MIDNIGHT CONQUEST – Book Cover & Trailer!

OMG I'm so excited!!! I've create my own book cover AND a trailer for my new book (under review by The Wild Rose Press). Check it out!!!

This is just a mock-up of the book cover. Visit my web site for a more detailed view of the picture: www.ArialBurnz.com.

THEN after I finished doing my book cover, I create my very own book trailer!! To view the trailer, you van visit my web site at www.ArialBurnz.com and click on the Bonded By Blood link in the left-hand nav OR you can click here to access the page directly. However, when you're done, it will advance to the BBB main page, but out of context of the web site. Just close the window when it's finished.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it!

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉

New Web Site Up!

Woot! I just finished revamping my web site! Check it out: www.ArialBurnz.com.

Whew! I've been dabbling with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) for a few years and never really got down to designing my own CSS web site…this was my first. As I've gone through designing the whole site, I realize a lot of things I could have done to streamline the coding, but hey…it's my first attempt.

For those of you who are not familiar with what CSS is…putting it simply, it's coding your site in a way that allows you to make changes to the entire site by changing just a few elements. For example…in a regular HTML web site, any kind of font style you want to assign to a particular heading or a block of text would require (for the most part) you to highlight the text, assign attribute (i.e., bold, italic, times new roman font, red text color, etc.). And you would have to do that with every bit of text you have…highlight, change attributes…next section of text…highlight, change attributes…and so it goes.

With CSS, you assign a “tag” to the text in general – like a heading, or a paragraph – and then in the CSS code file, you assign the attributes there via coding. The set up is similar with CSS and HTML…however, not only is the code cleaner, but if I wanted to make a change to the text attributes, I would NOT have to go back through my document highlighting, changing, highlighting, changing…etc. I would just go into the css code document and change the attribute there only in one spot. The changes then automatically ripple…or cascade…across the entire site. Any text that has that “tag” attached to it will change automatically.

If you've ever used “Styles” in MS Word, it's the same concept. You assign a style and when you need to change it throughout your entire manuscript, you just change the attributes of the style. Voila! The whole document changes.

Do you know how to work with Styles in MS Word? If you don't, let me know! Perhaps I can post some quick tutorials (they'll be simpler than my description of CSS above, which is a little more complicated) or provide links to some resources.

Thanks for reading! Until next time…

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉

Submitted!!

Whew! Done with my run-through of the rewrites for my vampire romance. Yay!

When I mention I'm writing a vampire romance, almost EVERYONE these days says, “Oh, like Twilight (by Stephanie Meyer)!” They get so excited, and yet for some reason the reference kinda erks me. Not that Ms. Meyer doesn't deserve the kudos…I like the books just as much as anyone else. However, I started writing MIDNIGHT CONQUEST a LOOOOOONG time before Twilight came out, so I feel like people are lumping me into the “You're writing it because of Twilight” category. I'm sure Ms. Sherrilyn Kenyon might feel worse than I do if someone makes the same reference to her as she has more than a DOZEN vampire romances on the shelves as we speak (and I've read almost every one of them).

Just for the record, I've bulleted points in the history of “Bonded By Blood – Book 1 – Midnight Conquest” to see what one journey looks like (I hear I'm not the only one who's been through this). 😉

  • 1991 – Started working on the book idea – back when it was Bonded By Blood and a single title
  • 1992 – Sat down and wrote the book in 3 months – 365 manuscript pages
  • 1992 – Had a New York agent interested in it and she made suggestions for revisions
  • 1994 – Went through 1st divorce and put book in the drawer
  • 1996 – I took 2 weeks off of work and finished the rewrites
  • 1996 – Resubmitted manuscript to agent, she didn't like what I did with it, but gave me 4 pages of feedback. GREAT (good sign as she was interested in my writing, but not the story and asked for other stuff), but I got discouraged.
  • 1998 – Married husband #2, who frowned upon my writing (I didn't know it at the time we married, but there you have it)
  • Didn't write romance for almost 10 years >.< BUT did work on the ideas in my head and started developing other book ideas
  • 2005 – Went through divorce #2 and pulled Bonded By Blood back out of the drawer, re-read the critique. WOW! Was that a crappy book! No wonder she didn't like it! LOL
  • 2006 – Started reworking the story and renamed it MIDNIGHT CONQUEST. I also blended the other book ideas into one series…with a possibility of continuing, depending upon the interest. Series now called BONDED BY BLOOD.
  • 2007 – Put writing aside while I worked on Enchanted Woodz
  • 2008 – Finished writing Midnight Conquest and got the interest of The Wild Rose Press. They made suggestions for revisions (deja vous – 1992)
  • 2009 – Finished revisions and resubmitted manuscript…17 years later! Ouch!

