A Very Alpha Christmas – New Bonded By Blood Novella

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UPDATE: No Long Available For Sale

This was a promo post published in November 2015 to advertise the launch of our boxed set. As of January 2016, this boxed set was no longer available for purchase and all the authors published their novellas individually. Frostbitten Hearts, the novella I included in this boxed set, is no available for $1.99 BUT if you join my VIP Club, you'll get it for free just for signing up. CLICK HERE to download your free copy at InstaFreebie and you will automatically be added to my VIP Club and get weekly freebies in your inbox. CLICK HERE if you'd like to read the benefits of joining the club.

Preorder A Very Alpha Christmas NOW for 99¢

Over 25 Paranormal Holiday Tales of Werewolves, Dragons, Shifters, Vampires, Fae, Witches, Billionaires, Magics, Ghosts, Demons and More! Preorder it now and lock in the 99¢ price. A Taming the Alpha Big Box Set of Spicy Paranormal Romance Tales featuring OVER 25 ALL NEW, NEVER RELEASED stories from New York Times, USA Today and Bestselling Authors

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RELEASE DATE: November 17, 2015

Collection Includes Brand New Stories by:

  • Heated Holiday © Copyright 2015 by Mandy M. Roth
  • Stirring Up Trouble © Copyright 2015 by Michelle M. Pillow
  • Baby It’s Cold Out Bear © Copyright 2015 by T. S. Joyce
  • Hunted © Copyright 2015 by Chloe Cole
  • Vampire Games © Copyright 2015 by V. M. Black
  • When Darkness Falls © Copyright 2015 by Terah Edun
  • Christmas Past, Christmas Presents © Copyright 2015 by Carina Wilder
  • Wrapped Up © Copyright 2015 by Cathryn Fox
  • An Impossible Gift © Copyright 2015 by Cristina Rayne
  • Thief of Souls © Copyright 2015 by Jaycee Clark
  • A Glint of Light © Copyright 2015 by JC Andrijeski
  • The Clockwork Dragon © Copyright 2015 by Tasha Black
  • Blitzen’s Fated Mate © Copyright 2015 by R. E. Butler
  • Star’s Fall © Copyright 2015 by Jaide Fox
  • In Good Spirits © Copyright 2015 by Michele Bardsley
  • Midnight Before Christmas © Copyright 2015 by Renee George
  • Winter Blues © Copyright 2015 by T.J. Michaels
  • Wish Upon a Werewolf © Copyright 2015 by Elsa Jade
  • A Christmas Caroline © Copyright 2015 by Allison Gatta
  • Frostbitten Hearts © Copyright 2015 by Arial Burnz
  • The Lady And The Dragon's Holiday © Copyright 2015 by Mandy Rosko
  • Not a Gentleman’s Christmas © Copyright 2015 by Candice Gilmer
  • Claimed by the Dragon King © Copyright 2015 by Dawn Michelle
  • The BBW and the Beast © Copyright 2015 by Sylvia Frost
  • Reindeers, Elves, and Cookies…Oh My! © Copyright 2015 by Lissa Matthews
  • Santa Shifter in Manhattan © Copyright 2015 by Lexy Cole

I am SUPER excited to be a part of this holiday collection of paranormal romance stories. OMG get ready to bundle up into your clomid generic vs brand jammies, sit by a warm fire with cup of egg nog or hot chocolate and grab your eReader for a COZY session of holiday tales and tails! You will NOT be disappointed at this…yet another…installment of the Taming the Alpha anthology series!

Frostbitten Hearts – A Bonded By Blood Novella

For those of you who have been waiting for the next BBB story, this is a little tie-me-over until my new release (to be announced VERY soon), Book 5 in the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles. Here's the blurb for the novella included in this boxed set:

Frostbitten-Hearts-bundle-coverHer ability to wield fire didn’t give Aideen the power to make Jack stay…

Jack was Aideen’s very breath. As a cusper Elemental, he was the air that fed her fire and the waters that cooled her soul. Born and bred in captivity by vampires for their magic, they sought shelter and love in each other’s arms. But when Jack’s family escapes the “nursery”, Aideen is ripped from her young lover’s arms. Her family refuses to risk the wrath of their captors, and she is forced to stay behind. Though Jack vows to return and free her, his promise is not easily kept. He and his grove liberate several nurseries in retaliation and, still, she cannot be found.

Ten years later, Aideen unexpectedly stumbles into the grove’s compound and back into Jack’s arms with news they have a child…and she is the bait for a trap. Time is of the essence. If they don’t return by sunset, their son will fall victim to the vampires.

