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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Caris Roane Interview + International Give Away (Ding Dong, beep, beep!)

Katie and I had the pleasure of meeting with Caris Roane to talk about the latest release in her World of Ascension series, Wings of Fire. This is a repeat visit for Caris, so I hope this means the smell of sheep agrees with her. We ask all the questions that other blogs are afraid to ask, like if Caris is willing to lend out her warriors. Notice I said “lend” not “pimp” because that would be illegal ;) Stay tuned because there will be a give away at the end and this one is international too!
Second Earth. 2 Sheep and 1 Guardian meet. again.
Katie: Welcome back Caris, how have things been since we last spoke?
Caris: AWESOME! Both ASCENSION and BURNING SKIES, the first two books of the series, have gone into second printings so I’m out of my mind excited! *air boxing* Oh, yeah! Go fans!!! And today…TODAY…August 30th, is the official release of the third book, WINGS OF FIRE!
Sharon: (whoa, did you see her right hook?)
Katie: We know! And hoe freaking exciting! We have Kool-Aid and cookies in the back so let's have at it after.
Katie: For those that don't know about your series can you give them a little crash course?
Sharon: That would be me! I am new to I Smell Sheep and new to you, but not for long. I just went through your website and “damn!” I think I need a winged vampire warrior…

Caris: Hi, Sharon! Great to have you on board.
And hey, we’re women, we should each have a winged vampire warrior. *groowwwwlll*
Sharon: I like her, she shares ;)
Caris:As for the series, I’ve called it Guardians of Ascension because each of these warriors is also a guardian, a protector. The word ‘ascension’ refers specifically to the passage of a human from Mortal Earth into vampire status on Second Earth. The really exciting part is that there are six dimensions in all, which means that vampires can then ascend to Third Earth, Fourth Earth, etc., as their powers grow and as they are ‘called’ to ascension. For now, through the first 10 books of the series, the action takes place primarily on Second Earth, with a really bad vampire intent on taking over both Second Earth and Mortal Earth.
Are you with me? Or is this clear as mud!!!
It makes more sense in the reading, as scene folds upon scene. And for those of you who are familiar with the series, you’ll know I just ‘punned’! *loud groan*
Katie: Someone insert a rim shot sound here please...

Sharon: You said you were a big fan of JR Ward. Which Brother floats your boat ;)? I kind of like Rhage.

Caris: Oh, I hate to admit this because it says waaayyyy to much about me, but I’m very fond of Vishous. No, don’t ask! I won’t answer any of those questions! LOL!
Sharon: *looks around innocently* I have no idea what you are talking about, unless you are talking about that whole bondage/pain thing ;)
Katie: *puts away ropes, straps, leathers, whips and chains* yup, no idea whatsoever.

Caris: *blushing* would you guys please stay out of my closet!
Katie: Wings of Fire unveils so many new plot twists and turns, without giving too much away how did you come up with the stories for Parisa and Antony?

Caris: I have the most amazing editor at St. Martin’s Press and she chose the title for the third book, WINGS OF FIRE, because it just sounded so great. The thing is—without giving away too much—I ended up being totally inspired by this title and I actually created the central struggle and resolution of the story from this title—so yes, I’m talking about ‘wings-of-fire’! How’s that for a teaser?!?
Sharon: Sounds “hot” (snicker, okay that was a bad pun)

Sharon: The women in your books have very unusual names. Do they have special meanings or were you just looking for something unique?

Caris: For the first five heroines, I wanted names that flowed with three syllables, but that was just an instinct and had nothing to do with ‘meaning’. So, I hunted around through the ‘baby-name’ websites and found ‘Havily’, the heroine of BURNING SKIES and ‘Parisa’, which in my head is pronounced: Pah-reez-ah. Don’t these names look pretty on the page? Don’t they have a flowing sound? These are the things that impact me when I write: how does it look, how does it feel, how does it sound? Sorry…no special meaning…just ‘feel’…
Sharon: I think the fact that they ‘feel’ right is the special meaning for you.
Katie: And I might just add that Katie or Katherine has a great ring to it AND looks good on page. Just saying….

Caris: Oh, I think Sharon has a much better sound…HEY! Stop hitting her! Okay, Katie, I’ll use them both! Geez! What an author has to do to keep the peace around here!
Sharon: *looks at Katie*, does she really want to know?

