Jackie Anton is the award winning author of the Backyard Horse Tales Series. The series is family friendly for ages 8 and up.
Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition received the prestigious Mom's Choice Award for Excellence. Sox: relates the story of a modern day horse.
BYHT2: Frosty and the Nightstalker, however, has a historical twist. The paperback version was released March of 2013 and in June was awarded the Mom's Choice Award for Historical Fiction. Frosty's e-book was one of four finalists for Fictional E-books in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and is listed in their catalog.
Uucharted Storms: Short Stories of Hearts at Risk is a collection of short stories that are suitable for Young Adults and entertaining enough to hold their attention as well as more mature adult readers.
ADULT CORNER: (18+)
Written as J.M.ANTON
“Fateful Waters” is an adult romance novel. The paperback version is available at the book website, and all online points of purchase like Amazon and Barnesandnoblescom as are all the above listed books.
"Wind River Refuge" is available here as an e-book and is also available at the above listed points of purchase as a paperback.
Signed paperbacks of all books authored as Jackie Anton or J.M. Anton are now available from the Author's Den Signed Book Store. Online purchasers of my paperbacks or e-books can get an autographed book cover of their choice at this authograph link:
Online Autographs: http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/backyardhorse there is a direct link to this on my blog listed here on Smashwords.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is a critical part of attracting readers, and for me each cover has to reflect the story within. My first Backyard Horse Tale was about a foal born with a handicap that was befriended by a child with a learning disability. I chose the photo of my two month old quarter horse for the cover. Everyone loves foals and puppies. I hired a wonderful illustrator for the second and third books in the series. She is also a horsewoman and the collaboration is magical. These are family friendly books suitable for readers eight thru adult. Many parents and grandparents have told me that they read the first book to younger children while they follow along and view the illustrations.
The adult covers are a little tougher to nail down. An attractive cover that will attract the correct cross of readers for a thriller, or a crime solving story with a romantic touch. I made a decision early on that there wouldn't be any nude or half dressed couples on any of my adult book covers. My adult novels often accompany me to events and signings along with my books for children.
What do you read for pleasure?
I still read for pleasure, but these days I review for other authors. Some are traditionally published works. The majority of what I read are by other Indy Authors. Independent authors have arrived, and many of the books are well written with intriguing storylines. My reviews are posted on my blogs; they also appear on Smashwords, and other online points of sale. I try to carefully select books that cover subjects that I enjoy. I don't read or review non-fiction how to books.
Let me introduce you to an American Quarter Horse. Sox was born with a brave heart and an in your face attitude. He was ushered into this world with a handicap that he completely disregards. His courage and can do attitude inspire a lonely child with challenges of her own.
Weather is our constant companion, and when it behaves like a benevolent parent we pay little attention to it. Angry or out of control it becomes terrifying and can change the landscape as well as lives. So I asked my characters to take a ride on the wild side of weather. “Uncharted Storms” takes readers on a journey from a gentle summer rain to raging storms in the cosmos.
Frosty is an Appaloosa colt who undergoes a life changing event the summer he turns two that triggers a strange out of body experience. Is he only having bad dreams or is his strange haunting a result of the collective memories of Appaloosas from a long ago past? Follow Frosty through the twilight between space and time where you will meet the Nightstalker.
2013 Multiple book award recipient.