Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Deliver Me from Darkness by Tes Hilaire (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to welcome new paranormal romance author, Tes Hilaire, who is joining us with her debut release of Deliver Me from Darkness!

From Angel to Vampire is a Long Way to Fall….

The doors to the sanctuary swung open, revealing a woman in flowing cherry-red robes. The rich robes clashed ostentatiously with her eye-popping, pumpkin-orange curls. Still, the velvet was sinful rubbing up against the creamy skin of her nicely muscled arms.

A warrior. A queen. A woman men should lower themselves to their knees for.

She shouldn’t be here. The thought was like a distant buzz tone in the back of Roland’s mind, spreading a slick sensation of unease along his spine. Then she dropped her shoulders back, breasts pressing forward against the silk gown as a wide smile formed on her luscious burgundy lips. The slick unease turned into a shudder.

Damn. Switch roles. With a mouth like that, she should be the one kneeling.

“Well, well, well.” The words rumbled up like a purr from beneath her perfect bust to drip like silken honey from that perfect mouth in a husky and full cadence that was…Mon Dieu! Perfect for fucking. “Christos said you’d be the one to come. I didn’t believe him.”

Christos. He should know that name. But damn, names seemed inconsequential compared to the stunning woman who was currently running her fingers across the top of her low-cut gown. He’d never seen a more beautiful woman. Something about her…the seductive elegance of that slight movement of hand, the drowning quality of her heavy-lidded, ocean-green eyes.

“You want to come in?” She stepped back, gesturing with her head over her shoulder at the grand foyer beyond.

He looked at the checkered marble, the opulent crystal chandelier. Both were inexplicably familiar. Yes. He wanted to come in. He’d come for a reason. He needed to…why was he here?

“Come on,” she said when he hesitated. “I won’t bite.”

The last was delivered with a punctuated lick of her front incisors. Roland practically shivered imagining what it would be like to have those straight white teeth raking over his skin. She’d start at his throat, then work her way down, those red tipped fingers slowly undressing him so her tongue could find more skin.

She laughed. A full-bodied laugh that had her breasts jiggling pleasingly. A slender hand snaked out, latching on to his arm. “Come on, big boy. I promise this will be a night to remember.”

God he hoped so. Roland let her drag him into the foyer. Behind him the door closed with a solid boom. The manor house was quiet. More so than typical, but before the thought could fully penetrate, the redhead had her arms around his neck and her lush lips pressed up against his own. After that it was blurs of images, punctuations of sensation. His shirt was gone before he could blink, tossed to the wayside with her cloak. Her mouth was all over him, exploring every inch of his torso as her deft fingers went to work on his pants.

Out of the corner of his eye he caught movement. A figure, male, skimming the edge of the room.

“Who?” Even though the question came from his own mouth, the voice sounded foreign. Distant. Strange.

And then she was kissing him again. Her tongue plunged between his lips and demanded he taste what the combination of her and him could be like. Oh hell yes. That was good.

He needed her. Now!

He half dragged, half tumbled her to the floor, his hands as determined to press her into the polished black and white marble as to push down the already dangerously low bust line of her gown.

A sharp prick pierced the back of his shoulder. He yelled, trying to twist his head to look at his attacker. A long-nailed hand grasped his jaw, forcing him to keep his head forward.

“Never mind him. Concentrate on me.”

His gaze dropped to the plump offerings heaving up and down against his chest. Oh yes. Gladly.

His head lowered.

Almost there.

A wrist, dripping blood, was rudely shoved in the way between him and his goal.

He growled out a protest. He wanted her. Needed her. And that bloody mess was in his way.

“Drink. Drink, my love. For me.”

Her voice commanded that he drag his gaze up. Her mesmerizing eyes locked onto his, her needs becoming his. Her desire became the force of his will. She wanted him to drink.

Yes. Yes. He’d do anything for her. Holding her gaze, he lowered his head, running his tongue languidly over the dripping red liquid. The taste…exquisite. Sweet, coppery, slick, warm. Addictive.

He opened his mouth and drank further. Couldn’t get enough. Would never get enough.
His eyes rolled back, a euphoric darkness overcoming his vision…

“What is this!” A hand slammed down on the keyboard in front of me.  I yelped, mouse jumping across the scarred wooden desk as I swiveled in my office chair and come up against the bulging bicep of the man who’d somehow, silently invaded my office.  Oh wow.

“Delete that,” Roland commanded, even as he shoved my hand aside and took over the mouse. He highlighted the text, but cursed when he realized there was no way to retrieve the blog post. “Damn it to hell. I knew I should have made Valin stay and keep an eye on you.”

