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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Monday, February 8, 2016

Zaidi Features: "Unbearable Arms" (The Grizzly Next Door, Book 4) by Aya Morningstar

Unbearable Arms: A Navy SEAL BBW Bear Shifter Romance (The Grizzly Next Door Book 4)” by Aya Morningstar! ‪#‎99cents‬

Violet is keeping a secret…

She’s a curvy archaeologist who finds a mysterious artifact. She’s absorbed in her work and has no time for dating, at least until badass ex-SEAL werebear Asher Pines come back to town. He’s the man she’s always longed for, and he looks better than ever, but he’s brought trouble with him.

Asher’s done with the SEALs, and with SHIFT…

He’s ready to live a normal life: a mate, kids, a normal job–the whole package. When he nearly crashes into Violet, he wonders if he’s found what he’s looking for. Her full curves and wide hips are to die for, but she’s hiding something, and it might just keep them apart.

Andrei will do anything to get his wings back…

After a military experiment, powerful dragon shifter Andrei can no longer shift. But even as a human, he’s just as strong and resourceful as ever, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get what Violet has taken from him.

Alex–from Unbearable Curves–is back to team up with Asher in this sizzling paranormal romance story packed with action, humor, a HEA, and no cliffhanger!

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"Unbearable Heat (The Grizzly Net Door Book 2)"

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Flasher Friday: "Meta"

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Another fabulous Friday! This inspirational pic is so "earthy," I couldn't resist adding a reference from one of my WIPs. Can you guess where he might be from? Take a look at my friends' versions too. You won't be disappointed :-)

I jerked, unable to breathe.

Putrid air rushed my lungs, bruising them as the harsh substance forced life-giving water up and out of my mouth.

I coughed, struggling to adjust, my body recognizing the act of breathing air as regressive, unnatural.

An echo seemed to surround me, then I realized it must have been my own voice. Everything was different here - lighter, faster.

Squinting against the brightness of the multi-colored light, I opened my eyes and inspected the soft, cool, white substance cradling me.

My heart pounded, the unexpected need for sex surfacing as footsteps moved toward me.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Spotlight: "Surefire Love" by Roxy Wilson

New Release – “Surefire Love (Westbury Ranch Season 1)” by Roxy Wilson!

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This BWWM WESTERN ROMANCE boxed set features strong, passionate women and the sexy, alpha men who can't help but fall in love with them.


Starting over is never an easy thing…

The death of her father was the catalyst for Cullen Westbury to take over the running of her family’s ranch. Because of her desire to expand the family’s business and make it more efficient, she hires the handsome and capable, yet enigmatic, Graeme Burton. But with her ex coming back into her life to stir up trouble on the ranch and her newest employee stirring up trouble in her heart, how can Cullen keep business strictly professional between them, when she’s so attracted to him?

Saying goodbye is never an easy thing…

When Shayne Westbury turned 18, she couldn’t wait to see the back of the family’s ranch and to go make a fortune in the big city. But when she loses her philandering, physician husband to his nurse and quits her high-paying job because she is tired of running herself ragged, she returns to Westbury Ranch, where she plans to lead a much simpler, forever-single life. Then she meets Juston Hughes, the sexy ranch hand her sister, Cullen, recently hired. Will Shayne hold fast to her resolve, or will she ride off into the sunset with a sexy cowboy?

Resisting temptation is never an easy thing…

All Paige has ever wanted was to return to Westbury Ranch and make her dream of opening an equestrian school a reality. Unlike her sisters, Paige isn't ready for something as distracting as a long-term relationship. Instead, she's focused and determined to make her dreams a reality; but just when she thinks she has everything figured out, a handsome Spaniard captures her attention.

Lando Saldana is the epitome of rugged good looks and brawn. A year after a nasty breakup with his model girlfriend, Lando isn't looking for a relationship; but Paige is unlike any girl he's ever met and soon he can't help but be drawn to her. But, his ex isn't quite ready to let go of him and does everything she can to ensure that Paige and he won't be together.

