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seneca surrenderSENECA SURRENDER – Gen Bailey
Warriors of the Iroquois
Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0425233849
April 2010
Historical Romance

1755, the American colonies.  While the English and French fight for control of the North American continent, the American Indians fight for their lives. Another war rages, however, within the heart of one Seneca warrior and a white woman in danger…

Indentured servant Sarah Strong has met with more than her share of troubles en route to New Hampshire with her young charge.  She’s been set upon by war parties and tossed about by river rapids, only to fall over a mountain-high waterfall.  And the dangers keep coming…

A reclusive Seneca Indian, White Thunder has only one purpose in life: to find and kill the man who murdered his beloved wife.  But when he stumbles across the injured, desperate Sarah, White Thunder finds what could turn out to be a new purpose.

Now, if the pair can only put aside their many differences, they might find what they’ve been looking for all along…

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ISBN# 978-0425233849
April 2010
Berkley Sensations
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
Paper Back
304 Pages
Historical Romance
Ratings: 5 Cups or stars

Sarah Strong is an indentured servant who has endured many struggles while traveling to New Hampshire. When she meets White Thunder, it may be her greatest yet.

White Thunder vowed to find his wife’s killer no matter how long it took. When he finds an English woman washed up on shore, he has no idea the impact she will make on his heart.

White Thunder knew that with the war surrounding them, he needed to keep Sarah hidden in a safe place. He had no idea why he was helping an English woman, but he could not leave her to die. He was trying to go on with his life and not worry about the French and Indian War. The war only wanted to take control of Indian land. For the past fifteen years, he has been searching for the man who murdered his wife. With five years left to serve her master, stumbling upon White Thunder proves a greater undertaking for Sarah during her journey. Can the two find a common bond among such struggling conflict?

Seneca Surrender is a tale with true-fold characters that open up their heart, emitting real emotions. Sarah and White Thunder live up to the happenings around them and try to accept things while enduring hardships. I enjoyed their conversation, their cultures, even though separate, and how they reached out to each other. With tormented souls, they do everything to find a way to become one. The secondary characters enhance the story making it even more realistic. Karen Kay writes a story enabling the reader to feel the pain, agony, anguish, peril, and racism that goes much deeper, within the characters, of some of the people, in the story, to make this read remarkably good. She pens an outstanding extraordinary story beyond words.

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(A) great read…Completely mesmerizing. — Publishers Weekly WW Ladies’ Book Club


Heated passion — Romance Readers Connection



The Black EagleBLACK EAGLE – Gen Bailey
Warriors of the Iroquois
Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-22818-0
May 2009
Historical Romance

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, changing forever the fates of a Mohawk warrior and a desperate woman on the run.

After Marisa Jameson 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.  Preferring to brave the war outside rather than the more dangerous one at home, she accepts an invitation to visit a friend.

Mesmerized by Marisa’s beauty, a Mohawk warrior named Black Eagle volunteers to act as her guide through the wild forests of New England.  However, he soon senses an unexpected danger and comes to suspect Marisa may not be all that she appears.

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

Please note:

Gen Bailey is a pseudonym for author, Karen Kay.  This is a different sort of book for me.  Although it is strictly in the Native American genre, it is a faster paced book than what I usually write. I hope you will enjoy it and the new name.

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Lake George area, and Albany, New York – 1755

Black Eagle, a Mohawk, runs through the forest to get help for his friend, Sir William Johnson, who has been wounded in battle.  The Iroquois Federation, made up of six different tribes, is peaceful, but they have gotten involved in the white man’s war.  Sides have been chosen, either for the French or for the English.

Marissa’s parents died on the trip to the new world, so she lives in the home of her step-uncle, John Rathburn, a stern, taciturn man.  Her maid, Sarah, ten years older, is her best friend.  Marissa overhears her step-uncle planning to burn out a group of Dutch settlers so that he can confiscate their land.  When Marissa confides this to Sarah, she is appalled.  Is this what happened to her own family when her parents died in a fire and she was obliged to take on their debt and become a servant in the Rathburn home?  Marissa formulates a plan to thwart John Rathburn’s evil plans.

