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Guest Post & $15 Gift Card Giveaway: “Bonded by Blood” by Arial Burnz

Jul 16
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(Read an excerpt from Midnight Conquest and Midnight Captive below)

How to Kill a Vampire – Arial-Style

I’m happy to be here to chat about the paranormal and my vampire series. Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Sasha!! 😀

(Glad to be part of your tour Arial 🙂 )

In crafting my vampire lore for my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles, I wanted to stick with tradition – vampires afraid of crosses and holy water, etc but I wanted to put a twist on the old ideas.

I needed to establish two things: How to protect oneself against vampires and how to kill them.

Let’s talk protection. No, no, not THAT kind of protection. The supernatural kind. I wanted something unique and not easily accessible to everyone, so I created an ancient Hebrew incantation.

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This is primarily used by the members of an elite religious order of priests and nuns – the Tzava Ha’or, Hebrew for the Army of Light – featured in my series to be the “balance” for the Vamsyrians.

Saying the incantation creates a ward of protection or cleansing, and can be
recited over an object (e.g., cross, water) or property (making it “holy ground”).

And when that ward of protection is put over a house, the vampire can’t cross the threshold unless the person who put up the ward takes it down, thereby – you guessed it – giving the vampire permission into the home, or “inviting” them inside.

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My intention was to craft something that could easily morph over the centuries into the myth that a priest could say a simple blessing over a cross or water, making it holy and therefore be used as a defense against vampires.”

But the “truth” is it has to be the Hebrew incantation, not just the usual Latin we see in the movies of In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti.

Now, to kill them. Based on some of the “laws” I’d established regarding how Vamsyrians were created and the physics behind them, the wooden stake through the heart wasn’t working for me.

I needed a real reason as to why a certain type of wood had to work, and my research turned up nothing. Since werewolves were harmed by silver, and that DID give me better results in my research, I elected to go with that.

In short, there’s Biblical backing by way of a couple of Bible verses (nice way to put my 6,800 hours of Bible study to use).

My biggest problem with using silver, however, turned out to be the ability to forge the incredibly soft metal into a viable weapon. The series starts in the early 1500s of Scotland – a time where guns weren’t commonplace. So the silver bullet was not an option.

If you forge a sword or spike out of silver, you could literally bend it with your bare hands without a problem.

Ooops! Luckily, I found a person who is an expert at forging weapons. He not only told me about the options available to incorporate silver into a formidable blade, I learned about Wootz metal (a.k.a. Damascus steel) and that I could plate the weapons with silver. Tah-dah!

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Amazing weapons, by the way. Damascus is some of the strongest steel known to man and decorative, artistic blades have been forged from it. Be sure to look up “wootz steel” in your favorite search engine.

I will be available throughout the day to answer questions. And if anyone leaves a comment or questions for any of my characters, I’m sure they’d answer. Broderick and Angus have been known to make appearances! Be forewarned…they’re real rogues!

Sasha, thanks again for having me as a guest on this tour! It was a pleasure being here.

(Feel free to drop by CABR anytime Arial )

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GIVEAWAY

POST A COMMENT TO WIN:

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 NBtM 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.

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Cover_BBB_MidnightConquestBlurb:

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.

Reader Advisory: This story contains explicit love scenes, described using graphic and direct language. This story also contains explicit, nail-biting scenes of violence and domestic abuse. (Don’t worry…the bad guys get it in the end!)

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EXCERPT from Midnight Conquest:

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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MC coverBlurb:

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.

Reader Advisory: This story contains some explicit love scenes, described using graphic and direct language. This story also contains explicit, nail-biting scenes of violence and sword fights.

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EXCERPT from Midnight Captive:

Sliding up beside Cailin, James touched her elbow to catch her attention. She twirled to face him with that heart-breaking grin. The smile faltered when she saw who addressed her, fading to a memory on her full lips.

