Monday, May 6, 2013

Leigh Bale Talks About Wild Horses

Did you know you can adopt a wild horse?  Well, you can.  And the Bureau of Land Management can provide you with more information on how to do that.  I have a new book available from Harlequin Love Inspired titled HEALING THE FOREST RANGER.  The story is centered around the wild mustangs that live and run free here in Nevada.  I’ve tried to tackle a very difficult issue about whether or not the wild horses should be rounded up and moved off the land when they become too numerous to support their herds with food and water.  The heroine is a forest ranger who loves the horses, but views this dilemma from an ecological perspective.  The hero is a medical doctor and former prisoner of war and a wild horse advocate who thinks the mustangs should be left alone.  The horses serve as a metaphor for the struggles the main characters are dealing with in their personal lives.  A very poignant read I hope you’ll enjoy.

 
When I was a girl, my dad took me with him to check on “his wild horses.”  He was raised on a ranch and is now a retired U.S. forest ranger.  The picture above shows the mustangs living around Cherry Creek, Nevada, when Dad was the ranger over the Ruby Mountains, just outside of Well, Nevada.  One time, Dad parked his truck on the dirt road between the stallion and his herd of mares.  The stallion was furious with us, screaming, rearing, and charging the truck until Dad skedaddled us out of there.  I was grateful to be safely inside the truck, but I also didn’t want the stallion to hurt himself in his goal to protect his harem.  The opening scene of HEALING THE FOREST RANGER is based on that pulse-pounding experience.  Have you ever had an encounter with a wild or domestic animal that made you nervous or afraid?  What is your favorite color for a horse?  Have you ever ridden a horse before?  (There are no right or wrong answers here.)

Today, I’d like to randomly give away two copies of this heart-warming new book.  So, stay tuned.  J

20 comments:

  1. Luckily, all my encounters with scary animals have been them outside, me inside.

    I've not ridden in a decade, but I was one of those kids who had the plastic horses and dreamed.

    I like chocolate brown horses with white on their muzzle.

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  2. sounds like a wonderful childhood for you with a dad as a ranger and all those wide open places...
    I like the pretty roan colored horses but have never rode one, we had one for awhile and she had a filly just before we sold her, little ones so cute to see in pastures with mamas.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  3. The story sounds terrific, Leigh. I really enjoy the forest ranger theme and who better to write it than you. I've known people who adopted wild mustangs. Part of me loves the idea of leaving them wild and free.

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  4. Pamela, I think this is why "girl and their horse" books are so popular with kids. What little girls doesn't dream of riding and having her own horse? I know I sure did. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Paula, I didn't appreciate my dad back when I was a kid. To me, he wasn't a highly educated, experienced forest ranger...he was just dad. But I've sure told him how much I appreciate him since that time. And I'm delighted to announce that you will be receiving an autographed copy of this wonderful book. I'll send you an email off-loop. :)

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  6. Linda, it was a fun book to write. The wild horse issue can get volatile at times. There are so many issues involved...I tried to "show" many of those problems in the book. I hope I succeed. :)

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  7. Don't count me in the giveaway, Leigh, as I already won it and read it (or devoured it..lol). Loved it as well a the others in this series!
    Keep up the great writing.
    Blessings~~~

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  8. Hi, Jackie! Good to see you over here. And I'm so glad you devoured, er, enjoyed the book. :)

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  9. We're horse enthusiasts here. My daughter has a chestnut standardbred and drives carriages in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Her dream is to ride in the snowy mountains like Man from Snowy River, but I'm sure her next choice would be to see the wild mustangs. :) So cool that you could do that!

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  10. Leigh, what a great topic for a book. How nice to have those special memories with your dad and the natural tie-in for your story.

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  11. On a different note, Missy Tippens, Patti Jo Moore, Patty Smith Hall and I had lunch with Ausjenny--Jenny Blake--who is from Australia and a long-time Craftie Lady supporter. Jenny is starting her USA vacation, and we caught up with her near the Atlanta airport for three hours of delightful fun.

    Of course, we talked books and mentioned many LI authors. :)

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  12. I was nervous around horses as a kid because they were so big, but as I grew older I loved riding and feeding my cousin's horses!

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  13. Sandra, the wild horses live right in my own back yard. Literally. Quite frequently, the local news reports that another car has struck one of the wild horses on the freeway, or the come right into people's yards and eat their grass and shrubs and leave a little gift behind. HAHAHA!

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  14. Debby, how fun that you got to spend time with Jenny. Glad she could come visit the U.S. for awhile. :)

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  15. Heidi, I'm delighted to announce that you are the second winner of the day! I'll contact you about sending you an autographed copy of "Healing the Forest Ranger." Enjoy!

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  16. What a great post Leigh. I dealt with wild mustang adotion in my book Meeting Her Match and did some research back then and just fell in love with them. Like you said, it is hard to know what is best. One of the families in our youth group have adopted a large amount of wild Mustangs and have them running free on their property.

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  17. LOL sorry I hit the button before I finished! Your book sounds fantastic and I can't wait to read it!!!!

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  18. Leigh, it sounds like a wonderful book.

    I know several people who have adopted mustangs. The Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard at Fort Riley, Kansas has a former mustang among their horses.

    I'm putting your book on my TBR list. I was a wild child and rode bareback endlessly across the farmland and pastures near my home.

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  19. I see my name. I had a wonderful time yesterday and I did mention this is one blog i visit most daily (the last week its been hit and miss) I saw books at walmart today and grabbed one but Need to get this book. you made me want to buy it.
    I am having a great time albeit tiring. this jetlag is not for wimps. tried to post a photo to face book but it just didn't work.
    will try and sign in when I can as my wifi doesn't work here so need to share friends computer.

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