Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Review: Season, Unforgettable



  Season, Unforgettable by Keta Diablo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All Seasons ever wanted to do was to become a photographer and take care of her grandfather, but the son of a big time land developer may just have the power to ruin all of her plans. The biggest problem is not, whether to sell her land, she would die first, it is whether she can resist the temptation to fall in love with the enemy.
A handsome rescuer, a land deal gone horribly wrong, one life taken another misplaced, and a thriller wrapped in a romance's clothes. This is all tucked neatly in between the pages of this unique novel. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes romance, thrillers, and books where the bad guy gets what he deserves.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Review: A Darker Shade of Evil: A Demon and Devil Anthology

A Darker Shade of Evil: A Demon and Devil Anthology A Darker Shade of Evil: A Demon and Devil Anthology by Keta Diablo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I spy a demon
A phone call broke Cecily's heart, the other half of her soul was dead. Now she must return home because she cannot rest until the truth about her twins's untimely departure is solved. She knows she will have to face Marcel, again, but is willing to sacrifice her heart to dispel all of the lies.
This is a fantastic fast paced short story filled with love, betrayal, and a demon fight that will leave you saddened and breathless. This is well worth the few minutes it takes to read I would recommend it to anyone who likes, romance, demon hunting or an all around good fast read.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Catnapped Lover Blog Tour





Excerpt

Balancing an armload of mail, an overloaded briefcase, and a gym bag with two yogurt cups teetering on top, Dierdre Clancy rushed to her cubicle. For the fourth time this week, and the umpteenth time this month, she was late. Once again, a power outage in the decrepit apartment building where she lived had caused her alarm clock to fail.
Please, Lord, don’t let my chauvinist pig of a boss realize I’ve been missing.
The yogurt cups threatened to topple off the gym bag. Dierdre wasn’t about to let her lunch decorate the linoleum. The mail showered to the floor. The briefcase hit her foot. With her free hand, she plastered the cups to her side. The gym bag slid down her arm. The webbed strap twisted, tourniquet style, around her wrist.
She managed a couple of sideways hops that brought her to the edge of her desk. The gym bag swung wildly. Leaning against the arm weighed down by the bag’s stranglehold, she managed to dump the yogurt cups onto the desk without mishap. She pulled herself upright and reached for the strap at her wrist.
Somehow, during all the hopping, the bag had swung around her legs and gotten wedged in the narrow space between her desk and file cabinet. The same strap that cut off circulation to her hand pressed into the backs of her knees, pinning her neatly to the desk. Only an act of extreme dexterity could save her from her own folly. Imbecile, why didn’t you make two trips?
Because I didn’t want to risk having the boss see me coming in late.
“Clancy! You’re late.”
Dierdre’s heart hit the ceiling. She knew the shout—a cross between an operatic tenor and a pig at slaughter. Still, she hadn’t been prepared to hear her boss’s screeching quite so soon.







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Hero Bio: Adam Talcott was born rich. He went into business with his best friend from college and made even more millions. His methods may be unorthodox, but he nearly always succeeds. Now he’s been challenged to live for two months without any of the privileges and resources he’s known all his life. Adam is confident that he can conquer this challenge as he has all others. But he didn’t count on Dierdre Clancy and that danged cat.
Heroine Bio: Dierdre Clancy grew up in a family of givers. Her parents were missionaries and often too busy saving other, less privileged people to realize how lonely and abandoned Dierdre felt. When she reached her teen years, she was shipped back to the USA to live with her Aunt Shea on Shea’s rundown farm and animal shelter. Finally she was in a stable environment with an adult she could count on. Dierdre went on to gain a degree in social work and took up the Clancy family tradition of helping others. Most of the time helping others was easy. But Adam Talcott broke that mold and every other box she tried to put him into. How could one man be so difficult to manage?







Hi, I’m Rue Allyn, I write heart melting romance novels. Books about characters and adventures in which love triumphs at the darkest moment. The kind of hopeful, steal-your-breath romance that melts a reader’s heart. The type of book I like to read. Hope you will too.
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Meet and Greet with author:

Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?
Hello Sally, Thank you very much for hosting me at Wolf’s Reading Den and sharing The Catnapped Lover with your followers. I’m Rue Allyn. I write Contemporary and Historical romances.

