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Dream Walker [Kindle Edition]

Velda Brotherton
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Book Description

Rachel walked through Daniel's nightmares to expel the spirit that haunts him. Can he protect her from the evil that pursues her as they make their way west to begin new lives?
In this Western historical romance, a wagon train leaves Fayetteville, Arkansas bound for the gold fields of California. A train begun by Cherokee leaders and white businessmen to forge a new trail to the north. A trail later known as The Cherokee Trail.
The lives of Daniel Wolfe and Rachel Keye, a half-Cherokee, are bound together when he rescues her from her owner, the evil slave trader, Doakes.
Daniel wants only to find solitude in the wilds of Oregon. Rachel dreams of being a regal white lady in California. Their love changes everything, but first they must survive the dangers of the long trail drive.

Editorial Reviews


"In this compelling romance, (the author) pairs her heroine with a soldier-hero who can't deny the wounds created by his culture. A strong, powerful read" 4 Stars - Romantic Times
"...graphic descriptions of the hardship of traveling by wagon train combined with (the author's) insightful details of slavery, written with sensitivity and cleverness, make this story a romantic prize worth keeping. It shimmers with sensuality, and the plot glows with so much emotion the reader can't help but feel all of it." Rendezvous

From the Author

Writing this book originally came from research about the Cherokee Trail and meeting famous carver Ivan Denton who, in 1989 at the age of 61, made a  historic horseback ride along the Cherokee Trail from Arkansas to California. He shared his adventures and photos with me. I was struck by the beauty of that route, and had to include it in a book. 
Having descended from Cherokees,  I wanted to know more about how the Cherokee and white businessmen of Fayetteville joined together in 1849 to finance a train that would blaze a new, safer and shorter trail to the California gold mines. Their main goal was to discover gold and bring it back home with them. This didn't always work out. But they did manage to blaze a trail that would later be used to drive cattle west. 
I imagined what a half-Cherokee woman who, as a child had been herded along the Trail of Tears by soldiers, would react to being saved from slavery by an ex-soldier.
And this is how Dream Walker was born. Originally titled Trail to Forever, it was published by Topaz in the late 90s. Because of Rachel's ability to walk in the dreams of those troubled by the restless spirits of their guilt, I renamed it Dream Walker, not aware of how popular that name is. That taught me a valuable lesson. Use a title that no one else has thought of. Not easy, but maybe doable. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Velda Brotherton (June 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AXY89Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,589 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, knowledgable historic novel August 15, 2011
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Dream Walker literally begins at a run as the heroine attempts to flee her captor. The pace never slows as the events unfold. Velda Brotherton brings her knowledge of the history and people of western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma to bear on this story set during the westward expansion between the Trail of Tears and the Civil War. It's a great read, and you'll enjoy the ride from the first page to the last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Walker August 14, 2011
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Velda Brotherton dropped me smack-dab in the middle of the old west at the first line of Dream Catcher and kept me there, loving every minute, until the last page. Nobody writes historical fiction through the eyes of the women who lived it any better than Brotherton.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing read! August 13, 2011
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Dream Walker is an absorbing historical romance that displays Velda Brotherton's gift for drawing her reader into the story. From feeling Daniel's conflict over Rachel, to understanding Rachel's clash of cultures, to being right on the trail with them, Ms. Brotherton's beautiful and descriptive prose puts the reader in the middle of everthing that happens on the trail to California. I highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book. August 7, 2012
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I was unsure when I bought this book, but am so glad that I did. I immediately liked the characters and understood their fear/motivations. I could not put it down. I only wish their would be a follow-up. I really enjoyed the character and would like to follow their story more. It was a natural ending for the book, I just feel like they said "and they lived happily ever after". I definitely recommend the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance, Love and History October 25, 2011
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"Hear that,Injun," Doaks snarled. "They don't want me to kill ye. What do you think?" She wanted to cry out that she was a white as she was red. White like her father. It would mean nothing to these men. To them it only took a drop of her mother's blood to make her a filthy Injun. Instead she steeled herself to take her punishment from Doaks. This time she had gone too far and he would probably beat her. But not much, she knew, because he enjoyed her waiting on him hand and foot. She would get back at him sooner or later. The chance would come, he would have to sleep. When he did she would cut off his privates and feed them to him for breakfast. Fried.

Rachel `Winter Dawn' Keye was indeed half white and half Cherokee. She had been sold to the lowlife Doaks by her own half brother but the slavery she was sold into was about to come to an end. There was a wagon train leaving for the gold fields of California and she planned to be on it. She thought she had found her escape in Daniel Wolfe who would be traveling with the train partway and then heading north for Oregon. It turns out that Daniel wants no part of her and ends up turning her out.

This might have been a setback for Rachel but it wouldn't hold her back. She was determined to make it to California, forget her Injun side and become a white woman. She couldn't wait to enjoy everything that came with being white. The fancy dresses, pretty houses and the handsome men coming to call. She would never return to the part of her that was always looked down upon. The part of her that was Cherokee.

I don't normally read romance novels. I go in for the actions of who-done-it and leave the loving to other readers.
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More About the Author

Velda Brotherton has a long career in historical writing, both fiction and
nonfiction. Her love of history and the west is responsible for the publication of 15 books and novels since 1994. But she's not about ready to stop there. When the mid-list crisis hit big city publishers, she turned first to writing regional nonfiction, then began to look at the growing popularity of E Books as a source for the books that continued to flow from her busy mind. Those voices simply won't shut up, and so she finds them a home.

A need to continue to write and submit her work, soon led to publishers in the
growing field of E books. So she obtained a conversion of rights for her out-of-print historical romances and published all six to Kindle.Within a matter of months, she placed a western historical romance, Stone Heart's Woman, with The Wild Rose Press, an award winning publisher of both print and E books; then a mainstream paranormal, Wolf Song, was accepted by SynergE Books.

Recently Wilda's Outlaw: The Victorians was published in both E book and print by The Wild Rose Press. The second book in this series, Rowena's Hellion will be out later in 2014. She is now producing audio books through ACX from her Kindle published books. Montana Promises came out in audio May 8, 2013, read by Jeff Justus. She also uploaded a novella, The Legend of the Rose to Kindle that same month. Montana Dreams is currently underway as an audio, and Stone Heart's woman is also available in audio.

Velda signed two more contracts in May, 2013, one with Wild Rose Press for Once There Were Sad Songs, a women's fiction, another with Oak Tree Press for a mystery, The Purloined Skull. Both were released in late 2013. In May, 2014 she signed a four book contract with Oghma Creative Media. Beyond the Moon, a women's fiction, will be released in August, 2014, A Savage Grace, a horror novel will come out in time for Halloween, 2014, #2 in A Twist of Poe mysteries is scheduled for release in April, 2015. An Ozark cookbook containing recipes from her mother's collection and stories of growing up in Arkansas during the depression, will be re-released as well.

This busy writer who has co-chaired a large weekly critique group since 1988, also gives two yearly all-day workshops and mentors promising young writers, plus teaches at conferences in a four-state area. She is currently working on edits for Rowena's Hellion and A Tell Tale Stone, and isn't sure what will come next. With all those voices in her head, she's bound to let some of them out to play before long.

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