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...

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tease To Please Authors Travis Luedke and Kayla Stonor are Having a Party!




Fellow "Tease To Please" authors, Travis Luedke and Kayla Stonor, are having a party August 25th! If you enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal romance, join in the fun :-)

If you haven't joined already, don't miss the "Tease To Please" party starting August 27th!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Flasher Friday: "Run"



Another wonderful Friday, and we're flashing away as usual in 100 words. Take a look at my friends' versions here. Enjoy!


Run
Ashe propelled his well-trained body through the dense woods.  I have to get to her in time, he thought.

He pressed on, despite pounding footfalls and the sound of guard dogs barking behind him, each step faster, more determined than the last. Images from the last few days flashed across his mind. Ashe had spent months training for this grueling course while the others stood by and watched, apparently curious enough to leave him in relative peace – a first.

Emerging from the trees, he faced the steep mountain, then threw off the state-issued overalls, buried them, and began to climb.




Thursday, August 13, 2015

Zaidi Features: An Interview With Author Carole Gill From "Tease To Please"



Join me in welcoming my fellow "Tease To Please" author, Carole Gill! You'll definitely want to visit her blog after reading this interview, so sit back and enjoy :-)

1.   When did you know you wanted to be a writer? What were some of your first steps toward making your dream a reality? How would you say most of your stories are conceived? Dreams? Research? Experience?

I don’t think I ever knew I wanted to be a writer. It just happened. I wrote a sci-fi story when I was 8 but that was understandable as both my parents were sci-fi fans. From then on, I continued to write. But somewhere along the line, I went into horror. However, I was also reading Daphne du Maurier and the Brontes.
The first adult books I read were Rebecca, Jane Eyre and later a string of Gothic Romance novels by authors such as Victoria Holt and Dorothy Eden.
I liked them in particular because there was, along with the romance, mystery and something dark; especially with Dorothy Eden.

As much as I loved those books, I wanted them to be darker. I didn’t want things to be implied but spelled out. I wanted to know more about Rebecca and Mrs. Danvers.  What was with those two? I found there to be implied lesbianism, well—heck! If that was the case, I wanted it spelled out. Of course, at the time there were constraints on such themes, but not anymore! That’s why I can write what I like!

As for making dreams a reality, that happened after I returned to writing. Life got in the way as it does. I went back to it though and began to submit stories which were rejected. Hey! But I was learning what to do and how to do it. I was learning my craft.

At one point my husband said to go for it, to write full time and see what happened. It was difficult for us financially, but I did. This was in 2009.

By late 2010 my first novel, The House on Blackstone Moor was published. I went on to write three more novels in The Blackstone Vampires Series.

I’m currently finishing up my eighth book. My publisher is Creativia by the way.

How are my stories conceived? I get ideas from everywhere. Any experience can stimulate a writer to be inspired. Also, I love history and write historically based horror. But as I am a byproduct of all that has gone before in my life, my love of Gothic Romance also lurks. So what I produce in my fiction is horror and Gothic/Paranormal Romance combined!

I also feel what I write. I become my character. Well, having studied acting many years ago and The Method, that’s understandable. It certainly helped me to write my first novel, and I’m so used to becoming the people I write about, I rarely think about it!

2.   Your books sound right up my alley, Carole. I’ll have to get my hands on them soon. What 3 things would you like readers to know about you?

I’d like them to know my books come from my heart.

I want readers to know I want to take them away from their reality and transport them into my fiction. Leave the world behind, my friends and come with me!

Also, I want them to take something away with them. I remember reading books that changed the way I thought or opened up other worlds for me. I think that can be done even with supernatural themes and beings.


3.   I feel the same way. I read to escape, and I want to offer that to my readers. What are you doing when you’re not writing? Day job? Health concerns or caring for family?


First of all, I write six days a week when I am seriously into a book. When I get crazy from that (usually takes a few months) my husband takes me away with doggies for a break. J  We do this a few times a year.

I don’t have a day job. In the past few years my walking has become very limited so I don’t walk much at all. I have pain but never at the laptop! I don’t mind really, I am used to this limitation and escape into my fiction.

