This is a Native American time travel romance that will take you back to the Wyoming Rockies to meet my blue eyed warrior, Taima, who is in search of his soul mate that he pulls back in time, but...are they compatible?
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The premise of this story came about during a trip to visit my brother and his family when they lived in Dubois, Wyoming, a small town high in the Rockies that has a character all it's own. It's located east of Jackson Hole just over the pass. The hero and heroine, Taima and Kate, made themselves known to me and refused to be ignored until I had put them into print. This is their story as she travels through time and back, only to realize who Brandon really is. Will their future open up in an upcoming novel? Read Never Surrender, then let me know if Brandon and Kate deserve a book of their own. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Dubois is a wonderful town and will take you back to the 1800's with the wooden sidewalks and stagecoach rides for the kids. Close your eyes and enjoy the fresh mountain air, scented with a hint of sagebrush, then look around and take in the snow-capped mountains that frame the outskirts of town.
The wooden sidewalks, the stagecoach rides through town, cowboys tying up their horse outside the Mercantile Store and you may have to stop your car while cattle cross the road! The mountain views will take your breath away as you drive to the top and look down on the city. Perhaps you'll see a bear meandering the hillside or elk racing across a meadow. Wow!
Whiskey Basin is where you will find petroglyphs and Brooks Lake is gorgeous! The log structure of the Branding Iron Inn lends to the ambiance and the owners are very friendly, you'll love them. The Cowboy Cafe has an outdoor eating area so you can enjoy the views while leisurely eating your meal. I'm not sure if the Pony Espresso is still there or not but they made great lattes. Am I carrying on too much? I only wish everyone could visit the area. Dubois is where my story started and the characters played out the scenes for me. Many of these things you will find described throughout my novel.
“Your struggle will only bring you closer to me...but then, perhaps that’s your intention, White Woman. I’m not accustomed to fighting females, but with you, I might make an exception.”
Kate thrashed her head back and forth. Her hands escaped his to claw at his arms as he struggled to confine her. She screamed, but he finally secured her wrists within his grasp.
Taima pulled her wrists and twisted her around to face him, bringing her against his chest, their noses mere inches apart as he looked down at her. Her eyes glistened with rage even in the dark. Her breasts rose against the back of his hand as she still tried to pull away.
He tugged her against his chest again. “I will tame you, White Woman.”
Kate’s lips parted slightly as he held her tight. Such tender lips. Quick, warm breaths caressed his cheek; inter-twining with his own ragged breathing. She would be easy to love had she not felt such a hatred toward the Indian, but he knew those thoughts were as dangerous as her escape.
She continued to pull against his hold. “I will never surrender to your savage touch!”
“You will have little choice in the end.”
“I will always have a choice.”
“Not with me,” Taima replied in a slow, precise tone, the warm glow of her skin reminding him of another woman. He pressed his fingers into her soft upper arms, still holding her against him. “Not another word. Since you detest my touch, consider that your punishment should you decide to disobey me again. And should you attempt another escape, you will regret it when I bare your white flesh for my pleasure, having only yourself to blame.”
Her eyes rounded, her lips parted, but she said nothing.
“I’m beginning to think you enjoy being humiliated. Next, I’ll gag you, should you continue to anger me.” He scrutinized the defiance in her delicate features. “I should strip you naked and march you before my people to show them I have truly mastered you.” Taima knew he could never do such a thing to her, but she need never know that.
Kate only glared at him.
“You may be learning after all.” Taima couldn’t keep the smile from forming on his lips, or resist the temptation to taunt her. She was beautiful when she was angry. “Perhaps I’ll begin taming you tonight, right here.” He weighed the opportunity. “There is no one around to hear your objections.”
“You wouldn’t dare!”
He tightened his grasp on her wrists again. “I thrive on dares, so don’t tempt me. We will sleep in my lean-to tonight.”
Her cold stare covered him like an icy breeze.
Taima slowly exhaled in a sarcastic chuckle. “Do you think after this little escapade of yours that I would allow you to sleep apart from me? Perhaps this high altitude is affecting your mind...or are you always so naive?”
Though darkness shrouded them, he allowed his gaze to travel the length of her doe-skin-covered body. Her nearness heated his blood. He knew this wasn’t a good idea, but proceeded anyway. “Though it would be easier to kill you, I will receive more pleasure by keeping you alive, knowing you will hate every day of your life from this point on whenever I decide to touch you.”
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