Please give Valin a warm welcome this morning! You can read more about him in Prince of Shadows by Tes Hilarie.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.
*Valin’s lips quirk up at the corners.* How about sexy and irresistible? Though that’s far short of five…Hmm… *Valin sits back, folding his arms as he rolls his tongue behind his lips. His eyes dance with amusement.* How about I add in Gabby’s favorite three: vain, conceited, and asshole.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Valin, Paladin of the Light?
It’s not nearly as glamorous as Tes Hilaire makes it seem in those novels she writes. Yes, there are times that do unfold with all the action and drama that she crams in those pages, but most of the blood, sweat and tears actually go on during our training sessions. Beyond that there is a good amount of sitting around shooting the shit to drive away boredom, a lot of twiddling our thumbs waiting for the stuffy council to get off their ass and decree something, and then, if we’re lucky, we might get to top off the day with a nice late night hunt. Frankly, you can see why I tend to go off on my own a lot.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Gabriella?
*Valin grins.* I probably shouldn’t say the first one that popped into my head. How about: stubborn, strong, and sexy.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you find most exasperating about her?
*Valin sighs, shaking his head.* Definitely her stubbornness. That woman won’t stay out of trouble even when I tell her what she’s getting herself into. *He frowns.* I have issue with her extreme lack of self-worth, too, though we’ve been working hard on that one.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?
*Valin sombers, his eyes clouding with remembered pain.* There are many things that I would want to change, but nothing that I actually would. To do so would mean that I would also change where I am right now. And right now I am the most content I have ever been.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
*Valin’s brow arches sardonically.* You have heard about how I dissolve into particles and travel in the shadows, right? There is nothing I can’t leave home without, simply because there is nothing I can ensure will stay with me.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How do you relax after a hard day fighting evil?
I would like to head home with my partner and mate and relax in our nice king-size bed. However, that seems to rarely happen. I normally end up letting Gabby drag me down to the training center and make due with helping her to train her little part-blood “warriors.” *He shrugs.* It can be amusing at times, and at least I am with her.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less?
Make love to my mate. Often. *He chuckles.* Whoops, that’s six. Sorry.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
*Valin takes Manga Maniac’s hand, pressing a kiss to the top of it* It was my pleasure. Now if you’ll excuse me. *He stands, brushing off his dark jeans* I am off to find my mate. We have a date to find her a new bed before Christmas. *He grins mischievously.* Would you believe someone snuck in to her crash-pad at the training facility and threw out her creaky old cot?
PRINCE OF SHADOWS BY TES HILAIRE – IN STORES DECEMBER 2013
It’s Forbidden for a Warrior of the Light to Love a Creature of the Dark…
Valin has never quite fit in with the rest of the Paladin warriors. His power to manipulate shadow has always put him at odds with their purpose of using heavenly Light to eradicate evil. His warrior brothers have no idea how close he is to being lost to his dark nature.
But Maybe He Was Never All That Light to Begin With…
When Valin meets the vampire Gabriella, she awakens within him something he thought long buried. But as he watched Gabriella’s need for vengeance to drag her down into the same dark hell that he’s living, he knows his only chance at redemption is bringing her out of the dark…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 www.teshilaire.com, follow her on Twitter, @TesHilaire, and find her on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/TesHilaireAuthor.
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