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, September 26, 2013

Dariel's Excerpt: "Here, Kitty Kitty" Anthology and Giveaway



"Here, Kitty Kitty" is a 6-story paranormal romance anthology about big cat shifters! All proceeds benefit the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Indiana, so help us feed and shelter these beautiful creatures and enjoy a few great stories in the process. 

Join our event to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway, and please share the event and tag all your friends while you're there. Here's a rundown of the blurbs, followed by an excerpt from the third story in the anthology, "Divine Passage."

"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...

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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...

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Excerpt: "Divine Passage"

Kimani motioned for Ahkil's permission to come closer, her hands covered with gauze. She’d obviously been taught to keep her face and body covered at all times, hiding the color of her skin, a tell-tale sign of what she was – a breeder. There was no hiding that. Her scent alone could drive human men to war.
Ahkil moved toward her instead, wary but intrigued. Born into a family of guardians, he’d been protecting and tracking since his days as a cub, but humans from the artificial breeder colonies had taken everything from his family during his early years. He’d always worked around them, but never for them. Big difference. They were notoriously deceitful, and only the Almighty knew what weapons she hid under all that garb. She was completely covered from head to toe, even her eyes remained hidden.
“Um, hi.”
Ahkil narrowed his gaze, willing her to continue with her soft voice, like silk sliding along his skin. Even in panther form, he possessed the ability to communicate with her telepathically.
“You’re Ahkil, right?”
“Yes, and you are a human breeder who has no right to be in my territory. We’re supposed to be leaving tomorrow, so what brings you to me an entire day early, unannounced?” He glanced at her leg.  “And why are you limping?”
“My village was attacked. My caretaker was murdered and one of the bastards shot me in my leg. I need you to take me to my assigned breeder colony sooner than we’d planned.”
The very term–“breeder colony”–made him cringe. Sounded like a roach haven. He stood still, squinted his green eyes and glared at her just to see how she’d react, wondering if she grieved for Bagdi.
He sensed her frown, the atmospheric change heavy with negative energy, and if his panther vocal chords could, he would have chuckled. Despite the fact that she was completely covered, he couldn’t help noticing that her aura was actually quite beautiful for a human. It was as if he could see her soul, and there was no pretense there. Rare.
“If you can’t take me now, I’ll go alone. I can’t stay here and I don’t have anywhere else to go besides the colony. At least they’re expecting me.”
“Are they?” he drawled, wondering if her eyes were the same color as most breeders.
Having achieved the desired reaction, he pushed just a bit more. “Go on, then. If the Almighty allows, I’ll catch up with you tomorrow as scheduled, if you’re still alive.”
He called after her, unable to stop himself.  “Make sure your leg doesn’t start bleeding again or you’ll draw all sorts of unwanted fans and that will make my job much more difficult.”
Her flash of fury singed him as she turned and strutted away, limp and all. He had to give it to her–she had exceptional self-control. Most people would have called him a string of names by now, but she simply turned and walked away. Smart little breeder. She’d passed all his tests so far.
Ahkil sauntered after her and slowed his pace to walk beside her. It probably shouldn’t matter to him whether she lived or died, but it did. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Dariel's Features: Two Awesome Events You Don't Want To Miss!



Thought I'd better tell you about my new street team, Raye's Ravers' big mission first since there's only one more week left to get in on it. We're calling it the September Tour Blast, and of course there are some nice prizes up for grabs, including books, GCs and even jewelry! The blast site list is at the end of this post, and here's the link to the giveaway. If you're a fan of my books, and you're interested in joining Raye's Ravers, complete this contact form and I'll get back with you :-)

Now, for the second event. "Here, Kitty Kitty" is a 6-story paranormal romance anthology about big cat shifters. All proceeds go to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center. We've got a giveaway event going right now and the release date of the anthology is October 6th. Join the event for updates, and you'll find the Rafflecopter giveaway on the event page. Take a look at the big picture with story blurbs and author bios by clicking here.



