Thursday, December 27, 2012

Caris Roane Warm Up Your Winter Blog tour


I would like to welcome Caris Roane to TBR today!  Caris is one of my all time favorite authors and a wonderful lady. Her Ascension Series is one of my all time favorites and like all of my favorite series she can not write them fast enough :)  

Caris is offering some really great prizes so make sure you check out the giveaways.  



BIO 
       I was ten when I first watched an old movie version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and loved it! Movies led to books, which led to writing and after a good long while, publishing. I wrote sweet Regency romance for Kensington for 19 years and recently fell in love with paranormal, although I’ve always had a thing for vampires. I currently write paranormal romance for St. Martin’s Press but I self-publish as well. Building an online platform has been an enormous but rewarding challenge. I think all the changes in publishing will alter how authors approach the business going forward and I for one am thrilled to have so many options.
Caris Roane has published over fifty Regency romance novels and novellas under the pen name, Valerie King. In 2005, Romantic Times gave her a Career Achievement award in Regency Romance. Having had a long-time love affair with vampires, Caris tackled the paranormal genre and built a unique vampire world based on ascending dimensional earths. Her series is called Guardians of Ascension.
Her most recent self-published project, The Blood Rose Novella Series, launched in May of 2012 with the first title: Embrace the Dark.
Currently, Caris is working on a new vampire series set to launch in the Fall of 2013: WARRIORS IN CHAINS with the first novel, BORN IN CHAINS.
Caris lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her two cats, Sebastien and Gizzy.

Here is a Message from Caris:
Hi, everyone!  I want to thank TBR IO Blogspot for having me today as part of my WARM-UP-YOUR-WINTER BLOG TOUR.  On most of the blogs on this tour, I’ll be revealing excerpts from the sixth book in my vampire series called, GATES OF RAPTURE (12/24).  I created the tour with the hope that you might get to know my Guardians of Ascension, who are my most beloved winged vampire warriors.  I know the covers have wings on them, but the books aren’t about angels AT ALL…just vampires…with wings.  I also have goodies for you to win, details to follow!

GATES OF RAPTURE is the sixth installment of Guardians of Ascension and features Warrior Leto, a famous, ancient Warrior of the Blood, six-six, long straight black hair, piercing blue eyes, and built to battle death vampires for centuries and drive the ladies crazy!  Major yummy!  Romantic Times Magazine gave GATES OF RAPTURE a 4 ½ StarTOP PICK review!  I couldn’t be happier!

MY REVIEW:

Leather Kilts, Super sexy winged warriors, bad guys, and breh’s….God I love this series!!!  I have read every book in this series and I swear each new one is better than the last.  I have even designed Endelle outfits!!!!

I must take a moment to ask Ms. Roane…What about the last remaining warriors?  Will they get books?

Love the entire redemption of not only Leto but Casimer as well.  I loved the way the stories of Leto, Casimer, and Grace were so intertwined and required to not only survive but defeat the terrible Greave’s. I just gotta say he has some bad times ahead of him in the pools, eeek.

And how about those Obsidian Flame gals and Endelles transformation?? Total badasserie !!


The following scene is one of my favorite scenes in the entire book, though it doesn't have a prominent role.  But in the first book, ASCENSION, Leto battles an untried ascender, Alison, in an arena battle, for which her breh, Kerrick, has trained her.  The situation seems hopeless, but Alison pulls it off in a way that changed Leto’s life forever.  In this scene, Leto and Alison have a moment of tender reconciliation, despite Grace’s jealousy that Leto is holding another woman in his arms and despite the sudden arrival of Kerrick, in a rage, that another man is embracing his woman!

EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 8:
That afternoon, Grace had just finished her first meal of the day when Leto got word that Endelle wanted them both at the palace.  Alison was ready to work with Grace on her obsidian flame power and Thorne was busy setting up a temporary command HQ in the middle of the palace’s central rotunda. It would seem that Endelle and Thorne both believed that a decisive battle with Greaves was on the horizon.
After dressing in soft black yoga pants and a loose blue cotton top that gathered at the hips, Grace folded with Leto to the palace.  He held her hand the entire way and it was so strange to feel what her hand felt like to him.  She could sense his external sensations, which had been a bizarre experience upon awakening.  His arm had been draped over her waist and stomach, so that when he began touching her, she could feel how soft her skin was to his calloused warrior fingers.
Of course, he had made love to her, a very quick and erotic experience because of the extraordinary nature of the breh-hedden.  It seemed to take so little to become thoroughly aroused, which she could see had terrific benefits.  But at other times, she had no doubt it would be very inconvenient.
As Grace materialized on the landing platform in what she recognized as the dining room rotunda of the palace, Alison was there to greet them both.  The blond beauty looked tall and elegant as always, her hair pulled back in a twist.  She wore navy slacks and a lavender silk blouse.  She gave Grace a hug.  “Welcome home,” she said.  “You were in so much pain at the contest grounds that I’m not even sure I welcomed you home.”
Grace smiled.  “Yes, my head really hurt and you helped me so much.  Thank you again.”
“How are you feeling now?” 
“I’m fine now, really.”  She glanced up at Leto.  “We’ve taken care of the problem.”
“Good.  I’m glad.”
Grace felt Alison’s compassion like a wave flowing toward her.  Everything about Alison brought a sense of peace and rightness with the world. 
Alison turned to Leto and extended her hand to him. When he took it, she grew very still as she searched his face. “It’s wonderful to see you like this, Leto, so relaxed.  And like Thorne, you’ve lost that pinched look about the eyes that both of you carried all those years.”
He glanced at Grace.  “My breh has come home.”
Alison glanced from one to the other, still holding Leto’s hand, perhaps reading him as an empath might.  “Oh, I see what it is.  I almost missed it, but you’ve completed the breh-hedden, haven’t you?”
“Yes,” Leto said.  “We both felt it was necessary.”
She nodded releasing his hand.  “This is the time to go with your instincts.” 
Leto dipped his chin and his expression grew serious.  “Alison, I know that we’ve never spoken of it, but I can’t tell you how sorry I was that Greaves forced you to do battle with me in the Tolleson Two arena.  My duties serving Greaves had always been a nightmare, but I think from that moment, when I saw you standing opposite me, so inexperienced, so frightened yet brave, I knew I had to end my tour of duty under his command.  I’m just so sorry it had to happen at all.”
Alison’s eyes welled with tears.  “It was a beginning for both of us, Leto.  But I have to say that despite the horror of that battle, given all the wonderful things that followed, I wouldn’t change a thing.  Knowing and loving Kerrick, having a baby with him, being close to all the warriors and their brehs as I am, even having a place in this world that makes sense to me because of my powers, no, I don’t regret any of it.  Not even battling you in that arena.”
Grace watched Leto smile. She even felt some of the tension ease from his body.  And as hard as it was for her to speak the words into his mind, Grace sent them anyway, You should hug her, Leto.  I think just this one time it would be very acceptable and good for you both.
Leto glanced at her, brows raised.  Are you sure?
Grace nodded.
Leto turned back to Alison and opened his arms.  She stepped into them and held him tight.  Grace ignored the fiery rise of her breh jealousy.  Instead, she focused on the healing that she could feel happening between them.  Leto had been through so much and knowing his deepest character, the trial of battling Alison like that would have cut him to the quick.
Of course, it was no surprise that the landing platform came alive and Kerrick’s voice boomed over them all.  “What the fuck is going on here?”  He stomped down the ramp, his green eyes flashing with anger.
Grace instinctively drew close to Leto.
As for Alison, she pulled away from Leto wiping her eyes and laughing.  “I suppose it was too much to hope for.”  She went straight to her breh, however, cutting off his hostile approach.  She surrounded him with her arms and kissed him deeply.
Grace turned toward them and watched Alison shoving her fingers into Kerrick’s hair, dislodging his cadroen, kissing him again.  Undoubtedly, she was speaking a long string of words into his mind.
At last, Kerrick released her.  He had calmed down quite a bit.  He took her arm after which Alison brought him back to Leto.
Leto just shook his head.  “We were talking about the arena battle and I was apologizing.”
Kerrick nodded, his eyes haunted.  “It was a hard day.”
“I’m so sorry, Kerrick,” Leto said.
“I wanted your death but Alison wouldn’t have it.  She was much wiser than all of us that day.”
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I hope you enjoyed the excerpt!  I’ve had an extraordinary time creating and writing this series!  Let Guardians of Ascension be a new journey for you.  GATES OF RAPTURE just released on December 24th.