Katie: We talked last time about Endelle, the leader of the vamps, and all her outrageous outfits. Did you get any new fashion ideas from all the comments on the last interview?
Caris: I did, I did, I DID!!! That was the most fun exchange, so starting with book #5, Thorne’s book called OBSIDIAN FLAME, I’ve branched out into the sea. In one scene, Endelle has starfish strategically placed on her bustier. She just cracks me up and no, I don’t wear clothes like her. I admire her soooo much probably because my wardrobe is basically black pants and black shirts with a little bling here and there! She’s…outrageous!!!
Katie: Oh geez, I think that idea might have started with one of our commenters,
Nathan. hahaha Or was it jelly fish?
Caris: Wasn’t it octopus tentacles?
Sharon: where the heck did he come from!?

Sharon: How many books do you have planned for this series?

Caris: Great question…at least a hundred! *laughs*
The truth is before I wrote paranormal, I wrote Regency romance and LOVED living and writing inside that world. What I’ve transferred from that experience is how much I absolutely adore living within the structure of a specific world, only my world of ascension is better in that we get to know specific series characters, we get to meet them and be with them over and over. So, honestly, I’m not kidding when I say I could write a hundred.

BUT, let’s talk more realistic numbers. The first part of this series is set on Second Earth, involves 9 specific Warriors of the Blood (and a number of Militia Warriors depending on how many novellas I get to write), plus Endelle. That number of full-length novels for this first part of the series comes to 10. But from the first, I set up a huge world so that I could keep writing in it for a long time, which means that should we develop a wonderful following---fans who love the world, love the characters, and enjoy how I write---then, oh, yeah, we’re going to Third Earth for another 10. I’m keeping my fingers crossed because this series has my heart 100%. But after this proposed 20, I honestly don’t know. We’ll take this one book at a time and see how things develop.
Sharon: Wow, your enthusiasm is infectious
(guess what? I just felt my first earthquake! Right now during this interview! Or maybe it was just your winged Vampire warriors rocking my world ;) but seriously, the house just shook)
Katie: Brown chicken brown cow! We're having too much fun, the earth is quaking baby!

Caris: I have one for you! At the exact moment that my agent was talking to my editor about beefing up Thorne’s guns on the cover of his book, oh, yeah, the earth shook!!! And I’m not kidding!

Sharon: Winged Vamp Warriors are certainly smexy, but have you thought about any other supernatural creature you might want to write about? Some secret new series you have been thinking about?

Caris: Actually, I’ve had an ongoing dialogue with my fans, sometimes on other blogs, sometimes on Facebook, about other supernatural creatures. To date, I’m pretty sure there are shifters on Third Earth! What’s so much fun about creating a series with multiple dimensions is that I can do anything I want to do…so there ya go! If we go through all 6 dimensions in the course of the series, my guess is you’d probably see about every paranormal creature that exists…is that an oxymoron? “Paranormal creature that exists”? Well, they certainly exist in my imagination…
Sharon: Yay! Katie is the vampire lover, but I am a shifter lover, of course I can be won over by an exceptionally smoking vampire occasionally ;)
Katie: For me, daily. *winks*

Caris: I’m a sucker for the paranormal warrior, period. Any vein will do. I mean, wow, I guess I really am into vampires!

Katie: If you could go out to dinner with anyone from the past or present who would it be and why?
Caris: I can’t answer that question! I’ve tried a dozen times. I feel weirdly embarrassed by it. Since it would be with someone I totally admire, I’d be super-shy and couldn’t say a word, so what good would that be! I can’t believe this question stumped me! Score 1, Katie!
Sharon: Don’t worry, I can’t think of anyone either.
Katie: Hands down it would be Dracula. Love that guy.
Caris: Yeah, but you could never trust him in bed afterwards. So, again, what would the point be? Oh, I can’t believe I just said that. Something’s wrong with me today. Sharon, what did you put in those cookies or was it the Kool-aid…
Sharon: *whistles and does not make eye contact*
Sharon: Can you tell me about your writing space/environment? (where you like to write, stuff you like around you, ect..)

Caris: I have a separate computer in a darkened corner of my bedroom where I write. I keep the lights low, the drapes pulled and I kind of sink into my writer’s coma. I fall deep into my world, and into my characters and stay there, watching the brightly lit monitor until the next scene emerges and I am once again exhausted but sooooo happy. Side note: my screen is permanently dark olive green and each page is a lighter version of that shade of olive because green is easy on the eyes.
Katie: What's the funniest thing you have done so far this summer?

