Meet Molly

Meet Molly: This heartwarming story was sent to me by a fellow horsewoman. I am posting it here to share with equine lovers and anyone in need of inspiration.

 ATT00041-1Meet Molly.

She’s a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Datrina hit southern Louisiana. She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a dog and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected, and her vet went to LSU for help, but LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes.

But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, He changed his mind. He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn’t seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her.

She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted her weight and didn’t overload her good leg.

She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic.

Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee, and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there. “This was the  right horse and the right owner” Moore insists.  Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. She’s tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious she understood that she was in trouble. The other important factor, according to Moore is having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.

Molly’s story turns into a parable for life in Post-Katrina Louisiana…..The little pony gained weight, and her mane finally felt a comb. A human prosthesis designer built her a leg. “The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life,” Allison Barca DVM, Molly’s regular vet, reports. And she asks for it. She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know when she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too. And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca.

“It can be pretty bad when you can’t catch a three-legged Horse’ she laughs.

Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay the rescue farm owner, started taking molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. Anywhere whe thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluch. She inspired people, and she had a good time doing it.

“It’s obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life, Moore said. She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others.”

Barca concluded, “She’s not back to normal, but she’s going to be better. To me, she could be a symbol for New Orleans itself.”

 ATT00044-1This is molly’s most recent prosthesis. The bottom photo shows the ground surface that she stands on, which has a smiley face embossed in it. Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind.


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God’s creatures often reflect the character to which we aspire.

Meet Carla Burke

Meet this fascinating author on Kimberly Sursen’s blog “People Like  Us”!carla-burke/c1yow

In 2011 Carla Burke’s I Spy A Dragonfly was the winner of the Christian Literary Award.  A heart as big as Texas – which I might add is where Carla was raised and lives – Ms. Burke enjoys helping children with special needs learn how to ride horses.

“In the spring of 2007 we had a tremendous amount of rain here in San Antonio. Soon after the rain stopped there were hundreds of dragonflies everywhere. They were so abundant that they would hit my windshield as I drove into the driveway. They were everywhere! Big, small, fat, blue, green, skinny – I just couldn’t get enough of them and became fascinated by them. I took my son, who was 4 years old, out back to see the dragonflies. I told him to hold out his arm and that maybe one would land on him. Sure enough, the skinny, blue dragonfly landed on his arm and he thought that was the coolest thing. I decided to write down that experience for a keepsake but ended up turning it into a children’s book.”

Please like or leave a comment if you enjoy these updates on “Writing for readers in a dot come world.”                                                          Have a great summer!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jackie Anton

Writing Fiction in a Specific Time Period


Jackie Anton

  How long did it take you to write this book? That’s a question frequently asked of authors by interviewers. For me that timeline from inspiration to a published work varies greatly.

It didn’t take me long, about a year, to accomplish that with my first book Backyard Horse Tales: Sox. However, I was not happy with the results or the lack of cooperation with my first publisher. I felt like something was missing.  I worked with an excellent free lance editor for a little over six months. I revised, clarified, and added a new ending. The results of our work was “Sox 2nd Edition ” winner of the Mom’s Choice Silver Seal of Excellence.

The second Backyard Horse Tale took me twice as long, due to historical content and required research.Frosty Trial Cover #3

Likewise, my first adult novel , though fiction, was more of a modern tale with the use of GPS, smart phones, and computers that included laptops. “Fateful Waters” came to life during the NaNoWriMo writing challenge in November of 2011. It finally went to print, after a stint as an e-book, in the spring of 2012.

 Fateful Waters Cover

As of the composing of this blog, my second adult novel penned as J.M. Anton is being formatted as an e-book. This novels journey from concept to reality is a lot closer to a decade in the making. “Wind River Refuge” takes place during our involvement in Vietnam. Though I lived through those times, it took some extensive research to develop my characters. Crime solving methods of the time, as well as child advocacy, more accurately, the lack of advocacy also took a lot of digging. Then there were the archived calendars for date references.

After all that preparation, my awesome editor found a discrepancy in one of my references to dialing 911. “There wasn’t any 911 back then. It didn’t exist until the eighties.” OOPS! Rewrite! Modern technology snuck its way past me. Wind River Refuge Cover 4613I guess if you don’t want be subject to some credibility regarding the time frame of a work of fiction, an author either has to predate history or create a world of their own. Lately, I have read and reviewed several authors who have taken that approach. Some of them have created amazing settings and characters that still ring true. Other author’s works are not so believable.

