Author, equine veterinarian, and High School Science Teacher in Waihi, New Zealand


Author, equine veterinarian, and High School Science Teacher in Waihi, New Zealand

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Hello, I am excited to have published my first novel, A Long Trail Rolling, a Western Historical Romantic Suspense:

Escaping her father's killer, Aleksandra rode the Pony Express—full speed into the Indian Paiute War.

Growing up in the 1860’s Old West, Aleksandra was trained in the Cossack arts by her father. Now she's alone, running to prevent her pa's killer from discovering their family secret. Disguised as a Pony Express rider in Utah Territory, she finds herself in even deeper trouble when she rides full speed into the middle of the Indian Paiute Wars. Her alluring Californio boss Xavier has a strength to match her own, but can they overcome the ever-increasing odds and evade the man who's already killed Aleksandra's father—and set his sights on her?

Awards: Finalist 2013 RWNZ Great Beginnings; Winner 2014 RWNZ Pacific Hearts Award; Winner 2015 RWNZ Koru Award for Best First Novel plus third in Koru Long Novel section; and finalist in the 2015 Best Indie Book Award. Currently a finalist in the Holt Medallion Award 2016 in the Romantic Suspense and Best First Book categories!

Audience and Features: A saga of the Old West with a multicultural cast of those who make up America, it would interest readers who enjoy sagas, horses, American Indians, immigrants, and the Pony Express. It features a capable heroine, subtle use of everyday historical detail, period veterinary treatment and frontier-pushing characters. It compares to the work of Phillipa Gregory, Diana Gabaldon and Jean Auel, plus a little Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The Series: This novel is the first in The Long Trails Quadrilogy of historical adventure sagas following Aleksandra and Xavier from the wilderness of 1860 Utah to Colonial New Zealand.

I grew up riding wild in the Santa Cruz Mountain redwoods, became an equine veterinarian at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, practiced in the California Pony Express and Gold Country before emigrating to New Zealand. When not writing, I'm swinging a rapier or shooting a bow in medieval garb, riding, driving a carriage or playing on my farm, singing, or working as an equine veterinarian or science teacher. I'm multiply published and awarded in special interest magazines and veterinary periodicals.

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