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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Monday, December 31, 2012



Happy New Year! I'll keep this short and sweet and show you my books so you can get to the prizes ;-) Please take a minute and tell me your favorite thing about 2012. Make sure to leave your e-mail address.

In 2012, I released the first books in two paranormal romance series: "Dark Sentinels," and "The Alerians - Dark Progeny." "Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin" is with my editor as we speak, soon to be released, and "The Alerians - Dark Progeny: Gideon's Light" is in the works!

Jordan Taylor is a feisty, take charge, Rubinesque beauty with a tough façade, but after a string of lackluster relationships, her dream of a man who truly loves her and appreciates her strength seems impossible…Until she meets Canaan, the man her fiancé claims is his best friend! Instinctively, she knows her neat, if lackluster life is about to change.
Born more than 200 years ago, Canaan looks like an angel but he’s far from it. In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1, and although he’s a superior being, he’s willing to break the most sacred law of his brothers, even drink human blood, to have one of his own. To claim Jordan as his own, Canaan will have to betray his friend, humble himself enough to win her love, and risk his very life.

Dr. Akila Marshall is a veterinarian with a calling – save as many stray animals as possible. The only child of wealthy, yet distant parents, she’s convinced that love is not for her. Until…

Sable’s search for his twin sister leads him to Akila. Born into a rare species of wolf shifters whose main purpose is protecting others, he has always been forced to fend for himself, but Akila’s loving, protective nature draws him – and not a moment too soon. Together, they must learn to trust each other enough to overcome a new, deadly enemy.
And away we go...


It's another year over! Can you believe it? Well we authors, readers, and bloggers sure can't. And to celebrate the New Year with bang, we're going crazy and sending out so many prizes, fun parties, experiences, and other goodies, that it's a bit scary. Each author has a favorite New Year memory, book, idea, or way to party and we're going to show you! Can't wait to see you January 1st - 6th!

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?
Prize from this site: $20 gift certificate to Eve's Garden
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $300 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!
This giveaway has ended. A winner will be chosen shortly. Thank you for participating :-)
...and the winner is...Nikki.t.23! Congratulations!
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Dariel's Fridays With Friends - Author Dianna Bellerose





Dianna Bellerose 

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? What were some of your first steps toward making your dream a reality?
I had this nagging voice inside my head, telling me that I should write a book. It was not giving me peace, until one day I decided to listen, and this were my first steps toward my dreams.

What 3 adjectives best describe you?
Humble, Dedicated and Inspirational

Tell us about your books. Genre, titles, any favorite characters? What can we look forward to from you in the near future? WIP’s, upcoming releases
My book is inspirational and carries a life changing message which can be eye opener for so many. I have a plan to continue my mission to support and help with my writings everyone who has need of a helping hand. There is a new book coming next year, second part of Fire and Ice, that is what I want to reveal at the moment.
How do your values show up in your writing? What do you want readers to take from your writing?
I grow up with my grandparents, who were the most amazing people I have ever encountered in my life. They were caring and loving, and I learned a lot from them. I think this helped me be the person I am right now and that is what readers can take from my book.

What do you look for in a good book?
I love books about warm hearted people, who make difference in the world.
What are some of the best social media, marketing, and publicity tips you’ve come across?
So far, twitter has been an extremely successful tool for creating traffic to all of your media places. Recently, I discovered that Linkedin is a good place for publicity, and marketing.

What are some things you know now about writing and being an author that you wish someone had told you at the very beginning?
Very good question, I wish I had someone to tell me how much work it takes to write and market at the same time. It does not mean that I would have give up on it.
Along that same line, what are some of your favorite resources?
Life is my best resource for everything; the best ideas are coming from it.

What lifts your spirits when you’re discouraged?
Hope, I always have hope when things are bad. I am a believer, and I am taking every obstacle like an opportunity to grow and learn from it. Let’s never forget that anything is possible.

What tips can you offer towards building and maintaining a strong support system as a writer?
Do not pay attention when people are not supportive and try to bring you down. There are a lot of people who do that because they do not understand your writings or try to tell you clichés. Stay true to yourself and believe always, never give up, no matter what.



