About Author Karen Kay

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Karen Kay … the leading author voice in American Indian romance.

Author Karen Kay’s love of writing is combined only with her love of the American Indian culture and this is most evident in her writings by her depiction of the Indian way of life, incorporating little known facts with the overall picture of the way the Indian truly lived.
“Hollywood in the 50’s and many cowboy/western novels of that time,” says Kay, “did not paint a true picture of the American Indian. And anyone who will spend any time researching, will discover this for himself.

“The American Indian was a gentleman, in the true sense of the word. Roaming the prairies, he did not fight or kill the white man until so betrayed and driven by the incoming culture, the Indian had no choice but to turn and defend his homeland.

“My books center upon the American Indian culture as it was–a true picture–not colored with the sensationalism of death and destruction as was depicted by the newspapers and ‘eyewitnesses’ of the time, who often carried more political ambition, than truth.

I do exhaustive research,” says Karen Kay, who prefers to be called Kay. “Even to the extent of spending my honeymoon on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana.”

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Brave Wolf and the Lady coverBrave Wolf and the Lady

Brave Wolf and the Lady – Karen Kay
The Clan of the Wolf, Book # 2
June, 2018
Historical Romance

He saved her life, then stole her heart…

To escape an arranged marriage, Mia Carlson, daughter of a U.S. senator, instead elopes with the man she loves. As they are escaping from her Virginia home, heading west, their wagon train is brutally attacked, leaving Mia alone and in grave danger. Rescue comes from a most unlikely source, a passing Lakota scouting party, led by the darkly handsome Indian, Brave Wolf.

Although Brave Wolf has consented to guide Mia to the nearest trading post, he holds himself apart from her, for his commitments lie elsewhere. But long days on the trail lead to a deep connection with the red-haired beauty. Yet, he can’t stop wondering why death and danger stalk this beautiful woman, forcing him to rescue her time and again. Who is doing this, and why?

One thing is clear, however: Amid the flurry of dodging assassin bullets, Brave Wolf and Mia come into possession of a powerful love. But is it all for naught? Will Brave Wolf’s obligations and Mia’s secret enemy from the past finally succeed in the sinister plot to destroy their love forever?

What People Are Saying

Gripping, heart-wrenching and beautiful “Brave Wolf and the Lady,” tells the tale of a young woman who falls into the hands of a handsome Indian brave. I very much liked Mia’s character. I felt compassion for her given the tragedies that Mia was forced to face. Mia did her best to keep her courage but I think Brave Wolf was able to provide her with the safety and the love that she needed the most. – Night Owl Reviews Top Pick

Warning: Sensuous romance and cameo appearances of Tahiska and Kristina from the book, Lakota Surrender, might cause a happily-ever-after to warm your heart.

The Princess and the Wolf

The Princess and the Wolf – Karen Kay
The Clan of the Wolf, Book # 1
February, 2018
Historical Romance

Two Hearts Betrayed

Refusing to believe the rumors that the European prince she was forced to marry had died in a far-off land, the princess, Sierra, sets sail to America, bent on revenge and determined to learn the truth. Because she will require a scout to guide her through the wilderness, she calls in a favor from the man who had betrayed her long ago, the man she had once loved deeply and had hoped to wed, the noble Cheyenne scout, High Wolf.

Many years before, a European prince had invited High Wolf to travel an ocean and as a brother, to live as a member of the royal family. There High Wolf had fallen in love with the princess, Sierra. But instead of an engagement and the planned wedding, the princess had treacherously married his friend, the prince. Betrayed and broken-hearted, High Wolf sailed back to America, determined to forget the princess. But a promise given to her years earlier brings her back into his life, igniting a desire he must resist, for to surrender to her again is unthinkable.

Forced into one another’s company, with the threat of life or death around every corner, overcoming their prejudice might be their only means of survival. But can either of them trust in a love, once betrayed? Or will their past force them apart again, this time forever?…

This book has been previously published.

Warning: Sensuous romance that might renew a love that was written in the stars. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Seneca Surrender by Karen Kay is a native American romance.Seneca Surrender

Seneca Surrender – Karen Kay writing as Gen Bailey
Warriors of the Iroquois, Book # 2
October, 2018
Historical Romance

Against All Odds

Their hearts must become one…or a deadly mission could destroy them.

When indentured servant Sarah Strong is set upon by war parties and tossed about by river rapids, two thoughts crowd her mind as she sails over the edge of a mountain-high waterfall. That she and her young charge will never make it to New Hampshire. And she will never know what it’s like to be deeply loved by a man who would give his life to protect her.

For fifteen years, White Thunder has searched fruitlessly for the man who murdered his beloved wife and unborn child. The European invaders have brought his people nothing but misery, but when he stumbles across an unconscious white woman washed up on the shore, his Seneca heart tells him that like it or not, her fate rests in his hands.

