Jingle in the New Year!

Happy New Year!

2018 sped past––fast and furious.

With two book releases, Women Writing the West Presidency, weddings, babies, and the death of a family member right before Christmas, it all took its toll, both good and bad. Thank goodness for a new year!

But I believe there is always hope during troubled times.


Hope in love.

Hope in family and friendships.

Hope in faith.

This year’s calendar is filling up fast with book events, future blog posts ideas, topics for a local newspaper column, Past President duties as WILLA Literary Book Award Chair for Women Writing the West, and of course time to ride my horses and spoil my grandbabies.

I’m thrilled and look forward to having my books with The Craftsman’s Touch Books during the 2019 Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA, Feb 28 through March 3. Thank you, Jane Kirkpatrick, for recommending me! This will be quality mother-daughter time as my mom will go with and attend the sewing convention. She used to attend years ago and is looking forward to taking in classes.

Funny thing is–she could easily teach some of those classes.

She used to sew my dad’s western suits for work. Talking about talent!

I will get to meet new women and talk about the little bit of quilting I have done. Emphasis on “little.” When my son was born, weighing in at 2 &1/2 pounds, I made him a quilt the size of a sheet of paper. Okay, maybe a tiny bit bigger but not much. I love to sew and bead; however, writing now takes up most of my time.

That and horses and grandchildren!

Writing really is my passion.

Now that January has come and 2019 is officially upon us I’m:

  • Listing my goals
  • Lining out my schedule
  • Finding final judges for the WILLA Literary Awards
  • Finishing final edits of Heart of Courage (coming this spring)
  • Gearing up for re-writes of Heart of Passion
  • Outlining children’s book ideas

What are your goals for 2019?

It sure helps to list and check them off when finished. I’d like to encourage you to celebrate a little bit with each completion.


  • Lunch with a friend
  • Movie
  • Favorite treat
  • Walk or other favorite activity
  • Massage

For me, treats include time riding my horse, Cash, in the woods or tea with a friend.

Here’s to 2019! You have 365 blank pages. How do you plan on filling those pages? Adventure? Words? Family memories?

No matter what you decide, I wish you many blessings in the New Year!

Until next time, ~Happy Trails~


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  1. Christina Dawn Lilienthal says:

    Hello Carmen – I met you at the Writer’s Conference in Canyonville, Oregon and took your class. I also purchased your book “Girl Warrior” and thoroughly enjoyed it. The story reminded me of many memories of Inchelium, Omak, Tonasket, and Republic Rodeos when I was Colville American Legion Rodeo Queen 49 years ago back in 1970. When we spoke, I mentioned that I had found a hardback historical book published in 1978 called Orchard Prairie: the first 100 Years 1879-1979 by Kathryn Treffry Highberg. There is some history in it about the Peone family and sections about the Peone School and Peone Church. I thought it would be of interest to you and your family. I would be happy to hardcopy mail it to you if you would send me your address at [email protected] or give me a call at 541-430-9992.

    1. Carmen Peone says:

      Yes, Christina, thank you so much! I will email you.

  2. Tyson Greer says:

    Puyallup! I’ll come and see you there. You’ve had such a productive 2018 year, and I can see why, the way you line up your goals at the beginning of a new year. Puts a real spotlight on the greeting HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    1. Carmen Peone says:

      Tyson, yes, I’d love to see you in Puyallup! One more year on the WWW Board and I’m a free woman. But it’s been a great ride, that’s for sure.

    1. Carmen Peone says:

      Thank you, Mary! One more super busy year and I am off the WWW Board and can concentrate on 2 more YA books, and then dig into my romantic suspense novels! Yippie!