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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Friday, January 29, 2016

Dariel's Stop: Ocean 2 Ocean's First Annual Winter Masquerade Ball and Tour




Welcome to Ocean 2 Ocean Book Promotions’ first annual Winter Masquerade Ball and Romance Tour!! The blog tour will start Friday, January 29th at 1PM EST, accompanied by a kick-off event on Facebook. The tour and party will continue through February 1st at 11 PM EST.

In addition to posting on their blogs, some of our favorite authors and bloggers (listed at the event) will be hanging out at the party as featured guests posting games, activities, chatting, and just having a good time. Join the event and stay tuned throughout the weekend to ask questions, get to know our featured guests, and of course enjoy the opportunity to win more prizes.




Check out the list of featured guests below, and visit their blogs. Joining the event, completing as many Rafflecopter options as you’re interested in, and visiting as many blogs as possible throughout the tour will increase your chances of winning prizes! When you enter the Rafflecopter, leave a comment here with your e-mail address so we can easily connect you with your entry. 
Happy hopping!!



 Calm Assurance blurb
Two hearts, two different worlds, uncompromising love.

A straight-laced Nephilim-descendant and a human trouble-magnet?

When Asriel - Orlosian Warrior, descendant of Nephilim, law enforcer – is sent to guard Malina, a human with a penchant for drawing trouble like a tornado, she becomes his obsession.

With no hope of finding love in his dimension, he breaks the cardinal rule, leaving his home to protect her, but she has also drawn the attention of his enemies, and he is forced to face demons from his past. If Asriel chooses to stay with Malina, not only does he risk forfeiting his right to ever return to his dimension, but he will need her blood to survive.


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thursday 13: 13 Of Arla Dahl's Favorite Lines From "The Watchman" (Immoral Virtue Bk. 3)



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My special guest for Thursday 13 today is erotic romance author, Arla Dahl! Courtesy of Ocean 2 Ocean Book Promotions, I'm happy to share 13 of her favorite lines from her new release, "The Watchman" (Immoral Virtue Bk. 3). Take a look, follow her tour, and join her upcoming new release party!

13 Favorite Lines From "The Watchman" by Arla Dahl
1. -“You ache for this, do you not?”

2. -“I would please you again…I would submit…now… should I be permitted…”

3. -"She compels the eye in lustful ways that blind men to truth--as is the witch’s way.”

4. -“’Tis my wish to prove innocence through pleasure.”
5. -“Do not let go.”

6. Though daybreak would soon be upon them, darkness would linger, for fears of evil, of witches and cursed souls still filled their hearts with dread.

7. -’Twas too much a pleasure, the sight of her. A splendid gift of nature. Perhaps she had not bewitched him so much as stirred his heart.

8. -He crushed her lips with his. Kissing her. Hurting her. His mouth unforgiving, unrelenting. Silencing her words, stealing her breath.

9. -She laughed and it was a tearful frustrated sound he wished to quiet, to soothe.

10. -One word could have saved him. One word could have spared her the sight of his torture. Spared him the sight of her pain for him.
One word.
Witch.

11. -He ached as much to touch her as to feel her touch… her caress, her embrace…those lips as ready to spit angry fire as mewl in notes of need.

12. -Those eyes, stubborn and frightened. That hair, in which he would bury his face and inhale… her hands so delicate… how he wished to feel them upon him.

13. -“I will prick the mark to be sure it bleeds, to be certain it is not a spot deadened to sensation…for that, my good people, is how to test the witch!”



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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Spotlight: "Destiny Of The Witch" by Raven Moon





Rainelle Sterling was from a small town outside of Nashville, Tennessee. She has long red hair and eyes as green as Emeralds. In her small frame of five-foot- two- inches with her natural curves. She is an inspiring singer and actress trying to make it in the big lights of Nashville, Tennessee.
Her twin brother Reed had just graduated TSU with a ...BBA and Honors as he was planning his wedding.
She planned a weekend camping trip in the Mountains with their friends. This was going to be a weekend to celebrate life and happiness, or so she thought. 
But Destiny had other plans for her. She suffers a devastating loss after coming face to face with supernatural creatures. Finding two loves and as she is faced with telling her parents, she learns things about herself she never knew. Now she is on a mission to seek revenge, as she finds out more truths than she can handle.








