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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Thursday, October 24, 2013

New "Dark Sentinels" Combo Paperback

Thanks to a few of my wonderful reading friends, there's a new combo paperback with "Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable" and "Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin" all in one and completely "signable." A few weeks ago Donna Seger Kilroy and Donna Reynolds suggested that I publish a paperback with both stories. Let's face it - much as we love our Kindles and Nooks, having all our nifty books in one place, there's still nothing quite like holding a book and turning real pages.

The new paperback sports an alternate ending a bit longer than the ebook but still in keeping with the original details, and I added a few more details to book two and a preview of "Dark Sentinels Book Three: Parrish" as well. Again, the characters are the same, their stories continued in each subsequent book with the addition of a new hero and heroine.

Sable 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 learn to trust each other enough to overcome a new, deadly enemy. 

Torin When greedy land developers set their sights on Dark Sentinel land, Torin, a sentinel wolf shifter, turns to attorney Stephanie Bates for help, but she’ll need his protection to stay alive long enough to save his land. Real estate lawyer, Stephanie Bates, has risen to the top of her field through meticulous sacrifice and goal setting. She has no time for distractions – and that includes pets, messy relationships, and loose ends. Torin DuMont is a forensic scientist who chose the profession to avoid dealing with people as much as possible. Raised by a stepfather who hated him, he’s been forced to live a life of solitude, fueled by anger and distrust. When wolves and shifters start turning up dead, Torin must battle an enemy bent on destroying those he was born to protect. His greatest challenge, however, is Attorney Bates and the surprising effect she has on his heart.

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"Dark Sentinels Book One and Two" Paperback
"Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable" - Amazon
"Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin" - Amazon
"Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable - Barnes and Noble
"Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin - Barnes and Noble

Monday, October 21, 2013

"Here, Kitty Kitty" Rafflecopter Winners



EFRC Gift Pack
Susan Kelly 
Mia Darien

“Adelheid Series” (4 ebooks)
Mira Garland 
Mia Darien

“Adelheid Series” (4 ebooks)
Jill Prandstatter 
Mia Darien

“Adelheid Series” (4 ebooks)
Michelle Willms 
A.     Star

“Invasion” (3 ebooks, 3 winners)
Zita Martin, Samantha Harlow, Andrea Figard 
Dariel Raye

“Dark Sentinels” (2 ebooks)
Janine Rowe 
Dariel Raye

“Dark Sentinels” (2 ebooks)
Carrie White 
Dariel Raye
5 signed bookmarks and postcards
Zee Hayat 
Dariel Raye
5 signed bookmarks and postcards
Heather Ricketts 
Dariel Raye
“Untameable Heat: Kaden’s Reprieve” ebook
Bethany Morris 
Dariel Raye
“Untameable Heat: Kaden’s Reprieve” ebook
Donna Dearing Harms 
BR Kingsolver

“Telepathic Clans Series”
Amy Hart 
BR Kingsolver
“Broken Dolls” ebook (new release)
Lindsey Lawson 
BR Kingsolver
“Broken Dolls” ebook (new release)
Yvonne Cline Simpkins 
Abigail Owen

“Svatura Series” (3 ebooks)
Colleen Everly 

Helping Big Cats: "Here, Kitty Kitty" Paranormal Romance Benefit Anthology

"Here, Kitty Kitty" is a six-story/six-author paranormal romance anthology spearheaded by "Adelheid Series" author Mia Darien. Each story in the anthology is about big cat shifters, and all proceeds go directly to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Indiana to help feed and support rescued lions, panthers, leopards, bobcats, cheetahs, etc. that have been abused and neglected. Here are the blurbs for the six stories.

