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 may have taken over one hundred years, but Pinto and the four men who called themselves the "Overland Westerners," are finally getting the book deal they wanted! On Oct. 15th, "PINTO!" will be released. This amazing story of a 20,300 mile/ 3 year horseback ride is told from the point of view of the only horse to make it the entire way. If you loved "Black Beauty," this is the book for you!
PINTO! Based Upon the True Story of the Longest Horseback Ride in History
The day for which we had been preparing, finally arrived: May 1, 1912. I know the date because George, Slim, Fat, and Jay were always talking about it as though it was going to be something magical. George arrived at the barn first and started tying the packs on my back the way the men had practiced so many times. Soon, Slim, Fat, and Jay joined George. A woman, who I later learned was Jay’s wife, was with them. I noticed that she was crying. I never did learn why. Jay just kept telling her she was lucky to be the wife of a celebrity. Knowing that a celebrity is someone famous, I was very pleased to hear this.