Midnight Conquest – Audiobook Almost Here!

Midnight Conquest - AudiobookAudiobook Production Almost Done!

SQUEEE!!!! The audiobook for Midnight Conquest is almost done. We had some delays over the holidays and since I’m producing it myself (with the assistance of my fabulous narrator, David Monteath), the delays were due to me and holiday schedules. As some of you  may have heard, Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked just before Thanksgiving and my husband is in one of the key departments responsible for getting the company’s computers back up and running again. Holy bananas, what a freakin’ nightmare! He’s been working 12 hours a day, six days a week since the hack and only had Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days off, with an isolated day or two here and there either working from home or off of work. Well, unfortunately, it took it’s toll on him and he’s been home sick for the last two and a half weeks. Our household was pretty much turned upside down because of this cyberattack. Fuckers. Pardon the language, but geez.

Anyway, we’re back on track again and almost done with the final edits of the audiobook. My apologies to those who have been waiting for their prizes, where I’ve awarded this audiobook in some recent promotions and events. It’s coming! I promise!!

To give you a taste of the audiobook, I’m now releasing (below) the 5-minute sample that will be on Audible once the audiobook is live. You’ll get to hear David’s AWESOME Scottish accent and Broderick MacDougal will finally have a voice!!!!! Cross your legs, ladies, so you can bear the heat!! I’ve been swooning over here listening to the hunky Scottish Vampire I’ve been writing about for so many years. Just so you know, the quality you’ll get when you get the actual audiobook will be better. I had to take the quality down just to get it to upload and play on my site. Enjoy!!! Drum roll…..


The music, titled “Celtic Flame” by Stathum Summers at AudioJungle, is what you’ll hear at the beginning of each chapter. I hope it lends some Scottish atmosphere to the novels. Click on the title of the song to hear the whole version. I hope to be posting some other music on my site for a soundtrack to my books.

You may notice the cover above says, “New Adult Version.” As a reminder, I’ve edited the text of the book for a “softer” version of the sexual encounters, so…unfortunately…you won’t be getting all the glistening-folds details you’d get in the full eBook/printed novel. I did this to not only save my poor narrator from having to read the erotic scenes (LOL), but also to open my books to a younger audience. Instead of this being the X-rated version of my novels, the audiobook will be the NC-17 version, so parental discretion is still advised. 

I hope you enjoy this sample of the upcoming audiobook. Again, thank you all for your patience!! I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

Woo hoo!!! Please leave comments below! I’d love to hear what you think.


Arial :D

Nicholas Sparks Gets Divorced – Love is Dead?

Nicholas Sparks - TMZ.com photoIs Nicholas Sparks Divorce the End of True Love?

Of course it isn’t the end of true love! But you’d think it was if you listened to all the Twitter chatter about Mr. Sparks’s separation and pending divorce with his wife of 25 years. I’m just flabbergasted at the drivel that people are spewing because this bestselling romance novelist’s marriage didn’t work. Here are some of the ridiculous quotes flashing around the Twittersphere and I don’t want to put the author credits because they just don’t deserve the attention – but you can do searches on Twitter for them yourself if you’re interested.

  • “PSA: I was just informed that nicholas sparks got a divorce so basically love is dead”
  • Nicholas Sparks is getting a divorce and love is officially dead.”
  • “Nicholas Sparks is getting a divorce?! There’s no hope for love :(“
  • Nicholas Sparks got a divorce this week so basically there’s no hope for any of us”

I could continue, but I’m sure you get the point.

Reality Check

As a romance novelist myself, and having been through two divorces AND now in a very successful and healthy relationship, I think I have a pretty solid soap box on which to stand. Since this is my website, I’ll take the liberty of climbing on top of said makeshift podium and pontificate. TRUE LOVE IS NOT DEAD. I know because I’m living it. MUCH of the romance in my books is based on the true love principles I’m sharing in this article. I’ve said many times before, my husband is the heart that beats within Broderick MacDougal, the main character in my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles.