To Learn More about Gates of Rapture and to read the opening chapter:  CLICK HERE!!!

To Order GATES OF RAPTURE   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   iTunes    

Here are the giveaway details (all international with appropriate compensatory prizes as needed):  On each stop of the tour, I’ll be giving away the same awesome collection of prizes as listed on the Rafflecopter form, so be sure to stop by each blog on the tour for a chance to win at each blog.  Be careful to follow the directions on the Rafflecopter form at each site.  And be very careful of the dates!  The contest at each site will last 3 days only, and those dates will be listed on the Rafflecopter form as well!!! 
For links to all the other blogs on the tour:  CLICK HERE!!!

The Grand Prize Drawing - VERY IMPORTANT:  to be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing of the Nook with Glowlight, you must leave a comment at the bottom of this blog!  (And for more chances to win the Nook, you can go to every site on the tour and enter that many times—totally up to you!  But comments must be left!)  The grand prize drawing will be selected by random.org in the following manner.  On January 18th, three days after the tour ends, I will enter the number of blogsites into the random number generator, which will deliver up the winning site.  I will then go to the winning site, count up the comments one by one, and enter that number into random.org.  Random.org will then provide the Grand Prize winning number matched to the comments on the winning blogsite.  This means, that if you travel to all the blogs on this tour, you can enter the GRAND PRIZE contest on every single blog you visit by leaving a comment at each blogsite!  Good luck to all!

The Goodies as listed on the Rafflecopter form are :  a $10 gift card to Barnes & Noble (or similar for International),  a replica, antique typewriter key bracelet that spells ‘dream’,  a signed copy of ASCENSION (the first novel in the Guardians of Ascension series), Romance Trading Cards and bookmarks.  
The Grand Prize drawing for a Nook with Glowlight, will take place on January 18th, three days after the tour officially ends!  Good luck!

For links to all the other blogs on the tour:  CLICK HERE!!!
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TO FIND CARIS ROANE ON THE WEB…
Website Home Page: www.carisroane.com
Twitter handle: @carisroane
Again, to be eligible for the Nook with Glowlight, leave a comment below like this: carisroane at gmail dot com! Good luck to all!



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40 comments:

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  2. Good morning, everyone!
    I hope your holidays this year have been better than ever! I enjoyed time with my family and especially had a blast with my new granddaughter, now 15 months and a real character!

    My best Christmas present? Yes, I know I should say love, joy, and peace, but really it was my new office desk with a pull out tray for the keyboard *smiling real wide right now*. The desk is a basic Office Max model, but it was exactly what I needed!

    Remember to keep working the tour backwards and forwards for more chances at prizes!

    Hugs,
    Caris

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  3. LOVE your work! would LOVE to win & read!!
    PICK ME!!
    Best Wishes for 2013!
    PicardsMom at yahoo dot com

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  4. I'm new to your work, but I have heard awesome things. I can't wait to get started..

    bookconnisseur at gmail dot com

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    1. Shawnie,
      You have to meet my most beloved warriors! They will STEAL your heart forever!

      Hugs,
      Caris

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  5. Love this series! Love, love, love leather kilts!!!!

