Announcing Forward, Book 5 of The Eventing Series

I have great news to begin April 2019! The newest installment in The Eventing Series, Forward, is publishing on April 30 — and you can pre-order your copy now.

Forward: Book 5 of The Eventing Series

Forward: Book 5 of The Eventing Series

Here’s the story: at the end of Luck, we saw Jules and Pete settling into a new life at Alachua Eventing Co-op, where Jules will be the manager and head riding instructor. It’s not exactly what she expected out of her career, but things are going fine, and it’s better than living in a horse trailer, right?

The cracks begin to show as the eventing season winds up and summer sets in across Florida. Pete’s new horse has an overbearing owner who is pressuring him into pushing the horse too fast. Dynamo suddenly seems to be showing his age on the cross-country course. And how on earth is Jules supposed to manage a barn, a dozen kids, and her own competition schedule?

She’ll need some help from old friends — and maybe some old enemies, too — but Jules is going to keep moving forward, no matter what. From the pine plantations of north Florida to the skyscraper shadows of the Central Park Horse Show, Forward is all about chasing dreams, wherever they may lead.

I am extremely excited about this book, which brings together a cast of characters I had a lot of fun developing, and tells a story I think is a natural next step for Jules and Pete. I really think you’re going to like it.

How to get your copy

Kindle: Forward is available for pre-order for Kindle — order your copy and have it automatically download on April 30, 2019. Click here.

Kindle Unlimited: Read Forward for free with your Kindle Unlimited membership beginning April 30, 2019. Bookmark this page.

Paperback: You’ll be able to order a paperback from Amazon on or about April 30, 2019. Bookmark this page.

Patreon: Subscribe to my Patreon at $5 per month and you’ll receive access to the complete first draft of Forward right now, plus a download of the finished book on April 30, 2019. Subscribe at $15 per month and after the second month you’ll receive a signed paperback from me! Learn more about Patreon’s exclusive benefits here.

Audio: Audio is not yet available. Please stay tuned!

Scenes From the First Draft of Ambition

A few weeks ago I uncovered the first chapter of the first draft of what would become Ambition. I was struck by a few things: one, that Jules was so self-centered it literally slowed the narrative down while Jules breathlessly described herself and her experience as a trainer. And two, that same breathless look, I can do this trainer thing! remained the core value of early Jules in the Eventing Series.

Photo: pixabay/markusspiske

Now, as I poke around the edges of a fifth book in the Eventing Series, it’s interesting to look back at the way Jules was desperate to hide her lack of actual experience beneath a veil of completely unwarranted confidence. Things have changed for Jules–if you’ve read the four books currently out there in the world, you can see she’s been growing as a human as well as a trainer. And yet what lurks in the background of a trainer not yet twenty-five, especially now when she’s faced with so many clients and owners who have every right to question her every move with their horses and their children?

So yes, I was pretty delighted to find what I think is the complete first draft. It’s called Such a Clever Trainer. The last edit was April 26, 2011. This is as close to a time capsule as anything I own. It’s only 66 pages, about 38,000 words, and a lot of it is longish scenes with asterisks dividing them. This was my attempt to write pivotal scenes first. I didn’t love the process.

I’m not sure how much of this actually made it into the finished version of Ambition. Quite a lot, I think, and yet I think in very different context.  In this version, Jules meets Pete at the first hunter pace she takes Mickey to, at Lochloosa–yes, halfway through the book!

I brought Pete back to the introduction of Ambition after doing some reading on romance construction and realizing that you simply couldn’t have a romantic interest show up 150 pages into a book. I am not big on “the craft of writing” as a form of study, preferring to tell a story the way it feels right to me, but this seemed like a pretty sensible rule. Pete becomes a goal and an antagonist to goad Jules along throughout the book–and of course, there’s the hurricane scene, which is still probably my favorite thing I’ve ever written.

Amazingly, that scene is in this version, missing a few key players–like Marcus, Jules’ beagle, who doesn’t exist at all yet.

