Cypress, TX (BlackNews.com) -- With more than more than fifteen novels and anthologies published, Texas author, Anita Bunkley, introduces her latest work, A Thousand Steps.
Publishing by Rinard Publishing and now available from Amazon.com-Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and paperback, A Thousand Stepstakes readers on a perilous quest from the snow-covered mountains of North Carolina to the untamed wilds of Indian Territory for freedom, truth, and love.
In 1855, risking everything for a chance at happiness, two women - separated by class, race, and geographic distance - undertake a journey to the rugged plains of Indian Territory. There, their lives intersect in a stunning explosion of danger, death, and revenge.
When Tama flees Royaltin Ridge, the North Carolina plantation where she was born into slavery, she boldly joins forces with Hakan, a fugitive Creek Indian who is also on the run. Hakan offers Tama refuge at Great Oaks, his village hidden deep within the Georgia forest. There, she falls in love with the stoic, yet handsome man, and settles among the Indians, believing her life as a free woman will endure. However, Tama's peace and security are short-lived. Her ruthless master, Thorne Royaltin, who is obsessed with reclaiming his property, will stop at nothing to achieve that end.
Elinore Wardlaw is an avid abolitionist and a military wife separated from her husband, Paul, for four years. Determined to reunite her family, Elinore and her young son travel from their home in Ohio to Fort Gibson, the sprawling Army installation near the Arkansas border - the entry point to Indian Territory. Elinore's arrival at the fort brings her husband great pleasure, but it also creates a rift in their marriage that they struggle to overcome.
The unlikely collision of Tama and Elinore's lives serves as the catalyst to expose a shocking secret that defines their futures and catapults them into a bitter struggle to survive.
Throughout her more than twenty-years as an author, and in such novels as Emily, the Yellow Rose and Black Gold Anita Bunkley has succeeded in weaving painstaking historical research, romance, and a keen sense for place and time to create wonderful stories that not only informs but keeps the reader hooked until the very end. A Thousand Stepswill not disappoint.
To read an excerpt of A Thousand Steps, visit the author’s website at www.anitabunkley.com
A Thousand Steps By Anita Richmond Bunkley
Rinard Publishing, Cypress, TX (January 2013)