Monday, August 5, 2013

VBT: Interview with Arial Burnz author of the Bonded By Blood series, a giveaway and reviews too




I was able to interview Arial Burnz. The following is what she shared with me:

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Arial. :-)


Thank YOU for having me on your blog!! It’s a great pleasure to be here! :D

What part of writing do you find the most challenging? Most enjoyable?

I would say the most challenging thing for me as a writer is finding the time to write. Most of my work is networking and marketing, and though it is necessary, it’s extremely time consuming. All of us writers would LOVE to just sit down and write. Oh, that the books could sell themselves. A lot of hard work, selling books.

The most enjoyable part is the writing! Creating stories and characters and new worlds! *sigh* Even better than that is all the brainstorming I do with my husband. I’m a total Plotter. I’m not a Pantster at all. I have to outline all my stories so I can have the freedom of creating layers and depth, and this is especially important when writing a series. There are things I’ve planted in Book 1 of my series that won’t even manifest until Book 6. My husband helps me iron out the details and some of the kinks, helping me plant all those little Easter eggs readers can pick up along the way. So much fun!!

Which of your characters is your favorite to write? the easiest? the hardest? the most fun?

Broderick MacDougal is my favorite. What’s not to like about a six-foot-three, Scottish rogue of a vampire? YUMMY!!! He is, by far the easiest character for me to write, too. I just know him through and through because I created him over twenty years ago. The hardest character for me to write was Cailin, Davina’s toddler daughter in Book 1 (Midnight Conquest), and she gets her own story at age seventeen in Book 2 (Midnight Captive). I had a real hard time finding her motivation. However, Alan Watt’s book The 90-Day Novel: Unlock the Story Within helped me find that. Highly recommend that book for any author. And the most fun character to write is Angus Campbell, my villain. Many readers have told me how much they hate Angus and what an evil guy he is. I squee with delight when I think about where he starts in the series and where he’s going to end up. Allow me a cruel chuckle. Mwuahahahaha!!! :-)

What book would you like to see made into a movie?

I’m assuming you mean my books…all of them!!! And Chris Hemsworth needs to be Broderick MacDougal. I think Gemma Arterton would be perfect for Davina. At least for Midnight Conquest and Midnight Captive. I haven’t really cast the actors beyond that. However, you can visit my Pinterest boards to see the models I’ve chosen for their appearances for the first three books.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Nutty Coconut from Baskin Robbins

Elevator or stairs?

Depends on my mood, energy level and how many floors, but usually stairs because I have lots of energy.

Hardback, paperback, ebook or audio book?

eBook! I read several books at once, so having the eReader lets me take all of them with me wherever I go, or on my phone. I usually have about seven books – fiction and non-fiction – in various stages of being read.

What is your favorite part of the day?

The writing part of the day. lol! :-)

Who is the first person you call with good or bad news?

My husband, if he’s not already by my side. If he is, it’s usually my best friend, author AJ Nuest. She’s the second person I call after my hubby.

What type of music do you listen to?

I have music playing when I write, so most of my music is instrumental. Usually, it’s soundtrack music to computer games (either Everquest 2 or Journey by composer Austin Wintory). If not those, then meditation/spa, Celtic music or what I like to call Faery Music, which sounds like what you’d imagine hearing while walking through an enchanted forest.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Selfish, self-absorbed people. So many people these days are so focused on texting or playing with their cell phones, they aren’t in the moment, enjoying the world and/or realizing they’re infringing on other people’s space. They’re just too much into their own worlds. It’s sad and really annoying. I agree completely.

Homebody or social butterfly?

I used to be a social butterfly, and still can be, but age has soooo tempered that. I’m definitely a homebody.

Thank you so much for having me here today! It’s been fun! I’m available if anyone has any questions about the books, writing, editing, covers…whatever. Also, if anyone leaves questions for Broderick or Angus, they’ve been known to make appearances. Be forewarned: They’re real rogues!! Awesome! Thank you for the warning. ;-) 



About the author:

Arial Burnz has been an avid reader of both paranormal and fantasy fiction for over thirty years. With bedtime stories filled with unicorns, hobbits, dragons and elves, she had no choice but to craft her own tales, penning to life the many magical creatures roaming her mind and dreams. And with a romantic husband who's taught her the meaning of true love, she's helpless to weave romance into her tales. Now she shares them with the world. Arial Burnz lives in Rancho Cucamonga, California, with her husband (a.k.a. her romance novel hero)—who is also a descendent of Clan MacDougal—along with their dog and two cats.


