from Simon Pulse in April 2018


Get in the holiday spirit with this Christmas-themed set of short stories from some of your favorite equestrian writers! Some of the top authors in the genre have banded together to share Christmas stories from the heart. Look for best-selling authors Maggie Dana, Mary Pagones, Mara Dabrishus, Brittney Joy, Kim Ablon Whitney, Kate Lattey, and Natalie Keller Reinert -- plus an all-new Canterwood Crest holiday short story from Jessica Burkhart! And in the true spirit of the holidays, all proceeds will go to benefit Old Friends, a Thoroughbred retirement home providing life-long homes for former racehorses.

Inside, you'll find stories from some favorite characters and new ones:

- Jessica Burkhart returns to Canterwood Crest with an all-new holiday story.
- Mara Dabrishus takes us back to Saratoga with July from "Stay the Distance."
- Natalie Keller Reinert visits her best-selling Eventing Series with a peek into Jules' early days as a working student.
- Brittney Joy offers a warm-hearted holiday tale with characters from her Red Rock Ranch series.
- Mary Pagones contributes the prequel to "The Horse is Never Wrong" and "Fortune's Fool."
- Kate Lattey revisits Pip from "Flying Changes," along with a new friend.
- Maggie Dana, author of Timber Ridge Riders, writes an all-new holiday story, "The Ticket."
- Kim Ablon Whitney, author of hunter/jumper series The Circuit, shares a Christmas story in "The Barn Party."

With prequels, new stories of old friends, and brand new characters to fall in love with, DECK THE STALLS is a Christmas gift from your favorite authors that you'll want to read again and again. 

Available now! 


Don't miss my all new series, WEST COAST PREP, exclusively on! Three installments (novellas) are available for download now! The fourth part is coming soon. 


WILD HEARTS, out now!

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"Fresh, fun and oh-so-romantic, WILD HEARTS had me galloping through the pages. I absolutely loved it." ~ Lauren Barnholdt, author of TWO-WAY STREET and DEVON DELANEY 

Enjoy Wild Hearts and the other standalone titles in Bloomsbury's contemporary If Only romance line centered around an impossible problem: you always want what you can't have!

Brie Carter's father's land development business has taken her family all over the world, but as soon as they arrive at their new home in Lost Spring, Wyoming, the town turns out to protest. They don't want a new hotel if the resident mustang population will be displaced or hurt as part of the deal. Then Brie meets Logan, a gorgeous local who has a special connection to the mustangs, and she is immediately drawn to him . . . and the horses. However, with Logan's father leading the protests and Brie's father refusing to budge, it's clear that their parents are heading towards an all-out war. Can Brie and Logan find a way to save the mustangs and be together? Or is their love doomed from the start?

This new title in the If Only line is the perfect summer read and proves that love flourishes in the wildest places!

From Kirkus Reviews:

Brie is used to constant travel; she's not accustomed to caring passionately about a cause—or a young man. Brie's dad is a land developer, so they move from place to place worldwide. Home-schooled, Brie has never made attachments. When she and her parents move to a one-main-street town in Wyoming, the welcome is frosty, as its citizens protest the uprooting of the wild mustangs for the hotel Brie's dad is building. The loudest opponent is the father of a handsome, kind, cowboy-hatted boy named Logan. This quickly becomes more than a budding romance between Brie and Logan, as they take up the cause to create a sanctuary for the mustangs. She finds within herself a stirring love for the horses and a deep desire to do something good. However, caught in the middle of the heated battle, this is the first time Brie has contradicted her father and the first time she's fallen in love. Burkhart's uncluttered prose easily develops both characters and complications, making for a smooth-reading romance. Each chapter is headed with a pithy quote—"Cowboy proverb: The bigger the buckle, the better the cowboy"—lending light wisdom to the tale. This inspiring look at the plight of undomesticated landscape and wildlife nestled in a tender romance is a surprisingly sweet and resonant story. (Fiction. 12-18)

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This series is recommended for children ages 6-9.