What genre do you like to write?
Oops, I think I already answered that

If you were to branch out from your current genre which one(s) would you like to explore?
I have a few paranormal (Fae) stories that are begging me to write them. Since magic is so hard to resist, I probably will.

How long have you been writing? What prompted you to start writing?
I have written all of my life. I cannot recall a time when I did not write. I started writing professional in 1996 and had my first book published in 2001.

What inspires you to write?
Pretty much everything inspires stories for me. However, my thought process almost always starts with “what if . . .” As an example, I have a historical romance that is being reissued in September of this year. The title of that book, A True and Perfect Knight, is taken from a line in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The narrator of the tales is describing on of the pilgrims he is traveling with as a “very true and perfect knight.” The description was ironic for Chaucer, since the character described was a squire and definitely not a knight. The squire was, however, decked out with all the trappings that his master—a real knight—should have been wearing and wasn’t. The contrast put me to wondering what exactly is a ‘true and perfect knight,’ and what if a man with that reputation had to learn to be not quite so true and perfect

When a story idea pops into your head, how long does it typically take to write it (from start to finish)?
If you mean from the first work of a draft to publication the process takes about six months. The book is usually compete, edited and proof read, but getting reviews, setting up blog dates and a thousand other things needed to ‘get the word out’ about the book takes another three months.

What do you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process?  Easiest?
Drafting is easiest, because a first draft doesn’t need to be understood by anyone but the author (me). What is most difficult is that last three months of ‘getting the word out.’ Most writers (and I’m typical) are an odd mix of introvert and extrovert. Put me behind a desk writing or in a chair reading, and I’m clam happy. The world could explode around me, and I would never notice. But put me in a very crowd of people, and I become nearly catatonic. I’m most extroverted in smaller groups of two to ten. Then it’s hard to get me to shut up. Most social media feels like a huge crowd to me. I have to make Herculean efforts to overcome my natural introverted behavior in that situation. Blog posts and interviews like this one are easier to do than the short FB, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.  simply because I can imagine myself talking to one or two people—the blog host(s). I hope that makes sense to you and your readers. Writers are pretty weird people, but we’re very nice.

Of all your characters whom do you most relate to?

All and none. That’s the short answer. No author can write without putting something of him or her self into the book being written. Often the ‘something’ is very small pieces of personal experience, belief or opinion. So small that unless you know the author extremely well (or the author decides to tell you), you’d never be able to pick those pieces out of the entire story. The Catnapped Lover has a number of pieces from my personal experience. I knew a woman whose character was a tad different than Shea Doyle but she owned a run-down farm and took in just about every stray she came across—including people. I am a cat person. For almost fifty years, I had one or more cats in my life. Like Adam Talcott (hero of The Catnapped Love), if you put me to work on a farm, I wouldn’t have the first clue how to do anything. Little pieces of myself are scattered throughout The Catnapped Lover and every book I’ve written.

Is there one of your characters that you did not like when you started writing about them, but found yourself liking by the end of the story?

Not in The Catnapped Lover. I even liked the supposed villain of the piece. I’ve written two books with strongly villainous characters (The French Duchess and Knight Errant). I admired those to nefarious gentlemen for their inventiveness, but I didn’t like them. I mentioned A True and Perfect Knight earlier. The hero of that story, Sir Haven de Sessions, is pretty unlikeable at the outset. The book starts with him insulting the heroine, and he’s never even met her—ugh. However, by the end of that book, Sir Haven becomes a hero the heroine (and I) could truly love.

When you are not writing or editing what do you do for relaxation?

I read just about everything or watch television and movies, and I travel. All of those things help me refill my authorial well.

Tell us about your books where can people find them?

Thank you very much for asking. There are a few buy links and media links given below, but you can find excerpts and other information about all of my book on my website. Just go to my books page and click on the book you most want to know about.

Sally, please accept my thanks for taking time from your busy schedule to interview me and share The Catnapped Lover with your followers. I”ve enjoyed talking with you and hope to do so again.

Your fans, followers and friends can find me on the Net at the following places:

Rue Allyn’s Social Media
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Meet and Greet with author Kata Diablo and book reviews.

