I had the pleasure of meeting Carmen Peone at a recent booksigning at And Books Too! in Clarkston, Washington. She's at the left of the picture, with author Paty Jeger in the center and myself to the right.
We also presented our books later that same day at a Cowgirl Rendezvous at Hell's Gate State Park and toured the decorated trailers of the gals of the Sisters On The Fly traveling group. Dinner and cowboy western music followed. Lots of fun.
Here's some blurbs on Carmen Peone's books . . . .
|Change of Heart|
Change of Heart:
After fighting with her sister, thirteen-year-old Spupaleena bolted from their Arrow Lakes pit home into the dead of winter. Spupaleena didn’t know where she was going but knew she could no longer live at home. Haunted by the deaths of her mother and baby brother, Spupaleena ran until she’d run too far.
Upon discovering Spupaleena’s body, Phillip Gardner, a trapper, brings her home to his cabin. This wife, Elizabeth, does her best to help heal Spupaleena, although with a broken heart and a mangled body, she is not likely to survive. But when Phillip doesn’t return from a trip into town, a pregnant Elizabeth and a weak Spupaleena are forced to find strength not only in each other but in God as well. In this story of hardship, grief, and eventual hope, Spupaleena learns all she needed was a Change of Heart.
|Heart of Courage|
Heart of Courage:
Spupaleena was not about to back down. Knowing she encompassed the skills to race against young men, Spupaleena would begin her intense training. However, Rainbow, her trusted middle-aged mare, would only carry her so far. She would need to find a new horse, but where? She was tired of her fellow racer’s cruel insults, one boy’s in particular. She was determined to not only race him, but to win. She drew her strength from God and exhibited a Heart of Courage. But at times, wondered if that was enough. Spupaleena’s father was against her. Would she have the spirit to compete and win? If so, would her father ever learn to accept her dreams of training and racing horses?
Carmen Peone has lived in Northeast Washington, on the Colville Indian Reservation for twenty-three years. She had worked with a Tribal Elder, Marguerite Ensminger, for three years learning the Arrow Lakes Language and various cultural traditions. She has owned and trained her horses for thirteen years and has competed in local Extreme Challenge Competitions for three years. She and her husband Joe have four grown sons and five grandchildren.
With a degree in psychology, the thought of writing never entered her mind, until she moved to the reservation after college and marriage. She came to love the people and their heritage and wanted to create a legacy for her sons.
Books can be ordered off her web site: carmenpeone.tateauthor.com