Dariel's World

Hi. I'm Dariel Raye, an interracial/multi-cultural paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and action suspense author, and every day of this journey is a learning experience. I'm also a counselor, musician, and animal lover. My stories are about all-conquering love and romance, and I enjoy hosting other authors as well. Enter a world where werewolves, vampires, multi-shifters, vamp-like Nephilim, Vodouin Fey, and all things paranormal capture our hearts...

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Keeping it Simple: 2015 Goals with a peek at two of my upcoming releases




This year has left its mark. I can’t count the times I’ve reached my limit and still had to keep going, hoping, believing. The kidney transplant was a blessing, an answer to many prayers, and with it came complications I’m still facing. Great thing is I’m still here setting goals for next year and I’ve managed to pick up a couple more skills along the way. Here are my writing goals for 2015 with a peek at two of my upcoming releases. You’ll notice I’m keeping it simple this time:

Move my Wordpress site to a new host to allow more special features

Revive Raye’s Ravers

Release “Dai’s Dark Valentine” by Valentine’s Day. Take a look at the cover and working blurb…



Dai’s Dark Valentine
Three-hundred years is a long time, but left to its own devices, what began as the vendetta of one man can grow to encompass even more formidable hatred.

Daitre Salons is a beautiful but naïve heiress whose true heritage has been kept secret even from her. Now, her abilities are emerging and her father’s enemies want her dead, but what bothers her most is that her new husband “in name only” insists on treating her like a child.

Joban Beaucoup, professional guard to the Salons family, and dark fey, has chosen to leave the quaint yet suffocating French town of his orphan-birth and venture to the Americas, but he needs one thing he cannot concoct, despite his magical abilities – a wife.

When Joban agrees to marry Daitre and take her to the Americas with him, he carries her three-thousand miles away, then whisks her three-hundred years into the future to assure her safety, but while Daitre struggles to adjust to this strange new world, manage her newfound powers, and make peace with her feelings for Joban, Joban learns that even here, their enemies have followed them, now more deadly than ever.

Release “Dark Sentinels Book Three: Parrish” in June…

Dark Sentinels Book Three: Parrish
In dire need of a respite, Dana takes leave from the stage and flees to a remote area to commission the designs of a famous, yet reclusive architect few have ever seen, but their meeting ignites events so powerful, neither of their lives will ever be the same.

Dana Rainwater is a classically trained pop and gospel star, composer, and musician suffering from stress-induced fatigue. Constant travel, public appearances, demands from everyone around her, and lack of privacy have left her hollow, empty.

Wolf sentinel shifter Vadrian Parrish was born to a high calling, but his increasingly disturbing visions render him nearly inaccessible to others, unable to fulfill his purpose. Caverns of murdered wolves plague his sleep, their howls and cries ever present, constant reminders of his failure, until he hears her music… Dana Rainwater.
  

Release “Taking Palima” (“Kushiel’s Keep Series”) and “Destiny’s Christmas” (“Orlosian Warriors Series”) before the end of the year. More about these two releases later...


 Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Reader Interview: Meet Jacklynn Sizemore - PNR Fan, Generous Reviewer, Raye's Raver






Jacklynn Sizemore Interview

1.    How old were you when you started reading for enjoyment? What kinds of books did you start reading? What kinds of books do you enjoy reading most, now?
I started really when I was in middle school. Back then I loved to read scary and mystery books. Now I so love reading all kinds of romances and magic, fantasy, and paranormal romances.

2.    What 3 things would you like other readers and writers to know about you?
I am a mother of two wonderful kids and wife to a husband that drive me crazy but I love him anyway. I have six pets four dogs staring with the oldest Shiba, Thunder, Zoey, and Oliver and two cats Emmett and Rayne and yes they are all rescued animals except for Thunder. He a wolf hybrid that was giving to us. I love being with my family when I'm not reading or working on something for an author I'm busy with my family on our own adventure be it hiking in the woods to cuddling on the couch watching a movie.

3.    When and where do you do most of your reading? What’s your favorite reading device?
When and where I do most my reading is three places. I love reading in my chair which I do a lot at night. I also do a lot reading in my car every after waiting for both my kids to get home for school. I so love when I can read in bed at night.

4.    What are some things that make you pick up an indie author’s book(s)?
What makes me pick indie authors book is easy I honestly love reading and there is so many amazing books that I just love reading that are done by indie authors.

5.    Do you ever review books and post the reviews?
Yes i do review books and post them.

6.    Have you ever considered becoming a writer? Explain why or why not.
Yes I have been working on a book right now. I love reading so much and a while back when talk to some of my friends about their books helping with ideas they said I should write one. So I am but it is not easy that’s for sure but I gotta say I love it. Hope to be done soon.

