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, May 31, 2013

Dariel's Fridays with Friends Feature: Interview with Garry Rogers

Hi, Everyone. If you haven't already, meet my new friend and author, Garry Rogers and take a look at his new release, "Corr Syl the Warrior."  Free today at Amazon!! Read on to find out how you can get your free copy :-)


Corr Syl the Warrior Cover
Description: The adventure takes place on an Earth on which intelligence evolved long
before humans appeared. Conflict flares between humans and the ancient multi-species
Tsaeb civilization. The Tsaeb send a young warrior
named Corr Syl to investigate recommend a response.
Summary: Since its formation 40 million years ago,
the Tsaeb civilization has survived giant meteorites
and advancing ice sheets. But the greatest danger is
always from new species. Now, a militant new species
is trying to expand its territory into Tsaeb lands.
When the species sends an armed patrol into the small
Wycliff District, the District Council sends a young
Tsaeb warrior named Corr Syl to investigate and
recommend a response. Corr soon learns that spies
have infiltrated his district, and already many lives are
at risk. He catches a glimpse of something truly evil,
and with no time to spare, must choose between a safe
response that might fail, and a sure response that
might start a war.
Synopsis: Tensions are rising between humans and the
ancient multi-species Tsaeb civilization. When an
armed human patrol crosses the border into a small
neighboring Tsaeb district, the district council asks a
young Tsaeb warrior named Corr Syl to investigate and prepare a response plan.
To this point in his life, Corr Syl's only responsibility has been to meet the requirements of
his warrior training. Things are changing, however, for Corr has developed an interest in
the beautiful but aloof Rhya Bright. Pressure from his warrior mentor forces Corr to
accept the council's request. He quickly learns that spies have infiltrated his district, and
he realizes that many lives are at risk. He catches a glimpse of something truly evil, and
with no time to spare, recommends a plan that will end the immediate dangers, but that
might start a war.
Rhya helps Corr develop the plan and the two become very close. The Tsaeb apply the plan and attain local victory. Spies carry news of the victory to Aaron Li, a great but secret
enemy of the Tsaeb, and Li orders an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Corr.
In the aftermath of the Tsaeb victory, Rhya makes an important discovery. The Tsaeb
realize that by adding Rhya's discovery to Corr's plan, they might be able to make lasting
piece with the human species by integrating it with Tsaeb society. They invite Corr and
Rhya to the Tsaeb Continental Center to develop a global plan. The news unleashes Aaron
Li's long prepared plan for a coordinated global attack on the Tsaeb. Li sends a special
force to assassinate Corr and Rhya.
The Tsaeb quickly win the war. Corr and Rhya survive, but they separate as Rhya goes to
the Continental Center to help plan the human integration. No one knows that she is
traveling with an agent of a force even more secret and deadly than Aaron Li. is Corr
returns to his home district, makes a harsh personal decision, and finds that his aversion
to responsibility has ended. He decides to join Rhya.
Free at Amazon today!!

Print copy - Createspace

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Garry grew up on a farm in the Midwest. He has a PhD in Physical Geography and he taught at
Columbia University in New York, and at UCLA.
Dr. Rogers has one surviving son, one daughter, and three left-behind cats. One son died after
a long battle with diabetes. Garry owns a farm in central Arizona that he manages for wildlife.
The farm is home to many species of amphibians, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, fish,
mammals, and reptiles.
Corr Syl the Warrior is a science fiction adventure for young
readers. It uses science, possible science, and experience to define
its characters and the conflicts that drive its plot. Garry says the
story is speculative science delivered with a soft coating.
The novel is the story of a young Tsaeb warrior facing the new
demands of adult responsibility amidst the confusion of sexual
attraction and the danger of war. The story takes place on an
Earth on which intelligence evolved long before humans appeared.
It tells of the conflict between the peaceful but powerful Tsaeb
civilization and a new species, the ambitious Danog.
Interview
Q. Is your new novel available now?
A. Yes. The eBook for Kindle is available on Amazon.

