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. The second novella, Embrace the Magic, will release in the summer of 2012. Caris lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her two cats, Sebastien and Gizzy.
Enter a world of blood-starved mastyr vampires and the rare women who can satisfy their deepest needs…
How can he resist his blood rose…
Gerrod, mastyr vampire of the Merhaine Realm, never thought to have his blood-needs satisfied by a mere human. But Abigail is no ordinary woman. She stuns him with her telepathy as well as the richness of her blood. However, her human DNA makes her an unacceptable mate. Yet how can Gerrod turn her away when she alone has satisfied his blood-starvation for the first time in a hundred-and-fifty-years?
Will she fall to temptation and give herself to a vampire…
When the dreaded enemy of all realm-folk, the Invictus, attacks at a fae wedding, Abigail’s simple human life gets turned upside down. She doesn’t know if she has the courage to pursue a path that means giving herself body and soul to a mastyr vampire. Will she return to her normal existence in Flagstaff, Arizona? Or will she embrace the dark…
Embrace the Dark is the first in The Blood Rose Series.
In lieu of an interview, Caris wrote a beautiful piece entitled, "Remember the Romantic Journey." It fits nicely with my last post, so I thought this week would be a good time to feature it.
Remember the Romantic Journey, by Caris Roane
I was knee deep in my latest novella, EMBRACE THE DARK, working the elements of the story so hard, that I lost sight of the ultimate goal. Yes, I was hammering away at developing my characters, and theme, and adding brushstrokes to setting, all good things. But when I pulled back from this work, I had the startling realization that somehow in my writing efforts I’d forgotten the heart of the matter: the romantic journey.
I still laugh when I think about this because it’s one of those ‘duh’ moments. What good is it, for instance, to get every sentence right, to have every paragraph polished to a shine, to have interesting characters who might even have a fascinating goal to accomplish, but to have forgotten that, oh, yeah, these great people are actually supposed to be falling in love?
Writing is real nose-to-the grindstone work, but sometimes the nose just gets too close and stays too close and the real purpose of the work can get lost.
Now I try to take a moment, no matter what project I’m working on, and remember that I was originally inspired by the romantic journey, by all the excitement of falling in love.
Once I remembered the real goal, I made sure that the hero and heroine of EMBRACE THE DARK, my most beloved Gerrod and Abigail, even after all the conflicts were resolved, took some time to savor the love that had come to them, that had found them in a miraculous way.
Take pleasure in your writing.
And always remember the romantic journey.
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