Links: Website * Facebook Page * Twitter * Amazon


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Midnight Conquest Blurb:

Masked in a Gypsy guise, Broderick MacDougal hides his vampiric identity while seeking to destroy the man who slaughtered his family. When an old Clan rival ensnares Broderick in a trap using an enticing widow, he is compelled to discover if she is bait or an accomplice, and the cinnamon-haired beauty is his next conquest.

Widow of an abusive husband, Davina Stewart-Russell clings to the only image that gave her strength during those dark times—the Gypsy rogue who stole her heart as a youth. After nine years, she is finally face-to-face with him again, but reality clashes with fantasy as she is confronted with Broderick’s passionate pursuit.

When Davina’s past returns to haunt her, Broderick is forced to reveal a dark secret worse than anything Davina thought possible. The challenge before them has fatal risks and neither of them is prepared for the sacrifices expected for the sake of eternal love.



 

Purchase links:

Amazon / TBD            



Here's an excerpt:

Seeing the erotic images she entertained in her mind, mimicking his dream, was his undoing.

With a groan, he dashed around the table, and before she could gather her wits, he pulled her to her feet, wrapping her in his embrace and crushing her arms between them. Davina’s hands upon his chest spread warmth over his body. The wild thumping of his heart beneath her palms matched her own heart’s cadence, pounding in his ears. Davina stared up at him with parted lips, full and tempting, begging to be tasted, and his mouth descended upon hers. With a dexterity that surprised him, she dodged him.

“Stop!”

Amusement played havoc with his features and he eased the tension of his embrace just enough to allow Davina some breathing room. His voice purred, “Stop? You are ripe and ready, lass. What say we indulge in each other in a more private atmosphere?”

Davina stepped out of his embrace and cracked her hand against his cheek.

“What in—” Broderick’s brow scrunched in confusion, and then smoothed as he tipped his head back and hearty laughter poured out of his mouth, his fists planted on his hips. Oh, I like her!


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Midnight Captive Blurb:

Cailin MacDougal has lived a dangerous life being the adopted daughter of vampire Broderick "Rick" MacDougal, so she had no choice but to learn to fight in order to protect herself. However, such behavior is hardly desirable in a dutiful wife who's supposed to embroider and run a household. This aggressive side of her behavior should be easy enough to hide from her betrothed...shouldn't it?

After being away at fencing school for seven years, James Knightly has returned as a master swordsman, ready to captain his own ship and finally wed his childhood sweetheart, Cailin MacDougal. What he finds waiting for him is a dagger-toting hellion for a bride, an immortal father-in-law, and an enemy bent on extracting revenge by threatening the family James holds most dear--the MacDougals.

Broderick MacDougal is lured away from his family with the promise of-at last-learning a way to protect those he loves from his clan enemy, Angus Campbell. Broderick knows he's headed for a trap, but the bait is too tempting to resist...and he unravels the beginning of a prophecy that will lead to redemption for all vampires. The cost of such redemption, though, may be the very soul of the woman he would die for...his wife, Davina.

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Arial will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card (winner's choice) to a randomly drawn commenter during this tour and her Virtual Book Tour. Also, at every stop a randomly drawn commenter will be awarded a 5-Star Short Story eBook, Romance Trading Card set & signed Bonded By Blood series post card.

If you follow the tour and comment on more posts, your chances get better and better of winning. The tour dates can be found here:


My Thoughts:

As you all know, I feel that vampires come second only to shifters. It is no wonder than that I wanted to read these books as they have vampires in them. :-)


What you may find surprising is that these books are not modern day stories. They are historical and I enjoyed them. Yes you heard me right. I actually read and enjoyed not only one but two historical PNRs.

I had a feeling that I would. The book covers were enticing and the blurbs intrigued me even though I usually stay far away from historicals.

