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 😉

No More eBooks!

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

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

VIP Club Benefits

But what VIP Club pricing???

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

Pre-release Options?

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

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

Audiobook – Midnight Conquest

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

I wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

That's my two pence…

Arial 😀

 

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!

[expand title=”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 buy xanax bars 2mg online 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![/expand]

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!!

VIP Club Exclusive Giveaway!

Okay, my lovelies!!! It's time for an exclusive VIP Club giveaway! I'm at 956 likes on my Facebook Page and I would love to see that reach 1000. So I'm having a sale on Midnight Hunt (eBook) for 99 cents AND I'm having a giveaway!!

Midnight Hunt - Book 3 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire ChroniclesMidnight Hunt Sale

In partnership with the Wolf Pack Reader's Group on Facebook, I'm dropping the price of Midnight Hunt (eBook) to 99 cents from July 7th to July 13th, 2014. I'll be posting links on my Facebook page for the sale. Support Indie authors and buy direct whenever you can. The sale will be on my website, too, and you can use Amazon Payments to purchase. Anyone who buys through my website will automatically become a VIP Club member, and thereby entered into this giveaway and future VIP exclusive giveaways! Oh, and while you're at it, if you LOVE shifter romances, then you MUST join the Wolf Pack Reader's Group. <— Click here to visit their group and join! They are 1,758 members and growing!!!

Giveaway

Books 1-3 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles – signed trade paperback copies AND a $25 gift card for either Amazon, B&N or iTunes (winner's choice).

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How to Participate

  1. You  must be a VIP Club member in order to qualify for the drawing, so if you're not a member yet, CLICK HERE to join. It's FREE! And if you'd like to know about the benefits of becoming a member, click here.
  2. To increase your chances of winning, visit this Facebook link and SHARE the post, encouraging people to like my FB page. FB shows everyone who shares the post, so each of those names will be cross referenced against my VIP Club list and given another chance to win.
  3. You can also Click to Tweet and earn even more chances to win. Be sure to mention me in any other tweets that encourage people to like my FB page, as those will all count toward entries. You can use these Click to Tweets daily for extra entries. You'll get an entry for each tweet.
    • Like HOT Scottish #Vampires? Then LIKE @ArialBurnz Facebook page here: http://ctt.ec/3a81S+ #giveaways #freebies – Click to Tweet
    • Plz RT: #Vampire & #Giftcard #Giveaway at @ArialBurnz FB page! LIKE & SHARE for a chance 2 win $25 http://ctt.ec/sdMh3+ – Click to Tweet
    • #Win a $25 gift card at @ArialBurnz Facebook Page. Click link to LIKE & participate: http://ctt.ec/UnxU2+ – Click to Tweet
    • Fangs in kilts! Click –> http://ctt.ec/jLmg3+ to LIKE @ArialBurnz FB page & #win a $25 #giftcard #vampires – Click to Tweet

When Will the Drawing Happen?

The goal is to get my FB page to 1000 likes, so as soon as my page hits that number, I'll conduct the drawing. The more you spread the word, the faster the numbers will climb and the sooner I can do the drawing.

Let me know if you have any questions by leaving comments below.

Thanks!!

Arial 😀

 

Outlander, Shifter Boxed Set and Giveaways!

Outlander Premier based on Diana Gabaldon's internationally bestselling novelsSQUEEEEEEEE! Diana Gabaldon's series Outlander is coming to STARZ television August 9th, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT!!! HitFix.com talked about the premier and shared the poster (left).

Is anyone else excited about this????

For those of you who might not know about this internationally bestselling series, I'll share the STARZ summary for Season 1:

“Outlander” follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish Warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

The “Outlander” series, adapted from Diana Gabaldon's international best-selling books, spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history and adventure into one epic tale.

Midnight Hunt - Book 3 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire ChroniclesMs. Gabaldon has been considered the Mother of Paranormal Romance and she was definitely setting trends with cross-genre fiction.

Shifter Boxed Set & Giveaways

Of course, as all my readers know, I'm a HUGE fan of hot Scottish men, so this is not only on my list of MUST purchase cheap cialis soft tabs SEES, but I'm teaming up with a bunch of my author friends (list to be released later) to include my novel, Midnight Hunt, in a boxed set that will feature other outstanding bestselling authors. The set will be a collection of HOT shifters and Scottish themes…and being released at 99¢!!! AND there will be a SLEW of giveaways featuring the boxed set. Here is a sneak peek of the events coming this late summer…

  • Each author is having a giveaway on their Facebook Page – that's up to 12 FB parties!
  • ARC (advance release copy) sign-up
  • Cover reveal and pre-release giveaway
  • Release Day giveaway
  • Live Twitter parties during the show!
  • Post Release Day giveaway (for when the set goes live on iTunes & Nook)
  • Possibly more! (We're still making plans)

I'll make an announcement via my newsletter, so if you're not signed up for my VIP Club, do so now! Some drawings will be exclusive to my VIP Club members. Join now!

So, who has read Outlander and what was your favorite part about the books or characters? If you didn't read them, so you have any questions? Share your Outlander tales!

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉

Amazon Payments Now Available

You Can Use Amazon Payments to Purchase Items on My Site!

I am REALLY excited to announce that I've just implemented Amazon Payments on my website. What does this mean for my customers? It means if you already have an Amazon account, you can sign in through that to complete transactions…right on my website. The best part about this is you don't have to enter your address or payment information and go through the whole registration process on my site. There's no extra forms to fill out. You just login, verify info, and pay. 😀

However, WooCommerce (my shopping cart) is integrated with Amazon so you will automatically be registered on my website, which is how you can claim your freebies!! You can still use your VIP Coupons and access your goodies! WOOT! Or shall I say WOO!!

I just used the shopping cart and I can't believe how EASY it was!!! *Arial does the Snoopy dance* So here's how it works…

  1. Just add something to your shopping cart – eBooks or print books or whatever I have on my site for purchase.
  2. When you're done shopping, go to your shopping cart (“Cart” menu item at the top)
  3. As an option in your cart, you can choose “Pay with Amazon”!!!
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  4. That should open a pop-up window for you to enter your Amazon account information. Note the address bar in popup window.
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  5. After you login to your account, you'll get to verify your shipping information and also your payment method, nice and pretty as you please!
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  6. You'll also see your shopping cart items at the bottom of this page. Just click on the Checkout button and you're all set!

Voila! No information to fill out. Just sign in through Amazon and you're all set to go. It's as easy as shopping on Amazon! You will then receive a confirmation e-mail from my website, with a download link if you purchased eBooks, and an e-mail from Amazon stating you sent “Arial Burnz” a payment. I LOVE IT!!

PayPal is still an option for customers who'd like to use their PayPal account. Just click the “Proceed to Checkout” button instead of the “Pay with Amazon” button.

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