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3* Review: Tibetan Cross – Mike Bond

23151517Mystery Thriller BlurbAn American climber in the Himalayas stumbles on a shipment of backpack nuclear weapons headed into Tibet for use against China. Pursued by spy agencies and other killers across Asia, North Africa, Europe and the United States, he is captured then rescued by a beautiful young woman with whom he forms a deadly liaison. They escape, are captured and escape again, death always at their heels.

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Tibetan CrossThis is a fast paced, graphic, international thriller. Cohen, the hero of this conspiracy, sees life at its lowest ebb. The plot is simple. The story’s often sordid and violent imagery sometimes overrides the story line. 

Cohen meets a multitude of interesting characters, as he tries to discover the truth, whilst avoiding almost certain death. The reader shares every experience and thought with Cohen. The amount of detail makes the story read rather like a screenplay, every person’s actions are choreographed, translated to a visual medium it would have more impact.
This story gets full marks for imagery and characters.
I received a copy of this book from Mandevilla Press via NetGalley in return for an honest review

Tibetan Cross by Mike Bond
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Tibetan Cross by Mike Bond

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How Important is the Right Price?

Price £Ask most indie authors and they will say ‘it’s tough selling books, electronic or print, today’. The ‘new’ accessible publishing world has undoubtedly opened up the book selling market to all.

The downside? It’s created a stampede of writers and small publishers flooding the market, particularly with eBooks.

The chances of becoming a runaway bestseller are minuscule. Even making a living from your book sales is unlikely unless you can stand out from the crowd.

Price $Price is one way of getting noticed.

If you price your e book too high, after the initial friends and family sales, it’s likely your Amazon rankings will tumble and your book sales stagnate. Surely, that only happens if you fail to market and promote your book effectively , you might think?

In my experience, which admittedly is limited , no amount of promotion, a self published or indie published author can do, will compensate for a book that is overpriced.

Why are book prices set so high?

The overheads for small publishers and self -publishing authors can be high. The cost of editing, proof reading, formatting, cover design and promotional blog tours, all adds up and needs to be recouped from the book sales.

Unknown Author Who Am IWhat you need to remember is there are unlikely to be many sales if the price is too high. Especially for a new or relatively unknown author, selling in a saturated market.

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With this in mind I asked my publisher to reduce my book prices, to put them more in line with similar eBooks,marketed by larger publishers. It will be interesting to see if a competitive price has an impact on sales. I will let you know.

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5* Review: Sweetest Temptation – (Sweet Delights #2)- Tracey Rogers – Release Day Spotlight

SweetestTemptation_Large-683x1024Blurb - FlowerThe temperature’s rising in the Sweet Delights Bakery…
Entering the most popular baking competition on TV wasn’t shy bakery owner Vanessa Trent’s idea. Especially as she prefers to steer clear of the media attention her famous family constantly attracts. But she desperately needs the prize money.
With his future on the line, Jake Walker vows to avoid trouble, which is difficult to do when it lands in his lap…literally. Vanessa Trent is out of bounds. He knows that. But if he can’t resist her delicious cakes, how’s he supposed to resist her?
Vanessa and Jake both have secrets to hide. Combine that with a vengeful ex-husband, sabotage, and throw in a little blackmail, and soon the spotlight falls on both of them. Temperatures rise, and it’s chaos in the kitchen. Can they take the heat, or are they both about to get burned?
Content Warning: contains sensual sex and occasional strong language

