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AWRW Book Blast + Facebook Launch Party! Dai’s Dark Valentine, by Dariel Raye

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AWRW Book Blast + Facebook Launch Party! Dai’s Dark Valentine, by Dariel Raye.

Author Etiquette for Contacting Book Bloggers

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This is a great post by Tricia Drammeh. Not only is it good info for new authors, but many seasoned authors need the reminders (#5, 11, 12, & 13).

Creative State of Mind

Hello, everyone! It’s me again with another author advice post. Warning: This post isn’t for everyone. If you’re an author who finds etiquette posts tiresome, this post isn’t for you. If you’re already an expert on book marketing, this post will probably seem pretty basic, but I hope you’ll read on and add your advice in the comment section. This post is for people like me – people who came into the writing world with limited social media knowledge. It’s for people who didn’t realize book bloggers existed until they were told to go out and promote their book. If you’re intimidated or overwhelmed by the idea of contacting reviewers and bloggers, or if you’ve sent requests to bloggers and only received a lukewarm response, this post is for you.

  1. DO read the blogger’s FAQs, Policies, or Submission Guidelines. Each blogger is different. Some bloggers want you to contact them by email. Others have…

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Transitioning for the New Year!

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The “Dark Paranormal Romance Series” site is in transition. More to come, and more series, exclusives, and sneak peeks for my fantastic fans January 2015!

Spotlight on Women’s Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai

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I believe this is my first reblog! Too significant to pass up from whenwomeninspire.com

When Women Inspire

Activist Malala Yousafzai. Original Photo Source: AK Rockefeller, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Flickr

Malala Yousafzai first came to public attention in 2009 when she wrote a BBC diary about life in Swat Valley in Northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had banned girls from attending school. Her diary chronicled her desire to remain in education and for girls to have the chance to be educated.

She wrote it under a pseudonym, Gul Makai, the name of a heroine from a Pashtun folk tale. Three years later, in 2012, she was shot in the head and neck due to this, after her school bus was boarded by a member of the Taliban. Her recovery process began in Pakistan and continued in England, where she now lives with her family. Today, Malala is 17 years old.

Malala Yousafzai: Awards and Achievements

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Dariel’s Review : “The Mark of Cain”

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This review was originally posted to my Review page on this site, and definitely deserves a second look! Enjoy…

Mark of Cain

For mature readers only.
 

Mark of Cain

  • File Size: 609 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KAM0FO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled 
  • Lending: Enabled
History as we know it is a lie. An intricate web of half-truths and falsifications spun by the most infamous murderer in history: the immortal, Cain, son of Adam and Eve. All so the truth of him and his power can stay in the shadows, with every oblivious mortal his pawn. The Mark of Cain reveals the truth.

After murdering his brother, Abel, Cain was unjustly cursed by God. When the curse becomes too unbearable for him and he faces immortality alone, Cain puts his energy into claiming the Earth as his own. Now, after thousands of years living his life as some of history’s greatest conquerors, the ruthless first son of Adam finally has a controlling interest in the world with the strongest governments secretly answering to him.

Tired of the bloodshed and manipulation that has brought him to this point, Cain is ready to relax. But God has sent someone to challenge his interests: a young woman named Hara, whose very life was foretold centuries ago.

To keep God from victory, Cain sets out to woo and corrupt Hara, planning to kill her once she is no longer God’s Chosen One. At first, as she edges off the path leading toward the fulfillment of the prophecy, Cain can’t help but feel smug. However, the closer he gets to her, the more he finds that Hara’s charitable presence causes him to feel shame for the first time in his long life, and soon he finds that he no longer wishes her harm. But the prophecy is clear on this; she has to die for him to win. When it comes to her end, will he be as selfish as he has always been, or will he sacrifice himself for the love of his very long life?

 
Review
 

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review, and WOW am I delighted! “The Mark of Cain” is an outstanding read with romance, action, and epic historical sections. Even the most flawed characters are believable and loveable

 Hara is an orphan, raised in a Catholic orphanage to be as perfect and good as possible, while Cain, yes, the one from the Bible, is the world’s first murderer, unrepentant, blasphemous, always harboring a dark motive for everything he does. Cain is hardened and self-centered, while Hara is innocent and fragile. Each needs the other to effect positive changes in their lives.

 Cain is definitely not the typical hero, but he’s blatantly honest, and unapologetic about his character or motives. Seeley’s ability to create a complex man who is both hero/protagonist and antagonist is remarkable, and I immediately fell in love with his sharp, if a bit dark wit and sense of humor. Despite the terrible crimes Cain has committed throughout his immortal lifetime, Seeley managed to make me relate to him, and his actions toward Hara are every woman’s dream.

