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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Monday, February 29, 2016

"Dai's Dark Valentine" Sports a New Cover




Thanks to my wonderful friend, author extraordinaire, and artiste, Cora Blu, "Dai's Dark Valentine" now has a new cover!! Joban and Daitre Beaucoup's story holds a special place in my heart because it was the first novel I wrote after receiving my transplant. Although much of it was written in pain and discomfort, not to mention a myriad of interruptions, their touching love story had to be told.

This is the book's third cover, and the first time I've really been completely satisfied with it. As some of you know, I don't write flowery romance (despite my sexy little "synopsis" header), and this cover conveys the true flavor of the couple's often dark, always raw passion, and offers just the right hint of an otherworldly love. 



Dai’s Dark Valentine

She has enough love to warm his cynical heart, he has enough dark power to destroy everything and everyone in reach. To save her, he might just have to use it.

What happens when a sheltered cat-shifter and a dark fey come together?

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 (alternate spelling from Vodouin origin), has chosen to leave the quaint yet suffocating French town of his orphan-childhood 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.



What reviewers are saying...

...I really loved this story it has a little of everything in it.
The ending is the best ending I have read in a long time. If you're a person who reads the ending first DON'T it will ruin it for you. You will need the build up to appreciate it. I can't wait to read more about these characters and their families. Very well written...Colleen Everly

...The story is filled with romance, conflict, betrayal, and lots of action. I fell in love with Daitre and Joban, and the whole world of Vodouin Fey. The characters are unique and even though the story is fantasy, their struggles are real and mirror the prejudices and marital strife of real life. I hated for the story to end. In fact, I think a sequel is in order. If you enjoy romance, magical beings, and shifters, with a little time travel to make things even more interesting, you will love this book...PA Jiuditta

...Just when you think you have already read a good saga, along comes this amazing narrative, which kept me glued to the screen. The story is filled with paranormal, time traveling, mind reading, and shape-shifting characters, which are well defined and complex. The setting begins in 18th century France, but then shifts to the 21st century in New Orleans. Feisty Daitre Salons possesses uncontrollable powers that must be protected by her stand-offish husband, Joban Beaucoup. The tale deals with obsession, erotica, revenge, desire, danger, jealousy, betrayal and murder, which makes the story even more suspenseful. There are many twists and turns, conflict, and shocking exposés, with an ending you will never see coming. Joban was one of my favorite characters. What woman, in her right mind, wouldn’t want a man like him: a protector, a superb lover, a good cook and a first-rate housekeeper?...Vivienne Diana Neal

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Spotlight: "Dark Secrets" by Mikki Smith





Blurb: “Dark Secrets” by Mikki Smith

Misty’s family, hid a dark secret from her. Until the coven came to claim what they believe belongs to them. Their chosen ones, to lead the coven to become the most powerful. It’s written the twins who they separated at birth are to reign together as one to keep the bloodline pure. When Misty refuses to stand with them, hell will break loose.


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What people are saying about “Dark Secrets”

“…It's dark, suspenseful, with sexual content and graphic violence......”

“…You get from beginning to end at the edge of your seat, hoping against all that is Holy these characters stay alive !! That's how invested Mikki Smith makes you as she spins the solid 5 tale of evil, goodness and the will to survive…”

Excerpt

October 31, 1975
Halloween.
The storm was ravenous, ready to devour anything in its path. Lightning flashed wildly across the darkened sky. Misty Quinlin heard branches snap and fall to the ground from the high winds and pouring rain. She wanted to cry out from the pain as the freezing rain pelted into her wounds.
She knew to stop was not an option, it meant eternal death to her soul, she forced herself to continue. Misty needed to find her way out of this dark and dangerous forest that surrounded her if she was to survive.
     She knew the members of the evil coven still lurked somewhere deep in the woods. The only light she had was from the full moon- appearing unlike any she had ever seen. Bright orange, Laura, Misty’s best friend, referred to it as the blood moon that rarely appears. Laura warned that more evil occurs during a blood moon than any other. Lightning continued to flash across the midnight sky, but it was of little help. The trees were tall enough that their branches extended out as far as the eye could see, giving the illusion that the ends of the branches disappeared in the midnight sky. 


