I'm looking for people that are prepared to read the novel I have written and provide feedback.
It's a bit of a horsey, love story, hero-ing the Australian landscape. It's had several (MANY) edits, off the back of people having a read and providing feedback (including one professional editor). I have just finished the latest re-write and am looking for a fresh audience, beyond my personal (FB) social network, to read it. I am hoping it is ready for either a professional edit or to send to a publisher. Please let me know if you would like to read it. I have included a bit of a blurb about it below as well as the first two paragraphs to show the writing style.
Change is brewing for Willa. Her only son, Isaac’s rebellious nature and disregard for society’s rules lead him into conflict with the law. Despairing for a solution in the city; single mother Willa decides to take Isaac outside his comfort zone. They move to a water-access-only property beyond the city limits. In this new world everything happens much like it does on the land; only by boat. Their lives now straddle weekdays in the city and nights on the river.
When Willa decides to resurrect her childhood love of horses, she discovers that it isn’t the easy path she had imagined. Willa’s chosen horse is well beyond her abilities, and she seeks out help in a world with cowboys, and a way of life that time has forgotten. Here everything happens on a handshake and a recommendation; and the only way to get something done from afar is over the landline. There is no texting, no social media, no email.
Willa learns a way to work with horses whereby both human and equine are willing partners. It changes how Willa relates to horses, Isaac and ultimately the world around her. The vast Australia landscape brings with it both incredible beauty and a terror and harshness that cannot be taken for granted. Willa finds a chance for love; long abandoned.
On the edge of this promise, the Australian landscape raises up as both hero and villain. Bush fires ignite all around. Does this bring Willa finally to love? Or will the landscape that is her champion strike down her dreams?
Chapter 1 (sample)
The day was perfect, hot and cool at the same time. The drought had turned the grass to straw and on every side of the equestrian centre wheaten-coloured blades moved in the breeze. A big blue sky pulled the scene together. There was little natural bush cover on the hills or in the surrounding valleys. The odd spartan brush was dyed from the same colour palette as the yellow grasses and it all spoke to the harshness of the seasons. It had been a dry, hot summer, and as the party drove in from the north hauling their horses behind them, the lush, green grass gave way to hours of yellow country.
With her for the first 500 kilometres, Willa's son, Isaac had drifted off after the last stop. Now he slumbered, feet pushed up against the dash. Willa was left alone to contemplate the land outside, and her reason for being in it.