Karen Kay

A love that defies the ocean. A secret deeper than blood.

Lakota Series, Book 2

Driven from her home in England by hostile political forces, Estrela was little more than a girl when she came to be raised by a far western Lakota tribe. On the wide, sweeping plains she grew tall and strong, and won the love of a handsome warrior.

But on the eve of their marriage, she is torn away from her native family, torn from the man she loves, and forced to return to a place that feels more like a foreign country than her home. There she merely exists, haunted by her love’s sweet kisses and heated embrace, yearning for his unforgettable touch.

Black Bear has braved the ocean to find the woman whose beauty has captured his soul. But no sooner has he arrived in England than he is called upon to save her life. Who in their right mind would want to murder such a gentle spirit?

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As Black Bear comes between her and death time after time, Estrela wishes they could both just disappear back to the plains, and bury the secret she has long hidden -- even from him. A secret from which only their love, truer than blood, can save them.

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Reviews for Karen Kay

"I'm writing to let you know I'm in love with your books.  I've only read 3 (the Princess and the Wolf -- The Spirit of the Wolf -n- Soaring Eagle's Embrace.  I think you should be on the best sellers list..."
-- -- Becky Conaway

"I love your book.  I read it over and over again.  I want to order your book on Legendary Warriors (Wolf Shadow's Promise).  The book War Cloud's Passion was so very good.  I couldn't put the book down at all..."
--Robin Reynolds

"You are such a great writer that I love everyone of your books.  I never tire of them.
-- Jackie Wilson

 "Love your books.  Keep up the beautiful work.
-- Donna Barcum

"I couldn't put it down until the last page, then I reread it the next day.  The following week-end I reread the four book series and found a few things I missed the first time.   Your books are so entertaining and very instructive at the same time.

"It is very obvious that you do a lot of research for them.  I've learned so much that I didn't know before & it's quite fascinating."
--Ana Falzitt

"When I read Lone Arrow's Pride, I was so into it, I felt like I was Carolyn!"

"I plan to get all (your) books...You bring them to life so vividly."

"After reading The Princess and the Wolf, I can't get enough of them.  I have since ordered all your books that were still in print.  I have loved each and every one of them..."
-- K.Z.

"Karen Kay is one of our few authors that are on our automatic reorder list.  There aren't many.  She's right up there with Nora Roberts."
--Darlene Krogol at Another Look Books.

"Karen Kay is a unique storyteller of Native American romances.  With her rich detailing and masterful storytelling, she is a must read with my customers, and she is magical."
--Jacqui Lovejoy, Covina Bookstore.

"Karen Kay never fails to transport the reader directly into her character's lives and loves -- when you're in the mood for a great Native American tale, you can't make a better choice.  I just love her style, her characterization and her terrific plots!"
--Merry Cutler, Annie's Book Stop, Sharon, MA


Visit Karen Kay's web site

Read an excerpt from Lakota Princess


About Karen Kay/Gen Bailey

Author of seventeen American Indian Historical Romances, and writing for such prestigious publishers as Berkley/Penguin/Putnam, AVON/HarperCollins and Samhain Publishing, KAREN/KAY aka GEN BAILEY has been praised by reviewers and fans alike for bringing insights into the everyday life of the American Indian culture of the past.

KAREN KAY, whose great-great grandmother was a Choctaw Indian, is honored to be able to write about the American Indian culture.

“With the power of romance, I hope to bring about an awareness of the American Indian’s concept of honor, and what it means to live as free men and free women.  There are some things that should never be forgotten.”


Also by Karen Kay/Gen Bailey

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An Interview with Karen Kay
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Karen, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Lakota Princess. What can you tell us about this emotionally-charged romance?

KK: Lakota Princess is, indeed, an emotionally-charged book. It covers two different continents and brings the American Indian Romance to the shores of England, since in this story the "princess" is, indeed, a real English princess -- one whose life is constantly in danger. Two lovers, one English, the other American Indian, are separated just as they are about to marry. She is forced to return to England, and he follows her. Neither of them understand why someone is trying to kill her -- and so they have to discover not only the killer, but re-discover their love... again...

HH: What do you like best about Estrela and why will readers be pulling for her?

KK: She is not your typical princess because she was brought up by the American Indians -- she's as much in the dark about her heritage, as is those around her.

HH: What do you like best about Black Bear and why will readers love him?

KK: He is utterly loyal to Estrela and has no doubt as to who he is and why he has followed her to England. He also adapts to the English ways -- although he does so with much tongue-in-cheek -- he's someone that would be easy to fall in love with -- completely handsome, yet unaware of the power of his appeal.

HH: What draws you to writing Native-American romance?

KK: The writings of George Catlin and others at the time of the discovery of the Western tribes stirred my heart. Not only were the men and women utterly beautiful -- as beautiful as a Grecian statue -- they were also completely honest, true to their families and tribe and wise. All of these attributes are exciting.

HH: What sort of research has been required of you?

KK: Because this is a Native American romance set in England, I had to do double research -- not only of the Lakota tribe that I was writing about, but also of England and its rules of society and its ways. So many people know so much about England at this period of time, that I didn't want to make a mistake. I also wanted to know what the Indians' opinion of England was -- and so I again researched this through Catlin, who -- of all things -- ran into some representatives of the Western tribes in England -- where they had been brought to display. The English reactions to these people and their reactions to England are forever set down to paper by Catlin. And it's probably not as one might think it.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

KK: I'm currently working on a 4th book in the Lakota series -- it will go right along with the others -- although it will be set in a different time -- it's the story of the son from Tahiska and Kristina from my first book, LAKOTA SURRENDER.

HH: What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

KK: I think the inspiration that moves one to write about something -- and in my case my desire to sort of "set the record straight" -- Indians at this time couldn't write and so what we know of them is from writers at the time and except for a few honest souls, most of those writer were extremely prejudiced...and some of those writers were often continuously drunk...

HH: What is your writing schedule like?

KK: At the moment, it's catch as catch can because my life has changed so much recently and of course family always comes first.

HH: Where can readers find you online?

KK: My main website is: www.novels-by-KarenKay.com -- but I also have another website for 2 books that I wrote under a different pen name, and that website is: www.novels-by-GenBailey.com. You can also follow me every other Tuesday at www.petticoatsandpistols.com where I blog with several other very talented authors. Books can be purchased either at my website or online at most online bookstores -- but my favorite way to purchase the books is at: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/karen-kay-pa-1676.html?PHPSESSID=f715548707476c08e97d7c2bf1846e98

HH: Why will 2013 be a great year for you?

KK: I'll be writing a follow-up story to LAKOTA SURRENDER, a story that's been in my heart for perhaps 18 years. Thanks so much for the opportunity to interview with you today! What fun!

HH: Thank you!


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