 In Fire and Ice, Nancy, a naïve but resourceful, kindhearted woman, marries her high school sweetheart. As a working wife and mother, Nancy perseveres, despite having an abusive, alcoholic husband.





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Friday, December 21, 2012

Dariel's Stop on The Great Big Book Tour!



Author Rebecca Grant "tagged" me for the "Next Big Thing" blog hop! Leave me a comment with your e-mail address for a chance to win "Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable" and get caught up by reading the beginning of this series :-)

What is the working title of your next book? Working on two: “Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin” and “The Alerians – Dark Progeny: Gideon’s Light” (book two). Not sure which I’ll finish first.

Where did the idea come from for the book? The “Dark Sentinels” series is inspired by my deep love and respect for animals as well as the desire to champion them, and “The Alerians – Dark Progeny” series is inspired by the Biblical Nephilim, believed by some to be the descendants of angels who took male forms to mate with human women.

What genre does your book fall under? Dark paranormal romance/multicultural

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Christopher Gorham (in one of his darker roles) & Kerry Washington as Torin & Steph in “Dark Sentinels” and Chris Hemsworth & Meagan Goode as Gideon & Iris in “The Alerians – Dark Progeny”

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? “Will a sentinel wolf-shifter with questionable people skills be trapped by his own instincts when he uses his preternatural abilities to save the life of a cute, but uppity human lawyer?” – “Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin” and “A descendant of the cursed Nephilim questions every law of his brothers when he is forced to rely on the blood of a nerdy, inquisitive astrophysicist to survive.” – “The Alerians – Dark Progeny: Gideon’s Light”
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? “Dark Sentinels” will be self-published, and “The Alerians – Dark Progeny” series is with Red Rose Publishing

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?3-4mos.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? If you enjoy shifters and angels/fallen angels, I think you’ll like them.
  
Who or What inspired you to write this book? Endangered species inspired me to write about beings specifically designed to protect them, and my fascination with God’s angels and forgiveness inspired the Nephilim series.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Imagine a world where males outnumber females 500 to 1, and women are automatically viewed as royalty – “The Alerians – Dark Progeny” and fall in love with super-shifters created by Mother Nature for the sole purpose of protecting endangered wolves, the natural guardians of nature. 

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

13 Surefire Ways to Combat Holiday Blues Without a Therapist




           

            We’ve all felt it. No one wants to talk about it. The lack of motivation, sleep problems (either the desire to sleep too much, or insomnia), anxiety, weight gain, anger, and the list goes on. When I worked as a mental health and substance abuse counselor, I received more crisis calls this time of year than any other time. We know it’s probably statistically incorrect, but this time of year we seem to lose more people we love than any other time. Maybe it’s not so much that we lose more of them, but we definitely miss them. The list of goals unaccomplished, mistakes made, etc. Everything seems to hit us with force this time of year. The gleeful shoppers and holiday fanatics around us make the void even deeper. Well, enough of that! Try these practices to arm yourself against the blues:

1.     Purchase a journal – something that personifies you. Use it to keep a record of these exercises. The pic above is one of my favorite journals.

2. The moment you open your eyes, instead of saying “ugh!” meditate on at least three things that went right the day before. Do this before you get out of bed and start your hectic day. As you list these things, say “thank you.” Whether you’re angry with God, doubting the existence of God, whatever. You can deal with that later. For now, just say “thank you” for three good things. I usually start by saying "thank you for waking me up this morning."

3.     Start a month-to-month list of your accomplishments this year. Doesn’t have to be anything earth-shattering to anyone else, i.e., “January 2012, I lost 2 lbs., performed 3 solos, helped my daughter make a life decision, wrote 10,000 words, reviewed 2 books, read 6 books,” you get the idea.

4.     Develop a realistic exercise plan – in other words, start slow, maybe 3 days a week for 20 minutes, but be specific and consistent. You’d be surprised how much better you’ll feel after 2 weeks. As the experts say, make sure you consult with your physician before embarking on any exercise plan, but one of the safest, simplest exercises is walking. You can spice it up with music, wii, etc.