Q. What is your book’s genre?
A. It is EcoFiction for young readers.

Q: Tell our audience what EcoFiction is.
A: It is Science Fiction with an ecology or nature conservation theme.

Q: Garry, tell us what Corr Syl the Warrior is about.
A: "The setting is an Earth on which intelligence evolved long before humans appeared. The
story follows a young warrior named Corr Syl into a conflict between humans and the ancient
multi-species Tsaeb civilization. Corr is forced to take responsibility for making decisions that
could have global consequences."

Q. What gave you the idea for this book?
A. One day, as I finished exercising, I was mulling over a blog
post about the decline of native animals when I realized that a
pattern in the ceiling texture looked just like an angry rabbit
with a very large tail. Peculiar. I thought about how a rabbit
might have so large a tail, and a new world began to crystalize.

Q. Do you mean you saw the plot for the novel?
A. Not exactly. Lying there thinking about the rabbit's tail, I decided that a rabbit might grow
a large tail if it were intelligent and had learned to control its genetics and chemistry. I
wondered why rabbits weren’t intelligent, and I remembered that science does not yet
understand the origin or mechanisms of intelligence. What would happen if all animals were
intelligent? Over the half billion years that large complex animals have existed, natural
selection would have taken intelligence much farther than it has in the young human species.
Even with limited intelligence, humans are learning to control genetics. Older and smarter
species would have mastered genetics long ago. Then I thought about how humans are
damaging the planet, and, I realized it was unlikely that Earth would have survived half a
billion years of intelligent life. Then I imagined how it might, and I conceived the multispecies Tsaeb civilization to which Corr Syl belongs, and the EcoFiction theme that could drive
a story.

Q: The Tsaeb sound brilliant. Are they cold intellects, do they have normal emotions?
A: Tsaeb desire friendship, truth, and beauty just as we do. Perhaps it is a bit strange, but
most of them consider a knack for humour a most desirable talent. Many strive to improve
their comedic abilities. They do have one powerful trait that is rare among humans; they have
a compulsion created by millions of years of natural selection that drives them to try to
understand their surroundings and the full consequences of their actions. This appears in
their intense concern for maintaining healthy ecosystems.

Q. You mean Tsaeb have evolved instincts?
A. Yes. In the same way that humans are born with built-in tendencies such as fear of snakes
and spiders, the Tsaeb are instinctively protective of their environment.

Q. Is this why you label your book EcoFiction?
A. Yes.
About Writing

Q. Garry, this is your first novel. Do you plan to write others?
A. Yes. I have started the sequel to Corr Syl the Warrior that I will probably title Corr Syl the
Terrible.

Q. Starting and writing a novel can be difficult. Tell us about your method.
A. I have not developed a method. For Corr Syl, I had a theme and a backstory for the setting
and the conflict. I began the story with an action scene, and let the plot take shape as I wrote.

Q. What is your greatest writing challenge?
A. Characters. I must work harder to give my characters their own theme and backstory, and
then let them interact as the plot develops.
Other Books

Q: Have you written other books?
A: Yes, academic works quite unlike the novel.

Q: What are they about?
A: Two are about historical landscape changes, and one is about Arizona wildlife.

Q: Are these books available?
A: Yes. The University of Utah Press published the first two, and I published the third. They
are available on Amazon.

Q: Have you written other books?
A: Yes. I am making final edits on a book about the weed invasion of the western U. S., and I
am working on a second volume about Arizona wildlife.

Q: Does your new novel have any connection with your other books?
A: Yes. Natural landscapes are deteriorating and wildlife species are disappearing. Many
things that people do are causing the changes. My previous books warn that problems are
developing, but I wrote them for an academic audience and they have had small circulation. I
wrote Corr Syl the Warrior to reach more people.
Personal

Q. What was your best moment as a writer?
A. Two so far. One was when a very difficult article that required two years of fieldwork and
intensive quantitative analysis was accepted without revisions by the Journal of Arid
Environments (volume 17, pages 319-326). The other was when the Professional Writers of
Prescott gave my first short story a first place award in their 2011 writing contest.

