Thank you Jeann for hosting me on your site Happy Indulgence! As a gamer AND a book lover, I find your review site fascinating and fun! I’m an SW:TOR player and spent eight years playing Everquest 2. (Okay, now I’m itching to get on Star Wars!) I’m honored to be here today!
Thanks for participating in the hunt! *Virtual hugs…and boots up game in the background* (I know…I’m such a geek.)
What is the Scavenger Hunt?
For those of you just joining the scavenger hunt, I’m Arial Burnz, author of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles and I’m doing something a little different than your typical cover reveal.
We’re on a Scavenger Hunt! In short, I’ve split my new book cover for MIDNIGHT HUNT into fifteen puzzle pieces and scattered them across the Internet. From June 17th through July 1st, one piece a day will be revealed on a blog, website or one of my internet hangouts (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.).
Gather the codes from all the pieces and send them in to me at the end of the hunt and you’ll be entered into the drawing for Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift cards, a signed paperback copy of my new release MIDNIGHT HUNT, as well as some signed Romance Trading Cards and other swag (Total Approximate Retail Value of All Prizes: $65). Please click here for the details and my contact information, and here for Official Rules.
Today’s Puzzle Piece
Jeann is doing the honor of revealing the sixth piece of the puzzle. *drum roll* Tah-dah!
Notice the really important part of the puzzle piece above…the CODE! You’ll need that for the final drawing. Be sure to write that code down. You can right-click on the image and save it OR jot down the code somewhere safe. (NOTE: You can always go back to my site where the links to the pieces will be consolidated on one page and updated throughout the Scavenger Hunt.)
Zooming In On the Piece…
Here’s a little trivia, which this puzzle piece features: My favorite star constellation is Orion.
Since I do my own book covers, anytime I have the chance to include Orion in my night skies, I do! And every time I see him in the sky, I wave and say, “Hello, Orion!” Yes…I know…I’m a geek, as my aforementioned confession reveals. However, it has spawned an idea for a story! In the near future, I’ll be releasing an erotic romance tentatively titled “Oh, Ryan!” (Notice I said tentatively, for those of you who groaned.)
This is our third day talking about witches. Gosh, what I wouldn’t do to have some magical abilities! Fantasy is my first love before I was swept away by vampires, and I adore stories with wizards, witches and magic.
Magic abilities seem endless with possibilities. Invisibility? Levitation? Powers like the Jedi or Sith? Traveling through time and space? Or creating things out of thin air? Terry Goodkind had specifications about such magic in his Sword of Truth Series: One could only create something if they had Additive magic; one could only take away if they had Subtractive magic; and very rarely did one have both. Patrick Rothfuss is another author that has a fabulous science behind his magic in his Kingkiller Chronicles.
And then there are stories containing natural magic without all the lights and sparks. There is a romantic subtlety to putting your fate in the hands of the Gods by applying faith, a few herbs and some chants, eh? My character Monika Konrad does just that in MIDNIGHT HUNT.
What about you? If you had a choice of three magical abilities, which three would you choose? Do you favor the subtle natural magic spells? Or do you prefer the light shows and thundering effects? How about your thoughts on the complications or simplicity of magic and science behind it? Please share!
I’ll be available if you have questions and I’m looking forward to interacting with everyone. (Be sure to save your venting for what you don’t like until later. I’ll give you a chance to do that the end of the hunt.)
Added Bonus: If you leave a comment for any of my characters, they just might surprise you with a response!! Hopefully by now, commenters have lured at least Rick and Angus to make appearances. (Click here if you’d like to learn more about my characters.)
Thanks again, Jeann, for having me as a guest at Happy Indulgence! Mwah!
Arial Burnz is an author of fantasy fiction including paranormal elements. Find out more about her on the links below!