As Lando struggles over the chaos his ex has created in his life, Paige is met with danger and it will be up to Lando to save her and to say goodbye to his past in order to move forward. He'll stop at nothing to rescue Paige and prove that what he feels for her is real.
Can he find Paige and proclaim his love before it's too late?
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Zaidi Features: "Jack And The Magical Beanstalk" by Pablo Michaels

Jack and the Magical Beanstalk
Pablo Michaels

Pablo Michaels transforms Jack and the Beanstalk into a new adult fairy tale: 
Jack and the Magical Beanstalk

In this adult fairy tale young, awkward, young Jack sells their prize cow Pearly White for magical beans to a strange man in a red bikini. Little does Jack’s mother, Lorene, know that the beans grow into a giant, magical beanstalk, high above the clouds?

Jack ascends the beanstalk to a land where a Giant Slave serves his larger Master, Jack begs Slave for food to satisfy his hunger from his long journey. But Jack finds Master hoarding treasures.

Attempting to escape the wrath of Master and Slave with the treasures, Jack encounters a handsome, engaging normal sized human man. Sam lives with others that live naturally without clothing deep in the forest. As Jack ages he becomes a handsome man, just like his father, attracting many men, including the two farmhands, Zeke and Adam.

Even though Jack has enabled the farm to prosper with the treasures he stole from Master and is met with increasing danger, he climbs the magical beanstalk again and again to find more treasures and pursue Sam. 

There was plenty of food to eat, and the farm prospered. Lorene started looking younger and more attractive. Jack was no longer thin and weak. His body was admired by girls, boys his age, and men, especially Zeke and Adam. He developed muscles to fill out his large frame, looking more like his father every day. 
One day while working with Zeke, when Adam was at market, Jack paused and scrutinized Zeke, who worked with his shirt off. Zeke noticed Jack’s interest from the corner of his eye. He wiped the sweat from his brow with his right hand and slid his left hand from his neck to his ribcage, down to his bellybutton. Then his fingers traced over his belt buckle to the swelling bulge in his trousers. Closely observing Jack’s reaction, Zeke grinned. He turned toward Jack, who was wiping his brow and unbuttoning his shirt. Zeke started walking through the field toward Jack. They both stared at each other, feeling something carnal. As Zeke approached, Jack started toward Zeke until they were close enough to kiss. Zeke leaned in and kissed Jack. Slowly removing their remaining clothes, they settled on a comfortable spot under a large, old elm tree. Lying down next to Zeke, Jack explored the farmhand’s hairy chest, which was very much like his father’s had been. Jack had only a few sprouts on his nipples and a line running from his ribcage to his navel. While his mouth sucked on Zeke’s nipples, one of Jack’s hands cupped Zeke’s hard dick delicately. The young man was inhibited and proceeded cautiously, as this was his first time with a man. Zeke, lying motionless but aroused, allowed Jack to explore his body. Zeke finally took command, rolling Jack on his back. Expressing his sexual attraction for the younger man, Zeke kissed the crown of Jack’s penis, opening his mouth and swallowing his cock to his balls. After a slight hesitation, he slid his lips firmly up and down Jack’s shaft, slowly at first, then gradually moving faster and faster, until Jack lifted his pelvis and groaned in satisfaction.  
After staying in that position momentarily, Zeke stood up. ”You can have mine tonight when your mom and Adam fall asleep. We’ll continue this, more comfortably, in your bed. I’ll come to your bedroom around midnight.” They both dressed and went back to work, toiling aggressively to prove their strength and endurance before each other. 
Jack was ecstatic while they thinned the sprouts of corn, anxiously anticipating more action after his first sexual moment with a man; one who still aroused him, indicated by the his erection bulging beneath his trousers. 
At midnight, Zeke entered the room, naked, and slipped quietly into bed with Jack. They fondled and kissed for a long time, until Zeke whispered in his ear, “What would you like to try tonight? I can tell by your dick you’re hungry to be satisfied. Do you want me to suck it again? Or do you want to try mine?” 
“I want to do you so bad, but I’d love for you to suck me until I’m dry. Is there any way we could do it together?” Jack panted and squirmed, feeling Zeke’s skin touching his own. 
“Yes. It’s called sixty-nine. Let me show you how it is done, or have you already imagined what to do?” 
Jack nodded his understanding of how to proceed. 
“Show me how you’d like to do it then.”
Jack rolled Zeke onto his back. While sitting up, Jack tossed the sheet and blanket over the foot of the bed. “Scoot your body down.”
 Zeke followed his instructions. “Let your fantasies go wild.”
Reversing his position, Jack perched his knees above Zeke’s head and lowered his crotch to Zeke’s open mouth. When Zeke’s lips locked onto the young man’s dick, Jack bent his head down to the farmhand’s erect cock. His mouth descended on Zeke’s large penis to his balls, sending a rippling roll of chills throughout Jack’s body. He raised his head and repeated the movement. Zeke responded, pulling Jack’s crotch to his mouth and then pushing it up, just enough for the tip of his penis to remain in his mouth. He adjusted his movements to accommodate Jack’s awkward jerks until they were in unison, ultimately satisfying each other with simultaneous blowjobs. 
Jack collapsed on top of Zeke and then rolled onto his side.  
Zeke maneuvered his body until his head lay beside Jack’s. “Hey, stud, that’s some fantasy. You were a bit sloppy at first, but after a while you kept up with our rhythm. I couldn’t have taught you better myself.” 
“I still crave more of you.” Jack’s confession was made clear by the erection he still maintained in the dim light. 
“No problem. I can take care of that.” Zeke understood the hormones raging in the young man’s body. He rolled Jack onto his back to suck his dick a second time. But when Jack came close to orgasm, Zeke ceased sucking, loosening his lips until Jack’s cock stopped throbbing and he gradually stopped panting so strenuously. Then Zeke continued, practicing this procedure several times until Jack’s hands grabbed Zeke’s head, forcing it down to his groin, finally climaxing a second time.
After they lie recuperating and their breathing returned to normal, they talked until nearly dawn, and then Zeke slipped out of Jack’s bedroom.

