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I've been writing for over 20 years, as Madeline Baker and Amanda Ashley. In that time, I've written over 60 novels. I've written for Leisure Books, Signet Books, St. Martin's Press, and Silhouette, and I currently write paranormal romances as Amanda Ashley for Zebra Books. Many of my backlist titles have been published by EC Blush.
I'm happy to say that a number of my books have appeared on various bestseller lists, including the New York Times Bestseller List and USA Today.
When I'm not writing, I love reading (of course), going to movies and plays and spending time with my family. I'm also an avid Star Wars fan and have quite a large collection of Star Wars memorabilia.
It has been four years six months and counting since Jim Buckner arranged for Chasing Elk to be sent to Yuma Prison, a hell hole of abuse from the likes of guard Fat Tom. Only revenge and seeing his daughter Leah keeps Chasing Elk going. When an opportunity arrives to escape, he takes it, but is severely injured in the process.
With her parents recently dead and Apache Marteen wanting rancher Catharine Lyons as his woman, she so far she has refused him using the excuse that her man is coming for her though she knows she will not have much time left to say no. She either must return to Boston or he will take her as her brother Mark is no protection. When a near dead Chasing Elk reaches her ranch at about the same time as Marteen and his retinue of braves, she claims he is her husband. The stranger agrees. As Catharine nurses Chasing Elk back to physical health and he begins to work the ranch, an attraction between them arises. However, Marten wants him dead; the law wants him in prison; Chasing Elk wants his daughter; Catharine wants his love. However, first his mind must heal if he lives long enough.
DAKOTA DREAMS is a tense Indian romance starring a courageous heroine and a battered male with demons screaming at him to avenge the death of his wife and to bring his daughter home, which he wants to believe, is at Catharine's ranch. The character driven tale is loaded with plenty of action as the key players will converge in a showdown. Though the support cast seems somewhat one dimensional, Madeline Baker's latest nineteenth century star-crossed romance contains a fresh fun story line.
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Nathan Chasing Elk has been in the brutal Yuma prison, wrongly convicted of killing his wife, for over four years, when he escapes, his only thought to see his daughter Leah again and to get revenge on the real murder.
He's seriously injured in the escape, and is found by Catherine Lyons, who takes him in.
Catherine is a young woman, living alone since her parents died and her younger brother abandoned her. Nathan frightens her, but he's also a solution to her most immediate problem: the Apache Marteen is determined to take her for his bride. Catherine has been putting him off, saying that her man is coming for her, but Marteen is losing his patience. Now Catherine can point to Nathan as her husband.
After Catherine nurses him back to health, Nathan's eager to be on his way to find his daughter, and Marteen is still determined to get Catherine by whatever means necessary, so Catherine accompanies Nathan on his quest.
And of course, they fall in love (this is a romance--it's a foregone conclusion).
It's not all that simple, however. Nathan is still a wanted man, still bent on revenge, and, most heartbreakingly, Leah believes he killed her mother.
The historical aspects of the story are interesting, and the emotional dilemmas Catherine and Nathan have to face are compelling. There are no easy answers for these two, and that makes it all the more satisfying when they earn their happy ending. I'd definitely recommend this if you're a fan of the sub-genre, but it's not quite enough to make me love it enough to overcome my sub-genre prejudice.
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It had been four years since Nathan Chasing Elk had been falsely accused of murdering his wife, and thrown in the Yuma Prison. The only thing that keeps him sane is the day in which he will be able to seek revenge against the one who put him there and finding his daughter Leah. The opportunity to escape presents itself, and he doesn't hesitate to accept it, but in doing so he is gravely injured.
With her parent's untimely death, Catharine Lyons is left with the responsibility to run the family ranch by herself. Apache Marteen is convinced that Catharine should be his wife. She keeps him at a distance by telling him that her future husband is soon to arrive.
When Catharine finds a man close to death, she sees it as the perfect opportunity to say that Nathan Chasing Elk is the man that she has been waiting for. She takes him in, and tends his wounds. When she learns that he is an escape convict, it doesn't extinguish the growing feelings she is developing towards Nathan.
When Nathan is well enough to travel, she insists that she go with him into Lakota Territory to find his daughter, and help prove his innocence. The journey will be one that is assured to be filled with danger, will the two of them be able to survive and clear Nathan's name?
Madeline Baker is the queen of historical romance. It is hard to find another author who puts so much depth and emotion in her books that allows you to play out each scene she writes in her books in your head. She is an author who has always held a high place on my keeper's shelf. DAKOTA DREAMS is an exceptional romance; you immediately fall in love with Nathan and Catharine. You will find yourself holding your breath as you turn the next page in anticipation to see what happens. A book such as DAKOTA DREAMS is a shiny example at what this author is capable of achieving.
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