7.    Are there any indie author blogs that you read regularly? If so, what brings you back each time?
There are so many author blogs I love to go to regularly it's hard name just a few  but here some Dariel Raye, Kym Grosso, Julia Mills, Eris Kelli, Tara West and so many more. Why I love checking these blog out all the time is cause they have written some amazing and wonderful books or book series that I just love and love when they share pics or teasers about up coming books and so love when they post stuff about them self to.


 Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, Jacklynn, and a special thanks for all you do to help indie authors! So glad we met and started chatting. Merry Christmas to you and your family :-)



Sunday, December 21, 2014

Featured Reader Interview: Meet Colleen Everly - Avid paranormal romance reader,blogger, Raye's Raver





1. How old were you when you started reading for enjoyment? What kinds of books did you start reading? What kinds of books do you enjoy reading most, now? 
I had to be around 8 or 9 when I started reading for enjoyment. I read books like My Friend Flicka and Heidi. I started reading Harlequin Romances at the age of 12 and still read romances now, mostly paranormal romance but will  read anything romance.

2. What 3 things would you like other readers and writers to know about you? 
I am an avid reader. I love to support indie authors. I am a blogger.

3. What are some things you look for in a good book? What separates a good book from a great book in your opinion?
 A good book must have a good story line and suck me into the story. Making me feel emotions is what I separate a good book from a great one.

4. When and where do you do most of your reading? What’s your favorite reading device? 
I read mostly in the evenings curled up on my sofa on my kindle or a paperback.

5. What are some things that make you pick up an indie author’s book(s)? 
genre is the main reason I pick up a book, sometimes it’s the author if I recognize the name, I will admit if there is a sexy guy on the front it will strike my interest.

6. Do you ever review books and post the reviews? 
yes I review and I always post a review unless the book rates under 3 stars for me then I will not. I don’t agree with bashing an author through review sites. I will however tell the author why unless I can’t get hold of them via facebook or email.

7. What are some of your favorite online and social media hangouts? 
I utilize Facebook,my blog,Twitter,Linkedin,Google+,Pinterest, Tumblr, and Booktropoulus.

8. Have you ever considered becoming a writer? Explain why or why not. 
Yes, I have but I seem to always throw them away before finishing. Though I do have one I started since I started blogging, I haven’t got far but I refuse to throw it away again.

9. Are there any indie author blogs that you read regularly? If so, what brings you back each time? 
I follow many and receive email updates regularly I read the email and if something catches my eye I will go read the blog.


 Thanks for hanging out with me today, Colleen, not to mention all the other wonderful things you do for authors :-)



Friday, December 19, 2014

Flasher Friday: "Confessions"




Can you believe this is the last Friday before Christmas? Well, it's time for a 100 word flash, and this week we're using the rather controversial pic below. Notice our nun is wearing leather, so already something's not quite right about that. Take a peek at my friends' flashes, too, and remember, we LOVE comments :-)




Confessions
“You made it! Have a seat and we’ll get started.”

I hadn’t expected the chills running up and down my spine, but this empty place echoing around me was downright creepy, like someone was watching.

I glanced at her, still shy, and she smiled, long legs in the air, ankles twirling, torn stockings just like we left her. 

My fantasy incarnate, only darker, like she could read my mind and eat me alive.

“Uh, thanks for doing this for me.”

I blinked and her perfect hips filled my lap, chills morphing into adrenaline as I unzipped my jeans and shoved up her skirt to relieve my bulging cock.

“Where’d you get the uniform and rosary?” I asked.


“Mine now. Another life.”

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Feature: "The Boss's Pet - What She Wants Book 5" by Tonya Kinzer






I hope you’re here because you’re curious. The majority of my writing is along the lines of Dom/sub/BDSM so if you’re offended by that, please don’t continue reading. Why some read on if they’re offended, I don’t understand, because they are the readers who leave a one star rating on my work with nasty comments when my books are clearly marked as BDSM at the online stores.

For those of you who kept reading, I’m glad you decided to find out more. I love kinky and love readers who love kinky. I like to push the envelope with my books. My Boss’s Pet series is more for those who are just getting into a Dom/sub relationship or thinking about it. I carefully take the reader through the scenes, introduce new scene play and what goes on in the mind of those involved. BDSM is as much a mind thing as it is a physical thing. I won’t go into all that here but I do in the books. The first book in the series is FREE and titled The Contract.