As he holds the thrashing woman through her fever, his body reminds him he’s been celibate far too long. If this is a test of devotion to his quest, it’s a test double-edged with duty and desire. And no matter which way it cuts, one of them will bleed…

Warning: Sensuous Romance that may cause a strong desire to tumble over a waterfall in search of true love.

wolf shadows's promiseWolf Shadow’s Promise

Wolf Shadow’s Promise – Karen Kay
Legendary Warriors, Book # 4
October, 2017
Historical Romance

She saved his life. The only way he can save hers is to deny their forbidden passion…

When eight-year-old Alys Clayton saved the life of a young Blackfeet Indian, she had no idea her own life would be forever changed. To honor her bravery, Moon Wolf pledged his heart to her, vowing to marry her. But they were both too young…then.

Returning to Fort Benton in the Northwest Territory fifteen years later, Alys again encounters the deeply handsome hero who had once set her heart afire. But Moon Wolf has changed. He has become the legendary Wolf Shadow, a warrior intent on helping his people’s struggle against those who would destroy them.

Because a precious jewel like Alys warrants more from a man than risking death at every turn, Moon Wolf battles his desire for her, denying her what she needs most. But Alys has other ideas. She is determined he will not walk his chosen path alone.

Yet, how can their love survive when they are surrounded by enemies determined to destroy them, in a world where their love is forbidden?

This book has been previously published.

Warning: Sensuous romance that might renew a love that was written in the stars. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.


Black Eagle – Karen Kay
The Warriors of the Iroquois, Book 1
ISBN: 978-1-61922-102-4
November, 2015
Historical Romance

A woman on the run…a warrior’s vow…an assassin on their trail.

With the English and the French at each other’s throats, struggling for control of the North American continent, the battle lines have been drawn. But Marisa Jameson is witness to treachery closer to home.

After she overhears her uncle’s plot to destroy a Dutch town for his own gain, she threatens to expose him—and is forced to run for her life.

When the mesmerizing beauty says she needs a guide to visit a friend, Mohawk warrior Black Eagle volunteers. He knows the wild forests of New England like the back of his hand, but soon senses danger is dogging their heels and suspects there’s more to Marisa’s anxiety to move swiftly than her eagerness to “visit a friend”.

Caught in the crossfire of a war and with a deadly assassin hot on their trail, Marisa and Black Eagle discover that trusting each other is the only way to outrun the enemy—and that love may be the only way to survive.

This book has been previously published under the author’s pseudonym of Gen Bailey, but has been substantially revised and expanded.    

the last warrior coverTHE LAST WARRIOR

The Last Warrior– Karen Kay
The Lost Clan, Book 4
Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61922-101-7
November, 2015
Historical Romance

Their sweet harmony could tame the wrath of a god…or separate them forever.

Black Lion was sent into the real world to break the curse that dooms his clan to a half life in the mists. Yet no matter how many times he has shown an enemy mercy, the Thunderer’s spell remains intact.

In his beseeching prayers, he hears a song that leads him to join Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show on its travels to London. There he encounters the daughter of two opera singers—the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. A woman already engaged to another man.

Months later, Suzette Joselyn travels to America, a woman changed. Friendless, abandoned by her former fiancé—and pregnant—she finds it impossible to refuse the gentle Lakota Sioux’s proposal to save her child from being born a bastard. Even if it means flashing a pistol to force a reluctant parson to marry them.

Yet her brave new husband is consumed with a mission that may force him to choose between his people and the woman he loves. For the Thunderer is waiting, watching for the perfect time to work his evil deed.


The Angel and the WarriorThe Angel and the Warrior – Karen Kay
The Lost Clan, Book 1
Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61922-098-0
April, 2014
Historical Romance

A hunted woman, a forbidden love…and time ticking down on an ancient curse.

Eighteen years ago, Swift Hawk was sent to the earthly realm to try to break an enchantment that curses his clan to a half-life in the mists. As his allotted time runs short, a vision gives him a glimpse of his last chance to free his people. A delicate young woman with translucent white skin and star-like hair.

He never thought his sacred vision would possess the tongue of a shrew.

Angelia Honeywell and her brother Julian fled Mississippi amid a hail of rotten tomatoes and flying bullets. She only fired back in self-defense, but now they are on the run as their father pleads their case to the governor.

With Julian trying to pass himself off as a wagon train scout, Angel knows they need help. When the handsome, black-eyed Swift Hawk agrees to save their skins, she can’t help but be drawn to his compelling gaze. But as they come together in a blaze of desire, the dark shadows of the curse descend, threatening to divide them forever.

