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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Sunday, July 31, 2016

IR Community Flash Exchange: "Drinks and Coffee"





Drinks and Coffee
“G’night, Ange. Enjoy your evening.”

“I will. Me and the mister are going dancing. I finally got him to cut loose a little.”

I smiled as the 20-something red-head left the studio, evoking memories of my younger, more hopeful days; more hopeful about actually meeting my “Mr. Right,” that is. After a dull marriage, an ugly break-up, and two years of hit and miss dating, mostly miss, I wasn’t feeling so hopeful anymore. Birthdays had a way of affecting me that way.

After filing away the portfolio shots I’d just taken of Ange, I thumbed through a few more I’d taken for other clients and my smile broadened, pride edging its way past the feeling that I had somehow missed my calling. The pictures were damn good, and if I never accomplished anything else, helping our clients live their dreams was one thing I’d managed to get right.  
“Happy Birthday, Meg! Got any special plans?”

“Thanks. Just the usual.” I did my best to sound upbeat.

Of course, the only plans I had were with Snow, my spoiled, green-eyed white Persian. Following my hot shower with my favorite brown sugar bath gel, Snow and I were planning to continue our long-standing tradition of flopping down on the couch, me in my pink bathrobe, and watching hours of whatever series I wanted to catch up on. Tonight, it was a “Scandal” marathon, complete with hot, buttery, salted popcorn. You know, the kind that melts in your mouth.

My business partner, Shellie, grabbed her things and headed for the door.

“Hey! Aren’t you forgetting something?”

She turned, a smile splitting her round face. “Oh, yeah. I forgot to tell you I added one more to the book, and your Birthday gift is on the way – drinks and maybe coffee in the morning.”

What? “So what’s that got to do with you leaving me to clean things up?”
She threw up her hand and ran for the exit, leaving me standing there with my mouth open.

“Trifling Heifer!” I called after her. The phrase had become a term of endearment between us, reminiscent of my grandmother who had often said the same thing whenever Shellie and I continued to play tea sets or Barbie instead of stopping immediately to do her bidding.

Sighing, I planted myself in the “Director’s Chair” and waited. Shellie was always up to something, but her thrill-a-minute personality had pulled me out of some dark places over the years.

Moments later, my crush from two doors down walked in, all six-foot-three, sexy as hell, and rolling a Harley. Without a word, he straddled his motorcycle, smiled, and I started snapping, hands shaking, body purring like Snow, my cat.

“Looks like you paid in advance, Mr. DuBois.”

He stood,  stalked toward me and stopped just short of touching, flashing pointed incisors for the first time. Too turned on to be frightened, I prattled on, fiddling with my equipment to drown out my suicidal heartbeat.
“Do you model?”

“It’s Mikail, and only for you.”

He offered his hand and I placed mine in his palm without thought.

“Dinner? Coffee?”

I nodded to both, almost certain nothing would show up on those negatives. The “Scandal” marathon could wait.
 


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Congratulations! "Destiny's Favor: Orlosian Warriors Bk.2" Release Tour Winners




Destiny’s Favor (Orlosian Warriors Bk. 2)
Destiny’s Favor synopsis

His world shifted the moment she was born. Now, nothing can stop him from making her his.

Imagine meeting a man who looks like an angel, wings and all? What would you do if this man told you he existed with only one purpose – to claim you and only you?

Destiny Carter is a feisty, take charge, Rubinesque beauty with a tough façade, who finds herself in that age old quandary, “always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” A string of lackluster relationships leave her hopeless and ready to settle…Until she meets Japheth, the man her fiancé claims is his best friend! Japheth’s arrival is heralded by an attack on Destiny’s life, and instinctively, she knows this is just the beginning.

Born more than 200 years ago, Japheth looks like an angel but he’s far from it. In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1, and although he’s a superior being, he’s willing to break the most sacred law of his brothers, even drink human blood, to have one meant for him alone.