Well, everything happens for a reason, they say. Even though I didn't write hardly any fiction after 1998, I did write a lot of technical manuals, web site and print marketing materials, corporate communications, diaries, letters, articles, some copyright, etc. With that being said, I've never stopped being a writer, in spite of what my ex-husband tried to squash in me. I am now with my romance novel hero who is the most encouraging and supportive person I have in my life, next to my mother. Because of my continuing efforts in writing, I was able to hone my craft, continue reading what I love to write and I feel it's made Midnight Conquest a better book.

I'll keep you posted on what happens when the publisher gets back to me. Will I get a contract?  DUH DUH DUH!!!!!

TO BE CONTINUED!!

How about you? Can you give a timeline of your first big contract and what you went through? Tell me what you've been pouring your blood, sweat and tears into! Post a quick sentece here, but provide a link to your blog where I'd like you to post your full time-line. Looking forward to reading them!!

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉

MIDNIGHT CONQUEST & Updates

Editor Assigned!

I'm very excited to announce that The Wild Rose Press (TWRP) has assigned a new editor to evaluate my book. She's read the first 50 pages and has requested the rest of the manuscript. I promised to have it to her by the end of the month. LOTS of changes so far, but I think it's a MUCH better book. Cross your fingers they pick me up for a contract and I'll finally have my first novel published! YAY!!

MillieLouArt.com – Mom is an Artist, too!

I'm proud to announce that my mother is not only a wonderful painter, she has an online store where you can purchase merchandise with her artwork on it!! I bought her a CafePress.com store for Christmas and she is soooo excited!  Check out her site at www.MillieLouArt.com.

ArialBurnz.com is Official!

I finally purchased www.ArialBurnz.com and have directed it to the web site cialis online prescription order I've already had in the making. That site links to this blog, so check it out and then you can return to this site.

M.A.G.E. Foundation

Are you into magical creatures and like? Then you'll love my new blog!! My boyfriend and I have come up with a fun idea…Magical Animals Goodwill Education Foundation. This faux foundation provides information on how to see magical animals and educates people on the efforts they should take to help preserve these endangered species. We have a CafePress.com store section created off our Enchanted Woodz store. 15% of all profits for the M.A.G.E. Foundation will go to the World Wildlife Fund, so any purchases you make will benefit our environment–including animals!

Well, that's all I have time for right now. Looking forward to hearing your input on the M.A.G.E. Foundation and how your holidays were.

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉

So Busy!!!!

Wow! Been a little too busy for words…but aren't we all these days? We either overload our days with too much stuff to do OR we're TERRIBLE at time management! I think it's a little of both. PLUS with the upcoming holiday season, we have presents to make, buy or order; parties to plan for; parties to go to; and gifts to wrap! Oh my! I hope you're all having a wonderful season and your shopping horrors are kept to a minimum.

Aside from working full-time contract work at Sony Pictures Entertainment (conducting training and cleaning up training materials), here's what I have going on that's keeping me from my blog…

  1. Working on revising MIDNIGHT CONQUEST– My first book in a series of 6 books that I've come up with. I've had to rework the plot a bit at the encouragement of the editor at The Wild Rose Press. Check out my author site to see the updates on the story summary.
  2. Drafted up MIDNIGHT AFFAIR – This is the 2nd book in the BONDED BY BLOOD vampire romance series. I took the challenge for NaNoWriMo. Though I was only able to come up with about 30,000 words and did not “win” the competition/challege, the goal for me in taking the challenge was to come up with the storyline for MIDNIGHT AFFAIR. Mission accomplished! And I'm really happy with it. Check out my web site for updates on the story summary.
  3. Drafted Storyline for CAPTIVE HEART – OMG!!! This is a great distraction, but this storyline is quickly turning into my favorite! I have to fight everything to keep from working on it. Must finish MIDNIGHT CONQUEST! Anyway, I ended up in a situation with my laptop – but WITHOUT my thumbdrive holding my current writing projects. Since I wanted to be productive, I thought, “I”ll just draw up the storyline for that dream I had the other night about wizards and dragons.” Holy bat doo doo, Batman! CAPTIVE HEART is a fantasy adventure romance that takes place at a time when nature is segregating magickal beings and they are dying away, struggling to preserve themselves. Check out my site for the story summary!
  4. Updated EnchantedWoodz.com – I finally had the energy to put up some new pictures on the site. I need to take more pictures of the wands that we've done, so I only have two of them up there right now. Once I find the wands we've finished (had to put them away to make room for the family gathering we had on Thanksgiving), I'll photograph them and get them up. Check out the Tooth Faery boxes, the Dragon's Lair Brooms and the wands we have. Also, I've included a couple of pieces of our featured artist – Molly Harrison. We have a license agreement with her to use her artwork on our wooden items. You'll love her stuff! Check out the web site to see the new pictures!
  5. I Saw TWILIGHT – Well, I read the book and I saw the movie. I was impressed with the screenplay – it did a very good job at capsulizing  the essence of the book without leaving much out at all. Great job! Don't know how many of you fans know about it…but Stephanie Meyer did a cameo in the movie. Comment in my blog if you recall seeing her. My boyfriend did not read the book and he is now looking forward to reading them. As a fan of vampire romance, I find the books well-written and I enjoy the saga of them…the continuing story. I've been a little to tied up with my own books to be reading hers. I've started on book 2, so I can't effectively comment on them as a whole, but I'm enjoying them so far. 😀

