LONE ARROW’S PRIDE, The Story behind the Story

Good Morning (or afternoon or evening)!  Happy Tuesday to you!

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July and are just thrilled that you’re back to work.  Are you?  Well, if you’re not, don’t feel too bad about it — one of the hardest things to do, I think is get back to work after a holiday…unless you’re self – employed — then no day is a holiday…

In keeping with the theme of the story behind the story, I thought I’d tell you a bit about the story behind LONE ARROW’S PRIDE.  Now this cover from Samhain Publishing is one of my favorites.  The passion of this cover still sends chills up and down my body whenever I see it (a good thing — not a bad thing).  And again, I think the spirit of these two people is captured excellently by this very artful cover.

One of the best friends that I’ve ever had is the inspiration for the male character.  In real life, I met this man when I was a freshman in college.  The way I met him was unusual, actually.  My boyfriend at the time was playing jazz in the music practice room area in the music hall (I was a music major) — and my friend was there playing jazz sax along with him.  I can’t tell you exactly what happened.  All I know is that my spirit soared as soon as I saw him.  And as it turns out — although we were only friends — he has been one of the most inspirational people in my life.

The picture off to the right here is the original cover of the book, an AVON Historical Romance.

Getting back to my story.  Much later (years later) when he wasn’t spoken for, and neither was I, we were briefly an item.  Little did he know that had he asked, I probably would have followed him anywhere.  But he never asked and eventually — because life does go on — we drifted apart.

But our friendship never died.  We’d see each other  now and again when I was in LA or more specifically when I visit Florida (he now lives in Florida).  One of the things that I always think of whenever I think of him is a little dance that we’d do as we would be walking — and he always made me laugh — always.

And so the story of LONE ARROW’S PRIDE is extremely light-hearted — despite the fact that there are some very serious aspects to it.  It had to be light-hearted because my friend is — and we always laugh when we’re together.  But I’ve never forgot that he never asked — even though I adored him — and so of course that experience is in the book — it had to be.

It was during the writing of this book, however, that I lost my sister, Vicki.  Her passing was such a shock to the family, coming as it did early in life — and it happened while I was writing this book, that it took me a while to finish the book.   But truth is, the writing of the book — finishing it — helped me through that time period in my life.  Now, I’ve been trying and trying to post a picture of Vicki, but so far I’ve not been able to accomplish it.  Forgive me.

But it wasn’t all bad  news.  At that time period in my life, I was also adopted officially into the Blackfeet Tribe — to honor me for work that I had done with them concerning literacy.  There was one other, the head of the project, who was also adopted and the picture off to the right here was taken during the ceremony (we were given Blackfeet names).   (I’m the one to the right in this picture.)  All of this went into this book — all my fears, my loss, my triumphs.  The story itself — a Treasure Hunt — was put to me by my brother-in-law and husband — who were telling me the very true legend of the Superstitious Mountains — But I’ve already blogged about that particular aspect of this story, which you can read if you go back in the archives of this site — not sure of the title of that blog — but it had to do with the Superstition Mountains and there were many pictures of those mountains in the blog.

All things told, LONE ARROW’S PRIDE is one of my favorite books — and I hope it becomes one of your favorites, also.  So please come in and leave a comment — I’ll be giving away a free book today to some lucky blogger.  Come in and tell me your thoughts about all this — and the new cover, which I absolutely adore.  LONE ARROW’S PRIDE can be purchased here for a song at the moment:  http://store.samhainpublishing.com/karen-kay-pa-1676.html

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post today! 


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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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30 thoughts on “LONE ARROW’S PRIDE, The Story behind the Story”

  1. Glad I am home and can follow P&P again. I love vacations, but this time, we had little to no internet access. Missed my daily dose of Western information and romance. It looks like I missed some really good posts. Hopefully I’ll find time to go back and catch up.

    I will have to say I like the new cover better than the old one. How nice that your friendship has lasted so many years. Too bad that it didn’t develop further, but then you would have missed out on your daughters and current husband. It sounds like he was a good inspiration for this story. I believe humor is important in our lives and stories. When things are dark, it is often the only thing that pulls us through. It helps us see the hope and goodness hiding behind the darkness.

    Best of luck with the rerelease of your books. Hope you have better luck getting back into the swing of things after the break for the 4th. We got home last night and I am looking at a pile of things that need to be addressed. So what am I doing? Visiting Petticoats and Pistols. Have a great week.

