Award Winning Author!
Katherine Kayne writes the sort of romantic fantasy she has always liked to read in her own beach chair. With horses and hula and magic and flowers and happily ever after… with heroines to cheer for and heroes strong enough to follow their heroine’s lead. Her debut novel, Bound in Flame, is inspired by the horsewomen of Hawai‘i in the early 1900s. After seeing her first pa‘u princess riding in a King Kamehameha Day parade, Kayne was hooked. She spent five years of research and work with Hawai‘i Island’s pa‘u riding community to get her story right. Bound in Flame is the first book of a planned series, the Hawaiian Ladies’ Riding Society.
Kayne resides in Seattle and counts herself fortunate to live in Hawaii a part of each year. Sadly, at this stage of her life, she is horseless as she has not figured out how to stuff one under her airplane seat. Her two dogs and a very understanding husband have had to suffice.
In Bound in Flame, Letty Lang is a suffragist of the most fearless kind, with a bullwhip, big plans, and ancient power she doesn’t understand. Will a fast horse and a stubborn man derail her dreams?
Banished to boarding school to tame her wild temper, Leticia Lili‘uokalani Lang sails home to Hawaii, bringing her devotion to animals with her. She’ll be among the first female veterinarians in history—most remarkable in 1909 when women still cannot vote.
With one mad leap into the ocean to save a horse, Letty sets another destiny in motion. She is a mākāhā, a Gate to the healing fires of the land, her beloved ‘aina. Letty must fight to harness the ancient power that lives within her, fueled by her connection to the islands. But the price of power is steep. Her inner flame burns hot—hot enough that her kisses can actually kill, a precarious inconvenience since the horse’s owner, Timothy Rowley, lights another kind of fire.
Can Letty learn to master her power to have a chance at life and love? Or is the danger of the flame too great?
View book trailer here: Bound in Flame
A winner of multiple awards, Katherine Kayne’s Hawaiian novel Bound in Flame was most recently honored with a silver IPPY medal for Romance by Independent Publisher and an Honorable Mention in Romance from the Eric Hoffer Awards. The book was also a finalist for Publishers Weekly's Booklife Prize. Here is what the judges had to say:
With an exceptionally appealing Hawaiian setting and a wildly unusual premise, Kayne delivers a memorable adventure story that defies easy categorization. The author's imaginative landscape will cast a spell on readers….A rip-roaring, smart, and vivid romantic adventure [with] a truly dynamic and memorable heroine.