Ah, Montana!

Good Morning (or afternoon or evening)!

Well, it’s time for me to give away a book, so come on in and leave a comment and you’ll be entered into the book-getting contest.

With the release of GRAY HAWK’S LADY (in just a few days), here’s a link to find out more:  http://store.samhainpublishing.com/karen-kay-pa-1676.html?PHPSESSID=e42437db2cd57ca12b4eda0212e79f5d — I thought I might again give a bit of the story behind the story.  In my last blog, I told how the characters took on a life of their own that was inspired by my own love life at the time (I met and married my husband while I was writing this book.)  But there was more behind the story — thus, I thought I’d give a little more background.

Because this story is about a lady who captures an Indian (in order to study his language — and help her father, of course), I wanted to pick a character from a tribe of Indians who at that time was known as the “Tigers of the Plains.”  The tribe was the Blackfeet, who were so ferocious at the time, and were such good fighters, they kept their homeland pristine pure for quite a while.  White men thought twice before they ventured into Blackfeet territory.

But I knew so very little about Montana, and I was determined to get to know much about it so that I could write realistically about it.  The picture to the right is of myself and my brother-in-law — deep in Montana territory — the Plains (note the mountain etched in the background).

My husband is from Montana and I was so very, very interested in Montana, that we honeymooned not only in Montana, but on the Blackfeet reservation.  It was the first time I had stepped foot in Montana in this life.

Here’s a picture of my husband on our honeymoon, there in Montana — very close to the Blackfeet reservation — and over to the right is a picture of me at the same time — same mountain range.  As I’m sure you can probably guess, I fell in love with Montana, and in truth, if we could possible do so, we would live there.  Now, of course, I have gone to Montana numerous times — usually every couple of years, I journey to Montana and to the Blackfeet reservation — if only to keep in touch with friends.

There is a beauty to the landscape, a feeling of freedom of spirit that is hard to capture when one lives in a city.  I once read a book by James Willard Schultz who wrote about the open country, the open prairie, while always there were the mountains  in the distance.  I know now what he meant.  I’ve toured in Montana (the entire State).  I’ve helped on the Blackfeet reservation with literacy, have gone back time and time again because the truth it, I’ve fallen in love with Montana.  I’m going to close this post with several pictures from different times when I’ve been in Montana either visiting family — my husband is from Montana — or visiting the Blackfeet.  The pictures are of myself, my husband and Toni Running Fisher, a good friend of ours.  The picture above is me at a stream.  The ones on the left and below are of my husband, also at a stream and on the Plains of Montana.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little picture tour of a country I love very much.  And please while you’re at it, please don’t forget I have 5 books for sale right now — all ebooks:  LAKOTA SURRENDER  —  LAKOTA PRINCESS  —  PROUD WOLF’S WOMAN  —  GRAY HAWK’S LADY  —  WHITE EAGLE’S TOUCH.  You can get them for almost a song here:  http://store.samhainpublishing.com/karen-kay-pa-1676.html?PHPSESSID=e42437db2cd57ca12b4eda0212e79f5d

Come on in and leave a comment, okay? 


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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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63 thoughts on “Ah, Montana!”

  1. Gorgeous, Karen–both the country and those two sweet honeymooners. I love the country and spirit of Montana–since it’s not far I’ve been there a number of times. Glacier Park is one of the most beautiful spots on earth.
    My novella for the upcoming WEDDINGS UNDER A WESTERN SKY is set in fictional Buffalo Bend Montana–city girl meets rugged rancher.
    Your books look beautiful. Love the idea behind GRAY HAWK’S LADY.

  2. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous pictures and another look behind the scenes at GRAY HAWK’S LADY, Kay!

    I LOVE Montana. I went to college up there and then returned to work there for eight years. It’s just gorgeous country.

  3. Kay, I can certainly see why you fell in love with it. It’s achingly beautiful. I hope I get to go there some day. Good luck with your e-books. I hope they do well. The covers are all stunning.

