nd hand shop I come cross so free/cheap kindle books will keep me going now and on the trip over x.
An update on The War I Finally Won, the sequel to Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's Newbery Award winning The War that Saved My Life: it's out now, and the reviews are excellent, I'm glad now I splashed out and bought a copy....now to find time to read it!
Just a heads up on a reprint, the almost impossible to find, and insanely expensive, Sawdust in His Shoes by Eloise Jarvis McGraw just came out again in paperback. Available in US and UK, here's the UK link:
I haven't read this one (the "insanely expensive" element defeated me ), but I have ordered it on the strength of the other books I've read by this multiple-Newbery Honor recipient. She was married to William Corbin (Horse in the House), so I'm expecting horsey details to be up to snuff
She passed away in in December 2000, so possible she could make the cut for that, if anyone is still looking for a book in that category for the summer challenge?
Did anyone notice that there is a new Gillian Baxter book out? "With Vacant Posession?"
The blurb on the site reads:
"This is a charming book that will appeal to anyone with a dream to follow however long it takes. Gillian Baxter is the author of a series of popular pony books and now after a break here is her first novel for a slightly older readership but still about horses and set in her new home country of West Wales. When Patsy became a widow at sixty she decided to follow a lifelong dream and buy a farmhouse in Wales to make a new life for herself and her two elderly horses.
Things do not turn out quite as expected since Patsy discovers that her new home already seems to have an invisible occupant with a horsey history of his own and who resents her arrival. Then Patsy buys an almost wild welsh cob mare in foal at a local market and soon begins to find that the other occupant can sometimes be helpful."
Sounds like a plan. I was hoping it was on kindle unlimited but nope!
Has anyone else read either of these? Doesn't technically say they are about Jill, but they clearly are. I'm guessing for copyright reasons names, such as her old ponies, best friend who now wants to be known as Ann-Marie etc are omitted but the descriptions etc match them to a T! Although saying that Wendy stayed, read the first one a few weeks back and whilst it's not terrible it hasn't made me want to read the other... without a spoiler the change in location is a bit too far fetched for me.
I just read the opening of Jill Rides Cross-Country - the 'Look Inside' sample. The author is trying hard to duplicate Ruby Fergeson's style, but it's all a little leaden.
The writing style is a little amateurish, with unsubtle infodumps; the writer tries to cram too much in at once, instead of letting the story breathe. There are too many Jill-cliches on show - typical expressions and phrases - as though the author tries to re-create the voice of Jill by putting in every Jill soundbite at once.
It's not helped by the fact that the author has to largely avoid the names of people and ponies from the original series, presumably because of copyright issues. Jill thinks about her 'beloved ponies', but they have to remain anonymous - a case of the ponies 'who's names cannot be spoken'. The author does try to recreate the language of the period, but there are odd but noticable lapses. I'm pretty sure Jill never used the terms 'brain freeze' or 'poseur'. The punctuation could be better too - not enough commas to distinguish sub-phrases within sentences.
No doubt the writer is a fan of the Jill books, but this feels to me like someone cashing in on their popiularity. I'm all in favour of writing fanfic, but it shouldn't be sold as professional work, especially when it's so closely using someone's else's property.
fizz: Is it too late to read the Francis book and watch the film?
Aug 17, 2017 22:08:46 GMT 1
fizz: My show went well, good to have being painting again
Aug 17, 2017 22:09:07 GMT 1
Claire: Glad the show went well, wish I could paint! Yes, join in with the film and book any time you want.
Aug 20, 2017 0:08:05 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate. I can write non fiction, but fiction has me stumped.
Oct 14, 2017 11:52:49 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate, buy a rural property in the Yorkshire Dales area, start an animal rescue sanctuary and a service to take animals in to see the elderly, sick, disabled etc.
Oct 14, 2017 11:54:33 GMT 1
cally: Oh I see how this works now- don't press the return button, eejit. How do I start to write a pony book having read hundreds, and not accidentally or intentionally accidentally 'borrow' ideas?
Oct 14, 2017 11:56:41 GMT 1
Claire: Hi Cally! What great ambitions!!
Oct 14, 2017 20:59:09 GMT 1
cally: My lap top stuffed so am trying to get all my stuff over to slow crap I pad so had to go through log in thing and change password so I hope I come up as me. So this is a test!
Oct 24, 2017 5:27:39 GMT 1
Claire: Yep Cally it's you alright!!
Oct 26, 2017 22:30:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all, just to say have put my 2 Christmas 'Pumble' stories in the Christmas 2017 in case anyone fancies a re-read.
Dec 24, 2017 13:48:15 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all apologies for not being around the last few days. Have been away travelling with no intyernet
Mar 8, 2018 13:53:52 GMT 1
Claire: Or even internet lol
Mar 8, 2018 13:54:08 GMT 1
brumby: Hi Claire, what has happened to the Pony Mad book Lovers Website??
Mar 18, 2018 8:23:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all sorry the website has been down due to technical problems with web host. All back up and running now!
Mar 22, 2018 19:19:12 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all the offical Reading Challenge thread is now up and running!
Jun 12, 2018 18:08:13 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all just to say have added a few Autumn/Halloween themed quizzes for you
Oct 9, 2018 15:02:48 GMT 1
Claire: Yet more Pooboards problems - sorry it is not letting anyone post as a guest at the moment - will contact them and try and sort it out.
Nov 4, 2018 12:50:07 GMT 1
aud: Can anyone tell me if they know of a Pony book that has a story line with A nesting Pair of Osprey Birds(thats as well as Ponies)i have been told it is either Alisons Island Adventure by Sheila Stewart or one of the Jinney books by patricha Leitch.
Dec 10, 2018 19:03:28 GMT 1
tali: One of the Jinny books has a sub story line of egg stealing so may be the one you are thinking of. It is one of the books that features the character Claire Burnley.
Dec 24, 2018 12:54:11 GMT 1
ginslinger: It is one of the early Jinny books. I only read the first few and I found the storyline upsetting.
Jan 4, 2019 19:17:50 GMT 1