Midnight Savior – Jack the Ripper Research

For you history buffs out there, I thought I’d include some notes I used for the research I did when I wrote Midnight Savior – Book 5 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles. Additionally, for those who don’t know much about Jack the Ripper, I’ll include a brief account of the Autumn of Terror and why this topic has been so fascinating to me through the years. WARNING: Some of the subject matter ahead borders on the gruesome to downright hideous. The Ripper murders were not pretty.

Illustrated_Police_News_-_Jack_the_Ripper_2Whitechapel Murders: An Unsolved Case

The biggest draw for most people fascinated with Jack the Ripper – including myself – is the fact that over one-hundred years later, the case is still unsolved. Forensic evidence was just coming into use with police procedures and, if I did my research correctly, the Whitechapel murders were one of the first cases where photographs were taken of any evidence.

There were a lot of other murders through the years that have been loosely associated with the Ripper murders, but the five “canonical victims“, as they are called, are as follows with the date of their murders:

nemesis-of-neglect-image RipperIn short, during the autumn months of 1888, which became known as the Autumn of Terror, women who lived and/or worked in the Whitechapel area were being targeted by the killer who was dubbed Jack the Ripper by the papers (mostly because of the infamous “Dear Boss” letter that was mailed to the press). All the women had two main characteristics in common: they were heavy drinkers and they were known to sell their bodies as a supplemental income to keep a roof over their heads or put food in their bellies.

At this time in history, and in this area of London known as the East End, this included a vast majority of the female population. Most anyone could have fallen prey to the Whitechapel Murderer. Alcohol was a common escape from the woes of poverty and eased the pain of their circumstances. People literally lived in stairwells or in crates in alleyways. Some people had enough money to rent a bed box for part of the day, which was frequenty shared with other tenants at other times of the day. Landlords took advantage of the space they had in ways that were not only unsanitary, but downright cruel.

Christabelle Williams – aka Davina reincarnated and heroine of Book 5 – was indeed poor, but she was better off than most women in her class because she had a respectable job as a laundress. Hard labor, for sure, but she made enough money to rent a one-room flat with Darla, her best friend and companion. The proximity of her location and her connection to Broderick is what puts her in the path of Jack the Ripper. Though Belle is no stranger to drink, she is lucky enough to have a good-paying skill so she doesn’t have to prostitute herself. I know the conditions of her accommodations and the state of her world were pretty bleak, so I know some of the story was a bit dark. But that served its purpose as well and gave Broderick that much more reason to want to get Belle out of there and into a better life.

History Meets Fiction (Spoilers Ahead!)

If you’re already familiar with my series, you may have noticed I included dates throughout Midnight Savior, which I don’t usually do in my novels. The main reason was for those Ripper aficionados who might be tracking along with how my fictional events blended with the real-world events. Most authors should use everything that is put into a story. Although I could very well have just set the story in 1888 London and had the Whitechapel murders overshadow the the setting, I wanted them to be a key part of the storyline. Not only did I want the story to fall apart if the historical events were removed, I wanted Jack the Ripper to be a real threat to my heroine and hero, Broderick. A mere mortal would be no match for my vampire hero, which is why I made Jack the Ripper a vampire. And not just any vampire – one of the Ancients! Yes, I know…I put poor Rick through hell…again.

Real Life Characters Used in Midnight Savior

We already know Jack the Ripper was one of the main people in history I used in the story. But there were a few side characters who played roles with my fictional characters as part of the storyline.

