Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Thousand Word Thursday Ficlet from Sarah Madison




Some reading angel sent me a picture that turned out to be exactly what I needed to go with a much-anticipated book on my TBR list: Fool's Gold from Sarah Madison. I enjoy Sarah's work, and can't wait to jump into this one! Sarah sent a snippet to tell us what's going on. 

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They landed in the water with a large splash and headed for the second element. It was smaller than most of the fences on the course, taking into consideration that the horses had to jump this fence from inside the pond, but it was also narrow, inviting the horse to duck out to either side. Kryptonite’s muscles tightened between Jake’s legs; he knew the horse was thinking how to avoid the second fence altogether. Knowing he usually ducked out to the right, Jake put pressure on the horse’s right side and pulled on the left rein. He’d thought they were on track to take the fence when Kryptonite suddenly dropped his right shoulder and swerved left.

The horse simply wasn’t under him anymore. Jake came off the chestnut’s right side with just enough time to raise an arm to protect his head before he hit the unforgiving wood logs. His elbow and shoulder took most of the impact before he bounced off the face of the fence and landed in the water.
So much for the stick-tight gene.

The pond was a foot deep at most, but it was still a shock when cold water splashed over him, soaking him to the skin. He was thrown backward on his rump, and when he put his right hand back for support, his shoulder protested.

Agitated splashing made him turn his head. Instantly, he winced and put up a hand to his neck.

“Are you all right?” Rich came lurching through the water, sending spray flying.

Jake waved him off. “I’m fine.” Aside from being pissed, frustrated, hurting like hell, and wet, that is.

“Go catch the horse.”

“I’ll catch the goddamn horse, all right.” Rich splashed back to the verge and squished up the slope. Kryptonite, having enjoyed a victory canter for dumping his rider, stopped to crop grass quietly. His reins had slid down his neck, and he was in danger of stepping on them. “I’ll catch the horse and then call Taco Bell and tell them they have a pickup.”

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Available now on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited! The bestselling M/M contemporary romance about second chances and lost loves, set in the exciting world of competitive sport horses.

Fool’s Gold by Sarah Madison

Eight years ago, Jake Stanford had it all: a spot on the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team and the love of his life, Rich Evans. A tragic accident wipes out everything in the blink of an eye. Hard work and sacrifice get him another shot at Olympic Gold, but only if he puts his past behind him and agrees to work with Rich again.

Bound by secrets he cannot share, Rich was forced to give up Jake eight years ago. Now he has a second chance to help Jake realize his dreams. But the secrets that drove them apart haven’t changed, and Rich must face them or risk losing Jake forever.

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Sarah Madison is a writer with a little dog, a large dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. An amateur photographer and a former competitor in the horse sport known as eventing, when she's not out hiking with the dogs or down at the stables, she's at the laptop working on her next story. When she’s in the middle of a chapter, she relies on the smoke detector to tell her dinner is ready. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy.

Sarah Madison was a finalist in the 2013 and 2015 Rainbow Awards. The Boys of Summer won Best M/M Romance in the 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards. The Sixth Sense series was voted 2nd place in the 2014 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards for Best M/M Mystery series, and 3rd place in the 2105 PGR Reviewer’s Choice Awards for Best M/M Paranormal/Urban Fantasy series.

If you want to make her day, e-mail her and tell you how much you like her stories.



1 comment:

  1. That was fun! Thank you for letting me play along. :-)

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