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Land of Falling Stars - Romance Historical

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03 Jul 2014, 06:12 PM
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About Land of Falling Stars by Keta Diablo

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After her parents die in a fire, Sophia Whitfield struggles to save her beloved home, Arbor Rose. The Civil War has devastated the South, and another blue coat has come to steal her meager possessions. Before the hated enemy inflicts his destruction, she shoots him . . . and then discovers the soldier is Gavin, the champion of her childhood.

Gavin's dark secret lurks in Sophia’s future. When she discovers the truth, she's torn between a burning hunger for the man she truly loves and loyalty to Jesse, her betrothed. The despicable acts of war have changed everything Sophia and Gavin once cherished. Yet somewhere deep in their hearts, the mystic Land of Falling Stars still exists.

Excerpt:
Setup:
A tormented Gavin has returned from the Civil War carrying a secret so horrific, Sophia will hate him forever when she discovers the truth. In this scene, he's repairing a fence at Arbor Rose, Sophia's childhood home. Sophia brings him lunch.

Excerpt:
Gavin stopped fighting the rickety gate and allowed his gaze to wander to Sophia strolling across the field. A long skein of her hair, coiled over one shoulder, swayed against her breasts in perfect tempo with the roll of her seductive hips.

Two weeks had passed since he'd dragged his sorry ass from the invalid bed, and he still hadn't told her about Jesse. He meant to once lucidity returned, but his intentions vanished the moment she turned those dark green eyes on him and pleaded with him to stay. Countless times the words hung on the tip of his tongue, but he had only to look at her, the dark-lashed eyes, the full, pink lips, the freckles across the bridge of her nose, and all logic fled. He shouldn't have come back, should have gone to his people in Massachusetts and be damned with honorable intentions.

Drawing his scrutiny to an end, and mindful of the tightening in his loins, he acknowledged it didn't stem from abstinence but rather this ravenous hunger he held for her. He'd bedded a bevy of camp followers in the last three years, women from all walks of life, but for every one he'd slaked his lust on, Sophia's lips met his, Sophia's creamy white thighs wrapped him in a cocoon of bliss.

Better men than him had been knocked low by her beauty. Hell, every man who looked at her left a piece of his soul behind. Beyond her loveliness resided an indomitable spirit, yet Sophia had always been a bundle of contradictions—fire and ice, a scorching temptress one minute, an icy bitch the next. And everything about her drew him like a hapless fly on the fringe of a giant spider web.

Years and distance, not even the war had cooled his infuriating desire for her. The woman slithered around him like a sleek, dark cat, her young, supple body sheathing him in a fiery web of unleashed passion. Oh yes, deep passion smoldered in the woman, an untapped reserve of simmering lust. Jesse, with his staunch moral upbringing and dandified ways, had never dared compromise precious Sophia. Jesse had never tossed her in the hay or ravished her in the tall swamp grass of the Mill Pond to sate his hunger. Jesse had his chance, and all those years Gavin stood by and watched from the sidelines. He wanted her and now she wanted him. He felt it with every beat of his tormented heart.

She stood in front of him with a checkered napkin in her small hands. He fought an elemental need to crush her against him, devour her mouth, if only to prove the paltry tingling she'd felt when Jesse kissed her would pale next to how she’d feel when he'd finished with her.
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Some reviews:

“If you haven’t read Keta Diablo, you haven’t lived!” Crave More Romance. Five Stars!

Erin Hope Swayze, reader, Hello, I loved Land of Falling Stars! I’m wondering if any of your other titles are available in paperback?

"This is one steamy hot erotic historical book I devoured as soon as I got a couple of pages in. I recommend all erotic romance readers go out and buy this book. It's a keeper." Phoebe Jordan, Talk About My Favorite Authors, Five Stars!

"Keta Diablo has woven a tale set in Civil War times that is truly engaging." The Girls on Books Blog - 4 Martinis

"I thoroughly enjoyed Land of Falling Stars and hope to read more of the people of Arbor Rose and Fredricksburg." Whipped Cream Erotic Romance Reviews - 4.5 Cherries

"If you enjoy passion and emotion in your romance, Land of Falling Stars is one you won't want to miss!” Jennifer's Random Musings - 4.5 Stars

"A story that has the ups and downs of a roller coaster and keeps the reader hanging on with bated breath, Land of Falling Stars is captivating. The author has a great knack for weaving words together to bring a vivid picture to the reader's mind." Bookwenches - 4.5 Stars

“Land of Falling Stars is filled with passion, heartache, and pride. I hope there is a sequel in the works. This is a good read.” Reader Reviews, Four Stars!

“Historicals are my favorite genre so when a friend who frequents HSN told me these were listed, I had to order them. I read "Land of Falling Stars". I don't read a lot of Civil War stories, but this was beautiful. I truly enjoyed it. The author really brought out the desolation and fear of the war.” Christinereader, State: NJ, Five Stars

“Keta Diablo is an author definitely worth checking out. Her book Land of Falling Stars, an erotic historical romance set during the Civil War, is an excellent read.” Goodreads Reader

Will Sophia and Gavin’s passion be enough to see them through the trials that they are about to face or will the truth and circumstances tear them apart? Or will a band of cutthroats kill them both before they ever have the chance to find out? And there is much, much more to this story but you are going to have to buy this one to find out more! Night Owl Romance BRAVO Ms. Diablo, Bravo! 4.75 Stars!

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