Author Pablo Michaels does it again!
By Ray Sostre on January 8, 2016
 This was a story that was not only outside-the-box, but a very good story that was never dull and filled with absolute fun. Author Pablo Michaels came across with 
another worthy read. Although, the story is short and meant to be that way, 
but the book is definitely worth getting. You’ll love the flow of the story 
from start to finish, and it has a neat fairytale ending to the story
Ray Sostre - AfterDark Online

A Sensual Adaptation of Adventurous Youth: Delicious, Decadent and Delectable
By PA Jiuditta on January 5, 2016
 This piece really reflects Pablo Michaels’ creativity. His string of word choices is clever and wraps the scene in vivid visuals. The imagery is sublime. Who is the old man, the stranger, and what does he have to do with Jack and his mother? Pablo has cleverly added poignant character depth by infusing some of Jack's genesis, his family, parents and farm life, even expanded upon it to describe the hardship which was the reason the cow was traded in the first place.
We have a strumming and artful gold harp—delightful—a young man running into forest. When they run into the thicket, do they meet all the other naked men? Are they slaves of the Giant? The panic and fright caused by the Giant was wonderfully underscored in his careful descriptions. I love these, 'rumbles of thunder', 'like a fox on a hunt', 'where daylight became dimmer'. Also his use of the 'thump, crunch' and the cackling hen really added an element of tension and heart pounding pursuit that was so tangible.
This was a cleverly layered piece that I think was a bang on perfect tie-in for the original fairytale story. Pablo adds depth to their situation and tragedy, multiple layers of tension and understanding. I love the fairytale as a child. I love this story as an adult; just love it. It is a well-crafted, beautifully developed, very sensuous taste of adventurous youth that just kept getting better. To the hilt: delicious, decadent and delectable.

