Meet Author Tes Hilaire and Get a Copy of DELIVER ME FROM DARKNESS

Today, I’m happy to welcome Daphne Award-winning author and Tennessee native Tes Hilaire (although she was “displaced” to the cold, far environs of upstate New York at an early age and had to make her way South again). Tes’ new paranormal romance, Deliver Me From Darkness, was released Feb. 1 by Sourcebooks Casablanca. For more on Tes, you can visit her website at, or read the Q&A below, of course!
Sourcebooks Casablanca is giving away two copies of Deliver Me from Darkness to commenters today, so be sure and leave your email in a comment at the end!

ABOUT DELIVER ME FROM DARKNESS: A stranger in the night… He had once been a warrior of the Light, once of the revered Paladin. A protector. But now he lives in 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 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.

Now, let’s hear from Tes!

Congratulations on the upcoming release of your debut Deliver Me from Darkness! What has been the biggest surprise of your path to publication?

Oh my, the call?  No, truly. I always hoped I’d have that moment, I even believed I would, eventually, but after having so many almost moments I’d convinced myself to be happy with the journey and to just keep plugging away. So when Leah Hultenschmidt called and told me Sourcebooks wanted to buy Deliver Me from Darkness, I think it took me a good minute or two to form a coherent sentence!

Give us the “elevator pitch” for the book.

Vigilante vampire and fallen “angel” warrior Roland yearns for, but doesn’t believe in, redemption for his soul—until the day his soul-mate is delivered to his door.

What inspired your creation of the Paladin?

Deliver Me from Darknessdidn’t start off as a “warriors” book. It actually started with Roland and Karissa’s story. It wasn’t until I’d finished the first chapter and saw that though their chemistry was sizzling, that I needed more.  And there was Logan, my hero’s best friend. I knew he had supernatural powers, knew he was some sort of hunter or protector, but I didn’t know he was a part of something greater or that Roland had been too before being turned.  That’s when the idea of the warrior angle came in. Still, it didn’t fully form until I stumbled upon an 8th century piece of literature called The Song of Roland.  From that song came the seeds for my mythos; the beginning of my version of the Paladin and the inspiration for the betrayal that has its roots in a hatred so deep that my warriors still fight against its devastating effects thirteen centuries later.

Which comes first for you—the plot or the characters?

The characters, though I’ve learned—the hard way—that it’s a symbiotic relationship. You can have the best plot in the world and it’s going nowhere if your characters are weak or don’t fit the role. Similarly, you can have the most interesting characters out there but without a strong plot the story falls flat.

What’s been your biggest fangirl moment (or who might make you have one)?

I’ve had a good number of WOW moments when I realize that I’m interacting with some of my favorite authors out there, but the biggest moment thus far has to be sitting at the Golden Heart/RITA awards and J.R. Ward slipping in and sitting directly behind me.  Chicken that I was, I didn’t turn and introduce myself, but that’s okay, I probably would have stumbled over my tongue. 

What’s on your bookstand—what are you reading now?

What’s not?  I swear it’s hard to reach my reading light the pile is so high. In the eclectic stack you’ll find anything from Ilona Andrew’s Edge series (which I really can’t classify, fantasy? Romance? Urban?), to Benjamin Tate’s epic fantasy, Leaves of Flame, to Suzanne Brockmann’s romantic suspense, Breaking the Rules, to Laura Resnick’s humorous Urban Fantasy, Vamparazzi, to…okay, enough. But as you can see, I am in danger of being crushed beneath the pile, which is why I’ve vowed to start using my e-reader more! 

What’s next for you, publishing-wise?

Well, I just turned in book two in the Paladin Warrior series. Deliver Me from Temptation picks up soon after Deliver Me from Darkness ends and explores Logan’s story as he learns that there is so much more to life than duty!

