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Friday, March 25, 2016

Sleepwalking into the Sea

"This is what it's like to be crazy..."

Gwen in "Seven Tears into the Sea" is a sleepwalking child when she encounters a selkie boy. But that's hard to believe. After all, she lives in a California beach town, not in a past when shapeshifters were more than Celtic mythology. Besides, the adults in her life fear the midnight meeting was something sinister. 
By the time Gwen's a teenager, she's not sure what happened to her -- or him.  

This is the only YA novel I've written, the only one missing a horse (thought there is a sea horse!) and it haunts me.
   When I wrote SEVEN TEARS, I was lucky enough to see two covers under consideration for my book.
I loved them both and I was always thankful that I didn't have to make the choice!
Take a look. Especially if you have read the book:  Which cover would be your choice?  
Happy Spring! 
Please make this time of new beginnings COUNT!

Read more about this book & selkies here

created by artist Leuyen Pham

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Wild Horse Annie : She Fought for Wild Horse & Children

Photograph by Melissa Farlow

In ranching jeans or white gloves and home sewn suits, Velma Johnston fought to save the West's wild horses and inspired American kids to do the same

“Crest Donner Pass, pass foothill towns and swoop downhill toward the neon-edged casinos of Reno. Just before the Virginia Street exit a white cross rises skyward on your right. It marks Hilltop Cemetery, but you can't just turn right and get there. You won't happen upon the grave of Velma Johnston, the woman who preferred the at-first derogatory nickname Wild Horse Annie, either. Call for directions, pick up a map at the office and you'll still spend time walking head down into the wind before you kick aside leaves and find her. There's nothing peaceful about the horses sculpted on Annie's gravestone, nothing to hint she held off wild horses' extinction for decades because she knew where to turn for help. "I can almost see the star and stripes waving in their eyeballs when I tell them that these horses belong to all the people of America..." Wild Horse Annie knew in the 1960's and '70's that America's young people's hearts beat in time with those of wild horses. They still do.”
by Terri Farley 2015 

 To read more about Wild Horse Annie, real Alan J. Kania's book 
    or mine

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