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Featured Friday: New Beginnings by Christine Meunier

Title: New Beginnings
Author: Christine Meunier
ISBN: 978-0-9875332-2-7

Book blurb:
New Beginnings

A job transfer for Jacqui King’s father means that the 10 year old and her family have moved interstate.  Jacqui is excited that the move has allowed her family to take up a lease on a large property.

Since she could remember, Jacqui King has had a love for horses.  Now with the family’s move she wonders if her dream to learn to horse ride could come true.  Jacqui’s mum Kate plans to turn the property into a place where they can offer horse agistment, only concreting Jacqui’s desire to have a horse of her own.

On a property titled Genesis, it does indeed seem that the new beginnings for the King family are looking promising.
Author bio:

Christine Meunier considers herself introduced to the wonderful world of horses at the late age of 13 when her parents agreed to lease a horse for her. She started experiencing horses via books from a young age and continues to do so, but recognises that horses cannot be learnt solely from books.

She has been studying horses from age 16, starting with the Certificate II in Horse Studies and is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Equine Science via distance education.

She has worked at numerous Thoroughbred Studs in North East Victoria before following her passion for breeding horses over to the Irish National Stud in Kildare.

She then gained experience in a couple of Melbourne based horse riding schools, instructing at a basic level before heading off overseas again, this time to South Africa to spend hours in the saddle of endurance and trail horses on the Wild Coast.

Particularly passionate about the world of breeding horses, she teaches equine studies focused on breeding, at TAFE.

Debut Novel
July of 2013 Christine released her debut novel
Horse Country.  It is a novel for the older reader that follows four women working in the horse industry over a 6 year period.

Author website:
http://equus-blog.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/FreeReinSeries

Mini Interview:
Why did you write this book?
After the release of Horse Country – A World of Horses, a desire to create a series about horses for pre-teens formed.  I wanted to be able to teach younger readers about the joys of owning and caring for horses, and impart information about the Christian faith with it.  So started the first two books in the Free Rein series.

Anything in particular you'd like to share about this book or it's creation?
I’m really excited to be able to continue a series, rather than have a standalone novel!  It is my hope that I can gain readers that will be excited to learn and grow alongside the characters Jacqui, Geordie and Hannah.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

I am working on the third novel in the Free Rein series that I hope to release in 2014 and a stand alone novel about a women who moves to a tropical island with her husband and plans to import horses that aren’t natural habitants to the island.