Thanks, Delilah, for having me here today! I write a sexy paranormal romance series called Guardians of Ascension featuring winged warrior vampires. You heard it right: vampires with wings! I’ve gotten more questions about this choice and my fallback position is the whole bat-vampire thing. I decided to expand the concept and create an epic, multi-dimensional world engaged in a war that has raged two millennia. Humans who experience a sudden onset of preternatural power go through a process of ‘ascension’ which turns a human into a vampire. Of course, my stories feature the famous Warriors of the Blood who sport massive wings when they battle the enemy in the air. And of course each of the warriors ends up knocked flat by love. Of course.
I know, I know. Far-fetched, but I’ve had more fun writing this series. Here’s a sampling from the first novel, ASCENSION, about wing-release which will give you an idea where I went with this outrageous concept.
Kerrick drew in a deep breath and felt the familiar vibration through the muscles of his back, the sweet thrum, which preceded the powering of his wings through his wing-locks. He let them fly. He let them extend to their full height and breadth. He stretched them and held them at the farthest reaches of full-mount until his head swirled with endorphins and a fighting sheen of sweat flowed over the entire surface of his skin. He wanted Greaves reminded of the extent of his powers, that he wasn’t an ordinary warrior, and that if he wanted to go head-to-head, Kerrick was goddamn ready, right here, right now, this place, this time. Bring-it-the-fuck-on…
I don’t hold a lot back in this series, as you can probably tell. And one of my favorite characters is the leader of Second Earth, the infamous scorpion queen known as Madame Endelle. She’s profane and has no real filters that I’ve been able to find. But beneath her hard-bitten, fashion-challenged shell resides a compassionate heart, and we grow to love her as much for her eccentricities as for her self-sacrifice.
My most recent installment of Guardians of Ascension, a novella called, THE DARKENING, features a warrior vampire with emerging dark powers and his woman, Vela, who has the capacity to take him through an intricate maze of hidden tunnels called the darkening. The couple stubbornly holds back, unwilling to give up their respective solitary lives. But the chase is on and in the end they each surrender to love.
I hope Guardians of Ascension can become a new journey for you!
You can learn more about THE DARKENING at here.
Caris Roane aka Valerie King has published over sixty Paranormal and Regency novels and novellas. In 2005, Romantic Times gave her a Career Achievement award in Regency Romance. As Valerie King, she is currently releasing her gently-edited backlist and working on a Regency Historical project. As Caris Roane, she writes paranormal romance for St. Martin’s Press and also dabbles in a few self-pubbed projects. www.carisroane.com