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Terri Farley
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Saturday, February 28, 2009

READING ROCKS

Dear Readers,
March 10 is the last day to enter your photo reading for my new page. I'll keep taking your photos as long as you want to email them to me, but after tomorrow, you won't be eligible for a free, autographed book.
Hint: if you sent me a photo of yourself, or you & your horse, but neither of you were reading, the picture won't appear on READING ROCKS!


Just so you don't have to look up the details again here they are:


Who
can enter? Any one who loves to read and wants to pass on the fun is welcome to send a READING ROCKS photo

What
can I enter? Take or find a photo of yourself -- alone or with friends! --READING. Then, send a photo file (like a jpg...ask your friendly neighborhood computer whiz if you're not sure how to do this!) of you reading. Be creative! And please let your parents know that this is only a photo collage and no readers will be identified by name or even state!
If you include a horse in the photo, you'll be eligible for special prizes!!!***

When
can I enter?
To be eligible for one of 25 autographed copies of a PHANTOM STALLION or WILD HORSE ISLAND books, please send your photo by March 10, but I'll keep accepting photos for READING ROCKS until the page is full!

Where
do I enter?
Send your photo to Wildhorsepower@aol.com. The READING ROCKS page will be part of the PhantomStallion.com website, over whichTerri and her web designer have sole control. Check Terri's blog for progress on this cool new page.

Why would I enter: Because reading rocks your world and you're PROUD of it!


***Have a great idea for a photo of you reading a book in your jammies and your mom won't let you bring your pony up the stairs and into your bedroom? Try substituting one or more of your plush horses. Wear a favorite horse tshirt. Stand in front of the horse poster on your bedroom wall. And of course you could be reading a horse book!


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Friday, February 27, 2009

Upcoming Newsletter

Dear Readers,
Want something to look forward to on Monday afternoon. My March newsletter comes out and it might be the best one yet! Really.
It has lots of fun things I'm not even done putting them in there, so expect another update on (fingers crossed) Sunday evening.
WHAT KINDS of fun things? Let's see, there'll be Sam's blog, of course, and this time it features Tempest and Jake. My PANIOLO IN PARADISE contest premieres and you will get to explore Dahana Ranch in Hawaii while you're playing it. I have an announcement about a new way to buy my books :)
More later,
Terri


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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hopeless Human

Dear Readers,
News like this makes me heartsick. If you happen to live in Arizona, please listen for clues and help get this person or these people in jail where they can't hurt others.
Wild Burros Gunned Down
Hugs,
Terri


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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Real life Piglet

Dear Readers,
Many times you write to me and ask if how many of my characters are based on real life people and animals.
One is the character the orphan piglet Pigolo in the WILD HORSE ISLAND books and I just had to tell you where I got his name.
When my college student daughter was a very little girl, there was a name-the-piglet contest at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno and she won. Her prize was a full day at the park's model farm and small "ride" area and a photo shoot with the piglet. He did NOT enjoy being away from his mama, but she didn't hold him too long :)
Best,
Terri


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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

GOLD -- Galloping at you!



Dear Readers,
Today's the launch day for GALLOPING GOLD and I'm eager to hear from the first one of you to read it! Tell me what you think about all of the surprises I've tucked in there for you, pleeeeeeeeeeeeease!
Isn't the palomino pinto above a beauty? I know you'll love exploring the website
where I found him and other
Rare wild horses and when you do, don't miss the photos of Top Rail, Satan's Fury and other amazing horses.
Reading Rocks, guys & don't ever forget it!!!
Terri

p.s. yesterday I saw two rainbows. My Hawaiian friend Kylie says that's a good sign & means I'm supposed to remember something


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Monday, February 23, 2009

Wild Horse Bill


Dear Readers,
Here's a site you'll want to visit for up-to-date information on laws effecting horses: HOOFLINKS
One of the most recent things I read there was about the current WILD HORSE bill -- which has NOT been voted on yet -- in Congress.
The current bill says "It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding,harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands."

Now read it with the change
: "It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands."

Best changes as I see them?

1.This doesn't limit where horses can be located; it opens up every inch of public lands to them. Of course range health would be considered, too. See #4 below

2.The bill prohibits the use of helicopters for use in rounding up horses and burros, which the original bill intended.

3.The bill prohibits the euthanasia of healthy animals, and it doesn't allow for the commercial sale of the horses.


4.The bill prevents horses from being removed and never returned
to the range. If the immediate health or safety of wild free-roaming horses or burros is threatened, such as in severe drought conditions, the Secretary shall temporarily remove animals from the range.

