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 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...

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Friday, September 19, 2014

"Unforgettable Lovers" Multi-author Book Blog Event Winners: Jacklynn Sizemore and Donna Reynolds!!

Special thanks to all of the authors who took the time to write POV responses for their characters! Each chosen character responded to this question: "What makes someone an unforgettable lover?" I really enjoyed getting to know more about each character, the plots were intriguing, and the covers were awesome!

The winners are Donna Reynolds and Jacklynn Sizemore!! Each winner will receive up to two books of their choice from the books featured during the event (my treat). Here's a recap (in order of appearance during the event) of the books, links to the event post, and purchase links for more info:

"Forbid My Heart" by Kayelle Allen - Coming soon!

Two more books featuring Luc and Rah are in progress. Click here to sign up for one email when a book is released.

"Lover Divine" by A. Star (awa Diantha Jones)

"Adderley's Bride" (from Charlie Daye Presents "The Dreams and Nightmares" Anthology") by Danita Minnis
Buy Links:

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"Artemis's Hunt" by Lia Davis
Artemis’s Hunt ~ Sons of War novella 2.5
By Lia Davis

Deception broke her heat. The truth fuels her hunt.

Sons of War series to date
Ashes of War, book 2
Artemis’s Hunt, book 2.5
More to come…

"Witch's Bane" (The Witch Chronicles Book 2) by Ann Gimpel

"Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin" by Dariel Raye

"Never Surrender" by Deanna Jewel

"Together In Cyn" by Jennifer Kacey
The books in the Members Only Series can be found here...

"Traitor's Legacy" by Beth Trissel

"Murderous Lies" by Chantel Rhondeau

"Into the Arms of Morpheus" by Jessica Nicholls

Amazon (for ereader and print)



Post Link Day 6
"Dark Shadow" (The Hidden Series) by LaVerne Thompson

"Playing the Rookie" by Rachelle Ayala

"Awoken By the Sheikh" by Doris O'Connor

"Better Than Perfect" by Tricia Drammeh

"The Star Catcher" by Stephanie Keyes
"The Couple" by Harlie Williams
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"Rescued From the Dark" by Lynda Kaye Frazier

Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Killer Romances" USA Today Bestselling and Award-Winning Authors

Killer Romances

10 Dark, Deadly, and Delicious Novels 

On Sale for 99 cents for a limited time! 

Ten of today's hottest romantic suspense authors have joined forces to bring you an amazing boxed set of ten full-length novels--all for one low price! Romance, mystery, and thrills abound in these dark, deadly, and delicious tales of lethally sexy heroes and the women who bring them to their knees. Love bad boys? We've got 'em. Love good guys? We've got them too! There's something for everyone who picks up this red-hot bundle. Ready to dive in?

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Dana Delamar REVENGE (Blood and Honor, #1)
37 reviews 4.5/5 stars

Mafia don Enrico Lucchesi struggles to preserve a fragile truce with the Andretti family. But when Kate Andretti flees from her abusive husband, Enrico won’t leave her in jeopardy. Can he save her without reigniting the bloody feud between the families?

*** Revenge was a double-finalist (Romantic Suspense and Best First Book) in the 2013 Booksellers' Best Awards! *** 

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Tallulah Grace Cliffs of Starsdale
11 reviews 4.9/5 stars

Seeking a fresh start after her mother’s death, Chelsea Bates lands in the picturesque town of Starsdale, California. Nestled amid the peaks of the High Sierras, Starsdale defines the term ‘small town’ with well-meaning residents who always seem to know everyone’s business.

The one thing no one knew, couldn’t have predicted, was the evil lurking beneath the surface of Chelsea’s ex-fiancĂ©. Preston Beecher follows her to Starsdale with the intentions of taking everything she owns, including her life. Will Preston destroy her dreams before they begin, or will bonds forged in a small mountain town be the pathway to her future?