Black Eagle is sent with messages to the home of John Rathburn, where he encounters Marissa.  His heart is taken with her even though he knows they are from different worlds so nothing can come of it.  He pays her extravagant compliments.  Marissa is also attracted to the handsome Mohawk.

Rathburn realizes that Marissa knows too much about his nefarious schemes, and decides that deadly accidents shall befall Marissa and her maid as they travel to New Hampshire.  He hires Thompson, a man he’s hired from time to time, for the task, and, in turn, Thompson, afraid for his scalp, hires a scout to guide them through the Abernaki Indian territory.  He hires Black Eagle, the best scout in the area.

The author has done a lot of excellent research in relating this tale of early America, reminiscent of The Last of the Mohicans.  It is amazing to think of that part of the country as a wilderness, beautiful and serene, with only various Indian tribes in the area.  A touching love story, Marissa tries to do the right thing, and Black Eagle is a strong, handsome man, very loving and protective.  Their attraction cannot be denied as they travel with a murderer trailing them, waiting for his chance to kill the women.  As a secondary character, Sarah is a strong woman who passed so much of her life in servitude.  She is a good friend to Marissa.  John Rathburn is greedy and doesn’t hesitate to kill to get what he wants.

BLACK EAGLE is a wonderful tale with characters who are adventurous and courageous during a fascinating time in our history.  Readers are sure to enjoy this beautiful story.  One string is left hanging in this tale – perhaps the next book will be Sarah’s. – Marilyn Heyman, Romance Reviews Today


The Last Warrior

The Last WarriorBerkley Sensation Historical Romance
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Many centuries ago, a village killed the children of the Thunder God.  For their crime, the Creature bannished them to live a half existence in the land of mists, neither dead nor alive.”


But once in a generation, a brave is given the opportunity to save his clan.

In 1892, that warrior is Black Lion

There was only one way for Black Lion to melt the Thunder God’s anger; listen for a sacred white-man’s song — and sing it perfectly with the one who introduced him to it. He joins Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and travels to London, where he encounters the daughter of two opera singers — the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. However, Suzette Joselyn is already engaged to another man…

But the two are destined to meet again when Suzette shows up in America, pregnant and abandoned by her fiance. Reunited with Black Lion she finds it impossible to turn down his offer of marriage to save her child from life as a bastard. But she doesn’t realize that her brave new husband is consumed with a mission that may force him to choose between his people and the woman he loves…

Praise for Karen Kay’s books:

Enchanting…will capture your attention quickly and never let go! — Huntress Reviews

A tour de force Native American romance. — Romantic Times

Mesmerizing…(Karen Kay’s stories) sooth the soul, mend the heart, make us sing. Savor every word. — The Old Book Barn Gazette

You won’t forget this book, and you won’t forget this love. — Ivy Quill Reviews

Karen Kay has a beautiful way of thrusting the world wide open to your senses. — The Literary Times

Karen Kay goes ‘beyond the typical Indian romance.’ It’s depth is immensely gratifying. — Romance Times

Her words so deeply touch the heart…Unbelieveably beautiful. — Fresh Fiction


Red Hawk’s Woman

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Many centuries ago, a village killed the children of the Thunder god. For their crime the Creator banished them to live a half existence in the land of shadows, neither dead nor alive. But once in a generation, a brave is given the opportunity to save his clan.

In 1866, that warrior is Red Hawk


When he was a boy, Red Hawk spent a single afternoon with a beautiful, nymph-like girl. Now, years later, in the quest to free his people, he has tracked her down — and she could very well hold the key to break the centuries-old curse… The daughter of a renowned archaeologist, Effie Rutledge is determined to finish the project her father started and recover the four precious artifacts that could free the Lost Clan. Acting as her guide, Red Hawk finds himself consumed by a once-in-a-lifetime passion. But as Effie and Red Hawk struggle to trust each other, they risk the Thunder god’s wrath — and the future of the whole Lost Clan…

Praise for the novels of Karen Kay


Karen Kay has created a gripping story that reaches through time. Her writing stirs emotions of fear for characters and anger at situations. Through her artful story-telling, one can smell the sage, shiver in the icy water, and feel the grass that surrounds the lovers. “Red Hawk’s Woman” is Native American writing that will leave you wanting more. — Betty Hancock, Cata Romance

