Romance DOES Exist!

Midnight Captive - Audiobook - Vampire RomanceTrue Romance is REAL!

“Your books have changed my life!”

What author WOULDN’T want to hear that? It was the most amazing moment of my life as a writer when a local reader named Violet said those very words. I felt I’d finally accomplished a goal I set out to do with my novels. When I started writing, though, I wasn’t sure I could do it. I mean, heck…how do you change someone’s life with vampire romance? Kind of a round-about goal, right? A cure for cancer would be more direct. Maybe feeding the homeless? But I was better at writing than those other things, so I stuck with writing.

Though “changing someone’s life” was the goal I set to accomplish through my stories, the more specific method to do this…at least with my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles…was to show people the face of true love. Show them the characteristics of a healthy and supportive relationship. Show them genuine love in action! But with vampires?? Just go with me on this one. 😉

At the heart of all stories are the relationships between the characters. I happen to LOVE vampires, so I chose them as my vehicle, but the relationships between my main characters was the focal point. I’m speaking of Broderick and Davina, and more personally for my reader Violet who was touched by James and Cailin in Midnight Captive.

Just to give you a little backstory…

Midnight Captive - Book 2 - Vampire RomanceJames and Cailin were betrothed very young, their parents business partners. But it wasn’t forced on them. At the age of 17, James asks for the union. Cailin was only 12 at the time and the intention was to wed when she grew to womanhood. But James knew deep inside it was their friendship, respect and compatibility with each other that would make them an ideal match. Love is more than just the butterflies in our bellies. Marriage is a partnership that should be open and, more than anything, you should be able to completely be yourself around your partner. No judgment. So many people in the world don’t have this…but I did and still do, so I wanted to share this.

James and Cailin have some communications problems throughout the book and most of them revolve around what she thinks James wants in a wife. So, instead of just being herself – a dagger-toting hellion who wants to fight vampires and protect her family – she tries to be the dutiful wife who’s mastered the task of embroidery and running a household because she thinks that’s what James wants. Nothing could be further from the truth! Through their adventures, James and Cailin learn it’s okay to be who you are with no excuses. That’s exactly what I have with my husband. We can COMPLETELY be ourselves with each other. It’s liberating!

It’s Not Them…It’s YOU!

So, back to Violet. My husband and I walked into the local restaurant where Violet works and she said with wide eyes, “Oh, m’ija!* I have to to talk to you!” She glanced at my husband, standing beside me. “But not with him around.”

“I’ll just be over here,” my thoroughly accommodating and amused husband said, and he picked out a table for us.

After I gave Violet our food order, she pulled me aside. I said,”They’re too hot, aren’t they? My books are too hot.”

She fanned herself. “Eiye, caliente, but I love that. No, I wanted to tell you…your books have changed my life!”

Cailin MacDougal - Midnight Captive - Vampire RomanceCertainly, I was taken aback. “What? How? What do you mean?”

“The relationship between James and Cailin is just so loving.” She sighed dreamily. “All this time I was in these relationships with men, I always thought there was something wrong with me. But James and Cailin made me realize I was just with the wrong person.”

Of course I was in tears and we hugged.

“For the first time in twelve years,” she continued, “I started dressing up again, feeling better about myself. I started dating. And you know what?” She grinned. “I met someone and he’s a really nice guy.”

We hugged again and I told her how happy I was for her and was honored by her compliment. I don’t know about you, but I’m tearing up right now as I write this, and as I always do when I tell this story. 

Honor and privileges aside, what I want you to notice is what Violet did and what changed. SHE did the changing. SHE shifted her perspective from judging herself to being open to the idea that she just needed to find the person who was more suited to HER. Violet told me she felt free to be Violet and didn’t have to make any excuses. She was also free to look for a guy who was more suited to who she was, what she liked and how she wanted to spend her time.

James Knightly - Midnight Captive - Vampire RomanceMy sister Linda told me once,

“You have to stop pretending to be the person you think other people want you to be and just be yourself. Trying to be someone else is like putting on a mask. The people who REALLY love the person you REALLY are will miss you…because you’re hiding behind that mask.”

It was a profound moment in my life that helped me make the same shift in perspective Violet did. The more I act like myself, the more I attract the people who like the real me. Only then was I open to seeing who was the right guy for me…and that’s when I met my husband and romance novel hero.