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Friday, February 19, 2016

Flasher Friday: "Our Turn"



Happy Friday! We all know how deceiving looks can be. That's the theme of this piece. Hope you enjoy, and be sure to take a look at my friends' flash tales, too. I can't wait to read their interpretations!

Our Turn
Word was, John liked redheads.

We were all redheads – hot Irish blood on both sides.

Two took after Dad, whorish bastard that he was, and two like Mom, strong woman, martial arts trained, whose only weakness was good old Daddy.

Our sister wasn’t so strong…or lucky. She took after Dad – just had to have it. From high-class hotels to hole in the walls, and eventually the hardcore, unforgiving streets, Mandy got lost in her own insatiable need.

Son of a bitch John killed our brother, Tim, before he could avenge Mandy’s murder, so we waited, dressed to kill.

Now, it was our turn, and we never missed a hit. 

For Mandy and Tim.



Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Spotlight: "I Love Me Some Him" by Roxy Wilson aka Shari Michaels




New Release from Roxy Wilson writing as Shari Michaels – “I Love Me Some Him: A BWWM Interracial Romance!” ‪#‎99cents‬

Faye Bostic knows that not everyone approves of her position as editor-in-chief of Missy magazine. She has to stay strong, even if it makes people think she’s hard-hearted … but when she hires Dalton Cartwright, her sexy young intern makes her feel anything but cold.

Dalton admires his take-charge, independent boss. Like her, he wants to earn his own success. But her beauty makes him want impossible, forbidden things that fire his fantasies.

Temptation is a constant battle; until the night they finally give in to their desires. Their forbidden relationship quickly becomes a target for everyone who’d like to pull Faye down. She and Dalton are up against jealous rivals, a press hungry for scandal -- and their own secrets. 

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EXCERPT TEASER

Her body shook as she rode the elevator up to her office. She had no idea what to expect when she walked in. Through the glass, as she approached, she could see the back of two men's heads. She knew instantly who they were, and the fact that they were in there together wasn't a good sign. She was going to have to explain to both of them a decision she'd made.
Faye took several deep breaths before walking in. She didn't bother with a fake smile or with giving Dalton a kiss on the cheek. She was smart enough to know when she was in hot water and that sucking up or pretending it was all cupcake and ice-cream wasn't the answer.
"Morning," she said, practically collapsing into her office chair. From that angle, both men towered over her, making her feel weaker than she'd ever felt as an adult. She'd worked hard to be a strong, self-confident person, but she felt all that shrinking away in a matter of seconds. "I take it you have questions and for good reason, but I think it would be best if I talked to you separately, since it affects you both much differently." She tried to sound calm even though she was sure even her organs were shaking.
"No more secrets," Dalton said coolly before pulling up two chairs and sitting down on one of them.
The other man remained standing.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Zaidi Features: "Alpha Shifters After Dark" boxed-set

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Strangers in the Night (Desert Wolf 2) by Anna Lowe
Nothing has ever scared this big, bad alpha as much as his mate’s pregnancy, especially when their quiet weekend getaway doesn't go exactly according to plan. A whimsical and sexy tale of hope, fear, and undying love, featuring wolves you'll love and a whole new shifter species that bursts onto the scene.

Carpathian Wolf (Shift Your Fate, Book 0.5) by Cara Wylde
Curvy Becca has a great career but no luck when it comes to men. A trip to Europe throws her in the arms of hot, mysterious Emil Severin. She wants him and he can't keep his hands off her, but he has a secret that forces him to hold back.

Once Bitten Twice Shy by Phoenix Johnson
Can Derek stop his canine self from hurting his ex, returned to claim him back? Who is the mysterious stranger on his way to Derek’s apartment? Will Krissy and Derek ever get to lead a normal life?

Nixed by Lori King
Annabella Raven has spent years hating Phoenix Whiteoak and his pack, while he’s spilled blood warring with hers. They’d both do anything to protect and care for their families, even if that means marrying the enemy.

