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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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How To Blast Your Events Like Lightning : Go Viral With Thunderclap and Headtalker

Whether we have an MBA with concentration in marketing and advertising, or we avoid promotion like the plague, finding the best way to get our news, information, products, and events before the right audience is a constant challenge for every entrepreneur, and let's face it - As independent artists, we are all entrepreneurs.

Savvy entrepreneurs constantly seek ways to get the message out with minimal time and effort so we can spend the majority of our time developing our craft. Thunderclap and Headtalker, viral marketing platforms, provide a way to do just that for FREE!

What are Thunderclaps and Headtalkers?
Thunderclap and Headtalker are user-friendly social media platforms that allow you to post a "Tweet-length" message, choose the time (up to a year in advance for Thunderclap) you want it broadcast, and design a campaign so that hundreds of supporters can blast your message from their Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr feeds at the same time (Headtalker also allows you to broadcast from LinkedIn).

Unlike random retweets (only broadcast whenever friends and followers happen to be online), Thunderclaps and Headtalkers are pre-scheduled for you, and posted to each supporter's feed to blast your event to the world at the exact time you set, so hundreds of tweets, all carrying your message, enter the stream as one powerful force with the potential to grab the attention of hundreds of thousands of your supporters' followers and friends. 

Cool! Right? Here are some tips to help make the most of thunderclap and headtalker campaigns:
1. These platforms are still relatively new, so be sure to let everyone know supporting you is FREE and requires very little effort on their part. Once they sign up to support you, they don't even have to remember to post anything.

2. Start your campaign at least a month in advance. In order for your campaign to move forward on the correct date, you must gain a minimum of 100 supporters for Thunderclap (50 for Headtalkers). I started my first thunderclap less than a week in advance and ended up scrambling to meet minimum support at the very last minute. If you don't reach the minimum number of supporters, your campaign won't go out.

3. Once you submit your campaign, it can take up to 48 hours for it to be approved, so be sure to allow extra time for this as well.

4. Tell everyone they can support you on as many platforms as they like to get maximum numbers. This way, they know that if they support you on Facebook, they can still click to support you on Twitter and Tumblr simply by clicking the links to those platforms, too.

5. Supporters can also tweet and reblog, telling others they've supported your campaign and encouraging them to do the same.

6. Once you create your campaign, you can embed it on your site for maximum visibility.

7. Join the Thunderclap group on Facebook. I found out about this thanks to my friend, Muffy Wilson. The group is clean-cut and well organized. *Important - The group is for thunderclaps ONLY, no other promo, so it's easy for everyone to follow and support one another. There's also a file at the group site with additional tips for getting the most out of your thunderclaps. It's a "closed" group, so be sure to request membership in advance.

8. Before writing your Thunderclap, you should have a blog post, purchase link, or perhaps an event destination to send supporters and followers to. Ex. Use a pre-order link and set Thunderclap to go LIVE on release day.

I'd like to hear about your experiences with these platforms, and if you have any additional tips, please share. Good luck getting the word out about your big events. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Prize Winners: "Dai's Dark Valentine" New Release Party and Launch Tour

We had a great time at the "Dai's Dark Valentine" party Feb. 21st, and quite a few Rafflecopter entries along the tour (Feb. 14th - 28th). Thanks to everyone for helping to make the book launch a success! Prize list, party games, and launch tour (Rafflecopter) winners are listed below:

New Release Party - 2/21/2015
Pre-party Contest #1 – Hawt men pics – Jamie Koopmann Etzler – “The Kyn Chronicles 1” by Jami Gray and “The Witch and the Wolf” by Tricia Schneider - Sent

Pre-party Contest #2 – Caption This! (lioness roaring at lion) – Katie Coss – “The Witch and the Wolf” by Tricia Schneider - Sent

Thunderclap Support – Angie Turner - $5 Amazon GC – Sent

Pre-party Contest #3 (2 winners) – Word Association Game – Susan K. Newman and
Leddie DeMolle – Box sets of “The MacLomain Series” by Sky Purington – Sent

Valentines Day Gift Basket – Screenshot of DDV purchase - April Warren (send your address to Ravannah Rayne)

Game #1 – Fave Vamp movie + hot men - eBook of "Keeper ofmy Pleasure" by Kayelle Allen - Bella Lynn  - Sent