 So the question: Does fiction, even science fiction, have to be believable”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think it needs to be believable enough  that a reader can relate and get involved with the characters who in habit the writer’s pages.

What do you think?  Leave a comment on this blog post and let us know what you look for in the books you choose.

Horse Sense by Lapo Melzi

Horse Sense Cover Final20vibrBsmallTitle: Horse Sense

Author: Lapo Melzi

Copyright: 2013

ISBN: 978-88-907154-2-6

Paperback and e-book formats

Ages 10 and up

Eleven-year-old Jamie is farm raised and helping his mom with chores before school is part of his normal day. However, he plays games with Acorn, his young Appaloosa colt, that would give most horse owning parents nightmares!   Caution to young readers: Do not try Jamie’s antics with a real horse! You could end up in a hospital, or worse. Horses play rough and must learn the proper behavior around humans.

 Like all tweens and teens Jamie struggles to find his place in the world.  Life is tough enough for a poor kid who wears hand-me-downs, but our little adrenaline junkie is faced with the urge to right perceived wrongs.  He writes an essay about his best friend only to be ridiculed by a sadistic teacher. Jamie begins to doubt himself as the class bullies target him and Acorn. He learns a tough lesson about what really matters in life.  The author does a good job of relating Jamie’s coming of age. “Horse Sense” is an interesting story for young readers middle school and up.

 I selected this book to review based on the title and age group. The author supplied a copy of her book in exchange for this review. American readers may find some of the terms a bit confusing, but stick with it and all will be clear in a chapter or two. My only negative is that I felt the title and cover was deceptive. It was not at all what I expected. Perhaps the title should be A Lack of Horse Sense or In Search of Common Horse sense, which would better address some of the serious lack of proper horse management.  That said; every child that has ever been faced with not fitting in should read this book. The young budding bullies out there could also benefit from a read. I give Horse Sense a four star rating.

Reviewed by Jackie Anton… of the Award Winning Series “Backyard Horse Tales.”

“Frosty and the Nightstalker” Reviewed “educational and entertaining”

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Backyard Horse Tales 2

Frosty and the Night stalker

By Jackie Anton

Frosty is a two-year-old Appaloosa colt that is given a tranquilizer by the vet, which will change him from a stallion into a gelding. When he awakens, he’s no longer in his Ohio boarding stable, but on a hill overlooking a herd of horses he doesn’t know. He thinks he’s in “horse heaven” but as the drugs leave his body the strange vision fades — for now.

Author Anton tells Frosty’s story through flashbacks, beginning with the day he meets Marcie when he’s just a yearling. There is an instant bonding between the Colt and the 22-year-old young woman who buys him. He moves to Hi-Lo Farms where Marcie begins his training to show him at Appaloosa and other show horse events. The other horses of all types and people find “Frosty Britches’” strange Appaloosa markings fascinating — especially the white sprinkles across his dark spotted romp.

Frosty still gets images of another time period, which frightens him. This culminates into his drifting back in time to 1869, to an Indian camp; yet here he sees glimpses of his own time, making him feel caught between two different worlds.

Frosty’s life as an Indian horse is rife with adventure and detailed history of the Native Americans who inhabit the land now called America. Frosty’s bravery in saving a young four-year-old Indian boy from drowning brings him much acclaim–and a new name. His past life with the Indians and their horses, along with his present life, meld together to make him an even finer example of a brave passionate animal caught between two worlds: and learning from them both.

This book will fascinate, educate and delight pre-teen, YA, and readers of all age groups. Frosty tells his life story with truth and heart, making him a character that will long be remembered in the minds of readers. Author Jackie Anton does a superb job of intertwining the past and present lives of a very special Appaloosa horse. This five-star book should be recommended reading in all schools. It’s a wonderful story for horse lovers, children and adults. Those enjoying Frosty and the Nightstalker will also want to read the author’s other book, Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition, winner of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award Silver Seal of Excellence. There’s a charming excerpt of the next Backyard Horse Tales 3, “Don’t Call Me Love” at the end of this book.

Micki Peluso: writer, journalist, and author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang

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