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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.

Holiday sales, treats and recipes.

Hello friends and followers of Keta Diablo.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. This month is a great month to visit the blog because you’ll find all sorts of Holiday traditions and recipes you’ll want to keep handy.

Here’s a recipe for cookies I make every year. They’re easy-peasy yet mouth-watering delicious.

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Confectioners’ sugar

In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour. Stir in pecans.
Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 2-1/2-in. logs and shape into crescents. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 325° for 20-22 minutes or until set and bottoms are lightly browned. Let stand for 2-3 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

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What could be easier, right? And I know your family will love them!

Now…what about some of the first Christmas traditions in America?

Of course, Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition. However, the first American Christmas tree can be credited to a Hessian soldier by the name of Henrick Roddmore, who was captured at the Battle of Bennington (Vermont) in 1776. He then went to work on the farm of Samuel Denslow in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, where for the next 14 years he put up and decorated Christmas trees in the Denslow family home.

The first Christmas tree retail lot was established in 1851 by a Pennsylvanian named Mark Carr, who hauled two ox sleds loaded with Christmas trees from the Catskill Mountains to the sidewalks of New York City.

The first president to set up a Christmas tree in the White House was Franklin Pierce, and the first president to establish the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House lawn was Calvin Coolidge.

On December 22, 1882, Edward Johnson, an associate of Thomas Edison, created the first string of Christmas tree lights. They were first sold in New York City.

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The first department store Santa was James Edgar, who, during Christmas seasons beginning in 1890, would wander about his store (the Boston Store) in Brockton, Massachusetts, dressed as Santa Claus, talking to the children of customers.

December 7, 1898: The first Christmas postage stamp was released in Canada
December 7, 1907: Christmas seals sold for the first time
Wednesday, December 1, 1909: The Christmas Club savings account began

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I’m celebrating Christmas a little early with a great SALE on TWO of my full-length novels:

* 35 ‘Five’ Star Reviews
* RWA Molly Contest Finalist
* Red Carpet Review Top Award Nominee
Determined to win Morgan Gatewood’s
love, Olivia Breedlove lures the decadent man into a game of cat and mouse.
What began as a ploy to force him to commit, tumbles into a world rife with
voyeurism, sin and murder. Morgan must not only beat Olivia at her own game but
stay one step ahead of the scheming vixen once the serial killer has her in his

Enter L’ Amour Immortelles, an affluent brothel, where no one is who they claim to be, and no one is safe. Enter the
world of Decadent Deceptions where the hunted becomes the hunter to save
the woman he loves. 


Sojourn With A Stranger – 99 Cents!

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.
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.
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.   
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
fight the insatiable hunger between them. 
Thanks so much for visiting today, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannakuh and Happy Holidays!

Quotes that inspire us

Quotes inspire us. The give us the impetus to plant our butts in the chair and write. Even when we think we have nothing to say. We must do it anyway. Plant our butts in that chair and write words, any words. We can always edit later. 

Quotes give us strength to face a new day. They cheer people, make us realize that every single person you meet is fighting some kind of battle – just like us. Quotes give us hope that even when everything is going wrong today, tomorrow is a new day filled with promise, aspirations, and dreams, 

I’ve chosen some of my favorite quotes – some are about life, some about books and writing.

But the last one is for YOU – the great writer, for every writer out there! Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a NYTimes Bestseller, I hope this quote convinces you that YOU ARE INDEED A GREAT WRITER.

A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. It’s a flat object made from a tree (and it has) lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it & you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years.”~ Carl Sagan
This One’s For YOU!
Say it Every Day
Thank you for dropping by. I hope I inspired you to be happy, count your blessings and most of all remember…You Are A Great Writer!
Now it’s your turn. Do you have a favorite quote to inspire us? Please leave it in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you. 
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Land Of Falling Stars On sale

Welcome all. I’m so happy you’re visiting today! 

