From Sponsoring Member, author and proofreader, Jo Elizabeth Pinto – Braided Love a Young Adult Novel #Inspirational, #Family, #Fiction, #Friendship

From Sponsoring Member, author and proofreader, Jo Elizabeth Pinto – Braided Love a Young Adult Novel #Inspirational, #Family, #Fiction, #Friendship


New Young Adult Novel!

Braided Love

A house with a fence

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Book Cover Description

The front cover features a two-story farmhouse with a peaked roof and a covered front porch. The house is white with dark trim around the windows and a light blue door. There are two visible windows on the second floor and three on the first, with curtains partially drawn. The porch has two white columns and a bench swing. In front of the house is a wooden fence with three horizontal rails. The background shows a clear blue sky, a calm body of water to the left, and autumn-colored trees to the right. The title “Braided Love” is written in a cursive, golden font at the top, and the author’s name is at the bottom in a simple, white font. Taking up most of the back of the book, besides the following text, is a red Corvette.

Back Cover Text

“Summer on the ranch seems safe and predictable for Brenda. All she has on her mind are trips into town with Nick Haynes and the horsehair rope she’s braiding so she can start training her Morgan colt, Tenacity. Then Cathy arrives from the city with a troubled past and an uncertain future. As Cathy adjusts to life in the country, both girls begin to figure out what family bonds really mean to them in a world that isn’t as simple as it appears.”


I looked down at my shoes.

“We’ve found a home for you out in Otero County.”

“Where in the world is that?”

“A few hours southeast of here. I’ll drive you there in a day or two, after everything’s settled with your mom.”

“No way!” I yelled. “I’m not going to live in the boonies! This is dumb!”

“You’ll get used to the idea. It’ll be a nice change.”

“You mean I’ve got no choice. This is the worst. You know I hate you, right?”

She smiled again. “It’s okay. I hear that a lot.”

That was how I found myself stuck in a car with Mrs. Remington a few days later, rolling down what seemed like zillions of miles of dusty highway. I swear, there was nothing to see after we left Denver and passed through Colorado Springs. And I mean nothing. A few cows and farmhouses here and there, but mostly just miles and miles of nothing at all.

And once the radio stations gave out, there was nothing to do but listen to Mrs. Remington droning on and on about how the changes in my life were going to be good for me. Then, she spent mile after miserable mile talking about how I needed to make things work with this “intra-county placement” and my new family because if I didn’t, a residential program might have to be my next option. I wanted to scream at her to shut up, to just shut up. But I figured we were stuck in a car together halfway beyond nowhere. Screaming at her was probably a bad idea.

At least I’d managed to sneak a look at Mrs. Remington’s notebook before we left. I had scribbled down the phone number of the place I was going on a gum wrapper and slipped it to this guy I knew named Doug at the park the day before. I would have some contact with the outside world.

We passed through another cluster of buildings that had the nerve to call itself a town, and then finally Mrs. Remington turned into a dirt yard in front of a two-story white farmhouse.

“Here we are.” She smiled like we were arriving at Disneyland.

I got out of the car and glanced around as I stretched my legs. I was being sentenced to life on the moon.

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About the Author

Jo Elizabeth Pinto was among the first blind students to integrate the public schools in the 1970’s when federal laws allowed disabled students to be educated with their peers. She has earned two college degrees, one in human services and one in nonprofit organization management. She freelances these days as an editor and a braille proofreader.

As an author, Pinto entertains her readers while giving them food for thought. In her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, she draws on personal experience to illustrate that hope is always an action away.

Pinto lives in Colorado with her husband and their teenage daughter. Their family also includes Pinto’s guide dog Spreckles, a poodle/Maltese mix called Leo, and an aging family cat who answers to the name Sam-I-Am when he feels like it.

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  1. Thanks, Patty. Cathy is a wild child, isn’t she? 🙂

  2. Yes, I fear it’s about to get a bit interesting.

  3. To say the least. 🙂

    1. I’m reading in the afternoons. I have a schedule. I am also reading another person’s book for a book blog tour.
      Such a hardship to have to read great books for work. LOL.

  4. I know, right? Such a chore. I’m going through your latest book right now and thoroughly enjoying it. 🙂

    1. Hi I’m glad you’re enjoying the book. I am enjoying yours too. I am reading your book and another. So I alternate days so I can do justice to both books. It is a lot of fun.

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