2 Page Tuesday – Keta Diablo

Thanks for joining me today for another 2 Page Tuesday! Today I’ve got Keta Diablo in the house. Since my kids are finishing up school I’m always wondering what other authors do with their writing routines in the summer. I asked Keta to share a glimpse of her summer routine.

Hi everyone, and thank you, Debora, for hosting me on your blog. You asked about my summer writing routine. Oh, boy, my entire routine sort of goes South in the summer. I live in the beautiful Midwest, which as you might know is terribly cold with lots of snow in the winter. When summer arrives, we’re all so anxious to get outside into the sunshine and plant flowers that our regular scheduled go kaput!

I do write in the summer though, mostly in the evening. I’ve always been a night owl, even before I became an author. Generally, I plot the story out in my head for several weeks, taking notes here and there about specific scenes I envision. From the notes and the story in my head I sit down at my laptop and write. I don’t always know exactly where the story will take me because I let the characters lead the way. But most often I know the beginning, of course, and the ending.

I’m the first to admit that I’m not as disciplined as I should be in the summer – lol – see above. But stories are always rambling about in my head.

Blurb: Sojourn With A Stranger
Penniless when she arrives in Norfolk, her mother and father drowned at sea, Raine Brinsley longs to return home to her grandfather in Maine. When Derek Stafford, owner of a large plantation, offers a solution to her dilemma, she’s stunned, if not outraged. She’d prefer to fulfill the contract to have his child and forget about him and his self-serving scheme. If only she could dispel the passion he’s awakened in her.

Derek Stafford’s only wish is to father an heir to Stafford House, thus securing his future. He didn’t count on the Scottish lass with green eyes interfering with his well-laid plan. After one night in her arms, guilt, not to mention the loss of his soul, becomes his penance. He’ll do anything to win her back, anything to quench the hunger tormenting his soul.

Rating: Erotic Romance/Historical/Paranormal

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2 Page Teaser:

Derek dropped into an overstuffed divan opposite Raine. He pulled the leather pouch and brown envelope from his vest pocket, and placed them on the oak table separating them. Alternately, she looked between the pouch and his face.

“I’m not certain how to begin.” He wrung his clammy hands. Damn, this is more difficult than I imaged. “We had a discussion several evenings past in the garden?”

“I remember.”

“I explained my father’s desire to obtain a male heir and my inability to produce one thus far?”

Dark green eyes searched his. “Yes, clearly.”

“You’re a beautiful woman with a significant amount of intellect and a variety of coveted traits and talents.”

“Thank you, but you hardly know me.”

“That’s true.” The words managed to slip out his dry throat. “However, what I’ve witnessed since your arrival exceeds my highest expectations.”

“Expectations?”

“You’re in a difficult situation.” He forced a smile. “I’m prepared to offer you a way out.”

“A way out of what, Derek? I’m not understanding―”

“Hear me out, please.” Rising from the chair, he paced before her. “I realize the arrangement will seem outrageous at first, even obtuse, but I’ve thought a great deal about it since our meeting in the garden. I took the liberty of consulting an expert.”

“An expert? Whatever for?”

“Childbirth.”

A nervous giggle left her lips. “I’m not following you. Perhaps you should come right out and tell me what arrangement you’re alluding to.”

The seconds ticked away on the mantle clock, sounding like a thousand crickets had breached the room. “Yes, I’m trying to get to the point of all this.” He stopped pacing and held onto the back of his chair. “Here’s the way of it. You need to earn enough money to return to your grandfather in Maine. I, on the other hand, need a son.”

Her brow furrowed.

“I’m offering you freedom in the long run. In exchange, I want to have a child with you, preferably, a male.” The words rushed forth. “However, if you’re delivered of a female, I’ll love and accept her just the same.”

An audible gasp fell from her lips. “Oh, but I can’t possibly accept a proposal of marriage from a virtual stranger. It would be most unfair to both―”

Good, God, she thinks Im offering marriage? Marriage? “No, that is, you misunderstood my proposal. I’m not suggesting we marry.”

Her eyes widened.

Walking to the table with a tentative gait, he picked up the envelope. “More money than you could earn in a lifetime is in here. I’m offering half now and the other half when the contract has been met.”

She looked at the envelope and then at him, her tone icy. “How much is in the envelope?”

“Five thousand dollars.”

Another gasp.

“Five thousand now and five thousand the day the child is born.” Tossing the envelope on the table for effect, he continued. “It’s yours right now should you accept my offer.” A rapid pulse took flight in a tiny blue vein in her neck.

“If you’re not offering marriage, in what capacity will I live in the manor?”

“You’ll be free to go home after the child is born. Until then, you’ll have complete freedom to do whatever you choose.”

Her eyes narrowed, and sparked.

“You said you wished to return to your grandfather one day. That day can be sooner than you think if you sign the contract my barrister drafted.” He nodded toward the envelope. “It’s also in there.”

Her face paled. “Horace Masterson, the kindly gentleman who promised me safety until I returned to Maine?”

