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With the recent release of NIGHT THUNDER’S BRIDE in ebook format, I thought it would be nice to tell you a little bit about that book and if you will bear with me, about my cat, Midnight.

Here are both covers of the book, the new one to the left and the old one to the right.  Now it used to be (when there were so many bookstores to tour) that I would tour with each and every book.  Here’s a link to the tour page at that time, which was 1999.  It was on this tour that my brother in law discovered a black kitten who was begging for food at a convenience store.  The cat didn’t belong to anyone and so my brother in law brought the cat home to my husband and myself.  Now, here I was with a book called NIGHT THUNDER’S BRIDE, and here was a black cat, and so we named him Midnight Thunder — or Midnight for short.

Off to the left here is a picture of Midnight as a small kitten.  Isn’t he cute?  I was touring all through the state of Montana and I believe my brother in law had found the kitten in Wyoming or something like that.  But he gave him to my husband and myself to bring home with us.  Now as I sit here writing this. I am out of town at the moment, and away from home, and Midnight has gone missing as of Saturday evening.  Thus, because of the book being released at the same time, I thought I’d reminisce about this wonderful being, Midnight.

Midnight was (hopefully is) a social cat.  He loves people and no matter where we have lived, our neighbors might not know us, but they’ve always known Midnight.  He’d been shot as a kitten by some mean-spirited person and so my husband and I were really glad to give him a home.  He turned out to be the heart of the family — no matter what new cat we brought home (and there have been many), Midnight has always been there to welcome them.  When all the other cats would ignore the newcomer, Midnight has always been there to be a friend.

He was potty trained from the beginning, by the way– always a plus.  Once we had a neighbor who took it into his mind to shoot him with a pellet gun.  Broke his leg.  That neighbor also paid the vet bill on that one.  And so Midnight continued to make friends in the neighborhood.

Now, my Lakota Godson once said that Midnight was once a dog, and Midnight has many “dog traits.”  One of them is that he will always come to you when you call his name — very un-catlike.  While other cats might be stand-offish, Midnight has always been there to be a friend.  So much is he a part of our family, I have almost taken him for granted, I think and it wasn’t until I needed pictures of him that I realized I have very few photographs of him.

Anyway, he has gone missing and if you are of a mind to do it, I would really appreciate some prayers.  We don’t know what has happened to him.  We — I should say my husband and friends because I’m out of town — have scoured the neighborhood for him, we’ve put up posters, and my husband and friends have been calling non-stop for him.  Something has happened to him, we just don’t know what.  Tomorrow we’ll go to the animal shelters to see if someone has turned him in as a stray.  Can you hear my pain?

I promised to tell you a bit about the story of NIGHT THUNDER’S BRIDE, so perhaps I’ll close with some reviews of the book — here’s one from Amazon:

“I just got this book in the mail yesterday and I just finished it this evening. I usually don’t read these type if romance novels, but as a straight Black man that is interested in American Indian culture and is an aspiring author, I found it completely all that! I am old school when it comes to Interracial American Indian love stories, where good guy wins, gets the girl and they live happily ever after. This book was off the Hook. Thank you Karen Kay.”
Here’s another one:
“I’m just starting to read the Karen Kay series of books, but when I read this one, it had action, romance, mystery and magic!!! This book covers the basis of everything that is needed in a novel, even the love scenes make you envy the characters. Night Thunder is everything that makes a man a man, and his love for Rebecca is so real. This is a book I would recommend to everyone who loves Indian Romances, like myself.”
And one more:  “Night Thunder had sworn to protect Rebecca after he’d saved her life. Now that he has, he must uphold his promise by taking Rebecca as his wife. She, however, has a problem. According to Blackfoot tradition, a man can have more than one wife. Night Thunder had been promised to Blue Raven Woman when they were children. Rebecca would like nothing more than to have Night Thunder for herself. This wonderful, sensual story has the earmarks of becoming one of the most touching romances of the year. Karen Kay is well on her way to becoming a shining star in the world of Native American romance. “
I’ll be giving away this book as an ebook to some lucky blogger today, so please do come in and leave a comment.  I will close, if you will, with a prayer:
May the Creator guide us to Midnight or guide Midnight back to us.  And may the Creator keep him safe and protected until we meet again.  You, Midnight, are loved.
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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 “NIGHT THUNDER’S BRIDE and Midnight”

  1. Prayers and positive thoughts have been sent
    out on behalf of your family and your dear cat,
    Midnight Thunder. My prayers include the wish
    that Midnight will be waiting for you when you
    get back home! God bless…..

