Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Caris Roane

Hello everyone!  Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are proud to welcome Caris Roane to our sites today!  
Caris has had a love affair with vampires for several years now, especially warrior vampires, the kind found in the books of Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lara Adrian, and JR Ward.  Though she’s been published in Regency Romance under pseudonym Valerie King—and yes one of her Regency Novellas features a vampire—one day she woke up kno0wing she had to create her own contemporary world of the warrior vampire.
For some mystical, magickal reason, early in the process, her vampires appeared with enormous beautiful wings.  She says that it has been amazing to include flight in her novels, in both battle scenes and scenes involving spectacle. 
Her special vampire world, THE WORLD OF ASCENSION, published by St. Martin’s Press, is introduced in the first book of the series, “Ascension”.  The second book, “Burning Skies” opens up the world a little bit more, and the third and newest release, “Wings of Fire”, was just dropped in September.  The fourth book of THE WORLD OF ASCENSION series, “Born of Ashes”, is due out January 3, 2012.
For those of you not yet familiar with THE WORLD OF ASCENSION we thought we’d give you the synopses of the three available books of the series. 
“Ascension” Syopsis:
Alison Wells is no ordinary woman. Born with supernatural powers, she can never make love to a man without putting him in grave danger. But when her special vision reveals a glorious muscled man soaring overhead on mighty wings, she feels an overwhelming attraction she cannot resist—even as he tells her: “I have come for you. Your blood belongs to me.
Kerrick is a vampire and a warrior who has fought his hunger for a woman’s love for the past two hundred years. As a Guardian of Ascension, he is sworn to protect Alison from the death vamp armies who crave her blood and her power. But Kerrick has cravings of his own—a forbidden longing to open his heart and veins to Alison. To share his blood…satisfy his thirst…and seal their fates forever.

“Burning Skies” Synopsis:

A vampire warrior in exile, Marcus Amargi resists the call to return to the ranks of the Guardians who fight the death vamp armies. Here on Mortal Earth, Marcus has another battle on his hands—the seductive lure of Havily Morgan. The woman meant for him. Whose blood he craves. The one who comes to him in dreams—and demands his surrender…
A beautiful immortal with extraordinary powers, Havily lives in the realm of Second Earth but, in her fantasies, yearns for her winged lover Marcus. Soon, their bond will be put to the ultimate test. When their bloodthirsty enemies set the night on fire with sky-blazing weapons, Marcus and Havily must unite body and soul, to unleash the full power of their passion—and fight fire with fire…

“Wings of Fire” Synopsis:

By night, the winged warrior Antony Medichi fights the death vampires who threaten his world. By day, he hunts the rogue vampires who invade Mortal Earth. But deep in his heart rages the fiercest battle of all—his soul-searing passion for the one mortal he is sworn to protect…the one woman he is doomed to love.
Parisa Lovejoy is so beautiful, and so powerful, that Antony cannot fight the feelings she arouses. But his unexpected love only intensifies his strength as her Guardian—a strength that is put to the ultimate test when Parisa is abducted. Her captor, Commander Greaves, enslaves mortal women for their blood. If Parisa hopes to survive—and ascend—she must forge an even deeper bond with Antony…in the flames of eternity.

They sound incredible right!  What do you say we get to the interview and learn some more about this incredibly talented author and her World of Ascension, shall we!?

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Hi Caris!  We’re very happy to have you here today, and are excited to help you promote “Wings of Fire” and your GUARDIANS OF ASCENSION series! 
CARIS: I’m thrilled to be here!  Thank you for having me!
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  We like to start out by finding out a bit more about our guest author, and then we’ll dig into the books… 
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
CARIS:  I worked as a tour guide at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, many moons ago.  (No, don’t ask!)  I studied French in college, but I’m not fluent…L  I have an unfulfilled desire to paint landscapes in oils.
Q2):  What are 3 things that never fail to make you smile?
CARIS: My cats being squirrelly, Endelle (a badass character from my Guardians of Ascension series), and the anticipation of getting to write the next novel!
Q3):  What are some of your hobbies or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not working, writing or taking care of other business?
CARIS: Going to the movies, going out to dinner, and leisurely working my way through Barnes & Noble.
Q4):  Who are some of your favorite authors, and what’s in your TBR pile right now?
CARIS:  I just finished Laurell K. Hamilton’s, HIT LIST.  And I’m really looking forward to a women’s fiction novel by Marisa de los Santos called, FALLING TOGETHER.  She’s one of my favs.

