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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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.”

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Interview and Spotlight: Sally Cronin with "Tales From the Garden"






Please join me in welcoming one of my favorite author friends, the talented and generous Sally Cronin. Sally writes fiction and non-fiction, and her blog, Smorgasbord, has become an inspiring author hangout. She is the epitome of "authors helping authors," always willing to offer advice and support. Take a look at her interview, and be sure to visit her blog. 

Welcome to Musings, Sally!

1.     *What are some of the best places to find you on the web? (website. Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Central, Newsletter, etc.) Please give us the complete links.**




2.     When did you know you wanted to be a writer? What were some of your first steps toward making your dream a reality? How would you say most of your books are conceived? Dreams? Research? Experience?

I began writing poetry when I was about ten but I use the term poetry loosely!  I was an obsessive reader however from about the age of six and I was into the classics such as War and Peace consumed when I was 12 and had chicken pox. In 1964 I bought my first Wilbur Smith book and having lived in South Africa was immediately swept up in the family sagas and adventures. I got itchy fingers and began jotting down notes for stories and poems. My mother told me that I had an overactive imagination which used to get me into dreadful scrapes. I blame Wilbur Smith.

Life intruded as it does when you leave school, go to college and then go out to work. I was told to put fanciful stuff on a shelf and get on with earning a living. Which I did until I was 43 years old. I gave up working for other people and retrained as a nutritional therapist. My first book was about me and my struggles with weight (at 43 I had weighed 150kilo or 330lbs).  I designed my own weight loss programme and discarded 150 unnecessary pounds in the process.  It began as a journal and was never meant to be read by anyone else, but as soon as I held my first book in my hands I knew this was something I could do for the rest of my life. I have been an Indie author for the last 15 years and have absolutely no regrets.

3.     I noticed that you write in multiple genres. What are the pros and cons, if any, of writing in more than one genre, particularly fiction and non-fiction?

As you can see from my blog name, which is Smorgasbord, I enjoy variety. It has been a theme throughout my career and my book Just an Odd Job Girl has more than a passing resemblance to my early working life.  I have lived in several different countries from childhood too and that has given me an opportunity to experience the pros and cons of different cultures.

I began with non-fiction but I have written short stories since my early twenties and I found that I enjoyed moving between the two. Health books might be informative but they are not a barrel of laughs and I find it helpful to take a break and roll out a fairy story or a little humour.

Some people say that you should focus on one genre and stick to it so that you build a reputation and credibility. I suppose my main books are health related and then it is humour and short stories across the genres.
I always have two books on the go at the same time and work between the two.. I find the change of pace refreshes the brain cells.

I also find that by writing non-fiction and a variety of fiction I am hitting different markets  rather than having my eggs all in one basket.

4.     In your opinion, what are some of the best, and most challenging aspects of the writing industry?

I believe that the publishing industry is coming to the end of a twenty year cycle and we are just about to enter another.  I had an agent back in the late 1990s who hawked my first book around seven major publishers in the UK over 12 months. They all said they thought the book was well written but they were not prepared to take a risk on an unknown writer.  At that time self-publishing was rare in the UK so I went to a Canadian self-publishing outfit and they actually did my first two books until I took them back and republished under our own label in 2004.

I took a lot of flack at the time from people who sniffed mightily and muttered about vanity publishing. They were a little surprised that I managed to get myself some decent publicity nationally in Ireland and the UK with my first book. I took what the publishers had said about me being an unknown and I set out to build a solid platform to promote myself from.

I began working on radio in 2004 through to 2010 in Spain and then presenting my own shows on local radio in the UK.. I moved into Internet television then for 18 months. First as a news editor and reader and then as a chat show host.

Without building that platform I doubt that I would still be writing today. I am not selling enough books to make a living but then very few authors are. It is not that writers are not good enough as there are many excellent Indie authors, however with the number of books being published in E-version each week it is incredibly hard to stand out from the crowd. Especially if you are in one of the most populated genres.

I mentioned that I thought that we were coming to the end of one cycle before entering another in publishing. We have been publishing other author's work for twelve years now.  The trend at the moment is for Ebooks in various formats and occasionally an author will also want a short run of print.  The requests for print are dwindling unless a book is a very niche market and can be sold locally in stores or events.  The cost of print books is on the rise and here in Ireland you are looking at between 15 to 18 Euro whereas a reader can download the same book often for 3 to 5 Euro.

As our cross over generation fades out, those who have only known Ebooks will probably never hold an adults book in their hands.

For the time being it is children's books which are still being printed and that is an area of publishing I think is going to be worth keeping an eye on.

Going forward I do see an emerging audio market so that people can listen to books in cars and when exercising and an increase in the number of books translated into Spanish and Chinese.

