Friday, August 21, 2015

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My Hot for Friday excerpt is from my latest contemporary romance SEASON, UNFORGETTABLE. I'm thrilled to announce that Season, Unforgettable recently finaled in the romance category at the Independent Authors Network Book Awards Contest for 2015!

About Season, Unforgettable

Season Scrimshaw isn't selling the land her parents left her when they died, not even to the gorgeous Rann Brogan who saved her life in the forest. Especially not after she finds out he was in the woods to survey her property.

The company Rann works for, his mother's company, wants the land for a luxury condo development and they want it bad. He never dreamed they'd go to such extreme lengths to get it.

Lives spiral out of control, lies and betrayal play center stage. Caught in the middle between his rich and powerful mother and the woman he loves, Rann discovers love is complicated...and sometimes lethal.

Excerpt (Season and Rann meet for the first time)
First, the birds went silent and then the bushes rustled to her right. A guttural growl sent raw fear pedaling through her veins. Had she flushed out a bear, worse, a mama bear protecting her cub? Her hands went to the straps around her neck, a foolish instinct that overrode the alarm bells roaring in her head. She slipped the camera over her shoulder, her hands shaking like leaves caught up in an eddy. When the scrub brush parted, a mountain lion strolled onto the trail. The alarm bells morphed into paralyzing fear. Holy crap, what is a mountain lion doing in this neck of the woods?

Gold-flecked eyes met green. With their gazes locked, both assessing the beast before them, an infinity of time passed. Should she retreat or remain as still as the oak trunks surrounding her? The cat made the first move. He sniffed the air as if trying to identify her scent, his front paws digging into the forest floor beneath him. She'd never outrun him and climbing a tree would be suicide. Cats could skim tree bark faster than a scalded ghost could disappear. She retreated, and forgot about the sturdy branch she hopped over moments ago. Her heel slipped on the wet birch bark, knocking her legs out from under her. Hitting the ground with a solid thud, she clutched her abdomen and gasped for precious air.
Her mother's face rose behind her closed eyes. Oh, shit, have you come to welcome me? This can't be happening…Dear God, don't let it be happening. 

A hoarse whisper over her shoulder broke through her heartfelt pleadings. “Don't move. Not. One. Muscle.”

The stranger jumped over her head, the taut muscles of his naked back and broad shoulders blocking her line of vision to the phantom of death. He held a long, sturdy bough in his hand, clasping it in the middle with both hands. Between his stance and his confidence, she almost believed he could do some serious damage should the beast decide to lunge. Oh, how she wanted to believe it.

Another element leaped into the scene in a blur of unbridled speed and motion. She released a breath she didn't realize she'd been holding when the cat's long tail disappeared into a thicket of dense bracken with the monstrous canine in hot pursuit.

Her savior turned to face her. “Are you all right?”

Patting down her legs and torso, the words stuck in her throat. “I-I think so.” When her hands moved to her neck, she remembered her camera and scanned the ground around her. “My cam—”

“Shattered, I'm afraid.” He nodded to the left. “Looks like it hit that thick branch when you fell.”

“Crap. I saved for a year to buy it.”

He extended a hand. “Here, let's see if any part of you is shattered.”

With a moan and a grunt she pulled herself up. And then drank in his beauty, like Hollywood leading actor beauty. A head taller than her, his dark hair glistened beneath a shaft of sunlight. His eyes were blue, dark midnight blue, the same shade as the cotton shirt tied around his waist. His mouth was generous, his lips full and sensual. Below that kissable mouth, a scruffy stubble shadowed his chiseled jaw.
After scanning her top to bottom, he cocked his head to the side. “Well, what do you think?”

Oh, God, how long had she been gawking at him? He'd asked her a question after easing her to her feet. Something about broken. No shattered, he wanted to know if anything besides the camera was shattered when she fell. “Nothing broken. I'm fine, thank you.”

His smile dazzled her. “You're welcome.”

A dog barked in the distance. “Is that your dog?”

“Yes, Rook. Good thing I brought him along today.”

“Do you think he's all right?”

“Oh, yeah, he's fine. He's got that mountain lion treed, won't come back until I whistle for him.”

Still rattled, she put a hand to her forehead and took in her surroundings. “But…how-how did you find—”

“Rook must have picked up the cat's scent. He took off on a dead run and when he didn't return, I decided to check it out.” This time his smile creased the corners of his eyes. “I'm glad I, that is, we, found you.”

“Yeah, me too.”

“So it goes without saying you were out here taking pictures. You a photographer?”

“One day, I hope. Right now, a student at the local college.” She looked over his shoulder in the direction of the persistent barking. “Must have crossed over from the Badlands.”

A quizzical expression crossed his face.

“The mountain lion. I've never seen one in the woods before, but the DNR said they'd tracked one in Minnesota last year…a young male passing through on his way to Canada.”

“You live nearby then?”

“Yes.” She shagged her head backwards. “Duna, my grandfather, and I, live about a mile in that direction.” Her breathing had finally returned to normal, enough to emit a chuckle. “You're standing on Scrimshaw land, sir.”

