I was thrilled, honoured, chuffed, excited in fact just down right stoked to discover that The Horse Thief was a finalist in the Historical Romance section of the Australian Romance Reader Awards 2015.
I wrote the first 50,000 words of The Horse Thief during NaNoWriMo in 2013 but the story was far more complicated than I originally thought and by Easter 2014 it had grown to 100,000 words.
At that stage it was the longest manuscript I had written and I decided to pitch it at the 2014 RWA conference. It wasn't until 2015 that I signed a contract with Harlequin MIRA and The Horse Thief was released in print and as an ebook at the beginning of November. (The perfect date because India's dream is to win The Melbourne Cup which, in case you're not an Australian, is run on the first Tuesday of November).
So to discover The Horse Thief, an 'oztorical', is included with such fabulous historical writers such as Anna Campbell, Ann Gracie, Frances Housden, Sasha Cotton, Allison Butler and EE Carter is my dream come true.
Huge thanks everyone who nominated The Horse Thief...oh and not only that ....drum roll ...The Horse Thief is also in the running for Best Cover. I can't lay any claim to fame for that. All accolades go to the wonderful cover artists at Harlequin and their perfect interpretation of India Kilhampton. Thank you.
Two people, one dream …with the past riding hard on their heels.
When India Kilhampton is caught up in the excitement of the first Melbourne Cup her mind is made up. She will breed a horse to win the coveted trophy and reunite her fractured family. Determined to make her dream a reality she advertises for a horse breeder.
Jim Mawgan arrives at Helligen Stud in the Hunter Valley to take up the position. Jim however has a mission: he must fulfill his father’s dying wish to right past wrongs and prove his ownership of his prized stallion Jefferson.
Jim and India discover they share a common goal but as the secrets of the past unravel old enmities surface.
Will India save Jim before he is branded a horse thief and sentenced to death?
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