Dariel's World

Hi. I'm Dariel Raye, an award winning author of paranormal romance, and every day of this journey is a learning experience. I'm also a counselor, musician, and animal lover so I'll periodically segue into things music, animal, or psychology-related. The stars here, though, are all-conquering love and romance. Enter a world where werewolves, vampires, shifters, angels, and all things paranormal capture our hearts...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

How To Create An HTML Post For Blogger and WordPress

Takes so little to make some of us happy. One discovery that's not half as popular as I think it should be is the ready-made HTML post. Say you want your friends to help you promote your new release; one of the easiest ways to spread the word is to create one HTML doc (or docx) and send it, sans additional attachments and Jpgs.

This keeps your trusty friends from having to deal with formatting and coming up with an intro to fit your many attachments. Also ensures that each post will be uniform, with your Jpgs and docs in the same place, and all information included.

Since some bloggers have Blogger, and others Wordpress (or if they're like me, they have one of each), I suggest creating an HTML post for each one separately (formatting is different for each, that's why posts should be created separately). I'll tell you about each here. A little more work for you at the front end, but believe me, it saves a bunch of time when you get ready to send your posts to tour hosts and friends.

  1. Write text for your post in Word, first, including intro, purchase links, and contact links. You'll want your title in bold, of course, just above your intro.
  2. Take care of these details in Word to save time when you move to Blogger or WordPress. Write your intro. In the actual post, the intro will most likely be beneath your promo book cover, but that's up to you. Make sure you include headings in bold to separate your sections of text (ex. Blurb, Excerpt, About the Author, Purchase links, Contact Links), copy/paste your blurb, excerpt, and about the author sections from your files and include them in your Word doc.
  3. I like to embed purchase and contact links, so grab the links you want in your post and include them in your doc. This way, you won't have to keep jumping in and out of Blogger or Wordpress to grab links. They're all in one place. Just the way we like them ;-)
  4. Okay, now that we have most of our stuff in one place (all except pictures, and that's because I've found they're easier to format once you get into Blogger or Wordpress), copy your intro section and let's start with Blogger.
  5. Create this post just as you would any "new post," adding pictures and sections from the Word doc you created, including your embedded links. 
  6. Make sure everything's where you want it, then click "HTML" in the top LH corner. You'll see that your code has been created for you! Now select ALL (control~a) and Copy (control~c).
  7. From the Word doc you've created, click File>New and open a blank word doc to Paste (control~v) your code. Save as a Word doc. Now, when you send out your promo emails to blogger friends, just attach your new Word doc filled with the HTML code for your perfect promo post.
  8. For Wordpress users, create the post just as you would any "new post" in Wordpress, adding pictures and sections from the Word doc you created, including your embedded links.
  9. Make sure everything's where you want it, then click "Text" in the top RH corner. Once again, you'll see the code has been created for you! Select ALL and Copy. Open a new Word doc, Paste the code, and Save as a Word doc. Voila!! 
  10. You can either ask your host whether they're using Blogger or Wordpress, or send both, clearly denoting that one's for Blogger and the other is for Wordpress. (*Remember, you can not use the same HTML doc for both formats) When your hosts receive the HTML doc, all they have to do is select all and copy your attachment, then click "new post." For Blogger, click "HTML" then paste, and for Wordpress, click "Text" then paste. There's your post with minimized effort on your part, and minimal effort on the part of your hosts.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Nobody Wants To, But Let's Talk About It...

fit girl working out at the field under rainbow stock photography

Let’s talk about aging – no flowery intro, no smooth segue. In a society obsessed with youth, we really need to discuss aging more (since most of us spend much more of our time on this earth aging than being young [not disregarding the importance of nurturing a young heart]). I had a birthday this month, and with it came sentimental (I’m seldom sentimental) memories of the last 20 - 25 years. No, not EVERY one of the last 20 - 25 years, but special moments related to my awareness of age, appearance, life decisions, and wisdom (or the lack thereof. LOL). So, here’s my list of things we should all do to help ourselves along this unavoidable progression of living.
1.     Set goals in your 20’s, do your research, and take the best action to achieve those goals. Oh, and please please get some kind of education (college, trade, military, online courses, etc.). Education opens door and gives us options we can’t even imagine without it.
2.     Start an exercise regimen including aerobic activity you enjoy.
3.     Add weight training (it’s even better with a lover or close friend)
4.     Develop healthy eating habits (click here for a foolproof way to find what works best for you.)
5.     Develop and maintain healthy friendships and family relationships with wise, progressive people (more on this later)
6.     Take stock of your goals, decide which ones are still important to you, and decide what’s next. Again, do your research before taking action.
7.     Maintain your exercise regimen and guard your time like a mother bear
8.     Reevaluate your eating habits. Sometimes our dietary needs change as we age, so repeat the prescription process from your 20’s.
9.     Nurture friendships and healthy family relationships by being a good friend or family member. This is your support circle and these people (and pets) become even more valuable over time. Steer clear of fair weather friends, fowl weather friends, ne’er do wells, and the temporary coat-tail hangers who only want to take. Also, you are grown! You really can avoid family members who try to bring you down and box you in.This is your time to fly. Get rid of any excess baggage.
10.  Make sure to take regular vacations and plan at least one day a week to pamper yourself (I know you’re busy, but this is a must). Guard your time like a ninja warrior.
11.  Okay, if you laid the groundwork in your 20’s and 30’s, this is the time to play more than you work. Travel, take lessons in something you’ve always wanted to learn about, spend more time enjoying life than working. Really. It’s important. Life is short, and you want to thrive, not just survive.
12.  One of the best ways to maintain your exercise regimen is to rev it up with some activities you can include during your vacations. I’d LOVE to visit New Zealand, speaking of revved-up activities.
13.  If you haven’t already, this is the time you’ll most likely be called upon to be a good, faithful, supportive friend. The easiest way to support a friend is to do for him/her what you would need done for you. First, actively listen and ask what you can do to help.
14.  Spend time with your loved ones. Go out for each other’s birthdays, host and share pot-luck get-togethers regularly, and share your lives.

