With just a few days to go until the release of the lovely Zara Stoneley's follow up to Stable Mates,
Country Affairs, she's very kindly popped over to chat about some of her true loves...
Take it away Zara:
One of the wonderful things about ‘Stable Mates’ and ‘Country Affairs’ is that I’ve been able to write about some of the things I really love: horses, dogs and the countryside. And as there is never a dull moment with horses, inspiration wasn’t hard to come by. Here’s how my love affair with them started (and once you’re hooked there is no escape).
· I’ve loved horses since I was little, and ‘Black Beauty’ was a favourite read.
· I wanted to be Elizabeth Taylor in the film National Velvet.
· As a teenager the local riding school was my second home at weekends, but I was much older before I had a horse of my own.
· My first horse was a Dales X Welsh Cob, I was still hacking her out (gently) two weeks before my son was born. She was a clever mare who knew how to look after me, but would also quickly put any rider in their place if they got too big for their boots. She was incredibly sweet though. I used to take my son with me to do the horses from when he was a baby, and as soon as he could toddle he wanted to sit on her back when I led her in from the field.
· The cutest pony I had was a rescue, we fed her up and brought her on before finding her a forever home. I was so proud when she left, confident and pretty.
· The most challenging horse I had was an Arab cross who was gorgeous to handle on the ground, as handsome as they come, but what you might term a sharp ride!
· My most talented horse was one I spotted as a foal. Sadly as he grew he was far too big for me, but has had a very successful eventing career with somebody else.
· And the naughtiest horse I’ve had was a Section D who was incredible fun and a brilliant all-rounder, he just liked to behave like a naughty teenager at times. Stopping to have a massive (it went on forever, or so it seemed) wee in front of a show judge was not his finest moment, though he did then pick up second place! And galloping across a park and depositing me in the middle of a family out for a picnic was a memory that will stay with me for quite some time…
'A great treat for readers who love their books jam-packed with sexy men and horses.' Bestselling author Fiona Walker
Welcome back to Tippermere for the wedding of the year…
Scatty but loveable Lottie Brinkley is famous throughout the village for her disorganised personality so when she steps up to plan the perfect wedding the only likely outcome is disaster.
And when her globetrotting, love cheat of an ex, Todd, literally crashes the wedding on a not-so-noble steed things definitely look set to take a turn for the scandalous! As rumours of why he’s back spread through the village quicker than the stable girl can drop her knickers, is Lottie's future with sexy eventer Rory Steel about to fall at the next fence?
With a wave of unexpected pregnancies, steamy shenanigans in the hay and a farrier with more than shoeing horses on his mind, will Lottie ever be ready to take on the coveted title of Lady of the Manor and restore the Estate to its former glory?
As the heart of the village, Tipping House Estate, makes its move into the 21st Century, pulses start to race in a novel packed full of charm, hunky stallions (the guys that is), and a daring plan that just has to succeed...
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Bestselling author Zara Stoneley lives in deepest Cheshire surrounded by horses, dogs, cats and amazing countryside. When she's not visiting wine bars, artisan markets or admiring the scenery in her sexy high heels or green willies, she can be found in flip flops on the beaches in Barcelona, or more likely, sampling the tapas!
Zara writes hot romance and bonkbusters. Her latest novels, 'Stable Mates' and 'Country Affairs', are fun romps through the Cheshire countryside and combine some of her greatest loves - horses, dogs, hot men and strong women (and not forgetting champagne and fast cars!
She writes for Harper Collins and Accent Press.
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