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Sweetest Temptation is book 2 in the Sweet Delights Series and is now only £0.99 for a limited time. Have some fun in the Sweet Delights Bakery with Vanessa and Jake!
My Review -1Sweetest Temptation (Sweet Delights Series, #2)Sensual romance, believable characters and a well paced plot makes ‘Sweetest Temptation’, the perfect naughty extravagance for all lovers of romantic comedy.
The setting in the Sweet Delights bakery is atmospheric and provides the perfect backdrop for Vanessa’s journey of self realisation. Jake may not be what he seems but he is a much needed ingredient, in Vanessa’s lack lustre life. The sensual attraction and diversity between Jake and Vanessa is compelling. The characters are imaginable and easy to like, you want, what they want and it’s hard to put this book down because of this.
The imagery in this romantic tale is vivid, especially of Jake; what is it about a man and physical labour that’s so absorbing … Whatever it is the author captures it in ‘Sweetest Temptation’ and makes Jake, as iconic, as the man in the diet coke ad.
There is realistic detail about the bakery and Vanessa’s culinary creations, give this story its authenticity. The secondary characters add the feel good ambience and help demonstrate, Jake and Vanessa’s motivations perfectly.
So treat yourself for a couple of hours and sample, the sweet delights of this lovely story.

Excerpt -2Gripping the woman’s wrist, Jake managed to restrain her before the weapon made impact with his head again. He shoved his upper body forward and flipped them both over.
Now this was much better. Or it would be if she’d quit squirming. Not that it was a bad sensation or anything, but he was starting to enjoy this more than the situation should allow.
With one hand free, her fingers scrabbled at the side of her. When her fingers wrapped around the torch he snatched it out of reach. He grasped her wrist and yanked both of her arms over her head, holding her captive with one much larger hand than her daintier ones.
Picking up the torch, he pointed it at the large, temple-throb causing weapon. As he read the first line on the bag he snorted in disbelief. Clearly she was a novice in the weapon department.
“A confectionery product? What the hell was that meant to be—death by chocolate?”
“God no,” said the muffled, completely aghast voice from beneath her mound of hair. “I would never hit someone with chocolate.”
Okay, so maybe she wasn’t a threat to anyone at all. Jake released his grip a little.
“Chocolate is way too expensive to waste,” she continued. “I hit you with a catering pack of marzipan.”
He tightened his hold again. With her still wrestling beneath him, he decided out of fear for his man parts, it was time for some answers. Reaching out with his free hand, he brushed the silky strands from her face. She bucked beneath him like a stray cat fighting for freedom. At first he thought she was furious, but then he gazed into her green eyes and saw fear.
Although he took his work seriously—hell, sometimes caution had kept him alive—no way was he a monster. Waiting for her movements to abate he lifted his chest. In one smooth movement he traded position and surrounded her hips with his legs, trying to take away the intimate contact steering him from sound judgement, yet still stifling her leg movements with the grip of his thighs. Resting more on his knees than pressing his full weight into her, the increased gap between them gave him the perfect opportunity for another perusal of her small frame.
With her arms upstretched, her small breasts raised higher with each dragged in breath. Her shirt, trapped beneath his knees, pulled taut and had lifted to reveal her scarlet knickers and a hint of smooth, pale skin peeking above. He blinked. Maybe the glorious sight was a figment of his imagination due to his recent lack of female companionship? His gaze drew to her parted lips, open to allow the release of expended energy from her lungs. The fullness of her bottom lip was so damned tempting.
“Anytime you want to get the hell off me—please feel free.”
Her sarcasm cut through his momentary lapse. One more second and he’d have been tasting her mouth.
“Tell me who you are, and why the hell you think you have a right to be on private property, and maybe I will.” Just maybe.
With her fingers clenching beneath his palm, he felt the spike of her pulse at the pad of his thumb.
“Me tell you?” She blinked several times before glaring at him as though he’d just sprouted bunny ears. “I live here!”