Thanks, Tes! Want to win a copy of Deliver Me from Darkness? Leave a comment and tell me your favorite paranormal warrior (I love those boys from the Black Dagger Brotherhood and would TOTALLY have had a J.R. Ward fangirl moment).  You know the rest of the drill. One entry for comment, another for blog follow, a third for a Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and a fourth for a Tweet or Retweet. Be sure to include your email. Now…Go forth and comment!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

36 thoughts on “Meet Author Tes Hilaire and Get a Copy of DELIVER ME FROM DARKNESS

  1. First, thanks for having me Suzanne! I’m so glad to share a little about me and Deliver Me from Darkness today.

    Alicia- I just started reading her Fallen Angels series. Now talk about some hero’s with faults! Have to love those redeemable men though.

    Stacie- I’ve heard some awesome things about Ms. Palmer’s Feral Warriors. Definitely in my TBR pile!

    Sandy – Well I hope I can make the Paladins your new ones! Thanks for stopping in.

  2. Oh, those BDB boys…I ALMOST had my own JRWard fangirl moment last year at the signing for the last BDB book…I was there, number 40003 in line (or close to it, anyway) and I had to leave the line to take my son to prom (whose idea was it to have kids, anyway?). Ack! THIS year I’m going, and noone’s going to prom, so I should be okay!

  3. tetewa – Those men are so delicious, aren’t they? I think I was too “good” as a teen and now that I can read whatever I want (no romances for me while I lived at home), I’m drawn to these bad boys. 😉

    Teri Anne – Best of luck! I’ve seen some of her long lines. What you do is grab a book from a new to you author first than read it while waiting! 😉

  4. My favorite warrior…..does Clayton from Kelley Armstrong serie Women of the Ohterworld count!!! There also Raphael from Nalini Singh Guild hunter serie.

    Vampire paladin look interesting!!!!!

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  5. Mariee – Oh, I just picked up one of these. Raziel I believe. Pretty cover.

    Marie-Claude – I think he counts! He is a warrior, though a very independent one. 😉

    Thanks for stopping in!

  6. Hi Tes! I can’t wait to read the new book. It’s been on my TBB list for a while now. Two Warrior series that I have been enjoying lately are Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardian series and also Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protector series. Both are fantastic. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway +1 Comment, +1 Follower

  7. A favorite warrior i would say jim from the kate daniels serie it seems so feral ^^

    all the best and congrats to your new release

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  8. Barb-On your TBB list…things like that make a new author very happy 🙂 Thanks for making my day!

    Miki- Oh yeah. Jim is pretty awesome. Though between him and Curran I’d have a hard time choosing… 😉

    Thanks for stopping in!

  9. My favourite warrior is Zsadist from the BDB.
    Deliver Me From Darkness sounds realy good,it’s going on the wishlist!

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  10. Diana -Hmmmm. Jericho Barrons. Yum.

    Irene – Now he’s a true tortured hero/warrior. I just love his complexities, don’t you?

    Christina – Thanks! And I agree, what PNR lover wouldn’t love the BDB?

  11. I’m always up to try a new paranormal romance. Right now I’m reading the night huntress series so I’m going to say that Bones is my man right now =) other than that Jericho Barron’s never leaves my head from Karen Marie Moning’s fever series. Thanks for the chance to win.
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  12. Adriana – another BDB fan! Whoot!

    And then we have Tanya and Julia for team Barron’s 🙂 Though, really, when it comes to warriors could a girl pick wrong?

    Blackroze – thanks so much for stopping in to say hi!

  13. Linda – Well then, we need to get you reading more PNR! It’s such a fun genre 🙂 Thanks for stopping in!

    And now I’m off ladies. Thank you all for keeping me company but alas, with a 5 am morning ahead of me I have to wrap some things up around the house and think of hitting the pillow. Keep on posting though for your chance to win! And do stop in to my website or to to say hi or ask any other questions you may have!

    All the best,
    Tes Hilaire

  14. You can give me any of the Lords of the underworld and I’ll be happy, lol! And lovely interview!

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  15. Hello Ms Hilaire! Looking forward to read your book, it seems good 🙂

    My favorite paranormal warrior? Its hard to pick, because I have so many! Right now, I love Raphael from Guild Hunter by Nalini Singh.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. My favorite warriors are from Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardian series.

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  17. I don’t really have a favorite warrior.

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