How bloody absurd it is that people are taking this leap just because Nicholas Sparks had problems in his love life! BUT it highlights how unrealistic people are about love today. I’ll make a couple of important points I’ve learned the hard way through the years: Continue reading

No More eBooks!

At least not here on my own website. As I mentioned before in previous VIP Club announcements and website posts, I am no longer selling my eBooks through my website. All eBooks are sold through the major online retailers and here are the buttons to my author pages on each of those sites:


Midnight Conquest is FREE through each of those retailers. I’ll be sending out a VIP Club newsletter in the new year as well to make this announcement.

VIP Club Benefits

But what VIP Club pricing???

No worries!! All my VIP Club members will still have access to special pricing through Smashwords coupons! VIP Club members will now get 25% off all my eBooks (which still equates to $1 off). CLICK HERE for a complete list of Smashwords Coupon Codes (you MUST be logged into this site to access the link). All VIP Club e-mail notifications and Freebie pages have been updated to reflect the new codes. If I missed something, please let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

Pre-release Options?

Since I am releasing my books through Amazon first and then other retailers after the 90-day exclusivity period, I cannot make the books available for pre-order through my website. Not only will it violate my Amazon contract, but it’s an administrative nightmare. The latest release with pre-orders was so much more trouble than it was worth. But hey…I gave it the ol’ college try. Thank you to those who participated!

HOWEVER, as VIP Club members, you will get the announcement FIRST as to WHEN my new releases we be FREE. Since I’ll be using the KDP Select program, I’m taking advantage of the 5 free Kindle promo days and VIP Club members will be informed FIRST as to when those days are happening! If you’re not a VIP Club member now, be sure to SIGN UP. I’m hoping BBB-Book 5 will be out in the Spring 2015 and you’ll be able to get it for $0…IF you’re a member and are informed!

Audiobook – Midnight Conquest

I swear, the audiobook is coming!!!! Due to the business of the holidays and all hell breaking loose with the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack (my husband is a current employee and I’m an ex-employee), I just did not have time to finish up the editing on my first audiobook. Some of you have won copies of Midnight Conquest. Don’t worry! I haven’t forgotten about you. They’ll be coming in January!! I’ll make the announcement in an upcoming newsletter. Thank you in advance for your continuing patience.

I wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

That’s my two pence…

Arial :D


Winners Announced for the Midnight Eclipse Release Tour

Throwing in the Towel - YUM!TIME FOR A REVEALING!

First let me thank everyone who participated in the Midnight Eclipse Book Release Tour! All the tweets that went out to increase my exposure were invaluable in helping me get the word out about my books. Thank you!!!

I did make an announcement of the winners for the tour in my newsletter yesterday to all my VIP Club members – along with announcing the quarterly winner (see widget to the right) – but I completely forgot to mention the bloggers who also won the incentive drawings. My sincerest apologies!!! So many blogger participated (see link above for list of participating websites) and two winners were selected for $20 Amazon Gift Cards. They were…

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Be sure to visit their blogs and show some lovin’!

Bonded By Blood - Vampyre MaskWhen we first pulled the names for the winners of the prizes below, we e-mailed them directly through the e-mails they provided when they entered. Some people did not claim their prizes for the Midnight Eclipse tour, so we picked new names. When I announced this in my newsletter yesterday, a bunch of people contacted me, asking if they were the ones that didn’t respond.

Suffice it to say that if you entered your e-mail for the drawing, that is the e-mail we would have used to contact you for your prize and we sent several messages. Unless those messages went into your spam folder, you probably would have known if you were contacted. However, IF you check your spam folder now and find out you DID miss out on winning your prize, then forward the winning announcement e-mail to me and we’ll take it from there. Unfortunately, we might have to work out a different prize, though. Just sayin’!

