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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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Just for fun...and improvement

I've posted some great resources on my blog about active vs. passive voice. Also, read my post and cast a vote for your favorite romantic hero eye color

Friday, March 30, 2012

Active vs. Passive Voice (Again)



Active vs. passive voice. I’ve been criticized for slipping into passive voice so much, I don’t even trust myself to write an article about it. In my defense, I’ve written research results so long, it’s almost more natural for me to write in passive vice. However, I’m making this my writing resource subject of the month. In preparation for the Before You Hit Send Class, 10 great articles are listed here. Some even have exercises.

Active Voice Articles 














Windows of the Soul?



What’s your favorite eye color for a romantic hero? Black as coal? Baby blue? Amber or chestnut brown? My original plan was to give every eye color equal billing. Mark, my hero in Vashti's Star, had green eyes, Raven, my hero wolf shifter in Raven's Shelter, had baby blues, and Canaan, the hero in my first story of The Alerians,  has steel gray peepers. So the next color should be some shade of brown, pitch black, or perhaps warm hazel, right? One would think, yet here I am...writing away...and what color do I dream up for my next hero?

Green! Not just green, but emerald green.this time

Got me thinking...what does eye color mean to me?  What's up with me and the green-eyed hero?

According to The Meaning of Eye Colors, you can find any number of mythical meanings for eye color. Brown eyes indicate independence, love of nature, groundedness (is that a real word?), and the list goes on. Black means mystery, sex (who would have guessed?), witchcraft,  secrets, darkness. You get the picture.

So, what of my delicious green-eyed creatures? What draws me to them again and again? Spirituality. Apparently,  my sexy hero is spiritual, healthy, and to top things off, he's a healer. So what's your favorite eye color for a romantic hero?  Pick your favorite in the poll (bottom right of this page next to "about me") and share your reasons with me in comments.

Results from my last poll? You guessed it! The brown eyes won! Thanks to my poll-participants :-)