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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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

"Dangerous Beauty, Sexy Beast" - Excerpt and Giveaway

Dangerous Beauty, Sexy Beast

Drayden saved her life— but her incessant need for vengeance could mean the end of his. 

Thirteen years after the brutal murder of Treva Evers’ entire family, a cloaked stranger shows up just in time to save her from the same fate. When he disappears as quickly as he appeared, she is drawn into an underworld replete with magic and long forgotten customs, a place where nothing is as it seems, including her mysterious savior, and every word or action could result in brutal consequences. 

*Note* 18+ - Contains sexually explicit content. No cliffhangers.

After sipping her last drop of liquid energy, she slipped the coffee mug and prized coffeemaker back into her shoulder bag. In addition to the coffee cup, the pink leather bag held one microwave-safe covered plate, one multi-purpose terra ceramic pan, and a set of stainless steel utensils. The small bag fit neatly into a rollaway with compartments for each category of her necessities, including her 11” laptop with a hidden IP address provided by her benefactor. Since she was always packed for a fast getaway, there was no room in her life for extra baggage of any kind. 
The refrigerator that had come with the furnished apartment remained empty, and with the exception of coffee, a giant Hershey’s chocolate bar, and peanut butter crackers, her white kitchen cabinets simply served as decorative woodwork. She bought fresh produce, prepared her meals each day, and gave whatever leftovers she had to the stray cats and dogs that always seemed to find her no matter where she lived.
Continuing her daily ritual, she pulled the laminated, aged magazine article from a hidden compartment in her bag, sliding her fingers over it reverently. The encapsulated picture of her mother, father, and three brothers always pulled her right back into that moment, a whirlwind of loss, pain, and upheaval, yet she returned to it regularly, as if she needed the reminder:
Renowned archaeologist, Daniel Evers, his wife, Kiswanna, and their three sons, Daniel III, Knight, and Kamau, were found dead in their Pensacola, FL home yesterday at 4:30 p.m. Daniel was known for his contributions to the British Museum, the Smithsonian, and a number of others. Dr. Kiswanna Ungoji Evers gave up a high-level position as a physicist and geologist to start a family. She worked as a librarian. The case is under investigation…
Her favorite ocean sounds CD, also on automatic timer, blared to life, drawing her attention back to the present, and she assumed a scissor-like supine position on the hardwood floor to begin her 60-minute evening drill. She had developed the drill over time to strengthen every muscle and joint in her body. From this position, even her pinky was forced to gain strength and hold its own. 
Treva had always been small in stature, and she’d trained long and hard so every pound would exert more force than its actual weight. She remembered sparring with her older brothers. Treva smiled as she thought about them teasing her. Daniel, the eldest, lovingly called Trey, along with Knight, and Kamau would take turns lifting her upside down with one arm, then force her to free herself from their grips. Later in life, their embarrassing pranks had paid off time and time again, as she had yet to find a situation she couldn’t get out of.
Ignoring stiff muscles, sustained injuries, and groaning sore spots, she allowed the sounds from the CD to take her mind elsewhere. Ever since the day she had returned to find the remains of her family, ripped apart and strewn from one end of their home to the other, the course and purpose of her life had been determined.
Long before the consideration of dreams, desires, or interests, this reality had become hers, and the thought of her quest being over, having choices and possibly finding some semblance of normalcy, left her confused and lost—a lion with no pride, a shell of whomever she was to become.
Without the mission to avenge the massacre of her family, Treva had no purpose.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Mystic Realms Interview Revelations: Tamsin Baker

Join author Tamsin Baker as she gives us the inside scoop on her "Mystic Realms" story, "Fallen." 

I fell in love with an incredible cover of a Fallen Angel with black wings, and holding a sword. The story unfolded from there- and I'm still writing it now! The story in Mystic Realms is the first part of a three part series.

A fallen angel doing time on Earth for his sins has enough on his plate, let alone save a woman with witch-like powers from Demons. Gabrielle needs to earn his way back into Heaven, and the only way to do that is by saving the souls of the Damned. Kadie wants her life to be her own, but with her attraction to Gabriel multiplying by the minute, she may need to give into the basest needs of the flesh. Can Gabe save Kadie from the Demons chasing her, beat the powers of Hell and ultimately save his own soul?