I would like to welcome Keta Diablo to my blog,
Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?

Hi Sally, thank you for allowing me to visit Wolf's Reading Den and for featuring Land of Falling Stars.

What genre do you like to write?
I love romance and write in many genres, paranormal, western, contemporary and historical.

If you were to branch out from your current genre which one(s) would you like to explore?

I did write a New Adult Romance last year – Season, Unforgettable and really enjoyed writing the story of Rann and Season. For some reason, the book played like a tape in my mind, which really surprised me. Not all books are easy to write, but this one must have wanted to be published. I consider it a romance, but one reviewer said, "I loved how this romance book turned thriller!" Like I said, Season, Unforgettable took on a life of its own. (Season, Unforgettable, https://books2read.com/u/b620oJ)

 How long have you been writing? What prompted you to start writing?

I believe I started writing my first book, Decadent Deceptions in 2008. I thought about writing for many years before I actually sat down to write. I think when I read To Kill A Mockingbird in the 6th grade, the seed was planted. But life gets in the way-marriage, children, sports activities and all that. It wasn't until my children were older that I actually planted my butt in the chair and began writing. (Decadent Deceptions, https://books2read.com/DecadentDeceptions)

What inspires you to write?
Watching people (hope this doesn't sound creepy). Lots of times I go to a large mall, sit on a bench with a notepad and watch people interact. I pay attention to their clothing, their body language and mostly their expressions while they're talking. Sometimes I can hear the conversation as they pass. It's a very interesting study….how people relate to one another.

I also get ideas for stories from something I read on the Internet or while doing research in a certain era. The idea for Land of Falling Stars actually came from a real life story about how a southern family crumbled when one brother fought for the North, the other for the South. Only one returned home when the war ended. This happened all the time during the Civil War, cousins would fit against cousins and many neighbors living in border towns were split on which side they supported. (Land of Falling Stars, https://books2read.com/FallingStars)

When a story idea pops into your head, how long does it typically take to write it (from start to finish)?

That depends on the length of the book. I've been writing for some anthologies lately. That's where 8-9 authors each write a story and they're compiled into one book.  These stories have shorter word requirements, like 30,000 words. A story for an anthology might take me several months. A full-length novel of 80,000 words takes longer, usually 4-5 months. It also depends on the amount of research one must do to make the story authentic. For Meko's Woman, I did hours of research on the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers. With stories about Native Americans, a writer must do a lot of research on mythology, beliefs and customs of the particular tribe. While it's loads of fun, it's also time-consuming. (Meko's Woman, books2read.com/u/4Ey2Ze). Note: This book was previously published under the title Where the Rain Is Made, was nominated for a Bookie Award and received 35+ five star reviews.

What do you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process?  Easiest?

The most difficult part is discipline. While you have no one standing over your shoulder telling you to write, you don't do well in this competitive market unless you continue to produce books. That means writing every day, or setting a word count goal every day. There are perks to this too. As I said, no one is standing over me with a whip. LOL. It's nice to have this freedom.

Of all your characters whom do you most relate to?

I think there's a little bit of me in all my heroines (maybe some of my heroes too), but not one in particular that stands out. If authors say their characters aren't like them, that's a stretch. Lol. Every experience we have, every person we meet, stays locked somewhere in our brain. I happen to believe authors draw on those experiences and people (especially themselves) when writing their books.

8) Is there one of your characters that you did not like when you started
writing about them, but found yourself liking by the end of the story?

Oh, yes. Frank, the cop turned private investigator, from my Crossroads series (Gay romance) is not very likeable. He's crude, rude and selfish. I intentionally wrote him that way so by the end of the series, he'd 'find' himself, learn how much he had to lose by being such an unlikeable person, and discover redemption. This series is not for everyone. First, because of Frank's character, second, it's gay romance, and third, it's very erotic. But it's also a love story. (Crossroads, Books 1-4, https://books2read.com/Crossroads)

9) What is your least favorite part about writing?

You're never done when you type 'The End'. After that comes all the promotion which is never-ending. Promoting the book, blog tours, ads, interviews, and a dozen other marketing events follow publishing EVERY story. This is also very time-consuming but something authors must do in order to remain competitive in the market. It's necessary but not as fun as writing.