Part of finding your true mate is also learning more about yourself. What do you like to do? Who are you as a person? The more you know about who you are, the more you realize the type of person you want to have in your life. It frees you up to easily let go of those people who don’t match your ideals or have the same interests. Why would you want to hang around people who criticize who you are, what you do and what you like? Wouldn’t it be more fun to hang around people who enjoy the same things? And above all, your life-partner should be your best friend.

If such a notion scares you into thinking you’ll be spending your life alone, then perhaps the truth is you don’t like who you are. Look…no matter where you go, there YOU are. You can’t get rid of you, so you might as well learn to love YOU. If there are things about your personality you don’t like, strive to change them. Strive to love YOU, though, and change for YOU…not for someone else. And when you do, when you can feel comfortable in your own skin, then you can relax and be yourself…and be okay with being yourself. Once you do that, you’ll attract the right person.

I hope this was helpful! Have YOU found your true love? Does any of this ring true with you? I’d love to hear if you have a story to share!

That’s my two pence…

Arial 😉

*informal Spanish for “friend” or “mate”

Quarterly Winner & Updates

Quarterly Winner

This quarter’s winner of the $50 gift card is…..*drum roll*

Cindy

Sorry, no last name is provided on her account, but I’ve contacted her via e-mail and Cindy has selected the $50 Barnes & Noble gift card option! Congratulations!!!!!

FYI – Over the last year or so since I started the VIP Club, I’ve been conducting a quarterly drawing of $50 for those who joined. Everyone who is a member of the club is automatically entered into the drawing every three months. However, most of my very devoted members have expressed that the money is nice, but that’s not why they joined. They joined because they love my books, they love vampires and they love the vampire freebies – short stories, graphics and special announcements. So effective immediately, I will no longer be doing the Quarterly Drawings. However…there are other opportunities! Keep reading…

New Subscriber Lists

I’ve done some reorganization on my site and added a few more lists based on some reader requests. Some people ONLY want to know when I have a New Release. Others want to be part of a Review Team. And many have asked about whether or not I have a Street Team. As such, I’ve created new lists and you can pick and choose which ones you’d like to subscribe to. CLICK HERE to see information on each of these lists.

ML-streetteamWith that being said, I’ve decided to redirect the quarterly funds to the Street Team, which is the core function and purpose of the quarterly drawings – to help me spread the news about my books. The more you participate in the weekly activities, the more chances you have of winning. I’m still ironing out the details, so I won’t have anything for Street Team Members right away, but I’m accepting sign-ups now.

How to Sign-up for the New Lists

If you’re already a member of my VIP Club, then CLICK HERE to modify your membership options to join any of the above mentioned lists (you may need to login). If you’re NOT a member of my VIP Club, then CLICK HERE to sign-up and you’ll see the new options available on the registration form.

ML-reviewteamNOTE: If you ONLY want to receive notifications of new releases and you’re already subscribed to the VIP Club, change your subscriptions to New Releases ONLY and DE-SELECT the VIP Club list option when you edit your profile. I’ll be double checking as people enroll for this list, to be sure this is the ONLY list you’re subscribed to. If you’re new to subscribing and you want this option, ONLY select this option. Thank you!

BBB05_mysteryWhere is Book 5??????

I’ve been getting this question a lot and I know you all are waiting for the next exciting and sexy adventure for Broderick and Davina. The good news is, I have the entire book plotted! The bad news is, I don’t want to start writing it until I have Book 6 plotted. I’m not exactly sure what Book 6 has in store yet and I want to be sure I’ve planted little tidbits in Book 5 for properly setting up the novel.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a release date yet. Just so you all know, I’ve had to put my writing aside for a few months. We’re in the middle of prepping our house to sell and we’ll be moving. My mother – the Home Improvement Queen – was here for the entire month of June to help me and though we got a lot done…I still have a LOT of work to do yet. I’m talking tearing out ceilings, knocking down walls, and remodeling the kitchen and bathroom so we can hope to make a decent profile on the house to help us afford the move.

Where are we moving to? I’ll have to make that announcement as soon as we know. I have no idea how long it will take me to do all this and my husband is only available on the weekends to help me do the real hefty work because he works at least 9 hours a day and commutes 6 hours a day (3 hours EACH WAY). Precious darlin’ is tuckered out by the time he gets home and I don’t blame him. As such, the rest of the work will be up to me, much to his disappointment and dismay. He wants to be here so badly, but can’t get the time off work. 🙁

Sneak Peak – Midnight Savior

 However, I CAN give you a sneak peak of Book 5. Now remember, this is first draft stuff, so it’s far from polished. This is fairly close to the opening of the book. *Drum roll*

CLICK HERE TO READ A SNEAK PEAK!