Game #2 – Follow @Amazon and Goodreads - eBook copy of "Heart of Vesuvius" by Sky Purington - Andrea Logan (send your email address and what you won to Dariel Raye)

Game #3 – Two Truths and a lie - eBook copy of "The Ladyand the Warrior" by Beth Trissel - Chastity Banks Kidd  - Sent

Game #4 – WORDGO - eBook copy of "Memories and Kisses" by Muffy Wilson - Catherine Maguire - Sent

Game #5 – Newsletter - eBook copy of "Heroes to SwoonFor" box set w/ Chantel Rhondeau - Lisa Brooks  - Sent

Game #6 – Add DDV to wishlist - eBook copy of "Derailed" by Angela Kay Austin - Vanessa Primer (send your email address and what you won to Dariel Raye)

Rafflecopter Prize Winners - 2/14/2015 - 2/28/2015

Belated Valentines Gift Box - Jacklynn Sizemore
$20 Amazon OR Starbucks GC - Shadow Kohler
"Dai's Dark Valentine" T-shirt - Donna Reynolds

*Note - E-book winners, I did not ask my gracious hosts and broadcasters to donate books this time. Since I will be purchasing the 11 books listed as giveaways, I decided to let you choose which book you'd prefer from the list. I've listed them here again (with links below the list of prize winners) for your convenience, so please "friend" me if you haven't already, to make sure your message comes straight to my inbox, and PM me on Facebook with your e-book choice.

*Random order (winner's choice e-book from list below)
Misha Estrada
Mary Preston
Amber McCallister
Renee Jeffries
Susan Caputo Finan
Ravannah Rayne
Catherine Maguire
Linda Bass
Paulette Nelson
Patty Leono Curry

Book List

"Second Time's a Charm"  OR "Cowboy Up" by Melissa Keir

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Flash Friday: "Challenge"

We've made it to another glorious Friday, and talk about a picture being worth a thousand words! As always, my friends and I get together on Fridays and muse over an inspirational pic. There's only one rule - we each have to tell our story in 100 words. I must warn you - I'm waxing rather deep today. When you're finished here, take a look at my friends' versions. Hope you enjoy!

“I can’t survive without you.”

Knotted muscles landed on unforgiving stones, fists clenched.

Nails, hard from tilling the ground, drove into his palm, drawing obscene crimson rivulets. Endless wandering, traversing unknown lands flashed before him, horror unimaginable.

His ears rang, multiple voices unified, entering his mind. “You will never be without me.”

“But no one will want me. No one will care for me.”

He kept his gaze down. “You always loved him more.”


His heart sank, disappointment made one with his name, then crippling pain seized him, God’s finger etched into bare skin.

“By this mark, all will know that you are mine.”

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Zaidi Features: Interview With Muffy Wilson and Sneak Peek at Her Upcoming Release

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Interview with Muffy Wilson
My very special guest today is Muffy Wilson, a close friend and incredible author. It is my pleasure to help her promote her new book, Memories and Kisses. So fasten your seatbelts, we’re in for Muffy Wilson’s astonishing world of fiction.
Welcome, Muffy J
1.      Could you reveal any personal juicy stories about you?  
               Thank you, Dariel, for opening your cyber-home to me. It is a pleasure to be here with you, my dear friend. Well, I was raised in a military family. My father was a USAF Colonel whose work took us to all points from Alaska to France. We moved every two or three years, so I don’t have what most would refer to as a traditional childhood, more like Leave it to Beaver meets the Jetsons.  Many of my ‘firsts’ were in France as my formative years developing were north of Paris. So, my first kiss, my first taste of escargot, my first hot dog on a French baguette was at the top of the Eiffel Tower, my first bikini (I was thirteen) was on the French Riviera and I fell in love with a thirty-something lifeguard named Aldo. I thought my father was going straight to an early grave. My mother thought it charming and funny since I wound up looking like a blistered, crying lobster with the worst sun burn ever. No need to worry about Aldo. A few years later, my mother and I were shopping in Paris; it was the day she bought me an alligator handbag, a small one, with a bright red leather interior. I still have it. We were on the Champs Elysees on a corner and everyone was wailing and crying. It was 22 November 1963 and I was 14 years old. It was the day John F Kennedy was assassinated and I witnessed as the world was crushed and Camelot fell. I think I grew up a lot that day. We had to hurry home, 90 miles north. The Base was on lock-down and red alert. It was a day the world stood still yet was fiercely frantic beneath the surface.

