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Liberty Valley, Yesterday and Today Book 4
BY JOSIE MONROE
When pony farm manager Audra Dawson sets her mind to something, she sees it done! Though her life is filled with “everything horses,” the Silver Lake Pony Ranch in Everett, Washington, is not her only interest—not by a long shot. She has set her sights on the man of her dreams—a man she adores, despite the fact he has other plans. He sees Audra as a friend, potential sister-in-law, and a woman more capable than most Army generals—a cross between Gunga-Din and Alexander the Great—but not someone he wants to be involved with romantically.
The arrival of Doctor Joe Watkins, a handsome, self-absorbed veterinarian who is also considered a leading authority on equines, makes Audra sit up and take notice. Their reunion is anything but congenial, as Audra orders Joe around like he’s a would-be cowboy who just stepped out of a drugstore. But, without realizing it, she awakens Joe to his selfish ways and brings him “back” to humanity once more with feelings he’d forgotten he had, and a determination to match her own. Tensions increase, but Joe is set on making Audra his—he needs her as much as she needs him.
Joe finished by putting a long piece of surgical tubing in his bucket and they headed past the house in the direction of the old two-story barn. She walked silently beside him, still assessing him from under her lashes. She was one of the pack of Dawson girls, but she didn’t stick in his mind. Of course, how old could she have been when he left home twenty years ago?
“The vet’s here,” Brigid called as she opened the barn door. “It’s not Art.”
“Really? Which one of his wannabe doctors did he send?” a small woman demanded from the back corner stall. “And why didn’t you step up and drop-kick him through the goalposts of life? I want Art.”
“We don’t always get what we want.” Joe crossed the open area to where his patient waited, a light-gray mid-size pony, white mucus seeping from his nose and mouth. “I want a million bucks and a goodhearted woman, but here I am with you.” He eyed the petite redhead in front of him. “And you are—?”
“My sister, Audra,” Brigid introduced them as she approached. “This is Joe Watkins, Art’s son.”
“No way,” Joe said. “What happened to you?”
“I grew up,” Audra snapped. “You should try it.”
“You didn’t grow much.” Joe reached for his stethoscope so he could monitor the pony’s vital signs. “You always reminded me of that fairy in Peter Pan. What was her name? Oh, yeah, Stinkerbelle.”
He heard a choked-off laugh from Brigid, then concentrated on the suffering equine. The phoned-in diagnosis appeared to be correct. An object was lodged in the horse’s esophagus. Saliva with bits of grain flowed from the gelding’s nostrils and mouth. “How long have you been massaging his throat?”
Meet Author Josie Malone…
Josie Malone lives and works at her family business, Horse Country Farm, just outside of Granite Falls in Washington State. Teaching kids to ride and know about horses since 1967, she finds in many cases, she’s taught three generations of families. Her life experiences span adventures from dealing cards in a casino, attending graduate school to get her Master in Teaching degree, being a substitute teacher, and serving in the Army Reserve – all leading to her second career as a published author. Visit her at her website, www.josiemalone.com to learn about her books.
Q&A Continued from December 13…
6. Are you an avid reader? Yes!
When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre? Romance, YA, Mystery, Fantasy – pretty much anything with words on a page, but Horror terrifies me so I generally avoid it.
7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories? Hmm, I’m not sure – they come to me when I’m mucking 25 stalls every night. I play the ‘What-If’ game with myself because shoveling horsy stuff gets pretty boring.
8. Tell me about your ideal reader. Someone who loves books and reading as much as I do and thinks a trip to the nearest bookstore is close to Heaven.
9. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be? Only one? I think I’d love to have multiple copies of myself so I could write all day while another me went to the barn and a third took care of Mom and a fourth – okay, you get the concept! I don’t know what to call that super-power, but I bet a lot of people would love it.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published? Prairie Rose Publishing just re-released two of the books in my Liberty Valley series. I’m working on Book 5 right now and hope to turn in A Trail Through Time before Christmas. It’s a spin-off of The Marshal’s Lady and the hero is the marshal’s younger brother. Kyle Morgan falls in love with the woman in a picture his new sister-in-law shows him and the fact that she (Nina Armstrong) lives 100+ years in the future is a minor issue. They’re a fun couple. I started Book Six – A Time In Between for the 2017 NaNo challenge – it’s about the three witches who send Kyle and Nina back to the past and forgot to close the Time Portal – oops.
Links to Josie’s website, blog, books, etc.
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