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Selah's Stolen Dream


This is my stop during the book blitz for Selah's Stolen Dream by Susan Count. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 18 till 31 March. See the tour schedule here.


Selah's Stolen Dream (Dream Horse Adventures #4)

By Susan Count
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Age category: Middle Grade
Release Date: 1 March, 2020

Blurb: One girl’s victory is another’s tragic defeat. Thirteen-year-old Selah’s perfect life unravels when her beloved horse is stolen. Then ten-year-old Emma buys the dream of a lifetime at a horse auction. When she learns the horse was stolen, even removing her hearing aid won’t drown out the voice telling her to make it right. But two girls can’t divide the horse they both adore. So will life surprise them with an answered prayer?

You can find Selah's Stolen Dream on Goodreads

You can buy Selah's Stolen Dream here:
- Amazon
- Amazon Paperback

Earlier books in the series are shown above.


Mary's Song is only 99 cents at the moment. This story is completely independent of the three Selah books. It is the story of Selah's grandmother.


About the Author:

How many twists and turns can one person take before they figure out what they were born to do? Susan Count’s degree is in Applied Science–nothing in that prepared her to write novels for children. But one day, she began to write with no preconceived ideas. No one could have been more astounded than she was when it turned into a middle grade equine series. As a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Texas Association of Authors, she takes the craft of writing seriously and considers revision to be her super-power.

She writes at an antique secretary desk that occupies a glass room with a forest view. Fittingly, it once belonged to the same wise grandmother who introduced Susan to the love of reading via Walter Farley’s horse books. That desk has secret compartments which hold memories, mysteries and story ideas.

Susan is a lifelong equestrian and is owned by a Rocky Mountain Horse. She is convinced that the only thing more delightful than riding the forest trails might be writing horse adventure stories. She invites you to saddle up and ride along.

You can find and contact Susan here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads
- Amazon
- Pinterest
- Instagram

Giveaway
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Excerpt

Except for the dreary February weather, life was perfect. Absolutely, fantastically, completely—perfect. Today, my dreams could come true. Today, Selah would show Sweet Dream in the biggest horse show in Texas. And today might be the day she signed the movie contract for her and Dream to make a movie about their life. “You’re going to be a star,” she said to her reflection as she finger-combed her blonde hair and fixed a basic ponytail. “And Dream will be a famous horse star.” She imagined people wanting her autograph. She’d have to guard the horse so no one snipped a wisp of her pink mane. It all started when her instructor, Jordan, made that training DVD of her riding lessons on Sweet Dream. When they posted it on social media, people quickly labeled it Cuteness Overload, and soon, it went viral. Then, after the wife of a movie producer watched Selah and Dream at an exposition, everything got supercharged. “Me—famous. Doesn’t feel real. Pinch me.” On a day like today, she needed the perfect socks. It was a long- standing family conviction that mismatched socks were lucky. She hummed a happy tune as she tugged on one sock embellished with white unicorns and the other stamped with black horse heads. Balancing on the edge of the window seat, she admired her socks. “Sweet.” She tapped her toes, flipped them outward and together again. Out her second-story window, two horses slept in the dormant Texas Bermuda grass with their legs tucked near their bellies, and Sweet Dream’s nose rested on the ground. The morning vapor shrouded the trees in wet mist while the sun gently lifted the night’s shade. When a sure sign of spring, a robin, dropped to the ground near Dream, she jerked awake. The glossy black mare threw her head high and lunged to her feet. A snort accompanied her panic. Dream’s pasture mate, Buddy, rolled to his side and stretched out flat. The brown and white Paint was Grandpa’s old show horse. Less than a year ago, Selah tracked down the gelding and brought him home. She’d hoped Grandpa would ride with her, but he’d gotten remarried instead. It worked out. Selah’s family moved to the farm, and Grandpa and Grandma Katie lived on the farm next door. Selah smiled at the rumble her two little brothers made scrambling down the stairs to breakfast. Living at the farm ballooned her heart with joy. She blew a kiss through the window to her equine pasture treasures. The aroma of bacon drew her downstairs. The kitchen had gotten a fresh coat of paint, and, thank goodness, Mom had replaced Grandpa’s ancient, three-tiered puffed curtains. Eight- year-old Davy and five-year-old Michael crowded together on one chair. Their heads tilted back, they dangled a piece of bacon and chomped like alligators. When Dad frowned at them, they turned into little gentlemen. Mom slid eggs from a frying pan with her back to the comedy. Dad gathered his coat and his keys. “We’ll drive in on Saturday and Sunday to see you show. Have fun, but stay close to Jordan. And please, take it easy on your grandpa.” When the phone rang, he gestured to Selah. “Pick that up, would you?” “Bye, Daddy. Love you.” She waved at him. “Who would call so early?” When she heard the movie producer’s voice, her grin widened, and she wiggled her toes in her lucky socks. She held her hand over the mouthpiece and whispered to Mom. “Miss Cindy.” She air-tapped at the phone like a woodpecker going after a beetle. Her mouth stretched wide in a silent scream. Mom lifted Selah’s chin to close her gaping mouth. “Boys, go find something to watch on TV,” Mom whispered. “For real?” Davy didn’t wait for her to change her mind. Michael grabbed a piece of bacon for each hand before he raced after his brother. Selah punched the button to put Miss Cindy on speaker so Mom could hear. “Contract! Today!” Selah’s fists pumped the air. Without breath, she could hardly push out her words. “It’s so exciting. We’ll be movie stars.” “Are your parents available?” “Yes, ma’am. Mom’s here. She can hear you.” “Very good. When the contract arrives, your parents need to take it to a lawyer.” Selah fanned her hand, imagining a movie star about to faint. “So exciting.” “How did you get along with the script exploratory team?” “We had tons of fun. They were crazy nice. They followed me and Sweet Dream around everywhere. Asked a million questions.” She managed to breathe so she could continue. “Interviewed Grandpa too. He doesn’t want to be in a movie but thought I was a natural. They thought Grandpa was a hoot and told me they got some great ideas.” “You completely charmed them. They said your grandpa was quite the character, but they were enormously leery of the horse.” Cindy’s contagious laugh had a charm of its own. “Sweet Dream and I understand each other. The team wants the movie to open with a scene about how I found Dream tangled in wire with the buzzards after her. I don’t see how that can work because Dream freaks at even the shadow of any bird—even a robin.” Selah rattled on while wishing her voice didn’t sound squeaky. She was a mature thirteen, but she sounded like a five- year-old shopping at the Breyer Model Horse Fest. “They wouldn’t do anything to scare or injure her. They have their ways of getting the scenes they need. A stunt horse, trained to do specific things, will handle many of the scenes, anyway.” She nodded along. “That makes sense.” “They are working hard on final edits and expect to be ready to roll soon. I’m setting up the screen tests for an actress to play you. Especially excited about two young actresses who are excellent riders. Once this last of winter blows through, I’ll bring them to meet Dream before we finalize the selection.” “To play me?” Selah’s spirit crumbled like burnt bacon bits. Her head itched right over her ear. “I thought—I would be me.” Once she started scratching, other spots needed the same treatment. “Not just anybody can ride Dream.” She sounded whiny now—worse than squeaky. “We’re buying your story, but I’ll hire a professional actress for your character. Besides, didn’t you tell me when you made the horse training DVD, your nerves were so bad the camera crew had to keep stopping?” She sagged against the wall. “Well, yeah, but Mr. Cooper scared me before I got to know him. I don’t throw up during filming anymore.” I know I can do it.