I’d like to say though, that I have the best, most considerate husband in the world. With his support and my little doggies watching my moods and looking worried if they think I’m upset, well—what else do I need?

I have wonderful grown stepchildren and grandchildren. My granddaughter, Charlie gave me the most wonderful book about vampires for Christmas. She introduced me to some great kids shows on tv about vampires, too. I have thought of writing YA because of this, but will see.
  
4.   Don’t get me started on the wonders and blessings of having the love of our pets. In my opinion, they are some of God’s greatest gifts. How would you describe your writing style, process, and space? I’d love to see a snapshot of your space if you have one, but if not, don’t let that stop you from answering the question ;-)

As for work space, my husband fixed up a great office for me which I don’t use! I prefer to write in the kitchen. Everything’s there—the living room is close by and so are coffee and food! J

Writing style varies. That is, I write one way for dark horror and another for my dark paranormal romantic fiction. It is just how I write. It’s natural too, for me. I think of my writing always as the narrative. That is, the voice. The voice for a horror novel about cannibalistic clowns (Circus of Horrors) is going to be different from a vampire recalling her living life and her undead existence (Justine: Into the Blood).

The writing process happens with regularity. A discipline evolves and that is how it all happens. Muses are thoroughly undependable and love to goof off. They cannot be counted on, ever. The writer must do all the work, from inspiration to character development to tying it all in until it’s finished.

Somerset Maugham said there were three secrets to writing but unfortunately no one knows what they are. I’d say that’s about the size of it.


5.   LOL. So true. I think that’s one reason so many writers refer to this as a “journey.” Tell us more about your books. Genre, titles, any favorite characters? What can we look forward to from you in the near future? WIP’s, upcoming releases?

I write dark paranormal romance and dark horror. I have one finished 4-novel series out now. The Blackstone Vampires consists of:
The House on Blackstone Moor
Unholy Testament – The Beginnings
Unholy Testament – Full Circle
The Fourth Bride (of Dracula)

Justine: Into the Blood is Book 1 in the Blood and Passion Series. Carole Gill’s House of Horrors and Circus of Horrors are also available.

UPCOMING RELEASE: is a novel of The Blood Countess, Erzsebat Bathory. Title:
I Bathory, Queen of Blood.

Aside from doing extensive research about her, I have read novels about her in which she is almost always watered down. Not so in my novel. She is the monster she was in life.

When I began the novel, I found it a challenge to write about someone so horrible, but I found a way in. In becoming her, I give her the motivation for what she did. She was a sexual sadist, I think we can all agree on that. I just give her reasons for being that way.

The novel spans centuries as she is raised from death by a vampire who cannot fathom her evil and falls in love with her. She, now in undeath, eventually accepts that love and responds. If she and her lover, Anton have hopes that she will be less of a monster now, they are wrong. Rages set her off based on jealousy (as they always have).

Her story carries on into present day when she and Anton operate blood clubs. Vampirism has been made legal, post-World War 2. But sadly, Bathory slides back into rages every so often. Anton will either accept this or he won’t.

Her character is complex there are so many facets to Erzebat Bathory. I believe there always were.

As far as favorite characters go, my favorite character has always been Eco, the demon spawn, featured in Unholy Testament – The Beginnings and Unholy Testament Full Circle, Books 2 and 3 of the Blackstone Vampires Series.
He is an intelligent demon, driven mad by this knowledge that he backs a losing side basically. His obsession with Eve Darton, mistress of Blackstone House is a study in twisted love as is his self-confessed love of Rose Baines, Blackstone Series heroine. She is the reason he has compiled a journal confessing all his sins (his unholy testament).

I will say though that now, having finished (doing final draft) I Bathory, Queen of Blood, Bathory is fast becoming my favorite character. I know her so well because I am her. I won’t go out and kill anyone, but I know the way she thinks.

My next book will be Book 2 in the Blood and Passion Series, Anat, Blood Princess. This book tells of an Ancient Egyptian Princess who committed the worst sin by falling in love with a slave. His punishment is castration. She will not live without him and commits suicide, only to be raised up by an evil sorcerer.

