Dariel's World

Hi. I'm Dariel Raye, an interracial/multi-cultural paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and psy/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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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Beth Trissel is With Us Today

Thanks for visiting with me today, Beth! I'm thoroughly enjoying The Bearwalker's Daughter. Tell us a little more about yourself and your writing...

Thanks for having me on your blog, Dariel. To share a bit about myself, I’m a multi-published award-winning author whose been at this writing craze for 15+ years. Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles.

My fascination with Colonial America, particularly stirring tales of the frontier and the Shawnee Indians, is an early and abiding one. My English, Scot-Irish ancestors had interactions with this tribe, including family members taken captive. In Red Bird’s Song, I honed in on my early American roots in a story featuring the Scots-Irish and an Indian attack that happened to my ancestors. Native American themed historical romance Through the Fire is also based on research into my colonial forebears and the French and Indian War. I signed a contract for the sequel to Through the Fire, entitled Kira Daughter of the Moon, due out later in 2012. And a Christmas historical romance, also due out later in 2012, A Warrior for Christmas.

My recent release, The Bearwalker's Daughter, is a historical romance novel interwoven with an intriguing paranormal thread, set among the clannish Scots in the mist-shrouded Alleghenies. The story is similar to others of mine with a frontier flavor and also features Native American characters. My passion for the past, and some of the accounts I've come across while researching my early American ancestors and the Shawnee Indians, is at the heart of the inspiration behind this novel.

Blurb: Timid by nature—or so she thinks—Karin McNeal hasn’t grasped who she really is or her fierce birthright. A tragic secret from the past haunts the young Scots-Irish woman longing to learn more of her mother's death and the mysterious father no one will name. The elusive voices she hears in the wind hint at the dramatic changes soon to unfold in the mist-shrouded Alleghenies in Autumn, 1784.

Jack McCray, the wounded stranger who staggers through the door on the eve of her twentieth birthday and anniversary of her mother's death, holds the key to unlock the past. Will Karin let this handsome frontiersman lead her to the truth and into his arms, or seek the shelter of her fiercely possessive kinsmen? Is it only her imagination or does someone, or something, wait beyond the brooding ridges—for her?~

For more on me and my work, my blog is the happening place: One Writer’s Way

Thanks so much for visiting with me today, Beth. I know you're super proud of your daughter, Elise for creating this gorgeous cover!

2008 Golden Heart® Finalist
2008 Winner Preditor's & Editor's Readers Poll
Publisher’s Weekly BHB Reader’s Choice Best Books of 2009 

2010 Best Romance Novel List at Buzzle
Won Book of the Week Five Times At LASR

2012 Double Epic Award Finalist

Friday, April 27, 2012

Beth Trissel Will Be My Guest Blogger Tomorrow!

Multi-published, award-winning hitsorical paranormal romance author Beth Trissel will be here tomorrow! I'm thoroughly enjoying her new release, The Bearwalker's Daughter. Tomorrow you'll get to see the fantastic cover created by her graphic designer daughter, Elise!  Please stop by and visit with us.

Twelve Hours!!

Multi-published, award winning author Beth Trissel will be visiting with me in twelve hours! Please stop by tomorrow and visit as she talks about writing and her new release, The Bearwalker's Daughter.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Capture With a Kick

 Please join me in welcoming Author, Madeline Iva!

Thanks Dariel for having me on your blog to talk about my favorite kind of capture romance and my latest erotic romance Elf Wizard’s Captive. 

Thanks for coming, Madeline. I'm really happy to have you with us today! What's the status of your WIP right now? 

As an aspiring romance author, I’m at the point now where I’ve written two erotic romance novels and I’m shopping both around to editors and agents.  I’ve had some breathless ‘almost’ moments with both, and right now Elf Wizard’s Captive is on an excellent editor’s desk as I write.

That's exciting! I always enjoy hearing about the journey. 

I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed every contact I’ve made in the romance industry so far, and going to my local RWA chapter meetings and going to conferences has been incredibly fun.   It’s an exciting time, but I’m not waiting around passively. I’ve heard the paranormal call, so my third book is going to be in that vampire-meets-werewolf domain.

Gotta love those vamps and weres. So your WIP, is there a particular spin? 

Meanwhile--there are so many different kinds of capture romance, but one kind does it for me more than most.  Perhaps it’s because it’s a lighter and spicier version of the sub-genre.  It’s what I like to read myself, so it’s what I set out to write. 

