Well, now you can come along, too. You can see it’s a gorgeous summer day. The racetrack is dark, meaning there’s no racing, so folks are about as free as they get during the race meet when horses still need tending.
If Brad Pitt had been a horse, he would’ve been Creator.
When I met Creator at an early version of the Kentucky Old Friends Farm nearly ten years ago, he cut a dashing figure. A caramel apple chestnut with a teardrop of a star nearly obscured by a lush forelock. He pranced. He tossed his head.
Catnip to horse crazy girls.
At a farm where feeding carrots to former champions is the big tourist draw, Creator was hands-off, yet irresistible, a quintessential “bad boy.”
Meet Four In Hand “driver” Hannah Hooton, a multiple award-winning author and screenwriter based in UK.
Back in the day, Hannah traveled around Australia, roaming from one racing stable to another as a strapper, taking care of racehorses like what we Americans call a groom.
Afterward, her spirit of adventure and, in her words, “the exuberant imagination of a girl with an empty purse and a passion for a very expensive sport,” eventually became her debut contemporary romance. At Long Odds.
That thirst for adventure prompted her to explore indie publishing, which resulted in the Amazon bestselling Aspen Valley contemporary romance series, featuring a National Hunt racing yard in rural England. As of this writing, her fourth book in the series titled Making the Running just released.
Hannah says, the books may be read and enjoyed as stand-alones. We also want to mention these novels are written for an adult audience in the equestrian romance genre.
Without further ado, let’s pass the reins to Hannah, our Four In Hand driver:
We’ve seen his arrivals at Pimlico and Belmont Park, each with growing excitement and entourage, but the affection for him at Los Alamitos, among his everyday friends, almost doesn’t need a musical soundtrack.
Mystery author Edith Maxwell knows a lot about dirt, especially the stuff that grows plants. What did you think we were talking about? 😉
Granted, Edith – who learned to drive in the parking lot at the Santa Anita Racecourse — may know some “good dirt,” too, but she’s not telling, not here anyway. However, she will be telling us what natural substance helps make the best dirt for growing plants. A big clue? It involves this blog’s favorite animal.
BTW, Edith is willing to give away a copy of her first book in the series A TINE TO LIVE, A TINE TO DIE to a lucky commenter who posts by 12 am EDT, Tuesday, 5/27/14. This contest is restricted to readers in the continental US due to shipping charges. (Ed. note: Alas, the deadline for the giveaway has passed. A big “thank you” to all who commented! However, even without the contest, keep reading to find out how easy compost is to make.)