6.   Is there a common thread in your books? How do your values show up in your writing? Jungian philosophy? What do you want readers to take from your writing?

Common thread? I’d say our ability to deal with fate and whatever consequences befall human beings and vampires, is my common thread at least in my series, and in Bathory. Vampires are complex beings. I seek to give them pasts and futures. I want readers to know them completely. They are monsters, but they are sad monsters.

Jung is interesting to consider as motivation is crucial in my writing. It always has been. Carefully consider a character’s motivation will give you the story.
As for psychic energy--that is the force in all of us that motivates us to do what we do. It works (as I see it) in humans and non-humans. And basically, I want readers to take away something newly discovered from my fiction. I want them to appreciate all beings, even supernatural ones have feelings, just as we do.


7.   What are some of your favorite writing tools and resources?

My laptop and the internet. The internet for information and also to order books I need for my research.


8.   What are some things you know now about writing and being an author that you wish someone had told you at the very beginning?

How tough marketing is. The aspect that I like in fact love, is blogging. I used to just blog, I still do—about publishing, writing—film reviews—but then I started to blog about my own fiction. I announce when my books are on offer. I publish excerpts very often, generous ones, too on my blog.

I just enjoy engaging readers through my blog. I get a lot of hits so I know people are reading what I post. I get over 22k hits a month (most months). I sometimes, will put up an entire short story from a collection too, usually holiday time.

My author page on Facebook is a great source for finding out what’s going on with my writing. Links to blog posts are up there and I blog a few times a week.

I think I rambled. Sorry—but I will tie it all up and make it relevant to the question by saying, marketing is tough. If I had been warned of this—in truth, I don’t think it would have changed anything. I love to write. It is a big part of my life. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t write. So heck, I’d write no matter what I had been told.

9.   Actually, I think everything you just said is relevant, Carole, and yes, marketing is indeed hard. What lifts your spirits when you’re discouraged?

My dogs. They pull me right up. They watch my expressions to see how I look if they sense I’m upset. My dog, Indy is even worse—he gets very upset if I raise my voice an octave. I might be talking about how happy I am or how funny something was and he tries to comfort me. He’s like my mother! Yes, my dogs lift me up all the time. And as far as good, sound advice, my husband is there for that.

10.           Sounds like a wonderfully supportive husband J My dogs provided comfort me as well. I haven’t had one since the passing of my 14 year old Dobie-Coonhound last October, but I plan to find another one soon. Other than writing, what’s your passion?

Animals. I love them. I am very caught up right now in the movement to ban trophy hunting. I hate it. For one thing, it has nothing to do with hunting. It is just about killing and collecting a body part. If that isn’t creepy and weird, I’d like to know what is. It’s got to stop.

Let me say, I am not only concerned about animals but all the vulnerable beings in the world. Life is difficult for the vulnerable and it shouldn’t be.

11.           We are of the same mind on that subject, Carole. Most of my charity donations go to animal rights campaigns, i.e., banning the murders of trusting, loving horses for their meat as they jump and scream in shocked terror, and hunting, IMO, is NOT a sport; how can it be a sport when one’s opponent doesn’t have a fighting chance? I could go on and on but, back to the interview…Not limited to writing, what do you believe are some of your greatest accomplishments so far?

My first marriage was a nightmare. When it was over, I cared for my totally disabled mother until her death 12 years later. She had become gradually disabled following the untimely death of my father many years before. Still, she functioned and was amazing and optimistic.

When she needed help, a nursing home was out. She wouldn’t have wanted it and neither would I have. Her last years were as pleasant as I could have made them. We lived near the seaside and she enjoyed getting out. It was very difficult for me over time as she had gained a great deal of weight. We never had a motorized chair.

When she died, I felt lost. I had put my own life on hold for so long, I didn’t know what to do. However, between working full-time then and joining an amazing writer’s workshop, I turned back to writing. I met my husband two years later.
Life is about change and accepting along with the good, a lot of obstacles. We either learn to deal with everything or we suffer. I try to keep to that. As for caring for my mother, I do consider that I did the right thing, the only thing I could have done. So that is an accomplishment.

