When Panther, War Chief of a small Seminole Indian band, attempts to rescue a fellow tribe member from a Floridian plantation, he is captured by the owner, Reddin.
Knowing Reddin will likely kill Panther, Caldia, a half-black slave, secretly frees him.
Reddin decides to make Caldia pay--in his bedroom, but his wife discovers them. Enraged, Reddin murders his wife, makes it look like a Seminole Indian is to blame, and calls in the Military.
Caldia escapes and is deep in the Everglades trying to survive when Panther finds her. With enemies closing in on all sides, the pair face an even greater danger: the forbidden love growing between them.
"Munn brings into sharp relief the hesitant attempt of slaves and Indians to bridge vastly different cultures and experiences in order to find love and freedom." ~Publishers Weekly
The Modoc Indians have fled the reservation, putting local settlers on edge and prompting the arrival of Army advisor Jed Britton.
Luash, a young Modoc tribeswoman and the voice of the Modoc Eagle Spirit, speaks English and is chosen as Jed's interpreter.
Luash distrusts white men, Jed in particular, and intends to fight him and his bureaucracy to protect her people's traditional way of life.
Jed, who was nearly scalped by the Sioux during an attack that claimed his best friend, loathes Indians.
But as the pair clash in a fiery war of wills both come to realize that neither can win until they commit themselves to securing a new future for the Modoc and submit to the mutual love taking root in their hearts.
"A fast-paced multicultural western romance. No one does Native American historical novels better than Vella Munn" ~Affaire de Coeur
The Chumash Indians lived peacefully along the coast north of present-day Los Angeles until the Spanish drove most of them out and enslaved the rest.
Black Wolf, a Chumash warrior, was once a captive of the Spanish priests and knows the newly arrived garrison is here to hunt him down.
With the garrison comes Lucita, the new colonel's beautiful daughter. The more Lucita observes how the padres abuse the Chumash, the more disgusted she becomes. When Black Wolf approaches her one dark night, Lucita sees an opportunity to make a difference. Black Wolf sees a compassionate white woman.
The effort to save Black Wolf's people will cost them both dearly, though not as much as the love blooming between them.
"Readers will be immediately drawn into this stirring novel. A powerful, exciting read." ~Romantic Times.
To pioneering settlers, Oregon is the "promise land". To the Rogue Indians, it is home.
Dark Water is the keeper of her tribe's history. Pregnant, she searches for her missing husband. When she finds him dead, murdered by the whites, her labor pains begin.
Barr Conner, a loner, has been hired to protect the local miners. Once enslaved by the Rogues, Barr knows how they think and despises them all. But he can't turn his back when he comes upon Dark Water in labor. Or walk away from her tears when the child is stillborn.
The divided worlds in which Dark Water and Barr live forbid what is starting to grow between them. Now they must fight for survival, fight to reconcile their pasts, their different beliefs, and ways of life. Or deny the happiness that lies just beyond reach.
"A beautiful love story; sensitive, hard-hitting on the emotions, with a unique compassion for Indian tradition." ~Catherine Anderson, New York Times bestselling author
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