    Pat Cochran

  2. Kay – My heart goes out to you. I hope Midnight returns safe and sound. Cats can find their way home even after months. I had that experience with a cat I truly loved and when he came home I was overjoyed. Sending prayers for Midnight’s return.

  3. Oh, I do so hope he comes back to you safe and sound. I feel your pain and have had occasion to fear the worse but in the case of missing cats they have all come home safe and sound. My dearest cat was drenched in motor oil as a kitten and the mother cat left him for me. I raised him with a babydoll bottle. He too reminded me of a dog’s soul and always came when called and never hid when company came but stood watch (even when someone brought their dog with them). He never backed down. I had him for 13 yrs. and miss him dearly. I hope to hear good news about your Midnight!

  4. I’m so sorry about your cat, I know how much a pet becomes one of the family. I hope he comes back to you.

  5. Karen,

    I just brought home a kitty tonight who looks similar to your Midnight when you got him.

    You must be heartbroken, fearful, and hopeful. I know you’re in Southern Cal. The LA Times does (or at least used to) free lost animal adds. I returned a lost cat to his owner who lived in another city because I placed the add for him. The owner said he liked to sleep on top of people’s cars.

    Prayers that your kitty is safe and will be home soon.

  6. Kay, I had the great pleasure of interviewing you for an e-review site years ago. I found you to be such fun to work with and I garnered a deep admiration for your devote mission of bringing the true Native American culture to light and assisting in whatever manner you can to help.

    As to Midnight…I so hope your baby comes home soon. I cannot imagine being out of town and unable to physically join in the hunt. I’ve had many pets over the years and they were all so precious. Personality out the ying-yang.

    For the moment I have a parakeet of twelve years, allowed to free fly in the house. One day I could not find her. (Her cage door is never shut unless we have overhead fans on in the middle of the night.) I searched and called in my special momma whistles. Nothing. Did she get out the door somehow when my hubby went to work? I was a frantic mess at work that day.

    When I got home she was sitting in her cage unphased. Where she went? I have no clue.

    Basically, I hope Midnight returns home with that same unphased attitude. “Yo, family, what’s all the fuss about?”

  7. Karen, I praying that Midnight comes back home or you and your family finds him.

    Night Thunder’s Bride sounds like a very interesting story. I will have to get a copy of this story. I love the new cover.

  8. Your latest book,Night Thunder’s Bride,is one that I will read whether or not I win this contest. I agree with Becky Ward that the cover is great and made me read further. I think you’ve got a winner, too!

  9. I hope you find Midnight soon! I know excactly how awful it is when your cat goes missing. Which is why when a friend of mine got herself 2 kittens I adviced her to get them neutered and microchipped as soon as they were old enough.

  10. I had a balck cat named Panther just like Midnight! My prayers are that he comes home safe or that a kind person finds him and brings him home. He is a part of your family, and I agree that if he does come home, please get him Neutered and microchipped! Please let us know when Midnight comes home, as I am praying for his return.

  11. Oh Kay, my heart goes out to you and your family! Prayers are comming your way for the safe return of your presious little one.

    Wow, I am so glad to be back here visiting and in touch with you again. After not being able to locate any of your books at the book store near by (most are closeing down btw) I finally bought myself a gift…..smiles…. I love my Nook tablet! I have down loaded seven of your books and am now catching up on your books that I so love to read! I have read three and have 4 more to go and there are still more that I need to catch up on….I think I am in heaven!


  12. Hi Karen,
    We have a free spirited black cat wandering our neighborhood too. There are so many strays because of the economy. He does come back because we leave a bowl of food for him in our backyard. Hope you’re well and writing.

    Netera Landar on secondlife

  13. Karen,

    I am a huge cat lover, and this has really touched my heart. I know how attached you can get to your animals as I am. In fact, as I am writing this, my special one is Patches and sitting right here by me. You are definitely in my prayers and hope you find Midnight.


  14. I hope you find Midnight, I have a stray that I haven’t seen in almost a year, and I think the worst… my two inside cats are spoiled worse than the kids. 🙂

  15. Kay,

    So sorry to hear about Midnight…I love my animals and I know how it is when they disappear….It has happened to me to…..I am so attached to by cat and by the way she is lying beside me…Her name is Feather….She was so close to my precious husband so now you know how special she is to me….

