posted on October 3, 2013 by Caris Roane

Vampires Everywhere

CARIS ROANE - BORN IN CHAINS - BOOK COVER - 2-20-13Hi, Everyone! Halloween is right around the corner and for me that means vampires!

I’ve had a thing for the fanged creatures from the time I first read Bram Stoker’s, DRACULA.  And who could forget three of Hollywood’s most famous hunks starring in Anne Rice’s, INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE:  Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, and, of course, Tom Cruise.

Then of course there’s TWILIGHT and Robert Pattinson made up just enough with Hollywood make-up to give him that I’ve-lived-for-a-long-time look!  TWILIGHT was a wonderful, fresh look at a mythology that has entranced us for decades.  Despite whether you fancy your vampires ‘sparkly’ or not, Edward gives us the same thrill as the other vampires, of extraordinary, lethal strength, the ability to kill with little more than a twist of his hands, and the need for blood.

2 Interview With a VampireIn my own career as a writer, I’ve visited the mythology several times, once even while writing sweet Regency romance for Kensington.  I wrote a novella for a Halloween anthology and of course, I had to write about vampires.  Later, I read the work of Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Ward, Lara Adrian, and knew I had to create my own take on what had arrived as the warrior vampire hero.  My ASCENSION series emerged, with vampires bearing wings, folding as a form of dematerialization, and living in ascended worlds with a full-blown vampire culture intact.

Vampires called to me with an abundance of thematic and metaphoric possibilities, like the un-beating heart that can be brought back to life, the deep wounds of a man that can only be healed by the life-force, the blood, of a good woman, and the sheer strength that could easily break a mere human being apart but which must be harnessed for good.

4 Just EdwardBORN IN CHAINS is my latest exploration of all this vampire goodness, in which a human woman rescues a tormented vampire, only to bind him to her with special chains in order to gain control of him.  In the process, however, the story moves back-and-forth, from Adrien to Lily, as each takes turn commanding the other until both hearts are subjugated to an enduring love.

This Halloween, let the myth of the vampire take over your own life, just a little.  Are you stronger than you thought?  Does your cold heart need to be brought to life?  Can you give up some of your life-force to ease the suffering of another?

Caris Roane

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Caris Roane

Caris Roane

I was ten when I first watched an old movie version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and loved it! Movies led to books, which led to writing and after a good long while, publishing. I wrote sweet Regency romance for Kensington for 19 years and recently fell in love with paranormal, although I’ve always had a thing for vampires. I currently write paranormal romance for St. Martin’s Press but I self-publish as well. Building an online platform has been an enormous but rewarding challenge. I think all the changes in publishing will alter how authors approach the business going forward and I for one am thrilled to have so many options.

I’ve been in love with vampires for a very long time and years ago, under the pseudonym Valerie King, I wrote a Regency vampire novella for Kensington that prompted a fan to tell me she hoped it would be made into a movie! How’s that for an accolade?!? But that was long before there was such a thing as a 'Paranormal’ market...and for all that time vampires have been in my blood! Yes...pun intended, or...don’t I wish!

Some of my favorite writers include Gena Showalter, Lara Adrian, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and JR Ward. If you’ve read and loved these authors as I have, then you can guess that my Guardians of Ascension series is centered around powerful warrior vampires and an ongoing battle between good-and-evil.

In addition to these authors, other favorites are: Laurell K. Hamilton who created probably my all-time favorite vampire in Jean-Claude, non? I also love Patricia Brigg’s paranormal work and I’m hoping one day she’ll develop vampire Stefan who has a wonderfully dark aura and who seems as captivated with Mercy as her werewolves are. Kresley Cole wrote one of my favorite vampires in Sebastien, so of course I now have a cat named Sebastien.

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.

One thought on “Vampires Everywhere”

  1. Avatar Caris says:

    Good morning, everyone! What’s your fav para creature!?!


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