About Cloud Filly

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Book Cover Link Full Synopsis Link Author: Alea Bushardt
Illustrator: Jeanne Mellin
Editor: Melody Clayton
Publisher: Sunridge Press
Printer: Trafford Publishing, first printing March 2006

Cloud Filly is the first of a series.

Cloud Filly is an exciting fantasy adventure about a teenage boy (Drake) and his sister (Nellie) who arrive in a new land by supernatural accident.  They discover unicorns, which are much different than they ever imagined, and many mystical creatures such as fire horses, dragons and cloud unicorns.  They are befriended by two sisters, one a mysterious sorceress.  The adventure focuses on the friendship that is successfully forged between Drake and a wild, playful and independent filly unicorn (Cloudberry).  Their love of running creates a special bond which enables them to chase a dream of winning the races held in that land.  The adventure is troubled by a seemingly evil and hateful stallion (Nightcloud) who is revealed to be Cloudberry’s brother.  He holds a mysterious grudge against her, seems to feel that all his woes have been caused by her and is determined to make her pay for it.  Even though he is considered a bad one to trust, Nellie begins to fall in love with him seduced by his great beauty and strong spirit.  After all, no one said she was going to sit by and watch her brother have all the fun…

This book has a completed sequel, Sky Stallion.  The detailed drawings inside (two per chapter) are done by world famous equine artist Jeanne Mellin.  There is a lighthearted and humorous tone throughout the story, and it was written to be enjoyed by a wide range of ages.

The author is a young teenager, born in 1990, who has an avid love of horses.  She started this manuscript at 13 and the sequel at 14.  This story has been with her from the time she can remember and was drawn in cartoon form before she could write.  The author is diagnosed with high-functioning autism.

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