#POLL – Passionate Bites Needs a Cover

Passionate Bites Cover Showdown

COVER SHOWDOWN: Click the banner to Vote for the Cover of Passionate Bites

I'm very proud to say I am participating in ANOTHER boxed set this year! We're calling it Passionate Bites: Hot Tales of Vampire Romance. Midnight Captive will be featured in this set along with some amazing authors you do not want to miss!! As you can see from the boxed set image, I'm honored to be among these amazing authors (in alphabetical order), with whom I'm fast becoming friends…

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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!!

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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.
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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 😀

 

Midnight Hunt – First Kiss Giveaway

KMN Books - First Kiss - Valentine's DayKaren Michelle Nutt and KMN Books are celebrating Valentine's Day all this month by sharing excerpts of those First Kisses. Be sure to head on over there to see links to all the other giveaways. February 10th, Midnight Hunt is being featured on her Facebook Page.

Midnight Hunt - Book 3 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire ChroniclesAs many of you may know, Midnight Hunt is the third book in my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles. (Don't worry…I'm working hard on Book 4!) Here's the excerpt of the first kiss between Broderick and Monika (his wife Davina reincarnated):

Monika grabbed a thick cloth from a hook and swung the fireplace crane to check the brew. “I think this is done.”

“I’ll do that for you.” Broderick took the cloth from her hand and their fingers briefly brushed against each other. He clenched his jaw against the wave of lust coursing through his limbs. After unhooking the cooking pot from the iron arm, he set the simmering infusion on the sideboard along the right wall. He stepped away and let her examine the brew.

Broderick peeked over her shoulder as she poked at the wilted plant in the water with a wooden spoon. “Just a little time to let it cool,” she said, and then whirled around and slammed into his chest with an “Oomph!” He caught her before she fell back. “Oh, goodness! I’m so sorry! I had no inkling you were right behind me!” She clutched his arms while she spewed apologies.

“Nay, it was my fault. I shouldn’t have…” Broderick stopped speaking because she kept rambling explanations, obviously thoroughly embarrassed by the clumsy encounter. He chuckled and then laid a finger over her lush mouth. “All is well.”

Wide-eyed and awe-struck, Monika gazed up at him.

The scent of her blood wafted between them and swirled with her desire, drifting from her like a perfume. Her pink tongue darted out to wet her lips and Broderick’s mouth watered. The Hunger surfaced and he closed his eyes to ensure she didn’t see the silver glow. “Fräulein Konrads, I—”

Monika slipped her fingers into his hair, pressing the back of his head to pull him to her. Their lips met…and Broderick was lost. She smelled of lavender and tasted of honey…tasted of Davina. She kissed like his wife—the same nibbling of his lower lip, the way she traced her tongue around his mouth, exploring, seeking. When she opened her mouth to him, he was helpless to resist and slid his tongue between her lips, delving deep. His hands smoothed down her sides, his thumbs tempted to brush the swell of her breasts, but he fought the indulgence. He snaked his arms around her torso and pulled her against his chest, lifting her in his embrace while he feasted on her mouth.

*Sigh* I'm in love with my own vampire hero. Broderick MacDougal for the win!! The first book in my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles is FREE – Midnight Conquest – so be sure to download that and get hooked on the series!

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And speaking of winning, commenters will be entered into a drawing this week for a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner's choice). Answer the following…

Kiss and Tell! Was your first kiss memorable? Share in the comments.

The winner will be announced February 15th. Happy Valentine's Day!!!

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉

My Paranormal Book Club

Click to join My Paranormal Book Club

I LOVE to share a good thing! And this is most CERTAINLY a good thing! As an author, I've joined this amazing promotional book club that works out for both you and me. I get my books into the hands of readers. YOU get my books – and a SLEW of other where to buy accutane online really great paranormal books – really cheap!

It's called My Paranormal Book Club and if you click on this banner or go HERE, you can watch the video that tells you how you can sign up. You GOTTA check it out!! GO NOW!!

That's my two pence…

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

Vampire Charity Blog Hop – In Vein

Vampires for Charity!

My guest today is Jodie Pierce, the Vampire Queen, and she's heading a very special cause. I'll let her tell us about it. But first…

Giveaway!

Jodie is giving away one set of e-bookmarks and I'm throwing in a $5 Amazon gift card. Be sure to use the Rafflecopter Entry below to participate and please spread the word for this great cause! Comments are encouraged!!

Here's Jodie!

In Vein - Vampire Anthology for CharityThanks for having me here today! “In Vein” is a vampire charity anthology book where 100% of the proceeds will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital!