Author Bio - Flower
7211367Usually found with a pen in my hand, or my head in a book, I’m a contemporary romance author who also thinks fangs and wings are a very attractive accessory.
A devourer of books from an early age, imagination was my best discovery. I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and I refuse to leave.
I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around. I like nothing more than to be swept away by the words on a page. I hope I can sweep you away too.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5* Review: Dark Prayer – Natasha Mostert

23564597Mystery Thriller BlurbEloise Blake is on the run from a life she can no longer remember. And from a killer who will stop at nothing to protect a secret as old as time. Mystery Thriller Buy Links Amazon UK
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DARK PRAYERDark Prayer’ starts with a life changing memory, which underpins the story to come. The plot is complex and well paced, the darker elements offset by the unusual romance between Eloise and Jack. The characters cleverly interlink as the as the story progresses and the menace grows as past evils are remembered.

Parkour (free running) is the common ground Jack finds with Eloise, it gives the story an urban edge and facilitates the plot development in a realistic way. An unknown killer pursues Eloise but Jennilee’s abuse as a child by her mother and her friends and the implications of memory engineering and manipulation is haunting. This sinister story examines the links between science and the mystical and makes an absorbing read.

An action thriller with historical and mystical elements, Dark Prayer’s relentless, race against time element, drives the characters and plot in and makes it addictive reading.

I received a copy of the book from Portable Magic Ltd via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

DARK PRAYER by Natasha Mostert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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4* Review: Between The Cradle And The Grave – Firoz Kahn

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A boy is miraculously rescued from a lonely island. Upon investigation it is found that he is the lone survivor of an air crash that happened thirteen years ago. What is more unbelievable is that the boy is only thirteen years old. He was born the day after the accident.
Two people managed to escape from the aircraft, a cancer patient who is going for medical treatment, else awaiting death in a few months and a pregnant lady. The lady gives birth to a baby and dies in childbirth as the hardships she had to face due to the air crash proved to be too much for her to bear. Helpless on the lonely island, the man who knew of his inevitable death soon, develops an ingenious plan to teach the child about the mainland and how to reach it. Buy Links -2

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BETWEEN THE CRADLE AND THE GRAVEThis inspiring tale takes a tragedy and turns it into a voyage of atonement, faith, hope and self discovery. Although a fictional story, the prose reads like a memoir. It begins after the boy’s rescue. Interviewed by his rescuers, Muhammad shares his life story, through Krishna’s writings. Written in a simple but effective way, this is a survival story full of action and poignant moments. Both human and animal characters are described with visual imagery and Krishna’s constant battle with the elements is atmospheric and vivid; one man’s quest against disease and the elements to save the life of a child.

I read this story in an hour or so and found it a worthwhile, rewarding read

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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What I’m Writing This Week

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The sun is out this morning  and I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures of the Spring flowers in my garden before I start writing.

This week I am continuing to write my historical novel ‘Past Shadows’, it’s set in Derbyshire during the Regency period.

Set around a cotton mill, it tells the story of Lucy and Justin , childhood friends  who meet again unexpectedly, when Justin returns home from the army, after resigning his commission, to help Charles Bracken, his mill owning father.

A deliberately set fire in the mill and his father’s unexpected death, throws suspicion on Lucy, who although innocent of the fire setting, does have secrets she can’t share with Justin. Frustrated both by her intransigence and his inconvenient attraction to the young widow, Justin makes Lucy an indecent  proposition.

The mill, under Charles’ Bracken draconian rule was an unhappy place and changing this is something Justin and Lucy agree upon. Justin’s reforms reveal a web of deceit and misery, which he is determined to unravel. Lucy fears for her reputation, a widowed vicar’s daughter, should never accept such a proposal from a rake, like Justin Bracken. She risks all, to help the mill workers children.

The greatest secret of all belongs to the wraith-like girl who haunts Lucy , desperate to share her torment.

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I have shared the first couple of chapters of ‘Past Shadows’ on Wattpad.  I will post, part 6 – ‘The Confrontation’, today. Click on the book cover to read.  

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Justin Bracken has no choice but to resign his commission and return home to the cotton mills, when his father falls ill. Unrest among the workers, fire, death and an opinionated woman all seek to make his new life every bit as dangerous as the military battles he fought in the past.

