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 canadian pharmacy valium 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”

Midnight Conquest – NOW AVAILABLE ON AUDIBLE!

BBB01_audiobook_withheadphonesOMG!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! I'm so excited (can't you tell?) that the first book in my series, Midnight Conquest, is now available in audiobook format! *Arial throws confetti*

For those of you who do not have an Audible account, you're missing out on enjoying fabulous audiobooks!! It's only $14.95 per month and you get a credit each month. 1 credit buys 1 audiobook. I usually save up my credits and then splurge on sales they have – buy one get one free happens a LOT. So books that are normally $25, you only get them for $14.95 because you can spend your credits on them. It's AWESOME! And then they have GREAT sales for audiobooks that are sometimes less than $5 – members only sales. So audiobooks really can be affordable!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD MIDNIGHT CONQUEST TODAY!!!

If you've been waiting to read audiobooks but thought they were too expensive…think again! And if you're joining for the first time now, PLEASE consider making Midnight Conquest one of the books you get with your free credits when you join! You'll actually help me and David earn a little commission for all the hard work we've done for free to get this book up and running.  Continue reading

Hot for the Holidays Sale!!

I just sent out a newsletter announcing a multi-author sale that's happening all this week! Don't miss out on the deals from BESTSELLING Paranormal authors!!! Here's the link to the newsletter in full: http://eepurl.com/bdQM-H

BBB01_audiobook_withheadphonesHEAD'S UP

I'll be having a release day party for the audiobook buy brand valium online version of MIDNIGHT CONQUEST in a couple of weeks. I'll make the announcement next week once I've locked down a date and my guests. Be sure to become a VIP member to get those announcements.

Toodles!!!

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…..

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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 😀

FREE Stuff and Updates

The message I just sent out to all my subscribers says it all, but for those of you who aren't yet subscribed, I'll summarize it for you here. I finally have enough  novels out and content created that I can start offering some fun and free stuff for my subscribers. And audiobooks are coming soon, too! Read on for more information.

Welcome to the “Arial Burnz VIP Book Club“!

You read that right! FREE stuff! I'm creating special VIP gifts for my subscribers ONLY! If you're already subscribed to my mailing list, then you should have received my announcement…so there's nothing more you need to do except get your stuff once I send out the information. However, if you didn't get that message, this is what you could be getting…

  • Short stories featuring the characters you know and love from the Bonded By Blood Series
  • Bonded By Blood exclusive content – from deleted chapters and scenes to special research material
  • Short stories featuring new characters – but always HOT and always paranormal or fantasy!
  • Digital goodies – wallpapers for your iPhone, Android, iPad and computer desktop
  • And more! I'm just getting started with making goodies for my faithful peeps!

And as a subscriber, you'll also get exclusive deals and sales on my books – both current and new releases through my site. And ONLY my subscribers will get a special pre-order pricing for my books – up to 50% off – through my website.

Those not subscribed will miss out, so be sure to share this with your friends so they can subscribe, too! Thank you so much for your continued support!

Bonded By Blood Audiobooks!

They're coming soon! I've just started recording them, so I'll make announcements when I release each one. MIDNIGHT CONQUEST will be first and special pre-order pricing is ONLY available to my subscribers through my website. (Still figuring out how to distribute the final files to your audiobook players, so I'll be reaching out to all of you to learn how you enjoy your audiobooks.)

I'll be doing the narration and female voices. I'm trying VERY hard to get a Scottish male to do Broderick's voice! *SWOON!* I hope you're as excited as I am!

Incidentally, I do have experience recording audiobooks, and used to do voiceovers for commercials and radio…so I promise a quality product. Click here to see the two audiobooks that have been recently produced for Victoria Vane and you can hear a sample of my voice…and I have better equipment now, so the sound should be even better!

I also plan on editing in some subtle and limited sound effects. Anyone for heavy breathing?? LOL…just kidding! How about the soft crackle of a fire? Or the music of the Gypsies? I'm still editing, so if you have ideas you'd like to suggest, leave a comment below and share! I'll keep you posted!

Thanks for being a faithful subscriber. Help my list grow by sharing this page on Facebook, tweeting it on Twitter, or any of the other share options below. I'll keep you posted on the progress of sending out those freebies!! Thank you in advance for your patience while I set this whole thing up!

Warmest regards,

Arial Burnz

Virtual Book Tour: Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles by Arial Burnz

Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles – Virtual Book Tour!

Virtual Book Tour with Goddess Fish PromotionsWoo hoo!!! Today is the start of my first official Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles Virtual Book Tour with the lovely ladies at Goddess Fish Promotions!! The tour will go from July 15-26 and visit a slew of wonderful blogs. AND I'm giving away prizes and swag, so be sure to leave comments at every stop to increase your chances of winning!