How would you describe your heroine?

When it comes to reading romance, I’m very drawn to women who are too big for their britches.  Strong heroines who misbehave are fun.  Yet women who are pushing boundaries all the time can have difficulties with personal relationships. 
If a gal is too feisty and mistrusting, she can end up with intimacy issues and become her own worst enemy.
So I wrote Elf Wizard’s Captive with a strong heroine named Elzbeth  for whom magic is her end all be all.  To that end, she serves a grumpy sorceress as an apprentice.  (We soon learn that Elzbeth doesn’t always follow orders like she should.)

 LOL. I like her already ;-) Tell us more...

When Elzbeth is told to go out and with her first magic spell to capture someone for the sorceress, she’s thrilled to use her new powers.  Yet finding a subject that doesn’t scare the bejesus out of her proves challenging.  She opts for a strapping youth in a beautiful tower, since he looks harmless. 
However it turns out that her captive is an immortal wizard, and an elf hottie to boot.  He can compel her sexually with his changing eyes, and when she’s around him she’s all too aware of the fact that she hasn’t had sex in a long, long time. 
And so the power struggle between them begins.  At first he underestimates her.  He doesn’t think she’s an apprentice to the sorceress who’s captured him.  He assumes that she’s a captive princess, and her sense of mischief makes her play along.
When he manages to escape, Elzbeth is in a real pickle, and yet even so, her attraction to him spikes.  There’s a part of her that longs being dominated by him, while she also fears him. 

I think this is a delicious moment.  She knows that he’s furious with her, and she’s trying to figure out where he’s gone while chaos reigns in her sorceress’s decaying castle.  Even knowing how dangerous he is, she loves the spark of unknown magic about him.  Like a moth to the fame she becomes incredibly curious, even if that flame threatens to consume her. 

Here’s an excerpt from Elf Wizard’s Captive.