In the first book, Midnight Conquest, Broderick is betrayed by his wife and then another woman as well as a long time nemesis. In his quest for revenge against Angus, he poses as a gypsy fortune teller while he searches for him. 

Davina had her fortune told when she was young and she's never forgotten the fortune teller. Years later she married and was abused by her husband. Her husband Ian, is a piece of trash let me just tell you. I could not wait to see him get offed.

Needless to say, at some point Broderick and Davina come together. ;-) There is plenty of steam in this book. ;-)  You'll also find action, mystery and of course romance. 

I really enjoyed it and I found myself totally immersed in the story. :-) I found it very hard to believe that this was Arial's debut.

In Midnight Captive, the main romantic focus is Cailin and James. However, Broderick being sent to find out about a prophecy is also an important part. I was on the edge of my seat.

This second book was full of suspense but still had the romance, sizzle and action.

I don't think I can bear to read book three because I read the blurb and I am not happy about a new possible love interest for Broderick. I will read it though because I need to know how the prophecy is fulfilled. I hope that all is not how it appears to be. I really don't care to watch Broderick with someone else. I can't help but latch on to characters and be loyal to them for me it has to be Davina with him.

I would recommend both books to all of you who like vampires.

I received an ecopy of each book in exchange for my honest opinion. These books were engaging, steamy, and intriguing. In other words, they were both good reads. :-)





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92 comments:

  1. Im definitely intrigued. The only historicals that I really read are paranormal ones, so definitely will try these. :)
    -Amber
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    1. Amber you know they're good if I liked them.

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    2. Definitely! I was surprised when I saw that they were historical. Im not very big on them either. ive only read a few and they were paranormal ones.

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    3. Jeez, I can't wait to hear what you ladies think of Book 3. *Sitting on the edge of my seat*

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  2. I love your review! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Thanks Andra. I can't help but share my thoughts, especially when I like a book or series so well.

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    2. AWWWWWWWW! I'm just tickled pink polka dots!!!!

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  3. oh an historacal one that fit your tastes that must definitively go on the to have list... but i admit you had me surprised....broderick gets his girl but then another one in a later books ç_ç it's not one mate only for eternity? they killed davina? ( becaus eif he just put aside it's even worse...)
    i admit that makes me hesitate a little but your enthousiasm is really overcoming that mostly


    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Miki, you know me. That is my hesitation with book three. I'm afraid of what I'll find out. But then again I have faith that Arial has something up her sleeve. :-) You know that I'll give in and read it.

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    2. ^^ i do know your taste yes and i'm so happy that the end of teh series at least will be happy end^^ Arial managed totell us so much about those to come that i'm even more interested than before ( which says a lot^^)

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    3. You ladies are soooo good for my ego and it's what keeps me writing. :D Can't wait to see what you think of Book 3!

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    4. :) you should definitely come by here more often! I have to go get these now!

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    5. Are you done reading them yet???? LOL (j/k)

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  4. Thanks for the great interview, he does sounds like a really fun character to write

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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    1. Brenda, it was a fun interview to do! :D

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  5. Hello, Brenda!

    Thank you so much for having me on your blog today and OMG thank you for the wonderful reviews!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed them. SQUEEEEEEEEE!

    I do hope you'll give Midnight Hunt a read in spite of what you might be thinking. Without giving any spoilers away, let's just say...Broderick would NEVER betray Davina or want to be with anyone else. Davina is his soul mate for all eternity. I hope that helps. ;)

    Looking forward to interacting with everyone!!

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    1. Hi Arial,

      yes your little info helps a lot!i guess it was the little push i needed^^ ( and i'm sure Brenda will be rassured too^^)
      i so glad to see book 1 and 2 available on the bookdepository! i will definitively add them to my list

      thank you

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    2. Woo hoo!!!

      And CRAP! I keep missing out on the nice little "reply" links on some of the blogs. Not every blog has one.

      I have a t-shirt I've been DYING to put out there that goes right along with this topic of Broderick being with "another woman". After Book 3 is out there, I should be able to release the t-shirt. OMG I've been waiting for two years to do this t-shirt!!! (And it isn't Team Broderick and Team Angus - LOL)

      Enjoy!!