 I’m anxious to hear your comments, so leave them below and I look forward to interacting with you!!! Until then…

That’s my two pence..

Arial 😉

Spring Cleaning, Maintenance & Updates

Arial Burnz - VIP Club MaintenanceAs usual, I try to do some spring cleaning on my website, delete inactive or spammy-looking accounts and other such tedious and boring webmistress maintenance on the technical side of the site.

New Mailing List Features!

This year, I’m updating my site to handle mailing list directly through my site instead of through MailChimp. MailChimp has been good to me, but as I near the 2000 member mark on my list, the monthly costs are a bit out of my budget right now. I will, instead, be using a fabulous plugin called “Newsletters” by Tribulant Software. These guys are great and their product is much more affordable. Continue reading

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…..

BBB01 Sample

 

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.

Cheers!

Arial 😀

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

Character Reveal Tour – Davina Stewart-Russell #Giveaways

Midnight Eclipse - Character Reveal Tour 2014

Midnight Eclipse Character Reveal 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 tour highlights the characters featured in the first three books and in the upcoming release Midnight Eclipse – Book 4 – which features Norse shapeshifting pirates. AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER OCTOBER 8TH for VIP Club members, October 15th worldwide.

Become a VIP Club Member for FREE to get the VIP pre-order pricing of 50¢ for Midnight Eclipse!!  You’ll also get Midnight Conquest, Book 1, for FREE if you join. CLICK HERE to read about the other benefits of being a VIP. Click to Tweet and help spread the news!

Midnight Conquest - Davina Stewart-RussellBio: Davina Stewart-Russell

Not a lady born, but a lady raised…

…Davina Stewart was born to Parlan and Lilias at Stewart Glen in the Lowlands of Scotland, just northeast of Aberdeen. Davina is the youngest of her and her brother, Kehr.

Due to her loose connections to the crown through her father, she was betrothed to Ian Russell – a marriage that benefited her brother and father with wealth, while Parlan promised coveted contacts for Ian and his father, Munro. However, Ian has proven to use a heavy hand to rule over Davina. In spite of pleas toward her father to dissolve the marriage, she is forced to endure her union for the sake of their financial wellbeing. In a time where a woman is property to her family and spouse, Davina endures with a silent strength when she has exhausted all other avenues, and maintains her dignity in the face of oppression.

But there is one image in her mind that has been her anchor through the years. The handsome Gypsy she met as a young girl – Broderick. He had warned her of the dark times to come when he read her palm, and said she would endure if she held to an image of strength. Little did he or Davina know Broderick would be that rock she would cling to, the light that would give her hope through those dark times.

Most Popular Quote from Davina Stewart-Russell

“Your name—MacDougal means Son of the Dark Stranger, if I’m not mistaken.” She pursed her lips and crossed her arms. “How appropriate.” 
Said to Broderick MacDougal in Midnight Conquest, Book 1 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles – Click to Tweet 

Fact About Davina Stewart-Russell NOT in the Books

In Midnight Conquest, there is a scene where Broderick is being a bit of a peeping Tom and is mesmerized by Davina standing in a tub of shallow water, cleansing herself from the day. However, the scars on her body and the odd angle of her left arm take Broderick out of this sensual moment and ignite a protective anger in him over the obvious signs of abuse. Davina’s left arm was indeed broken, as Broderick had observed. She had gone to her father-in-law to inform him of Ian’s abusive behavior. Munro said he would speak with Ian on her behalf. Later that evening, Ian had a fight with his father Munro and, as punishment, Munro denied him funds. Ian became very drunk and took his anger out on Davina with his fists, then shoved her down a short flight of stairs where she broke her arm on the fall. This was the night of her first miscarriage.

Midnight Eclipse - Book 4 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire ChroniclesBook Blurb

Broderick MacDougal follows the familiar yearning of his soul to a fierce warrior who is as seductive as a siren at sea – and she is just as deadly. The world of the supernatural opens to Broderick as he not only finds himself in the midst of an ancient war of shapeshifters, but the devious Cordelia Lynn Harley has re-entered his life and has a few of her own surprises.

Born into a hated race of Norse wolf shifters, Celina Hunter knows all too well the dangers of trusting anyone other than her two brothers. And yet the survival of her family hinges on trusting the strangely familiar vampire, a natural enemy of her kind…yet her tribe’s Shaman advisers confirm he is her soul mate. Enemy or not, Celina slips into the spell of Broderick’s promises of eternal love, gambling with all she holds dear.

