Monday, May 14, 2012

Lightning Book Promotions Blog Tour: Backyard Horse Tales: Sox by Jackie Anton Author Interview

About the Book:
Born with a brave heart and an in your face attitude, Sox was also born with a leg that was not quite right. His courage and complete disregard for his handicap inspire his little friend Emma. Young Emma Struggles with a learning disability. This lonely child befriends Sox and an unbreakable bond is formed. Readers share in Sox’s adventures, his friends, and his challenges. Sox is a heart-warming tale for every child who has ever dreamed of a special horse, and for anyone who has loved an equine partner.
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About the author:
Jackie Anton writes a family friendly series “Backyard Horse Tales.” (readers 8 to adult) Sox 2nd Edition expands Sox and Emma’s story, and has a brand new ending. This version is enjoying excellent early reviews. Purchase #2 “Frosty and the Nightstalker” will be out by fall of 2012. “Prelude: Backyard Horse Tales 3 Don’t Call Me Love is an E-Book available on and Romance books are written under the pen name J.M.Anton. “Fateful Waters” will be an E-Book in April, and in print by late summer 2012.
Interview with Jackie Anton
Author of
Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition

From my 8-year-old daughter:

What other books have you written?

        Backyard Horse Tales / Sox the original version was published February of 2011, and written for my grandchildren then ages 7 and 9. It sold well among horsemen of all ages. I expanded the story and added a new ending. The result is “Sox 2nd Edition” released March 21, 2012 which is the focus of this book blog tour. 
        A preview of “Backyard Horse Tales 3 Don’t Call Me Love” is an e-book on Here is my link if you have and e-reader or computer access click on the title of the book and when you get to checkout put in the coupon code VR39R. This is a special thank you for your great questions and you can share it with those who visit this blog.

What was your favorite subject in school?

        My very favorite subject in school was art, followed closely by English once we began reading classics, writing book reports, and writing short stories.

When you were a kid, what was your favorite TV show?

        You won’t remember most of these but I loved Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and a lot of the other westerns of the time. Of course the reason that I watched were their famous horses Roy’s Trigger, Gene’s Champion, and the Lone Ranger’s Silver. My other favorite was Star Treck.

What is your favorite food?
        I love really good spaghetti.

Did you like vegetables when you were a kid? And did your taste buds change when you got older?

        When we were children our family was very poor, and vegetables as well as fresh fruit were rare treats. As a child, I liked most veggies with the exception of green beans, spinach, and beets, but now I like them too. Poached or fried eggs are okay with me now. As a child I could not eat eggs unless they were hard boiled or scrambled.

When you were a kid, did you like ketchup, ranch and mustard? I am not a fan of any of those!

        Mustard was always a favorite. Ranch is good for dipping fresh veggies, and I like it for dipping my french-fries better than ketchup.

From Me:

What inspired you to write a book about learning disabilities? I am a teacher, and I often work with students with all sorts of disabilities.

        Sox tale was inspired by the life and antics of my reining horse Two Scooten Sox. He is the foal on the cover of the book.
He was so large when he was born that he had a contracted tendon. Emma was given the learning disability as a result of the experiences of my youngest brother. When we were kids no one knew about dyslexia, and he struggled with the problem his whole life. He is very bright and a hard worker but words on a page still get scrambled up. I tried reading in a mirror just to get some idea of what children go through. My son was very hyper when he was young. He was very fortunate to have understanding teachers kindergarten through second grade. Today everyone would want him put on drugs for attention deficit disorder. He has a PhD, taught at a college level for several years, and is now working with a NASA contractor. All with no drugs!

How many and what kind of animals do you have?

        We have two American Quarter horses that were born here, a yearling Haflinger filly that followed my home from an auction last October. I have a progress report from her perspective on my blog site . QT is our calico barn cat, and we adopted a dog last week. Her name is Cali, and she is a six-year-old Black Mouthed Mountain Cur. I had to look that one up on the internet.

Did you ever have a special pet as you were growing up?
        Rip was a rough Collie that we had when I was in junior high that will always have a special place in my heart.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
        Okay, don’t laugh, but when I was a kid growing up in the city all I wanted to be was a cowboy.

What kind of research did you do for your story?

        Sox’s tale drew pretty much from experience. I did have to do some research for the storm part of the story to make it credible.
        Backyard Horse Tales 2 Frosty and the Nightstalker has a paranormal and historical twist. It took quite a bit of research. The first half of Frosty’s tale is with the editor now and I am working on revisions.
        “BYHT 3 Don’t Call Me Love” is more of a memoir of the exploits of my daughter’s youth horse and her thirty-three years with us.


There is a special offer posted on Jackie's blogs below her signature. The first five readers to purchase "Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition " will get a free copy of #2 "Frosty and the Nightstalker" when it is published. The free copy will match what is purchased, e-book or print version.

Follow the entire tour here.

Note:  My daughter is almost through with this book.  She is absolutely loving it--definitely 5 star rating.  I will have a review posted by tomorrow night.  I am seeing to it that she finishes it tomorrow.  I considered reviewing it on here myself--I almost finished it myself--but I decided that a review from my daughter would be better.  Thank you for your understanding!


  1. Ruth, thanks for getting your interview up. I am looking forward to hearing how your kid like the book. :)

  2. I signed up to be a part of this network and never heard back. You just reminded me that I should contact them again.


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