10) When you are not writing or editing what do you do for relaxation?

Thank you for asking. It's one of my favorite things to talk about. I'm a huge animal lover. I spend my spare time supporting and contributing to the local animal shelter, whether that means visiting so I can help exercise the dogs or dropping off towels and/or food for both cats and dogs. I'd love to take all of them home, but, of course that isn't possible. I do what I can in small measures. I also like to study genealogy, read, and play cards.

11) What genre of books do you like to read?

I do read romance but never when I'm in the process of writing one. Mostly, I read mysteries, thrillers and paranormal novels. I'm drawn to ghost stories and discovered only recently I often write about them, no matter the genre. My latest western romance series features ghosts - Comes An Outlaw (https://books2read.com/ComesOutlaw ) Comes A Specter (Free on Kindle Unlimited: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GXBF25X/) and the third book in the series is Comes A Lawman (in the process of writing).

13) Tell us about your books where can people find them?

Another question I'm very fond of answering. Thank you again for asking. I've listed some of my books and links above, but you can see all my books and read my reviews on my Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Keta-Diablo/e/B002BODURI/

Sally, my sincere thanks for taking time from your busy schedule to interview me. You have a lovely blog and I'll be visiting often in the future.

Your fans, followers and friends can find me on the Net at the following places:

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My thoughts on Kata Diablo's books:


Land of Falling StarsLand of Falling Stars by Keta Diablo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Civil war took everything from Sophie her mother, father, brother and her man. She stood alone in the world until the fateful day when a Yankee stumbled down her driveway having enough of pain and loss she raised her father's gun and shot him. Much to her dismay, her old wolfhound bounded off the porch and started to lick him in the face. She hurried to the wounded man's side and there on the ground lay her childhood friend. Floods of emotion filled her the kind that bubbles inside until you can no longer contain them. Can she save him and herself or will her stubbornness tear both of them apart. What happens next is a journey of insight into the soul that will leave both the characters breathless.
This is a well written historical romance with rich characters, plot and overall flow. The lovemaking while instence is not overpowering or out of place in the overall story. The characters are well rounded and follow their personal, journey well. This book is well worth the read. The fight scenes while a bit repetitive are not badly written and flow well with the rest of the plot.


Moon of the Sleeping Bear (Moonlight, #1)Moon of the Sleeping Bear by Keta Diablo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lauren couldn't pass up an opportunity to visit her aunt in Minnesota. She hated leaving her father, but she was ready for an adventure. Little did she know that she would find something that she never knew she needed and something that she had lost. On her journey she will experience the power of lust, the sorrow of loss, and the joy of life. Will these experiences give her enough knowledge to be able to make the hardest decision of her life. Enter, you will just have to read this book to find out.
I really enjoyed this book it is well written and the characters were believable and realistic. Lovemaking was hot and steamy, but not overpowering the overall story. This author is a master at making you feel part of the story. You really feel the love hate relationship, along with the characters. The individuals in the story are so real, It makes you want to cheer at their triumphs and cry at their losses. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes romance, westerns, drama, or a good adventure book. It's well worth the read and I personally can't wait to read the next installment.

Comes An Outlaw (Western Romance)Comes An Outlaw by Keta Diablo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Coy was heading home to visit his MA and Pa before heading to Utah what he found on their ranch was much more than he and his heart bargained for. Jesse Santos loved her husband, after he died, she talked to his ghost who promised "Help is on the way." The help that arrived in her front yard took her breath away and she had to fight to get it back. Together Coy and Jesse fall in love and work through death to be together.
Fantastic fast paced, romantic read, filled with all the best elements, lost man, lonely woman bit of drama to separate them so they have to fight to get back together. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a lightweight romance they can read in public. Other than a few steamy kisses this is safe for those who do not like highly descriptive sexual scenes.