Young widow and vicar’s daughter Lucinda Osborne is born out of her time. When her husband dies, she returns to her father’s home determined to improve the lives of the mill workers she grew up with. Mill owner, Charles Bracken refuses her offer to educate the workers’ children and threatens her. Lucinda narrowly escapes his unwelcome attentions, thanks to the rugged stranger who intervenes.

A fire at the mill and the sudden death of the mill owner has profound implications for Lucinda, who suspects her cousins’ are responsible. Determined to save them from the hangman’s noose, she risks her own reputation to do so.

Grief stricken by his father’s sudden death, Justin cannot forget his father’s last words, accusing Lucinda of starting the fire in the mill. Determined to find out the truth Justin summons the vicar’s daughter to the manor. Intuitively he knows she is not guilty but believes she knows who is. In an attempt to get to the truth and unable to control his inconvenient passion, he makes her an indecent proposal but will she accept?

DSCN9711There are excerpts of ‘The Dragon Legacy’, my fantasy romanceThe Dragon Legacy Series and ‘The Dangerous Gift’ on Wattpad too. Click on the book covers to read. 

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What I’m Reading This Week…


I hope you’ve managed to read some of my reviews from the books I’ve read in the past couple of weeks. Here’s what I’m reading this week. As always, reviews to follow in the next week or so.

19031001I’m ashamed to say, this book’s been buried in my ‘to be read’ pile. and so I’m determined to read it this week. 
The premise is appealing, a child is rescued after thirteen years on a remote island but the circumstances of his survival are amazing. 

22423865The third book in ‘The Billionaire Banker’ series is Besotted. I’m looking forward to reading the conclusion to Lana and Blake’s love story. The first two books in the series were excellent. 

23151517This is the second thriller I’ve read by Mike Bond, this one is set in Tibet and has an action packed,  if slightly confusing start but I’m intrigued enough to read on…

18716646 ‘Finding Mother’ is the second of Anne Allen’s books I’ve read. This one is set in Guernsey, Jersey and Spain and  follows a woman’s journey to discover her mother, with unforeseen consequences. The imagery in these Guernsey novels is great. I’m looking forward, to this next book in the series.

19516869Flight of Destiny is another book rescued from the bottom of my ‘to be read’ pile. This is a fantasy romance about members of a motorcycle club all of whom have paranormal abilities.

23597716Day Shift is the forthcoming release from one of my favourite authors Charlaine Harris. I am a devoted fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series. I have read some of the other books Charlaine has written but they didn’t have the same appeal as her ‘Sookie’ series for me.

‘ Day Shift’ is the second book in the ‘Midnight,Texas’ series. I haven’t read book 1. I think it’s a good test of a book and its characters to start mid series. I got this one from NetGalley and if I like it, I may buy book 1 – Midnight Crossroad 🙂

So that’s my reading sorted. Tomorrow find out how my writing is going.

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Author Interview with Kim Kasch – The Viking Princess

Kim Kasch 11.2014Today I have  Kim Kasch,a fellow Crimson Frost author, on my blog, sharing her thoughts on books and writing. I will be reviewing Kim’s New Adult, historical fantasy novel; ‘The Viking Princess’, in the next few weeks.  I love Arthurian legends and this one is intriguing. See what you think.

VikingPrincess_KimKasch_SmallBlurb -2THE VIKING PRINCESS is not your typical Disney princess. This story sizzles. Morgaine LeFey is King Arthur’s half-sister and she has a Viking Prince for her lover–and who needs a Knight to come to your rescue, when you have a Viking?! But England and Scandinavia were at war – so this is one romance that nearly tore two kingdoms apart: They met on a battlefield, poised against each other, but their attraction was more powerful than any sword, stronger than any warrior and more magical than Merlin.

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What would you like your readers to know about Kim Kasch?