Read more about this draft and its inspiration, plus the Lochloosa Hunter Pace chapter, at my Patreon page. Please comment with your thoughts and let me know what you’d like to read next! 

News on Luck (Book 4 of the Eventing Series) and new short stories

Happy 2018, everyone!

Luck: Book 4 of The Eventing Series

Luck: Book 4 of The Eventing Series

We’re already zipping through January, and it’s been a cold one for many of us here in the US – perfect reading weather, if you ask me. And a lot of readers agree, because LUCK was released this month to my strongest book release sales yet.

The reviews for LUCK are absolutely fantastic, and as always reassure me that yes, people still want to read about my characters and yes, I should write more about them. So, while I do have other projects I’m working on in the background, I am going to prioritize, once again, another equestrian novel.

I haven’t decided one hundred percent which characters this book will revolve around, but I think it’s going to be focused on Grace, the star of SHOW BARN BLUES, who of course is also a big player in several other novels.

It’s really become clear to me that I need some sort of over arching series/numbering convention above and beyond the individual Alex and Alexander Series, and Eventing Series. I am probably going to introduce a structure as the Florida Horse Country Series, with numbering to help people read the books in order, jumping from series to series as they see fit.

If that is the case it will go something like:

  1. The Head and Not The Heart
  2. Other People’s Horses
  3. Claiming Christmas
  4. Ambition
  5. Turning for Home
  6. Show Barn Blues
  7. Pride
  8. Courage
  9. Luck

Please note the paperback version of LUCK is delayed due to a simple lack of production time. However, if you would like to download a Kindle edition now, just email me a copy of your Amazon receipt and I’ll send you a $5 CreateSpace coupon code when LUCK is released in paperback. That way you’re not buying it twice.

New Short Stories & Unpublished Writing

I’ve been puzzling over the best way to get more writing released, more quickly to readers who really want it. Obviously I want my novels to be fully-realized before they are published, and that means several rewrites, editing, etc. before they can be made available to the general public. While I know there are plenty of readers who would happily read everything the moment I write it, I have to be conscious of new readers on Amazon who expect a polished, finished product. And of course, that’s what publishing a novel is all about.

So for the readers who really want more, whether it’s polished or not, I’ve decided to start a Patreon community. If you’re not familiar with Patreon, it’s a web platform which allows creatives from writers to musicians create a subscription-based community for fans. Starting at $1 per month, I’ll be sharing at least one short story or other unpublished work from my piles of notebooks, along with other perks for my Patrons.

We’ll also have a better opportunity to talk about books, horses and life than blogs or Facebook currently provide us with. Social media has become a very toxic place over the past few years, and I haven’t been eager to open up my pages to constant trolls every time I express an opinion or want to have a conversation about issues affecting the equestrian community. At Patreon, we can share our thoughts and work towards solving problems in a respectful, private forum… which I am really excited about!

There will also be new chapters of my new novels as I write them, opportunities to collaborate, decide on character names and plot twists, and so forth. I really want this to be a community where we can have conversations about books and horses… the things that really matter in life!

Take a look at my Patreon page, where I’ve already published a new piece of flash fiction unlike anything I’ve written before, and maybe consider joining the party. We are going to have a lot of fun. And who knows? We might change the world.

Visit patreon.com/nataliekreinert

And as always, let me know what you think!

Luck: Book 4 of the Eventing Series

It’s time for Book 4 of the Eventing Series! While Ambition, the first book, is still racking up week upon week as one of the best-selling horse books on Amazon, I’ve been getting book 4 together for readers. Why else would I do with my holiday break?

Luck Kindle Cover

The cover of Luck is a departure from the rest of the series, which all feature the faces of horses. But I think if you look carefully, you’ll see why this cover is absolutely perfect for the title.

