Dariel's World

Hi. I'm Dariel Raye, an interracial/multi-cultural paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and psy/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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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

3 Easy Cash Options


I don't know about you, but money gets pretty tight around here sometimes. No matter how hard you work, it's always helpful to have a few side gigs from time to time. Here are my 3 favorite ways to make money from your laptop or cellphone!


They’re a market research company that will pay you to take surveys. You can cash out quickly, and as an added bonus, there's a $10 sign-up reward!


Yep, surveys again. This one offers surveys from lots of brands you know or you've at least heard of, and like Swagbucks, you can cash out quickly.


With Inbox Dollars it's really easy to use your cellphone. To sweeten the pot, there's a $5 sign-up bonus.

So, next time you find yourself in a pinch, try these out and let me know what you think. If you've already had experience with any of these, I'd love to hear about it :-)


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Happy 4th of July: Cool Summer Cuisine


If you're in the US, you're probably getting ready for the 4th of July celebration. Happy Independence Day! If your independence day comes at a different time, you'll still enjoy some of these summer recipes. The puppy picture above is just a reminder to please keep your pets safe. Fireworks, crowds, and noise can be terrifying for them.

After taking a look at these, feel free to share some of your favorite summer recipes and ideas!


Slow Cooker Ribs





Ginger Chicken Lettuce Cups


Thai Chicken


Shrimp Boil


Salmon with Chili-Lime Sauce



Barbecue Bacon Chicken Bites



Tuesday, July 2, 2019

5 Hidden Gems 2: Psy-Suspense/Thrillers




Gerald's Game


Secret in Their Eyes


Fracture
 


Taking Lives
 


High Crimes


Flash Fiction: "Time Honored"



Vayak


"Time Honored" is a the beginning of a serial paranormal romance. 

Promised to the powerful, mysterious Vayak at birth, Nia has lived a life of luxury, but what she desires most is freedom – the one thing she can never have.



Time Honored

“What’s that? Nia whispered, raising up on her elbows.

“Ssh. Lie back. Remember?” She caught a glimpse of something in his eyes, but he glanced down too quickly. The down comforter seduced her, her body too sated to move.

“Our arrangement forbids you to use your powers.”

Arrangement? Well, it’s good to know that memory is still in tact.” He gazed at her, irritation and desire evident in his stormy gray eyes, and her traitorous body bowed, drawn to him.

He leaned over her. “So exotic.”


She hissed, claws unsheathed, coiled to strike like his mysterious ball of light, but he surprised her.

Vayak kneeled down at her side, an unexpected show of vulnerability, and she hesitated…too long.

By ancient law, Vayak owned her, and despite the warmth, the pleasant tingle in her belly, and the slow sizzle blossoming from her womb whenever he was near, she wanted freedom.

He blinked and the light disappeared from his hands, back to the netherworld from whence it originated. Without a word, he stood as suddenly and easily as he kneeled just moments before, and glided toward the door.

“Are you leaving?” She sheathed her claws, trying and failing to temper the fear in her voice.

“Would you like me to stay?” Deep, mellow tones poured over her like balm for every hurt she’d cast aside.

Nia rolled her eyes and turned her head away from him. Arrogant bastard. With his magic, he knew she wanted him to stay, and she hated herself for wanting him.

He hesitated, then stepped through the door. “Nevertheless, I will return shortly.”

Nia heard him chuckle, reacting violently to his taunt by ripping the soft sheets with instinctively unsheathed claws. Damn it!  According to his reputation, angering him was not wise.

Following Vayak’s silent footfalls, he unlocked the door from the outside with a snick. Nia jumped, but held her tongue. She would not cower nor grovel, despite the fluttering of her heart.

He glanced at the sheets, full lips a hard line, gray eyes storm clouds. “Come. Against the wall. My patience is over.”

Nia rose, the pleasant thrill in her lower belly foreign, unwelcome.




Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A darker Shade of Evil blitz tour with XPresso



A Darker Shade of Evil:
A Demon and Devil Anthology
Publication date: September 24th 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:
Including stories from USA Today and Bestselling Authors

Khardine Gray, USA Today Bestselling Author– 
Alone In The Dark

Dariel Raye – USA Today Bestselling Author – 
The Devil Upstairs

Lori Titus USA Today Bestselling Author – 
Talons
Muffy Wilson – USA Today Bestselling Author – 
Succubus Unleashed

Keta Diablo – Bestselling Author – 
I Spy A Demon

Marilyn Harlow– Bestselling Author – 
Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Gracen Miller – Bestselling Author – 
Hex
Michelle Scott – Bestselling Author – 
The Demon’s Prisoner
Katherine Smits – Bestselling Author – 
Siren Descending

* * *
About A Darker Shade of Evil

Deadly demons, diabolical devils and other creatures of the night will hold you spellbound in this one-of-a-kind anthology. In a world of dark delights, they trifle in forbidden passion, suspense, and kick-ass battles. It’s all right here for you in this captivating urban fantasy and paranormal romance anthology!

Brought to you by USA Today and International Bestselling Authors, these stories of sexy alpha heroes and heroines will keep you turning the pages. Devils, demons and their lethal hunters will draw you into their conquests, twisted deceptions, scorching heat, and yes, even love.

* Heat Rating: Spicy to Erotic Romance
* No Cliffhangers
* Happily-Ever-After or Happy-For-Now


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Monday, June 24, 2019

13 Free Books Plus "A Darker Shade of Evil" Anthology!





Pre-Order *N*O*W* A Darker Shade of Evil Only $1.99 While It Lasts!

Deadly demons, diabolical devils, and other creatures of the night keep you spellbound in a world of dark delights as they trifle in forbidden passions, suspense, and kick-ass battles.

It’s all right here for you in this captivating urban fantasy and paranormal romance anthology!

Brought to you by USA Today and International Bestselling Authors, these nine books are stories of sexy, alpha heroes and heroines will keep you turning the pages as devils, demons, hunters and other dark delights draw you into their conquests, twisted power plays, deception, scorching heat, and yes, even love.

Pre-Order NOW for ONLY $1.99 and as a thank you receive 13 FREE Books including a Sneak Peek of A Darker Shade of Evil
More details on that coming soon!

Releasing September 24, 2019


(Available on Amazon June 26, 2019)

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind anthology.
* Heat Rating: Spicy to Erotic Romance
* No Cliffhangers
* Happily-Ever-After or Happy-For-Now

Now, about those 13 free books! We're also on tour with XPresson Virtual Book Tours starting today, so stop by, say hello and cheer us on if you can, then be sure to enter our giveaway and claim your opportunity to receive 13 FREE books in addition to the anthology for just $1.99 :-) 




Monday, June 17, 2019

5 Hidden Gems 1: Psy-Suspense/Thrillers




Even in childhood, most of my stories originated with dreams - snippets, pieces, characters and settings from my dreams that developed into entire worlds. That has not changed, but I also find inspiration in movies. Earlier this year, Muffy Wilson and I released our first psychological suspense novella, "Death's Shadow." I've always enjoyed watching psy--thrillers, so it seems a natural progression to add more to my own library of publications.
 
I embrace the idea that a good story prompts the reader to see what's happening in their own mind's eye, and I try to leave room for each person's imagination to fill in enough details to place herself in that world temporarily. That said, I'm planning to release at least one more psy-suspense next year in addition to my paranormal/urban fantasy books. Meanwhile, these movies provide the perfect atmosphere for the genre. Unlike the ever popular "Silence of the Lambs," "Basic Instinct," (the first one), "The Shining," (which actually borders on horror), and a few others, these movies have never received their due credit.

This begins a 3-part tribute to 15 of the most intriguing psy-suspense/thrillers available. I'll share 5 each time, so feel free to post your own in comments. It's very likely that I've forgotten some.

Nocturnal Animals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H1Ii1LjyFU




Stoker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tECZEiv6LUk




Hard Candy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvx0m2SeOSk




The Two Faces of January: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiX1rTDCoO4




The Talented Mr. Ripley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4e-Si4oGEw




Congratulations to our Game of Thrones Fandom Summer Fantasy Giveaway winners!



