The question posed by bestselling Peoria-area author Paulette Joseph in her latest self-help book Pony Tales #14: Sleepless Rider, whether horseback riding can be the long-sought cure for insomnia, may just find an answer in the protagonist’s final soliloquy, as she rides out of Peoria for good on the back of her white mare Cheyenne.
‘It is a long and bumpy road we travel, pony friend,’ declares Cowgirl Ruby, ‘but I am just going to put it on cruise control and sleep most of the way.’
Paulette Joseph writes what she calls self-help horse novels, ‘at the place where self-improvement books and pulp western escapist literature meet’ (‘Pony Dream: An Interview with Paulette Joseph’, Western Digest Vol. 8).
Others disagree and say that basically she just writes pulp westerns.
‘The Pony Tale series are YA westerns with a message,’ the book’s own publisher, Terry Wains, told The Gorko over coffee and pie. ‘Our self-help section is put out by completely different authors.’
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