New Equestrian Fiction Coming in 2019

Having closed out 2018 with two new equestrian fiction novels — Horses in Wonderland and Luck, I’m really excited to say there will be plenty of new fiction in 2019! This is going to be a very big year of goals, deadlines, and lots of frantic typing… in other words, it’s a dream year for a writer.

new equestrian fiction in 2019

It’s a big year for new equestrian fiction!

If you’re looking for more of my equestrian fiction coming in 2019, the first place to start will be Patreon. If it goes live on Amazon, it will start its life at Patreon. And this year, Patreon will also be home to exclusive fiction.

Exclusive New Equestrian Fiction at Patreon

I’ve started the year with A Thousand Tiny Bites, a novella featuring split narratives from Jules (The Eventing Series) and Alex (The Alex and Alexander Series). Jules and Alex are together on the horse-shopping trip from hell! Every other week, Patreon supporters who subscribe from $1 per month get a new chapter of this unique novella — one week it’s from Jules’s point of view, and the next week it’s from Alex’s. This novella will remain exclusive to Patreon users after its conclusion, so if you want to read it, Patreon is the only place to find it.

Plus, as a special bonus, when I reach $200 per month in subscriptions, I’ll create a special ebook edition of A Thousand Tiny Bites, just for Patreon supporters!

The new Eventing Series novel is coming to Patreon

new equestrian fiction in 2019 - book 5 of the eventing series

The next update on Mickey and Jules is coming in 2019!

First draft fans who loved reading Horses in Wonderland as I wrote it are in for another insider look as I begin work on the fifth installment in The Eventing Series. Featuring the latest drama/adventures of Jules and Pete, a trainer couple with big dreams and little bank balances, this novel is going to be a wild tale with some new challenges for the team and their beloved horses, including Dynamo, Mickey, Regina and more.

Patreon supporters with a $5 per month subscription will get to read the new Eventing Series novel in its first draft form as I write it, plus receive a download of the finished book upon ebook publication. Plus, the first draft chapters of Horses in Wonderland are still in the archives, and I’m not planning on taking them down–enjoy!

More to come

This is just the start of 2019’s writing agenda, so if you’re looking for new equestrian fiction in 2019, stay tuned! There are a lot of new words and stories coming from this writer.

Be sure to explore the tiers at Patreon — I’ve added a lot of variety so that there is plenty of content and value for everyone. It’s the best way to get first access to my writing, plus help support the creation of new stories. Without my Patreon supporters, I would not have been able to publish Horses in Wonderland last year. It’s just an incredible way to connect and gain the financial support I need to put aside commercial work and focus on fiction.

Visit my Patreon Page for details.

Read It First at Patreon

Do you want to be the first to read new and unpublished writing? Guess what, kids — that’s a thing now. Because if you didn’t know it, I’m sharing the new goods at Patreon now.

Patreon is a subscription-based service which connects creators and their supporters. Artists, musicians, podcasters — anyone who makes things for other people to enjoy — are all using Patreon to support their work.

Patreon means even more reading for you. Photo: James Tarbotton/unsplash

Patreon means even more reading for you. Photo: James Tarbotton/unsplash

It’s especially useful for a novelist like myself. Because I usually put out one novel a year (maybe two, in a very good year), income isn’t exactly on a biweekly schedule like a full-time paycheck would be. Like most writers, I’ve always supplemented with freelance work. In my case, that has meant a lot of social media work, ghost writing, blogging and other creative work.

Freelancing is great, don’t get me wrong, and I’ve been fortunate to grow into a successful social media marketer and content writer in a very competitive field. But it takes away the one thing I need in order to put out my next novel for you to read: time to write.

That was the first thing that made me eye Patreon. But still, I wasn’t sure it would work for me. I kept putting the idea on the back-burner.

BUT, while I was busy realizing that freelancing was killing the novels it was supposed to be supporting, I also noticed that social media, specifically Facebook, is becoming more and more unpleasant. Everyone’s always picking a fight. I’m not sure what the reason is — maybe people can’t help themselves. But expressing an opinion as simple as liking a video of a cute kid on a horse, or as complicated as disappointment in a top-level eventer’s bitting choices, can set a person up for a lot of ugly argument and name-calling. I was frustrated by this, because I want to have conversations about the business of horses with my readers — after all, that’s what my books are all about.