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I'm a wife to a wonderful man of almost 30 years. A mother of 3. I have 3 granddaughters ages 9, 7, and 17 months. My children and grandchildren are my life. In my spare time I love hang with my kids and grandkids.  I love writing even though I've never dreamed of being a writer. 
I lost my dad unexpectedly in Oct. 2014 and in July of 2015, I picked up my laptop and started writing and that is what got me here today. I will take whatever is thrown my way and turn it into something positive, learn from it and grow as I go. Are you ready for a ride of your life, I know I am, so let’s do this, TOGETHER!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Zaidi Features: "A Highland Ruby" by Brenda B. Taylor






A Highland Ruby: Highland Treasures Book 2

She must choose between a life of adventure with the man she loves or a settled, secure life with her betrothed. Flora Vass put Gavin Munro out of her heart and mind until he returned to Scotland after an adventurous five years in the New World. Gavin left no doubt he returned to make the bonnie Flora his own and intended to fight for her. Flora’s betrothed, Iain MacKay, and Gavin’s brother, Chief Andrew Munro, had other plans. Andrew needed her to marry the MacKay to bring peace between the two clans. Iain MacKay wanted an heir. War with England looms on the horizon, forcing Flora to choose between her heart’s desire and her logical choice.

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Excerpt

He dozed and dreamed of Flora in the emerald gown again. Now her waist-length hair matched the deep red color of the large ruby hanging from a gold chain. The ruby and gold glinted in shards of green light flashing around her and in her eyes. How lovely she appeared, with flawless white skin, ruby red hair, and eyes to match the emerald gown. Gavin’s heart near burst with her beauty. While he watched, Flora removed the ruby from her neck, dipped the stone three times in a crystal goblet of clear water. The water turned red as the ruby.
She held the goblet out to him. “Take this and drink. The ruby’s water will drive the evil away and make you weel.”
“Aye. I desire to be well.” Gavin reached for the beautiful crystal chalice now filled with red water.
Just as his hand touched the chalice, a large boot kicked his foot. Flora disappeared with the red, healing water. Gavin’s eyes popped open. He remained still, grabbing the sgian dubh from his boot with one hand and the pistol from his belt with the other.

About Brenda B. Taylor  


The desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication.

Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Book Lovers' Event Showcase: "Seduced Hearts," a Masquerade Ball, and a Winter Tour




Hope you're enjoying your weekend so far. I'm excited to tell you about two events I'll be attending next week. Both promise lots of prizes and fun as the first month of 2016 gets away from us. Where does the time go? : #BLES


"Seduced Heart" by Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku New Release Party - Wednesday, January 27th, 4PM - 6PM EST
As usual, Stella and friends (including me) have lots of prizes, games, and fun in store, so we hope to see you there: https://www.facebook.com/events/1667625553521132/

Ocean 2 Ocean's first annual Winter Masquerade Ball and Tour in one! - Friday, January 29th 1PM EST - February 1st 4PM EST
Join the weekend-long multi-author party and tour as authors post about their books, chat, offer prizes, and have a good time. There will be a Rafflecopter filled with prizes galore, as well as random party prizes including a Kindle, so stay tuned!
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Flasher Friday: "Colors"



It's Friday once again, and here we are flashing 100 words, no more no less (supposedly). I must admit that I cheated a bit, but I needed more words to tell this story. Hope you enjoy, and take a look at my friends' flashes as well.

Colors

 “Stop holding back.” Henry couldn’t see the owner of the deep voice, but it’s effect was no less potent.

He turned, blinking as hot, bright lights struck him. He kept his head down, abysmally embarrassed when his aching hard-on rose in response.

Oh, God, not now! Sure the photographer and everyone else on the set thought him a perv by now, he didn’t dare look up.

“You, there. Henry, is it?” The cause of his excitement spoke again and he could barely speak.

“M-me?”

Suddenly, two large, bare feet, muscular legs, and an erection even more impressive than his own stood facing him.

“Yes, Henry. The colors are much more beautiful when you allow your emotions to rise to the surface. Here, let me show you.”

The voice grabbed Henry and pressed his lips to his in a crushing kiss.

If the colors Henry saw were any indication, the pictures were going to be award winners.




Monday, January 18, 2016

Spotlight: "Seduced Hearts" by Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku




Is a lovely marriage enough? 

Ghanaian designer, Efua Flonta has a marriage and a life many women dream of. Her heart lies with her racy husband, Xavier and two young children. Her marriage vows are sacred until she meets a man who threaten everything she holds dear. 

Sexy formula one racing champion, Xavier Flonta wants nothing more than to please his beautiful wife and children. When an old friend stops over, he does not bargain for one weekend of trouble. Will Efua and Xavier pull together to save their marriage in time for Christmas or will the hurt be too painful?

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Flasher Friday: Beautiful Vengeance



Happy Friday! Take a look at my flash inspired by this awesome pic. Hope you enjoy, and check out my friends' versions by clicking here. Comments are encouraged and appreciated :-)

Beautiful Vengeance

She rose from the ocean, regally adorned, precious jewels her only attire. 

