Saturday, June 23, 2018

Connie Peck

Connie Peck

Gotta love books

I was reading before I was in school. My favorite books were the Little Golden Books I would find in the grocery store. my greatest motivation for good behavior on any shopping trip was the promise of a new book. Mama would read my favorite stories over and over until I had memorized every line, then I would 'read' a story to all my dolls and stuffed animals. Eventually I learned to pick out certain words and letters on my own.

I quickly learned to be a storyteller. Listening to my father and his friends sharing hair raising stories of flying huge airplanes in dangerous situations taught me the element of suspense. Listening to my cousins, aunts, and uncles taught me the element of humor and surprise. Listening to my college professors taught me the element of story design.

My favorite books growing up were always horse books. I consumed every book I could find with a horse on the cover. When I had read everything I could find in the local library, I graduated to stories about dogs, then eventually to Westerns. Though I sometimes found the task of reading a taunting chore, by the sixth grade I could absorb a book like Marguerite Henry's King of the Wind in one evening. I didn't graduate to genres outside of animals until after my children were nearly grown. Now I have returned to my first love, horse stories.

The Black Pony is inspired by horses and ponies I have loved over my lifetime. Some of the stories are based on actual events, like a deadly brush with colic, or a breath-taking run around the barrels. Some stories are based on the love of the sport of kings, and the oasis in the desert, Turf Paradise of Phoenix. Some stories are based on legends of the great Superstition Mountains of Arizona. Are the mountains really haunted? Are the Superstitions protected by the spirit of long past native Americans? Is there really a vein of gold like no other in the world hidden deep in the rocks and crevasses of the mountains?

Do animals really communicate with us? Anyone who has ever owned or loved a dog or cat, a horse, goat, pig, or calf, can tell you without hesitation, Yes! Our animals know our moods and can feel our fears; they share our joys and our sorrows. And if we have the heart to really hear, we also know their thoughts. Does that make the listener also a whisperer? Only that one can know.

Gotta Love Technology

I was born on an air force base in Tucson, Arizona when there were still only 48 states in the union. Man had not yet ventured into space and barely knew how to fly across the country. Only one person in ten had a phone in their home, and that was most likely a party line. Most people did not have a television set, but we would tune in to a favorite radio show for news or a good story. Times change. I try.

I have lived in or visited most states of the USA and traveled abroad as far as Japan. I raised my children, then obtained a teaching degree. I love education, reading, all of science, and I constantly marvel at the wonder of growth. I believe in children.

I am in the middle of a growth spurt myself, and like when I was a child, I have growing pains. Growth is not an option, you grow or you wilt, and I am not ready to wilt. So, I am writing again and trying to learn something new in technology. I hope that I can, one day, make a difference by my own growth.

 

Black Pony Adventures Activity Book, The

Black Pony Adventures Activity Book, The

Juvenile Fiction, Women.

More than a simple coloring and craft book, The Black Pony invites you to explore Arizona, improve your horsemanship, even challenges you to write your own book. Following story lines from the first three books in the Black Pony Adventures, Midnight makes learning fun across the curriculum.

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Pony Stories: Anthology of The Black Pony Adventures

Pony Stories: Anthology of The Black Pony Adventures

Juvenile Fiction, Women.

Wild adventures, exciting horse shows, awesome trail rides, and the problems of growing up. Annie, her brother, Sam, and her best friend, Mary, learn about themselves and their world with the help of their ponies. This collection of short stories has been condensed from longer works in The Black Pony Series. It was inspired by the art submitted by an entire class of kindergarten and first grade art students who responded to a contest. Choosing just one sketch was not an option, and so this book was born. Each story is illustrated by an aspiring young artist who had the courage to draw a picture even knowing the world would be viewing it. Wouldn't it be a fine thing if more of us had the confidence of a child. A portion of the proceeds from this book will go back to the community to further education opportunities.

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Driving into the Son

Driving into the Son

Religious, Non Fiction, Inspirational, Devotionals , 2018 Best Book Awards.

Moving through your daily life, you often receive a bit of inspiration from ordinary items. Maybe encouragement, or warning, or maybe simple joy and praise, each of these moments are messages from God. Driving into the Son is a collection of such messages. The daily entries rose from one inspiring moment when I was driving eastward in the morning - and became blinded by the sun upon rounding a curve. Each entry is intended to bring uplifting messages especially for those who drive, who make their living on the road. While this writer might receive one message, another person could hear something entirely different. And that's okay.

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Black Pony, The

Black Pony, The

Juvenile Fiction, Women.

TMidnight considers himself to be the best trainer of young riders and quite accomplished in the complicated playday patterns of pole bending and barrel racing. However, his riders have outgrown him and now leave him behind, riding off on their taller, faster barrel racing horses.Midnight is lonely. He escapes his corral, but his freedom may cost him his life. Annie is the new kid in school. A sour experience she has had a few too many times this year, and she just can't fit in. She thinks she has finally made a new friend with Mary, but when Mary goes to a party with Janet and doesn't invite her, she is once again disappointed. But when Annie and Midnight finally meet, magic happens. Does the pony actually speak to Annie, or is it her own loneliness and longing for acceptance making her imagine impossible things. No time to ponder, she must draw from her horsemanship lessons from her Grandfather and work harder than she has in her entire life, if she is to save the pony from dying of colic. Come ride with Annie and Midnight in their adventures.

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