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Dariel's Review: "Wolf Born" by Ann Gimpel

Product Details

  • File Size: 332 KB                                                            
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Liquid Silver Books (August 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ES1OXW8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled 
  • Lending: Enabled
It’s hard to know who to trust as secrets and life-threatening danger stalk Max and Audrey through the pages of Wolfborn, Book 2 of Underground Heat. In a world where shifters keep their friends close and their enemies closer, passion flares hot and sweet. You won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough in this sizzling, suspenseful romance from author Ann Gimpel.In a futuristic California that’s almost out of resources, Max leads a double life. A Russian wolf-shifter, he heads up the State of California as its governor—and the shifter underground. He took on the governorship to help his people. Threatened with genocide, many shifters have gone into hiding. Some blame Max and the underground for their plight, rather than the governmental edict that’s meant death for so many.
Audrey works for Max. Unlike most humans with low levels of shifter blood who bless their lucky stars they avoided the purge, she wants to be a shifter. If she could find a way to finesse it, she’d quit her job in a heartbeat and go to work helping the shifter underground. The only sticking point is Max. She’s been half in love with him forever.
Against a dog-eat-dog political backdrop where no one knows who their allies are, Max and Audrey spar with one another. Max fears she’s part of the group trying to kill him. Audrey has no idea about Max’s double identity and worries she won’t be able to walk away from their fiery attraction to help the underground.
After a second attempt on his life, Max faces critical choices. Should he follow his head or his heart?
Content Notes: Spicy

Review
Max is a shifter living a double life as a politician in an effort to save his people from the government's edict to eradicate them. Audrey, his office assistant, has shifter blood, but not enough to shift. She's loved him for a very long time, but has no idea he's a shifter. After several threats on Max's life, his relationship with Audrey changes, and he learns more about her than he ever expected to.

What I enjoyed most about "Wolf Born" was Gimpel's ability to show the feelings of her characters through perfectly chosen body language. The hero and heroine were both likable and believable, and the supporting characters, particularly Johannes, a "metro" male, was memorable. I can't wait to read his story.

While the juxtaposition of shifters and politics still rings a little odd to me, but Gimpel's ability to keep me interested despite our different philosophies is commendable. Four and a half stars.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

"Dark Sentinels," Tortured Heroes - Two New 5-Star Reviews For This Shifter Series!



When greedy land developers set their sights on Dark Sentinel land, Torin 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 affect she has on his heart.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing!!! September 16, 2013
By donna
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
I loved Sable but Torin what can I say hot sexy man on a stick for sure I love that these men are strong commanding HOT sexy alphas males in every way but are a bit broken deep down and all they want and need is to be loved for who they are. Dariel Raye did an absolutely amazing job bringing to life this amazing story, Not only are the men amazing I loved Key the way she wrote her and her personality was great, this series just gets better with each book and I can't wail for the next book so Dariel please get writing and get that book out for me I need more I would highly recommended reading this series it is one I can see myself reading over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice read September 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition             
Stephanie Bates is a high powered lawyer. Torin DuMont is a desperate man in need of a good lawyer to keep him from losing the Wild Lands, a safe haven to wolves (and secretly to werewolves), to greedy land developers. Both are shocked by the instant draw they feel for each other. Neither feels the other is their 'type' but the pull is undeniable. Torin's pack is under attack, wolves disappearing right and left. Stephanie has unknowingly gotten herself mixed up in something very dangerous and is soon the focus of a conspiracy. Is it her involvement with Torin or something from her past catching up with her?

The leads from book 1, Sable and Akila, make an appearance, stealing a few scenes. They even have some erotic ones. It is odd, though not unheard of, to have secondary characters engaging in explicit activities, BUT I didn't mind because the scenes were hot and fun.

It was a good book, though short at only 122 pages. The characters were amusing and lively. The action steady and the motivations clear. The struggle between the weres and the twisted human organization ties book 1 and 2 together and I can't wait to see the shifters stick it to those evil b@$%@#ds.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dariel's Feature: "Knowing Vera" by Rachelle Ayala

Knowing Vera, a thrilling romantic suspense and cross-cultural family drama, released September 6 on Amazon.

Excellent and exciting read! – Cate Beauman

The tension just ups and ups!  Well, done. – H. Elliston

Vera’s dating Zach, casually, not committed, when she finds out her long-departed father is the killer of Zach’s mother many years ago.

Meanwhile, Zach reevaluates his life after a tragic accident and realizes he's falling in love with Vera.

Can their timing be so wrong? Vera knows the relationship is doomed, but she cannot resist the tugging of her heart and Zach's panty-melting grin.

Caught in a web of family secrets and hidden agendas, Vera and Zach must depend on each other for survival. A dangerous killer is on the loose, and Vera must find the truth, wherever that leads, even if it’s shocking news for Zach.