Broderick and Celina are bound by a curse, but having come this far through the centuries, Broderick is not about to risk his chance at having his soul mate for eternity. The price, however, may be more than Celina is willing to pay as there is more at stake than just her immortal soul. Click to Tweet

Giveaways!

Arial Burnz is giving away a TON of stuff during this tour! Please use the Giveaway Tools entry widget to be entered into the drawing. Each button will earn you more chances to win and you can keep coming back to earn more entries! All entrants will automatically become members of Arial’s VIP Club, which is free to join and has many more benefits, such as exclusive contests like this one. These are the prizes for the Character Reveal Tour featuring the characters in Midnight Conquest (Book 1) – winners will be chosen on Sep 27, 2014:

  • Bonded By Blood Vampire Coaster SetVampire coaster set
  • 1 signed set of Books 1-3
  • $10 Amazon, B&N or iTunes gift card (winner’s choice)

Tour Grand Prize

Arial is also giving away a single Grand Prize of…

  • A $100 Amazon, B&N or iTunes gift card – winner’s choice
  • A signed set of Books 1-4 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles

Winner will be chosen on 11/21/2014. Everyone who participated in any stops on the Midnight Eclipse tours (VIP Club members or not) will be entered for the grand prize drawing. The more you participate, the more chances you have to win. Use the Giveaway Tools buttons below to earn extra chances to win by tweeting, following and liking. For Official Contest Rules, click here.

Arial Burnz – Author Bio

Arial Burnz - Author of the Bonded By Blood Vampire ChroniclesArial Burnz has been an avid reader of paranormal and fantasy for over thirty years. With bedtime stories filled with unicorns, hobbits, dragons and elves, she succumbed to crafting her own tales, penning to life the magical creatures roaming her dreams. Having a romantic husband who’s taught her the meaning of true love, she’s helpless to weave romance into her tales. Now she shares them with the world. Arial Burnz lives in Southern California, with her husband (a.k.a. her romance novel hero)—who is also, quite coincidentally, a descendant of Clan MacDougal.

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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!!

#Outlander @Twitter Party – Updates

Outlander Premier based on Diana Gabaldon's internationally bestselling novelsExciting Outlander News!

I’m REALLY excited to announce that Diana Gabaldon’s assistant has contacted me to set up an interview for PNR Radio! SQUEEEEEEE!!!! With that being said, in my previous post I said I was going to giveaway the Outlander poster my husband and I were able to secure. HOWEVER, I’ve put in a request to see if I can send it to Ms. Gabaldon in hopes that she’ll sign the poster and then forward it on to the winner!!! As busy as she and her assistant are, I’m sure it will take a little bit for them to get back to me, so I can’t promise the poster giveaway for the weekend until I hear back from her. Cross your fingers we have a thumbs-up for this request. I’m sure you’d all rather have HER sign the poster instead of me! LOL And I don’t blame you! ONE DAY my novels will be made into a TV show or movies and THEN I can sign movie posters! Mwahahaha! My ultimate plan for conquering the world!!! I don’t know about you, but I’m all for HOT SCOTS dominating the world. *Arial swoons* What I hope to do is AS SOON AS I learn whether or not Ms. Gabaldon will be able to sign the poster is create a contest entry on the PNR Radio website, where we usually have all our other giveaways, which is at http://pnrradio.com/contest. The duration of the contest will be from the moment I know, through the week when we air her interview (TBD). I won’t know what other giveaways Ms. Gabaldon will have during her interview, if any, so that contest entry point will be updated as I learn more. (And for those of you who might now know, I’m the host of PNR Radio, so be sure to subscribe for free for our weekly giveaways and interviews with your favorite authors and celebrities of Entertainment that Goes Bump in the Night! Listen now on iTunes or Stitcher!)

