THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR — Tradepaper Release On Sale


Welcome to my blog today.  I’ll be giving away a free ebook of PROUD WOLF’S WOMAN to some lucky blogger today, so please do leave a comment.  That’s all you have to do to enter into the drawing.  I must also add to please check back on the blog tomorrow.  You need to check because the winners names that I draw are not contacted — the winner must contact me to claim the prize.  So…check back tomorrow.  Now, the reason I’m giving away a free copy of PROUD WOLF’S WOMAN is because that book, as well as THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR, are set on the Kansas prairie, a very beautiful place.  Also, the Tradepaper version of the book, THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR is going to be released soon (in April) and so the book is on sale right now — Tradepaper and ebook at this link:

AngelAndTheWarrior-The-Cover Because this book is the first in a series that is set not only within historical times, but within the framework of Native American Mythology, I thought it might be fun to talk about some of the legends of Native America.  And in particular, the legend of the Thunderer.

The Thunder Being (or sometimes referred to as the Thunder Bird or Thunder God or Thunderer) is one of the main characters in this latest series of my books.   His anger has been stirred by acts of violence against himself and his children by a clan that is part of the Blackfoot Indians – The Lost Clan as they are called in these stories.  Interestingly, the Thunder thCACKC4HUBeing plays a dominant role in most Native American tribes — perhaps because when one is living so closely to nature, the Thunderer, who can produce so much damage, would be a subject of much legend.  In this series of books, the Lost Clan has been  relegated into the “mist” by the Creator, who intervened on the people’s behalf when the Thunderer was bent on destroying every single member of the clan.  Imprisoned within that mist, each band within the Lost Clan is given a chance within every new generation to choose a boy to go out into the real world, who is charged with the task of undoing the curse, thus freeing his people from what would be an everlasting punishment (they are neither real, nor dead).  But, not only must the boy be brave and intelligent (there are puzzles to solve within every book), he must also show kindness to the enemy.

th[2]Let’s have a look at the Thunderer and some of the different lore about this being.  In Blackfeet lore, the Thunderer often steals women.  He also will often take the image of a very large bird — his wings creating the thunder and his eyes shooting out the lightning.  In Lakota lore, if one dreams about the Thunder god, he becomes a backwards person.   He must do everything backwards.  He washes in sand, become dirty in water, walks backwards, says exactly what he doesn’t mean, etc., etc.  The dream is so powerful that it is thought that if one fails to do these things, he courts certain death.  In THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR, the hero is desperate because he only has until his 30th birthday to undo the curse, and the hero of the story is 29, with only a few months left to accomplish what he must.  Relying on visions and dreams, he is drawn toward a woman with hair the color of starlight.  But he regards her and his growing feelings toward her, as little more than a distraction.

thumbnail[5]There is also a legend of the Thunder Being in the Iroquois Nation.  In this legend, a young woman becomes the bride of the Thunderer and through him saves her village from a huge snake that burrows under her village, thus endangering the lives of everyone in her village.  There is still another legend about the Thunderer which you can watch on the Movie called Dream Makers — well, I think that’s the name of the movie (if I am wrong about that name, please do correct me).   In this legend, which is also an Eastern Indian tribe, a young woman marries the Thunderer and goes to live with him in the above world, only to be returned to her own world when she becomes pregnant with his child.

stortell[1]What is very, very interesting to me is how many and how vast are the lores of Native America.  Though we often hear or even study the ancient lore of the Greeks, seldom do we read much our own lore — the mythology that belongs intimately with this land we call America — which by the way, to the Native Americans on the East Coast, America is known as Turtle Island.   Fascinatingly, there is a story for almost every creature on this continent, from the crow to the sparrow to the coyote (the trickster), the wolf and bear.  There are legends about the stars, the Big Dipper hosts legends about the Great Bear (Iroquois) and the Seven Brothers and their sister (Cheyenne and Blackfeet).  There are still other stories about the Morning Star and the Evening Star and marriages between the Gods and mortals.

july06-yukon-photo-4.jpgSo what do you think?  What do you think about the myths (do you think they are stories about a past time or do you think, like many scientists of our day, that they are the works of imagination).  Or are they stories to teach us more about ourselves and the world in which we live?