What People Are Saying

This book proves what many readers have long suspected — Karen Kay is one of today’s topnotch authors.  She knows how to weave a tale that not only touches your heart, but changes your soul for the better. – Lori Soard, author of THE LIPSTICK DIARIES

My heart is always full when I finish a Karen Kay story.  That’s one reason I never miss anything she writes.  Do yourself a big favor and read this book.  It’s a treasure. – Fresh Fiction

Ms. Kay paints a loving picture of America’s first people.  Pick up THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR and get caught up in the passion and excitement of her well researched and imaginative world. – Romance Reviews Today

Karen blogs every other Tuesday at:  www.petticoatsandpistols.com


redhawkswomancoverartRed Hawk’s Woman – Karen Kayhttps://www.amazon.com/SPIRIT-WOLF-LOST-CLAN-Book-ebook/dp/B075Q76CYJ
The Lost Clan, Book 3
Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61922-100-0
September, 2014
Historical Romance

Their passion is thunder and lightning. Their fate could be a flood of sorrow.

Red Hawk’s most precious childhood memory is of a single morning with a girl whose beauty seemed lit from within with magic. Now, years later, she could very well hold the key to a centuries-old curse—but when his visions lead him to her again, no recognition lights her eyes.

At age twenty-five, Effie Rutledge has missed her chance for marriage, but the daughter of a renowned archaeologist would rather get her hands dirty on a dig than cleaning up after some man.

She is determined to finish her father’s quest to recover four precious artifacts that could free a lost clan from a half life in the mists, but with her expedition reported as jinxed, there are no guides to be had. Except one tall, enigmatic native who draws her as naturally as water flows to the sea.

Even when memories reconnect, they struggle to trust each other. Worse, their once-in-a-lifetime passion risks the Thunder god’s wrath—and the future of the entire Lost Clan.


thespiritofthewolfcoverartThe Spirit of the Wolf – Karen Kay
The Lost Clan, Book 2
Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61922-099-7
July, 2014
Historical Romance

The end of a curse hides behind a riddle—and the final clue in the heart of a woman.

Grey Coyote stands on the knife edge of desperation. An ancient curse dooms his people to a half-life in the mists, neither living nor dead—unless he can solve a deceptively simple riddle. As time runs short, he’s sure the answer lies in beating a white trapper in a game of chance.

Among the trapper’s possessions, though, is a prize he never expected. A golden-haired woman as beautiful, delicate and stubborn as a prairie rose.

One moment Marietta Welsford is wondering how long it will take her hired guide to finish his game so she can hurry home to Rosemead, the English estate to which she hopes to lay claim. The next, she is abandoned with a man whose magnetism tugs at her body and soul, and makes her heart out-thunder the storm.

With so little time to lift the enchantment, Grey Coyote at first views Marietta as a trickster-sent distraction. But as sure as the star that guides him, it soon becomes clear she is the clue that could ultimately free his people…and capture his heart.

Other Books by Karen Kay

Legendary Warriors Series


War Cloud’s Passion
Legendary Warriors, Book 2
Lone Arrow’s Pride
Legendary Warriors, Book 3
Soaring Eagle’s Embrace
Legendary Warriors, Book 4

Blackfoot Warriors Series


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Gray Hawk’s Lady
Blackfoot Warriors, Book 1
White Eagle’s Touch
Blackfoot Warriors, Book 2
Night Thunder’s Bride
Blackfoot Warriors, Book 3

Lakota Series

Lakota Surrender
Lakota Warrior, Book 1
Proud Wolf’s Woman
Lakota Warrior Series
Book 2
Lakota Princess
Lakota Warrior, Book 3

Reviews of The Princess and the Wolf

An adventure of the heart, this story will carry you to the heights of excitement as two old friends meet and the depths of despair when they acknowledge what they’ve lost. Set in the days when the Missouri River was largely an unknown, untamed territory, the reader will thrill to the danger and joys the two share as they travel toward Fort Clark on their mission to learn the truth of Prince Alathom’s disappearance.

Highly recommended as a rewarding way to spend pleasant hours. A trip back in time with descriptions so clear, you will feel as though you’ve been inside the homes and forts of the day; A tale written by an author who knows her subject and writes from the heart. Enjoy. – Anne K. Edwards, Reviewer

Karen Kay does a masterful job of weaving the past and the present together so that the two stories seem destined to connect. The fierce passion and sensuality makes the story sparkle. The characters dance off the page and come to life, remaining long after the end of the story. – Lori Soard, Reviewer

Karen Kay captures the hearts of her readers. With beauty and elegance we become one with the Indian scout, with nature, with our senses. We walk in their shoes, smell the damp leaves on the forest floor and visualize all the colors in a sunrise. – TheBestReviews.com

Karen Kay has a talent to pull you into the story and not let you go until it’s finished. Even then, the story stays with you long after the last page. High Wolf not only takes Princess Sierra on a journey, he takes the reader on one as well. – RomanceJunkies.com

The Princess and the Wolf gives readers a new thrill, taking one Princess and a Cheyenne brave, and turning what is forbidden into a fiery passion that was meant to be. – Writers and Readers Network