Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Galloping to DBF from Terra's Hometown: Jessica Burkhart!

People rarely remember that Tallahassee, FL (my hometown), is the capital of Florida. Usually they think of somewhere more glamorous like Miami or even Jacksonville: somewhere with palm trees instead of live oaks, sand dunes instead of Seminoles, orange blossoms instead of rolling hills.
Which is part of why I am SO glad that for the AJC Decatur Book Festival we'll be welcoming Jessica Burkhart (author of the Canterwood Crest series), a 20-something former equestrian-turned-writer who happens to currently live in Tallahassee.
But I'm not just excited because another hometown girl will be here. I'm excited because her series, Canterwood Crest, is smoking hot. (Think Lisi Harrison's Clique series goes to equestrian school.) It's full of juicy drama, delicious (and detestable) characters, and lots and lots of horse action, but still remains a good read for girls in the 9-13 age bracket. (Meaning, not too mature in any of those tricky categories.)
So if you dig highbrow horseback riding and some complicated friendship (and enemyship) issues, check out Canterwood Crest now, or when Jessica's on the children's stage at 2:30 on Saturday September 5th!!

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