Hola! Jolene Navarro here. If you know anything about me, you know I’m proud to be a seventh generation Texan. Part of that heritage it deeply rooting in raising and training horses. This is a picture of my great-grandparents.
Hodge Crawford trained horses for the Army.
As I was doing the at fact sheets for the cover of my fifth Clear Water Texas book, Texas Daddy, I realized each of my books has at least one horse trotting across the pages. Some forming into strong secondary characters. I love horses, and each one that walked into my life had it’s own backstory and personality.
I have three covers with horses on them. Two share a few of the same ones.
In these two books, one horse makes a reappearance from A Texas Christmas Wish and Texas Daddy. An old Appaloosa gelding that was rescued from a horrible situation. He is so gentle and calm that he becomes a babysitter horse. A horse you can put anyone on, and he’s not going to move any faster than a slow walk – if he even moves that fast.
My hero’s daughter, Mia gets very frustrated with her dad when that is the only horse he will let her ride after a rodeo accident that shattered her leg. Her and the heroine bond over the horses. As a single father Adrian has to find a balance between protecting and letting go.
He has the same problem with his heart. He has a hard time trusting.
Texas Daddy is up for preorder, and I will be giving one copy away to someone who leaves a comment.
I started thinking about how the horse I grew up with helped me shape the horses in my stories.
On my tenth birthday, I was given my very own horse. Smokey was a quarterhorse/welsh mix. I had been riding my mom’s before then.
Over the years there were more horses that joined the family and by the time I was in high school I was working part time as a trainer at Hill View Stables. I tried barrel racing but didn’t enjoy the speed it took. Did some horsemanship but it was a little to tamed. I fell in love with was American Endurance Riding. (through AERC).
You ride about fifty miles in two days. There are checkpoints where your horse goes through a physical. If there is anything wrong, you are held until you are given the okay to continue. There are obstacles along the way: ditches, water, jumps, steep hills.
This is the mare I did most of my long distance riding with, Mariya. My mother, Cindy Guinther is with her a few days after her foal was born. She had at least one horse her entire life. My youngest sister carries on the tradition and still has the last horse my mom owned at the time of her death.
I have not owned a horse since 1998, but now that my four kids are grown I might rediscover the love I had for hitting the countryside on horseback.
Or maybe I’ll just keep writing about them. It’s cheaper that way.
Thank you for allowing me to take this trip down memory lane. To show my appreciation, I will give a copy of A Texas Christmas Wish one person that leaves a comment and an early copy of Texas Daddy to another I pull randomly.
I love this story of Adrien De La Cruz and Nikki Bergamnn. They are both passionate people that have been deeply hurt.
Have you ever owned a horse or dreamed of owning one. I think at one point every little girl wants a pony?