Caris: I was trying to find a way to coax a scorpion out of my house. I’d been moving some travel books around and had one in my right hand. My two hopeless cats were crouched staring at the scorpion on the floor hoping it would move so they could play with it, but I could see they would let it get away, so I was really frustrated. BTW, these scorpions are kinda big and they’re really fast. I didn’t know what to do so when the scorpion made a dash in the direction of my couch, I reacted badly and in great fear that the d**n thing would then sting me while I was watching Dexter, or something, so I dropped that travel book on him and, ick, squished him. I still feel guilty, but why, why, did he have to come into my house? Sometimes tragedies happen when you least expect it and sometimes a book can be a serious weapon!
Sharon: *note to self, don’t go visit Caris at home. Scorpions, shudder*
Katie: Yeah I'm with Sharon on this one and PS you did the right thing squishing him.

Caris: You don’t know the half of it. I just found a baby scorpion in my entry, which means, ugh, I probably have more in the house. *races around, tearing her hair out*

Sharon: I get in your car and turn on the radio. What will I hear before the cops take me away?

Caris: I’m a musical dolt. You would hear nothing! Just SILENCE screaming at you! You would wonder about my soul. You would question everything about me! I have such a ridiculous relationship with music even though the rest of my family purchases music by the ton, and I do mean by the ton. Me? I have to find some kind of inspiration, like a fan recommending a song to me, before I’ll take the trouble. AND YET, the whole time I wrote WINGS OF FIRE I played the sound track to “Inception”! Go figure…aaaargh!
Sharon: I have a teenage daughter and music is her life! So I get to hear all kinds of cool stuff.
Katie: Hans Zimmer did the score for Inception btw. Amazing talent.
Caris: Yes, he’s freaking amazing so when you read WOF, put on the soundtrack…

Katie: This is a very important question Caris, which one of the Warriors can I have dibs on?

Caris: Katie, I’m only doing this for you…no one else…you get to take turns with each one! Oh…wait…the thought of doing that…I think I just passed out then woke up. *staggers around for awhile*
Katie: I LOVE YOU SOOOOOO MUCH CARIS!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!! *passes out*

Caris: Tell you what, Sharon, with fingers-crossed that the gods of bestsellers smile on my series and allow us the privilege of going to Third Earth, where there will be hunky warrior shifters, they’re all yours, baby, one-at-a-time! KATIE, catch her! Oh, too late…! Hey, she looks exceptionally pretty when she’s unconscious.
*elevator music playing in background* Sorry for the interruption. If you’ll give us a minute, we will return to our regularly scheduled program as soon as Sharon rejoins the world of the living….
Sharon: NOOOO! Don’t make me come back! There is no place like Third Earth, there is no place like Third Earth,…*Katie smacks Sharon with stuffed sheep*

Sharon: Let’s say the cops let me off with just a warning. I am now checking out your DVD collection. Which one will I most likely find in your player?

Caris: I’m a sucker for the latest version of Pride and Prejudice, with Keira Knightley. (Remember, my first love was Jane Austen…) See, movies are much easier for me than music…again…go figure!
Katie: Where can fans find you in the coming months?

Caris: I’m doing several blogs for the next couple of months in celebration of WINGS OF FIRE. You can check out my website at for info on where I’ll be and when. I’ll also be the keynote speaker at the Desert Rose Fall Workshop event, free to the public, on November 19th, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Put that date on your calendar, then come talk to me! For information go to the Desert Rose website at

Katie: And now it's time to ask you once again some rapid fire questions. You know the drill. Ready…….set…….go!
Katie: Oven baked or Pan fried
Caris: Pan-fried...uh, hello!

Sharon: Roadrunner or Wile E. Coyote
Caris: Roadrunner
Katie: *gives Caris the sexy eyes* meep meep baby.

Katie: Axe or Hammer
Caris: Axe…I write vampires…there has to be blood somewhere really fast.
Sharon: Twinkies or Ding Dongs
Caris: DingDongs…again…hello, chocolate!
Sharon: *ding* score one for the chocolate lover what about Susie Q’s?
Caris: Actually, my favorite is the never-goes-out-of-style chocolate cupcake, the one with the little wavy white line across the top.

