“Riley, do you have any friends that are girls?” asked Nana. Riley dreaded that question. She didn’t know how to go about making new friends. Spring in central Idaho mean birthing season on a cattle ranch and with Grandpa sick and Delly pregnant, Riley is up to her knees in mud, blood and babies. To top it off, the new friend Riley has chosen isn’t making life any easier.
Jacci lives with her husband in Nevada's high desert. They spend their mornings hiking through the sagebrush with their big yellow dog, Rocky.
Jacci loves chocolate, babies, and coffee with friends. She's worn many hats in her lifetime: therapist, school counselor, campus minister, and mom. Her favorite hats are her writer and grandmother hats, which come in wild colors and don't fit too tightly.
Jacci has written Bending Willow,about Riley and Mia, in search of a father who doesn't know they exist. It is the first book in The Finding Home Series. Bending Willow has been on Amazon's top 100 Middle Grade Action/Adventure list since it came out and represented Nevada at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. In addition to sharing her stories about Riley and Mia, Jacci is the author of the Amazon best-selling young adult series, The Finding Home Series.
Jacci has an active blog and has written articles for Middle Shelf Magazine and Conversations Journal. She loves connecting with readers so give her a buzz on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Linkedin, Tumblr, or Instagram.
I set myself up here. I put Riley on a beef ranch and I don't know anything about ranching. So, off to Idaho I went, to spend some time on my cousins cattle ranch. I asked her lots of questions, watched countless YouTube videos (yes, google it) and interviewed everyone I knew who was raised on a ranch. While I've never actually had to assist a cow's birth, I feel like Riley has done a great job. This is the latest book in The Finding Home series , Riley's Ride. It's the fourth book in the series and is coming out soon!
“Grab the forelegs as soon as you see ’em and give ’em a steady pull,” her father instructed. Riley gaped at him in shock. The sun had sent an hour ago and the rain was blowing almost vertically, making it very hard to see and now Dad wanted her to kneel in the mud and pull legs from the backside of a cow?