When he meets Destiny, he knows she’s the one he’s been searching for. To claim her, he will have to betray a friend, risk his life, and hardest of all, humble himself enough to win her love.


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Amazon | Barnes and Noble


Tour Schedule: I want to thank my tour hosts again. Thank you!

7/21/16  

7/22/16  

7/23/16

7/25/16

7/26/16

7/27/16

7/28/16

7/29/16



Release Tour Winners
Winners, e-mail me at darielsdreamkeeper(at)gmail(dot)com to confirm your e-mail address and claim your prize! Bn100, please include your postal address.

1. $10 Amazon GC - Hazel Ann Tenia
2. $10 Amazon GC - Donna Reynolds
3. Orlosian Warriors custom jewelry set - Bn100
4. Winner's Choice: Dariel Raye E-book (excludes new release) -   Carmen Stefananescu
5. Winner's Choice: Dariel Raye E-book (excludes new release)- Elizabeth Hyatt
6. $5 Amazon GC - Nancy Jones
7. $5 Amazon GC - James Robert
8. $5 Amazon GC - Mary Preston
9. $5 Amazon GC - Colleen Everly
10. $5 Amazon GC - Melissa Weeks




Thursday, July 28, 2016

Only 1 More Day Left - "Destiny's Favor: Orlosian Warriors Bk.2" Tour




Destiny’s Favor (Orlosian Warriors Bk. 2)
Destiny’s Favor synopsis

His world shifted the moment she was born. Now, nothing can stop him from making her his.

Imagine meeting a man who looks like an angel, wings and all? What would you do if this man told you he existed with only one purpose – to claim you and only you?

Destiny Carter is a feisty, take charge, Rubinesque beauty with a tough façade, who finds herself in that age old quandary, “always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” A string of lackluster relationships leave her hopeless and ready to settle…Until she meets Japheth, the man her fiancé claims is his best friend! Japheth’s arrival is heralded by an attack on Destiny’s life, and instinctively, she knows this is just the beginning.

Born more than 200 years ago, Japheth looks like an angel but he’s far from it. In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1, and although he’s a superior being, he’s willing to break the most sacred law of his brothers, even drink human blood, to have one meant for him alone.

When he meets Destiny, he knows she’s the one he’s been searching for. To claim her, he will have to betray a friend, risk his life, and hardest of all, humble himself enough to win her love.


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Tour Schedule (Special thanks to my fabulous hosts)

7/21/16  

7/22/16  

7/23/16

7/25/16

7/26/16

7/27/16

7/28/16

7/29/16



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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Destiny's Favor Tour Host E-Books Giveaway Round One


Own them both! Only $0.99 each for a limited time.

Calm Assurance: Orlosian Warriors Bk.1  

Destiny's Favor: Orlosian Warriors Bk.2

Join the tour and leave a comment for a chance to win your choice of e-books gifted from me and written by some of my author hosts! Each e-book will only be gifted once, so choose your favorite. Once each book is chosen, it will be removed from the prize list. More will be added closer to the end of the tour. Ready? Books are listed based on the order of my appearance on each author's site. Take a look... Check out the featured post on the right for a list of tour sites and the Rafflecopter giveaway. 


Kayelle Allen - Bringer Of Chaos



Doris O’Connor - Awoken By the Sheikh

Gifted to Melissa Weeks. Hope you enjoy it, Melissa!

A.R. Von - Envy's Curse

Blak Rayne (21-author set) - 





Angelica Dawson (22-author set) - Alpha Fever






Vivienne Diane Neal - Retribution Unleashed









Monday, July 18, 2016

New Release Tour - "Destiny's Favor: Orlosian Warriors Bk.2"




Looking for the release event? You've come to the right place. Click the "Destiny's Favor Tour" page link at the top of the blog :-)

Destiny’s Favor (Orlosian Warriors Bk. 2)
Destiny’s Favor synopsis

His world shifted the moment she was born. Now, nothing can stop him from making her his.

