Friday, July 22, 2016

Blast From The Past – Guess the author

It's that time when we glimpse into the past of one of our Craftie Ladies. The first reader to correctly guess this month's author will receive an e-copy of one of her previous releases and a print copy of her upcoming release. Ready? Here we go…
If you know anything about me, you know I’m proud to be a seventh generation Texan. Part of that heritage it deeply rooting in raising and training horses. On my tenth birthday I was given my very own horse. I had been riding my mom’s until then.

Over the years there were more horses and by the time I was in high school I was working part time as a trainer at Hill View stables.

I tried barrel racing but didn’t enjoy the speed it took. Did some horsemanship but what I fell in love with was American Endurance Riding. (through AERC). You ride about fifty miles of two days. There are check points where your horse goes through a physical. If there is anything wrong, you are held until you are given the okay to continue. There are obstacles along the way: ditches, water, jumps, steep hills.

I have not owned a horse since 1998, but now that my four kids are grown I might rediscover the love I had for hitting the country side on horseback.  

The first picture was taken in 1983 at the end of the trail on the second day. 
The second is the same horse a few years later two days after her foal hit the ground. They are registered appaloosas. That is my mother in the picture. I don’t think was ever a time in her life where she didn’t own at least one horse. My little sister still owns the last horse my mother had at the time of her death.

Thank you for allowing me to take this trip down memory lane. To show my appreciation I will give an e-copy of one of my books and a print copy of my upcoming release. 
Do you know who this is?  Well, here's one more hint. This author writes for Love Inspired and will be writing for Love Inspired Historical soon.

Leave your guess in the comments to be entered in the contest. And be sure to look for more clues in the comment section throughout the day.


Good luck!


Mary Alford


  1. Okay, I'm going to give you a hint. This author has a new release coming in September. Any guesses?

  2. Deb Kastner? For some reason I'm thinking that she likes horses! :)

  3. May I "cancel" my previous guess and change it? LOL! ;)
    I think it's Jolene Navarro! (Probably not, but I love these Blast from the Past posts and trying to figure out the author). :)
    Blessings, Patti Jo

  4. CatMom. You guessed correctly. It is Jolene. Congrats.

  5. Yay! Deb was a good guess. She has written about her love for horses. CatMom if you could send me your info at I will send you the books. Thanks for playing.

  6. Thanks for playing CatMom.
    Jolene, thanks for being our Blast From The Past this month.


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