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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Caris Roane visits the Alpha Male Diner + giveaway

Hi, everyone! I want to thank I Smell Sheep 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!

Leto (Vampire)
recipe by Caris Roane

Gates of Rapture (Guardians of Ascension #6) 

2 clear blue eyes 
1 head of long black hair, warrior long, caught back in the cadroen 
2 sharp fangs 
1 overflowing cup of an amazing body, 6-6, toned for general worship 
1 portion scarred soul from serving the worst vampire on Second Earth 
3 helpings of the breh-hedden 
1 lb. of protective instinct 
2 heaping tablespoons of scented maleness, like the forest 
3 cups of warrior battle experience 
½ cup of feelings of worthlessness from performing spy duties 
1 pinch of refined activities and study 
Season to taste with the love of a good woman 

Stir carefully, as this recipe, when whipped to a frenzy, can result in a call to ascension, and a profound desire to become a vampire! 

Makes: One Warrior of the Blood

Taste Test
The following excerpt from GATES OF RAPTURE picks up exactly where the last excerpt left off! Leto and Grace are having coffee and trying to figure out the next step in their journey, when suddenly Grace comes up with an unexpected idea that might just solve all their problems… 

Excerpt from Chapter 12 
She met his gaze and touched his face with her hands. He’d shaved and his skin felt so smooth. She could feel how warm her fingers felt to him. “I’ve always been this way. You need to know that about me. I think about everything.”

“No problem,” he said, searching her eyes. “Just try not to shut me out.”

She frowned. “What do you mean?” She set her cup on the island and shifted toward him, one knee between his legs.

He tapped her forehead with his index finger. “Here. I suspect when you think this hard you believe you’ve spoken aloud, but you haven’t.”

“Oh. You may be right.”


She blinked and once more felt her brow furrow. Enlightenment dawned, however slowly. “I should share more.” Maybe that was part of her ghost ways, that her life was internal and she rarely communicated her thoughts with anyone.

“Please.” But his eyes were lit with laughter so she did the only thing that made sense. She leaned into him and kissed him on the lips. As she drew back, he followed and captured her mouth, kissing her back and catching her around the waist.

She could feel his body light up. How quickly his maleness responded to touch, to sensation, to his tongue deep in her mouth. And because she could feel the pleasure riding him so quickly, she melted against him. In a way, his pleasure had become hers.

But right now, she needed something else from him.

“What’s wrong?” This time he frowned.

“Leto, I could so easily fall back into bed with you, but for the last hour I’ve been thinking about a doe that I saw on the villa lawn this morning.”

“You have?”

“Yes, because the moment I saw her, that was all I could see. She’s not the usual desert sight, a deer out in the open. I kept watching, completely distracted from everything.” Her obsidian flame power vibrated from deep in the earth.

Leto gasped and even looked down at the floor. “I don’t know if it’s because you have your hand on my chest, but I can feel that.”

She smiled. “I think it means I’m on the right track.” Chills chased up and down her arms. “I have an idea that might be exactly what’s needed and which would put pressure on Greaves on several fronts at the same time.”

He overlaid her hand with his own. His lips curved. “What’s on your mind?”

“Remember how, in Moscow Two, Greaves tried to have a military review?”

“Yes. Thorne and the Warriors of the Blood stopped it right in the middle.”

Grace nodded. “What if we had something similar, only featuring obsidian flame, a large very flamboyant spectacle event. We could demonstrate the triad’s power, we would give Marcus another PR tool for holding onto Endelle’s High Administrators…and…we could do some serious folding.” His eyes widened. “The doe on the lawn. It’s a brilliant idea…”

Gates of Rapture (Guardians of the Ascension #6)
As a vampire and a warrior, Leto Distra is deadly. But after years of being forced to drink dying blood, he is now part beast—a wild savage thing lurking beneath the surface. With war on the horizon, Leto is determined to help the Guardians of Ascension destroy the enemy who turned him into a monster. And there’s only one woman who can help him.

Grace Albion is certain that she’s meant to be with Leto, but their future may be cut short by the impending battle. Now Grace must embrace her obsidian flame powers—and bind her powers with Leto’s—if they’re ever going to survive. With the fate of the world at stake, they must tap into powers they never knew they had…and unlock their deepest passions.

About the author:
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.

Each stop of the tour, I’ll be giving away the same awesome collection of prizes as listed on the Rafflecopter form. The contest at each site will last 3 days only, and those dates will be listed on the Rafflecopter form as well!!!