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The Canterwood Crest series from Simon & Schuster's Aladdin MIX
Get more Canterwood Crest on the Official Site!

Take the Reins
(Canterwood Crest #1)
Available now!

Cover copyright © 2009 Simon & Schuster. Photo © Monica Stevenson.

Aladdin MIX
Simon & Schuster
Middle grade
ISBN 10: 1416958401
ISBN 13: 978-1416858406

Who says teammates have to be friends?

When Sasha Silver and her horse, Charm, arrive on the campus of the elite Canterwood Crest Academy, Sasha knows that she's in trouble. She's not exactly welcomed with open arms. One group of girls in particular is used to being the best, the brightest, and the prettiest on the team, and when Sasha shows her skills in the arena, the girls' claws come out.

Sasha is determined to prove that she belongs at Canterwood. Will she rise to the occasion and make the advanced team by the end of her first semester? Or will the pressure send Sasha packing?

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Chasing Blue (Canterwood Crest #2)
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Cover copyright © 2009 Simon & Schuster. Photo © Monica Stevenson.

Aladdin MIX
Simon & Schuster
Middle grade
ISBN-10: 141695841X
ISBN-13: 978-1416958413

Home (Bitter) Sweet Home

Now that Sasha Silver and her horse, Charm, have proven that they're worthy competitors for the Canterwood Crest equestrian team, Sasha's psyched to get back to school...until self-proclaimed It girl, queen bee, and owner of the I'm-so-way-better-than-you-are attitude, Heather Fox, is assigned as Sasha's riding partner.

Not. Good.

And when Heather starts spending a little too much QT with Sasha's almost-boyfriend, Jacob, the partnership is put to the ultimate test.

Behind the Bit (Canterwood Crest #3)
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Cover copyright © 2009 Simon & Schuster. Photo © Monica Stevenson.

Aladdin MIX
Simon & Schuster
Middle grade
ISBN-10: 1416958428
ISBN-13: 978-1416958420

With friends like these...

It's midwinter break and Sasha Silver has been invited to attend an exclusive equestrian clinic. Problem is, Callie, Heather, Alison, and Julia have also been invited. And after the way things ended at Canterwood's Sweetheart Soiree, the line between friend and frenemy is thinner than ever.

Triple Fault (Canterwood Crest #4)
Available now!

Cover copyright © 2009 Simon & Schuster. Photo © Monica Stevenson.

Aladdin MIX
Simon & Schuster
Middle grade
ISBN-10: 1416958436
ISBN-13: 978-1416958437

Three strikes, they're on the outs...

One: Heather pretending to date Jacob just to mess with Sasha.

Two: A new girl who is so competitive, she makes Heather look tame.

Three: A former BFF with a new hobby: stealing boyfriends.

Best Enemies (Canterwood Crest #5)
October 20, 2009

Cover copyright © 2009 Simon & Schuster. Photo © Monica Stevenson.

Aladdin MIX
Simon & Schuster
Middle grade
ISBN-10: 1416990372
ISBN-13: 978-1416990376

Because some girls just have to be the best at everything...

If any two girls know about being the best, it's Heather Fox and Jasmine King. Just ask them; they'll be happy to tell you.

But every girl knows that there can only be one "best."

Can Sasha keep the girls from turning the arena into a war zone and still snag a spot on the coveted Youth Equestrian National Team?

Little White Lies (Canterwood Crest #6)
December 22, 2009

Cover copyright © 2009 Simon & Schuster. Photo © Monica Stevenson.

Aladdin MIX
Simon & Schuster
Middle grade
ISBN-10: 1416990380
ISBN-13: 978-1416990383

A little white lie never hurt anyone...right?

Sasha is with Eric. Callie is with Jacob. And Callie and Sasha are finally BFFsagain. Life is as perfect as it's ever been at Canterwood.

So when Sasha learns of a secret that could destroy all of her relationships,she's willing to tell a few white lies to keep everything from falling apart. After all, white lies aren't supposed to hurt anyone....

