*Blog Tour* Review & Giveaway: WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE by Keta Diablo

Review: WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE by Keta Diablo

A decadent-looking savage has captured Francesca DuVall and her brother, Marsh. Now she must spend every waking moment planning an escape. She didn’t count on the powerful draw of desire interfering with her scheme in the camp of the brutal Cheyenne dog soldiers.

Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum . . . most of the time, but when he travels through time to help his beloved People he becomes Meko, leader of the most revered and feared tribe of the plains. Although their worlds are decades apart Meko can’t resist the dark beauty he kidnapped during a raid. He has many battles to fight but none he wants to win more than the one that will capture Cesca’s heart forever.

From the windswept plains of Colorado and the harsh life of a Dog Soldier to the placid life of a curator their love was fueled by passion and kindled by destiny.

Publisher: Decadent Publishing

Genre: Shifter, Time-Travel, American Frontier, Indian Romance

Single Title/Series: WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE is a single title novel.

Cover Thoughts: Not beautiful but it does effectively convey the many genre elements beneath its cover.

Why I Read It: I was offered a review copy by the author.

My Review:

Ethan Gray leads two lives, one in the present and one in the not so distant past. Pledging his life to the People - the Cheyenne - he travels through time as the raven when summoned and does what he can as I Am The Wind, also known to his Indian brothers as Meko, leader of the Dog Soldiers. Normally, balancing his life as a Washington D.C. curator and that of a Dog Solider comes easily until his recent repeated visions of an ebony haired woman with eyes as green as grass spells change on the wind.

In a blink of an eye, Francesca Duvall's life changes forever when she and her brother Marsh are kidnapped by savages. Instantly spoken for by a beautiful dark warrior, Cesca grapples with her warring emotions of lust and hatred. When it soon becomes apparent that her beloved brother is under the watch of one particularly cruel Cheyenne warrior, Cesca gives little thought to her own survival in her determination to save her brother. When she's offered a pony by Meko as a wedding gift, Cesca grudgingly accepts as a means to an ends. The pony means escape and she bides her time formulating an escape plan for Marsh. In the meantime, her heart has never been in more peril.

Admiring her bravery and fierce will, Meko can't stop his heart from falling in love with Cesca. She calls to his soul and despite the fact that he has a mission to complete - a mission to help the People - he can't stop himself from making the green-eyed beauty his. Knowing that Cesca is the haunting women from his visions, Meko could be following his doom but again, he can't stop his heart. And when Cesca succeeds in freeing her brother and faces punishment by the People, Meko finds that he won't allow another to possess her. Ever.

As Cesca comes to terms with her new way of life, she comes to love the Cheyenne, most especially Meko. Soon her life before amongst her own people seems so distant and almost surreal as if she dreamed it. But even this new life among the People can be ripped away just as easily as blue coats, the white people, move in to brutally rip apart Cesca's new world. Who's the savage now but Cesca still can't understand why the fighting continues. White attack Red and Red retaliate and so the circle of blood continues. While Cesca tries at first to love all there is about Meko including his Dog Solider ways, it's brutally apparent that she doesn't. Wanting the blood to end Cesca must take a side and fight for what she believes in or this new life will be lost forever.

The Heroine:

Fiercely stubborn with an iron-clad will, Cesca is not easily tamed but unlike many Cheyenne, Meko doesn't wish to break her indomitable spirit. A woman that puts all others above her own needs, Cesca nearly dies trying to save her brother. Readily accepting that death will surely be her fate if she succeeds in helping him escape, her life matters naught when faced with an other's potential freedom.

She's a woman that could and would be your best friend for life.

The Hero:

Meko is man torn between his desire to help the People and the bewitching love he's developed for Cesca. If asked to choose, he'd try first to claim them both but in the end, Cesca becomes all that he cares about. He's strong and stable taking each and every blow that Cesca delivers as she adjusts to her new life with him.

He possesses her gently but thoroughly leaving no room to doubt the soul-shattering love he feels for her.