She tried the spell of undoing.  It was the same spell she used to wake him from sleep before.  She stood near the cell door as he slowly woke.
He finally sat up, blinking his eyes.  Those fascinating eyes did a rapid-fire color change and then stayed green.
“I’ve never met an elf before,” she said
“I’ve never met anyone like you,” he said.  “From what land do you hail?”
“One far away.”
“Your accent is…different.”
She didn’t bother explaining. She wasn’t there to talk.  She went and perched on the end of his cot, he turned towards her, and gently taking her hand drew it over to his side putting her hand to rest on his heart.  Her palm felt his hot naked flesh and her own heart picked up it’s pace.
“Why has she captured me Princess,” he asked.  “Do you know?”
“She wants you for a rejuvenation spell.” The apprentice was still stretching out her hand.  She moved closer to him, until they were touching.  She tentatively rested her head on his shoulder, since they seemed to have this kind of instant Romeo & Juliet bond.  It’s what a princess would do, she told herself.
“What rejuvenation spell is it?”
“Does it matter?” she asked a bit skeptically. 
“Yes, there are several, some deadly.”
“I didn’t know that,” she said truthfully.  “I just thought they all involved sex somehow.”
He laughed at her.
             She closed her eyes and felt his naked shoulder with her cheek.  Without his shirt on, there was no way to ignore his strong sexuality.  She loved his scent and the heat from his body.  Though only half naked he seemed more exposed somehow.
             “She knows Eldred’s not your name,” she said sad and accusing, putting her head tentatively back to stare at him.
“Smart little princess,” he said, his arm sneaking around her waist, holding her easily.  “I did not like lying to you.”
               He didn’t think she was very bright. 
“I’m not your little princess,” she said, struggling to leave his arm.  She hated being condescended to.  “You’re a scoundrel and will break your promises to me.”
“I intend to keep every promise,” he swore as he prevented her from letting go and getting up.  He gently kissed her in the tender space next to her ear and she almost swooned.
“Stop it,” she said.
“I like holding you’re here,” he said and as she struggled, she fell across his body and felt not only his hot skin, but also the hard bar of his cock. 
She wanted to get his goat so badly.  To bring him down a peg.  Yet, rubbing against his cock made her brain stop functioning.  She closed her eyes again, admitting to herself that all she really wanted to do was fuck his brains out.  
He kissed her again.  She didn’t turn away this time.  A little bit of her naughty tongue made him suddenly respond with less inhibition, his mouth opening with a small groan.  Their tongues met and he was gripping her hard, pulling her against him, and flipping them over so that she was under him, the chain running across his back.  The hot, searing kisses progressed to the point where they were rubbing against each other when suddenly he stopped.
“We shouldn’t.” 
She realized her dress was up around her waist.  How did that happen? She was shamelessly dry humping him, and found herself blushing hard.  Her hand cupped his cock, and it leapt and jumped beneath her fingers.
“Don’t.” he said, almost as if in pain, removing her hand.
“Why not?” she asked.
“I will not take your maidenhead,” he insisted.
Right! She was supposed to act like a virgin.  How’s that go again?
She must have been looking at him in a rather befuddled way, because he suddenly gave her very sincere look. 
Pulling her upright, he paused.  Then he interlacing her hand, he took a big breath.
“Princess,” he said, looking her right in the eye,  “men and women are made to be quite different.” With dawning horror she realized he was about to tell her about the birds and the bees.
“I know the functions of the body,” she said hurriedly, waving off that embarrassing topic. 
She leaned into him and said, “I know the functions quite well.”  Looking at him through lowered lids, she convinced him to resume kissing her, but this time he was going so slowly it was driving her mad. 
She was used to something very different.  She was used to fast, nasal clearing sex with strange men during her travels.  A lot of geeky archeology types were in that crew.  She was used to wham, bam, and being out the door before she could hear the guy thank her.  She was used to the kind of sex that helped you fall asleep quickly afterwards.  Wait, that sounded bad. 
“Kiss me harder, like before,” she demanded.  He was toying with her, and when she struggled, he held her tight. His tender kissing and hard body made her want to fuck, not be treasured with exquisite care.  She didn’t feel like virgin when he was touching her, his fingers sliding up her thighs.  She spread her legs a little.  An invitation, but not too far.  The princess was not a slut.
“Does Hulgetta know?” he said quietly.
“Know what?”
“That—you’re here?” he whispered holding her by her ribs. “That,” he leaned in closer and very softly whispered in her ear, “I’m kissing and caressing you.”
She leaned back and pouted.  “She doesn’t know.  She’d punish me terribly if she did.”
Did she catch something in his eye when she said that? The look was gone so fast she couldn’t be sure.  It provoked a sudden sweeping intensity in her. Had she seen what she thought she had?  A spark of utter fascination?
“Does she punish you often?” he managed to ask, those sly wicked fingers under her skirt.
“Um.” Why tell him Hulgetta was going disfigure her if she ever caught her? That wouldn’t make him horny.  In fact, he’d probably demand she leave. He was just the type to get all noble.  Meanwhile, she just wanted to play.  To rub up against him and—
“What if I told you,” she said, tonguing him behind his ear, “that every time I’m bad, she has one of the kitchen maids spank me?”
Oh didn’t his cock just surge and jump at that suggestion. 

What kind of capture romance makes you want to sit up and cheer? Please let me know in the comments below. You can find me on Facebook, or on Twitter. I’m also at www.madelineiva.com. Please stop by and say ‘hi’. I always like to meet new folks, otherwise writing is a lonely business.

Very true. Thank you for joining us here today, Madeline, and extra thanks for the excerpt. I can't wait until your book is released!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Have Paranormal Heroes Created a New Mold?

In my last post I mentioned bestselling author J.R. Ward’s capture romance installment. Well, this weekend, and very likely next week, too, I’ll continue with my hero-obsession. When I read the first installment in Ward’s Blackdagger Brotherhood series, I was sold on paranormal romance once again. She helped revolutionize the edgy, tormented hero saving the world while waiting to be loved by just the right woman – the one and only. Since the Brotherhood, quite a few other breeds, new species, even demonica working in an underground hospital, have caught my eye. This weekend, I’d like to make use of the Brotherhood for my study, and of course I need your help.