Rival Revenge (Canterwood Crest #7)
February 2010

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And you thought they were out of the running . . .

The truth is out: Julia and Alison did NOT cheat.

Now, they're back on the advanced team and feeling...well, a little angry that they had to forfeit their chance at the YENT.

This time, they're not just in it to win it -- they're out for revenge. A dish definitely best served cold.

Home Sweet Drama (Canterwood Crest #8)
April 2010

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Some things never change.

If the girls have learned anything, it's that only the strong survive at Canterwood Crest Academy. Just ask Jasmine.... Oh, whoops. You can't -- she's back at Wellington Prep. Well, then, ask Heather Fox. After all, she's the lone Queen Bee left standing.

But Sasha Silver has more than proven that she's worthy competition on -- and off -- the arena. Is there a new queen in the making?

City Secrets (Canterwood Crest #9)
July 6, 2010

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Who knew one city could hold so many secrets?

Sasha is in New York City for break, just like she’d planned. What she hadn’t planned was that she’d be staying with Heather Fox in her Park Avenue penthouse, and spending her time shopping, riding, and (could it be?) having a blast.

Is Sasha getting caught in a web only the Queen of Canterwood could weave?

Elite Ambition (Canterwood Crest #10)
September 2010

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It seems that Sasha Silver has become the hottest new thing since the Mulleavy sisters' spring line. The Trio has welcomed her with open arms, a popular new girl has tagged Sasha as her insta-BFF and she's the fiercest she's ever been in the arena.

Now if she could only figure out a way to deal with her old friends Paige and Callie and that boy she's sorta-kinda-always liked . . .

Scandals, Rumors, Lies (Canterwood Crest #11)
November 16, 2010

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Who's the hater?

Things are coming to a boil at the elite Canterwood Crest Academy. Lies have been revealed, lines have been crossed, and now . . . an anonymous tell-all blog featuring Sasha & Co. is turning secrets into campus-wide scandal.

So who's the hater? The girl with everything to lose, or the girl who ha already lost it all?

Unfriendly Competition
(Canterwood Crest #12)
January 4, 2011

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And the runner-up is . . .?

Sasha Silver has got it all-a hot boyfriend, a place on the YENT, and the perfect BFF. But Sasha gets a surprise blast from the past when Lauren Towers, a superstar rider from Sasha's hometown, enrolls at Canterwood. Will Lauren become Sasha's friend or her stylish, gorgeous, boy-magnet foe?

(Canterwood Crest Super Special)
May 4, 2011

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Out with the old, in the new . . .

Lauren Towers has always had one dream: to be a professional equestrian, competing with the best of the best. Natch, she's applied for a highly coveted spot at Canterwood Crest Academy. 

But while she waits to see if she gets in, Lauren is left contemplating her life in Union, Connecticut and the horrible accident that brought her there. Suddenly, Lauren is left wondering: even if she does get into Canterwood, will her past make her stronger or will it stand in the way of her future as an equestrian for good?

Initiation (Canterwood Crest #13)
January 3, 2012

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Lauren Towers has moved around enough to have the "new girl" code down . . .

1. Lay low.

2. But not too low.
3. Don’t ambush the in crowd.

But Canterwood isn’t just any school. Lauren is about to face an initiation

unlike any she’s ever encountered—Canterwood-style. Bon
, Lauren—you’re going to need it!

Popular (Canterwood Crest #14)
May 1, 2012

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It's not just a label. It's a state of mind.

Popular is Lauren’s status, at last. She’s fitting in, flirting with a trés cute boy, studying ‘till 4a.m., and prepping for an upcoming show. The swirl of activity leads to misunderstandings with her new bestie. An intervention will force LT to look at all of her choices…and may lead to shocking results.

Comeback (Canterwood Crest #15)
August 7, 2012

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Forget her closeup. Lauren's ready for her comeback.


Practice time’s running out. Lauren’s battling a case of trés serious nerves and is spending every second in the arena. Her first show since the accident is approaching. Fast. But her practice time is cut shockingly short. Will she be ready to reclaim her superstar show status? Or will she and Whisper falter before they enter the ring?

