As a child, I loved to dream away the days in an old cherry tree on my family’s pony farm. In my imagination, the tree became a beautiful Arabian stallion, a medieval castle and even a pirate ship. I got in trouble for making my bratty little sisters walk the plank, but hey, they never broke any bones. On rainy days, I headed for my fort in the hayloft. While the rain thudded on the cedar shingled roof, I read books, eventually trading Nancy Drew for White Fang, and all of Jack London's books.
Today, I live on the family ranch in the Cascade foothills of Washington state in what was once a summer vacation cabin. It’s been modernized and even has indoor plumbing – woo-hoo! I share it with my two cats or maybe, they share it with me and my Australian Cattle Dog. I still read a lot. The walls are lined with bookshelves and my favorite shopping trip is to Barnes & Noble in Lynnwood. I'm always looking for another good book. I really enjoyed the Hunger Games series and re-read Harry Potter all the time. I read everywhere. There are books on the kitchen table, by my rocking chair in the living-room, next to my bed and even in the bathroom. Often, I read more than one at a time, so it’s lucky that I can multi-task. However, when I write, I only do one project at a time, but it can be several books. I love knowing everything about my characters and their lives.I usually write at night after a long day on the ranch. Some days have been longer and harder than others during the pandemic, but I still try to write every day, okay, make that every night. I love summer breaks but I’m just as busy, since that’s when I teach horse day-camp. I retired this year from teaching school and that will give me more time for my books. I can't wait to write during the day instead of doing what I call my "vampire" routine and writing after dark! My articles have appeared in Equus, Country Extra, Horse & Rider, Western Horseman, and Canadian Horse. My Stewart Falls Cheerleader series is being re-released by Fire and Ice YA from Melange Publishing. Throw Away Teen, the first book featured a teen who grew up in foster care and I'm loving the new covers. B.J., the heroine continues to show up in the other stories and I'm now plotting book 6, Escape to Stewart Falls, and I can't wait to see what B.J. and the rest of the cheer squad do. In addition, there is a new novella in time for the holidays this year, Christmas in Stewart Falls.Meanwhile, Fire & Ice YA publishes my Shamrock Stable series starting with No Horse Wanted. This story of a girl who rescues a starving horse won awards. Book 4 - No Horse Left Behind provided plenty of ideas and a heroine for Book 5 - Not Just A Horse released in November 2019.I am a member of several writing groups, including the Evergreen Writers of America, the Writer's Co-Op of the Pacific Northwest, the Stillaguamish Writers Group, and Pacific NW Writers.
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The only thing that Robin Gibson wants for her sixteenth birthday is a 1968 Presidential Blue Mustang. Following their family tradition, what her parents promise her is a horse of her own, one with four legs, not four wheels. Robin proudly says that she doesn’t do horses. She’ll teach her controlling family a lesson by bringing home the worst horse she can find, a starved, abused two-year-old named Twazeim.
Champion show rider, Dani Wilkerson adores her Quarter Horse mare, Lady and wants to ride Western or ‘cowgirl’ style with her friends at Shamrock Stable. However, her glory-seeking parents have other plans for Dani that include three-day eventing and an eventual career in Olympic competition. Then she discovers they want to enroll her in an elite boarding school and sell her beloved Lady.
Fifteen-year-old B.J. Larson grew up in foster care, bouncing from home to home since she was a toddler. Now B.J. moves from the youth group home, where her status lies in a lengthy arrest record, to a new placement with an older couple, Liz and Ted Driscoll. B.J. knows she’s just passing through and no matter how good this new life seems, she will soon be on her way back to the group home in Seattle.