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    3. now i'm really curious about this t-shirt^^ you will have to come back for the reveal ^^

      ( and don't worry about teh reply button, we are really grateful you come to answer us so in reply or in another comment no matter^^)

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    4. AWWW! I'm so happy to be here!!! And I will definitely be back for the t-shirt reveal. Perhaps I can even do a giveaway of the t-shirt with Book 3? :D

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    5. ^^ if you open that giveaway to international that would be fabulous yes^^

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    6. Yeah, I believe so. I have friends in Ireland and Australia that I've sent things to. It's just a trip to the post office. By the way, same thing with purchasing the hard copies of my books. You'll get them cheaper through me, so send me an e-mail if you want a signed copy AND save money! ;) arial (at) arialburnz (dot) com.

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    7. ^^ i'm glad not to be excluded immediately then, i know it's not always easy for author to include us.

      As for yhe hard copies good to know thank you, but i can't buy online ç_ç) i have a acquiantances of my mother who comes from time to time to order for me and i pay him in cash so far he accept only teh bookdepository option ( frustrating sometimes but still i'm really glad to have one opportunity to get book i want)

      i would participate in the contest for sure ( if no facebook or twitter are mandatory entry)

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    8. Arial, your reassurance goes a long way. Thanks. And thank you for stopping back to talk with us. Many times authors don't bother so we get really excited when you do.

      Thanks for telling us about getting the books through you. :-)

      And yes please come back anytime. I'll gladly share any book info or giveaway with everyone. I love to share!

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    9. Honestly, Brenda, I keep hearing that over and over again, about how authors don't come back after a post or comments. WTF? I don't get that. YOU are the reason I'm an author! Without my readers, I am nothing. How can authors NOT interact with their readers. Whut-EH-VER!

      WOO HOO!!! So glad to hear what I've said helps. I'm crossing my fingers I won't disappoint you in Book 3...which will be free Aug 7-11th on ARe!! Here's the link if anyone want to pre-order...it is free now, but the book won't be available until the 7th.

      https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-midnighthunt-1230714-340.html

      A beta reader has already given it 4.5 stars on GoodReads, so I'm hopeful! Cheers!!!

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    10. A free PDF!!! A free PDF!! you made my day!!! until i get the print book that's the best thing ever pdf and no kindle!!!
      Thank you!!! ( oki i will need to wait and it doesn't make sense to read it before getting book 1 and 2 but still i'm really REALLYU grateful! thank you!!!)

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    11. Yes thank you! I went and preordered mine now! :)

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    12. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!

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  6. Hello, Amber! So nice to meet you! Woo hoo! Another PNR Historical fan! *Does the Snoopy dance* Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Good luck on the drawing! :D

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    1. Thanks! Like Miki I questioned that but I'm glad we're wrong! :)

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    2. Sorry for the short response! The plumber came over and I had to get off the keyboard!!

      YAY! I'm so glad what I've said is settling your apprehensions. :D Can't wait for Book 3 to be published.

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    3. Thats alright! We're just very happy that you actually came back to answer our questions! :)

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  7. Hey, Andra! *waves* Good mornin', toots!! Nice to see you at the next stop. (By the way, did you know you won the drawing on Dalene's blog?? I sent you an e-mail, so be sure to get back to me about your prizes.) Good luck on this drawing and I'll see you at the next stop! ;)

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  8. Hello, Miki!!

    Yes and no in answer to your questions. As I said to Brenda, I do hope you won't let that discourage you from trying Midnight Hunt. Broderick would never, in a million years, betray his true love. Things just may not work out like he wants them to...at least not until the end of the series. (Hint hint) I don't want to give out any spoilers, though.

    Thanks so much for commenting and good luck on the drawing!! :D

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    1. How many books for the series to be complete?

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    2. There's a total of 6 books in the main storyline of the series. However, I have two spin-offs from book 4, which are Norse shapeshifters (the brothers of the heroine in the book - Chandler (M/M) and Jericho (M/F) in the 1700s). At the end of book 6, it's opened up for a slew of contemporary PNRs, all stand-alone, but they'll feature some of the main characters from the entire series.