Event Time Update – 6pm PT/8pm CT/9pm ET

To make things a little more consistent across the board for the whole US, we’ll be doing our Twitter party starting at 9pm ET. Since the show doesn’t air on the West Coast until 9pm PT, I’m going to be watching it ON DEMAND right from the Starz Outlander official website. Didn’t know you could do that?? YEP! You could even watch it TODAY, RIGHT NOW! Just go to http://www.starz.com/originals/outlander and click on the button that says, “Watch Episode”. So no matter where you are in the world, you can watch it at the same time we are and participate in the twitter about HOT SCOTS! Jamie…YUMMMM! We will still be having giveaways during the show this Saturday and will be taking entries until Sunday 5pm PT, so keep using #ScottishShifters to be included in the drawings. The more you use that hashtag in relations to our conversations and the event, the more chances you’ll have to win! Bestselling authors will be giving away books, gift cards and merchandise related to our books, so you definitely want to BE ONLINE DURING OUR PARTY! Just login to Twitter during the show (times above) and watch for the hashtag. You can use TweetDeck or Hootsuite to set up a column for #ScottishShifters and see a live feed of the comments using that hashtag.

Midnight Hunt - Book 3 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire ChroniclesWhy Are We Doing This Party?

Earlier this year, a group of us authors decided to team up to share our love of Scottish Shifters by coordinating a boxed set. Then we heard about Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series being made into a television show AND airing this year around the same time we were launching our boxed set. We thought, “What a great way to celebrate our love of HOT SCOTS and magical stories than during the premier of the one book that started it all?” So during the show, ye’ll get to learn about our new boxed set and chat wit’ the bestselling authors that be participatin’. Ye dinna wanna miss this spectacular event, lads and lasses! (Okay…I’ll stop.) My novel Midnight Hunt will be included in the set, so for those of you who haven’t had the chance to pick up your copy, this is a GREAT opportunity as you’ll also be getting over a dozen stories for 99 cents! If you have any questions about what’s happening, just leave me a comment below. Happy Tweeting and good luck on the drawings!!! That’s my two pence… Arial 😀

Immortality of Vampire Fiction vs. The Industry

frustratedWARNING: I’m venting a little here today.

The Nelson Literary Agency posted some advice/information in their newsletter about the difference between a “good” manuscript and a “salable” manuscript. You can write a great story, good grammar, character development is tight and storyline is solid. But if the editors don’t want it, they won’t buy it. I quote the following, but I’m going to put my own adaptation in brackets because I’ve been told the same thing about my manuscripts (both vampire and steampunk/dystopian):

“For example, dystopian [vampire] stories are hot right now in the young-adult [adult/erotic] genre. As a result, for the past twelve months, editors have been inundated by dystopian [vampire] projects. They are tired of them, even though these titles are still releasing and some are doing quite well. Readers are still enjoying dystopian [vampire] novels, but editors don’t want to buy them anymore. So right now, no matter how well written your dystopian YA [vampire novel] might be or how cool the premise, if an agent is taking a look at it, she is probably thinking she can’t sell it and will pass on offering representation. That’s the bald truth. The timing just plain sucks, and as an agent, selling projects is all about perfect timing: landing the right project, on the right editor’s desk, at exactly the right moment.” (my emphasis on the underline)

More than anything else, I think this is a prime example and reason as to why self-publishing is so successful. Yes, you get the crap out there…I totally understand that. But the Big Six (as the big publishers are known as) publish crap, too.

What frustrates me the most is the editors KNOW there is an audience for these books – such as in the aforementioned Dystopian YA and my genre of topic, vampires – and yet because they’re tired of reading them, they don’t want to see them anymore. This is a business, people! Not your time to have a leisurely read! Print what the readers want!

OMGOne agent told me the reason why editors won’t even look at such manuscripts (e.g., vampire, dystopian, steampunk, etc.) is because they’re tired of getting a bunch of crap manuscript with the same stories. My response – and I can say this because I’m an editor – OMG get over it! That’s your job as an editor. READING MANUSCRIPTS. If you don’t like reading crap manuscripts, get another freakin’ job. The sad truth is there is a TON of crap out there; it comes with the territory.

I belong to a group called I Love Vampire Novels and they have been my biggest supporters of my self-published novels – my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles. Their FB page boasts over 100,000 LIKES. And I’m sure there are a lot more vampire lovers out there than just 100,000. This group and others like them, J.R. Ward, Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton and Sherrilyn Kenyon are all proof people love vampire stories and they sell well.

But the editors are tired of them. :\

No problem! We’ll just self-publish and make 70% off our book sales and the Big Six can continue whining about how their industry is failing. Enjoy the trip down!

Thanks for letting me vent! If you made it this far, thanks for putting up with me! Do you feel just as passionate about this topic? Does it really matter to you? Do you have your own experience about the industry you’d like to share? How about from a reader’s perspective? Am I completely whacked in my reasoning?

That’s my two pence…

Arial 😉