“Yes, the money guarantees your security, and your safety.” Walking around the chair, he settled into it and leaned forward. “At the very least, read the contract. I’m sure you’ll agree the terms protect you.”

Her lower lip quivered, and he wondered if she might cry. Christ, what would he do if she launched into a crying jag? He couldn’t bear up under her tears.

“You seem quite well prepared.” Her gaze took him apart inch by inch. “I commend your valiant efforts to keep your father’s threats at bay.”

“I can’t find fault with your reaction at the onset, but surely you see the practicality on both sides?” After drawing in a lungful of air, he added, “You’ll be free to go about your life when it’s over in a manner envied by most women. I’ll acquire an heir to Stafford House, and my father will end his relentless pursuit.”

“Oh, please enlighten me.” She pinned him with a lethal glare. “Should I decide to engage in your well-contrived scheme, how do you propose we bring the end result to fruition?”

“It’s quite simple,” he said, aware the temperature in the room leaped to an unbearable degree. “You spend three nights in my bedchamber, the specific nights will be chosen by Madelina. She’s prepared―”

“Who is she?”

“A healer, a woman who dabbles in tonics, remedies. She’s already prepared several concoctions.” He dug for the instructions in the pocket of his vest. “You must follow her recommendations when it comes to diet and tinctures for several weeks. She’s highly skilled, claims certain remedies will enhance the possibility of producing a male child. I’ll expect you to follow her recommendations if you accept my offer.”

She shook her head. “I must applaud your tenacity and the immense preparation you expended in carrying out your duplicitous plot.”

“There is nothing duplicitous about this. I’ve told you everything.”

She looked away from him, but not before he saw the sadness return to her eyes again, and something he didn’t recognize. Indecision? Hatred? An interminable amount of time passed before he dared speak again. “Think of it as a business arrangement.”

She turned to him with a look that said she would love to sever him at the knees with a saber.

“I’d like your decision in two days. You’ll find me in my study two nights from now. If you decline, you can remain at Stafford House until you’ve earned enough money to return to Maine. Do you have any questions?”

“Yes,” she said with calm composure. “Why me? There must be countless women who’d agree to bear your child.”

“I thought I made that clear. You possess undeniable beauty, have obviously been well educated, and you have the physical attributes, height and stature, I hope are passed on to our child.” He shrugged. “It’s that simple.”

Flushed with anger, the green eyes darkened. “Will that be all?”

“Yes,” he replied, finding it difficult to look at her. “Unless you have additional questions.”

“I do not.” She rose from the chair, her tone cold. “I believe I understand perfectly well.” Offering a false curtsy, she added, “If you’ll excuse me, sir.”

He nodded.

The moment her footsteps faded from the room, Derek unfurled himself from the chair and headed for the liquor cabinet, his only thought to down a double dram.


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 Thank you, Keta for being a wonderful guest today! What a great excerpt! One lucky winner (chosen at random) will win a sheet of summer themed scrapbook stickers! Just leave a comment to be entered to win!
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Five Unexpected Things

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Sitting at my computer, watching the rain come down for the third day this week (ugh!) I’m thinking about my Friday Five post. This has been an interesting week, so here’s a list of five things I wasn’t expecting:

1. A new dishwasher! To be fair, we picked up the new dishwasher last Friday night. The old one started making a strange, loud, grinding noise. Surprisingly, my frugal engineer husband determined the old one was old enough that he didn’t want to invest the money to fix it.

2. A Stainless dishwasher! Did you know the store charges an extra $100 for a stainless door? My old dishwasher was black (both my refrigerator and the oven are stainless) and I was perfectly happy to replace it with the cheaper black. I nearly fell over in a dead faint when the hubby said “I think the stainless will look better in the kitchen – let’s get that one.” We did and it looks GORGEOUS!

3. I planted herbs and a tomato plant. I have a black thumb. Everyone who knows me, knows this to be true. Last year I planted vegetables, and the year before that, and so on. Every year they die. I swore last year I would never bother again. Unexpectedly, last weekend at the garden center I broke down and bought a few plants, AGAIN. So far so good – wish me luck!

4. I downloaded yet another to-do app. I know, it’s like I’m addicted to these stupid organization apps. I can’t help myself, they look all shiny and new and promise reminders. This time I actually started using it – I moved the others off the iTouch so I wouldn’t get confused and moved it right to my front page. I like it – let’s see how long this lasts!

5. The website hacking or the freakin nightmare that is my host! Okay, so I will NOT go into detail about my current webhost until my account is closed (which could be awhile.) Only my site seems to be affected – not the other two I host on the same account, but I don’t know for sure because my host won’t tell me. Maybe they know, maybe they don’t – maybe they just don’t care. Their response from the start of this mess has been “make sure you have the latest backups from all three sites downloaded, then we’ll just wipe out your account and you can rebuild all three sites from your backups.” That’s it. Yes, this is exactly what I have time for. They have no phone number. Only support tickets. Frustrating.

