Rafferty Lincoln Loves… by Emily Williams (foreword by Frankie Dettori) | Extract | @EmilyRMWilliams #YA #BTRC #RaffertyLincolnLoves


Published by Lutino Publications (14 February 2018)

Available in ebook and paperback

287 pages

I’ve been a horse racing fan for many years and its such a joy to see these beautiful animals close up and to watch them racing.    I’m delighted to support Emily Williams on her blog tour for Rafferty Lincoln Loves… (with the foreword written by former champion jockey, Frankie Dettori MBE). The proceeds from the book are to be donated to The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.


|   About the Book   |


Rafferty Lincoln doesn’t like horses. Not one bit. But when the popular high school girl of his dreams, Liberty Ashburn, pulls him into a world of lead ropes and horse brushes, who is he to say no?

Except this isn’t any old horse. This is the missing racehorse, Profits Red Ridge. The horse Rafferty and three of his friends are hiding from the world. And Liberty Ashburn isn’t just any ordinary high school girl. How far will Rafferty go to win her over?

An intense, witty and powerful coming of age story with startling consequences.



From Chapter One


Looking back, I always wondered who saw whom first. Did the horse already know I was approaching from the rhythmic whirring of my wheels as I free-glided down the hill, or did I see the horse first, grazing on the grass verge down the dip in the narrow country lane?

Either way, as I skidded up onto the embankment, the horse snorted, threw back his head, and backed into the road blocking my path. The huge brown arse and flying hooves skittered about on the gravel. The pebbles sprayed up, pelting at the bike’s metal frame and pitting the paintwork. I threw the bike down onto the grass and stepped towards the horse, hands out wide, like a cowboy. It didn’t appreciate my effort.

This wasn’t what I had bargained for. I hadn’t even made the first house. I chucked my bag over towards my crumpled bike, the newspapers spilling out and flapping in the breeze and tried again. The horse snorted and tossed its head into the air, eyes rolling and showing white.


About the charity ‘The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre’

The proceeds from the novel ‘Rafferty Lincoln Loves…’ will be donated to The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

BTRC is dedicated to improving and promoting the welfare of retired race horses through education, retraining and suitable rehoming in order to ensure that our Thoroughbreds have a rewarding and valuable life after their racing careers have ended.

Each year thousands of horses leave racing, some because they reach the natural end of their career and others through injury or lack of ability. Established in 1991, The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre was the UK’s first charity dedicated to ex-racehorse welfare, retraining, rehoming and protection for life.

‘It is fantastic to see a contemporary novel for young adults embracing passion and love for horses, as well as advocating for their welfare. Emily’s fast-paced novel not only explores the relationship and incredible bond between horse and rider but also delves into darker aspects relevant to today’s challenging world of growing up. Rafferty Lincoln Loves… deserves to be celebrated for bringing an important cause to the forefront of today’s young adults.’ Frankie Dettori MBE

‘I am thrilled to have written this novel for the BTRC and to be donating the proceeds to such an important and dedicated charity for the welfare of retired racehorses.’ Emily Williams

|   Author Bio   |



Emily Williams lives by the seaside in West Sussex with her family and a menagerie of small pets. After graduating from Sussex University with a BA in Psychology, Emily trained as a primary school teacher and teaches in a local school.

Rafferty Lincoln Loves… is her first YA novel after the success of her debut adult novel, Letters to Eloise, released in 2017.


Author Links:  Website/Blog   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   AmazonUK   |   Goodreads





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