Historical & Contemporary Romance by Madeline Baker
Possible new story, whenI find time to write it
Lindy Lockwood wandered through the museum's Indian village. Her grandfather loved all the old westerns being rerun on cable – the Virginian, Cheyenne, Maverick, Wagon Train, Rawhide, Bonanza. Of course, he loved all those old John Wayne movies, too, and though she was loathe to admit it to her friends, after watching a few with him, she'd come to love them, too.
She ran her fingers over the side of a tipi, wondering what it had been like to live in a hide lodge, to wash in a river and cook over an open fire, to deliver a baby in the wilderness without drugs or a doctor. She grimaced at the idea. Obviously, women in the Old West had been made of sterner stuff than she and her friends.
Lindy moved from one remarkable display to another, fascinated by everything she saw, from the beautifully beaded moccasins and fringed, doeskin dresses to the huge buffalo robe which was surprisingly soft.
She paused in front of a glass case displaying a warbonnet. Leaning forward, she counted over twenty-five feathers and that was just on one side. The placard in front of the case informed her that only eagle feathers were used, because the Indians believed eagles were the most powerful birds. Some tribes also believed that eagles carried their prayers to the Great Spirit. Native Americans were the only ones allowed to own eagle feathers. Native Americans considered it offensive for anyone who had not earned the right to wear a warbonnet to do so. To be given an eagle feather was an Indian's highest mark of respect and was usually given to someone who had shown selfless courage or performed an act of valor. These days, only enrolled members of recognized tribes were allowed to collect eagle feathers.
A nearby glass-fronted case held a variety of bows and arrows, as well as vintage rifles, pistols, and Bowie knives.
Walking on, she passed a number of blankets and baskets, all with beautifully woven designs.
A small tipi stood in a dark, out-of-the way corner. She almost passed it by, but something made her stop. She studied the moons and stars painted on the lodge skins, the suns and jagged lightning bolts, wondering what they meant.
Curious, she bent down to look inside and then, as if pulled by an invisible hand, she stumbled inside. It was eerily silent within the hide walls, as if she had entered a different world. She frowned as she heard the sound of a distant drum. Where was it coming from? She hadn't seen any drummers.
She shivered as a strange fog engulfed her, carrying with it the scent of smoke and roasting meat. The sound of chanting.
Feeling suddenly weak, she sank down on the bedroll in the back of the lodge, closed her eyes as the walls began to spin.
And then everything went black.
HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOVELS Currently available in eBook and/or Paperback
by Madeline Baker
1. Reckless Heart
2. Reckless Love
3. Reckless Desire
4. Reckless Embrace
5. Reckless Destiny
6. Hawk's Woman
7. Apache Flame
8. Lakota Love Song
9. Wolf Shadow
10. Cheyenne Surrender
11. Follow the Lighting **
12. Renegade Heart
13. The Angel and the Outlaw **
14. Midnight Fire
15. First Love, Wild Love
16. Comanche Flame
17. Under a Prairie Moon **
18. Chase the Lightning **
19. The Spirit Path **
20. A Whisper in the Wind **
20. Prairie Heat
21. Feather in the Wind **
22. Spirit's Song
23. Love Forevermore
24. Forbidden Fires
25. Unforgettable **
26. Lakota Renegade
27. Lacey's Way
28. Apache Runaway
29. Chase the Wind
30. Love's Serenade
31. Heart of the Hunter
32. Wolf Dreamer
** Denotes Time Travel Books
1. Love's Sweet Embrace
2. Callie's Cowboy
3. Every Inch a Cowboy
4. Dude Ranch Bride
5. West Texas Bride
6. Loving Jake
1. Tales of Western Romance Anthology (Baker)
Contains ~ Capture the Lightning, Catch the Lightning, Seize the Lightning, Reckless Destiny, Passion's Promise.
FIRST SALE 1984....
Too good to be true! That’s what I thought when, after 31 rejections, I finally sold my manuscript to a book publisher.
I never thought it would happen to me. And then came the day when an editor at Dorchester Publishing said she liked my book, but wanted another 10,000 words.
Ten thousand words! Did she realize what she was asking? With trepidation, I re-read my manuscript, adding chapters, re-writing paragraphs, until, at last, I had come up with the required number of words.
With hopeful heart, I mailed off my revised manuscript, and then the waiting began.
No words have yet been invented to adequately describe the thrill of reading that letter of acceptance. At last, I was on my way to being a published author.
I jumped up and down, danced a little jig, and literally shouted for joy as I read that coveted phrase, “We want to publish your novel…” Those few words more than made up for the numerous rejection letters I had received.
As soon as I could speak coherently, I called all my favorite people and told them the good news. Their excitement added to my own.
Today, years later, just thinking about that first letter of acceptance (and the advance against royalties that followed) has the power to thrill me all over again.
So, if you’re still struggling to get that manuscript published, don’t get discouraged, and don’t ever give up. If it can happen to me, it can happen to you.