5.     Complete a diet inventory. Not “diet” like eating only celery sticks and carrots, but “diet” in terms of which foods make you feel bad after eating them (toxic foods), and which foods improve your health (system supporting foods). Everyone is different, and only you can really complete this inventory. Be honest. You’re not making any changes yet, just gathering information. If you’re doubtful, consult with a dietitian.

6.     Now, use your diet inventory to develop a healthy eating plan specific to you and your lifestyle. No crash foolishness. Cleansing is okay within reason, but treat your body with respect. The key is balance. You’re still not changing anything yet, just developing a plan of action.

7.     Set one and two year goals for every area of your life – mental, physical, spiritual. This should include relationships, career, hobbies, what we like to call your “lifestyle.” Good goals are broken into achievable portions with a list of actions or steps necessary to reach each goal, a timeline, and materials needed. I find it helpful to list goals by the day, week, month, and year. I also suggest using your smart phone to keep “to do” lists for each day. Here’s an example: “In the month of January, I will set aside one day a week to go to lunch with the girls.”

8.     Get organized! Everything should have a home – saves you time and frustration, not to mention how accomplished you feel when you get things in order.  These are just a couple of guides for the organizationally challenged J  http://www.amazon.com/Decluttering-Your-Home-Declutter-ebook/dp/B0075FH5GA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1355891032&sr=1-1&keywords=decluttering+your+home
     

9.     Make a list of the influential people in your life – family, friends, acquaintances, even antagonists. What have they added to your life? I know. Apart from a pain in the butt, it can be hard to find anything the antagonist or even that troublesome family member has added, but think about it. One of my most irritating antagonists has helped to make me stronger. Nothing strengthens you like realizing that everybody doesn’t have to love you, and you’re still okay.

10.    Take a weekend sabbatical. You don’t even have to leave town, but if you live within, say, 60 miles of a more peaceful or exciting (whichever one invigorates you) location, go for it! Take your journal and get away from everyone and everything stressful.

11.   As soon as you get back from your sabbatical, start your new “diet” plan by eliminating one of the foods you identified that makes you feel bad for one week. Just one week. You should have a list from step #5, so after eliminating a toxic food for one week, do the same the next week, eliminating another toxic food from your diet. Continue until you are only eating foods that support your system.

12. Declutter your social and personal life. Life is full of things we have to do but don't enjoy doing, but we have a tendency to add to the mundane and annoying by continuing unpleasant tasks out of obligation or habit. Cut this to a minimum. Anything you're doing that you don't enjoy and don't have to do, stop it! Spend that time doing something you enjoy.

13.    Now that you’ve got yourself back on track, perform one random act of kindness each day. It doesn’t have to cost any money, and doesn’t even have to take a lot of time, but it should be something selfless and unexpected. If you do it in secret, that’s even better. Try these thirteen things and I guarantee you’ll beat the blues.

You've probably developed some strategies over the years. What helps you combat the Holiday blues?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Dariel's Stop: Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop


Hi, Wonderful Readers, and welcome to my stop on the Holiday Gifts of Love Hop! As you're rushing around preparing those last minute details for the holidays, I'll make this short and sweet. When I think about the holidays, I think about the meaning of unique, special gifts. Nothing makes me feel more loved and appreciated than my sweetheart attending my performance or a musical I've written just because I'm involved, or buying me tickets to a function just because he knows I love it. The support is an aphrodisiac. When he reads scenes in my novels just to understand me better and figure out what I want, he has my heart forever. What makes you feel loved? What special, unique gifts mean the most to you?

During this hop, you can get 2 of my books for the price of one! Purchase a copy of "The Alerians - Dark Progeny : Jordan's Wings," and message me on Facebook with proof of purchase. I'll send you a free PDF copy of "Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable!"  BTW, for a free Microsoft e-reader to make reading "Jordan's Wings" easier, click here :-)


Jordan Taylor is a feisty, take charge, Rubinesque beauty with a tough façade, but after a string of lackluster relationships, her dream of a man who truly loves and appreciates her strength seems impossible…Until she meets Canaan, the man her fiancé claims is his best friend! Instinctively, she knows her neat, if lackluster life is about to change.

