Meet Savannah from Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks)

Please welcome Savannah Barrow to the virtual offices this morning!

[Savannah] Thanks so much for having me here today! I don’t much care for being inside and working on a computer, so let’s get to it!

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Savannah] Short, redheaded, courageous, bold, and silly.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you share a typical day in the life of Savannah?

[Savannah] Wake up at 4:30 am, go to work at 5:00am – exercising Thoroughbreds, finish my homework while scarfing down cereal for breakfast, go to school (sooo not my thing), come home to work with the horses some more. And hopefully sneak some kissing in there somewhere!

[Manga Maniac Café] What three words come to mind when you think of Jack?

[Savannah] Determined, honorable, sweet.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you find most exasperating about him?

[Savannah] How he acts so differently at school vs. with his family. When he’s around his mom and dad, he’s totally proper and gentlemanly. At school, he flirts, makes jokes, and laughs all the time.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?

[Savannah] There was a horse I loved named Moonshadow. If I could go back in time, I would’ve fought harder to find a way to make her my own horse.

[Manga Maniac Café] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Savannah] A lollipop!

[Manga Maniac Café] How do you relax after a hard day working horses?

[Savannah] I love hanging out with my new friends Rory and Vanessa. Also, KISSING.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.

[Savannah] Win the Kentucky Derby.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

About the book:

Racing Savannah

By Miranda Kenneally

Sourcebooks Fire

December 2013

ISBN: 978-1-4022-8476-2

Trade Paper/$9.99 

Ages 13+

They’re from two different worlds.

Savannah has been around horses her entire life.  Right before her senior year, her father whisks the family off to Tennessee to work as head groom at fancy Cedar Hill Farms, a farm that trains horses for the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup. Savannah finally sees it as the perfect opportunity to earn extra money as an exercise rider—no matter how many others don’t want a girl around the barn. 

After all, she caught singlehandedly caught the farm’s most expensive new colt when it ran away from three grown men.   She also caught the eye of Jack Goodwin, the owner’s son.  He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack.

About the Author From gender roles, to parental expectations, to the influence of faith and the classic teenage search for identity, Miranda Kenneally isn’t afraid to take on all the hot-button issues of modern teen life. She is the author of Catching Jordan, Stealing Parker and Things I Can’t Forget, and is the co-creator of the website DearTeenMe.com. Miranda also writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest.You can visit her at www.mirandakenneally.com or @mirandakennealy.

Review: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

 

Racing Savannah

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

This is the second novel of Miranda Kenneally’s that I’ve read.  Catching Jordan didn’t really work for me because I couldn’t relate to Jordan.  Racing Savannah, on the other hand, worked on almost every level.  I loved Savannah, though, like Jack, I was little disappointed with her life choices- at first.  As Savannah is allowed to chase after her dreams, they begin to evolve and grow, and she quickly realizes that, despite her humble background, there isn’t a race that she can’t win.  By the end of the book, I was grinning like the Cheshire Cat.  This is a satisfying fairy tale, and it all revolves around one of the things I love best; horses.

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Review and Giveaway: Run for the Roses by Rachel Schieffelbein

 

 

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I wanted to read Run for the Roses because the protagonist competes with her Arabian horse, and she rides saddleseat.  Do you know how many times I have read a book were the protagonist rides saddleseat?  Maybe three, and I read a ton of horse books.  Almost every book with competitive riding features hunters or jumpers, so I was stoked to read this story.  I wanted to see how closely Abigail’s preparations and challenges stacked up against mine.  Even though she competes in a different circuit because she shows Arabians and I show Morgans (and Saddlebreds), the run up to the biggest show of the year felt very familiar.  I really enjoyed Run for the Roses, and I wished that it was just a little longer.  At about 80 pages, most of the action takes place at the Youth Nationals, as Abigail is struggling to stay focused on winning what is essentially her last show.  She’s about to head off to U of M, and once she’s in college, it will be very difficult for her to be able to afford to show.

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Release Day Book Blitz and Giveaway! Run For The Roses!

 
 
 
Run for the Roses
Release Date: 11/2013
by Swoon Romance
 
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
 
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The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves–Vacation Edition!

 

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  This is a weekly meme where we can share news of the week and highlight new books received.

We made it to OKC!  Friday was a long, long day (didn’t get to our hotel until 2am and had to be up again early!) but things have settled down and now I am just chilling, watching beautiful Morgan horses and reading.  Also enjoying the company of good friends.  Elle shows undersaddle tomorrow, and I am looking forward to seeing her and Sarah go.  Big classes and lots of competition for both of them.  Naturally, Elle chose the month of October to grow another couple of inches – like she wasn’t tall enough!!! – so she is a little awkward going with her rear a little higher than her withers.  She is now larger than Blondie, and Blondie was a big girl. 

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Waiting on Wednesday–A Hundred Horses by Sarah Lean

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

One guess why I’m waiting for A Hundred Horses by Sarah Lean…Yup, it has horses!  And magical adventures.  And a lot of fun, I hope!  In stores January 2014

 

From the author of A Dog Called Homeless, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award, comes a gentle tale with a touch of magic about the power of friendship, the truth of belonging, and the most special of a hundred horses.

Nell is not happy about spending her school vacation with relatives she doesn’t know. Expecting nothing more than silly little cousins and boring farm life, she sneaks along a special suitcase that once belonged to her father. In it, she knows, are the parts of a music box and sixteen miniature painted horses, and she thinks maybe she can fit them all back together.

But the countryside has unexpected surprises. When a half-wild and mysterious girl named Angel steals Nell’s suitcase, the two girls are tied in an adventure of Angel’s devising. Nighttime meetings and a horse that might just be magical pique Nell’s curiosity, and soon she must put together the mystery of who Angel truly is, understand the legends about the herd of a hundred horses, and also discover something special about herself.

 

What are you waiting on?

The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves–July14th Edition

 

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  This is a weekly meme where we can share news of the week and highlight new books received.

I had kind of a boring week, so I’ll share some horses pix.  There was a show in Pennsylvania 4th of July weekend.  While most of the barn went, I decided to stay home.  Everyone did very well, and this show both Elle’s mom and dad showed, which hasn’t happened since I got her, so here are pix of them.  All pix by Terry Young.

 

This is DeeDee.  She shows in the Hunter division.  She is a fairly big mare, which is where Elle gets some of her size.  See all the puddles?  This is one of the only outside shows we are doing this year, and I didn’t want to show in the mud.  It always rains at this show.  So, yeah, I’m a wimp.  DeeDee won this class, BTW.

 

This is Giz and Sarah.  Gizmo is Elle’s daddy.  He shows in the Park division, both in harness and under saddle.

This is Gizmo and Sarah again, after winning the Park Saddle Championship.  There had been a torrential downpour just prior; look at the mud on his back legs.  So glad I ‘m not the one who had to clean him up!

Bonus photo – This is Steve and Elsa.  Steve is my favorite lesson horse.  Elsa is leasing him this summer to show in the English Pleasure division.

 

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews to share new additions to our library.  Click here to learn more about it.

New Arrivals at the Café:

Unexpected by Maisey Yates

Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters by Diane Zahler

A Cowboy to Come Home To by Donna Alward

The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul by Jon F. Merz

King Hall by Scarlett Dawn

City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte

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