Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Run for the Roses

I'm so excited to have Rachel Schieffelbein on the blog today. Her novella, RUN FOR THE ROSES, released a week ago. Here's a little about the book:

Abigail Conrad has spent her whole life training for one goal: to win the roses at the Arabian Youth Nationals. She’s given up friends, a social life, and doesn’t have time to even think about guys -- much less date!

Now that she’s headed off to college in the fall, it’s her last chance to be a Youth National Champion, and she won’t let anything distract her from that dream.

Except maybe Chase, the older brother of Abigail's biggest rival. He’s charming, funny, and possibly Abigail's biggest problem. How can she focus on riding when her mind keeps wandering to Chase’s green eyes and confident smile?

With her dream on the line, Abigail had better learn to fight her growing attraction to Chase, or she might end up losing the roses and the guy.

Take it away, Rachel...

Thank you so much for having me here today, Ilima! :)

Since Run for the Roses is mostly takes place at the Arabian Youth Nationals, I thought I'd share some of my Youth Nationals memories.

My first year showing at Youth was in 1994, (yes, I'm old.) I was showing a sweet little western mare named Showshill Merit. At Nationals you usually have cuts to make before you get to the finals, (and of course you have to qualify to be there in the first place.) I had two classes I was showing Merit in, so two cuts to make. Both of my first cuts were on the very first day of the show. I got a wrong lead in the first one and got the gate. A few hours later, I got the gate again.

(Got the gate, is the horse term for I got sent through the gate with diddley squat.)

So that was it, I got to just hang out the rest of the week with nothing to do. Lol. But, years later I saw a hat at Youth that said, "I got the gate at Youth Nationals." I loved it. I may not have gotten a ribbon, but I'd made it there. I was competing at a level I'd never dreamed of before and that was pretty cool.

And I use the expression with my speech kids all the time when they are competing at State. Anything from here on out is just gravy, you made it here and that's awesome.

It's true for writing, too. Be proud of yourself each step of the way. You got a personalized rejection? Awesome. You got a request? Way freaking cool. Even if they turn it down you know you are making progress. You are heading in the right direction.

And here's a cute picture of a foal, just for fun. ;)

I love that! And it's so true. Thanks for stopping by, Rachel. You can find her book on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Congrats!


Robin said...

Yes, I'm looking forward to devouring this one like I did Rachel's first. I got the gate. Now that's a great expression. I'm going to try to think that through the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks of subs.

I'm glad you had Rachel on the blog!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a great attitude, especially to teach to your kids. Every step forward is a level of achievement.

Leandra Wallace said...

Argh, it's too cute! Those legs! =) Like Alex said, definitely a great attitude to teach your kids- I'll have to steal it!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Thanks for having me, Ilima!! <3

Kelley Lynn said...

Really good advice Rachel. So often we're thinking about the next thing and the next thing and the next thing to win/accomplish. At some point we have to be proud and thankful for where we are :)

Crystal Collier said...

Awesome. I've come to the point with my writing where I'm happy with it. Yes, I'm always looking to improve, but for now, I like what I do.

Great advice!

Emily R. King said...

Your positivity is contagious, Rachel! Thanks for sharing. And your book sounds wonderful!

Suzi said...

Ahh, that horse is adorable.

Congratulations Rachel on your newest release!

Kathryn Purdie said...

Great thoughts on writing, Rachel, and your novella sounds awesome! I love how celebrate each milestone, even if it's a "failure." It's really not. Ilima, you're always so awesome to support so many great authors.