A New Spin On A Timeless Classic!
By Imagine The Possibilities on January 1, 2016
I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the author. This review is my honest opinion and was not asked of me.
Jack and the Magical Beanstalk (Yellow Silk Dreams) by author Pablo Michaels is a testament, of sorts, to the story Jack and The Beanstalk... but from a Gay perspective. This story does follow the premise from the fairy tale in its simplicity but from a very different perspective than its original form. There is definitely some new material here than what most of America knows of the original story, the tale we have all heard so many times. Well, now you can hear it again! This time you will meet several new characters. You will feel the emotion of the young man "jack", as he discovers other young men.
I loved it! I have never read a book from the LGBT genre, but I may read more. This story is highly entertaining to say the least. Pablo Michaels has spun a fantastic "gay" web around Jack. Did Jack know he was gay? I don't think he did, but the story leads him along and helps him discover himself. Not only does he find himself, but he finds true love.
What a wonderful depiction! Bravo Pablo Michaels, Bravo! I would recommend this title to anyone 18+

Not the same old Jack…Old and new collide to bring a fresh face to this old classic
By Robin on December 20, 2015
 Mr. Michael’s brought life and a new pop to this old classic. He gave us insight into the dynamics of being raised by a single parent. He molded the old and new into a beautiful piece of imagery with depth making it easy to relate to the hardships and lessons that are learned along the way. Mr. Michael’s adapted Jack making him easily fit into the 21st century while keeping the old charm that made this story a classic.
Mr. Michael’s subtly slipped in analogies which gave the story a bit of humor only adding to the delightfully well written layering of the original fairytale. He brought a sensuous quality to Jack that gave him more dimension and depth.
Pablo Michael’s has created a magical journey into the world of fairytales. I look forward to more.

Buy Links: 
Ganxy:  https://ganxy.com/i/110666/pablo-michaels/jack-and-the-magical-beanstalk 
Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1UQ3Zd4
Kobo:  https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/jack-and-the-magic-beanstalk
iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/jack-magical-beanstalk/id1069899104?mt=11

About the Author:
Pablo Michaels is a gay man who writes gay romantic genre fiction from a gay man’s perspective. He is driven to educate and enlighten readers with the true beauty of love between men. He has published several books over the span of the last five years. He has found a new home to publish his stories with Yellow Silk Dreams, a publisher composed of a coop of authors. He grew up in a working class family that taught him the values of hard work, regardless of the profession, and helped him acquire a diverse education. The family motto is “People can take everything away from you. But they never can take away your education.” He is legally married to his soulmate, a man he has lived with for twenty years.
He was born in a story “Raging Silence” which is included in the book “This Beautiful Escape” The silence raging in Pablo Michaels was his inherit sexual orientation, suppressed in his adolescent years. Through years of struggles he finds peace in his current life with his legal husband, a partnership of 20 years.

Stalking Links:
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Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-pablo-jordan-michaels-31672041

Friday, January 29, 2016

Dariel's Stop: Ocean 2 Ocean's First Annual Winter Masquerade Ball and Tour

Welcome to Ocean 2 Ocean Book Promotions’ first annual Winter Masquerade Ball and Romance Tour!! The blog tour will start Friday, January 29th at 1PM EST, accompanied by a kick-off event on Facebook. The tour and party will continue through February 1st at 11 PM EST.

In addition to posting on their blogs, some of our favorite authors and bloggers (listed at the event) will be hanging out at the party as featured guests posting games, activities, chatting, and just having a good time. Join the event and stay tuned throughout the weekend to ask questions, get to know our featured guests, and of course enjoy the opportunity to win more prizes.

Check out the list of featured guests below, and visit their blogs. Joining the event, completing as many Rafflecopter options as you’re interested in, and visiting as many blogs as possible throughout the tour will increase your chances of winning prizes! When you enter the Rafflecopter, leave a comment here with your e-mail address so we can easily connect you with your entry. 
Happy hopping!!

