Valerie Ormond spent the majority of her adult life as a Naval Intelligence Officer.  The daughter of two English majors, and an English major herself, she grew up with a great interest in books and writing.  Her first novel, Believing In Horses (March 2011, J.B. Max Publishing), about a young girl saving unwanted horses, received the Gold Medal in Children’s Literature in the 2011 Stars and Flags Book Awards.  Valerie is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Military Writers Society of America, American Horse Publications, and numerous equine and veteran associations.  She is both a freelance and technical writer and is currently working on the sequel to her first book, which focuses on the healing power of horses.  She can be reached via her web site at



Sadie Navarro moves for the sixth time to a new home, only to find her Navy dad departing to Afghanistan for a year.  To ease the transition, Sadie’s parents reward their twelve-year-old daughter with the dream of a lifetime, her own horse.  While getting to know her new horse, Lucky, Sadie discovers ten horses waiting to be sold at auction and commits to saving them from uncertain futures. Sadie faces head-on the challenges experienced by military families and demonstrates how young people can act to bring about change if they believe in what they are doing.  In just a few short months, Sadie meets both good and bad people, and experiences joy, fear, disappointment, self-doubt, empowerment, and a level of responsibility she has never known before.






Valerie’s Cause:

A portion of the proceeds from Believing In Horses benefit the following horse rescues:  Freedom Hill Horse Rescue ( and Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. (  Although Believing In Horses is fictional, the situations depicted are real.  Both these horse rescues assisted me with research for the book and are fantastic organizations with tremendous volunteers!

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