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

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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 😉

Midnight Eclipse #CoverReveal – #bbbvamps

Woo hoo! The day is finally here! I am doing the public cover reveal for Midnight Eclipse – Book 4 in my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles. Incidentally, the cover was revealed to all my VIP Club members last week on September 1st, so if you missed out on the early reveal, you might want to check your spam folder OR be sure to sign up for my VIP Club if you aren’t already a member. It’s FREE! Also, VIP Club members will not only get to pre-order Midnight Eclipse one week before everyone else at the LOW price of 50¢ (Yep! You read that right! Fifty pennies!), they will also get the book in their hot little hands ONE WEEK before everyone else does. So JOIN TODAY!

Okay, here’s the cover reveal….*Drum Roll* TAH-DAH!!!! (Click here for the blurb)

Midnight Eclipse - Book 4 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire ChroniclesPre-Order & Release Date Info

SQUEEE! I also get to announce to the public the pre-order and release dates for my next release:

  • The Blood Moon on October 8th – pre-order date for VIP Club members ONLY (through my site) for 50¢
  • October 15 – worldwide pre-order date through Amazon, B&N, iTunes and Smashwords for 99¢
  • Halloween October 31st – VIP Club members release date – last date at 50¢
  • November 7 – worldwide release date at 99¢
  • November 14 – Last day to get Midnight Eclipse at 99¢

Be sure to pre-order to get the book at these low prices. Once the book is available, it will go up to the regular price of $3.99 worldwide, including my website. So…

SAVE THE DATES!!

ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS SHELF!!

As I announced last week, we have a bunch of other fun stuff happening over at the FB Event – Bonded By Blood Party – so be sure to go there and sign up!!

What’s in this Book? Wolf Shapeshifters!!

As usual, HOT Scottish Vampires will be in this book! BUT I’ve now added another set of shapeshifters to my lore. The werewolves I introduced in Midnight Hunt (Book 3) were the traditional man-wolf creatures that were pretty bad news. Though Thomas was sexy, he was definitely the villain and a very bad guy. This time I’m pulling from Norse mythology, creating my own wolf-shifting people that are born with this magical ability to transform into the beautiful, sleek but large forms of wolves you might see in the wild. No grotesque transmogrification (GAWD I love that word!), but the graceful transition from one form to the other.

They are not only descendants of the god wolves Manegarm (aka Hati) and Sköll, but they are the offspring of the giantesses of the Ironwood forest (in the Norse realm and not from Earth). And that makes them very tall, so Celina (the heroine/Davina in Book 4), her brothers and their clan are all at least six feet in height! You’ll get to hear the story of how they came to earth very briefly in Midnight Eclipse, but I’ll be providing the lore in a free publication later – for VIP Club members ONLY, so be sure to sign up so you don’t miss it. I also have a twists, turns and quite a few surprises in this installment of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles. More secrets about the prophecy are revealed and I’m introducing a few new characters into the mix while I’m also bringing some old characters up to center stage. AND there will be two HEAs in this book! Lots of fun in store for this novel! I can’t wait for you all to read it!

What’s NOT in this Book? Sex!

My primary concern is to write a great story with lots of layers and plot twists and page-turning events. Although I have THOROUGHLY enjoyed writing the erotic love scenes between Broderick and Davina, the storyline for this novel did not really allow for me to include such detailed sex scenes. In fact, there isn’t much sex in this book at all!

SPOILER ALERT (which explains why there's no sex)

Broderick and Celina/Davina hit the ground running almost as soon as they meet each other and Broderick’s race is not very accepted by Celina’s clan. In fact, they HATE Vamsyrians and this was necessary to have Broderick fight for the woman he loves. However, it doesn’t make for very romantic encounters or private time. Celina’s father doesn’t want his daughter with a man he considers a monster, so you can bet your tushi he’s not going to give Broderick a single moment alone with his daughter if he can help it. As such…no nookie for Broderick!

Now, I could put the sex scenes in their dreams and leave it at that, but many readers have expressed in the past that this was a real tease (referring to Book 1), so I avoided taking this route. And I didn’t want to sacrifice the story just to get these two into bed together. Not only would the story fall short, but many of their opportunities to have sex would just seem forced and contrived, again sacrificing story. Will Broderick still be sex-on-a-stick? OH YEAH! He’ll still be rogue and push the boundaries of those sexual restrictions and there will still be sensuality in the story. But I’m taming things down in the sexual department so I can give you a good story. So rated R instead of XXX.

Moving Forward – New Books Launching in December!!

