Dariel's World

Hi. I'm Dariel Raye, an interracial/multi-cultural paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and action suspense author, and every day of this journey is a learning experience. I'm also a counselor, musician, and animal lover. My stories are about all-conquering love and romance, and I enjoy hosting other authors as well. Enter a world where werewolves, vampires, multi-shifters, vamp-like Nephilim, Vodouin Fey, and all things paranormal capture our hearts...

You might also like to visit my website.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Help! "Destiny's Favor" is at War: Cover Wars





"Destiny's Favor: Orlosian Warriors Bk. 2" is battling 14 other books at Author Shout. Please stop by their site, cast your vote, and tell all of your friends! The cover was designed by the talented Cora Blu, and I plan to release the Second Edition soon.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What Are They thinking?: "Grimm" Update and Petition




The creative, well-written paranormal TV show, "Grimm," with its spectacular unpredictable characters and in-depth storyline, is in the heart-wrenching limbo state of cancellation. We need your help, so please read on.

This is one of my favorite shows because it has managed to keep me enthralled season after season. That is no easy feat! As an avid paranormal sampler and seasoned connoisseur of the sci-fi /speculative fiction realm, I know that holding my attention is no easy feat. I find most shows to be boring carbon copies after watching a season or two, or the characters become indigestibly (is that a word? It should be. LOL) stupider over time.

"Grimm" is one of the few exceptions, and has kept me writing away with glee more times than I can count. Yes, I'm one of those rare auditory folks, and I enjoy writing to the background sounds of good paranormal series and movies. That's a story for another time.

Anyway, so far, there are two petitions that I know of, to keep "Grimm" going. They've already started to garner some attention from networks, but more signatures are needed. Some ideas for the show include requests for Netflix, TNT, or Freeform to step in for the continuation of Season 7. So far, hosting at Freeform looks promising. 

For more about the show, click here, and please sign, share, and promote the petition by clicking here or completing it below. On behalf of every nerdy sci-fi / paranormal / fantasy / speculative fiction lovin' writer, reader, and watcher, thank you in advance :-)


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Scandalous Spirited Reads: Stuff Your eReader!

Scandalous Spirited Reads
are going to help you STUFF YOUR eREADER

That's right, we're hosting a bumper FREE books and $0.99 BARGAIN
STUFF YOUR eREADER campaign on the 5th of October!

To celebrate, we're offering you the chance to WIN a $300 Amazon Gift Card
All you need to do is answer one simple question when you enter the giveaway.

By sharing this competition with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Linked In -
you'll stand a much better chance at winning :)

Enter the giveaway here.

No purchase necessary to win. Void where prohibited.
Contest ends October 5, 2016. Winner will be notified on October 6, 2016.
*** By entering this competition contestants agree to subscribe to the
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You also agree to receive author news from: Ashe Barker, Cara Bristol, Cassie Alexander,
Fiona Murphy, Iona Findley, Kathy Kulig, Dariel Raye, Rachael Slate, Muffy Wilson, Rebecca Hunter, Ruth Staunton, S.N. McKibben, and other selected sponsoring authors.***

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Out With the Old, In With the New


Yep, that's me. I'm saying "goodbye" to old things that aren't working, and breathing new life into new ideas as I figure them out embrace them.

It's been a busy month, and the learning curve is still steep, but I've managed to get quite a bit done. As I pare down the "busy-ness" into something more enjoyable and manageable, one accomplishment I'm proudest of is my new website. Found this awesome site, thanks to the wonderful Diana Rubino, and I was inspired enough to build my own.

Dark Paranormal Romance Series is gone for now, and replaced with simply, Dariel Raye. I know. Makes since, doesn't it? Now, I must admit that my rational side whined the entirety of my design and renovation time on the site because, well, like everyone else I know, I'm extremely busy. There was no time to spare for that kind of endeavor, and I could have just called an expert (my cousin. LOL) to do it for me; however, it was well worth it to me because I do love being creative and learning new things. Through all of the stumbling around, starting over, and making a mess, I became pretty comfortable with the process. 

That said, I hope you get a chance to look at my new website and share your feedback.There's always room for improvement. I've got some fun events going on now, and coming up soon, including an interview with the talented Cheryl Holloway, a battle at cover wars with "Destiny's Favor: Orlosian Warriors Bk. 2," and a big giveaway event with "Scandalous Spirited Reads," so stay tuned for updates and changes.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Spotlight: "The Entrepreneur's Widow" by Adrienne D'Nelle Ruvalcaba



This is NOT the cover.


Hi, Everybody! Please help me welcome my author friend Adrienne to my blog for the first time. Read on. This story sounds so fabulous, I've already purchased my copy! Can't wait to read it.

