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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Melissa LaMaster  

Pen Name: Naomi Jo Rush


Born: February 19, 1973 in Oceanside, California

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Illinois Connection

LaMaster lives in Rushville, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

In addition to her writing, Melissa resides reside with her family on a small horse farm where they raise, train, and show horses with the Appaloosa being their focus.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

I Kissed a Frog and My Prince Forgave Me: A Poetic Journey Through Infidelity
ISBN: 1424100275

PublishAmerica. 2005

Appaloosa Tales With A Christmas Spirit
ISBN: 1424131537

PublishAmerica. 2006

Appaloosa Tales With a Christmas Spirit is a compilation of three short stories. "Halos for Christmas" centers around Angel, an Appaloosa mare that helps a family stay hopeful during the Christmas season. "How Cinders Found Christmas" takes you on a journey with Cinders, an Appaloosa Stallion, as he heads to town after his family to find the meaning of Christmas. "In the Spirit Of Love" is a story of a young boy coming to terms with illness and loss with the help of Boogy, a young Appaloosa.



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