It sounds good to me, and American Horse Defense Fund is on top of things. I know there's some discussion about the changes and I'll try to keep you updated.
Best,
Terri


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Sunday, February 22, 2009

NEVADA READING conference

Dear Readers,
I had a wonderful time at the reading conference! I miss being around teachers and librarians almost as much as I miss having a class full of my own students. Maybe my classroom's just gotten a little bigger though :)
It was fun doing the IDEA FACTORY workshop and so cool talking with people about VAMPIRES IN THE CLASSROOM. Best of all, though, was WRITING THE WEST -- a presentation with my friend Suzy Williams. On the big screen wed photos Suzy had taken all over the West and we proposed questions, showing our audience how we get ideas from falling down cabins, gravestones, little boys in Pow Wow gear, etc. I read letters from readers telling why they love the West and its horses, and showed a short but super film of me telling how I got the idea for the PHANTOM STALLION series, starring -- THE REAL PHANTOM!
Suzy & I will be traveling between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington in early April, doing school visits and book signings. Our schedule is still a little bit flexible, so if you know of a school that would like us to drop in and talk books (or give a full-fledged writing workshop, let me know asap!
Reading SO rocks!!!
Terri

p.s. "See" you around the barn at Girls Horse Club today!


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Thursday, February 19, 2009

NEVADA READING WEEK

Dear Readers,
It's NEVADA READING WEEK! Fun events would be pelting you like popcorn if you were here.
I'm doing my "Hooked on Horses" presentation at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for the University of Nevada and the instant I finish, I'll be jogging downstairs and racing to the Nevada State Reading conference where I'll give a workshop called "The Idea Factory" & then sign books and hang out with the teachers and librarians I've missed since I stopped teaching everyday!
"Vampires in the Classroom" is the workshop I'll give Saturday morning and midday, my friend Suzanne Morgan Williams (BULLRIDER) and I will speak on "Writing the West." Due to Suzy's mad skills, that's shaping up to be a wonderful presentation and we'll be giving it other places, as well.
Readers often ask if I know famous writers, so I'll mention that I'm looking forward to getting together with Bruce Hale --he writes the Chet Gecko mystery series and more -- and Ellen Hopkins, author of CRANK, GLASS, and other great verse novels for a Thai dinner :)
Then, on Sunday, I'll be stopping by the Girls Horse Club site to eavesdrop on the interview with Michelle, the site's Lead Mare!
Fun weekend ahead & I hope you'll understand if I'm a bit slow with email.
Best,
Terri


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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

GIRL'S HORSE CLUB

Dear Readers,
I've mentioned this website before, but it's new and improved and holding auditions for bloggers!!!
You'll be glad if you visit:GIRLS HORSE CLUB
Have fun,
Terri


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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Isle of Man

Dear Readers,
Right up near the very top of places I long to visit before I die is the Isle of Man.
Rough, Celtic, Nordic, home of the Manx cat which may have been shipwrecked there and come ashore from the Spanish Armada and the Manx Loaghtan Sheep (I wonder if anyone ever mistook one for a unicorn?, the Fairy Bridge (bad, bad luck to fall from that one!) and now I've discovered that the island also has a HOME OF REST FOR OLD HORSES! How incredibly civilized.
I found this YouTube video of the place and I don't think I'm imagining the wind and sea sounds in the background
Best to you,
Terri


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Monday, February 16, 2009

Mahalo



Dear Readers,
Don't you love the painting above? Can't you feel the foal's energy?
During my first research trip to Hawaii, my friends Dennise & Sonny urged me to stop by the gallery of artist Patrick Ching. They told me about his cowboy past, his love of nature, horses and Hawaii's endangered creatures. Wow, was I ever happy I listened to them!
Then, this summer when I did a booksigning on Oahu, I was honored to have Patrick come visit me & get some books for his daughter.
Patrick's wonderful artwork makes me feel like I'm in the islands, and I bet you'll have a wonderful time exploring.

link to paradise

While you do, look for "Cowgirl Blue." Look for a horse that appears in a photo & a painting. Look for lehua, and a wave that appears so real, you'll want to ride it ashore.
Whenever I can't wait to return to Hawaii, I visit Patrick's website.
Have fun,
Terri


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Sunday, February 15, 2009

3 Q & A



Q: Terri, I read that you don't eat mammals. I'm a vegetarian, but sometimes I can't resist junk food. What's the worst thing you DO eat? :)


A: This is a funny question, but I feel so guilty I'm answering. I'm pretty careful about what I cook and eat. Lots of fruits and vegetables, brown rice, a bit of chicken and fish, but my worst nutritional lapse is bad, full of chemicals and fat.
It's:


Q: I am a total fanatic about your books. When I was looking at all the books, I realized that #13 was about a horse named Jinx. 13...Jinx. Did you do that purposely or did it just turn out that way?

A: I absolutely did it on purpose and it's fun that you noticed!