  4. Such beautiful country, Karen. I don’t blame you for falling in love with it.
    I’d love to visit, too. I set four books there, and parts of some others, and have never been there.

  5. I’ve always wanted to visit Montana. Wyoming, too. The closest I got was driving through a corner of Idaho (also very pretty) on the way back to Texas from Oregon two summers ago. I adore mountains. I’ve visit Colorado a couple of times, but one of these days, I’m going to have to expand even farther north. Thanks for the pictures to stir those desires.

  6. I love this website! I stumbled upon it a few days ago while doing research for my novel, and since then I’ve spent a lot of time reading all the fun info you have here! I love MT as well – my husband and I also spent our honeymoon there (almost 11 years ago!). It is a truly magnificent place. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading more!!

  7. what a great post!!
    i’ve been away from my blogs for some time…what a wonderful way to come back
    especially since just yesterday i booked a stay at a ranch in wolf creek, mt in june
    for my birthday this year i will be taking my dream trip through the tetons and yellowstone, ending with a few days at a beautiful ranch riding horses as much as they’ll let me!
    i have always dreamed of living in montana but never been there…so i’m very excited to see it all for the first time!!
    i really wanted to get to glacier but driving from iowa just does not allow us enough time…if i could only take off the whole summer 🙂
    next time
    thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures!!
    and i love hearing the story behind the story

  8. Kay,
    Those are some gorgeous pictures. I have a dear friend who is the curator of the Mondak Museum in Sidney (sp?) Montana. He loves it up there, and I can see why. I have always wanted to go up there and see that country. Great post–I loved it, as always.

  9. I’m afraid I’ve never been but it looks so stunning and peaceful. I like to think that in a past life that I lived that kind of life. Thanks for the lovely pics.

  10. Hi Elizabeth!

    How lucky you are to live so close to it — I have a 24-26 hour drive to get there (one we often do). Glacier Park is in my opinion one of the most beautiful spots in the world.

    Your book sounds fascinating. 🙂

  11. Good Morning, Linda!

    Thanks so much for your compliments on the books — I do believe that the covers are amongst the most beautiful I’ve seen. And thanks for your comments. 🙂

  12. Hi Karen!

    Yes, stir those creative juices — I remember the first time I went West with my family — we didn’t go to Montana, but we ended up in Wyoming at the Grand Tetons — I fell in love with it then — and felt as though I had lived there before interestingly enough. Even though I was living in one of the most beuatiful countries in the world (Vermont) — I had a yearning to go back to those mountains again.

    And so I have. 🙂

  13. Hi Kristy!

    Thanks so much for your compliments on the website — we do try. 🙂

    You spent your honeymoon there, also. Wow! Kindred spirits. We will be married 16 years come May — and I think the start in Montana is not to be taken lightly. 🙂

  14. Hi Tabitha!

    Oh, what a trip you’re going to have. Wolf Creek — is that in the eastern part of the state? I truly have toured all through Montana and have at one time or another visited every reservation in Montana.

    I couldn’t get enough of the beauty. Now, mind you it is cold there. I remember one time in July, I was there in Glacier Nat’l Park for the Pow-wow and it was so cold…

    Spring had come late there that year and I was suffering with my allergies — but it didn’t tampen my spirit.

    You’ll going to love it!

  15. Hi Cheryl!

    Yes, you really should go — visit Montana, the streams, the lakes the creeks, the mountains, the reservations. And we’ll be all the richer for the wonderful stories that you will weave, as well. 🙂

  16. Hi Karen, Wow, love those photos! I lived in Montana for a while, both in Glasgow and Great Falls. And had the pleasure to visit the Blackfoot reservation. What awesome country! You look like you are having the time of your life – and I sure understand why! This area has a lot of history and romance. Perfect setting for your stories!

  17. I really love that part of the country, though I haven’t seen Montana. My grandparents took me on vacation one year and we were in South Dakota. I truly loved it up there. incredible country and even more incredible people.

