I guess you could call my (soon to be released) horse racing/romance novel a “horse of a different color.” Why is my book an outlier? From what I can surmise, here are the reasons:
- There aren’t a whole lot of romances set in the horse racing world
- Sports-themed books don’t usually revolve around horse racing, either
- Most people seem to associate horse racing with wagering, instead of riding
- Jockeys are not the typical choice for a sexy protagonist (in my novel, the jockey is heroine, not the hero, by the way)
- Horse racing can be a challenging sport for an outsider to learn.
And yet, I found writing about this sport to be one of the most fascinating research endeavors I have embarked on as writer. (In my “day job” capacity as a lawyer, I can ensure you I have been on many a research journey that has been way less interesting.)
How is my new “breed” of book going to fare? I’ll just have to find out. Either I’m a front-runner, or a fail.
When the sales figures come in, I’ll know if my attempt is a success. But in the end, I’d write this book all over again, anyway. For me, writing comes from my heart. It’s what keeps me motivated to slog through 50,000-plus words, even late at night when the rest of my household has long since fallen asleep.
Are you an outlier in any aspect of your life?
Below is the Book blurb for JOCKEYING FOR YOU (to be released 9/28/16)
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Book Blurb for JOCKEYING FOR YOU
Jake Carter is on a mission—to prove his family wrong. He may have bought a troubled horse, but he’s hired Ryder Hannon, a “horse whisperer,” to get his horse back on track. She’s more than just a trainer to him, she’s the woman he’s been looking for.
Ryder Hannon, a thoroughbred horse trainer, has a big problem—fighting her fear of racing again. Her emotional scars run deeper than her physical ones. But her romantic feelings towards handsome, uber-rich, stable owner Jake Carter is a bigger problem. Is Jake truly in love with her or is he using her to get back at his smug family?
When Jake’s jockey gets injured, he wants Ryder to race. He knows deep down she wants to live up to her family’s legacy. So why does she keep fighting him—and her destiny—so hard?
Pictures above taken of Saratoga Springs and Saratoga Spa State Park by Stacy Hoff. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.