      And then I'll have two spin-off series - Elemental Witches and the Norse Shapeshifters. Not sure if they will be historical or contemporary. I might have both.

      Yeah *pant, pant, pant* I have more ideas than I can keep up with!! LOL

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    3. Whoah that getting better and better because here we are great fan of shifters^^ ( that with norse mythology /history and i'm in paradise)...historical or contemporary i don't mind either as long as it's paranormal romance and well written ( and to have managed to make Brend overcome her apprehension about historical it must be^^)

      now i admit to have a little worry now...i'm not ready for m/m so i wonder if we can skip a book and still follow the series without trouble ( chandler is a spin off as you told us so i do hope so but i prefer confirmation)
      now i'm really happy the rest will be stand alone ( rassuring when international since it's not always easy to get our hands on it) ^^ so as soon as the main series keep tio stay available in print andbookdepository i'm all for trying it ( the stand alone too and the spin off series are really tempting too but better to wait and see^^)

      because it makes a lot of wished book but teh budget must follow too^^

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    4. No worries on the M/M story. It won't have anything to do with the main prophecy storyline. I knew going into the M/M that some of my readers would not feel comfortable with that genre, that's why I don't have any pertinent information regarding the storyline covered in this book. Broderick won't even appear in it, except maybe a small cameo.

      I'm doing the spin-offs because my characters are kind of demanding some attention! LOL! Chandler, especially.

      As for International, contact me via e-mail and let me know where you are. I heard there have been some bans put on "pornography" and I'm not sure if erotic romance is being lumped into that category.

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    5. i do hope not because i didn't heard anything about that. I'm really happy to hear that the m/m books can be skipped so we can follow the series normally thank you. perhaps i will be ready at a time simply not now ^^

      i've send you an email

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    6. Wonderful! I'll check your e-mail out in a little bit. Rushing to finish the final touches of MIDNIGHT HUNT so it can be published tomorrow. Woo hoo!!!

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    7. oh already *___* so great! Take your time don't worry

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    8. I cant say that Ive ever read any M/M yet. I dont mind it cause some of my best friends are gay but Ive never read it personally. So I would probably try your story. :) and like Miki I love mythology so thats just a cherry on top! :)

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    9. but Amber the main 6 books are not m/m so better start with that before the spin off^^( since you love reading in order) but yes the future spin off series are more than tempting

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    10. I definitely plan on it! :) I just ment that I may try them when I get that far.

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    11. ^^ i would remind you if your forget^^ but you have already 3 to read before coming to that one;)

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    12. LOL I know. I also have all those Sandlin ones and her others. I have lots and lots. :)

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    13. i will review thiose ones so you won't forget about them^^

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    14. You ladies are ADORABLE!! Sorry I missed the comments while I was out. So looking forward to writing the rest of the series, especially for you gals!

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    15. ^^ we count on you to come back for the next release now ^^

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    16. ABSOLUTELY!! I actually have a short story I'm releasing soon...I'd love to share that with you all as well. I'll nudge you when it's published. ;)

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    17. yes don't hesitate to drop by or send email^^.
      We never have enough^^

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  9. Hello, Shannon!!

    Wonderful to meet you and everyone else here! Yes, Broderick is indeed a FUN character to write. So far, my favorite.

    Thanks so much for commenting and good luck on the drawing!! :D

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  10. An excellent post and giveaway! Thanks :)

    hense1kk (at) cmich (dot) edu

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Kate, and I appreciate you stopping by. Good luck on the drawing!

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  11. Such a great interview thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hey, Mary!!! Thanks so much for the kind comments and for visiting. See you at the next stop and good luck on the drawing! :D

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  12. Hello, Ladies!!!

    Sooooo sorry I've been out of touch. I just got back from the RNConvention and we didn't have internet access without paying $12.99 a DAY...even in the public areas of the hotel. And we also had major plumbing problems and our bathroom flooded. Sheesh! When it rains, it pours!

    Anyway, I'm back and MIDNIGHT HUNT is now available! Woo hoo! I'm going to extend my free days through to the end of this week, so be sure to pick up a FREE copy while you can.

