Dariel's World

Hi. I'm Dariel Raye, an interracial/multi-cultural paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and action suspense author, and every day of this journey is a learning experience. I'm also a counselor, musician, and animal lover. My stories are about all-conquering love and romance, and I enjoy hosting other authors as well. Enter a world where werewolves, vampires, multi-shifters, vamp-like Nephilim, Vodouin Fey, and all things paranormal capture our hearts...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The DARK LEGENDS Boxed Set


RELEASE DAY!!!
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~*~ ONLY 99c ~*~

Murmurs around campfires, gossip in smoky taverns, discussions in towns and villages…
Everyone whispers of DARK LEGENDS, of supernatural creatures that walk the night…vampires and shifters, faeries and angels, dragons and sorcerers.
They whisper of danger. They whisper of adventure. They whisper of long-lasting love.
Preorder your copy of DARK LEGENDS today for 99c.

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This Collection is packed with more than 20 full-length 
Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance reads from 
New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors!
RELEASE DAY
AVAILABLE NOW!


This First Edition is EXTREMELY limited - you can only
get the full collection
the
ORIGINAL RELEASE COLLECTION
for a few days!

~*~ ONLY 99c ~*~

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Don’t miss this collection of more than twenty unique twists in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, providing over one million words of supernatural suspense that will transport you to new worlds with smoking hot action and heart-throttling adventure!
The DARK LEGENDS boxed set includes: 
Mermaids, Sirens, Shifters, Vampires, Dragons, Sorcerers, Warriors, Angels, Faeries, Demons, Witches, Psychics, Ghosts, Mythology, Folk Tales, Legends, Dark Magic, Time Travel, and More!

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T.F. Walsh with Demon's Mark 
Monica Corwin with Soulless
J.L. Weil with White Raven
Laxmi Hariharan with Redemption
JA Culican with The Keeper of Dragons,The Prince Returns
Muffy Wilson and The Para-Portage of Emily
GK DeRosa with Wilder: The Guardian Series
Marilyn Peake with Shade
Kevin McLaughlin with By Darkness Revealed
Carissa Ann Lynch with Midnight Moss
Vivienne Savage with Making Waves
Anna Hub with Beyond the Shadows
HJ Lawson with New Order
Emma Nichols with Blood Moon
Shelley Munro with Claimed & Seduced
J.A.Armitage with Two of Clubs
Leilani Love with Violca's Dragon
Demelza Carlton with Ocean's Gift
Xyla Turner with Broken Treaty
D.S. Murphy with Scarlet Thread
Jeremy Williams with Winemaker of the North



MEET THE AUTHORS TODAY!!
 and
*W*I*N* EPIC PRIZES!
January 17, 2017
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RELEASE DAY TODAY!!!
*B*U*Y* NOW ~*~ ONLY 99c ~*~
Murmurs around campfires, gossip in smoky taverns, discussions in towns and villages…
Everyone whispers of DARK LEGENDS, of supernatural creatures that walk the night…vampires and shifters, faeries and angels, dragons and sorcerers.
They whisper of danger. They whisper of adventure. They whisper of long-lasting love.
Order your copy of DARK LEGENDS today for 99c.
limited-time-only211
This Collection is packed with more than 20 full-length
Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance reads from
New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors!
RELEASE DAY
AVAILABLE NOW!
This First Edition is EXTREMELY limited - you can only get the full collection the ORIGINAL RELEASE COLLECTION for a few days!
~*~ ONLY 99c ~*~

Amazon.com iBOOKS KOBO NOOK

Don’t miss this collection of more than twenty unique twists in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, providing over one million words of supernatural suspense that will transport you to new worlds with smoking hot action and heart-throttling adventure!
The DARK LEGENDS boxed set includes:
Mermaids, Sirens, Shifters, Vampires, Dragons, Sorcerers, Warriors, Angels, Faeries, Demons, Witches, Psychics, Ghosts, Mythology, Folk Tales, Legends, Dark Magic, Time Travel, and More!
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T.F. Walsh with Demon's Mark Monica Corwin with Soulless J.L. Weil with White Raven Laxmi Hariharan with Redemption JA Culican with The Keeper of Dragons,The Prince Returns Muffy Wilson and The Para-Portage of Emily GK DeRosa with Wilder: The Guardian Series Marilyn Peake with Shade Kevin McLaughlin with By Darkness Revealed Carissa Ann Lynch with Midnight Moss Vivienne Savage with Making Waves Anna Hub with Beyond the Shadows HJ Lawson with New Order Emma Nichols with Blood Moon Shelley Munro with Claimed & Seduced J.A.Armitage with Two of Clubs Leilani Love with Violca's Dragon Demelza Carlton with Ocean's Gift Xyla Turner with Broken Treaty
D.S. Murphy with Scarlet Thread
Jeremy Williams with Winemaker of the North

