DreamTrek

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DreamTrek

DreamTrek

By: KB Schaller

About the Book

“A profoundly moving narrative… will remain in the head and heart long after the reader puts it down.”

-Dennis Moore, Associate Editor, East County Magazine, San Diego 

“A complex web of intrigue that’s suspenseful and deftly plotted.”

-Kirkus Reviews 

“Laced with danger… also hints of the sweet fragrance of redemption.”

-Merle Temple, author, A Ghostly Shade of Pale and other novels

Dina’s life is thrown into turmoil when the past comes back to haunt her. After believing for three years that her son was stillborn, strange events begin to hint that may not be the truth. Plagued by thoughts of what could be, Dina seeks to uncover the truth, putting everyone she loves, herself, and even her marriage in danger. 

In the final book of the Journey series, Dina attempts to discover what is a dream, what is a memory, and what is her reality, and she will have to ultimately decide what means the most to her—and what can be sacrificed.

 

About the Author

 

KB Schaller has long cherished the beauty and power of the written word. Her first novel, Gray Rainbow Journey, was winner of a USA Book News-National Best Books Award. She is also author of the sequel, Journey by the Sackcloth Moon. DreamTrek: Journey Through the Night’s Door is third in the series. Her nonfiction title, 100+ Native American Women Who Changed the World was Winner of an International Book-American Book Fest Award, Women’s Issues category. 

Schaller is a member of the Native American Journalists Association, Florida Authors and Publishers Association, Cassell Network of Writers, other professional writers groups, and attends a Native American Christian Church on the Florida Seminole Indian Reservation. 

Schaller resides in South Florida with her husband, James, her mother, Lilly, and the family cat, Tiger. 

(2017, Paperback, 538 pages)

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Book Review:

DreamTrek: Journey Through the Night's Door

Dreams do come true, but at what cost? Dina Youngblood is about to find out. DreamTrek: Journey Through the Night's Door, is a profoundly captivating read about a Native American woman journeying between two worlds and two cultures. Dina is a Christian convert, struggling between the beliefs of her native heritage and the Jesus Way, taught in the white man's world that sometimes; collided with Indian traditions passed on from generation to generation by the Elders.

Dina's personal and very real battles will consume the reader as she seeks answers to the gnawing questions 'why' her stillborn son she buried is calling to her, smiling and laughing like he was alive. These confused feelings of loss and joy were haunting her dreams at night and the choices she would make based on a sepia world deluded with pigmented images of A.J., no longer stillborn. What magic was this place? The turns and twists in DremTrek will not disappoint.

Not to be ignored, is an underlying love story filled with suspenseful innuendos that centers around a notebook filling pages with stories of the Journal People that Dina's great-grandmother, Mama Hat recorded to pass on to her great-granddaughter. Preserving family history, meant revealing secrets of the Journal People and who they were to Mama Hat. There was one story she must tell Dina, but only when she was ready to face her cursed bloodline, the women were 'runners.' It was just a story, but Mama Hat would prove her wrong.

Linda Lee King, Retired News Journalist,

Author, Non-Fiction, Sticks And Stones And Broken Bones: What A Charmed Life I Lead

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    DreamTrek: Journey Through the Night's Door

    Posted by Kirkus Reviews on Oct 31st 2017

    A woman becomes torn between her husband and a man from her past as she uncovers a dangerous scheme in this third installment of a series.

    After a tumultuous adolescence, Dina Youngblood, a striking Seminole/Cherokee beauty, is married to evangelist Aaron Burning Rain. They reside in the Bitterroot Confederacy of Indians, coexisting with colorful neighbors (“A male alligator—halpatee, in what Uncle Donnie called ‘Seminole talk’—sounded his love song from a nearby waterway”). Aaron is devoted to Dina and planned to raise the son fathered by her former lover, Marty Osceola, as his own; but the child, whom they named Aaron Jr., was stillborn. While running errands, she meets a stranger who gives her an unsettling gift—a set of receiving blankets. Following a series of bizarre encounters with the figure, she learns that her son was kidnapped at birth by a criminal network and is still alive. While she searches for the truth, her husband reconnects with a former prayer partner named Nate Bush who has a mentoring program called Trail to the Stars that he wants Aaron and Dina to endorse. Dina is skeptical and soon realizes her son’s abduction is connected to the program. When Marty suddenly returns, Dina discovers that he may ultimately be the key to locating her child. In clear, engaging prose, Schaller (100+ Native American Women Who Changed the World, 2014, etc.) brings to life Dina and her quest to find out what happened to her son. One of the novel’s major strengths is its detailed setting and depiction of life on the Bitterroot reservation. The author offers an incisive and compassionate view of Bitterroot and the hopes and dreams of the people who call it home. The well-developed central characters include Dina and her great-grandmother Mama Hat. The mystery surrounding Dina’s son leads to a complex web of intrigue that’s suspenseful and deftly plotted. Schaller’s subplots are equally well-crafted. One of the most poignant comes in the form of Mama Hat’s journal entries about a young woman named Noccalula. Although this is the third novel in the series, the author provides enough back story to help newcomers understand the characters and their intricate relationships.
    A sprawling yet intimate kidnapping tale with a strong mix of action and character development.
    -----Kirkus Reviews