Bestselling Author Sandy Loyd Deadly Misconceptions
48 reviews 4.4/5 stars 

PI Lucy Maddox joins forces with nemesis, Jack Finnegan, to find her mentor, a reporter who’s gone missing. It soon becomes apparent they’re being followed. And after a couple of harrowing near-misses that are too coincidental to be accidental, they increase their efforts. The chase leads to a ring of high school girls whose behavior could only be characterized as bullying. When they uncover the games those few cruel girls are playing, Jack and Lucy, realize they’ve fallen victim to Deadly Misconceptions and now struggle to stay alive.

Kristine Mason Shadow of Perception (Book 2 CORE Shadow Trilogy)
27 reviews 4.6/5 stars

When an investigative reporter receives an unmarked envelope containing a postcard ordering her to watch the enclosed DVD...or someone else dies, she turns to the criminal investigation agency CORE for help. But that help comes with a catch. Her former lover is assigned to the case. And as more DVDs arrive, they not only find themselves knee-deep in a twisted investigation, but forced to deal with their past and the love they’d tried to deny.

USA Today Bestselling Author Dale Mayer Haunted by Death (By Death Series Book 2)
11 review 4.6/5 stars

Death haunts anthropologist Meg Pearce… In her last summer before college, an innocent camping trip ended in a friend’s disappearance…and destroyed her life. She lost everything. Her innocence. Her plans for her future. Her best friend and lover. Seventeen years later, she returns reluctantly to the same area, hoping to move on. But a gruesome discovery sends her reeling back to that dark time.

Detective Chad Ingram has spent the last seventeen years trying to solve the mystery of that camping trip so he too can regain his life…and the lost love of his life.

Only death isn’t done shaking up their lives…and this time they are in the crossfire.

USA Today Bestselling Author Nina Pierce Blind Her With Bliss, Book 1 of the Dangerous Affairs Series
147 reviews 3.9/5 stars

She's trying to find herself. He's attempting to hide. Together they'll discover a truth that threatens them both...

Investigating the death of her best friend, accountant, JULIE TILLING, discovers a world of adult nightclubs and Internet intrigue. When shock jock DAMON COREY rocks her world in a wild night of lust, she wonders if she's found love...or the key to solving a murder.

Chantel Rhondeau Love & Deception (Agents in Love - Book 1)
11 reviews 4.7/5 stars

Nick Kendall is a secret agent sent to infiltrate a suspected terrorist organization. Despite his best intentions, he falls hopelessly in love with Carlie Hollis, an alleged key player of the group. Though he knows it's wrong, Nick struggles with his feelings versus what is right.

Everything changes when he receives new orders-kill the target. Will he follow those orders…or become hunted himself?

K.T. Roberts The Last Witness
82 reviews 4.2/5 stars

NYPD detectives Tate Kensington and Zachary Gerard are convinced one killer is at work, but proving it seems an impossible feat until a pre-teen prank blows the case wide open.

Both detectives have their own pasts to haunt them - Tate's ex-flame is now her boss, and Zach's estranged father is counsel for the defense. Complicating things even more are death threats, witnesses going AWOL, and an increasing attraction neither of them can continue to deny. Can the pair put away a killer on a paper-thin case? Or will their disappearing Jane Doe prove to be...THE LAST WITNESS...

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Award-winning Author H.D. Thomson Shrouded in Darkness – Book 1
32 reviews 4/5 stars

Winner of the Ready-Set-Go Peninsula RWA Contest
Finalist in the Suzannah North Louisiana RWA Contest
1st place in Peninsula RWA Chapter’s Contest
Two-time Golden Heart Finalist Author

Jake Preston is on borrowed time. If he doesn’t stumble upon a miracle and soon, he’ll end up dead. And even if he does, he still might end up dead with a clever killer hounding his heels. He believes that the one miracle and antidote to save him is in Margot Davenport’s house, across the country and miles away from Boston. Somewhere locked in her home is the key to reversing an experiment that is killing him. 