I have other things I've been working on, but this is quite enough in this blog. What about you? What has you busy this holiday season? Working on that book? Taking the time to relax? Expressing yourself creatively? Do tell!!! Comment on my blog and let me know what's having you run around this holiday.

I wish you all a very happy holiday season and my love goes out to you all!!!

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉

Blog Review – 3 Thumbs Up for Arial Burnz! ;)

Very kewl! I logged into my blog account to find that someone had linked to my blog. Come to find out, she gave me a very nice review! Annie's Musings: Review THIS! Blogs…

This was a random selection of blogs that she reviewed. In looking at the other blogs she reviewed, I agreed with a lot of what she said. She was fair and appreciative. Her constructive comments were ambien online order honest and she was supportive. Thanks, Annie!!

As for the rest of her blog and site, she has a fun and eclectic writing style and tastes in subject matter and I like that she has a steady schedule of topics she enters on her blog. She also has links to her web sites and community profiles (myspace, etc.). Check it out! Interesting reads!

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉

Checking In…

WOW! Sorry for the inactivity, folks!! Been very busy lately…but aren't we all!

Currently, I'm working very hard at trying to get product finished for the upcoming Harry Potter Halloween Feast Ball (www.hpportkey.com). My boyfriend and I will be attending as guests as well as vendors. The proceeds of the fund raising event will go to Project Cuddle – a wonderful non-prof that makes a great effort at preventing babies from being abandoned. I invite you to check out their web site. As vendors, Enchanted Woodz will be providing wooden journals and school books for the Hogwart's student, wands, brooms and other magickal items, as well as jewelry boxes and such. For those of you in the Los Angeles area, check out their web site (www.hpportkey.com) for ticket information and location. The event will be the evening of November 1st in Redondo Beach, California – no one under 16 will be permitted to attend.

In preparation for the event, I just attended a broom making class! I had learned one way of making brooms, but wanted to learn a more “official” broom weaving and binding method. BOY was that fun!! I'll have to get some pictures and upload them. You'll get to see my first bound broom. I did pretty well, if I do say so myself! We learned the Appalachian weaving method. Very interesting and a lot more laborious than I thought it would be. I actually broke a sweat! Fun stuff!!

As some of you know, my book MIDNIGHT CONQUEST was reviewed by The Wild Rose Press and they've put the “Revise and Resubmit” offer on the table, so I've been pretty busy working on making those suggested changes. For those of you who are interested, The Wild Rose Press is both an e-book AND print publishing company. Typically, the books are released in e-book format and depending upon the sales generated from the publication, they are then moved up to print. They have a wonderful array of book distributors, so it's a great venue for getting your book out there via a small press. So far the editor I'm working with has been wonderful – very helpful with suggestions and resources and I completely agree with her suggestions for revisions. If they end up not publishing my book, I know my book will still be better for it.

On top of all that, I also work for Sony Pictures Entertainment – they contract me to conduct training for their new voice mail system they're launching. I work with them part-time on that project. As of yesterday, I was just hired to also do documenation – part time for ANOTHER department. So now that puts me at a full-time schedule with Sony plus all the above mentioned things. Looks like I'll be putting in a few more hours over the next several months! Wish me luck!

