by Samantha Elphick



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/15/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 396
ISBN : 9781449058333
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 396
ISBN : 9781449058340

About the Book

The compelling first sequel to UNbridled is another unforgettable novel about fleeting youth—the second in a trilogy—after three boys discover a tragic suicide. Their lives become powerful exposes of today’s youth and the social problems they face.


Danny Salvaggio fights wild fires in the mountains of Montana and Wyoming. He sets the stakes especially high by carrying a secret deep in his untamed heart. He’s aware that he is different, but fear drives his decision to hide out with the toughest and strongest of men, while shame causes him to deny his realized homosexuality.


 One Australian firefighter gives up his life to rescue a young yearling in a dramatic barn fire. No longer of use to the successful polo pony breeding operation, the traumatized horse bonds with Danny who seeks special training for the horse. The horse becomes the catalyst in an unusual string of tragic events stemming from shame, deceit and prejudice in the tough world of firefighters. 

About the Author

UNtamed is Samantha Elphick’s first sequel to her breakout novel UNbridled, it has been three years in the making.  Readers showed interest in her main characters Burton, Mike and Danny, as if they were real people—she decided to write two more sequels.


  “A Trilogy of Youth” was created and Samantha got busy writing. She picked Danny in the starring role of UNtamed as protagonist and carried the story over from the tragic ending of her first novel. Keeping readers in suspense as to what happened to Burton, while focusing on a subject that is close to her heart—one she experienced years ago with her own daughter.


Today, like many of us, Samantha’s investments in South Carolina have suffered due to the state of the economy and was forced to reside permanently again in Florida. She is committed to writing novels as well as freelance writing short stories and magazine articles. To help support her passion and new career in writing, she reinvented herself by turning her horse property into a Bed and Breakfast for equestrian and polo vacations, there she will teach polo lessons and sell the occasional polo prospect when she’s not writing.


Samantha lives as a single person, with her 5-year old Jack Russell, Manchitas. Her three children reside in Boston Massachusetts. Her third novel, and final in this trilogy of youth will be set and written in its entirety in her native country Australia.