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Finding Home by Corinne Joy Brown & Ginny McDonald - Book Tour + Giveaway


Join us for this tour from August 3 to August 21, 2020!



Book Details:

Book Title:  FINDING HOME by Corinne Joy Brown and Ginny McDonald

Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  130 pages

Genre: General Fiction

Publisher:  Loose Cayuse Productions

Release date:   June 2019

Content Rating:  G. There are no expletives, sex scenes or bad language anywhere.

“Born in the flatlands of Rock Springs, Wyoming, newborn mustang Pahaska
tells the heart-wrenching story of her separation from her mother and
the wild horse herd she was born into. Captured by strangers, her entire
world has disintegrated. Penned in the filthy, manure-filled confines
of a horse hauler’s trailer, her life is changed forever. Finding Home, a
2020 Spur Finalist for Juvenile Fiction, is a brilliantly written story
about the adoption of the mustang “Curly Girl” by a teen who has always
dreamed of having her own horse. Ginny McDonald’s illustrations convey
fine detail and emotion in the images of the horses, bringing each one
to life. This heart-warming tale will appeal to those with a love for
animals.” - Joni Franks, RoundUp Magazine, Western Writers of America

“This beautifully written and illustrated book will appeal to any animal
loving young reader. Differences (equine and otherwise) are applauded,
working through complicated human relationships, a philosophical, well
balanced approach to difficult issues (wild horse roundups), and
positive animal training techniques are included in this educational,
riveting new book!” - Nancy Sachs, Director Platte Valley Pony Club

“To see the world through the eyes of a newborn filly as she grows into
adulthood, or an excited young girl in search of her first horse, is a
treasure found in Corinne Joy Brown’s novel Finding Home, a
story of loss and recovery told in a brilliant way. The illustrations by
Ginny McDonald help to refine the wonderful writing which places the
reader squarely in the experience of Curly Girl and Jesse, her adopter. Finding Home
is a wonderful story for our time, in consideration of the wild horses
whose freedom is threatened across the West and the people who adopt the
captured ones into loving homes.” - James A. Holmes CEO and Executive Director, Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation


Book Description:

For every girl or boy who owns a horse, or wished they did, Finding 
Home brings all the drama and beauty of America’s wild horses to the

middle-grade reader.

A coming-of-age story and a tale about friendship, trust and
understanding, both horse and owner have powerful lessons to learn.
Together, young Jesse Nolan from Colorado and her wild mustang, Curly
Girl, rounded up in Wyoming, discover what it means to rely on oneself,
as well as those who love you most.

Buy the Book:

Finding Home

Amazon ~ B&N


Author Interview
Q: How did you do research for this book?
A: Luckily my illustrator/writing partner had gone through the process of adopting a wild mustang and had done lots of research about acquiring her Curly mare. She knew the procedures, the agencies, the collection process, and even the actual area her horse came from. I spent a lot of time on the internet reading books by wild horse authorities, and also, spoke to the Bureau of Land Management head office. The rest came straight from the horse's mouth. (Wink!)


Q: What made you write a book about wild horses?
A: I've been following this subject for over 20 years, via a number of wild horse advocacy groups that I belong to. As a former horse owner for most of my life, I have empathy for these magnificent creatures. In spite of the fact that the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, an Act of Congress, was signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon, there are still countless violations .The Act covered the management, protection and study of "unclaimed and unbranded horses and burrros on public lands in the United States. I wanted the next generation to know what is going on. I wanted them to care too. I personally needed to do something.

Q: What is your next project?
A: I'm really excited about the very next book headed into production: "Awesome Art Activities for Horse-Lovin' Kids". In 50 full-color pages, I've detailed six fun and fabulous lessons for groups or individual children, ages 10 and up, to enjoy. Included are examples of equine art from art history, fun photos of real horses, and artwork made by the children who actually helped me with the book. Volume Two is on the way with an emphasis on painting and drawing. Oh, and of course, a sequel to "Finding Home."



Q: Is there a specific ritualistic thing you do before sitting down to write or when you write?
A: Yes, I clean my desk and surrounding area, stacking books, clipping assorted papers, and so on. I can't write when there's a lot of clutter. Once I start, I always make sure my little Rottweiler, age 10, is settled nearby (she always is). I think my muse can't channel the creative spirits without her.


Q: Do you have any hobbies?

A: Yes, several. One of my favorites is making jewelry. I adore beads and collect them whenever I travel. I always donate several  finished pieces to fundraising events for favorite non-profits . For a while I was in a small boutique that featured Colorado artists, but now mostly I make necklaces, bracelets and earrings for my own enjoyment, to give away, or for select clients.

 

Meet the Authors:
Ginny McDonald is an award-winning, professional Colorado
illustrator and a longtime advocate for wild horses. She is the adopter
of an American Curly mare, and more recently, a second mustang named
"Lil Bit". Ginny's skill in the use of Prismacolor pencils brings this
story to life with rich detail and heartfelt emotion.



Denver native Corinne Joy Brown is a multi-published,
award-winning Colorado author, magazine editor and freelance writer
focused on the West ." Recent publications include "Young Rider",
"Cowboys & Indians," and "Working Ranch." She's also been a horse
owner most of her life. Corinne is committed to teaching the next
generation about the power of horses to teach and heal. "Finding Home"
is her eighth book.


Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook 


Tour Schedule:

Aug 3 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Aug 3 – Corinne Rodrigues | Booksnista – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 4 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 4 - Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / author interview / giveaway

Aug 5 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 5 - My Journey Back – book review / author interview / giveaway

Aug 6 – I'd Rather Be At The Beach – book review

Aug 7 –T's Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Aug 7 - Books for Books – book spotlight

Aug 10 – Reading Authors Nework – book review / giveaway

Aug 11 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Aug 11 - Priya's Lit Blog – book review / giveaway

Aug 12 – Older & Smarter? – book review

Aug 12 - Read and Review – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Aug 13 - A Mama's Corner Of the World – book review / giveaway

Aug 13 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 14 – Rosepoint Publishing – book review / giveaway

Aug 14 - Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 17 – authors.ace – book review

Aug 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Aug 18 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight

Aug 19 – Krisha's Cozy Corner – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 19 - Library of Clean Reads - book review / giveaway

Aug 20 – My Reading Journey – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 20 - Pen Possessed - book review / giveaway

Aug 21 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review


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