"His Jaguar Princess" by A. Star [Jaguar]
The Story: Jaguar shifter Selene Peters can’t deny her feelings for the tycoon Lucas King. Somehow, he's penetrated her barriers and become more than just a client, but loving a human is dangerous and she fears her past repeating itself. Could he help her overcome the past or will she sacrifice her happiness and succumb to it? Not if he has anything to say about it...
Author Bio: A. Star is a pseudonym of Diantha Jones, who was born the day thousands of turkeys sacrificed their lives to fill millions of American bellies on November 22 which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day (Her mother says she owes her a turkey). She is a Journalism graduate who wants to be a career novelist (of books, not Facebook posts). When not writing or working, she is reading on her Nook, being hypnotized by Netflix or on a mission to procure french fries. She is the author of The Oracle of Delphi series and Mythos: Stories from Olympus. Under A. Star, she has released Invasion, and future releases include the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc. stories, and more.
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"In Our Nature" by Jessica Nicholls [Cougar]
The Story: When Mira's privacy and independence are threatened, she can be very nasty.  Daniel is an expert on American mountain lions. His assistance is requested after an 'incident' on Mira’s front lawn. When the two meet, they recognise each other in more than one way.
Author Bio: 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. Currently, Jessica lives in the Middle East with her husband and two now school age (yay!) kids. Running, reading and watching films are her favourite hobbies. Writing the type of stories she would enjoy reading (anything dark and weird or romantic, or a combination of those) is a passion.
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"Divine Passage" by Dariel Raye [Panther]
The Story: Kimani, a breeder with the power to preserve the human race, must depend on her guardian, Ahkil, a black panther shifter with more than one reason to distrust humans, but his secrets could change the course of her life forever.
Author Bio: Dariel loves books, animals, and all things paranormal. Dariel has written articles for The News Item of Mobile, and Black Health Magazine of Atlanta. A classically trained pianist and vocalist with a degree in piano and vocal performance and a master’s in counseling psychology, she completed studies for a Ph.D. with the exception of her dissertation, and finally stopped due to kidney failure/dialysis. She is presently writing a shifter romance series, "Dark Sentinels," and two Nephilim series, "The Alerians" and "Children of Cain." Lives with two large dogs and a passel of black cats. To learn more about Dariel and her books, visit her blog.
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"The Distance Between" by Mia Darien [Siberian Tiger]
The Story: She's traveled thousands of miles, looking for a safe place. He's brought her thousands of miles, looking to not be lonely any more. But they both have secrets. Can they bridge the distance between, and find what they're looking for in each other?
Author Bio: Mia Darien is an indie author of speculative fiction, and a New England Yankee transplanted into Alabama clay. No matter her geography, she continues to stubbornly and rebelliously live the life of her choosing along with her family and pets. She doesn’t miss the snow.
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"Hannah's Fate" by Abigail Owen [Cougar]
The Story: Cougar shifters have allied into groups, together in a rocky alliance to protect themselves against other shifters. Hannah Keller becomes the targeted Mate for Kyle Carstairs, the treacherous soon-to-be Alpha of another group. Meanwhile, Nick Jensen, her childhood hero and longtime secret crush, has returned home with hopes of claiming Hannah for his own. But will he be in time to rescue her from the Carstairs's schemes?
Author Bio: Award-winning author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado to a high school English teacher and a social worker. Abigail was raised in Austin, Texas and now resides in Northern California 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 obtaining a degree in Technical Writing. However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.
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"Full Moon" by BR Kingsolver [Jaguar]
The Story: The full moon can get a girl stirred up, especially with a handsome cowboy paying her way too much attention. If it wasn't for those damned werewolves causing trouble and getting in the way...
Author Bio: I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, among writers, artists and weird Hispanic and Native American myths and folklore.  I've lived all over the U.S. and earned a living doing everything from making silver and turquoise jewelry, to construction to computers. I currently live in Baltimore and Albuquerque.
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Raye's Ravers' October Bash Winners

In celebration of our one month anniversary, and in appreciation for all their time, support, and friendship, I decided the best thing to do was have a party (any excuse, right?). These are the prize winners...

1.      4-line poem
HKK paperback
Catrina Barton 
5. Alpha or Beta
Bodychain/bath gel
 Shellie Hedge
6.  personality test
HKK paperback
 Samantha Woods
8. Monthly drawing
Custom tote
Colleen Everly
9. 2 professions
Small swag pack
 Colleen Everly
10. Fave hero/heroine careers
Gold chain
 Samantha Woods
11. Hero eye colors
Leopard print earrings
 ***saved for next party***
12. How old was I?
HKK paperback
 Shellie Hedge
13. Goodreads
Choice of my books
 Samantha Woods
16. “walk” 
EFRC paw
 ***saved for next party due to time***

If you're interested in joining Raye's Ravers, complete this form...