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    1. LEATHER KILTS! I know, right?!?

      Caris

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  6. I love these books, they make me feel things in the region of where my heart used to be that I never thought to feel again. Thank you Caris for giving people something to believe in again

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    1. Ann,
      That means a lot to me! I've worked hard to show my warriors and their women in the whole of life and to show them resolving difficult problems together. I'm so glad you feel as though your heart is coming alive again. Have courage, Ann, in everything you do. Courage is the key!

      Love to you and many hugs!
      Caris

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  7. Happy New Year and write faster!! lol

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    1. I am, I am, I am!!!!

      Hugs to you,
      Caris

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  8. Good Morning Caris!!!! Hey, I might be on Vacation in your neck of the woods. We need to plan a get together :) Can you bring a single warrior with you and he can give me the smell test?

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    1. Maybe we could head to the Blood and Bite and you could have your pick! How does that sound? I'll just make excuses for you when you're caught sniffing the hunky Militia Warriors. Although Luken, Santiago, and Zacharius are still available, for a few more months, anyway...

      Caris

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  9. How do you like my new word it describe the Obsidian Flame gals? Badasserie !!

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  10. Caris is a relatively new-to-me author. I have not read any of her books yet. I look forward to checking them out.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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  11. Welcome to all you who are declaring yourselves new to Caris.. this series is freakin awesome!! It's fun and sexy and intriguing and sexy and interesting and sexy and... *grins* did I mention it was sexy?

    Another fun post Caris!!

    Shauni
    swimmom_2@yahoo.com (like you don't know it already)

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    1. I admit it - these books are crazy sexy!!! Of course part of the fun for me is that in all that sexiness, the characters get caught by love! Isn't that awesome!

      Caris

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  12. ^^ i just received the first book and i'm so happy

    thank you once again!

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

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    1. Can you tell? Miki won an earlier contest in the tour and already has her prize in hand...and that book traveled outside the US to get there!

      Miki, I hope you fall hard for the Warriors of the Blood!

      Hugs,
      Caris

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  13. Love this series!

    paranormalbookreviews(at)gmail(com)

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  14. Thanks for the giveaway.Awesome interview.

    dragonkeep62(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. Ok everyone have fun I need to leave for a wedding.

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  16. Hi, again, all!

    The Rafflecopter contest will remain open for 3 days so be sure to tell your friends to stop by! And keep working the tour! The drawing for the Nook with Glowlight will take place on January 18th!

    Hugs all around,
    Caris

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  17. I'm reading Gates of Rapture, loving, but trying to read it slowly so it'll last! :)

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  18. That was a nice scene.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. A great scene between Leto and Allison. Just got my copy and plan on starting it tonight. Thanks for the contest!

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    1. Forgot to include my email address.

      lizsemkiu at gmail dot com

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  20. I love this series so much. Hunks with wings and fangs what more do tou need.


    prushen20@gmail.com

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  21. Great scene. Hope you have a great new year with lots of more books :)
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

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  22. ah leather kilts was what reeled me in too
    a friend picked up 1st book & was drooling over it
    I HAD to get my own copy!!!
    Picardsmom at yahoo dot com

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  23. So far every book in this series is GREAT!

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  24. Any kind of kilt gets me!

    jmcgaugh at semo dot edu

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  25. I have read this series since book one was released. I absolutely love this new unique world for the vampire genre. Can't wait to see what's next!

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  26. Sounds like an amazing series!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  27. Hi, again, everyone!
    We have a winner and believe it or not, this is her third, THIRD, win! She's worked the tour and won three times so far! Congratulations: Miki aka Isabelle!

    Remember, there are still a few more days left in the tour, and each individual contest lasts 3 days!

    Hugs all around,
    Caris

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  28. Thanks for the awesome contest!
    Sounds like a great series!

    thompsonem3 at aol dot com

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  29. Thanks for the giveaway!

    alinutza4u2004[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk

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