Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Guest Guilty Pleasure and Giveaway by Keta Diablo

Please welcome Keta Diablo to my first guest author blog post of 2012! 

Keta has graciously offered for every comment left that includes an email address, she will mail a PDF of her short erotic bondage story that is called interestingly enough, "Guilty Pleasures" 

And that's not all, all commenters will be entered to win an ebook copy of Keta's newest historical release Holding On To Heaven. Don't forget to leave your e-mail address, and good luck everyone!

A Sultry Childhood Journey . . . .

The dictionary says sultry means to be hot with passion or to be capable of exciting strong sexual desire. But sultry can also mean sweltering or torrid.

Have you ever heard a word that reminds you of a certain time and place, almost like a Déjà vu? Whenever I hear the word sultry it reminds of only one thing – To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I know, it’s a silly analogy. Most of the time sultry should remind one of steamed heat or perhaps conjure an image of Marilyn Monroe standing over a street vent, her short skirt billowing about her.

Not me. When I hear the word sultry I’m taken on a journey back to my childhood, seventh grade to be exact. That year, my teacher placed a copy of To Kill A Mockingbird on my desk with a simple note, “Read this. I hope it opens many doors for you.”

At the time, I thought it a strange note, but then Miss Holmquist was rather strange. (Picture a short, stout woman with flabby upper arms that jiggled when she worked the chalkboard).  Still, the woman piqued my interest with her odd message. How could books open doors? Why did I want to read about an old lawyer in a southern state I knew nothing about? And, what’s more, what kind of a man would name his children Jem and Scout?

I took the book home and several days passed before I opened it and read the first line, "When he was thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow." Hmm, this Ms. Harper Lee, whoever she is, has my attention now,” I said aloud, “Who is Jem and how did he break his arm?”

From that moment I was hooked – mesmerized over the story, in awe over the character names, Boo Radley, Aunt Avery, Dill, Atticus, Calpurnia, and even the white girl who was supposedly raped, Mayella. And I’m still in awe of the plot, the personalities, and the vivid neighborhood descriptions.

So why does the word “sultry” remind me of To Kill A Mockingbird? Because for the first time in my life I realized that by simply turning the pages, I could feel the sultry heat, taste the prejudice and agonize over the hatred between black and white.

“So what did you discover in this book?” Miss Holmquist asked me two weeks later.  I didn’t know where to begin. Should I tell her about the rollercoaster of emotions I went through reading it? Do I dare ask her why the jury convicted Tom even though I prayed they wouldn’t? Or maybe I should tell her how brave Scout was when she diffused an explosive situation between Atticus and the old-timers of the town with a simple, “Hey there, Mr. Ewell, how’s your boy, Henry doing?”

I didn’t ask her any of those things, but I did tell her about every sentiment I felt. Mostly I told her about the bitter taste in my mouth over a word called prejudice, and I told her I felt the hot, sultry sun of Maycomb County.

Some days, I wish I could go back to 7th grade and ask Miss Holmquist if she knew that one day To Kill A Mockingbird would be one of the best-loved stories of all time, that it would earn many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. I’d ask her if she thought it would win the Pulitzer Prize one day and be translated into more than forty languages. And Miss Holmquist, do you think it will sell more than thirty million copies worldwide, and will it be made into an enormously popular movie?

You know, I think Miss Holmquist would have said, “Yes, I do think Miss Lee’s novel will achieve all those things and more, but the most important thing, Keta, To Kill A Mockingbird will transport you to the sultry heat of the deep south and will take you to places you never dreamed existed.”

And I would say, “Thank you, Miss Holmquist.”

What books have you read that transported you to a place or a time? Do recall reading a novel that gave you an emotional ride?  

About Keta:

Keta is a multi-published author of paranormal, historical and occasionally gay fiction (paranormal). 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:


Unknown said...

Keta thank you for hosting today and for being my first guest of 2012. How nice to start with a giveaway!

I have not read To Kill a Mockingbird yet. I know I know shame on me. I know I'd love it since it is rated the top fiction book ever written but I need to get past that it's not a romance LOL

I love reading about teachers having impacted a young life. Thank you for sharing!

Keta Diablo said...

Thanks so much for having me! The post looks wonderful.

Wishing you and all the followers of Another Look Book Reviews joy and prosperity in 2012.

Don't forget to follow my blog, Keta's Keep, http://ketaskeep.blogspot for release date information on DARK NIGHT OF THE MOON, the sequel to Holding On To Heaven. Watch for this wolf shapeshifter in mid-January.

Good luck everyone in the contest.

@ketadiablo (Twitter)

Olivia DuBelle said...

I've read To Kill a Mockingbird so many times, I can't count. What a great book!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


Shiela Stewart said...

What a wonderful post Keta! Oddly enough, I have never read To Kill A Mockingbird but I have heard so much about it. My daughter has read it three times now and talks about the emotions it brought out in her.

There was a book that i read three years ago that changed my mind about what i was raised to believe. It's called The Shell Lake Disaster. Its a true story about a family that was gunned down in their home, while they slept. The only survivor was a two year old girl who was protected by one of her older sisters.
I'd always heard about the psycho who killed them and what a horrible man he was to just wander onto the property and randomly kill 9 people. Then I picked up a book that was written by a man who knew neither the killer or the victim. The killer was skitzophrenic and despite being classified as a danger was not hoospitalized. Having two children with mental disorders, I developed a new understanding for the killer. Do I excuse what he did because of his illness. No. He took 9 lives. Could something have been done to prevent it. Hell yeah!

To this day that story touches my heart.

Jessica Coulter Smith said...

I remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird in school, but we read The Diary of Anne Frank that same year so it paled in comparison (to me). As far as memorable books go, in high school, I had to read A Separate Peace. It was the first time I can remember a book making me cry. (chsircat@gmail.com)

Ren said...

Hi Keta,

I, too, had a teacher who gave me To Kill a Mockingbird and I devoured it.

Her name? Well, Ms. Holmquist sounds awfully familiar to me. Makes me wonder...

Great post :)


Anonymous said...

Great to meet you Keta and I loved reading your guilty pleasure. To Kill A Mockingbird has really had a strong influence on you, and in a very good way:)