So many mysteries of the American Indian are revealed in this remarkable story. The beauty of the wilderness, the appreciation for the air we breathe, the simplicity of the singing of a sparrow, the compassion and tenderness of the Indian’s heart are all woven together in the fibers of this beautiful tapestry. RED HAWK’S WOMAN is a tenderly told tale of adventure, of honor, of forgiveness. It’s also a story of love, survival and peace. This heartfelt story is the latest gift from Karen Kay, who never disappoints her readers. It’s a treasure not to be missed. — Suzanne Tucker, The Best Reviews


The Spirit of the Wolf

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Many centuries ago, a village killed the children of the Thunder god. For their crime the Creator banished them to live a half existence in the land of shadows, neither dead nor alive. But once in a generation, a brave is given the opportunity to save his clan.

In 1835, that warrior is Grey Coyote.

To break the curse that keeps his people enslaved, Grey Coyote must solve a riddle that demands he gain ownership of something belonging to his enemy. He is convinced this enemy is a French interpreter named Jacques LaCroix. Winning all of LaCroix’s possessions in a game of chance, Grey Coyote comes across one “possession” he wasn’t expecting: a golden-haired beauty named Marietta Welsford…

Marietta is shocked by the sudden turn of events. Anxious to return to her family in England, she’d hired LaCroix as her guide, but now his betrayal has landed her in the hands of a stranger. Trapped in close quarters with this handsome warrior, she is left in terror of what’s to become of her future — and her vulnerable heart…

Praise for the novels of Karen Kay

Karen Kay’s passion for Native American lore shines through. — Publishers Weekly

Captures the heart and soul of the American Indian. — The Best Reviews

An exciting historical romance. — Midwest Book Review

Karen Kay writes with such strong passion that it hooks her readers. — BookBrowser

Copyright © 2005 by Karen Kay Elstner 

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The Angel and the Warrior

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Many centuries ago, a village killed the children of the Thunder god.  For their crime the Creator banished them to live a half existence in the land of shadows, neither dead nor alive.  But once in a generation, a brave is given the opportunity to save his clan.

In 1834, that warrior is Swift Hawk.

Swift Hawk has until his thirtieth birthday to complete his quest, and in a spirit vision he sees a beautiful white woman in a wagon call to him for help. She moves him in ways he cannot explain.

On the run from the law with her brother, Angelia Honeywell is as heavenly to behold as her name is to hear. But she needs rescuing from her brother’s latest scheme: impersonating a scout and leading a wagon train across the plains. When Swift Hawk rides to their aid, Angelia can find no escape from his compelling gaze. Swift Hawk knows that the way to break his clan’s curse is to show mercy to his enemy, but Angelia finds no mercy from the desire that enflames her every time the brave draws near…

Praise for the novels of Karen Kay

Karen Kay’s passion for Native American lore shines through. — Publishers Weekly

Captures the heart and soul of the American Indian. — The Best Reviews

Copyright © 2005 by Karen Kay Elstner 

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The Princess and the Wolf

Clans Of The Wolf

April 2004
ISBN: 0380820684

Warriors and trailblazers, the scouts of the great tribes were revered men of courage and honor–members of a noble society:

Two Worlds, One Heart

Married by proxy to a European prince she doesn’t love, the princess Sierra will not believe her husband died in far-off America — and crosses an ocean to discover the truth. But the determined royal lady will need a scout in this wild new land, and she must put her mission and her life in the hands of High Wolf, the proud Cheyenne brave she once loved with all her heart…and should rightly have wed.

Years earlier High Wolf learned much as guest in a European court — until a woman’s treachery sent him home with his spirit sore but unbroken. Now the regal beauty who deceived him has come to ask his help and his desire is enflamed anew. Honor demands that he lead the princess on her journey. But every moment in her company is rekindling a passion that must not be. And surrendering to a forbidden love could be the gravest peril that lies before them.


soaringeagleThe Legendary Warriors

July 2003
ISBN: 0380820676

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Kali Wallace is spellbound by the breathtaking land that spreads out before her–and by a proud Blackfeet brave who calls it home. Though she never plans to marry, dedicating her life instead to her career as a photographer, she cannot still the rapid pounding of her heart when Soaring Eagle is near. And when the handsome warrior enters her dream–one more passionate and intense than any she has ever experienced–Kali awakens to find that her world has been changed forever.