Bonded By Blood Vampire Coaster SetBelow are the list of prizes given out and the names of all the winners. This list includes the winners who DID claim their prizes and the new names chosen, so it’s all inclusive. The only people that need to contact me are the ones who won the signed book copies. All the rest should have their prizes by now.

  • Midnight Conquest Character Reveal Tour & Books 1-3 Book Blast
    • $10 Gift Card – Lisa Miller
    • 1 set of coasters – Vicki Hancock
    • 1 Signed Set of books 1-3 – Rebecca Ray
  • Midnight Captive Character Reveal Tour
    • $10 Gift Card – Robbie Bauldree
    • 1 mask – Maari Hammond
    • 1 Signed set of books 1-3 – Melissa Snow
  • Midnight Eclipse Book Tour
    • $100 Gift Card – Amber Snyder
    • 1 box of books 1-4 signed copies – Ann Waters

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Everyone who won the signed copies needs to contact me with a snail-mail address AND what you would like inscribed on your copies (e.g., who am I making them out to?).

Midnight Eclipse Book Tour Schedule – #Giveaways!

Midnight Eclipse - Book Tour with Literati Author ServicesFor your convenience, I’ve posted the complete schedule of bloggers who are hosting my new release, Midnight Eclipse. I will try to update the links as I get them, but some of the posts aren’t going live or I’m having problems finding them.  By the way…for those of you who are bloggers…PLEASE put a search widget on your site! It’s near impossible for authors to find our posts when you don’t have that search function. Thank you!!

Tour Schedule

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Midnight Eclipse Book Tour #Giveaways

Midnight Eclipse - Book Tour with Literati Author Services

Midnight Eclipse Book Tour

The Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles by Arial Burnz is the saga of Broderick MacDougal following the soul of his true love through the centuries. There are six books planned for the series and this introduces the new release Midnight Eclipse – Book 4 – which features Norse shapeshifting pirates. AVAILABLE FOR NOW FOR 99 CENTS ONLY THROUGH NOVEMBER 12TH. Full schedule of all the Tour Stops at Literati Author Services IS HERE!

Become a VIP Club Member for FREE and you’ll also Midnight Conquest, Book 1, for FREE! CLICK HERE to read about the other benefits of being a VIP. Click to Tweet and help spread the news! Continue reading

Midnight Eclipse – Price Change

Midnight Eclipse - Book 4 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles

Get Midnight Eclipse at 50¢ While You Can!

Thank you to those who pre-ordered Midnight Eclipse through my website. Just as a reminder for those who haven’t pre-ordered it at the 50¢ price point, it will only be 50¢ for TODAY. Tomorrow it’s going to $2.99 on my site. 

For Those Who Have Already Pre-ordered at 50¢…

For those who have not yet paid for their pre-order, it should still be at the 50¢ price point. IF IT IS NOT, PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE. Let me know immediately! I want to be sure you still get it at the pre-order price. I’m not sure how this WooCommerce thingy works with pre-orders and price changes.

Also, the eBook will NOT automatically go to your eReader. You will have to download the file from you My Account page OR the link provided in the e-mail after you pay for your pre-order. Amazon Payments has been turned back on, but some people are still having problems. I can’t apologize enough for the inconveniences!! 

Still Not Sure about Midnight Eclipse?

And if you’re still not sure you want to get the book, here’s a sneak peak – The Prologue and Chapter One…


PLEASE NOTE: You will still be able to pre-order Midnight Eclipse for 99¢ if you click the links below. However, that price will only be available until November 12th.

Pre-order still available for 99¢! CLICK THESE BUTTONS TO BUY NOW:



But that 99¢ price point will only last until November 12th, so ORDER NOW!

