Winner of the Book Excellence Award for Middle-Grade Fiction.
“A forgotten piece of Americana brought to vivid life.”— Kirkus Reviews
In 1912, four men, calling themselves the “Overland Westerners,” decided fame and fortune awaited if they embarked on the longest horseback ride in history. Their goal was to visit all forty-eight state capitals over the course of three years and complete their journey at the San Francisco World’s Fair on June 1, 1915. Facing rugged roads, raging rivers, thieves and near starvation, the men went through seventeen horses. Only one horse completed the entire journey… Pinto, a little horse with a heart as big as the whole country! This is Pinto’s account of his arduous adventure.
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.
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For three years and one month, the Overland Westerners rode around the country, visiting every state capital, trying to become famous. This journey was hard on both the men and the horses. I know that I stay bundled up in my warm house and my horses stay blanketed and cozy in their stalls when the wind and cold come our way. Through it all, the Overland Westerners just kept going!
PINTO! will be released on Oct. 15th but is available NOW for pre-order.
PINTO! Based Upon the True Story of the Longest Horseback Ride in History
Just before we left Wyoming, a kind local rancher led us out to his corral. The air was crisp and cold, so much so, it stung my eyes. Dry snowflakes from the previous day’s snow were blowing sideways. I felt George shiver from the cold. I knew he had sold his winter coat to pay the stable bill a couple of weeks earlier.