Susan Vaughan Primal Obsession
40 reviews 4.3/5 stars

Maine Guide Sam Kincaid needs to prove he can overcome the loss of his baseball career and succeed at something. Investigative reporter Annie Wylde intends to use the wilderness canoe expedition to study her notes on her friend’s killer. She banters with Sam but rebuffs his advances, considering him just another egotistical jock. But when Annie realizes the killer has followed her into the woods, she learns there's more to Sam than testosterone and dimples. And Sam faces the challenge of his life to keep Annie safe and defeat the Hunter.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Unforgettable Lovers" Day 7: Featuring Tricia Drammeh, Stephanie Keyes, Harlie Williams, and Lynda Kaye Frazier

Welcome! This is the seventh post in the "Unforgettable Lovers" Multi-author Event. I'm featuring four authors today. Each author's chosen POV  (point of view) character will tell what, in his or her opinion, makes someone an unforgettable lover. I personally love to get an intimate view of the characters.

Today, I'm featuring books and POV characters by Tricia Drammeh, Stephanie Keyes, Harlie Williams, and Lynda Kaye Frazier. Don't forget to leave a comment with your email address. One lucky commenter will receive a copy of their book of choice from ALL books featured throughout the "Unforgettable Lovers" Blog Party!! Every time you comment on an "Unforgettable Lovers" post, your name is added an additional time for more chances to win :-)


Hi, I'm Tricia Drammeh, author of Better than Perfect. I'd like to introduce you to Karlie Smith, the heroine of my story. She has some very definite opinions on love, romance, and what makes an unforgettable lover. Take it away, Karlie...

"I haven't had many boyfriends, but I know the difference between a good boyfriend and an unforgettable one! Some of you might be thinking about what happens in the bedroom, or even about the perfect date. Don't get me wrong - those things are important. But, for me, an unforgettable lover is someone who is considerate, compassionate, and kind. He understands there are times I need to talk without being offered advice. He understands that family and community sometimes come first. He's passionate about all aspects of life, not only about what happens in the bedroom. An unforgettable lover is spontaneous and fun. When plans go awry, he can laugh in the face of disaster and find a way to turn it around. If tragedy strikes, he's there to offer a shoulder to cry on and to pick up the pieces if necessary."

Read more about my unforgettable lover in Better than Perfect:

Twenty-three-year-old Karlie is in the type of rut some people never escape from. With few friends, no boyfriend, and no plans to graduate from college any time in the immediate future, Karlie is as stuck in her ways as the elderly neighbor she spends all her time with.

When her world is invaded by two surly twins bound for criminal court, a too-good-to-be-true love interest, and a cute cop who keeps showing up at the most inopportune moments, Karlie can either fight against the changes in her life, or embrace them.

Available on Amazon

Excerpt from Better than Perfect

“You seem nervous, Karlie. Why?”

I shrug. “I’m not nervous. Just…”

“Just what?” he asks closing the distance between us and leaning down to kiss my cheek. He kisses my eyelids, my temple, and finally my lips. Stepping closer, he wraps his arms around my waist and deepens the kiss between us, pulling me against his hard body. I can feel the evidence of his desire for me and I nearly come unglued.

His fingers slip through my unbound hair as his mouth moves down to my neck. A gasp escapes my throat when he moves my blouse to the side and gently nibbles my exposed shoulder.

“Karlie, if you want me to stop, tell me now,” he murmurs.

“Don’t stop.” I cling to his shoulders.


Magick and destiny intertwine as he fights to save his kingdom and the goddess he loves. 

Her kiss…the feel of her skin…the beat of her heart…For seventeen-year-old Kellen St. James, each memory is marred by a single sentence on a lone strip of paper. 

Cali has been taken… 

Armed with an amulet that channels the ultimate power of Faerie, Kellen searches for his love. However, control of the amulet’s energy comes with a price, and Kellen soon learns that Cali’s captor has plans for the stone. With the threat of the Star Catcher’s evil looming above Kellen and his kingdom, he’ll have to free the Heart of Faerie and break the curse the binds the Children of Danu to the darkness. But before that, he has to find his real father, the king. No pressure, right? 