September 11, 2012

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Lauren Towers cordially invites you . . .


Halloween, which happens to be LT’s thirteenth birthday, is fast approaching. She and her friends are planning an all-out glam masquerade party. Ooh, la, la!

But a mysterious masked someone arrives. Will this party crasher turn LT’s night into a trick or treat?

February 19, 2013

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Let the “mine” games begin . . .

It wouldn’t be Canterwood without a healthy dose of jealousy. But one girl’s healthy is another girl’s headache and Lauren is about to get the world’s biggest migraine. Just when the dust had finally begun to settle, Lauren’s past is suddenly in her present. And she must remember that at Canterwood? Nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

June 1, 2013

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The intermediate team rankings are falling into place—in Lauren’s favor. Then blond, beautiful foreign exchange student, Carina, arrives and dazzles everyone. Except LT. Carina’s in go-mode because of an upcoming show and everyone’s nerves are frayed. Lauren & Crew better be ready to fight—Carina’s in position to steal the spotlight.

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (Super Special/ Final book!)
October 1, 2013

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Canterwood’s It-Girls look dashing in the snow . . .

Lauren’s BFFs, BFs, former friends, and foes alike are hitching a sleigh ride to her hometown in Union, Connecticut…which also happens to be home to Sasha Silver, one of the best equestrians in Canterwood history.

Once there, Lauren, Sasha, all their friends, and frenemies find themselves one place they thought they’d never be—on the same team! Call it a truce or a Christmas miracle, but everyone gets in the holiday spirit to help heal retired racehorses—a cause they all believe in more than Santa himself.

Get ready to watch the reindeer fly! Lauren & Co. will be unwrapping more drama, joy, secrets, and of course, competition, than ever before. Whose stockings will be filled with candy cane lip gloss and whose will be filled with coal?

Joyeaux Noelle, everyone!

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS will be the final* book in the Canterwood Crest series.

* Since I can't let go of Canterwood, I've decided to publish more stories from Sasha and Lauren via e-books! :) 


Canterwood Crest e-novellas
(novellas = shorter than novels)


Forget "fun in the sun!" Canterwood girls are all about hard work--and the competition is about to get . . . HEATED.

Publication Date Coming Soon!

Heated is a Canterwood e-novella that occurs between BEST ENEMIES (#5) and LITTLE WHITE LIES (#6). 

Follow Sasha, Heather, and Jasmine to the Youth Equestrian National Team summer training camp in Florida!


Publication Date Coming Soon!

Step back into Sasha's world at Canterwood . . . oh, how things have changed.

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WELLINGTON PREP (e-novella series)

#1 dominate (release date TBA)

* Due to shocking, unexpected circumstances, Wellington Prep has been put on an indefinite hold. I hope to begin work on the series this summer and get it to you as promised. 

Wellington Prep: home to the notorious Jasmine King. And if you think Jasmine's a mean girl . . . meet the one who taught her everything she knows.

Watch the trailer here!


Over 70 young adult and middle grade authors including Lauren Oliver, Sara Zarr, and Ellen  Hopkins have written letters to their teenage selves in Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves.

Find out everything about DTM at and order it today! Dear Teen Me officially releases on October 30, 2012.

Sasha Silver and friends are back in this first e-novella from bestselling author Jessica Burkhart. 

Forget "fun in the sun!" Canterwood girls are all about hard work--and the competition is about to get . . . HEATED. 

HEATED occurs between Canterwood Crest print books #5 (BEST ENEMIES) and #6 (LITTLE WHITE LIES). It's an e-novella (a *short* version of part of a larger story/book) and there will be three more installments that follow HEATED that tell the story of Sasha, Heather, and Jasmine at YENT camp in Florida. 

**Remember, readers, this is a SHORTER version of a normal Canterwood Crest novel and covers one-fourth of the story. The rest will come soon!*

Current WIPs (works in progress):

Many! Stay tuned and cross your fingers for good news to come soon!