Now, on to more fun in book FIVE, Under Her Command. I love the cover and yes, I do my own cover art. John Quinlan (the most tattooed romance cover model) and Jimmy Thomas provide us with such a variety of shots to use that I can have all kinds of fun. In books three through five, I’ve include f/f scenes because I know the guys love reading about two women loving each other. It’s also a beautiful thing that I find I enjoy writing about as well.

In book five, Sondra learns that she enjoys wielding the whip…or crop…and keeping her slaves on their toes. She also likes to make the aware of other ways their body processes pleasure and pain, whether they’re male or female. Have you ever been pursued by a member of the same sex? Sondra knows that before the book ends, she will experience another episode of that exact interest but isn’t ready to find out how she actually feels about it all once the scene is complete. So much happens in this story but please click over to my website to find out more. One doesn’t have to read the books in order to enjoy them and I also introduce a few characters from my other books. My blog has posts about the series so do check them out as there are links to places in the books.

Who wants to read an excerpt? Click this XXX-Excerpt link to check out part of the story, then grab your copies at your favorite online store. Thank you all for stopping in to learn about my newest release. I also have an erotic western series for those who love cowboys! Be sure to get in on the contest below to be in the drawing for an additional $10 gift card besides the one I’ve donated for the grand prize drawings that Shandra is doing.
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CONTEST:  Leave a comment about your thoughts on Dom/sub relationships…are they for you or do you need to learn more about what’s involved? I’ll pick one winner on the 22nd to win the $10 GC so do leave your email addy and where you’d like your gift card to: Amazon, All Romance eBucks or B & N. Again, thanks for stopping in!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dariel's Feature: Meet My Friend Olga Nunez Miret! Author, Psychiatrist, Translator





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?
I’ve always been a reader, since I learned how to read. I started writing pretty early on, and although I wrote more or less depending on what I was doing, I always had at least one story on the go. At points in my life when I was less busy with studies or work I tried and investigate submitting stories or books but never explored it further. Over two years ago, after I finished writing a new novel (part 1 on a trilogy I’m hoping to publish some time before next summer called ‘Angelic Business’) I sent inquiries to agents with little response. Then I read about self-publishing and decided to try it with one of the  books I’d written a long while back ‘The Man Who Never Was’. And I’ve kept going ever since.

My stories usually come from something I see, hear, or read about that sparks a ‘what if?’ kind of scenario. I might have many ideas but if one keeps bothering me all the time and I keep thinking more and more details about the scenario, I’ll go with it. And sometimes whilst writing a story I’ll come across something that gets me interested. The ‘Escaping Psychiatry’ stories (and I’m planning on more books) have as a protagonist a psychiatrist, like me, and I guess some of my experiences have gone into that.

2.   What 3 things would you like readers to know about you?
That I’d love to have a bookshop. A very special one, that felt like a sanctuary for everybody, with indie books too, little gifts and art and crafts exhibitions, a nice coffee/teashop, events organized….I also love theatre and movies and I wrote my PhD on Film and had a great time whilst researching for it (but I’m terrible at taking pictures). And as a random fact, that I’ve gone parachuting a couple of times. Oh, I love owls…I’m afraid that makes four…



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? Special projects?
I have quite a few books out. I publish all my books (and blog) in Spanish and English, so that makes two of each! I have published a family saga with very special characters ‘The Man Who Never Was’(although I really like Jesús, my central character, I think his sister Stephie is one of my favourite ever. She is a child prodigy and can tell the future), a YA novella about sibling rivalry with a touch of the paranormal (‘Twin Evils?’), Escaping Psychiatry, that is a collection of three novellas (psychological thrillers, with a psychiatrist, Mary, as the main protagonist. 



Because of the evident professional connection, Mary is also part of the family), ‘Family, Lust and Camera’ a fairly dark novella about an obsession and voyeurism, and two romances ‘Click Me Happy!’ a novel about the effects of social media on a media-naïve librarian, where the reader can choose between three endings (an unhappy, a neutral and a happy one), and ‘I Love Your Cupcakes’ my most recent one, a novel that takes place in the world of TV baking game shows, with a fantastic cast of characters (I really like all the main characters in the novel, Dulce, Adelfa and Storm. And their love interests are pretty nice too). And I’m currently in the process of editing and translating a YA/NA series, ‘Angelic Business’, where a girl (Petra, but as she doesn’t like her name she goes by Pink) suddenly discovers that her everyday life hides an incredible destiny, and angels and demons are fighting over her.