12.           You have me in tears now, but I’m also smiling. That is one of the most meaningful accomplishments I can imagine, Carole. What tips can you offer towards building and maintaining a strong support system as a writer?


Okay. Let’s see. It’s like friendship. You have to be willing to give support to others in your craft. Even if you just message someone in order to be in touch, it’s important. Writing is a pretty solitary, isolating existence sometimes. You cannot do it alone. You need to know other writers, others like yourself. You have to discuss things. Sometimes a good rant is helpful.

I find my online friends who write are the most helpful. People who become part of your support system will just come along. When they do, be grateful as you support them back.


13.           Again, very true J For the adventurous, write a descriptive 4-line poem. Here are the guidelines (guidelines are for inspirational purposes only. You’re welcome to freestyle):


Carole
Writes, Worries, Daydreams
Seeks World Change
Author

Stalk Carole. She likes it!





Carole Gill Bio  
Carole Gill lives in Yorkshire with her husband and two lunatic Parson Russell Terriers.  She turned back to writing some years ago. She writes paranormal romance and horror combined. Her acclaimed 4-novel series, The Blackstone Vampires is a case in point.

AWARDS:
eBook Festival of Words 2014:
Best Horror: The House on Blackstone Moor and
Best Villain: Eco

Top 10 Books - 2013 –
The House on Blackstone Moor
Aoife Marie Sheridan - ALL THINGS FANTASY
Publisher, Ultimate Fantasy Books

92 Horror authors you need to read right now!
Carole Gill - The Blackstone Vampires Series. ~Charlotte Books Examiner,

Justine: Into The Blood is Book One, Blood and Passion Series is on sale at Amazon.
Book Two, Anat: Blood Princess follows.

I, Bathory, Queen of Blood, a novel about the Blood Countess Erzsebat Bathory is due to be released in the summer.

For dark horror fans there is Carole Gill's House of Horrors and the novel, Circus of Horrors.

In 2000 she was selected by Northwest Playwrights of England for further development. Short stories and novels were what she preferred to write.
Her short story, The Devil's Work is being broadcast web and television in the Fragments of Fear Program in 2015.

Thirsty for more? Come party with us as we celebrate the release of "Tease To Please" and you'll have a chance to chat with Carole and ask her questions!



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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Zaidi Features: Interview With Christina Mandara






1.    When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Was it a lifelong or long-term dream, or did you start later in life?

I’ve always loved writing but it wasn’t until I’d hit thirty that I thought I might actually be able to give it a go. Up until that point, I’d ghost written a lot of articles for people, but it took ages to gather up enough courage to actually write a book and look for a publisher. I’m so glad I did, though! It’s been an amazing journey.

2.    Was there a particular impetus that prompted you to write professionally? If so, what was it?

Boredom on a thirteen-hour long haul flight, believe it or not. I’d watched the movies, the battery on my laptop had died… so I thought I’d get out a pen and paper and give it a whirl. (Thankfully the guy next to me was asleep – else he might have got more than he bargained for when looking over my shoulder ;) )

3.    LOL. What were some of your first steps toward making your writing career a reality?

Actually finishing the book was a good start. I have half-finished odds and ends everywhere, but finishing something is not a talent I am good at. After that I sent just two query letters off and was exceptionally lucky to find a publisher. The rest, as they say, is history.

4.    How would you say most of your stories are conceived? Dreams? Research? Experience?

NOT experience LOL. For those that have read my books, they’ll know that they should come with a DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME warning!! Let’s just say I have a vivid imagination. Thank goodness for fantasy land.

5.    What role does your family play in your writing, if any? Any pets? If so, how many and what kind?

My husband provides hugs when ratings dive and celebratory G&T’s when I get a nice review. What more could a girl want?