With over 18 Authors, you’re bound to find a few vampire stories you’ll love. From devious vampires, to vampire moms, a child vampire, teenage vampires, King and Queen vampires, a vampires’ slave girl, a vampire mob, a Red-necked vampire, driving vampires, an Eastern European angel of pain, a vampire poem, a dug up coffin, a Dental Hygienist, a sad vampire tale and a vampire that helps a young cancer boy. Like I said, something for everyone! Did I mention it’s all for charity? The kids, people…the kids!

Book Links:

More may be coming.

The participating Authors are (in alphabetical order):

Thanks!
Jodie Pierce

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And there you have it! Thank you, Jodie, for coming here today! The drawing ends October 31st and winners for this blog will be announced by e-mail within 48-hours after the closing. Be sure to leave your e-mail address in the Rafflecopter (for privacy) and there are a few other options to increase your chances of winning, so I encourage you to take advantage of those. Don't forget to comment below to answer this question:

What are you doing for Halloween this year?

Expound, explore and explain! We'd love to hear if you and/or your kids are dressing up? Are you going to a party? What costume will you be wearing? How do you feel about Halloween as a holiday?

Thanks for supporting this wonderful cause! Be sure to share and spread the news!

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August Alfresco #BlogHop – #Win a #Kindle and #Erotica

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Welcome to Smut Alfresco!

A special thank you to Victoria Blisse for organizing this wonderful event! If you haven't read any of her super excellent erotica, you are missing out! Be sure to visit her site and be prepared to get hot under the collar…or a few other places.

Comment on this post to be in to win one of these FABULOUS prizes:

And be sure to check out all the August Alfresco posts at http://smutalfresco.co.uk and comment on each one to have more chances to win.

All terms and conditions are available at smutalfresco.co.uk and the winners will be announced on the 1st September at the website. Good luck!!

Alfresco

sex-outdoors01What does ‘alfresco' mean? As defined by www.Dictionary.com: out-of-doors; in the open air: to dine alfresco.

I'm happy to take a virtual trip over to the UK and join all these wonderfully sexy British ladies on a romp through some sexual encounters in the great outdoors!! That's right! We're all having sex in the open air! (Well…our characters are having sex outside…we're just watching!)

This post will give you a sneak peak into my latest short story titled Hot Rod Haunting (F/F/M), the second installment of my Les Petites Morts Series. This is a slightly steam encounter between two best-friend females. My main character, Kami Jacobs has just shared with her best friend Mona Rand that she's bi-sexual…and they're in a graveyard…very outdoors…and they might have a spectral visitor who wants to join in.

WARNING: Female/Female/Male Action Incumming!

Hot Rod Haunting - Book 2 in the Les Petites Morts (erotica menage)The following excerpt contains graphic language and sexually explicit actions. ONLY INTENDED FOR READERS 18 YEARS AND OLDER.

With a thunk, the back hatch popped open. I yanked out the case of beer and hauled it to the front of the car. Mona stood before Kenny, who let his sexy, hooded eyes roam over her body. “Pleasure to meet you.”

“I sure hope so,” Mona said, matching his throaty voice. I knew she’d like him. We always went for the same guys.

I handed each of them a beer.

Kenny’s dark gaze observed us twist off the caps before following suit, then he tipped his head back and downed nearly half the bottle, like a true Chicagoan. “Nice and cold.”

“Only proper way to have a beer,” Mona confirmed before she chugged hers down completely.

“You weren’t lyin’.” He grinned. “She’s cute.”

I cocked an eyebrow.

“Who, moi?” Mona glanced from Kenny to me and back again, before she bit her bottom lip. “Is this what I think it is?”

I shrugged. “Kenny knows I’m bi and I know you’ve always fantasized about a threesome.” I handed her another beer from the box. “I hope you don’t mind it’s with me instead of another guy.”

“Fuckin’ ay,” she breathed. Mona twisted off the cap and raised the mouth of the bottle to her grinning lips.

Kenny finished his beer in a single gulp and set the bottle on his trunk. “That’s what I wanted to hear.” He tugged Mona by the hand as he sauntered toward me. Reaching over his head, he grabbed his t-shirt and yanked it off, revealing his god-like body of sculpted muscles. Mona cooed and smoothed her hand over his washboard stomach and bulging pecs.

Kenny was cocky and confident and it made me wet. With hooded eyes and a mouth like a Greek statue, he oozed sexuality. I’d scored with this one.

Mona still xanax no prescription 2mg held her beer in one hand while her tongue flicked Kenny’s nipple. She bit and kissed a wet path across his chest and he moaned, cradling the back of her head in his large hand.