Imagine meeting a man who looks like an angel, wings and all? What would you do if this man told you he existed with only one purpose – to claim you and only you?

Destiny Carter is a feisty, take charge, Rubinesque beauty with a tough façade, who finds herself in that age old quandary, “always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” A string of lackluster relationships leave her hopeless and ready to settle…Until she meets Japheth, the man her fiancé claims is his best friend! Japheth’s arrival is heralded by an attack on Destiny’s life, and instinctively, she knows this is just the beginning.

Born more than 200 years ago, Japheth looks like an angel but he’s far from it. In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1, and although he’s a superior being, he’s willing to break the most sacred law of his brothers, even drink human blood, to have one meant for him alone.

When he meets Destiny, he knows she’s the one he’s been searching for. To claim her, he will have to betray a friend, risk his life, and hardest of all, humble himself enough to win her love.


Amazon | Barnes and Noble


Tour Schedule (Special thanks to my fabulous hosts)

7/21/16  

7/22/16  

7/23/16

7/25/16

7/26/16


7/27/16

7/28/16

7/29/16



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

10-Author Urban Fantasy Anthology: "Good Things"


Good things come from unexpected places...

Genre: Urban Fantasy
To Be Released: August 18th, 2016

Good things come from unexpected places...

Magic and mayhem. Vampires and gods. Cops and werewolves. The binding thread of mysticism in the modern world and acts of kindness, small and large, random and focused. Join these ten authors as we travel through their worlds.

All of the author proceeds from the sales of this anthology will go to the Random Acts Organization, sponsoring kindness throughout the world. This is not official Random Acts merchandise, but is a fundraising project under permission from the charity.


A. STAR (DIANTHA JONES)
Diantha Jones loves writing fantasy books filled with adventure, romance, and magic. She's the author of the Oracle of Delphi series, the Mythos series, and the Djinn Order series (as A. Star). When she isn’t writing or working, she is reading or being hypnotized by Netflix. She is a serious night-owl and while everyone else is grinning in the warmth and sunlight, she’s hoping for gloominess and rain. Yeah, she’s weird like that.


ANGELA B. CHRYSLER
Angela B. Chrysler is a writer, logician, philosopher, and die-hard nerd who studies theology, historical linguistics, music composition, and medieval European history in New York with a dry sense of humor and an unusual sense of sarcasm. She lives in a garden with her family and cats.

In 2014, Ms. Chrysler founded Brain to Books: the marketing promotional engine and online Encyclopedia for authors. A passionate gardener and incurable cat lover, Ms. Chrysler spends her days drinking coffee and writing beside a volume of Edgar Allan Poe who strongly influences her style to this day. When Ms. Chrysler is not writing, she enables her addictions to all things nerdy, and reads everything she can get her hands on no matter the genre. Occasionally, she finds time to mother her three children and debate with her life-long friend who she eventually married. Her writing is often compared to Tad Williams. Her influences are Edgar Allan Poe, The Phantom of the Opera, and Frankenstein.


J. KIM MCLEAN
Kim’ love of reading came after her mother introduced her to Tolkien and the Hobbit, followed by Lord of the Rings. She also lovingly blames her mother for her love of Science Fiction and Fantasy, thanks to being raised on Star Trek. Kim has always had a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until she finished with graduate school (where she earned a Master’s of Science in Geology) that she found she could focus her imagination into creating her own characters and stories. Much of her writing has been for various play by email or forum role play universes, though Kim does hope this will be the first of many more stories she writes for publication.

When not writing, Kim can be found snowboarding, hiking, or doting on her furry beasts.

