Author: Sheri S Levy
Book Title: Starting Over
Book Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: August 1st, 2017
Synopsis: Trina Ryan’s challenging summer starts off with a puppy fueled energy burst as she takes on another service dog for training—an eight-week-old Labrador named Colton. And to help explore another dream, she’s taken a job at the barn next door in exchange for riding lessons with the barn’s schooling horse. It doesn’t take long for Trina to butt heads with Morgan Hart, an award-winning rider with a gorgeous thoroughbred named Knight–and a demanding, nasty demeanor with both people and her horse.
Adding to the list of frustrations is the difficulty in maintaining a long-distance relationship with Chase, her boyfriend from last summer, while trying to deal with unwanted attention from a new boy in her puppy training class.
At least best friend Sarah still has her back, but Trina wearies of Morgan’s constant insults and her heartless treatment of Knight, she decides to use her dog training skills to look underneath Morgan’s hostile attitude and develop a sense of trust.
Slowly, Morgan’s angry shield cracks enough to where she’s able to share a troubling family secret. Can Trina help Morgan confront her family problems and make a fresh start?
Excerpt: Sarah squinted. “What’s that racket?”
“Sounds like a big diesel truck. Let’s get closer.”
I clasped my hands together. “Oh, I bet that’s the new boarder. I forgot she was coming today. Let’s go look.”
The truck slowed onto Mrs. Brown’s drive. Sarah’s forehead creased and she screamed over the noise. “Do you know how old she is?”
“Mrs. B said she’s in the ninth grade.” As the commotion lessened, I added,
“And, her mother bragged to Mrs. B about all of her winnings since she started
riding. Ooo! I can’t wait to see her ride. Maybe, she’ll even ride with me.”
The engine turned off and a tall, dark-skinned man leaped from the driver’s
side. At the same time, a long-legged, skinny girl in black riding pants and shiny
black boots stepped down from the front passenger door. The sun gleamed on
her brown face, poufy bangs, and ponytail. She waved her dressage whip in the
air as if it were a sword.
“Dad, what are you doing? Look! You’re too close to the fence. Pay attention!”
I turned a wide-eyed look at Sarah, whose mouth hung open. Without a
word, Sarah grabbed my arm and pulled me closer.
Her father opened the trailer’s top half doors and latched the panels to
each side. From the rear of the trailer, a stately, black horse kicked and neighed.
Standing on opposite sides of the trailer, the dad and the girl each pulled a
clip out of the lock and set the ramp on the ground.
After a frantic snort, he lurched forward.
She screamed at the horse. “Knight, walk! Get off the trailer!” Her whip
slapped at the air.
Holding my breath, I clutched Sarah’s arm.
The father rushed over and pulled the whip from the girl’s hands. “Morgan,
quiet down! You’re frightening Knight. Give him a chance.”
She jerked the lead line. “Knight, you stupid horse! You know better.”
“Oh my gawd!” My eyes widened, and I shook my head. “How could anyone
treat their horse like that?” I patted my chest. “And what’s she doing at my barn.”
About the author: Sheri Levy taught Special Ed for sixteen years and a Family Learning GED and Parenting class for nine years. After retiring, she began writing. Her first magazine article was published in The Clubhouse Magazine in 2011, and won an award in the DWAA Special Interest Category. This gave her the confidence to continue writing. Her first novel, SEVEN DAYS TO GOODBYE, won in the DWAA, Special Interest Category, 2015.
In addition to writing, Sheri volunteers with PAALS, learning about service dogs. She enjoys doing school visits and writing workshops. Her book proceeds go to PAALS. Find Sheri at www.sherislevy.com.