Welcome to the Blog Tour for Renewed Hope by Carmen Peone, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to have Carmen on the blog tour to give us a tour of the setting!
RENEWED HOPE by Carmen Peone
SERIES: Seven Tine Ranch Romance #3
GENRE: Contemporary Western Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Iron Stream Fiction
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2024
Can they find her son in time?
Sophie Cayes is on the road to success as an artist. Until her ex-husband threatens to sue for full custody of their son. Upon learning of a guest ranch in Eastern Washington that keeps a room open for women in need, she grabs her son and bolts. Although Chad Davis loves starting colts on the Seven Tine Guest Ranch, his goal is to have his own spread. Everything’s on course until a woman and her preschool son show up. He’s not thrilled about helping out. Until the boy comes up missing. On his watch. Along with a tribal cop, they head back to Montana in search of the boy, knowing his dad was the one who kidnapped him. Sophie prays they find him before her ex-husband and his new wife go on the run. Taking her son with them.
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by Carmen Peone, author of Renewed Hope
Thank you for hosting me! It’s an honor to be on your blog today.
Let’s talk setting.
When authors anchor readers into the book’s setting, stories come alive on a deeper level. I make a point to visit as many of the settings for my novels as I can. It’s a way to liven reader’s senses and let them settle in and feel the gritty dirt, smell the sweet aroma of wildflowers, and hear the bubble of water tumbling over a creek bed.
Renewed Hope sets on and around two different Indian Reservations.
Chapter 1 opens on the Colville Indian Reservation in Northwest Washington State with Chad Davis working with a stud colt at Seven Tine Guest Ranch. (Pictured below) If you’re wondering, the cabin is not associated with Seven Tine. But is across the road.
The fictional guest ranch in Renewed Hope is near the town of Nespelem, WA, on the Colville Confederated Reservation. The reserve is 1.4 million acres and contains 4 towns or districts laid out in a rectangular shape and hosts twelve tribes.
My husband and I live on the eastern side of the reservation. Nespelem and the fictional Seven Tine Ranch are the third town due west.
The northern region of Nespelem, Seven Tine country, entertains trees, grasses, hills, and creeks. South of Nespelem and Tribal Headquarters, which is a few miles south of Nespelem, lives desert rock and sage. Pictured below is the town of Nespelem, a population of 236. Where I live, it’s 350, though more live on the outskirts. Same with the town of Nespelem.
The towns are small, but the area is truly God’s country.
Chapter 2 opens on the Flathead Reservation in Pablo, Montana. You can follow my February blog series to learn more about my characters and my time in Polson, Montana. The Flathead Confederated Reservation comprises three tribes on 1,938 square miles.
I was fortunate enough to have traveled to these areas four times, three with my husband and once with two lady friends.
Twice was for the River Honoring (pictured above), a cultural event I had to place in Renewed Hope; one was for research; and one was mostly for vacation, but I tied up a few loose ends too.
In the collage below are images of Flathead Lake, Mission Mountains, and the Flathead Reservation Headquarters.
This area in Montana is one of my favorite places to spend a few days or even a week.
Once I completed my research, I rewarded my husband’s help (he drove me around while I took copious notes and photographs) and patience with a trip to Hungry Horse Dam. It’s 564 feet tall and was the largest dam in the world upon completion in 1953.
He’d wanted to visit the dam for years. After seeing the delightful landscape, I knew this, too, would end up in my story. You’ll have to read Renewed Hope to find out how!
I hope you enjoyed the photo tour of the Colville Reservation, the Flathead Reservation, and the Hungry Horse Dam area.
When you read Renewed Hope, you’ll now have a vivid visual of the setting Sophie and Chad live and traverse.
Thank you for taking precious time out of your day to come along on this journey.
Carmen Peone is an award-winning author of Young Adult and Contemporary Western Romantic Suspense and lives with her husband in Northeast Washington and on the Colville Confederated Indian Reservation. She weaves threads of healing, hope, and horses into her stories that lead to happily ever after.
Connect with Carmen by visiting carmenpeone.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.
(3) winners will win a signed copy of Renewed Hope, a $25 Amazon gift card, and a story-related postcard!
Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight February 5, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on February 12, 2024. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only for a print copy, ebook if outside US. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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What about you? What makes you want to read Renewed Hope by Carmen Peone?