Born more than 200 years ago, Canaan looks like an angel but he’s far from it. In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1, and although he’s a superior being, he’s willing to break the most sacred law of his brothers, even drink human blood, to have one meant for him alone.When he meets Jordan, he knows she’s the one he’s been searching for.  To claim her, Canaan will have to betray his friend, humble himself enough to win her love, and risk his very life.




Sable, a sentinel wolf shifter, is captured and locked in his wolf form until Akila, a veterinarian, tries to tame him and unleashes a 6'5" baby blue-eyed surprise.
Dr. Akila Marshall is a veterinarian with a calling – save as many stray animals as possible. The only child of wealthy, yet distant parents, she’s convinced that love is not for her. Until…

Sable’s search for his twin sister leads him to Akila. Born into a rare species of wolf shifters whose main purpose is protecting others, he has always been forced to fend for himself, but Akila’s loving, protective nature draws him – and not a moment too soon. Together, they must lea
rn to trust each other enough to overcome a new, deadly enemy.






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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas List Spotlight and Review with Linda Leander!




Sometimes life isn't what we wish for.  A Gypsy circus comes to a small Appalachian community in 1843.  A naïve, misunderstood farm girl is entranced by the sights, sounds and costumes and is persuaded to join the troupe.  Late one night she leaves the only home she has ever known and follows the Gypsy wagon circus.  She learns to ride the main act - an elephant named Cecil and she and the elephant form an instant bond.  She is given the stage name of INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders and is delighted.  

But all is not as it seems.  There are undertones of danger and sadness lurking in the shadows, as foretold by the old fortune-teller Vadoma.  Inzared finds true love and works hard to gain acceptance into the Gypsy world.  Someone is sabotaging the circus - but whom?  Inzared and Paytre (the boss handler) search for clues.  What of the family Inzared left behind?  Will they ever forgive her?  Does she miss them?

This book is for anyone who has ever had a dream so big, so overwhelming that it consumed his or her every waking minute.  Sometimes you just might get more than you bargained for and maybe it’s not what you really wanted after all. 


5.0 out of 5 stars
Inzared Has Something For Everyone, July 1, 2012
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Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders is a wonderful debut release from L. Leander. The story follows Bertha Maude Anderson, a girl who grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the 1800s. She is unsure of her place in the world, feeling she wants more than her small town home in Appalachia. When a gypsy circus comes through her town, she falls in love with the lifestyle the gypsy troupe leads--as well as being intrigued by a young man named Paytre and his elephant, Cecil--and finds herself convinced to leave her home and family behind to join The Romanoff Brothers Circus as Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders. The story is told from Inzared's point of view as she assimilates into they gypsy culture, finds love, uncovers a mystery that threatens the circus and the well-being of its performers and animals, and settles into her namesake as Queen of the Elephant Riders.

L.Leander has done an excellent job of accurately capturing the time period and the gypsy culture and you are truly pulled into the world of a travelling gypsy circus in the 1800s. The characters are very likable and realistic with dialogue that feels natural and fits the characters well. You really get to know the characters and connect with them. The story has a little bit of everything you could want in a book: romance, mystery, suspense, adventure, tragedy, and comedy. This is truly a book that can be enjoyed by just about anyone, no matter your typical genre preference.

This is L.Leander's debut novel, but from the quality of the writing, you would never guess it. Inzared is wonderfully written, plotted, and edited. Once I had started it, it was a challenge just to put it down. If this is only the beginning of what she has to offer, I can't wait to see what's next!





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L.Leander’s Reviews and Interviews: http://lleandersreviewsandinterviews.wordpress.com/

The "Holiday Gifts of Love" Blog Hop starts tomorrow. Mega-prizes and giveaways in addition to mine, so come back and see me :-D


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dariel's Next Big Thing!



Author Mia Darien "tagged" me for the "Next Big Thing" blog hop! Leave me a comment with your e-mail address for a chance to win "Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable" and get caught up by reading the beginning of this series :-)

What is the working title of your next book? Working on two: “Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin” and “The Alerians – Dark Progeny: Gideon’s Light” (book two). Not sure which I’ll finish first.

