Monday, December 30, 2013

West Coast Prep: an all new equestrian e-novella series!

West Coast Prep: a new e-novella series coming 2014

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for something a little different around here. Oh, say, a new e-novella horse series, perhaps?

You asked for it and you’ve got it!

Coming next year, you’ll meet twelve year old Fallon Black, princess of California and a A-level rider.

Fallon, who rode before she could walk, attends the prestigious West Coast Prep—an equestrian boarding school in California.

For years, Fallon’s had her sights set on one of our favorite East Coast riders, Sasha Silver.

But Fallon’s obsession with being better than Sasha is causing Fallon to overlook one very important rider who is just about to dethrone Fallon: Grace Holt. Fallon’s stepsister and her pony are nipping at Fallon’s heels.

Grace, a year younger than Fallon, attends West Coat Prep, too. Unlike Fallon, Grace doesn’t follow Sasha’s every move. Instead, she follows her sister’s.

Sit deep in your saddle and hold tight.

"West Coast, represent and put your hands up"—as Katy Perry sings.

It’s time to delve into the world of equestrians who train with pop stars, fellow students who spend winter break in Aspen, and a boarding school where everyone rides.

Competition. Never. Stops.

In 2014, pack your suitcase because we’re going to California!

Take a look at two candid photos below! The first is Grace and her pony, Billy. Grace is a model for West Coast Prep as well as a beyond accomplished rider. But you’d never know unless you asked or watched her ride. You don’t meet anyone more modest than Grace.

Gracie and Billy

Lexi and Contero (they celebrated their one-year anniversary this Christmas!)

Lexi is the face of Fallon Black.

In real life, just like Gracie, Lex is an accomplished rider who would rather talk about anything than her wall full of blue ribbons and shelves full of trophies.

Lexi and Contero are a fairy new pair—he was a 2012 Christmas gift. I can’t wait to watch them grow and learn together!

Like Fallon and Grace (the character), Lexi and Gracie are sisters (not stepsisters.) They are the sweetest, funniest girls that I’ve ever met! I know some of you have been ??? about my relationship to them.

I’m all about the “you make your own family” theory. I met Lexi and Gracie through their dad. We started out emailing, then texting, then FaceTiming and soon, we got close enough to be like sisters and best friends to each other. So, they might not be “related” to me by blood, but I would do anything for them! They are, indeed, my sisters! :)

For more updates and to share in our West Coast Prep series behind the scenes fun, follow Lex on Twitter!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

And a little Keek . . .

Dec 16, 2013 | Canterwood this Christmas by Jessica_Burkhart on

Happy Holidays! What are your fave Christmas movies?

Peace, love, tolerance, understanding, kindness, and acceptance

Happy Holidays, everyone! I can't believe it's almost Christmas!

This is my brain right now: 


But seriously! I can't focus on anything!

On Friday, a car is coming at 7am to take me to Newark Airport. I've got a 10:15am flight to the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. Only one stop in Phoenix. 

I'm SO excited! It's my first time in CA! 

After I hop off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan . . . just PRETEND I'm going to LAX. ;)

I'm staying with friends who have become family--my "Cali Barn Mafia" that consists of Joey, Suzie, Lex, and Gracie. I've only met Joey in person a few times, but it feels as though I know everyone. Maybe the FaceTime chats help. :) I won't miss the cold, but it will be weird to wear a t-shirt and not a sweater on Christmas. Weird in a way that I'm excited to try.

I hired Petaholics to come every day to visit Bella, Bliss, and Khaleesi. I would not be able to enjoy myself if I had to wonder every day if they were okay or if something had happened. I really like our sitter--she's a student who's majoring in creative writing, so that was a very cool match!

I finished writing Unicorn Magic #3! After that, I started watching a ton of Christmas movies. Although it's NOT Christmas themed, I highly recommend CHALET GIRL. 

It stars GOSSIP GIRLS'S Ed Westwick who's phenomenal. I loved this movie! 

Also, CHRISTMAS CUPID with PRETTY LITTLE LIARS'S Ashley Benson was fun!

I watched SNOW GLOBE; it was the second holiday movie that I saw starring Christina Milian. 

 Speaking of snow, some is coming down right now!

Back to movies . . . 

My fave Christmas movies are:

Charlie Brown Christmas (If I do NOT watch this and THE GRINCH (animated not Jim Carrey) it doesn't feel like Xmas)

The Grinch (animated, as I said :))

Home Alone 1 and 2

The Family Stone

The Santa Clause

Jingle All the Way




What are your fave Xmas movies? Share! Total Film did a list of the "top 50 Christmas movies" if you're looking to try new ones. 

So, as I'm packing for a warm climate, I'll have a fireplace DVD on loop on my TV. :)

Happiest of holidays to everyone! I can't wait to ring in 2014!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Yay! Unicorn Magic #3 draft is finished!

So excited!

Now off to work on HEATED and WILD HEARTS!

How's everyone doing?


Sunday, December 8, 2013

ER visit. Not for me or K! Shocker, right?!

So. It was almost ten. I was in PJs and just ready to get back to writing.

Then Mr. Frank brought me dinner. He forgot to get me a napkin and despite my protests, he started back down this stairs to get one.

I heard a yelp and crash and bolted out of my apt.

Frank had fallen ten or twelve steps. His left ring finger was bent at the knuckle at a 90 degree angel. If I hadn't been running on adreline, I would have passed out. His left ankle was rapidly becoming the size of a basketball.

I got him back of up the stairs--barely--and he told me where to get his ID, credit card, etc.

I changed out of my PJs and called for a car. We went to a hospital in the 60s on Third or Fourth Ave in Brooklyn.

They took xrays. And drew blood. And fixed his dislocated finger.

Thankfully, he only has a fractured foot. Not saying that his injury is awesome, but if def beats the alternative--if he'd tripped and gone down head first. His back is brushed all up and down his spine (owweee) and he's got a light cast on his food and a splint on his finger.

But, like EVERY other ER I have ever been to, we were there forever. 10pm to just after 7am. And they gave him a ridiculously tiny amount of pain killers for the injuries he had. It was a typical hospital.

I got him settled into my bed and he was asleep in two minutes. Leesi is currently keeping him company. :) And as much as I complained in this blog, I would do it again in a heart beat. No one should ever have to go to the hospital alone. He would have done the same for.

So he's asleep and I'm about to head to Crystal Kingdom in Unicorn Magic! :)


and I couldn't stop myself . . . plz send me sheets for Christmas. ;)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Twitter contest!

I'm extending the deadline until Friday, December 6 at 11:59pmEST! :)

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