Jan is an avid horseback rider and not surprisingly her love for horses finds an echo in her books too. A great opportunity to do research on something you love, right?
Says Jan: “For my birthday gift to myself, I booked a horse farm tour in the Kentucky bluegrass with Unbridled Horse Tours. I reasoned I needed to do first-hand research for my current book in the Bluegrass Reunion series—Kentucky Blue Bloods. I wanted to see—broodmare farms and Keeneland. Our tour took place a week before the big September sale at Keeneland, but the horses had not arrived. However, I soaked up the atmosphere of the sales pavilion and the barns. The biggest thrill of the day for me was our first stop: Nuckols Farm in Midway, home of the 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, the fastest living Derby winner.”
“I felt a special kinship to Monarchos since reading a book by his breeder Jim Squires called Horse Of A Different Color: A Tale of Breeding Geniuses, Dominant Females, and the Fastest Derby Winner Since Secretariat. Today Monarchos is the only breeding stallion on Nuckols Farm. He has his own stall that opens to his private paddock. He loves peppermints, but is not allowed carrots after collicking a few years ago. He pulled through thanks to surgery and is back on the farm chowing down on feed soaked with a bottle of Guinness Draught. The beer is good for his digestion, which is carefully monitored after his surgery. Monarchos is white today, not the sleek gray of his racing days. He stood quietly for us to admire him, and we even checked out the surgery scar on his belly. When we drove away, Monarchos was in his pasture doing what horses love to do—grazing in the Kentucky bluegrass.”
That makes a book so interesting! I can’t wait to check out KBB and find out just how Jan has portrayed Monarchos in her book!
Here is the book blurb…
No one crosses Parker Stuart, caretaker to his family’s thoroughbred racing empire. Parker retaliates against anyone who dares slight him or his blue-blooded British family, especially Regina Ward and her poker-playing father. The previous spring, Reggie had had the nerve to walk out on him after a torrid, three-week affair. Now, when Parker arrives in Kentucky to collect his family’s winnings, he’s determined to settle the score with the lovely Ms. Ward.
Regina Ward doesn’t consider herself a damsel in distress. After all, this is America, and she’s accustomed to depending upon herself. However, when her father loses four of the yearlings from their central Kentucky horse farm in a poker game, Reggie knows it’s up to her to save what’s left of her family’s homestead and her proud Kentucky heritage. Can she do it when Parker Stuart, the most arrogant and infuriating Brit she’s ever met, shows up in the Bluegrass?
Release date: November 5, 2014
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Retail Price: $3.99
Official publisher link: http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/
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ABOUT JAN SCARBROUGH
Jan Scarbrough is the author of the popular Bluegrass Reunion series, writing heartwarming contemporary romances about family and second chances, and if the plot allows, about another passion—horses. Living in the horse country of Kentucky makes it easy for Jan to add small town, Southern charm to her books, and the excitement of a horse race or a big-time, competitive horse show.
Jan also contributes to the LADIES OF LEGEND series, collaborating with writers Maddie James, Janet Eaves and Magdalena Scott. Set in fictitious Legend, Tennessee, these romances bring together the small town family atmosphere so many readers enjoy.
Leaving her contemporary voice behind, Jan has written a medieval romance MY LORD RAVEN, and FREELY GIVEN, sensual Medieval short romances. Her Gothic romance, TANGLED MEMORIES, was a Golden Heart finalist. TIMELESS is her newest Gothic romance.
A member of Novelist, Inc., Jan has published with Kensington, Five Star, ImaJinn Books, Resplendence Publishing and Turquoise Morning Press.
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Jan Scarbrough is the author of the popular Bluegrass Reunion series, writing heartwarming contemporary romances about family and second chances, and if the plot allows—horses. Living in the horse country of Kentucky makes it easy for Jan to add small town, Southern charm to her books, and the excitement of a horse race or a competitive horse show. A member of Novelist, Inc., Jan has published with Kensington, Five Star, ImaJinn Books, Resplendence Publishing and Turquoise Morning Press.
You might also enjoy these other books in the Bluegrass Reunion series
by Jan Scarbrough published by Resplendence Publishing:
Kentucky Blue Bloods
Bluegrass Reunion series: They thought the men they loved were out of their lives. They were wrong.
The Bluegrass Reunion novels are heartwarming, contemporary romances about family and second chances. Each romance stands alone.
The Bluegrass Reunion Series was published in this order, but each romance stands alone:
Kentucky Cowboy—She dumped him in high school, because he was a risk-taker.
Kentucky Woman—She loved him when she was a teenager, but they never connected.
Kentucky Flame—She had his baby, but he left not knowing the truth.
Kentucky Groom—She can’t afford to fall in love with a lowly groom.
Kentucky Bride—She rejected him once, but he’s willing to try again.
Kentucky Heat—She doesn’t need to take on another project, but he won’t take no for an answer. (Sequel to Kentucky Bride.)
Kentucky Rain—She has responsibilities to her daughter and herself, not to the handsome guy next door. (Sequel to Kentucky Cowboy.)
Kentucky Blue Bloods—She wants to save the family horse farm, but he has other ideas.