    I love the over of your books but I always do….

    I know the Creator will take care of Midnight….I will say a prayer for you both…..

    Take care my friend,

  16. Hi Charlene!

    Thank you so much. Thing is we had just lost a cat two days before that — Puffin — she was 20 or more years old and so we knew the end was near and although a loss for us, we knew it was coming. This, only two days after Puffin passed away, has been hard on us both — and especially because I’m out of town — I drive everywhere and so to get back to LA is quite a trip.

    Luckily many friends are involved in calling for him and will check the animal shelter today.

  17. Hi Catslady!

    That sounds so much like Midnight — he was even the same with us — he wouldn’t back down — not even with dogs. We have another cat — we have several — who my daughter raised from a baby. I fear our cats are older.

  18. Hi Debra!

    Wow! That’s wonder of you to do for another. Kindness. In this world in which we live, it really is the only thing that counts in the long one — and I fear it’s in short demand in this horribly crazy world.

  19. Hi Anon!

    Thank you for your so gracious compliments. Goes to my heart. I can really relate to “being a mess at work.” After I’d heard about Midnight, the next morning I got up and was a little foggy headed — and nothing worked right — of course it was me and my upset, which I finally realized, but when one loves these creatures so much, it really does matter. They matter.

  20. Hi Becky!

    Thank you so much! NIGHT THUNDER’S BRIDE was another one of my best-selling stories. I so hope that you’ll enjoy the story. It’s nice to hear from you!

  21. Hi Susan!

    Wow! Thank you so much. Again, this goes straight to my heart. I love these new covers, also. Every single one of them has made me sit up and stare. 🙂

  22. Sending positive thoughts and prayers. I always worry about my pets going missing, it would be like a piece of me was missing. I hope Midnight comes home safe and sound.

  23. Hi Minna!

    Yes, my cats are all neutered, also. I remember as a child having cats and loving the boys so much — and they would ALWAYS run away and never return. The females stayed around the house, but those boys…

    Now, I don’t believe in microchips — too much research that shows they cause cancer — I’m one of those kinds of people who stand back and look at the results over time, while I do the research. You know what a friend of mine suggested? And it’s a great idea. Get a little stud earring for his ear. What a great idea, I thought.

  24. Hi Rebecca!

    Thanks so much for your kind thoughts. I hope that what has happened is that someone found him, doesn’t know he belongs to someone and has him in a place where he just can’t get free right now. I so hope he comes home soon.

  25. Hi Nance!

    Yes, unfortunately for me the closing of the bookstores signaled the ending of my 18 year career. Ebooks, however, are great. Not the same sort of thing as we used to have, but thank goodness we at least have ebooks, huh? So nice to talk to you again!

  26. Hi Denise!

    Wow! It is so nice to hear from you again. You have a free-spirited black kitty, too. I know you understand and how are things at Second Life, by the way? 🙂

  27. Thank you for your prayers, Debbie. I do appreicate them. Prayers are powerful. Sometimes I think we might forget just how powerful they are. Thank you.

  28. Hi Jennifer!

    You made me smile with your comment about how spoiled your inside cats are. Mine are, too. In fact, I do believe that they train us, not the other way around. 🙂 In Egypt cats were considered gods. I don’t think they’ve forgotten this.

  29. So sorry to hear Midnight is missing. I had a black cat named Midnight when I was a child. Hope you are reunited soon.
    Night Thunder’s Bride sounds wonderful!

  30. So sorry to hear about Midnight, all my male cats that we had when I was a child would stray and not come back, hopefully your Midnight does not do this and will return to you. We finally got a female that we had fixed and I had her for years. I now raise dogs as an adult, and Buddy is my child and I would loose it if anything happened to him.

  31. Praying that your friend is soon back where he belongs. Losing a pet can be so sad. We lost our dog this last year and I miss her every time I come home late at night as she was always there to greet me and escort me to my door.

  32. i like the pic and the book and the cover
    i love the way you did t he page and t hen the book sound great and love the way you did the stuff for the books

  33. Be sure to check the shelters for your kitty and leave your garage door up a couple of inches with food inside and a comfy blanket. This often works if they got caught inside somewhere else and try to come home. Good Luck!!!