My Review (Book 1)

Mary is a disabled young girl who has big dreams to help a limp foal along with her best friend, Laura, and a never ending love. Determination, friendship and trust bring them to find a possible solution for the horse. Sometimes your destiny is to speak up for others. I think the lovely ladies certainly show that in this book. Not only is the cover so beautifully designed, the content covers good role models and brave heroes who fall sometimes but get up the other. Delicate, tender, heartwarming and astonishing, I loved this book! I’ve never lived on a farm or anywhere near the countryside; this book does a great way of describing that to me. I adore how the girls handle situations with problems, how they stand and do their best. Positive vibes, people, positive vibes! All in all, I highly recommend this book to any child who seeks a good horse read. This will not only encourage their love of animals, but also their will to find a purpose and seek out bravery to love. Thanks to Lola’s Blog Tours for a chance to receive to review the whole series, especially the new one coming out soon. It was indeed a pleasure to devour this book!

My Review (Book 2)

A simple but lovely read about a young tween girl who desperately wants to own a horse. However, not everything in life works out that way. But, take your chances and don't regret a thing. Work to accomplish your goals! All in all, a new, adorable book about horses and friendship.

My Review (Book 3)

Training and riding a horse takes hard work and learning. Knowing how to understand to do things the right way. I liked Selah's courage and bravery. She tried her best to own up to her horse. Her relationships with her family and friends really shows that. Heartbreaking and tragic in the teary bits but excitement and adventure in the next. I LOVED THIS BOOK!

My Review (Book 4)

When I was a kid, I used to marvel at the farm animals. I remember, everytime my family visited the local farm to pick pumpkins for Halloween. I got to ride a pony and go through the corn maze. It was so much fun! This book does a great way of bringing back that nostalgia. I felt like a little curious girl again and it felt wonderful! I hope many young readers get to catch and keep that feeling for years to come. How Selah knows that no matter the cost of her dream, she will achieve it. All in all, heartwarming and unbreakable!