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Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Contests, Guest Post | 31 comments

Guest post and giveaway from author Caris Roane

Hi, everyone! I want to thank PARANORMAL HAVEN 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!

GATES OF RAPTURE is the sixth installment of Guardians of Ascension and features Warrior Leto, a famous, ancient Warrior of the Blood, six-six, long straight black hair, piercing blue eyes, and built to battle death vampires for centuries and drive the ladies crazy! Major yummy! Romantic Times Magazine gave GATES OF RAPTURE a 4 ½ Star, TOP PICK review! I couldn’t be happier!

And today, I wanted to really warm up your winter and give you a teaser-excerpt about Leto, in his beast-state, and the woman, Grace, who steals his heart. In this excerpt, Grace returns to Mortal Earth, to the Hidden Seattle Colony, where vampires from Second Earth have sought refuge from all the chaos on Second. In his desperate need for his woman, Leto has called to Grace, and she’s finally made the decision to return to him. But returning means a launch straight into a very physical relationship…

Excerpt from Chapter Two, GATES OF RAPTURE…

Grace lifted her arm and folded, one dimension, two, then three, traveling through nether-space straight through the pathway that Leto’s roars had created for her, a shining blue pathway, like his eyes, lit and glowing, calling, begging, all the way from Mortal Earth.

When she arrived, when she materialized, the room was dark except for one small window. She adjusted her vision, turned, and saw a madman, wholly different from what she had expected. Leto was naked and so changed physically, she didn’t recognize him at first.

He was also fully aroused, hunched, and moving like an animal, a beast. His long hair moved around his shoulders as though it was alive. But he didn’t seem to see her, so she called to him. “Leto.”

He turned, his eyes widening. He seemed to freeze as he stared at her in disbelief. His nostrils flared then he closed his eyes, squeezing them shut as if in pain. His body shuddered.

Only then did the forest scent of him rush at her, forcing her to step back and back. This was so different from five months ago. She didn’t understand what she was seeing or what was happening to him, what he had become. But the scent she recognized.

Oh, dear God in heaven, that scent!

She breathed in, taking a lung-expanding breath, drawing in the sweet, yet bitter, and very male tendrils of herbs and fir resin. Desire moved through her, a wet wash of sensation. Her nipples hardened and puckered almost as though she had already orgasmed.

Her knees felt so weak. She ached fiercely and suddenly.

She felt a breath on her neck and opened her eyes.

The beast was in front of her, leaning down from his increased height, and sniffing. His breath came in hot swathes over her chest. He licked at her neck. His hands found her arms and pinned her then slid up to her shoulders and in a quick harsh movement ripped her gown from top to bottom.

“Leto,” she whispered, but her voice sounded hoarse. She didn’t know what it was she meant to say to him, to tell him to stop or to keep going, or to pause, or to take her.

Yet none of it mattered.

She also knew that he wasn’t in control of himself and that the floor was made of stone. It seemed absurd but just as he pushed her down in a movement so hard that she was flying backward, in her sensible Grace way, she folded a mattress beneath her, the one she had slept on in Beatrice’s house.

Still she landed hard with so much warrior, part beast, part vampire, on top of her that for a moment she couldn’t breathe. Oh, but that stone would have hurt.

He had hold of her head now and shifted her in an abrupt movement so that her neck was exposed.

Oh, God.

She needed this.

He pushed her knees apart. She didn’t resist. How could she? With every breath she took, more of his scent ripped through her brain. She spasmed deep within, needing him, ready for him. Her hands fumbled for him, reaching and just as she took hold of him ready to guide him into her, the tips of his fangs paused on her skin.

Slowly, he drew back, as though the touch of her hand on his erection had stopped something. He looked at her, his blue eyes wild and intense. She knew those beautiful eyes, so sharp and clear, extraordinary. His eyes were the same. Leto’s eyes.

He waited, trembling.

She understood. And in that understanding, that he was asking permission, more tears tracked down her cheeks. “Take me, Leto. Take me now.”

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I hope you enjoyed the excerpt! I’ve had an extraordinary time creating and writing this series! Let Guardians of Ascension be a new journey for you. GATES OF RAPTURE releases on December 24th.

To Learn More about GATES OF RAPTURE and to read the opening chapter: CLICK HERE!!!

To Order GATES OF RAPTURE:  AmazonBarnes and NobleiTunes

Here are the giveaway details (all international with appropriate compensatory prizes as needed): On each stop of the tour, I’ll be giving away the same awesome collection of prizes as listed on the Rafflecopter form, so be sure to stop by each blog on the tour for a chance to win at each blog. Be careful to follow the directions on the Rafflecopter form at each site. And be very careful of the dates! The contest at each site will last 3 days only, and those dates will be listed on the Rafflecopter form as well!!!