Katie: Taco or Burritos
Caris: Tacos, I like the crunch.
Sharon: Solitaire or Marquise
Caris: I use the quick version of basic Solitaire when I write. Anytime I get stuck in a scene, I play a quick game, you know, 1 card at a time, and voila, my brain starts moving again.
Sharon: I was referring to the shape of a diamond
Katie: psst Sharon. Don't piss her off she knows warrior vamps…just saying.
Caris: Ohhhhhh, diamonds. Isn’t ‘Marquise’ a kind of card game? *wrinkles brow*. Ya know, I don’t get out enough and I really don’t own enough jewelry!!! But now that I know the direction, ‘marquise’. So, pretty.
Sharon: see, she didn’t get mad *slips Caris a Ding Dong* (wow, taken out of context that probably wasn’t the best thing to say )
Katie: Sweet Tea or Lemonade
Caris: Sweet Tea…I’m into ‘bitter’ big time.

Sharon: Prince Charming or Prince of Darkness
Caris: If you would just put the two together, I wouldn’t get out of bed…ever.
Sharon: 10 coolness points for you! Good answer ;)

Katie: Scottish Vamp or Irish
Caris: Scottish…in a kilt…with that accent. *sigh*

Sharon: Hovercraft or Jetpack
Caris: Hovercraft

Katie: Late night or Early morning
Caris: The dawn is for me.

Sharon: Hanna Barbara or Warner Brothers
Caris: Warner Brothers

Katie: dog ear or bookmark
Caris: I used to use bookmarks then got so sick of the d**n things falling out. One day I woke up and said, ‘This is my book. I’ll never sell it or give it away. I’m going to dog-ear from now on.’ It was soooo liberating. I haven’t looked back since. The bad news? I have some of the most beautiful bookmarks! Maybe I’ll make a collage or something…
Sharon: Do you have one of our most awesome I Smell Sheep bookmarks? After the interview send me a mailing addy for you and I will send you one along with some cool sheep swag!
Caris: Sheep swag! Yippppeeee! (See your Inbox!)
Sharon: mountains or beach
Caris: beach, beach, beach, beach, beach, beach. Did I make that clear enough?
Katie: Maybe say it one more time just in case. hahaha

Katie: Thank you so much for hanging out with us again Caris, would you like to add anything before we wrap up?
Caris: Yes. This is one of my favorite blogs because you guys make it sooo much fun! Also, I want to thank Katie for sending me the pair of wing earrings (which is really hard to say, BTW)! She inspired me to finally pierce my ears, which I should have done a long time ago but was too chicken! So, thanks, Katie! Because of you I was brave. I love my new earrings and I love my pierced ears and I was really ridiculous not to have done it sooner…but there’s always time to grow and to keep growing!

Sharon: You are a fun person to play with Caris! I sure hope you come back again to talk about your books!!
Katie: WOW! I'm so flattered right now Caris. Thank you for the kind words and lets keep growing together!
Caris: Just like last time, this was a blast. BTW, where’s Ben? I miss his jokes! Didn’t he want to talk hunky warriors with us again, LOL! Blessings, everyone!
Sharon: *sheepish grin* someone might have locked the dungeon door so someone else could do the interview. Now someone might feel really ashamed.

Prize giveaway: This is international
One lucky commenter gets a signed copy of one of the following Guardians of Ascension novels: ASCENSION, BURNING SKIES, or WINGS OF FIRE! Yay!
Plus the Sheep will be adding to this:
1 iron on silver wings for a t-shirt
1 vamp lips with the teeth showing tote bag
1 "same as above" notebook
1 Sheep member magnet
1 Sheep Book mark
1 Sheep Pencil
1 Sheep post card

Question for commenters: My series is building to a battle that may or may not include a mano-a-mano scene between Endelle and the evil Commander Greaves. If you could have Endelle annihilate Greaves—and they are the same height by the way, and both extremely powerful—what would you have her do to him? I know I have a dark side…what’s yours!
Katie: (drag him to a cellar and peel his skin off bit by bit. then light him on fire and cackle while he burns. then take whatever is left of his corpse and fill him with liquid lead and let him sink into the ocean so the sharks can feast on his brain! lol sorry was that too much? ps that was me, Katie, who wrote that.)
Caris: *shuddering* Good God! What have I wrought?!? (Actually, it was kind of awesome…)
Sharon: *backs slowly away from Katie*
To win: answer Caris' question along with a way to contact you in the comments. Double entry for followers! The contest will run till Monday Sept. 5th at midnight


  1. torture him of course till he is a puppy dog ok a macho puppy lol


  2. you could slowly remove each limb using it as a weapon to beat him round the head, then he needs to be set alight then drag what ever remains and feed him to the wildlife.
    a bit sadistic but could be good

    great interview and amazing giveaway
    of course im a follower i love you sheep


  3. To throw him in a small pool with "frickin' sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their frickin' heads" muahahahahaha!!! {sorry, just watched Austin Powers a little while ago and I do believe Dr. Evil had the right idea! ;)}


  4. wow, I don't know whether to be proud of scared of our followers .