Jack must return to the prison he risked his life to escape, but he will do anything to save his son and he is not about to lose the only woman who has possessed his soul and can melt his frozen heart.

Author Notes

This story takes place about 25 years after the end of Midnight Eclipse, Book 4 of my BBB series. For those of you who read Book 4 – remember little baby Jack, the Cusper Elemental? Well, this is Jack's story and he's all grown up now (Yup! That's him on the cover! RAWR!) and he's learned to use his air and water abilities to wield ICE! I'm really excited about this tale of witches and vampires and fiery love that will melt Jack's heart!

So preorder your copy now while it's at the low price of 99¢! AND PLEASE SHARE!! Use those share buttons below or do a search for #AlphaXmas on Twitter and Facebook and just RETWEET and SHARE the hell out of our posts! THANK YOU!!!!

Mwah!

Arial 😉

Day 6 – Snarkology Halloween Hop & Drinks

Last Day & HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Yay! Candy day is here! And we have TWO drinks today!

Welcome back to those of you participating this week!!! Welcome to those who have just stumbled upon this spook-tactular Blog Hop and a message to hustle! This is the last day of the #SnarkologyHalloweenHop where almost SEVENTY authors, including myself of course, are participating in a Blog Hop hosted by the Ghostess with the Mostess, Melissa Snark!! Here are the big prizes:

(1) $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

If you click on the banner above OR CLICK HERE, you can follow the hop for more fun, great books, and awesome prizes! Below is also the link list to all the participants. The hop is happening OCTOBER 26-31st!!! You have all week long to participate.

Don't forget to enter my drawing below OR do more sharing to earn more entries. TWO winners to receive Books 1 & 2 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles in audiobook format at the end of this week, just in time for Halloween!! Scroll down to enter the drawing AND participate in the rest of the hop spots!! Good luck!!

Halloween Day Drink #1 – Bloody Brain Shooters


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Day 5 – Snarkology Halloween Hop & Drinks

Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop 2015Only Two Days Left!!

Welcome back to those of you participating this week!!! Welcome to those who have just stumbled upon this spook-tactular Blog Hop! This is Day 4 of the #SnarkologyHalloweenHop where almost SEVENTY authors, including myself of course, are participating in a Blog Hop hosted by the Ghostess with the Mostess, Melissa Snark!! Here are the big prizes:

(1) $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

If you click on the banner to the right OR CLICK HERE, you can follow the hop for more fun, great books, and awesome prizes! Below is also the link list to all the participants. The hop is happening OCTOBER 26-31st!!! You have all week long to participate.

Don't forget to enter my drawing below OR do more sharing to earn more entries. TWO winners to receive Books 1 & 2 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles in audiobook format at the end of this week, just in time for Halloween!! Scroll down to enter the drawing AND participate in the rest of the hop spots!! Good luck!!

Friday's Halloween Drink – Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

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Day 4 – Snarkology Halloween Hop & Drinks

Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop 2015The Ghoulishly Delightful Party Continues!!

Welcome back to those of you participating this week!!! Welcome to those who have just stumbled upon this faah-BOO-lous Blog Hop! This is Day 4 of the #SnarkologyHalloweenHop where almost SEVENTY authors, including myself of course, are participating in a Blog Hop hosted by the Ghostess with the Mostess, Melissa Snark!! Here are the big prizes:

(1) $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

If you click on the banner to the left OR CLICK HERE, you can follow the hop for more fun, great books, and awesome prizes! Below is also the link list to all the participants. The hop is happening OCTOBER 26-31st!!! You have all week long to participate.

Don't forget to enter my drawing below OR do more sharing to earn more entries. TWO winners to receive Books 1 & 2 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles in audiobook format at the end of this week, just in time for Halloween!! Scroll down to enter the drawing AND participate in the rest of the hop spots!! Good luck!!

Thursday's Halloween Drink – Black Devil Martini

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Day 3 – Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop & Drinks

Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop 2015Keep On Participating!!!

Welcome back to those of you participating this week!!! Welcome to those who have just stumbled upon this faah-BOO-lous Blog Hop! This is Day 3 of the #SnarkologyHalloweenHop where almost SEVENTY authors, including myself of course, are participating in a Blog Hop hosted by the Ghostess with the Mostess, Melissa Snark!! Here are the big prizes:

(1) $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

If you click on the banner to the right OR CLICK HERE, you can follow the hop for more fun, great books, and awesome prizes! Below is also the link list to all the participants. The hop is happening OCTOBER 26-31st!!! You have all week long to participate.