Thanks for your input fellow writers, readers, family and friends. I appreciate you visiting my blog. Let me know if you have any questions! Until then…

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉

Book Review – “Acheron”

Acheron

Acheron

Being a huge fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series, I was very eager to read the story of Acheron. I couldn't put the book down! Primarily, I think, because I'm already very invested into the characters. I would think it might be difficult reading for someone not initiated into the Dark Hunter world, so I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone as a first-read for the series.
I really enjoyed the book. Be forewarned, there is a lot of violence and torture that our dear Acheron goes through – and very heart-wrenching for those of you who adore the character so much. The first tow-thirds of the book is back-story for Ash and then we come up to present-day to read about his love buy diflucan tablets story. Though I did enjoy the love story and was very happy to see Ash find his true love, I personally felt the attraction for Tory was more physical than it was of the heart – which is a little out of place for Ash since he hates sex so much, considering what he's been through. Though it wasn't COMPLETELY off balance, I think it could have been richer or meatier than it was. All in all, it was a fun read and I'm looking forward to the next installment. I understand there's another bookon Acheron that will be coming out soon…not sure when.
I give the book 5 STARS and highly recommend for those DH fans to find out what the REAL story has been with Ash all along.
That's my two pence…
Arial 😉

[Fiction] Friday – August 22, 2008

Greetings! And here’s another installment of the Write Anything blog’s weekly challenge – [Fiction] Friday. We’re supposed to write about…

Have Your Character Steal Something. Now Have Her Rationalize It.

“I didn't mean to!” Janie protested, tears streaming down her face.

“How can you possibly say that?” Mike snapped back at her. Running his fingers through his hair, he paced the room. “What did you think the last six months were all about?” When she said nothing, he practically pounced on her, meeting her nose to nose. “Was this all a game to you?”

She moved away from him, avoiding his eyes, biting her thumbnail nervously. “No, I didn't think it was a game. I just…”

“Just what, Janie?”

Her eyes looked to the ceiling as if the answer was written there, new tears trailing down her cheeks. “It all happened so quickly. I didn't think it would happen so fast. I really didn't think it would happen at all.”

“What were you thinking, then?” It was happening again and Mike cursed himself for it. Her large brown eyes pierced his soul and he felt himself growing weak.

“I didn't think you could fall in love with me. I…I didn't dare…” Janie dropped her head in shame.

Mike moved to her side and curled his finger under her chin. “You didn't think I could? How could I not fall in love with you, Janie? You are the most dynamic, creative woman I have ever met in my life. I've never met anyone as strong as you are, and yet you stand here as if you think you aren't worthy of my love. You've stolen my heart completely and there's no turning back for me.”

Janie's eyes met his and he could see the total surrender. His mouth slanted deliciously over hers, her lips open and waiting for him, and he held her in his arms vowing never to let go.

Yeah, I'm a romance novelist!!

That's my two pence…
Arial 😉

[Fiction] Friday – A Stolen Conversation

Greetings! And here's another installment of the Write Anything blog's weekly challenge – [Fiction] Friday. We're supposed to write about…

A Stolen Conversation

woman-hiding-behind-wallHer heart hammered in her chest. She ducked around a corner, into an alley, trying to catch her breath and stay out of sight while she agonized over her escape route. She couldn't believe she'd gotten herself into this situation!

I'm not cut out for this espionage crap!

As exciting as the idea sounded at first, now that she was in the middle of it, it was more than she could handle. But they DID make it sound pretty simple, focusing more on achieving the goal and less about how life-threatening it would be.

But that was the point. If I die, no sweat off their backs and their asses are covered. I'm the one that's in deep shit now!

Her breathing down to a manageable level, she peered around the corner only to jump back at the bullet that ricocheted off the brick wall.

Fuck!

She followed the wall in the opposite direction, clutching the digital recorder in her pocket. At the end of the alley the chain-link fence seemed to mock her, freedom just on the other side of that barrier.

I'm fucking forty-eight years old! How the hell am I going to scale that thing?

A silver sedan pulled up at the entrance of the alley blocking her only escape and four men stepped out looking none too happy and all about putting her in the hospital…or worse.

It's do or die, baby!

She turned to face the insurmountable chain-link fence to see a black sedan pull up on the freedom side, again blocking her way. But a sigh of relief gushed out of her when she recognized the government officials who had given her this damned assignment. The men in the silver sedan grudgingly disappeared into their vehicle and sped away.

“Did you get it?” Agent Sommers asked, his sunglasses firmly in place and hiding his eyes. Though she had wondered once before, she couldn't care less if she ever saw what color they were. She wanted out of this.

“Yes, I got it.” She closed her eyes and put her hand into her pocket, touching the digital recorder again, holding the stolen conversation she'd captured. This was the key to her freedom, the final part of her end of the deal. It was over. When she opened her eyes, her stomach churned in fear at the smile on his face. She wasn't going to live through this after all, was she?

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Oops!!! That's all five minutes allowed me! Sorry I couldn't finish it! If you enjoyed this Fiction Friday installment, please CLICK TO TWEET &/or SHARE ON FACEBOOK.

Thank you!!

Arial 😉