SENECA SURRENDER, an Excerpt

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Good Morning to you all!

Because I have a new book that’s just come out (April 6th), I thought I might post an excerpt of the new book.  Now, I am going to be giving out a copy of the new book, SENECA SURRENDER, to some blogger today.  So come on in and leave a comment.  🙂

In this excerpt, the heroine, Sarah, is abducted by enemy Indians, the Ottawa.  I must warn you. that this excerpt contains images and narrative of torture.  

Seneca+Surrender[1]“Evening came at a much faster pace than Sarah would have liked.  At present, she and her two captors had stopped and set up camp.  Sarah was sitting upright against a tree, tied to it with a rope around her waist; also there was one tied around her hands, which had been positioned in front of her.  The rope around her hands chafed and cut into her skin, and she could see blood oozing from the sores.  The rope around her waist, though restrictive, was merely uncomfortable.  Looking down, she despaired at the state of her skirts and her bodice, which were both torn and frayed, and her pettiocats, which were both beyond repair.  Plus, to her shame, these men hadn’t granted her the courtesy to allow her to relieve herself along the trail.  Somewhere in their trek this day, nature had had its way.

She’d never felt so wretched, nor so dirty.

The two Indians were busying themselves with a fire, and it was a big one.  They said nothing to her — not that she would have been able to understand them had they tried.  But human decency would have thought they would have at least ventured to attempt it.

What were they planning for her?  The question was one that was likely to drive her mad if she didn’t gain an answer to it, and soon.  If her death were fated this night, knowing it seemed more preferable than being caught unaware.

Of course, she’d never been more frightened.  Nor had she ever felt more alone.  Death awaited.  She knew it.  It was there in the way those men looked at her, and in the way they treated her.

But how were they going to go about it?  Was it to be painful?

There was every indication that it would be so.  Even now, she watched them as they sharpened their knives and their tomahawks.  They were even priming their weapons.

Where was White Thunder?

Many hours had passed since her capture.  Hours that had been spent fleeing along an obvious trail, her feet flying over ground covered with moss, slime and dead leaves.  At times she’d been dragged when she’d fallen and couldn’t keep up with the pace.  During those times, it had always been a struggle to get back to her feet.  Sometimes she’d managed it, sometimes they had simply dragged her.

Surely they had left tracks that White Thunder could follow…if he were still alive.

Presently, one of the Indians rose to his feet and stepped toward her.  Watching him, realizing that his intention toward her was hardly social, she gathered her courage.  Without warning, he flew at her and grabbed a handful of her hair.  He pulled, practically plucking it out by its roots.  Then he spit upon it.  Then her.

He said, “Your…husband…dead.  No sign…him.”sf[6]

Sarah looked away from him, but the warrior forced her face back toward him.

“Our brother…killed.  English, too,  kill…my father.  You…pay.  Will die in fire.”

Though the Indian held her face so she couldn’t glance away.  Sarah refused to look at him, her gaze centered downward.  Tears slipped over her cheeks.

“You cry now…cry more…later.  Torture first…before fire.  You feel…much pain.”

He untied her from the tree.

“You…stand…”

He put some effort into making her rise, but Sarah refused to obey.  If she were to be tortured, then die by the fire, why make it easy for him by cooperating?  If the only defiance she had left in her was to sit while he wanted her to stand, then that was exactly waht she would do.

He pulled her roughly to her feet, but she immediately sank to the ground.  The warrior repeated the same procedure twice.

Had it not been so serious, Sarah thought the situation might have appeared humorous.  It as, however, anything but amusing.

Eventually, because the warrior couldn’t force her to stand, he let her sit.  He came down onto his haunches before her and stuck his face in hers, smiling.  His image was a horrible thing to behold, for his face was painted black, and the stark contrast to the white of his teeth made him resemble a walking skeleton.

All at once, he sliced away the bodice of her gown, as well as the sleeves of her chemise, leaving a large, red cut across her chest and exposing her entire upper body to the cold night air.  Involuntarily, her cry shot thorough the night.

He tried to tear away her skirt, also, but she wore so many petticoats, her outer one being buckskin, that it became impossible.  Eventually he gave up and said, “No matter.  Soon you…feel manhood.”  And he ripped away his breecloth, exposing a man partially aroused.

Sarah was sickened by the sight of him, by his smell and by the idea of what he intended to do to her.  Indeed, what food she had left in her stomach, she lost.

But there was no mercy to be found in this Ottawa warrior’s manner.  He laughed and squatted in front of her again.

Sarah gasped as he took out his knife and once more brandished it in front of her.  He brought it toward her, slowly, slowly, watching for her reaction like a wolf cornering a rabbit.  He sliced off a portion of her hair, grinning at her all the while.  “We do this…all over…body.”

