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Game of Thrones Fandom #swag. U Don’t Want To Miss!

Join us for a “Game of Thrones” inspired
event where everybody wins!
Fab #author Dariel Raye invited me to join her in celebration
of the many worlds of paranormal romance, sci-fi, and urban fantasy.
Authors pooled funds to provide cool Game of Thrones fandom-themed prizes and goodies.
Giveaway will include:
Maps of Westeros
Khal Drogo miniature
Dragon jewelry
plus swag packs of goodies!
Here’s how to enter:
To take part, visit the giveaway page
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When you request a newsletter, you will receive free e-books and entry into the
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When you sign up for mine, you’ll receive WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE, a paranormal time travel with oodles of Native American mythology.
About Where the Rain Is Made:
A decadent-looking savage has captured Francesca DuVall and
her brother Marsh. These days, she spends every waking moment planning escape from the brutal Dog Soldiers’ village.
Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum . . . until he
travels through time to help his beloved People. In the Cheyenne world he’s
known as Meko, leader of the most revered and fearsome tribe of the plains.
Two cultures and two hearts battle.
Violence and death haunttheir troubled roads, but when kindred souls collide, love prevails against the greatest odds. From the windswept plains of Colorado to the placid life of a curator, their love is fueled by passion and kindled by destiny.
Good luck in the Giveaway!
These “Game of Thrones” items have been hand-picked for fans of the award-winning HBO series and combined into 3-swag packs for our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
 We hope to see you there!
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The Delicious Scent of Spring Is In The Air (and Daylight Savings)

Welcome to my Web site! So happy you dropped in.

This week we celebrated daylight savings – which means we got to turn the clocks one hour ahead. The best thing about that is the extra hour of daylight every day, which we means we can participate in more outside activities!

Bet you didn’t know…

Before Spring was called Spring, it was called Lent in Old English. Starting in the 14th century, that time of year was called “springing time”—a reference to plants “springing” from the ground. In the 15th century this got shortened to “spring-time,” and then further shortened in the 16th century to just “spring.”

What About Daylight Savings?

The idea of daylight saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin
(portrait at right) during his sojourn as an American delegate in Paris
in 1784, in an essay, “An Economical Project.” Read more about Franklin’s essay.

Some of Franklin’s friends, inventors of a new kind of oil
lamp, were so taken by the scheme that they continued corresponding with
Franklin even after he returned to America.

The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called “Summer Time” in many places in the world) is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. Countries have different change dates.

Some say the primary reason that Daylight Saving Time is a part of many societies is simply because people like to enjoy long summer evenings, and that reasons such as energy conservation are merely rationalizations.

Personally, I’m going with enjoying longer evening activities rather saving energy.

“Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings. Everyone laments their shortage as Autumn approaches; and everyone has given utterance to regret that the clear, bright light of an early morning during Spring and Summer months is so seldom seen or used.”

From London builder William Willett (1857-1915)

in the pamphlet, “Waste of Daylight” (1907)

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead today (technically last night at midnight). I hope you all have a wonderful spring and are able to spend time outside reading some wonderful novels!
Here’s one of my #ghost novels you might enjoy!
Read the new Review snippet!


Do you believe in ghosts? Rooney Fontaine doesn’t—or didn’t until one named
Stuart Granger shows up in her hotel room. Now the humorous, yet desperate,
apparition is begging her to find the men who murdered him before his brother
becomes their next victim.

After serving three tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, Stephan Granger is no
-stranger to risk and peril. When a woman shows up at his house rambling about
ghosts, murder and assassins, his first inclination is to deem her wrong in the
head and send her packing. But how does she know things that happened to him
and his dear departed brother in their childhoods, secrets they never shared
with anyone?

Soon after he invites her in to hear more about what really happened to Stuart,
gunfire splits the air and shatters all the windows in the house. Someone is
trying to kill them. Now they’re on the run from assassins while trying to find
out who killed his brother and why they want him dead too.

amid murder and mayhem, sometimes you find love.

                              Recent Review Snippet


“Diablo has written a fully-rounded story, with a strong and exciting plot, and characters to die for! Even with the paranormal, ghostly twist, the issues and
emotions these characters were forced to cope with felt very real. They had me rooting for them all the way through to the very last page. An entertaining,
heartfelt story, packed with action, nail-biting suspense, and romance!”