Q5):  If you could spend the day with one of your characters, who would you want it to be, and what would you want to do?

CARIS: I would love to spend a day with Endelle.  She’s been so much fun to write, so I’d love to hear everything she’d say in the course of an entire day.  I mean, can you imagine?  I’d probably pick up some new profane expressions and blush one minute out of two, but it would be awesome.  As for what we would do…take to the air, of course!
Q6):  What are your favorite scenes to write (dialogue, love, action, etc)?
CARIS: I’ll make a confession, but I really do enjoy writing love scenes…there, I’ve said it.  I don’t know about other authors, but I think it’s a kick in the pants especially since each couple is so different and they always surprise me…always! 
Q7):  What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
CARIS: “Make some magic”.  When I sit down to write, I say that to myself.  Now that makes me smile…every time.
Q8):  What are the best and worst parts of writing for you?

CARIS: The best part of writing for me is when I’m totally in the groove, when I’m feelin’ the scene, feelin’ the tension, feelin’ the character, when I know where I want the scene to go and exactly how I want it to end…that’s just BLISS!  As for the worst part, easy question to answer.  There’s this point in my process when basically I’ve finished writing every scene of the book, but now I need to start on page 1, go through to the end, and clean it up!  I think it’s such a different function from all the glory and chaos of invention, that my brain takes about 3 solid days to make a shift from creativity to editing.  During that time, I look at my window and visualize throwing my computer out, oh, about a hundred times!  *sigh*  But then, thank-you-God, I make this mental shift and I’m good again.  But for those three days, honestly…it’s like my skin’s on fire!
Q9):  With Fantasy being such a popular genre these days, what about it fascinates and draws you personally?
CARIS: I guess I just love the idea of ‘possibility’.  What if such a world existed?  How great would that be?  I mean in my series, all vampires eventually mount wings and fly.  How awsesome would it be to be able to fly!
Q10):  What’s a typical work day like for you?  Do you have a routine; is there something that you absolutely have to have with you to get through your day, etc?

CARIS: Yeah…coffee!  And chocolate!  As for my routine; I write, I take a break, I watch some HGTV, I write some more, I watch ‘The View’, I kick around a few more ideas, I check my emails, and on and on until usually ten at night.  So, it’s never fair to say that I work 16 hours a day…it’s probably more like 8 – 10 solid hours with LOTS of breaks in-between.
Q11):  What’s your favorite childhood memory?
CARIS:  When I was a child, I lived in a logging town in the coastal mountains of northern California.  Logs had formed a jam at a place called Twin Bridges.  During the summer, my mom would pack up dinner stuff, you know hot dogs, buns, sweet relish, potato chips, all the super-healthy foods.  Dad would pack up some firewood.  We’d all swim in the log-jam swimming hole, then dad would light a fire and we would each cook our hot-dogs exactly the way we liked them on straightened-out wire coat-hangers.  Life does not get better; the sun, the wind, the rocks, the smell of the river, freezing in the water, frying in the sun.  Time Travel…that’s what I should write next…
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  O.K, now we’ll ask some questions directly related to “Wings of Fire” and THE WORLD OF ASCENSION   series…  J
Q12):  Was there any specific inspiration that lead to the concept and creation of THE WORLD OF ASCENSION series?
CARIS: Well, first, I knew I wanted a big world, which inspired me to create not just one dimension, but six.  The inhabitants of each dimension have increased personal power with the ‘ascending’ numbers.  I think Sherrilyn Kenyon did a fabulous job of creating a really big world.  So, she was part of the inspiration for me as an author.  Of course, I fell in love with her Dark Hunter series and her hunky men made it imperative that I fill my world with equally yummy warriors!
Q13):  Is there a specific message in the books that you’re hoping your readers will grasp?
CARIS:  I don’t think there’s just one but I have dealt with many themes in my books, like ‘embrace your power’, ‘you’re not alone’, ‘connection brings joy’, things like that.  So, no there isn’t one specific message, well, except maybe that LOVE rocks!
Q14):  What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, logistical, etc) in bringing “Wings of Fire” or the previous 2 books to life?

