The Last Warrior & Black Eagle

Howdy!  This just in.  Just received the new blurb for my next book, BLACK EAGLE, from my publisher.  The book, which is due out in May of 2009, is in production with my publisher.  So since this is just in, I  thought I might take a break this week from the survivalists lessons to do some unashamed promotion.  Please bear with me.  So without further ado, here’s a little of what’s going on in my writing life.  First I thought we’d take a look at the book that I have out on the stands right now, THE LAST WARRIOR  — and then have a look at the blurb for the book due out next year, BLACK EAGLE.

Many centuries ago, a village killed the children of the Thunder God.  For their crime, the Creature bannished them to live a half existence in the land of mists, neither dead nor alive.”

But once in a generation, a brave is given the opportunity to save his clan.

In 1892, that warrior is Black Lion

There was only one way for Black Lion to melt the Thunder God’s anger; listen for a sacred white-man’s song — and sing it perfectly with the one who introduced him to it. He joins Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and travels to London, where he encounters the daughter of two opera singers — the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. However, Suzette Joselyn is already engaged to another man…

But the two are destined to meet again when Suzette shows up in America, pregnant and abandoned by her fiance. Reunited with Black Lion she finds it impossible to turn down his offer of marriage to save her child from life as a bastard. But she doesn’t realize that her brave new husband is consumed with a mission that may force him to choose between his people and the woman he loves…

Praise for Karen Kay’s books:

“Enchanting…will capture your attention quickly and never let go!” — Huntress Reviews

“A tour de force Native American romance.” — Romantic Times

“Mesmerizing…(Karen Kay’s stories) sooth the soul, mend the heart, make us sing. Savor every word.” — The Old Book Barn Gazette

“You won’t forget this book, and you won’t forget this love.” — Ivy Quill Reviews

“Karen Kay has a beautiful way of thrusting the world wide open to your senses.” — The Literary Times

“Karen Kay goes ‘beyond the typical Indian romance.’ It’s depth is immensely gratifying.” — Romance Times

“Her words so deeply touch the heart…Unbelieveably beautiful.” — Fresh Fiction

And now here’s the blurb for the next book:

Black Eagle

A Warriors of the Iroquois Novel


Karen Kay

Author of The Last Warrior


“Karen Kay’s passion for Native American lore shines through.”—Publishers Weekly



With the English and French at each other’s throats for control of the North American Continent, the battle lines have been drawn, changing forever the fate of one Mohawk warrior and a desperate woman on the run.


After Marisa Rathburn overhears her uncle’s plot to destroy a Dutch town for his own gain, she threatens to expose him—forcing her to run for her life. Braving the war outside rather than the more dangerous one at home, she accepts an invitation north to visit a friend.


Mesmerized by her beauty, a Mohawk warrior named Black Eagle volunteers to act as her eyes through the wild forests of New England—only he soon senses an unexpected danger, and that Marisa may not be all that she appears.


Caught in the crossfire of war, and with a deadly assassin hot on their trails, Marisa and Black Eagle discover that trusting each other is the only way to outrun the enemy—and that love may be the only way to survive.


Praise for the novels of Karen Kay


“Captures the heart and soul of the American Indian.”—The Best Reviews

“A beautiful way of thrusting the world wide open to your senses.”—The Literary TimesPraise for THE LAST WARRIOR


“Kay creates an ideal finish to her fascinating series!”—Romantic Times


The Last Warrior is a not to be missed story in the tales of the tribes living in the land of the mists. Karen Kay has penned another winner.”—Cata Romance


“Karen Kay has gifted us with a beautiful conclusion to an enchanting series. Every Karen Kay novel leaves me wanting more and The Last Warrior is no exception. Take this journey of the heart. You’ll be glad you did.”—Fresh Fiction





“I would love to be Red Hawk’s Woman…This is a great rainy weather book. Grab a cup of chocolate and cuddle up.”—Fallen Angel Reviews


“[Karen Kay] hooks readers with a paranormal element but also delivers a solid Native American romance that’s everything fans of the genre want.”—Romantic Times (4 Stars)


“Karen Kay has created a gripping story that reaches through time…Red Hawk’s Woman is Native American writing that will leave you wanting more.”—Cata Romance


Red Hawk’s Woman is a tenderly told tale of adventure, of honor, of forgiveness. It’s also a story of love, survival, and peace. This heartfelt story is the latest gift from Karen Kay, who never disappoints her readers. It’s a treasure not to be missed.”—The Best Reviews





“Kay blends legend and fact into a beautiful love story. Delving into Native American customs and mores with sensitivity, compassion and a true understanding of the people, she enhances a magical, passionate plot with historical detail and just a touch of magic.”—Romantic Times (4 Stars)


More praise for Karen Kay


 “An exciting historical romance.”—Midwest Book Review


“Kay blends legend and fact into a beautiful love story…She enhances a magical, passionate plot with historical detail and just a touch of magic.”—Romantic Times


“Enchanting…will capture your attention quickly and never let go!”—Huntress Reviews


 “Karen Kay writes with such strong passion that it hooks her readers.”—BookBrowser


“Her words so deeply touch the heart…Unbelievably beautiful.”—Fresh Fiction


“You won’t forget this book, and you won’t forget this love.”—Ivy Quill Reviews


“A treasure not to be missed.”—The Best Reviews

Don’t forget that I’ll be  blogging  two weeks from now —  Tuesday, as well, when I hope to continue Native American Survival Lessons.  And lest we forget, contrary to popular TV shows, Native American Survival is a group activity.  None survives alone.  Even the lowest life forms depend on other life for their existence.  To make it seem different is to make it all the more difficult for you to survive, and to survive well and flourish.  Well, that’s it for now.  Thank you for bearing with me.

