New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassie Edwards unfolds a passionate tale of two souls destined to find forbidden love. . .
Kaylene Shelton's home had always been wherever her father's carnival pitched its tents across the wild frontier. It was a lonely upbringing save for the companionship of Midnight, the black panther she had raised from a cub. But she always knew in her heart that somewhere, someone was waiting to end her deep, unspoken longing--if she could only find the dark-haired warrior she had seen in her dreams. . .
Nothing could stop Chief Fire Thunder from freeing his sister from the carnival owner who had abducted her for his sideshow. But when he laid eyes on the beautiful Kaylene, he felt it only right to steal her back to his people's hideaway. Soon, the fierce warrior knew that he was the one who had been caught--by an irresistible passion. . .
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After the fierce Kickapoo Chief Fire Thunder rescues his little sister from a circus sideshow, he retaliates by kidnapping the carnival owner's beautiful daughter, Kaylene. But instead of despising her as he does all enemies, Fire Thunder's heart burns with a new and unexpected passion, a passion called desire...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cassie Edwards was always a voracious reader of gothics and mysteries until a friend loaned her one of her newest "finds" in reading... an historical romance! Always having loved history, and... passion, Cassie became immediately hooked on reading historical romances which one day led her to write her own. Since then she has seen 53 of her titles published and there are now more than nine million of her books in print.
Being drawn into the mystique of Indian lore, Cassie found her true passion... writing Indian romances. Cassie's Indian romances have appeared on bestseller lists all across the country, including USA Today's list, as well as Waldenbooks and B. Dalton's top ten. She has also won the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times for her Indian romances. In addition, the readers of Affaire d'Coeur voted for Cassie as one of their top ten favorite romance writers.
Having lived in St. Louis for thirty years, raising two boys there, Cassie and her husband returned to Mattoon, Illinois, when Charlie retired from teaching. Cassie's dream home is in the rural area of Mattoon, where an occasional curious red fox ventures onto her sundeck and peeks through her glass sliding door into her office. Serene, and as one with nature, it is a perfect place for Cassie to create her Indian novels. Writing them is her tribute to the fine people of our land, who have suffered so much injustice.
Cassie's "Wild" series, which she writes exclusively for Topaz, concludes with Wild Whispers, her May release, and an exciting, new Indian series begins for Topaz when Rolling Thunder, the first book in the new series, is published in November 1996.
There will be many, many more Indian romances after that, as she endeavors to write about every major Indian tribe in America.
Always working with me to think up new ways to make my Indian series more intriguing for my readers, Audrey LaFehr, my editor, suggested a new approach. Audrey said that it would be interesting if I could write about three Indian tribes in a trilogy, in which each tribe would be connected somehow... would interact... from book to book. I liked the idea. I liked the challenge of doing extensive research to see which Indian tribes could interact peacefully. I had to make sure that each tribe's locale was nearly the same, so that they could move from village to village without the miles between each being a hindrance to the stories.
I had to make sure that the customs of each tribe did not clash. Also, I had to choose three tribes that had peaceful relations with the white settlers since in my Indian romances the heroines are white...my hero, Indian.
When I was finally able to weave all of these things together, thus began my trilogy that began with Wild Bliss, about the Chippewa Indians, followed six months later by Wild Thunder, about the Potawatomis Indians. Wild Whispers, written about the Kickapoo Indians, concludes the trilogy, and although each book has a new hero and heroine, the stories of White Wolf and Dawnmarie, which began in book #1, is concluded.
Wild Whispers begins in Texas in 1854. Chief Fire Thunder of the Coahuila Thunder Clan of Kickapoo has traveled far from his homeland in Wisconsin to get away from the white people who pushed his Kickapoo people from place to place. He has led his people to Mexico where they have become a rich tribe who own vast herds of Longhorn steers.
Fire Thunder becomes intrigued with Kaylene, a green-eyed white woman he sees traveling with her father's carnival. He can not rest until he has this woman.
Many obstacles stand in his way of approaching the woman in a friendly way. Her father abducts Fire Thunder's small deaf mute sister to use in his side show in the carnival. Fire Thunder saves his sister, and at the same time abducts Kaylene.
From there they fight many battles together, both personal and otherwise. In the end, Fire Thunder helps Kaylene open up mysteries to her past that she never knew existed. Kaylene helps Fire Thunder learn how to trust again!
And White Wolf escorts his wife Dawnmarie to Mexico, where she fulfills a prophesy that her mother had told her about in Wild Bliss, which, in turn, finalizes everyone's stories in the trilogy.
Wild Whispers not only concludes my trilogy, but also my Topaz "Wild" series. But that doesn't mean that my Indian series, as a whole, is concluded for Topaz. A new, intriguing Indian series begins! The title of each book will be taken from the name of the hero of each book. For example, Rolling Thunder, my November Topaz release, is the story of Rolling Thunder, a Comanche Indian chief, and Tanzey Nicole, my heroine.
The next book will be Black Lance, that name taken from Black Lance, my handsome Chippewa warrior hero.
I hope you will enjoy reading about these newest, handsome, intriguing Indian heroes, and their feisty, strong-willed, yet sweet women!
- In Chapter One of Wild Whispers, there is a mention of Fire Thunder's special powers. Discuss what his special powers are.
- In Wild Whispers, some Indian words are used and translated into English. Would you like to see more Indian words used in Cassie's Indian romances for Topaz, or do you think the use of them interferes with the flow of the story?
- Wild Whispers' Indian hero, Fire Thunder, has blue eyes. Does he get the from his mother or father? Do you find blue eyes on an Indian intriguing?
- What wild animal is used as a pet in Wild Whispers? Do you enjoy the use of pets in historical romances?
- Through most of Wild Whispers my heroine's mother's true identity is kept from her. Discuss what happens when she discovers who her true mother is, and what disease her mother is afflicted with.
- Kaylene, my heroine in Wild Whispers, feels torn about her feelings for the man she had always thought was her father. If you had been treated as badly as Kaylene by your father, would you be as generous in your feelings toward him? Discuss Kaylene's deep, compassionate traits.
- When Fire Thunder places Kaylene in the cage in Wild Whispers, did you think his treatment of her is too harsh? Did you think less of Fire Thunder for having done this to Kaylene? What is his reason for placing her there? Could you love a man as easily as Kaylene loves Fire Thunder, her enemy, after she is released?
- My hero is both strong and gentle. Do you like these traits in an Indian hero? Discuss Fire Thunder's most endearing traits.
- Discuss how Ms. Edwards integrates her Indian research into her Indian romances. Do you think there should more research? Or less?
- How does Fire Thunder fall in love with a white woman after having grown to be so distrustful of all whites? What person in his past helps him to accept the fact that he is lost, heart and soul, to a white woman?
- Fire Thunder has led his Kickapoo people from his homeland in Wisconsin to Mexico. Discuss how he adapted to this new life and his relationship with the Mexican government... and why the Mexican government was so eager to allow the Kickapoo Indians a safe haven in the Mexican mountains.
- Discuss how well Ms. Edwards combined three different Indian tribes to make her trilogy work. What made it work?