My Award-winning Erotic Romance novel, Land Of Falling Stars is on sale November 6th through November 12th for 99 cents!
The blurb and short excerpt follow: 
About Land of Falling Stars
The United States is torn asunder by Civil War.
Two men, linked together by their love for one woman, Sophia
Whitfield, answer the call of duty.
An arranged marriage to Jesse James Grantham has been in the
works since Sophia and Jesse were children. When he leaves to fight for his
beloved South, he promises Sophia they’ll whip those Johnny Rebs in no time and
when he returns, they’ll get married under her mother’s rose arbor.
Sophia’s best friend from childhood, Gavin Langdale, enlists
to fight for the North. Why does she feel as if he’s taking her heart with him
the day he leaves for war? She loves Jesse…doesn’t she?
After Sophia’s parents die in a fire, she struggles to save
Arbor Rose. Most of the slaves have run off, the South is in tatters and so is
the only home she’s ever known. Another bluecoat is staggering down the hill,
coming to steal the last of her meager possessions. Before the hated enemy has
a chance to commit the vilest of acts, she shoots him.
And then discovers its Gavin, the champion of her youth.
Dark secrets lurk in Gavin’s memory, secrets much darker
than the despicable acts of war. He carries a message for Sophia, a missive
from Jesse. When he finds the courage to tell her what really happened to Jesse
on that bloody battlefield, she’ll hate him—hate him until she draws her last

A powerful story of lies, betrayal and a love
that burns brighter than all the stars in Heaven


Land of Falling Stars lured me in immediately with its
lyrical title and instantly captivated me with the haunting love story of Gavin
and Sophia.”
Setup and Excerpt: Mule Cooper and his son, Billy, set fire to Arbor Rose, Sophia’s beloved childhood home. During the attack, Sophia tripped and struck her head on the bedpost. Gavin carried her to safety after he killed Billy and his mangy sidekicks. Now…he returns to Sophia lying beneath an oak tree.
Gavin knelt beside Sophia and pulled her into his arms. Deathly white beneath the bright orange sky. Her breaths were shallow, the pulse at her neck weak. “Don’t leave me, Sophia. Please fight!”
Next to him, Ricochet whined and looked at Gavin with a bleakness he didn’t think possible in a dog. The hound’s ears flattened, and he jerked his head toward the long dirt road leading to the manor. Gavin tensed.
“Lawdy, Massah Gavin, we seen the red sky a mile off.” Brister hobbled forward, his cane working overtime. “What done happen?”
“Billy Cooper and his friends.”
Nap dropped to his knees, wide-eyed. “Miss Sophia.” A hand fell across his lips. “What they done to my lamb?”
“She hit her head on the bedpost when the fire broke out.” Sick with worry, Gavin turned to Brister. “She’s been out for an hour and her pulse is weak.”
“What’s we gonna do, Massah Gavin?” Brister whined. “She need a doctah.”
“Christ!” He glanced over his shoulder. The manor hissed smoke in its final lap, and the barn had been reduced to ashes. “The horses took off across the pasture, find them. If you catch Baby Moon, Mischief will follow.” He added, “Take Ricochet and he’ll herd them in.”
“Yes, sir.” Ol’ Nap scratched his head. “Then what?”
“Does old Doc Jenkins still practice out of his house in Fredericksburg?”
“Yassah,” Brister said.
Nap took in a quick hiss of air. “They’s blood all over the hound’s neck.”
“He didn’t like the way Billy talked.”
“He dead?”
“He wasn’t looking good the last time I saw him.”
Ol’ Nap’s broad face twisted with fear. “His Pa come for you now, Massah Gavin.”
Gavin’s voice spewed arctic air. “If Sophia dies, he won’t have to come for me.” Misery, acute and raw, twisted in his gut. Sophia dead? He would put a gun to his head. 
Brister narrowed his eyes, leaned in and inspected the jagged tear on his cheek. “You best let me stitch up that cut.”
“I’ll have Doc Jenkins look at it.”
Her pain-filled eyes loomed as Gavin tossed a ragged blanket— scrounged up from the floor of the smokehouse—over Mischief’s back. He grabbed a handful of the mare’s mane, hoisted himself up and took Sophia from Brister’s arms. The soft moan from her lips gave Gavin hope.
Ricochet pranced around the horse. “No! You stay here.”
The dog whined and lowered his massive body to the ground. 
“You can’t come this time.”
Ricochet barked.
“Do your damn job and protect what’s left of Arbor Rose.”
“He ain’t gonna stay, Massah Gavin.” Brister shook his head. “No, siree, soon as you a mile down that road, he gonna take off like he after a fox.”
“Tie him up, and tie up that colt too.”
“One more thing.” Gavin tightened his grip on Sophia. “Don’t sleep in the smokehouse or in any building tonight. Cooper will come, and when he does, you don’t want to be trapped.”
Ol’ Nap nodded and grabbed the rope around Ricochet’s neck. Gavin dug his heels into the mare’s sides and disappeared down the long dirt road.
What reviewers are saying….
“The author pens a story that is unlike any other. Land of Falling Stars makes you believe in the possibility of retribution and the hope of finding your brass ring in the last place you look.” 5 stars
“The true hero of this wonderful love story is Ricochet, Sophia’s beloved Wolfound.” 5 stars
“This is the story of a Southern lady and a Yankee soldier who face the aftermath of the War Between the States. A mustread historical #romance story! You’ll need a bucket of icy water to read this HOT story!” 5stars 
There is so, so much to this story. You are going to have to buy this one to find out for yourself! BRAVO Ms. Diablo, BRAVO!” 5 stars
“Land of Falling Stars has the ups and downs of a roller coaster and keeps the reader hanging on with bated breath. A ten-star read!”
Thanks so much for dropping by!