  5. Gee there are so many options *laughs evilly*

    A classic is always good, cover his feet in cement and throw him in a river; make him sleep with the fishes.


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  6. I think she needs to beat him unconscious, tie him to a chair, and then let the Shifters (From Third Earth??!! or not LOL) tear him apart slowly. This would *have* to be done in the arena where he made Allison have her battle!

    I'm a sheep follower, both FB and the blog :D

  7. Having finally caught my breath, and along with Katie's sharks that have caught my nightmarish imagination...along with others it seems...

    Bind him oh so tightly, take out that whip and use it until he's wearing a pinstripe suit of his own blood, then slowly lower him into shark-infested waters...or a bayou filled with hungry gators...

  8. contact! Caught up in the moment and forgot!

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  9. Good morning, everyone!

    Now let me see...I'm just now reading your comments. OH MY GOD!!!

    Okay, I'm officially crawling beneath my covers and it's only 6:55 blistering Arizona time. Katie and Sharon, what have you done to your followers?!? And Katie, you started it!

    Um, I was actually thinking more like a battle-scenario, as opposed to a torture scenario, but I guess we have a theme!

    ~~ Roro, well I do like your direction, 'til he's a puppy dog', macho or otherwise! I've toyed with the idea of redeeming my villain but every time I give Greaves a chance, he just gets worse!

    ~~ Jenny, or would that be 'mad sheep numero uno'! At least if he's devoured by wildlife he will have finally made a positive contribution!

    ~~ Saribonita, can you ever go wrong with sharks although I do believe some of your fellow commenters won't think his suffering lasts long enough. Could these be perhaps more polite sharks: take a bite, move back, chew slowly, allow others a turn?

    ~~ Sharon, I'm with you and again, what have I wrought???

    ~~ Jet, maybe if he had to sit in a chair and wait for a few days until the cement really hardened, then he could think about all the evil he'd committed. I doubt that he would, though. He'd probably be plotting exactly how he intended to overthrow the Prince of Darkness when he finally arrived at the flaming gates.

    ~~ Christine, hmmmmm, Third Earth shifters,I think you're on the right track. Maybe his demise should be a spectacle event, maybe something he'd originally planned for one of the Warriors of the Blood, (or worse, for one of their women, maybe even Alison herself), something horrible, and now he has to take up that place. Hmmmmm....

    Judithe, gators *shudder*. I don't know why, but they bother me more than sharks maybe because they can walk around on dry land! A friend of mine recently told me that in her north Florida town, while church was in progress, a big 10' gator stationed himself right outside the Sunday School building. I guess he was looking for a snack. *one more shudder*

    Now that I've taken all this in, I think I'm going to stretch out on the sofa for a while, maybe a cold compress on my forehead. At the very least, I'm going to get some coffee...yes, must have some coffee...

    I'll be back,

  10. I think a good swift whack to the back of the head by a Gibbs-type (NCIS) character may just be in order.


  11. I think that the battle should take place while they are flying in the sky battling with swords. The sky in on fire, the Warriors are fight death vamps around them, and their breh are fighting his followers. So while they are physically fight they are also trying to break each others mind shields and Endelle is able to break Greaves shield and inflict all of the pain he has ever caused his victims; which causes him intense pain and he is slowly driven mad. Then she stabs him with a sword…The End

    Although I wont mind if she tortured him for awhile.


  12. I think I'd go for having Endelle tying him up like a pinata and wacking him with a baseball bat that has razorblades attached to it. And end it off with a Molotov cocktail of course. Can't have a good fight wtihout Molotove cocktails.


  13. LOL!! I love these ideas, but wouldn't feeding him to animals be considered cruelty?? To the animals, of course!

    How about dipping him in hot lead, then as he thinks he's getting away pour cold water over him and watch him shatter?? I love Ripley. ;)

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  14. LOL. I think he should be tied to the tree after a good fight of course and honey poured on him for a bear shifter to come and lick it off then to add some humor to it have the bear bite his nipple maybe he could bite it off! :)

    I love you guys interviews they crack me up!


  15. ~~ Saph, a whack to the back of the head would be a good place to start! On the other hand, this villain has so much preternatural power, he'd probably heal himself before he hit the asphalt.

