Bold: The Eventing Series: A Prequel
Jules knows she can make it on her own. Eager to put distance between her childhood as a working student and her future as a pro event rider, she's putting the finishing touches on her very own farm. All she needs now is a start with a little income. Before all the bills come due.
Counting on her skill as a rider to land her a job with a top eventing barn and earn some much-needed cash, Jules pits everything on a single horse trials. But when she displays more grit and determination than skill and analysis, her hopes for a quick paycheck come crashing down.
Is Jules simply not ready for the big time? Or is the big time not ready for Jules?
This prequel novella shines a new light on Jules Thornton, the prickly heroine of The Eventing Series! If you love horses, eventing, or stories featuring strong women, you'll love The Eventing Series. Gallop along with Jules -- with seven books and counting, there's plenty of reading to keep you up all night.
Jules Thornton didn’t come to Ocala to make friends. She came to make a name for herself. Young, determined, and tough as nails, she’s been swapping stable-work for saddle-time since she was a little kid -- and it hasn’t always been a fun ride. Forever the struggling rider in a sport for the wealthy, all Jules has on her side is talent and ambition. She’s certain all she needs to succeed are good horses, but will the eventing world agree? On her own at last, Jules is positive she’s poised to become eventing’s newest star, but soon finds she’s making more enemies than friends in the close-knit equestrian community. Little mistakes cost big -- her students are losing faith in her; her owners are starting to pull their horses. And then there’s the small matter of Peter Morrison, the handsome, on-the-rise event rider who keeps showing up when she least expects him. Jules is convinced that all she needs is good horses -- not friends, not romance, not anyone’s nose in her business. But it’s just the beginning of the long, hot, Ocala summer, and as Jules tumbles through the highs and lows of a life with horses, she might find she’ll need help after all to weather the coming storm.
Horses aren't cheap, and competing event horses is a tough way to make a living. Jules Thornton is settled at Briar Hill Farm with fellow trainer Pete Morrison, eyes focused on a successful future in eventing, but money is tight and opportunities are dwindling. When a potential sponsor offers Pete a stellar deal, Jules is ready for her big break -- but it's not what she was hoping for. She'll have to make hard choices if she wants a future in eventing -- and with Pete. There are fireworks on the horizon as Jules heads south to Florida's vacation-land to meet her new trainer, Grace Carter. The star of "Show Barn Blues" is back to put Jules through her paces and bring her attitude down a notch or two. Can Jules stick out a summer of dressage lessons and high-dollar clients?
For three-day event rider Jules Thornton, courage means riding her horses forward through the most daunting cross-country courses in the sport. She's already proven she's willing to do whatever it takes to make her name as an eventer, even spending the summer in an intense dressage program.
Now she's back in Ocala and ready to tackle the winter eventing with her usual bravado, but neither she nor her partner, Pete are ready for the next struggle the eventing gods have cooked up. Their farm is locked in a legal battle, their income depends on galloping racehorses, and Amanda the Hunter Princess is way too friendly with Pete for Jules' tastes.
This fall, Jules has to learn courage goes deeper than kicking on through sticky situations. Courage means hanging on for dear life, and knowing when to let go.
Jules is used to starting over. With her horses, her dreams, and Pete by her side, they're making a new go of eventing life in an unlikely setting. After years of riding for trainers and owners, their isolated little farm feels like a luxury to her. Unfortunately, not everyone in the business agrees that less is more. Jules has never thought of herself as lucky, but now she'll need all the luck -- and hard work -- in the world to hang on to the horses she loves. The fourth installment in the bestselling Eventing Series continues the story of Jules and Pete, two equestrians trying to make their names in Florida's famous Three-Day Eventing community.
Jules Thornton is not living the life she expected. She's a riding coach now, with a barn full of kids who want to event and precious little time left for her own competitive goals. Pete is struggling with his new horse's overbearing owner, and spending an increasing amount of time off the farm, riding for other trainers. Jules will have to call on old friends to help keep her life from spinning out of control, and she'll have to set new goals to keep her eventing dreams on track. This summer, everything is going to look different -- but the first rule of riding is to keep moving forward, and that's just what she's going to do.From the pine plantations of North Florida to the skyscraper shadows of the Central Park Horse Show, the fifth installment in the bestselling Eventing Series continues the story of Jules and Pete, two equestrians trying to make their names in Florida's famous Three-Day Eventing community.
With Pete away in California, new horse Confident Liar proving to be a difficult ride, and the co-op moms feeling their oats now that she's a big-time upper-level rider, Jules is feeling the pinch from every direction.
There are championships on the line, new horses in the barn, and a general feeling of chaos in the air.
Luckily, Jules has old friends to count on. But as the summer heats up, it seems like everyone wants a piece of Jules-and she doesn't know if she can turn in a winning season for Alachua Eventing Co-op ... or even for herself.