Oh, what’s it about? Well, I find it hard to write a synopsis for a book this deep into the series. I don’t want new readers to stumble onto this blog post or read the blurb on Amazon and think, “spoiler alert!” every single time. So I’ve tried to keep it a little vague. Here’s what I wrote for the new release:

Jules is used to starting over. With her horses, her dreams, and Pete by her side, they’re making a new go of eventing life in an unlikely setting. After years of riding for trainers and owners, their isolated little farm feels like a luxury to her. Unfortunately, not everyone in the business agrees that less is more. Jules has never thought of herself as lucky, but now she’ll need all the luck — and hard work — in the world to hang on to the horses she loves.

Does that give away too much? Not enough? It’s hard to say. There’s a lot of drama surrounding Mickey, and Jules finds herself making money in a way she swore she never would, and there are a few dashes of Grace and Alex in the mix as well.

Basically, if you’ve read Ambition, Pride and Courage, you’re going to want to catch up with everyone on a quick re-read, and read Luck next!

Luck is available for pre-order through Jan. 11, 2018 in the Amazon Kindle Store. Pre-orders will download to your Kindle or Kindle app for your smartphone, tablet or computer on Jan. 12, 2018. That’s also the date you can begin reading Luck for free with Kindle Unlimited!

Waiting of the paperback? I agree, paper’s best. But you’ll have to wait just a little longer, as they also take longer to produce. I promise to update you as soon as paperbacks become available. As with all my books, when you purchase a paperback through Amazon, you’ll be able to download the Kindle edition for free.

Looking forward to Luck? 

View Luck: The Eventing Series Book 4 at Amazon.

Order Your Limited-Edition, Personalized Courage Box

UPDATE: The COURAGE box is sold out! Thank you so much for your interest. For autographed copies, please send me an email at natalie at nataliekreinert.com.

Excited for the release of my newest novel, Courage? The latest addition to my bestselling Eventing Series has already hit number one on the Amazon equestrian bestseller list, and it’s still only in pre-orders! I can’t wait to share this new story of Jules, Pete, and the eventing life with you.

Get your paperback edition of COURAGE with handwritten notes and special equestrian extras!

Get your paperback edition of COURAGE with handwritten notes and special equestrian extras!

Because I wanted to add a little something extra for fans, for Courage I’m creating an exclusive, limited-edition box which you can only order from me directly.  If you’re interested in the creation of The Eventing Series, this box contains a few items which will give you some insight into my writing process. There will be hand-written notes for Courage, plus one of the novels I read during the writing process which in turn helped inspire and shape the story.

In these limited-edition boxes you’ll receive:

-A signed paperback edition of Courage with hand-written notes from me about the story’s development and writing.

-A paperback copy of an equestrian-themed novel I found inspiring in the writing of Courage, which I’d love to share with you.

-An equestrian gift to make your reading time a little more special.

It’s not always easy to connect with readers on a personal level and I hope with these boxes I’m able to share with you some of the inspiration and background on this story’s creation. Courage was an intensely emotional experience for me to write and edit, and I want to share some of those emotions with you, the readers who have made all these books possible.

Each box is $40 and includes shipping in the continental United States. (International orders are not available at this time). I’m only creating a handful of these boxes and personalizing each annotation of Courage, so please email me right away to reserve yours!

To order, please email me at natalie@nataliekreinert.com

Cost: $40, payable through PayPal

Shipping Date: March 1st, 2017

Cover Reveal: Courage, Book 3 of The Eventing Series

Are you ready for the latest update on Jules, Pete, and the horses of Briar Hill Farm? Good news – Courage is coming! I have details for you on the story-line, release date, when you can pre-order your Kindle edition, and, of course, the gorgeous cover!

Cover Reveal for Courage: Book 3 of The Eventing Series

We last saw Jules and Pete at the end of a long hard summer of apprenticeships. Pete spent the summer in England; Jules at a show barn outside of Orlando. Neither of them came back exactly the same as when they’d left, and now, they’re not sure where they stand with one another.