CARIS: WINGS OF FIRE was a HUGE challenge for me, as in ENORMOUS!  Here’s why:  I’d gotten about a fourth of the book written and I had to throw it out.  I had the whole novel plotted but it just felt flat.  I realized I had to dig deep and really search out a better, more engaging story.  Did I succeed?  Well, the readers have to answer that question and I have had many wonderful fan emails about WINGS OF FIRE that tell me I hit the mark.  So, yes, WOF was a big challenge and a wonderful lesson at the same time since it cemented in my thinking how important it is to listen to my instincts. 
Q15):  How many books do you have planned for the series?

CARIS: Okay, we’re speaking about my heart’s desire here…but for this first part of the series, as in all the action and all the novels that take place on Second Earth, I have 10 novels planned:  one for each of the 9 warriors and the 10th book for my beloved Endelle.  HOWEVER, if the gods that rule publishing smile on me, once we wrap up the war on Second Earth, I want more than anything to go to Third Earth.  I already know what’s going on with Third, the chaos, the darkness, how different the world is from Second, how the warriors in that dimension are just a little bit bigger and a little bit darker and a little bit sexier than my Warriors of the Blood!  I know, right!!!  So I’ve got my fingers crossed and every once in a while, I send up a little prayer on behalf of getting the series beyond the second dimension.

Q16):  What can we look forward to as the series progresses?
CARIS: Well, BORN OF ASHES comes out January 3rd and this novel stars the sexiest Frenchman in six dimensions, Warrior Jean-Pierre.  He’s amazingly tender with his oh-so-worthy woman, which makes his book a little bit different from WOF and from OBSIDIAN FLAME, which follows BORN OF ASHES.  I’ve already completed OBSIDIAN FLAME, which is Warrior Thorne’s book, and I know that I have many fans just waiting for his novel because, well, he’s THE MAN.  I hope I did him justice.  I know I absolutely loved writing every word of his story.  And just to give you a hint, his woman is a bit like Endelle…
Q17):  What else is in the works for Caris Roane outside of THE WORLD OF ASCENSION?
CARIS:  For the past year, in my brief off-hours, I’ve been toying with a Regency Historical Series.  I wrote Regency Romance for over a decade before being published in Paranormal and I miss that world more than I can say.  Of course, it’s a bit tricky trying to do both when my pub schedule for the Ascension series is so tight, but I’m hopeful.  However, just to be clear, I don’t have a completed novel yet, nor do I have a contract…so this is still just a dream in my heart…but I’m working on it.
Q18):  Is there a question that you have always wanted to be asked in an interview but have never been asked?  How would you answer that question? 

CARIS: I can’t believe this, but nothing comes to mind!  See how thorough you all are?!?
Q19):  What legacy do you hope to leave behind with your work?
CARIS: Legacy?  There’s only one that matters to me; that my books gave the readers some pleasure, some joy, and some relief from the day-to-day grind.  Beyond that, meh.
Q20):  Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
CARIS: I’ve said this before, but I’m so happy to be able to say it again, I think of you all when I write.  To me, it feels like a partnership and when I get stuck with a scene or a plot idea or when a character is really yelling at me, I can get unstuck really fast by just having this thought:  what would the reader like at this point in the story!  The result always amazes me!
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Caris, thank you so much for being with us today!  THE WORLD OF ASCENSION books are fantastic, and we’re very excited for more.  We’d LOVE to have you back to help promote “Born of Ashes” in 2012 if you’re interested…
CARIS:  Absolutely!  Name the day!  And thanks again for having me!

If you want to find out more about Caris and keep up with what she has going on, you can find her online here:

Chelley Belle Designs "Bite Me" Choker

To Enter: Make sure you are a follower of the Book Monster Blog (by clicking on the "JOIN THIS SITE" button on the top left hand side of blog page) and then post a comment on the interview and make sure you leave a valid email address. Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing. You must also be a follower of the BMR blog.
Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest as well! 