Where the Rain is MadeWhere the Rain is Made by Keta Diablo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a tale of passion and pure lust, which endures through every obstruction including time. When Francesca saw the fires burn across the prairie that day she had no idea those hot flames would find their way into her heart. Meanwhile I Am The Wind who was sent back in time to take care of his people never thought he would loose his heart to a green eyed wild cat because wondering Cheyenne dog soldiers were supposed to be loyal, fierce, and free. Unable to stop themselves the pair fly through war, punishment, and time just to fall into each others arms.
This is a fun fast paced mystical, historical, romantic, fiction. The love scenes while a bit repetive he always used his knee to spred her legs for example are woven into the story masterfully and do not overpower or get lost in the story. The history is interesting and sad it is amazing there are any Indianas left in America after what we put them through. The magic is unique a man turning into a raven and flying through time to help his people is one of a kind. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who likes historical romance or a quick romantic read.



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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Moon of the Sleeping Bear by Keta Diablo

Moon of the Sleeping Bear (Moonlight, #1)Moon of the Sleeping Bear by Keta Diablo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lauren couldn't pass up an opportunity to visit her aunt in Minnesota. She hated leaving her father, but she was ready for an adventure. Little did she know that she would find something that she never knew she needed and something that she had lost. On her journey she will experience the power of lust, the sorrow of loss, and the joy of life. Will these experiences give her enough knowledge to be able to make the hardest decision of her life. Enter, you will just have to read this book to find out.
I really enjoyed this book it is well written and the characters were believable and realistic. Lovemaking was hot and steamy, but not overpowering the overall story. This author is a master at making you feel part of the story. You really feel the love hate relationship, along with the characters. The individuals in the story are so real, It makes you want to cheer at their triumphs and cry at their losses. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes romance, westerns, drama, or a good adventure book. It's well worth the read and I personally can't wait to read the next installment.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Comes An Outlaw by Keta Diablo

Comes An Outlaw (Western Romance)Comes An Outlaw by Keta Diablo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Coy was heading home to visit his MA and Pa before heading to Utah what he found on their ranch was much more than he and his heart bargained for. Jesse Santos loved her husband, after he died, she talked to his ghost who promised "Help is on the way." The help that arrived in her front yard took her breath away and she had to fight to get it back. Together Coy and Jesse fall in love and work through death to be together.
Fantastic fast paced, romantic read, filled with all the best elements, lost man, lonely woman bit of drama to separate them so they have to fight to get back together. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a lightweight romance they can read in public. Other than a few steamy kisses this is safe for those who do not like highly descriptive sexual scenes.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Where The Rain is Made by Keta Diablo

Where the Rain is MadeWhere the Rain is Made by Keta Diablo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a tale of passion and pure lust, which endures through every obstruction including time. When Francesca saw the fires burn across the prairie that day she had no idea those hot flames would find their way into her heart. Meanwhile I Am The Wind who was sent back in time to take care of his people never thought he would loose his heart to a green eyed wild cat because wondering Cheyenne dog soldiers were supposed to be loyal, fierce, and free. Unable to stop themselves the pair fly through war, punishment, and time just to fall into each others arms.
This is a fun fast paced mystical, historical, romantic, fiction. The love scenes while a bit repetive he always used his knee to spred her legs for example are woven into the story masterfully and do not overpower or get lost in the story. The history is interesting and sad it is amazing there are any Indianas left in America after what we put them through. The magic is unique a man turning into a raven and flying through time to help his people is one of a kind. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who likes historical romance or a quick romantic read.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Night's Vampire Trilogy by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour

Night's GiftNight's Gift by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Virginia always had a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and the night she stumbled onto Count Basarab's porch was no exception. Drawn to the window by an unknown force Virginia peeps in to see two individuals in an argument. Frightened she tries to flee but is knocked unconscious by a statue. She awakes to find herself being watched by a beautiful woman. Who informs her that her fate is now to be determined by the Count. After several unsuccessful attempts to escape Virginia decides to play a very dangerous game to stay alive.
This is one of the best books I have read in a while the characters are fantastic, the plot is moving and the pace is smooth. This Romantic Vampire novel is a must read and is going into my to be read again shelf.


View all my reviews Night's Children (Night's Vampire Trilogy #2)Night's Children by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Virginia is finally free from "The house". During the day when the Vampires were sleeping she runs away with her son with the help of an unlikely friend. She knows deep down inside, her freedom is fleeting because one day the Count will return for his son and the second seed he planted within her on their last night together. First, however, the Count must return home to deal with his uncle who is trying to overthrow him. Can he stay focused long enough to take care of business or will thoughts of her ruin them all?
Once again, this book is well worth the read it continues the story seamlessly and brings you closer to the characters than you ever thought possible. This is a great sequel it does not disappoint and leaves you wanting more.