    ALSO, I’m making MIDNIGHT CONQUEST permanently FREE, so spread the word. In about 2 weeks, it should be free through all online retailers. In the meantime, you can get both Midnight Conquest and Midnight Hunt for FREE at these locations:
    My website: http://www.arialburnz.com/adult-fiction/vampire-bonded-blood-series/

    AllRomanceEbooks: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Arial+Burnz

    Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/arialburnz

    I'm really looking for reviews and anything you can post is appreciated! Thank you! I’m still available for questions. Thanks!!!

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    1. Thank you a lot for comming to asnwers, don't worry we understand that life can happen ( and for such a price yes we prefered to wait i mean... i though internet was more accessible than that in the states 0_0)

      We will let people know about your promotion ( and i will tell Brenda in case she had forgotten to pre order her copy on all romances^^ i wouldn't want her to miss it while camping)

      We really appreciate to have you here ^^, thank you

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    2. Thank YOU!!! And Woot!! Camping! We love to camp. :D

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    3. i'm not really into camping ^^;; ok in fact i had no vacation for at least 3 years if no more ( and i'm really starting to ned a break, a real one^^) but Brenda love to go camping with her family so we are taking care of the blog ( with Vampedchik ) so she can go without worry. she went for this week so just for the promotion ^^ so i hope if i send her a email she will have a few minute^^ ( but since she was impatiently waiting for book 3 i think she already have it^^)

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    4. If she doesn't, I can always get a copy to her later. ;)

      We're actually doing a little camping now. The drain system in our house is all backed up, so we can't use the bathroom, the kitchen and I can't do laundry. :( Thank the Gods we have a camper! At least we can use that for the bathroom. Plumber coming over today to hopefully assess the situation and get us back on track. I'm praying we don't have to bust up concrete to get to the pipes. GAH!

      It's a good thing you ladies do this blog together. Makes it easy to step away for a few days. Time for YOUR vacation next!!

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    5. it's just babysitting ^^ and being there for those who comment so not really a job since we do that every day as usual ^^

      I'm still in book 1 ( i can't read several books at once so i had to finiosh what i started first) and.. i discovered that i can have a more sadistic mind than you....^^;; oki i'haven't finihed it yet ( will be done this evening) but i was afraid Angus would do worse concerning Davina 'case^^;; so, so far i'm glad it's not as dark as envisionned it^^

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    6. Um....yeah...about that sadistic thing. *cringe* The worst is yet to come, but it is necessary for what the character actually goes through toward the end. I don't want to spoil anything, but be prepared for the worst. I've had people tell me, "I literally gasped when he did ______!" *Arial ducks*

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    7. You know i'm in a roleplaying game club for a long time so i saw quite a few sadistic idea ^^ you just made me more curious now ^^ i will tell you later if it was something i expected or not^^( and with vampires better to be always prepared for teh worst^^)

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    8. Okay, whew! LOL

      Do you play online games? MMORPG? I played Everquest 2 (aka EQ2) for about 8 years and now I've switched over to Star Wars: The Old Republic (aka SW:TOR).

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    9. No i don't play online ( i don't have the computer for that either^^;;) in fact videogame and me are quite opposite^^;; i become crazy and push all the buttons too quickly then the console/computer makes teh combo i inavertently created^^;; really bad for me

      we played dungeons and dragons 3.5 during years and now we are on pathfinder ( we also sometimes starwar ( because my brother is a big big fan^^)or a cthullu. I also loved elfquest- from a comic elves with wolves ^^ a paradise for me- ( but it lasted only one year after either the members weren'ty interested or the game master wanted something else)

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    10. Ooooo! D&D! I started playing with a small group of friends, but time just didn't allow us to continue. It helped me with a story I'm working on though: War of the Hearts - fantasy romance with dragons and magic wielders. Can't WAIT to write that series!!!