Where did the idea come from for the book? The “Dark Sentinels” series is inspired by my deep love and respect for animals as well as the desire to champion them, and “The Alerians – Dark Progeny” series is inspired by the Biblical Nephilim, believed by some to be the descendants of angels who took male forms to mate with human women.

What genre does your book fall under? Dark paranormal romance/multicultural

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Christopher Gorham (in one of his darker roles) & Kerry Washington as Torin & Steph in “Dark Sentinels” and Chris Hemsworth & Meagan Goode as Gideon & Iris in “The Alerians – Dark Progeny”

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? “Will a sentinel wolf-shifter with questionable people skills be trapped by his own instincts when he uses his preternatural abilities to save the life of a cute, but uppity human lawyer?” – “Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin” and “A descendant of the cursed Nephilim questions every law of his brothers when he is forced to rely on the blood of a nerdy, inquisitive astrophysicist to survive.” – “The Alerians – Dark Progeny: Gideon’s Light”

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? “Dark Sentinels” will be self-published, and “The Alerians – Dark Progeny” series is with Red Rose Publishing

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?3-4mos.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? If you enjoy shifters and angels/fallen angels, I think you’ll like them.
  
Who or What inspired you to write this book? Endangered species inspired me to write about beings specifically designed to protect them, and my fascination with God’s angels and forgiveness inspired the Nephilim series.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Imagine a world where males outnumber females 500 to 1, and women are automatically viewed as royalty – “The Alerians – Dark Progeny” and fall in love with super-shifters created by Mother Nature for the sole purpose of protecting endangered wolves, the natural guardians of nature.

Author Linda Leander will be with me tomorrow for the last glimpse of my Christmas reading list, and on Friday, the 14th, let the Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop begin. I'd love to see you here for a chance to win over 200 prizes! Also, join authors Adrienne Thompson and Rebecca Grant as they continue the "Next Big Thing" blog hop December 19th!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas List Spotlight and Review with Synthia Williams!




Blurb:
Knowing firsthand the heartbreak that comes when desire and emotion rule a relationship, Kenyatta Copeland assumes marrying Brad Johnson will lead to a safe and secure life. But as much as she believes she can plan her future, it’s hard to ignore the way her boss, Malcolm Patterson, ignites her passions with just one look.
After Malcolm learns of her engagement, he makes a play for her heart and reminds her that passion between a man and a woman has its perks… but also its costs. When Brad confirms his suspicion that there’s more than work between Kenyatta and Malcolm, he devises a sinister plan to keep Kenyatta by his side.
Torn between her promise to marry Brad and her irrepressible longing for Malcolm, Kenyatta must decide if she can live her life in a passionless marriage of convenience or once again trust her heart. Yet Brad does not intend to let her go easily, and by the time she realizes the depths of his treachery, it may be too late.

Amazon five star review from LadyTK:
"You Can't Plan Love is a real page turner. From the first page until the very last, readers will enjoy the ride. Kenyatta Copeland is woman that many will relate too. She has a choice between Mr.Safe and Reliable or follow her gut impulse and go with Mr. Passion and slightly inappropriate. It's a choice many have struggled with and soon Kenyatta finds that trusting your gut is always right,and rarely wrong. This is a great weekend read and an impressive debut for Ms. Williams. While you can't plan love, I can plan to read whatever Ms. Williams puts out next!"

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Tune in tomorrow for my "Next Big Thing" blog hop post!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas List Spotlight and Review with Vanna Smythe

Author Vanna Smythe's cover is attention-grabbing enough, and her story sounds just as exciting :-)






Duty versus love is the one battle warrior Kae doesn't know how to fight.

Kae has trained his entire life to become an elite Protector of the Realm. But when he earns that honor he finds himself protecting something far greater: the Veil separating two worlds. On one side of the Veil lie untold stores of magic. On the Realm's side, magic is all but obliterated, and Kae is one of the few who can use it. The priests who secretly rule the Realm will do everything they can to control his growing magical abilities. He's willing to pay the price, even though it comes between him and Issa, the princess he loves.

