Title: Destiny’s Favor: Orlosian Warriors Book 2
Genre: Paranormal/Multicultural & Interracial
Synopsis: His world shifted the moment she was born. Now, nothing can stop him from making her his.
Imagine meeting a man who looks like an angel, wings and all? What would you do if this man told you he existed with only one purpose – to claim you and only you?
Destiny Carter is a feisty, take charge, Rubinesque beauty with a tough façade, who finds herself in that age old quandary, “always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” A string of lackluster relationships leave her hopeless and ready to settle…Until she meets Japheth, the man her fiancé claims is his best friend! Japheth’s arrival is heralded by an attack on Destiny’s life, and instinctively, she knows this is just the beginning.
Born more than 200 years ago, Japheth looks like an angel but he’s far from it. In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1, and although he’s a superior being, he’s willing to break the most sacred law of his brothers, even drink human blood, to have one meant for him alone. When he meets Destiny, he knows she’s the one he’s been searching for. To claim her, he will have to betray a friend, risk his life, and hardest of all, humble himself enough to win her love.
Warning: Must be 18+. This book contains explicit sex scenes and some coarse language.
Dariel Raye, Author
CH: Today’s Guest Author is Dariel Raye, who fell in love with books and started reciting stories at the age of 3. Welcome to my blog, Dariel.
CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?
DR: A Nephilim descendant risks his life for his soul-mate, a strong-willed, Rubinesque beauty engaged to his best friend.
CH: How did you come up with the premise for this series?
DR: I’ve always been fascinated with angels, and dreamed about the hero in book one, Calm Assurance: Orlosian Warriors Book 1.
CH: Why did you decide to write this book?
DR: The entire “Orlosian Warriors” series is about grace, forgiveness, and the power of love. I’m always thinking about what would happen if things were not as they seem. For instance, what would happen if, instead of the relative abundance of women, we were a rare, powerful, and precious commodity? If love and duty were prized above all else, life would be very different. I had to write about that world, and tell those stories.
CH: This book is listed under four genres—paranormal, romance, angels and multicultural. So, which genre is most prevalent?
DR: It’s also an urban fantasy romance about Nephilim, but there wasn’t room for another category, and Nephilim is not listed as a category, yet. Good question. Thank goodness I didn’t have to choose just one on the distributors’ platforms. Honestly, if I had to strip it down to just one category that would allow me to tell the same story, it would be urban fantasy with romantic elements.
CH: When you are coming up with a new idea for a book, do you look at the market for trends? Or do you just write your own story?
DR: Without question, I write my own stories. My books would very likely sell better if I paid attention to the market and its fickle trends, but I’ve always followed whatever happened to be in my head. Although, I do listen to my readers when they ask for certain spin-off stories.
CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?
DR: My stories almost always come to me in dreams, sometimes in a series of dreams. After I dream about characters over a period of time, I start with a whole concept and add supporting characters and settings according to the plot.
CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing?
DR: Mainly, I bring fresh perspectives to mythological characters with depth, and cast women of African-American heritage as the fascinating, strong (even if they have to find that strength in the story), intelligent beauties my heroes are willing to offer their lives for. The main characters in my worlds have unique origins and all of my stories could be called crossovers in that they don’t fit into just one box or category.
In my mind, I always visualize action, purpose, mystery, suspense, and romance: A modern-day woman strutting along the city streets when an angel suddenly drops from the sky, wings extended, and beckons for her to “come here,” or that same woman is forced into a dark alley and suddenly her pet wolf-hybrid shifts into the man of her dreams, comes to her rescue, and tells her he was born to protect her. Yeah, my mind is full of that kind of drama. 🙂
CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?
DR: I read and re-read sources to find the correct names for angels and each one’s purpose. I study the Bible regularly, so I was already familiar with most of the sketchy information given about Nephilim and their origin
CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?
DR: I took them from real life and elaborated. I love bringing anachronisms and mythological beings into the present. It makes them even more exciting when they suddenly show up in everyday life and meld with (or further complicate) regular, more mundane situations.
CH: Who was your favorite character to write?
DR: I don’t want to make any of my heroes or heroines jealous, so I must say with all honesty that I enjoyed writing all of them. Some were harder to write than others, though, and Japheth from Destiny’s Favor: Orlosian Warriors Book 2 was one of those because he starts out rather self-centered and arrogant. He’s a character with a shaky moral compass, who might do just about anything…in the beginning, anyway.
CH: How much of your leading lady is based on you?
DR: Ha! Well, I’m of African-American descent, rubinesque, and I’ve always been a strong-willed, tomboyish Daddy’s girl. Most of my heroines love animals like I do, with the exception of a couple of them. I also place a lot of emphasis on the pivotal role grandmothers can play in my heroines’ lives because I grew up in an extended family with good, Southern-Creole cooking and old-fashioned values. The similarities stop there, but that’s plenty. With many of those things in common, each heroine is still very different, with unique back-stories.
CH: Since you’ve told us about the main characters, do you have anything to share about the supporting characters?
DR: The comment that I made about grandmothers applies here. Also, as I stated in earlier, I listen to my readers because sometimes supporting characters are so powerful or likable, they deserve their own stories.
Oh, and two of the characters from this book, Rehobeth and Gideon, each have their own books coming up: Gideon’s Light: Orlosian Warriors Book 3, and Rehobeth’s Passion: Orlosian Warriors Book 4. Rehobeth is also in a spin-off, Orlosian Warriors, a novella. Part one of the novella is in Good Things, a 10-author urban fantasy anthology to support the “Random Acts Organization.” Good Things is available now and was released on August 18, 2016.
CH: When you wrote the first book in the series, did you realize it would be a series then?
DR: Yes. Each climax along the way leads to a bigger climax at the end of the series. There’s a greater purpose.
CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of the book?
DR: That’s a sore spot right now because in my excitement over publishing book two, I neglected to request reviews! Despite that, they’re trickling in slowly as people get around to reading it and posting their thoughts. The feedback so far is very good:
5***** “The plot is jam-packed with drama, lust, conflict, dark secrets and shocking revelations”
5***** “I got hooked on the first part of this story and was so excited to read this part.”
CH: What’s next for you as an author?
DR: I’m really excited because I’m coming out of a rough patch that has lasted for years in terms of my health. It’s time for me to pull some of the business aspects of being an author together so that I can actually make a living writing. As you know, that includes quite a few things, but one is a major revamping of my website, as soon as I finish part two of Outreach and help with the Good Things anthology release.
In addition to those things, over the next few months I’m planning to finish my first Christmas novella by November at the latest, then finally get back to work on Dark Sentinels Book Three: Parrish, and finish Gideon’s Light: Orlosian Warriors Book 3, both to be released next year.
CH: Where do you get inspiration for the passionate encounters in your writing and do you find them easier to write from the male or female perspective?
DR: Some of it, thank God and two ex-husbands, is from personal experience. Now the kinky stuff, that’s just my gutter mind 😀 Funny; I’ve never really thought about which perspective is easier to write. I do always write the climax from the heroine’s POV, though. I’ll have to ask my Sweetheart to describe his to me, so I can break out of that box.
CH: Can you give my audience your website address?
DR: Happily! Website: http://darkparanormalromanceseries.com
CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?
DR: Destiny’s Favor can be found at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2cTpwqR
CH: Any closing remarks?
DR: Thank you so much for inviting me to be your guest, Cheryl. This has truly been a pleasure! I’m always available to host you and your books, as well.
CH: Thank you so much, Dariel Raye, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your writing journey and your book with my audience. And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book, I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.
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