About Author

Melissa Taylor
“A life without animals is a life without meaning.”

Personally I love to read horror or mystery books. Steven King, Tami Hoag, James Patterson, Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Ted Dekker are some of the authors I enjoy. I do prefer to hold the actual book and page thru the pages by hand compared to a ebook or reading it on the Internet but I guess that is where I am a bit “ old fashioned “ Writing about the funny things my chickens, dogs or horses do daily came easy. I can sit and watch my animals interact with each other and their reactions to the surroundings they live in for hours and I end up laughing all the time. Laughter is good for the soul and many people tell me “ you crack yourself up “ . But if you can’t laugh at yourself , what or whom can you laugh at.

Melissa’s mother, Joan K Taylor, was always bringing a new animal home regardless to what our father, Arthur R Taylor, would say or think. Baby goats that had no mother, puppies from abused homes, horses that were left out in the fields with no food or water, birds that Lived in over filled cages and no room to move, Bunnies just because they were cute. She was always “rescuing “something and soon enough the whole family would fall in love and they all became pets . That Love for animals runs strong and deep within me and I cannot imagine my life without them. So many people don’t think animals have personalities or they are not that smart, I completely disagree. From my talented Grand Prix horses to my smallest chicken, each and every one of them has a story of their own. And somewhere along the way , I decided to write a story about them.

Being a “Children’s Book Author” was never a goal or path I thought I would choose. But a good friend , Melissa Richards , said to me once, “ you should write a book about Runti “ and that is exactly what I did. It opened a whole different side of me – a creative , imaginative side that I never knew existed.

By trade, I am a professional dressage grand prix rider and trainer. I have several students I teach year round , I travel to teach clinics, drive long distances to compete my horses in different states and I run a large farm in the community of White Fences in Loxahatchee FL called Legacy Farms.

I always say “ jack of all, master of none “ and that seems to best describe my life. I always have more balls in the air than I should be trying to juggle , but somehow I seem to get things done.

About Illustrator

Marc Beauregard

Marc Beauregard is a master painter and muralist. He received
his bachelor’s degree from College at New Paltz in New Paltz, New York. He also studied at the Kansas City Art institute and expanded his education at the L’Academia del’Arte in Italy, which has enabled him to master the art of trompe l’oeil with a proficiency matched by few. Marc often integrates a clean, contemporary style with old world subject matter. The dichotomy of visual elements stimulates the senses and evokes an aura of harmony between old and new. Marc is one of South Florida’s foremost commissioned artists ; he works privately with consultants, designers, and clients.

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A Runtamuffin Tale

by Melissa Taylor

A Runtamuffin Tale is a sweet,funny and basically true story about my chickens and their life at my farm with the horses, dogs and people they are surrounded by. The way the chickens respond to each other and the friendships they have built with the dogs and horses.

AVAILABLE IN HARD-COPY AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD:

A Runtamuffin Tale (Hard-Cover)

This story is based on the true life adventures of my chickens and their life at Legacy Farms. Runtamuffin, Aka Runti, is the smallest of 14 chickens and she has the biggest personality! She loves the attention of all the people and truly has a friendship with Mariett! I wrote this book from my heart and how I personally see my chickens and the life they live through my eyes. There are several life lessons – from sharing, believing in yourself, love, friendship, respect, and most of all … your size doesn’t matter! I truly hope you enjoy the book and the wonderful illustrations as much as Marc and I do.

A Runtamuffin Tale (Digital Download)

This story is based on the true life adventures of my chickens and their life at Legacy Farms. Runtamuffin, Aka Runti, is the smallest of 14 chickens and she has the biggest personality! She loves the attention of all the people and truly has a friendship with Mariett! I wrote this book from my heart and how I personally see my chickens and the life they live through my eyes. There are several life lessons – from sharing, believing in yourself, love, friendship, respect, and most of all … your size doesn’t matter! I truly hope you enjoy the book and the wonderful illustrations as much as Marc and I do.

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