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, November 21, 2012

Dariel's Priceless List: How to Say "I Love You" for Christmas



In this materialistic world, nothing is more refreshing than the priceless gift of love. Love always contributes to an individual’s sense of well-being – the sense of belonging. The manifestation of love has many facets.
Years ago, while working as a school counselor, I asked the question “what makes you feel loved?” The answers I received were so enlightening, I decided to share them with parents. Most were actions and words that didn’t cost anything, yet the return was priceless, enhancing self-esteem, confidence, and showing genuine support. So, extending this exercise to adults, here’s a list of gifts that say “I love you.” Many cost very little money, most are healthy, and all are priceless.
Here’s a list of 78 holiday treats to boost the physical and mental health of your loved ones.

*The gift of time
1.     Attend a movie, sports event, or cultural event (art exhibit, anyone?) together
2.     Create a favorite dish together
3.     Ask about their dreams (make sure to listen more than you talk)
* For the inner chef/ crafter/ gardener
*cookie mix layered in a jar, with instructions on the tag
*handmade soaps, lotions, bath salts
*chili or soup mix layered in a jar, with instructions on the tag
*bath salts
*herb seeds and those little peat pots with recipes

1. Wii Fit Video Games
2. Juicer
3. Grill Pan
4. Vegetable Steamer
5. Puzzles
6. Exercise Video

7. Nutrition Counseling Session
8. Running Shoes
9. Gym bag packed with new water bottle
Cuisinart® Prep 9™ 9-Cup Food Processor10.workout clothes, iPod and gift gym membership.
11. Subscription to health magazine
12. Day at the spa
13. Massage
14. Set of fluffy white spa towels
15. Financial portfolio session
16. Relaxing jazz (we could get a list of some faves)
17. Trial gym membership
18. Mini vacation (weekend stay at a hotel)
19. Zumba music
20. Planning session with a professional organizer
21. Tuition for a community step, ballroom, or belly dancing class
22. Gift certificate for yogurt shop
23. Health journal
24. Tuition for a community stress management course
25. Season tickets to university or city arts events

For the lovable Geek
*Science kits, like crystal growing kits.
*Anatomy colouring books
*Geodes
*Dinosaur bone dig kits

To Your Health
1. Trial yoga membership
2. Music for Yoga and Other Joys - Jai Uttal (CD)
3. Coffee gift cards
4. Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. (Book)
5. Nature hikes (some areas host edible herb tours)
6. Digs (depending on where it is there are places where you can go dig for gemstones)
7. Tai Chi or Qi Gong class
8. Pilates
9. Reiki Session
10. Gift card for vegetarian restaurant
11. Suze Orman - The Road to Wealth (Book)
12. Gift card to iTunes or Rhapsody Membership
13. Sessions with a Nutitrionalist/Dietician
14. Manicure/pedicure gift certificate
15. Designer original Envirosax reusable bags

*Yoga mat & video

*Aromatherapy oils and burner

Ultra Giving
*The Hunger Site – all kinds of unusual gifts to help others
*Save-a-pet membership with the Animal Rescue Site

*Organic goods (food, clothing, etc.)/ green items
*Nature guide (i.e. birds, trees, whatever)
*Almanac
*Star gazing guide


*Folkmanis puppets for kids
*Musical instruments
*Learn to sing DVD
 *Scrapbooking kit with papers, stamps, ink, etc.
*Art supplies too. Watercolor paints and paper, clay, colored pencil sets, etc.
*Giant drawing pad
*Easel
*Smoothie maker/ juicer
*Food vacuum
*Fresh herbs
*Garden starter kit for raised garden
*Natural hair care products, i.e. organic coconut oil
*Stress management books
*Romance books
*Kindle & Nook gift certificates
*Unabridged dictionary for writers
*Book of baby names by country
*Luminosity brain booster membership

Be sure to join me December 1st for some great book features just in time for Christmas gifts!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Dariel's Feature: "A Special Christmas Anthology" with Four Fantastic Authors!


Ringing in the Holiday season, I'm pleased to feature "A Special Christmas Anthology" submitted by  Scarlet Hunter and my friend LaVerne Thompson! Read on and learn a little about Scarlet. Links are below :-)



Blurb:
Is the fire just right or will it be too hot to handle?
Olivia thought her life was over when her father promised her in marriage to someone twenty years her senior. Praying for a miracle to save her from such a fate, who would have thought her savior, would come in the form of a dark guardian of the night. Will Remus, a vampire, be the answer to her Christmas wish? 
Remus, who by choice remained hidden for years with his brother Jeremiah up in the mountains of Colorado due to their dark secret, when his horse, Flurry, unexpectedly threw a shoe. Upon venturing to the only village within miles of his home, Snowline castle, he came across a female who instantly triggered a possessive control over him. Fighting against his inner cravings to have her, he must hurry back to the castle before daylight, leaving his horse with the female blacksmith.
Could he control the inner urges and stay away from her? Or will be put everything on the line to have her?

