Bonded By Blood – Vampire Fiction

AB_header_600x137_transpVampires, Revenge, Prophecy

Revenge is not so sweet. Family betrayal leads to slaughter and destruction, and deception and unforgiveness play their hand in Broderick MacDougal’s destiny to become a Vamsyrian (vampire) and seek revenge. Immortality does not take away the human conditions of the heart, and as far as Broderick is concerned, it magnifies them. Love, hate, passion and boredom all seem exaggerated by the centuries. Love lends itself to many forms and matures over time. It also appears in places one never expected.

These books are the chronicles of Broderick “Rick” MacDougal and his struggle to find peace for himself and extract revenge for the slaughter of his family.

These stories contain strong romantic elements and graphic sexual scenes. NOT recommended for persons under 18 years of age.

Book 1 – Midnight Conquest – Stewart Glen, Scotland – 1513

Book 2 – Midnight Captive – Leith, Scotland – 1531

Book 3 – Midnight Hunt –  Germania of the Holy Roman Empire – 1636

Book 4 – Midnight Eclipse – Shetland Islands, 1734

Book 5 – Midnight Savior – London, 1888

Book 6 – Midnight Deliverer – Los Angeles, 21st Century

Coincidentally a MacDougal

I originally wrote Midnight Conquest (then titled Bonded By Blood) back in 1992 (see story below). When searching through Clan names to choose  for my main character, I learned “MacDougal” meant son of the dark stranger and I thought, “What a kewl name for a vampire!” (Of course, all these years later I’ve come to understand it was the old Scottish way of saying son of the milkman. LOL! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)

Fast forward about twenty years later when I met my now-husband, DeWayne Henderson. He was very enthusiastic about my stories and encouraged me to get Midnight Conquest out of storage and rewrite it. About four months into dating, he brought me home to meet his family and excitedly told his father that I was writing a book. I told him what the book was about and mentioned my hero’s name was Broderick MacDougal.

My future father-in-law interrupted me to say, “MacDougal? We’re MacDougals!”

DeWayne shrugged, hearing this news for himself the first time.

His father said, “A MacDougal married into the Henderson clan before they came over to America.”

DeWayne and I grinned at each other and had a silent exchange that said, “There’s ANOTHER little fact that confirms we’re meant to be together!”

And so goes the tale of how my husband is coincidentally a descendant of Clan MacDougal.

Author Notes

I have always had an intense love for vampires, so that naturally led me to write about them. My first novel BONDED BY BLOOD was actually the title of the original book I wrote back in 1992. I abandoned the first half of the book–showing how Broderick became a Vamsyrian (vampire)–and kept the second half, which has now become MIDNIGHT CONQUEST. When I had finished BBB, I submitted it to various publishers and agents and was very excited to have a New York agent interested in seeing more. She made suggestions, but I was in the middle of my first divorce, so the book had to be put aside. About a year and a half later, I took two weeks off from work and finished rewriting BBB and resubmitted it. She said I had “missed the boat” on the vampire fiction (HA HA – Little did she know how popular they would become), but she was very gracious to give me a four-page critique. She also asked if I had any other books that I could send her. However, since life had thrown me a few more curves, I needed to put my writing aside, but it never stopped me from developing the tales of Broderick MacDougal.

In creating the backstory for the first book, I discovered a whole world of vampires, adventure and revenge waiting to be written about. I had developed other concepts for stories about vampires – such as having Jack the Ripper as a vampire or creating the lore of vampires that leads to their final destruction – Rick just kept pestering me to weave them all into one large saga. After going through my second divorce, I decided to dust off BBB and re-read it. YUCK! No wonder the New York agent didn’t want to represent it! It went from bad to worse with the rewrite. Time for an overhaul! I pulled this out here, yanked that out of there, put this in here and voila! MIDNIGHT CONQUEST was born and I was able to develop the rest of the concepts for the books in the series. Note to aspiring authors: The first book is the HARDEST to get through.

In all the vampire romance novels I’ve read through the years, one thing always struck me about them: Since most of the vampire heroes are a few hundred years old, some even a couple-thousand, I always thought it was unrealistic (because vampires are SO realistic…anyway) that in X-hundred years he couldn’t find ONE woman that set his heart on fire! Come on! In all of 500 years, you can’t tell me that a vampire doesn’t fall in love with ONE woman until he hits the 20th or 21st centuries; when we humans–in our average span of 80 years–can marry, become a widow/er and remarry again…in just 80 years? Thus was born BONDED BY BLOOD. Broderick MacDougal does indeed have several wives throughout the centuries; however, he learns a lesson of immortality with each one of them AND it takes him about 100 years between each wife for him to recover and open his heart again. Or, perhaps there’s something more to these women than meets the eye? Hrmmmmm….guess you’ll have to read them to find out. Mwuhahahahaha!

Keep checking my blog for updates and developments!

32 Responses to Bonded By Blood – Vampire Fiction

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  3. Margie Zelau-Brown says:

    Hi Arial, I loved reading your Author notes. It’s something I always look for when starting a New Series, because I enjoy knowing how everything came together for the Author. I am looking forward to reading all about this world of Vampires you have created, starting with Rick MacDougal. I also love the name you gave them, Vamsyrian that is so cool. Happy Writing 🙂

    • Arial Burnz says:

      Thanks, Margie!!! I’m so thrilled you’re excited about my series. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think about the books once you’ve read them. No hard feelings if you don’t enjoy them…I can’t please everyone! LOL I write what I love to read, and it sounds like you and I have similar tastes in fiction, so I think you’ll enjoy them. 😀

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  16. Butterfly1954 says:

    I love the books and cannot wait for the new book to come out, I am also Scottish, I am a Stuart.

    • Arial Burnz says:

      Awesome!!! Have you traced your family lineage back to the throne? I know not all Stuarts/Stewarts are related, but you never know. You could be of royal blood! Thanks so much for commenting and good luck on the drawings!

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  22. Joyce Cook says:

    Hi my question is, can I buy the first 4 books in a boxed set or separate?
    I have read 2 of your books but very interested in more of your books.
    Ty

    • Arial Burnz says:

      Right now, I don’t have a boxed set of my novels. I was going to wait until I was done with all six before I put them into a boxed set. However, you can get each of my books for a steal…

      • Book 1 – Free at all retailers
      • Book 2 – In the Passionate Bites Boxed set – pre-order for 99 cents – coming out next week
      • Book 3 – In the Highland Shifters Boxed set – $3.99, but has a slew of other stories from great authors
      • Book 4 – Of course this is 99 cents at all retailers right now, but that price is going up as soon as the retailers catch up to Smashwords.

      And then each of my books can be bought separately at your favorite online retailer (Amazon, B&N, iTunes, etc.). I hope this helps. If you join my VIP Club, then you’ll be updated when I release each book AND be entered into my quarterly drawing for $50 – exclusive only to VIP Club members.

      Let me know if you have any more questions and I’m glad you’re enjoying the books!!

      Best,
      Arial 😀

  23. Joyce Cook says:

    Hi Arial,
    Yes that helped me. I will probably wait till they are out.
    Ty Joyce

  24. Butterfly1954 says:

    Well you could have used Stuart for the last name. After all I am a Stuart.

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  26. Aline Pack says:

    Would love wallpaper on my iPhone, or my kindle any way to download there.?

    • Arial Burnz says:

      I’m still looking into getting the images to work on the Kindle Fire. I’ve had a couple of people ask about it and I haven’t tested it myself. Once I get the procedures, I’ll be sure to add that. As for the iPhone, the page where you got the image should have some instructions on how to load it OR they should be in the email that went out.

      Thanks for downloading them!!

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