View all my reviews Night's Return (Night's Vampire Trilogy #3)Night's Return by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Count Basarab's foes have found Virginia. Does the Count risk it all to save his children and his wayward love? Does Virginia really want to return to the only man who can save her after her hard fought escape? You will just have to read this exciting conclusion to find out.
There are few series which can hold up to a continuous story line many loose direction and passion. This is not the case with this group of books from beginning to end this series is heartfelt and extremely satisfying. The characters are believable and you feel their emotions right along with them. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes Vampires, romance, and the thrill of rescuing a damsel in distress just in time.



My thoughts on the "Night's Vampire Trilogy" as a whole can be summed up best by a quote from my daughter. "This series is like Christmas breakfast, in the first book you have the eggnog shake to whet your appetite. Then the next one gives you the eggs and bread pudding to fill you up. Finally, you are rewarded in the last book with the tasty bacon to leave you satisfied."

 
Points of OriginPoints of Origin by Darden North
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is a saying it takes a village and this book is no stranger to that sentiment. It chronologically follows the lives of several people in the upper class community of Larkspur, Mississippi, and details how they directly or indirectly affect the life of Sher Foxworth and his family. The underlying theme of this book is the path of one individual as he makes his way on a unique journey to true manhood. However, there are several other stories woven in that prove that, while each individual is living out their own story, at the same time there are other stories to tell in which the original subject may or not have a role. In other words, we are all connected, yet we stand alone.

This is the most uniquely laid out story of any I have ever heard. It was as if I was a fly on the wall watching the lives portrayed in this book as they unfolded. I would recommend this book if you like heavy drama. The audio book was well laid out and the attempt of the narrator to do female voices was hilarious and broke up the darkness of the story, making it a more enjoyable read.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Land of Falling Stars by Keta Diablo

Land of Falling StarsLand of Falling Stars by Keta Diablo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Civil war took everything from Sophie her mother, father, brother and her man. She stood alone in the world until the fateful day when a Yankee stumbled down her driveway having enough of pain and loss she raised her father's gun and shot him. Much to her dismay, her old wolfhound bounded off the porch and started to lick him in the face. She hurried to the wounded man's side and there on the ground lay her childhood friend. Floods of emotion filled her the kind that bubbles inside until you can no longer contain them. Can she save him and herself or will her stubbornness tear both of them apart. What happens next is a journey of insight into the soul that will leave both the characters breathless.
This is a well written historical romance with rich characters, plot and overall flow. The lovemaking while instence is not overpowering or out of place in the overall story. The characters are well rounded and follow their personal, journey well. This book is well worth the read. The fight scenes while a bit repetitive are not badly written and flow well with the rest of the plot. The copy I received was filled with allot of formatting garbage and this distraction while annoying did not ruine, the overall enjoyment.

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I would like to welcome Keta Diablo to my blog,
Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?

Hi Sally, thank you for allowing me to visit Wolf's Reading Den and for featuring Land of Falling Stars.

What genre do you like to write?
I love romance and write in many genres, paranormal, western, contemporary and historical.

If you were to branch out from your current genre which one(s) would you like to explore?

I did write a New Adult Romance last year – Season, Unforgettable and really enjoyed writing the story of Rann and Season. For some reason, the book played like a tape in my mind, which really surprised me. Not all books are easy to write, but this one must have wanted to be published. I consider it a romance, but one reviewer said, "I loved how this romance book turned thriller!" Like I said, Season, Unforgettable took on a life of its own. (Season, Unforgettable, https://books2read.com/u/b620oJ)

 How long have you been writing? What prompted you to start writing?

I believe I started writing my first book, Decadent Deceptions in 2008. I thought about writing for many years before I actually sat down to write. I think when I read To Kill A Mockingbird in the 6th grade, the seed was planted. But life gets in the way-marriage, children, sports activities and all that. It wasn't until my children were older that I actually planted my butt in the chair and began writing. (Decadent Deceptions, https://books2read.com/DecadentDeceptions)

What inspires you to write?
Watching people (hope this doesn't sound creepy). Lots of times I go to a large mall, sit on a bench with a notepad and watch people interact. I pay attention to their clothing, their body language and mostly their expressions while they're talking. Sometimes I can hear the conversation as they pass. It's a very interesting study….how people relate to one another.

