Title: Black Horse
Author: Veronica Blake
Genre: Historical Romance
Was there any warrior more handsome, more virile than the powerful young war chief bathing naked in the river? Meadow was certain she’d never forget the sight of his lean hips, his sinewed thighs and bronzed chest. He was all that a Sioux maiden could want in a mate. But though she’d been raised in the village, Meadow was not really one of the People. Her parents had been white, and her past would bring unexpected disaster upon her band of Oglala.
She was his to love, her flaxen hair shining like gold on the furs as he stroked her sweet body. But when she was ripped from his arms after a single night as his wife, Black Horse swore he would rescue her from the pony soldiers. Even if he lost his own freedom, his life, he would gaze one more time into the beautiful jade green eyes of the woman who possessed his soul.
With a nervous glance around, a trembling sigh escaped from Meadow. There was no evidence of the deadly battle that had just been fought.
“I have asked my warriors to bury your brother and the other soldiers,” Black Horse stated as if he could read her mind.
“Thank you,” she whispered as a fiery tear escaped from the corner of one of her eyes. An engulfing sadness filled her as she thought about the boy she did not remember, and the man—her brother—she would never forget. In some ways, she realized now, a part of him had died with the rest of her family on that October day long ago. Only his hatred for the Indians had kept him going all these years, and it had finally been his demise. Still, she would grieve for him, now that she had learned of his existence, and she would be eternally grateful to him for the brief glimpse he had given to her of her past life.
“I will not be going up into the mountains with you,” Walks Tall said as he rode up beside the couple. “Not yet, anyway. I have something I must take care of in Canada.”
Meadow glanced over at the warrior and met his gaze. When he winked at her, she knew what he had planned. “We will look forward to seeing you and Gentle Water soon. Then, we can have those two weddings we talked about,” she replied.
“I see there is much I have missed,” Black Horse added. He nestled his face into Meadow’s golden locks. “You can tell me all I need to know when we reach the safety of the mountain camp.”
As she reached her hand up to cradle his chin, Meadow replied, “All you need to know is that I love you with all my heart and I will never leave you again—not intentionally, anyway.”
“I know, he whispered, and then he kissed the inside of her palm. “I will never doubt you again.”
Walks Tall turned his horse away from them as he said, “I will bring Dusya when I return. He has missed you, my brother.”
Black Horse smiled and nodded. “I will be glad to see that devil horse again, too.”
Walks Tall met his friend’s gaze as he loosened Hawk’s reins and let the stallion break into a trot. “We will meet again soon.”
As the rider and stallion became a small dot on the distant horizon, Meadow was finally able to think about something besides the horrible events that just occurred. “What do you think will become of us?” she asked.
A deep sigh echoed from the war chief before he finally spoke. “I wish I could tell you everything would turn out the wayWakan Tanka meant for it to be for our people…that our bellies would always be full of buffalo and sweet berries and the white men would go back to their own lands and leave us to live in peace on the lands that have belonged to us since the beginning of time. But apparently this is not what destiny holds for us. We will continue to fight with our enemies, and every single day will continue to be a struggle for our people. Yet, in spite of all this, we will always, always find a way to survive. We will have many children so our people will never fade away completely, and most of all, we will love one another with a passion that cannot be equaled until we take our dying breath.
Meadow felt Black Horse’s hand gently touch her stomach as he spoke of the children they would have. Maybe they had already planted the seed of their first son last night. His brave words filled her with hope and gave her the courage to face whatever the future held for them. She felt the warmth of his strong arms surrounding her, and knew that wherever this trail led them, she was exactly where she belonged.
Buy Links (including Goodreads and BookBub):
What makes your featured book a must-read?
Black Horse is so much more than a story about an epic love between a courageous white captive and a powerful Sioux war chief. It’s also the tragic tale of what happened to the Sioux after the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana. No longer welcome in the United States, the war-torn tribes retreated to Canada, where they were ravaged by disease and hunger. Their desperate struggle to survive is a part of the strong foundation for Meadow and Black Horse’s enduring love story. Against all odds, these star-crossed lovers will each wage the greatest war of their lives to be together no matter what the future has in store for them.
Enter to win a $15 Amazon (US) gift card:
Runs July 1 – July 8, 2021.
Winner will be drawn on July 9, 2021.
Veronica Blake is the author of ten historical romances and one paranormal romance. Two of her books have been on paperback best seller lists and one book has been in the top 100 books on Amazon on several different occasions.
A native of Colorado, Veronica enjoys most outdoor activities, but especially hiking, riding her ATV and camping. As a recent retiree from her office job of 25 years, she is excited to now be able to call herself a full-time writer.
She shares her love of family, coffee, book boyfriends, horror movies, reading, writing humor and all things romantic on her WordPress, Instagram and Facebook pages:
Social Media Links: