THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR, another excerpt

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And a happy Tuesday to you!

Well, in celebration of my new ebook release (THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR), which is coming out on April 1, 2014, I thought I’d give away another ebook to some lucky blogger.  All you have to do to enter into the drawing is to click the comment button at the bottom — or the number of comments here at the top — to be entered in to the drawing.

AngelAndTheWarrior-The-CoverIsn’t this an awesome — and beautiful — cover?  I so love it that I have to keep posting about this book, if only to display this lovely cover.

So here is another excerpt — you might remember (if you come to this blog alot) that I also posted another excerpt from the book two weeks ago.

This is another excerpt…from a little further on in the book.



He stared at her, and in his eyes, Angelia thought she saw a spark of…laughter? “After all, what trouble could there be, since a man and his wife are often seen alone together?”

Angelia wasn’t certain she had heard Swift Hawk correctly. “What was that again?”

He shrugged. “What?”

“What you just said.”

He gave her a perfectly innocent look and repeated, “Your brother is over by that ridge, trying to discover who trails him.”

“No, not that—that other thing.”

“You mean about my wife and I being alone?”

“That’s it. That’s the one. Your wife? You have a wife?” she asked, feeling more than a little confused.

He said, “Certainly I have a wife.”

She sent him a sideways scowl. “I don’t believe you. Where is this person?”

He grinned. “Right here beside me.”

“Wait a minute. How can I be your wife?”

“Very easily, I think.”

Angelia sat for a moment, dazed. How could this be? On one hand, she was cheered that Swift Hawk was, indeed, very much interested in her. On the other hand, she realized she should have been worrying less and practicing more of exactly what she should say to this man.

Was this what he’d meant when he’d said they belonged to one another? Marriage?

Aloud, she said, “Swift Hawk, have I missed something? I don’t remember a marriage ceremony between us.”

Swift Hawk frowned. “You do not remember? And yet recalling those moments we spent together is forever here.” He pointed to his head, and then to his heart.

“Moments? What are you talking about?”

“You do not remember.” He tsk-tsked.

Angelia grimaced, placing a hand on her forehead, as if to ease the spinning sensation. “There must be something here I don’t understand, because I don’t recall a thing.”

“Ah, then I should refresh your memory. But…surely you do not wish me to do this…” he made a mock glance around him, “…where others might overhear us, or see us.”

“Swift Hawk, please. Be serious.”

“I am.”

She shook her head. “Have you gone crazy?”

“Perhaps, for my wife treats me as though I am nothing more to her than a…” he drew his brows together, looking for all the world as if he were in deep thought, “…friend.”

“You are a friend.”

Haa’he, that I am…plus more. Now, I have something else to tell you, and for a moment, I would ask that we forget all this, switch our duties and I will be a teacher and you will be my pupil.”

“Why?” she asked, still feeling bewildered and having difficulty following his line of thought.

“Because I have a problem in mathematics for you.”

“Swift Hawk, please, we are not doing our lessons now. We are having a discussion about…about…”

Swift Hawk shrugged. “All right. If you do not wish to hear this problem, I will not bore you with it.”

Angelia blew out her breath. “Very well. Tell me.”

“No, I do not wish to disturb you with it…at least not now.”

She sighed heavily. “I’m sorry, all right? I… It’s only that you’ve said some things that have…surprised me, things I don’t understand, and frankly, you’re speaking about a subject that must be discussed by us in greater detail. But by all means, let me hear this problem that you have with mathematics first.”

He ignored the sarcasm in her voice and gave her a look that could have been innocent, but it wasn’t. Before she could decide what he was up to, he said, “Tell me, what is the result when you add a man, a woman, and a morning spent together in each other’s arms?”

“Shh. Swift Hawk. What are you doing? Say that quietly.”

“Very well.” Lowering his voice, he whispered, “What do you get when you add—”

“I heard you the first time. Swift Hawk, really, it…it…wasn’t like that… It was…” She stopped, for she seemed incapable of uttering another word.

Now was the time. Now she should tell him.

Angelia opened her mouth to speak, took a deep breath, then held it. How in the name of good heaven could she begin?

She shut her mouth, thinking, summoning her nerve to say what must be said.

Swift Hawk leaned in toward her. “Ah, I can see that you understand. Now you must observe that all of these things, added together, equals a marriage, does it not?”