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Top Inspirational Photos While #Writing CHASING THE DEAD #PNR

Hello, thanks for dropping by again. I hope you’re enjoying my posts about photos that inspired me while writing every one of my books. As I said before, some authors make detailed outlines, chapter-by-chapter, to refer to. Some authors post sticky notes around their computer to remind them where they’re going with their story, and yet others, like me, post photos to keep me inspired while I write.


About Chasing the Dead 

Arrende finds herself kidnapped by the Apache. Her wealthy father, Don Erasmos Arrende, is determined to rescue her. There is only one man capable of bringing her back alive…Deacon Bannister. Deacon doesn’t give one whit about the large sum of money Don Erasmos has offered him to find his daughter. He only cares about bringing the woman he left at the altar a year ago home.
A ghost is terrorizing the Apache village and the young maiden, Sacheen, has been banished by her People for unleashing Uday’s wrath. Now, Deacon, Madrid and Sacheen must flee for their lives across the rugged New Mexico landscape with the evil spirit in hot pursuit. Will
they make it back alive to Madrid’s father’s hacienda or will

Deacon lose Madrid forever?

Here are some photos I posted to the wall while writing CHASING THE DEAD (Bannister Brothers series), a #paranormal #romance.

The story takes place in 1884, New Mexico, a beautiful state! I had to post a photo of the terrain in New Mexico to remind me harsh and wild (and yet beautiful) it was in 1884. Mountains in the back, and white aspens frosted over in winter.

Hacienda – This might be similar to what the Arrende hacienda looked like (Madrid’s home).



By the eighteenth century a typical hacienda was an elaborate institution. In addition to the main house and its guest quarters there
were stables, a general store, a chapel, a school, equipment stores, servants’ quarters, granaries, corrals and a forge. Clothing was produced at the hacienda from cloth woven on the premises.


Sacheen, the Apache Indian Maiden, who helps Deacon and Madrid flee from the vengeful ghost that’s tracking them across New Mexico. Sacheen knows a lot about the weather and how to survive in such a brutal land. A brave young woman, she faces a sinister ghost during the story, even though the Apache greatly feared dead spirits.

Sacheen would have been dressed similar to the picture on the left. Traditional Apache women’s clothing consisted of buckskin dresses. The introduction of commercial cloth brought about the two-piece camp dress for women. Traditional footwear of the Apache are high boot-like moccasins.  Apache moccasins have a distinctive up-turned toe, which is purely decorative in nature.

Animals the Apache Avoided: Snakes
Do not enter the reservation with snakes or any product made of snake skin or

any part of the animal. The Apache do not communicate with this animal; it is considered a bad omen to have contact with a snake.

The bear is an animal the Apache do not have contact with because bears are highly respected. Never touch a bear, its waste materials, footprints, bedding area or anything the bear has touched. Do not call him by his name. The Apache people refer to him as “my grandfather” or “my uncle.” If you cross paths with the bear, tell him to go into the dense forest and live where no other entities set foot. Do not enter the reservation with the following: bearskin hides, claws or teeth.

The owl is a night creature and the Apache people do not have contact with this animal. Avoid having a night owl near you. It is considered a bad omen if an owl hoots near you day or night.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures, and hope you learned something about the fierce Apache who once lived and roamed the wild country of New Mexico.
If you read CHASING THE DEAD, please consider leaving a short review. Reviews are so helpful and much appreciated, even if it’s only a sentence or two long!
Happy Reading! 
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My Top Inspirational Photos For #Writing Where the Rain Is Made

Welcome to Keta’s Keep! I’m so happy you dropped by.Today we’re talking about photographs and how they can help your writing.

Some authors make extensive outlines when they begin writing a novel; some use sticky notes and tack them up around their writing space. I use photos as inspiration, images from scenes and/or characters in my book. Photos remind me to look visually at all aspects of my book and help cement those images in my mind.

