The Saddle Daddy Rode
Copyright 2011 K.M. Weiland
K.M. Weiland is the author of the historical western A Man Called Outlaw and the medieval epic Behold the Dawn. She enjoys mentoring other authors through her blog Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors (http://www.wordplay-kmweiland.blogspot.com), her book Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success, and her instructional CD Conquering Writer’s Block and Summoning Inspiration. She lives in western Nebraska. Visit her website: http://www.kmweiland.com.
About the Story: For as long as Lail McGurney can remember, her father has managed his ranch and lived his life with a stalwart faith in a God he believed would never abandon them. Now, as Lail watches leukemia eat away her father’s life, she must discover a faith of her own and the strength to say goodbye.
The one thing God never promised is that this life He gave us would be easy.
Lail McGurney’s father told her that the night her barrel horse died. She heard it from him again after they saw their herds decimated by fire the year she graduated from high school. And again when her brother totaled his truck two years ago. And when Grandpa McGurney died from a heart attack.
It was his mantra. He said it every spring during the floods, every summer during the droughts, and every winter during the blizzards. Lail had heard it all her life—when the family had risen before dawn to move cattle, when they broke their fingers in gates and their toes beneath hooves, when their stomachs rumbled and their muscles ached.