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! (And for more chances to win the Nook, you can go to every site on the tour and enter that many times—totally up to you! But comments must be left!) The Grand Prize drawing for a Nook with Glowlight, will take place on January 18th, three days after the tour officially ends!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to visit each stop to get extra entries for the grand prize!
December 1: Riverina Romantics
December 3: Bitten by Paranormal Romance
December 4: Rabid Reads
December 6: The Book Reading Gals
December 7: The Romance Studio
December 10: Page Flipperz Blogspot
December 11: Blah, Blah, Blah Blogspot
December 13: Paranormal Cravings
December 14: Close Encounters with the Night Kind
December 15: Bodice Rippers
December 17: Paranormal Haven
December 18: Dark Faerie Tales
December 19: Fangtastic Books
December 21: Romancing the Dark Side
December 22: Happily Ever After Thoughts
December 23: Literal Addiction
December 28: TBR – IO Blogspot
January 3: Kenra Daniels Blogspot
January 4: Book Monster Review
January 5: Vickieann’s Kindle Fever
January 7: Tea and Book Blogspot
January 10: Felicity Heaton Blogspot
January 11: The Jeep Diva
January 12: All Things Books
January 15: I Smell Sheep


  1. As many as possible :P

  2. Cats are great company. Great post!
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  3. Great recipe! I take him! Enjoyed the post very much. Thanks for the contest.

    lizsemkiu at gmail dot com

  4. I had to start at that picture for a while, I would happily help him eat that chocolate! The recipe is delicious, I would eat that many times, do you think it could be frozen too?
    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  5. how many...; is there a limit as what a woman can dream and get?


  6. Wow! Seconds & thirds & on & on. With that concoction there's no such thing as satiation =)

  7. How many servings are there?
    Sounds like a great series!

    thompsonem3 at aol dot com

  8. Can i have him everytime i want him? Pretty please..

  9. How many is possible
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  10. As many as I could get.

  11. Awesome recipe!! I have enjoyed the blog hop,thank you for it and all the excerpts on Gates of Rapture, they great and thank you for the chance at so many chances and all the prizes!! cano dot melissa01 at gmail dot com

  12. I'd go back so many times, I'd lose count! ;) cano dot melissa01 at gmail dot com

  13. So many times,I'd lose count!So feed me!Thanks for the chance to win.


  14. Hello Caris.
    I would go back for servings of Leto until I absolutely could not move any more..
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  15. I'll take a great big old serving. Oh yeah, yum yum yum
    vera28546 at yahoo (dot) com

  16. Many, many servings.


  17. Everyone appears to be absolutely STARVED! Of course a dish like Leto Distra of Second Earth, Warrior of the Blood, needs to be served repeatedly, and in any way you want to take that phrase 'to be served', lol!

    This is the last stop on my Warm-Up-Your-Winter Blog Tour! And many of you have been with me for the duration, so I'll just say hi, again!

    Hope all of you can take some time to discover my most luscious, most beloved winged vampire warriors!

    Hugs all around,

  18. Boy, as many as I could ;) so please FEED ME!


  19. LOVE your work
    been quite a ride - blog tour!

    PicardsMom at yahoo dot com

  20. I think I lost all coherent thoughts after that photo. LOL Awesome!

  21. Hard to believe this hop is over. Hope every one had a blast reading all the excerpts. Thanks Caris :)


  22. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  23. I'll have a helping of that, just hold the feelings of worthlessness. You can put it on the side and I'll apply as needed. ;)


  24. Feed Me, please. Multiple helpings!

  25. Congrats to Caris on the newest release! Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! I say... feed me :)

  26. One taste would't be enough... I would go back for seconds and seconds and seconds lol... Thanks for the great post.

  27. As many as I can get...FEED ME!!!
    Ashley A

  28. I still want Thorne, and Marcus ooohhhhh Marcus and Thorne and would definitely love a taste of Leto. Oh Yea

  29. Definitely two more times and more if I'm not full yet!

  30. I got off track of the blog tour after Christmas.......feeling hungry!!!

  31. Evelyn Arzuaga.....Love the recipe Caris. YUMMY

  32. Love light eyes paired with dark hair.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  33. This was an awesome stop on the tour! I love the recipe design of the stop! Way cool!
    evanlea at gmail dot com

    1. lol, thanks! We do a lot of these posts for authors. You should search the blog for alpha male diner and see some others. Eventually I will put them all together for a big alpha diner cookbook

  34. go back for seconds


  35. Hi, again, everyone!
    Yep, Sharon and Katie came up with a great concept and serving up Leto on the "Alpha-Male Diner" was a great way to wrap up the tour! Thanks again, for having me here at I SMELL SHEEP!

    Hugs all around!

  36. Ladies and Gents, Leto is HOT! And when he goes "beast" dear lordy I had to fan myself! Loved this book, love this lady!

    Get out and read this one!!

  37. This book & series sound so great and I am definitely adding them to my wishlist. Thanks so much for the "recipe". I would love to try him, lol.
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  38. Thanks
    darkworld_cutie at yahoo dot com

  39. Well... I'd go back for seconds and thirds and so on :D


  40. Happy New Year,thanks for the chance to win.


  41. As many servings as was allowed. Thanks for the posst and excerpt. Can't wait to read this book.


  42. I'm going to take you literally and say "FEED ME" (I couldn't resist!)

  43. thanks for the chance to win!!

  44. Feed me! That's quite the tasty dish.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  45. lol.. There's not a limit is there? :D I don't think I'd ever get tired of that particular dish! :)

  46. OH Great post! I love the taste test!! That is just too clever


  47. Feed Me!


  48. I could never get enough this:)

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  49. FEED ME!! I want it to be an all-I-Can-Eat buffet! ;)


  50. A lot, he looks yummy. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!


  51. Thanks I'm feeling hungry.