The Love of Appaloosas by Misty M. Beller

We’re excited to welcome our guest Misty M. Beller and what a great topic–Appaloosa horses. Today Misty will give away a signed print copy of her latest book Freedom in the Mountain Wind! Thank so much for stopping by, Misty!

Howdy, Friend! It’s always an honor to stop by for a visit with you.

All my life I’ve been a horse lover, and was blessed to grow up on a farm. My older brother and I each had ponies of our own and rode hours each day. When we were old enough to graduate to full-size horses, we met neighbors who also had horses and loved to ride together. The two mares they rode had a mottled black and white spotted look, which I knew to be part of the Appaloosa breed. Through years of riding together, I developed a deep appreciation for those two Appaloosa horses, as well as respect for the entire breed! Those two mares proved they could outrun and outlast any of the other horses in our riding group.

As I met other Appaloosas, I learned the breed has a wide variety of coat patterns, from dramatically spotted horses (called leopard Appaloosas) to solid horses whose rumps sport white “blankets” (with or without spots). You don’t always know what pattern a horse will have at its birth.

I’ve long wanted to include Appaloosas in one of my stories, especially since the breed was said to have begun in the Nez Perce tribe who lived just west of the Rocky Mountains. Most of my books are set in the majestic Rockies, so anything from that area snags my attention!

When I was brainstorming ideas for a new series, I realized this was the perfect time to include Appaloosas! A band of five good friends—as close as brothers. One sets off on a mission to find the famed Paloose horse bred by the Nez Perce tribe. When he doesn’t return as promised, the other four set off to find him. Thus begins the journey of a lifetime…

The story kicks off in book 1, Freedom in the Mountain Wind. I pray you love this story as much as I loved writing it, and enjoy a glimpse of the famous Appaloosa horse!

Is there a breed of horse you’ve always admired? A random person from the comments below will be picked to receive a signed print copy of Freedom in the Mountain Wind

Freedom in the Mountain Wind

The last epic journey before her life changes forever.

Susanna Wilkins will do anything to make her father’s final dream come true, including trek along the path Lewis and Clark explored into the untamed wilds of the Rocky Mountains. Every mile is more crucial now that lung cancer is stealing Pa’s last days faster than she can come to terms with losing him. The journey becomes harder than she ever expected, but paddling upriver through fierce rapids and fighting hungry grizzlies isn’t what terrifies her the most.

Beaver Tail endured more than he can stand from the women in his Blackfoot camp, but the last disaster gave him the final shove he needed to join this band of brothers searching for one of their group who’s gone missing. The last thing he expected was to find a white woman and her sick father stranded at the base of a massive waterfall. His plan is to help them carry their oversize canoe and supplies, then leave them to their strange mission. Yet, the more he learns about the pair, the more he realizes his life is about to be derailed—again.

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.

Author Bio:

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author, writing romantic mountain stories set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. 

Misty loves to connect at her website, FacebookGoodreadsTwitter, Bookbub, and Pinterest


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51 thoughts on “The Love of Appaloosas by Misty M. Beller”

    • Oh, me too, Denise! In fact, we still have a couple of pinto horses. They’re just fat pasture ornaments these days, but I’ve always loved their beauty!

  1. I love all horses, They are such beautiful animals. I have to say the Clydesdale horses are a marvel.

    • You’re so right, Carol! Have you ever been up close to a Clydesdale and seen those big feet? Amazing!

  2. Well to The P&P Family. These fillies here are so sweet. I Lov your excerpt and I too am a horse lover. The American Quarter Horse is my favorite breed. I come from a rodeo family and we Alway had horses to rope on, ride with our neighbors, just like you, too, and I am so thankful I was raise with horses as my best friends.
    Thanks for giving us a little background into Appaloosa’s. Have an amazing weekend.

  3. I never spent any time around horses, so I honestly don’t know one breed from the next. Every time I hear someone talk about them, I feel I missed out on something special.

    • Hi Janine! One of the wonderful things about fiction is the chance to discover things you haven’t experienced in real life, isn’t it. 🙂 I’m sure you’ve had your share of adventures, even without real life horses!

  4. I have always had/raised registered Quarter Horses or Paints so those would be my favorite – but also love the Belgian, Percheron for Drafts and my FIL raised many Haflingers

  5. Hi Misty! Love the pictures you included. Beautiful horses. We raised quarter horses for a few years. Our mare always foaled black colts. Loved horseback riding in the ocean too. Congrats on a new book series.

