First Read: Sneak Peek of Forward – Book 5 of The Eventing Series

The latest installment in the bestselling Eventing Series releases at the end of April — are you ready to find out what happens next with Jules and Pete? When we last saw them, Jules was settling into life as the coach and manager of Alachua Eventing Co-op, and Pete had finally gotten that troublesome gray jumper, Rogue, into his program.

Of course, Jules never planned on being a riding coach — if you’ll recall, she’s always been very adamant about not teaching for a living. This feels like it will be a tough adjustment for her. And where does her new arrangement leave Pete? He’s been having a difficult time adjusting to life outside Briar Hill and the comforts of his own farm. He’s let Jules steer the ship for the past year, and now she seems to have found a safe harbor for them — if he can find his place there.

It’s going to be quite a year at Alachua Eventing Co-op, with the students getting ready for their first events, plus a full slate of competition for Mickey, Dynamo, and the other horses. Jules will need some help from old friends — and maybe some old enemies, too — but she 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.

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming in Forward: Book 5 of The Eventing Series.

Forward: Book 5 of The Eventing Series first read graphic

Read now! Chapter 1 – Part 1 of Forward

The day I fought with Pete, the light streaming through the skyscrapers was a brilliant gold, gilding every leaf and every blade of grass and every stray pebble knocked by careless feet into the pathways of the park. No one turned and looked at us, because we were civilized people and it was too awful, too embarrassing: the young woman with the tear-streaked face and sun-touched hair falling from a once-sleek bun; the young man with the piercing eyes leaning on the well-worn crutches. No one turned and looked at us, but they all heard us, and we didn’t care, we didn’t stop, until we both wanted to and it was too late and we had turned away from each other.

The day I fought with Pete, New York was a film set, the kind of New York everyone sees in the movies and never finds in real life. Just moments before, the day had been gray, rain-spattered, diesel-scented, like a tractor left running in the barn aisle on a soggy December morning. As riders from cleaner climates, we’d looked at each other from our vantage points atop our horses and asked: why would anyone live here?

Then, suddenly, without warning, the clouds parted and the sun sprang up from the rooftops of Manhattan and the people came pouring out of their apartment doors like bees swarming from their hive. And just like bees, they buzzed straight to the park, to bury their noses in the sweet clover of the lawns, and when they saw us already there, in our breeches and our boots, leading our gleaming horses to the arena set up at the Wollman Rink, even the most jaded New Yorkers paused to give us a second glance. We were alien and lovely, and we towered above them even on the ground, even when we were fighting.

The day I fought with Pete, the mayor shook our hands and told us we were favorites of his niece, and did we see her showing at the Winter Equestrian Festival in West Palm back in January? We did not; we were not WEF people and we knew his niece had never heard of either of us, but we smiled back and said we’d look for her this coming winter, and he smiled and said she’d love that—she’d be the girl on the white pony, with pigtails. The governor was there, too but we didn’t meet him; he didn’t like horses and he kept to himself, sitting aloof on the platform where the dignitaries were enthroned, pretending they knew what was going on in the arena before them.

The day I fought with Pete was the best day of my life, for at least ten hours or so.

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You can pre-order the ebook of Forward: Book 5 of The Eventing Series at Amazon. For paperback copies, stay tuned!

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!

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.

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!

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