Today we have Caris Roane here to celebrate her Warn Up Your Winter Blog ! Welcome Caris !!!
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
Hi, everyone! I want to thank PAGE FLIPPERZ 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 Star, TOP PICK review! I couldn’t be happier!
Today, I thought I’d give you a look at an excerpt from the end of Chapter 5. This is Leto’s speech when he opens the Warrior Games in the Seattle One Hidden Colony. My world of ascension is a multi-dimensional world and Second Earth is the world of the vampire. But for thousands of years, a large number of vampires from Second Earth have been living secret lives in camouflaged colonies on Mortal Earth. Now the war has invaded the lives of these sleepy colonies and Warrior Leto has been working hard to prepare the civilians for battle. Part of that preparation involves the Warrior Games, a competition among all the Hidden Colonies of Mortal Earth, in a fair-like atmosphere.
EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER FIVE:
Leto approached the microphone. He took a long slow breath. The entire fairgrounds had fallen silent. Crying babies were soothed by caregivers and children ordered to hush. Only a breeze set a few flags flapping here and there.
For a long moment, Leto was overcome by the respect he was being paid. Not long ago, he’d been a despised traitor but all that had changed when Grace had brought him almost magically out of Moscow Two and away from Commander Greaves permanently.
Now he was a resident of the hidden colony and everyone waited to hear what he had to say.
He had taken great pains to prepare a speech with which to open the games, focusing on how proud he was of the contestants, of the hidden colony Militia Warriors, of his gratitude for having a place in their lives. All good stuff.
But as he surveyed the crowd, his heart began to expand. He saw the families he had come to know and love over the past five months, all those ascenders who had embraced him and forgiven him, who had helped him build his cabin. He saw, lined up by colony, the hundreds of warriors, both male and female, who had trained hard under his leadership in preparation for not only the games over the next three days but for the ongoing war against Greaves as well.
He felt a strong need to say something different than his practiced praises. Making use of his most powerful voice, he began, “We’re on the brink of war, my fellow ascenders.” He heard a rippling murmur pass through the crowd but most remained silent. “We all know it and we all know that this is the reason our warriors have trained as hard as they have, pushed themselves, male and female alike, gotten hurt in the process then pushed harder still.”
Several small cheers went up and down the narrow valley.
“But at heart, we are all warriors no matter what role we play in our society. Whether we raise our children to be well-loved and strong or whether we teach in our schools or labor in the fields to put food on every table, or build a business to serve the community. This is the war we make, to care for those we love day in and day out. This is the true battlefield of life.”
More cheers went up, louder this time. He let his gaze ride the scene from the north where all the colorful tents were laid out, all the way south across the event obstacles designed to test the mettle of the assembled competitors.
“Hold fast to the job you were designed for. Do that service to your community and to your world with every ounce of strength the Creator has given you. This is the note you sing in the choir of humanity. Hold that note so that the chorus we create together, backed by the angels of heaven, will prevail against the enemy, wherever evil is found. Tonight, we are all warriors.”
A great cheer rose into the dark night sky and knowing that his words had hit the mark, he cried out very simply, “Let the games begin!”
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 releases on December 24th.
To Learn More about Gates of Rapture and to read the opening chapter: CLICK HERE!!!
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 (as well as at all the sites on the tour if you want to go to every site 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!
How fantastic is that !!!!!
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!
Rafflecopter link below but please read the competition details correctly !! Goodluck and thank you to Caris for visting Page Flipperz today...