SAMANTHA Mattocks, editor and owner of the award-winning publication The Arabian Magazine, has published her debut novel, Sandstorm.
Set in the exciting and mysterious world of the Arabian horse, against the heady backdrop of the mystical Middle East, Sandstorm is a racy read that grips the reader from the very first page galloping, as it does, through the Arabian horse show circuit.
Even if Arabian horses are not your thing, the characters have more than enough going on outside the show-ring to keep you turning the page, following them as they travel across Europe and the Middle East all after the same thing – championship glory, sex, and, ultimately, love.
With twists and turns aplenty, Sandstorm will thrill those who love the books of Jilly Cooper.
“Sandstorm has been a long time in the making,” says Samantha Mattocks of her debut novel. “To me, the characters remain as engaging as they first did when I wrote the scenes a few years ago, but I guess we all need something to push us into doing something outside our comfort zone. For me, it was Lockdown, which presented an unavoidable opportunity to finish my novel and finally get it published. I have had so many requests from friends wanting to read it during these challenging times, so it is lovely to be able finally put it out there.”
Based in Norfolk, Samantha has bred Arabian horses with her family all her life and she first began work on Sandstorm in the 2000s, during her own travels around the world for her specialist award-winning publication, The Arabian Magazine. Her unique insights into this world are now shared through the pages of Sandstorm.