Kellen and Cali will battle bewitched armies and unknown foes as they fight to stay together. Will Kellen embrace his immortal destiny? Or will his world, and the man he is fated to become, be destroyed by The Star Catcher?

Kellen St. James from "The Star Catcher"
What makes a lover unforgettable?
Kellen St. James—For me there’s only ever been Calienta. The way she holds my hand. I know it sounds corny, right? Especially for a guy, but whatever. Bottom line: she holds my hand and my entire body get flooded with this indescribable warmth. I could be frozen, lost forever, and her touch—just one touch from her would bring me back. She’s everything.

With a wave of my hand, I undid the curls and combs in her hair, allowing it to fall straight down her back. I brought my mouth to her neck, more urgently now, inhaling the scent of cinnamon that always followed Cali. Her pulse quickened against my lips. I could  hear its steady beat where my ear rested against the soft column of her throat.

The desire I felt for her was out of control. I’d never wanted anyone this way. Did the amulet have something to do with the intensity of the need, the desire I felt for Cali? Never allowing my lips to stray from hers for long, I slid the amulet out of my pocket, and then placed it on the nightstand. I kissed her again. No, need still writhed within me, utterly unrelated to the magick at my fingertips. I craved her that much.

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A woman has one thing on her mind tonight…sex. Dirty, sweaty, kinky sex with a cowboy. With her man gone more than he is at home, she needs the release.
After being away for two weeks, a cowboy goes looking for someone to play with for the night. Being away is part of the job but not having someone to come home to is hurting his soul. Feeling disconnected in his love life, the red head will be perfect.
Once they meet, can one night of pure passion led to more than just a one night stand for either of them? Communication is the key to every relationship. Can these two find a way to connect emotionally or are they destined for heartache.

What makes a lover unforgettable?
What makes my lover so dang hawt and sweet?  Her outlook on life. We met in high school.  Got married right after graduation.  She followed me to college.  Supported me emotional and financially through it all.  Then two boys later, she is still the love of my life.  Her outlook has always been positive.  Sure, she has a regret…she never went to college.  And I agree with that.  We would do it differently if we had the chance?  Nope.  I’d still marry her after graduation but I would support her in going to college. 
Physically, she is all I ever wanted.  Red hair and the curtains match the carpet, sizzling green eyes and mouth on her that won’t quit.  She keeps me on my toes and doesn’t let me slack.  As a lover, she is imaginative, thoughtful and can be downright submissive.  Yes, submissive.  But don’t let that fool you.  She is also on the dominant side, too.  We are able to mix it up and I hope that when we are old and gray, we still mix it up. 
In all seriousness, she is the most positive person to be around.  It seems like nothing gets her down.  Okay…maybe that one time when I brought home the Harley and didn’t tell her about it beforehand.  But hey, we go to Sturgis every year and have a blast! 
The key to our relationship is communication and having date night.  Yes, date night.  With all the traveling that I do, we have to have a night set aside just for us.  No kids, no family, no jobs, just us. 
If I could one thing about her is that I wish she wouldn’t bring home the stray animals.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m an Ag Teacher but damn, 5 dogs, 3 cats, a boar hog and a sow is about all I can take anymore.

