Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Stormcreek Plantation

Stormcreek Plantation 

A Novel of Horses, Family & Love

When Echo Dennis was one her grandmother bought her a rocking horse for Christmas. When she was three she got a stick horse. Then a year later, she was watching the daytime coverage of the Sydney Olympic games and caught sight of the ladies in long black coats on the most beautiful horses Echo had ever seen. From that moment on she knew what she wanted to do. Someday she would be one of those ladies competing for gold at the Olympics. 

With the love and support of her family, Echo trains her PRE Flyleaf in English Dressage and Show Jumping. While waiting for her dad and grandparents houses to sell she lives out at her aunt and uncle's plantation, training and taking care of the other creatures that live on the farm. Her biggest competition in the ring is Brittany Cumberland. The girls have been competing against each other since the pony leagues. Their rivalry intensifies when Deacon Cabot, the object of both girl's desires chooses Echo over Brittany. 

On the eve of the National Jumping Finals, Echo's beloved grandmother Gloria suffers a stroke and is hospitalized. The worry for her grandmother, causes Echo to lose confidence in herself and she eats dirt, leaving her unable to attend the World Championships. With her dreams up in the air, how will Echo make it to the London Games?

The Dennis Clan

Echo Catherine "EC" Dennis: 16; only daughter of Eli Dennis and Amanda Tannen; mother Amanda left Echo on her grandparent's doorstep when she was a month old and has never been heard from since; step-daughter of Holly Mae Marshall; half-sister of Elijah Dennis; is a Grand Prix level English Dressage and Show Jumping rider; plans on being the youngest gold medalist; lives with her Aunt Melanie and Uncle Ty while her father and grandparents sell their houses; has trained her PRE horse Flyleaf from a colt; secretly in love with Deacon Cabot; best friends with Taggart Bolton; arch-rivals with Brittany Cumberland; birthday July 18th, 1995 (As portrayed by country music star Lauren Alaina)

Eli Michael "Daddy" Dennis: 36; Echo's father; had Echo when he was 19; raised Echo with the help of his parents; met and fell in love with Holly Mae Marshall when Echo was five; has a son with Holly Mae; finally proposes to Holly Mae on Mother's Day; is selling his house in Charleston and moving to Stormcreek Plantation to ease Echo's commute to train with Flyleaf; supports Echo wholeheartedly; is a  Western style rider and competes with his brother-in-law Ty in team roping; birthday October 18th, 1976 (As portrayed by Enchanted star James Marsden)

Ezra Paul "Grandaddy" Dennis: 65; Echo’s grandfather; originally from Chicago; owns his own construction company; dotes on his granddaughter something awful; been married to his wife Gloria for 45 years; they live three doors down from son and granddaughter; does his best to help his son; birthday March 5th, 1946 (As portrayed by According to Jim star James Belushi)

Gloria Persimmon "Nanny" Dennis: 62; Echo’s grandmother; adores her granddaughter; will never forgive Amanda for leaving Echo; is the bookkeeper for Ezra's construction company; been married to Ezra Dennis for 45 years; supports her son with every endeavor; introduced Holly Mae Marshall to Eli; birthday March 28th, 1949 (As portrayed by country music star Reba McEntire)

Holly Mae Marshall-Dennis: 30; Echo's step-mother; was originally set up with Eli by Gloria when Echo was five; has a son with Eli; is good friends with Eli's older sister Melanie; supports Echo in her riding, even though she's terrified of horses; is a second grade teacher; Eli finally proposes on Mother's Day; birthday July 4th, 1981 (As portrayed by Safe Haven star Julianne Hough)

Elijah Isaac Dennis: 7; Echo's younger half-brother; is a very sporty kid, plays soccer in the spring and summer and pee-wee football in the fall; thinks Echo's style of riding in boring; is given a horse to train which he names Boone; is terrified of snakes; follows around the ranch hand Jackie Boy like a little shadow; wants to start training for junior rodeo; birthday January 23rd, 2004 (No portrayal at this time)

The Halstons

Melanie Ruby "Aunt Mellie" Dennis-Halston: 37; Echo’s aunt; older sister of Eli; married to Tyler Jones, a career Navy man; owns Stormcreek Plantation outside Charleston; like Echo, she had dreams of making the Olympics but a devastating injury kept her from achieving her dream; supports Echo in everything she does; will never forgive Amanda for abandoning Echo; adores sister-in-law Holly Mae; English style rider; birthday February 10th, 1974  (As portrayed by Days of Our Lives star Alison Sweeney)

