Dariel Raye, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book,
“Dark Sentinels Book Two. Torin”
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Dariel Raye Publishing
Cover artist: Elise Trissel
Length: 38,908 words
Heat rating: 4 to 5
Tagline: Born to protect, ruled by passion
When greedy land developers set their sights on Dark Sentinel land, Torin turns to attorney Stephanie Bates for help, but she’ll need his protection to stay alive long enough to save his land.
Real estate lawyer, Stephanie Bates, has risen to the top of her field through meticulous sacrifice and goal setting. She has no time for distractions - and that includes pets, messy relationships, and loose ends.
Torin DuMont is a forensic scientist who chose the profession to avoid dealing with people as much as possible. Raised by a stepfather who hated him, he’s been forced to live a life of solitude, fueled by anger and distrust. When wolves and shifters start turning up dead, Torin must battle an enemy bent on destroying those he was born to protect. His greatest challenge, however, is Attorney Bates and the surprising affect she has on his heart.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Torin DuMont, the hero, is a 30 year old forensic scientist
Stephanie Bates, the heroine, is a 28 year old real estate lawyer
Mother Nature is Fighting Back!
Meet the “Dark Sentinels.” Weary of shedding tears over the senseless murders of her children, thoughtless abuse of her resources, and blatant disrespect for her authority, she had to take drastic measures. Mother Nature created sentinels to protect and preserve nature, their first priority to stand vigil against those responsible for the destruction of wildlife.
Two sentinel wolf-shifters are born to each pack - male and female. Larger, stronger, and faster than other shifters, and able to shift at will, regardless of the moon’s phases, they risk their lives daily to restore balance between man and nature. Unfortunately, their very strengths have gained the attention of arrogant beings bent on exploiting their abilities for selfish gain.
Forced to leave their packs for a time to find mates, the sentinels are no longer able to avoid human contact. Dr. Sable Adler, of “Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable,” alpha of the Washington pack, one of the largest packs in the United States, was the first sentinel to fall in love with a human female. He’s a calm-natured Libra, while Torin DuMont, of “Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin,” is a hot-headed, bad-tempered Scorpio alpha who resides in the Florida Everglades.
Like Sable before him, Torin is about to find himself in uncharted territory when he seeks the legal counsel of Stephanie Bates, an uppity human lawyer who needs his help more than he needs hers…
He sensed the sun had gone down before he stepped over to the small window and looked out. Even in the complete darkness, his eyes did not fail him, and he saw the grounds as clearly as if daylight greeted him. Finally, one man remained in the waiting room with him, but it was well after six p.m.
He picked up the pleasant scent of mint, lemongrass, and lilies and turned just in time to see shapely legs, a voluptuous body full of promise. The warm, mocha-colored face wasn’t bad either. Clearly, it was the owner of the musical voice. His wolf bristled beneath his skin, forcing an internal battle just to remain civilized. Confusion increased his frustration. He’d never reacted to a female this way before, and certainly not a human.
She glanced at the other client and headed straight for Torin, arm extended to shake his hand as she called over her shoulder, “Go on home, Cindy. It’s already late. No need for both of us to stay.”
Cindy was out of the office in a flash, glancing back apprehensively as she closed the door.
“Mr. DuMont? I’m Ms. Bates, Stephanie Bates.”
Torin nodded and grasped her hand but did not return her smile. He was far too busy trying to resist the crippling effect her melodious voice seemed to have on him. His nerve endings sizzled as he attempted to manage the sensory overload. This isn’t supposed to happen, he secretly seethed. What in the hell is wrong with me? His sexual encounters had been quick, unemotional, and necessary for physical satisfaction only, and he’d never been overtaken so--completely. Her scent intensified, tinged with desire, as molten chocolate-colored eyes gazed at him confidently, only confusing him further. Desire?
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
I used to treat my writing career as a solitary endeavor, but now I’ve realized the importance and necessity of forming bonds with other writers. Many of you have become friends, and certainly my best supporters in addition to readers J
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
Actually, I’m planning to make those changes very soon - edit, cut, and improve the pacing of the story to re-release it.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
Oprah Winfrey. Her touch is golden, and she sponsors success by removing barriers.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Less school, more travel, marry a man who adds positive energy to your life, do whatever it takes to stay healthy, and don’t ever return to your hometown for more than visits.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Keep a writing and blogging schedule, calendar and to-do list, and don’t procrastinate. Try to minimize online time to one or two hours a day on average.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Never as a composite. I like to mix and match the pieces. LOL
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
Piano & Voice instructor, band director, choir director, mental health therapist, substance abuse counselor, senior high school counselor, college/career counselor, minister of music, algebra & statistics tutor, educational consultant.
What message do you want people to take from your books?
That all life is sacred and valuable, and love truly is worth risking everything for.
What good book have you read recently?
I’ve read so many, but one that really stands out is “The Mark of Cain” by A.D. Seeley
What do you like to do when you're bored?
I’m never bored because there’s always a good book to read or write. I can’t get to them all fast enough! LOL
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."
Please complete the sentences
I love pizza with roasted veggies and chicken.
I'm always ready for a great book.
When I'm alone, I take a long shower and pamper myself.
You'd never be able to tell, but I have a terrible temper.
If I had a halo it would be golden and full of irridescent light.
If I could write without stopping to take care of other things I'd have 12 published books by now.
I can never seem to get my stories written fast enough because life keeps slowing me down.
“Vashti’s Star” - 2003
Books Coming Soon
“Gideon’s Light” - “The Alerians - Dark Progeny Series”
“Ishmael” - “Children of Cain Series”
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