Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Darkening Blog Tour ~ Guest Post and Giveaway With Caris Roane

THE DARKENING, by Caris Roane
A novella of the Guardians of Ascension
49,800 words plus Ascension Terminology

A tortured warrior and a peace-loving counselor battle to protect Second Earth against a powerful dark force…

He thwarted connection of any kind

Fearing that his newly emerged grayle power will kill innocent ascenders, Samuel Daman struggles to keep his distance from beautiful Vela Stillwell.  But the breh-hedden has struck and her light floral scent tears at his restraint.  When the enemy draws them both into the darkening, a place of secret travel for Third ascenders, will Samuel learn to control his power, or will he destroy what he desires most?

She hid from grief…

Vela Stillwell wanted a new life, away from Militia Headquarters, away from the reminder of all she’d lost when her husband died five years earlier.  Seeking a more reclusive occupation, she finishes her last day of work only to have Samuel Daman and the infamous breh-hedden sweep through her life.  Though trying to disconnect from her new emerging power and from Samuel, the call of the darkening pulls Vela into an adventure that both terrifies her, yet reveals the truth about her deepest desires.  Will she succumb to the breh-hedden, or will her fears prevent her from living life to the fullest?

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********* Guest Post ********* 

Hello, everyone!  I want to thank UNITED BY BOOKS for having me here today!

Nothing makes me happier than writing a book, except maybe reading one!  Is there anything better than sinking into a great story and spending an hour or two or more living in an entirely different world?  Writing has become that for me, the sinking into a different world, exploring that world, giving shape to the images that flow through my mind as I write.  

But reading came first, way before I ever considered writing as a career.  I usually found authors that I devoured from Georgette Heyer to James Clavell to of course my fav romance novelists, lately writers like Kresley Cole, JR Ward and Christine Feehan.  Because the latter wrote about hunky vampire warriors, I was driven to create my own series and out of that came my winged vampire warriors, the Guardians of Ascension.  I set the series in the Sonoran Desert for the most part, although because my vampires can ‘fold’ or dematerialize, some of the settings end up around the world, although watching out for time zones and where the sun is, or isn’t, can become problematic!

My latest novella, THE DARKENING, follows Militia Warrior, Samuel, as he grapples with his terrifying dark power that has an uncontrollable side and which has, in the past, killed innocent people.  When his woman, Vela, shows up, ready to enter the darkening for the purpose of locating a missing warrior, Samuel must protect her but fears that his dark power will end up hurting what he cares about the most!

The following excerpt comes from the first chapter of  THE DARKENING.  We meet one of the most prominent cast members of Guardians of Ascension, the infamous Endelle, leader of all of Second Earth.  In this scene, Samuel tries to explain to several of his bosses why he hasn’t revealed that he has power capable of defeating the enemy…  

From Chapter One

Endelle stared at him with raised brows, clearly more curious than pissed. She wore a typical, off-the-rails outfit, this time with some kind of sheer tunic that hung to her knees, covered on top by a massive necklace around her throat that descended almost to her waist, made up of hundreds of small spiral white seashells. Snug leopard pants showed through the tunic. Her black stiletto boots gave her several inches on Thorne. And to top it off, literally, she wore a crown made up of electric-blue, bird feathers and some kind of fuzzy yellow thing in the middle. Vintage, Endelle. She looked perpetually ready for mardis gras.

But as he passed by the risers, his steps slowed. A funny kind of scent wafted in his direction, very light and floral, even sweet. Perfume, maybe. And somewhere in the back of his head he knew that scent, as though nothing more important existed. He might even have stopped but the fragrance faded so he continued his march.

Given the audience, he hoped Luken intended to take the conversation to the conference room, but the moment he drew within fifteen feet, Thorne started in. “What the hell have you got to say for yourself, warrior, that you would hold back this kind of power, when you know how desperately we need Warrior of the Blood capacity right now? Santiago gave a full report before turning in early this morning. What the fuck?”

“The power I have,” Samuel stated as forcefully as he could, “isn’t stable. When it first emerged, it killed several innocent men, slaves I think. And I only allowed it out last night because it was either that, or watch those pretty-boys swamp Santiago.” He frowned. “And despite the fact that I felt in control, which is something I freely admit, I also know that there’s an uncontrollable side to whatever the hell this is. I don’t want anybody else dead because of it. And that’s the goddamn truth!”

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I hope you enjoyed this excerpt from THE DARKENING.  To learn more about Warrior Samuel go to:

Caris Roane has published nine paranormal novels and novellas and writing as Valerie King, fifty Regency works.  In 2005, Romantic Times gave her a Career Achievement award in Regency Romance.  As Caris Roane, she currently writes paranormal romance for St. Martin’s Press and also self-publishes the continuing stories for her Guardians of Ascension series as well as stories set in other worlds.  

Blog Tour Schedule
02/24 - 03/11
02/24 - I Smell Sheep
02/27 -
03/01 - Beach Bum Reads
03/06 - United by Books
03/09 - The Jeep Diva

********* GIVEAWAY *********
Caris is giving away an eBook of THE DARKENING at every tour stop. Just fill out the rafflecopter below to be entered. 
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Caris Roane Grand Prize Giveaway:

One lucky winner will receive:
 A $10 e-Card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble
a signed copy of ASCENSION
an e-copy of THE DARKENING
Caris Roane sticky notes, note cards, notepad, versatile calendar, RTC cards!!!

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Mickala said...

Thank you for the giveaway! Book sounds awesome!

Victoria said...

Thank you for such an informative interview. I like learning about the authors I enjoy :).

Caris said...

Hi, everyone!
Just thought I stop by and say a big hello and another thanks to UNITED BY BOOKS for having me here today! I love my hunky warriors and their oh-so-powerful women! This series has been a blast to write!


Katrina W said...

Caris - Do you set your sexy hunky warriors on any you know ;)) if so please do tell.

Great covers and will be addingthis to my tbr pile ;)


Denise Z said...

I really enjoyed the excerpt, thank you so very much for sharing with us today :)