MEET THE AUTHORS TODAY!! and *W*I*N* EPIC PRIZES!
January 17, 2017
9am - 12pm PST

Monday, January 2, 2017

8 Steps for Setting Smarter Goals For 2017





8 Steps for Setting Smarter Goals For 2017

Tired of going through the same useless rigmarole every year? Setting goals and resolutions in January, only to abandon them by February? Lose weight, exercise more, live your dream, spend more time with family, save more money, get a better job, be a better person, you name it. Wouldn’t it be nice to end every year with the feeling that you’ve accomplished something? Well, have I got a plan for you. To kick off the new year, I’m writing a series on goal attainment and just the right steps to keep you motivated all year long.

You’ve probably heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals before, and there are a variety of words used to complete this acronym, but usually, the first two steps are assumed, and the final step is overlooked. Without these steps, it’s nearly impossible to stay motivated long enough to succeed.

First off, set fewer goals, and each one should meet these standards:

I – Introspective. This is the second step, and probably the hardest because it requires you to take a brutally honest look at what you’re most dissatisfied with right now, and what you want to change most.

S – Specific. Be as specific as possible. In other words, instead of just saying you want to lose weight, set a specific amount – say, 10, 50, 100, or as many as you need to attain your dream.

M – Measurable. Weight is easy enough to measure. You’re either losing it or not. Becoming a better person overall, however, might not be so easy to measure. We’ll talk about ways to measure your goals, no matter how seemingly intangible, in a later post.

A – Attainable/Achievable. Other words that could be used here are “reasonable” and “realistic.” This goes back to the second step (Introspective). For instance, if you’re 5’10’ with a medium to large frame, and your present weight is 200lbs., it’s unrealistic and very likely unhealthy to expect to lose 100lbs. Think of this step as not only can it be done, but should you do it.

R – Relevant. How badly do you want or need to achieve this goal? How will it help you in other areas of your life?

T – Time-based. Include time markers in your goal, i.e., I will walk half a mile three days a week starting tomorrow, and increase the distance to one mile three days a week by the end of the month (specific date here). Setting up regular checkpoints (micro goals) along the way helps with motivation, and keeps the goal from overwhelming you before you reach your big goal (macro goal).

Now for the step that is almost always overlooked, I’ll call step eight visualization. Starting at the very beginning of this journey, make a regular practice (at least 2 times a day) of visualizing yourself experiencing success. For instance, picture yourself walking two miles four days a week without breathing heavily or breaking a sweat. Envision what you are wearing, how you feel, and notice the way your body glides along effortlessly. You are a powerful, beautifully-made machine!


Sample macro goal: I will walk two miles four days a week by May 1, 2017. 


This is a short intro, so check back for more in-depth posts about each of these steps and share your thoughts and experiences below. Happy 2017!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Scandalous Stocking Stuffers Big Winners!

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CONGRATULATIONS to
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Allyson Lindt, Angela Kay Austin, Anita Philmar, Ashe Barker, C.P. Mandara, Caitlyn Lynch, Candace Laville, Carmen Fox, Catherine Taylor, Cherie Claire, Cherime MacFarlane, Dariel Raye, Demelza Carlton, Diane Rinella, Eden Summers, Elianne Adams, Elli Everson, Eva Lefoy, Giselle Renarde, Heather Anastasiu, Ines Johnson, Iona Findley, Jacintha Topaz, Jade Onyx, J.F. Holland, Josie Jax, Kathryn R. Blake, LaVerne Thompson, Lilah E. Noir, Lily Harlem, Lucian Carter, Lucy Felthouse, Maggie Carpenter, Marie Tuhart, Melissa Stevens, Mira Stanley, Miranda Lynn, Moctezuma Johnson, Monica Corwin, Muffy Wilson, Natalie Rios, Nia Farrell, Nikky Kaye, Normandie Alleman, Paloma Beck, Pandora Spocks, Raven Anxo, Robin Stone, Rosalie Redd, Sara Daniel, Sotia Lazu, Teresa Noelle Roberts, Tori Dean, Wendy Lynn Clark, Wren St Claire