2.      You are a mother. Could you tell us about your role as a Mom?
               I met my husband in California, on a day that I was none too happy with men. I was working in San Francisco as a Sales Manager for Honeywell and my father had a heart attack in Georgia.  I wanted to explore the possibilities of transferring to Georgia to be closer to the first man I ever loved. My boss, “The Silver Fox” made a pass at me and told me why bother as my dad wasn’t going to live forever. I was stunned and profoundly moved by a myriad of feelings. Funny that I should meet the two most important men in my life from that day forward on a day like that - my husband and his youngest son, then 13. It was the greatest gift. We got married three months later and the three of us honeymooned in Niagara Falls. My husband is from Buffalo, NY, and had been married twice before (his first wife died and the second, VJr’s mother ended in divorce when he was just 6). I had never been married, so they were my first. When I was very young, and in college, I got pregnant. He was my first and for all my worldly experience, I was still pretty na├»ve - even in the ‘70s. I dropped out of college and had an abortion. The gift of my husband and his son, my son, I felt was God’s way of forgiving me. So, my role as a Mom is one I cherish, given it was my second chance and my redemption. Life has been good to me because of them. He has enriched my life beyond measure.

3.      You have a very long list of projects consuming your time, but I would like to offer you the chance to show off and promote your writing career. You may include any exotic stories of your life if you wish.
                              I have a control list of about fifteen projects which will be concluded by mid-year and 25-30 projects that will require my attention. Only another Virgo will appreciate how organized I am about my work. Some refer to it as being obsessive compulsive. I can role with that.

4.      When did you decide to write? And what genre and style did you prefer when you first started? What style and genre do you prefer to write currently?
                              I have been in sales and marketing my entire business career. Writing was a necessity and I was good at presenting technical detail. English was a love and focus of mine throughout my education, but I only wrote proposals, technical material and project material. I really never thought about writing ‘personally’ until I met up with an old school chum, and old boyfriend. It was never a calling to me as it is for some writers. He wrote and it spurred me on. I slipped into the world of Erotica, not by choice or design, but quite by accident…and I loved it. Turns out I was pretty good at it, too, or so people commented. But, my style has changed, developed a lot since then.

5.      What genre, books, and authors do you like to read?
                              I love crime, thrillers, edge-of-your-seat whodunits. I also love period pieces, non-fiction
and autobiographies. When I was very young, when we lived in France and there was no television, I read everything, absolutely everything. I wanted to be a criminologist or a medical examiner. Or a veterinarian.  As well an actress and Ella Fitzgerald! But, I do love to read good literotica. I am not a fan of jump-and-pump but a love story with great, eloquently involved sex is a real page turner for me.

6.    Do you have a person, real or fantasy, you would like to be?
                              Barbra Streisand. I always wanted to sing. My aunt sang torch songs and played piano in smoke filled supper clubs and piano bars. I always wanted to do that.

7.      You have experienced many adventures in your life and have lots of energy, but what would you like to do if you had any free time?
                              I would love to learn to play piano, learn Spanish and brush up on my French. But I am enjoying my life now. I work in Real Estate in SW Florida and try to find time to straighten my office. There’s that Virgo nag again.

8.      Could you tell us about your new book, Memories and Kisses, and the story behind it? You may include a brief synopsis and an excerpt, and what or who inspired you to write your story?
                              Old memories are like old red wine - all the richer for time passed. And the kisses taste sweeter too. Three romantic and very sexy stories take us back to things as they once were, and forward to the wonderful times to come. Memories & Kisses has three stories of old loves remembered; a grieving woman rescued from the sea, two childhood friends growing old friendship into passionate loving, and two long separated teenagers finding that time has mellowed them both and maturity has brought a passionate intensity they had never imagined. All three stories are of rekindled love that survived decades of longing and is now ready to burst into flame. More about “Memories and Kisses”

Do you have memories of a love that once was?...of a love that was lost?...of, perhaps, a rekindled love that survived decades of longing?  ……..Read More on my blog Muffy Wilson

9.       Where can we purchase Memories and Kisses?
Thank you for asking,  I would be honored. If readers are interested, they can buy my work at:

AmazonGanxy | XinXii | KoboiTunes

10.    Do you have future writing projects you plan to publish?
        Tons. My brain explodes with ideas and always when I don’t have a pen or paper handy!

