Thursday, December 13, 2012


Today on Novels On The Run I have a Q & A with Deliver Me From Temptation author , Tes Hilaire AND a GIVEAWAY for US/CANADA only. 

Michelle:  Hi Tes, I am Michelle from Australian book blog Novels On The Run, nice to meet you in cyber space. 

Tes: Thank you for having me, Michelle! It’s so great to visit you down under. (No, really, can I visit? I always wanted to go to Australia!)

Sure, come on over..err...under...:)

Michelle: What 10 words describe Tes Hilaire the author?

Tes: A humble recluse? Not going to let me get away with that? Hmmm… A dreamer with determination. A storyteller with a license to write. And last but not least a horrible speller with spell check.

Michelle:  I really loved Deliver Me from Temptation, thank you to Sourcebooks for the review copy! I have a thing for Valin. There is something about him. He is like this ‘teaser’ character. I want to know more about him. We get glimpses of something other than snark showing through and I am not talking his nuddy ways. I can assume we will get a book for Valin as he is showing us that he cares for ‘Red.’ Will he get a book and what book number do you think that will be?

Tes: YES! Valin is the protagonist in the next book. I positively loved writing his story, even if I did lose a bunch of hair (pulling on it, you know. These Paladin can be real stubborn at times.)

*Claps hands*

Michelle: I want to ask Valin: What 10 words he would use to describe Logan?

Tes: Oh, he doesn’t need ten words, just three: conceited, stuffy daddy’s-boy.

Michelle:  I would love to ask Logan: What 10 words he would use to describe Valin?

Tes: And this takes even less: A$. No, not really. Logan is much more tactful than that. Probably he’d say something along the lines of: “Though unconventional, Valin’s an invaluable member of the Paladin Order.”


Michelle:  Alexander, love him too! Will Alex get a book? 

Tes: You probably aren’t going to be satisfied with this, but I haven’t decided yet if Alex will get his own book or if his story will be worked into other novels with maybe a shorter novella of his own. Either way, I have a few other characters that are in more immediate need of torture (rubs hands together).

I'm all ears....

Michelle: What song do you think best describes Valin as the reader currently sees his character?

Tes: Another hard question… I tend to listen to playlists over a particular song, but one song that kept on playing when I was writing his story was Wrong by Depeche Mode. It just kind of sums up his feelings of never quite fitting in with his brethren.

Michelle:  Do you have a working title for book 3 and are you able to give us a sneak peek or information about it?

Tes: Book three is titled Prince of Shadows and will be available November 2013 :-) Keeping in mind that this has not gone through the editing process yet… Here is a little tiny, itsy-bitsy sneak peak. It’s the first scene where Valin and Gabby have been reunited and he’s realizing that she’s gone through some interesting (and not all good) changes since he first met her:

“What they hell has happened to you?” Valin demanded, noticing how limp and flat her normally lustrous red hair looked in the light.

“And hello to you too. I’d say you look well but it might further inflate your ego and spin you off into the atmosphere.”

And tired. Pale and tired. And were those dark circles under her eyes? God, what had she been doing? Or maybe the better question was what hadn’t she been doing?

“Are you feeding enough?” he demanded.

She flashed her fangs, letting her eyes drift to his throat. “Every chance I get.”

“Really?” He grabbed his shirt, stretching the neckline and exposing his throat. “Then go ahead, cookie.”

Michelle:  I really liked how you chose Jessica’s character for Logan. They fit like a glove. I felt very connected and invested in the two of them, wanting that HEA. I haven’t read any Paladin Warrior type characters in Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance before your series. What were you doing and where were you when the idea for Paladin Warriors came to you?

Tes: In truth, when I wrote the first chapter or two of book one, Deliver Me from Darkness, I had no idea it was going to be a novel about Paladin warriors. I knew Logan was a warrior and that his best friend Roland had been one until he was turned into a vampire, but I didn’t know what type. And that’s when I went looking for inspiration :-) To make a long story short, I started concentrating on the crusades and ended up stumbling upon a piece of French literature called The Song of Roland. It was one of the first works that mention the Paladin. From there the creative gears began churning, more research ensued, and viola! I had my Paladin.

