Jennifer and Michael Grais - Christa's Luck

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 6:00pm

Christa Cassidy knows that she’s lucky. She lives with her parents and older sister on a small ranch in a beautiful part of the world; she has a grandmother who loves her; and she’s expecting a baby sister before the end of the summer. She even has her own horse named Lucky, but like any other teenager, she’s suspended between childhood and adulthood, unsure of her place in the world. She’s really only at home when she’s sitting on a horse, particularly when she’s trying to track the Lost Herd through the canyons around her home. When something horrible happens to Lucky, Christa’s world is upended, and things only get worse when it becomes clear that the Bureau of Land Management intends to round up the mustangs. With the help of a strong, troubled horse named Jenner, Christa is determined to figure out what’s going on. She soon finds that she must rein in her own passions as well as her horses, and that she won’t accomplish anything without friends and help. In the vein of The Horse Whisperer and The Black Stallion, Christa’s Luck: The Story of a Girl, Her Horse, and the Last Wild Mustangs is an epic adventure story of courage, friendship and freedom.

Jennifer Grais is a singer-songwriter who recorded several albums in Los Angeles and Nashville and toured as Jackson Browne’s background singer. She completed a year-long program of study with Linda Kohanov, best-selling author of The Tao of Equus, and Riding Between the Worlds, and began exploring a deeper relationship with horses. In December 2006, she was captivated by footage of a horse rescue that took place during a flood in the Netherlands at the hands of women riders. Research for the novel exposed Jennifer to the unfolding drama of the wild mustangs in the western United States.

Michael Grais has written and produced movies of domestic and international acclaim.  After a brief stint of writing for episodic television, he launched into features, and has written everything from romantic comedies to thrillers for seven Academy Award winning producers/directors.The first feature he wrote was Death Hunt, starring Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson, before co-writing the mega-hit Poltergeist with Steven Spielberg. Michael went on to write and produce Poltergeist II, Marked for Death  and Cool World. As Executive Producer, his credits include: Great Balls of Fire! and Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers. He is also a contributor in the book, Why We Write, in which 25 screenwriters communicated their experiences of becoming successful in Hollywood. Michael has taught filmmaking at University of New Mexico and in various workshops abroad. After attending New York University’s Film School and Emerson College, he earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Christa's Luck: The Story of a Girl, Her Horse, and the Last Wild Mustangs Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780990605300
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Jennifer Grais - June 15th, 2015

Inspired by a real horse rescue, Christa's Luck is a teen fiction novel about Christa's love for an endangered herd of wild horses and how her special connection with them inspires her to look beyond her own unforgivable mistakes and try again. She rises up to become a horse advocate at fourteen, whose passion and heart move an entire town to take action.