I can't offer much info about the 50’s yet (I’m still new at this part), but I have learned one thing, and that’s not likely to change - everyone needs at least three things to thrive in life: purpose (something constructive to do), love (someone who cares enough to bear witness to and share our lives), and hope (something positive to look forward to). Focus on these things and aging might just be a bit less painful – in fact, it can be downright enlightening.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Six Days: Another Miracle

Vadrian Parrish - "Dark Sentinels Book Three: Parrish"

Bopping around in the drugstore, one of my favorite places, BTW, I received the phone call I'd been waiting for over seven years...
"This is the university transplant center. Are you still interested in receiving a kidney transplant?"
After the caller asked me a couple more questions I stopped her. "Do you mean there's a kidney there for me right now?"
Putting it mildly, I was in shock. I'd been on another university transplant list over seven years, yet I'd only been on this transplant list six days when they called me!

Most people know very little about kidney disease and dialysis, let alone transplant procedures, and neither did I until I was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2005. Surprisingly, 1 in 6 Americans have kidney problems during their lifetime. I received the call at 3:30 pm and the transplant team wanted me admitted to the hospital nearly four hours away by 8:30 pm.

I dumped the unnecessary items I was about to purchase, dashed to checkout, hopped in my car and started making phone calls. I had to get a ride because nearly everyone was working, get my Dobie-Coonhound to his favorite pet motel, then get to the hospital ASAP. Thank God for good friends and family. Without them I never would have made it.

I'll spare you the gory details, but recovery is ongoing. Right now I have to make that four hour trip every week for labs to make sure everything is going well (again, thank God for good friends because I can't drive yet), I'm taking about 40 pills a day, and my body is slowly deflating from 25 pounds of fluid added intravenously to flush the new kidney and help it work well. My previously thin feet ache from the sudden, excess weight. In other words, not feeling my best yet, but grateful I no longer have to go to dialysis and looking forward to a full recovery.

The voices of Vadrian and Dana from "Dark Sentinels Book Three: Parrish" are starting to yell - kidney transplant or not, get to writin', lady! They want their story written, and I can't wait to update you on Sable and Akila as well as Torin and Steph from books one and two in the series.  Something else I'm really looking forward to is attending some writers' conferences. So, even though I'm taking a necessary sabbatical, I'll be back with you shortly :-)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dariel's Feature: "Cupid's Heart" by Nicole Garcia

Cupid, God of Love, has not used his bow and arrow to create love in twenty-five years. Being solely responsible for producing love amongst the humans, had proven to be too much for him to handle. His only disastrous mistake made him feel guilty, and thought he deserved to be alone for the rest of eternity. Valentina Hart, a human, has a few problems of her own. A bad break-up and no sense of self worth may be the key to her undoing. When Cupid and Valentina meet, their attraction is instant. But, will that be enough to bring their worlds together, and save each other from the pain they both keep locked away? What happens when the God of Love has lost the will to create romance? Can Valentina give Cupid what he needs to mend his broken heart?

About the Author

Nicole Garcia is happily married and is a mother of four. She has two daughters and two sons. Both her sons have special needs since they are Autistic. She currently possesses a degree in Nursing, but has been a stay at home mom for the past 8 years. Her hobbies include but are not limited to music, gardening, and rescuing exotic pets. Their family has so many animals, they could probably charge admission to the small petting zoo. But, her absolute passion is reading. After spending so much time at home, she decided to make a career out of sharing her love for books. Writing and promoting has become a full time job for her now. She decided to follow her dreams and start writing her own books. She started writing poetry when she was just a little girl and had always loved the feeling it gave her. Currently, she writes Contemporary and Paranormal Romance, but later plans to explore other genres.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dariel's Feature: "Stolen Valentine Kiss" by Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku

Stolen Valentine Kiss by Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku
Publication Date: Feb 1st 2014
ISBN/EAN 13: 1495237931/9781495237935 (Paperback)
Genre / Categories: Fiction/Romance/Contemporary/Interracial/Multicultural

One broken heart. Two grieving minds.

