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Tour: Interview and Giveaway with Keta Diablo


Hi lovelies!! I am so happy to have Keta Diablo stopping by here to kick off her virtual blog tour for The Sin Eater's Prince. She was gracious enough for me to pick her brain. :)


Crystal - Hi Keta! *clumsy curtsy* Thanks for stopping by Redheads today. Could you tell us a little about yourself my dear?

Keta - Hello Crystal and all the lovely followers of Redheads! I’m so happy you stopped by. I live in the Midwest part of the country and in my free time (what’s that?) love to garden, read and spend time with my family. We have winter here, real winters, with snow and cold temperatures, but our spring and summer seasons are gorgeous. Think lots of lakes, resort towns and flowers! My children are grown now, but that doesn’t mean they’re shy about stopping by for a frequent meal. Oh, yeah, did I mention I love to cook? I do, and it’s no fun cooking for two, so I’m always happy to have the kids stop by for a big meal. We’re big on pasta, wine and chocolate here. How about you?

C - You know, I'm not that big on chocolate but I love pasta and wine. :) How did you come up with the storyline for The Sin Eater’s Prince?

K - Thanks for asking. Like most readers, I love the paranormal. There’s something about the possibility they exist alongside of us that intrigues me. I haven’t written many vampire novels, but came across an article about real-life sin eaters that existed in Scotland, England and Wales centuries ago and thought a vampire theme would be a perfect mix with sin-eaters. For those who aren’t sure what a sin-eater is, almost every small village had one. When a person died, the family called the sin-eater to their abode to absorb the sins of the recently departed. In theory, at the time of death, everyone has a lifetime of sin. The sin-eater was considered a vehicle to take on their worldly sins so they could enter the gates of Heaven. If their sins weren’t absolved, their loved ones would wander the halls of oblivion throughout eternity. The Welsh took this ceremony to heart and truly believed in the practice of sin-eating.

In The Sin Eater’s Prince, Owen Rhys is the sin-eater of the village, taking up the mantle when his father died. Shunned by the villagers because he’s considered unholy, he leads a lonely, solitary life and has only two acquaintances, Andras Maddock, the local physician and the doctor’s ward, Carys. There are good and bad vampires in the novel, and a host of other paranormal creatures. See pictures below. And there’s a mystic sword that was once owned by a beloved ruler of Wales, the one object the evil vampires will do anything to possess.




C - How much/what kind of research went into this story? 

K - I always like to include true-life events in my stories, blend them in with fictional elements. I researched history of Wales, legend and lore (which they have an abundance of) and then did some research on the sword’s history. There was no problem selecting paranormal creatures since Wales has many to choose from. I also had to delve into what the Welsh thought of vampires or whether or not they believed, like many countries, that vampires existed at one time. One of the best parts of writing a book is the research. I always learn something new. Hope readers do too. 

C - I know this isn’t your first M/M book, but what made you want to delve into that realm of romance? 

K - I’ve read gay fiction for years. And I admit, the popularity of man-love stories was an incentive. Believe it or not, most readers of gay fiction are women. I think they’re curious, not only about the sex between men, but they want to know what makes men tic. You know, the old Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus concept? Before I wrote The Sin Eaters Prince, I wrote a series of novellas called CROSSROADS. This series is about a take-no-prisoners tough cop and his college lover. The first book is Crossroads, the second Crossroads Revisited, the third Crossroads Showdown and the last Crossroads Shadowland. There’s lots of suspense, mystery and again, the paranormal. The main character, Frank McGuire can commune with the dead so that phenomena made for interesting story lines. Warning: These novellas are graphic and intense. Proceed with caution. (More about the Crossroads series here on Kindle: http://amzn.to/sm0HfB

C - Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

K - I assume you mean in the writing arena? I seldom think about five years from now when it comes to my writing. I don’t plan that far ahead. I’m kind of a seat-of-your-pants writer; never know what I might write next. I don’t use note cards or outlines. I might make a few casual notes about a character or a scene, but mostly I plan the story in my head for weeks. Once I have the characters down, the scenes, the dialogue, then I sit down to write. It’s an odd way of writing, but it seems to work for me. Sometimes I might have the beginning and ending worked out, but I’m not sure where I’m going in the middle. When that happens, I think it through until I have the entire story set in my mind. Then I edit like heck when I’m done. Lol. 

C - If you could co-write a book with any author, who would it be and why? 

K - See above. I don’t think that would work for me because they can’t see what I’m writing in my head. Keta laughs. There are many writers I admire, but that doesn’t mean my style is like theirs. I think in order to co-author, the authors need to have similar tastes in literature and writing styles. If not, there might be a drastic change from one chapter to another. That could be jarring for a reader, yet I know many authors have partners in writing. 

C - I always like to ask this question to my authors. Keep in mind this is VERY important…boxers or briefs? ;) 

K - Definitely boxers – they’re easier to roll down his hips! Hahaha. 

Thanks again, Crystal for hosting The Sin Eater’s Prince. I really enjoyed the interview. 