 Calm Assurance blurb
Two hearts, two different worlds, uncompromising love.

A straight-laced Nephilim-descendant and a human trouble-magnet?

When Asriel - Orlosian Warrior, descendant of Nephilim, law enforcer – is sent to guard Malina, a human with a penchant for drawing trouble like a tornado, she becomes his obsession.

With no hope of finding love in his dimension, he breaks the cardinal rule, leaving his home to protect her, but she has also drawn the attention of his enemies, and he is forced to face demons from his past. If Asriel chooses to stay with Malina, not only does he risk forfeiting his right to ever return to his dimension, but he will need her blood to survive.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thursday 13: 13 Of Arla Dahl's Favorite Lines From "The Watchman" (Immoral Virtue Bk. 3)


My special guest for Thursday 13 today is erotic romance author, Arla Dahl! Courtesy of Ocean 2 Ocean Book Promotions, I'm happy to share 13 of her favorite lines from her new release, "The Watchman" (Immoral Virtue Bk. 3). Take a look, follow her tour, and join her upcoming new release party!

13 Favorite Lines From "The Watchman" by Arla Dahl
1. -“You ache for this, do you not?”

2. -“I would please you again…I would submit…now… should I be permitted…”

3. -"She compels the eye in lustful ways that blind men to truth--as is the witch’s way.”

4. -“’Tis my wish to prove innocence through pleasure.”
5. -“Do not let go.”

6. Though daybreak would soon be upon them, darkness would linger, for fears of evil, of witches and cursed souls still filled their hearts with dread.

7. -’Twas too much a pleasure, the sight of her. A splendid gift of nature. Perhaps she had not bewitched him so much as stirred his heart.

8. -He crushed her lips with his. Kissing her. Hurting her. His mouth unforgiving, unrelenting. Silencing her words, stealing her breath.

9. -She laughed and it was a tearful frustrated sound he wished to quiet, to soothe.

10. -One word could have saved him. One word could have spared her the sight of his torture. Spared him the sight of her pain for him.
One word.

11. -He ached as much to touch her as to feel her touch… her caress, her embrace…those lips as ready to spit angry fire as mewl in notes of need.

12. -Those eyes, stubborn and frightened. That hair, in which he would bury his face and inhale… her hands so delicate… how he wished to feel them upon him.

13. -“I will prick the mark to be sure it bleeds, to be certain it is not a spot deadened to sensation…for that, my good people, is how to test the witch!”

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Spotlight: "Destiny Of The Witch" by Raven Moon

Rainelle Sterling was from a small town outside of Nashville, Tennessee. She has long red hair and eyes as green as Emeralds. In her small frame of five-foot- two- inches with her natural curves. She is an inspiring singer and actress trying to make it in the big lights of Nashville, Tennessee.
Her twin brother Reed had just graduated TSU with a ...BBA and Honors as he was planning his wedding.
She planned a weekend camping trip in the Mountains with their friends. This was going to be a weekend to celebrate life and happiness, or so she thought. 
But Destiny had other plans for her. She suffers a devastating loss after coming face to face with supernatural creatures. Finding two loves and as she is faced with telling her parents, she learns things about herself she never knew. Now she is on a mission to seek revenge, as she finds out more truths than she can handle.

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I'm a wife to a wonderful man of almost 30 years. A mother of 3. I have 3 granddaughters ages 9, 7, and 17 months. My children and grandchildren are my life. In my spare time I love hang with my kids and grandkids.  I love writing even though I've never dreamed of being a writer. 
I lost my dad unexpectedly in Oct. 2014 and in July of 2015, I picked up my laptop and started writing and that is what got me here today. I will take whatever is thrown my way and turn it into something positive, learn from it and grow as I go. Are you ready for a ride of your life, I know I am, so let’s do this, TOGETHER!