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Excerpt from THE GOLDEN SPARK: Meagan and the pink dress

January 4th, 2015 by John Royce · Book 2 Excerpts

Image of Meagan & “Beecher” by Marti Adrian Gregory © 2014 Micron Press

Readers know that Meagan brings whatever she wears aboard Promise to a new time … she was unfortunately garbed for a 17th century social outing when whisked to a working English farm of 1820. It wasn’t good.

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The [young] man dealt the draft horse a couple of affectionate whacks that echoed off the nearby barns. The horse swung his mighty head around, gently lipping the man’s sleeve. “Say, Martin, could one of your hands bring him around? I’ll pay a half-day’s wages.”

“I don’t have any hands available, Chadwick.”

“What about the young lady there?”

Both men turned to look at Meagan. She smiled and gave an embarrassed wave. Pink satin was hardly farm apparel.

“Never seen her. Must have strayed by.”

“She’s slicked up for something.” The younger man called to Meagan: “You, there! Not lost, are you?”

“No, just made a wrong turn.” Meagan was mortified to be standing in a field in such a dress. “Could you point me to town?”

“Town?” The men looked at each other. “There’s a mill up that road a ways. Did you walk here?”

“I-I was dropped off.” She looked down the long, tidy driveway.

The men exchanged another glance. The younger, Chadwick, shrugged and strode over. “I have my business, I suppose you have yours. Say though, if you would follow my carriage with this horse there’s two pence and a meal waiting. No need to get dirty, and it would be a real favor. I can give you a ride somewhere once we get the horse home.”

Meagan hesitated. Her real wish was to hide.

“Come on, now, don’t be afraid of him. He’s big, but he won’t hurt anything bigger than a fly. Then take a meal with the family and I will get you where you want to go.”

I doubt it, she thought, but smiled and agreed.

 

The Golden Spark (Book #2 of the Legend of the Great Horse trilogy) won the 2011 Written Arts Awards for best Science Fiction/Fantasy.

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It’s Official: new cover for THE GOLDEN SPARK by Marti Adrian Gregory

January 1st, 2015 by John Royce · Book News & Updates, News Releases for "The Golden Spark"

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It’s Out Today!

The striking new artwork by Marti Adrian Gregory is featured on a new bookcover for The Golden Spark, the 2nd book of The Legend of the Great Horse trilogy.

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“Meagan & Beecher” complete artistic series of Great Horses by Marti Adrian Gregory

December 31st, 2014 by John Royce · Book News & Updates, The Great Horses

Author Note: This is one of my favorite Great Horses, Dover Beach (“Beecher”) … the horse that did anything you asked. Maybe because equine generosity is the sacred truth at the center of true horsemanship, or maybe I’m reminded that some of the greatest horses live in memory alone now. Yet how joyfully alive when they return! Horses are always, also, a metaphor.

quotation mark“Meagan tried to be nonchalant as she looked around the new setting and realized she still wore the pink dress! … A nudge pushed the small of her back. She turned to see the grizzled muzzle of a horse poking between the rails of a fence. The muzzle withdrew and the animal put its head over the fence, nickering softly. It was an aged horse, coming to the end of his working life.”

Image of Meagan & “Beecher” by Marti Adrian Gregory © 2014 Micron Press“Meagan & Beecher” by artist Marti Adrian Gregory for The Legend of the Great Horse trilogy. The Canadian artist has illustrated each era in Meagan’s journey.

In this final artwork for the trilogy, the artist illustrates both the scene and theme of the story: the horse has been the same throughout history. The settings changed, not the relationship … not the love.

You can see more artwork by Marti Adrian Gregory on her own website: http://www.martiadrian.com/

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“Noah and Moses” …. 1820’s English farm team

December 30th, 2014 by John Royce · The Great Horses

"Noah and Moses" .... 1820's English farm team at a Horse Pull, by artist Marti Adrian Gregory for "The Legend of the Great Horse" trilogy. © 2015 Micron Press“Noah and Moses” …. 1820’s English farm team at a Horse Pull, by artist Marti Adrian Gregory for “The Legend of the Great Horse” trilogy.

The Canadian artist has illustrated each era in Meagan’s journey, researching the different periods to ensure historical accuracy.

You can see more artwork by Marti Adrian Gregory on her own website: http://www.martiadrian.com/

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