Q. Do you get writer’s block?
A. No. I have several projects underway. Switching from one to another renews enthusiasm.

Q. Do you have a special workspace?
A. I have a home office, and I take my laptop along when I travel.

Q. What do you do when you are not writing or reading?
A. I follow an exercise routine that includes yoga, resistance training, and aerobics. I camp
with my children, and I work on maintaining a friendly place for wildlife. I like to photograph
wildlife, read, and go to movies.

CONNECT WITH GARRY ROGERS
Website: GarryRogers.com
Corr Syl the Warrior
Twitter
Facebook
Amazon
LinkedIn
GoodReads
Corr Syl Press Kit

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Dariel's Sunday Excerpt: "Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin"



 Something primal inside her responded to him instinctively though. His sandpaper voice, every word on the verge of a growl, had sent tingles through her, and when he’d grasped her hand, she’d had to back away to keep from being sucked in; the latter was not an option. She’d fought too hard to crawl out from under her father’s thumb, and she wasn’t about to end up running from everything she’d built. And what kind of teeth were those? He had pearly whites, but they were all pointed, as if he’d had them filed down and sharpened.
“Want me to see you out, Ms. Bates?” James asked, interrupting her thoughts. He stood in the doorway, glancing around the office, a quizzical look on his weathered face.
“Uh, no. Thanks, James, but that won’t be necessary.” She smiled, attempting to put him at ease. She couldn’t believe she’d allowed that controlling hooligan to upset her so easily. She also couldn’t believe Cindy had neglected to tell her Mr. DuMont was like hot sex on a big stick.
The moment she’d spotted him, she’d wanted to melt and climb up his big, hard body or climb him and then melt. Either way, climbing and melting would have been involved, and quite a bit of panting. He had dark hair, just a bit too long to be respectable, was nearly basketball star tall, and was equipped with shoulders made for clinging, if she’d  been into that sort of thing. But it was his eyes that really did it for her—stormy, gray with impossible, sultry black lashes. Visions of pouring rain, earth-rattling thunder, and her limbs wrapped around his powerful body flashed into consciousness.
How could someone who looked that good make me want to slap him so quickly? Nobody interrupts me! If Richard Bates hadn’t taught her anything else, it was to command respect. Putting a potential client out of her office might have been a tad over the top, but at that moment, it was an act of self-preservation.
Her body reacted with a pleasant sizzle that tingled from her breasts to her core, just thinking about his eyes again. He’d been wearing a metal pin on his lab coat with his name engraved on it, and he’d said something about taking off work to see her. He must be capable of being somewhat civil to keep a job in the medical field, doesn’t he? That voice of his wove magic along her spine with every word he’d spoken, despite his bad manners.
Steph shook her head, grabbed her purse and briefcase, and stepped onto the elevator. Cindy had 

warned her that the residents of Wild Lands were a strange lot. If his teeth hadn’t been so white, she 

might not have noticed them, but it was almost as if he’d flashed them at her; that alone made her 

wonder what was going on out there. She chuckled. Well, it is called the Wild Lands, probably for 

good reason, she mused. And why the hell am I still thinking about him anyway?



Friday, May 24, 2013

Dariel's Bewitching Book Feature: "Black Swan - Moonlight: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" by Victoria Danann


Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf
The Order of the Black Swan, Book 4
Victoria Danann

Genre: paranormal romance, fantasy romance

Publisher: 7th House
Date of Publication: 05/26/2013

ISBN: 978-1-933320-69-4 ebook
ISBN: 978-1-933320-64-9 paperback

Number of pages: 390
Word Count: 90,000

Book Description:

This is the fourth installment in the Black Swan serial saga. Reading in order is essential. The first book, My Familiar Stranger, is free everywhere. (Nominated for Best Paranormal Romance by REVIEWERS CHOICE AWARDS.  Nominated for Best Indie Paranormal Romance and Best Indie Fantasy Romance for READERS CHOICE AWARDS. Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK.