Keta’s Bio: 

Keta is a multi-published author of paranormal and historical romance and gay fiction. In 2009, her erotic romance Decadent Deceptions was a finalist in the RWA Molly contest. In 2010, Keta's entry Phoenix Rising finaled in the Scarlet Boa contest and in 2011 Keta's acclaimed paranormal shifter, Where The Rain is Made, was nominated by Authors After Dark for a Bookie Award and by Deep In The Heart of Romance for Best Romance of the Year. 

Many of her books, including her gay fiction series CROSSROADS, have won numerous awards: Top Reviewer's Pick, Recommended Read and Best Book of the Month. 

If you'd like to know more about Keta and her latest releases, she haunts the Net here: Keta's Keep Blog, http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com

Blurb:

Owen Rhys, the sin eater, has been shunned by the local villagers all his life--except for Andras Maddock, the local physician. In love with the one man he believes will never return that love, Owen is shocked when Andras saves him from death at the hands of a vampire.

Dagan, Dark Lord of the Underworld, vows to avenge his father’s death and obtain the Prince of Wales’s mystic sword from Andras. The claymore’s power holds an immunity the vampires have coveted for centuries.

Star-crossed love, sorcery, and bloodlust collide on a vengeful path where only one side will remain victorious.

REVIEW:

Owen Rhys is what people call a Sin Eater. When people are on the brink of death they call him in to take their sins away so they can pass with a clean slate. For this he is shunned from society where people cross to the other side of the street and avoid eye contact. Needless to say he has very little contact with people which just breaks my heart. He is helping people out and should be praised for this not looked down upon! I guess it's the whole scared of what he is way of thinking. One thing is for certain, the local doctor and his helper will never ignore Owen. The good doctor knows what it's like to hide who you truly are.

Andras is entranced with Owen. From the first time he laid eyes on him he was hooked. When Owen decides to make the trek home in the middle of the night, Andras gets the bad feeling and sets after him. Finally finding him in the forest, he sees that he is being attacked by a vampire. He does what any other person secretly in love with someone does, attack the thing as if his life depended on it. Even though the vampire is now slain, Andras knows that his son will soon come looking for his father and will attack if they don't leave the area.

Making it back to Owen's cabin, he asks Andras what he really is. Not wanting to lie, he tells him the truth, he is a long tooth, or vampire. Of course he isn't the traditional kind for he does not feed off humans but animals. After taking this all in, Owen is actually completely fine with everything. Actually, it's quite a turn on. Boy do those two burn up the sheets! The sexual energy is on the top of the charts. I am pretty sure anyone who reads this book will agree with me too. ;)

The story was written wonderfully. You can tell that Keta put in a lot of work researching that time period for this book from the dialect to what is traditional in the villages those days. I really enjoyed the connection that Owen and Andras had between the two of them. Oh and I loved that Keta threw in some tongue and cheek between the characters too. Some of the stuff that came out of Owen's mouth made me laugh. It was so refreshing! I am so happy I had the chance to read this wonderful book. Keta has a new fan. :)

RATING:

Great read that will take you back to an enchanting time. 


Wow. I thought my Kindle was going to catch on fire these two were so smokin!


Make sure you check out where Keta's next stop will be tomorrow. Don't forget to enter for a chance to win a copy of Keta's novella, Blood Oath which she is graciously offering to two lucky winners! All you are required to do is leave a comment and if you feel like getting extra entries, do the other tasks included. Good luck!! :)



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8 comments

  1. As a redhead, I love new reads. And I love Keta. Thanks Keta

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  2. Hi Crystal and Redheads Review Better FANZ!

    Thank you for hosting The Sin Eater's Prince, Crystal, and thanks so much for those who took time from their busy lives to stop by.

    I hope you learned something new about sin-eating, a custom that was very popular in past centuries in Wales, Ireland and England. I really enjoyed doing the research for The Sin Eater's Prince. Wales is known for their mythology and mysticism -- a fascinating history.

    Good luck to all in the contest, and I hope you'll take a moment to follow Keta's Keep, http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com to learn more about my upcoming releases.

    Crystal, a sincere thank you for your kind words about my latest release. Much appreciated.

    Have a wonderful week everyone, Keta

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  3. Hello!! Love Keta. I have several books!! That is really interesting about the research that you do.

    Q: Have your been doing research on one topic, then found other stuff that you ended up changing what you were going to do or even sparked an idea for something new?

    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail com

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  4. What a great interview.

    leighsavage@sbcglobal.net

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  5. I LOVE FINDING NEW READS AND THIS ONE IS DEFANATLY GOING ON MY GOTTA HAVE LIST THANKS SO MUCH butterfli262002@yahoo.com

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  6. It must be pretty hot at 4 hearts!

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  7. I loved Sin Eater's Prince and can't wait to read more Keta Diablo stories. She is an amazing author.

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  8. I enjoyed the interview very much. I am also looking forward to reading all your books. :)
    Thanks for the opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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