One of the many things I love about the Brothers is that while they all have heroic characteristics in common, each one is still unique, and has some quirk or trait all his own. Now, this either makes me love him more, or it doesn’t necessarily move me.  Of the six original Blackdagger brothers, plus Butch O’Neal, that makes it seven, choose your favorite, and tell me why in comments. Oh, okay, I know it’s hard to choose just one. Choose two. To make it a bit easier, I’ll list them below…

Bk. 1 – Dark Lover – Wrath – King of Brotherhood – Last purebred left on Earth –

Bk. 2 – Lover Eternal – Rhage – Possessed by a deadly dragon-like creature –
            Cursed by Scribe Virgin – Mary

Bk. 3 – Lover Awakened – Zsadist – Still bears scars of horrible physical and
Emotional abuse –Phury’s  twin – teaches young brothers to fight – Bella

Bk. 4 – Lover Revealed – Butch O’Neal – Ex-cop – first human allowed into
            Brotherhood – Marissa

Bk. 5 – Lover Unbound – Vishous – Brilliant, possesses destructive power in one
            Hand and ability to see future events – into dom/sub – Dr. Jane

Bk. 6 – Lover Enshrined – Phury – Self-sacrificing - Zsadist’s twin – Feels guilty
            About what happened to Zsadist – Primale of the Chosen

Bk. 10 – Lover Reborn – Tohrment (Tohr) – Returned emaciated a hollow –
            disappeared after his shellan was murdered – they were the adoptive
            parents of John Matthew before his change.

Tell me. Which ones tugged at your heartstrings most? Don’t know about you, but the same characteristics that make me yearn for my make-believe heroes are the same character traits I’m drawn to in real walking talking men. They’re not always so dreamy, but every now and then they can do some pretty heroic things, too J

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Capture Romance, You Say? Oh, the Controversy

What do authors, Kathleen Woodiwiss, J.R. Ward, and my upcoming guest Madeline Iva have in common? Capture romance. What’s that? I’m glad you asked. Capture romances are stories in which the hero kidnaps the heroine in some way. From that point, he convinces her to stay with him. Oh, the controversy!

In this day of strong, capable, independent women, what would Sir Freud say about us harboring a fantasy of being so overtaken by our emotions and desires that we allow ourselves to be convinced, persuaded, or coerced by a man? Hmmm.  The catch, of course, is that the heroine is not harmed in any way by the hero other than her pride, and as we all know, pride goeth before the fall

Author Madeline Iva will be my guest this weekend, and I’m always curious about these things. Take my poll. Are you harboring a fantasy to be captured and captivated by a dreamy hero? Feel free to elaborate in comments...

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Get Smart! The clock is ticking...

S.M.A.R.T. is an acrostic for setting better goals – meaning, goals we actually have a chance of achieving. As Women on Writing wrote, waiting until New Year to set goals is silly. It’s never too early or late to set goals. Let’s face it – procrastination is an epidemic. Leaves us feeling guilty, stressed, and unfulfilled. Our reasons for procrastinating are various and sundry, and article upon article has been written about fear of success, fear of failure, poor organization, time management,  and the list goes on and on. For now, though, putting the excuses aside, our goal is simply setting smart goals in the first place. Who knows? This could alleviate the need for some of those excuses.

In fact, here’s a bit of trivia to help motivate and encourage you. The number 12 is a symbol of completion. Something will be completed or perfected, and this is the year to accomplish it. So whether you’re on-track (it’s April, so that would be at least a quarter of the way toward reaching your goal by the year’s end), or haven’t taken the first step toward your goal (maybe you’ve written it down…or not), the following articles will help save you some time by focusing your efforts or getting you off to a good start. We all have goals – some major, others not so much, but the key is to stop dreaming about them (although dreaming is good, too) and start working toward them, no matter what time of year.

To increase the chance of reaching goals, they should be :

S – Specific and significant

M – Measurable and meaningful

A – Attainable and action-oriented

R – Relevant and rewarding

T – Time-bound and trackable

Just for fun, one of my diva sisters has some great deals on her new release! Come back & get these goal setting sites later.
http://www.mindtools.com/page6.html - tips to improve goal-setting

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Action Words

Angelic Praise Dancers Celebrating Resurrection Day, Lily Baptist Church

Just a brief post to help alleviate those pesky, passive words, stifling our wonderfully engaging stories. Three sites with action word lists. One's actually categorized for resume writers, and the other two are for writers in general - one with an actual list and the other with helpful articles and tips. Enjoy!

http://www.writeexpress.com/action-verbs.html - This list is really for resumes, but still lots of useful words for writers

http://www.creativejuicesbooks.com/action-verbs.html - No list here, but good general creative writing tips and short lessons on active vs. passive voice