“If you can visualize it, you can write it!”
Keta Diablo
I collected numerous photos when Where The Rain Is Made was nothing more than a seed sprouting roots in my brain. One image led to another (similar to how one scene leads to another) and before long a full-length novel played out in my mind. Below is a sampling of photos I used to inspire me for Where the Rain Is Made. I hope you enjoy them.
Where the Rain Is Made is first and foremost a romance but soon crossed over into several sub-genres: time travel, shapeshifting, mysticism and historical fiction. 
Recent review snippet that relates to the crossover:
“A love that transcends time — a compelling, time-traveling
romance poised between modern day and the gut-wrenching conflict between the
Cheyenne and the Blue Coats. Where The Rain is Made was a surprising blend of
genres. While solidly building on a foundation of romance, it is so much more.” 
Of course there’s a hero (Ethan Gray/Meko) and a heroine (Francesca) but the heart of the book relates to the customs, beliefs and tragic history of the Cheyenne Dog Soldier
The dog soldiers were the elite military organizations in the Cheyenne tribe. They were the last line of defense for the people. … In time of battle, the dog soldier would impale his shoulder sash to the ground and stand his ground to the death.  The most elite Dog Soldiers wore “Dog Ropes,” sashes made from buffalo skin and decorated with porcupine quills, feathers and beads.
There’s #ghosts in my story:  The Sacred Council of Arrows
Seo’ộtse, Cheyenne word for dead spirits who ruled the Cheyenne in prior centuries. Not a time traveler among them but they are empowered to send wanderers through time to help the People in times of great trouble.
Members of the Sacred Counci: Vo’kaa’e, known in the white man’s tongue as White Lances, Kâhamaxe, Cheyenne name means The Stick, Wolf That Speaks, a dignified, mystical guide, Stands-In-Light, High Priestess and the only woman on the Council, The Pacer, a soothsayer known for his wisdom and ability to see into the future, Man-Who-Paints-His-Shirt-Black, A Dog Soldier, a fierce opponent, Whirlwind, the father of all ghostly souls. 
Ethan Gray is a curator at The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC in his present life. When he travels through time to help the People, he’s knows as MEKO, leader of the most fierce military band on the plains, the Cheyenne Dog Soldier. The National Museum houses one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of its kind. The museum’s sweeping architecture, its indigenous landscaping, and its exhibitions, are all designed in collaboration with tribes and communities from across the hemisphere. It is designed to give visitors from around the world the sense and spirit of Native America.
Typical Cheyenne village (recalled by member of an architectural dig).
This Cheyenne settlement was large. It stands on a flat, now bisected by a railroad embankment, slightly sloping toward the river, and the houses stood close together. Many of them were large, one at least being 60 feet in diameter. Besides the large houses there were a great number of smaller ones, probably occupied by small families, by old people living alone, or used as menstrual lodges. Including the area east and west of the embankment we counted more than 70 large house sites, taking no account of the small ones. The houses extended several hundred yards back from the river, toward the west, and 150 or 200 yards north and south. It is probable that when they were numerous, they may have extended a long way down to the river.
Meko’s chant as he shapeshifts into a Raven
“I walk alone on the edge of time, traveling far and near. 
Born of the sun, kissed by the wind, the call of the raven screams in my ear.” 

Scene of shift from the book: 
His vision blurred and pain tore through his head. The muscles of his back constricted, his tendons and ligaments stretched tighter than sinew on a tanning rack. His arms twisted into gnarled limbs and shiny, black wings took their place. He soared skyward, above the clouds, to where the rain is made. Through a great abyss he tumbled and then emerged on the other side. The raven dipped in the heavens and arched his massive extensions for descent. 
Nightwalker, Meko’s horse.
Meko selected Nightwalker from a large herd of horses. When he travels back in time, the black stallion is waiting for him. What did Meko look for when choosing Nightwalker? Bravery, soundness, rideablity, trainability, a good work ethic, a forgiving nature, and a natural uphill balance make for a good horse. Most of all Nightwalker had a calm demeanor in battle, a willingness to please and the heart of a champion. 

I hope you liked the pictures and want to know more about WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE (still tops my favorite of all the books I’ve written).




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#voodoo, Tea Leaf Reading, Laying of Hands #Gothic Romance

Welcome to #BookHooks, sponsored by Marketing For Romance Writers
No wonder I had so much fun writing this book!
Sojourn With a Stranger has it all!