Exposed, vulnerable, Sarah began to wonder if part of the torture were pure fright.  If so, he was being very successful.

Again, he waved that knife in front of her as he once more cut off a portion of her hair.  But this time instead of her stomach losing its dinner, she lost what was left in her small intestines at the other end of her.

It was degrading, and perhaps that’s what decided her.  If this were her fate, then so be it.  The least she could do was to stop cowering in fear.  Since that was exactly what he wanted, then she’d be darned if she would give it to him.

Thus, when next he came close, she took action, doing the first thing she could think of to do.  After all, what did it matter?  They were going to kill her in the most feminine, and probably the most horrible way possible.

She spit in his face.

Immediately he slapped her.  But though the hit stung, it felt good.  it was all she had…defiance…and so long as she was sane, she would resist him to the end.

She hadn’t counted on what happened next, however.  He picked her up by her hair, brought a knife to her scalp and began to cut.

She screamed.  And he laughed, the wickedness of his smile the last thing she beheld before she fell forward into a dead faint.

Seneca+Surrender[1]Yes, this is a romance — and of course it is true romance, and it ends well.  Torture, however, at this time period, was more common than I would like to think.  Anyway, come on in and leave a comment.   I’d love to talk to you.  🙂

SENECA SURRENDER is on sale at bookstores everywhere, in your hometown and also online.  Pick up your copy today.

Karen Kay
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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Updated: May 29, 2010 — 2:11 pm

45 Comments

  1. Hi Kay, what a fantastic excerpt. I felt like I was there…in a good way. Your works always draw me in. Good luck with the book tour, and may you have many, many sales. oxox

  2. WOW that is really a powerful, emotional scene. I can’t imagine living through an experience like that one.

    I’d love to read how White Thunder rescues Sarah!

  3. Hi Kay,

    Thank you for the great excerpt. It really drew me into the story and I wanted to jump on that indian’s back and beat him up so he would leave her alone. Stirred my ire up.

    I would love to find out what happens next.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W

  4. Kay,that is great,I sat here with my mouth open,an couldnt stop reading,now Ive got to know the next part,thanks for the excerpt

  5. Hi Kay, what a fantastic excerpt. I felt like I was there…in a good way. Your works always draw me in. Good luck with the book tour, and may you have many, many sales. oxox

  6. Very good read and thanks for sharing. I do hope White Thunder gets there soon, though…

  7. oooh, what a good choice to share with us…you had me right there…and i wonder at what i would have done…i think either cried and pleaded and followed commands hoping for pity (though obviously it would not have come) or (hopefully) been brave enough to fight back
    how very scary
    i NEED to know how this ends!!
    Seneca Surrender is in the next lot that i’m buying and i think i’ll have to start with that one first when my order comes!
    thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Hi Kay!

    WOW, I LOVE THIS!!!! I love Sarah’s defiance in spite of her total fear of what is going to happen to her. She’s not going to go quietly, is she? And I just KNOW that White Thunder is going to save her, and SOON, hopefully. You pulled me in with this excerpt–now I have to know what’s going to happen next!

    Cheryl

  9. Karen, don’t you get any nasty comments for portraying Native American brutality?

    I thought in this PC age, historical accuracy had to give way to political correctness, she said with a wry twist.

    Very vivid and from what I’ve researched completely accurate. You go, girl!

  10. Hi Kay – wow, that was a powerful scene. It makes you want to finish the story … very compelling!

    Miss you. Hope you’re having a good time touring!

  11. You certainly hooked me. I’m off to the store to see what happens.

  12. Wonderful Excerpt!

    Congrats on the new release.

    PamT

  13. Great way to kick off a book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  14. Wow, now that is an excerpt, I am drawn in, and I have drooled before here over the cover, Nathan Kamp makes quite the amazing specimen of a noble Native American.

    Congrats on your release!!

  15. Congrats on your new release Karen! Great excerpt, sounds like an awesome read! Also love the cover! Thanks for sharing with us today!

  16. Loved the excerpt. Wow! But I wanted to read more, darn it. Seneca Surrender is definitely on my buy list.

    Hope the book tour is going well and that you’re selling copies like hotcakes.

  17. Good Morning, Tanya!

    Thanks for your always informative and wonderful posts, and your well wishes. I know you love to travel also, and hope you have fun on your journeys. 🙂

  18. Good morning, Laurie!

    Thank you so much. 🙂

  19. Hi Cindy!

    Yeah, I wanted to do that, too. 🙂 Luckily, this is a romance, so it does end well.