  18. I really enjoyed the pictures of Montana. I have never been there but I would love to tour this gorgeous area. I would imagine that those pictures will help me to visualise the country in your books.

  19. Those are gorgeous pictures, so beautiful, so picturesque. My husband keeps telling me that is where he wants to retire to.

  20. These are great pictures. I love it when an author gives us some insight into how they wrote their books, it makes me want to read GRAY HAWK’S LADY even more than I already did (which I didn’t think was possible) *grins*

  21. I have always wanted to go Montana. It would be a beautiful place to visit. I enjoy reading about the Indians and the early west. Have learned a lot from the books I have read. Definitely want to read Gray Hawk’s Lady.

  22. Thanks for the photos. I have traveled a lot in Montana and really love the beautiful scenery. The people are as big and friendly as their landscape. I especially like the Kalispell area.

  23. I love the pictures. I would really love to travel there but my health doesn’t permit it anymore.

  24. I have traveled through Montana twice. once south to north and once east to west. I found it to be beautiful and intriquing. Someday I would love to travel just to Montana to see more of this beautiful state.

  25. Oh my, what BEAUTIFUL country. Thank you for sharing your pictures. I was in Montana for a short visit (one day) and loved it!

    🙂 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.


  26. Hi Debbie D!

    South Dakota is also very pretty, but different — the plains in Montana almost always have a view of distant mountains in the distance — not always so in So. Dakota — but in So. Dakota, it’s almost like you can see forever… 🙂

  27. Hi Jean!

    My husband would like to live there, too. Of course he grew up there. For now, it’s a place that we love to go to and visit — but the beauty always draws us there.

  28. Good Evening, Joan!

    When I wrote Ah, Montana, it really is how I feel. There’s something about Montana that makes one relax and say “Ah…”

  29. Good Evening, Wilma!

    I’m so sorry to hear about your health — Although I’m not sure what’s wrong, here’s a wish that you get better …

  30. Hi Na S.!

    Yes, we did that only once, and it was quite an experience — one that I, too, would like to repeat. Interestingly, I’m allergic to horses that are kept in barns, but these horses are plains horses and not kept in barns and I had no trouble whatsoever — just fun!

  31. Hi Connie,

    Me, too. It’s been a while since I was there — and just blogging about his has reminded me how much I love that part of the country. 🙂

  32. Good Evening, Mathew!

    Wow! Where did you live? I of course love the Glacier Park area, but also I love the Billings area. Thanks for visiting here today!

  33. Thanks for the great pictures. The West is such a special place. We haven’t yet made it to Montana. We got to the border, but that was it. It is the only state in that quarter of the country we haven’t hit. It is part of our next trip. The wide plains that seem to sprout such tall, jagged mountains give a feeling of strength and freedom whenever i see them. That is the special gift of that region of the West. Is it any wonder that the people who called this home absorbed those traits from the land. Evidently, it will also inspire and influence authors.

    The tipi pictures – a pow wow, family or tribal gathering? I see campers mixed in. Sorry, I’m being nosey. Just curious.

  34. Beautiful pictures and yet the pictures probably don’t do Montana justice. It is beautiful country. Thanks for the give-away.

  35. Beautiful pictures and countryside. Thanks for sharing.What fun you got to sleep in a teepee. Thanks for the giveaway.

  36. Karen,
    I loved the pictures and hope I am not too late for the giveaway. Your books are wonderful. I live in Oklahoma and just about everyone in Oklahoma have some indian blood in them as I do as well.


  37. Those pictures are lovely, I’d love to go to Montana or one of those other places someday!

    I hope I can still enter the contest!

  38. I just found your site through a friend. Now I am hooked and will be back time and time again. This book, GRAY HAWK’S LADY, sounds right up my alley. Now that I know of your page and Native American stories written by you, they shall top my to buy list. Thanks so much for making your sit beautiful and interesting. Gotta have a go see. Later Kay, Cindy

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