From the Author:
Vera Custodio is possibly my most favorite character. I never planned on making her a heroine, but she grew on me. In Broken Build, she first appears as the sister of a dead man, and then as the flirt enticing Dave Jewell with her pancit malabon. From there, she grew to be Maryanne Torres’ best friend in Hidden Under Her Heart. She met Zach Spencer, a playboy triathlete, and succumbed to his charms, but under her terms. Since she was a side character, she had several bad traits she had to grow out of to become a true heroine. She was a flirt, had trouble keeping her panties on, and dropped boyfriends like used nail extensions. But she was also caring, loyal, and a darn good cook. When Zach Spencer suffers a crippling injury, I knew Vera would be the perfect woman for him. But first, she has to overcome the mystery in her past and open her heart enough to trust. And that’s the theme of Knowing Vera.

So, download Knowing Vera, kick up your heels and enter my awesome Giveaway, featuring the all NEW Improved Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, a paperback, and giftcard.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Dariel's Review: "Never Forget" by Catrina Barton





A fifteen year-old Christian girl, on the brink of losing her faith in mankind as a whole.. until one old man's kindness and generosity changes her life forever.

Review
This is a short-story packed with heart-warming details. Based on a true story, the main character not only regains her faith, but offers the rest of us a glimpse of God's mercy and kindness through ordinary people. 

In this cynical world, it's easy to lose hope in goodness without the expectation of reciprocal reward or immediate payment, but Barton reminds us in this story that despite our trials and suffering, God still supplies just what we need...eventually. Good message about the power of "paying it forward," and the power each of us has to save a life.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Raye's Ravers' September Feature Blast and Giveaway



Thanks to the hard work of my new street team, Raye's Ravers, four of my books are on blast this month! Check out the participating blogs and Facebook pages to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a GC, femme trinkets, and books, of course, including the one above :-) Here's a direct link to the giveaway, too.

I'll update this list as new feature posts are added. Bloggers and Facebook admins are automatically entered in a Random.org drawing for one of two prize packs including some of the cool stuff in this pic, so if you're a blogger or Facebook admin, please contact one of the Raver teammates so we can add you to the list. Also, if you're interested in becoming a member of Raye's Ravers, click here to complete the contact form. 

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Dariel's Bewitching Feature: "Wolf Born" by Ann Gimpel


Wolf Born
Underground Heat
Book 2
By Ann Gimpel

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
ISBN:  978-1-62210-030-9

Genre: Paranormal Romance
50,000 words

In a futuristic world where shifters keep their friends close and their enemies closer, passion flares hot and sweet. 
Book Description:
In a futuristic California that’s almost out of resources, Max leads a double life. A Russian wolf-shifter, he heads up the State of California as its governor—and the shifter underground. He took on the governorship to help his people. Threatened with genocide, many shifters have gone into hiding. Some blame Max and the underground for their plight, rather than the governmental edict that’s meant death for so many.
 Audrey works for Max. Unlike most humans with low levels of shifter blood who bless their lucky stars they avoided the purge, she wants to be a shifter. If she could find a way to finesse it, she’d quit her job in a heartbeat and go to work helping the shifter underground. The only sticking point is Max. She’s been half in love with him forever.
 Against a dog-eat-dog political backdrop where no one knows who their allies are, Max and Audrey spar with one another. Max fears she’s part of the group trying to kill him. Audrey has no idea about Max’s double identity and worries she won’t be able to walk away from their fiery attraction to help the underground.
 After a second attempt on his life, Max faces critical choices. Should he follow his head or his heart?

