A boy is told that his father was a brave and virtuous man, a soldier who traded his life to save the lives of countless others. He was the man that Hunter needed to emulate. The only problem is the whole story is a lie, all of it. The truth, which Hunter discovers as he begins his sophomore year of high school, is that his father has actually spent the boy’s entire life in jail, paying his debt to society, but not mending his ways.
A wild mustang mare, is rounded up by the BLM. The spring rains had been sparse, the forage on the plains even more so. The mare and her herd are rescued from certain starvation and placed for adoption. In a sandy corral at Promise Ranch, a home for troubled teenage boys, the boy and the mare meet. A weathered, old cowboy brings them together – a mentor for one, a trainer for the other. The bond that forms between boy and horse becomes one that saves the lives of both.
I am a wife, a mom and a grandmother. I am also a competitive equestrian and award-winning author. I especially love to write about horses, both real or fantasy. In 2016, I released, "In the Heart of a Mustang." This story is not a fantasy but it is all about horses. This coming of age young adult novel has won the 2016 Gold Medal from the Literary Classics Awards in Young Adult General Fiction and the Silver Medal in the Nautilus Awards as well as the Silver Medal from Readers Favorite Awards.
My current project is a four-part series titled “The Centaur Chronicles”. I am excited about this new middle-grade fantasy. The first book, “The Stone of Mercy,” was released on Oct. 1, 2016. It has already garnered several awards including the Gold Medal from the Feathered Quill awards. The second, “The Stone of Courage,” was released on April 15, 2017 and has won a Book Excellence Award.
Please visit my website: http://www.dancinghorsepress.com
I have a sticky note on my computer with the words: "Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch, Taste" written on it. This is to remind me to use as many of the senses as I can when setting a scene. In this short paragraph, you should be able to find three.
Being an author is to be an artist with words. I pick words that, combined, paint a picture in the reader's mind. The senses not only help the reader see what I am seeing, but experience it as well.
In the Heart of a Mustang
Hunter threw back the handmade quilt and swung his feet out of the bed. He stood up and stretched. The bed was not the best he had ever been in but if forced he’d have to admit it wasn’t all that bad either. He hurried over to the door, opened it and stepped out on the wooden porch that extended across the front of his cabin. The shouts and neighs that first awakened him were still filling the air, and Hunter could see a cloud of peach-colored dust rising up from the end of the row of cabins…from where the barn and horse pens were located. Curious, Hunter returned to the cabin and dressed quickly.