To Lorna Ibe, Departmental Manager with one of London's multi-channel retailers, Valentine's Day lost its romantic flavour years ago. An unplanned holiday to New Jersey is her perfect getaway from the stress and emotional turmoil locked in her heart, just what she needs to take her mind off her troubles. That's until she runs into Logan.

Magazine publisher, Logan Blake has had his fair share of stress in the past few years. When his sister asks him to drop off old clothes to charity, he has a minor accident in front of the charity shop where Lorna volunteers. When he sets eyes on her bare midriff as she wipes the display window, he clears his busy schedule to volunteer his time. Two burdened hearts afraid to get entwined.

One Stolen Valentine Kiss. Will Valentine season bring them romance or will their fears keep them apart?

The brush flew out of her unsteady hands for the third time in a row.
Swallowing hard, she eyeballed her reflection in the silver scalloped round dressing table mirror. Bending over, she snatched the brush from the carpet.

''Stay still,'' she said through gritted teeth. Why is she doing everything to please her Aunt? You know the answer to that, her conscience whispered.
The door bell clanged. She heard the door open. Stumbling to her feet, she rushed forward and placed her ears behind the door, straining to listen to his conversation with her Aunt.

Her knees juddered. ''Only because I haven't been out on a date for so long,'' she muttered.
The knock on her door sent her stumbling backwards, landing slapdash on the bed. Her Aunt walked in, a bemused smile on her face.

''So...so...so, Logan is even more manly...more striking than you let on. Wow! You look gorgeous in that red dress.'' Breathing easier, she stood up.
''Do you think this dress flatters me?''

I am Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku, a fun loving mother of two, married to my very own gorgeous alpha male. I recently 'retired' from an eighteen stint working as a Quality Assurance Manager. Writing romance novels is an exciting adventure.

In 2010, I created Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels. There are six contemporary romance novels in the kitty, varying from sweet & sensual to spicy hot & steamy - LOITERING SHADOWS, STORMY DEFENSE, BEYOND the LADY, THE GARDNER'S ICE MAIDEN, SPARKLING DAWN and HUSBAND to RENT. STOLEN VALENTINE KISS is my first series and my first Novella.

On my writing desk at the moment, my first historical romance, a trilogy is taking shape. A daunting challenge I must confess, but I love the characters and their journey so far. In my leisure time, I go swimming, read romance novels, go to Cinema, and watch TV.
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Dariel's Friday Flash: "Whipped"

Friday flash time! Every Friday, our fearless leaders choose a pic and we all write 100 words using the pic as inspiration. After you've read "Whipped," visit my friends' sites for more! We love to hear from you, so please feel free to comment. Here's the pic for this week's flashes. Enjoy!

The sweetest dreams come with a price. People say David’s too controlling, you know the drill, and maybe choosing my wedding gown seemed a bit much, but little do they know. Wonderful hands undress me, caressing...

just the way I taught him.

Stretching, I snuggle up, still tingling with power from our wedding night. David rumbles against my back, obviously ready for action again.

“I can’t believe you’re finally mine,” he croons.

I close my eyes and smile, grateful for the respite. No, actually you’re mine, I think to myself. Succubus life is hell, and I needed a vacation.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Dariel's Friday Flash: "Gateway" - "Again"

Tantalizing Tuesday

Welcome to another Tantalizing Tuesday Teaser. As usual, we're flashing with an inspirational pic and maximum 200 words. Here's my pic for this week, and please stop by to check out my friends' teasers when you finish :-)

"Gateway - Again"

“Again” commences immediately, his fingers taking a stroll from the soles of my feet, making tiny circles along my calves, slowly massaging my inner thighs and caressing my folds, already slick, a welcome mat, and I gasp. “I don’t do this! I never do this.”

My brain is quickly overruled when he lifts me like a feather, which I most definitely am not, and carries me to the shower.

I once understood the need to save myself. Now…not so much. His essence overwhelming, infiltrating every corner, my single-minded, traitorous core blossoms, quivering to receive him again.

He smiles, water flowing in sheets, no comparison to the tumultuous waves pummeling against my inner walls, imaginary fingers fluttering against my clit, molding me to fit when he plunges inside. “V’s” walls dance in simultaneous submission/possession, grasping, clutching.

Vesuvius erupts from my center, shrapnel flying violently outward, knees buckling, but he steadies me. Enthralled and vaguely aware of his facial features shifting, changing, piercing gray eyes and a wicked smile the only constants during his welcome invasion, I close my eyes, unwanted questions surfacing.

“Let go,” he whispers, bending me over for full access, each stroke burning hotter than the last. “Ask your questions.”