The thirst for anything in the English language in the Far East needs to be satisfied and it will be interesting in the next five years to keep an eye on that.



5.     What are you doing when you’re not writing?
I suppose writing takes up most of my day as I do tend to treat it as my job. The blog is my platform for my own promotion and also the promotion of other authors and it has taken me three years to build to a level where it is useful.  However, my other passion is music and if I am not filling my Kobo with books I am loading my ipod with music to listen to while I drive, cook or walk. 

My husband and I love movies and we are thrilled that there is a cinema on our doorstep..

Once we have finished the refurb of the house we bought earlier in the year we will be adopting a dog... That will complete the day with walks and cuddles.


Tales from the Garden reveals the secrets that are hidden beneath hedges and trees. You will discover what really happens at night as you sleep unaware in your bed. Stone statues and those hidden worlds within the earth are about to share their stories. The guardians who have kept the sanctuary safe for over fifty years will allow you to peek behind the scenes of this magical place. They will take you on a journey through time and expand your horizons as they transport you to the land of fairies, butterflies and lost souls who have found a home here.
Fairy Stories for children of all ages from five to ninety-five that will change the way you look at your garden forever.




6.     Tell us about your books. Genre, titles, any favorite characters? What can we look forward to from you in the near future? WIP’s, upcoming releases?
I am writing a non-fiction book on the blog in chapters. The R's of Life is a personal view of some of the main issues we encounter as we meander through our lives.. Respect, Responsibility, Romance you get the idea.. I will also be writing the sequel to Tales from the Garden which was largely set in the garden in our home in Spain.. This one will be based on our garden here in Ireland.

7.     Is there a common thread in your books? How do your values and beliefs show up in your writing? What do you want readers to receive from your books?

I may come across as a bit of a rebel who perhaps does not conform all the time to what is expected of me... But I do believe very firmly in having a moral compass. I think that does come across in my book as anyone who is not a good person usually gets their just desserts. At the same time I love humour and that plays an enormous part in my writing.

I want people to walk away from my books with a sense of satisfaction, that there has been a good story, with a beginning, middle and an end that has interested, informed or entertained.

8.     What do you look for in a good book? In what ways would you say your books exhibit these qualities? What are some of your favorite books and who are some of your favorite authors of all time?

I need to be engaged in a book within a few pages.   After a compelling beginning, I do enjoy someone who writes smoothly and intelligently with room in the plot for me to use my imagination. I don't need everything spelt out for me and love to be kept guessing to the end of the book.

My tastes run to sweeping sagas such as the early Wilbur Smith books and The Clan of the Cave Bear author Jean M. Auel whose series of books entranced me from day one. My husband has just introduced me to a new author that he has been listening to in audio...Gregg Hurwitz  and he is a New York Times best selling author with 16 thrillers that I am just working my way through.. brilliant...

9.     What lifts your spirits when you’re discouraged?

One of the benefits of blogging is you find after a time, that you have built not just a platform to promote yourself, but a meeting place for other authors and like-minded writers across the spectrum of the written word.  That spills over into other social media and suddenly you are part of a community.

It does not happen overnight and it does not work if the only person you are promoting is you.. But when it is working right it gives you access to people who are going through exactly the same issues as you are.

This might be the (UN) Happiness Engineers on Wordpress who have decided to upgrade the editing software overnight!  Or you are stuck in a rut in a particular book.  You can reach out 24/7 around the world and someone will answer. I have to say that I rarely get down about writing but when I am feeling a little more stressed than usual, I just browse my Wordpress reader and check out other people's posts or head over to Facebook and find another crop of funnies for my weekly FB funny posts.




10.                Any additional comments or thoughts you’d like to offer today?

Writing is like a good relationship and needs time to develop and a great deal of practice to get it right.

I often see posts from authors who are moaning about the processes and the work involved to write, format, publish and market their books. To me it is a privilege and gives me a wonderful sense of independence to be involved in every aspect of my work. Each book is a child that you want the very best for and it is worth every sleepless night and hair-pulling event though its development until you throw it out in the wide world wishing for its success.

And who knows one day I might make a living doing what I love.

In the words of another author friend, “from your lips to God’s ears,” Sally! Thank you for visiting with me and my readers today. You are always an inspiration J

Thursday, November 3, 2016

"The Dark Legends Boxed Set": Amazon Pre-order


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!

AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER NOW!

Amazon.com

Other major retailer pre-order links can be found here www.darklegends.info

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
J.T. Williams with Winemaker of the North

Join the Facebook Release Party to meet the authors and win epic prizes!
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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.
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!
AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER NOW!