What would you do for love?

1. Storm's unexpected reply when tapped to replace Sol as the new Jefferson Unit Sovereign. 

2. B Team learns the shocking truth about the origin of the vampire virus.

3. Monq races to develop a defense system to repel invasion from Stagsnare.

4. Litha volunteers her father to help to Black Swan.

5. Desperation drives Stalkson Grey to embark on an adventure beyond his wildest dreams in a bid to save the Elk Mountain werewolves from extinction. In the process he learns that true love can find you in the strangest places, even when you’re far, far from home.

About the Author:

If you're looking for something new and different in PNR, you've come to the right place.

I write unapologetic romances with uniquely fresh perspectives on paranormal creatures, characters, and

My first book, My Familiar Stranger, was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance of 2012 by the Reviewers' Choice Awards. Each of my books has remained on the Amazon best seller list in category every day since release. All three also earned the Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK award.

My work has been compared to J R Ward, Karen Marie Moning, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Lara Adrian. For example:

"I do see shades of Lara Adrian's Breed books and shades of J R Wards Black Dagger books, but this story is unique enough that it stands out all on its own and can stand up along side those other books and I think given time will elbow them out of the way with the rich story telling and deep emotional core that makes you want to know more." - Kerry, Musings of a Bookworm

The Order of the Black Swan is a series that is also a serial saga. Each book is an episodic installment in an ongoing story. Join me for the adventure.

WEBSITE: http://www.VictoriaDanann.com
themes. Add a dash of scifi and a flourish of fantasy to enough humor to make you laugh out loud and enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. My heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, psychics, or past life therapists. My heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners - usually - whether they be elves, demons, berserkers, werewolves, or vampires.

TWITTER: @vdanann


Thursday, May 23, 2013

"Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin" Review by The Romance Reviews



Torin  

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OFFICIAL REVIEW
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[ Review Posted: May 22, 2013 ] - See all my reviews
The struggle between the werewolves and the scientists who want to experiment on them continues in the second Dark Sentinels book, TORIN.

Torin DuMont is a Sentinel for the werewolves that live in the protected Wild Lands in Florida. He is forced to seek the help of real estate attorney Stephanie Bates when land developers try to get their hands on Wild Lands. Torin and Stephanie, while appearing to be hostile towards one another, can't seem to stop thinking about one another. And when Stephanie's own problems put her in danger, she finds herself in need of Torin's protection.

Despite their best efforts to maintain a professional relationship, their mutual attraction can't be denied. Even more disturbing than the land developers is the fact that Torin has to figure out why Wild Lands wolves keep disappearing. Torin learns of the problems other packs have had with Super Human, the scientists who want to experiment on shifters, and calls for support. Sable comes in to help Torin and his group, and at the same time helps Torin deal with his attraction to a human.

I enjoyed all of the new characters that were introduced and was happy to get some follow up on the status of Sable and Akila's relationship from the first book. The brother/sister relationships are almost as fun to read about as the romances in these stories. The author does a great job expressing the love/irritation relationship of siblings. This was a great continuation of the Dark Sentinels series and I hope I get to read more.
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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Dariel's Lists: 10 More Things I've Learned About Writing



Ask any writer, published or not quite yet, and you’ll get the same response – “If only I’d known then what I know now.” Of course, I suppose that could be said about life in general, but that’s another post or two, or maybe ten! For today, I’ll talk about ten things I’ve learned since I started writing “professionally.” Yes, I know what you’re thinking – “Is it called a profession when you barely make enough each month to pay the power bill? Ahem! Hold your horses - that’s one of the items on my list.

I started writing at a very young age, seven or eight, always writing stories and drawing paper dolls to go with them, but didn’t consider publishing anything until much later. I’ve learned a whole lot more than ten things, but that’s mostly because by the time I decided to actually try to sell some of my stories, I knew almost nothing about the industry. I was working as a school counselor (I know – original, a school counselor writing romance. Put a stop to the sarcastic comments and thoughts for a moment and read on).