Complete and utter silence spread over the camp as the heavily armed men stared, licking their lips. 

Aja stood before them, seething, her mocha-bronze skin glistening as the sun began its descent behind the thatched tents, her beauty earthy, sensual. 

She had crossed the Zambezi to catch the murderers of her children, hunted to the brink of extinction.

Forming a kiss with her full lips, Aja blew.

Soil shifted, rising up and capturing the murderous poachers in a whirlwind. 

Their bones cracked, their screams of pain dying in their throats. Dust from their bones returned to the soil.

Aja smiled. They never knew what hit them.






Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Thursday 13: Do You Share Any Of Nhys Glover's Favorite Heroes?


Vali


Top 13 Hottest Heroes from My Novels - by Nhys Glover

I have written thirty odd novels, some with multiple heroes. In my mind, each hero is a real person and some I liked; others I loved; and a few I adored.

Trying to work out why you love one person over another, real or imagined, is not always easy. But there is often a turning point when the growing interest in someone shifts to something more. I'm going to try to describe that something more as I go down my list.

The top two places go to the heroes of The Barbarian's Mistress, a Historical Romantic Adventure set in Ancient Rome that gained me Amazon Best Seller status on its release, and still remains my favourite book.

1) Vali is the principal hero, a Norse barbarian slave of Roman masters, a sex-slave to rich matrons who like a bit of danger and brutality mixed with their sexual encounters.
I have listed three sexually abused heroes in my Top 13, I was interested to observe. All of them are filled with rage from their abuse. All need healing. And each gets it through love. In Vali's case, his desire to protect the victimized daughter of the household makes him a true hero to me. His sense of decency and desire to protect her, even from himself, makes him special. Being tall, blonde and brilliant doesn't hurt either.



2) Braxus, the secondary hero, was captured as a child by pirates. Raped by many of those pirates over a long period of time, because he's a pretty boy, he carves up his own face in an effort to end the abuse. It doesn't work. But once he's big enough to fight off his attackers he ends up as a gladiator in the arena and wins his freedom – not an easy feat. He becomes a mercenary, and is hunting down the girl Vali is protecting when he enters the story.
Brax is a very cynical, harsh man, with no purpose in his life beyond his job and hedonistic pleasures. His vulnerabilities only show up when he is rescued from death by a young woman, the handmaiden to the girl he is hunting, and he aligns himself with her purpose. Brax is clueless when it comes to women, I liked that about him, but he won my heart during the scene where, drunk on the accolades of others after his success in the arena, he thinks that this his only value. That his violent skills are what might win him the girl he's coming to love. It is a touching scene, and his sweet naivety is at odds with the man he's shown himself to be, up to that point.



 3) Bart entered the New Atlantis series as a Jewish child who tried to help other children on the Death Train heading for Belzac Concentration Camp during WW II. His irrepressible personality and big heart made him a favourite character throughout the series, especially during the rescue of the children on the doomed Titanic. I always planned to give him his love interest when he 'grew up', but when he hijacked The Key to claim Cat, I was both shocked and amused. It was so in character for him to do something like that. And, I rationalised, he might not be very old chronologically, but he was old beyond his years in experience. My affection for Bart meant he continued to pop up in most of the books in the series and was just about to become a father when the series ended.



4) Luke is an ex-US marine in the New Atlantis novel Savage. It is his playfulness and politically incorrect attitudes that make him so endearing. He and his 'Angel' adopt Bart, who is often called his Mini Me because they are more alike than most biological fathers and sons. I loved watching Luke grow as a person through the series, confronting and adjusting his world view as he experienced other ways of living. To me he's just plain adorably sexy.



5) Nexus, big, black and beautiful,  was a secondary character in Liquid Fire, the first of my Roman historical romances, who ended up stealing the hero's limelight because he was just so strong, intelligent and in control. Although he is a slave, he's every bit the alpha male of the book, and the scene where the heroine gives herself to him in the gladiator's cells is one of the hottest I have ever written. The fact that they come together for all the wrong reasons doesn't distract from the heat and love in the scene.
Nexus needed his own book, and I wanted to strip a little of his control away from him, to see what was beneath. So he got Lionslayer's Woman, where he redeems himself in his own eyes by doing what he does best, saving the innocent.



6) Will is the Scottish werewolf enforcer in the Werewolf Keep Trilogy. His gruffness is his appeal. If he'd read the book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, he would have thrown away the winning friends part and just used brute force to do his influencing. Yet his adoration of fragile Lily, and his gentleness when dealing with her, makes him special in my eyes.



