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Guest Post: Running with Wild Horses

Today, we have a special guest post from a new-to-me author, Janet Chester Bly. She’s here to talk about horses!

Running With Wild Horses in the Trails of Reba Cahill Series
Janet Chester Bly

Wild horses play a role throughout the three-book Trails of Reba Cahill Series.

There’s nothing more pastoral and peaceful than the sight of horses grazing, whether they’re wild or tamed. And nothing more exciting than to watch horses run, whether on a track, along the beach, in a pasture, or across the desert. The pounding of stony hoof beats on a hard desert floor starts with a long, low rumble. Then a whiplash of speed, mane and tail flowing, muscles rippling with grace and power.

I love to watch horses of any kind as they run. Though I’ve never chased after or ridden among galloping wild horses, I’ve been told about the experience. “The sensation’s like trying to capture the wind,” a friend told me. “No, it’s more than that. Like entering into the whirl of freedom and capturing wildness itself.”

Part of the excitement seems to be the power of pursuit and the risk of danger.

A band of wild horses usually consists of a harem of mares and colts and a dashing, spirited stallion. The dominant mare leads the band, but always aware of the stallion’s commands. They can make a rapid exodus in an orderly, single-file manner with the aid of the mare. However, there’s a sad fact. If one of the mare’s foals becomes separated from her during a chase, the mare rarely returns. The foal’s left to wander and fend for itself.

My character, Reba Mae Cahill, often felt like that foal through her twenty-five years of life. She searches for her mother who abandoned her when Reba was three-years-old. In the Nevada desert, a Paiute Indian tells Reba of a woman they call ‘Wild Horse Hanna.’ She discovers it’s her mom, Hanna Jo. She runs with the wild horses and is a runaway herself.

Beneath a Camperdown Elm, Book 3 in the series, tells of three generations of women who travel separate journeys of the heart.


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Reba’s scary stalker is locked up in jail. She finally snatches a rancher fiancé. Her runaway mother returns home. Reba has everything she ever wanted. But Grandma Pearl has disappeared! Is Reba about to lose it all? And what mystery lurks under an old Scottish elm?


Janet Chester Bly is the widow of Christy Award winning western author Stephen Bly. Together—his, hers, and theirs—they authored and co-authored 120 fiction and nonfiction books for adults and kids. Janet and three adult sons finished Stephen’s last novel, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot, a Selah Award Finalist. Beneath a Camperdown Elm  is a contemporary western romance mystery novel. Find out more about Janet and her books at

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9 thoughts on “Guest Post: Running with Wild Horses”

  1. Rachel Taylor

    My favorite horse character in a movie is Spirit: Stallion of the Cimaron. My favorite horse character in a book is Black in the Black Stallion.

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