For a good ten seconds I stared at the delicious curve of man-muscle that stretched across my line of vision, but then his words sunk in and I scooted my chair back, my gaze narrowing on his scowling face. “What do you mean make Valin keep an eye on me?”

It didn’t make sense. It was I who’d all but forced the other Paladin to hang out with me for the last couple of weeks, not Roland. And Valin had done so reluctantly, caring no more than Roland had when I’d enforced his own tenure with me for the purpose of, um, well… research, if you will. But I was done with research now and hadn’t needed Valin poking around in my office any longer (especially given the fact that he liked to do so with that wicked knife of his.) Anyway, I really wanted to find out why Roland was acting like he had control over Valin’s movements and whereabouts (I mean, hello, author here, I am the one in charge) and got ready to press the point when he spoke again. 

“You would pick this scene.” He shook his head, his brows drawn tight as his gaze tracked the lines on the screen. “Out of all the choices, you had to pick this scene, airing my “dirty laundry,” so to speak, for the world to see.”

“Roland, it’s not that bad,” I said in an appeasing tone. “Your readers just want to get to know you better…” I trailed off as Roland leveled a crimson eye glare at me. My gut twisted, my blood going to ice. Oh crap.

“Have you not tortured me enough?” he asked, his voice deceptively soft in my enclosed office. Roland, crimsoned eyed and fighting for control was so not a good thing. I glanced longingly at the exit that lay ten feet beyond his solid mass. Ten impossible feet.

Oh what I wouldn’t do for Karissa’s powers now…

Obviously I managed to calm the beast, though I admit it was close.  There were some more heated threats, things like “you will pay” which if I think about it now seems very Disney-villain of him, but I’ll tell you this, at the time?  Yikes.  Anyway, I hope you enjoyed that sneak peak at Roland’s fall from grace, even if it was dampened a bit by Roland’s unexpected visit! And regardless of what he would like, I am going to be here all day so please, stay awhile, I’d love to answer any questions you might have.  Or better yet, just hang out with me and we’ll have some virtual wine. :-)


A stranger in the night…
He had once been a warrior of the Light, one of the revered Paladin. A protector. But now he lives in sin darkness, and the shadows are his sanctuary. Every day is a struggle to overcome the bloodlust. Especially the day Karissa shows up on his doorstep.
 Comes knocking on the door…
She is light and bright and everything beautiful—despite her scratches and torn clothes. Every creature of the night is after her. So is every male Paladin. Because Karissa is the last female of their kind. But she is his. He may not have a soul, but he can’t deny his heart.


Daphne Award-winning author and former Tennessee native Tes Hilaire doesn’t remember how old she was when she wrote her first story, but she’s pretty sure it had something to do with a boy and a girl and a happily ever after.  Displaced at an early age to “the north country,” her stories turned darker as she started creating whole new worlds to escape the harsh, upstate NY winters. Now back in the South, her stories remain edgy, exciting, and bring a hint of dark fantasy to paranormal romance. Best of all, no one ever has to shovel snow. For more, visit her website at

Sourcebooks is giving away one copy of Deliver Me from Darkness to two US or Canadian readers! To enter, just leave a comment on this post and then fill out the RaffleCopter below with your name and email address. Additional entries are available but not required. Good Luck!

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  1. Oh my hotness! Here's to hoping I win because WOWZA

  2. Holy...WOW! Yummy...I really want to read this book!

  3. I always love the books about the strong warrior (or in the is case Paladin) that is struggling to fight his inner demons. I think I will like this book.

  4. Michelle and Jenna - LOL! Yeah, I drool over Roland too... though those men scrolling over there in the bottom right column are, um, yeah... Thanks for stopping in!

    Andrea - And obviously I love to torture my heroes with those inner demons... Though Roland is just as obviously of a different opinion ;-)

  5. I absolultely loved the post and excerpt! Can't wait to check out this book. :)

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  6. Cheers to that! Love zrolands fall from grace, makes it so much more fu to read about his redemption =)

  7. Deliver Me From Darkness sounds great. I love the cover.

  8. This looks awesome! So want to read the rest. Thanks for the giveway!

  9. Thanks everyone! I'm so glad you love. Oh, and cover! Be sure to check out the wonderful Trish's other covers at She does great work!

  10. Sounds amazing! I cannot wait to get me a copy of this!

  11. That was great. I love how Roland has a bit of a fit here ;).

  12. Pricilla - I'm glad you liked :-)Thanks for stopping in!

    Victoria - In hindsight, it was funny, but at the time? kinda scary ;-) glad you enjoyed!