 Hara, the heroine, is the source of our necessary side-kicks, Tracker and Crystal.  Their characters become more important as the story unwinds, particularly Tracker, who not only harbors a secret from Hara, but wants her for himself.

The greatest accomplishment is Seeley’s descent into Cain’s mind. Any reader will learn to love him, hoping for the best and yearning for a happily ever after until the very end. Due to Hara’s innocence, there was very little sex in the novel, but the story was so enthralling, I barely missed it (and I do enjoy a good love scene). This is a MUST read – one you’ll grab to read every free moment, hate to put it down, and actually feel sad when it’s over. A rare novel I’m sure I’ll read more than once. Definitely five satin pillows! Heat rating: Sensual (2 candles out of 5).

The greatest accomplishment is Seeley’s descent into Cain’s mind. Any reader will learn to love him, hoping for the best and yearning for a happily ever after until the very end. Due to Hara’s innocence, there was very little sex in the novel, but the story was so enthralling, I barely missed it (and I do enjoy a good love scene). This is a MUST read – one you’ll grab to read every free moment, hate to put it down, and actually feel sad when it’s over. A rare novel I’m sure I’ll read more than once. Definitely five satin pillows! Heat rating: Sensual (2 candles out of 5).

September Writing Updates

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Writing Updates

September has been a great month so far, and I have a few things to share with you…

First, I’ve been traveling the web a bit. Deanna Jewel is interviewing me on her blog today, and I believe this is the first time I’ve been asked how I spend my time these days. Hope you can stop by and check it out🙂 If you get a chance to stop by, please comment. One lucky commentor will win their choice of one of my published e-books! Click here to take a look

Kayelle Allen featured one of my colors on her Romance Lives Forever blog last week, and I was so immersed in the party then that I forgot to post it here! Here’s the link.

As I work on “”Dark Sentinels Book Three: Parrish,” (I’ll tell you more about that when you scroll down) Sky Purington invited me to her blog to feature the “Dark Sentinels” series up to this point (Prequel, Book One, and Book Two). Please show Sky some love for me🙂

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Second, the “Unforgettable Lovers” Multi-author Book Party is over, and I announced winners today. In the announcement post, I show all of the books and links from the event plus the original post links to make navigation easy. Take a look when you can. The POV posts are really entertaining. Click here to see the final winner announcement post.

Finally, regarding “Dark Sentinels Book Three: Parrish,” I’m coming along. Finally settled on Parrish. Here’s his pic…

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I’ll show you the working cover in a few weeks…Meanwhile, here’s the working blurb…

Parrish Blurb – DS3

In dire need of a respite, Dana flees to a remote area to commission the designs of a famous, yet reclusive architect few have ever seen, but their meeting ignites events so powerful, neither of their lives will ever be the same.

Dana Rainwater is a professional musician suffering from stress induced fatigue. Constant travel, public appearances, demands from everyone around her, and lack of privacy have left her hollow, empty. A child prodigy, there has been no time for love or affection. Her life has been filled with constant coddling and overprotection from her mother, and the pressure to live up to her potential above all else. Coupled with a chronic life-altering disease, she is willing to go to any lengths to find the life she’s been missing.

Wolf sentinel shifter Vadrian Parrish was born to a high calling, but his increasingly disturbing visions render him nearly inaccessible to others, unable to fulfill his purpose. Caverns of murdered wolves plague his sleep, their howls and cries ever present, constant reminders of his failure, until he hears her music… Dana Rainwater.

My goal is to release “Dark Sentinels Book Three: Parrish” in December. I don’t believe in luck where I’m concerned, so wish me discipline and minimal distractions. LOL

2 More Days, 8 More Authors: “Unforgettable Lovers” Book Party!

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Event cover final

 

Welcome! Stop by our Unf”orgettable Lovers” Multi-author Event. I’m featuring eight more authors before the event ends, four authors each day. 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, and I think you’ll enjoy hearing them speak “off-the-cuff.”

Tomorrow, I’m featuring books and POV characters by LaVerne Thompson, Rachelle Ayala, Doris O’Connor, and Raven McAllan, and on the 17th I’ll be featuring POV characters by Tricia Drammeh, Stephanie Keyes, Harlie Williams, and Lynda Kaye Frazier. Don’t forget to leave a comment with your email address.

All commenters have a great chance to win a copy of their book of choice from ALL books featured throughout the “Unforgettable Lovers” Book Blog Party, so scroll through and check out ALL the “Unforgettable Lovers” posts!! Every time you comment on an “Unforgettable Lovers” post, your name is added an additional time for more chances to win🙂

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