Previously Published:
Oysters & Chocolate, Decadent Publishing, Ravenous Romance, Yellow Silk Dreams

Coming March 24, 2015

The Para-Portage of Emily
Muffy Wilson
March 24, 3015 Release Date

Emily fell in love with the Mariner's Maiden Cove,
an Island estate. Beneath the pristine beauty,
seduction hungered in the shadows created
by the flickering light...and dark past.

The truth is, Emily had discovered the shadows created by light and dark. Furthermore, she discovered she liked it there, too. A few short weeks ago, when her “uncle”, who was in truth her father’s long time law partner, died, her Father sent her to his Island estate, Mariner’s Maiden, 250 miles north of Chicago to rest and handle his business interests and personal estate. Emily fell in love with the property and when she discovered that her uncle had left it to her in his will, she became even more fascinated by its dark history... 

The original owner, Colin Jorgenson, a sea faring Great Lakes Captain, fell in love with a young Irish beauty of flowing auburn-red hair and green eyes that he married while in his thirties around 1900. He brought his new bride to his Island home. For years, as he built onto his home for her, they waited for a child. Ten years after they wed, Amalya died in childbirth giving life to his son. Her death took everything from him he loved, including his desire for his long awaited son. He returned to the waters with his newborn and the nanny until his schooner was seen in harbor. But there was never a sight of him again and his home lay fallow for decades, waiting…

This is the story of what happens to Emily, who bore a striking resemblance to Amalya. Emily inherited the house, the inhabitants – past and present – and the ghost of the Sea Captain, Colin Jorgenson, who loves and returns to the stone and log home on the hidden cove for the woman he believes is his Amalya. 

Emily, had been in control of her destiny until then, but no longer. In fact, she became a prisoner of the shadow’s seduction…...

Available March 24, 2015
Secret Craving Publishing

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Available March 24, 2015
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Author Bio:  

Muffy, author of erotic, romantic stories about love, sex, hope and passion, was born in San Antonio, Texas, to traditional parents. With two older brothers, she was the youngest, the family "princess," indulged and pampered. She adored her older brothers, following them everywhere and was surrounded by love, stimulation, and pets. Her father was a career Colonel and pilot in the U.S. Air Force which required the family to travel extensively. The family lived in most points between Alaska and France. Muffy spent her formative years in Europe and came of age in France.

Returning from France with her family, Muffy finished high school in Northern California and attended the University of California, Davis, and majored in Business Management. Muffy entered the work force, independent with a fierce work ethic, and retired at 39 from IBM as a Mid-West Regional Director in the Real Estate and Construction Division. She and her husband moved to a small Island in northern Wisconsin where they owned a historic tavern, restaurant and resort business which they since have sold. They now live a charmed life by the water in SW Florida. Muffy pretends to be a serious real estate business person but, in real life, indulges her private interest in writing sexy short stories and sensual literotica ~ Live, Laugh, Love with Passion.

Thank you, Pablo, for hosting this wonderful interview.  It was very kind and generous of you. I appreciate the time your fans and readers have spent with me, sharing my life, my family and work, sharing my inspirations and life.

Muffy, it is always a pleasure to spend time with you.  Thank you for sharing with us, today. I wish you continued success.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Zaidi Features: "Slave" by Angelica Dawson

How does a slave become an equal? What does it take for a young man to see women in a new light?
Will has no interest in women. He thinks them all animals to be trained, beaten. It doesn't take him long to discover his preference for men, but time and error reveal how wrong his view toward women is. Before long, he is able to separate the way he treats women, which is still horrific, from the way he regards women, as fellow human beings.

Pre-order now, and buy it and the original Blue Moon House for only $0.99 each! Have your copy of Slave waiting for you on March 15th. Also available at these outlets:
Smashwords | Naughty Nights Press

About the Author
Angelica Dawson has been writing for several years and having sex a lot longer than that. Angelica is a wife, mother and environmental consultant. Her love of plants and the outdoors is not diminished by the bloodsucking hoards – mosquitoes and black flies, not vampires.
She contributes flash fiction to several blogging collectives and excerpts from work in progress can also be found on her blog (http://angelicadawson.blogspot.com). She is active on Facebook (http://facebook.com/authorangelicadawson) and Twitter (@angelicadawson). Her stories don't scrape the surface of BDSM, but go deep.