The Writer's View: Arial Burnz

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. 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. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


I hate to be a party pooper, but I just don’t feel comfortable sending pictures of my current writing space because we’re in the middle of remodeling! Our house is literally a construction zone. We had water damage and now we’re trying to recover. It’s just a mess over here!

As an author of paranormal and fantasy fiction, however, I CAN give you pictures of my fantasy workspace! Actually, it’s not really that far-fetched. Here’s the goal my husband and I are working very hard to accomplish through my writing and his game development: We want to move to Ireland! The land of faeries and magic!!! Crazy, right?

Not as crazy as you might think. While I was a Ground Radio Maintenance Technician in the US Air Force, I actually lived in the UK for about 2.5 years (RAF Alconbury) and in Germany for 3.5 years (Rhein-Main AB and Ramstein AB). Additionally, we have friends that live in Northern Ireland and I have an uncle in Chiswick (pronounced chiz-ick), so we wouldn’t be moving over there without some kind of experience or contacts.

So what does a paranormal and fantasy fiction author want to have as the ideal writing place? Why an adorable cozy cottage, of course!! Picture if you will…waking up in the morning, grabbing a steaming cup of coffee and sitting at a small, wrought-iron table and chair just outside the back door? Ahhhhh…the Irish countryside and rolling green hills spread out for miles. The quiet solitude of the country soothing the soul. I had something very similar to this when I was in England and started writing seriously as a profession. The terrain was so inspiring!

After coffee, I would go back into my beautiful little cottage and sit at my state-of-the-art, ergonomically correct writing station, complete with library and a view of the countryside through my window. (The image here may not be ergonomically correct, but mine will be!)

How about you? You don’t have to be a writer to share...what is your fantasy home or workspace? Is there a country or state where you’d like to retire or a place you’ve always wanted to visit? Do tell!!! I’d love to hear about some of your dreams. Ah, let me clarify…on where you’d like to live or your workspace. None of those weird dreams you’ve had where the cat walks backwards or your next-door neighbor is standing buck-nekkid in his backyard and you wake up in a cold sweat. Please, save those for another post. :D

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.

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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.

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.


Rita Wray said…
I would love to sit outside my cozy little cottage and drink my coffee in the morning.

Unknown said…
I'm so envious!! If you move to Ireland you have to get me tickets and fly me over there for a visit.
Unknown said…
@ Angus -From your previous comment- Maybe a little *winks* I would be so much better if ya would take a rest from torturing others and sit with me a wee moment. Tell me dear Angus, what ails you so? It is something more than what has been told. *pats the seat next to her on the couch in hopes he accepts her offer* Just a wee tale?
Unknown said…
lol well then you owe us a pic of your new space when the re-model is done! ahaha

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com
Unknown said…
Holy Bananas!!! I forgot I was at two blogs today. I'm soooooo sorry!!! I'll get caught up on these comments and I will still be checking back throughout the tour. *Arial grovels for forgiveness*

Thank you soooo much for hosting me today! GAWD I'm such a slacker!
Unknown said…
@Ingeborg - Sounds absolutely divine, doesn't it?? I can't WAIT!! Thanks so much for stopping by today!!
Unknown said…
@Mary Anna - LOL! Well, I need to get over there first. My friend Vonnie Davis is going to Paris later this fall and I begged her to smuggle me in her luggage!! Hee hee!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Good luck on the drawing everyone!
Unknown said…
@Kira - I'll get Angus online for you tomorrow. He's been in his lair for a couple of hours over there in Scotland. The sun rises around 5am GMT/9pm PST (my time).

Thanks so much for commenting! Good luck!
Unknown said…
@Andra - You got it!! Once we get our kah-kah together here at the house, I'll be sure to post those on my blog, bragging about my new writing space. Woot!

Thanks for commenting, Andra! Good luck!
Mary Preston said…
Love the pictures of your fantasy work space. Now make a wish!!

Unknown said…
How wonderful that you've already had an opportunity to live in Europe. Living in that idyllic little cottage in Ireland sounds like a wonderful dream/fantasy! I so hope that it works out for you! We can all live vicariously.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com
Unknown said…
You're a doll, Mary!! I definitely have! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Good luck on the drawing! :D
Unknown said…
@Catherine - And I will be blogging about my wonderful life in Europe every week!! LOL! Everyone can have their dreams...I'm certain of that!

Thanks so much for stopping by, Catherine! Good luck on the drawing. :D
Stormy Vixen said…
This series sounds great. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.
Unknown said…
Hello, Eva!! Thanks for stopping by on the tour. :D
Unknown said…
@Kira - Precious little Kira. I do love teasing you. It's so easy to ignite your fire. (wink)

(Slides up next to Kira and drapes arm over the back of the couch, crossing knee over ankle) Nothing ails me, love...except missing a little nibble from a certain enchantress. What ails you?
Unknown said…
Have you no story of your own to tell? I refuse to believe what others say. I refuse to believe you `aven`t a wee ounce of decency or good in you. - turns to look upon him- Surely you must want happiness, love or some some sort of peace. Do you not hunger for the same things? Rick has his family, an undying love location he would die for and happiness. Is that not what you want?
Unknown said…
(tips head back and laughs) Sweet Kira and your fairy tale endings.

(rises and saunters to the window) The "others" of whom you must be referring to Rick and his precious little family. 'Tis a matter of opinion and he is the one with the black heart, not I.

Vengeance is in my heart and I'll not rest until I have it. (winks) Good night, sweet naive Kira.
Unknown said…
*sighs softly as she watches his leave, Turning back to gaze out at the nights sky , speaking barely above a whisper" But what have you you then, after you have your vengeance, my sweet Angus....
Unknown said…
Midnight Conquest sounds AMAZING! I can't wait to read it! Sounds similar to my writing! Your dreams of Ireland also sounds mystical! It's our dream move to Ireland but we wouldn't have the contacts you do. I would love to feature you on my Authors Blog. I usually post for Goddess Fish but somehow missed you! :( My horrible loss! Would love to follow up with you! Good luck with your series!
thevampirequeen1 at gmail dot com.
Unknown said…
Hello, Vampire Queen!!

We are officially stalking each other now! Hee hee!!!

Thanks so much for your lovely comments. As for moving to Ireland, you have five years to make income via the Internet or find a job opportunity over there...and then the hubby and I can be a contact for you. So you WILL know someone over there! Woot!! I'll probably be blogging about the whole experience on my website, so everyone will have an opportunity to learn about our experience and get some tips. So start building your online empire now!! ;)

I can't wait to be a guest on your blog! It'll be fun! ;)

Thanks for participating in the tour. See you at the next stop. :D