Secret Desire by Crystal Dawn (Erotic Fantasies Series Book 2)
Kimmie is twenty-eight, the youngest of the white wolf cousins that agreed to stay away from werewolves. She’s a lighthearted party girl, hiding her sorrow at staying away from Paul just because he’s a wolf. She wonders if it’s worth all her misery to stay human.

The Vampire's Witch (At War in the Willows Book 1) by Kiki Howell
Amberlyn’s vampire brother, Isaac, always one to kick ass first and deal with the consequences later, kidnaps a witch, Winter. He intends to find out what type of retaliation the witch clan is planning against the vampires and werewolves. 

Matching Dragons by Rachael Slate
Being teamed up with Kadence Thorne brings exiled dragon-shifter Lok dangerously close to exposure. But the treasure inside her is one that he—and every other dragon—will do anything to possess.

Rebel Howl by M. Corchis
Rebel Howl rule the record charts and all the benefits that go with being Rock Gods are in endless supply for the five-man band. Booze, sex and women are always ready and available. Lincoln Cruz is the lead singer and Alpha to his small pack. He’s crude, possessive, arrogant, demanding, cocky and sexy as hell—the Ultimate Alpha Male.

Woman's Best Friend by Angelica Dawson
Loren can't explain what it is about Judy that brings out the animal in him. When that is literal, things are bound to get hairy. Can this mature woman be his Beastmaster? 

Once Bitten Twice Smitten by Ariana Hawkes
When curvy roller derby chick Aspen Richardson was a kid, two werewolf pups chased her in the forest and one of them marked her. Years later, and on the cusp of her first shift, she’s tracked down by the two alphas, both desperate to claim her as their own.

Gabrielle's Cauldron by Ann Gimpel
With sex as a lure, Gabby is drawn into a deadly game of intrigue that started over a thousand years before. The stakes are high and the timing abysmal, but she falls in love in spite of herself.

Shifter Unleashed by Amber Ella Monroe
Brock Justice is a wolf shifter and an outlaw. He and his band of brothers cultivate a plan to raid the governor’s possessions, take anything of value, and leave a ransom note. In a twist of events, Brock ends up kidnapping the governor’s daughter.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Thursday 13: "Dai's Dark Valentine"



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She has enough love to warm his cynical heart, he has enough dark 

power to destroy everything and everyone in reach. To save her, he 

might just have to use it.

What happens when a sheltered cat-shifter and a dark fey come 

together?


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 (alternate spelling from Vodouin origin), has chosen to leave 

the quaint yet suffocating French town of his orphan-childhood 

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.

#Thursday13

13 Reasons to get your copy of "Dai's Dark Valentine" now based on what reviewers are saying

1. 4.5* overall rating

2. "I really loved this story it has a little of everything in it."

3. "The ending is the best ending I have read in a long time."

4. "Ms. Raye has quite the imagination, and once I started reading this story I could not put it down for wondering what would happen next."

5. "As their romance progressed, both of the main characters grew emotionally, and each one made the other one stronger and better."

6. "The story is filled with romance, conflict, betrayal, and lots of action. I fell in love with Daitre and Joban, and the whole world of Vodouin Fey."

7. "I found the characters fascinating, yet completely believable."

8. "...along comes this amazing narrative, which kept me glued to the screen."

9. "The story is filled with paranormal, time traveling, mind reading, and shape-shifting characters, which are well defined and complex."

10. "...obsession, erotica, revenge, desire, danger, jealousy, betrayal and murder..."

11. "Joban was one of my favorite characters. What woman, in her right mind, wouldn’t want a man like him: a protector, a superb lover, a good cook and a first-rate housekeeper?"

12. "If you enjoy paranormal suspenseful romantic stories then you will enjoy this book."

13. "...With so many supernatural/ shifter offerings available that are based on the standard mythologies, it is a treat to read something that takes a unique path on that theme..."