Halloween Romance Book Fair! #bookblast #booklovers



It doesn’t matter what flavor of romance “candy” you’d like this Halloween, our book fair has something for everyone, contemporary, paranormal, historical, suspense, fantasy, and science fiction. All books 2.99 or less, with several free!
U Could Win 1 of These Prizes!
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Thanks so much for participating in the contest! Happy Reading

Halloween Romance Book Fair! #bookblast #booklovers



It doesn’t matter what flavor of romance “candy” you’d like this Halloween, our book fair has something for everyone, contemporary, paranormal, historical, suspense, fantasy, and science fiction. All books 2.99 or less, with several free!
U Could Win 1 of These Prizes!
Kindle Fire 7
Godiva 5-Pack Gourmet Chocolate
$20 worth of ebooks
$15 worth of ebooks from Amazon,
Ghiradelli Fall Chocolate Assortment
$10 Amazon gift card


Check out Season, Unforgettable, Keta’s #NewAdult mystery/thriller. On sale now for .99!Read the 5 star reviews on Amazon

a Rafflecopter giveaway



You can also enter the contest here:
Look at all the wonderful books featured in the Halloween Romance Giveaway!
Thanks so much for participating in the contest! Happy Reading

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Sacred Heart Medical Diet #authors #readers #stressfree

Feeling stressed, bloated, have a lack of energy? What woman today doesn’t? (works for men too). Readers and writers spend endless hours sitting, lying down or remaining immobile. We all know how important exercise is, but if you’re like me, I don’t exercise daily or as often as I should. I’ve made and eaten the Sacred Heart Medical Diet on several occasions and personally love the taste. I also feel when I’m particularly stressed, it helps my body fight off colds, flus and other nasty germs that intrude on your system. 
With winter coming on in many regions, I highly recommend trying the Sacred Heart Health Diet. *Recommended by many physicians, including the Mayo Clinic, for patients preparing for a major surgery. 
Please check back and leave a comment if you tried the soup with your thoughts. Don’t foget to sign up for my newsletter here for more recipes, fun tips and other trivia. 
Hope you enjoy the soup as much as I do. ~Keta~ 
Sacred Heart Medical Diet
This 7-day eating plan can be used as often as you like. If correctly followed, it will clean out your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well-being. After only 7 days of this process, you will begin to feel lighter by at least 10 pounds and possibly 17 pounds, and experience an abundance of energy.
1 or 2 cans of stewed tomatoes
3 plus large green onions
1 large can of beef broth (no fat)
1 pkg. Lipton Soup mix 
1 bunch of celery (use the entire bunch_
2 cans green beans
2 lbs. Carrots
2 Green Peppers
Season with salt, pepper curry, parsley, if desired, or bouillon, hot or Worcestershire sauce. Cut veggies in small to medium pieces. Cover with water. Boil fast for 10 minutes. Reduce to simmer and continue to cook until veggies are tender.
This soup can be eaten anytime you are hungry during the week. Eat as much as you want, whenever you want. This soup will not add calories. The more you eat, the more you will lose. You may want to fill a thermos in the morning if you will be away during the day.

