When fifteen-year-old Maryann Madigan’s parents are killed in a plane crash, she’s uprooted from a
privileged Boston lifestyle to a Wyoming horse ranch. Living with an aunt she barely knows, the young
woman struggles with her grief until a spirited appaloosa stallion captures her heart. There’s just one
problem, she’s terrified of horses.
Determined to learn how to ride, she enlists the help of Rick Ferguson, a charismatic, dark-haired
cowboy who falls hard for the shy but resilient beauty. Clandestine riding lessons conquer her fear of
horses and kindle their young love. When a vindictive ranch hand goes too far, Maryann must fight to
save her beloved horse, her hero, and the place she now calls home
I Loved Them First, a memoir in poetry and photographs about the horses and dogs I've shared my life with.
It won a Dog Writers Assn. of America award in 2013, my third DWAA AWARD. It is available on Amazon.