Excerpt: “Dai’s Dark Valentine”

Daitre found an open stall at the end of the row and dashed inside, sliding the lock into position before leaning against the wall, wrapping her arms around herself and taking slow, deep breaths. She tried thinking of Joban, but memories of the little heifer ogling him accelerated her anger, so she thought of their new home and the fact that its existence proved Joban had been planning this for a long time.

Her nails receded as quickly as they’d started to grow, and the fury seemed to rush from her - cool air. Relief washed over her when she realized she’d made it through, managing to avoid a complete shift once again.

She stepped out of the stall and stopped at the nearest sink to wash her hands, glancing at the attire of the other women as they milled around and prepared to leave.

The dress she’d chosen to wear gave her more coverage than everything else Joban had purchased for her. Even the uniform Megan wore revealed more. The other women also wore make-up and jewelry, and she had neither.

Throughout her life, Papa and everyone else had told her she was the spitting image of her mother, and that her mother was one of the most beautiful women they’d ever seen, but now she felt insecure, her usual confidence in tatters.

Tap, tap, tap. A male voice called into the restroom. “Mrs. Beaucoup, are you in there?”

Less than a second later, she heard Joban calling her, his deep voice calming her somehow. “Daitre? Are you okay?”

She swung the door open and stepped outside, surprised when he embraced her and nodded to the other man.

She nodded and inhaled deeply, his scent clean woods and warm cinnamon, but just as she started to relax and lean into him, he broke the embrace, setting her away again.

She frowned, but decided not to express her feelings. She couldn’t take a verbal rejection in addition to the many physical ones he’d so clearly issued.

He led her to their table and stood as she slid into the booth. “I didn’t know what you wanted to eat, and thought it might be good for you to see the menu.”

He motioned toward the oblong booklet in front of her. “The waiter will be back in a few moments to take your order. I did tell him to bring you lemonade, though. I’ve seen you drink that before.”

He smiled, but instead of the warmth spreading to his eyes, the roiling gray slants were like flint. “I was worried. Someone could still try to hurt you, so don’t ever walk away from me like that again.”

She carved her nails into the wooden table and flapped the menu down in front of her, keeping her voice low. “I nearly shifted, and you rarely look at me anyway, so there was no time to let you know what I had to do. Do not speak to me as if I am a child. You do not tell me what to do,” she hissed.

He responded calmly, his emotionless tone more upsetting to her than his previous words. “After the hostess showed me our table, I came back and stood outside the door. I only want to keep you safe, Princess. That is all.”


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Spotlight: "The Watchman" (Immoral Virtue series) by Arla Dahl





“The Watchman (Immoral Virtue Book 3)”
by Arla Dahl
Published: November 20, 2015
Genre: Historical Erotica
Blurb:

Evil is found when evil is sought.

“For when those in authority neglect to reprove sin, then very often the good are punished with the wicked.” – Heinrick Kramer, 1486, The Malleus Maleficarum  

For yielding to the proud tears of an accused witch, The Watchman’s soul may have been blackened by evil. To prove himself unmarked, his body free of the witch’s branding, he must stand naked before all and submit to the governor’s thorough and shameful examination.

Though Giles Scott would resist the governor’s practiced and patient touch, only complete abandon might prove his innocence. And since the witch cannot feel, only Giles’ arousal can spare his neck from the noose. And so, he surrenders.

Yet screams from another chamber – perhaps pained, perhaps pleasured – awaken memories from Giles’ dark, torturous past, and the governor’s touch no longer teases but stings…much like the punishing bite of a whip against the flesh of THE WATCHMAN.

From the Author:
THE WATCHMAN, Book 3 in the Immoral Virtue Trilogy is a dark erotic twist of an already twisted period in American History, the Salem witch trials. Due to its explicit sexual nature, with forced consent, M/m, M/f/f and other BDSM concepts, THE WATCHMAN is intended for audiences 18 and over.



