wooden horses The Chinese Year of the Horse was a wild ride for me. Perhaps it was auspicious I happened to be in Singapore to celebrate Chinese New Year. I saw these amazing wooden horses at Garden by the Bay in Singapore.

That year I also learned to horse-ride. I’d love to report that I became a brilliant horsewoman overnight, like my heroine Godiva, but I got worse instead of better. I learned at an extraordinary therapeutic riding center that has lessons for young and old, able-bodied and disabled riders alike. Some of the people I met were absolutely inspiring. I learned some life lessons – not just riding lessons.

Most exciting of all, in the nakedYear of the Horse NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva (she of the famous naked ride) was accepted for publication by St Martin’s Press (Macmillan) New York. The year of the horse was magic for me – I hope it was for you too!

Here’s Wild Horses a song I listened to while writing Godiva’s story.

Wishing you every joy and the best of luck,

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