October 21, 2012

Why Keta Wrote Holding on to Heaven @ketadiablo #amwriting

Holding on to Heaven.

Please welcome Keta Diablo as she takes over Romance Lives Forever for the day.

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Hi everyone, and thank you so much for stopping by Romance Lives Forever.

Some readers have asked me why I wrote Holding on to Heaven so I thought I’d speak to that here. I’ve always loved history about the Civil War – the battles, the thousands of lives lost and the boundaries that were often crossed when family members choose sides. It wasn’t uncommon to find cousin fighting against cousin or neighbor against neighbor. The Civil War was a deeply personal war for many, and yet in the end, many didn’t know why they were fighting. I can’t think of anything more horrible than to have our country divided over ideals, beliefs, or principles to the point we take up arms against our brethren.
Dark Night of the Moon

Imagine drawing a line across the United States – the top half of the states fight for one side and the bottom for the other. And suppose you had family down in Texas when you live in Wisconsin? I’m sure you can see what the Civil War was one of our darkest times in history.
Holding on two Heaven is, in essence, about a woman named Lauren McCain who was raised in the deep South and moves to the North just before the war broke out. Her loyalties are divided. She’s fallen in love with a Northerner, carries his child, and yet her father and family hail from North Carolina. Now, toss in the Dakota Sioux uprising in Minnesota at the same time and the entire country is ablaze with fire and terror.

Holding on to Heaven is an emotional story about betrayal, grief, fate, and abiding passion. If you like reading about the Civil War, I think you’ll love the story of brothers who love the same woman and yet, love each other too (note: this is not a ménage and not a gay fiction). Oh, yes, and there are a few twists and turns in the story. There is a happily-for-now ending, but here’s the good news: Dark Night of the Moon, the sequel to Holding on to Heaven was released January 2012. I promise there is a happy resolution to the continuing saga.

"Comanche Ghost"
Namaste, Keta

About the Author

Keta Diablo lives in the Midwest part of the country on six acres of woodland. When she isn't writing or gardening she loves to commune with nature.
Keta is a multi-published author in both erotic romance and gay fiction. Her latest paranormal novel, Where The Rain Is Made, has been nominated for a Bookie Award by Authors After Dark in the Best e-novel category. Keta's books have also received numerous Top Pick, Book of the Month, and Recommended Read awards from the top professional review sites.
You can find her on the net at the following places:
The Stuff of Myth and Men, http://thestuffofmythandmen.blogspot.com

October 20, 2012

Character Interview: Patrick from Love Comes Silently @andrewgreybooks #gayromance

Love Comes Silently.
Andrew Grey, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Love Comes Silently.
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover artist: L. C. Chase
Length: 61,000 words
Heat rating: Three Flames
Buy links:
How do you say “I Love You” when you can’t say the words?
Caring for a loved one with cancer is tough. Doing it alone is overwhelming—especially when that loved one is a child. But ever since Ken Brighton’s partner left him, Ken has spent his days at the hospital with his daughter, Hanna, hoping for a miracle. Maybe the mysterious care packages that appear for Hanna don’t qualify, but they bring a spark of hope into his and Hanna’s tired life—and so does Ken’s neighbor, former singer Patrick Flaherty.
For two years Patrick hasn’t been able to focus on anything but the life he should have had. An injury robbed him of his voice, and the idea of introducing himself to new people intimidates him. But over the past months, he’s watched as his neighbor nursed his sick child, and once he meets Ken, Patrick starts to crave a life with him—a life he isn't sure he can have.
Ken doesn’t realize he’s fallen in love until the doctors send Hanna home, saying there’s nothing more they can do: Hanna will either recover or succumb. Ken’s heart is set on a new beginning—with both Patrick and Hanna. But Patrick's silence leaves Ken wondering what Patrick wants.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Patrick is in his late twenties and makes furniture. He used to be an opera singer until an accident robbed him of his ability to speak.
Ken is an artist, about thirty and he’s taking care of his five year old daughter with Leukemia.

Interview With Patrick

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
I used to be outgoing. Now I spend most of my days working in my wood shop or taking care of my yard. Julianne, my cousin says I morose and a pain in the ass, but that’s because she loves me. Now I stay away from most people and try to live my life as quietly as possible.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I lost my strongest point. I used to be an opera singer. I performed all over the country and my career was just beginning to take off when I was in an accident. I regained consciousness and was told I was lucky to be alive, but I would never talk again.
Do you have a weakness? (If so, what do you think it is? What does your lover think it is? What does your enemy think it is?)
Yes. I suppose you could say I’m a stubborn mule. But a weakness, it has to be the little bald girl across the street. She’s been sick for a while and I want her to be happy. See unlike most other people in town, she talks to me like I’m a regular person.
What drives you to do the things you do? What makes you want to be the "good guy?"
I wish I knew. I’m just myself. The little girl across the street was so sad and I wanted to cheer her up so I brought her things to make her happy. I also liked the way her daddy smiles when she’s happy.
What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Probably chocolate. Although if I were truthful, then… Ken is probably my guilty pleasure. Winks naughtily.
If you didn't know how old you were how old would you be?
Fifty two. I feel like I’ve lived a long time already.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Learning to Speak Without Words.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Tahiti. I’d take Ken and Hanna there and we’d lay on the beach. Ken could paint like Gauguin, Hanna could play in the warm water to her heart’s content and at night, Ken and I would make love to the sound of the ocean.
What song would best describe your life?
I really try not to think of music. But if I had to pick one I’d say The Humming Chorus form Madame Butterfly. It’s the only song I can still sing if I concentrate.
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Julianne would say people would use my head to pound nails.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
It’s not a store but I’d be a library. It’s introspective and quiet.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Music class. I lived for music and band. Given what I do now, I probably should have taken shop.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Silent but deadly. No, still waters run deep.