Write what you love and other people will love it too.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Mystic Realms Interview Revelations: Tigris Eden

Join author Tigris Eden as she gives us the inside scoop on her "Mystic Realms" story, "The Warrior's Curse." 

I’m heavily into Mythology and turning into something I’d love to read about. So I did a combination of Angels, Demons, mixed in.

The forces of good and evil continue to rage against each other. In the greatest battle since the war began, one warrior discovers a shocking truth—his destined-mate is alive. Isaiah and Dalila not only struggle with their undeniable attraction but the shocking truth that their pasts collide. As they unlock the key to their survival, it may also just save the world. Our story introduces new types of Paranormal characters that are unique only to us as well as throwing in some lore to keep readers turning the pages.

Believe in your story.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Mystic Realms Interview Revelations: Tracy Goodwin

Join author Tracy Goodwin as she gives us the inside scoop on her "Mystic Realms" story, "Cursed." 

I wanted to write a cross between Harry Potter and Twilight, where an introvert has seen movies and read books, yet finds out she is a witch when creatures have already begun hunting her.

Dangerous prophecies. Forbidden love. Limitless power. Fighting fate is just the beginning ... Tessa Egan is destined to die! When her powers as a witch are awakened, when she is hunted like so many before her. There is one problem: she doesn't believe in destiny. Fighting for her life, her survival places her on a collision course with a centuries-old conflict between species, a corrupt hierarchy that will do anything to destroy her, and the realization that her past was never what it seemed. A prophecy proclaims she will become the most powerful witch her enemies have ever encountered. The mere promise of such dominance sends legions after her, as she struggles to master her abilities and win a war against forces far more sinister than she. Adding to her already complicated life is a commanding guardian named Alec and his mysterious half-brother, Josh. The Prophecy of the Guardian's Mark claims"Only a Guardian's soulmate can see the Guardian's mark." Why can she can see both Findlay brothers' marks? Why is Josh's the opposite of Alec's, evoking anguish and fear? Who is she fated to love? The future of all rests in their hands as Tessa and the Findlay brothers discover that all species are in peril. Dangerous prophecies. Forbidden love. Limitless power. Fighting fate is just the beginning ...

Learn your craft, work hard, and don't give up. ;)

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Mystic Realms Interview Revelations: Laura Baumbach

Join author Laura Baumbach as she gives us the inside scoop on her "Mystic Realms" story, "Dark Side of the Moon" 

Wrote it for an anthology that wanted cops, werewolves, rent boys or vampires as the main characters. I wrote one story that had all four.

Recovering from a near fatal, on the job injury, vampire rent boy Harley Scott just wants some peace and quiet to recuperate. The wilds of remote Canada during their several months of complete darkness sounds like the perfect hideaway. That is if he can make it past blizzards, cops, werewolves, and -- oh, yeah, a death squad of fellow vampires hell bent on eradicating a damaged vampire from the species. Harley is looking for desolation, but he just might find salvation and healing instead, in the very last place he ever thought it would exist. What gives this story a twist is that Harley, a rent boy recently turned vampire, was shot by a john and now suffers a debilitating head injury. He healed from the fatal-for-humans wound almost completely, but the ability to recognize other supernatural beings is gone. That leaves him vulnerable and on the run from hunters and at the mercy of other paranormals.

Write what feels good to you. Don't try to write what's currently forecast as 'hot' at the moment if it isn't your style. Write what is in your heart and soul. That will translate into the story and touch readers, making them long time fans.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Mystic Realms Interview Revelations: Viola Estrella

Join author Viola Estrella as she gives us the inside scoop on her "Mystic Realms" story, "Angel Vindicated." 

I thought it would be fun to write about a flawed angel whose job is to police demons and their sinful (sometimes gross) behavior, all while dealing with her own vice--lusting over a half demon.