“Rann Brogan, please call me Rann. I think we should be on a first name basis after that, don't you?”

“Yes, yes, I do.” She shivered and then plucked her broken camera from the ground. “I think it's fair to say I might not be standing on Scrimshaw land if you and Rook hadn't come along.” She turned to leave, calling out over her shoulder. “Thank you, Rann Brogan.”

“Hey, wait!”

Pivoting around, she faced him again.

“You didn't tell me your name.”


“Season? You're named after a season? Okay, let me guess.” With his thumb and forefinger rubbing the stubble on his chin, he squinted. “Let me see; not Autumn. You don't look like an Autumn. I'm going to guess Wynter, and that's with a y instead of an i.”

“Wrong on both counts.”

“You're not going to tell me, are you?”

“Already did. My name is Season Scrimshaw.”


Monday, August 10, 2015

Welcome Susan Horsnell and a True Story - LIBERATED


This book is a biography of a woman I have loved and admired for the whole of my life. In December 1944 a German family of seven were captured and convicted of war crimes for harbouring Jews. I have known this story for most of my life.

In the twilight of her years, this lady has decided that it is time for her story to be told so it will be recorded for future generations. The woman and her sister were interned in Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp until Liberation on 13 April 1945. This is a true account of her experience.


Hanover, Lower Saxony GERMANY 1939
The house looked the same as every other dwelling in the street. Two story, attached, weathered stone. There were three bedrooms and a bathroom with indoor plumbing upstairs. An attic, where family treasures were hidden, could only be accessed through a removable panel in the ceiling of the main bedroom closet. Downstairs was a small but adequate dine in kitchen, a sitting room and a storeroom. Inside the storeroom was a staircase which led down to a basement.

The house sat opposite the banks of the Leine River. It was home to Inga Albine and her family. She had one older sister, two older brothers and one younger brother. They loved summer when they could swim and play in the water. Inga’s father, Adaulfo, was a well-known and successful Banker. An unusual occupation for an Aryan as most Bankers were Jewish. Inga’s mother, Alisz, was a talented seamstress but with her husband being more than capable of providing for the family, sewing was a hobby rather than a chore. Although sewing gave her a great deal of joy, her first love was her family. She adored being with her children. Being only children, both Alisz and Adaulfo had always dreamed of having a large family. Their dream had come true. They had five healthy children, blonde haired, blue eyed. Perfect Aryans in Adolf Hitler’s eyes. Klaus, 18, Manfred 17, Elke 15, Inga 13 and Oskar 8.

The girls and Oskar attended private school while the two older boys studied Engineering. They all played the violin and with the exception of Oskar, they played very well. Neighbours often praised Adaulfo and Alisz on how polite and well-mannered all five children were. The family were prominent in the local community. They never hesitated to help people who were less fortunate than themselves. That was to be their downfall…..

GENRE: Non-Fiction, Historical, True Life

BIO: Laura is a middle aged lady who was born in England. She has a compassionate nature, a great sense of humor and is a loyal friend. She also has an insatiable love of history. Growing up, Laura would spend hours with a member of her family who she loved dearly. Over the years she was told the story of how this amazing lady had suffered at the hands of the Gestapo and German SS. Laura had always had a strong desire to write. She felt a responsibility to record the story as a part of her family history.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today, Susan, to share this incredible story with us!


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Season, Unforgettable -*Finalist* in Independent Authors Book Awards

The Independent Authors Association has announced their FINALISTS for the 2015 Book Awards. I'm pleased to announce that my latest contemporary romance Season, Unforgettable made the cut!

Stay tuned for more news next week when category winners are announced.

About Season, Unforgettable

Season Scrimshaw isn't selling the land her parents left her when they died, not even to the gorgeous Rann Brogan who saved her life in the forest. Especially not after she finds out he was in the woods to survey her property.

The company Rann works for, his mother's company, wants the land for a luxury condo development and they want it bad. He never dreamed they'd go to such extreme lengths to get it.

Lives spiral out of control, lies and betrayal play center stage. Caught in the middle between his rich and powerful mother and the woman he loves, Rann discovers love is complicated...and sometimes lethal.

This is a stand-alone contemporary romance with elements of suspense.


Sunday, August 2, 2015

JESSE'S GHOST *Free* Ebook!


Jesse's Ghost, Part I is *FREE*

About Jesse's Ghost (A three-part serial novel)

After her parents die in a fire, Sophia Whitfield struggles to save Arbor Rose, her beloved childhood home. The Civil War has devastated the South, and another blue coat has come to steal her meager possessions. Before the hated enemy inflicts his destruction, she shoots him. And soon discovers the soldier is Gavin, the champion of her youth.

Gavin carries a horrific secret. When Sophia learns the truth, she's torn between a burning hunger for the man she truly loves and loyalty to Jesse, the man she was promised to in marriage. The despicable acts of war have changed everything Sophia and Gavin once cherished. Yet somewhere deep in their hearts, a powerful love resides, a love so strong and true, it beats the odds of impossible.

Praise for Jesse's Ghost!

