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The Silver Heart

The Silver Heart was penned by Samantha Sheridan in the 1990s, utilizing a computer equipped with a floppy disk and a green screen. It began as an endeavor to express her passions for music and horses. Being a hopeless romantic, she found it effortless to weave elements of her upbringing in Ohio into Sue's backdrop. Samantha reminisced about moments by the creek beneath an oak tree, her faithful pony named Mack, and the countless visits to the Ohio State Fair. Initially, just a few pages, the story organically evolved into a full-fledged novel, seemingly taking on a life of its own.
Samantha Sheridan never adheres to a rigid outline for her books; instead, they seem to unfold organically. She attests that the stories write themselves, guiding her along as she simply follows their lead, putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. When editing The Silver Heart, Sheridan found herself deeply moved, even shedding tears alongside her fans at pivotal moments in the narrative. Despite knowing the overarching plot and its conclusion, she became so engrossed in the characters' journey that she couldn't help but empathize with them emotionally, allowing their experiences to resonate deeply within her.


Sue's journey begins on a humble farm in Ohio, where her love for horses blossoms. Her path takes an unexpected turn when she finds herself working at the Ohio State Fair for the Ohio Quarter Horse Association, promoting their endeavors. It's there she encounters a captivating man singing in the grandstand, igniting a profound connection.


Driven by love and opportunity, Sue makes the bold decision to relocate to Texas, securing a position with the American Quarter Horse Association. The question lingers: will Mike, the man who captured her heart, follow her to Texas?

Upon her move, Sue finds herself residing in a guest house at Morgan Ranch, trading her marketing skills for accommodation. The narrative unfolds as Sue navigates her new life in Texas, encountering various families and romantic interests along the way.

Witness as Sue's journey evolves, from her roots in Ohio to her adventures in Texas, where her involvement in Morgan Ranch's marketing unveils unexpected opportunities. Delve into the world of quarter horses as Sue's own ranch emerges as a breeding ground for excellence in the industry.

Book was written
with real characters
and organizations

The narrative of The Silver Heart intertwines real-life characters and organizations, adding authenticity to the tale. The American Quarter Horse Association granted approval for the book to feature their name and details about their events and structure, lending credibility to the storyline.

Pete Oen, a prominent barrel horse trainer hailing from Oklahoma, holds membership in the esteemed million-dollar trainer club. In his earlier days, he had the privilege of training several horses belonging to the author, forging a personal connection with the story.

The captivating girl depicted on the front cover of the book is none other than Jaime Quellhorst, accompanied by her horse Trooper, both hailing from Wapakoneta, Ohio. Trooper's presence in the story mirrors his real-life counterpart, adding depth to the narrative. Additionally, Jaime's other horse, Red, a sorrel mare, finds her way into the pages of the book, further enriching the authenticity of the tale.

Music that was written into book or used in marketing. 
La Donna Brewer-Capps recorded the song "All I Can Do" and it goes so perfectly  with the book.  There times when Sue wonders if Mike is home or is he on the road? Should she call him or drive by and see if he's home.
When Samantha penned The Silver Heart, she crafted a poignant chapter depicting Mike escorting Sue to a dance venue. Within this scene, Sheridan artfully incorporated Lee Gibson as the performer on stage, with his soulful ballad "Long Slow Night" setting the mood as the couple glided onto the dance floor. Notably, "Long Slow Night" is an original composition by Lee Gibson, adding a layer of authenticity and emotion to the narrative.
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