All aboard! The Seagoing Cowboy launches today!

seagoingcowboy-cover_FINAL-smallerToday is the release date for my children’s picture book The Seagoing Cowboy published by Brethren Press. It’s been a long time coming, and I can’t be more excited!

Claire Ewart’s vibrant illustrations bring the story to life, and book designer Paul Stocksdale’s map illustrated with historical photos following the story adds tremendous value to the book.

I’m grateful to Brethren Press for taking on this project and to all the seagoing cowboys who have shared their stories with me. You can purchase the book here.

Claire Ewart and I will be signing books at Better World Books in Goshen, Indiana, from 6:00 to 8:00 tomorrow night, April 1 (no fooling!). I’ll have my private launch party on Saturday, then head on down to Little Rock, Arkansas, where I’ll be presenting at Heifer International as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival on Saturday, April 16. Watch my events page on this website for something near you. provides name pronunciation guide is a wonderful resource for K-12 children’s literature enthusiasts. One of their offerings is an Audio Name Pronunciation Guide where over 2,000 authors pronounce and tell a bit about their names. Want to know how to pronounce Peggy Reiff Miller? Check it out here. And check out other of your favorite authors while you’re there.

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Brethren Press hosts reception for THE SEAGOING COWBOY

Photo credit: Church of the Brethren/Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford

Photo credit: Church of the Brethren/Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford

“The Seagoing Cowboy” author Peggy Reiff Miller (at center in the back row of the photo below) joined Brethren Press staff and two real-life seagoing cowboys and their spouses for a prerelease reception with the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board on Sunday afternoon, March 13. The two Heifer cowboys–Matt Meyer (front left) and Merle Brown (front center)–were presented with copies of the new children’s book. By happy coincidence, in 1946 they served on the same boat taking a shipment of horses to Bremen, Germany; in later years both served on the Church of the Brethren staff; and now both attend Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren in Elgin, Ill.