Voodoo: A cultural form of the Afro-American religions developed by West and Central Africans populations of the state of Louisiana, though its practitioners are not exclusively of African-American descent. Voodoo tradition makes its own distinction between black and white magic, with sorcerers like the Bokor known for using magic and rituals of both.
Reading Tea Leaves: Known as tasseomancy it’s the art of reading tea leaves. Although traditionally associated with gypsy fortune tellers, tasseomancy originated in the middle east in the medieval period, and versions of this divination method can be found right across the world.
Laying of Hands: The laying on of hands (Greek: cheirotonia – literally, “laying-on of hands”) is both a symbolic and formal method of invoking the Holy Spirit primarily during baptisms and confirmations, healing services, and blessings.
About Sojourn With A Stranger
A Gothic Erotic Romance
Raine Brinsley is penniless after her parents drowned at sea. She’s sent by the local minister to Stafford House to apply for a job as a servant. Despite the alarm bells going off in her head, she accepts the offer of employment. She has one goal in mind, to return to her beloved grandfather in Maine.
Lord of the Manor, Derek Stafford, has his own dilemmas to worry about. His wife committed suicide some time ago after delivering several stillbirths. Derek and his brother, Lyman, race to produce the first male heir of Stafford House. The winner will receive not only the title to the eloquent manor but also an enormous sum of money from their father. 
Derek decides the beautiful Raine will make the perfect surrogate. If only he can convince the young woman that signing a contract to bear his son will serve both their needs: She can return to her grandfather and he’ll inherit a life of wealth and luxury.    
But dark stirrings are afoot at Stafford House. A ghost haunts the halls of the manor and the spirit is intent on exposing her killer to Raine. Steeped in murderous plots, Derek and Raine face insurmountable odds of achieving their dreams.
And fight the insatiable hunger between them. 
Raine Brinsley, heroine
Derek Stafford, hero
A dead spirit – Lucinda, Derek’s late wife
Lyman, Derek’s brother
Elne Stafford, Derek’s mother
Setup: Raine is awakened from sleep by an eerie scratching on the window and an ear-splitting wail. A ghost is trying to deliver a message. She wants to bring the dead spirit peace, but doesn’t know how. One thing for certain—she can trust no one, especially the Lord of the Manor, Derek Stafford. 
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 
Raine bolted through the door of her bedchamber, walked briskly toward the pitcher on her bureau and filled the basin. Hoping to extinguish the hot flames in her cheeks, she splashed them with water. Pacing between the bed and the door and then back again, she relived the events of the evening.
Lyman’s eccentric behavior unnerved her and despite Elne’s graciousness, the woman knew more than she let on. If only she had told Derek, “No, I won’t play the piano,” when he had asked her tonight. She didn’t want to mingle with his family; she was a servant and not one of their kind. But servants didn’t sleep on the upper level of a great house. Just how much had Derek told his parents about their arrangement?
Hugging her elbows, she willed her churning stomach to settle. She found it increasingly difficult to keep her tumultuous emotions at bay every time Derek entered a room or looked at her.
After removing her gray shift and shoes, she pulled a night shift over her head. Footsteps fell in the hallway outside her door..  and stopped. She held her breath. Long moments passed before the person moved on, and longer moments still before she drew breath again.
Fitful dreams disturbed what little sleep found her. A strange noise awoke her in the middle of the night, an eerie scrape of nails against glass. Pitiful wails fell from the ghost’s lips followed by shrill keening. Lucinda’s ghost! Good God, she had never heard such torment.
Raine bolted upright in bed and turned to the window, certain the sound originated there. A pale mist fogged the pane and the mind-numbing scratching droned on.
“Oh, dear distressed soul, I would help you if I only knew what befell you.”
An idea struck. Tomorrow, she would journey to the family plot, regardless of the snow. Perhaps a clue would find her, one tiny nubbin of information to help her solve the puzzle. Even without Lucinda’s body, Derek would have purchased a marker.
Her sleep-starved brain wandered to another dilemma—the letter she must write to her grandfather. Until she dealt with it, he wouldn’t stop visiting her dreams, nor would the Scottish words he’d taught her so long ago cease to tumble through her head.
Cuimhnich air na da oine o’n d’ thainig tha.
Remember the people from whom you came.
Yes, tomorrow she would walk through the Stafford family burial plot, scouring every tombstone for a sign, and then she would pen a letter to Grandfather. 
The scratching and wailing had ceased. A semblance of peace found her as she entered dream world again.


