Barbara Morgenroth Making it to the equitation finals is all that's preoccupied seventeen-year old Talia Margolin and her half sister Greer Swope for the last five years. Time is running out. Their last trainer fired, the new one arrives. But Lockie Malone isn't like other trainers. He's not going to teach them to how to ride but how to live. Is there life beyond their last junior year?
Barbara Morgenroth Talia Margolin doesn't want to be judged and quickly learns the show ring isn't the only place she'll be tested.
The challenges Talia face now that Lockie Malone is the trainer at Bittersweet Farm stack up like cord wood. Her half-sister, Greer, is making the transition to jumper rider more easily than Talia can switch to dressage. Talia's former boyfriend, Josh, grows closer to Lockie and confides secrets he won't share with her. Then there's the hunter pace looming ahead. Talia wonders if her life can get more difficult.
Barbara Morgenroth "Surprise!" Greer's mother says with her unannounced arrival. What Victoria Swope is doing in town is a mystery but they quickly find out and no one is pleased. When Greer demands to be home-schooled with Talia, the lessons at Bittersweet Farm aren't restricted to dressage, cross-country and show jumping. If the half-sisters can't get along, one of them will be sent abroad to finish high school. Unable to bear leaving the farm's trainer, Lockie Malone, or her horse, CB, Talia grits her teeth and tries to move forward. It's soon obvious that everyone at the farm faces changes and challenges. Solving them is difficult and maybe impossible.
Barbara Morgenroth Greer Swope has something to prove. But even she doesn't quite know what. Always believing that even if she was good enough for nothing else, she was good enough on a horse. History hasn't borne that out. Now Greer's left equitation and hunter classes behind for show jumping but it won't happen overnight. It might even take the help of a new trainer. Enter Cameron Rafferty whose horse is lame, who was fired from his last job and who wants the newest Bittersweet prospect. He’s one of the top riders and he is a player. Can Greer handle her horse, Counterpoint, and Cam Rafferty, too? Talia can only look on at what might be the latest train wreck.
Barbara Morgenroth A couple who should have been together forever calls it quits. An uninvited visitor arrives and turns life upside down. An interview has surprising ramifications and, days away from the Miry Brook Hunt Club show, Greer and Talia take a trip. There is more excitement at Miry Brook than anyone counted on and a resolution to a long-standing issue.
Barbara Morgenroth Spring has arrived and with it new horses, new challenges and old adversaries. As Talia’s birthday approaches, her way forward is less certain than Greer’s vision of her future. No matter how much Greer takes on, she manages to handle all of it, from the Ambassador of Good Cheer to organizing a horse show. Unfortunately, Greer can’t manage Cam as easily. What Lockie has avoided saying for months can’t go unsaid any longer and he chooses to have the talk after her eighteenth birthday party. Talia’s first question is “Are you leaving?”
Barbara Morgenroth There comes a time when the deepest secrets can’t be kept any longer. Cam knew Greer’s secret before anyone else. Even with their contentious connection always going flat out, Cam didn’t need to be told. The revelation shocks, disturbs, explains. Greer isn’t the only one with secrets left unsaid and Talia wonders if she’s the only person at Bittersweet Farm with nothing to hide.
Barbara Morgenroth Horses and riders come and go. Unfortunately, Greer's nemesis, Nicole Boisvert, who has a special affection for trainers, decides to stay and focus her attentions on Cam.
Talia and CB grow together as a team, Greer finds increasing confidence in some areas and complete insecurity in others. One pony becomes an unexpected rock star and Whiskey, finally sound after many months, competes at his first show and has a life-changing experience.
Victoria, and Andrew, both have surprises that impact everyone.
Barbara Morgenroth “Did you stay overnight with Sloane? That shouldn’t be such a hard question to answer!” “Why do you want to know?” Cam and Greer can’t stop fighting and while it’s tearing Greer up, it doesn’t seem to affect Cam at all. Spring has arrived, fresh in all ways, with it an unexpected addition to the farm and an expected departure. As ever, Victoria is not without her surprises or her style of revenge. New opportunities are presented to Talia but she hesitates. Neither she nor Lockie are clear about the direction the farm should take and any choice means giving up something else.
Barbara Morgenroth How much trouble can one girl find herself in? How about two girls? In Florida for the Winter Equestrian Festival, Greer couldn’t have imagined that doing the right thing would lead to so many complications. For Talia, she finds that doing the right thing has a cost. This is a time of changes for everyone. The direction they were going in on New Year’s Day, is not where they are one month later. For some, that’s a good thing. For some, it’s not. But that’s how it is at Bittersweet Farm.
Barbara Morgenroth Kitty Powell arrives wanting Lockie's help to transition into eventing. She has a history with Lockie, but she also has a history with Cam. How does Greer react to that news?
Andrew makes a decision. Talia makes a decision.
And Lockie finally has a candidate he can use for dressage.
The hammer of her life falls and, overnight, Paige Elliot finds herself leaving the excitement of civilized New York, for the rural safety of the Catskills.
