The most powerful woman in her tribe, Blaze can heal with a touch, control the elements, merge her mind with any living creature and more. Yet, she is an outcast. Her people fear her and she herself is afraid of the things she can do. There is darkness in her visions, along with a tall, buckskin-clad stranger with golden-brown hair and eyes as green as the leaves on trees. Somehow, he is her destiny.
Luc Cordell is done with trapping. He yearns for civilization and a normal life. His only regret is leaving behind his family. But his father’s second wife is a SpiritWalker, and now, so is his father. How can Luc live with people who run with the wolves or soar across the heavens with the owls? Yet when a haunted healer with stars in her colorful eyes enters his life, he is drawn into the mystical world whether he likes it or not.
The winds of change are sweeping across the land, taking Luc and Blaze into a world of lies, deceit, and murder. Together, they search for truth and must turn to the eagles for answers.
Luc lifted his head and stared into her dark, glittering eyes. “Damn, who is going to protect you from me?” He needed her and wanted her. All of her, no matter the sacrifice to his own heart and soul.
She cupped his face between her palms, her fingers combing through the thick beard. Her voice trembled. “I am sorry.” She brushed leaves from his hair. Her troubled gaze latched onto a tree that lay directly above them, its trunk caught in the fork of another tree.
“What happened?” Blaze asked the question, but she knew. She’d felt the rage inside her but had been helpless to stop it or to wake from the gripping night dream. But it was no dream and she knew it. Knew the truth now.
He wiped the tears from her face. “Had yourself one hell of a nightmare, Ange.” He glanced around, then grimaced as he spotted the fallen tree. “That was pretty damn close, sweetheart.”
She closed her eyes. “Not a dream. It was real.” Tears slid down her cheeks. She tried not to think about what the man she’d believed to be her father had done to her. All his lies. His secrets. His deceit.
He pulled her close, curving her into his arms. He rubbed her hands with his to warm her. “Tell me about it.”
Blaze could not stop the tears. She clung to Luc, afraid to let go, afraid he’d put her aside. She needed his touch, the gently rhythmic stroking of his palm circling her back and the sound of his soft, soothing voice. She’d tried to put the grief away, but the truth and the betrayal were too strong. Grief held her in its greedy grip. She didn’t remember her parents, but her heart still needed to grieve.
“I watched them die.” The words came out stark and painful. It would be so easy for her to turn her anger, pain, and the sheer rage of her past onto the man who’d stolen her not just from her people but stolen her very life. No one knew better that anger was a wasted emotion. And for her, a dangerous one, as evidenced by the destruction around her. “My father killed them.”
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Susan resides in California with her husband of thirty + years. She love animals. Cats currently number six as she just rescued a kitten named Luna last fall. She now considers herself to be a crazy cat lady! She also has three dogs. Two adorable Chiweenies named JJ and Abbey and temporary (ha!) custody of Shasta, her daughter’s six year old, Great Pyrenees mix.
Susan also enjoys crafts of all sorts including quilting, sewing, cross-stitch and knitting. Knitting and crochet are her current passions although with the arrival of her first granddaughter, her sewing machine as seen the light of day. She is also an avid gardener. Through her love of all things Native American, she designed a 26-foot Medicine Wheel Garden. It’s a big project but one that she loves, except when the weeds threaten. Right now, with her crazy, busy schedule, the weeds are winning the war!
Camping, fishing, biking and hiking (when not hot) are other outdoor pursuits she and her husband enjoy. She is of course, an avid reader and hates cooking and housework. While writing, she listens to a wide variety of music, including Neil Diamond, Celtic, Native American, New Age, Classical, and mood music (bagpipes and howling wolves drive my family nuts). Her current favorites are Blackmore’s Night and David Lanz.
Native American/Western romance writer Susan Edwards is the author of the popular “White” Series. She was nominated for the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Western Historical and Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award. She is very pleased to be able to offer to her readers her White series in Digital Format, along with her SpiritWalker series.