Midnight Hunt – Scavenger Hunt Cover Reveal

BBB03_emptyWe're goin' on a scavenger hunt…

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!

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 😉

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 😉

Mother’s Day Giveaway!

FREE Book for Mother's Day

If Mom likes historical romance with a paranormal twist – or you think she'd like to give it a try – she just might love my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles. Maybe YOU'RE a mom and would like to sample hot men in kilts with fangs!

The ebook version of Midnight Captive – Book 2 – is FREE all Mother's Day weekend. What's that you say? Neither she or you has read Midnight Conquest – Book 1? Perfect! The ebook version of Book 1 is only 99 cents.

Here's how to can get both ebooks:

Share to Win!

We indie authors are nothing without our readers! If you help me spread the word, you could win a signed, trade paperback copy of both Midnight Conquest AND Midnight Captive. You will be entered into the drawing for each of the following. The more you do, the more buy ambien online legally chances you have to win.

  • If you're not already on my mailing list, fill out the form in the sidebar – 1 entry.
  • LIKE my Facebook Page – 1 entry. Everyone who LIKES my Facebook Page this weekend will be entered into the drawing.
  • Share my Facebook page with friends and family – 1 entry for each share (please make sure the SHARE privacy settings are set for PUBLIC or I won't see who shared)
  • Follow me on Twitter: @arialburnz – 1 entry
  • Retweet any of my tweets for my Mother's Day Promo. Look for the hashtag #BBBMom – 1 entry for each RT.

I'm giving away TWO SETS of my novels. The two winners will be drawn on Monday, May 13th. Depending on how you participated, I will contact you through e-mail, Facebook or Twitter to obtain your shipping address and for your personalized inscription in the books.

Thank you for helping me spread the word and supporting indie authors!!

Updates & New Release!

Midnight Captive - Book 2Sorry for the blog silence. Been REALLY busy lately and working on many things in the background, but being very productive. Here's the skinny on what's happenin' and if you leave a comment below, I'll enter you in a drawing to win a free, pre-released copy of Midnight Captive.

New Release – Midnight Captive – Book 2

I know…it's been a long time coming, but Midnight Captive is finally coming out in mid-February! This is book 2 in the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles and I've received many e-mails from my faithful readers over the holidays, asking when Cailin will have her story told. The other updates below will let you know why the writing and editing of this has been delayed, so I'll let the events speak for themselves.

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Anne Rice Going to RT Convention in Chicago!!!!!!

My Literary Heroine – Anne Rice – at RT Convention 2012

OMG Anne Rice will be in Chicago!I'm a little slow, but I just found out that my literary heroine – Anne Rice – is going to be at the RT Convention in Chicago. She'll be at the Saturday, April 16th Book Fair from 11am – 2pm at the Hyatt Rosemont Hotel in Chicago, just adjacent to O'Hare Int'l Airport. If you're an Anne Rice fan and you're in the area, you don't want to miss this!

I swear…when I read this in the RT Book Reviews newsletter, I stopped breathing for 3 seconds and sat there at my computer with my mouth hanging open. Then I cried tears of joy and called my friend Genella de Grey to screech like a bahn sidhe (pronounced ban-shee). I'm relieved I didn't almost pee myself…like I almost did when I received a personal response from Anne Rice after I announced the release of my debut novel MIDNIGHT CONQUEST…which she inspired and to whom I have dedicated. Anyone who missed that…I'll be more than happy to recap for you…

Personal E-mail from Anne Rice

From: Anne Rice
Sent: Saturday, May 14, 2011 10:13 AM
To: Arial Burnz
Subject: Re: Thank You for Your Inspiration – Publishing After 20 Years!

This is so moving. You are kind to share this with me, and I'm extremely happy for you that your book is being published.  I wish you every blessing with this adventure.  I'm convinced that the writer's buy xanax online america life is worth the struggle, the patience, the courage.  Take care, and thank you again for these very kind words.

Anne.

On Fri, May 13, 2011 at 11:03 PM, Arial Burnz <arial@arialburnz.com> wrote:

Dear Mrs. Rice,

*VIRTUAL HUG*

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how much of an inspiration you’ve been to me through the years. I started writing back in my high school days (1983) – vampire poetry inspired by your Vampire Chronicles. In 1992, I started my novel MIDNIGHT CONQUEST and as of June 1, I will finally have it published. (Whew, that was a long road!) It’s the first in a six-book series that will follow my main character, Broderick MacDougal, through the centuries on his quest for revenge and finding his true love, Davina.

My book is being dedicated to you and here is my dedication page:

A Thank You to Sting
For “Moon Over Bourbon Street
He fed me the intro
To Anne Rice’s treat
She’s planted the seed
To all that I’ve written
If it wasn’t for her
I’d have never been bitten

The eBook will be out by June 1, the trade paperback by June 10.  😉

Thank you again for your inspiration! My heart’s wishes and best to you and yours.

God’s speed to you,

Arial Burnz

I have to remember to bring my camera and I told my mom to bring hers, too. I just hope I don't faint in front of her…or pee on myself. 😉

That's my two pence…

Arial 😉

Fantasy Fiction Author Finds a New Home

Welcome to My New Fantasy Home!

Ahhh! A warm fire crackles beside me. The cushy chair craddles me as I sit before the hearth and absorb the warmth from the flames. I put my book down upon the table to my right and smile at the faeries flitting around the room, decorating my new home with sparkling dust. My spirit guide and friend, MaeDawn the unicorn, curls before the fire. Raja the dragon swoops by my window and I enjoy the overcast sky. A perfect day for writing. Broderick MacDougal saunters into the room and sits in the adjacent chair, his roguish smile setting my insides to fluttering. Would you like to join us?