Also, be sure to read her author bio. Like me and many of you, she knows from personal experience what it means to start again. I'm certain this insight is reflected in her writing.


Blurb and Pre-Order Link:
The Entrepreneur's Widow
Because You Love Me Series, Book 3

While working to define herself as something other than the surviving spouse of a great man, Mariah Jones receives a life-changing offer. Which will she choose? Love, or her career?

Mariah Jones has lived a charmed life--a life of distinction and luxury. As the wife of an entrepreneur, she has enjoyed the kind of things most others only dream of. But everything screeches to a halt with her husband's untimely death. Now destitute, pregnant, and alone, Mariah must pick up the pieces and make her own way in the world for the first time. After giving birth, she lands a job working as a personal assistant for the CEO of an electronics company. In no time, she proves her worth, and her boss, John Donovan Jr., offers her an advancement opportunity most women would kill for. The only problem? She absolutely hates him. To make matters worse, Mariah's workplace rival burns with animosity and unfounded jealousy. At least, Mariah thinks it's unfounded--until her boss does the unthinkable.

John Donovan Jr. has had every aspect of his life mapped out since birth. A stint in boarding school, an Ivy League degree, and years of private tutoring culminated in him inheriting the company built by his father. As the CEO of electronics giant E², his life is about one thing--keeping his late father's company competitive. Only after Mariah Jones walks into his life does he see everything he's been missing. Working with her breathes new life into both his ambitions for his company and his yearnings for love. With conflicting needs warring inside him, John faces a serious problem. He is in love with a woman who is off limits. A woman who works for his company. An epic internal battle culminates in John doing the one thing he knows he shouldn't, and the fallout shakes the very foundation of his business and his life. All seems lost until an unexpected second chance at love gives him a reason to hope.





About Adrienne D'Nelle Ruvalcaba:

Adrienne D'nelle Ruvalcaba is from Southeast Texas. After high school, she joined the U.S. Army and served four years at Fort Campbell, KY. Following her army days, and one failed attempt at marriage, she and her two children relocated so she could enroll in the Engineering program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. While there, she completed her Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structural analysis. Also while at SIU, she was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. This diagnosis significantly changed her life.

Since the onset of SLE, she has learned a lot about those close to her and even more about herself. After a few years of struggling to accept Lupus as part of her life, she has come to a more peaceful place and no longer lets her disease define who she is.

Adrienne has a love of writing that dates back to grade school, and she often takes solace in the many worlds she creates in her imagination. She writes women's fiction and romance, and her books are meant purely for emotional fulfillment, enjoyment, and sweet escapism. Real life is difficult enough, and she believes we all need a little break from it sometimes.


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Thursday, August 18, 2016

#GoodThingsBlast: "Good Things" Urban Fantasy Anthology is LIVE!


Good things come from unexpected places...

Magic and mayhem. Vampires and gods. Cops and werewolves. The binding thread of mysticism in the modern world and acts of kindness, small and large, random and focused. Join these ten authors as we travel through their worlds.

All of the author proceeds from the sales of this anthology will go to the Random Acts Organization, sponsoring kindness throughout the world. This is not official Random Acts merchandise, but is a fundraising project under permission from the charity.

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: August 18, 2016
Charity: Random Acts of Kindness 


Available in digital and print on Amazon!


Join the GOOD THINGS release day party on
happening August 18-20!


A. STAR (DIANTHA JONES)
Diantha Jones loves writing fantasy books filled with adventure, romance, and magic. She's the author of the Oracle of Delphi series, the Mythos series, and the Djinn Order series (as A. Star). When she isn’t writing or working, she is reading or being hypnotized by Netflix. She is a serious night-owl and while everyone else is grinning in the warmth and sunlight, she’s hoping for gloominess and rain. Yeah, she’s weird like that.


ANGELA B. CHRYSLER
Angela B. Chrysler is a writer, logician, philosopher, and die-hard nerd who studies theology, historical linguistics, music composition, and medieval European history in New York with a dry sense of humor and an unusual sense of sarcasm. She lives in a garden with her family and cats.

In 2014, Ms. Chrysler founded Brain to Books: the marketing promotional engine and online Encyclopedia for authors. A passionate gardener and incurable cat lover, Ms. Chrysler spends her days drinking coffee and writing beside a volume of Edgar Allan Poe who strongly influences her style to this day. When Ms. Chrysler is not writing, she enables her addictions to all things nerdy, and reads everything she can get her hands on no matter the genre. Occasionally, she finds time to mother her three children and debate with her life-long friend who she eventually married. Her writing is often compared to Tad Williams. Her influences are Edgar Allan Poe, The Phantom of the Opera, and Frankenstein.


