Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Guest Author & Giveaway Featuring THE DARKENING by Caris Roane

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Today we have paranormal romance author Caris Roane one BIR with an awesome guest post and giveaway in celebration of her latest release, THE DARKENING!  

Welcome, Caris! It's great to have you visiting today. :) 

Hi, Everyone and a huge thank you to BOOKIN’ IT REVIEWS for having me here today!

When I was in college, I never even thought about becoming a writer.  I studied French and music.  It wasn’t until I read the fabulous Georgette Heyer – who established the genre called Regency Romance – that I ever even thought about writing as a career.  Even then, the bug didn’t bite until I was in a bookstore and saw all these books based on the era of the Regency. Soon, I wrote two books a year for Kensington under the Zebra imprint and even included a couple of paranormal elements in some of the books:  Characters from Greek mythology and in one particular novella, an entire vampire family! You could say that I had leanings toward the paranormal genre almost from the beginning!

Much later, when I got hooked by the sexier paranormal work of Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, and Lara Adrian, I found myself utterly enchanted with the possibilities.  Out of that love, came my own world of super sexy vampire warriors – with wings no less!!!  And of course, they had to function in a brotherhood of isolated, war weary men, ripe for worthy women to enter their lives and change their worlds forever!  My first series became the Guardians of Ascension and I’ve loved living and writing in this world. Sometimes, in the midst of a story, I expect one of these wonderful men to walk into the room just to have a chat, wearing of course their sexy black leather battle-kilts!

My current release, THE DARKENING, is a longish novella that follows Militia Warrior Samuel as his dark power rises, threatening to harm those he cares about. His woman, Vela, has her own struggles as her ‘darkening’ power emerges and sends her on a difficult journey as she hunts for Samuel’s fellow warrior, Duncan.

The following excerpt comes from the first chapter of  THE DARKENING.  Samuel has been called back to Militia Warrior HQ and must now face the music after it’s been discovered that he’s been hiding his dark power from his fellow warriors…

Chapter One

Samuel woke up from the night’s battling with an urgent message from Carla, who worked the daytime shift at Central, to get his ass over to the workout center. Essentially the higher ups had their panties in a wad about what went down at the Superstitions last night and wanted to chat with him.
And Endelle would be there.
Which of course meant that Thorne would be on deck as well. 
Yeah, he was pretty much screwed. 
He shaved and showered as fast as he could, but he ached from head-to-foot. Releasing the dark power had forced him to work a whole bunch of muscles he swore he’d never used before. Even his speedy vampire healing had taken its sweet time fixing things up.
Santiago met him at the landing platforms, a smirk on his lips. 
“Why the workout center?” Samuel knew that crowds often gathered to watch Jean-Pierre train the Militia Warriors who had emerging powers. He so didn’t want to be there, on display. Jesus.
But Santiago slung his arm around Samuel’s neck, squeezed, then laughed at him. “Thorne wants a demonstration. Besides, that much power, hermano? We need you on board and Thorne will have your cojones if you don’t join up.”
“Si. Mucho fuck.”
This time, Samuel laughed. He took long strides and Santiago joined him. They both wore flight battle gear, getting ready to head out for the night. He also knew that Santiago often stopped off at the Blood and Bite first, meeting up with the What-Bees before a night of battle. Hell, he might even head there himself. After facing off with Thorne, he’d probably need a drink afterward and definitely some action in the red velvet booths.
As he reached the doorway of the workout center, Luken waved him over. The leader of the What-Bees stood with Thorne, Madame Endelle, and Jean-Pierre. 
But if that wasn’t bad enough, a combination of civilians and warriors now packed all four risers that ran the length of the west wall. He’d never been to the center himself during office hours, but he’d heard tales that once Warrior Jean-Pierre had started working with the Militia Warriors, some of the civilian staff at HQ, and an equal number of warriors took time out to watch the training sessions. “Are there usually this many people at the workouts?”
“No, hermano. This is all for you.”
“Shit.” So the rumors had been rolling. Great.
Neither Colonel Seriffe nor Gideon were present since their current joint duties included running mass Militia Warrior training exercises in North Africa. Extensive surveillance had delivered up the strong possibility that one of Greaves’s generals had a base of operations out there. 
Luken’s grim expression didn’t help. The brother generally had a calm disposition. But not right now.
Thorne glared at Samuel, his arms crossed over his chest. Though he spent most of his time at the palace Command Center, he still wore flight battle gear.
Jean-Pierre ground his molars and didn’t make eye contact.
Samuel was in so much trouble.

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I hope you enjoyed this excerpt from THE DARKENING.  To learn more about Warrior Samuel go to:  http://www.carisroane.com/the-darkening/

Caris Roane

A novella of the Guardians of Ascension
49,800 words plus Ascension Terminology

Back of the book:
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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Caris is giving away one eBook copy of THE DARKENING one commenter here on BIR. To enter Leave a comment for Caris along with your email addy. Winner will be chosen March 10th. 



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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.  


  1. I won a copy of The Darkening and it is an awesome story! Thanks for the contest.

  2. Hi, everyone! Just wanted to stop by and say good morning! I love living in my Guardians of Ascension world and am currently working on the next installment, RAPTURE'S EDGE! Writing is a blast!

    Liz, so glad you enjoyed THE DARKENING!


  3. Love the excerpt, =) can´t wait for my chance to read!
    Happy Tuesday!

  4. Very nice cover and excerpt.


  5. Great excerpt!!!

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