On behalf of the other contributing authors, we congratulate you on your prizes! Whether you shared the giveaway on social media, followed selected authors on Bookbub, or joined the author newsletters of your choice, we hope you take this opportunity to enjoy the work of some fabulous world-builders and wordsmiths.


Congratulations to all of our winners! We hope you enjoy the free books you received when you joined the newsletters you selected. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place GoT Fandom prize winners have been notified.

 

1st Place: The Houses of Westeros Swag Pack (valued at over $75) - Bonnie H.

2nd Place: GoT Maps and Dragons Swag Pack (valued at over $50) - Misty H.

3rd Place: Legend of Valyrian steel Mug (valued at over $25) - Emily D.

         

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Game of Thrones Fandom Giveaway is On!


We are off and running with the "Game of Thrones" Fandom Summer Fantasy giveaway! Click here to join or Tweet again for bonus points.

If you're a binger like me, you're going to need more than a giveaway and Youtube videos to keep you happy, right? Say no more. While we await the "Game of Thrones" prequel series, here's a list of 25 fantasy series you might enjoy. This list starts with the series I have watched or am still watching, and some are still filming new episodes:

Shanara Chronicles

Into the Badlands

Merlin (my favorite - I've seen it twice)

Grimm

Supernatural

Teen Wolf 

Midnight, Texas

Britannia

A Discovery of Witches

Outlander

Spartacus

Salem

Series below are on my list to watch when I have time...

The Pillars of the Earth

Frontier

Titans

Legend of the Seeker

Black Sails

Rome

Earthsea

Atlantis

Beowulf

Vikings

Reign

The Tudors

The Last Kingdom

The last 4 shows are covered in the video below which also includes Spartacus...


Monday, May 27, 2019

Game of Thrones Fandom Giveaway Prizes


So, even though the series ended suckily (I know. Not a real word.) it's still cool to win stuff! Here's a bit more about the event and a peek at some of the prizes.

The event begins this Saturday, June 1st, so be sure to mark your calendars. Everyone wins because when you sign up for an author's newsletter, you get free books. In addition to books, we've got "Game of Thrones" related prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. In fact, when I was doing my research, I couldn't resist buying a few for myself! After you take a look at these teasers (these are a few of the actual prizes), be sure to check out the video. I think this guy summarized it perfectly.



If you're in the mood to laugh with another "Game of Thrones" lover, take a look at this.

Watch my website and social media posts for the landing page link. Hope to see you Saturday!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Perfect Time to Start the Orlosian Warriors Series: Memorial Day Sale!


Memorial Day Sale!

Last time he got too close, he destroyed an entire city.


A straight-laced Nephilim-descendant and a human trouble-magnet? In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1, and the last time he visited Earth, he destroyed an entire city.

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.

Only 99 cents at Amazon for a limited time!


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

"Dark Opius" is a Reader's Favorite Finalist!




Dark Opius is a finalist and award medal winner in the FAPA 2019 Book Award Contest in the Category of Sci/Fi,Fantasy. Yay!
From Angelina Assanti, President of Florida Authors and Publishers Association
Congratulations to these medal winners! We are working to get this posted on our website this weekend. 
Congratulations to all these medal winners!
FAPA 2019 President’s Book Award Medalists
5) Adult Fiction – Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The Savage War by Esther Wallace
Dark Opius: Watchtower by Muffy Wilson and Dariel Raye Author
Fortitude Rising: Vol. 1 Magical Bond by Angelique Bochnak
Ansgar: The Struggle of a People by Kimberlee Benart



