The Perils of Autumn, a Readers Favorite Books 5-star awarded novel; now an International Book Awards Finalist in the genre of romance, is a definite page turner, set primarily in the early 1970’s, centering on a young Kentucky woman, Autumn Leeves, born in 1946 to Abigail Leeves, an unwed mother who struggles to make ends meet. By 1970, Autumn graduates nursing school and is sent on assignment by the local hospital to care for the terminally-ill wife of middle-aged English equestrian master, Cyril Landon, owner of Landon Lawns Stables, a most successful thoroughbred racing stable located just outside Lexington, Kentucky in a posh community known as The Meadows.
Duff Taylor, world renown jockey who is tops in his field, lives full-time above the tack room at Landon Lawns and enjoys the many benefits it brings, but he also has a dark secret surrounding an unsolved racing incident from his past that he will go to any length to protect.
Autumn arrives to Landon Manor in time to be thrown into the fray, and finds herself caught in the ongoing disruption that ensues.
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Author romantic fiction author Rusty Blackwood believes the flair for fantasy is anything the mind wishes it to be, and she is a master at this. Within her expressive mind is found an endless array of romance, passion, textures and colors to sweep the reader to exotic, faraway places where anything is possible, proving that her words really do leave you breathless.
Canadian born Blackwood, who chose her plume de nom by combining both the colour of her russet hair with her estranged husbands’ great, great, Scottish grandmother’s maiden name, grew up on her paternal grandfather’s farm in southwestern Ontario, Canada where she developed her love of writing while still in grade school, entering numerous competitions and writing exhibitions throughout her area, and attributes her love of writing to her late father James, and to the late Gladys Carroll, her elementary teacher. Although unprofessionally trained in the field, Rusty has always had an affinity for the written word, a gift to express it, and has demonstrated this talent many times since becoming a serious writer in 2001.
Miss Blackwood is a bronze medalist winner in the 2006 Annual International Library of Poetry, sponsored through PoetryPoem.com, for her 2005 poem, Desire.
Rusty is also a 2013 Finalist of the ’50 Great Writers You Should be Reading’ presented by The Author Show, and has written an eclectic array of contemporary and traditional poetry, publishing her first collection in October of 2009 entitled, “Feelings: A Rhythmic Journey in Thought,” which was later re-released in a second collection with additional content in 2011 under the title, “Impressions: A Poetic Rhythm in Emotion”. Feelings was followed in April of 2010 by a collection of assorted short stories for children, as well as the young at heart, entitled, “Young Minds,” which was later re-released as a second collection with additional content in 2012 under the title, “Through the Eyes of Innocence.” In March of 2012 Rusty released the short-story comedy, ‘The Misadventures of Derwood Tugbottom.’
Following a previously hard fought, misguided, and misleading publishing road into the competitive world of main-stream fiction with her first two-part romance/drama, ‘Passion in Paris’ – Connections to the Past and Directions of the Heart respectively – Rusty was finally given the chance to accomplish what she had originally set out to do, and this exciting reprieve can be found within the pages of her heart-touching, Amazon 4 star-rated, romance/drama, ‘Passions In Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary.’ This was followed in 2015 by the official release of the riveting 5-star award-winning romantic fiction drama, ‘Willow’s Walk.’ This page turner has been given a 5 star rating by Readers’ Favorite while still in pre-release. In July 2017, Miss Blackwood released her second installment in the Derwood comedy series, titled, ‘Derwood Returns’. Rusty currently released the third installment of the Derwood Tugbottom comedy series, entitled, ‘Derwood Goes Caribbean’, on January 27, 2019.
Rusty’s 12th title and third novel, ‘The Perils of Autumn’, published by Tellwell Talent, is a 5-star award-winning romantic fiction drama set in the early 1970’s at Landon Lawns Stables, a fictional thoroughbred racing stable in the posh community known as The Meadows located just outside Lexington Kentucky. This enthralling story centers around heroine Autumn Leeves, a twenty four year old newly graduated RN, who is sent on assignment to Landon Lawns to care for the terminally ill wife of English equestrian master, Cyril Landon. However, once there, Autumn encounters a world filled with intrigue, wonderment, and a well kept secret. ‘The Perils of Autumn’ was released on January 17, 2019 and is available in paperback, hardback, and Kindle editions at all Amazons, and in Kobo at Chapters. Paperback, and Hardback editions may also be ordered at all Chapters, Coles and Indigo. ‘The Perils of Autumn’ is also a 2019 International Book Awards FINALIST! Rusty is currently writing the follow-up novel to the 5-star awarded, ‘The Perils of Autumn’, entitled, ‘Return to Autumn’, and is expected to release in 2020.
The 5’1″(154.94 cm) spunky redhead, a three-time Finalist in the Top Female Author Annual Competition presented by TheAuthorShow.com, is often asked how much of herself is found in her heroines, and she has been noted to say a fair amount, adding that most writers inspiration comes from many different aspects of life experience and reaping from them all that one can to use to one’s best advantage, so in that respect she would have to say that many sides, aspects, and flavors of her heroines derive from her own personality and life.
Rusty has always loved the Arts in their many unique forms and this is demonstrated in the two Interior Decorating and Design diplomas she holds, as well as her many years spent on the south-western Ontario stage performing with her family’s country music band, The Midnight Ramblers, and the country – rock – blues band, MIRAGE respectively as an accomplished vocalist, bassist, and rhythm guitarist.
Rusty firmly believes in going after what she wants, doing whatever is required to make it happen, and turning a deaf ear to anyone who says it cannot be done. She has faced many challenges throughout her life, emerging more determined with each, but make no mistake about her methods, for she is a firm believer in Karma and the adage that whatever you put out in life revisits you, so be sure your intentions are proper.
Miss Blackwood resides in the cultural city of St. Catharines, Ontario and when not at her keyboard, enjoys art, music, nature, gardening, and spending quality time with family, friends, and her loyal cat, Tipper.
Rusty cordially invites you to browse her official website: https://www.rusty-blackwood.com, check out her Journal/Blog where you will find the latest news, and upcoming events, and enjoy her informative and interesting Video page, where you can enjoy her audio/video interviews. She also invites you to contact her regarding your views, questions, or to simply say hello. She also invites you to enjoy selected titles at her original online poetry site: ‘Inspiration in Thought’.