Amazon.com

Other pre-order links can be found here www.darklegends.info
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 Hereafter - The Immortal Soul 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
J.T. Williams with Winemaker of the North
Join the Facebook Release Party to meet the authors and win epic prizes!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Interview and Spotlight With Cheryl Holloway: Sharing Heartfelt Tales of Women's Lives



Please join me in welcoming author Cheryl Holloway as my interview guest today!

1.     What are some of the best places to find you on the web? (website. Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Central, Newsletter, etc.)      
How to Find Cheryl Holloway, Author
     Website: www.CherylHolloway.net
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2d27Tl1


2.     What are you doing when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m either reading or working on my blog. I love reading and I have been an avid reader since I was three years old.  From elementary school through college, I read a minimum of one book a day—no matter how many pages or how busy I was. I lost many hours of sleep from reading. :-)


3.     Tell us about your books. Genre, titles, any favorite characters? What can we look forward to from you in the near future? WIP’s, upcoming releases?
Cougar Tales: Father and Son Book 1; Cougar Tales: The Italian Basketball Player Book 2; Cougar Tales: Jamaican Love Book 3; and Cougar Tales Box Set Books 1-3. Cougar Tales are the exciting and sexy escapades of Joi, an older woman, who dates younger men. Joi is my favorite character to create. She is a strong, sexy, sassy woman who enjoys love and life. The Bane Bath Salts, was written specifically to help parents and teens understand and prevent designer drug use in teens. Please watch the video on my website and YouTube. The Proposal: A Leap of Faith is a short story written about a couple who had been dating off and on for over ten years and he was afraid to commit. This story has a surprise ending! A Sisterhood of Women Living Life: A Short Story Collection Book 1. This book has five short stories of women from 25-50+ and five really short stories. These are very interesting stories and all based on real-life events. I have one other book that is out-of-print.  A Forgotten Negro League Star: A Personal Look at Al Burrows, half of the book is history of the Negro League and the other half of the book is about Al Burrows’ life. I am currently working on A Sisterhood Book 2; a prayer book; and a couple of other works in progress. I would like to ask a favor, if anyone reads one of my books, please leave a review on Amazon. I will certainly appreciate it. Thank you in advance. J

4.     Is there a common thread in your books? How do your values and beliefs show up in your writing? What do you want readers to receive from your stories?
Yes, currently I write romance books and short stories. My values are often included throughout the stories and some of my stories provide a theme for readers. I am a Christian and some of my stories have Christian morals and ethics or a mother or grandmother to guide young ladies down the correct path in life. Mostly, I want readers to be entertained and enjoy the story. Some life lessons are for the young and old because I write romance stories for women 18-50+. I am also thinking about writing a series of love stories for Baby Boomers.

**Spotlight Book**
"A Sisterhood of Women Living Life: A Short Story Collection Book 1"

Visit Cheryl's Amazon page for a peek at all of her books! Be sure to click the "follow" button and keep up with her new releases.


5.     What are some things you know now about writing and being an author that you wish someone had told you at the very beginning? I think the biggest tip would have been How to create a large fan-base and nurture them throughout the years. I am trying now to rebuild my email list of followers and readers. Especially, since I write for one genre—romance.


6.     Other than writing, what’s your passion?
My passion has been for over ten years to pay it forward to other authors, regardless of where they are in their writing career. I had an internet radio talk show for several years and I provided 1-hour interviews for any author at no charge. I started Just About Books Talk Show because I had written a sports book about a Negro League player and I had a hard time getting publicity.  As you know, now I have a blog where I provide Guest Author Interviews for any author at no charge. I provide 2-5 interviews per week depending on how busy my writing schedule is at the time.


7.     What tips can you offer toward building and maintaining a strong support system as a writer?
I would suggest each author first decide on what their writing goal is and then decide on the type of support system they need to accomplish their goal. Some support systems are: family and friend support; critique group support; writing group/club support; launch team support; loyal fans/supporters; beta reader support; and of course, your writing team supporters.  I use a variety of these support systems.

8.      Any additional comments or thoughts you’d like to offer today? Dariel, I am also an Accountability Writing Coach. I help writers to become debut authors by guiding and coaching them to complete writing and publishing their first book. I also present Writing Workshops. So, as you can see, I have a busy daily schedule.  If anyone is interested in contacting me, they can email me at authorcherylholloway@gmail.com  I would love to hear from your followers and readers.

I would also love to invite your followers and readers to visit my blog and subscribe. I spotlight books of all genres of celebrity authors, indie authors and the little-known authors.  So, I’m sure everyone will find a book of pleasure. Dariel, I would like to thank you for having me on your blog. It has been a real pleasure.

The pleasure is all mine, Cheryl :-) Thank you for sharing with us today!