Excerpt (PG-13 for language)
“What’s a girl like you doing at a bar like this?” he asked.
Her voice was a purr, like a cat well satisfied with its stolen pitcher of cream. “I’m looking for someone special.”
Hoping that she meant him he asked, “Did you find him yet?”
“Maybe.” The glint in her eye told him he was definitely in the running.  However, I’m not looking to hook up with just any old cowboy.  He must be able to go the full eight seconds and come back for more.”  She eyed him from head to toe.  “Think you can handle that?”
Oh, I can most definitely handle you sweetheart.
Not wanting to seem too eager he replied, “I’m not sure but I’m willing to try.”
“Do or do not.  There is no try.”  He struggled not to let his grin escape.  The fact that she was trying to seduce him made his dick twitch.
“Let’s just say I’m looking to burn off some pent up frustration. A little excess energy.  And I’ve got plenty to burn.”
The way she shivered at his words, he knew he almost had her.  He winked as she licked her crimson lips and blew out a small breath.  Damn what this woman is doing to him
He pushed her knees apart with his left leg and was rewarded with the amazing scent of her arousal.  The knowledge she was wet for him had him close to going off in his jeans. 
Houston, we have lift-off!
“Why don’t you have a seat cowboy and we’ll talk about it.”
She gasped when he shocked her with a brush of his lips against hers; fighting with everything he had not to deepen the kiss. 
Patience, patience.
He would play her game for the moment but sooner or later, she would be his.  Tied up and begging for more. 
He asked her, “Now about that eight second ride?”
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Rescued From the Dark

Undercover Agent, Jason Michaels, infiltrates the terrorist cell and risks everything, even his life, to save the FBI intern who stole his heart, then walked away. Once Mercy wakes from her coma Jason struggles with the fact that she does not remember what happened, but anguishes with the idea that she believes their unborn child belongs to her ex. Jason soon realizes the terrorists vow to get her back to claim their secrets locked in her memory, no matter what the cost. In a race against time, Jason and Mercy struggle to fight their attraction, and put their differences aside, as they launch a manhunt to save their country and each other.


 She has no memory of their love...

Kidnapped by terrorists and sent into a drug-induced coma, FBI intern Mercy Kingsley awakes with no memory of her ordeal—or the intimate interlude that got her pregnant. Convinced her child was fathered by her ex-fiancĂ©, she walks away from the only man she has ever loved, determined to make things work with her ex, a man the FBI suspects is implicated in her abduction.

He knows the truth, but no one will listen...

FBI undercover Agent Jason Michaels remembers what Mercy can’t and those memories are breaking his heart. Forced to keep his distance from his lover and their unborn child, Jason risks his life to protect Mercy from a cell of international terrorists who want the secrets locked in her memory and have vowed to get them, no matter the cost. Can Jason convince Mercy to trust him until she remembers their past, or will he lose her to a man who’ll trap her in a nightmare world of darkness from which there is no escape?

     Jason inched closer as her arms tightened around his neck. Her fingers curled into his hair and the warmth shot down his spine.  His hands surrounded her waist and pulled her tight against his chest.  Her nipples hardened against him igniting a flame he fought to bury.  How he ached to touch them, taste them.
      “Mercy.” He whispered against her lips as he pulled away. “We shouldn’t.”
      He froze as she placed her lips back on his. He pushed her back. He needed her to stop, but her tongue danced along the outline of his mouth and he gave in. The fire burned out of control as it raced through him. He needed to stop. He could not take this risk, not now.
     “No Mercy, we can’t…”  
     “Please, I need this. I need you.” She closed the gap between them.
     He stopped and pulled back, inches from her he whispered against her lips, “Mercy, what’s my name, who am I?”
     Jason sensed her hesitation as a shiver passed through her. She dropped her head to his neck and he felt the heat from her tears as they rolled down his shoulder.
 He pushed her back and cupped her face in his hands.  Her tears spilled through his fingers as her pain ripped a hole in his chest.
     “Mercy I just…”
     “Please don’t, don’t stop. I know you, my heart tells me so.”
     The waves of her silent tears ran through him as she wrapped her arms around him and laid her head on his shoulder. He leaned his head into her and strained to hear her whisper. 
     “I might not remember your name but I know your touch, the way you make me feel.  Love me, and help me remember.”    Their eyes met and he froze as she drew closer, inches from his face.
     The touch of her lips sent a shock wave through him and he gave up his struggle and took fiery possession of the love that once was his.

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