For links to all the other blogs on the tour: CLICK HERE!!!

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 (as well as at all the sites on the tour if you want to go to every site and enter that many times—totally up to you! But comments must be left!) The grand prize drawing will be selected by in the following manner. On January 18th, three days after the tour ends, I will enter the number of blogsites into the random number generator, which will deliver up the winning site. I will then go to the winning site, count up the comments one by one, and enter that number into will then provide the Grand Prize winning number matched to the comments on the winning blogsite. This means, that if you travel to all the blogs on this tour, you can enter the GRAND PRIZE contest on every single blog you visit by leaving a comment at each blogsite! Good luck to all!

The Goodies as listed on the Rafflecopter form are: a $10 gift card to Barnes & Noble (or similar for International), a replica, antique typewriter key bracelet that spells ‘dream’, a signed copy of ASCENSION (the first novel in the Guardians of Ascension series), Romance Trading Cards and bookmarks.

The Grand Prize drawing for a Nook with Glowlight, will take place on January 18th, three days after the tour officially ends! Good luck!

For links to all the other blogs on the tour: CLICK HERE!!!

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Again, to be eligible for the Nook with Glowlight, leave a comment below like this: carisroane at gmail dot com! Good luck to all!

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About Stephanie G

Stephanie is a Paranormal Haven co-creator & reviewer. She loves coffee, Supernatural, & most importantly, paranormal romance & urban fantasy books. Connect with her on: Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads


  1. Good morning, everyone!

    Just wanted to say hi and to let you know that I’ll be stopping by throughout the day to answer any questions you might have!

    We have some great prizes on this tour and remember that you can continue to work the tour backwards and forwards to enter for more prizes. The link is located in the blog or you can hop on over to

    Have a wonderful holiday season!


  2. Thanks for that great excerpt. I haven’t read any of this series yet, but I’m heading over to the bookstore to check it out. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Is this the last book in the series or will there be more?


  3. That excerpt was HOT!! Lol! Leto, Leto, Leto even saying his name sounds wicked! :3

  4. LOVE your work!! PICK MEE

  5. Thank you so much!
    What a nice contest too :).

  6. Hi, again, everyone! So glad you’re enjoying the excerpt…I do LOVE LETO!!!

    AS for GATES OF RAPTURE being the last in the series, only with St. Martin’s Press–they wanted me to start a new series. But I’m self-pubbing novellas in the spring and hope to continue the full-length novels in the summer or fall depending on how things in the industry shake out!!!

    Hope you enjoy my most beloved warriors!


  7. Thank you on the very interesting excerpt.

    anniech85 (at)

  8. A few days left to the book! I can’t wait to see what everyone’s thinking :D


  9. Thank you a lot for this new excerpt!!


  10. So nice to hear that you are going to self publish more of the series :).

  11. Love the sound of this series and the excerpt. *fans self* Will have to put all of these on my wishlist.
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  12. Thanks for the givewaway and the blog tour! Ilove your books and am looking forward to the next installment!!

  13. Congrats on your new release & thank you for the great post. I have not read these books yet but will have to check them out :)
    Happy Holidays :)
    June M.
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  14. *sigh* I can’t help it.. I LOVE this series! Thanks Caris for the wonderful excerpts


  15. I love these books. Can’t wait for the new one this month.

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  17. Can’t wait for the release!
    cano dot melissa01 at gmail dot com

  18. I really want to read this, sci fi with paranormal creatures in it! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome package.

  19. Best Series Ever!!


  20. Happy Holidays,Congrats on your new release.


  21. Happy Holidays,thanks for the awesome blog hop.


  22. I’m following the blog hop! Great Series! Happy Holidays!


  23. Thank goodness your will continue with novellas over the summer! I don’t want to go into withdrawal! Thanks for the contest and Merry Christmas

  24. Hi, everyone!
    My Warm-Up-Your-Winter Blog Tour is still going strong!

    I thought I’d stop by today and announce the Rafflecopter winner… CONGRATULATIONS: Julie! I’ll be contacting you shortly by email!

    And remember, you can keep working the tour forward for chances at more prizes!


  25. Vampires with wings? That’s an interesting twist.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  26. I have read this series since book one was released. I absolutely love this new unique world for the vampire genre. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  27. Thanks for the awesome contest!
    Sounds like a great series!

    thompsonem3 at aol dot com

  28. Forgot to leave my email address.

    lizsemkiu at gmail dot com