Praise for the book
“Sojourn with a Stranger is absolutely wonderful. I was captivated from the beginning to the end. This is not your typical love story but nonetheless spellbinding. Derek is a man who is struggling to make a place in a world where his family’s name is above reproach. Raine, on the other hand, is a very strong willed and prideful young lady. These characters blend together effortlessly while keeping with the normal love hate relationship they seem to share.
You will be immersed in the pages of this great romantic historical novel. Keta Diablo is a master when it comes to historical romance and has proven once again that she is a delightful storyteller who deserves to have all of her novels read.”
  Black Rose Reviews, 5 Stars
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Where The Rain Is Made

Thanks for stopping by today. 
I’m fascinated by American history, especially history concerning the Native American tribes from days-gone-by. At one time, I did extensive research about the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers. My 12 year old son was especially intrigued by this tribe of Indians. We spent hours at the library (he loved visiting the library) learning about their customs and beliefs, their life on the Plains.
Before long, my son moved on to another area of interest (I think it was mobsters. lol) and here I was with notebooks of information about the Dog Soldiers. That’s when I decided to write WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE. All the tribes knew rain, thunder and lightning came from the sky, but the Cheyenne believed their god, MATEO, lived in the place we call heaven, or where the rain is made. Thus, the title of my book.
Here are some fascinating facts about the tribe and the formidable Dog Soldiers. 
The dog soldiers were an elite group of military, the last line of defense for the People. The fierce warriors in this society were greatly esteemed and outfitted with a particular sash. Each member also carried a sacred arrow. When in battle, they impaled one end of the sash (outfitted with a stake) to the ground and slung the other end around their torso. Once they stake was driven into the dirt, that meant no surrender, they would fight to the death. They had a song (chant) that only the dog soldiers could sing. I imagine it went something like this:
A journalist’s depiction of the formidable Dog Soldiers:
The awesome warriors (Cheyenne Dog Soldiers) were armed to the teeth with revolvers and bows … proud, haughty, defiant as should become those who are to grant favors, not beg them.”
Ohio reporter covering negotiations at Medicine Lodge, Kansas on October 27, 1867
They also believed in ghosts or spirits they called Seotses. The People feared dead spirits and would do anything to avoid the cemetery at night or lonely places outside the safety of their villages. Some said the Seotses lived in the burial ground or in villages the tribe had deserted when they moved on. Only the dog soldiers would return to the old campsites – they were not afraid of Seotses, or anything else that crossed their paths.
All this information gave me great fodder for Where the Rain is Made.  I imagined a Sacred Council of Arrows assembled by the dead elders of the tribe (Seotses). The Council looked out for the People and sent time travelers back to warn them of impending danger or bloody battles on the horizon. The time travelers had several rules: 1) Never change the course of history, but work as a mentor, advisor to the People, encourage them to move camps to avoid impending doom. 2) Never fall in love with anyone from the past. One day, the time traveler would return to his home and the life he once led. His/her survival was paramount so he could travel back in time again to help the People, albeit to another time and place.
In Where the Rain is Made, Ethan Gray is a museum curator in Washington, DC with deep ties to his Cheyenne people. But when he’s sent back in time by the Council he transforms into MEKO a fierce warrior and the leader of the Dog Soldiers. 
I loved, loved writing Where the Rain Is Made and cherished every single piece of research I came across. If you like history about Native American tribes, or love passion, suspense and ghost stories, I hope you’ll give the book a chance.
My most recent review 
“Highly Recommended. A love that transcends time — a compelling, time-traveling
romance poised between modern day and the gut-wrenching conflict between the
Cheyenne and the Blue Coats. Where The Rain is Made was a surprising blend of
genres. While solidly building on a foundation of romance, it is so much more.
The paranormal aspect of time travel and shamanism is painted realistically and
establishes the authenticity of the story while allowing modern-day influences
to be brought into a past time through the hero’s modern perspective. 5 Stars” 
(Please leave a review)
Thanks so much for stopping by to read about the Dog Soldiers and Where the Rain is Made.

