Please welcome back the luverly Caris Roane to our humble blog. She's got a new book out in the Guardians of Ascension series that I know you will all want to add to your wish lists! Gorgeous covers, yes? And if you answer the question at the end of this post, you'll be entered to win the set of ASCENSION and BURNING SKIES! [Winners announced Thursday.]
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, building a world based on ascending dimensional earths. The first novel of the series, Ascension, was released December 28, 2010. Burning Skies, the second book in the series, hits the shelves in May of 2011. And the third novel, Wings of Fire, is a September release.
Caris lives in Buckeye, Arizona with her two cats, Sebastien and Gizzy.
BURNING SKIES is the second book in my GUARDIANS OF ASCENSION series. I fell in love with the warrior vampire archetype and created a whole world in which these hunky winged vampires could battle their enemy—the infamous death vampires—with swords, daggers and the occasional firearm. So this really is a series about good versus evil, with a lot of the superficial elements reversed: the good guys are profane, the bad guys often speak like gentlemen, the good guys are rough-and-tumble looking, the bad guys are simply beautiful.
In BURNING SKIES, warrior Marcus returns from self-exile on Second Earth to protect the lovely Havily Morgan. Havily has emerging powers and has become the object of enemy interest. So much so that a recently turned vampire, who now drinks dying blood, has decided she would make a favorite pet, especially since her blood apes the addictive elements in dying blood. If he keeps her chained up, he could keep a supply of her powerful blood close at hand indefinitely.
Marcus is a very old vampire with issues…of course! Should he return to Second Earth to serve as Havily’s Guardian of Ascension or should he remain on Mortal Earth and continue to build his financial empire? But vampire mate-bonding has him by the…well, in a very strong grip and ultimately he must choose for Havily, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it!
Their relationship heats up, the enemy attacks again and again, and all this proximity results in fireworks! The ongoing war keeps the pressure on everyone so that overall the series is very intense.
Many of my readers have commented on my Facebook page and on my website blog about the infamous Endelle and I’d like to give her a shout-out here. She’s everything I would want to be if only I could get away with it! She has a sailor’s mouth, doesn’t give a rat’s behind what anyone says about her, and has the fashion sense of chimpanzee…oh, wait, maybe that’s insulting the chimpanzee! But she’s a total blast to write! As the Supreme High Administrator of Second Earth, she has the last say in everything.
I’ll be giving away a signed copy of the first book in the series, ASCENSION, as well as a signed copy of BURNING SKIES.
But here’s a question I’d love to see a few outrageous answers to. I have really enjoyed enhancing the vampire mate-bonding ritual, which I totally think reflects our mortal experience of falling in love, just super exaggerated! So, if you could add something to the ritual beyond the sharing of blood, what would you add? I’m hoping to take this series to the Third Dimension at some point and I’ll need to have some new ideas for the mate-bonding concept. Got any ideas for me??? So curious to hear your thoughts…
Also, I’ll be checking in about 8:00am Pacific time on the day of this post and I’ll be with you off-and-on all day, so feel free to ask me anything about my GUARDIAN OF ASCENSION series!
Click here to read a Burning Skies excerpt
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