About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Happenstance Farms by S. McMichael: Review, Guest Post, & Giveaway with iRead Book Tours


Join Us for This Tour:  January 11 to January 31, 2022
Book Details:

Book Title: Happenstance Farms: A New Home by S. McMichael
Category:  Children's Fictions (ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Ek-9 Solutions & Services, LLC
Release date:   January 2022
Content Rating:  G -Suitable for everyone.

Book Description:

​Change can be difficult, especially for Savanna. When she gets a new trainer at a new barn, she can't help thinking about how much she'll miss Colts & Company. More than that...she's a little scared. What will happen when Savanna swallows her fear and takes a chance on Happenstance Farms?

A fun, relatable story about a girl and her pony, your child will love keeping up with the adventures at Happenstance Farms. With charming characters, lots of laughs, and social-emotional learning, this book is the perfect addition to any home or classroom library.

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Savanna is a horse lover, but her days of riding her pony and training with Mrs. Kylin are over. Now she has to get used to a new trainer and a new home for Coffee, and she's feeling afraid and uncertain. Will there be anyone else her age? Will she feel out of place at Happenstance Farms? Will she be able to keep up with the other riders?

This is a charming story with a likable little girl, her special pony, and an adorable dog who's eager to become her new friend. Author S. McMichael shares easy-to-read text and the vivid illustrations by Justo Borrero make the story jump off the page! Happenstance Farms: A New Home is a perfect book for young horse lovers, and it's also a great way to show that change isn't always bad. I'll gladly share it with my eight-year-old granddaughter, and I'll be looking for more stories about Happenstance Farms.

I received a copy of this book from the author via iRead Book Tours. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Guest Post from Susie McMichael

Tell readers how they can help support you as a writer.


Happenstance Farms: A New Home is my first book in a series. Savanna has many adventures with Eli, Sophia, Ellen and a host of other characters at the barn. I want to enlist the support of readers and ask that once they read the book, they provide feedback on Amazon and Goodreads.


A person walking a horse

Description automatically generated with low confidenceI would also like to hear about the experiences that other children have encountered. The situations that Savanna and her friends go through will relate to a lot of people, but they may not have the same exact experiences. Readers may have completely different experiences at school, or an activity that they want to share.  So, I look forward to hearing about experiences from our readers.


I would like to hear some of the topics that children would like to read about at Happenstance Farm.  I have already received suggestions from the local equestrian community, so I look forward to broader feedback.  


The ultimate support from readers would be to buy the Happenstance Farms books. Specifically, provide your son, daughter, family member or friend an opportunity to go on an adventure with Savanna and her friends at Happenstance Farms.  Thanks to everyone for their support and remember to keep reading!

Meet the Author:

McMichael serves as the Senior Manager and Information Technology Business Partner for Training Solutions and Global Training Systems & Services in Boeing Global Services. She is a disabled veteran with more than 16 years of domestic and international experience in air traffic management and operations.  

McMichael holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a master’s certificate in project management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Southern Illinois University.  She is a recipient of The
Boeing Company CTO Technical Excellence Award, Women of Color in Technology
“Rising Star” award, U.S. Air Force Air Traffic Training Achievement Award, and the International William A. Parenteau Memorial Award from the Air Traffic Control Association.  McMichael serves on the Advisory Board of SSM St. Charles Health Center, and the Missouri Hunter Jumper Organization board.
Tour Schedule:

Jan 11 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 11 - Character Madness and Musing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 11 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 12 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 12 - Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Jan 13 - @bujos_n_books – book review
Jan 13 - A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Jan 14 – @jayme_reads – book review
Jan 18 – Sandra's Book Club – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 - @twilight_reader – book review
Jan 20 – Older & Smarter? – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Jan 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 24 - Books for Books - book review
Jan 25 – Kam's Place – book review
​Jan 25 – icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 27 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 27 - The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 28 – Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
Jan 31 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

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  1. My girls are going to love this book. I sure hope Happenstance Farms turns into a series. They will be so excited.

  2. Thanks for sharing! My kiddos would love this!