Spirit of the Lone Horse is officially available as a pre-order from my publisher. When I started this journey those many years ago, I thought for sure that I would show a lot more emotion than I have, so far. Sure, I cried when I saw it on the website, but I haven’t cheered yet. You know, gone outside and let out a banshee yell full of excitement that says “Hey, I have finally done this!”
Maybe it’s because I have other things on my mind and going on in my life, but I think it’s more because this is a soft launch versus the hard one. The book is finished, but going through a finalization of its innards. On the marketing side of things, I’m still trying to figure out what to put on the main Stars of Heros website. Too much and I give all my ideas away. Too little and there is no use in having a website. Then there is what I need and want to do on Twitter, Facebook, and the like . . . Guess it’s time to do a lot of reading on marketing books in the age of social media.
For now, I’ll leave you with the blurb from the back cover:
Stars of Heros spans from the 19th Century to the 26th Century and beyond. The series title is a tribute to, and a word play on, the main themes in the books: horses, space, family, and heroes. Whether ordinary people or aliens, these heroes try to make a difference on their home world.
In Spirit of the Lone Horse, the first in the series, we are introduced to Jo Mason and her family. Jo is the commanding officer of a large mounted band base. Thanks to a horse almost killing her, she is terrified by the noble creatures she once loved. Meeting the rogue stallion’s son, she is faced with the choice of running away from her fear or taking back control of her life. Her decision begins an adventure that weaves a tapestry through past mistakes and regrets, present circumstances and consequences, and future hopes and dreams.
Ani H. Manjikian is an avid animal lover and web developer living in the Puget Sound area. Born and raised in Southern California, her diagnosis of hydrocephalus at birth should have killed her, or worse, left her blank to the world. Her strength of spirit, parents’ love, and a miracle all combined to overcome that prognosis. She is a thriving, college-educated, and brilliant writer.