Stay tuned to the tour schedule for a complete review. I've read approximately 60% of "Wolf Born" and highly recommend it.
Excerpt:
…Loren double parked the electric car outside the restaurant and shadowed them inside, along with the redheaded guard. “Looks pretty good.” Loren eyed the private, sound-shielded room. “I’ll be right outside, and John will be here, too, just as soon as he takes care of the car.”
“Once reinforcements arrive, feel free to go hunt for your men,” Max said. “You must be worried about them.”
“Thanks, boss. I am. Go sit down. I’ll scare up a waiter to at least get you a bottle of wine or something. John’s going off-shift in an hour, so there will be two new guards outside when you’re done eating.”
“Thanks for letting me know.” Max pulled the door shut and walked to the table. Audrey had already seated herself and was sorting through the stack of papers, arranging them into piles. “It’s all right if you don’t work for a few moments,” he said, taking a seat across from her.
“It’s better if I have something to, uh, take my mind off what happened. You asked if I’d gotten a chance to practice with the gun. The answer is yes. My brother sort of smuggled me into the cop shop gun range in the middle of the night a couple of times. But I’ve never been around anybody who was dead.” Her voice cracked. He saw her swallow hard. Max’s estimation of her edged up a few notches. Audrey was one tough cookie, even though she might not realize it. Most women would have dissolved into hysterics.
“You did fine. Good thinking to be in front of the elevator door with your gun.”
“Really?” She met his gaze with lovely hazel eyes that were shading toward green at the moment and rested her chin on an upraised hand. “I wasn’t certain what to do. I thought I should call the elevator back, but I didn’t want to subvert whatever you were doing. Then I wondered if I should take the stairs to a lower floor, but that wouldn’t have helped if you were still in the elevator… Ach.” She rolled her eyes. “Don’t mind me. I’m babbling.”
“You did fine,” he repeated just as the door opened, and a waiter swooped in with a silver bucket holding a wine bottle and two glasses.
“Good evening, sir and madam.” The waiter bowed slightly. He was in his fifties with a bald head and merry blue eyes. “The gentleman outside thought you could do with a spot of something relaxing. How does a cabernet strike you? If you’d rather have something different, I haven’t opened it yet.”
“I’m sure it will be fine.” Max held out a hand for the bottle and inspected the label. “What’s on the menu tonight?”
The waiter rattled off a series of dishes while he opened the wine. Max glanced at Audrey. “What sounds good to you?”
She smiled warmly. “I’m used to whatever my ration coupons will buy. If it’s not too expensive, I’d love to have a steak.”
“How would madam like it cooked?” the waiter inquired, arching a brow. He poured a jot of wine into a glass and handed it to Max.
“Rare.”
“Salad and rice or potatoes?”
“Salad and potatoes, please.”
“I’ll have the same,” Max cut in and took a sip of what was a very good wine. Rich and oaky, it had an enticing bouquet. “The wine is perfect,” he told the waiter, who immediately poured some into a glass for Audrey and added more to Max’s.
“This is really quite wonderful,” Audrey said once the waiter left. “Everything. Not just the wine. I can’t remember the last time I ate out at anything but one of those diners where I flash my wrist computer at the glass cases, and it debits credits from my account.”
“Enjoy it.” Max smiled. “You deserve to be pampered after what happened. I can still barely believe…” His voice trailed off. He needed to be careful not to say too much. “Um, what’s in those documents that’s so important?”
She leaned toward him. Her scent was even more intoxicating than the wine. He caught himself inhaling deeply and pulled away, aware of a pressure against his trousers where he was suddenly hard.
Audrey wriggled in her seat. She bit her lower lip and blew out a tense breath. Finally, she lowered her voice and murmured, “I probably shouldn’t do this, but I need to be honest with you. It’s all in my employment records anyway, but since I was here long before you were governor, well, you may not have looked at them… Cripes! I’m blathering like an idiot.”
“Whatever it is, just go ahead and tell me.” Max felt oddly protective toward her, though he didn’t understand quite why. Worse, the moment his cock had gotten hard, his wolf had begun a steady patter of lewd side remarks that made Max want to throttle him.
“There’s no easy way to do this,” she went on, her knuckles so white against the wineglass, Max hoped it wouldn’t shatter from the pressure. “If you decide I can’t work for you afterward, well…” she set down the stemware and spread her hands in front of her. “Not much I can do about it. I have shifter blood. Roughly 35 percent. Some of my relatives have been killed in this purge, so I’m not the most ardent supporter of the governmental edicts to round up shifters and imprison them.”
She sucked in a ragged breath and raised her gaze so she looked right at him. A combination of defiance and pleading etched fine lines around her eyes.
