If you’re a horse lover, you’re in luck today. Author Alan Evans tops today’s Buffet with his first novel, Spirit Horses.

alanAlan is a longtime rodeo veteran and horse trainer. He first competed in high school, then progressed to intercollegiate and professional rodeo. Later, he learned the centuries-old craft of saddle making, and spent a decade operating his own custom saddle shop. Alan and his wife own and operate a small animal veterinary hospital, along with a horse show production business, on their farm in northern Florida.

His main character in Spirit Horses, Shane Carson, is a horse trainer, too.

Alan began writing Spirit Horses purely for fun, and had no intention of publishing. But as his project progressed, Alan realized he had a worthwhile manuscript after three years of work. His inspiration for the novel was a news feature he happened to watch on a TV news broadcast about a man who had lost his wife and two small children in a plane crash. “As a family man, I couldn’t fathom how I might deal with such an unthinkable tragedy,” Alan said. “I felt so much empathy for the guy, but I was also inspired by his incredible strength of character.”

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Spirit Horses

Literary Fiction
Author: Alan Evans
Spirit Horses

In the hills of Tennessee, Shane Carson, a gifted, nationally-recognized horseman, is living the good life. When a mysterious mustang shows up on his farm, Shane doesn’t know how—or why—the horse appeared, but the horse’s distinctive brand identifies her. She is one of the Spirit Horses, a rare, wild herd that runs free on the Shoshone reservation in Wyoming. Watched over for centuries in the tribe’s ancestral valleys, these exquisite horses, according to belief, provide a link to the afterlife.

When tragedy strikes in his life, Shane nearly loses his will to live—but for one promise he made to his young son: to return the mustang to her rightful home.

On this bittersweet journey, Shane finds a world where tradition reigns, and ancient beliefs transcend modern logic. In this magnificent expanse of blue sky and wide open spaces, love is alive, but hate, intolerance, and greed threaten to close in.

To make good on his vow, Shane must face the danger that threatens these horses, the tribe’s legacy, and his destiny.