Sunday, May 1, 2011

Keta Diablo is Featured this Week in my Author Spotlight

Keta Diablo is the multi-published author of more than 20 books and stories. She is also a strong advocate for e-publishing. She has self-published several of her works.

Thank you so much Keta for joining me and letting our readers and myself find out more about you and your books, especially your brand new release Decadent Deceptions. 

Blurb for Decadent Deceptions:
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Decadent Deceptions About the book:
Desperate to win Morgan’s love, Olivia Breedlove embarks on a reckless folly. But everything backfires when Morgan remains one step ahead of her and the game ventures down a path of duplicity and murder.

A decade ago, Morgan was a heartbeat away from taking Olivia’s virginity. Her father, Thaddeus, intervened and threatened to meet him over pistols if he so much as looked at his daughter again. But now, Thaddeus is dead and Morgan has no intention of ignoring the ravenous hunger he’s harbored for the blasted woman for ten years.

One way or the other, he will quench this burning desire and make her his forever.
Special Content Alert: Voyuerism
A Molly Contest Finalist – Erotica category

Keta is giving away a copy of Decadent Deceptions, a RWA Molly contest finalist. In order to be eligible, you must be following her erotic romance blog, Keta's Keep. and you must leave a comment below.

Good luck to everyone who enters. This Giveaway will end on May 7th at 11:45pm. The winner will be RANDOMLY selected from all eligible entries and will be announced and notified on May 8th!

What's your favorite drink with a kick? What's your guilty pleasure?

I’m a huge coffee drinker, but I don’t get much of a kick unless you consider cream a “kick”.  My son read an article to me last night about how good coffee is for you medically. “I just knew it,” I said. According to the article, it’s good for your liver, your intestines and fights diabetes. Who woulda thought? …My guilty pleasure? I love Starbucks, hang out there all the time while I write.

What drew you to the erotic romance genre?

I write in several genres, erotic romance, gay fiction and fantasy. I love all three genres, with a particular soft spot toward erotic historical. I’m drawn to that genre because I lurve real-life stories. Many of my historicals are based around true historical events.

What's your favorite subgenre in Erotica? (eg. BDSM, LGBT, Paranormal, etc.)

I also write erotic romance/paranormal, my second favorite. Most often, I combine historical with the paranormal, a double-dose of two genres I love. My most recent release, Sojourn With A Stranger, a historical paranormal.  Set in Norfolk five years after the Civil War, our heroine finds herself in dire straights and takes employment at an elegant manor. A haunted elegant manor.  This book has it all, mystery, suspense, voodoo, murder and an abundance of romance.

You can find more information about Sojourn With A Stranger here: Kindle:

Last September I released Where The Rain Is Made, another historical paranormal.  Themed around the real-life events of the Cheyenne dog soldiers, Where The Rain Is Made has won many awards: Nominated for a Bookie Award by Authors After Dark in the BEST e-novel category, Top Reviewer Picks, Recommended Reads and Best Book of the Month at top review sites.
Find out more about Where The Rain Is Made here:  Kindle: and NOOK:

CROSSROADS Series- Right now, all four of the Crossroads novellas are on the TOP TEN list at this web site:

Crossroads Revisited - Book 2Crossroads - Book 1My best-selling gay fiction series is CROSSROADS. There are four novellas in the series, Crossroads, Crossroads Revisited, Crossroads Showdown and Crossroads Shadowland. The main characters are Frank McGuire and Rand Brennan. Frank is not a very likable character in the first novella, and there has been a lot of controversy on the net about him. Controversy about a character is good whether good or bad. Trust me, by the end of the series, Frank is redeemed.  These are also paranormal (Frank dabbles in perfections, the ability to commune with the dead). The novellas contain mystery, suspense, murder, thrills, and lots and lots of man love.

Warning: This series is not for the faint at heart. Read more about Crossroads series on Kindle here: Also available on Nook.

Crossroads Shadowland - Book 4Crossroads Showdown - Book 3{an aside here to you readers} I’ve got to mention that when I first became active in the blogging community, Keta was one of the very first authors to welcome me.  One offshoot of that is that I have had the privilege of beta reading four of her books.  I have never really had any interest in gay literature but, I can honestly tell you, after beta reading the first and fourth books in the Crossroads series, they are great stories. The sex, of course, is hot and, I admit, somewhat out of my comfort zone at times, but what most impresses me is the emotion and connectivity that is portrayed within.