As I was saying, I was working as a school counselor nine months a year, and worked as a college counselor and tutor two months every summer when a friend presented me with entry information for a short story competition. I took that summer off and started writing. I didn’t win or even place in that contest, but by the time I finished my story, the writing bug had me under its spell, and eventually, I won. So, I posted ten things on the Romance Troupe blog, and here are ten things more things I’ve learned about writing, the pros and cons, in no particular order…

1. You may be able to write in a bubble, but you cannot market in a bubble. Enough said? More on this later.

2. Friendships with other authors are essential to your success. Nurture and cherish them by touching base from time to time, and sharing information freely.

3. Set daily, weekly, and monthly writing goals and evaluate and revise them regularly. If you never seem to reach your daily goals, identify the time sucks and figure out ways to get them out of your way. If you're meant to write, it has to be a priority in your life. 

4. Learn to say “NO.” When it’s time to write, write. Okay, I confess - I've said this before, but it's SO important I had to repeat it for emphasis. Allow me to apologize right now for number five as well. Don’t allow others to distract you with phone calls or tedious chores simply because you “work from home.” Most of us have a regular daily eight to twelve hour gig before we even get the opportunity to write, so don’t allow anyone else to gobble up that hard earned time to pursue your dream. We’ll talk more about this one in number five.

5. Until writing becomes your bread and butter, schedule around it like a second job. For many of us, second jobs are like second nature, but life goes on. Plan time with friends and family, and teach family members to support you by helping as much as possible at home. Prepare two or three entrees at once on weekends. Things might not get done just the way you would prefer, but they’ll get done. You’ve got writing to do, and those fantastic stories will never get written if you’re climbing out of the dishwasher, washing machine, or pray tell, the oven! You simply can't be everywhere all the time, and like everyone else, your day only has 24 hours.

6. Writing, like music, dance, and...well, art, is an art form. In a nutshell, those of us who are driven to write are artists, and all artists are sensitive. We need strong support systems for a number of reasons, one of which is lifting us up when we're discouraged. Rejection is always lurking in a writer's life, and the ugly partner of rejection is insecurity. The best antidote for the two dream killers is good writing friends who not only understand what you're going through, but often offer advice to combat it and rock on.   

7. Now, you’ve destressed and you’re sitting down to write. You’ve also told your friends and family that unless they’re calling you to dinner or someone is bleeding out, you are not to be disturbed. Focus on getting the first draft completed. Tell your story freely, keeping in mind that you have the freedom to write as many drafts as necessary, picking and choosing just the right word here and there (later, after the first draft is done) until you’re ready to call in an objective expert – that is, an editor.

8. Let’s talk editors for a moment. You need one. Period. Check out my list of over forty editors just in case you're in the seeking phase.

9. Don't be disheartened if family and friends are not your greatest supporters. First of all, in many cases, they have no idea what the world of a writer is like, so they don't know what we're up against. Until you become a household name, your writing friends will share your ups and downs like no one else can. Of course, once you become famous, family and friends you never knew you had will come from everywhere. LOL 

10. Social media is your friend. A good book blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Triberr, and Hootsuite can help you spread the word about your books. Remember, you can not market in a bubble. .

These ten things more things have barely scratched the surface, but I'll post updates from time to time, so stay tuned here for future editions. There’s always more to learn, and someone willing to share – that’s one of my favorite things about the writing community. Tell me about some of the things you’ve learned since you started on this journey?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Dariel's Lists: 51 Editors - Can You Help Me Make it 75?


Just a couple of weeks ago, I posted about editors. Well, here's another one. I guess you can tell I'm in the editing stage of some of my stories, so this is just me passing along some great resources and pushing my agenda at once. What is my agenda, you ask? As a reader and author, I value editors and believe nearly everyone needs one. As a reader, it's important to me because a well-edited story is one step closer to a joyful read.

