The first in the series, The Secret of Blackwatch introduces 11-year old Maggie to the reader following the death of her mother. Maggie dreams of owning her own pony as her mother did before her death. Her dream comes true when her father surprises her with a trip into the mysterious world of Blackwatch Stables. Lead by the scrupulous Ms. Cavalieri, Maggie learns that owning a pony is a bit different than she imagined. Guided by the other girls at the barn, she learns that caring for her pony, Bella, is hard but rewarding work. As her adventures at Blackwatch Stables begin, she and Bella quickly develop a magical relationship full of love and trust that carry them through an extraordinary adventure.
Amber Cavalier Spiler began her equestrian career at age 5 in the horse country of Ocala, Fla. Inspired and supported by her mother, Trish Cavalier, she began working with Mary Rivers where she developed extensive knowledge that covered many breeds and styles of riding. “She was my idol and second mom. She was one of the most important role models in my life.” Amber earned the title of National Champion Equitation rider in the Paso Fino breed as well as four other national championships and several regional and state championships. Life took her away from horses for 20 years. As life allowed, Amber rekindled her passion while watching her daughters, Bella and Lily, learn to ride and experience the excitement that had consumed her as a young girl. Then she found Toby, her current horse, through CANTER Mid-Atlantic (an organization that places thoroughbreds into good homes when their racing career ends). “Toby helped me find my soul again!” It is with this enthusiasm for horses that Amber decided to pen Blackwatch Stables Series, weaving her own experiences into this delightful story for the tween and adult audience.
Author Amber Cavalier Spiler is not only an awesome author, but a adult amatuer equestrian as well. She is inspired to write by her children and her father who told her stories about ponies as a little girl.
The Secret of Blackwatch
To Bella and Lily, who inspire me every single day.
To my dad, who gave my pony wings.
To the fearless Vicki Dudasch, who knows how horses touch our souls.