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Book excerpt - WHERE WOULD COWS HIDE?

Where Would Cows Hide?
by
D. C. Stewart


The Parker twins, Brad and Charlie, didn't want to join their parents on vacation in Hawaii. A little sister can be annoying, but little sister, Zoey, was over the top. "The three of us aren't going to Hawaii," she told them. Her parents were shocked by her statement even though it was true. This was not the first time Zoey offered surprising knowledge of future events, nor would it be the last. Arriving at their grandparent's cattle ranch in Oklahoma, the twins learn of the disappearance of cattle from the ranch. This knowledge would set of a series of events that would challenge any detective. There were the mysterious neighbors, the strange lady at church, a psychic lazy dog, and a weird little sister to keep the twins totally confused in their efforts to solve this strange mystery.



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CHAPTER ONE

VACATION IN PARADISE

�Our plans for summer vacation have changed this year,� Anthony Parker announced to his family over the dinner table.

Brad and Charlie Parker, identical eleven-year-old twins, looked up from their soggy veggie burgers and stared at their father in horror. Their mother, Jeanette, smiled at her husband as she cut her own dinner into bite-sized pieces. Zoey, the twins� eight-year-old sister, didn�t even look up from her mushy, ketchup-covered French fries.

Brad and Charlie looked at each other, their hazel green eyes clouded with worry, and silently communicated their mutual dread at a change in summer vacation plans. Every summer since the twins were born the Parker family spent a week in Oklahoma with Anthony�s parents, Wade and Anna Parker. For the twins a week on Grandpa and Grandma Parker�s ranch was the closest thing to heaven they could imagine.

�What about Grandpa and Grandma Parker?� Brad asked.

�What about swimming in the pond?� Charlie chimed in.

�And fishing in the creek,� added Brad.

�Catching frogs too!� cried Charlie.

Their dad tried to speak, but Brad and Charlie continued to talk, their voices rising shrilly with every word.

�Grandpa needs our help checking the cattle. He even lets us steer his pick-up through the pasture when Grandma isn�t there,� Charlie blurted.

Looks of surprise were exchanged by their parents, but before either could respond Brad jumped in.

�We want to see our cousins and go horseback riding with them,� Brad told his parents.

Dad held up his hands. �Boys, be quiet for a. . . .�

But Brad said to their father, �Please, we want to go to Oklahoma. Please, Dad, please, please, please. . . . �

�Just close your mouths and listen for one minute,� he snapped in irritation. �We�re going to Hawaii for two weeks.�

�Hawaii!� Charlie shouted.

�Two weeks!� yelled Brad.

�We don�t want to go to stupid old Hawaii,� complained Charlie. �We want to see Grandpa and Grandma.�

�The three of us aren�t going to Hawaii,� Zoey spoke for the first time since dinner began.

Brad and Charlie looked at their little sister as she swirled her fries around in the ketchup and made smiley-faces with her peas and carrots.

�See,� Charlie exclaimed in triumph, �Zoey doesn�t want to go to Hawaii either!�

�I didn�t say that,� Zoey said to her brother. �I said we aren�t going to Hawaii. Only Mommy and Daddy are going.

Her parents looked at Zoey in surprise. Charlie snarled at his sister, but Brad looked at his parents with hope blooming in his heart.

�Is Zoey right?� Brad asked excitedly. �Are you guys really going to Hawaii without us?�

Their mother watched Zoey with a puzzled look on her face, but Dad answered Brad, �Yes, your Mom and I are going to Hawaii, and you three will be staying with Grandpa and Grandma Parker for two weeks this summer.�

Brad and Charlie shouted with joy and gave each other high fives. Their mom was still watching Zoey with a frown on her face.

�Honey, how did you know that you and your brothers aren�t going to Hawaii with Daddy and me?� Mother asked. �We never told you that.�

Zoey looked at her mother and smiled, �God told me.�

There it was.



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  1. Thanks for this contest - I signed up!!

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  2. I've been following Denise's blog tour for WHERE WOULD COWS HIDE. It sounds like such a wonderful read for ALL ages.

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  3. Hi, I have also been on her heels! Thanks for the blog about her book.
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  4. Thank you, Camy, for allowing me to be a guest on your blog. It's been an honor. I LOVE your books, so this is VERY exciting for me!

    D.C. Stewart

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