Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Darkening by Caris Roane: Guest Post and Excerpt


Hey, wonderful readers!  I want to thank Laurie for having me on her blog today!


I’ve been a writer for a long time, three decades, though published for two, all approximate because I’m not keeping a tight tally. I wrote Regency Romance for Kensington for many years, and even added mythology to three of my stories and vampires to one of my novellas long before the paranormal genre became popular. So, when I discovered some of my fav authors like J.R. Ward, Gena Showalter, and Lara Adrian, I knew I had to engage in this terrific shift to all things fantastical.


For myself, I have a thing for vampires and have several series that I write, each taking a different look at the creatures of the night. Sometimes they have an aversion to sunlight, sometimes they don’t. Most often, I create worlds in which family becomes very important by the end of the book. My Guardians of Ascension series is very much a society-oriented series, although quite sexy, set in a world of dimensional earths. And I’ve had more fun and delight living and writing in this world.


May latest self-published venture that takes me into my world of ascending earths, is a story called THE DARKENING, which tracks Militia Warrior, Samuel, and his woman, Vela, as together they deal with the difficult but exciting effects of the breh-hedden -- my term for vampire mate-bonding. Vela also begins to experience her own emerging power in which she’s able to move between dimensions in a secret grid called, you guessed it, the darkening.





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?



To give you a taste, especially of the effects of the breh-hedden, here’s an excerpt that opens chapter two of THE DARKENING. The heroine, Vela, suddenly finds herself utterly entranced by a warrior she’s never seen before.  


Chapter Two


Vela’s gaze had narrowed to a fine point that encompassed the warrior from her nightmare who had saved Santiago, the one called Samuel, the one now turned in the direction of the risers, a furrow between his brows as he scanned the crowd.

From the time he had passed by the risers, some kind of ascended knowing had possessed her, as though she already knew this man. He looked made for war in battle gear, and whether he realized it or not, he had a Warrior of the Blood thing going on with his black hair long and bound in a leather strap. He had moved like war and grace combined, a lethal fluid stride surrounded by a dark aura, and her body had bloomed for him.

“Isn’t he gorgeous?” Donna whispered.

Vela couldn’t respond. She wanted to, she wanted to expound on Donna’s theme, but her vocal chords wouldn’t work.

 The strangest part of all, however, was that she swore she could smell him, that a stream of something warm, male, and wonderfully bitter like dark chocolate, emanated from him.

The scent filtered through her nostrils and began to drift into other parts of her body. Her thoughts funneled down further to the warrior as though nothing else in this room existed and when his searching gaze found her, something really strange happened: she heard his thoughts like a soft whisper through her mind, She’s the one. She’s mine.

She felt naked beneath his gaze, and the stream of his scent thickened as he took several steps toward the risers. Her lips parted and she shifted in her seat like she couldn’t get comfortable. Her breasts felt heavy and achy. Her nipples beaded and pleasure descended very low until her breath hitched and the deepest part of her began long hard pulls on something that wasn’t there, but needed to be there, the sooner the better.

She felt bathed in pleasure and all she’d done was catch Samuel Daman’s scent and meet his gaze.


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I hope you enjoyed this excerpt from THE DARKENING! To read more: Click here!




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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.

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