“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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I loved getting books for Christmas. Books are a gift you can open again and again. Of course, when I say "Books," I mean horse stories! I loved all the books by Marguerite Henry. Of course, I loved the classic book: "Black Beauty." So when it came time to tell the story of Pinto and the Overland Westerners, I knew I had to tell it in Pinto's voice...the way Black Beauty tells his story. It was really fun letting Pinto be the narrator for this new book! The difference between "Pinto!" and "Black Beauty" is that Pinto is based upon a true story. I think you'll love it.
PINTO! Based Upon the True Story of the Longest Horseback Ride in History
The other horses in the paddock with me were much older than I was. They spent each day sharing stories about their lives and how they came to be in this place. I hadn’t done much of anything yet, so I just listened. Oh, I had my dreams, as every young horse does, but I kept those to myself for fear they would think me silly and laugh at me.