Believing In Horses, Too Wins Again!

“A great read. Filled with inspiration and drive.” —Stroud Arts Book Festival”

Believing In Horses, Too won the Best Young Adult Fiction book and Literary Excellence Award in the 2018 Stroud Arts Book Festival awards. This win follows previous awards including a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America and 1st Place in Young Adult Fiction in The Authors’ Zone book awards.

Book festival Executive Director Guy Lozier said, “You have achieved A Gold Award for your efforts. The judges were impressed with your solid literary achievement.”

“Believing In Horses, Too” tells the story of a young girl who worries about her Navy father serving in Afghanistan. She turns to her love of horses to distract her from her problems. Her adventures with horse rescue, show competition, and equine-assisted therapies present her challenges, and she learns about overcoming adversity through friendships and personal growth.

The author, Valerie Ormond, is a Navy veteran, horsewoman, and Chief Executive Office of her own business, Veteran Writing Services, LLC. Both of her books, Believing In Horses, and Believing In Horses, Too, are multiple award-winning books featuring horse organizations, volunteerism, and life challenges. Ormond’s non-fiction stories have appeared in books, magazines, and news articles worldwide.

Believing In Horses, Too is available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and retail outlets listed on www.BelievingInHorses.com. To help celebrate the latest award, the Believing In Horses, Too eBook is on sale for $.99 until Sep. 12.

 

 

Thoughts on Book Awards from a New Recruit

Believing In Horses Wins First Place in Children's Category, Stars and Flags Book Awards

One of my mentors used to tell young Navy recruits the following: “You may think you are new and don’t know much, but as soon as you’ve spent a day in the Navy, you know more than those who have just arrived. You are a mentor, and it’s up to you to share your knowledge with those coming in behind you.”

I decided to apply this to my new writing career. I still consider myself that “young recruit” who doesn’t know much, so am surprised when people ask me advice. But then again, I look at how much I’ve learned in the past few years through reading, courses, conferences, associations, and most importantly, doing. So, I thought I’d share my thoughts on a topic on which I don’t see too much written – book awards. [Read more…]