But the Veil has weakened over a thousand years and powers on both sides will stop at nothing to keep it intact. Strangers from the other side have kidnapped Issa to take her across the Veil and sacrifice her to strengthen it. Kae is the only one who can find her. If he goes after Issa, he loses everything he's worked so hard for. But if he chooses duty over love, Issa will die.

"That this is a first novel by Vanna Smythe is quite astounding. She not only tells a wonderful story with characters you can't help but care about, she also brings her world to life. This book has certainly left me wanting more and I look forward to the next installment eagerly.
- Andy Angel of Ebookwyrm's Book Review Blog

"Smythe's world's magic, political structure, and geo-arcana are unique and the conflicts are well done. I enjoyed reading this book a great deal and look forward to the next installment."
 -  Ernie Laurence, Jr. author of Islands of Loar: Sundered

"This novel's primary strength is in its worldbuilding and the crafting of this world beyond the Veil where priests rule the king and magic is employed in strong and evil ways. Protector was an enjoyable debut and I will look forward to book two and finding out what waits on the other side of the Veil."
- Elloise Hopkins, author, book reviewer and blogger
Stop by again tomorrow to see Synthia Williams's contribution to my Christmas list:-)

Vanna Smythe - Fantasy Author
Facebook: www.facebook.com/VannaSmytheAuthor
Protector (Anniversary of the Veil, Book 1): http://amzn.to/xLusPP

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas List Spotlight and Review with Beth Trissel!


Welcome my friend Beth Trissel with two Christmas stories, including a new release and a review! Leave me a comment with your e-mail address for a chance to get your hands on a free Kindle or PDF copy of her new release :-)

Light paranormal romance novella Somewhere the Bells Ring is a hauntingly beautiful love story; the ghost is intriguing, not horror, the mystery compelling, so a perfect read for most anybody. But don't take my word for it.

Five Angels From Fallen Angel Reviews: 
"Somewhere The Bells Ring is a haunting but strangely comforting read, focusing on timeless romance rather than spooky or scary scenes. The author is extremely talented at creating vivid scenes; her intricate descriptions leave the reader with vivid images and a strong sense of time and place. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for an intriguing, gripping ghost story with a focus on romance rather than terror." Reviewed by: Stephanie E


Blurb:

Caught with pot in her dorm room, Bailey Randolph is exiled to a relative’s ancestral home in Virginia to straighten herself out. Banishment to Maple Hill is dismal, until a ghost appears requesting her help. Bailey is frightened but intrigued. Then her girlhood crush, Eric Burke, arrives and suddenly Maple Hill isn’t so bad.

To Eric, wounded in Vietnam, his military career shattered, this homecoming feels no less like exile. But when he finds Bailey at Maple Hill, her fairy-like beauty gives him reason to hope–until she tells him about the ghost haunting the house. Then he wonders if her one experiment with pot has made her crazy.

As Bailey and Eric draw closer, he agrees to help her find a long-forgotten Christmas gift the ghost wants. But will the magic of Christmas be enough to make Eric believe–in Bailey and the ghost–before the Christmas bells ring?

For more on me my blog is the happening place: http://bethtrissel.wordpress.com/


Remember to leave me a comment with your e-mail address for a chance to win a free Kindle or PDF copy!
New release on Dec. 5th, historical romance novella, A Warrior for Christmas. One interesting feature of the story is that Dimity Scott, is deaf from a bout of scarlet fever and the setting is colonial America. She can’t hear anything except the vibrations of sound and loves music. Another unusual twist, former Shawnee captive, Corwin Whitfield, would rather return to his adopted people and the colonial frontier than inherit a costly estate. Until he meets her. Then he’s in a quandary.


Blurb:

Reclaimed by his wealthy uncle, former Shawnee captive Corwin Whitfield finds life with his adopted people at an end and reluctantly enters the social world of 1764. His one aim is to run back to the colonial frontier at his first opportunity––until he meets Uncle Randolph’s ward, Dimity Scott. 
Resolved to be cherished for herself, not her guardian's purse, Dimity resigns herself to spinsterhood. Then the rugged newcomer arrives, unlike any man she's ever known.  But can she expect love and marriage from Corwin who longs to return to the wild with dangers a deaf woman dares not share?