I’m a writer who grew up in a family with nine kids, when Mom and Dad could probably really only afford two. Plus, Grandma came to live with us after Grandpa died so, I was into recycling before it was the trendy thing to do…back then, we called it wearing “Hand-me Downs” not Repurposed articles and it was nothing to be proud of. Today, in Portland, the wealthy recycle, reuse and repurpose articles and feel no shame in telling people they shop in thrift shops. ;D Times have really changed.

The Viking Princess is your debut novel. I understand it’s a retelling of a little known legend involving King Arthur’s half-sister and a Viking. It sounds intriguing, can you tell us a little about the story and its characters?

Well, The Viking Princess isn’t your typical Disney Princess. She is a sorceress and a shield maiden who doesn’t need a Knight to come to her rescue. In fact, she meets her Viking lover on the battlefield as they sit poised against each other: Knights versus Vikings.
Morgaine Le Fey is King Arthur’s half-sister and Holger Danske is the Danish Viking Prince and warrior who ride against each other as enemies but they faced an attraction more powerful than any sword, stronger than any warrior and more magical than all the powers of Merlin.
Holger steals Morgaine away from Camelot in the hopes of using her as a bargaining chip against King Arthur but, when they are alone together, emotions are sparked inside them that rage into a blazing fire that threatens both their kingdoms.

Is having your book published like a dream come true? If so what does it mean to you?

I have been writing stories for as long as I can remember. Maybe because we only had one television and with twelve people living in the house, I never got to pick the shows we watched. So, instead I read books from the library and wrote my own stories to entertain my brothers and sisters and later my own kids. And, getting a book published validates the writing I’ve been doing over the years. Plus, sharing The Viking Princess with English-speaking people is very important to me. I believe King Arthur and Holger Danske really lived epic lives that have been memorialized in legends over the years. And, perhaps the only reason we know the stories about Arthur is because they were written in English.
I think it’s time people learned about the other stories that are woven together throughout history in French, Danish and Celtic languages. The Viking Princess shares one such story.

What inspired you to write The Viking Princess? Is it a standalone story or part of a series?

The Viking Princess is the first book in The Viking Series. The second book, The Viking Queen, should be coming out soon. The Viking Princess is a story that stands alone as it tells the tale of the budding romance and is the beginning of the romance between Morgaine Le Fey and Holger Danske. It is a true sizzling romance but the next book will build more upon the legends and lives of the characters.
I was inspired by Hamlet’s Castle, when I went to visit the historic site with my husband. There in the tunnels beneath the castle I first saw Holger Danske and heard of his legend. When I came back home to Portland, I started researching the stories of King Arthur, Charlemagne and Holger Danske and found that their stories were woven together. All three Kings were given magical swords but I had never heard of any of them except for Excalibur. That peaked my interest and I had to learn more. . .

Have you a favourite writing place? If so, where and why do you like writing there?

I love to curl up on my bed, late at night, with my laptop…not very romantic but it sure is a cozy place to write ;D

Was it difficult to write about historical events and Vikings who are usually characterised as wild and hedonistic for the New Adult market?

It was hard to try to weave the Arthurian legends into the Viking tale, along with the stories of King Charlemagne while being respectful to all three legends in a way that could tell Holger’s and Morgaine’s romance without seeming trite.

Social media savvy is important for writers. What’s your favourite social media platform and why?

I love Pinterest because I can see so many crafts, foods and fun things without having to travel any further than my laptop. Plus, I love blogging too because I can share so many stories, recipes, and pictures with my family and friends…did I say I love to write ;D

I love fantasy stories and King Arthur’s legends are particular favourites of mine. Was it your love of history and legends that made you write this story? Would you like to write in any other genre?

I have always loved historical stories but I also love to see new spins on old tales. I loved Wicked because it was a new perspective of The Wicked Witch of the West and brought an entirely new light (of green) to Elphaba. Plus Maleficent was another story that took a totally different twist on an old tale. Those types of books really appeal to me. I even enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Maybe because I also love horror stories.