One passionate decision can be hell for an archangel
Gabriel’s mission from God was simple. At least that’s what he thought, until Helen Warner, his charge, loses her husband in the cataclysmic disaster perpetuated by Asmodeus, the ruthless demon of lust. Unable to stand by and watch while Helen plummets, losing her faith and her will to live, Gabriel defies the rules that have governed his entire existence and plunges to earth with no regard for the consequences.
Problem? Intervening without God’s permission sets him on a dangerous course rife with deadly distractions and pitfalls, and now, his immortal soul hangs in the balance. His life becomes even more complicated when he befriends Narsaé, a beautiful, powerful, yet untrained force in her own right.
Pitted against Asmodeus and his army of demons, unexpected human emotions—jealousy, doubt, even love—threaten his most basic beliefs. Gabriel must protect those he has come to love and unite the warring factions against their common enemy, Asmodeus, while controlling the foreign, often debilitating emotions that torment him.
Can Gabriel save their home, all the besieged residents, and Watchtower 11, sending Asmodeus and his army of demons to a fiery Hell? Failure means certain death for all.
But Gabriel must face an even more difficult challenge than war and death—will he risk Heaven, immortality, and his very soul for the love of Narsaé?


Monday, May 13, 2019

BAD MOMMIES Mother's Day Contest Winner



I hope you had a fabulous mother's day. I decided to do something a little different this year to celebrate, so I hosted a bad mommies contest via my newsletter (book club) and Facebook. More about the contest in a moment. I enjoyed spending a little down time with my family, and my mom and I talked about her mom while we celebrated the day. Even though her mother (my grandmother) has passed on, she says the day is a joyous occasion for her because she has so many beautiful memories. She had an exceptional mother who supported and encouraged her to pursue her dreams.

My grandmother moved in with us after my grandfather passed. I was still very young, less than 2-years-old, so I grew up in an extended family. The additional support of having my grandmother in the same household helped shape my perspective, my sense of value, and offered wisdom that only comes with age and experience.  She extended to us the same support and encouragement she showed my mother, and I know that I wouldn't be the same person if it had not been for her love.

That said, not all mothers are shining stars, to say the least. Thus, the bad mommies mother's day contest:

Original Facebook post:
In honor of Mother's Day, I'm hosting a BAD MOMMIES contest! Winner will receive a signed paperback of "Devil's Claim," "Death's Shadow," or "Calm Assurance," winner's choice. To enter, comment below with the name of a movie that depicts a terrible mother, i.e., one of my favorites, "Serial Mom." Winner will be chosen on Monday, 5/13/19. Facebook is not affiliated with or responsible for this giveaway. https://www.amazon.com/Dariel-Raye/e/B008NRCZ0K

The winner is Bonnie Hometchko! Bonnie has already been notified via email, and I will also post her name on Facebook. Congratulations, Bonnie :-)

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Cover Reveal - "A Darker Shade of Evil: Demon and Devil Anthology"






In a world of devils and demons, you can’t always tell the hunted from the hunter.

Deadly demons, diabolical devils, and other creatures of the night keep you spellbound in a world of dark delights as they trifle in forbidden passions, suspense, and kick-ass battles. It’s all right here for you in this captivating urban fantasy and paranormal romance anthology!

Brought to you by USA Today and international bestselling authors, these 10 stories of sexy, alpha heroes and heroines will keep you turning the pages as devils, demons, hunters and other dark delights draw you into their conquests, twisted power plays, deception, scorching heat, and yes, even love.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind anthology. One-click now and claim your copy!

* Heat Rating: Spicy to Erotic Romance
* No Cliffhangers
* Happily-Ever-After or Happy-For-Now


Updates coming soon!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

"Three Days From Hell: Kushiel's Assassin"



Originally published in the Mystic Realms boxed-set, "Three Days From Hell: Kushiel's Assassin" is now available for pre-order at your favorite retailers! This edition contains additional scenes.

Three Days From Hell: Kushiel's Assassin


A gift, a posh bed and breakfast, and a one-night-stand with a hesitant demon on leave from Hell could be just what she needs to save her life.

Can a punishing angel, a magical matchmaker, and a few moments of passion break the chains of Hell?

Kushiel, one of three punishing angels, and warden of a special league of assassins, has many secrets. One of his best kept secrets is an assassin called Hunter.

Deemed too dangerous to live among other wards of third Hell, let alone the general population of humans, Hunter resides in an isolated corridor of Hell. Unlike most of his cellmates, Hunter is allowed short periods above-ground, three-days, to be exact, each time to rectify a horrible wrong, meting out Kushiel’s justice.

