From the bestselling author of THE ONE DOLLAR HORSE trilogy and THE GLORY comes an exclusive ebook short story, perfect for Valentine's Day.
Sixteen-year-old Ellie loves horses. But since her younger sister died three years ago, Ellie's mum and dad won't let her do anything on her own - let alone something as exciting as learning to ride.
When the family goes on holiday to Devon, Ellie thinks she's going to be stuck indoors listening to her parents argue all day. But then a chance encounter with the handsome but mysterious Logan and his beautiful bay horse, Savannah Gold, offers a chance of adventure. Maybe this year Ellie's Valentine's Day won't be so bad after all...
Lauren St John's horse stories are as good as any of the classics by KM Peyton or Patricia Leitch and this is a marvellous adventure. - LOVE READING 4 KIDS
Lauren St John is the new queen of the older horse novel - THE TIMES (Saturday Review)
A pony adventure story worthy of the Pullein-Thompson sisters. - HORSE & COUNTRYSIDE MAGAZINE on THE GLORY
A National Velvet for modern teenagers. - Alex O'Connell, THE TIMES on THE GLORY
Brilliant - a vast adventure and love story and, I'm trying hard not to say, glorious. - KATHERINE RUNDELL, author of ROOFTOPPERS on THE GLORY
Lauren St John catches the excitement of the sport so well, the determination needed by the riders in order to win, the psychology of horses, the risks involved, the bonds of friendship between competitors - and into this rich mix are warnings against the evil of commercialization and exploitation and the value of a healthy diet! Altogether FIRESTORM is a worthy successor to the earlier titles in the trilogy. Ideal for horse lovers of any age but readers of 12 and up will love it. - THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN JOURNAL on FIRESTORM (One Dollar Horse series)
Lauren St John (Author)
Lauren St John grew up surrounded by horses, cats, dogs and a pet giraffe on a farm and game reserve in Zimbabwe, the inspiration for her bestselling White Giraffe and One Dollar Horse series, as well as her YA horse novel, The Glory. Dead Man's Cove, the first in her Laura Marlin Mystery series, won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Before becoming a children's author, she worked as a journalist for The Sunday Times, writing about sports, music and spies. Along with her veterinary nursing training, it served as perfect research for her Kat Wolfe mystery series and The Snow Angel, a standalone MG novel.
A passionate conservationist, Lauren is an Ambassador for the Born Free Foundation, a patron for horse sanctuary, Mane Chance, and the founder of Authors4Oceans. When not rescuing leopards and dolphins, she is a full-time valet to her rescued, and not in the least demanding, Bengal cat, Max.
To find out more, visit her website at www.laurenstjohn.com
David Dean (Illustrator)
David Dean studied illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University and has been working as an illustrator since 1999. He has to date created covers for nearly 40 books including Lauren St. John's THE WHITE GIRAFFE and DOLPHIN SONG (both Orion), as well as many other illustrations for books, magazines, CDs, posters and advertisements.