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    11. oki you got me hooked now dragons is one of my favourite after shifters so remember to tell us when you do have written that one^^

      (i stayed in teh same team ( with sometiems one or the other changing) for 7years^^ with teh same campagain and it was still not finished then^^

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    12. Yes we like Dragon shifters. Please tell us when you have info to share about that series as well. :-)

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    13. Sorry I totally didnt see these til now! Its been crazy around my house for the past week! Thanks for the freebies! I cant wait to read them!

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    14. No worries! Been pretty busy myself. ;)

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  13. Just so everyone knows, my characters and I are still available for questions or comments. I'll be checking back to interact through to the end of the tour (Sept. 16)...on this post at least! ;) I'm having such fun here, I can't wait to come back for another visit!!

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    1. Please come back anytime! We've really enjoyed having you here. :-)

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    2. Woo hoo!!! I will definitely contact you. :D

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    3. yes thank you so much for coming by and sharing! We love hearing from you and I cant wait to read this series! :D

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    4. My absolute pleasure!!

      Hey, I have a question for you ladies: How do you feel about short stories? I notice ebook short stories don't seem to sell. Is it because you can get a full novel for 99 cents and short story (10,000 words or less) is just not a wise purchase? Or is it just that readers don't like short stories in general? I'm curious and don't worry about hurting my feelings. I'd had to waste my time on publishing short stories and then no one buy them.

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    5. Wellllll,

      I won't spend more than 99 cents if a story is less than 100 pages and even then I have to already like the author. Otherwise I pass on it.

      I have read a few authors that can take minimal pages and make it feel like I've read a whole story. That's what I look for.

      Lately I've seen a trend where authors break a story up and sell it little by little. I hate that trend. I refuse to buy those. I feel like it's a money racket that I am too easily sucked into. I wait and purchase the whole book later. I spend much less and get the whole story without interuptions.:D

      So for me, it really depends. If you write a short story I wouldn't hesitate to buy it. :)

      I hope that helps! :-)

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    6. It sure does!! I tried 99 cents and no one purchased. I tried $1.49 and got a couple of sales, but no more than 1 or 2 per month. I wish they'd let us price short stories for 50 cents or something like that. Perhaps I should just make them free to get them out there.

      I've started a series called Les Petites Morts and they're erotic horror, 10k or less with a paranormal element to every story. I've put everything back down to 99 cents based on your comment. Amazon won't reflect that pricing for a few hours, though.

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    7. The price is important yes but also the concept i mean like Brenda a short story complete with a real ending etc oki no problem it can also be a good way to introduce readers to a new universe or something ( for introduction better to be free i think or yes no more than 1dollars)

      but a story simply cut in several parts i'm really not fond of those ( there are serials which are even different)but simply cutting teh story in small piece no

      i hope it helps

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  14. Yes, this totally helps! I've been getting some feedback through FB, too. I've priced both my short stories down to 99 cents, but I think as a self-published author, they're getting lost in the mix of everything else. Too bad they don't let us price short stories at 50 cents. Or I just need to write them longer. LOL

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    1. I know some authors will do so many free copies in exchange for reviews on amazon. That helps get them noticed. I know one author that Miki and me follow, Kallystan even does little contests for the ones who do post reviews for like a $5 Amazon GC. So its an idea? Or even just have people post reviews to get your name out there. But thank you for letting us know about the short stories. I will definitely check them out. :)
      -Amber

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  15. Sound like good books, thanks for the reviews!

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    1. Thanks, Emily!!! Good luck on the drawing!

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  16. I finally finished my tour and I've done the drawing for the individual blogs and the overall winners.

    Overall Commenter Winner for the $15 Gift Card – Andra Lynn
    Blog Host Winner – Straight from the Library

    Individual Blog Winners (Commenters) for eBook short story & swag:
    Danita Minnis Blog – BN100
    Christine Young Romance Writer – Kate
    Crazy Four Books – Andra Lynn
    Musing and Ramblings – Shelley Summers
    Words of Wisdome from the Scarf Princess – Mary Preston
    Unabridged Andra – Amer (VampedChik)
    Andi’s Book Reviews – Valerie R
    Straight from the Library – Only 2 people commented, so they both win – Mary Preston & Eva Millien
    It’s Raining Books – Rita Wray
    Long and Short Reviews – BN100

    Thanks to everyone who participated!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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