Dariel's World

Hi. I'm Dariel Raye (#darielsblog), an interracial/multi-cultural paranormal romance and urban fantasy author, and every day of this journey is a learning experience. I'm also a counselor, musician, and animal lover who likes to share Indie Author tools and resources, so I'll periodically segue into things music, animal, marketing, or psychology-related. The stars here, though, are books about all-conquering love and romance, and the authors who write them. Enter a world where werewolves, vampires, shifters, angels, and all things paranormal capture our hearts...

You might also like to visit my Dark Paranormal Romance Series Site.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

What Do the Lonely Do?: Missing NanoWrimo

What Do the Lonely Do?: Missing NanoWrimo

I’ve been posting announcements about my surgery here and there, and due to the timing of the procedure, I’ll be recovering when Nano starts. Since I’m not the fastest writer anyway, and there are quite a few extra distractions (mostly health-related) in my life right now, I decided to forego the formal NanoWrimo, but I’ve got another plan so the time’s not completely wasted.

If you scroll down and look at the right sidebar of my blog you’ll see a list of some of my works in progress (WIP’s). I’ve chosen two WIP’s to focus on once I’m able to write again. I’ll be posting updates for the two chosen novels along with wordcount updates and sneak peeks here on my blog at least once a week. 

Since most writers will be participating in Nano, I’m relying on my reader friends to comment and spur me on. Of course that’s not to say I wouldn’t appreciate comments from other authors as well if you have a minute to spare :-)

So, here are the two I’ve chosen based on a poll I conducted a few months ago: “Dark Sentinels Book Three: Parrish” (long overdue first full-length in the series), and a new Valentine’s Day novel I just started, “The Arrangement: Dai’s Dark Valentine.”

Meanwhile, can’t leave without just one more cute pic of some of my favorite creations in the world to cheer me you up!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Song: Dariel's Prayer Request Video

As some of you know, I'm a musician, too. I've taught band, chorus, piano, voice, and sang in and played for my share of operas and choirs since childhood, so much like writing, music has always been a part of me. Between music and writing, there's no time to waste, since every art is possessively demanding to say the least - answering to two muses, you might say. Guess that's one reason I became a therapist ;-) A friend of mine once said "music is a jealous mistress," and writing most definitely is, too, but I wouldn't have it any other way..

Regretfully, my kidney transplant was not without problematic complications, and more surgery is the best alternative at this point. I'll probably be away from the computer at least a couple of weeks following surgery, so much of my time has been spent scheduling posts through November. It is my hope that things will run so smoothly you'll barely notice I'm gone. Of course, I'll let you know when I return and I'll be sharing as much as possible while recumbent.

As I prepare for surgery, my characters are all yelling because I haven't finished telling their stories, and despite writing until daybreak, there's no way I can finish to anyone's satisfaction BEFORE surgery, so I decided to just shut all of them out for a few minutes and sing. So there.

Originally made famous by CeCe Winans, "Alabaster Box" is one of my favorite praise songs. My allergies are in full bloom, but nothing was stopping me from singing this song today. Like my characters, when my music needs to be heard, I can't rest until I obey this muse either. When I recover and my voice is at its best, I'll record another one. Meanwhile, your prayers will be greatly appreciated. Hope you enjoy this, and Happy Sunday :-)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Dariel's Friday Flash Stop - "Forever Monsieur"

Cool pic, huh? Once again, my friends and I have gathered to offer our take on one pic - same pic, different interpretations, all 100 words. Click here to see my friends' flashes. Enjoy! 


Forever Monsieur

“What did I tell you, Love?” He whispers, bare chest against my back, and I erupt, molten lava overtaking every solid organ, every bone, but I mustn’t lean into him. Monsieur doesn’t like that.

I revert to my native tongue, my lust-dazed mind attempting a rough translation - Qu'est-ce que je vous dis, l'amour?
Ah! English. He wants me to always speak English while we are here, in the Americas.

He rips my gown away, leaving me entirely at his mercy.

“Here.” Monsieur hands me a hand mirror, his voice soothing.

“Fix your face. These tears mar your beauty, and you know I detest weakness. I will return when you are…prepared.” 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

11 Last Minute NanoWrimo Prep Articles

In reference to the above quote, at least not in November, anyway :-) I’m having surgery on the 30th of this month so won’t be able to participate, but looking forward to joining you next November. Sharing this helps me feel like I’m a part of the party anyway. Just a quick comment since I really want you to check out these articles. There’s even a video here to mix things up a bit. 

Each one has a little something different, and the last is a Twitter friend who always offers good tips. So, 11 (11 for the 11th month - the nerd must get a word in) articles to help prepare (even at the last minute) for NanoWrimo 2014. Happy writing, Everybody!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dariel's Feature: "Disposable People" (The Adelheid Series Book 5) by Mia Darien

If you haven't read "The Adeleid Series" yet, you're missing out. So far, there are five books in the 4.5**** star (overall) series, and hopefully more to come. Take a look at number five.

Disposable People
(The Adelheid Series Book 5) 

Even Adelheid has a dark side... 

Detective Vance Johnston has a lot going for him. He's got good friends, a job he likes, gets to play tiger every now and then, and is getting ready to propose to his long time girlfriend, Sadie Stanton. Things are looking pretty good. 

That is until a shocking turn of events sends him into a case at the last minute that threatens not just everything in his life, but his life itself. Thrust into the seedy underbelly of the preternatural organized crime world, Vance is trapped, a prisoner to the entertainment and money of a darkness threatening to undermine Adelheid. 

But he's not alone. Not just in the prison he's kept in, but on the outside too. He just has to hang on until help comes, but that's going to be anything but easy as his own beast within is used against him.