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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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Chasing Elk is determined to avenge his wife's death and recover his daughter. But when he finally escaped the Yuma prison, he wasn't planning on getting shot on the way out...
This is a nice mix of a few historical facts about Native Americans and a love story. Nathan Chasing Elk is a good man, wrongfully charged. Ms. Baker makes his character very realistic. He is still grieving the loss of his wife and feels guilty because he hasn't been there for his daughter. He's also determined to get his daughter back and find the man who killed his wife.
The other lead character, Catherine, is a young woman living in a strange land with a missing brother. She also has extreme challenges trying to keep the Apache chief from claiming her as his wife. Everyone in the story has some baggage from the past to settle. Watching how Ms. Baker's characters manage to get past the problems and work towards settling their lives down for the future is part of the fun of the read.
The author puts her two lead characters together by need, but soon the sexual tension between them grows. Adding Nathan's daughter to the mix creates an even more interesting situation because she testified against him and is afraid of him, and she hampers the romance.
The author's descriptions of the land paint a lovely picture in your mind and you can understand why the Indians wanted to retain the land they hunted and lived in. She's also very good at adding new side stories to the main story as you read along which enhances your interest in the story.
The story flows well, the situations described are plausible and you're not sure just how this story is going to end until you read the last pages. It was a very good read.
Originally posted at the Long and Short Of It Romance Reviews
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