I also get ideas for stories from something I read on the Internet or while doing research in a certain era. The idea for Land of Falling Stars actually came from a real life story about how a southern family crumbled when one brother fought for the North, the other for the South. Only one returned home when the war ended. This happened all the time during the Civil War, cousins would fit against cousins and many neighbors living in border towns were split on which side they supported. (Land of Falling Stars, https://books2read.com/FallingStars)

When a story idea pops into your head, how long does it typically take to write it (from start to finish)?

That depends on the length of the book. I've been writing for some anthologies lately. That's where 8-9 authors each write a story and they're compiled into one book.  These stories have shorter word requirements, like 30,000 words. A story for an anthology might take me several months. A full-length novel of 80,000 words takes longer, usually 4-5 months. It also depends on the amount of research one must do to make the story authentic. For Meko's Woman, I did hours of research on the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers. With stories about Native Americans, a writer must do a lot of research on mythology, beliefs and customs of the particular tribe. While it's loads of fun, it's also time-consuming. (Meko's Woman, books2read.com/u/4Ey2Ze). Note: This book was previously published under the title Where the Rain Is Made, was nominated for a Bookie Award and received 35+ five star reviews.

What do you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process?  Easiest?

The most difficult part is discipline. While you have no one standing over your shoulder telling you to write, you don't do well in this competitive market unless you continue to produce books. That means writing every day, or setting a word count goal every day. There are perks to this too. As I said, no one is standing over me with a whip. LOL. It's nice to have this freedom.

Of all your characters whom do you most relate to?

I think there's a little bit of me in all my heroines (maybe some of my heroes too), but not one in particular that stands out. If authors say their characters aren't like them, that's a stretch. Lol. Every experience we have, every person we meet, stays locked somewhere in our brain. I happen to believe authors draw on those experiences and people (especially themselves) when writing their books.

8) Is there one of your characters that you did not like when you started
writing about them, but found yourself liking by the end of the story?

Oh, yes. Frank, the cop turned private investigator, from my Crossroads series (Gay romance) is not very likeable. He's crude, rude and selfish. I intentionally wrote him that way so by the end of the series, he'd 'find' himself, learn how much he had to lose by being such an unlikeable person, and discover redemption. This series is not for everyone. First, because of Frank's character, second, it's gay romance, and third, it's very erotic. But it's also a love story. (Crossroads, Books 1-4, https://books2read.com/Crossroads)

9) What is your least favorite part about writing?

You're never done when you type 'The End'. After that comes all the promotion which is never-ending. Promoting the book, blog tours, ads, interviews, and a dozen other marketing events follow publishing EVERY story. This is also very time-consuming but something authors must do in order to remain competitive in the market. It's necessary but not as fun as writing.

10) When you are not writing or editing what do you do for relaxation?

Thank you for asking. It's one of my favorite things to talk about. I'm a huge animal lover. I spend my spare time supporting and contributing to the local animal shelter, whether that means visiting so I can help exercise the dogs or dropping off towels and/or food for both cats and dogs. I'd love to take all of them home, but, of course that isn't possible. I do what I can in small measures. I also like to study genealogy, read, and play cards.

11) What genre of books do you like to read?

I do read romance but never when I'm in the process of writing one. Mostly, I read mysteries, thrillers and paranormal novels. I'm drawn to ghost stories and discovered only recently I often write about them, no matter the genre. My latest western romance series features ghosts - Comes An Outlaw (https://books2read.com/ComesOutlaw ) Comes A Specter (Free on Kindle Unlimited: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GXBF25X/) and the third book in the series is Comes A Lawman (in the process of writing).

13) Tell us about your books where can people find them?

Another question I'm very fond of answering. Thank you again for asking. I've listed some of my books and links above, but you can see all my books and read my reviews on my Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Keta-Diablo/e/B002BODURI/

Sally, my sincere thanks for taking time from your busy schedule to interview me. You have a lovely blog and I'll be visiting often in the future.

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