7) Hawk is a Polish WWII fighter pilot whose ghost haunts an English Farmhouse in The Way Home. I can't even put my finger on what it is about Hawk that I love – his humility, his seriousness, his willingness to defy even death for the woman he loves. Or maybe it's that sexy accent of his. Watch the trailer to see what I mean.



8) Allyn, the Celt, is the third of my sexually abused slaves from my Roman novels. And possibly the most damaged. He is an anti-hero, in a way, as in the Romance genre the hero doesn't usually rape the heroine. Or anyone else for that matter. But Allyn, another violent sex-slave, is tricked into attacking the innocent heroine, and then has to come to terms with his guilt. For all his astonishing good looks, he is such a damaged, sensitive soul that he pales in comparison to the larger than life Nexus, in Liquid Fire. He's just a man who is willing to address his own issues to save the woman he loves from hers. But to me that is true heroism.



9) Colton is the hero of the first of the Scorpio Sons series. He's one of a hundred genetically engineered shifter clones. Broody and distant, he lived alone on the streets from the age of seven, dealing out vigilante justice as he saw fit. That was until he was found by the Sons and discovers he had a place in the world. Like other of my favourite heroes, the fact that his default programming is to protect others weaker than himself no matter how harsh his own life experiences gives him a special place in my heart.



10) Caleb is the IT geek of the Scorpio Sons but he's also a rebel with a dark, guilty secret. I love the way he is willing to confront that guilt and heal it, with the help of his mate. And that he overcame his red-neck trailer-trash background got brownie points with me, too.



11) Karl was a minor character in the early books in the New Atlantis series but got the limelight and the girl in The Titan Downs. He's the medical researcher who is always the wise, patient and gentle healer everyone turns to for advice and comfort. He's more friend than sexy hero, but I think that's why I like him so much. Always comfortable in his own skin, except when he finds Lizzie, he doesn't want to be the hero, just the guy behind the scenes. And the real woman in me would probably choose this real man over the larger than life heroes of the imagined worlds, had she the choice.



12) Travis is an ex-con convicted of a murder he didn't commit. He has a chip on his shoulder the size of a brick, but has used his time inside wisely, getting an education. Creating a cyberworld on Second Life that replicates New Atlantis gets the attention of the Retrievers from that future world. What appeals to me about Travis is his beauty. When he creates his artwork using music and dance, like a conductor of colour, I can see it clearly in my mind. Call me superficial, but someone who drags himself out of the gutter to create awe-inspiring beauty is worth putting on my Top 13.




13) Lucky 13! Cameron is another of the Scorpio Sons and his arrogant superiority and lack of emotion make him the kind of bad boy everyone seems to like. He's just so cold and cutting that you can't help but want to see him fall on his face, which he does in a very satisfying way when he meets his mate.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Spotlight: "Open Your Heart" By Stacy-Deanne

When British playwright Stefan returns to Chicago to get back with his ex-lover Dana, he is shocked to meet her twin sister Tess who informs him that Dana died a year earlier. Though Stefan is distraught about Dana, Tess mesmerizes him and he vows to get closer to the beautiful, black psychologist.
Because she does not trust him, Tess does her best to fight her attraction for Stefan but loses the battle. Before she realizes it, Stefan has swept her up into a wild affair full of kinky trysts that pushes Tess physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Even though they try to keep things sexual, Stefan and Tess end up in love but will see that it is much easier to share a bed than to open your heart.
WARNING: This book is so steamy you will need the entire fire department to hose you down!
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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Thriving: 4-Star Eating Plans




4-Star Eating Plans
I can’t speak for everyone, but every January most people I know start off with fitness goals, i.e., better diet and more exercise. Great goals, but generally as time moves on, motivation wanes for a number of reasons.

Some of you know that I’ve had kidney failure for a number of years. I received a transplant in 2013 and ended up dealing with ongoing complications. What very few people know is that partially due to chronic infusions and those complications I just mentioned, I have gained over 35 pounds. In all honesty, I had to say that my weight gain is partially due to medical reasons. The rest is chronic stress (also due to health problems) and as much as I hate to admit it, I’m a snacker, mostly salty, hot, spicy things and nuts (don’t even go there. LOL).

With that in mind, this week I decided to talk about eating plans (notice I didn’t say the dreaded word “diet”), some old and some new, that we can live with.

I’m one of the worst about following hard and fast rules; don’t like them much, in fact, so eating plans have to allow quite a bit of wiggle room for me to even think about maintaining them.