  • dearboss3_envelopeThomas J. Bulling – Thousands of letters came into the police and the press of people either claiming to be the Whitechapel Fiend or knowing the identity of the killer, so there weren’t too many correspondences that were taken seriously. However, the Dear Boss letter, which I feature in Midnight Savior, had a connection to the double murders of Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes, due to the reference of cutting a piece of the victim’s ear and the two murders in one night. Later, however, evidence shows this letter could have actually been written by a journalist who was trying to stimulate paper sales (newspaper sales were suffering at the time). I, therefore, used this opportunity to rectify why a journalist would have key facts related to the double murders if his letters were hoaxes. In Chapter 5, 25 September, 1888, the Whitechapel Fiend forces Thomas to write the letter, and thereby keeps to the historical theory that Thomas J. Bulling of the Central News Agency did indeed write the letter, but under duress.
  • Catherine Eddowes – As I’ve already mentioned, she was one of the victims of Jack the Ripper. In Chapter 7, September 30, 1888 – Early Morning, I include a scene through her eyes as she is being murdered by the Whitechapel Fiend…and it was a very tough scene to write. Having to put myself in the mind of the victim and do the research to ensure how he killed her and all the grisly details ended up being a very disturbing experience. I, like many people who have “heard” about the Ripper murders, never really comprehend the reality of what this psychotic killer did. I won’t post the pictures here. They’re just too disturbing. but if you’d like to read the full account of her murder and see the post mortem photographs, CLICK HERE. In summary, her face was almost mutilated beyond recognition, her throat was cut through to her spine, and her abdomen was slashed open and stabbed multiple times, even organs removed. And this is being nice in my description. The only saving grace was she died almost instantly after her throat was cut and the mutilations to her face and body were done post mortem.
  • Mary Jane Kelly – In Chapter 28, November 3, 1888, I introduce Mary Jane Kelly as a friend of Christabelle’s. Of all the victims, Mary Jane Kelly was the youngest and out of pattern for the killer. No one really knows why, so I decided to give the killer motivation by creating this fictional connection to my heroine and hero. Mary Jane and Christabelle do a little catching up and Belle gives Mary Jane her new address – Broderick’s townhouse in London – encouraging Mary Jane to contact her for a possible job opportunity and to help Mary Jane get out of the slums by means of honest work. That little slip of paper spells doom for both women. In Chapter 29, I have Laurent sitting at the Ten Bells Public House, where in real-life witness accounts place Mary Jane Kelly sharing a pint of beer with Elizabeth Foster. He overhears their conversation, which I invent and Mary Jane is telling Elizabeth that she ran into “Crystal Bells”, her nickname for our heroine, and how she is about to marry the wealthy Broderick MacDougal. That seals her fate and Belle’s. Laurent stalks Mary Jane to get that coveted piece of paper with Broderick’s address and poor Mary Jane becomes the last victim of the Jack the Ripper. This murder was the most brutal of them all. The killer had the victim in a secluded room – the woman’s one-bedroom flat – for almost a half hour. The gruesome photos can be found HERE. I hope you have a strong stomach.

Although I do play around with historical settings and take some artistic license, I do try my best to be as historically accurate as I can be, given the nature of the paranormal storylines. Research can be a little grueling and tedious, but in the end it lends a rich environment for my settings and characters. I hope you enjoyed some of the behind-the-scenes information connected to Midnight Savior!

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Cheers!

Arial 😀

Status Update: Book 6 – Midnight Deliverer

The Exciting Conclusion is Coming Soon!

Who loves HOT Scottish Vampires??? My readers obviously do! I’m getting a slew of emails and comments on my website, asking me when Midnight Deliverer, Book 6 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles, is coming out. Well, I don’t have a release date just yet, but I can give you a little progress report by answering some FAQs and I’ll start with the new blurb I’ve written

bbb06_coming-soonBlurb for Midnight Deliverer (Book 6)

Broderick MacDougal refused to do what was foretold – sacrifice his beloved Blossom for the sake of redemption. But after burying himself for six years in a crypt, Broderick is awakened with a promise the manipulative Malloren Rune has found a way to save his soul mate. How can he believe her when the prophetess’ sole purpose has been to see the prophecy fulfilled at any cost? But he can no longer resist the painful calling of Davina’s soul and rushes to get to her before the Illuminati does.

Davina Ferris was certain she inherited the crazy gene…until the HOT Scottish vampire in her dreams waltzes into her art gallery to claim her. But her mother’s obsession with Davina being the soul mate of the shipping company billionaire turns out to be the least of her worries. Every paranormal creature known to man is descending upon Los Angeles – bent on killing her!

After five-hundred years, Broderick and Davina are finally reunited, but the chance to seize their happily-ever-after is short-lived. Unexpected allies are called to defend the couple. Not just for the salvation of vampire souls, but the fate of the world, as the Vampire Prince finally claims his throne and unleashes the fury of Hell!

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Yep! I’m throwing everything…and possibly even the kitchen sink…at our hero and heroine, but I promise it will all be worth it! This will be the best HEA evah!

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Book 5 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles – Release Day!!

