The Story Behind the Story of GRAY HAWK’S LADY

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Today I thought I’d tell the story of the writing of the book, GRAY HAWK’S LADY, a tale deeply enshrined in my heart.  This story has just recently been re-released at Amazon, and because it is so special to me, I thought I’d give away a free ebook of the story today to some lucky blogger.

GrayHawksLady_v1Believe it or not, the story starts with a kiss.  But let me backtrack.  I had in 1992-1993 gone through a divorce and had come 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.

family1[1]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 good, 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.”

30002_391822494010_760039010_4043017_7176149_n[1]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 a good 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.

roadtr40[1]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 Samhain_RWA2012_IMG_0292_Webemotional 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.

14-smooch[1]Did I mention that my earring (the night of that first kiss) fell off — and I have pierced ears!…

In May of this year, we were married for 21 years.  Interestingly enough I still have the pictures of our wedding on my website http://www.novels-by-KarenKay.com — can’t bring myself to take them down, even though 21 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).

galler6[1]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 seemed to me that it started with that kiss.    Ah, sweet!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the blog today.  Again, I’ll be giving away a free copy of this ebook to some lucky blogger, so do leave a message.GrayHawksLady_v1

And if you haven’t done so before, pick up your copy of GRAY HAWK’S LADY today!

https://www.amazon.com/Gray-Hawks-Lady-Blackfoot-Warriors-ebook/dp/B0723B3VCM/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497836377&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=GRAY+HAWK%27S+LADY+by+Karen+Kay&tag=pettpist-20

Karen Kay
KAREN KAY aka GEN BAILEY is the author of 17 American Indian Historical Romances. She has written for such prestigious publishers as AVON/HarperCollins, Berkley/Penguin/Putnam and Samhain Publishing. KAREN KAY’S great grandmother was Choctaw Indian and Kay is honored to be able to write about the American Indian Culture.
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Updated: June 18, 2017 — 8:44 pm

12 Comments

  1. I absolutely love Historical Western Romance novels. I have learned so much history of the American Indians and the history of the U.S. from them. I’ve never read one of your books and I’m always looking for new authors and there’s no better way to find them than by winning one of their books. Unless it’s by a friend sending you the book which I’m blessed to have those kinds of friends.

    1. Hi Stephanie!

      Thanks so much for your comments. Love it! And I’m so happy to meet you here on the blog. : )

  2. I forgot to comment on your blog! Omgoodness! I loved to hear about how you met your husband. Sealed by a kiss! Your story is a romance story all it’s own! I headed over to see your wedding pictures! Such a story from a blind date! Congratulations!

    1. Hi Stephanie!

      Thank you so much. It was my first ever blind date. And I’m so glad that finally I decided to go. : ) Thanks so much for looking at the photos, also. Like I said, I can’t bring myself to take them down. : )

  3. What a lovely story of you and your husband! So glad you found the love of your life. Met mine when I was 13, but didn’t know he was THE one until we started dating at 19. Been married almost 42 years, and still thrill to his touch…

    1. Oh, how I love to hear that. I do, too, (knock on wood). : )

  4. Oh, Karen! I’m so glad you found your own story-book romance! The only blind date I went on was with a twin. My friend was dating his brother at the time and wanted to set us up. It was Halloween and they wanted to go to a House of Horrors. (I hate those things. I don’t like being frightened, or startled or scared.) Needless to say, the date did not end all that well and it was the last House of Horrors that I ever went to.

    I loved seeing all your pictures and learning of your true romance! Thank you for sharing it with us. I can imagine that it made writing those love scenes much easier once you experienced for yourself!

    1. Thank you so much, Kathryn! Halloween would not be my favorite time of a blind date, either. Like you, I don’t like being scared or house of horrors or anything like that.

      Thanks so much for all you wonderful comments.

  5. You and your husband’s story is romance book worthy. I enjoyed hearing the story of how y’all met.

  6. Hi Janine!

    Thank you so very much. : ) And thanks for your comment today!

  7. When it is right, it is right. It doesn’t take many months or years to know if someone is THE one for you. With us it was remelting after 7 years and both realizing that this person could be the right one. Of course we had to get back on the same side of the world before doing anything about it. That took about a year. Aren’t you glad you went on the blind date and then followed up? 21 years is more than a little accomplishment, especially today. Best wishes for another 21 years for starters.

  8. Oh, Patricia, I loved your comment. I loved hearing about that special one in your life. And yes, I’m so glad that I went on that blind date — and followed up.

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