Romantic Times Book Lover’s Convention

Hey, Gang!

Sorry no recent updates! Been busy getting ready for the upcoming Romantic Times Book Lover's Convention! Even though I'm very much looking forward to the event, I don't think the excitement of it has hit me just yet. I'm running around like a crazy woman getting all my promotional materials and give-aways made and ready for the event. More on that in just a moment. Continue reading

Moving On!

Ok, folks! I've had it!

I love my story MIDNIGHT CONQUEST, but since I've been working on this story for 17 years, I think I'm ready to puke on it! I understand the editing process and what one needs to do to get a book to publication. I've had several technical manuals, marketing materials and web sites published to know that true enough AND I've seen friends go through the process. However, in my recent experience with returning my revisions to The Wild Rose Press, I've discovered that I have a blind eye to the mistakes I am making. I wrote “passion” or some form of that word at least 10 times in two pages! I did this even though I re-read the pages AT LEAST five times. I'm usually pretty good about something repetative like that, but it's clear I'm not seeing things like that on this project. I think there are two reasons why… Continue reading

MIDNIGHT CONQUEST Merchandise!!

vampire02smCan you believe it!?! You can now buy Midnight Conquest merchandise at our CafePress.com store…among a few other things! I'll have more items up in the store and with the way things are growing, we'll end up opening a separate CafePress.com store instead of just being a section in the Enchanted Woodz store. Check them out and express your vampy self!!

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉

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 😉

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 😉