I love to write all sorts of stories from kids’ stories to sizzling adult romance. One day I’d even like to write a recipe book ;D I just love to write.

Do you have a writing process you would like to share with us?

Late in the evening, I love to relax with my laptop. Not very romantic to curl up with an electronic device…but, then again, it can be very soothing.

What’s next for you and your writing?

I have a young adult horror novel coming out in July. It’s set in my hometown of Portland, Oregon and it’s about a demonic tattoo artist. Did you know that Portland, Oregon is the fifth most tattooed city in the country? Just check out this site:
Anyway, Demon’s Ink is a mix of Stephen King’s “Needful Things” and the legendary horror of “Rosemary’s Baby.”

And, I have book II in the Viking Series, The Viking Queen, coming out soon.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us today Kim. I look forward to reading and reviewing , The Viking Princess  soon.

 Excerpt - 1He laughed at her, making her senses bristle.
She was not amused. “Am I humorous?”
“I have heard you are many things,” he replied, “but humor has never been cited as one of your virtues.”
“First you laugh at me, and then you belittle me. Is this the way you treat all women?”
He pulled back on the reins. His horse slid to an immediate standstill. Then, burying his face into her hair, he whispered in her ear, “I have shown enormous restraint. Would you like me to show you how I treat all women?”
The burning ember inside her flared to a flame. The muscles low in her belly tightened, as she clenched her legs tighter, wrapping them around his steed. Sucking air into her lungs, she felt the immediate pulse of desire race through the core of her body. She wanted to reach back over her head and wrap her arms around his neck, to pull him even closer.
It was all she could do to hold her tongue and keep from begging him, when all she wanted to say was, “Yes, yes, please show me.”
Her body motionless, she could feel the warmth of him as his hands grew bold, slipping beneath the soft linens covering her, his fingers gently gliding up over her stomach, travelling beneath her breasts and edging up…
A voice whispered inside her head. What are you doing? This man is your enemy. He intends to kill you, your brother, everyone you love…
She grabbed his wrists, holding him still and steady. “You have caught me, kidnapped me, and dragged me here. I may be your prisoner, but do not think that I am interested in your advances.”
His body tensed and he pulled back his hands, gripping her firmly about the waist. “I, Holger, the prince over all the Norse lands, have never had a woman decline the privilege of being my lover.”
“Prince or pauper, it matters not to me what rank you hold, for I, too, am highborn and accustomed to many privileges,” she snapped back, unwilling to let him bask in his own conceit. “And being your lover is not a privilege I would prize.”
“Perhaps,” he said, softening his touch. Slowly he ran his finger down the length of her neck, taunting her. “But are you accustomed to this?” He swung her around to face him; his mouth moved to her neck, gently caressing her throat with his lips and tongue.
The warrior with the devil’s horns was surprisingly gentle and tender with his affections. Morgaine could not contain her pleasure. A small sigh moved up from her throat, over her lips, unexpectedly escaping into the night air. “This is nothing,” he whispered against her flesh, his hand moving down over her navel. Travelling to the valley between her thighs, he pressed his fingers into her apex and she gasped at his touch.
He pulled his hand back. “After your shrill tongue and insults, the next time you will have to beg for my attentions.”
His tone shocked her back into the present. No man had ever spoken to her in this manner. He had no idea of her power. She was not some peasant he could toy with. Morgaine Le Fey was a princess, the sister of King Arthur. It was her turn to laugh…and it came out of her loud and hard. He must not know of her talents. She was the most powerful sorceress in Camelot and perhaps a dozen other kingdoms.
“Me? Beg? To think you will ever witness such an act from me,” she started to say but then shook her head and continued, “You must be more than foolish.”
“We will see,” he said, sounding more arrogant and insolent than ever.
“Yes, we shall see,” she replied, as he gave his horse a nudge and they continued riding.’