Thanks to the Equine Authors Blog for this little interview with me... about the experience of writing the first Sweetbriars book.
Here you can find an Author Spotlight for Hollie Anne Marsh on the Jaffareadstoo blog.
Find out a bit more about the author of Sweetbriars and meet the most adorable cat - Jaffa!
We are regularly sharing new photos on our Instagram and Facebook pages related to horses and Leaving The City, the first Sweetbriars book. They are too cute not to share, so we thought we would update the blog with a couple of our favourites ( :
We were thrilled when we found the beautiful image of Faye in a meadow with the pony Gigman Boy George. The photo is just perfect for the first Sweetbriars book, Leaving The City and is often complimented on. Here we wanted to share more information about Faye, as she's an inspiration for all young riders, with her focus and dedication to produce show ponies. Faye has just turned thirteen and has had numerous successes showing, including at the Horse of the Year Show and the Royal International Horse Show.
Proud to see the first Sweetbriars book, Leaving The City in book blogger Jessie Cahalin's handbag gallery 👛👜📚... amongst such wonderful books and authors! www.jessiecahalin.com/handbag-gallery. Really wonderful to see book bloggers not only supporting established authors and books. Very grateful to the book bloggers that are taking an interest in the new Sweetbriars book, Leaving The City. I hope that the exposure helps get the word out, and the book into happy readers hands ( :
I was delighted that award winning book blogger Linda Hill featured Sweetbriars, Leaving The City in her blog, Linda's Book Bag! You can check out the Sweetbriars Leaving The City Staying In feature here ( :
Additionally horse book blogger Sharon Miner gave Leaving The City a lovely 5 star review. "Sweetbriars, Leaving The City by Hollie Marsh is a delightful story about a young horse lover in England... A coming-of-age story with lovely equine details."
Leaving The City, the new Sweetbriars book has been on sale a little over a month (the paperback even less). Since then I have been working hard to get more book reviews.
The recent reviews, two of which were from other authors, were just amazing!
First was the wonderful review I received from children's author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne which you can find here. In return I read Deanie's 'Life at Sweetbrier' book... what a special, touching and inspirational story (my 'Life at Sweetbrier' book review is here). In writing Sweetbriars, I am writing about my dream childhood and Deanie lived this... well apart from her physical challenges which she overcame with courage and determination.
Then I asked Susan Marie Molloy if she would like to review Leaving The City after finding her blog. She agreed and not long after, she sent me the most lovely, complimentary review here.
Then to cap off this blog post, I found out that Leaving The City is an Amazon best seller in equestrian books! It's been in the top ten equestrian ebooks on Amazon within the first few weeks of release... and best of all, people are reading Leaving The City!
Hollie Anne Marsh
So pleased to have received a 5 star review from Readers' Favorite for the new Sweetbriars book, Leaving The City!
"The first of a series, Sweetbriars is the stuff of horse lovers' dreams. The author, Hollie Anne Marsh, has written a lovely story that is sure to appeal to horse lovers everywhere, and is ideal for the eight to twelve age range. Sweetbriars is well described in visual detail, leaving the reader feeling as if they have been there. It sounds like every young horse lover's dream home. Cate is a believable and likeable character who appeals to the reader, and her lovely palomino horse, Odette, will have horse enthusiasts drooling. A steady pace and a lovely and consistent story that will transport the horse devotee to a world surely every young equestrian enthusiast will crave."
To see the other Sweetbriars reviews from the first readers, check out our sweetbriarsfarm website review page!
For our new readers, we welcome reviews! If you like the new Sweetbriars book, Leaving The City, please write a review on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, or Goodreads. Reviews are critical to the success of a new book and are greatly appreciated... short and sweet is just fine if you are pressed for time.
Hollie Anne Marsh
Since our main character from Leaving The City Cate, has a gorgeous palomino pony called Odette, we thought it was fitting to celebrate the golden horse by creating a gallery! The gallery begins with the stunning Treliver Decanter the dressage stallion, followed by our cover-star, talented show-rider Faye Heppelthwaite, and many other gorgeous golden ponies and horses. To be featured in our gallery, contact us, firstname.lastname@example.org!