    ~~ Sara, what I liked best about your battle-concept was that Endelle has him experience all the pain he's ever inflicted and he goes mad. That's really thinking outside the box! Sometimes, I imagine that the best kind of punishment for criminals would be exactly that, some means of forcing the evildoer to really experience the pain they inflicted, and not just to the immediate recipient, but to family members, friends, and the community as well.

    ~~ Sullivan McPig, are you, like, best friends with Katie? Very visceral: baseball bat, pinata, razor blades, not to mention homemade bombs. *swallowing hard*

    ~~ Azure, oh, yeah, let's go Ripley on his a$$! She's the ultimate...

    ~~ Alycia, LOL! I have a feeling this would be the humorous moment before Sullivan McPig brings out the baseball bat and razor blades.

    Okay, I'm officially feeling woozy! Need more coffee. Must take another break. In between, I'm still on Thorne's's sooo yummy!


  16. Clearly some kind of uber painful, and oh gods please let it be humiliating, emasculating must be the first step in dealing with pretty boy greaves and the only suitable way for him to finally meet his end after all of that play time beforehand would be left to the devious plottings of a new super villian lurking in the shadows of Caris' porch in Arizona.. THE SCORPION!! Its a win win for 2 reasons, (1) it would get the critter off Caris porch for awhile and (2) is a direct link to Endelle and therein lies the "AHA! TAKE THAT A**** "factor we all crave.

  17. As long as he is emasculated I don't think it matters how (but it should be as painful as possible) :D


  18. Lock him in a dungeon cell with all of Caris's scorpions!
    Loved the interview and love the blog! Can't wait to read more of this fascinating series.


  19. There are some dark, exciting days ahead! I would break him down with sounds, echoes in his head. Get into his mind and hurt him from within. Whisper his greatest fears over and over, trigger flashbacks of bad moments in his life, give him a bleak, dis-illusioned view into the future. Break him little by little through his mind.

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  20. Well, I love this interview that is just awesome!

    What would have done to him...hmmm, Have him shot with a dart that would immobilize him long enough to get him dragged to a desolate place in a dungeon like cellar that he could not get out of. Something has to be done to keep him from healing himself to fast..maybe a witch can say a spell to make sure he can't get away and can't heal too fast but won't die either because we want him to suffer.

    Start by pulling out his finger nails and toenails. Then make sure he is naked the whole time and drive a nail down through the skin of his testicles into the wooden slab he is laying on. *Not getting up now is he*

    And then slowly piece by piece using a sharp knife tear his skin from his body. After the muscles are exposed using white hot needles to make his muscles burn would be in order. I think that would be a good torture..

    Oh and wow what a cover! I would love to win this one, I've got it in my wish list and am looking forward to reading it.
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  21. Haven't tried a Caris Roane book before, so I am definitely entering this giveaway!!! Great interview!!!

    I think I would have Endelle create some sort of torture chamber with all sorts of torture tools to include drills and welding gear to slowly dole out his punishment. I might need to re-watch some those Saw movies to get some ideas;)

  22. I'm back...
    After reading all the comments, especially some of these later ones, *clears throat*, I have a new observation on the feminine soul. I'm now convinced that if it weren't for some basic element of our biology, driven toward love, relationships, and even to some degree, making babies, I think we'd all end up on hit/torture squads with more creativity than any man has ever dreamed of. I mean, really, a nail through the precious sack?!? What man would put that forward as an opening salvo? *laughing, perhaps too gleefully*

    But mostly what I'm getting is that we want our villains to pay then pay again for the destruction they create with their heinous ambitions.

    ~~ Tina, death-by-scorpion-weapon-hybrid, as long as it's humiliating and emasculating. Got it! I do call Endelle the scorpion queen, so the theme is right there, waiting to be expanded. You know the smallest of our scorpions has the ability to paralyze...hmmmm...

    ~~ Ilona, 'emasculated' is such a gentle word for the process, which now that I think about it never really reflects what actually happens. In dogs, it's called 'neutering', how precious.

    ~~ Traci, maybe I'll just put a leash on him and keep him in my house to manage the scorpions...forever. And I'll keep the TV permanently on a loop of every cute kitten video on YouTube. If that doesn't shape him up, what will!

    ~~ Na, the mind is the key, isn't it? But then he was tortured as a young boy, that's how he got the way he is. He didn't mentally survive that experience. It stole his conscience, so I wonder if there is anything left to break? An intriguing question... But then maybe the real torture would be taking him back there, making him relive it... On the other hand, this is the part of Greaves that tears at my heart, that who he might have been was taken from him by early abuse. Still...