I’d love to hear what you think of the new back blurb for BLACK EAGLE.  I didn’t write it, but I think it’s good.  What do you think?

So come on in and let’s chat, about this or other things, as well. 

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KAREN KAY aka GEN BAILEY is the multi-published author of 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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25 thoughts on “The Last Warrior & Black Eagle”

  1. Karen I can’t wait to read the book, they did a good job explaining it to us and makes us want to run out and get it now. I can’t wait to learn more about it. The books sounds just beautiful with all the feelings and so much passion.

  2. The book sounds terrific. I’m always amazed at what the publisher comes up with for a blurb, how well they capture the book and use their own writing skills to make tempt the reader.

    I’m looking forward to it.

  3. Hi Brenda!

    Thanks so much! Well, again, it’s a bit of self-promotion — and I hope that you liked the blurb — anyway thought I would share it with you.

    Have a super day!

  4. Hi Mary!

    Thanks so much. Yes, I’m always amazed at how they can condense an entire book into three paragraphs and make it seem interesting.

    Reading over this this morning, I must admit that my attempt at self-promotion is a little long. Interesting that when I posted it, it didn’t seem that long.

    Anyway, again, thanks for your comments.

  5. Hi Mary!

    Thanks so much. Yes, I’m always amazed at how they can condense an entire book into three paragraphs and make it seem interesting. Again, it means a lot coming from you.

  6. You know, it seems to me that this is very long. The funny thing was that when I posted this orginially it didn’t seem that long.

    Well, I hope you will all bear with me.

  7. lovely blurbs–right to the heart of your tales. I wish my small publisher would write the blurbs, but no, I have to write them myself. So much more difficult than writing the book! 😉

    And, everyone needs to be able to toot their own horn now and again. Great promo!

  8. By the way, the last picture here is me dancing at a pow-wow a few years ago. I am a fancy dancer — even though I’m probably a little older than those who are usually fancy dancers. The regalia was given to me by George Randall — grandfather George (who isn’t related to me by blood, but I think of him as grandfather anyway) and he won the regalia while we were on the Blackfeet reservation. The jewelry was given me by Patricia Running Crane Devereaux, a good friend of mine on the reservation.

    It is all hand made — even the moccasins are handmade, and painted by Patricia.

    The idea is to be as graceful as a butterfly and as atheletic as a sprinter.

    Are any of you out there dancers?

  9. Thank you so much, Lizzie! Oh my goodness you have to write the blurbs yourself. This is such a different skill than writing the book, don’t you think so?

    Thanks for your comments.

  10. Oh Kay, The Last Warrior is another treat for my eyes, brain, and heart! And you can promo anytime! So proud of your great tales; I love NA culture and learn so much from you!


  11. Hi Kay,

    “Black Eagle” sounds intriguing! It’s so exciting when we have a new book coming out. Can’t wait to see the cover for this one. I’m like a kid at Christmas.

    Your costume in that picture at the pow wow is really beautiful. You look very graceful. Me dance? You’ve got to be kidding. I have four left feet. But I do love to watch others dance. And I confess I’m addicted to “Dancing with the Stars.” They do some amazing things.

    Hope you’re enjoying the weather in Florida! 🙂

  12. Hi Linda!

    Some time I should do a blog on Indian dancing. It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed. I’m just thrilled that I can join in sometimes.

    Interestingly, I don’t have TV and don’t watch it, so I’ve never seen Dancing with the Stars. But before I returned to Florida, my daughter and I went to 3rd Street Prominade in Santa Monica and we watched these incredible dancers right on the street. Amazing!

  13. Karen, the book sounds wonderful! The blurb really captures the passion and evokes a beautiful image. Congratulations on all those amazing reviews. And the photo of you dancing is beautiful, too! You should definitely do a blog some time on dancing. I don’t know anything about it but would love to learn more.

  14. Hi Kay – when I read the blurb, I became curious about the sacred song. The blurb says:

    ‘There was only one way for Black Lion to melt the Thunder God’s anger; listen for a sacred white-man’s song — and sing it perfectly with the one who introduced him to it.’

    What is the sacred song Black Lion must listen to and who introduces him to it? Is it the heroine?

  15. Lovely story, I’m looking forward to reading it!

    Promo away, Karen, we love hearing about all the

    By the way, how is your hand? I was stopping by
    on the day of your injury and I wonder about you
    every now and then!

    Pat Cochran

  16. Hi Kate!

    Thank you so much for your kind, kind words. Again coming from you and my fellow fillies, it really means a lot.

    Yes, I’m going to put this in my crawl for a blog. : )

  17. Hi Anita mae!

    The song is the mystery that runs through the book and is answered at the end of the book, along with who introduces him to it. It’s interesting that in Native America, there were songs that contained mystery — but they had to be song exactly. So it is in this story, also. : )

    Hope that helps at least a little. : )

  18. Hi Pat!

    Thank you so much for asking. The hand is out of the cast, but is still healing. It is quite swollen and often goes to sleep and wakes me up at night cause it hurts when it falls asleep.

    I’ve been told that the swelling will go down, but that I must, must use it. Apparently, there are calcium deposits there now — the hand in healing sometimes goes overboard, I guess. So I soak it alot in hot water and get some massages on it and try to use it — but it’s funny that it wasn’t particularly painful in the cast — but once that cast came off…

    Again, thanks for asking. Have a super evening!

  19. I want to thank each and every person who visited here today. I know it was shameless promotion, and so I really appreciate your comments.

    I do think the new blurb is a good one and I’m so glad that my publishing house does these things, as I do think this kind of writing is so different from writing an actual story.

    Have a super night everyone! Ah-ho!

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