"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.