Orphaned in her teens, Anitra just wants a normal life - to feel safe - but when dark secrets rise from her past, she escapes to an exclusive resort to get away from it all.
Anitra’s inhibitions take a vacation when she meets Hunter, but can a permanent resident of third Hell be trusted?




Tuesday, March 5, 2019

"Devil's Claim" is Available for Pre-order





Generations ago, he died for her. Now, it’s her turn.


Pride kept them from looking at one another, but their bodies could not lie. Recognition lived in their souls, rekindling memories of passion, love, betrayal….and death.

Apache Elder Aidan Stringfellow, V, is a very wealthy man with one wish – to free his only son, the brilliant, yet abrasive David, from the curse that has plagued his family for generations.  When his controversial plan for a cure is revealed, shock and disbelief are only the beginning, for David has deadly, yet beguiling secrets of his own.

Choosing to honor Aidan’s wishes, David and Katala unwittingly awaken an ancient evil desperate to lay claim to the last-born Stringfellow – David. The tumultuous consequences of a vengeful pact spanning generations, defies time, tradition, and death itself.

Katala finds herself falling in love with a man whose gaze and touch ignite long-forgotten passion, propelling her to fight for his life. She unearths one devastating clue after another on her winding journey toward the truth, but unseen forces escalate their attack as truth collides with myth. Clinging desperately to her own sanity, she must find a way to reconcile the two, for even her own identity comes into question. Trust no one. Not even David.

Time is running out. Promises will be kept, and if the devil has his way, souls will be claimed.


Will the witch who cursed him become his savior?




Friday, March 1, 2019

"Death's Shadow" Excerpt



How far would you go to bring your twin’s killer to justice?

No one notices when Brianna Denton goes missing every weekend. With no immediate family or close friends left, being alone is something with which she has become well-acquainted, but when her sister is murdered, she finds herself on a lone mission to identify the killer.

According to the authorities, ‘no body, no case.’ Brianna’s quest to find her sister’s murderer despite the police department’s refusal to help, draws her into a life of drugs, alcohol, and prostitutionthe very elements that led her twin to the shadows and rat holes of the underbelly of North Beach.


Drawn into the dark underground society to face Tatianna’s killer, Brianna is about to come face-to-face with her own shocking destiny. As she unearths long-buried secrets, the tight edge of reality comes to light, challenging her tenuous grip on life as she knows it. Finding the answers she seeks could lead her to an even darker place.





She lost sight of her purpose as she fell, tumbled—out of control—into the depths of her own personal Hell. There would be no sleep tonight, restless or otherwise. Brianna stepped out onto the fire escape. Tabby curled around her feet as usual while she sat, gazing and thinking back to her arrival in the city. It seemed so long ago now. So much had happened.

She remembered feeling compelled to come down from grad school. When she came to the city, she came to bury her sister. Images of her sister’s face flashed before her, scarred and bloody, a reminder of her mission, her purpose. When she arrived at the apartment, the first thing she did was shower and taxi to the hospital to make arrangements for her sister, but no one knew anything about her twin, nothing about Tatianna Denton.

Admitting had no records. Nothing in the ER. The ambulance service knew nothing. She had checked everywhere, unable to shake a strange feeling of déjà vu. Tatianna hadn’t been dropped at the doors to the ER, so where was she? She had no doubt her sister had been killed. She felt it, a deep hollow inside her, and yet there was no body. Even now, no body had been found, and Brianna was starting to believe it never would. Horror movies were too often based on true stories, and the ways to get rid of bodies were endless.

She remembered feeling exhausted. She had raced down from Davis, scared, panicked, three o’clock in the morning so anything could have been truth, she’d thought at the time, but there was one thing she knew for sure, even then – she would have to come to terms with her sister’s death, and the only way to find closure was to find her killer and make him pay.




New Cover, New Format: "Calm Assurance"





Two hearts, two different worlds, uncompromising love.
A straight-laced Nephilim-descendant and a human trouble-magnet? In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1, and the last time he visited Earth, he destroyed an entire city.
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.


"Calm Assurance: Orlosian Warriors Bk. 1" has a new cover and a new format! It's now available in paperback.