    ~~ Mary, when the apocalypse comes, I want to be in your tribe! We'll survive for sure!

    ~~ Yadkny, hope you enjoy my series! I stand by my opening statement and please join Mary's tribe and bring your tools along...maybe your video collection as well! We'll survive for sure!

    Enjoying this way too much...may need to check into therapy soon,

  23. I'm way to much of a pacifist to even begin to describe anything better than what has already been described!! I would say beat him with sex (pacifist enough?) - wild, hot, animal sex, of course!!

    If there are 100 books planned for this series, I can't wait to read all of them! Thanks for an awesome interview and an equally great giveaway:D

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  24. Julie, I think I need more information! LOL! Does this reference the earlier comment in the interview in which I had to chase both Sharon and Katie out of my 'special' closet!!! You mean that kind of 'beat him with sex'!

    I also see that we make a good team: I write 100 books, you read 'em! Go team!


  25. I Smell Sheep - the blog that encourages creative psychotic behaviors! You are welcome world! ;)

  26. Wow, what an interview. *checking the lock on my closet* You really get to the heart of the author.
    hmmm....Endelle's battle. I'll give it a try.
    She is betrayed by her favorite taxidermist. He is temped by Greaves and power. Her newest outfit, sharkskin skirt and tank, decorated with colored shark teeth (caught by her of course), is saturated with a powerful drug. Greaves slowly starts to control her. The warrior's brehs start to notice and call for reinforcements. But they are too late. Greaves has her hidden away, a total vegetable. They search for her for weeks. But it is ultimatly her breh who mentally finds her and helps her dig out of her mental trap and reach her hidden power.Her wings grow hidden spines or barbs that have a venom( scorpion queen). Meanwhile Greaves demands a spectacle battle against Leto, who has betrayed him, against his newest big bad guy. It's a huge event and all of COPASS is there to witness. Half way through the battle Endelle escapes her prison and appears in the arena. She demands a fight to the death against Greaves and COPASS cannot deny her vengence. The battle lasts for hours. The power used by each of them has more color than the specticle fireworks. In the end Greave's bits and pieces are used to fertilize her favorite hanging garden.
    I can't wait to see what you come up with.
    100 books....bring it I can't get enough.

    otherbusiness1 at aol dot com

  27. this is a scary question.. i vote for death by salamanders or something obsure like being drawn and quartered.. thats always a good one..
    im a follower!!
    i hope i win, thanks for the chance

  28. Awesome interview! Sounds like a great series!

  29. ~~ Sharon...I know, right? Therapy, right around the corner, for all of us! LOL!

    ~~ Kathy, I think you might have just won the prize for the most complete storyline, with added points for building on the 'scorpion queen' theme! You even had Endelle dressed properly in shark skin. But I was most impressed with Greaves's takeover of her mind and the need for her breh to get her out of that fix...very Guardians of Ascension! Well done!

    ~~ Alainala, 'death by salamander', does that fall into the category of pecked to death by ducks? As for drawn and quartered...*shudder*

    ~~ Joleen, hope you get a chance to spend some time with my winged vampire warriors. They're worth every minute, just ask Katie! Oh, rats, she just passed out again! *Sharon pats Katie's face* Hey, easy there Sharon!

    And with that, I'll say good-night. It's 9:30 here in Phoenix. I've had a blast reading your comments and learning that I'm not alone in the world - there are any number of readers out there with a dark side that matches mine!

    But with that said, I wish all of you an abundance of blessings,

  30. Wooooo Hooooo......
    Going for teachers pet here.
    I was thinking about those scorpions you have. Have you tried those mouse or rat glue traps? They are good a catching large insects too. Of course your cats could get stuck. I recently had to pry one off our dogs paw, and i do mean pry. That glue is tough. Just place randomly in house or outside. Also if you just throw one on the litle buggers works just as well. Doesn't kill them, but it does imobilize till your warrior can get there to save you...
    just looking for bounus points.

  31. Brand him with hot iron. Then slice him a sharp knife, just enough to make traces on his skin.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  32. oh oh oh!! what if you had the scorpion-hybrid thingy be the voice in his head, muttering lil brain ninja things like flashbacks to his childhood or just random horrendous fears into his grey matter.. the first mind &@#@ would come from "wth.. a scorpion is talking to me" which would mess with you anyways, add to it the horrendous things it would be whispering (and yes it has to be a whisper because, to quote Dane Cook, its to make him LISTEN to whats being said), why that would send just about anyone over the edge, and lets be honest, with all those physical healing powers they have, wouldnt an incurable mind melt be much more satisfying with the added bennys of being a long lasting punishment, no quick death for him, and a lil bit of a comedy factor.. dude thinks a scorpion is talking in his head.. *claps in evil glee while munching on a cookie from the dark side happily*

  33. I bow down to our followers enthusiasm and creativity. I can hear the evil laughing echoing through out the dungeon.

  34. Hehehe....Endelle using Santiago's concept weapon that has been specially enhanced against Greaves. Also, gotta let Leto in on the fun and get some "revenge".