As an author, there are two sides to my agenda: first, as authors, we're too close to our stories to see everything through an objective reader's eyes. We know exactly what we want to say and what we meant to portray, but that's not always how things come across to others. A good editor can find and point out areas to help improve the story and the writing overall.

Another, unexpected benefit of hiring and developing a good professional relationship with an editor is related to reviews. Reviews are an important part of writing, and I value them immensely. I review as many books as possible, and I've worked as an editor. When you run across the occasional reviewer/critic who claims your book is riddled with typos and poor grammar, it's nice to know that not only have you self-edited with a fine tooth comb, but  this same book has been edited by a highly recommended professional. In other words, an editor can save you lots of heartache and headaches by calming residual insecurities and giving you assurance that you've done everything in your power to release something others strive toward.

So, I've rounded up the names and contact info on a few editors worth taking a look at. If you haven't read it yet, check out my previous post from 4/27/2013 with a few tips about finding the appropriate editor for you. Now, back to my task here. There are 46 editors listed below. If you know a few good ones who aren't on the list, or if you happen to be a good editor yourself and don't see your name, please leave name and contact info below so I can add you to my list. This list will eventually reside on my resources page for easy access.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dariel's CBLS Feature: "Demoness of Lust" by Charisma Knight


Demoness of Lust
by Charisma Knight
Erotic Paranormal Romance
Categories: Interracial/Multicultural
Publisher: Amira Press
Release Date: 4/19/2013
Heat Level: Sizzling
Word Count: 87 pages

Buy Links
Coming April 19

Description
Jake finds comfort in the arms of the lovely mysterious woman who visits him in his dreams. He soon realizes this being has awakened feelings within he’d never experienced in the past.

Sabrina answered Jake's lonely calls in the night. When strong emotions for the mortal develop, she discovers that she must follow her instincts and pursue the man.

A spell casts Sabrina into the human realm, but she must convince Jake to acknowledge his true feelings for her within four days. If she fails, she'll remain a demon for the rest of eternity. She also discovers destiny will have its way when she’s unable to control certain events and learns a powerful lesson of self-sacrifice and love.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

About the Author
Charisma Knight is an author and a cover artist living in the Maryland area with her youngest daughter and her soul mate. You'll discover her stories are a mixture of erotica and erotic romance that contain a wild edge with a little fantasy sprinkled throughout. If you're an avid reader of Charisma's stories, don't be shy—she loves to receive e-mails from readers.

Connect with Charisma Knight


Friday, May 10, 2013

Dariel's Fridays with Friends Feature: Interview with Simon Okill

Hi, Everybody! I met Simon Okill online a couple months ago, and his new Bigfoot series is so intriguing I had to share it with you. Here's his interview with a short excerpt from the book. Enjoy!





     1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? What were some of your first steps toward making your dream a reality? How would you say most of your stories are conceived? Dreams? Research? Experience?  
For a long time I had been dabbling on the keyboard while juggling a hectic work life then after an accident I used my writing to fill my spare time until now it’s a full time job. My dream became a reality when Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe was accepted by US publishers Christopher Matthews Publishing. My stories come from somewhere that defies logic and understanding.

        2.  What 3 things would you like readers to know about you?
I am an avid fossil collector, every spare space at home is where you’ll find a fossil, I love to stroll on the beach and think of my next story and I am a High Chaparral fan.

   3.  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?
Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe is an adult urban fantasy full of romance and wild humor, really wild, like Animal HouseX10. Bigfoot part 2 is almost done as a first draft and escalates the pranks to extreme. My WIP due for release this summer? Is Eternally Yours Part1: The Blood Hunt where an evil vampire cult hunts their queen who has lost her memory and is being treated in an asylum in France 1925. Part will follow shortly. And as for wereshifters, my next WIP is SS-Steppenwolf based on fact about the Werewolf SS Units used during The Battle of the Bulge. It’s a blend of Indiana Jones and American Werewolf.