    • Thanks, Kathy! Horseback riding in the ocean sounds absolutely wonderful! I’ve never had the opportunity, but have always wanted to. Hope you enjoy the new series!!

  6. I really don’t know anything about horses because I wasn’t around them very much. Although I live in a state known for its race horses. I love reading books about horses so your book sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to read it.

    • Isn’t it wonderful to experience so many new treasures through books! I pray you enjoy this story! 🙂

  7. Appaloosa have always been my favorite breed. This book and series sounds awesome! I’ve never read one of your books and would love the opportunity. A giveaway is an awesome way to find a new author to add to my go to authors list! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. I don’t have a favorite breed of horses. I think they are all beautiful. My Dad had a grey with black spots on its rump when I was growing up.

  9. I’ve loved horses since I was a little girl, despite my mother’s hope I’d outgrow the fascination. My favorite breed is the Gypsy Vanner. Big, flashy, and beautiful!

  10. I love Appaloosas. I grew up on a farm and we had a Palomino (Goldie), her filly who was half thoroughbred (Sundae), a pinto (Casper), a roan (Casey) Lots of riding. Your books cover is gorgeous. This sounds like a wonderful story. On my list.

    • What a great collection of horses, Lori! I’ve always been partial to palominos too. 🙂 I pray you enjoy this story!

  11. I admit to being a bit afraid of horses. One of my sisters has horses and even had a breaking/training business for several years. I admire her horses and her skills with them, but I just never developed the passion she has for them.

    I just read my first book of yours earlier this month (Hope’s Highest Mountain) and loved it! I can’t wait to be able to read the next one.

  12. Welcome, Misty! I grew up in the Palouse, and went to school with George Hatley’s son. George was one of the original founders of the Appaloosa Horse Club registry. I worked for the AHC during high school registering horses. This post brought back good memories!

    • Wow, Jeannie! What an amazing opportunity that was! Did you ever feel like you got to be part of a legacy in the making? 🙂

  13. As you said, all horses are beautiful. I could sit and watch them all day. There are several breeds I love, but my favorite horse is a Paint.

    I’m from SC as well. We have had quarter horses, a paint, haflingers, and a beautiful solid black Tennessee Walker.

    • Hi Linda! It’s great to see a fellow Carolinian! Sounds like you’ve had a great collection of animals. 🙂

  14. I have always admired the Appaloosas. My preference is for those with the spotted saddle type markings. In my youth, I first wanted a palomino and then a black horse with a white blaze. I never did have a horse. Now I just admire them for the beautiful animals they are with no favorites.

    • Hi Patricia! Your comment about wanting a black horse as a kid reminds me of all those times I read the Black Stallion books, and of course Black Beauty! Did you ever read those?

      • I did read one of the Black Stallion books and Black Beauty. I am not sure if that is where my like for a black horse came from. I read and loved the 3 book My Friend Flicka series (Green Grass Of Wyoming and Thunderhead) but it didn’t change the type of horse I liked.

  15. I like horses, breed doesn’t really matter. If I had to pick one, I’d say Clydesdales. Your book sounds good!!

    • Yes! We never had a Morgan, but I’ve had a great respect for them ever since I read the book, Justin Morgan Had a Horse. Remember that one? 🙂

  16. I enjoyed reading your very interesting post on the Appaloosa horses, they sure are beautiful. I think the Clydesdales are Beautiful but maybe a bit too big. I think Appaloosa’s are Beautiful. We had a horse when we were teenagers , I think he was just a reg. horse, and his name was Big Red. Thank you so much for this very interesting and very informative post. Have a Great weekend. God Bless you.

    • So glad you enjoyed the post, Alicia! I’ll bet you enjoyed lots of wonderful hours with Big Red! 🙂

  17. We still had a team of work horses until I was in 7th grade. They were mostly Belgian and my sister and I rode them like saddle horses. By that time they were used mostly in the winter when the snow was too deep for the tractor. My dad also used them to skid logs in our woodlot. We never did get a saddle horse of our own but we enjoyed our friends’ horses of many different breeds.

  18. I think all horses are beautiful. I guess my favorite would be the Arabian horse. There is just something enthralling about how they hold their heads up and display confidence.
    If you ever get a chance, attend the All Arabian Horse show in Scottsdale, AZ in the spring. it should be on your bucket list. Is awesome. i go every year.

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