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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.


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"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
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Enjoyment August 21, 2011
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Velda Brotherton can spin a tale like no other. You become so engrossed with the story that when you look up, you're surprised to be in the 21st century. Ms. Brotherton's magical prose grabs you at the first word of the the story and doesn't let you up for air until you read: The End.
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I do not, generally speaking, care for romances unless they're either very funy or deep with real characters. Velda Brotherton is one of the few authors of romance novels I will read, because her characters are fully formed people with troubles from the past that interfere with the present, just like all of us walking around in bodies here on earth.

I also get annoyed with supposedly historical novels that get the history wrong. Velda takes great care to get the historical details correct. I find myself wanting to know more about the time and being to empathize with what it must have been like to ride west in a wagon train before the west was overrun with white folk.

This is a beautiful story. I absolutely loved it and look forward to reading more of Velda's books.
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2 of 3 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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 A Real Page Turner September 6, 2011
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When you look for a good Western historical romance, don't miss Dream Walker. Rachel and her lover Daniel come together and turn away again when misunderstandings occur. We expect that. What makes this book superior are the unexpected twists and turns Velda Brotherton weaves into the story. When I stay up until 2:00 a.m. because I can't stop turning pages, I've found a winner.
Dream spirit scenes enrich the book. Most powerful was when Rachel healed the source of Daniel's pain that kept them apart. I appreciate it when someone recommends a good book to me which is why I recommend this one to you.
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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 25 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 small presses as a source for the books that continue to flow from her busy mind. Those voices simply won't shut up, and so she finds them a home.

First 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.

Not satisfied that her career might level off, she produced an audio book of Montana Promises along with Jeff Justus. The Montana series is also available as a boxed set. A novella, The Legend of the Rose, based on the true story of Cimarron Rose, is available on Kindle. Stone Heart's woman is also available in audio.


While Wild Rose Press continues to publish her western romances, including Wilda's Outlaw: The Victorians, and the second in the series, Rowena's Hellion, in a change of pace, the press published her Vintage love story, Once There Were Sad Songs. The most thrilling experience in her writing career came when Oghma Creative Media contracted her book, Beyond the Moon, a story she has treasured since its first writing in 1985, and signed her to a four-book contract. One is to reprint the Ozark cookbook containing recipes from her mother's collection and stories of growing up in Arkansas during the depression,

The most fun she's had came when owner/designer of Oghma Creative Media, Casey Cowan, suggested a new brand. Sexy Dark and Gritty so well fits her writing style that it was quickly adopted.

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 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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