   4.   Is there a common thread in your books? How do your values show up in your writing? What do you want readers to take from your writing?
Paranormal seems to stick with me and my stories, Dariel. That genre is so liberating, almost more than sci-fi. As for my values, well to be honest I’m kinda nuts and it shows in my writing – they go out the window. I was even told by an agent that I should be locked up for my vampires using people as bottles of wine – duh! I can only hope that my readers feel satisfied that they have had value for their time and perhaps have learnt a thing or two about me as well. As Mark Twain said, to know me, read my books.

  5.  What do you look for in a good book? In what ways would you say your books exhibit these qualities?
A rollicking great story that sticks with me and urges me to read more. My book will certainly stick with the reader, Dariel, as I have not been able to find anything similar so its uniqueness combined with its feel good quality will hopefully bring a smile. 

  6. What are some of the best social media, marketing, and publicity tips you’ve come across?
I was a late starter to social media and have had to learn the hard way, so to all beginners out there set up your social media – Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest at least three months before the release of your book. Send feelers out to tantalize the reading community such as lines from your book, questions about your book’s subject and prepare for giveaways to promote.

  7.  What are some things you know now about writing and being an author that you wish someone had told you at the very beginning?
writing is easy, marketing is hard. Before you even start to write, join writers’ forums where you can learn what others have been through. Once your story is written and rewritten a dozen times, pay a good editor to go through your book with a fine tooth comb. It’s absolutely essential. Be as professional as you can. Be prepared to outlay some cash for marketing too. Writing isn’t cheap.

 8.   Along that same line, what are some of your favorite resources?
Goodreads is way up on my list. It took a couple of months to crack the GR code – set up a profile – create your reading list – review like mad – then add your book to Listopia and get it voted.

9.   What lifts your spirits when you’re discouraged?
writing! To leave my miserable world and enter one of my own creation where I can be free with my characters, where I can do what the hell I like and get away with it, until it’s time to eat.

10.  What tips can you offer towards building and maintaining a strong support system as a writer?
Be prepared to read and review other writers, interact socially, listen to advice, give advice, help others so they may help you. We all need one another. They say writing is lonely, but it doesn’t have to be.



Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe
                      by Simon Okill

The Northern California town of Big Beaver has become a haven for Bigfoot, alien sightings and is home to The Phantom Bigfoot Bather. One particularly weird Beaverite, Duane, has kept the Bigfoot a secret, but to his utter dismay, a female Bigfoot abducts a teenager. Duane must use all his guile to stop his secret from getting out, especially now that MB, his close friend and crypto-zoologist, is on the trail, along with Sheriff Lou and the FBI. Can Duane keep his Bigfoot friends a secret? And what does MB discover deep in the forest?

#Adult Humour #Urban Fantasy #Adult Romance

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Buy Links:

US Kindle
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With almost unbearable excitement, she stared at him unzipping his jeans to urinate. She saw the steady flow of his pee on the ground and against the tree.  The smell of his manly essence and muskiness aroused her.
She swished her hips suggestively, cooing, “Woooo-woooo-woooo.”
Behind the cover of the thickets, Olaaa placed each big foot to the ground with extreme care and walked towards her unsuspecting plaything. She stopped behind the leak tree and listened to him zip up his fly. Olaaa breathed heavily with excitement. She licked her lips.
An owl screeched, as if to alert Olaaa’s pale one, but the plaything was a little too happy on the juice to heed the warning of the wise old owl. He belched.
The chosen one called out. Olaaa thought he was calling to her. Olaaa sighed on hearing the pretty pale one’s voice. She sniffed the night air then sniffed her own pungent odor. She sniffed her very hairy, excessively damp armpits.
She snorted nasally with disgust. She smelled like a raccoon’s behind. She needed a good dowsing in the river if she was going to attract her pretty boy.
“Woooooo-wooooooo,” she called her plaintive mating call excitedly into the night.
The unfamiliar calling sound—which was so loud it seemed to be inches from his ear—which it actually was, suddenly warned the plaything. He reacted as if in danger. Before he could cry out, a big hairy hand, pink and calloused, came up to his face and covered his mouth, stifling his scream.
Olaaa was so excited she let out her mating call.