New Author Website

Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know that my author website is officially up and running – finally! While I will always post about my books here, if you’d like more in-depth info about my writing, upcoming novels, reviews, etc., head to to learn more. I’ll also post my freelance writing projects over […]


Book Review: The Mare

When 11 year old Velveteen “Velvet” Vargas joins the Fresh Air Fund, all she expects is a few weeks away from her Brooklyn home in the upstate New York countryside. What she doesn’t expect is the beginning of a new life and a new passion. Mary Gaitskill’s The Mare explores the lives of young Velvet, […]

Novel Number Two

It’s here! I finally finished and published my second novel, Kicking On! Here is the synopsis! “Kicking On, a semi-sequel to Where the Bluegrass Grows, is Macy Holland’s story. Macy Holland has it all – a wonderful family, amazing friends, and an exciting career as an equine veterinarian in Lexington, Kentucky. However, all that changes […]

Kicking On

As many of you know, I published my first novel, Where the Bluegrass Grows, back in March of 2016. Since then, I have been working on my semi-sequel, and I’m happy to announce that it is almost complete! The first draft itself is done as is review/edit #1. I need to go through and review […]

Author Interview – EH Humphreys

If you follow the equestrian book reviews I write for Horse & Style Magazine, then you’ll know that I recently featured Players: A Game of Grit and Glory, by new author EH Humphreys. To read that review, please click here. But today, I’d like to welcome her to the Maryland Equestrian blog for an “Author […]


After a few months hiatus, I have finally picked back up with my writing, and am approximately 80% finished Book 2 of Where the Bluegrass Grows. Book 2 is what I’m calling a “semi-sequel” because this one is Macy’s story – not Molly’s. Of course, Molly does make numerous appearances! I’m really hoping to complete […]

Book Review: Kentucky Homes

I love a good coffee table book – who doesn’t? And I especially love ones about horses, home décor and design, and my beloved Kentucky. That makes Pieter Estersohn’s, Kentucky: Historic Houses and Horse Farms of Bluegrass Country, an instant hit. I received this book as a Christmas gift and didn’t hesitate to plunge right […]

Recent Review on Amazon

I was over-the-moon excited recently to receive a new review on Amazon for my novel, Where the Bluegrass Grows! Not only was it a five-star review, but the reviewer sent me a sweet email too! I haven’t put much effort into marketing my book lately, but now that it’s the New Year and I have […]

Book Review: A Portion for Foxes

I’m way behind with this review as I finished this one almost a year ago – yikes! A Portion for Foxes, by Jane McIlvaine McClary, was published in 1972, so there is definitely an ages-old feel to it, but that shouldn’t stop you for giving this one a chance. I learned of this book while […]

Book Review: The Fortune Hunter

Earlier this fall I finished Daisy Goodwin’s The Fortune Hunter, and enjoyed it. It takes place in the nineteenth century English countryside among royalty, foxhunters, and the well-to-do. If you were a fan of “Downton Abbey,” be sure to pick this one up! I would describe this novel as part romance and part historical fiction. […]

Book Review: Portrait of a Rider

I’d been looking for Vicky Moon’s coffee table book, The Private Passion of Jackie Kennedy Onasis: Portrait of a Rider, for quite some time. It was always too expensive, but I was recently able to find one relatively cheap on ebay. (Others are now, finally, similarly priced on Amazon). Please believe me when I say […]

Book Review: Finding Daylight

I may be a 30-something, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy some excellent young adult literature because, let’s face it, we’re all still young at heart, right? Over the Labor Day weekend, I jumped into Mara Dabrishus’ horseracing novel, Finding Daylight, and couldn’t put it down. Young jockey, Georgie Quinn, and fierce filly, Sweet […]

Praise for “Where the Bluegrass Grows”

You know what I’ve learned about myself during the past few months? Though I am in the Marketing field (I’m the Marketing Communications Manager at my “real” job), I’m terrible at marketing my own book. Why is that? I think I know why – it’s because I’m still in the read it/but don’t read it […]

Book Review: The Essential Fergus

If you’re a horse person, then you’re familiar with Fergus, Jean Abernethy’s cartoon horse who embodies the “everyman’s horse” we’ve all known and loved. Fergus is silly, imperfect, and unpredictable, but he’s also adorable, charming, and a wonderful friend. The Essential Fergus takes a look at our favorite horse but also gives us a glimpse […]

Book Review: Horses & Homes

I love a good coffee table book, and Horses & Homes by Jenifer Jordan is just that. It was a very quick and easy read and provided some interesting insights to decorating your favorite indoor and outdoor spaces. I believe Jenifer took the photos herself, and they are lovely. However, I would have liked more […]

2016 Equestrian Summer Reading List

There’s nothing I love more than a good Summer Reading List – hope you do too!! As always, I have a bunch of books in queue – some I’ve just finished, some in line to be read next. Below are a handful on my list; I probably won’t get through all of them this summer, […]

Author Interview – Carly Kade

I recently read and reviewed Carly Kade’s first novel, In The Reins. A smashing hit of a debut novel, In The Reins is equestrian romance with a cowboy twist at its finest! Carly was kind enough to take a few minutes from her busy day to answer some of my questions – please read below […]

Book Review: In The Reins

I love a good equestrian romance with a hunky cowboy – who doesn’t? In The Reins, by new author Carly Kade, has it all: new beginnings, fun characters, beautiful horses, and plenty of enticing, steamy scenes at the stable! Devon Brooke, journalist and freelance writer, makes a break for it when she leaves her fiancé […]

Billy and Blaze

As a child, some of my favorite horse books were C.W. Anderson’s Billy and Blaze series. These were beautifully written AND illustrated by Anderson, and I was always mesmerized by his gorgeous black and white pencil (I think) artwork. I had a major crush on Blaze and thought he was the most handsome horse in […]

Book Reviews: Eventing Series

I recently finished Pride by Natalie Keller Reinert, Book 2 in her Eventing Series. As I sat down to write this review, I realized that I never wrote my review on Book 1, Ambition. So, you are about to get two for the price of one! Ambition was published in 2014, and it’s here that […]

Book Review: The Horse God Built

I received The Horse God Built from my brother-in-law, and fellow horseracing fanatic, for Christmas. If there’s one thing I love, it’s Secretariat. I reviewed William Nack’s book about him here, so I was overjoyed to read this one by Lawrence Scanlan. This book differs from most about the notorious Big Red because it focuses […]

Where the Bluegrass Grows

Yesterday was a very exciting (and terrifying) day for me. I finally, after five, (maybe six), years, published my very first book, Where the Bluegrass Grows. The synopsis is below. It was beyond exciting because, after years of writing, loving, hating this thing, my hard work came to fruition, and I was able to actually […]

Book Review: Hannah Hooton’s Equestrian Romance

Sometimes I’m in the mood for some nice easy reading, and equestrian author, Hannah Hooton’s, romance novels provide just that. She has published six (I believe) equestrian romances, and I have had the pleasure of reading two of them (so far)! About two years ago, I read At Long Odds, which is a stand-alone novel. […]

It’s Cover Time

If you follow me on Instagram (@marylandequestrian), then you saw I posted a picture of my book cover yesterday! The picture was taken by James, of course, during my sister’s trash the dress session. I really liked the background in one of her pictures, so James just cropped them out – sorry Kim and Kyle! […]

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