Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Tale of Two Readers and a Giveaway

     I was visiting a blog a few weeks ago and noticed that they were having a horse book giveaway. I entered hoping to win them for my horse girl. Before long, I was contacted by the author to see if I'd be interested in doing a review and giveaway. That's even better than winning the books on the other blog. I agreed to, but hadn't figured reading time in the equation. This time of year, I barely get in from the greenhouse before dark. Fortunately, I was too busy to even wonder how I would get the books read.

     A few days later a package arrived with the two paperback horse books. At dinner, that night, I showed them to the two girls who were sitting to my right (D2 & D3). I put them down and finished my meal. I attempted to ask D2 something, but I noticed her face was covered by a horse book. The question was answered by a very untypical "Uh-huh."

     The next morning D2 came down and reported on both books. I started to remind her to let her sister read them, but within seconds, I looked up to see D3 walking through the house holding the first book at eye level. It had to be put down for morning chores, but she soon finished it and immediately read the other one. Suddenly I knew where the review would come from. Isn't it funny how those things work out?

     Alison Hart is the author of the two books. She is a Virginia woman who has written more than twenty books. My daughter thought it was really cool that one of them was for an American Girl Series. You can visit her website to check out her books.  She was kind enough to send Shadow Horse and Whirlwind for this review.

Shadow Horse


REVIEW BY D2 (age 15):
"The book, Shadow Horse, was both unusual and engaging.  Whirlwind is not as intense, but I enjoyed both books immensely. They are written for pre-teens and teens. I would not recommend it for anyone under twelve, but young adults might find it enjoyable as well. Although the main character was in trouble for assault, this book does not encourage violence and the villain is arrested."

REVIEW BY D3 (age 13):
"Alison Hart's book, Shadow Horse, was amazing. I loved the way Alison let you know her characters. You felt what they felt. What's more to like than a girl who is determined and loves horses? The next book was Whirlwind. My hats off, my jaw dropped and I cried more times than I could count. The set was great, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under ten." With a younger sister, my girls are all used to screening books. I no longer have to pre-read everything like I did when the big girls were little. D3 went on to say, " Alison Hart's books will always have a place on my bookshelf."

Alison is giving away both books my girls reviewed (Shadow Horse and Whirlwind). Here's how to enter.
Mandatory: Leave a comment here telling me who would enjoy these and who they will go to. Will you read them yourself?
Please leave your e-mail on all comments for this giveaway.

Extra Entries: Visit her website and tell me another book that looks good to you. (1 entry for each 
                         comment- up to 3 entries this way- leave comment for each)
                          If you already follow me, tell me in a comment and you'll get 2 extra entries.
                          If you follow me since this giveaway, tell me in comment and get 2 entries.
                          Like Everyday Ruralty on Facebook and get 2 extra entries. (See sidebar of blog.)
                          Join my Blog Frog Community and get 2 extra entries. (See sidebar of blog.)

This giveaway is for Those in the Continental US. The winner will be drawn by . The giveaway will close at midnight (EST) on April 14, 2011.

Alison's website:


  1. How cool is it that the girls wrote reviews?! That's got to mean even more to the author since they are the targeted audience, yes?

  2. OK, I'm a follower. I'm in. I love horse books. I love reading adolescent literature - I was a middle school teacher and used to try to read as many books as I could so I could help my students find something and learn to love a good story.
    Were I to win, I would read the book(s) and then pass them on to the therapeutic riding center's waiting room. That way a client or a sibling could enjoy the book. I'd put a note in it to pass it on!
    Oh, my email is iteach at cpride dot net.

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  4. Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Patrice! I think an winner will be easy to pick. :)

  5. Our two girls would love these books as summer reads! Of course I would be reading right along with them!

  6. I plan to read them and then pass them to my boys. If suitable, I'll read them aloud to my daughter. :o)

    Great giveaway! :o)

  7. The Spy on the Homefront looks like one LittleGirl would love...mystery and American Girl rolled into one book. :o)

  8. I'm already a follower and would love these books. Thanks!

  9. I'm a follower and would love these! Thanks!

  10. I would give these to my niece. Her horse just gave birth to a new baby two weeks ago. She has recorded HOURS of the baby jumping and skipping around. I KNOW she would love these books!


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