(Actual footage of a Facebook fight)

Back in January, I made the decision to start a Patreon program that tackles both of these problems. One, with subscribers who support my fiction writing, I can stop thinking about ghost writing another blog post about equine nutrition and get back to working on my next novel — letting subscribers read the work they’re subsidizing along the way.

Two, when there’s a discussion worth having about the business of horses, we can have it in a safe space, free of Facebook’s inevitable bad mojo and fighting.

July marks the six-month b-day of my Patreon program, and I am excited to say… this experiment is working! When I decided to launch a subscription service at Patreon, I was working against all of my instincts, and I knew it. Share my new novels chapter-by-chapter as I write them? Are you kidding? I don’t publish before at least two massive revisions and usually one rewrite.

(Actual footage of a first draft being written)

But it’s such a pleasure to share stories as they’re written (and working just a bit harder on getting the first draft right will surely save me time on the second one, right?).

Plus, I love having a conversation about the story’s direction, how readers are connecting with the settings and situations, and what we should do next. I’m also going back through my old notebooks, sharing unpublished sketches, stories and scenes — even visiting the early, abandoned versions of The Head and Not The Heart and Ambition. 

All of this is a long blog post to say, I’d love to have you take a look at my Patreon and see if I’m offering something you’re looking for. Starting at a dollar a month, you can read unpublished work I share at least once a month. There are more tiers as well, which include rewards like reading a new chapter of my novels in progress once a month (with an ebook of the finished product coming your way at publication, so you don’t have to buy it!) and critiques of your own writing projects so we can get you to publication yourself.

If you’re looking for more horse stories to read, and great horse people to talk to, come join us!

Just visit patreon.com/nataliekreinert — see you there!

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! 

New Stories & First Chapter of Show Barn Blues Sequel

If you’re looking for new stories to read since you finished Luck (I know how quickly you people read!) then zip over to my Patreon page. I’ve posted several unpublished pieces, including a short story told by a racehorse, a deleted scene from Luckand the first chapter of my upcoming sequel to Show Barn Blues

Just join my Patreon with a $1 or $5 monthly subscription to start reading! The $1 subscription includes at least one unpublished work or deleted scene per month… I have so many pieces lined up to share!

Horse Photo by Erin Dolson on Unsplash

Photo by Erin Dolson on Unsplash

The $5 subscription lets you read along as I write Horses in Wonderland. This is the sequel to Show Barn Blues so many readers have been asking me for. Picking up with Grace during the spring directly after Luck, this book is going to explore one of my favorite topics: theme parks. If you’ve read Show Barn Blues, you know it’s set in a touristy area of Orlando, right near Walt Disney World Resort. So you can see how theme park horses might get mixed up with Grace’s show barn… especially when ex-dinner show princess Kennedy is involved!

Along with the monthly update to Horses in WonderlandI’m thinking of sharing some fun surprises, like screen-sharing while I actually write a chapter, so you can see the mess — I mean novel — as it’s being born.

And I’m also planning on sharing some chapters of another work in progress, a novel about theme park life tentatively titled You Must Be This Tall. Learn more about this original new story here and let me know if you want to read it!

My Patreon page isn’t just a place for you to read things I’ve written, by the way. It’s also where we can talk, share ideas, and talk about the horse business, books, music, life… anything! And, of course, you can tell me what you want me to write next, give me feedback on new writing, and generally boss me around. Everyone wins!

Visit Patreon.com/nataliekreinert, and please let me know if you have any questions!

And I just want to say a massive “thanks” to everyone who has read Luck and let me know, either by message or by Amazon review, how much they enjoyed it. I’m so excited to continue telling the story of Jules and Pete! As long as you want more of them, there will be more of them. So keep sharing, keep writing reviews, and please, keep sending your messages! You’re why I write their stories.

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!