My debut contemporary Young Adult novel, HONOR CODE, will be published by Carolrhoda Lab in Fall 2017. A Young Adult fantasy, TOWER OF SMOKE & LIES, arrives Spring 2018.
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SHY GIRL AND SHY GUY: A Quartz Creek Ranch Novel
Every summer, the gates of Quartz Creek Ranch swing open for kids in trouble. Under the watchful eyes of life-long ranchers Willard and Etty Bridle, these ten to twelve-year-olds put their hands—and hearts—to good use, herding cattle, tending the garden, harvesting hay, and caring for animals. Aided by two teenage horse trainers, the kids must forge a bond with their therapy horses, grow beyond the mistakes that brought them to the ranch, and face unique challenges in the rugged Colorado rangeland.
The only thing Hanna Abbott fears more than being sent to Quartz Creek Ranch is being asked to get on a horse. As ranch owner Ma Etty points out, for every troubled kid, there’s a horse that can help—and for Hanna, it’s a beautiful, abandoned horse called Shy Guy, who’s just as afraid of people as Hanna is of horses.
Hanna and Shy Guy forge a bond that cannot be broken—except by Shy Guy’s abusive former owner, who is trying to get him back. Only Hanna and her loyal friend Izzy can conjure up a plan to save Shy Guy.
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