Midnight Conquest - New Adult VersionMidnight Savior (Book 5) so far is also proving to be the same situation – no sex due to the storyline. So with two books coming out that will have little-to-no sex, it’s opening up the opportunity for me to expand my audience. I’ve had several readers tell me they adore the stories, but the sex has been a little too much for them, so they skip over the love scenes. I’ve also had several young people interested in reading my books, but I strongly caution anyone under the age of eighteen to pick up my novels due to the graphic sexual content. As such, these are readers who are missing out on my Broderick and Davina’s tales.

Midnight Conquest - New Adult Version - Audiobook CoverSo, starting in December, I’ll be releasing the New Adult versions of my Bonded By Blood series. Same stories, just minus the detailed sexual encounters. The sex won’t be gone completely. I’ll just be taking out all the “glistening folds” details. Instead of writing, “Davina reached between them and grabbed Broderick’s shaft.” I’ll have, “Davina reached between them to fondle Broderick.” Or the like. Again, still sex-on-a-stick Broderick, the rogue and scoundrel, but focusing more on the sensuality. I know I might lose a few readers during this transition, but give the books a whirl before you bow out. AND if you’re a VIP Club member, you’ll get the new releases for FREE, so you have nothing to lose. Well, except the details in the sex. LOL The books will get new covers to fit the content, so this is why Book 4 has a close-up of Celina’s face, versus seeing lots of skin on the cover. And I’ll have a launch event during December. (I’m crossing my fingers the audiobooks of the new adult versions will be ready by then, too!!!)

happy-girl-at-computer_omgVIP Club Giveaway

Please Note: Most of the giveaways on my site and some of the upcoming events related to my next release will be exclusive for for my VIP Club members. This is my way of showing my appreciation for those devoted readers who go that extra mile to be a fan. Joining is FREE and there is no obligation to buy my books. With that being said…we can’t have a cover reveal without a giveaway!!!!

I need your input and opinion so tell me what you think and you could win a prize! The opinions of my readers matter to me, so don’t be afraid to tell me what you think about the above information. How do you like the idea of the Norse shapeshifters? Or the lack of sex in the books? What about the new adult versions? Is this something that appeals to you or are you in the “Don’t F**K with  my books!” camp?

TO ENTER THE DRAWING: Share your thoughts and opinions below in the comments. I’ll pick two winners for these prizes: a $15 and a $10 Amazon, B&N or iTunes gift card (winner’s choice).

Thanks for your participation and encouragement!!

Hugs,

Arial 😀

Bonded By Blood Release Party #bbbvamps

VIP Cover Reveal is 9/1/2014 - Public Cover Reveal is 9/8/2014SQUEEEEE! I just sent out my quarterly newsletter on Monday and not only announced WHEN Midnight Eclipse was going to be released, but I also had a cover reveal! Did you NOT get the e-mail? Then you must not be a member of my VIP Club OR you need to check your spam/junk folder to fish it out. If you’re not a VIP Club member and would like all the juicy details, CLICK HERE to sign up today! It’s free and you get freebies! And if you’d like to participate in the upcoming book tours, see below to sign up!!

I will create another post on Monday, September 8th with all the information I put into that newsletter item, including the public cover reveal – but for now, LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!!

LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!To party-cipate in the upcoming events, visit our Facebook Event page, where all the stuff is goin’ down! I’ll be announcing the prizes and things you can do to join in on all the fun. We’ll be posting HOT guys in kilts, HOT shifters, and anything else crazy we want to do! It will be for the full month of September and if we’re still having fun, it will go on through to Halloween!!! WOO HOOOO!!!!

September 15th is the BIG Day!

Though we’ll be posting all month long, the BIG day of partying will be September 15th – that is the first day of the Character Reveal Tour. That will be the kick off for the HUGE book tour I’m doing. I’m having a CHARACTER REVEAL TOUR!! On the FB event page, we’ll be posting giveaways and pictures of hot guys and gals, but we’ll also be posting links to the participating blogs where MORE giveaways are happening. (Incidentally, on September 19th, which is Talk Like a Pirate Day) we’ll be posting pictures of HOT pirates!!) You don’t want to miss out on this tour. My characters are all making appearances!!

  • Wanna flirt with Broderick MacDougal?
  • Perhaps ask Davina some questions? If you’re a guy, you’re welcome to flirt with her, but you might have a pretty angry vampire on your ass if you do!
  • Why not ask Amice or Veronique about what happened to Monique?
  • Cailin, James, Cordelia, Malloren, Amice, Veronique, Rosselyn and Nicabar will all be chatting with readers on the days they’re featured.