Back to Keta now.  How long have you been writing?

I’ve written all my life in one form or other, but didn’t get serious about publishing my books until six years ago.

Please tell us about your writing environment. Besides Starbucks, where do you feel creative?

In the summer, my writing environment is wonderful. Here's a picture that looks very similar to the cottage I live in on a lake. We have six acres of woods surrounding us with a small environmental lake on the property. There’s a lot to look at, owls, eagles, loons (the winged version) and it’s very peaceful. In the winter, I write inside because we live in the snowy Midwest.

So lovely and tranquil! What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?

I think about a story in my mind for weeks, allow it to germinate. When I’ve gone through all the scenes, conversations and even what they wear, I sit down to write. I never make outlines, but I might use note cards to remind me of certain items or scenes I want in the book. I guess you would call me a seat-of-the-pants writer, then.

Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example….get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place?

I do all my writing on my laptop and use my PC for other things, storing files, backup that sort of thing. I rarely use pen and paper, although those are on my list of favorite things to collect —stationary and pens.

Stilettos: Sexy or not?

Not for me. I’m a jeans and t-shirt girl, with sneakers. If I must get dressed up (sigh) I would never choose stilettos. I’d probably kill myself in them.

Me too!! {LOL} Do you have anything special you do to get into the writing mood?

I spend so much time on the lap top. I’m accustomed to writing or promoting about 12 hours a day, every day. I make sure I have fresh coffee, sometimes chocolate and a clear mind (hahaha on the last one). I do break for lunch and take a half an hour to exercise. Well, not what you probably call exercise, but I either walk outside or devote the time to my Chi machine (you can Google that, then you’ll know).

What’s been the most challenging part of writing erotica, for you?

Time. To get all the stories done I have in my head. I need a clone – desperately need a clone, preferably one who comes pre-programmed with excellent writing skills so he/she can help me.

Where won't you go with erotica? What are your taboo’s?

Hmm. I don’t object to other people writing certain words, but I have a few I won’t use. To me the words represent a derogatory way to speak to women when men are mad or upset. You know what word/words I’m talking about. I don’t recall anyone calling me those names, but I loath them. I’d like to think of a name women could use for a great comeback, but saying, “Well, you know what you are? You’re a penis,” doesn’t have the same impact.

Erotica has the ability to be as sweet or as raunchy as one wants. Where do you feel your work fits in the spectrum?

In the middle. There are many ways to present erotica or erotic romance. Sometimes it’s as much of a turn on to use sexual tension. I think readers are very astute with vivid imaginations. We need to give them credit for that. I also think some readers get real tired of reading page after page of sex. So you won’t find that in my books. For me, the plot or story comes first, the sex second.

That is so true, Keta, and probably one of the main reasons so many readers are drawn to your writing. Your stories are always uniquely entertaining and your characters have wonderful depth and complexity.  What is the hardest part of writing a sex scene?

Not to be repetitive, but I guess this goes for the entire book. I might think of a phrase or something I want to write that fits the scene and I have to stop and think, “Hey, did I use that in Decadent Deceptions or Land of Falling Stars?” I have 20 books out now, and it gets harder to keep all the characters and the plots straight. Authors should be very conscious of writing new, fresh material and not the same old, same old.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Thank you so much for asking.

Kissed From Beyond: a Paranormal Erotica AnthologyI just finished an anthology with three wonderful authors, Stacey Kennedy, Amber Scott and Elise Hepner called Kissed From Beyond. This is four paranormal stories involving ghosts, time travel, and genies. Find more information on Kissed From Beyond here:  Kindle:  KINDLE:

Cool!  I’ll have to get that one. Sounds good. What else is in the works?

I’m almost finished with a story for the Seven Deadly Sins anthology with 6 authors. I think this will be releasing soon and its’ been a lot of fun writing with the other authors. You can keep on eye on this blog for more information:

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes: Are you sure you want to write a novel? Really, really sure? It’s very hard work if you hope to make money writing. If they answer yes, I would tell them to stop putting it off, put your butt in the chair and write. It’s not easy. I know many reviewers or readers think it is, but it’s not. See two sentences up: It’s very hard work, and so many things have to come together to write a good book. At least for me. I have to be in good physical health, and hopefully in the right place with my mind.  And then pray the words will come. If I’m sick or thinking about going to the lake, my writing shows I’m distracted.  I can’t begin to tell you how many times I hit the delete button and then bang my head on the desk. During those times, I think a 4th grader can write better than me. There’s a lot of second-guessing, self-doubt and that’s because the book you think they will love, they don’t. The book you’re feeling queasy about, they love.