I welcome you to my new home. I haven't moved physically…just in cyberspace and in genres. In realizing my clarified role as a fantasy fiction author instead of a romance novelist, I thought it fitting to surround myself with the images and atmosphere of the genre…the things I love. Unicorns. Mystical places. Dragons. Vampires. Werewolves. *sigh* I believe I've finally found my home. Yes. It feels right now.

I struggled with being a romance novelist, as I was told my romance stories were more about the layers and the details I'd woven into the plot versus the romance. The final resolution of my stories was NOT the relationship, but the journey the chacters traveled with each other. No matter what story I penned or planned, romance was not the center of the story buy ambien with overnight even though there were strong romantic elements and I tried to hard to fit into that mold. I felt lost. Homeless, if you will.

As such, I could not live up to the expectations of my audience, which influences my sales and by which I gain more readers. Though the romance community never shunned me, I did feel out of place, like walking into a Regency ball, unsure of how to behave under the social scrutiny. I don't blame them at all. It wasn't their fault I went to the wrong party. In directing my attention to the fantasy fiction community, however, I was welcomed with open arms. It was as if I'd walked into the Prancing Pony. A mug of ale was shoved into my hand, I pulled a chair up to a table surrounded by hobbits, dwarves, wizards and elves. We laughed and spun tales and I felt the freedom to be myself. How refreshing! Pass the brew!

Now that I've accepted the idea and settled into my new home, I look back on my old place, surprised I thought I belonged there. I write fantasy fiction with strong romantic elements. It's as simple as that. I welcome you to my new home and invite you to sit awhile and explore. You'll find, as I did, it's not that much different. Just a little more magical.

Anne Rice Made Me Do It!

Anne Rice - Inspiring me for 30+ years

I just started using Pinterest and was pinning pictures of women who inspire me…one of which is Anne Rice…and it just made me want to post about how she inspired me to start writing.

I was an avid reader as a kid, but nothing moved me as much as her Vampire Chronicles and tales of Lestat De Lioncourt. Whew! The poetry of her prose. The vivid descriptions of the dark settings her stories took place. The emotional torture her characters experienced. The twist she gave an old legend. I felt her stories were so real, she MUST have interviewed a vampire. She MUST have the inside scoop. What a delightful journey she led me through! I enjoyed The Vampire Lestat so much, I'd read it four times.

Now, I'm dating myself here because I read Interview with the Vampire in the 80s a few years after it came out and I was in high school. As such, I was NOT enthralled with her books because of the Twilight craze. My love affair with these creatures of the night started over 30 years ago, so this is not a bandwagon I've jumped on. The world is just now catching up to me. 😉

I devoured vampire novels like vampires devoured their victims. I'd read every book of vampire fiction I could get my hands on and, at the time, I didn't think anything could compare to the genius of Bram Stoker, who was the father (or known as such, at least) of these gothic and tragic beings with his novel Dracula. (Incidentally, if you haven't read it and you're a vampire fan…you should or you're not officially an avid reader of vampire fiction. It is truly and surprisingly enthralling and unique…even compared to modern fiction.) Though I was writing, my stories were about dragons and unicorns and knights in shining armor.

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Sting wrote a song called Moon Over Bourbon Street and my sisters and I were intrigued. Being huge Sting and Police fans, we read all the fine print on all their albums, scouring the inserts for bits of information about their personal insight into their music–and so we learned this song was inspired by Anne Rice's novel Interview with the Vampire. We HAD to get the book just because Sting read it! All three of us–my two younger sisters and myself–became obsessed with Mrs. Rice's stories and began penning poetry. One day I will compile these poems and publish them. They're haunting, beautiful and tragic…just like vampires.

I carried this obsession into my twenties–still reading anything related to vampires, both fiction and non-fiction–and eventually wrote my first novel, then known as Bonded By Blood. Through the years, more stories evolved and now I've developed a six-book series from the first story and use the original title as the name of the series.

And thus is the reason for my dedication page in my debut novel MIDNIGHT CONQUEST:

A Thank You to Sting
For “Moon Over Bourbon Street”
He fed me the intro
To Anne Rice’s treat
She’s planted the seed
To all that I’ve written
If it wasn’t for her
I’d have never been bitten

I had the wonderful privilege of corresponding with Mrs. Rice, letting her know I dedicated my first book to her and how she has been my inspiration. I could have sworn that I blogged about it, but I can't seem to find that entry. Oh well. I guess that's for another post. Thanks for reading!

That's my two pence…

Update on MIDNIGHT CAPTIVE – Book 2 of BBB Vampire Chronicles

I've had a few of my readers begging me for Book 2 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles, so I thought I would post an update on where I am with it.

I'm so sorry! I should have listened toAmanda Hocking and NOT put a release date on future projects until the book was near completion. I stated at the end of Book 1 that Book 2 would be done in October order ativan online 2011. My day job (editing) picked up and I just have not had the time to write.

I did put a lot of effort into the novel in December and was about three-quarters of the way done with the first draft…and then the holidays hit and then Star Wars: The Old Republic came out and I also got sick (see previous spew about that). Read more…

Catching Up – Sick of Being Sick and Tired!

I really hate to be one to bitch or complain, because honestly, I'm the happiest I've ever been in my entire life. I have my romance-novel-hero husband (pictured right), a roof over my head, a career that I thoroughly enjoy (editing / writing / cover design / recording audio books / creating book trailers) and pets that are adorable and love us. Read more…