  20. Congrats on your new release Karen! Great excerpt, sounds like an awesome read! Also love the cover! Thanks for sharing with us today!

  21. Hi Tabitha!

    Thanks for your observations. Yeah, I don’t know if I would be so brave either. But this heroine has already been through much, which I think is what gives her courage. We, in our everyday life which is often very cozy, might not think we’d be so courageous. But in truth, I think if we had to be, we would. 🙂

  22. Wow, Cheryl, thank you so much. When another writer gives me a compliment, it always gives me a warm feeling — and many of the people on this blog are terrfic writers, you being one of them. 🙂

  23. Hi Lyn!

    I know. But the research is there, like you said — and it was considered differently back then to the Indians — the torturer had good reason, so he thinks…

    But in this world in which torture has become “legal” — not lawful, mind you, — God’s law — but “legal,” I also thought it might be something to visit — at least a little. 🙂

  24. Good Morning, Charlene!

    I miss you, too. And especially your insightful posts. 🙂 But I know you’re off doing even more wonderful things. How’s the wedding coming along? And thanks for the compliments.

  25. Wow! Thank you, Pat! 🙂

  26. Thanks so much, Pam. 🙂

  27. Hi Mary, and speaking of books, when I get the chance, which isn’t often right now cause I’m touring, I’m loving your book. Such vivid characters and an accurate look at the West. 🙂

  28. Hi Karyn!

    Thanks for your thoughts and compliments. Nathan Kamp — utterly, compellingly gorgeous. 🙂 He also has Cherokee blood, I think.

  29. Hi Quilt Lady!

    Thanks so much. Am touring with this book right now, and so your kind words mean alot. 🙂

  30. Hi Linda!

    Wow! Thanks so much for your very welcome comments…and from such a talented author, also. 🙂

  31. Good Morning, Joseph!

    Thanks for your well wishes. I know when I was posting that last night (and I was very tired at the time) I was hoping that the excerpt — out of context with the rest of the book — wouldn’t put people off — cause it is sort of graphic. So thank you.

  32. I’m glad to see that you are giving us an excerpt
    that is not falling along the “political correctness
    party line.” It’s a strong offering, thank you for
    trusting us to receive it in the same manner! I have
    this book on my to-be-purchased list!!

    Pat Cochran

  33. Hi, Kay! Thank you for a raw, intense, involving glimpse into the story line of “Seneca Surrender”. There is so much more to your books than the gorgeous covers and memorable romance. There is also food for thought and a vivid portraiture of Native American culture.

  34. Wow that is intense… but of course I want to read more to get to the happy ending… thanks for sharing with us!

  35. Hey Kay.
    What an amazing excerpt! What a powerful scene, I am even more impatient for my copy of the book to arrive!

  36. Wow that is intense… but of course I want to read more to get to the happy ending… thanks for sharing with us!

  37. Wow Pat! Thank you so much! I’m so out of things that I didn’t even realize — when I wrote the book — that there was a “political correctness” about this. LOL. Truly. I just wrote about what I found in research. Luckily, it does end up well. 🙂

  38. Howdy Virginia!

    If I say that you make my heart sing, I hope you’ll take that in the right way. Thank you so much. Your kind words bring tears to my eyes.

  39. Thank you so much, Colleen. : ) I appreciate your coming here and leaving a comment. 🙂

  40. Thank you, Vickie. 🙂

  41. What an emotional excerpt! I can’t wait to read the book.

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    Good excerpt, Karen.
    As good and kind as they could be with their families and friends, Native Americans could and often were the other extreme with their enemies. It served the purpose, I guess. It kept the enemy at a distance since they knew what to expect if they went into territory where they didn’t belong or fought against you. A warning so you knew what you and your family could expect if boundaries were crossed or revenge deemed justified.
    I have been looking forward to this book since finishing BLACK EAGLE.
    I hope the release is going well.

  43. Hi Estella!

    Thank you so much! : )

  44. You are so right, Patricia! It occurs to me that the Iroquois were trying to do away with the constant “You did me wrong, so I can now do you wrong,” and vise versa over and over and over. They had a ceremony to do away with grief and thus make revenge killing less — their hope was to do away with war.

    We’re still doing the same thing today — “you did this to me so I’m over there now doing that to you” and vice versa on and on and on.

    Sometimes I wonder when man will grow up. 🙂

  45. What a terrific excerpt!!! It drew me in to the story and now I can’t wait to find out what happens!!!

    I understand that there were are different types of violence by all sides during a conflict….be it in the past or even today.

    And although these scenes can be difficult to read….I would rather have an honest portrayal of what might have happened versus a scene that glosses over the event.

    Congrats on your new release…and Best Wishes.
    Mitzi

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