Don't forget to enter my drawing below OR do more sharing to earn more entries. TWO winners to receive Books 1 & 2 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles in audiobook format at the end of this week, just in time for Halloween!! Scroll down to enter the drawing AND participate in the rest of the hop spots!! Good luck!!

Wednesday's Halloween Drink – Morgue-A-Rita Cocktail

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Day 2 – Snarkology Halloween Hop & Drinks

Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop 2015Get You Some Prizes!!!

Welcome!!! This is Day 2 of the #SnarkologyHalloweenHop where almost SEVENTY authors, including myself of course, are participating in a Blog Hop hosted by the BOO-tiful Melissa Snark!! Here are the big prizes:

(1) $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

If you click on the banner to the left OR CLICK HERE, you can follow the hop for more fun, great books, and awesome prizes! Below is also the link list to all the participants. The hop is happening OCTOBER 26-31st!!! You have all week long to participate.

I posted this info a little late in the day yesterday, so if you missed it, now's your chance to catch up:  I invite you to visit AJ Nuest's Tattered Pages blog where I'll also be hosting MORE drinks all this week and she has some prizes as well. Yes…brave girl. She's let me hijack her blog. Such a trusting soul. *rubs hands together* Mwuahahaha!

Don't forget to enter my drawing below. TWO winners to receive Books 1 & 2 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles in audiobook format! Scroll down to enter the drawing AND participate in the rest of the hop spots!! Good luck!!

Tuesday's Halloween Drink – Zombie Slime Shooters

Original_Andrea-Correale-Halloween-Cocktails-Zombie-Slime-Shooters_v.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1707For those of you who are Walking Dead fans or just enthusiasts for the coming Zombie buy klonopin online legally Apocalypse, here's a drink you might enjoy!! As I said yesterday, these drinks are courtesy of the HGTV website!! Who doesn't like a good cocktail after working their butt off decorating or doing some construction on their house, huh? LOL Thanks to HGTV for posting their drink series.

Zombie Slime Shooters Halloween Cocktail

Ingredients

For cocktail:

1 ounce vodka
1 ounce peach schnapps
1 ounce sour apple schnapps
1 ounce coconut rum
1 ounce sweet and sour mix

For blood slime:

3 tablespoons corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

Rim Instructions
1. Mix corn syrup with red food coloring.
2. Dip the rim of martini glass into the mixture, and slowly spin the glass to coat it.
3. Turn the glass upright and the blood will begin to drip slightly. Set aside.

Cocktail Instructions
1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes.
2. Shake well and pour over ice cubes into slime-rimmed martini glass.

I hope you enjoyed the recipe for today! Check back tomorrow when I'll post another drink recipe AND you can earn more chances to win!

Post Your Own Experience!

I'll try to see if I can make some of these this week and post pictures on Pinterest! If you try out any, please post your comments on your experience here and leave any links where you posted pictures – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc!!

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉

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Halloween Cocktails & a Blog Hop

Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop 2015HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Woo hoo! We're ramping up to celebrate the spook-tacular holiday of the year – All Hallow's Eve, Samhain or what is more commonly known as HALLOWEEN! To blast off the festivities, almost SEVENTY authors, including myself of course, are participating in the Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop – hosted by the BOO-tiful Melissa Snark!! Here are the prizes:

(1) $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

If you click on the banner to the right OR CLICK HERE, you can follow the hop for more fun, great books, and awesome prizes! Below is also the link list to all the participants. The hop is happening OCTOBER 26-31st!!! You have all week long to participate. UPDATE: I invite you to visit AJ Nuest's Tattered Pages blog where I'll also be hosting MORE drinks all this week and she has some prizes as well. Yes…brave girl. She's let me hijack her blog. Such a trusting soul. *rubs hands together* Mwuahahaha!

Each of us have our own posts and giveaways on top of the main prizes listed above, so stop by as many places as you can for more chances to win! So, let's start with today and the drawing I'm having for this week is for TWO winners to receive Books 1 & 2 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles in audiobook format! Scroll down to enter the drawing AND participate in the rest of the hop spots!! Good luck!!

Monday's Halloween Drink – Liquefied Ghost Cocktail

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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”

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 😉

Summer Lovin’ Reader Party 2015 – WOO HOO!

 

website-slide-05I cannot TELL you how excited I am to go to the Summer Lovin' Reader Party in Temecula, California!!!! Well…perhaps I can try, or this will end up being a very short blog post! But first, let me give you the link to get tickets AND it's $5 OFF during this blog hop!!! CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!!

Here's the Facebook Page and the website and we have a TON of giveaways during this blog hop to share about the event. Each author on the tour is having their own giveaway, so be sure to visit each stop along the way. This is the group giveaway… Continue reading