J. KIM MCLEAN
Kim’ love of reading came after her mother introduced her to Tolkien and the Hobbit, followed by Lord of the Rings. She also lovingly blames her mother for her love of Science Fiction and Fantasy, thanks to being raised on Star Trek. Kim has always had a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until she finished with graduate school (where she earned a Master’s of Science in Geology) that she found she could focus her imagination into creating her own characters and stories. Much of her writing has been for various play by email or forum role play universes, though Kim does hope this will be the first of many more stories she writes for publication.

When not writing, Kim can be found snowboarding, hiking, or doting on her furry beasts.

DARIEL RAYE
Dariel Raye is an award-winning author of powerful IR/MC (Interracial/Multi-cultural) paranormal romance and dark urban fantasy with alpha male heroes to die for and strong heroines with hearts worth winning. Her stories tell of shifters, vamps, angels, demons, and fey (the Vodouin variety). Dariel is currently writing three series: “Dark Sentinels” (wolf shifters), “Orlosian Warriors” (Vampire-like Nephilim), and “Gateway” (a crossover erotic paranormal suspense with romantic elements).

For more about Dariel, follow her blog or visit her website. She also publishes a new release newsletter. If you enjoyed this book, please post a review on review sites. You can also follow her and contact her on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.


MIA DARIEN
Born a Connecticut Yankee in nobody's court, Mia Darien grew up to brave snow and talk fast. She started reading when she was three and never looked back, soon frequently falling asleep with a book under her cheek. (Something she still does, though these days it?s her Nook as often as a paperback.)

At eleven, she discovered Night Mare by Piers Anthony and entered the world of grown-up fantasy fiction and it was all over from there. She started writing at fourteen, then met vampires as a teenager and the concept for what would become Adelheid was soon born. Epic fantasy remains her first love, but she enjoys writing whatever stories come to mind in any genre.

Now she loves both writing and helping her indie community with her freelancing. A geek till the end, she enjoys role-play by email games and World of Warcraft when she has the time. Married to her very own Named Man of the North, she lives with him, their mini-tank (also known as their son) and pets, who usually act more childish than the child.


ABIGAIL OWEN
Award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado, and resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.


CRYSTAL G. SMITH
Born a small town Missourian, Crystal grew up in a time where reading was used for her escape from the everyday worries of a young girl.  She then began developing ideas of how she would write a book and what she would do with her characters.  Soon, idea came to typewriter and then thankfully computers.

Her love of reading is not centered on one specific genre, but with her writing, she has a tendency to stay with the romance genre.  Whether it be modern day romance or paranormal romance, and a lot of steamy, she enjoys writing a story where characters find love in one another no matter how twisted their lives.

She has written several stories for charity to date and continues to write novellas and novels.  She is an indie author with a large imagination and even larger heart.  She is married with four children, (even though two of them have four legs).  She works full-time as a pediatric nurse and when she isn’t acting goofy with family, you can find her reading or writing.


KAT JAMESON
Kat Jameson has been having just plain wicked thoughts for about as long as she’s been writing, so it seemed like a very natural progression that the two would end up together. She is a woman who seems perfectly average on the outside, but believes in a great capacity for the power of love and the joy of sex and thinks constraints should be put on neither so long as everyone involved is happy. So that’s what she writes about.


CHRISTI RIGBY
Christi Rigby lives in Colorado with her husband and her two teen boys, rounding out the group is a bernese mountain dog and an old orange cat that can't seem to sleep in the morning past the need for some kibble at 5 am, then returns to the bed after it has been vacated but the owners. She has written a number of short stories for publication and is working on her first book to be published. When she is not writing at a keyboard she is always writing in her mind, so to say writing is her real life over the job she holds would be a fair representation. An avid guide along the path to geekdom for her children and friends, she is a fan of comic books, any number of Science Fiction/Fantasy television shows and movies, computer and console gaming, and just about anything Scandinavian or British Isles in nature. One day she hopes that her choice to make writing her life will lead to a visit to the Isle of Man.



JESSICA NICHOLLS
Jessica Nicholls is originally from Northern Illinois. She lived in the Northwest of England for just over ten years, where she studied and had her children. Jessica still lives overseas with her husband and two school age kids. Running, reading and watching films are her favourite hobbies. She loves spirits, passionate love stories, vampires, shape shifters, mythology and almost anything historical. The most important thing for her is for a story to feel real, something to genuinely escape into. Writing the type of stories she would enjoy reading is a passion.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

"Good Things" : A 10-Author Urban Fantasy Anthology





Magic and mayhem. Vampires and gods. Cops and werewolves. The binding thread of mysticism in the modern world and acts of kindness, small and large, random and focused. Join these ten authors as we travel through their worlds.

All of the author proceeds from the sales of this anthology will go to the Random Acts Organization, sponsoring kindness throughout the world. This is not official Random Acts merchandise, but is a fundraising project under permission from the charity.