Soaring Eagle trusts no white man–or woman–and was hoping the beautiful stranger would leave the reservation once his tribe refused her request to photograph them. Now the spirits have spoken, wedding him in a powerful night vision to this stiff-willed enchantress with moonlight dancing off her golden-red hair, uniting them for all eternity. But their fiery, foretold love goes against all they each believe in–and it is doomed to end in heartbreak…unless their two worlds can somehow become one.


July 2000
ISBN: 0380803402
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He had vowed to maker her his wife when she was a mere girl. But now that Alys Clayton was a woman grown and ripe for the love of an honorable man, Moon Wolf knew that man could not be him. For he had since been named Wolf Shadow, a warrior pledged to protect his people. A well-born beauty like Alys deserved much more than a rebel Indian could give her. And Moon Wolf loved her too much to deny her anything…

Alys had long waited for the day when she would be reunited with the darkly handsome suitor who had filled her young heart with yearning. And once in Moon Wolf’s tender embrace, she longed to fulfill their vow of love. But Moon Wolf struggled against his passion, stubbornly denying her the one thing that would make her truly his. Now Alys was determined to show the noble warrior that he need not walk alone and that theirs was a love meant to be.



July 2001
ISBN: 0380803429
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Abilene, Kansas
Late May 1869


Anna Wiley is determined not to show her fear to the bronze, breathtaking Cheyenne brave who led the attack on her westbound train. With twelve orphan children in her care, Anna must now trust the dangerous War Cloud to escort her small party to safety. But even more than his mesmerizing power and his legendary hatred of all whites, Anna fears War Cloud’s raw sensuality–and the wanting in his dark eyes that only flames her own secret desires.

This woman is the enemy! Yet noble War Cloud cannot help but admire Anna’s strength and courageous spirit, her kindness and gentle heart–and he cannot ignore the burning feeling in the depths of his soul that she is his destined one. But how can he submit to the forbidden urge to hold her close, to taste the sweet honey of her kiss, when he knows that a centuries-old family curse could cruelly rob him of a bold and forever love?


Lone Arrow’s Pride

ISBN # 0-380-82066-8
July 2002
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Carolyn White was a child in danger when she was resued by a young Crow Indian. Years later, she is returning to the place where she and the brave Love Arrow were briefly reunited. She tells her self she must undo a curse she had innocently set in motion. Yet there is another reason for Carolyn’s journey–for she longs to fid once again the noble stranger who inhabits her dreams and desires.

She should not be in his world! But try as he might, Lone Arrow cannot dismiss from his thoughts this bold beauty who left as a girl but has come back as a woman of spirit and fire. Each moment they spend together merely intensifies the warrior’s burning need. For she is his destiny, though the chasm dividing their cultures is wide. Still Lone Arrow will not rest until she is his…and they are making love beneath the moonlit skies.

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July 1999
ISBN: 0-380-80339-9
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He had promised to protect the beautiful white woman. But a Blackfoot warrior must never raise a hand against his own brothers, even if they mean to harm and disgrace a helpless captive. There was only one thing a man of honor like Night Thunder could do: claim Rebecca Cothern as his wife.


From the moment Rebecca stepped into Night Thunder’s powerful embrace in full view of his tribe–making his marriage vow true in their eyes–she knew her life would never be the same. How could she travel among his people as his “wife” and share his bed without succumbing to the desire tha burned so fiercely in her breatst? Night Thunder swore that she would truly be his bride in every way, if only Rebecca would give herself to him freely and without remorse. But could she sacrifice the only life she’d ever known–and the future she’d always dreamed of–for a deep, satistying taste of forbidden passion?

This is the third book in THE BLACKFOOT WARRIOR series.
Don’t miss the second book, WHITE EAGLE’S TOUCH!