Here are the stops for the virtual book tour:

Pre-Order MIDNIGHT HUNT (Book 3)

I'm so excited to announce you can pre-order Midnight Hunt – Book 3 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles! The new release date is July 31st. You can order your copy at All Romance eBooks (ARe) now! And I can't tell you how wonderful ARe is for self-published authors. It's the only place I know of where we can post our books for pre-order. The other where can i buy clomiphene online websites just haven't caught on (*cough-cough* Amazon *cough* B&N) or I just don't get out that much. If anyone else knows of a site that allows self-pubbed authors to post their books for pre-order, PLEASE let me know!! Leave a comment below. 😉

Character Appearances

Broderick MacDougal - Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles - catch him on the virtual book tour!

Broderick “Rick” MacDougal

Broderick MacDougal and Angus Campbell are really enjoying the Internet and connecting with all you ladies out there!! And there's a little bit of a rivalry going on. Leave a comment for these immortal Scottish rogues and you just might hear from them.

Angus Campbell - catch him on the virtual book tour!

Angus Campbell

Remember, though, they're at the whim of the sunset and rumor has it they're in the UK and Europe during the virtual book tour, so at least the time zones will work pretty well for connecting with these HOT Scottish Vampires.

(Okay, I don't know about you, but Rick just gets my heart pumpin' and my kitty purrin'!!!)

James Knightly (Model: David Gandy)

James Knightly

And don't forget, we haven't heard from our shy Beta Hero, James Knightly…be sure to leave him a comment, too! And he's mortal, so he can come out to play anytime. 😉

The ladies – Davina and Cailin – are available, too, so don't be afraid to leave them a comment.

Looking forward to interacting with all of you on the Virtual Book Tour with Goddess Fish Promotions.

Virtual Book Tour - Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉

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Audio Books Narrated by Arial Burnz

I'm so excited to announce that I have done the narration for two of Victoria Vane's Devil DeVere Series! They're Georgian erotic romance and they are just delightful! You can buy them either at Audible.com or Amazon.com. Below are the links and blurbs. And if you're interested in having me narrate YOUR books, visit my ACX profile to hear audio samples.

A Wild Night's Bride - Book 1 of The Devil DeVere Audio Book

A Wild Night's Bride

Buy Links: Amazon | Audible | iTunes

With the devil in charge, there will surely be hell to pay…

What happens when a struggling actress and a grieving widower come together in a night of unbridled debauchery orchestrated by a bored and machinating rake?

She's a lonely lady down on her luck…Phoebe Scott, alias Kitty Willis, is a struggling Covent Garden actress with a bruised heart and a closely guarded secret.

He's steadfast and eminently respectable…Sir Edward Chambers, Ned to his intimates, is guilt-ridden over his beloved wife's death and has avowed to live out a rustic and mundane life…of celibacy.

Devil-in-disguise Viscount Ludovic DeVere is determined to return his best friend, Ned, to the land of the living. His meddling machinations result in a night of mind-blowing passion after which “Dull Dog Ned” awakes to find himself in the King of England's bed!

The Virgin Huntress - Book 2 of The Devil DeVere Audio Book

The Virgin Huntress

Buy Links: Amazon | Audible

Desperate times call for devilish measures.

When the object of one's passion has eyes for another…it's time to take matters in hand!

Lady Vesta Chambers is accustomed to getting what she wants…and what she wants is Captain Hewett DeVere…. Coddled and pampered since her mother's death, Lady Vesta Chambers is beside herself when her father goes to London to prepare for her come-out and returns with a young bride of his own. With her world turned upside down, Vesta accompanies her godmother, purchase klonopin online no prescription Diana, to town where she is smitten the moment she lays eyes on a certain captain of the 17th Light Dragoons. But when the object of her passion has eyes for another….

Captain Hewett DeVere, younger brother and heir to Viscount Ludovic “The Devil” DeVere, has returned from the American war scarred, disillusioned, and looking forward to settling down to a quiet and respectable life. But when the handsome and straight-laced captain turns his eyes toward the widowed Diana, Vesta is prepared to take devilish measures to prove to Hew that she is no longer a little girl, but a woman with the passion of…a huntress.

Note: This is the second book in an ongoing award-winning series.

Where Are Arial's Audio Books???

Nandana's Mark - Audio Book coming soonYes, I know! I've had many friends and fans asking me when I'm going to narrate my own books. I promise, I'll be working on them very soon. Right now I have one other audio book I need to record for Heidi Garrett titled Nandana's Mark. It's a lovely YA fantasy and I can't wait to record it! However, I'm still getting over bronchitis and fear it may have developed into walking pneumonia. Don't worry, I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning to get checked out. I hope to have my normal voice back again in a few days. *crosses fingers*

Once my voice is back to normal, I'll be recording her book and my own. In the meantime, I'm plugging away at writing Book 3 – Midnight Hunt! I have a tentative release date of July 19th, 2013 for both print and eBook. Be sure to join my mailing list so you can be notified when it's released.

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