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Monday, December 5, 2016

My Easy New Christmas Dessert: Cherry Double Cheesecake


Source: Pinterest.com

If you're looking for a delicious quick and easy dessert to make for the holidays, look no further. This fruity, sumptuous dessert takes about seven minutes or less to prepare, and bakes for about 60 minutes. I made one yesterday, and everybody who came over wanted more than one piece. They probably would have eaten more, but I stopped offering after the second piece. Hehe. Nope, that's not a picture of mine in this post but it looks pretty much the same. 
The one I made yesterday is already half gone! Go figure 💃


Ingredients
15.2 oz. box of yellow cake mix
8 oz. block of low fat or fat free cream cheese
1 can of cherry pie filling
1 lb. of fresh, tart cherries (you can substitute blueberries, blackberries, or even fresh apples cut into chunks)
1/2 cup of canola or sunflower oil 
1/4 cup of almond/coconut milk (unsweetened, Vanilla)
Non-fat cooking spray

How To
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line 13 x 9 inch baking pan (bottom and sides) with heavy duty aluminum foil
  • Spray pan generously with non-fat cooking spray
  • Spread bottom of pan with cherry pie filling
  • Add fresh cherries
  • Cut cream cheese into small pieces and cover cherries
  • Pour cake mix over cream cheese. Try to keep it as smooth and even as possible by breaking up any large chunks of cake mix.
  • Pour oil and almond milk into a coffee cup and heat in microwave about 30 seconds or until it's easy to mix with a spoon.
  • Pour oil mixture over cake mix, making sure to cover the cake mix as much as possible.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.
  • Allow 15 minutes to cool, and voila! Cut into messy squares, or simply spoon it into dessert bowls. Top with whip cream or just enjoy it as is. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Scandalous Stocking Stuffers Mega Event!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Book Fair



We're having a Thanksgiving Book Fair Right Now!

Come on over, take a look, and enter to win a $20 Amazon Gift card.

Here's the place to cozy up with a new book boyfriend. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Review: "Maximum Kill: Reaper Series Book 2" by Blak Rayne




Twice the evil. Twice the fun.’

After most of the government officials involved in the Snuff program are eliminated, Brody and Z take up residence in a deserted village south of Peardonville. Beisicker seems the perfect refuge nestled in a snow-covered valley, quiet and far from prying eyes. However, their time together is brief. 
Z is kidnapped, and Brody is forced to meet his first significant challenge, a fellow serial killer. The pharmaceutical giant End Life wants their best asset to return, and it will stop at nothing to make it happen.

Review

“Maximum Kill” by Blak Rayne - Review
Gripping, Tender, and Dangerously Sexy
(Maximum Kill: The Reaper Series Book 2)

I was hooked on this series after reading the first paragraph of book one, and book two is even better. The unexpected relationship between two outcasts: Z, or Zeus, a male prostitute, and Brody, a brilliant, “born” killer, is enthralling and wrought with possibilities. Rayne’s deceptively beautiful prose grabs you by the throat and yanks you into each scene, right there beside the two multifaceted protagonists, caught up in the snow, rain, and thunderous gunshots.

Told from the point-of-view of the seemingly weaker protagonist, Z, without inundating the reader with detail after detail, the author dropped a well-placed sentence here and there to enhance the depth of each character. “Brody sat next to me reading a physics book.” I use the word “seemingly” because despite Z’s frail build, he is powerful in his fearless love for Brody. Through that love, he holds and wields a more powerful agent of change than he imagines. He has not allowed the horror of his past to dampen his willingness to open his heart in the face of the very real danger of  being destroyed.


The more I learn about Brody, the sexier he becomes. Despite his bad habit (killing), his fondness for Z is touching. Rayne has managed to pen a tale juxtaposing the innocence of first love and the gritty reality of  human darkness. This novella moves quickly, but contains the depth of  longer works. If you enjoy lots of action, the steady overcast of cold darkness, and romance all skillfully packaged into a quick, character-driven read, you are gonna LOVE “Maximum Kill.”