James stepped closer and pressed his mouth to her ear. “Your smile is more radiant than a sunset over the North Sea.” He pulled back to gaze into her cerulean eyes. “Pray do not let it diminish in my presence.”

Her lips parted in surprise and the doe eyes of the young girl he’d once known stared up at him. The grin returned and she gave him a saucy bump with her hip. “It seems school taught you to use more than blades, Master James. Such a silver tongue you wield to coax a smile from me!”

Thankfully, she wheeled away before he could remark about what else he would coax from her with his tongue.

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AuthorPic_arialburnzAUTHOR Bio:

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.

CONTACT Arial Burnz:

Website

Facebook Page – Author Arial Burnz

Twitter – @arialburnz

Amazon Author Page and book buy links

See images of her characters on Pinterest 

23 Comments

  • Thank you for hosting today

  • gorgeous blade! Your cover art is amazing, can’t wait to pick up your books

    • Arial Burnz says:

      Thanks, Crystal!! I totally encourage you to go to Google images and look up “Damascus steel”. The swords and knives created are just breathtaking. And thanks for the comments on my cover art! I do hope you enjoy the series! 😀 Good luck in the drawing!

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  • Arial Burnz says:

    Thanks so much for having me today, Sasha!! I’ll be available all day for comments. The boys (Broderick and Angus) will be available in a few hours. They’re over in the UK where the sun doesn’t rise until 3:30pm PST. They’re rogues, but still at the whim of the sunset.

  • Ruth Ayres says:

    You are not a writer currently in my TBR list, however I will be adding your books to the pile. Thanks for the post and the contest opportunity.

  • Andra says:

    Would you ever write about other supernaturals or are vampires your one and onlies?

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    • Arial Burnz says:

      Hi, Andra! Actually, Vampires (aka Vamsyrians in my series) are the main characters, but I introduce witches and werewolves in Book 3 (coming out this month) and in Midnight Eclipse (Book 4) the heroine is a wolf shapeshifter based on Norse mythology. I also introduce energy-sucking vampires in Book 4. Additionally, I’ll be following the two brothers of the heroine from Midnight Eclipse on two spin-offs not related to the overarching storyline of the series – Jericho (M/F) and Chandler (M/M) will have their love stories told – Norse shapeshifter in 1700s. And the end of the series will be open to many stand-alone contemporary paranormal romances.

      Be sure to check out my website for other fantasy stories I’ll be writing and I have a series of paranormal erotic short stories I’ll be launching later this month, too. They’re all REALLY hot erotica and have a twist ending. The first story has been getting 4 & 5 star reviews – One To Die For.

      Good luck on the drawing!!

  • Kate says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! Each excerpt makes me love the story more and more!

    hense1kk (at) cmich (dot) edu

  • bn100 says:

    Informative post

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  • Rita Wray says:

    Love the excerpts, thank you.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

  • Mary Preston says:

    That’s such a beautiful knife. The research would have been fun & fascinating I think.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  • Eva Millien says:

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt and the giveaways. These Chronicles sound great.

    • Greetings, Beautiful Eva…Arial has stepped away for a bit, so I thought I would answer in her stead. I hope you don’t mind, lass.

      Your generous comments are appreciated and I do hope you enjoy Arial’s retelling of my chronicles.

      I wish you the best of luck on the drawing.

      Best,
      Rick

    • Arial Burnz says:

      Whoa, Eva! Seems you’ve got Rick following you around while I was away from the computer. You GO, Girl!!! Thanks for participating in the tour. Good luck on the drawing. 😉

  • anna pry says:

    that’s one cool looking knife
    pryfamily5@gmail.com

    • Arial Burnz says:

      I know, right?? Love Damascus steel. If you go to a Ren Faire, you can probably see these knives. And if you mention “wootz” steel, you’ll impress them. It’s not a common name for Damascus steel. Look up “wootz” steel in your favorite search engine to get the skinny on this amazing process of forging blades!

      Thanks for stopping, Anna! Good luck on the drawing. 😉

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