Today I have a fabulous treat for you from the sparkling new book by the very talented historical author Haley Whitehall.
Do enjoy this gorgeous snippet where Zachary learns to dance.
Drawn by the Dream Catcher By Haley Whitehall
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?
Lillian placed the palm of her right hand in the palm of his left and stretched out his arm. Then she guided his right hand to her waist and placed her left hand on his right shoulder.
The heat of his body, his tentative touch drew her in. She wanted a deeper connection, a different kind of dance.
Zachary stiffened, stared at her, fear in his eyes.
“Relax,” she said. “This does not hurt.”
She moved her right foot back gracefully, while looking down at their feet. “Move your left foot forward. Now step forward and to the right with your right foot. Slide your left foot quickly over to your right and stand with your feet together. Step slowly back with your right foot. Quickly step back and to the left with your left foot. Quickly slide your right foot towards your left and bring your feet together.” Lillian raised her head and looked into his eyes. “That’s it. When the next song starts, we will do it again.”
Zachary swallowed. “Miss Lillian, why are you teaching me to dance?”
She tucked a strand of hair behind her right ear. “I believe everyone should know how to dance. Arthur is a great dancer.”
Zachary’s voice increased in volume. “You have danced with Arthur?”
“No. Arthur’s married. I have watched him.”
“What does his wife do?”
“She plays the piano.”
The music started again. Zachary tried to remember the steps and in what order to do them. Lillian tried not to laugh while he muddled through, but failed. He bit his lip and on the third song, finally got the hang of it.
“It is called a box step,” Lillian explained, “because we are making squares.”
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.
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