My Guest today is the beautiful and very talented Haley Whitehall.
Thank you for having me on your site today, Susan. It is a pleasure to be here. I write historical fiction and historical romance set in the 19th century U.S. All my books have a common thread besides the time period: they delve into elements of the human condition. And really the human condition hasn’t changed over time. Humans are still the same, have the same emotions and struggles.
Many of my romances are interracial…and well, they aren’t your typical romances. I like to write about underdogs and the lower class. While many historical romances cater to the elite, I doubt princes or queens will ever be a main character in any of my stories. Courtly life is boring! I think more of us can relate to commoners.
My newest release Drawn by the Dream Catcher is an interracial/multicultural historical romance between a slave and a Cherokee maiden. Hard to get more common than that. Drawn by the Dream Catcher is actually the romance adaption of my well-reviewed historical fiction novel Living Half Free. Readers kept asking for this book, and I finally relented. If you have not yet met Zachariah I hope you will soon. From a writing standpoint working on both of these books has been the most moving. I did a lot of research into slavery and the Trail of Tears. Zachariah and Lillian are very deserving of their happy ending.
Zachariah, a mulatto slave, doesn’t find much reason to be happy after being sold away from his mother and sister. However, he keeps having dreams of a beautiful woman with amber skin and this gives him some measure of joy. On a cold winter’s day, he is shocked to meet his fantasy woman in the flesh. Drawn to her, he feels compelled to help her the only way he can—by giving her his warm coat.
Lillian Hildebrand is a member of the Cherokee elite, but she doesn’t feel like a socialite on the Trail of Tears. After meeting the charming and kind-hearted white one held in chains, she begins having reoccurring dreams of him. As if cast into her dream catcher, Zachariah fills her dreams from that day forward. Since he continues to call to her in her dreams four years later, Lillian is convinced the ancestors have deemed they meet again.
With the help of her wealthy white brother-in-law, she tracks Zachariah to the Kentucky restaurant he helps manage. Her plans for the future run deeper than Zachariah ever imagined. Will her attempt to help him pass as white and start life anew with her on the Indian reservation pay off, or spell disaster for them both?
A giant eagle picked Zachariah up by his arms and carried him to a strange land where most of the people were a reddish color. Some of the older people in the town walked around in buckskins and spoke in a strange tongue.
He’d only heard about Indians. Never seen them before.
They weren’t savages unlike many of the stories he’d been told. They were civilized, and many were dressed similarly to him in trousers and a plain shirt. The men didn’t interest him as much as the fairer sex.
The most beautiful woman he had ever seen, with piercing green eyes, welcomed him. She dressed like the rich ladies who came to the restaurant in a long gown with a sloping neckline that showed off her shoulders. With one finger, she beckoned him to come nearer. He took a step forward. Instant attraction pulled him closer. Soon he was in her arms kissing her lips and cheeks and neck.
She moaned, encouraging him to continue. His hands traveled down her back, and he wished he could feel her skin-to-skin. See all of her uncovered splendor.
Such a forbidden thought surprised him, temporarily pausing his ministrations. Never before had he longed to be with any woman that way.
“Is something wrong?” the mystery woman asked her lashes hooded as she gazed up at him.
“This is wrong,” he said, gently pushing her away. Even if she was an Indian they shouldn’t be together. He was a slave. Slaves didn’t even marry without permission.
“It is not wrong,” she insisted. “We’re meant to be together. We’ll be drawn together soon.”
“Drawn together?” he repeated. What did that mean?
She cupped his cheek with her lace-gloved fingers. “The spirits have decreed we meet and not just in the dream world. Someday soon our paths will cross in person.” Her hand trailed down his chest, and heat rippled through his body at the teasing contact.
“I look forward to meeting you.”
The woman’s image faded and Zachariah reached for her catching her hand. Their fingers intertwined as he desperately tried to keep her with him longer.
“Soon,” she promised, her voice turning airy.
Zachariah woke under the covered wagon, his heart racing. He’d dreamed of this maiden before, and each time the dream grew stronger, and his picture of her clearer. If only he knew her name! She promised they would meet soon. Would he recognize her?
Drawn by the Dream Catcher was released September 7th.
Also, I am a member of the Sexy to Go authors. All eight volumes of these erotic short story collections will be on sale for 99 cents from Sept. 7-27 at all ebook retailers!
Haley Whitehall lives in Washington State where she enjoys all four seasons and the surrounding wildlife. She writes historical romance set in the 19th century U.S. When she is not researching or writing, she plays with her cats, watches the Western and History Channels, and goes antiquing. She is hoping to build a time machine so she can go in search of her prince charming. A good book, a cup of coffee, and a view of the mountains make her happy.
Haley is also the author of
Midnight Caller (Moonlight Romance, book 1)
Midnight Heat (Moonlight Romance, book 2)
Midnight Kiss (Moonlight Romance, book 3)
Wild and Tender Care
Soldier in Her Lap
Civil War Valentine
Pleasured by a Ghost in Sexy to Go, Volume 6
Sing for me in Sexy to Go, Volume 7
Fire Woman in Sexy to Go, Volume 8