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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It was really fun writing PINTO! from the horse's point of view and in first person. Each day when I sat down to write, I tried to turn my brain into a horse's brain, my eyes into a horses eye.
I have loved horses all of my life and bought my own horse when I was thirteen after five years of taking lessons. Because of my life-long infatuation with horses and my experience training, riding and showing, I was able to put myself in the horse's mindset. I think you will learn a lot, not just about the Overland Westerners, but also about horses in general, as you read PINTO!
PINTO! Based Upon the True Story of the Longest Horseback Ride in History
I pawed the mud and splashed the puddle in front of me. I nickered and trotted around in a circle, sure that he would notice me, even in my wet and muddy condition. To be sure that I wouldn’t be missed, I sloshed across the paddock, right up to him, and put my nose in his face.