BBB05_1700x2550Surprise! Release Day Moved Up

For people who are only followers of my blog, you may have noticed it’s been a little quiet lately. I’ve been plugging away at getting my latest novel written & produced and now marketed. Things went well enough with the release that I went ahead and moved up the release date from April 4th to March 31st. YEP! THAT’S TOMORROW!!! *Arial does the Snoopy dance*

For those of you who are VIP Club members, this is old news. And many of you have had a sneak peek or two into the novel through the newsletters I’ve sent out this month. Another sneak peek is going out tomorrow when I send my reminder for the release day. TIP: If you’re not subscribed to my newsletter, do it now! >>CLICK HERE<<

I announce all my new releases and give exclusive sneak peeks to members of my VIP Club. You don’t want to miss out! Also if you’re not subscribed, you might not know that Midnight Savior is only $2.99 until April 11th. That’s the day the price goes up, so get your copy now while it’s at this low price.

BBB01-04_box_03Get Caught Up AND Save 66%!

If you’re new to my series, for a limited time only I’m offering Books 1-4 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles for only $3.99! This gives you a chance to catch up on my series and save, but only until April 30th. May 1st, the boxed set will no longer be available. >>CLICK HERE<< to get your bundle now!

Sneak Peek – Midnight Savior (Book 5)

Quick setup – This scene is from Malloren Rune’s point of view…a POV I have purposefully avoided until now. We’ve always seen the elusive prophetess through the eyes of the other characters, mostly Broderick’s. For this book, I spend a lot of time in Malloren’s head…and for good reason. I’m going to let you readers see just a peak of what makes this woman tick, and I reveal some startling truths behind the prophecy, which has so turned Broderick’s world upside down since the very day he crossed over in 1486. Yes…Malloren is certainly to blame.

This scene is at the beginning of the book and our hunky vampire hero is putting himself in the friend zone for this novel! What? He isn’t running into Davina’s arms? Nope! In fact, he’s fighting her, tooth and nail! So here’s a sneak peek from Malloren’s point of view…

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Broderick pursed his lips. “You know very well why I’m here.” He poured his sixth glass of Scotch, but this time didn’t gulp the libation. Instead, he cradled it in his hand as he strolled to the window. Poor Broderick was still trying to drown his frustrations in the amber liquid. Surely, he did it out of habit now, since alcohol had no effect on their kind.

“Davina is in hospital.” He glanced worry-filled eyes over his shoulder. “She may have been raped,” he whispered, despair graveling his voice. He returned his attention out the window. “I’ve been looking for her since I arrived and must have searched every hospital and clinic in a three-mile radius of the Victoria Docks.”

Malloren nodded, recalling that the distance was the reach of his dreams in relation to Davina’s location. “Raped? Are you certain?” She opened her mouth to ask more questions, but gasped when a bright flash blinded her.

The parlor in which she sat vanished in favor of the visions rushing through her mind. Familiar, grimy byways and passages of where she’d been hunting surrounded her. The dark alleys faded and she, once again, sat amidst the tastefully decorated room.

Malloren sighed. Thank God! A vision. “You’re looking in the wrong place. Davina is in the East End.”

Rick blanched. “God’s blood, no. What is she doing there?”

“Have you not checked those hospitals? Whitechapel is within the radius.”

“I-I ignored that area. I never thought to look there because…well…”

“I understand. It’s bad enough she’s been hurt. I would imagine you wouldn’t want to find her living under such horrid conditions. As to why she would be there, I can think of several reasons. Abandoned by a husband, perhaps with child and rejected by her family. She might have even been raised in poverty—”

“Mal, you’re not helping me!” Broderick glared before emptying his glass down his throat. He stalked to the decanter to replenish his drink. “Don’t pile one appalling circumstance upon another. I’ve already conceived a multitude of terrifying thoughts just in the last few moments. Honestly, woman!” Rick paced, raking his fingers through his dark-auburn hair.

Her cheeks flushed with heat. “Well, now that you’re here, she’ll be safe with you.”

Broderick shook his head. “No, she won’t. I’m leaving without her.”

>>CLICK HERE<< to find out what happens next!

I know! You can say it…BEEE-OTCH! I am an evil woman, aren’t I? So go get your copy now. I think it’s still up for pre-order at this very moment I am publishing this post, but you will have it in your eReader by midnight tonight! ENJOY!!!

That’s my two pence…

Arial 😀

Jack Frost in Frostbitten Hearts – USAToday Bestseller

Frostbitten Hearts featuring Jack Frost - a Bonded By Blood NovellaJack Frost is HOT!!