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May 1998
ISBN: 0-380-78999-X
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They come from different worlds — she, the wealthy English socialite traveling deep into Indian territory; he the proud and powerful Blackfoot warrior who one saved her life. White Eagle is captivated by Katrina Wellington’s shimmering loveliness, but the little girl he once called “Shines Like Moonlight” is now a grown woman, betrothed to another. And although she moves his soul like no other, he knows he can never have her.


Raised in civilized society, Katrina never wanted to return to the west. The hard, dangerous life had killed her parents and, if it weren’t for White Eagle’s bravery, she might have died too. But her learned disdain for White Eagle’s people soon gives way as they discover that the spark of love from their childhood had blazed into an all-consuming passion. But is it enough to sustain a love that both their worlds can call…forbidden?

This is the second book in THE BLACKFOOT WARRIOR series.
Don’t miss the first book, GRAY HAWK’S LADY!

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ISBN # 0-380-78997-3
August 1997
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A devoted daughter and genteel English lady, Genevieve Rohan proudly joined her father on the frontier to conduct a cultural study of the American Indian — and vows to conclude his work, now that the adventurous Viscount has fallen ill. But when she hires two unscrupulous trappers to capture a member of the elusive Blackfoot tribe, she is shocked when they return with the most magnificent man she has ever seen — a warrior whose intelligence and strength of character force Genevieve to confront her attraction to this native “savage.”


Undaunted by his abduction, Gray Hawk’s pride demands justice — and so he escapes, taking the meddling foreign miss as his captive. But his anger turns to passion — and his vengeance to desire — as the brav’s noble heart is entranced by the beauty and spirit of his flame-haired prisoner. And Gray Hawk knows only one way to soothe the raging fire in his soul; he must claim Genevieve as his woman… now and forever.

This is the first book in THE BLACKFOOT WARRIOR series.

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ISBN # 0-380-77997-8
July 1996
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Julia Wilson followed her destiny to the Platte River. Now she is an enslaved prisoner of the savage Kiowa. But salvation has come, riding tall and proud from out of Julia’s past: a handsome Cheyenne Brave who once stirred a girlish heart… and now inflames a womanly passion.

Bitter and vengeful, Neeheeowee came to the Kiowa for weapons to punish the Pawnee murderers who killed his wife and unborn child. Instead, his ponies and buffalo robes must buy freedom for a friend from days long past. Yet his wounded soul aches for more than friendship from this courageous beauty who calls him “Proud Wolf,” though she endangers his mission with her lingering presence. For Julia’s eyes shine with a healing, forbidden promise of desire–tempting the Wolf to risk honor and life for the chance to know love again.


ISBN # 0-380-77996-X
September 1995
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Estrela is haunted by forbidden memories; his touch, the tast of his lips, the feel of his body against hers. Her heart aches, but it is no use. She’s back in England now, a member of the Court, separated forever from the Lakota tribe that raised her as their own; torn from the arms of Black Bear, the magnificent brave she had promised to marry.

But suddenly, just in time to save her from a daring attack on her life, Black Bear appears. He has crossed the mighty ocean to find the woman whose blond beauty has branded his very soul. Yet even as Estrela longs to flee with the dashing warrior who holds her heart, she conceals a dangerous secret that prevents her escape. And only the compelling passion of a love more powerful than the throne of England can set her free.


ISBN # 0-380-77721-5
November 1994
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Bored and restless back East, high-spirited Kristina Bogard is thrilled when her cavalry officer father summons her to join him on the Kansas frontier. Since childhood, she has yearned to know the life and people so lovingly described by her Indian nanny. And Kristina has often dreamed of a breathtaking Lakota warrior with flashing dark eyes–unaware that the handsome brave is real… and waiting.


A need to avenge his father’s murder brings proud Tahiska to the white man’s outpost. But one glimpse of Kristina transforms the bold Lakota brave’s rage into passionate longing. And though gathering war clouds darken their separate worlds, Tahiska must have this green-eyed beauty as his wife. For they are one, in heart, in body, and in spirit–as eternally bound as the stars are to the sky.

Karen with her cover model, John D'Salvo.

Karen with her cover model, John D’Salvo.