I’ve noticed the major campaign with the celebrity commercials, but the idea of counting points, taking shots, or spending mega-bucks on pre-packaged foods is an instant turn-off for me, and I have no intention of attending any kind of meetings for the rest of my life. Everyone I know who has lost weight on these plans has gained it back as soon as they stopped attending meetings, taking shots, you get the drift. Uh…no.

I know. So get to the plans already, Lady!! Each of these plans meets four-out-of-four requirements, so I call them 4-Star plans:

1.    Flexible
2.    Inexpensive
3.    Time-conscious (doesn’t require lots of time to prepare foods)
4.    Life-changing yet maintainable

Here they are. **As with any other eating or fitness plan, check with your medical professional before starting anything new**:

1.    Dr. Oz’s Total 10 – I really just started paying attention to this one last year, but the program can be as detailed or as flexible as you need it to be. There are support groups all over the web, but they are not a requirement, and the variety of foods included in this plan make it relatively easy to maintain for a lifetime without breaking your bank or leaving you with feelings of deprivation. For more info.

2.    Dr. Oz’s Day Off Diet – Obviously I’m a Dr. Oz fan J In a nutshell, you follow a prescribed plan for 6 days and choose one “off-day” each week. What I like most about this one is that even the 6-days are not bad; it’s normal food without snacking, and you won’t feel hungry because your body is getting the nutrients it needs. There’s a Facebook group for this one.

3.    The Military Diet – This one has been around for a long time, and most people, even those with health problems can do this, even if their condition requires a few minor modifications (yes, if you talk to a dietitian like I did, there are a few substitutions that can be made without compromising the plan’s effectiveness). The strength of this plan is that you see results fast. Keep in mind that the first 10 lbs. is water weight, but you will feel better instantly. Another strength is that the three days can be used as a blueprint for your 4 off days for best results. You’ll notice that you can eat a lot less without feeling hungry, and for snackers like me, the 3 days prove that I don’t have to snack to make it through the day. For best results I suggest using the diet twice a month and checking with a dietitian for substitution ideas to keep you from getting burned out. For more info.

4.    Custom combo – This is your own personal design. You can use two or more of the three above plans to achieve and maintain great results. For instance, you might start with the 3-day for fastest results, then continue with the Total 10. Note that the Total 10 also has a “Rapid Weight Loss Diet Plan” with more definitive food choices. Not my thing personally, but certainly worth looking into.

So which of these sounds most doable in your opinion and why? Also, please feel free to share your experiences with any of these and add to my list of lifetime plans.  

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Booklovers' Event Showcase #BLES 1/9/16




Ongoing and upcoming events I'm attending during the next week. It's not too late to join in!


12/19/15 - 1/19/16 - Author Sprint

ATTENTION Authors (Published/Non-Published)

This event is geared towards writers encouraging each other to write!! This will be a month event where we will have sign ups for sprint leaders to lead sprinting for that designated day. Sprints can be 30 minutes to 60 minutes at a time. At the end of each sprint just post how many words you wrote in the allotted time. 

12/29/15 - 1/12/16 - Author Explosion

NEW WEBSITE LINK for the Author Explosion Event - http://authorexplosionevents.com/

READERS... http://authorexplosionevents.com/readers-2/

1/1/16 - 1/15/16 - 2K a Day Writing Challenge

Let us kick off the year with writing 2,000 words a day for January. 
Come and join me and other authors as we write daily. We will help and support each other reach our goals. 
Come on, I know we can do this.




Bring in the new year right with a little romance and a side of suspense. This event is for those that write in the romance and romance suspense genres! Signup today!



Friday, January 8, 2016

Sneak Peek: "Destiny's Favor" (Orlosian Warriors Bk. 2)




"Destiny's Favor" is the sequel to "Calm Assurance," and continues the story of Asriel and Malina while introducing a new hero and heroine as well.

Book two started out as a Christmas story and release, but by the time Christmas rolled around, the market was flooded. On top of that, my characters (Malina and Asriel mostly) wouldn't stop talking, so I had to add to the story :-)

The story will be released in February. Take a look at the sneak peek  on my website, and be sure to watch the ultra short original stinger my friend Nhys Glover created for me when I was planning to release the story for Christmas under a slightly different title.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thursday 13: Favorite TV Shows




First of all, I'm not a big TV watcher, but I do enjoy writing with paranormal series in the background. This is my virgin voyage on the Thursday 13 team.

13 Fave TV Shows (in no particular order)
Grimm (so yeah, this is actually THE favorite)
The Blacklist (this is number 2, but the rest are in no particular order)
Supernatural
Extant
Arrow
Flash
How To Get Away With Murder
The Haves And Have Nots
Scandal
Beauty And The Beast
Orphan Black
Person Of Interest
Teen Wolf