I am THRILLED to announce that A Very Alpha Christmas – the boxed set that includes my Bonded By Blood Novella Frostbitten Hearts about the legendary Jack Frost – made #40 on the USAToday Bestseller List!! *Arial jumps up and down and throws confetti* This is a wonderful accomplishment for all the authors involved. I’m proud to say this is the second set containing one of my books that has hit this prestigious list of high-selling books – the first being Highland Shifters (with Midnight Hunt, Book 3). By the way, A Very Alpha Christmas is still on sale for 99¢, so BUY IT NOW while the price is still low!!

Jack Frost as You’ve Never Seen Him!

So what is Frostbitten Hearts about? In short, it’s my own version of the Jack Frost legend – who he is, how he got his name, and the woman who melted his heart! WARNING: This is no Disney storyline of snowflakes and children’s rhymes. Uh-uh! Jack Frost is a sexy alpha male who will stop at nothing to find the woman he loves!

For those of you who read my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles, there are a few pieces of this storyline that might be familiar. Jack is an Elemental – a witch or mage who wields the power of the elements. Monika Konrad, the heroine of Midnight Hunt (Book 3), is a fire witch and that’s the first book where I introduced this race of magic users. At the very end of Midnight Eclipse (Book 4), I invented the “nurseries” the Elder Vamsyrians (aka vampires) created to breed these magic users in order to produce a Spirit Elemental – a rare witch or mage with powers over the dead…powers Prince Jesse Amir needs to defeat his father, the King of the Vamsyrians. Dah-dah…DAH! Continue reading

A Very Alpha Christmas – New Bonded By Blood Novella

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UPDATE: No Long Available For Sale

This was a promo post published in November 2015 to advertise the launch of our boxed set. As of January 2016, this boxed set was no longer available for purchase and all the authors published their novellas individually. Frostbitten Hearts, the novella I included in this boxed set, is no available for $1.99 BUT if you join my VIP Club, you’ll get it for free just for signing up. CLICK HERE to download your free copy at InstaFreebie and you will automatically be added to my VIP Club and get weekly freebies in your inbox. CLICK HERE if you’d like to read the benefits of joining the club.

Preorder A Very Alpha Christmas NOW for 99¢

Over 25 Paranormal Holiday Tales of Werewolves, Dragons, Shifters, Vampires, Fae, Witches, Billionaires, Magics, Ghosts, Demons and More! Preorder it now and lock in the 99¢ price. A Taming the Alpha Big Box Set of Spicy Paranormal Romance Tales featuring OVER 25 ALL NEW, NEVER RELEASED stories from New York Times, USA Today and Bestselling Authors

PREORDER NOW

RELEASE DATE: November 17, 2015

Collection Includes Brand New Stories by:

  • Heated Holiday © Copyright 2015 by Mandy M. Roth
  • Stirring Up Trouble © Copyright 2015 by Michelle M. Pillow
  • Baby It’s Cold Out Bear © Copyright 2015 by T. S. Joyce
  • Hunted © Copyright 2015 by Chloe Cole
  • Vampire Games © Copyright 2015 by V. M. Black
  • When Darkness Falls © Copyright 2015 by Terah Edun
  • Christmas Past, Christmas Presents © Copyright 2015 by Carina Wilder
  • Wrapped Up © Copyright 2015 by Cathryn Fox
  • An Impossible Gift © Copyright 2015 by Cristina Rayne
  • Thief of Souls © Copyright 2015 by Jaycee Clark
  • A Glint of Light © Copyright 2015 by JC Andrijeski
  • The Clockwork Dragon © Copyright 2015 by Tasha Black
  • Blitzen’s Fated Mate © Copyright 2015 by R. E. Butler
  • Star’s Fall © Copyright 2015 by Jaide Fox
  • In Good Spirits © Copyright 2015 by Michele Bardsley
  • Midnight Before Christmas © Copyright 2015 by Renee George
  • Winter Blues © Copyright 2015 by T.J. Michaels
  • Wish Upon a Werewolf © Copyright 2015 by Elsa Jade
  • A Christmas Caroline © Copyright 2015 by Allison Gatta
  • Frostbitten Hearts © Copyright 2015 by Arial Burnz
  • The Lady And The Dragon’s Holiday © Copyright 2015 by Mandy Rosko
  • Not a Gentleman’s Christmas © Copyright 2015 by Candice Gilmer
  • Claimed by the Dragon King © Copyright 2015 by Dawn Michelle
  • The BBW and the Beast © Copyright 2015 by Sylvia Frost
  • Reindeers, Elves, and Cookies…Oh My! © Copyright 2015 by Lissa Matthews
  • Santa Shifter in Manhattan © Copyright 2015 by Lexy Cole

I am SUPER excited to be a part of this holiday collection of paranormal romance stories. OMG get ready to bundle up into your jammies, sit by a warm fire with cup of egg nog or hot chocolate and grab your eReader for a COZY session of holiday tales and tails! You will NOT be disappointed at this…yet another…installment of the Taming the Alpha anthology series!