There’s also the looming question of who owns Briar Hill Farm, the sprawling eventing wonderland where they’ve been training under the not-so-gracious permission of Pete’s grandmother. With her sudden passing, there are legal questions about how binding her arrangement with her grandson was, leaving Pete and Jules wondering if they and their horses are on the edge of eviction. At the same time, they’re on the hook for the enormous upkeep bill of the property for the first time.

Still, there are always horses to ride, always events on the horizon. In Ocala, there’s one surefire way to make money when you’re facing insurmountable bills: racehorses. One thing though… training racehorses is not like training ex-racehorses.  And Jules isn’t so sure this galloping lark is going to work out–until she meets Alex.

From the back cover of Courage: 
For three-day event rider Jules Thornton, courage means riding her horses forward through the most daunting cross-country courses in the sport. She’s already proven she’s willing to whatever it takes to make her name as an eventer, even spending the summer in an intense dressage program.

Now she’s back in Ocala and ready to tackle the winter eventing with her usual bravado, but neither she nor her partner, Pete are ready for the next struggle the eventing gods have cooked up. Their farm is locked in a legal battle, their income depends on galloping racehorses, and Amanda the Hunter Princess is way too friendly with Pete for Jules’ tastes.

This fall, Jules has to learn courage goes deeper than kicking on through sticky situations. Courage means hanging on for dear life, and knowing when to let go.

You can add Courage to your GoodReads to-read list by clicking here.

Courage will be released on February 21st. You can preorder the Kindle edition here. A paperback will also be available. Paperbacks purchased through Amazon will include a free download of the Kindle edition. 

Watch here for an exciting new way to experience my books,  or make things easy and subscribe to my mailing list for details in your in-box.

Oh… and here’s the cover. What do you think?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34043647-courage

Early Reviews for New Eventing Novel Pride

Yesterday saw the release of my newest novel, PrideIf you haven’t picked up my Eventing Series yet, this weekend is a perfect opportunity to get in on the action. This follow-up to Ambition doesn’t require you to read the other books, but if you want to meet the characters in their debuts, for a limited time, you can download the Kindle editions of Ambition and Show Barn Blues for $1.99 each.

Pride Promo Banner

 

Meanwhile, the buzz for Pride is growing with great reviews already posted at Amazon.

Here’s what readers are saying:

“One of the reasons people who love, ride, and work with horses are so appreciative of Natalie Keller Reinert’s fiction is the fact that her characters seem so true to life. Pride is no exception… The details about riding are spot on, particularly how to approach (and not approach) a cross-country or a show-jumping course…. Despite her many faults (I would almost consider Jules more of an anti-heroine than a heroine) I still appreciated the fact that Jules was so determined to succeed. I liked the fact that she wanted to be better than her eventing boyfriend Pete, versus wanting to stifle herself to flatter his ego (a common trope in many romance novels). This is a book about strong women with a passion for horses!”

-Mary Pagones, author of The Horse is Never Wrong and Fortune’s Fool

“Although Jules is not the easiest girl to get along with, she is very human in her actions and her failings, and pulls us into the story right alongside the horses! Reinert has quite a talent, bringing us the realities of being in the horse business and making us feel we are there with her!”

-Kathleen Edwards

“You get the best of both worlds with this one – you’ll read about the eventers of Ocala and the fancy show-jumpers of Orlando – and you as the reader have a front row seat as the two worlds collide! This sequel addresses the tough decisions that you sometimes need to make in order to get to the top – and Jules isn’t one to back down from a fight.”

-Laurie B.

“As a horse person I especially loved the description of Jules’ difficulties with mares! As any horseperson knows, you have to “ask a mare” but that’s not always compatible with Jules’ domineering personality.”

-Michelle Harper

I’m also really happy to share that Pride is currently the number one horse book on Kindle and the number three equestrian sports book on Kindle!

Prefer your book in paperback? Good news — I’ll have the paperback edition ready in the next two weeks, and I’ll update you here as well as at my Facebook page.

And now if you’ll excuse me, I have a lot more Rolex to watch — research for the next book? We’ll see…

Visit Amazon here to read a preview of Pride and get your copy.