Author Miralee Ferrell & Her Daughter’s True Story & Book Giveaway

Miralee and horse

My guest today is author Miralee Ferrell and she has her daughter’s true story to share. BTW, SHE’S OFFERING A COPY OF DREAMING OF DAISIES SO LEAVE A COMMENT TO ENTER THE DRAWING! Here’s Miralee:

“Marnee Ferrell, my nineteen-year-old daughter, had been hired to do a man’s job on a 75,000 acre cattle ranch in dry, rocky, central Oregon. She sat on Ricky, her Morgan gelding, and surveyed the herd of about twenty-five head she must move from the pasture to the ranch house, eight miles away. Very little fazed this horse; not deer, snakes on the road, steep hillsides or cars zipping by. He’d never been around cattle before this job, but Marnee hadn’t hesitated to try him on a new adventure.

Marnee Ferrell


She urged the mixed group of cows and calves toward the wide gate. They were moving nicely when a spotted cow with twisted horns defected from the herd and bolted the opposite direction. Ricky didn’t hesitate. He leaped after the cow as though it were a game.
Marnee pushed Ricky to turn back the cow—the rest of the animals were infected by the same desire to escape. Cows have very little sense, and they plowed through and over the tight, razor-sharp fence. By the time the last one reached the remains of the fence, it had been torn down, with the cattle running up the shale-covered sides of the canyon.

Ricky Bigger2


Ricky was incredibly quick and Marnee was depending on his agility as she bent low over his neck. She needed to get far enough ahead to turn the leaders—the rest would fall in behind. She ran Ricky up and down the  steep canyon walls, jumping brush and sliding on the treacherous loose shale. While coming down one hillside she prayed Ricky wouldn’t misstep. The ground was so steep her stirrups dragged in the dirt, and she held them up to clear the rocks. She hit the bottom of the gully and gained the lead, heading off the offending cow, and the rest followed.

The next mile or two the cattle calmed as they returned through the broken fence and up the road towards home. They followed an old road, fenced on both sides, but someone hadn’t closed a gate. The cow with twisted horns ran at high speed through the opening with the rest on her heels.

Again Marnee and Ricky charged after the herd. They spent another frustrating hour pounding over treacherous ground, avoiding holes and jumping brush, as they brought the cattle back onto the trail. Pushing cattle with no one riding point is tricky, but the ranch was short-handed with only one other experienced rider in another location, so Marnee had no choice.

With growing frustration she pushed her sweat-soaked horse. The cow that caused the trouble was decidedly unhappy. Three times she’d been deterred from returning to her pasture. As Ricky and Marnee took a breather, the fast moving, bawling cow spun, ran, and rammed into Ricky’s chest, knocking him backward. Shaken from the attack, Marnee kept her seat, then dismounted to ascertain Ricky hadn’t been gored. Thankfully, the cow’s horns were turned inward and didn’t do any damage. Ricky calmly moved forward and bent to his task as Marnee again collected the herd.

Both horse and rider were covered in dust, sweat and scratches from the rugged terrain they’d covered that five-hour day, but satisfaction poured through Marnee as she and Ricky arrived at their destination.

Marnee is like Leah Carlson, my heroine in Dreaming on Daisies—a young woman who is running a ranch almost single-handedly—with a tenacious strength and determination to win out over very high odds. She’s forced to succeed or lose the ranch, due to her father’s heavy drinking—but she’s constantly slammed with numerous trials that send her emotions reeling. But like Marnee, Leah never gives up—she’s a strong woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to work for it. “–Miralee


To purchase, click here. Dreaming on Daisies: A Novel (Love Blossoms in Oregon Series Book 3)

Dreaming on Daisies—Just Released—Part of the Love Blossoms in Oregon Series
When her father’s debts, brought on my heavy drinking, threaten Leah Carlson’s family ranch, she fights to save it. When handsome banker Steven Harding must decline her loan request, he determines to do what he can to help. Just as he arrives to serve as a much-needed ranch hand, Leah’s family secrets—and the pain of her past—come to a head. They could destroy everything she’s fought for. And they could keep her from ever opening her heart again.

This is historical romance that offers hope and healing to the deepest wounds in a woman’s past.

Miralee Ferrell is a multi-published, award-winning author of 11 books. She lives in the Pacific NW with her husband of 42 years, where they enjoy working in their yard and garden, riding horses and playing with their dogs. Two of Miralee’s books in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series are currently on sale—with Forget Me Not (Love Blossoms in Oregon Series)
offered 99 cents on all ebook formats until Oct. 14.

So what did you think of that true story??? Miralee must be very proud of her daughter.

QUESTION: Has your daughter or other family member ever done something you were proud of?–Lyn


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Lyn Cote welcomes other authors to her "Strong Women, Brave Stories" blog to share stories of women who triumph over the challenges common to all women.
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19 Responses to Author Miralee Ferrell & Her Daughter’s True Story & Book Giveaway

  1. Nathania says:

    Wow, I loved reading this. I think it is so inspiring that you have your heroine based on your daughter! She is tough! My daughter is 4 yrs my proud moments is in the little things she does. Her personality is just so different from mine….I am so proud that she goes out of her way to make friends. And when we are leaving says good byes to each one of them.

