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Author Michelle Holland and the New Forest Pony

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A few years ago, a story made the rounds on the internet about the New Forest Pony being listed on the U.K.’s Rare Breeds Survival Trust , along with Clydesdale and Shire horses.
Then, author Michelle Holland approached me about appearing here on the blog as she releases her second book for young adults.
New Forest ponies are a breed with a registry and a long history but many are also living and roaming in the New Forest, and a part of British culture since the end of the last Ice Age, according to the New Forest Pony Breeding and Cattle Society.
About 3,000 ponies reportedly roam the New Forest of southern England, but they’re not wild, technically. The New Forest website talks about how they’re owned by “commoners” — think “Boston Commons,” for a starter image — and graze on common lands.

How Michelle got started

Eclipse! No, THE Eclipse!

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Calendar pageOn my desk calendar for weeks has been an entry for Aug. 21, 2017 – Eclipse!

A flip forward to future weeks with quick glance always caused me to do a doubletake:

“What? This early?”

Every. Time.

I had to hastily scrawl a “The” above “Eclipse” to stop the “What?” and involuntary spike in adrenalin.

My days have enough of those.

So, “Eclipse” refers to this:

Solar Eclipse Diagram
Image courtesy NASA

Not that:

Celebrating Sasscer Hill’s FLAMINGO ROAD

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Rhonda Lane and Sasscer Hill at the New York Public Library
No horses in this photo, but stay tuned.  Photo courtesy Rhonda Lane

I’m celebrating the debut of writer pal Sasscer Hill’s first Fia McKee mystery novel FLAMINGO ROAD, published by St. Martin’s Press, with posts here and over on my other blog. Each of my blog posts contain different stories, so you have to go to the other for more. It’s part of my evil plan to generate traffic. Bwahahaha!

You may have guessed: this is the horse-centric post. 🙂