 Message from Scarlet Hunter
Hello and thank you for having me today. I currently reside in Tennessee. Most of my professional life focused mainly in Human Resources and for the past seven years, I work full time as a Director at a well established third party administration firm. My first publication came with "Snowline's Visitor," one of four stories in, "A Special Christmas Anthology" released December 2011, and it became a best seller at Red Rose Publishing.
When I’m not working at my full-time job, I can always be found typing away on my laptop at one of my town’s local parks, sitting on the patio at a nearby coffee shop, or at home in my office with my pride and joy cat, Junebug.
My passion for science-fiction/paranormal romances inspired me to pursue my dream of writing. I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I loved writing them. You can find me online almost daily on my Facebook page so stop by and say hello. I would love to hear your comments after you have read one of my stories, too. I am very personable so don’t be shy. *grins*

Well, I guess I better run…Thank you, Dariel Raye, for having me here today.

Scarlet Hunter
Love and Be Loved!


Scarlet Hunter’s website: www.scarlethunter.com

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dariel's Stop on the Autumn's Harvest Blog Hop




Hi, Everybody! Welcome to my stop for the Autumn's Harvest Blog Hop!
What do you love about Autumn and Fall? What does it remind you of? What about reading? Do you think it's a good subject to read? Tell us your favorite Autumn stories! Well, we authors are ready to share our favorite Autumn stories and why we love snuggling in the cold.  *wink* Over 200 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about those sexy men we know and love.

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Take a peek at two of my favorite heroes, Sable and Canaan. 

 Sable, a sentinel wolf shifter, is captured and locked in his wolf form until Akila, a veterinarian, tries to tame him and unleashes a 6'5" baby blue-eyed surprise.
Dr. Akila Marshall is a veterinarian with a calling – save as many stray animals as possible. The only child of wealthy, yet distant parents, she’s convinced that love is not for her. Until…

Sable’s search for his twin sister leads him to Akila. Born into a rare species of wolf shifters whose main purpose is protecting others, he has always been forced to fend for himself, but Akila’s loving, protective nature draws him – and not a moment too soon. Together, they must learn to trust each other enough to overcome a new, deadly enemy.

“Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin”  available December 2012

Links:
 B&N


Jordan Taylor is a feisty, take charge, Rubinesque beauty with a tough façade, but after a string of lackluster relationships, her dream of a man who truly loves and appreciates her strength seems impossible…Until she meets Canaan, the man her fiancé claims is his best friend! Instinctively, she knows her neat, if lackluster life is about to change.

Born more than 200 years ago, Canaan 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 Jordan, he knows she’s the one he’s been searching for.  To claim her, Canaan will have to betray his friend, humble himself enough to win her love, and risk his very life.



Now what are those prizes?

Prize for my site: Free e-copy of "Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable"
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains 10+ paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!
Thank you for visiting my site during the hop! Entries for the giveaway are now closed. Winners are: Isabelle Werneck/morebooksthanlivros,Elizabeth/book attict, Books4Me, and Nikki/Sassy Chassy. Congratulations! You'll receive an e-mail from me soon to confirm before I send your free e-books :-) Good fortune with the rest of the hop prizes, too. 


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Monday, November 5, 2012

Reblog: Five Star (5*****) Review of "Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable" by Dariel Raye



This is a reblog from my WordPress site. I'm giving away a few free copies of my first series, "Dark Sentinels" at certain stops along my virtual book tour for "The Alerians - Dark Progeny: Jordan's Wings," so check out this review! The Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team (PRG) posted a 5***** review of “Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable” today! Here’s the review and link below. This encouragement means a lot. I’m nearly finished with the draft of “Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin.” Hoping to send it to my editor early next week. Book two is nearly twice as long as book one, and features a new hero and heroine as well as Sable and Akila (hero and heroine) from book one.  Also, join me on tour with my Nephilim series, “The Alerians – Dark Progeny: Jordan’s Wings!”    For complete virtual tour schedule, click here :-)
5*****Stars

