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...

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Jax Cassidy - Diva Extraordinaire

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Art was not only a passion of Machiko Barrett, but also a destiny…a way of life she has known since her talent was discovered at three years old. Caught in a turbulent storm of celebrity, scandal and corruption, she disappeared from the art world only to re-emerge fifteen years later as an au pair to the two young children of renowned Parisian gallery owners. Her sheltered existence is disrupted when she is lured back to her one true passion: painting.

While Machiko struggles to find her own identity through her art, she encounters Caleb Holden, a sexy, unpredictable and irresistible neighbor with a penchant for collecting art, and women. As he discovers the girl within the woman, the secrets of Machiko's past return to haunt her, revealing scars she never knew existed. She must learn to conquer her fears and allow him into her heart or risk slipping back into a cold, lonely world that once held her spirit captive.

Through Caleb's determination to educate Machiko about trusting herself and her abilities, he opens her eyes to the art of sensuality, and awakens the woman buried deep inside the broken girl.

Author Bio:
Jax Cassidy is a multi-published author and has written under the pen name Cassidy Kent. She is Co-Founder of Romance Divas, an award winning romance writer's website and discussion forum.

In between skydiving for charity and campaigning against human trafficking, she enjoys the company of close friends and indulges her caffeine fix at the nearest cafe. An avid traveler and an adventurous spirit, Jax has drawn inspiration from her experiences and often blends the exotic mix of Eastern and Western lifestyles into her writing.

When she isn't locked up in her office penning her latest manuscript, Jax can be found creating abstract paintings for future art shows, or dividing her time between California, Texas, and Florida.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Got Wolf?

I am SO excited! Just got the request for my snail mail address from The Wild Rose Press. I won 2nd place for my wolf shifter novella, "Raven's Shelter." I'll let you know when the anthology will be available.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Interview

How long have you been writing? Started writing short stories and winning essay contests as a child, and wrote some rather dreary poetry in high school, but my first release was Vashti’s Star in 2003.

What's the hottest love scene you've ever written? (Excerpt- optional) What’s hot is extremely relative, but right now, Aidan’s will (paranormal romance that I’m working on) has the hottest love scene.

David began to pull back out, allowing the pearls to slide across his teeth…..

Who's your favorite hero? Heroine? My favorite hero is always the one I’m writing at the time. Right now, his name is David, a 6’3’’ Native American Aries with creative bedroom interests and lots of secrets.

What's your writing routine? I’m most creative late at night, say from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., and I write all day on Saturday when I’m not working in the studio.

Where do your ideas come from? God has blessed me with a childlike imagination fit for adult fancy:)

Which do you create first: characters or the plot? Definitely characters.

Is your glass half empty or full? Always half full. Who’s gonna say their glass is half empty?

What's your favorite genre? Paranormal romance with the inherent suspense and mystery. I mean paranormal in the broadest sense (voodoo, clairvoyance, reincarnation, angels, deities, unusual shape-shifters, etc.)

True or False: Do your characters reinact your secret desires? False. They’re just a pleasant escape. Unlike real life, their stories always end well.

What are your thoughts on writing erotic romance? Your genre? Erotic romance is the best of both worlds. There’s a storyline for those of us who need a plot, and there’s hot sex for those of us who enjoy the “steamy” side of life. Paranormal is my favorite because it allows me to bend and break even more rules.

What's under the covers? (Upcoming releases)? Working frantically on Aidan’s Will, the story of two lovers, a Vodouin empath and a medicine man, who die tragically in the 19th century and are reincarnated in the 21st century. This time, however, she does not know who he is, and he is in danger of possession by an ancient deity that has stalked his family for more than 100 years. After it’s edited, I’ll work more on Gabriel’s Keep, my take on the ancient story of an archangel who is born into a human family with a frightening mission. The woman chosen to share in the fulfillment of this mission is an abused housewife who has no idea who or what he is.

Diva starter: 12 hunkiest male professions

Saw this on the Diva board and thought it was great. What are the 12 hunkiest male professions? Personally, I have a thing for smart men who are good with their hands.

Doctor (any specialization - MD, DVM, Ph.D.)

Architect

Artist

Computer tech

Engineer

Electrician

Contractor

Musician



What do you think? What are some of the hunkiest male professions in your opinion?