Historical & Contemporary Romance by Madeline Baker
Excerpt from Find the Lightning - Coming in December
Jay Soaring Hawk cussed a blue streak as he raked his spurs along the bronc's sides. He had been trying to break the damn mustang for almost two weeks to no avail. Standing an inch or so over sixteen hands, the buckskin was the biggest, most beautiful horse he had ever seen. And the most rank. The bronc had thrown him near a dozen times that day alone and Jay had the bumps and bruises to prove it. If the horse hadn't had such great conformation, he would have gelded the stallion days ago.
He bailed out of the saddle when the stud started to roll.
"Damn outlaw!" Slapping his hat against his thigh, Jay stalked out of the corral, then ambled up to the house, grimacing as he opened the door and stepped inside. The place needed a coat of paint, he mused, but, more than that, it needed a woman's touch, someone to spruce up the place, fix him a decent meal, do his laundry once in a while, maybe put up some curtains.
Or maybe he should just forget about ranching and go back to the rez. Maybe he'd been a fool to try to live like a white man. The people in town didn't want anything to do with Red Star's half-breed son. At least the Lakota liked and respected him. He could raise horses on the rez and sell them to the Army… What the hell?
He looked out the open door, frowned as the sound of hoof beats drew closer. He couldn't remember the last time he'd had a visitor. Stepping out onto the front porch, he lifted one hand to shade his eyes, blinked, then blinked again as a rider mounted on a white horse appeared in the distance.
"Relámpago." The word whispered past Jay's lips as the stallion drew closer. His grandfather had told him stories of the famous Spirit Horse of the Lakota. It was said the stallion traveled effortlessly between worlds. Jay squinted against the sun. Was that a woman on the stud's back?
Jay shook his head. What the hell was a woman— a white woman!—doing riding alone out here? And on Relámpago, no less! Hell, every warrior he had ever known dreamed of one day seeing the mystical stallion.
Relámpago slowed to a walk, then came to a halt a few yards from the porch.
Jay's gaze ran over the woman. Her skin was smooth and unblemished. Gently arched brows rose above bright green eyes. Her plaid shirt and jeans covered a curvy figure. Long blonde hair fell over slim shoulders. Both hands were tightly wrapped in the stud's mane. He couldn't help staring at her. She looked exactly like the woman he had seen in his vision quest years ago.
Find her, his spirit guide, the hawk, had whispered. And when you do, never let her go.
Rusty flushed under the man's probing gaze. Had someone asked her to describe her idea of male perfection, he would have fit the image to a tee. He was Indian, of that there could be no doubt. Long black hair, dark brown eyes, copper-hued skin, broad shoulders, long, long legs. His clothes—dark blue shirt, tan pants, scarred boots—were covered with dust.
"Can I help you?" His deep voice sent a shiver of sensual awareness down her spine.
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.