Q: Do you play any video games? Especially horse ones? Which do you like best?

A: I don't play any horse games, but I admit I like Wild Wild Words a lot!


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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day to YOU from the real Phantom


Dear Readers,
The Phantom's asking you to speak on behalf of his wild family.
Do you have 2 minutes to speak from your heart?
I told you about the ROAM Act, a proposal to save wild horses. The proposal made most of us happy, but no one's voted on it yet.
These horses belong to you, just as this country does.
Tell those who'll decide whether they'll live or die what you believe.

1. Go here:
MY REPRESENTATIVE

2. Put in your State and Zip code and a link to your Congressman's email will pop up!

3. Ask your Congressman to support H.R. 1018 -- the ROAM ACT

I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!

Here's what's included in the bill.

The Restoring Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act
(H.R. 1018)
would amend the landmark 1971 Act to implement changes suggested by GAO. The bill would:

· Remove outdated limits on the areas where horses can roam freely, allowing the BLM to find additional, suitable acreage.

· Strengthen the BLM’s wild horse and burro adoption program.

· Require consistency and accuracy in the management of wild horse and burro herds, and allow more public involvement in management decisions.

· Facilitate the creation of sanctuaries for wild horse and burro populations on public lands.

· Prohibit the killing of healthy wild horses and burros.


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Friday, February 13, 2009

BULL RIDER

Howdy all,
There's still time to get your local bookstore or library to order this great book!
When you get your hands on BULL RIDER, turn it over & you'll notice there's a quote on the back from me. I've never done that for a book, but that's how much I love it!
If you go to Amazon now, you can read an excerpt!
Here's the link:
BULL RIDER


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Thursday, February 12, 2009

WILD HORSE NEWS: just hours ago


Bill would block killing of wild horses, burros


By SANDRA CHEREB Associated Press Writer
Posted: 02/12/2009 03:00:23 PM PST

Legislation was introduced Thursday in Congress that would prevent the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from killing otherwise healthy wild horses and burros that roam Western states.

"It is unacceptable for wild horses to be slaughtered without any regard for the general health, well-being, and conservation of these iconic animals that embody the spirit of our American West," Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.V., said in a statement.

Rahall, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, has long been an advocate for wild horses on public lands.

"Our wild horses are being harmed by antiquated policies," said the measure's co-sponsor Raul M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., chairman of the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands subcommittee. "These policies must be updated to reflect Americans' desire to see these horses protected."

Besides prohibiting the killing of healthy horses and burros that are removed from the range, the bill would allow BLM to revamp and expand public land areas for horses and assist in creating sanctuaries.


It also calls for strengthening the agency's adoption program and increasing public involvement in management decisions, the sponsors said.

"These critical, commonsense changes ... will help to sustain the current population of wild horses and burros, without having to resort to slaughter as a solution for management," Rahall's said.


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Dear Readers,
Now that North Dakota is using state money to explore the possibility of opening a horse slaughter house, Montana and Wyoming are doing the same.
Here's the story:

Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. (AP) A Montana legislator is sponsoring a bill that would clear the way for a horse slaughterhouse in the state, if investors want to build one.

The United States no longer has a slaughterhouse where horses are processed, but there are facilities in Canada and Mexico that receive U.S. horses.

Republican legislator Ed Butcher of Lewistown says doing the work stateside makes more sense. He says that would help people who need to dispose of horses, and would strengthen Montana's economy.

The Humane Society of the United States finds the Butcher bill a bad idea.

The measure will be up for a hearing in a House committee Thursday.

A bill being considered in North Dakota would designate money to study the possible opening of a horse slaughterhouse there. In Wyoming, the House has given preliminary approval to a measure requesting Congress not interfere with shipment and slaughter of unwanted horses.

A bill pending in Congress would prohibit transporting across U.S. borders horses that would be killed for meat. That would remove Canada and Mexico as slaughter destinations.


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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Who is Gold and Gallops?




Any guesses which horse you see here?
The book's out in 14 days!
Aloha,
Terri


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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Update on Fires


Dear Readers,
Barnmice.com, one of my favorite websites, is featuring updates from horse owners facing the flames in Australia.


Read it here

My heart goes out to all humans and animals,
Terri


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Monday, February 09, 2009

Alert for N.D. residents (especially)

Dear Readers,
A $100,000 study has been proposed to study the creation of horse slaughter houses and rendering plants in North Dakota.
Please stay alert and start looking up the names and email addresses of your legislators!
Best,
Terri


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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Fires

To all Australian readers,
I'm holding good thoughts for you, your friends and your families. I've had brush fires around my house for years, with flaming pine branches dropping in my yard, so I know the frightening power, sound and smell of wild fires. Please stay safe.