“A complex, layered plot and conflicts add to this poignant tale of star-crossed love. Diablo has created a romance that manages to blend erotic romance, historical and many elements with a subtle maestro's touch.” Amazon Reviewer

“Diablo’s novel is a historical romance set during the Civil War and is an excellent read.” Goodreads  reader

“Keta Diablo has penned a beautiful, haunting love story full of passion, deception, danger. An epic war between the states novel that will leave you breathless and longing for more! I loved this story from beginning to end.” Night Owl Reviews

“The author pens a story that is unlike any other. I was torn during the reunion scenes and breathless during the chase scenes. I loved all the sub-stories and the minor characters that were such an integral part of the author's vision. This book makes you believe in the possibility of retribution and the hope of finding your brass ring in the last place you look.” You Gotta Read Reviews

“A story that has the ups and downs of a roller coaster and keeps the reader hanging on with bated breath. Simply captivating.” The Bookwenches Reviews



Thursday, July 30, 2015

Meko's Woman is * FREE * on Kindle


Meko's Woman, Part I, is FREE on Kindle.  Download HERE

About Meko's Woman

A Rebellious Beauty
Taken captive by a decadent-looking savage, Francesca DuVall spends every waking moment planning an escape for her and her brother, Marsh. She never dreamed she'd be forced to marry her brutal captor, much less fall in love with him.

A Dangerous Warrior
Ethan Gray is a curator at a famous museum . . . most of the time. In another life, he's Meko, a savage warrior hurled into the past to help his beloved people, the Cheyenne. Though their worlds are decades apart, Meko, can't resist the dark-haired, green-eyed beauty he kidnaps during a raid. As leader of the Dog Soldiers, he has many battles to fight to save his people but none he wants to win more than capturing Cesca's heart forever.

From the placid life of a curator, to the windswept plains of Colorado, their love was fueled by passion and kindled by destiny. 

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

.99 Alert - 14 #romance novels - SUMMER LOVIN' ANTHOLOGY by Book Boyfriend Cafe

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Cora Rules by Mel Curtis, USA Today Bestselling Author. NBA coach Trent Parker is a stickler for the rules, until he meets Cora Rule, the biggest rulebreaker of the Rule clan.

Surrender to Love by Raine English, USA Today Bestselling Author. When Tara Spencer agrees to spend the summer caring for her ailing grandmother, she has no idea how her life will be changed by the handsome stranger next door.

The Merry-Go-Round by Donna Fasano, USA Today Bestselling Author. When Lauren divorces her husband, her life quickly turns into a 3-ring circus. Will she step off the merry-go-round--or reach out and grab the brass ring?

Twist of Fate by Patti Forsythe, USA Today Bestselling author. Rebecca Perris is on a dangerous quest to find her sister, but when she meets Aaron al-Rashid again, it's her heart that's at risk.

Her French Count by Mona Risk, USA Today Bestselling Author. A Da Vinci Code in a French Chateau. The lovely American architect has turned his life upside down, but are his chateau and a missing statue worth endangering her life?

Love Me Forever by Ari Thatcher, USA Today Bestselling Author. Escaping to Maui to get over her divorce, Jen runs into her first love, who blew her off at the end of her vacation. Matt had given up hope of ever finding her again. Can he convince her to give him a second chance?

Playing the Rookie by Rachelle Ayala, National Bestselling Author. A rookie pitcher and a sports intern on the rebound connect to get over their exes. Will their fling turn into true love or destroy both of their careers?

Duke of Devonwood by Carly Carson, National Bestselling Author. Sparks fly as Miranda plots to gain control of her inheritance from a modern day Duke who tries his best to resist her wiles. Can both of them win?

True North by Kelly Collins, National Bestselling Author. Alexa leaves Los Angeles with a scarred heart, a beat up car and a secret. She's fleeing her hopelessness to find her future. Can a sexy stranger mend her heart and be her compass?

Fashion Victim by Suz deMello, best-selling, award-winning author: Hot isn't a hot enough word to describe corporate raider Fletcher Wolf, but since he's suing couturier Cara Fletcher for, oh, a gazillion dollars, she figures she shouldn't hit on least not too hard.

Season, Unforgettable by Keta Diablo, National Bestselling Author. He promised his mother he'd wrap up the Pine Bay project, and he would have if not for a nature lover who can't be bought at any price. Now he's fighting for the other side, fighting to recapture his abandoned dreams, and fighting to win her heart.

Most Likely to Turn up the Heat by Cheryl Harper. Sue Walker's "no soldiers, no cops, no coworkers" policy doesn't stand a chance against injured cop turned high school security guard Max Holt. His mission to return to Dallas and danger could be the dealbreaker.

My Favorite What If by Lyssa Layne, National Bestselling Author. Jacob "Smitty" Smith and Sloan Talbott have both have been hurt. Neither is looking for love. Will one week in paradise be a fling to remember or could it possibly lead to something more?

Relay For Love by Susan Ann Wall, National Bestselling Author. A cancer survivor who celebrates in silence...a widow who remembers the man she lost...a fight back where two hearts battle to be together.

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