Recently I’ve released some books Indie. When you think about it, books released in the past have been very controlled by the main publishing houses. Readers had a limited choice in content. I’m happy to see authors self-publishing now, bringing fresh content to readers, books we have been discouraged to write in the past. Self-publishing no longer carries the stigma it did before. Of course, Indie authors have a huge responsibility to deliver great writing, intriguing plots, characters with depth and relatively error-free books. I still publish the traditional way too but love the freedom of self-publishing.

Keta, please tell us where we can find you around in cyberspace.

Sure! Find me on the net at the following places:
Erotic Romance Blog:

It’s been my pleasure chatting with you here and I hope we will continue to be friends for a long time, and that your successes will just keep mounting.  So long for this time.

Keta is giving away a copy of Decadent Deceptions, a RWA Molly contest finalist. In order to be eligible, you must be following her erotic romance blog, Keta's Keep. and you must leave a comment below.

Good luck to everyone who enters. This Giveaway will end on May 7th at 11:45pm. The winner will be RANDOMLY selected from all eligible entries and will be announced and notified on May 8th!


Keta Diablo said...

Hi Laurie and friends! Laurie, your blog is adorable. I just love that little bumble bee -- soooo cute!

Thanks so much for hosting me. I'm so appreciative of your support when it comes to my writing. When I hear from a reader that they really enjoyed one of my books, or that they were able to escape for an hour or two from the hectic lives we lead, it means a lot.

Again, thanks so much, and I hope if you read any of my latest releases, you too will escape and enjoy,

Namaste, Keta
Sign up for my newsletter here. I give away three books every time it's mailed out.

Sheila said...

Hi Keta, know about the self doubt and thinking I can't write any better than a fourth grader. I take the times I feel like that and look at the comments of judges who LIKED my writing. I'm not pubbed yet, but on that road. Here's to hoping the road isn't eternally long, but still loving the journey.
w/a RavenRaye

Alisha McConnell-Robinson said...

What a great interview! And wow that is a steamy snippet of a novel, makes me want to read more...

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Great interview *S*
Been playing catch up, and enjoy following you on Twitter.
I am alway learning more about new authors I haven't read yet, and the best place are on their blogs and interview especially.
Thanks for sharing your world with us..and a chance to win one of your books...*S*



pommawolf @ hotmail dot com

Laurie said...

Hi Sheila, Alisha and Darcy. Thanks so much for dropping in and taking time to comment.

Laurie said...

Alisha, I appreciate the follow, too. I tried to find your blog to visit and follow-back but I couldn't find it. I'd love to take a look-see.

Forbidden Passions Reviews said...

Hi Laurie,
I would love a chance to win a copy of this book.


Donna said...

What a great blog and review. I am a new follower. I am hosting a give away on my blog and would love it if you had a moment to stop by and follow. Donna

Following Keta's blog.

Jill said...

I'm also following Keta's Blog and would love to win a copy of this wonderful book. Thanks for the chance Laurie! ;)

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Thank you Laurie...I have enjoyed exploring your blog, and for hosting this's how I learn about authors I haven't had the joy of reading yet...*S*
I have been catching up by reading your blog & Keta's and have really enjoyed them both. Plus going to Amazon to grab samples of Keta's books.
I am member & sampler on Amazon, and I haven't been wrong yet in using those sample before buying a book, and all your titles are now on my wish list...*S*
Thank you for having your contest, and sharing your world with us..*S*


Laurie said...

Hi everyone and thanks for all the comments...I've been giving my blog a bit of another spring facelift today. Hope ya'll like it. :)

E.J. Stevens said...

Wonderful interview. Thank you Laurie and Keta for sharing! :)

Paranormal Author E.J. Stevens
From the Shadows

Laurie said...

I am happy to announce that Alisha is the winner of Decadent Deceptions. Thanks so much for all the great comments, everyone!