Book:  Sable
Series:  Dark Sentinels – Book 1
Author:  Dariel Raye
Publisher:  Dariel Raye Publishing
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Rating:  Adult

Akila Marshall is a veterinarian with a passion for animals.  Born to rich parents who gave her everything but attention and love, animals became her friends and family.  She is a woman who cannot turn her back on any animal in trouble, and it is that devotion that changes her life.
When she rescues a wolf in danger of being killed, little does she know that this wolf is a shifter named Sable.  Sable is looking for his twin sister, Syreena, who has disappeared and in that pursuit he is captured and drugged by Mr. Moore, a man set on experimenting with animals to strengthen the human race.  He knows all about what Syreena and Sable are, and he is determined to use them, but Sable gets away.  Sable and Syreena have spent their lives being turned away from packs, until it is discovered that they are Sentinels, wolves whose main purpose is being a guard to a pack.  It is in this capacity and only in this capacity that they are accepted at all.
Akila brings him home and falls in love with the wolf she calls Brutus aka Sable, and he apparently feels the same.  Can he reveal to her what he is?  Will she accept him as both a wolf and a man?
This is a novella but it reads like a full novel, mystery, betrayal, love and romance. This is the first in the Sentinel’s series and I can’t wait for more. Although a short story, it was very entertaining. Akila is a wonderful character and her devotion to animals is beautiful.
Reviewed by:  Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Friday, November 2, 2012

Five (5*****) Star Review from Satin Sheets Reviews!



"The Alerians - Dark Progeny: Jordan's Wings" received a five star (5*****) review today from Satin Sheets Reviews! It was released through Red Rose Publishing October 18th, and I'm in the midst of a virtual book tour. For the complete tour schedule, click here. I'd love to see you along the way :-)

 Here's the review, by Susan B. Anna, along with a link to the Satin Sheets Reviews and a link to "Jordan's Wings" at Red Rose Publishing.


Canaan's lived over 200 years. He looks like an angel, but he's far from it!”





 Jordan Taylor is a feisty, take charge, Rubinesque beauty with a tough façade, but after a string of lackluster relationships, her dream of a man who truly loves and appreciates her strength seems impossible…Until she meets Canaan, the man her fiancé claims is his best friend! Instinctively, she knows her neat, if lackluster life is about to change.

Born more than 200 years ago, Canaan 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 Jordan, he knows she’s the one he’s been searching for.  To claim her, Canaan will have to betray his friend, humble himself enough to win her love, and risk his very life.


Excerpt:  Suddenly, Jordan stilled. Canaan heard her soft intake of breath. The acceleration of her heartbeat assured him that she knew he was there.

Canaan leaned his shoulder against the doorjamb, the top of his head a scant few inches from the top of the door. “Trouble sleeping?”
He was drawn in by her soft, liquid brown eyes as she stared at him, and he wondered if she realized her lips were parted.  He didn’t want to frighten her, so he forced himself to remain still as her sweet scent of arousal sizzled along his spine. Desire for her nearly overwhelmed him, and he fought to maintain control. Her boyfriend, the man who thought he was his best friend was in the next room, for the One God’s sake. None of that mattered to him in the moment. His need for her was much more than physical. She was meant for him, and somehow she had always been his from the moment she was conceived. Now, he had to figure out how to claim her.
Just a taste. He took a step closer to her and leaned in, a latch flipping open inside him. Mmmm. A tiny wall-mounted mp3 player blared to life as he passed it, an energy storm building inside him, and his mind was consumed with Jordan.


Susan B. Anna’s Review

Let me begin with saying this was one exceptional read and then we can get into the why.  The anticipation, allure and crafty way these characters came together was absolutely extraordinary.  

Jordan may have been engaged to the non-appealing Robert who evidently was no doubt a complete jerk, but stood no chance in hell once Canaan stepped into the picture.  The instant attraction between the two was undeniable and who could blame her.  The man oozed sex appeal, dominance and strength.  All the qualities for a passion that can’t be diminished no matter who tries to intervene or try to prevent it. 

Dariel’s description of Canaan, will leave every woman curious and wishing there were many more men out there who can give them the sort of feeling Canaan gave me.  Honestly, I think I had an out of body experience and became Jordan myself. 

If you can get through a novel in a day it certainly must be very, very, very good.  One so good it may be considered screen play material. I simply can’t wait to sink into the sequel of what shall be a sure contemporary romance series sensation, or future blockbuster movie.   


Dariel Raye has accomplished getting me hooked, and so with that said she is certainly appointed 5 Satin Pillows... for making this story line HOT, HOT, HOT!!!