  2. Hi Kay, I, too like the new cover over the old one. It is funny how our lives twist and turn over the years. The friends and acquaintences that come and go over the years. It was decided a long time ago how this person would influence your life and he did. It was supposed to be: fate. But therein lies all the stories we have in our minds and hearts. Mine are so locked up in my mind that I sit here and read everybody elses and not writing my own…

  3. Love the cover! I am sure that I have read the book but am now going to find it and read it again. I do not often reread a book but I love knowing the backstory. Knowing often makes me read with new open heart and mind!

  4. You know, they say it takes 2-3 weeks to catch up on things after you’ve been gone only a week — and I was gone (at my church and visiting my daughter) all total a month. Sigh…

    Only yesterday did I finally catch up on two different backlogs. Now I only have 3 more to go!

    Happy catching up!

  5. I too love this new cover better. This new one makes it look like a mutual passion. I’m always thrilled when an author is willing to share what goes into the making of their stories. The sharing brings more depth to the characters which for me is always the most vital part of the story. Thank you.

  6. You know, Connie, I do the same thing — I’ll read a book over and over. Listen to the same lecture over and over. And getting a new viewpoint on it often helps. : )

  7. I’ve really enjoyed these looks behind your stories, it adds a whole new level when I read the books.

    I LOVED LONE ARROW’S PRIDE! It was the first book I read of yours, and is still a favorite. The new cover is gorgeous!


  8. Hi Catslady!

    You know, I’ve always thought that it adds a whole new dimension, also — Often, I then like to go back and read the story again. Thanks for your insights! 🙂

  9. I really like the new cover… 😀 Thank you for sharing these pieces of your life with us each post.

  10. HI Kay, just above ever cover of yours gets my heart pittering. This one rocks! And I agree with Colleen…I love how you let us get to know you better in each post. xoxoxox

  11. Hi Tanya!

    Thanks so much — from such a talented author! That cover really does send the chills up and down my spine. I do really love it!

  12. I adore the cover!

    I’m so glad to hear that writing this story helped you through a tough time. I know when I’m going through a hard time I want to find a book to get lost in.

  13. Kay,

    You are a true inspiration…The trials we have to go through here on Earth….Just know hon that your precious sister Vicki walks with you on this journey as my precious husband walks with me….

    I love the cover myself, one of my favorites….Take care my friend…..Know my heart travels with you everyday….

    I love the picture of you being adopted….

    Walk in harmony,


  14. Hi Kay, I love the new cover and enjoyed reading the story behind the story. Writing though loss can be a challenge but it can also be healing.
    Thank you for sharing.

  15. Hi Na S!

    Yes, you are so right — sometimes I think that this is really why it’s so important that we write — that we can uplift others during a time of need. 🙂

  16. Hi Margaret!

    Thank you so much. Such kind words. Yes, I was under deadline and had no choice, but you’re right — it can be healing — and so I think it was. 🙂

  17. Sorry to learn about your sister’s death. I, too, have lost my only sister. And I understand the delay in finishing the book.

    I will be looking up information on Superstitious Mountain. My curiosity has been aroused.

  18. Somehow my comment got posted with someone else’s name. I will repeat it.

    Sorry to learn about your sister’s death. I, too, have lost my only sister. And I understand the delay in finishing the book.

    I will be looking up information on Superstitious Mountain. My curiosity has been aroused.

  19. Hi Kirsten!

    Thank you so much for your sympathy — means a lot to me — and yes, it did set me back. Luckily my editor was very understanding.

    The legend of the Superstitious Mountains is fascinating — there are the brothers, of course, but there is also the legend of the Jesuit Monks who hid a treasure there — and left clues all over the mountains — some of those clues have been found, but if the treasure has ever been found, we don’t know of it. I did a blog on that about 3 or 4 months ago — I’ll have to go and find it. 🙂

  20. Hi Gladys!

    Oh, I see what you mean — you’re the one who wrote the comment. LOL! I’m going to go and find that blog that I did and I’ll post it here. 🙂

  21. The name of that particular blog is called Inspiration — and if you go over to the left here and click on Native American — it is on the second page of that link. I tell the story as best I can — the story (which is based on truth) as I was told it by my brother-in-law and my husband. 🙂

  22. Karen I love the new cover. The story was beautiful. Every person we meet leaves a little of themselves in our lives.
    This 4th of July NJ was without electricity for 5 days at least I was. Had a chance to catch up on reading by candlelight. (lost 20 lbs eating bread and water).. Take care Karen

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