Enter new host (yay! Hostgator!) and the tech guy who answered some of my questions before I was even a customer at 10pm the other night! He said they can scan my site and find the problem and move my site to their host, ensuring my site was clean when it moved over! I signed up the next morning and we just got the ball rolling on the transfer, but it takes time for all the ducks to get in a row and for the DNS to point to the right place.

So here we are at my old wordpress blog! Thanks for following me over here – hopefully by next Friday, I’ll be back in my old comfy site!

Yes – you’re in the right place

Welcome to my temporary home – some slimeball hacker wormed their way into my site and caused a little havoc. Rest assured I will prevail and my site will be back to normal within the next few days.

2 Page Tuesday

Welcome to 2 Page Tuesday!

I’m in the hot seat today to kick off this new blog feature. I’m even giving away a prize to one lucky winner – details at the end of this post! (How’s that for some incentive to read to the end? LOL)

Today marks the last “real” day of school for both my middle schooler and my high schooler. The next few weeks will bring crazy bus schedules as the kids go in and out at odd times for testing. Things may change for them, but my schedule doesn’t change, I’m still expected to be at my part-time Monday-Friday job at the same time every day. (You know, same bat time, same bat channel!) Once the craziness of testing is over, my summer writing schedule WILL change.

During the school year I get more writing done in the late afternoon, while the kids are busy with their homework. During the summer I get more writing done in the early morning hours when everyone else gets to sleep in. My favorite part about writing during the summer has to be taking the netbook outside on the patio, a cold drink in my hand and the warm sunshine inspiring me. 🙂

My latest release is a novella perfect for the summer. The inspiration for this story came while standing in front of the ice cream freezers in my local grocery store one summer afternoon a few years ago – and having my trusty moleskin notepad in my handbag, I quickly jotted down the main storyline and character names.

Excerpt from The Kandy Shoppe:


No touching Jason Chapman. Ever. Again.

Kandy forced herself to stop looking at his ass. She was no imbecile; her reaction to his anatomy had to be heat induced. A hundred-plus degrees was enough to make anyone melt and maybe even become delusional enough to drool at the sight of his muscular thighs or those well-tanned arms, and just not care who noticed. Not that she wanted either of those parts anywhere near her. She mentally kicked herself for even entertaining hedonistic thoughts of that man. He’d had his chance, he’d blown it, and she’d moved on.

There’d been other men, other dates. Jason wasn’t the only man in town. Too bad he was the only man in town who could twist her insides as easily as his wrench turned the bolts on her freezer.

Jason cleared his throat, and the mirth in his eyes made it painfully clear she’d been caught staring at his ass. “Kandace, if this freezer wasn’t such a piece of shit,” he said while his gaze openly drifted from her eyes to her breasts, “I’d think you had other thoughts on your mind.”

Her name rolled sweetly off his tongue, bringing back the memory of a kiss she should have forgotten years ago. She folded her arms across her chest, not wanting him to notice her nipples hardening underneath the thin white cotton work shirt.

His gaze lingered a second longer on her breasts; then he made eye contact with her again.

Bastard.

“Can you fix it or not?”

“I think I’ve got the parts.” He had the audacity to wink again. She wished she could grab that wrench and hit him with it.

His cell phone chirped, and he wasted no time flipping it open. “Hey, Janice,” he said, turning his back.

Figures. Seemed like Jason was always on the phone with his latest flavor of the month. Not that she cared what he did in his personal life, but this was business, and she was paying him to work. If she hadn’t signed a service contract with his father, she would’ve stopped calling them months ago. How’d she know Mr. Chapman would retire and let his boys take over? She glanced at the clock, then back to Jason, who was now checking his phone for messages and smiling.

Could the man be any more self-serving?

“Do you think you could check on those parts?” she asked, followed by a dramatic huff and another exaggerated glance at the clock. He didn’t seem to think time was important. Why would he? He was getting paid by the hour and his flirting with her seemed to be part of his job description.

He arched a brow and snapped the phone shut. “I could. But first—” He put down his wrench and lean against the freezer, his dark eyes undressing her. “I want to know why you keep turning me down for dinner.”

Arms still folded over her chest, she tapped her foot impatiently. If she looked into those sultry eyes, she was done for. Instead, Kandy focused on the freezer and thought of her money melting away. Biting her tongue, she thought of a hundred rude remarks she could toss at him, but she inhaled a slow cleansing breath and remained calm. “Jason, can you please just fix my freezer?”

“Sugar, that didn’t answer my question.”

“Fine.” She looked him in the eye. Big mistake. She felt her legs begin to wobble. Think of the freezer, dammit. “I’m sure your girlfriend would have something to say about that.”

“Oh, her?” he asked casually, with a nod toward his phone. “Just a friend. Give me a chance.”

“I accepted your apology years ago. Let it go.”

            “I want a second chance.”

And now for the fun part – a simple contest! Comment here between now and Thursday (June 16th) at 11:59 pm. Friday morning I’ll pick a random winner to receive a free sheet of ice-cream themed scrapbooking stickers.

Thanks for reading along! Have a great day!