Frostbitten Hearts – A Bonded By Blood Novella

For those of you who have been waiting for the next BBB story, this is a little tie-me-over until my new release (to be announced VERY soon), Book 5 in the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles. Here’s the blurb for the novella included in this boxed set:

Frostbitten-Hearts-bundle-coverHer ability to wield fire didn’t give Aideen the power to make Jack stay…

Jack was Aideen’s very breath. As a cusper Elemental, he was the air that fed her fire and the waters that cooled her soul. Born and bred in captivity by vampires for their magic, they sought shelter and love in each other’s arms. But when Jack’s family escapes the “nursery”, Aideen is ripped from her young lover’s arms. Her family refuses to risk the wrath of their captors, and she is forced to stay behind. Though Jack vows to return and free her, his promise is not easily kept. He and his grove liberate several nurseries in retaliation and, still, she cannot be found.

Ten years later, Aideen unexpectedly stumbles into the grove’s compound and back into Jack’s arms with news they have a child…and she is the bait for a trap. Time is of the essence. If they don’t return by sunset, their son will fall victim to the vampires.

Jack must return to the prison he risked his life to escape, but he will do anything to save his son and he is not about to lose the only woman who has possessed his soul and can melt his frozen heart.

Author Notes

This story takes place about 25 years after the end of Midnight Eclipse, Book 4 of my BBB series. For those of you who read Book 4 – remember little baby Jack, the Cusper Elemental? Well, this is Jack’s story and he’s all grown up now (Yup! That’s him on the cover! RAWR!) and he’s learned to use his air and water abilities to wield ICE! I’m really excited about this tale of witches and vampires and fiery love that will melt Jack’s heart!

So preorder your copy now while it’s at the low price of 99¢! AND PLEASE SHARE!! Use those share buttons below or do a search for #AlphaXmas on Twitter and Facebook and just RETWEET and SHARE the hell out of our posts! THANK YOU!!!!

Mwah!

Arial 😉

Day 6 – Snarkology Halloween Hop & Drinks

Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop 2015Last Day &
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Yay! Candy day is here! And we have TWO drinks today!

Welcome back to those of you participating this week!!! Welcome to those who have just stumbled upon this spook-tactular Blog Hop and a message to hustle! This is the last day of the #SnarkologyHalloweenHop where almost SEVENTY authors, including myself of course, are participating in a Blog Hop hosted by the Ghostess with the Mostess, Melissa Snark!! Here are the big prizes:

 

(1) $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

If you click on the banner above OR CLICK HERE, you can follow the hop for more fun, great books, and awesome prizes! Below is also the link list to all the participants. The hop is happening OCTOBER 26-31st!!! You have all week long to participate.

Don’t forget to enter my drawing below OR do more sharing to earn more entries. TWO winners to receive Books 1 & 2 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles in audiobook format at the end of this week, just in time for Halloween!! Scroll down to enter the drawing AND participate in the rest of the hop spots!! Good luck!!

Halloween Day Drink #1 – Bloody Brain Shooters

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Day 5 – Snarkology Halloween Hop & Drinks

Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop 2015Only Two Days Left!!

Welcome back to those of you participating this week!!! Welcome to those who have just stumbled upon this spook-tactular Blog Hop! This is Day 4 of the #SnarkologyHalloweenHop where almost SEVENTY authors, including myself of course, are participating in a Blog Hop hosted by the Ghostess with the Mostess, Melissa Snark!! Here are the big prizes:

(1) $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

If you click on the banner to the right OR CLICK HERE, you can follow the hop for more fun, great books, and awesome prizes! Below is also the link list to all the participants. The hop is happening OCTOBER 26-31st!!! You have all week long to participate.

Don’t forget to enter my drawing below OR do more sharing to earn more entries. TWO winners to receive Books 1 & 2 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles in audiobook format at the end of this week, just in time for Halloween!! Scroll down to enter the drawing AND participate in the rest of the hop spots!! Good luck!!

Friday’s Halloween Drink – Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

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Day 4 – Snarkology Halloween Hop & Drinks

Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop 2015The Ghoulishly Delightful Party Continues!!