Happy healthy woman drinking fresh water from a glass outdoor with a green background

Unsweetened juices
Tea (also herbal)
Cranberry juice
Skim milk
Water, water, water
Any fruit (except bananas). Cantaloupes and watermelon are lower in calories than most other fruits. Eat only soup and fruit today.
All vegetables. Eat until you are stuffed with fresh raw, cooked or canned veggies. Try to eat green leafy veggies and stay away from dry beans, peas or corn. Eat veggies along with the soup. At dinnertime tonight reward yourself with a big baked potato and butter. Don’t eat any fruits through today.
Eat all the soup, fruit and veggies you want. Do not have a baked potato. If you have eaten as above for three days and not cheated, you should find that you have lost 5-7 pounds.
Bananas and skim milk: Eat at least 3 bananas and drink as much milk as you can today, along with the soup. Bananas are high in calories and carbohydrates, as is the milk but on this particular day, your body will need the potassium and carbs. Proteins and calcium to lessen the cravings for sweets.
Beef and tomatoes: you may have 10 to 20 ounces of beef and a can of tomatoes, or as many as 6 tomatoes on this day. Eat the soup at least once today.
Beef and veggies, eat to your heart’s content of the beef and veggies today. You can even have 2-3 steaks if you like with green leafy veggies but no baked potato. Be sure to eat the soup at least once today.
Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juice and veggies, again, be sure to stuff yourself and eat the soup. You can add cooked veggies to your rice if you wish.
By the end of the 7th day, if you have not cheated on this diet, you should have lost 10 to 17 pounds. If you have lost more than 17 pounds, stay off the diet for two days before resuming the diet again.
This diet is fast. The secret lies within the principle that you will burn more calories than you take in. It will flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well-being. This diet does not lend itself to drinking any alcoholic beverages at any time. Because of the fat build-up in your system. Go off the diet at least 14 hours before any intake of alcohol.
Due to the variety of digestive systems in individuals, this diet will affect everyone differently. After day three, you will have more energy than when you began, if you do not cheat. After being on the diet for several days, you will find that your bowel movements have changed. Eat a cup of bran or fiber. Although you can have black coffee with this diet, you may find that you don’t need caffeine after the third day.
The basic fat burning soup can be eaten anytime you feel hungry during the seven days. Eat as much as you wish. Remember the more you eat, the more you will lose. You can eat broiled, boiled or baked chicken instead of the beef. Absolutely no skin on the chicken. If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef on only one of the beef days. You need the high protein in the beef for the other days.
Continue on the diet as long as you wish and feel the difference both mentally and physically.
No bread, alcohol, carbonated drinks (including diet drinks). Remember, absolutely no fried foods.
DO – DO – DO – DO
Drink plenty – at least 6 to 8 glasses – of water a day, as well as any combination of the following beverages: black coffee, unsweetened fruit drinks, cranberry juice and skim milk.
** This diet comes from the Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital that is used for overweight heart patients in order to lose weight rapidly, usually prior to surgery.

Sky Series Book 2: Sky Dance – Review

*Clean Romance*
“Great reading starting with sky tinted water and sky dance were great reading loved them both . Always love happy ever after.”  5 Stars 

“Loved this book as much as Sky Tinted Water, Book 1. Great romance, lost love and second chances. A must read for historical lovers!”  5 Stars 

“Like Sky Tinted Water this was a great story! A continuing saga of Rory and Dawson and their everlasting love through many obstacles and trials. You must read this book if you love clean historical romance.”  5 Stars

Moon of the Sleeping Bear – Review

“If you enjoy westerns you will love this book. I really like the way Ms Diablo told the story. Off to read book 2 Dark Night of the Moon.” 5 Stars 

“Was very sorry to see this book end. Have read several of Diablo’s stories and yet have been disappointed by any.” 5 Stars  

“I loved the book, could hardly put it down for long. I loved the heroine finding a twin she didn’t know about! I have been looking for a sequel to this storyline.” 5 Stars