“Miss Westen. Audrey. I’m not going to fire you. It’s all right. Thank you, for trusting me.” Deep inside, Max felt the wolf push him to say more, to tell her about the serum. To offer it up, for God’s sake. He resisted. “You told me that for a reason. I assume it’s related to the documents. Could you walk me through what’s in them?”
She nodded. “Sure. It’s intel about something called the shifter underground.” Her eyes flashed. “Frankly, now that I know about them, I’m on their side, but don’t worry, I wouldn’t ever say that publicly.”
Max listened as she relayed the story he’d lived for the past couple of days. Everything was there, including the serum that pushed cops with a low percentage of shifter blood into full-blown shifters. Before the series of intravenous infusions that law enforcement had forced on their elite tracker task forces, a person needed 50 percent shifter blood to morph into their bond animal. After the infusions, 10 percent was sufficient. Max had gotten unutterably excited by the prospect of thousands of new shifters to swell their ranks and perhaps turn the tide of the war in their favor.
Another set of nationwide reports detailed those same cops betraying their oaths and going rogue. Predictions about anarchy ran wild. By the time Audrey was finished, Max was ecstatic, but he couldn’t let it show. Everything he’d assumed would happen was playing itself out like a well-oiled machine. He couldn’t wait to let the underground know.
“Well?” Audrey raised her gaze from the stack of papers and gathered them together.
“Interesting material. I understand why it was classified top secret.” Max tried for a neutral expression. Just because she’d confided in him was no reason to let his guard down.
The door to their private dining room opened. The waiter pushed a cart laden with wonderful smelling dishes. Max’s mouth watered. He hadn’t eaten since breakfast, and it was pushing nine at night. For the moment, his sexual hunger receded, and he tucked into a succulent, barely cooked piece of meat.
“Where do they get this?” she asked, cutting into her steak and chewing slowly. “None of the shops where I exchange my ration coupons ever have anything but ground or processed meat products.”
“There’s a black market,” he replied around a mouthful of salad.
Her brows drew together. “So it’s real,” she muttered. “I never paid much attention.” Her mouth curved into a smile. She set down her fork and knife. “It’s so good, I feel like I should save what’s left and take it home. I’ve already eaten far more than I usually do.”
“I can ask the waiter to box it up for you.”
“That would be wonderful. Thank you.” She glanced at him shyly through long, dusky lashes. “You’ve taken the worst day of my life and turned it into something special.”
He wanted to move to her side of the table and gather her into his arms. Not only was Audrey one of the most stunning women he’d ever seen, she was level-headed and seemingly oblivious to how gorgeous she was. Max put himself on a tight leash. He had bigger problems to attend to than his non-existent love life. At least so far, Audrey hadn’t asked about O’Hare’s accusations in the elevator. Christ! Maybe she thought he was tossing the shifter epithet at her.
Max nodded to himself. It made sense. Likely, that was why she’d fessed up about her shifter blood.
“Penny for your thoughts, boss?” She focused her alluring hazel gaze on him. In the low light, her eyes held a violet cast.
“Nothing. Are you about ready to head home?”
She nodded. “I suppose we should. Tomorrow morning will come around early.”
He laughed. “Right you are, Miss Westen. It always does. It’s all right with me if you take a few hours off—”
She waved him to silence. “Nothing happening at home. The neighborhood’s gone to hell. I can’t even go out for a walk anymore. All I do is sit barricaded behind a bunch of deadbolts.”
Part of him wanted to bring her home with him, to his uptown mansion where she’d have gated grounds to roam. He cleared his throat before something untoward slipped out. “Let me find the waiter.” He realized he was still hard and pulled his jacket around to shield the evidence as best he could.
As if the waiter had been waiting right outside and could read his mind, the door opened before Max had gotten up. “Would sir and madam like anything else? A touch of dessert perhaps?”
“You can box up the rest of the lady’s meal,” Max said. “You wouldn’t happen to have that delectable chocolate mousse?”
The waiter’s mouth formed an apologetic moue. “Not tonight, sir. We have lemon cheesecake, a cheese and fruit plate with brandy, or ice cream.”
“Does any of that sound good?” Max glanced at Audrey. Her eyes were wide with delight.
“Oooooh, it all sounds wonderful. I can’t even remember the last time I had real ice cream. That frozen crap they sell nowadays doesn’t even have any dairy products in it.”
“Could you bring us a sampler plate with a little of everything?” Max asked.
“Of course. Coming right up.” The waiter snatched their plates and left.
“Not that I wouldn’t love something sweet,” she said a bit wistfully, “but I thought we’d decided it was late and—”
Max kicked himself. They had decided that—sort of. He was enjoying himself, and he didn’t want the evening to end, but that wasn’t the sort of thing he could—or should—say to his secretary. He shrugged. “You seem to finally be relaxing. After what happened at the office, you deserve a little R and R. You really can come in an hour or two later tomorrow.”
Her gaze softened. “Thank you.”