Welcome back to those of you participating this week!!! Welcome to those who have just stumbled upon this faah-BOO-lous Blog Hop! This is Day 4 of the #SnarkologyHalloweenHop where almost SEVENTY authors, including myself of course, are participating in a Blog Hop hosted by the Ghostess with the Mostess, Melissa Snark!! Here are the big prizes:

(1) $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

If you click on the banner to the left OR CLICK HERE, you can follow the hop for more fun, great books, and awesome prizes! Below is also the link list to all the participants. The hop is happening OCTOBER 26-31st!!! You have all week long to participate.

Don’t forget to enter my drawing below OR do more sharing to earn more entries. TWO winners to receive Books 1 & 2 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles in audiobook format at the end of this week, just in time for Halloween!! Scroll down to enter the drawing AND participate in the rest of the hop spots!! Good luck!!

Thursday’s Halloween Drink – Black Devil Martini

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Day 3 – Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop & Drinks

Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop 2015Keep On Participating!!!

Welcome back to those of you participating this week!!! Welcome to those who have just stumbled upon this faah-BOO-lous Blog Hop! This is Day 3 of the #SnarkologyHalloweenHop where almost SEVENTY authors, including myself of course, are participating in a Blog Hop hosted by the Ghostess with the Mostess, Melissa Snark!! Here are the big prizes:

(1) $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

If you click on the banner to the right OR CLICK HERE, you can follow the hop for more fun, great books, and awesome prizes! Below is also the link list to all the participants. The hop is happening OCTOBER 26-31st!!! You have all week long to participate.

Don’t forget to enter my drawing below OR do more sharing to earn more entries. TWO winners to receive Books 1 & 2 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles in audiobook format at the end of this week, just in time for Halloween!! Scroll down to enter the drawing AND participate in the rest of the hop spots!! Good luck!!

Wednesday’s Halloween Drink – Morgue-A-Rita Cocktail

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Day 2 – Snarkology Halloween Hop & Drinks

Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop 2015Get You Some Prizes!!!

Welcome!!! This is Day 2 of the #SnarkologyHalloweenHop where almost SEVENTY authors, including myself of course, are participating in a Blog Hop hosted by the BOO-tiful Melissa Snark!! Here are the big prizes:

(1) $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

If you click on the banner to the left OR CLICK HERE, you can follow the hop for more fun, great books, and awesome prizes! Below is also the link list to all the participants. The hop is happening OCTOBER 26-31st!!! You have all week long to participate.

I posted this info a little late in the day yesterday, so if you missed it, now’s your chance to catch up:  I invite you to visit AJ Nuest’s Tattered Pages blog where I’ll also be hosting MORE drinks all this week and she has some prizes as well. Yes…brave girl. She’s let me hijack her blog. Such a trusting soul. *rubs hands together* Mwuahahaha!

Don’t forget to enter my drawing below. TWO winners to receive Books 1 & 2 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles in audiobook format! Scroll down to enter the drawing AND participate in the rest of the hop spots!! Good luck!!

Tuesday’s Halloween Drink – Zombie Slime Shooters

Original_Andrea-Correale-Halloween-Cocktails-Zombie-Slime-Shooters_v.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1707For those of you who are Walking Dead fans or just enthusiasts for the coming Zombie Apocalypse, here’s a drink you might enjoy!! As I said yesterday, these drinks are courtesy of the HGTV website!! Who doesn’t like a good cocktail after working their butt off decorating or doing some construction on their house, huh? LOL Thanks to HGTV for posting their drink series.

Zombie Slime Shooters Halloween Cocktail

Ingredients

For cocktail:

1 ounce vodka
1 ounce peach schnapps
1 ounce sour apple schnapps
1 ounce coconut rum
1 ounce sweet and sour mix

For blood slime:

3 tablespoons corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

Rim Instructions
1. Mix corn syrup with red food coloring.
2. Dip the rim of martini glass into the mixture, and slowly spin the glass to coat it.
3. Turn the glass upright and the blood will begin to drip slightly. Set aside.

Cocktail Instructions
1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes.
2. Shake well and pour over ice cubes into slime-rimmed martini glass.

I hope you enjoyed the recipe for today! Check back tomorrow when I’ll post another drink recipe AND you can earn more chances to win!

Post Your Own Experience!

I’ll try to see if I can make some of these this week and post pictures on Pinterest! If you try out any, please post your comments on your experience here and leave any links where you posted pictures – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc!!

That’s my two pence…

Arial 😉

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