6.    What are you doing when you’re not writing? Day job? Health concerns or caring for family?

Running, ferrying kids around, baking, cleaning, travelling, playing, swimming, gardening… there’s never a dull moment J

7.    How would you describe your writing style, process, and space? I’d love to see a snapshot of your space if you have one, but if not, don’t let that stop you from answering the question ;-)

I write all over the place. In the lounge watching TV, in the kitchen, snuggled up with a duvet in the bedroom lol! Depends where the mood takes me. Thankfully I have a laptop, so it’s portable. If I get a desktop one day, things will have to change!

8.    Tell us about your books. Genre, titles, any favorite characters? What can we look forward to from you in the near future? WIP’s, upcoming releases? 


I write dark, BDSM erotica and my book boyfriend is Mark Matthews. He’s a tiny bit evil, a little bit know-it-all and a lot damn sexy dreamy. I love alpha males who know what they’re doing in the bedroom department – and my lead character is no exception. At the moment I have just finished the last book in the ‘Pony Tales’ series and ‘The Ties That Bind’ will be up for release shortly. It’s my longest book to date and features intense underwater bondage, violet wand play, lots of steamy, exceptionally naughty sex, and, well, you get the picture! 



9.    Is there a common thread in your books? How do your values show up in your writing? Jungian philosophy? What do you want readers to take from your writing?

A common thread? It’s pretty much naughty BDSM all the way through. I want my readers to squirm when reading my books and to hate Kyle Levison (Sadist Extraordinaire!) with a passion.

10.What are some of your favorite writing tools and resources?

My writing tools are Word and my fingers. I have a notebook and pen, but pretty much rely on that, which isn’t always a good idea as I’m writing a series and continuity errors are not fun! As for resources – other authors, because there’s usually someone out there who can steer you in the right direction, if you ask the right question.


11.What are some things you know now about writing and being an author that you wish someone had told you at the very beginning?

Finding readers is nowhere near as easy as you think it is. Social media is a crazy maze that you will never be able to stay on top of. You will get very good with technology quite quickly and before you know it you’ll be a whizz with Google Docs, Blog Hops and Photoshop.

12.What lifts your spirits when you’re discouraged?

Usually a kind reader leaving a review, or a family hug. If I’m feeling a bit down I usually head for the car and get myself out of the house. I love driving.

13.Other than writing, what’s your passion?

Baking cakes. Seriously. All sorts of cakes, but especially ones with oodles of frosting. This is probably why keeping fit is my second favourite hobby LOL!

14.You and my Sweetheart would get along well. He's a chef who enjoys baking and I spend a lot of time avoiding temptation ;-) Not limited to writing, what do you believe are some of your greatest accomplishments so far?

A Rough Ride was nominated for best BDSM book of 2014, so that was a big milestone for me. In my personal life, I’m all about keeping fit and I’m about to enter my first running race. Wish me luck because I’m not in the least bit competitive!!

15.Congratulations on your award!! I'm wishing you luck already. Keeping fit is always an asset. What tips can you offer towards building and maintaining a strong support system as a writer?

Make friends. Help people whenever you can – it’s these relationships that help get your book out there. Don’t be frightened to ask questions. Socialize on all the social media sites you can and most importantly, have fun!

16. I agree wholeheartedly, Christina :-) One last thing: For the adventurous, write a descriptive 4-line poem. Guidelines are for inspirational purposes only. You’re welcome to freestyle:

Christina
Thinking, Dreaming, Inspiring
Baking Up A Storm
Photoshopper

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Zaidi Features: "Hearts Akilter" by Catherine E. McLean






Hearts Akilter

Love, vengeance, attempted murder, and a bomb...No reason to panic.

When a medical robot insists he's having a heart attack, Marlee Evans, a pragmatic maintenance technician, has every reason to panic. There's a bomb inside him.  Since Marlee can't risk the bomber discovering she's found the device, her only option is to kidnap Deacon Black, an unflappable bomb expert, and secretly convince him to disarm it.  Things go slightly awry when Deacon sets a trap for someone who is trying to kill him, and inadvertently captures Marlee instead.  Instantly intrigued by her refreshingly forthright and gutsy attitude, he's smitten.  Unfortunately for Deacon, Marlee recently hardened her heart and swore off men, especially handsome ones with boy-next-door grins.  But as Marlee and Deacon attempt to identify and prevent the bomber from detonating the device, they discover that love may be the most explosive force of all.