For more on me my blog is the happening place: http://bethtrissel.wordpress.com/
Congratulations, Petula! You've won a free e-book :-) Thanks, Beth. Come see me tomorrow for a glimpse at Vanna Smythe's paranormal romance!





Saturday, December 8, 2012

Dariel's 4+**** TBR Christmas List with Danita Minnis!




Angelina wants to go unrecognized when she leaves her family’s Yorkshire estate to play in a symphony in Italy. When she starts running she has no idea just how much she is running from: a stolen Stradivarius, a birthright of mysterious powers and a past that got her killed over two hundred years ago. 

Falcon wants the Stradivarius in her possession, and goes undercover to track down a thief. But he is not the only killer in search of the violin.

il Dragone, a devil-worshiping cult, wants revenge for a past only they can remember.

Falcon’s Angel is a paranormal romance of love that ended in tragedy in eighteenth century France. That love is tested in a fight of good versus evil some two hundred years later. This time around Falcon and Angel have an opportunity to put a stop to the cycle of murder and mayhem, if only they can remember.


5.0 out of 5 stars Falcon's Angel,  November 29, 2012
This review is from: Falcon's Angel (Kindle Edition)
Date: 11/29/12 Review By Linda Hays-Gibbs of Falcon's Angel
By Danita Minnis
Published 2012
ISBN 978-1-59578-942-6

In a world that is forever in flux between the past and present a great love story abides between Falcon and Sasha or Angelina, his Angel. She goes by several names as he does. They are in Yorkshire, England and Italy most of the time but there is a lot of travel between times and places. Although their names change between time periods from the 1780's till the present, it is not difficult to find them. They are always together.

Falcon is an aristocrat that has turned into an assassin to accomplish his quest to annihilate an extreme evil. This evil is il Dragone, a devil-worshiping cult, he remembers from his dreams. He has been on the trail of a stolen Stradivarius for ten years. His boss is certain that a certain young lady that plays this instrument is the thief. Falcon is not so sure and decides he has to get up close and personal to find out why this beautiful young lady would be a thief.

Angel was born in the aristocracy too but prefers her violin music to anything until Falcon enters into her life. Her dreams torment her of a terrifying fire where she is consumed to claustrophobic dreams of being literally enclosed. Her fears seem about to envelope her into insanity until Falcon. He seems so familiar to her and they can't seem to leave each other alone. Her only passion was her violin music but now it has a different flavor when he plays piano with her violin. The passion between them turns into a raging inferno and consumes them until they find themselves in a lot of trouble from outside sources.

The main antagonist is a cult that worships a dragon. The story weaves them through a labyrinth with a dragon on their trail ready to eat them with his fiery head. Other dangers await with the cult members trying to murder them.

Without warning you are on beautiful estates that have withstood the sands of time. The beautiful descriptions of these estates keep you intrigued. Their memories and trials take them on a cross-country hunt for these people evil people.

Next we are back into danger again. The dragon's blood gives the cult extraordinary powers. They can disappear and appear as shadows on the walls. Falcon and Angel battle these powers of evil over several centuries. Their determination and love keeps the story going, so from cover to cover you can't wait to find out what happens next. It has a passion and mystery that ignites your blood.

I was moved by the personalities of the characters from the heroine finding her own strength and power to the hero that only grows more powerful in his time. The characters are myriad and complex in their intensities. The poetic descriptions were beautiful and moved the story along gracefully. The music in the story only strengthened the characters personalities and added color and depth. They form a basic tale of love conquering time and place. I was very moved by the lover's story.

I love the Paranormal and Regency England so I was in heaven with this beautiful tale. I hope to find more of this author's books on the shelves soon. I give this book a rating of five stars out of five. It was an enjoyable read. Linda Hays-Gibbs, Reviewer
Tomorrow, author and friend Beth Trissel will share 2 Christmas stories, including a new release!