And I’m introducing new characters from Midnight Eclipse – Celina Hunter (Davina in 1734), her sexy brothers Jericho & Chandler – all three of which are shifters! Jerry is heterosexual, but Chandler is gay…so there fun to be had for EVERYONE!

collectorcard-2.5inx3.5in-h-frontAND we have Jericho’s hot best friend, Peter Lund…6’8′ tall, about 3′ wide of solid muscle and hair like spun gold! GAWD I have a weak spot for blonds (hint: my husband is blond). He’s a feisty shifter I think you’ll all LOVE and he saves the day in Book 4!! (Oops…spoiler!) Here’s a sneak peek of him and his wolf form.

Anyway, if you’d like to participate in the blog tours and host some of my characters – heck you can host them ALL if you’d like…the more the merrier! – then click on the links below to sign up! Tours are courtesy of the FABULOUS Literati Author Services. LOVE these guys!!!!

Can’t wait to see you all there!!!!

MWAH!!

JOIN US THERE TODAY!!

#POLL – Passionate Bites Needs a Cover

Passionate Bites Cover Showdown

COVER SHOWDOWN: Click the banner to Vote for the Cover of Passionate Bites

I’m very proud to say I am participating in ANOTHER boxed set this year! We’re calling it Passionate Bites: Hot Tales of Vampire Romance. Midnight Captive will be featured in this set along with some amazing authors you do not want to miss!! As you can see from the boxed set image, I’m honored to be among these amazing authors (in alphabetical order), with whom I’m fast becoming friends…

So, the above banner has the images very briefly. I’m going to picture them here and you can click on them to see a larger version. PLEASE NOTE: the watermarks will not be on the final images when we publish the book. These are just mock-ups.   SharpTeethCover06 PASSIONATE_BITES_Cover_2nd_REVISION SharpTeethCover05

 CLICK HERE TO VOTE ON FACEBOOK
CLICK HERE TO VOTE ON GOODREADS

We have the poll on Facebook, so please be sure to visit the page and participate in the poll! And leave any comments about what you like or don’t like about the covers. Your input is important!! Thank you!!

Scavenger Hunt Begins

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SCAVENGER HUNT UPDATE: All the pieces are in place!! And va-va-VOOOM, check out that sexy cover!! That is the heroine of my story, Monika Konrad, my little witch in the mid-seventeenth century in Germany. Be sure to scroll down and visit all the links below where all the puzzle pieces can be found at the various blog stops. Click to Tweet

The trumpeting of the horns blare across the glen and the hounds are off! Galloping over hill and dale on the scavenger hunt for…puzzle pieces?

Yes! Help me assemble the puzzle pieces to my cover for a chance to win some fun prizes and meet new fans and authors of paranormal romance!

The Midnight Hunt Scavenger Hunt Cover Reveal will tour around various locations connected with my internet presence as well as readers and authors who love paranormal romance! Keep returning to this page for updates on where the latest pieces for the scavenger hunt can be found and watch the cover assemble through the tour.

What’s the book about?

Midnight Hunt is the third book in the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles. If you’d like to read a blurb on the story, click here. This book will open readers to my version of werewolves and also has witches. Additionally, there will be more revealed about the prophecy storyline.

Get Informed About When the Pieces Are Revealed

Don’t forget to LIKE, SHARE and FOLLOW where you can so you can get the latest updates on puzzle piece locations during the scavenger hunt. The hashtag on Twitter for the Scavenger Hunt will be #BBB03HUNT. You can find clues and links to the puzzle pieces at my various internet locations:

Midnight Hunt Scavenger Hunt Cover Reveal

Image created by Paranormal Cravings

Where the Pieces Are

A hearty THANK YOU to all the wonderful people of the blogs and websites who are hosting the pieces for my cover reveal. MWAH! Please be sure to LIKE, SHARE, FOLLOW and show them some lovin’ wherever you can. You might meet new friends and discover new books! (Hint: If you follow their blogs, sites, Twitter, etc., you can be notified when they post a puzzle piece!) Pieces will be posted in the order and on the dates as follows:

  1. Laura Kaye, NYTimes and USAToday bestselling author – June 17 – Click to Tweet
  2. Arial’s Facebook Page – June 18 – Click to Tweet
  3. Paranormal Cravings e-Magazine – June 19 – Click to Tweet
  4. Arial’s Google+ Profile – June 20 – Click to Tweet
  5. Catherine Winters – Paranormal Author of BLACK – June 21 – Click to Tweet
  6. Happy Indulgence – Book Reviews & Gaming Blog – June 22 – Click to Tweet
  7. A Little Bit of R&R – Book Reviews by Ren – June 23 – Click to Tweet
  8. Sharon Buchbinder – Paranormal Romance Author – June 24 – Click to Tweet
  9. Arial on GoodReads – June 25 – Click to Tweet
  10. M. Sembera – Reading, Writing & Everything In Between Review Blog – June 26 – Click to Tweet
  11. Vonnie Davis – Romance Author – June 27 – Click to Tweet
  12. RomFan Reviews – June 28 – Click to Tweet
  13. Ari Thatcher – Paranormal Author – June 29 – Click to Tweet
  14. Arial’s Pinterest Boards – June 30 (Hint: You might have to HUNT for the piece a little) – Click to Tweet
  15. The Bookish Brunette – Official Zombie Craze Hostess – July 1 & final cover reveal – Click to Tweet

Character Appearances

Midnight Hunt Scavenger Hunt Cover RevealLEAVE COMMENTS…Broderick MacDougal and Angus Campbell have been known to make appearances at the blogs where I’ve been a guest. You never know when one of those rogues is going to show their true colors…or what’s under their kilts!! They’re more likely to come out if you leave them questions to answer. Don’t be shy! They’re not!

Midnight Hunt Scavenger Hunt Cover RevealHowever, James Knightly is! He’s the hero in Book 2 – Midnight Captive. I’m throwing out the gauntlet…who can coax this gentle rogue out into the open??

And we need to hear from the ladies! Davina MacDougal, my heroine from Midnight Conquest (Book 1), and her daughter Cailin, all grown up and the heroine in Book 2, have yet to come out and play. And we have a newcomer…Monika Konrad, my heroine from Midnight Hunt (Book 3), due to release in July! *crosses fingers*

How To Play

The Midnight Hunt cover has been split into fifteen puzzle pieces and will appear at a different blogs and websites (listed above) each day from June 17 through July 1, 2013.

To Enter the Giveaway

All you have to do is collect the puzzle codes posted with the pieces and email me at arial (at) arialburnz (dot) com when all the pieces have been revealed, which will be by July 1, 2013. Please be sure to include “BBB SCAVENGER HUNT” in the subject line of your e-mail. I’ll be posting links on Google+, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter with #bbb03hunt, so be sure to LIKE and FOLLOW me so you know where to find the pieces! All puzzle piece locations will also be listed here with links.

On or about July 8, 2013, I will select four random winners from the eligible entries for the following prizes:

  • Grand Prize: Signed paperback copy of Midnight Hunt, signed swag cards & romance trading cards (RTCs), and $20 Amazon/B&N Gift Card (winner’s choice)
  • 1st – $15 Amazon/B&N Gift Card (winner’s choice)
  • 2nd – $10 Amazon/B&N Gift Card (winner’s choice)
  • 3rd – $5 Amazon/B&N Gift Card (winner’s choice)

How will you know if you’ve won?

Winners for each prize package will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received from July 1 through July 7, 2013. Winners will be notified via the e-mail they used to submit their entry on or about July 8, 2013. See all Official Rules.

Midnight Hunt – Scavenger Hunt Cover Reveal

BBB03_emptyWe’re goin’ on a scavenger hunt…

For the pieces to the puzzle that will complete the cover of my next novel MIDNIGHT HUNT!

Join me and a number of wonderful authors and reader bloggers on a cover reveal tour like you’ve never seen! Each piece of the cover will be revealed and the entire cover assembled at the end of the tour on July 1st.

  • Tour Dates: June 17th – July 1st
  • Cover Reveal: July 1st
  • Tour Locations: author blogs, reader blogs and various stops around the World Wide Web, such as my Facebook author page, my Google+ page and other related sites
  • Prizes will include…
    • Grand Prize: Signed paperback copy of Midnight Hunt, swag cards & RTC and $20 Amazon/B&N Gift Card
    • 1st – $15 Amazon/B&N Gift Card
    • 2nd – $10 Amazon/B&N Gift Card
    • 3rd – $5 Amazon/B&N Gift Card

Once the tour begins, I’ll post a white cover space with the first piece and a link to where you can find it. As the tour progresses, I’ll be updating the graphic and the link to location of the next piece. Each piece will have a number/code. At the end of the tour, participants will send me an e-mail with all the puzzle codes to be entered into the final drawing. Contest rules will be posted closer to the date. Click here to see a calendar of this and other upcoming events.

Wanna Host a Piece of the Puzzle??

I still have some dates open for the blog tour, so if you’re an author or a book blogger and want to host one of the pieces, please contact me ASAP to get booked: arial (at) arialburnz (dot) com. Slots are filling up fast! I have 15 pieces to reveal and many are already spoken for!