AND I’m giving away a signed set of Books 1-4 AND $100 Gift Card to TWO lucky winners!!! Enter here…



Jan. 1, 2015 – No More eBook Purchases at My Site

Throwing in the Towel - YUM!Due to all the problems with downloading eBook files, putting them on devices and the overwhelming customer service requests that came through during the purchasing of eBooks and pre-orders through my website, I’ve thrown in the towel. It’s just me running my website and managing all this. Though as a whole it isn’t too bad, when piled on top of writing, deadlines, running the podcast (which I’m also dropping), and just day-t0-day activities, it was too much for me to handle. GAWD! Don’t you wish you could be 5 people at once? There are so many things I would love to do, but my writing has to come first. As such…

Effective January 1st, I will no longer be offering eBooks through my website. You will still be able to purchase signed print copies and I’ll be adding some vampire merchandise to the catalogue (like the vampire coasters). HOWEVER, I still want to provide VIP Club pricing for my devoted fans as a benefit. I might be able to offer special pricing through my website by using coupon codes with Smashwords…but I have to research this option. You would make the purchase here, and then I would give you a one-time only coupon code with Smashwords.

Right now you can get Midnight Conquest for FREE through the vendors listed above. Amazon, B&N and iTunes will deliver right to your device, so that’s much easier for you guys. Once the Les Petites Morts short stories are no longer on KDP select, I’ll be providing coupons through Smashwords as the freebies. So come January (heh heh…I said come), I’ll be changing the website offerings up a bit and the VIP Club FREEBIES page will get some new links.

Thank you all for being so patient and understanding during my trial period of selling books through my site. Though I would definitely earn more money through this venue, YOUR convenience is more important to me and getting your books loaded directly onto your devices is MUCH easier and perhaps worth the extra 49¢ you’d pay through the vendors.

That’s my two pence and I hope you enjoy MIDNIGHT ECLIPSE!

Arial :D

Midnight Eclipse – NOW AVAILABLE!

Midnight Eclipse - Book 4 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles


Thank you for your patience! Midnight Eclipse should now be available for download for those of you who pre-ordered. I’ll see if I can send out a reminder e-mail. I kinda screwed things up with not moving the pre-order date in my own system, so some people received the notification e-mail earlier than I wanted. Hopefully, I’m not going to send out more than one e-mail! Yeah…this process is soooo not working. Next release will be exclusively through the online retailers. No more buying books through my website. So sorry for the inconveniences anyone has experienced through me testing out this process.


PLEASE NOTE: The price on my website will go up to $2.99 on November 6th! You will still be able to pre-order Midnight Eclipse for 99 cents if you click the links below. However, that price will only be available until November 12th.

Pre-order by clicking on these buy buttons – only 99 cents:



But that 99 cent price point will only last until November 12th, so ORDER NOW!

AND I’m giving away a signed set of Books 1-4 AND $100 Gift Card to TWO lucky winners!!! Enter here…

Midnight Eclipse – Release Date 11/4/2014

Midnight Eclipse - Book 4 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles


I apologize for the inconvenience, but the release date for Midnight Eclipse was moved from October 31 to November 4. So if you received an e-mail this morning stating it was available and needed to be purchased, please disregard.

We had some family emergencies and some unexpected issues arise, so my writing schedule got all messed up and delayed. The book is ALMOST ready! Thank you for your patience!

For those of you who have not yet pre-ordered it, you can still do so here, but I would recommend doing it through one of your favorite retailers below due to the convenience of having the item sent automatically to your device on release date.

Pre-order by clicking on these buy buttons – only 99 cents:



But that 99 cent price point will only last until November 12th, so ORDER NOW!

AND I’m giving away a signed set of Books 1-4 AND $100 Gift Card to TWO lucky winners!!! Enter here…

Midnight Eclipse – Pre-Order NOW at Major Retailers for 99 Cents!

Midnight Eclipse - Book 4 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles

Pre-order by clicking on these buy buttons – only 99 cents:



But that 99 cent price point will only last until November 18th, so ORDER NOW!

AND I’m giving away a signed set of Books 1-4 AND $100 Gift Card to TWO lucky winners!!! Enter here…