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Here, Kitty Kitty Release Party Winners

Here, Kitty Kitty Party Prize Winners
Pre-party - Connect-a-word
Ishtar Bound by Natalie Gibson
Lee Todd, Heather Ricketts
#1 - Human form for Ahkil
Untameable Heat: Kaden’s Reprieve by Dariel Raye
Donna Daring Harms 
#2 - Wordgo
Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable by Dariel Raye
Mira Garland "Lover" 
#4 – Fave big cat w/pic
Perfection Unleashed by Jade Kerrion
Donna Murphy 
#5 - Goodreads
Cat’s Wolf by Leanne Crabtree
Amy Hart 
#7 – Caption This
Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin by Dariel Raye
Katie Burkman-Coss 
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$5 GC from Dariel Raye
System got a little twisted so there are 3 winners! Catrina Barton, Colleen Everly, and Donna Reynolds

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Dariel's New Release News: "Here, Kitty Kitty" big cat anthology is LIVE

"Here, Kitty Kitty" is LIVE on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords, and the paperback will be available soon! the six-story paranormal romance anthology is all about big cat shifters. All proceeds from book sales go to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in IN, so please help us support the big beautiful cats.

Links are posted below, and we're having a quick party tomorrow to boot! Join us so you can enjoy the fun tomorrow from 4 - 5 pm CST.

"Here, Kitty Kitty" - Amazon

"Here, Kitty Kitty - B&N

"Here, Kitty Kitty - Smashwords

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Dariel's Feature and Excerpt : "Broken Dolls" by BR Kingsolver

BR Kingsolver is one of 6 authors in our big cat shifter anthology, "Herek, Kitty Kitty." Take a look at this new release (also one of the prizes in our benefit giveaway) and click the link at the bottom to join our benefit giveaway event on Facebook! 
Broken Dolls was released September 29, 2013. It’s a paranormal thriller set in the world of The Telepathic Clans.


Private investigator RB Kendrick makes her living nailing cheating spouses, digging up other dirt to help in a divorce, finding long-lost relatives, and occasionally sniffing out criminal activity and fraud.

When she takes a job to find a missing girl, she has no idea she is headed for the most dangerous case of her career. Usually, her ability to read minds gives her an edge. But when the people she’s hunting are also telepaths, that advantage is limited.

The search takes her into the dark underbelly of telepathic society, where anything, and anyone, is for sale. She discovers that telepathic women and girls are being trafficked as the ultimate sex slaves.

With people trying to kill her, she’s on the run, not knowing who she can trust. Will she find the missing girl, or become a victim herself?

(The book has language and adult subject matter that is not appropriate for younger readers, although there is no erotic content.)

Book Title: Broken Dolls
Author Name: BR Kingsolver
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Suspense
Publisher: BR Kingsolver
Date of Publication: September 29, 2013
ISBN: 9781301813568 (ePub)
Number of pages:
235 (ebook)
280 (print)
Word Count: 79,700
Formats available: ePub, Mobi, PDF, Print
Purchase Links:

Barnes and Noble


Author Bio:
BR Kingsolver is the author of the Telepathic Clans series (The Succubus Gift, Succubus Unleashed, and Succubus Rising) and Broken Dolls, a paranormal thriller.

I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, among writers, artists and weird Hispanic and Native American myths and folklore. I've lived all over the U.S. and earned a living doing everything from making silver and turquoise jewelry, to construction to computers. I currently split my time between Baltimore and Albuquerque.

I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school, with one broken leg and one torn ACL to show for it. I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. I was in Paris and Iceland this summer.

Author web links: (web, blog, twitter, facebook, goodreads, etc)
Link for 10% preview PDF download:


Brendan knocked on the door at exactly eight o’clock. I opened the door and enjoyed watching his reaction. He didn’t say anything, just stared. I’m not normally vain, but any woman who tells you she doesn’t enjoy an appreciative reaction when she’s all dressed up is a liar.
In his limo, I watched his face flush and his breathing quicken. The succubus pheromones definitely had an effect. I was glad the ride was short. I’m not sure if his control would have held if we’d spent more time closed up together.
It was just the driver and the two of us, and I considered taking them out. Scanning the area around us, I was able to sense the O’Byrne team, but also at least two other groups of telepaths within a block of us. Too chancy.
We walked into the restaurant and I had to smother a giggle. The couple ahead of us was Rebecca and Donny, who cleaned up quite nicely. When we were seated, I looked around and found them sitting at a table about twenty feet away from Brendan and me.
*How are we doing?* I sent to her.
*He has at least eight men surrounding the restaurant,* Rebecca replied. *Seems like overkill. We’re outnumbered. I don’t think we’re going to be able to take him tonight.*
I settled in for dinner. At the very least, I could use this to gather information and set him up for another try.
After we ordered and the waiter brought the wine, Brendan leaned forward, staring intently at my face. “How did you get hurt?”
I forced blood to my face to feign a blush. “I’m rather clumsy sometimes,” I said, looking down at my lap. “Is it really ugly? I’m sorry.”
He smiled. “You’re beautiful. I’m concerned because it looks like someone hit you.”
I forced more of a blush, feeling my face grow warm, and shrugged. “It’s really my fault. I do stupid things sometimes. I shouldn’t make him angry.”
“Who? A boyfriend?”
I tried to shrink deeper in my chair. I’d seen this kind of body language too many times. Women trying to make themselves small, offering submission.
“Yes,” I said.
“In London?”
“Is that why you’re back here in Dublin?” He was using Empathic Projection to make me confide in him, make me feel safe with him.
*Let your shields leak a little,* Rebecca sent. *You don’t want him to know how strong you are.*
I did as she suggested and felt a rush of emotion from her. Emotional pain and humiliation so deep I was almost overwhelmed. I’d never felt anything like it. You can’t project a feeling you haven’t felt. In the back of my mind, I wondered when the strong, confident, swaggering woman I knew had felt that way. I saw O’Driscoll’s eyes light up with pleasure as the feelings leaked through my shields. This was what he enjoyed. Suffering and humiliation.
“I think it’s good that you got away from him,” Brendan said.
“He just needs some time away from me. After he cools off, I think he’ll accept my apology.”
We ate dinner, and O’Driscoll did his best to continue milking the emotions from me, asking about my boyfriend, trying to get me to go into more detail about the emotional, psychological and physical abuse I’d suffered. He was solicitous, caring, comforting. But he never let it go.
*He’s loving this,* Rebecca sent. *I can feel the pleasure oozing out of him all the way over here.*
*Yeah,* I responded. *He’s a Goddamn emotional vampire.*
When the waiter cleared our plates, I excused myself to go to the ladies’ room. When I was coming back, Rebecca sent, *He spiked your drink.*
It figured. He was so turned on that he wasn’t taking any chances. He wanted to take our ‘relationship’ to the next level. I shuddered to think what that might entail.
As I neared the table, I turned my ankle enough to send me off balance and hook the heel of one shoe on the other. Lurching forward, I put out my hands to catch myself and knocked over both my water and wine glasses. The liquid poured across the tablecloth toward him. He jumped back, upending his chair with a crash. Everyone in the restaurant turned toward us.
*Wow,* Rebecca sent, *you’re good. That was nicely done.*
*I do clumsy well. I have a lot of experience,* I told her. I heard her bark of laughter from across the room.
“Oh, my God. I’m so sorry,” I wailed. “I’m so clumsy. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.” I picked up my napkin and tried to mop up the liquid.
“You stupid cow,” O’Driscoll said. He was livid. Seeing him wiping at a wet spot on the front of his jacket and pants, I hurried around the table and tried to wipe his pants. Of course, the napkin I was using was soaked, so it only made it worse. I kept up a steady litany of apologies.
Two waiters hurried over to try to contain the catastrophe.
*Man, I’ll bet you could fry an egg on his forehead,* Rebecca sent.
I choked back a burst of laughter, hoping the sound that I made sounded like a sob. Rebecca pushed more humiliation into me, and suddenly tears streamed down my face.
“Oh, God, I’m so sorry,” I wailed. “I didn’t mean to. It was an accident.”
O’Driscoll assumed a stony face, letting the waiters clean up and try to dry him off. I watched him out of the corner of my eye, seeing firsthand what I’d seen so often in the minds of my clients. Abused women always make excuses for their abusers. They blame themselves for everything that goes wrong in a relationship. They try to make everything right. And even when they’ve done nothing wrong, they lie to protect the bastards. It was enlightening seeing O’Driscoll automatically assume that I deserved punishment for anything that inconvenienced him.

All proceeds benefit the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in IN.