Michelle:  Have you ever found a character or character description by people watching?

Tes: I like watching people to gage their reactions to things more than anything else. I’m always looking for new ways to display a person’s emotions without coming right out and saying: He’s sad. One time, though, I watched a group of really hot men walk off a plane in an airport. They were all dressed like sexed up cowboys and all heads turned as they swaggered down the hall. I came up will all kinds of character/story ideas for that…but I don’t write to that heat level! LOL!

OOoooo truly! That could have looked awesome in slow mo.

Michelle:  I can’t help thinking you have a lot of fun with Alexander and Valin in your writing, I may be wrong. Which character in Paladin Warriors series do you find the easiest and which character so far have you found the hardest to write and why?

Tes: Oh I do love Alexander. Talk about strength and heart. That said, the easiest and hardest character is one and the same: Valin. He has so much personality it’s hard not to be true to him. Unfortunately, he’s also darn stubborn and refuses to do anything other than his own way.

Michelle: I am looking forward to this being a badass long series. The book covers are beautiful artwork. I have looked for book trailers. How important is a book trailer to you? When it comes to Urban fantasy and PNR for some reason, I love watching book trailers as your characters are all gorgeous and different.

Tes: First, let me give credit where credit is due. The lovely Pickyme is the amazing graphical artist for both covers and Deliver Me from Temptation‘s cover photographer was the wonderful Jenn LeBlanc. As far as book trailers… I admit that I like them, but I don’t personally go searching them out, so for me they aren’t as important as those awesome covers Sourcebooks puts out. There is also the problem with the fact that I’m a bit of a perfectionist and am drawn to the book trailers produced by top notch (and expensive) companies, which means that I either need to learn to do them myself or rethink my promotional budget!

Michelle: You are currently waving your hands over your crystal ball, (I just magically gave you one through cyber space) how many books do you see in the future for this series? I love these guys, and Mike, I think will be a fave lad for me too. Wooot!!!

Tes: As many books as my readers will let me write! Mike is definitely in my sights for book, hopefully sooner rather than later too ;-) I also have tentative plots for another half dozen characters and have just introduced a bunch more in book three that I think you guys will be rooting for. I guess all I can say is that I hope you all will come on this journey with me!

I am here, waiting for you to torture...errr....write more characters = books.

Michelle:  Which 4 people/characters alive or dead, would you invite to dinner and why? Go for it, they can be real people, from movies, books, politicians, whoever you want.

Tes: Marco Pierre White from Hell’s Kitchen–to cook for us; Galileo–for some interesting philosophical conversation; Amelia Earhart–because I admired her drive and determination and want to know what actually happened that fateful day; And Hugh Jackman—just to look at. :-D

Ahhhh...yes. Hugh is lovely to look at:) 

Michelle: Thank you again Tes for your time and best wishes for your writing career . 

Tes: Thank you, Michelle! I really appreciate you having me here! And if you’re ever in North Carolina, be sure to look me up;-)

Michelle: No worries. I shall bring the beef for the BBQ and a refreshment:)



Logan Screwed Up...Big Time

When things go bump in the night, Logan bumps back. Vampires, demons, succubi—you name it, he's fought it. His job as Paladin angel warrior is to protect humans. Not fall for one.

She Never Believed in Divine Intervention...Until Now 

Detective Jessica Waters protects humans too-with her Glock and a good set of handcuffs. She doesn't believe in fate. But if anyone looks like a gift from the gods, it's Logan. And he clearly knows more about her case than he's letting on...

“Dark, sexy, and intense! Hilaire blazes a new path in paranormal romance.”
—Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author on Deliver Me From Darkness


Daphne Award-winning author Tes Hilaire started creating whole new worlds to escape upstate New York’s harsh winters before finally fleeing to sultry North Carolina. Her stories are edgy, exciting, and bring a hint of dark fantasy to paranormal romance. And no one ever has to shovel snow. For more, visit, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter, @TesHilaire. Look for the other books in the Paladin Warriors Series: Deliver Me from Darkness (in stores now) and Prince of Shadows (November 2013).