Please Fill in the Blanks as Patrick

I love pizza with lots of meat.
I'm always ready for a quiet evening with Ken and Hanna. I know I’m totally boring o=in the wild and crazy department.
When I'm alone, I build beautiful furniture.
You'd never be able to tell, but I always wished I could fly.
If I had a halo it would be silver.
If I could sing again just once I'd sing Hanna to sleep.
I never learned to sign because I’m too damned stubborn.

About the Author

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew's hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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October 18, 2012

All Female Planet? AR Norris Says Yes #scifichat

Welcome AR Norris to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, End of Eternity (The Telomere Trilogy, #3). Your heroine is from an all female planet. Tell us abou that!
Genre: Science Fiction Romance

Buy links:
Books on Board: http://is.gd/2M7AM4
Barnes and Noble http://is.gd/bPY1HL
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing

Cover artist: Jenifer Ranieri
Length: Novel-length
Heat rating: Sensual
Can a woman raised on an all female planet learn to trust and open her heart to a man? Can a man living alone with only his duty step into the galaxy and acknowledge his feelings for an untrusting woman?


Luna thought her journey away from her people's world was over. Now, she's forced to join the lost daughter in her journey with Captain Noah Bonney's crew to learn why these women coexist with men. Something unbelievable to the all woman race. Adding to the confusing change in Dokkaebi directive and teachings, is the presence of the gold-eyed man that stirred something in her heart. A forbidden attraction that goes against all her teachings and her people's ways.
Damani Wassack isn't happy with the situation either. Telomere Watchers lead secluded and separate lives. Yet now, he and the other watchers must come to the surface, show all their secrets and work with outsiders. If that weren't enough, he can't get that sneer from the man-hating warrior woman out of his mind. Or her fierce dedication, strong spirit, and sense of duty and honor. The package is appealing, and completely impossible.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
The Dokkaebi, Luna, is in her early 20s and a fierce warrior trained from childhood to defend her planet, her people and the all-encompassing Essence.
Damani Wassack is in his mid-thirties and a Watcher, a secret society who silently watch the remaining Telomere's. The moment the Telomere loses their soul it is the duty of the watcher to kill the Telomere and see them off to the new plan of existence.
How did you get your start in the industry?
I got my start with short and flash stories contributions in ezines and anthologies back in 2009. It wasn't until 2010 that my first novel was accepted by a small independent press of ebooks.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
I outline against a plot arch. When I first started, I just blurted out the story in a big blob and it took twice as long to organize and revise the story into some semblance of logic. It also left me cutting out huge sections of content that by that time I'd become attached to, even though it made no sense for the story. By learning how to follow a sound plot arch and outline I can get the story in my head out on paper with little pain and more success.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Oh, lots of things. I had a brain tumor in 2011 and it put everything in perspective. Mostly I enjoy being able to wake up in the morning and have another day of the chaos that is life. My crazy teenagers and their constant woes and victories towards becoming adults. My even crazier little boys who are learning the ways of kid-dome. Then, of course, there's the two stupid canine babies and the sadistically evil cat. Through all of it is Hubby at my side, my constant partner.
Do you have a muse? Describe this person, please.
Yes, her name is Anthor and she's the scary demon that is my subconscious. On good days, she's flirting with me and connecting the research dots of documentaries and reports my ideas sparked from.
On bad days - which are more often than I'd like - she's glaring at me with her purple glowing eyes and fury-wielding whip. She's beating the crap out of me, pushing me along with no reason or end result in sight. If I get off track, she gives me this icy silent treatment that often brings me to tears and leaves me begging her to speak to me.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read SF mostly, but love murder mysteries, horror, and contemporary paranormal/speculative romance. I have a passion for older works, like stories from late 1800s all the way through 1950s. I just love watching the evolution of words and story structures.
What do you think is the future of epublishing?
Will print go extinct? No, but I'm practical about the trend. Literature needs to follow the reader's preferred medium to stay alive. Most people use the electronic medium now more than print. Letters have evolved to email. Phone chatter has evolved to text/instant messaging. Newspaper distribution is evolving to internet. Magazines are evolving to ezines. In line with this trend, print runs are evolving to epublishing.
None of those original things - letters, phones, magazines and newspapers - are going away any time soon but they are becoming less important in today's society.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
Definitely head to a beach along the Mexico coast. I'd hollar at hubby and the kids to pack and then grab my Kindle, swimsuits, shorts, t-shirts, and my hygiene stuff. The rest of the time would be spent ensuring the family has everything they need and making a list of things to buy on the way or when we get there.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving, without a doubt. It's always been my favorite because it's the holiday where the only expectation is to gather your family and friends to eat and hang out. There's no stress of gift giving, dressing up to the nines, or fulfilling childhood dreams.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
I have time to get bored? LOL, in the rare moments I have nothing to do and nowhere to go, I usually pick up a book and dive in.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with pepperoni.
I'm always ready for a Bruce Lee movie or a trip to the beach.
When I'm alone, I know the kids are up to something.
You'd never be able to tell, but love scenes embarrass me.
If I had a halo it would be very, very crooked and slightly smudged.
If I could do anything I'd take a long nap.
I can never go on an international trip because I'm too picky of an eater.

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