DARIEL RAYE
Dariel Raye is an award-winning author of powerful IR/MC (Interracial/Multi-cultural) paranormal romance and dark urban fantasy with alpha male heroes to die for and strong heroines with hearts worth winning. Her stories tell of shifters, vamps, angels, demons, and fey (the Vodouin variety). Dariel is currently writing three series: “Dark Sentinels” (wolf shifters), “Orlosian Warriors” (Vampire-like Nephilim), and “Gateway” (a crossover erotic paranormal suspense with romantic elements).

For more about Dariel, follow her blog or visit her website. She also publishes a new release newsletter. If you enjoyed this book, please post a review on review sites. You can also follow her and contact her on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.


MIA DARIEN
Born a Connecticut Yankee in nobody's court, Mia Darien grew up to brave snow and talk fast. She started reading when she was three and never looked back, soon frequently falling asleep with a book under her cheek. (Something she still does, though these days it?s her Nook as often as a paperback.)

At eleven, she discovered Night Mare by Piers Anthony and entered the world of grown-up fantasy fiction and it was all over from there. She started writing at fourteen, then met vampires as a teenager and the concept for what would become Adelheid was soon born. Epic fantasy remains her first love, but she enjoys writing whatever stories come to mind in any genre.

Now she loves both writing and helping her indie community with her freelancing. A geek till the end, she enjoys role-play by email games and World of Warcraft when she has the time. Married to her very own Named Man of the North, she lives with him, their mini-tank (also known as their son) and pets, who usually act more childish than the child.


ABIGAIL OWEN
Award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado, and resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.


CRYSTAL G. SMITH
Born a small town Missourian, Crystal grew up in a time where reading was used for her escape from the everyday worries of a young girl.  She then began developing ideas of how she would write a book and what she would do with her characters.  Soon, idea came to typewriter and then thankfully computers.

Her love of reading is not centered on one specific genre, but with her writing, she has a tendency to stay with the romance genre.  Whether it be modern day romance or paranormal romance, and a lot of steamy, she enjoys writing a story where characters find love in one another no matter how twisted their lives.

She has written several stories for charity to date and continues to write novellas and novels.  She is an indie author with a large imagination and even larger heart.  She is married with four children, (even though two of them have four legs).  She works full-time as a pediatric nurse and when she isn’t acting goofy with family, you can find her reading or writing.


KAT JAMESON
Kat Jameson has been having just plain wicked thoughts for about as long as she’s been writing, so it seemed like a very natural progression that the two would end up together. She is a woman who seems perfectly average on the outside, but believes in a great capacity for the power of love and the joy of sex and thinks constraints should be put on neither so long as everyone involved is happy. So that’s what she writes about.


CHRISTI RIGBY
Christi Rigby lives in Colorado with her husband and her two teen boys, rounding out the group is a bernese mountain dog and an old orange cat that can't seem to sleep in the morning past the need for some kibble at 5 am, then returns to the bed after it has been vacated but the owners. She has written a number of short stories for publication and is working on her first book to be published. When she is not writing at a keyboard she is always writing in her mind, so to say writing is her real life over the job she holds would be a fair representation. An avid guide along the path to geekdom for her children and friends, she is a fan of comic books, any number of Science Fiction/Fantasy television shows and movies, computer and console gaming, and just about anything Scandinavian or British Isles in nature. One day she hopes that her choice to make writing her life will lead to a visit to the Isle of Man.


JESSICA NICHOLLS
Jessica Nicholls is originally from Northern Illinois. She lived in the Northwest of England for just over ten years, where she studied and had her children. Jessica still lives overseas with her husband and two school age kids. Running, reading and watching films are her favourite hobbies. She loves spirits, passionate love stories, vampires, shape shifters, mythology and almost anything historical. The most important thing for her is for a story to feel real, something to genuinely escape into. Writing the type of stories she would enjoy reading is a passion.




Saturday, July 2, 2016

Spotlight On O2O - "Arctic Bound" by Tigris Eden


Happy Independence Day weekend to all my friends in the U.S., Happy Canada Day weekend to all my friends up north, and Happy Saturday to all! Grab this freebie while you can.



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