Grabbing her hand holding the beer, he brought the opening of the bottle to her mouth, dragging it around like a teasing cock. “Swallow it, darlin’.” He raised an enticing eyebrow and licked his full lips.

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Mona sighed and wrapped her mouth around the bottle as if she was giving head. Kenny groaned. Tipping the bottle ass-end up, she finished the beer and he relieved it from her grasp, strolling over and setting it aside on the hood of his car. Reaching for the buttons on my blouse, she tugged me closer and breathed against my mouth, “You have me so horny after what you did to me in the graveyard.”

“That makes two of us.” Kenny grabbed the bulge in his pants and rubbed his erection through his jeans as he watched from a distance.

Mona stripped off my shirt and freed my breasts. My nipples puckered under her touch and she swiveled her head so Kenny had a good view of her licking me. “You like to watch, Hot Rod?” she asked between lapping. “Mmmm, I like the sound of that.” Mona lifted her tank top and bra over her head, then rubbed her tits against mine.

Kenny and I moaned in unison and I grinned. “Why don’t you bring that hot rod over here?”

He hissed and unbuckled his jeans, dropped his fly and reached into his pants. The head of his cock bobbed in his fist as he stroked his shaft and strutted toward us.

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I do hope you enjoyed the excerpt! Be sure to catch Hot Rod Haunting at the following online retailers:

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If you're new to my website and haven't tried my paranormal erotic romance series, you're in for a treat!! Be prepared for a romp through history with HOT Scottish Vampires. Click the titles below to explore the excerpts of each story:

 

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So leave a comment and get entered for a chance to win the prizes mentioned above. I'm available if anyone has any questions. But I most certain have one for you!

Have you ever had sex alfresco?

Don't worry…I won't ask you to bare all and leave you hanging in the breeze. During my younger years, I admittedly was a bit of a ho. I was in the United States Air Force and partying like an animal with a bunch of Combat Control Team members – they're the elite force of the USAF, kinda like the US Navy Seals – and one of the guys and I went to the beach for our little alfresco liaison. I was drunk and horny and we banged away on the sand. I won't get into to details, but I woke up the next morning on the beach, sand stuck to my face and squinting from the bright light thinking, “How the hell did I get out here?” Yep! Those were the good ol' days, huh? *groan*

And you??? Do tell!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to LIKE, SHARE and COMMENT for your chance to win! I look forward to your comments!

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉

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Immortality of Vampire Fiction vs. The Industry

frustratedWARNING: I'm venting a little here today.

The Nelson Literary Agency posted some advice/information in their newsletter about the difference between a “good” manuscript and a “salable” manuscript. You can write a great story, good grammar, character development is tight and storyline is solid. But if the editors don't want it, they won't buy it. I quote the following, but I'm going to put my own adaptation in brackets because I've been told the same thing about my manuscripts (both vampire and steampunk/dystopian):

“For example, dystopian [vampire] stories are hot right now in the young-adult [adult/erotic] genre. As a result, for the past twelve months, editors have been inundated by dystopian [vampire] projects. They are tired of them, even though these titles are still releasing and some are doing quite well. Readers are still enjoying dystopian [vampire] novels, but editors don't want to buy them anymore. So right now, no matter how well written your dystopian YA [vampire novel] might be or how cool the premise, if an agent is taking a look at it, she is probably thinking she can't sell it and will pass on offering representation. That's the bald truth. The timing just plain sucks, and as an agent, selling projects is all about perfect timing: landing the right project, on the right editor's desk, at exactly the right moment.” (my emphasis on the underline)

More than anything else, I think this is a prime example and reason as to why self-publishing is so successful. Yes, you get the crap out there…I totally understand that. But the Big Six (as the big publishers are known as) publish crap, too.

What frustrates me the most is the editors KNOW there is an audience for these books – such as in the aforementioned Dystopian YA and my genre of topic, vampires – and yet because they're tired of reading them, they don't want to see them anymore. This is a business, people! Not your time to have a leisurely read! Print what the readers want!

OMGOne agent told me the reason why editors won't even look at such manuscripts (e.g., vampire, dystopian, steampunk, etc.) is because they're tired of getting a bunch of crap manuscript with the same stories. My response – and I can say this because I'm an editor – OMG get over it! That's your job as an editor. READING MANUSCRIPTS. If you don't like reading crap manuscripts, get another freakin' job. The sad truth is there is a TON of crap out there; it comes with the territory.

