Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Race Girl {+ Giveaway}

I’m excited to be a part of the XpressoBook Tour for author Leigh Hutton’s current release, RACE GIRL.

Race Girl by Leigh Hutton
(The Go Girls Chronicles #3)
Publication date: April 3rd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

As part of the tour, I have an excerpt from the book to share with you. In addition, there’s a tour-wide international giveaway for a $20 Amazon Gift Card. Please see the end of the post for more giveaway details.


Fresh on the heels of Michelle Payne’s historic Melbourne Cup win, comes a blockbuster Australian story about a Queensland girl and the ‘race that stops a nation’ . . .

Tully Athens has always dreamed of following in the footsteps of her hero Michelle Payne. Of living up to the Athens name and becoming the third generation of women from her family to rule the track. But Tully’s never been sure she’s got the nerve, and when her mother is killed in a racing accident, her whole world is shattered.
Six months later, in the heat of a Queensland summer, sixteen-year-old Tully is ready to face her fears. But getting back in the saddle leads to a whole lot more than she bargained for, with an out of control crush on the boy from their rival thoroughbred farm – the gorgeous but cocky larrikin Brandon Weston – and a forgotten filly with stardom in her eyes . . .
When faced with the most difficult decision of her life, will Tully choose to train and race her new filly in Melbourne? Or will she sacrifice it all to fight for love on the land that feeds her soul?
It’s only when tragedy rips everything from her that Tully finds a strength and courage she never knew she had, in this action-packed novel of passion, adventure and determination.

RACE GIRL is the highly anticipated third book in The Go Girls Chronicles – bestselling stories of gutsy girls in action sports, by Leigh Hutton! *A PORTION OF EVERY #RaceGirl book sold goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and to horse-welfare charity, Equine Action Qld*

You can find RACE GIRL at the following sites: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnesand Noble, and iTunes.

An excerpt for your reading pleasure …...

Tully scanned the shadows as she reached the shimmering water. He didn’t turn up . . . She thought with a stab of panic. He’s playing me!
       I’m an idiot!!
       She’d spun around, ready to bolt back to the house, when a rustling in the tall, dead grass around the jetty made her heart stop. Bear bounded out, barking and grinning like mad.
       ‘Shhhh, mate—please!’ Tully whispered, cursing herself for forgetting to pull the wooden back door shut when she’d left the house. Tully scooped up the warm, wriggling body, rushing down the slope to the bank of the wide dam where she prayed they’d be out of sight from the house or the cottage on the far side of the track. She collapsed on the bank, cradling Bear in her lap, her arms wrapped around him.
       ‘Nice dog,’ a deep, rough voice said from behind her.
       ‘Holy—sit!’ Tully grabbed the front of Brandon’s T-shirt and pulled him down next to her. Bear leapt up, licking his face.
       ‘Whoa, whoa!’ He chuckled, leaning down to help Tully contain Bear in her lap. ‘I was hoping for that kind of reception from her—’ he nodded down at Tully.
       ‘God, shush!’ Tully pushed her face against Bear’s smooth head, her eyes drifting across the sparkling dam to the violet outline of the mountains, and up into the silver diamonds – bright and full across the sky. Tully took a long breath to calm her thumping heart, when suddenly her whole body was swirling like wonderland – her mind lost, struggling to comprehend what that rich-wonderful-earthy-soapy-manly-scent could possibly be. Oh, she realised, opening her mouth so she could block off her nostrils. Him; of course he’s got the best cologne . . .
       Just get down to business . . . ‘So,’ Tully said, clutching to Bear’s smooth body. ‘Brandon, did you know your dad’s trying to buy our farm out from under us?’

Author Leigh Hutton
Leigh Hutton is a former Courier-Mail journalist, dirt bike racer and horse show jumper. Leigh was born in Canada and lives on rural property in southeast Queensland, Australia, with her husband and three young children.

When she isn’t writing, managing the relocation and restoration of historic ‘Queenslander’ homes, wrangling the kids or swilling coffee, she loves to read, watch smart TV and movies, ride her motorbike and daydream about gorgeous horses. Her family spell racehorses at their property and making friends with each one is also a favourite pastime of Leigh and her children.

Leigh is especially passionate about promoting the growing number of girls and women in all action and equestrian sports, and is thrilled to be drawing on her experiences to bring you the exciting novels of The Go Girls Chronicles . . .
Book one, REV GIRL, OUT NOW!
Book three, RACE GIRL, OUT NOW!!

For more on Leigh and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter.

You can also find out more about Leigh and her work by visiting the other blogs participating in her tour. You can find the complete schedule HERE on her Xpress Book Tour page.

This tour-wide giveaway is open international and is for a $20 Amazon Gift Card. The giveaway ends June 23rd. To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. It may take the Rafflecopter widget a few seconds to load so please be patient.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Are you a fan of horses? Do you enjoy reading about them? Have you ever or do you currently own a horse?


  1. Wow. It didn't take long for Michelle Payne to become an inspiration. All power to her. And all the female jockeys.

  2. how very rude of that horse to show us his bum on the cover

  3. Thanks for hosting today, Mason! :)

  4. I like the jockey/horse racing context for this story, Mason. And it sounds like there are some great characters here, too. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What an inspiring story. I think I might have to read this one.

  6. This is so wonderful and special. Gives me hope.


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