Bestselling Author Tami Hoag Rings in the New Year with a New Book and a New Horse

New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag is headed to the show ring with her new horse Lonestar, an 11-year-old Hanoverian. (Photo courtesy of Sue Stickle)

Wellington, FL (December 30, 2010) – New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag has mastered the literary world with her spine-tingling murder mysteries, and now Hoag is planning on mastering the show ring with her new 11-year-old Hanoverian named Lonestar. In addition to riding and competing during the winter dressage shows in Florida, Hoag is also embarking on a book tour for her newest novel, Secrets to the Grave, released December 28, 2010.

“I bought Lonestar in June of 2010 and we are still getting to know each other,” Hoag said. “So far we’ve done a schooling show and one small sanctioned show. He got a first and a second in the Intermediaire II, and I have yet to really ask him to do anything. I’ve been riding him conservatively, but still he’s been racking up a lot of 8s in his tests.”

Hoag recently rode Lonestar in a clinic with World Equestrian Games star Steffen Peters. “The clinic was an excellent experience and I really enjoyed riding with Steffen,” Hoag said. “He’s so meticulous and quiet in his work with his own horses. I try to emulate that work ethic every day. He was very excited about Lonestar, who just got bigger and better as the lesson went on.”

Hoag purchased Lonestar from Neil and Cindy Ishoy in Canada and said Cindy approached her at a show to tell her about their great young Grand Prix horse they had decided to sell. “She wanted to make sure he had the right home with the right rider. She thought I would hit it off with him, and I certainly did,” Hoag said.

Hoag said her trainer, Besty Steiner, has also fallen in love with Lonestar. “What’s not to love?” Hoag said with a laugh, adding that Lonestar is 18 hands, powerful and elegant. “But he is very obedient and light in the bridle, and surprisingly light over the ground. He’s by the thoroughbred stallion, Laurie’s Crusador, and has the trademark character and trainability of his sire. He’s a tireless hard worker, and he loves to go to the horse show.”

Hoag will also show her other Grand Prix mount, Bacchus de Light, during the season. “After a long layoff with an injury, he’s finally really back and sound and fit, and happy in his work. Rush Hour rounds out my show string. He was out all last year with an injury and is unfortunately going to start out 2011 with eye surgery to correct chronic uveitis. But he will be back in work within a few weeks of the surgery.”

Hoag is also embarking on a book tour for her latest novel, Secrets to the Grave, which became available December 28, 2010. (Photo courtesy of Dutton Books)

Hoag kicked off her book tour for Secrets to the Grave, the sequel to Deeper Than the Dead, in Rochester, Minnesota. On January 6, 2011, at 7 pm, the book tour will take Hoag to the Barnes & Noble in Wellington, Florida, followed by an appearance at 7 pm at Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore in Delray Beach on January 7 and then at 3 pm at Vero Beach Book Center on January 8. Hoag will also speak at Shop Talk at the Wellington dressage boutique Sho Clothes, on January 11.

Hoag has 15 New York Times bestsellers to her name and is getting ready to start a new book, tentatively titled Down the Darkest Road, the third book in the series that began with Deeper Than the Dead and Secrets to the Grave. The upcoming novel is about the mother of a missing teenage daughter and her need to get answers and revenge from the man she believes committed the crime. While Hoag’s fans will be eagerly awaiting another suspenseful ride, Hoag has already delighted horse fans around the world with her equestrian themed novels Dark Horse and Alibi Man which take place amidst the Wellington, Florida equestrian scene.

For more information about Tami Hoag, or to see a list of her novels, visit her website at

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