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Today I thought I’d tell the story once again of the making of the story of GRAY HAWK’S LADY, a story deeply enshrined in my heart. This story has recently been re-released, and so because it is so special to me, I thought I’d give away a free ebook of the story today to some lucky blogger.
Believe it or not, the story starts with a kiss. But let me backtrack. I had in 1992-1993 gone through a divorce and came back to California, because I’ve considered it home ever since I was 18 and fell in love with it. Unfortunately for me, I jumped right into a relationship that was very bad for…many reasons. After that relationship, I wanted nothing to do with men, love, marriage again. Sigh…
The year was now 1995 and I was on my own and definitely enjoying being on my own. One of my best friends (whom I had known since 1970) was pushing me to go on a blind date. I didn’t want to go and I told her I wanted nothing to do with men, relationships, marriage, dating…nothing…
But she insisted and I found my self consenting to one date. That was in January of 1996. I had a book due to my publisher in July of 1996, but had plenty of time to write it and had, indeed, started writing it when I went on this first date.
So off I went on this first ever in my life blind date. The gentleman picked me up at my house and I noticed he was wearing cowboy boots and being very interested in the West and Cowboys and Indians, this was great. He was also born and raised in Montana, and I was very interested in Montana since the story of GRAY HAWK’ S LADY was to take place in Montana.
The date was okay. We went out to eat, but I was left with the impression that he wasn’t really interested in me. So, I put it behind me. He never called, never asked me back out and never told me what was happening and so eventually, just to end my wondering about it, I called my friend, told her I was sorry it hadn’t worked out and … well, so long sort of thing. To my surprise she wouldn’t let it go — I had just wanted to put it behind me. She said, “Oh, no, he’s really interested in you.” and I said, “Oh, no, I don’t think so. Let’s just put the whole thing behind us.” And she said, “No, I’m sure he really liked you.”
So she called his brother, who then talked to him, and the upshot of it all was that Paul then called me and asked me for another date. Well, it had been an okay first date, I thought, and he was a nice gentleman and perhaps we could be friends, I thought. So I accepted.
Little did I know what was in store. On the second date, we were both more relaxed, held hands, and I thought, okay, we’ll be friends. He took me home, walked me to the door and just as I was about ready to go inside, he took me in his arms and kissed me. Now, it was quite some kiss. He meant it. And I was more than ready to receive it. His hands caressed my cheeks, my eyes, my face, my hair, my neck. It went on and on and on, and when he was done, I felt a little drunk. I think I stared at him and for the first time, I said to myself, “Who is this man?” Indeed, I wanted more.
Well, that was that. We had a date the next week, and within 2-3 weeks, I had moved in with him and we were married in May 1996. Our first date was February 3rd 1996. So it definitely was a whirlwind romance.
Now you may be wondering what this has to do with the book, GRAY HAWK’S LADY. Well, a lot, I’m afraid. I was in the middle of writing that book, and I fell so deeply in love with this man, who is now my husband, that of course that love was written all over the printed pages of GRAY HAWK’S LADY. That first kiss and my emotional reaction to it is recorded in that work. Also, my gradual coming to understand that this man was the most important man in my life is in that book. His calmness, his teasing, his care…it’s all written there as I fell head over heels in love. Over to the right here is a recent photo of us.
In May of this year, we were married for 17 years. Interestingly enough I still have the pictures of our wedding on my website www.novels-by-KarenKay.com — can’t bring myself to take them down, even though 17 years more or less have gone by now. People sometimes write to me and congratulate me on my recent marriage — and I smile. To me, in many ways, it does seem like a recent marriage, as I fall in love with this man all over again every day. I told him recently (only a few days ago) that for me it seems as if our time together has been like a fairy-tale romance (again, knock on wood).
I love this man with all my heart — and as the years have gone by, that love grows and grows and grows. He stole my heart with that first kiss and that love goes on and on and on. (I’ll knock on wood here.) As the — gee, was it the Ronettes that once sang the song, “And Then He Kissed Me,” — it has always seemd to me that it started with that kiss. Ah, sweet!
And if you haven’t done so before, pick up your copy of GRAY HAWK’S LADY today!