Tes kindly donating a prize to 1 lucky Aussie
To enter - Aussie leave a comment below and state you are an AUSSIE :) 

1 x copy Deliver Me From Temptation


  1. thank you a lot for this interview it's great to know that the series can last if we support you^^

  2. Hello everyone!!! I got up this morning thinking... hmmm... I bet this blogs been up for HOURS over in Australia... and then I got thinking... Hmmm.. I bet the prize my publisher is awarding is still only for US & CA... Not fair, right? So, yeah, forgive me for not working out that kink sooner! And then... IF you live in Australia and take a moment to ask me a question or just say Hello, then on Monday (12/17) I'll randomly choose a winner from the eligible comments to receive DMFT! Since I'm running this myself, you have to leave your email addy AND confirm that you live in Australia. And for those international followers who have been faithfully stopping in on my blog tour, psst... go check my website... I've weighted the last contest to favor you all!

    Thanks all for taking the time to stop in! And Thank you Novels on the Run for having me here!

    Tes Hilaire

    1. thank you a lot for thinking about your international readers like that. i really appreciate (even if it doesn't help me)

  3. great Q&A session... just stopped by to say hi. I have read both books and loved them.. Valin just needs a kick in the butt sometimes but what's not to love. I do enjoy all the charaters and I am patiently waiting for the next journey to begin.

  4. Morning everyone. My darn computer was playing hard to get this morning and I had to wave my magic wand = do whatever it told me to , to get it up and running. I have restored I am back at 10.00am!

    Thanks Tes for stopping by and thinking of my lovely Aussie followers , much appreciated. Source Books did say the next giveaway they were going to work around getting it INTL for me, which was lovely of them.

    Wendy if you are the Wendy who writes The Sweet Trilogy, then I shall assume you are?? I KNOW your book Sweet Evil is awesome....can't wait to read it. Thanks for dropping by and if you are a Wendy of the same name, thanks for dropping by, lol!!

    I am kind of not that patiently waiting for Valin's book, I must admit that as he is a bit of a book boyfriend for me....just something about that dear boy!!

    Miki. thanks for dropping by , much appreciated. I will be popping up some more INTL signed giveaways soon. So you can dive in and enter those:D


  5. Big Thankyou to Tes for letting me interview her, she is lovely!! So looking forward to more books in this series....woot!!!


  6. Michelle,

    I'm so glad to be here! And Sourcebooks is awesome to provide so many lovely prizes for my release month! I hope they're able to extend their giveaways to Australia for you in the future, but in the meantime I'm more than happy to add my own for your fans :-) Again, I appreciate being on your blog and am so happy you love Valin so (I admit, I have a bit of a crush too... especially after watching him tame Gabby... sigh)

  7. I wish I was the writer....just the same name :)

    1. Hehe!! I thought when I waved my mouse over your name it didn't light up to going somewhere = blog:)


  8. Not entering, I got book 1 on sale from Amazon today & an egalley of book 2. Wonderful and fun review as always matey. I really need to get back and clear my PNR reads! Gah!

  9. Nice interview. Lover reborn by JR Ward

  10. Last one I read was Angel in Chains by Cynthia Eden.

    Thanks so much!

  11. Hi, I am in Australia!!

    I enjoyed "Dead Spots" by Melissa F. Olson


    1. Awesome Mary! :-) Great to meet you! I'm thinking your chances are real good right now too! I'll be emailing a winner Tuesday AM EST so you just have to keep all your countrymates away until then ;-)

    2. Tes, Mary is an Aussie I keep in giveaway business:) So all the luck to her. I'll give a couple tweet shout outs as the tweet does say US/Can.


  12. Aussie here, I've got these books on my wishlist, they sound so good!

  13. Hi, I'm an Aussie... please enter me in the comp.
    I've added these on Goodreads. The Sophie Jordan quote is impressive. :)

  14. Hey all! Sorry it took me until late on Tuesday! picked Aussie #3 so Kalasyn I will be emailing you shortly. As for Mary and Sarah, feel free to email me at and we'll see what we can do to get you ladies a little something too!

    Tes Hilaire

    1. Thankyou Tes! I will let the girls know. That is very kind to give the other entrants ( Aussie) a little something. i am sure they will love that!

      Have a great day and I look forward to Prince of Shadows....VALIN...YUM!!!!!!!




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