Girl Warrior

    Charnaye Toulou has her sights pinned on winning the World Famous Suicide Horse Race during the Omak Stampede. Her desire is to win the purse in order to help her paraplegic father improve living conditions while proving Native women can be warriors. One bully and several anonymous threatening letters try and stop her. So when she hooks up with relatives and a horse that can take her the distance in this rite-of-passage horse race, she begins the rigorous training it takes to become “King of the Hill,” or in her case “Queen.”

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Meet Carmen


I am an award-winning author of the LAURA Short-fiction Contest. Read Queen of the Hill.

I live in Northeast Washington on the Colville Indian Reservation.

Tribal Elder Marguerite Ensminger taught me the love of learning the Arrow Lakes Language and various cultural traditions of the Sinyekst or Arrow Lakes band of the Colville Confederated Tribes of Indians.

I have come to honor and respect the people and the Colville Tribal heritage and wanted to create a legacy for my sons and grandchildren including their culture and our family’s Christian faith.

I believe in adventure and its benefits.


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Gallop into adventure with these books by Carmen Peone:

Heart of Passion
Heart of Courage
Change of Heart
Delbert’s Weir
Hannah’s Journey
Girl Warrior

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