The Sand Pounder - Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII by M. J. Evans
Category: Young Adult Fiction (Ages 13-17)
Genre: Historical Fiction; Rated G - Completely clean
Publisher: Dancing Horse Press, 284 pages
Release date: September 2021
Format available: Print softback, mobi ebook, PDF
Tour dates: October 4 to October 22, 2021
Fearing an invasion by German and Japanese forces during World War II, the U.S. Coast Guard enlisted horsemen to patrol the beaches along the east and west coasts. The unit was called "The Sand Pounders" and they rode their horses up and down the beaches from 1942 to 1944.
In Tillamook, Oregon, a young equestrian decided to join them. There was only one problem...they were only accepting men. That didn't slow her down.
"The Sand Pounder" is a Young Adult historical fiction set during World War II.
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“The Sand Pounder is one of those rare historical novels with a charm that appeals to both young and old readers.” - Vincent Dublado for Readers’ Favorite
“M.J. Evans does an excellent job of winding the era's history and the lesser-known job of the Sand Pounders into a realistic story of a mature teen's determination to make a difference in her world.” - Diane Donovan for Midwest Book Review
“A gripping YA historical novel packed full of twists, turns and memorable characters. Highly recommended!” - The Wishing Shelf Book Review (UK)
How I do research for my Historical Fiction books.
The most fun part about writing Historical Fiction is, in fact, the research! If you cultivate a sense of curiosity, you will enjoy learning throughout your life…and you’ll NEVER run out of new things to learn.
The Sand Pounders were an arm of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War 2. Their job was to patrol the east and west coasts and in Texas to watch for and report an enemy invasion. Very few people have ever heard of them as they only existed for two years…from mid-1942 to mid-1944. But, during that time, they patrolled 3,700 miles of coastline and employed 24,000 men on horseback.
I stumbled across an old picture of the Sand Pounders, and it piqued my curiosity. I started searching on the internet. I was fortunate to discover that the confidential report on their activities written by the Coast Guard, was recently released and I was able to send for a copy of it. I also purchased a short printed article and a novel about the Sand Pounders.
I grew up in Oregon and frequently visited the Oregon Coast, including Fort Stevens, the only place in the continental U.S. that was actually shelled during World War 2. I also visited Tillamook, the Coast Guard Station in Garibaldi, and the other places on the Oregon Coast that are included in the book. Personal visits to locations are not always possible for an author but it is a great way to enrich the setting and make it more believable when it is possible.
I hope you will enjoy reading “The Sand Pounder – Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII.” If you do, please post a review on Amazon and Goodreads and tell your friends about it.
Meet the Author:
Award-Winning, Best-Selling author, M.J. Evans grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and graduated from Oregon State University. She spent five years teaching junior high and high school students before retiring to raise her five children. She is a life-long equestrian and enjoys competing in Dressage and riding in the beautiful Colorado Mountains.
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