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?
I’m not sure there is. I write in different genres, although apart from in ‘The Man’ all the rest of my novels have female protagonists. I like to put my characters outside of their comfort zone and create challenges that will test what they’re made of. I’m also interested in complex characters but credible people. More than anything I want readers to have a good time and enjoy the stories. And make them theirs. One of the things that give me more satisfaction is when people talk to me about my characters as if they were people they knew and got truly engaged with.



5.   What do you look for in a good book? In what ways would you say your books exhibit these qualities?
I love a good story. On the other hand I like to get under the character’s skin, and I like books that make me think and take me to places I haven’t been (not only physically, but also with regards to feelings or thoughts). I’m not particularly descriptive or poetic in my writing although I can appreciate that in other people’s writing. But sometimes, I just want something light and fun…Ah, and I love horror stories, so very scary is also good.

6.   What are some of the best social media, marketing, and publicity tips you’ve come across? Any pitfalls you can warn us about?
I’d love to have any good tips. I think it takes time. Yes, be social. Don’t only talk about your book all the time. Beware of being overly enthusiastic in Twitter. I have been suspended quite a few times there by simply replying to messages so…I enjoy the blog most of all, and the direct interaction with people. I’ve met many great writers through social media and they have become friends. And not only writers, talented musicians, painters and artists…and people from all walks of life. I’d say if you find a social media outlet that you enjoy and you’re good at, focus more on that. Being everywhere is not necessarily very productive if you don’t quite understand how they work. Oh, I like Pinterest and I find it a good place to get inspiration for costumes, settings, locales…



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?
Mmmmm….That the hardest thing comes after you’ve written the book. Writing I’ve always enjoyed and would always carry on writing, but trying to sell books and get them to readers is not something most of us had thought about when we figured we might be writers some day. Just keep going.

8.   Along that same line, what are some of your favorite resources for writers?
I’ve mentioned Pinterest already. I do enjoy checking and following other people’s blogs, and Triberr, Blog Loving and Networked Blogs are great resources to be able to share good content. I rely on Hootsuite for trying to keep up with my Twitter account. I’ve recently joined the team at Literary World Interviews, a blog where a variety of people share suggestions, advice and reviews, and I recommend it. Oh, and writers groups, formal or not so formal area great place to get tips and gain knowledge. And most people are very kind and generous with their time.

9.   What lifts your spirits when you’re discouraged?
I took up meditation a bit over a year ago and I’m trying to use the techniques. I love workouts and going for a walk usually makes me feel better. Or reading, or watching a film…Chatting to friends…

10.                What tips can you offer towards building and maintaining a strong support system as a writer?
I did mention writers groups. Be they physical or online, there are great communities out there. I’ve also found a community of bloggers that are very supportive and they’ve become like friends and family to me. Of course, it’s great if your own family is supportive, but some things, maybe only somebody else who is doing the same can fully understand.
Thanks so much Dariel for having me as your guest and thanks to your readers too.



My personal links:
My website:
My Amazon page:
My Blog:
My Twitter handle:
@OlgaNM7
My Facebook page:

Some of my books are available in other places but I’ll leave you the Amazon links only, otherwise it will be very long:
The Man Who Never Was
Twin Evils?
Click Me Happy!
e-version:
paper:
Escaping Psychiatry:
e-version:
paper:
audio:
Family, Lust and Cameras:
I Love Your Cupcakes:
e-version:
paper:




Friday, December 12, 2014

Dariel's Flasher Friday Stop: "Fallen"




It's another Flasher Friday, and my friends and I have gotten together to share our individual takes on this awesome inspirational pic below in 100 words max. For more, click here to take a look at theirs when you're done here.


Fallen
I awake with a start, a puff of air forced from my lungs, and I immediately know.

“Come to me,” he demands, and I arise as if sleepwalking, mesmerized by his voice.

The clearing  is bathed in gold, his unearthly light, ravens circling, and despite the chill wind, warmth rushes straight to my core, flushing my face, a feverish, wanton heat leaving me slick, ready for his invasion.

I drop my head, abandon and submission, and he takes me, lifting me from the ground, my legs in the air, one beneath his arm, the other at his waist. 

I cry out as my body convulses again and again. I have fallen in every glorious way.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Feature:" The Ballerina and the Fighter" by Ursula Sinclair





The Ballerina & The Fighter (Book 1) NOW On Audio.

Have you ever wondered what your hero would sound like if you could only hear his voice? Well I did and that's why I decided to put a some of my books into audio. The first book in the Ballerina Series is now available on audio and the second book will be coming to audio soon. It is even now in production.