  35. Runs it and trips Tina oh oh the Scorpion must must make his apperence as per my bff stated but he needs to inject greaves with a conscience for all his Bad deeds and killings let him feel every devasted victoms loved one and then his powers are stripped away and and he gets placed back on earth to atone for his deeds..... looks shifty only a thought runs off off again with book in tow.

    Melissa Toews

  36. Okay, I hadn't meant to comment again...but you guys are outrageous! Also, I'm taking notes for Book #10, and it's going to be AWESOME!


  37. Okay, I am getting out my torture encyclopedia here. I think she should knock him out and then encase him in small box equipped with a holomatrix that would have little mean fairies flying around poking him over an over with their little swords and nipping at him with their pointy teeth until he goes into neurogenic shock and then . . . thank you for the fun today and for the giveaway opportunity.


  38. WOW, that was funny. Katie has a very imaginative mind. Sharon, it was smart to back away. I say Endelle should drug Greaves and take time to let him sweat a bit...torture him slowly and have some fun. How bout papercuts in the eye and lifting fingernails and toenails? After the fun, Endelle watches Greaves dissolve in a tub of acid.


  39. I have not read the series (but I want too! What beautiful covers!!) and I like the idea of one of the previous commenters that said that they should battle with swords while flying in the sky . . . what an image!

    baychriz at gmail dot com

  40. How about injecting slugs into his body and letting them eat their way out?

  41. I think that she should strip him of his powers and make him be her slave. That would be better than any physical punishment.

  42. Wonderful interview - great fun! (And BTW, Vishous is my fav BD bro too) Wishing you all the best with this exciting series.
    My answer to the question:
    I tend to be more straightforward - a genuinely unredeemable villain needs to be dispatched as quickly and efficiently as possible. I'd call down lightning and fry his ass.

  43. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!
    My answer: cut off his head and feed his corpse to pigs - they'll eat anything.
    New follower!

  44. Being hung, drawn & quartered always seemed to be popular during the Middle Ages. It sounds gruesome enough for anyone.

    I'm a new follower.


  45. tie him in woods, and put lots of honey/sugar on him, make syre to put it on a ant hill , the kind that bites . . also leavve a wild house cat with a little bit of food close. thrn it will run out and (o u have to tie it too) it will start eating on him. and a while later, send mad dog there to clean up the mess

  46. I'm still so happy that this is a series =) I didn't know that when I first read book 1 but I do now ;) I think if Endelle was to finish of Grieves it would be cool if she combined forces with the others. Maybe not all but some plan where one holds him immobile while she rips his whole insides out or maybe not so violent. I'm having a name block but the character from book 1 and her maybe. Since they're both pretty powerful. Thanks for the chance to win one of your books.

    +1 gfc follow as Tanyaw1224


  47. I haven't read this series yet so I don't really know Endelle nor Greaves, (yet), but I want a shot at that Guardians of Ascension novel... so I will give it a shot :) ...Seeing also that I like HEAs, I would therefore have the good triumph over evil. And I am not really much for gory-ness... let's just say I am not as bloodthirsty as Katie... so I would settle for a quick death of the bad guys... how's that? :)

    Follower. My GFC name is Cherry.

    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-darkward [at] yahoo [dot] com

  48. I will say something completely Greek. In Greece we impale the lambs. So I will do the same to him and after I will feed the cats with him.
    I haven't read this series yet and it sounds great.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC follower as Diana

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  49. OMG... this interview was awesome but the comments are a lil scary ;) Just got your books for my kindle and haven't yet started :( But I'd have to agree w/ an earlier commenter who said that villains need to be dispatched quickly otherwise you stoop to their level. So, a way to take away his powers and a quick zap or shot to the head and then burn the body. Thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC ~ erin

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  51. Ok the contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to leave comments and of course a big thank you to Caris for putting up with us. Again. lol

    And the winner is: Tanyaw1224!

    Congrats to you. I've emailed you and you have 7 days to respond so please respond! :)