“No, it—” Angelia shook her head, exhaling sharply. “It does not equal marriage. There was no ceremony.” She said every word distinctively. “But let’s not quibble. Not now. Not here, where we might be overhead. Besides, we forget that Julian might be in trouble. Now, if you would be so kind as to lead me to my brother, I would be much beholden.”

“How beholden?”

Angelia rolled her eyes. “Please, will you take me to him?”

“Yes, my wife,” said Swift Hawk seriously, though she could have sworn that a corner of his mouth lifted upward in a smile. “Truly, my wife, I will do anything you say.”

“Please, if you must say that, say it softly.”

“Very well.” Leaning up onto his elbows, Swift Hawk spoke quietly, for her ears alone, “Yes, my wife. I am yours to command, my wife.”

Angelia raised an eyebrow. “You are mine to command?”

“It is so.”

“Good. Then I command you not to speak to me of this again.”

Smiling, Swift Hawk inclined his head. “Very well. I will show you instead how eager I am to please you.” He held out a hand toward her.

Angelia rolled away. “Swift Hawk!” she uttered sharply, under her breath. “Stop this at once. Just…just take me to my brother.”

“Yes, my wife. Anything you say, my wife…”



Coming from Samhain Publishing, April 1, 2014


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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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90 thoughts on “THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR, another excerpt”

  1. I am looking forward to reading this!!!

    The blue dress on the cover looks like the one I made for my daughter’s senior prom back in 1990! Love the color but the yards and yards of ruffles were a lot of work!

  2. Would love to win one of your books. I enjoy reading about the American Indians. I learn a lot about them that way.

  3. Kay,

    I love the cover, as always…All your books are my favorite….I cant just pick one….Good to see you here….


  4. I’m looking forward to reading Swift hawk and Angelia’s love story! Thanks for sharing! I’d like to see inside a tee-pee.

  5. Great reviews! Always loved your covers. I have been a fan for over 20? years. I was taken by the first book and love you have achieved so much. Have a great 2014. Melanie Calvert Benton/ Grady Clark

  6. Karen, congratulations on the new release!!! What a gorgeous cover. Vibrant colors and a hot, hot man. Wow! Also loved the excerpt. Man, I’ve got to read this.

    Wishing you tons of success, my Filly sister!

  7. Most of my favorite books are from you, I really love your story telling and such strong leads!! Can’t wait to dive into this one!!

  8. Oh wow I love this expert also!!! I got so excited with the first one you showed us and now this one! Listening to the characters banter back and forth brought a smile to my face the whole time! I just want to keep reading. I love It!!!

  9. Hi Karen! You have me completely hooked with this excerpt and I can’t wait for more! Congratulations on your upcoming release and I wish you much success!

  10. The Angel and the Warrior

    Hi Karen. I remember meeting you in 2003 at Barnes and Noble in Santa Ana, CA. I had forgotten what a talented writer you are until I read this blog. Thanks for keeping me on your mailing list. All the best with your newest book.


  11. Love this excerpt! It sounds so exciting! I’m not sure I can wait until April to read this one! Kudos on the cover, it’s beautiful!

  12. Hello Kay, it’s been a while since I wrote you but I’m always on the outlook for your books. They’re always enjoyable and I learn something new each time. I’ve finished my Apache Warrior series now, too. Four books in all. I love writing them and reading them as well. Congratulations on this latest one. Sincerly, Carol Ann

  13. Hi K.K.!!!!!
    Love your books!!! Congratulations you are an amazing writer, would to be taken back to Indian country!
    Love tina K

  14. Hi Laurie G!

    You know, I had always wanted to also, and so a friend of mine on the Blackfeet rez invited us to stay in one with her during Blackfeet days. It truly was great!

  15. Hi Renee!

    Thank you so much. You know, I was just at your website — awesome website — awesome pictures. I really took a bit to look through it. Very nice!

  16. Thanks for another excerpt. I am glad to see there is a sense of humor in this story. Many authors forget how important that can be to a story and in a character. Nice cover.
    Where was the bottom picture taken? A reunion? A rendezvous? A PowWow?

    Best wishes for a successful e-book release.

  17. Hi, Karen!

    Loved the excerpt from “The Angel And The Warrior” – sounds like a little humor, and a lot of romance, and adventure! I, too, love the cover – beautiful color, and such realism!!

    Thanks for your post, Karen – and thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of “The Angel And The Warrior”!

  18. Oh, by the way Pat, that picture at the end was taken on the Blackfeet rez during their Blackfeet Indian Days. The teepee belongs to a good friend of mine, and we did stay in the teepee. : ) And thanks for your wonderful observations.

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