Update

To my readers elsewhere, you may read what danger our friends are experiencing:
HERE
Best,
Terri


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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Book Hoppin' & Shoppin'

Dear Readers,
Second post of the day & here's why: I dedicated this snowy morning to trying to answer a bunch of your emails. I love doing this, but I found many of you have asked me for help in filling gaps in your book collections.
Because the economy is so nasty, I think people are remembering books provide cheap thrills!!!
So, here's one way to find stores near you:
1. Go to PHANTOMSTALLION.COM and click on the picture of the bookshelf (with all my books on it!), right below the photo of the real Phantom
2. At the top of the page it takes you to my bookshelf where you can read excerpts for free.
3. Click on Amazon.com, BN.com or Indiebound.org.
Indie takes you to a great website. There,you can type in your zip code and how far away you're willing to go (10 miles, 50, 100!) to find an independent bookstore near you! A lot of times you can even email the store & see if they have the book you're looking for!
Hope that helps, because GALLOPING GOLD comes out Feb. 24 and you might need to pre-order it!
Have fun!
Terri


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Zorses

Dear Readers,


Do you know the difference between a zorse and a hebra? Ever heard of a zonkey?
Here's a photo of a beautiful zorse. While I was searching for it


I ran across this great ranch website which taught me a lot about zorses.
http://www.spotsnstripes.com

Here's a fill-in-the blank before you find out for sure on that site:

Anyone who can train a ______________ can train a zorse.

Have fun !
Terri


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Friday, February 06, 2009

Wild Horses in Nevada Magazine


Dear Readers,
Nevada Magazine's article about wild horses is worth a second look. The many comments which have been posted on the magazine's website, about the horses, will show you the diverse opinions in the West which surrounds them.
Feel free to add your own remarks, of course, but just reading them is a learning experience! Click here:
NEVADA MAGAZINE
and enjoy photographs by Mark Terrell, too. He's working with us on putting together a great brochure to help you see mustangs running while, next time you're in Nevada!
And if you think that will be a long time away, you can enjoy a virtual tour around my state by using the above link as your base camp.
Happy trails,
Terri


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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Not Just Humans



"One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night." Margaret Mead


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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

READING ROCKS

Terri wants to celebrate YOU on a brand new PhantomStallion.com page called READING ROCKS.


Who can enter?
Any one who loves to read and wants to pass on the fun is welcome to send a READING ROCKS photo

What can I enter? Take or find a photo of yourself READING. Then, send a photo file (like a jpg...ask your friendly neighborhood computer whiz if you're not sure how to do this!) of you reading. Be creative! And please let your parents know that this is only a photo collage and no readers will be identified by name or even state!
If you include a horse in the photo, you'll be eligible for special prizes!!!***

When can I enter?
To be eligible for one of 25 autographed copies of a PHANTOM STALLION or WILD HORSE ISLAND books, please send your photo by March 10, but I'll keep accepting photos for READING ROCKS until the page is full!

Where do I enter?
Send your photo to Wildhorsepower@aol.com. The READING ROCKS page will be part of the PhantomStallion.com website, over whichTerri and her web designer have sole control. Check Terri's blog for progress on this cool new page.

Why would I enter: Because reading rocks your world and you're PROUD of it!


***Have a great idea for a photo of you reading a book in your jammies and your mom won't let you bring your pony up the stairs and into your bedroom? Try substituting one or more of your plush horses. Wear a favorite horse tshirt. Stand in front of the horse poster on your bedroom wall. And of course you could be reading a horse book!


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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

What Jesse Saw



Dear Readers,
Those of your who've read SEVEN TEARS INTO THE SEA will understand the title of this post.
Those of you who haven't can still let your mind fill with wonder at this incredible photograph of a stingray migration. See the sunlight striking the water? See the symmetry to all those bodies? They could almost be falling leaves. Or angels.
My high school physiology teacher told us human blood has the same percentage of saline as the ocean. I don't know if he was technically correct, but there's an echo of rightness to his words.
Imagining the warm sea rippling as these creature pass, I feel like I have sea water in my veins.

Nature astounds me.
Terri


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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Can you find the bad luck horse?




HI,
Some of you have noticed links between the original PHANTOM STALLION books and WILD HORSE ISLAND. Hoku is the Phantom's full sister, of course, Darby& Sam are friends, but I've only heard from one reader who was able to find Jinx -- shown here on the cover of HEARTBREAK BRONCO -- in the Hawaiian series.
How about you? Can you spot any mention(s) of him?
His coat color is a bronze grulla, if that helps!

Aloha,
Terri


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I love sea glass



They call it "treasure from trash."
Sea glass started out as bottles, broken buoy lights, anything made of glass which has been polished and frosted by the sea.
Keep your eyes open next time you're at the beach!
Best,
Terri


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