Jackie Anton is the author of the popular Backyard Horse Tales series. She has chosen the pen name J.M. to make it easier for her fans and readers to tell adult novels from her family friendly YA novels and her chapter books written for readers age 8 and above.
Ms. Anton lives in rural Ohio with her husband, two horses, two dogs, and abundant wildlife. Years of experience with horses and youth riders lend a unique perspective to her Backyard Horse Tales, and crop up in unexpected scenes in her adult works.
Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition
Sox finds himself in an alien world the night he is born. His mother is there with him and he quickly adapts. His Mom answers all his questions about his new environment. She explains things, and reassures him. Everything is a new experience for Sox. Little Emma is his best friend.
Emma is living with her grandmother until her mother returns home from deployment Not used to living in a rural area she is very lonely and feels like a duck out of water. Little Sox brightens up her world and a life long bond is formed.
Excerpts of Emma's diary will helps us to understand a very special relationship as Sox grows from a foal to a colt and eventually a gelding. As time goes by, both horse and child have much to learn and share with the other. Growing up is not always easy...
Despite the odds, both Sox and Emma dare to be different and eventually overcome their challenges.
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Backyard Horse Tales 2: Frosty and the Nightstalker
Frosty is an Appaloosa colt who undergoes a life changing event the summer he turns two that triggers a strange out of body experience. Is he only having bad dreams or is his strange haunting a result of the collective memories of Appaloosas from a long ago past? Follow Frosty through the twilight between space and time where you will meet the Nightstalker.
2013 Multiple book award recipient.
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Backyard Horse Tales 3: Don't Call Me Love
Horse Story, Illustrated Horse Adventure, Chapter Book, Horse Thieves
Love is born on a large farm in Hinckley, Ohio where she spends the first year of her life. The first year at her new home is tough for the filly. She gets into one scrape after another.
Her saving grace is her love for a small child. She becomes a well traveled youth horse. But Love runs afoul of a gang of horse thieves and ends up thousands of miles from home.
Will she be able to get back to her family?
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Fateful Waters: Troubles in Love-Land Book 1
Do you ever wonder why some people avoid the online match services? Find out what happened to Melinda Potter when she travels half way across the country to meet her match.
Fateful Waters is the first book in the "Troubles in Love-Land series. Lexie is coerced into traveling with Melinda to meet her online Romeo. She turns up missing after a flash flood nearly claims her life. One mishap after another plague the two long time friends when they end up in the Texas Panhandle thousands of miles from their Ohio homes. Lexie battles several advisories and her attraction to a tall dark cowboy as she tries to extricate Melinda and herself from the clutches of the drought stricken panhandle.
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Wind River Refuge Transcendent
Jax runs for her life and is apprehended by the police. She’s sentenced to a juvenile detention facility, at the tender age of twelve. Lockup becomes an unexpected sanctuary for the traumatized child. It affords a safe harbor from her abuser, but she’s plagued by nightmares well into adulthood. Fate and her Grandmother step in to successfully reduce her sentence, and she’s paroled into a distant cousin’s custody, and relocated to a cattle ranch in Wyoming. The young parolee finds the transition difficult at first. She spends the next nine years learning the ropes, making friends, and a couple of powerful enemies.
2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards winner in the Romance Category.
Uncharted Storms: Short Stories of Hearts at Risk
YA thru Adult Fiction
Weather is our constant companion, and when it behaves like a benevolent parent we pay little attention to it. Angry or out of control it becomes terrifying and can change the landscape as well as lives. So I asked my characters to take a ride on the wild side of weather. “Uncharted Storms” takes readers on a journey from a gentle summer rain to raging storms in the cosmos.
What if? Erica’s world didn’t come to an end in 2012 while she was in middle school? She manages to make it through college before an apocalyptic event changes her life forever. The science fiction story Terra Beyond 2012 shares Erica’s voyage.
What if? You and your best friend were traveling down the highway on the way home from an extended trip when you are caught in a blinding thunderstorm, and then are hit by lightning? To make matters worse you are injured, and wake in a strange world. Find out what happens to Chris in the tale Riding Lightning.
What if? You were on your way to meet a friend for dinner and caught in a flash flood? That is exactly what happens to Alexandra in the story Flash Flood Texas Style.
What if? A boy you haven’t seen in two decades winds up sitting on your front porch? Find out what Casey comes up with on A Rainy Night.
What if? You were caught in on icy, drifted, walks and streets when a skidding car comes directly at you? Find out what happened to eighteen-year-old Annie when she is hit from behind in the short story A Tumble in the Snow.
Panhandle Mayhem: Troubles in Love-Land Book Two
Lexie would love to know how and when Cutter had convinced her mother that she should spend her Saturday playing tour guide for him while he checked out some farms near the Williams place. She’d protested, in vain, that the Williams boys would be better guides.
Lexie Parker's practical mind and cautious nature battle with her attraction to Cutter Ross. Her heart and hormones win out. Lexie soon regrets her rushed courtship and fears she has made a bad decision. Is she in an abusive relationship? All Hell breaks loose while Cutter and Lexie try to hash out their relationship. "Panhandle Mayhem" the second book in the "Troubles in Love-Land Series continues the story of Lexie, Cutter, their friends, and enemies.
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Cassandra: Night Shades
Murder Mystery/ Suspense/ Contemporary Romance
Cassandra Hoffman orphaned at the age of five was raised by her maternal grandmother. Two decades pass when she is confronted with a letter from her father’s Denver based attorney. She's shocked to learn that her dad lived through the car crash that took her mother and brothers in 1985.
Casey’s haunted nights begin with the death of her father. Who is the shadow man in her dreams? Could it be her dad whom she had believed dead? She discovers he had another family, and some dark secrets Casey sets out to solve the mysteries of her abandonment, and find the answers to the nightshades that threaten her sanity.
Our heroine runs afoul of a previously unknown nemesis as she searches for answers, but she also finds the love of her life. He too abandons her, as he struggles with physical and mental wounds from multiple tours in the Middle East. Can Casey forgive him as they confront a mutual enemy?
Readers will find the answers in this fast moving murder mystery that includes a bit of romance. Adult entertainment: recommended for readers 18 and up.