 About the Author

Ann Gimpel is a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent.  Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing.  A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Several paranormal romance novellas are available in e-format. Three novels, Psyche’s Prophecy, Psyche’s Search, and Psyche's Promise are small press publications available in e-format and paperback. Look for three more urban fantasy novels coming this summer and fall: To Tame a Highland Dragon, Earth’s Requiem and Earth’s Blood.

A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.





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Saturday, September 7, 2013

"Dark Sentinels Series" Reviews

Since I'm working frantically on "Dark Sentinels Book Three: Parrish," the first full-length in the series ("Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin" has a little over 40,000 words), I thought it was about time to share a couple of great reviews :-) While I'm working on book three in this wolf-shifter series, my first big cat shifter story will be released in a charity anthology (brain-child of author/editor Mia Darien) to help the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, with 5 other author friends: Mia Darien, BR Kingsolver, Abigail Owen, Jessica Nicholls, and A. Star. We'll host a big Facebook giveaway/event! More about that later, so stay tuned :-) Also posted a contact form at the end for my new street team, Raye's Ravers, so click on the link and fill it out if you like my books and have a few minutes per week to help get the word out about them :-) 

Another Five Star (*****) Review for “Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin” From PRG!

March 11, 2013
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DARK SENTINELS – 2


5*****Stars
Novella:  Torin
Series:  Dark Sentinels – Book 2
Author:   Dariel Raye
Publisher:  Dariel Raye
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Rating:  Adult
Stephanie Bates is a real estate lawyer. When Torin DuMont enters her office for an appointment, Stephanie’s life will never be the same.  In spite of the fact that Steph’s office called to cancel the appointment, he insisted on waiting until she would see him.  When she finally saw him all she did was throw him out.  Not one to take no as an answer, he waits outside her office for her, only to see her being assaulted by three men.  The minute he saves her, he realizes that this human has somehow gotten his defenses down and he is attracted to her.
Torin is a werewolf and an alpha sentinel. The only alpha sentinel to be with a human is Sable, and his woman Akila.  What chance is there for him to have a relationship with a human, especially one that has no idea what he really is?  He needs Steph to protect the Wild Lands making it a federal preserve and sanctuary, but he can’t get over his need to help her.  When her apartment is broken into, he takes her to his home.  What does she know that is causing people to want to harm her?
Stephanie moved to Florida after she found her father dead.  For the first time since that happened, she feels safe with someone. Torin is that someone.  She realizes that even though there is so much about Torin she doesn’t know, she has fallen in love with him. Does he feel the same?
In this book we are also brought up to date on what happened with Sable and Akila.  Their relationship is a long distance one, and she wants more, but will Sable see it her way.  She wants marriage and a life with him but will his pack accept her?  He has finally agreed to take her to his home and introduce her to everyone in the pack. Has she finally gotten what she has always wanted?
Of course, in addition to the romance between the sentinels and their women is the ever present feeling of doom.  The sadistic Mr. Moore is still capturing wolves and using them for his evil purposes.  Torin’s wolves have gone missing, and Sable has come to help in any way he can, but will it be enough?
This was every bit as wonderful as the first, romance, sex and the constant presence of evil.  Will Torin and Steph find what Akila and Sable have?  Is there hope of a mating between a sentinel and a human? Are they compatible enough to have children together?  Well, I can’t wait for the next book so I can get some more answers and meet another hunky alpha and another amazing potential mate.
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Reviewed by:   Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team



dark sentinels
"Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable"Released July 13, 2012
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
5*****Stars

Book:  Sable
Series:  Dark Sentinels - Book 1
Author:  Dariel Raye
Publisher:  Dariel Raye Publishing
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Rating:  Adult
Akila Marshall is a veterinarian with a passion for animals.  Born to rich parents who gave her everything but attention and love, animals became her friends and family.  She is a woman who cannot turn her back on any animal in trouble, and it is that devotion that changes her life.
When she rescues a wolf in danger of being killed, little does she know that this wolf is a shifter named Sable.  Sable is looking for his twin sister, Syreena, who has disappeared and in that pursuit he is captured and drugged by Mr. Moore, a man set on experimenting with animals to strengthen the human race.  He knows all about what Syreena and Sable are, and he is determined to use them, but Sable gets away.  Sable and Syreena have spent their lives being turned away from packs, until it is discovered that they are Sentinels, wolves whose main purpose is being a guard to a pack.  It is in this capacity and only in this capacity that they are accepted at all.
Akila brings him home and falls in love with the wolf she calls Brutus aka Sable, and he apparently feels the same.  Can he reveal to her what he is?  Will she accept him as both a wolf and a man?
This is a novella but it reads like a full novel, mystery, betrayal, love and romance. This is the first in the Sentinel's series and I can't wait for more. Although a short story, it was very entertaining. Akila is a wonderful character and her devotion to animals is beautiful.

Reviewed by:  Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
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