Lieutenant Tyler Andrew "Uncle Ty" Halston: 41; Echo’s uncle; retired from the Navy; competed in Eventing while in the Navy; owns Stormcreek Plantation; bought Flyleaf for Echo when she was eight; helps her train in Dressage and Show Jumping; rides both English and Western styles; birthday October 21st, 1970 (As portrayed by The Outsiders star Rob Lowe)

Mrs. Corrine Cassius Halston: 76; Tyler’s mother; sold the family plantation Stormcreek to her son; comes from old Southern money; has a membership at Cumberland Resolute Country Club and Equestrian Center; pays for Echo’s dressage lessons at the center; once owned a horse that won the Kentucky Derby; attends the Derby every year; birthday February 18th, 1935 (As portrayed by I Dream of Jeannie star Barbara Eden)

Stormcreek Plantation 

Becky Louisa "Miss Becky" Kingston: 43; is Aunt Melanie’s best friend; is the groomer for Stormcreek Plantation; is an excellent cook; doesn’t ride; birthday January 12th, 1969 (As portrayed by Hairspray star Ricki Lake)

Jack Peter Kingston: 43; Becky’s husband; retired Navy; served with Ty; runs Stormcreek Plantation with Ty; is Ty’s right hand man; good friends with Eli; has a way with horses; is a Western style rider; birthday March 19th, 1969 (As portrayed by The Dark Knight star Aaron Eckhart)

Jack “Jackie Boy” Peter Kingston Jr.: 26; son of Becky and Jack Kingston; is the stable hand, jack of all trades at Stormcreek; dating Natalie Richards; they become engaged; travels with Echo when she goes to shows to help with the horses; rides Western style; teaches Elijah how to rope; birthday April 4th, 1986, (As portrayed by Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian star Ben Barnes)

Natalie Hannah Richards: 25; Jackie Boy’s fiancĂ©; is in vet school; lives with Jackie Boy at the plantation; is learning to ride English style; birthday July 23rd, 1987 (As portrayed by Mean Girls star Lacey Chabert)

Echo's Friends & Windsong Academy Faculty 

Deacon Jensen Cabot: 17; student at Windsong Academy; has a serious crush on Echo; is the object of Brittany Cumberland's affections, but doesn't return them; is best friends with Taggart Bolton, uses the friendship to get information about Echo; is the only son of Mayor April Cabot and lawyer Shaun; owns a red Ford F-150; doesn’t ride, but learns for Echo; birthday March 25th, 1994 (As portrayed by American Idol season 10 winner Scotty McCreery)

Taggart "Tag" Adam Bolton: 17; Echo’s best friend; best friends with Deacon Cabot; has been restoring an old Ford Bronco with Eli; is head over heels in love with Brittany Cumberland, who doesn't give him the time of day; plans to join the Navy when he graduates; acts like a big brother to Echo; is a Western style rider; works at the plantation on weekends and in the summer; February 28th, 1994 (As portrayed by iCarly star Nathan Kress)

Brittany “Britta” Gail Cumberland: 16; Echo’s archrival in riding; has a thing for Deacon but he won’t give her the time of day; has a whole team of people helping her with her training and shows; attends Windsong as well and does everything she can to make Echo’s life miserable; as yet to actually beat Echo; is an English style rider; birthday September 23rd, 1996 (As portrayed by The Secret Life of Bees star Dakota Fanning)

Michelle Carson Davies: 16; Brittany's best friend; makes it her life's mission to make Echo’s life a living hell at Windsong; is an English style rider; only competes in Show Jumping; birthday November 18th, 1996 (As portrayed by Jessie star Peyton List)

Mrs. Regina Downey: Echo's English teacher; faculty advisor for the National Honor Society (As portrayed by Academy Award winning actress Sandra Bullock)

Mr. Liam Gregory: Echo's World History teacher; Deacon's baseball coach (As portrayed by Silver Linings Playbook star Bradley Cooper)

The Horses of Stormcreek Plantation and Cumberland Resolute 

Flyleaf: An Eight year old PRE stallion; given to Echo when she was eight; has been trained by Echo

Hobbit: Four year old American Quarter Horse filly of Reba and Redneck

Duchess Georgiana "Jorja": An eight year old PRE; bought for Brittany Cumberland after Echo got hers; doesn't fully trust Brittany because Brittany doesn't take the time to train her

Reba: A ten year old American Quarter Horse; is Melanie's horse; mother of Hobbit; mate of Redneck

Redneck: A twelve year old American Quarter Horse; Ty's horse; father of Hobbit; mate to Reba

Sherlock: A ten year old Tennessee Walking Horse; Eli's horse; Deacon learns to ride on Sherlock

Boone: A three year old Appaloosa; Elijah's horse; bought for him by Ty; Elijah's learning roping and rodeo events on him