A few years ago I watched a movie about a group of Native American prisoners on a work detail passing through an African American town sometime between 1870-1900. There was a young teacher in the town and she fell in love with one of the captured Indians. He planned an escape and wanted her to run away with him to his village on the Plains.
That movie captured my attention. I started a game of ‘what if ‘. What if she left her secure home and went to live on an Indian reservation? What would her life be like? Would she be accepted? Then I had a thought of pairing the historical woman with a contemporary one-her ancestor. I added details and conflict to make the manuscript more intriguing. From this game, Lakota Dreaming was born.
Below is the book blurb:
After being fired from her job as Editor-in- chief of a New York fashion magazine, Zora Hughes travels to a South Dakota Indian Reservation. She hopes to find answers to lifelong dreams her psychiatrist calls genetic memories. Zora dreams of a female ancestor who fled life as a slave and was aided in her journey to freedom by a Sioux warrior who would become her husband.
On the reservation, Zora meets Sheriff John Iron Hawk, who aids and sometimes hinders her in her quest to finds answers to the murder of her forebearer.
Zora sees the parallel between her life and that of her long dead ancestor’s. Try as she might, she can’t resist the lure of loving John Iron Hawk, a contemporary Sioux warrior.
But someone will do anything, including murder, to stop Zora from digging up the past.
Lakota Dreaming, April, 2014
cover art by Kim Killion
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