Deporting unruly demons back to Hell is what I do best. Demon Control Agent isn’t just my job—it’s my life. Too bad my personal matters aren’t as straightforward. The virtuous gene seems to be missing from my DNA, getting me into more trouble than I’d like to admit. To date, my biggest vice has been Simeon Keller, a half-breed demon, who managed to seduce me five years ago. I’ve avoided him ever since, but I can’t knock the bad reputation the blunder has branded on me. Now, the threat of a demon rebellion has Angels, Inc. overwhelmed, and I’m forced to trust Simeon to help me find the fiends threatening to end Angels’ existence. Staying out of the enemy’s bed is the least of my worries as I fight to keep the earth from falling under demon rule.

Believe in yourself, have fun, and be persistent!

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Mystic Realms Interview Revelations: Christine Donovan

Join author Christine Donovan as she gives us the inside scoop on her "Mystic Realms" story, "A Wolf's Touch." 

I wanted to write a paranormal and when my son was in college, in Boston taking a class in Myth and Culture, the idea came to me. Setting is on a college campus. Hero (werewolf) Professor in Myth and Culture. Heroine is a Professor in Art History. The story just unfolded from there and I had tons of fun writing it.

Troy, one of the first werewolves ever created, amassed many enemies during his time on earth. Although he’s dead, his adversaries still seek their revenge by hunting his surviving descendants. Unbeknownst to her, Kate Stewart is a direct descendent of Troy’s. She is attacked one night by a wolf who converses mind-to-mind with her. Another wolf comes to her rescue. This encounter throws her into a world where ordinary people mix with preternatural beings. Ethan Brown, leader of the Saviors of the Night Clan is visited by Troy during sleep and given the task of keeping Kate safe and initiating her into his world. He’s also shocked to learn Kate is his mate. The assignment given him won’t be easy as Kate lives in a world where only humans exist. Or at least she thinks only humans exist. Can the physical and emotional connection between Ethan and Kate be enough for her to accept her future and allow Ethan to change her and turn her into one of the creatures she fears most. Werewolf stories have been told many times before. What I hope makes mine unique is I'm telling the story in my distinct voice.

Write the story that's in your heart.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Mystic Realms Interview Revelations: Krista Ames

Join author Krista Ames as she gives us the inside scoop on her "Mystic Realms" story, "Her Fate, His Mate." 

Honestly? Nothing specific, it just came to me. I love wolf shifters.

Piper Halliday only wanted to get away from her every day, run of the mill, swamped life for a little vacation. What better way than staying in a cabin hidden away from the world, until she no longer feels safe. Paxson Rivers led a quiet existence in the Windsor Woods. However, his days were numbered. He knew the moment she arrived and he couldn’t help but want her, he just didn’t know why. Linking to a human was against everything he’d ever known or understood. When Paxson is forced to move in and protect Piper, will she accept her place in the pack or die fighting what she doesn’t understand? *** I think the uniqueness is that the story line is just relatable. So many times i've wanted to get away from the every day monotonous of life and wouldn't i be only too lucky to run across someone like Paxson!

Never give up. Learn as much as you can and take criticism as a learning tool.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Mystic Realms Interview Revelations: Jo Grafford

Join author Jo Grafford as she gives us the inside scoop on her "Mystic Realms" story, "Dr. Magic, Vampire Island Series Book #1." 

This series is Twilight meets Black Matter. It's what happens when you add vampire blood to cutting-edge biomedical technology.

A few months before her eighteenth birthday, Grace Livingston’s tragic world collides with vampire Stellan Romolov’s dark one. Until then, she’s suffered more than any teenager deserves to suffer. Shouldering the loss of a parent, practically raising herself, keeping honor roll grades, and applying for a coveted dance scholarship has left precious little time for a social life. After one earth-shaking dance with Stellan, though, she realizes every step in her broken journey has led her to this moment — and him. It’s an instant and explosive attraction. She soon discovers the super hot and super sexy Stellan is far more than he seems. He sails ships and flies airplanes. He’s also the billionaire owner and chief surgeon of an all-new medical resort on a private island: On a mission to save humanity by healing one broken or badly burned body at a time. Neither of them realizes their encounter has triggered an evil conspiracy set in motion more than a century before, and every moment they spend together puts everyone they love in danger. WHAT MAKES MY STORY UNIQUE: In this series, every hero is a super-hero, every villain in a super-villain, and every kiss is super-charged!

Keep writing no matter what! True success (whether you measure it in number of titles published, income level, or bestseller status) almost always comes from hard work and perseverance.

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