  2. I appreciate all the replies and that you ladies took the time to read my article, thank you!!!

  3. Danie says:

    i absolutely love reading true stories
    They are my favorite. I would love to read this book and even add it too my bookshelf

  4. Vicki says:

    My youngest daughter took sign language classes at a homeschool group in high school. Later she began working at a Taco Bell & one day, their drive-thru got backed up behind a car & everyone began honking at them because they did not pull forward as was expected. Police was called and as a shift manager my daughter went out to see what was going on. There was a couple in the car–both were deaf & nobody was able to communicate with them. My daughter remembered her sign language, so tried asking them in her limited skills what was the problem. Turns out the lady was diabetic and had a sugar drop, so they were trying to order an orange juice to help, but the husband, then fell asleep while waiting in line. Because they were deaf, he was not woken up by the honking. They got some juice for the woman & all was okay in the end. My daughter was very proud (as was I) that she was able to help this couple by remembering what she had learned in her class.

    I would be thrilled to win Miralee’s book–especially since Oregon is my home. 😉

  5. Oh my Miralee. What a horrific time for your daughter. Can’t imagine they made it on those slopes. I’ve seen those types of places. Bet you aren’t watching this or knowing what was going on until it was over. A very courageous daughter you have. That was one stubborn cow. I can’t think of any big thing for my kids after this story. I would sure love to win this book Miralee. I have one of yours. Thanks Lyn for giving us a chance to here this story. Thanks, Maxie. > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

    • I meant bet you were glad you weren’t watching this or knowing it was happening until it was over. Can really mess up when I forget to edit.. Maxie

    • Thanks, Maxie, and you’re right…I had no knowledge of what her work was like on the ranch while she was there, other than phone calls home saying she was herding cows. All in a day’s work to her at the time, but she came home with a very firm dislike of cows when it was over!

  6. Emma says:

    I am looking forward to reading DREAMING OF DAISIES.Thank you for the opportunity to win.I enjoy reading your books.

  7. Heather Martin says:

    A week after my mom retired, we found out my dad had cancer. As, I had a stoke two years previously, and she was helping me take care of my teen-age daughter, this very hard news to deal with. She was looking forward to enjoying a relaxing retirement. In the past three years, he’s been diagnosed with two other unrelated cancers. And she tries to take care of all.

  8. Thank you so much, ladies! Leah (my heroine in my story) is so much like my daughter. She knows what she believes and stands up for what is right. She loves God and doesn’t easily tolerate people who are disrespectful, yet she has a tender side and is so compassionate about people who are in need. I do hope each of you will have a chance to read Leah’s story in Dreaming on Daisies. But be sure you pick up a copy of book one first, Blowing on Dandelions, as it’s on sale right now (ebook only) for $1.99, and book two, Forget Me Not, is on sale for .99 (ebook only).

  9. Thanks so much for allowing me to share my story, Lyn. I love your blog about strong women, as that’s what the theme is in all of my books. I hope your readers will get a chance to read my new Love Blossoms in Oregon series. Blessings!

  10. Sarah says:

    One story that comes to mind quickly is of a day when my four children and I were at the store. They were offering samples, and there weren’t enough ready for all four kids to get them at once. My oldest served his younger siblings the available samples, and then waited for his own until more were ready. Since I was standing on the other side of a small crowd, I didn’t realize that this had happened until the sample-giver came over to me and told me how impressed she was with his actions. That was a good proud-mommy moment!
    I would love to read Dreaming on Daisies – thank you for the opportunity to enter your drawing. 🙂

  11. Lyn Cote says:

    Thanks, Kathy! So sorry about your granddaughter’s great loss.

  12. Our granddaughter lost her 8 month-old son in the night 11 days ago. So proud of all of the women, especially, in our families as we supported her, traveling from distances and staying near that first week to uphold her ~ one family brought homecooked stews, another opening her home for all of us to gather ~ even though they were moving that weekend and scurried to have furniture and kitchen needs in place, extending their move from their old place to the end of this month. Gathering monies for his headstone. Now all of us are back to our homes. Please join us all in prayer for Heather in her loss, sorrow, and empty arms that she will feel our Lord’s presence with her.
    I have been hopping around trying to have a print copy of Miralee’s Dreaming on Daisies. What a triumphant Lord we serve! Five hours for eight miles. So dedicated. Thank you for sharing your story. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

  13. Patty says:

    That’s an amazing story Marnee has!

    My mother is a talented artist, I am proud of her and brag on her all the time!

  14. Danielle McNeal says:

    What a brave daughter you have! We live next to a ranch and sometimes the cows get out and onto our property, I am terrified of those cows and trying to get them back over the broken fences is not a fun job. I would have given up the first time the cow took off. Very impressive that she was able to stick to her job and thankfully did not get hurt. It makes me get even more excited to read the Dreaming on Daisies story!!

    • Danielle, cows can be incredibly stubborn and stupid, LOL! And get more than two together, and you can plan on trouble if you’re trying to herd them. Marnee had a lot more patience and stamina than I would have! Thanks so much for stopping to visit, and I hope you’re doing well at your bookstore in Missoula!

  15. Janet Pecorella says:

    Wow! What a story of faith and perserverance! What an amazing horse and rider! I’d love to read this story.

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