I belong to a group called I Love Vampire Novels and they have been my biggest supporters of my self-published novels – my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles. Their FB page boasts over 100,000 LIKES. And I'm sure there are a lot more vampire lovers out there than just 100,000. This group and others like them, J.R. Ward, Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton and Sherrilyn Kenyon are all proof people love vampire stories and they sell well.

But the editors are tired of them. :\

No problem! We'll just self-publish and make 70% off our book sales and the Big Six can continue whining about how their industry is failing. Enjoy the trip down!

Thanks for letting me vent! If you made it this far, thanks for putting up with me! Do you feel just as passionate about this topic? Does it really matter to you? Do you have your own experience about the industry you'd like to share? How about from a reader's perspective? Am I completely whacked in my reasoning?

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉

 

Midnight Hunt – Scavenger Hunt Cover Reveal

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For the pieces to the puzzle that will complete the cover of my next novel MIDNIGHT HUNT!

Join me and a number of wonderful authors and reader bloggers on a cover reveal tour like you’ve never seen! Each piece of the cover will be revealed and the entire cover assembled at the end of the tour on July 1st.

  • Tour Dates: June 17th – July 1st
  • Cover Reveal: July 1st
  • Tour Locations: author blogs, reader blogs and various stops around the World Wide Web, such as my Facebook author page, my Google+ page and other related sites
  • Prizes will include…
    • Grand Prize: Signed paperback copy of Midnight Hunt, swag cards & RTC and $20 Amazon/B&N Gift Card
    • 1st – $15 Amazon/B&N Gift Card
    • 2nd – $10 Amazon/B&N Gift Card
    • 3rd – $5 Amazon/B&N Gift Card

Once the tour begins, I'll post a white cover space with the first piece and a link to where you can find it. As the tour progresses, I'll be updating the graphic and the link to location of the next piece. Each piece will have a number/code. At the end of the tour, participants will send me an e-mail with all the puzzle codes to be entered into the final drawing. Contest rules will be posted closer to the date. Click here to see a calendar of this and other upcoming events.

Wanna Host a Piece of the Puzzle??

I still have some dates open for the blog tour, so if you're an author or a book blogger and want to host one of the pieces, please contact me ASAP to get booked: arial (at) arialburnz (dot) com. Slots are filling up fast! I have 15 pieces to reveal and many are already spoken for!

Vampire Didn’t Exist until 1732…According to Etymology

A Vampire in London – 1582

London Night - Vampire LurkingAh…a creepy setting…a vampire lying in wait. This may be great stuff for a paranormal tale…but something's not right.

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A fog crept in from the Thames, gliding through the streets like a phantom, shrouding the darkened alleyways between the tanneries, breweries and slaughterhouses…a perfect place to hide. Tucked into the shadows, a cloaked figure stood, listening. Staggering footsteps clicked against the cobblestones and feminine laughter fluttered against the high walls of the surrounding industry buildings.

The dark figure stepped from the shadows, seized her by the shoulders and whirled her into the doorway. Her eyes as wide as saucers, she gasped as he opened his mouth, revealing his fangs. “Wha-what are you?” she shrieked.

“I’m a…” He paused. “Well, I’m a…” He scratched his head.

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Go ahead…I know you want to finish the sentence. He’s a vampire, right? Actually, as you read above, it’s 1582 and the word vampire didn't exist. That’s right! Vampire from French or Vampir from German didn't make it into the written language until 1734; or 1732, in an account of Hungarian vampires, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary. Dictionary.com says 1725-35 for the German Vampir, so it depends on your sources.

Vampire-like creatures have existed for centuries in a multitude of cultures, but they more resembled demons and spirits or walking, bloated corpses. Not the hot, sexy, intelligent and alluring creatures of the night that fascinate modern culture today. And they definitely didn't sparkle. Imagine my dismay when I started writing my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles—which starts in 1486, and the back story even earlier—and learned I couldn't use the word vampire! Well…I had to come up with something!

Midnight Conquest - Book 1 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire ChroniclesThe number one question I get about my vampires is, “Why did you call them Vamsyrians?” Obviously, the above was my motivation. I chose to create a word that could easily morph into vampire through the years…and that’s exactly what some of my readers have done by mispronouncing it by adding a “P” where none exists—vamp-seer-ee-an. It’s already on its way to morphing!

If you'd like to explore this dark world of Vamsyrians I've created, CLICK HERE to check out the boxed set! Or CLICK HERE to start with Book 1, Midnight Conquest. And if you aren't a member of my VIP Club to get vampire freebies, CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW! It's FREE!

Enjoy!!

Arial 😉