With no means of support, she opens a shop mistakenly called Nothing Serious and the adventure in business begins. Battling internet withdrawal, Paige almost nails her hand to the storefront, avoids zoning board jail and falls deeply in love with the blue-eyed antiques dealer next door.
As fine and rare as any of the antiques he sells, Jonathan Macklin doesn't trust Paige as far as he can throw his Majorelle cabinet but that doesn't stop him from wondering what getting serious about this quirky, beautiful woman would do to his predictable life.
Barbara Morgenroth It's October and there are scares galore. Josh returns for a visit and scares Talia. Victoria has an announcement leaving everyone shocked. New horses come to the farm and others leave. Ryan Saunders gets herself into a predicament and there's no one to help within 3,000 miles. Someone from the past returns and it could change everything.
Barbara Morgenroth Is Cam going home or running away? When it comes to his life and relationships, there are too many questions with no answers. Needing time and distance, Cam Rafferty takes a temporary job in Los Angeles as a consultant on a reality show called Bits and Bling. He's supposed to perform miracles and help a group of young riders qualify for a competition they have no business entering.
Surrounded by friends and family, as well as memories of Remington, Cam begins to wonder if he made some serious wrong turns in life and can he make a course correction now. Does he want to remain a professional rider? Does he want to return to the family business? And what about Greer?
Some questions resolve themselves.
Note: The novella takes place entirely in California.
Barbara Morgenroth Jingles is a dog on the lam. He’s met the perfect person, and wants to stay with her forever but his former owners have millions of reasons why that’s impossible.
After escaping from uncaring owners, Jingles discovers canine paradise with Sassy Collins and her Eat Dog Eat Gourmet Take-Out Dog Dinner Shop. Sassy is easy to love and Jingles falls hard for her. So does the town police officer, Ethan Monroe. But Jingles is carrying a secret that could destroy their happy family before it even begins.
A holiday story in his own words, it's appropriate for tweens-adult.
Barbara Morgenroth With snow falling and the holiday season approaching, Lockie, Greer and Cam head to Florida to prepare for the winter show circuit, leaving Talia home.
While receiving help at the farm from an unexpected source, Talia’s on her own managing Victoria Rowe’s serial emergencies. Her life takes a turn toward the Bows and Braids set as Tali suddenly has ponies and little girls to train. Can ponies help Tali take Bittersweet Farm to the next level of competition? Will they replace those people Tal misses so desperately?
Barbara Morgenroth As the August temperatures rise, Talia feels as though the heat has been turned up on everyone at Bittersweet Farm. She is being sued by Paul Gish, the horse community is gossiping about her abilities as a teacher, and Lockie wants her ride CB for Mauritz Schenker. A man who threatened Lockie in the past, returns to threaten him again. Cam brings a hot, new horse to the farm. Greer has a very unwanted visit from an old boyfriend with Cam watching. Even the rains bring no relief but the new restaurant in town certainly does!
Barbara Morgenroth Talia has much to deal with--the return of Sideshow Ding, the unexpected return of an old friend, and the lawsuit being brought against her for negligence. She hunts with Lockie, competes in the Newbury Hunt Club Show and supports Greer in her new relationship with Cam. Questions arise in Talia's relationship with Lockie but are not as easy to solve as she'd like.
Barbara Morgenroth It’s 1933. America is in the Great Depression. Prohibition is still the law of the land. When hard news reporter, Caro James, reveals the secret life of a politician in New York City, much to her dismay, The New York Sentinel newspaper sets out to teach her a lesson about the rules of journalism. They send her to Los Angles to write fluff pieces on the film industry. The contact in Hollywood who is supposed to guide her for the week of punishment, is the handsome and unpredictable movie director, Sugar McLaughlin. Now, with a young, beautiful starlet missing for two weeks and in great danger, Caro and Sugar must find June Fowler before she is lost forever. When the one person who knows what happened to June is murdered, Caro and Sugar can’t help but think they’ve reached a dead end. As Sugar knows, every story has an Act III and Caro is in for the ride of her life as they race to find the starlet.
Barbara Morgenroth It's 1933 and disgraced reporter, Caro James, is back in Hollywood, this time for good. The glamorous, sophisticated and very blonde, Lady Martha Blythe, has just arrived in Hollywood with scandals aplenty trailing behind her. Wouldn't it be perfect if she was paired up with a Hollywood director? Sugar McLaughlin for instance. Not so fast there, Dame. Would a dead body get in the way of that matchmaking scheme? Rather!
Barbara Morgenroth Neal Marchal has lived in paralyzing fear of her violent stepbrother, Joe Kent, for years. Finding her mentor brutally murdered, cold realization consuming her, Neal knows Joe has returned. Don’t tell, Joe had said, giving her a crushed leg to encourage her silence. The secret revealed, Neal flees to safety and begins rebuilding her life. Suddenly, she has a surprising future—performing and a growing affection for the young man who gave her the music she needs so desperately. But the security and warmth in another family were just illusions. Joe’s going to finish what he started years ago because she told. Who survives? Neal or the killer?
A coming of age novel appropriate for adults and young adults.