  13. I like that she's the one taking charge and intimidating him a little. Very assertive.

  14. Fabulous excerpt! I love how well it reads and I believe that I am really going to enjoy this story!!! Thanks for the incredible giveaway!

  15. I can tell already that I'm going to get kicked out of the bedroom when I'm reading this book - the hubs is going to accuse me of having restless leg syndrome again, LMAO! If he only knew ;)

    Whew - what an excerpt!!

    Gena Robertson

  16. This us intense. I'm going to love this one. His passion is what got me when I read this.

  17. This book sounds so good and so hot, I can hardly wait to read it!

  18. The book sounds great and would love to win and read. Love the cover. This is a new author for me and always looking for new books to check out. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Thanks for all the love, ladies! I go away to fix dinner and put in some mom time and I come back to all these wonderful comments :-) Keep them coming!

  20. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  21. WOW! are you also giving away fans and cold drinks with the book? i think it might be needed. LOL!

    thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway. i Love the cover, it's gorgeous and as i said above, the excerpt was HOT. i can't wait to read the rest of the book and see what happens next.

    tammy ramey

  22. I wanna win!! Lol. Great story and the cover is quite hot.


  23. Tore - I would love you to win/read it too! Keep checking my facebook author page (TesHilaireAuthor) for more giveaways if you don't get it here! *ditto for the rest of you! ;-)

    Tammy - No fans, but if you ever bump into me at a conference or whatever, I'll buy you that drink :-)

    Sharonda - glad you enjoyed! And he is lickable, isn't he? Though I must say I keep on getting distracted by those scrolling men in the right hand column over there... hard to make it to the end of the comment list ;-)

  24. What a fun post! I loved the excerpt!! I think it's fascinating when the characters get spunky and start talking back to the author. Awesome!!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  25. This does sound like a really good book. The Paladin's sound like really hot warriors. I think this would be a book I would really like.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  26. This was such a fun post! I'm glad he calmed down or I wouldn't have been introduced to your work! =O)

  27. I wasn't going to enter the contest because I thought the book would be something that I really wouldn't read. But, I read the excerpt and it was intriguing to say the least. I'm hooked! Thanks for sharing.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  28. great excerpt... makes me want to read more.

  29. GREAT post! This sounds like a REALLY good book/series! Can't wait to read it! FAB/SMEXY cover too, btw! ;) Thx for the giveaway op!

    barbbattaglia @

  30. Thank you for the giveaway. Sounds and looks hot
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

  31. What a gorgeous cover. Love it. Loved the excerpt as well. Deliver Me From Darkness is already on my TRL.Thanks for the opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  32. So good!! Sounds like a keeper! Congrats!!

  33. The cover is very eye-catching!!! Definitely got my attention!!!:-) This book sounds very interesting!!! Added to my TBR list!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  34. Hot cover, amazingly tantilizing excerpt and a lucky woman that does not have to shovel!-lol (I need to move South ASAP!)

    Sounds like a great read. Placing it on my TBR shelf.


  35. Thanks everyone who stopped in and commented over the course of the night. I'm glad you all enjoyed the excerpt (And Julianne, I'm so glad you took the time to read it and found out that you liked ;-)

    Keep those comments/entrees coming ladies! And do stop in at my page to stay abreast of more chances to win!

    All the best,
    Tes Hilaire

  36. The exerpt has me wanting more. I think I will really like this book. Thanks very much.

  37. Sounds like a fantastic read! I'm definitely adding Deliver Me From Darkness to my shopping list!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  38. This sounds great. And another new author to add to my reading list.

    Thanks for the giveaway,

    Elizabeth Gray

  39. Congrats on your release Tes!

    I'm so eager to read Deliver Me from Darkness. I've seen some great reviews and heard some wonderful things about it. It's on my must have list :). I loved the excerpt provided ty for sharing - really liked the display of emotion for Roland ;).

    pams00 @

  40. hunk wow the book sound great and then the cover is great color do you do book cover or book mark on them i be interested in them

    desi the blonde at

  41. I love the cover!! That is the first thing that draws my attention to a book. I am adding this one to the TBR pile!!!

  42. It looks like a story I would enjoy.

  43. Thank you for the great teaser! I definitely want to read Deliver Me from Darkness now :)

  44. Great post! I love how Roland is trying to take over. :)
    How many books will be in the series? Thanks.

  45. Sounds like a great book! I would love to read it.


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