What readers are saying…
“Fifty Shades-meets-Shakespeare in this eloquent, erotic tale.” – Debra Druzy, Contemporary Romance Author

“A well-crafted, wickedly erotic romp through witch trial hysteria. Arla Dahl will whet your appetite for more.”  –- Candy Caine, author of contemporary interracial erotica

“The Watchman was so hot and satisfying, the perfect conclusion to this trilogy.”  – Chloe and Sabine’s Smart Mouth Smut

“Erotic and immensely satisfying.” — D.B.Shuster, author of the Neurotica Series

Come help celebrate multi-published, bestselling author Arla Dahl’s latest addition to her “Immoral Virtue” series, “Watchman”  Thursday, February 4th, 7-9 PM EST. Prizes, games, chats, the unveiling of secrets, and various and sundry shenanigans await!!






Don’t miss out on books 1 and 2 of this sizzling series!



“The Mark (Immoral Virtue)”
Blurb:
Be this a witch?
In 1600’s New England, it was decreed thus:

“Whoever lies with the beast will bear a mark that is insensible and in their most secret parts, and may be located only through diligent and careful search.”

Accused of witchcraft, Abigail Prescott must strip for the masses and submit to the Governor’s inspection. She is ill-prepared for this shameful, grueling probe as it permits him to see and test her every inch and every hollow.

Governor Jameson Foster has examined many before, but Abigail enchants him like no other. Before he succumbs to her sweet charms, he must uncover the dark truth of this bewitching.

Should she feel his prodding and respond to his touch, her innocence will be proven. And this night he will claim her. Should she resist, fail to cry out in pain or in pleasure, then all will know she is a witch who bears The Mark.

“I defy you not to squirm and moan right along with Abigail as you read The Mark. Rejoice, erotic-fiction fans. Arla Dahl has arrived!” –best-selling author, Pam McKenna

From the Author:
THE MARK, Book 1 in the Immoral Virtue Trilogy is a highly erotic, non-romantic tale of sexual awakening and abandon, of the duty to submit vs. the desire to resist. Due to its explicit sexual nature, with elements of BDSM and dubious consent, THE MARK is intended for audiences 18 and over.
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“The Accused (Immoral Virtue Book 2)”
Blurb:
There is no shame in pleasure.

“Wherefore for the sake of fulfilling their lusts (women) consort even with devils.” -Heinrich Kramer, 1486 “Malleus Maleficarum” (The Hammer of Witches)

To clear their names and save their souls the accused are stripped and bound before all as they await their governor’s examination.

At the governor’s direction, Abigail Prescott, herself accused as a witch a mere hour past, will help test the women’s responses, for a witch marked by the devil cannot feel, no matter how gently caressed, no matter how deeply probed. Under the governor’s scrutiny Abigail is to thoroughly examine their naked flesh for the black mark of the beast.

But the prideful Elizabeth Hobbs withdraws consent. And her fate is sealed. Taken deep into the forest by the watchman, she will remain naked and open to the elements to await her punishment.

Stirred by her proud tears, the watchman touches her. Soothes her. But when a man succumbs to a witch’s charms, he too stands among THE ACCUSED.

“Explosively erotic with unexpected twists and surprises that keep the pages turning.” – 2013 RITA Finalist, Pamela Hearon
From the Author:
THE ACCUSED, Book 2 in the Immoral Virtue Trilogy continues the highly erotic, non-romantic, tale of resistance and of submission. Due to its explicit sexual nature, with elements of BDSM and dubious consent, THE ACCUSED is intended for audiences 18 and over.
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About the Author
Arla Dahl is a lover and avid reader of all things sexy and suspenseful. She gets her inspiration from daily headlines, and is often surprised by how today’s issues mirror those from the distant past. 

When Arla’s muse goes stealth, she spends her time trying recipes from exotic locales, with rich flavors and provocative scents that tempt and tease and satisfy.

A New Yorker, born and bred, Arla is forever fascinated by the varied cultures of her city. Beyond the rich diversity, the close and heady feel of a moody late night jazz club is her favorite part of living in the Big Apple.

In her current work, the Immoral Virtue trilogy, which is set during the witch hysteria of the 17th Century, Arla twists an already twisted history into a daring erotic work of passion and pleasure.

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