CARIS is graciously offering up a 2 signed copies of “Wings of Fire” to 2 winners from Book Monster Reviews.  Along with the signed books, each of these 2 winners will receive a custom designed, Chelly Belle Designs WINGS OF FIRE bookthong as well as a choice of hand-crafted wing-based earrings from Caris Roane Creations.
1 lucky grand prize winner, chosen from a pool of all entrants on the 2 sites (excluding those that won the above), will win a signed copy of “Wings of Fire”, your choice of a hand-crafted wing-based earring from Caris Roane Creations, and a Chelly Belle Designs “Bite Me” choker modified for THE WORLD OF ASCENSION and Caris’s sexy winged vampires. J


Scorpio1974 said...

Great interview and thanks so much for this generous giveaway opportunity too!!! =)

Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)

Jewelry Creations by V.S. Long - https://www.facebook.com/vsl1974

Amber Hughes said...

That was a great interview! I have the first two books on my bookshelf to read soon!! I've heard really good things about this series. Thanks very much for this awesome giveaway! :-)

GFC follower


mandy saial said...
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mandy saial said...

I have read Ascention.It was a great Book. Love Kerrick!!
I have yet to read the others.
I'll add them to my ever - growing pile of TBR books .
Caris thank you for the Great interview and chance to win some Awesome prizes !! :)

Mandy Saial

Linda said...

OMG what a lovely lot of prizes! I so want to win this. I've read Ascension & would love to read Wings of Fire.

I'm so glad you like writing love scenes as I'm sure all your readers concur; we like reading them.


lindsey hutchison said...

wow i have never heard of this author! thanks for a great interview! i will def be looking into her books after this. and chelle your stuff is amazing love it!

GFC: Lindsey

Meg said...


Sounds like a book that I could really get into. I like the different flair on vampires with the added bonus of wings and there being another world that they come from. I can't wait to read it. I also love the earrings and book thong that are being given away. What a wonderful idea!



Victoria said...

What a great interview. I know I'm going to enjoy this series.
Also, this is one generous giveaway. Thank you.


Sonia Cristina said...

Great interview, I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for the opportunity to know more about Caris.


Supru said...

Wow!! For both the idea and the price. I know I said it before but I love you interviews because they give you another face of the writter and when you know her or him is cool but when you don't know them, it helps to choose new books to read :)
Thank you!!!

SdyLion said...

I loved the interview and was so glad to get the opportunity to learn more about your novels and your characters. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

kathy miller said...

I've read all four books so far released. Loved them. Can't wait for the next six. Kathy Miller kmiller@eotnet.net

alainala said...

thanks for an awesome interview and an incredible giveaway! these books have been on my TBR list for quite awhile (but the library doesnt have em)..would love the chance to win a copy!

alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

KhelseyJackson said...

Thank you for the amazing interview and the great giveaway! I just found myself a new author to read


Crissy said...

I love these interviews, I had never heard of this series before but after reading the interview I was compelled to buy Ascension for my Nook. I anticipate spending as much time as I can this week getting acquainted with this new world :) Thanks for the great giveaway and the chance to win!

Bonnie said...

Awsome interview ladies. I'm going to add these books to my TBR pile. I love the earings they are really cool.
Please enter me into the contest.

Proserpine said...

Wow Nice giveaway! I would love to win and read this book! Thanks!


Amy said...

Great interview! The earrings are so beautiful as well! I've read the first book, Ascension, and really enjoyed it. Would love to read the rest of the series.

GFC follower


Danielle Gorman said...

I am loving this series and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Wings of Fire. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.


Liesa Manis said...

Wonderful interview!! More books to add to my TBR list!!

Thank you for the giveaway!!


Trish said...



*yadkny* said...

AWESOME AWESOME Giveaway! Haven't read a Caris Roane book and would abso-freaking-lutely love to read any of her stories:)

*follower of the BMR Blog

Lori Z. said...

That was a fantastic interview!! I really enjoy this series and I'm really looking forward to Born of Ashes.

Also, many thanks for the giveaway.


knitrix29 at gmail dot com

Jolene and Family said...

Great interview and amazing giveaway. I just started the first book in the series an am loving it. I hope I'm not too late to enter, I've been busy with the kids and unpacking from a big move

GFC follower

winnie said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway! It was great getting to know Caris and her books a bit more as I haven't had a chance to read them before. The books sound great and have awesome covers as well!

GFC follower