AngelAndTheWarrior-The-CoverSo that’s all for today.  Don’t miss your chance to get the Tradepaper copy of THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR while it is still on sale.  On April 7th, its release date, it will revert (I believe) to the original price.  Again, here’s the link:

I’d love to hear from you 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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27 thoughts on “THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR — Tradepaper Release On Sale”

  1. All scientists don’t think the myths -all of them, anyway- are just the works of imagination. Obviously there are stories like how bear lost his tail which doesn’t have much to with any kind of reality (except that foxes are clever and cunning animals), but then there are stories that obviously tell about things like tsunamis. There was a documentary about The Cascadia Subduction Zone quite a while back and there was this scientist who knew about the Native American myths about a tsunami which had happened maybe couple of hundred years before the Europeans showed up and what do you know! He found proof of the tsunami, like remains of trees which had been killed by the wave and he even found written history all the way from Japan where the same tsunami had also hit.

    And speaking of Thunder Birds… I think they were mentioned in the tsunami legend. And they are definitely mentioned in FOSSIL LEGENDS OF THE FIRST AMERICANS by Adrienne Mayor. And she talks about dinosaur fossils which have obviously affected or even inspired some of the legends.

    • Hi Minna!

      Such wonderful information. I find it fascinating that it’s mentioned in FOSSIL LEGENDS OF THE FIRST AMERICANS. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.

  2. I first I hot so excited thinking this said you were giving away a free book and told husband. ..tell the taxi to hang on. .. I’ll be out in a sec… (in Nicaragua getying ready to do a service). Then I reread it…husband says…that’s whst you get for holding the taxi up. Men!.

    • Hi Melody!

      Don’t quite understand. I am giving away a free book — yes, it’s an ebook — but it’s definitely being given away free. Is there some misunderstanding here?

  3. I’ve always been fascinated by Native American lore. I grew up out West (Colorado) and studied a little about the Native Americans germane to that region because well, that’s where I lived. Now in Virginia, I’ve discovered the East Coast Native American culture… again, very fascinating. Being in Virginia the most interesting story is the Lost Colony on Croatan. A lot of areas around here have the Native American names – which sometimes make silly boys giggle. (yes, there’s a place called Assawoman…)

    cool post. Learned something new and whetted my imagination to go wander off to explore more lore.

    • Hi Deb!

      I find this all fascinating, too. Often I go off the beaten track to look at things and listen and try to feel the impressions of those who went before — interesting…

  4. Still reading Lakota Princess. It is so good!!!!! I love reading your blogs!!! I would love to win your ebook Proud Wolf’s Woman too!!! Hope you have a wonderful day Karen!!!!

  5. I love myths and legends from all different cultures… always enjoy your posts Karen! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Interesting post! You know I am not real sure about myths and legends but you want to think some of them are true.

    • Hi Quilt Lady!

      I think so, too. I think they probably (not all of course) but some of them have some basis in fact. I like to think so anyway.

  7. Hi Karen – Scientist don’t have all the answers. Myths & legends that happened years ago with the Indians tribes are more real than we can image. The things they said about Mother Earth & etc. show they were more in tuned to nature than the scientist thought. Those people years ago were amazing.
    In the e-mail I received from you Karen, you stated a e-book giveaway & also a trade copy of The Angel & the Warrior….so, if I win a would appreciate the paperback book. Thanks, for all your Indian info. to educate us. Your reader.

    • Hi Lois!

      You know that email has been confusing to several people. The give-away is the e-book PROUD WOLF’S WOMAN — the other is just letting you know that THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR Tradepaper has gone on sale. : ) Hope that clears it up a bit.

  8. Your point about the fact that many Americans know more about Greek mythology than native American is interesting! I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but you are right! When I was in school (many years ago!) we studied the Norse and Greek and Roman myths. Hopefully, by now, that has changed. I imagine it has with by now, so it is even more special that you bring these myths to light through your stories for people like me who haven’t heard them. Thanks!

  9. Hi Kathryn!

    Thank you so much for you delightful comment and for coming here today. What a treat. Am really looking forward to getting to know you as a new filly. : )

  10. Thanks, Kay, for the informative post! I always learn so much through your posts. Much more information than provided to us
    in school.

    Pat C.

  11. I started buying books on Native American legends and lore shortly after we got married. While working and traveling overseas, I was fascinated by the closeness of native cultures with their natural world and their gods. There is a interconnection with those and their daily lives. It is a way to make sense of the natural world and explain what happens. The early Native Americans were no different. They took what they observed interpreted it, and tried to make sense of what was happening around them. They may have given human traits to the natural phenomena around them, but it was a way to understand it. Who is to say any of these beliefs and interpretations are wrong. I have seen things that should not be possible, but they happened and fit perfectly into the belief system of the people. We all make sense of our world to the best of our abilities, and if it works and harms no one, then it is fine.

    Best wishes for a successful release.

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