Thursday, August 27, 2015

Misty of Chincoteague

If you can believe it, I'd never read this book during my school years.

My daughter has a thing for books about horses. She read this and was ready to pass it on. As it's an American classic, I thought I better read it before the chance passed me by.

It's a quick read. A true story. A simpler time.

And now I totally want to go one summer to see the horses swim. As the island isn't that far away from our home, I think it is a doable option.

I like her style of writing. It's classic and timeless. I especially enjoyed the local flavoring of the 'old timer's' dialogue. It gets that real Eastern Shore flavor going.

The descriptions of the scene and emotions experienced by the children are tangible and resonate with our humanity. Every kid at some point dreams of owning a horse. If only they were still $100! These days you have to add a few zeroes to that figure.

This is one heartfelt tale that should be shared with every child. Perhaps that's why it's persisted in being popular for over 60 years.

Good for older elementary age kids and up.

Nobody could capture the Phantom. She was the wildest mare on Assateague Island. They said she was like the wind, that the white “map” on her shoulders was her mark of freedom.

Paul and Maureen Beebe had their hearts set on owning her. They were itching to buy and tame her, and worked hard to earn the money that she would cost. But the roundup men had tried to capture her and for two years she had escaped them....

Pony Penning Day holds a surprise for everyone, for Paul not only brings in the Phantom, but her newborn colt as well. Can Paul and Maureen possibly earn enough to buy them both?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Vocal Crush Cover Reveal!!!

Vocal Crush by Lisa Swinton is a sweet romance making its debut in September 2015! You won't want to miss it!

Can you ever out run a broken heart?

Lexi Court spent seven years traveling the world, living the nomadic Broadway life, in an attempt to outrun the broken heart Nick Rivers gave her. Now, there’s nowhere left to go.

When she accepted a position as a high school drama teacher in Las Vegas, Lexi hoped to get over Nick, find a nice guy, and settle down. But what should be a quiet summer gets turned upside down when Lexi's best friend, Taffy, drafts her to be an emergency replacement coach on a televised vocal competition.

Feeling out of her league among the other three celebrity coaches, Lexi fights for the most promising contestants to be on her team. One note from a single voice shatters her summer. Nick unexpectedly auditions and joins Lexi's team. With her vocal crush on him raging as strong as ever, she has nowhere to run from Nick’s dreamy looks or siren voice.

Lexi has no doubt that Nick can win the competition. The question is does he want to win her heart as well or will he damage it beyond repair? 

About the Author

Lisa Swinton caught the romance bug early by way of fairy tales and hasn’t been able to cure it since. Instead, she feeds her addiction with romance novels and films. In between being a doctor’s wife and a mother of two, she spends her summers performing in community theater and painting her house. In her elusive spare time she enjoys researching her family tree and baking (especially with chocolate). She loves Jane Austen, traveling, and all things Italian. In her next life, she plans to be a professional organizer.

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