Guest Post: Caris Roane, Holiday Recipe and Giveaway

Today we have Caris Roane on talking about her awesome Winter Blog Tour Giveaway and sharing a holiday recipe.

Hi, everyone!  I want to thank THE BOOK READING GALS for having me here today on the ANNUAL HOLIDAY RECIPE & TRADITION EXCHANGE.  In addition to sharing one of my favorite holiday recipes, I’m also sharing about my soon-to-be-released vampire romance novel, GATES OF RAPTURE, as part of my WARM UP YOUR WINTER BLOG TOUR.  As the sixth installment of my Guardians of Ascension series, I’m super excited about introducing you to my most beloved winged vampire warriors, and there will be a few tid-bits following the recipe I’ve included here today.  I also have goodies for you to win, including a Grand Prize Nook with Glowlight, details to follow!

I have wonderful holiday memories, mostly focused on our family’s Christmas Day celebrations – the exchange of gifts, going to the movies to see the December 25th latest blockbuster release, and of course food and more food! 

The recipe I decided to share here today is part of the brunch I prepare for my family before the presents get opened.  We’ve had this as a tradition for a couple of decades now and my family loves it.  The brunch menu is as follows: a tater tot casserole, yogurt fruit salad, homemade pumpkin bread, and crispy bacon.

For today’s Holiday Recipe Exchange, I’m sharing my super-moist, pumpkin bread recipe!

Pumpkin Bread (very moist)

Preparations and baking time:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Bake time: 1 hour and 15 minutes approximately

Lightly butter and flour a glass loaf pan (for metal, figure time and heat conversion)

Makes 1 loaf – double the recipe for two…


1 ½ Cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cloves

2 teaspoons cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

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1 ½ Cups sugar

½ Cup vegetable oil

1 ½ eggs, beaten

8 oz. canned pumpkin

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½ Cup raisins, steeped in warm water

½ Cup chopped walnuts


In smaller bowl, sift dry ingredients together.  In a separate, larger bowl, blend sugar, oil and eggs.  Alternately, in small batches each time, add pumpkin and dry ingredients, blending thoroughly between.  Fold in nuts and raisins.

Pour batter into the loaf pan.  Bake for allotted time but test toward the end until a thin knife inserted deep into the middle of the loaf comes out clean.  Remove from oven.  Let cool in the pan, on a rack, for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, turn the loaf out onto the rack.  Let it cool at least a little bit before diving in!  This is a wonderful, rich, and very moist recipe that my family has loved for years.  Here’s a trick:  The key to raisins in just about any baked goods recipe is steeping them in warm water so that they plump up before putting them in any kind of batter.



My current release, GATES OF RAPTURE (12/24), 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, not to mention drive the ladies crazy!  So yummy!  Romantic Times Magazine gave GATES OF RAPTURE a 4 ½ Star, TOP PICK review!  I couldn’t be happier!

To Learn More about Gates of Rapture and to read the opening chapter:  CLICK HERE!!!


To Pre-Order GATES OF RAPTURE   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   iTunes    


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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Website Home Page:

Twitter handle:  @carisroane



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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  1. Caris Roane

    Hi, Everyone!
    I’m so happy to be here at the Book Reading Gals blogsite! Holiday recipes, yum! I’ll be here throughout the day, checking in to see how you’re all doing!

    Have a wonderful day!

  2. aurian

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe, I have your books on my wishlist, and hope to get to them next year. Good luck with the rest of the tour!

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  3. Artemis

    This Pumpkin Bread must be yummy! I could live only with bread.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. Na S.

    Winged vampire heroes sounds perfect to have for the holidays!
    I like the chopped walnuts in your pumking bread recipe. Nuts are yummy in breads and cakes.


  5. Caris Roane

    Hi, again, everyone!

    This is the best pumpkin bread recipe! You’ll love it!

    And my winged vampire warriors have my heart! I hope they steal yours as well!


  6. Chelsea B.

    Hi, Caris! Congratulations on your new release! Whoo-hoo! Thank you for sharing that tummy recipe!

  7. Caris Roane

    Thanks, Chelsea!
    Hope you enjoy my winged vampire warriors, or at the very least my pumpkin bread, lol!

    Happy holidays, Everyone!


  8. bn100

    The recipe sounds tasty.


  9. pam howell

    would Love to win & read! LOVE your work! PICK ME!!

  10. Shar Simms

    Love the warriors! So, glad a friend introduced me to this wonderful series!

    paranormalbookreviews (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. JanD

    Thank you for the pumpkin bread recipe.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  12. Karin Anderson

    And now I’m hungry! I absolutely love anything pumpkin. Pie, cookies, bread, pastries, coffee…anything.

    AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

  13. Eva Millien

    I love the Pumpkin bread recipe. When my family gets together on Christmas Eve to open presents, we have what we call cold plates, small squares of bread, different sandwhich fixings and deserts.

  14. Caris Roane

    Hi, everyone! We have a Rafflecopter winner for the goodies as listed in the Rafflecopter form! Congratulations: ARTEMIS!

    I’ve sent you an email and we’ll get things set up to get your goodies in the mail!

    Remember to keep working this tour backwards for the Nook drawing and forwards for more Rafflecopter goodies as well as more chances to enter for the Nook!

    Happy holidays!

    Hugs all around!

  15. Sherry Johnson

    Happy Holidays,the pumpkin bread looks delicious.Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Shauni

    I love pumpkin bread! I actually enjoy baking.. cooking, yeah that I can do without but baking? There is just something soothing about it.


  17. Melissa Cano

    Love the series need to try that Pumpkin bread sounds real good!!

  18. Melissa Cano

    Can’t wait til the 24th!! cano dot melissa01 at gmail dot com

  19. Liz S

    Can’t wait for the release day! Awesome series!

    1. Liz S

      Forgot include my email address.

      lizsemkiu at gmail dot com

  20. Catherine

    Congrats to the rafflecopter winner. Count me in for the grand prize, please. I’m enjoying backtracking through the tour.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  21. Janie McGaugh

    I love pumpkin bread, so I’ll have to try your recipe.
    jmcgaugh at semo dot edu

  22. Josette Schaber

    Love this series. I started reading it when the very first one was released and have waiting impatiently for each new book. A wonderful new, unique world for the vampire genre.

  23. Natasha

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sounds like an awesome series!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  24. Pam Rushen

    Sexy, winged vampire warriors…..that is all 🙂

  25. Ellen Thompson

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

    thompsonem3 at aol dot com

  26. Aly P

    Vampires and wings and passion and drama 😀



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