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"A lucid presentation of the hero's interior combines with (the author's) adventurous heroine and reticent wit for a connoisseur's "amnesia romance." Four stars from Romantic Times
"A pleasure to read...beautifully original." Author Jodi Thomas

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This book is one of my all time favorite western historical romances to write. I enjoyed all the others because I love to weave history around a love story, but for some reason following Allie and Jake west on the old Santa Fe Trail was like going back in time. We've driven the route so many times, my hubby and I, for we love going to New Mexico from our own home state of Arkansas. My first book set there was a biography of my mother's cousin who grew up on a homestead in New Mexico. Visiting her introduced me to that surreal landscape of the high desert and I was in love.
Allie is also a tomboy like I was growing up, and I like her spirit. Jake is a man after every woman's heart. Put them together, along with a healthy dose of outlaws like Jessie and Frank James and  the infamous Clay Allison, the really bad guys like Allie's ex-fiance, and all the good people of the caravan headed west from Westport, Missouri, and you've got an unbeatable adventure.
Writing historical westerns is my most favorite pastime right next to watching western movies. Not sure which I enjoy more. And the grittier the better. I don't write sweet romances or even sweet westerns. I write them down and dirty with villains to die for, literally.
Republishing this book to Kindle has given me a great thrill because I know there's a huge reading audience that didn't get the chance to read it back in the 90s. I hope they enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 511 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Velda Brotherton (February 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078FCE8Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arletta Dawdy on October 5, 2012
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How many plots are there in literature? The answer ranges from 3 to 36 amongst those who sit around counting. I am intrigued by how an author may indulge in a plot device time and again, with fresh characters, causes or resolutions to create a captivating story. In the case of Velda Brotherton's novel, IMAGES IN SCARLET, the plot concerns how a boy with a traumatic past meets girl wth same and how they will overcome the obstacles to their love, with a twist here and there. This simplistic analysis tells nothing of the adventure, realism, passion and compassion, history and hardship or resolution of conflict contained in the book.

Just after the Civil War, two unique young people fall into the other's path only to head west together, with reluctance. Allie and Jake are determined to eliminate their pasts, despite that one doesn't know what that past is. In a "Wagons West" tale of adventure, with scoundrels, Indians and bounty hunters, the death of innocence and the immense beauty of prairie, mountains and deserts, a love story emerges. Clarity resolves conflict, love prevails, evil is eliminated and the reader is caught off-guard. IMAGES IN SCARLET is a refreshingly good and unusual interpretation of one plot pattern...ENJOY!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frances on April 17, 2012
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I have read several books by this author and have enjoyed them very much. That being said this book is not up to standard. The story is disjointed and causes the reader to wonder "what did I miss?". The ending only creates more questions. I could have rated this book higher perhaps if the author had written one more chapter to tie up the loose ends if possible. Very disappointing. Also the song "when Johnny comes marching home" was a confederate song not union.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Downing on April 8, 2012
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When Allie Caine sets out for a new life in Santa Fe, all she hopes for are two things: to leave behind in Missouri the memories of her family's deaths and her broken engagement, and to start a successful business as a photographer on her own. The last thing she needs is to come across the prone figure of a man blocking her road. The young man, known only as Jake, has his own problems. Recovering from injuries and imprisonment in the recent War Between the States, Jake has no memory and his only attachment to his past is a photograph he carries of a woman named Lorena. As the couple tentatively build a relationship, pieces of Jake's past come back to haunt him and he feels he must find out what happened to Lorena before he can make any kind of commitment to Allie. At the same time, Allie's former fiancé, now a bounty hunter, appears on the wagon train they have joined to head west, and he has two goals. One is to win back Allie, and the other is to find a man named Ethan Hollingsworth who is wanted for the murder of his lover back east.

For those of us who love western historical romances, Velda Brotherton's Images in Scarlet is a book that proves difficult to put down and has you longing to get back to it. Brotherton skillfully weaves in historical characters, such as Jesse James and Clay Allison, and settings, particularly along the Santa Fe Trail, that give the book a strong sense of time and place. Allie's work as a photographer is so clearly described that you feel you might be able to develop a photographic plate right along with her. And while at times I felt like wringing Jake's neck or giving Allie a good kick up the butt as they go through the permutations of their on-again/off-again relationship, it is only because they are such engaging characters. The feisty heroine and the caring, patient hero are totally endearing, flaws and all. But it was the final surprises and twists in the plot that truly make this a five star read.
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Ms. Brotherton does (as noted by other reviewers) have a steady plotting for romance. This story had the interest point in the growing field of photography during and after the Civil War. The tragic circumstances for those who endured that war make good fodder for stories and the author used them in a fine pattern.

A book for grown-ups that counts as light reading. Be ready for profanity and explicit sex scenes.
Velda Brotherton has had a prolific and successful writing career and has been a mentor to many other authors. She manages to find that moment in history, then turn it around to show the different facets that might have been missed before.
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By Sally Jadlow on May 23, 2013
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Velda Brotherton spins an intriguing tale in this book set in post-Civil War West. I enjoyed reading her detailed descriptions and lovely phrasing. Her characters kept me glued to the page until late into the night on my smart phone--a true test of excellence for any writer.God's Little Miracle Book (God's Little Miracle Books)
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