Keep my feet above the grass-New Years’ Resolutions

Hi everyone,
Thank you so much for visiting. Many of the blog posts I’ve read since January 1st are about the ‘goals’ and ‘resolutions’ people made for 2019. I try not to set too many goals and set myself up for failure. Many goals are not obtained no matter how hard we try. 
But…if you’re still looking for a post about New Years’ Resolutions, I’ll share my one and only goal for 2019 with you. So…here it is: “Keep my feet above the grass.” That’s it. Life is complicated and I consider it a great success if I can stay healthy and alive this year. I think it’s a great goal for everyone!
My blog post today is about something more palatable – “Soul Mates & Everlasting Love in History” (whether fictional or mythological). Who among us doesn’t love to read about true love or soul mates? I hope you find some inspiring love stories below – ones that make you believe in finding love everlasting (or keeping love everlasting).
Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal
In 1612, a teenage girl, Arjumand Banu, married 15-year-old Shah Jahan, ruler of the Mughal Empire. Renamed Mumtaz Mahal, she bore Shah Jahan 14 children and became his favorite wife. After Mumtaz died in 1629, the grieving emperor resolved to create a fitting monument. It took 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants nearly 20 years to complete this monument – the Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan was never able to complete a black marble mausoleum he planned for himself. Deposed by his son, Shah Jahan was imprisoned in the Red Fort of Agra, and spent lonely hours staring across the Jamuna River at the monument to his beloved queen. He was eventually buried beside her in the Taj Mahal.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 
This love story is about English royalty who mourned her husband’s death for 40 years. Victoria was a lively, cheerful girl, fond of drawing and painting. She ascended the throne of England in 1837 after

the death of her uncle, King William IV. In 1840, she married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. While at first Prince Albert was unpopular in some circles because he was German, he came to be admired for his honesty, diligence, and his devotion to his family. The couple had nine children. Victoria loved her husband deeply. She relied on his advice in matters of state, especially in diplomacy. When Albert died in 1861, Victoria was devastated. She did not appear in public for three years. Her extended seclusion generated considerable public criticism. Several attempts were made on Victoria’s life. However, under the influence of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, Victoria resumed public life, opening Parliament in 1866. But Victoria never stopped mourning her beloved prince, wearing black until her death in 1901. During her reign, the longest in English history, Britain became a world power on which “the sun never set.”

Pocahontas and John Smith

This love story is a famous legend in the history of America. Pocahontas, an Indian Princess was the daughter of Powhatan. Powhatan was the powerful chief of the Algonquian Indians in the Tidewater region of Virginia. Pocahontas for the first time in her life saw Englishmen in May 1607. She found John Smith most attractive and developed a liking for him. Smith was taken to the official residence of Powhattan and he was tortured. It was Pocahontas who saved his life from the attack of the Indians. Pocahontas then helped Smith to stand on his feet and Powhattan adopted Smith as his son. This incident helped Pocahontas and Smith to become friends with each other. Pocahontas after this incident made frequent visits to the Jamestown and passed on to the Indians messages of her father. John Smith after getting badly injured due to gunpowder explosion, returned to England. When Pocahontas made a visit to the fort, she was informed that Smith was dead. Sometime after, Pocahontas was taken prisoner by Sir Samuel Argall. Argall hoped to use Pocahontas as abargaining chip with her father Powhatan in effort to get English prisoners returned. During her captivity, she decided to become a Christian, taking the name “Rebecca” when she was baptized. A year later, she married John Rolfe. She made a visit to London, where he met his friend John Smith after eight long years and it was their last meeting.
I hope you enjoyed reading about these famous lovers because that’s what ‘Romance” is all about…love.
I write romance in several genres
Historical Romance
Western Romance
Paranormal Romance
Contemporary Romance
Erotic Romance
As you can see, I’m all about Romance and love writing about characters who might go through many trials and tribulations but in the end, find true love. 
This month I’m featuring one of the books I loved writing – WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE – 
Recent Five-Star Review
“Where The Rain is Made was a surprising blend of genres. While solidly building on a foundation of romance, it is so much more. The paranormal aspect of time travel and shamanism is painted realistically and establishes the authenticity of the story while allowing modern-day influences to be brought into a past time through the hero’s modern perspective. The reader is swept along with the emotions of the characters; fears of impending war, devotion to culture, love of family, horror at the necessary brutality of the Dog Soldier. The plot and characters are well developed and their ties to history and each other ebb and flow logically, but not predictably, securing the reader’s interest until the end.”
* Nominated for Bookie Award by Authors After Dark.
* Nominated for Best Romance of the Year
* Time Travel/Shapeshifter
* Western Romance
* Over 35 – Five Star Reviews
A decadent-looking savage has captured Francesca DuVall and her brother Marsh. These days, she spends every waking moment planning escape from the brutal Dog Soldiers’ village.
Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum . . . until he travels through time to help his beloved People. In the Cheyenne world he’s known as Meko, leader of the most revered and fearsome tribe of the plains.
Two cultures and two hearts battle. Violence and death haunt their troubled roads, but when kindred souls collide, love prevails against the greatest odds. From the windswept plains of Colorado to the placid life of a curator, their love is fueled by passion and kindled by destiny.