My Final Thoughts:

WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE is a lovely diversion from the paranormal melee that consumes most of the romance genre. Funnily enough, Indian romance is a genre that always surprises me. Why I don't read it more often is beyond me because the few that I have read, including this one, have been great reads that I'd recommend.

Be prepared to learn something about the Cheyenne with this read. Some areas of the book can get a little long, almost like filler pages, but the information is interesting and I enjoyed learning about the culture of this particular tribe.

The time travel element isn't complicated at all and I loved the fact that it didn't trigger my believability radar. Instead it was actually quite beautiful in how it worked with the story.

For romance readers wanting something new, something interesting that gives new light to American culture and history, pick up WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE. The romance is sultry and the love is passionate. Enjoy!


Giveaway Details:

Keta Diablo is giving away a PDF copy of WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE to one lucky commenter. Here's how to enter:

*Comment with a Valid Email Address (Entrants that do not leave an email address will be disqualified)*

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****Contest Closes Thursday, September 16th at Midnight U.S. Pacific Standard Time and the Winner will be Chosen Randomly and Announced Friday, September 17th****


Keta Diablo said...

Hi VampFanGirl,

You know I love, love your blog, the colors, the layout and design. Once of the nicest I've visited. Kudos.

And thanks for reading and reviewing Where The Rain Is Made. I'm so happy you commented about the book veering off from the paranormal craze of late. I'm happy to hear readers think paranormals can also be about other types of cultures and lives, and the Native American tribes thrived on mysticism, legend and lore.

Good luck to everyone in the contest. I hope if you win a copy of Where The Rain Is Made you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it,

Best, Keta Diablo

ps: thanks so much again for hosting me.

Kayelle Allen said...

I love time travel stories, and this one sounds great. I like concept of duality of the hero and heroine - both in nature and in time.

E.J. Stevens said...

Great review! I'm looking forward to reading this.
From the Shadows
p.s. not entering, just commenting :)

Blodeuedd said...

Great review VFG, I do like what you had to say about it being something else than just paranormal. Oh and that the time travel aspect worked for you :)

No need to enter me, I am still on that e-book not yet thing.

Brita Addams said...

Hi Keta and VampFanGirl,

Great review. I have this one on my reader, can't wait to read it. I love it when others find out how wonderful a Keta Diablo book is! Simply marvelous.

Everyone, you shouldn't forestall your entry into the e-book realm. You are missing out on a lot of really great reads.

Best to you Keta on this one.


Charlotte Featherstone said...

I haven't read a time travel in years. I used to love them!

great review! And Keta, good luck with this release!

Krisi Keley said...

Thank you for the wonderful review, Vamp Fan Girl! This sounds like a fascinating novel with a beautiful love story. Wishing you much success, Keta!

You don't need to enter me into the contest - unfortunately I don't have an e-book reader yet either.

Cathy M said...

I'm with Charlotte, I couldn't even tell you the last time travel story that I read. Congrats on the great review, Keta, I'm sure it will be one of many more to come.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Linda Henderson said...

I've always been a fan of time travel books. This books sounds very intriguing and I would love to read it.

seriousreader at live dot com

night owl in IL said...

Hi Keta -
Great review! I'd love to win a copy of the book. I'm not fond of ebooks, but I guess I can print it out.

Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}

Margie Church said...

Hey Keta, thanks for sharing this great story with us. I know it's near and dear to your heart. Great website, Vamp Fan Girl.


Andrea I said...

It looks like a very interesting book.


elaing8 said...

sounds good.please count me in

slb3334 said...

Looks like a good book.

mmentor said...

if life was really like this

twinmomoftwins said...

this looks like such a great book would so love to read it.
ortizvelasquez at yahoo dot com

Hales said...

Hey Keta, great blog post! I can't wait to get your book! Love you girl :)

purango said...

I loved the interview. It sounds like a very interesting book. I would enjoy reading it. garrettsambo@aol.com

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