Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Gallant: The Call of the Trail by Claire Eckard - Book Tour + Giveaway

Join Us for this Tour:  November 22nd to December 10th
Book Details:

Book Title Gallant: The Call of the Trail by Claire Eckard
Category:  Young Adult Fiction (Ages 13-17), 300 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Mill City Press
Release DateSeptember 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13 : It’s a saga about love, relationships, personal growth and adventure, set against a backdrop of endurance racing. A strong middle grader/pre-teen could read it.
Book Description:

A gripping journey of a young girl and a foal who are raised together in The Valley of Hearts Delight. Gallant and Gracie have a special bond, rarely seen between a human and a horse. Separated by a bad accident when Gallant is five, each gets a second chance of happiness pursuing the long-distance sport of endurance riding, neither knowing they are leading parallel lives. Will Fate bring them together again? Gallant’s arch nemesis, The Almighty Flash, threatens to destroy all that Gallant has worked for. His misguided ambition and greed, developed at the hands of an abusive owner, has created a darkness in his soul that turns to blind fury when his endurance career is threatened.
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Guest Post

Endurance 101
Endurance riding is a sport unlike any other. I suppose the closest sport would be Ultra-running where you then add a horse and, hopefully, become a perfect partnership going down the trail for fifty to a hundred miles in one day. Endurance horses are trained very similarly to human long-distance runners. They need to start with some natural ability and a desire to explore new trails. Then you add in the perfect amount of conditioning and the right nutrition to match their athletic needs, and you hopefully have a horse that you can begin entering in some rides. There’s a big debate in the endurance world about whether to call these competitions endurance rides, or endurance races. I have concluded that they are both, depending on what your goals are for the day and whether your horse is a seasoned veteran or a newbie. If either you or your horse are new the sport you should never, ever be racing. There’s so much to learn and the first year, at least, should be just getting the know the sport and appreciating the AERC motto “To finish is to win”. Technically, though, it is a race, because there are placings and there is a national organization called the American Endurance Ride Conference that keeps your record on file, with an earned point system which can win you and your horse end of season titles in your region, or nationally. These are generally awarded at the AERC annual convention. However, the vast majority of endurance riders are there to test themselves and their horse against the trail, and to attempt to finish within the allotted time frame given for the ride; twelve hours for a fifty-mile ride, and twenty-four hours for a one-hundred-mile ride. Most endurance riders do this sport to see new trails, hang out with friends both old and new, and spend countless hours in the company of their favorite horse. There’s a place for almost anyone in this sport, where lifelong friendships are forged, and where you find yourself camping in some of the most beautiful places in the country. If you are interested in finding out more or if you have a horse you would like to train for this sport, check out the website where you will find information on mentors, training tips, clinics, and rides in your area. 

Meet the Author:

Award winning Author Claire Eckard combines her love of writing with her passion for animals to create memorable children's books that are fun to read, but also include valuable life's lessons. Claire grew up in England and moved to Hawaii in her early twenties where she married her husband of thirty-four years. Together they raised two sons, Mitchell and Matthew. Claire is inspired by her two Granddaughters Mila and Ella, as well as the beautiful backdrop of the Arizona mountains where she lives. Claire has a farm full of animals, and has spent many years as a board member and volunteer of her local animal shelter.
connect with the author:  website ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads
Tour Schedule:

Nov 22 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 22 - Westviel Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 23 – Books are a Blessing – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 - I'm All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 24 - Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 24 - Kam's Place – book spotlight
Nov 26 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 26 - Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 29 - The Page Ladies Book Club – book review
Nov 30 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Dec 1 – Bigreadersite – book review
Dec 2 – @twilight_reader – book review
Dec 3 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 6 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Dec 7 – Captive Dreams Window – book review
Dec 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 8 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 - My Reading Journeys  - book review / giveaway
Dec 10 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 10 - Books for Books – book spotlight

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