  34. Oh praying for you and Midnight… I had a black cat once named Midnight… one night I left her outside… she loved being out… sometime during the night someone attacked her , shooting her with a BB gun and then stabbed her with sticks… we did not know what happened for a few days… she was nowhere to be found… then a friend up the street said a friend of theirs took a black cat to the vet because it was injured… my mom went & it was her… my mom told us Midnight cried as soon as she saw my mom and tried to walk to her… sadly her injuries were too awful and my mom had to put her down. It amazes me how cruel some people can be… sorry about sharing such a sad story… I truly want your kitty to return to you!

  35. Prayers for your Kitty safe return Kay..
    How awful that someone would shout pellets at such a cute Kitty… I hope they did more than pay the Vet bills.. They should have got down on hands and knees and begged forgiveness..

  36. Kay,
    I’m sure hoping that you and Midnight will be reunited soon. Yes, I would check the shelter, for sure, because that just might be where your baby is. What an awful neighbor! That is so cruel. We used to have a black cat that adopted us. We had two big dogs and he would come over and eat their food (he made friends with them, first!) and he got to where we could get close to him and pet him but he never sat still for a long time, and he’d never come inside. When my daughter Jessica was a baby, she’d be in her walker on the patio and he would jump up on the tray and ride around with her. I sure do hope it all comes around right with you and your baby kitty. As always, this book looks fantastic, and I love the covers–both of them! But I’m partial to the new one, it think. I just got a new cover for one of my older books, Fire Eyes, and I really love it–I love both of them, but the new one…well, it’s got my heart.

  37. Loved your prayer in the end of this post! I am sure this book is fabulous and I would love to read it.

    I really pray tha Midnight comes home safely. My sister lost her cat a few months back and she was really upset about Callie missing. She has gotten and new cat just this past week.

  38. Hi Carolyn!

    We have dogs also and I love them, too. But Midnight was special — really special — all my cats are — I have several — but Midnight is/was special.

  39. Hello RoseMarie!

    What a sweet and wonderful thing to say, RoseMarie. Thank you. And thank you for your prayers. And one question, if you would — have you seen the movie Rose Marie with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald? Wonderful movie.

  40. Hi Sylvia!

    Good suggestions. I’m away from home, but I will pass these along to my husband, and I know he’ll do them. I think he’s left the garage door completely open since Midnight went missed. I’ll tell him.

  41. Oh, Colleen! That’s a hard thing to know and to realize. I know — who would do such a thing?

    Midnight came to us having been shot — and our intention was to give him a safe space — and then that horrible neighbor shot at him, also. But we had him for 13 years and we did provide him a safe place, I think.

    I hope he hasn’t run into what you are describing. I hope so much that this isn’t the case.

    I pray it isn’t.

  42. Hi Kathleen!

    My thoughts, also. It was something, honest it was. I’m just glad I found out about it so that he would have to foot the bill, which wasn’t cheap.

    I hope Midnight is okay and I hope he returns to us soon.

  43. Hi Cheryl!

    Thanks so much for your heartfelt post — have you posted about that new cover? I remember very well the old one. I’ve been on the road so much nowadays that I feel out of it just a little. Sigh…

  44. Hi Quilt Lady!

    Thank you so much for your graciousness. I was thinking that I probably will get a new cat, also, if Midnight doesn’t come back. Recently they took the bumps out of our street and I’ve noticed now that people speed like crazy on the road — I fear he might’ve been hit and gone somewhere to get better, and then… But I won’t think of that now. Hopefully he’s well — having an adventure and will be back soon.

  45. Hello Ms.Kay,
    I 2 have experience the lost,the found & more than any thing the Love of pets. 1 thing I can truly say N all ur test of going through know that God is with U..strengthening & helping U. 4 you’ve been given a BEAUTIFUL gift MIDNIGHT all the times U guys shared..No one can take that away..Be encourage MIDNIGHT will live through U as well as ur Gift of writing..most of all if it’s God’s will that MIDNIGHT comes back NOOOOOO there is MORE than enough Love N ur Heart 2 share with many,many MORE MIDNIGHTS..God Bless..:)
    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

  46. Sorry I missed your post. We were out of town for a family funeral. I hope you have had luck in finding Midnight. It is so hard when our pets are hurt or go missing. They are such a part of the family. I’ll be thinking of you and hoping for his safe return.

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