Listen to Maze tell you his story of love and heartache. Click here

Narrated by Matthew Whitfield


GIVEAWAY!!
"What singer was Maze listening to as he jogged on the beach and first saw Ivy?"

To receive a free downloadable copy of The Ballerina & The Fighter (Book 1) on Audible.com be the first person to leave the correct answer in the comment section below.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Flasher Friday: "Anniversary"



Another Friday has come, but I couldn't pass this one up. As always, 100 words for my take on this awesome pic. Check out my friends' posts, too. Most of them were on time ;-)


Anniversary
“One night together, Baby. Just you and me.” 

That’s what she said when I asked what she wanted for our anniversary.

“One hour, and if I smell the least hint of liquor on you, the deal’s off.” Her sweet voice taunting. I’d nearly forgotten about this side of her.

Black dress, blindfold, hands behind her back, I tamp down my revved-up cock as I approach slowly, a smooth chain and cuffs held in my grip. She’s maintained her curves and then some, and more than that, I’ve never loved her more.

“Open the door!” they yell.

Silvie screams, literally. “Dammit! You told me the kids were gone all night, Carl.” 



Dariel's Bewitching Book Tour Stop: "Fallen" (Guardian Trilogy) by Laury Falter





Fallen
Guardian Trilogy
Book 1
Laury Falter

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Audeamus LLC

Date of Publication: April 1, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-9855110-3-6
 ASIN: B00280MFEY

Number of pages: 274 pages

Book Description:

Fallen - the first book in the Guardian Trilogy...

Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn’t until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger.

As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her and that he may be the key to understanding why her enemies have just now arrived.


Available at Amazon  Audible


Magdalene's Top 10 Questions…

1. Favorite movie/actor/actress? I've never had time to notice. Would much rather be sneaking out to hunt Fallen Ones.
2. Favorite song/singer? Anything that gets my heart pumping or fills me with the exhilaration that I feel when I look at Eran.
3. Favorite food?  Muffuletta sandwich, hands down. It is my go-to lunch. There's something about that salty goodness that I can't resist! Like Eran's lips after a good workout!
4. One item you cannot live without? My sword. It's a trusty companion when I come across an enemy salivating to take my life or the life of another.
5. Who would you like to meet (dead or alive)? I can meet just about anyone dead or alive, given my unique ability. However, one entity does remain elusive…the one who created creation, the one who started it all, the one who produced life its self. That one…I have a lot of questions for.
6. Favorite hobby? Sending our enemies to eternal death, comes to mind, but that's more of a way of life. So I'd have to say…riding my awesome Harley Davidson Sportster, especially into the school parking lot while the faculty are arriving in the morning.
7. Guilty pleasure? Eran. He's been off limits to me for a long time so you can probably guess why he was the first one to come to mind.
8. Favorite author and book? The ones who put together the Book of Dossiers on the Fallen Ones. Those individuals are brave, the kind of brave that humbles you. When you think about how close one has to get to an enemy who wants you dead, close enough to know they regularly reek of onions, it leaves an impression in the back of your mind. 
9. Do you collect anything? Rapiers and to a lesser extent fashionable leather fighting attire. With each fall to earth, I seek out both, in the order mentioned. The rapier is self-explanatory. The leather suit, well, there's nothing like kicking some butt in intimidating foreign fashion.
10. Favorite color? Black, green, brown…Anything that provides camouflage against a background where I'm hiding in wait for my enemies return.

EXCERPT 

“You appear and then vanish like a ghost. You aren’t injured from venomous snake bites. You aren’t killed by wayward, incredibly sharp arrows.” Then, I reiterated, “I am the only one who can see you…how is any of this possible?”
“You do pay attention,” he said, sounding almost regretful, though I didn’t understand why.
“Yes, now will you tell me how you are capable of all that?”
He paused, still looking at me, as he collected his thoughts. The muscles throughout his body visibly flexed, tensing as he prepared his answer. “I have certain…gifts…that not many others can claim…gifts of speed, healing, and regeneration, to name a few.”
He paused, waiting for my reaction.
“Don’t worry so much,” I said, teasingly. “I’m not going to run screaming for the door.”
We quietly laughed together for a brief moment.  When I felt like he was comfortable again, I asked my next question.
“So, where did you get these gifts? Did your parents take some sort of special drug?”
“Not exactly. I can’t answer that, as much as I know you’d like me to. Just suffice, Magdalene, to know that without these gifts, you wouldn’t be here right now.”

About the Author:

Laury Falter is a bestselling author of young adult romantic suspense and urban fantasy. She has three series out: the Guardian Trilogy, the Residue Series, and the Apocalypse Chronicles.