SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE — The Story Behind the Story

Happy Tuesday & Howdy!

In my last post, we went into the Story Behind the Story of this same book, SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE.   This story was so influenced by my love of the old Jeanette MacDonald movies (I’m never sure if that name is MacDonald or McDonald.)  And I told you of their love for each other that spanned over thirty years and many obstacles, including outright suppression by the MGM studio and Louie Mayer.  I can’t watch the two of them without coming away with the impression that they were deeply in love with each other — but that’s the subject of the last post.

 This particular cover is one of my favorites, by the way.  I love the emotions and I love the background.  It’s very beautiful.

But there’s more to the story of SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE — and so I thought I’d tell you a bit more about that, because it’s very spiritual.

Back in 1998, I had been working with the Blackfeet Indians on a literacy project, which was quite successful in what it did for many people on the reservation (those who went through the program).

You can see some of the info at this link:,   But after several years of working towards education of those who had somehow slipped through the cracks, the project closed its doors.  However, Patricia Running Crane Devereaux decided that she’d like to take on the torch and perhaps reopen the project (she had been its first graduate).   This picture, below, is of Patricia and a chief at the pow-wow in Browning, MT.

So Patricia came down to LA, very courageously driving down from Browning, MT and braving the LA traffic.  She stayed with my husband and myself and so we came to know each other pretty well, and I think of Patricia to this day as a member of my family.  Here’s another few pictures of Patricia — one of her at Christmas time at our house — another at a pow-wow.  Patricia is on the left in the picture — Elaine is in the middle and I’m on the right. 

Now the thing was  that when Patricia came, I was in the middle of writing Soaring Eagle’s Embrace.  And what was even more interesting is that her medicine man had the same name as my hero and the ceremony that I was in the midst of describing — and having my hero and heroine go to, was the same ceremony that Patricia was going to go to when she returned to the reservation


It was during the writing of this book that I came to understand so much more about the Blackfeet through Patricia.  She helped me with several songs in the book and allowed me to put to paper one of her own songs for the book.  It was a very magical time for me — and I think perhaps for Patirica, also.

My friendship with Patricia fills that book and to this day, I treasure this time in my life as something very, very special, indeed.  If you care to look at my tour page — always at the end, there’s little segments of my life at the time of that tour.  Almost always you’ll see picture after picture of myself and Patricia or my husband and Patricia or someone else and Patricia.  Truly, she became a part of my family.

And that’s what made the writing of Soaring Eagle’s Embrace the very special book that it is.  I was influenced greatly by this beautiful, beautiful being.  And although she’s back on the reservation and I’m still here in the LA area, I love her (and all her family) with all my heart.  I’m going to close this blog with several more pictures of Patricia, my very dear friend (and sister).

Patricia is off to the right in this picture. 

Well,  I hope you have enjoyed the blog today.  Please do leave a comment because I will be giving away a free book 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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18 thoughts on “SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE — The Story Behind the Story”

  1. Karen, that’s a great story and very profound. I love all the “coincidences” but truth to tell I don’t think they are “coincidences.” I’m not sure what to call it.

    It was great seeing you again at RWA. It was a good conference. I can’t believe how the freeway and Anaheim have changed since I lived in Orange County. Hardly recognized the place.

  2. Hi Chelley!

    It was wonderful to see you again, too. I know what you mean — living in the Valley now, I seldom get to Orange County, either — and it really have changed considerably since I lived there, also. The conference was a great one, wasn’t it?

  3. Hi Elizabeth!

    It’s interesting how, over these past few years, I’ve grown so close to all my filly sisters, and yet except for Charlene and Tanya and Margaret (long ago in the 90’s, I hadn’t met you all face to face. Wonderful to be able to finally say that I’ve met most of you, now, face-to-face. 🙂 A real pleasure!

  4. Hi Margaret!

    It was great to see you again. Interesting, it doesn’t seem to me that you’ve aged at all since the last time I saw you in the 90’s. 🙂 It was wonderful and thanks for the compliment on the Story Behind the Story.

  5. Kay,
    This is just a great post. I have a “sister of the soul”–my best friend, DaNel, that I grew up with. She moved just across the street from me in 3rd grade and we have remained good friends to this day. I can tell her anything, and she feels the same way. Wish I could have travelled to Anaheim and met you all at RWA, but it just wasn’t in the budget this year. One of these days! LOL Love the pictures in your post, and getting a glimpse of your life.
    Cheryl P.

  6. Hi Cheryl!

    I wish you could’ve made it to Anaheim, also — I would have loved to meet you in person. I often travel through OK on my way to visit my daughter or to go to Florida — sometime I’m going to have to coordinate this so that I can stop and say, “Hi!”

  7. Oh, such a touching story. Coincidence, fate, karma – call it what you will, but it just seemed like it was meant to be. How wonderful that you both found each other and it makes the your story even more captivating. I love hearing about your life and how it is interconnected with your stories. Yes, a lovely cover!!

  8. Hi Catslady!

    Yes, coincidence, fate, karma — they were all there! That book still remains in my heart. 🙂

    And yes, I love the cover, too. It says so much about the story, too.

  9. Hey Karen, I wish that I could find your books but they just aren’t around my area. I guess what I might have to do is check out Barnes an Nobel about ordering them and have them mailed to the house. When will you have any new one’s available? Have a great summer!

  10. Hi Pam!

    My books more or less have to be ordered online nowadays — you can get them at Barnes & Noble online or Amazon or any other bookstore or place that carries books — many of them that were out of print are now in ebooks. 🙂

  11. How wonderful that You were able to get such personal insight and input and how generous of Patricia to open her heart to you and the project. I am sure that is reflected in your story. You were so lucky to meet her and become such good friends. I hope your friendship thrives for a lifetime and you get to see each other frequently.

    The regalia the three of you are wearing at the pow-wow is lovely. The wonderful variety of what is worn at pow-wows is a feast for the eyes.

    SOARING EAGLES EMBRACE is on my To Be Ordered List. It is a good thing your older books are available as e-books. It makes it so much easier for us to find them.

  12. Thank you so much, Patricia! I appreciate each and every comment and compliment. Yes, I think we were both very lucky to find each other. I should probably let her know of this blog, huh? 🙂

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