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Doranna's quirkiness of spirit has led to an eclectic publishing journey since that her first award-winning novel, spanning genres over nearly 50 novels to include mystery, SF/F, action-romance, paranormal, franchise, and a slew of essays and short stories.
Beyond that, mostly she still prefers to hang around outside her New Mexico mountain home with the animals, riding dressage on her Lipizzan and training for performance sports with the dogs. She doesn't believe so much in mastering the beast within, but in channeling its power. For good or bad has yet to be decided...
Along with the occasional original, these Smashwords editions are author presentations of favorites once found on bookstore shelves.
on Aug. 24, 2014 :
Excellent premise and good story. A magicked horse from a sophisticated fantasy world winds up in modern America, transformed into a human. Love the characters, especially Jess and Carey, but also Jamie, and it's good to see dressage treated as a serious sport. 4.5 stars
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Jan. 25, 2013 :
What would a horse do if she suddenly found herself in a totally unfamiliar world, and suddenly possessed of human intelligence - not to mention, a human body? Many authors would fumble in telling such a story - either anthropomorphizing the thought processes of the horse, or underestimating the confusion inherent in the collision of "horse-think" with "human-think." Not Doranna Durgin. Her "horse in a woman's body" is a *horse* trying to understand what's happened... and also trying to understand why she can now think about abstract concepts like "understanding."
This was Durgin's first published book, yet it has all the elements that have made her one of my favorite authors: Vivid characters, sparkling prose, snappy pacing, and an engaging and multi-faceted plot. The "horse in a woman's body" part of the story is just that - only part of a story that includes adventures in alternate dimensions, crafty villains, stalwart friends, and acquaintances of uncertain loyalties. All this and a bit of romance, too.
I've read this book in the original version, and the slightly revised version. Both are excellent, the "revision" consisting of minor tweaks and smoothing of occasional awkward passages, rather than wholesale revising. I wholeheartedly recommend it (and the whole series, when available) to any reader who likes "action adventure" stories that don't skimp on characterization or a rich (but not overly expository) sense of "place" - and who enjoy a bit of fantasy enlivening the mundane world.
(reviewed the day of purchase)