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Excerpt

HEARTS AKILTER
By Catherine E. McLean @ 2015

The bomb. Right. Dismantle the bomb. In this lift? No, that was insane. “Marlene, if the bomb goes off accidentally—”
“It’ll blow the station to kingdom come?”
He nodded.
     “Not to worry.”
She said that with such nonchalance that he found himself speechless. He cleared his throat. “Why not? Did you snatch the portable Bomb Disposal Unit, too?”
“Better.”
 “What’s better than a BDU?”
“Garbage incinerators.”
“What?” He glanced out into the darkness beyond the lift.
Giant machinery stood silhouetted and veiled in shadows. “Where are we?”
“Deck forty-three, Ring D zero three. Relax. Don’t panic.  They once accidentally incinerated a torpedo in number four, over yonder.”
She pointed to the left. “Nobody heard or felt it explode, and there wasn’t even a drail’s worth of damage done to the incinerator, or anything else.”
               “I don’t believe you.”
               “It happened three years ago. I was there, a deck above.
Never mind.”
Henry manipulated his finger appendage, grabbing and briefly tugging the shirt sleeve of Deacon’s good arm. “Marlee would never lie about anything so important.”
“Does she lie about unimportant things?” He instantly regretted his caustic remark.
“I do not know.” Henry spun sideways, facing Marlee. “Do you lie about unimportant things, Marlee?”
“I have been known to tell a white lie now and then to spare someone’s feelings, but on the whole—” She looked away from Henry.
As her blacker than black eyes met his gaze, Deacon felt pinned to the wall.

About Catherine E. McLean  


Besides Catherine being a wife and mother, she has ridden and exhibited Morgan Sport Horses. She's an avid clothing and costume designer, an award-winning amateur photographer, a 4-H leader, and a Red Hatter who loves bling.

She lives on a farm nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains of Western Pennsylvania. In the quiet of the countryside, she writes fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal stories where a reader can escape to other worlds for adventure and romance.

Her short stories have appeared in hard-copy and online anthologies and magazines. Besides having two novels published, soon to be released is her lighthearted fantasy/sci-fi romance HEARTS AKILTER. Catherine also gives writing workshops, both online and in-person. A schedule is posted at http://www.writerscheatsheets.com/workshops.html

Catherine's website for writers is  http://www.WritersCheatSheets.com and she blogs at http://writerscheatsheets.blogspot.com/

Hub Website: http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Connect with Catherine at: http://www.catherineemclean.com/contact-me.html





Friday, August 7, 2015

Flasher Friday: "The Sighting"




I'll admit it upfront. I had to cheat today. I simply had too much to say about this uber-sexy pic! Consider this my Tuesday Teaser word-count despite the fact that it's awesome Friday :-) Hope you enjoy, and take a look at my friends' takes on the same pic when you're done here.

The Sighting
I hesitated when Sandi loaned her beach house to me, but I finally had to admit I’d been depressed ever since the end of my seven-day whirlwind with Ethan. Seven days was all he had, I reminded myself.

Mark Isham’s atmospheric sounds lulled me to sleep, the combination of his brilliant music and the ocean waves washing over me like much needed balm, but even that couldn’t salvage my dreams. I beckoned him there, praying he’d return to me.

The commotion outside my door yanked me out of my dream, my bed, and Ethan’s arms. Screams of excitement, intermittent oohs and ahs, and incessant bamming that could only be made by a large man’s hands shoved away the last vestiges of slumber.  

I ran over and peeked out. There he stood looking down at his new legs - still foreign to him - completely bare-ass and surly as ever with a white cowboy hat covering parts I couldn't wait to enjoy again. Ethan.


I swung the door open and slammed it behind him. They could get their own. His gaze licked my body with flames, instantly reminding me of my nakedness, my need. This time I would find his skin if it was the last thing I ever did. That way, he could never return to the sea. Seven days be damned!




Thursday, August 6, 2015

Zaidi Features: There's a New Kick-ass Kid On The Web




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