Darkness Blog Tour

Guess the Vampire Love Scene

The Sex Scene. The pinnacle point in any romance novel. Arguably as important as the first meeting or even the climactic ending, the scene in which our hero and heroine first come together (pun intended) can be one of the most moving scenes in a novel.  Sometimes it’s early on in a novel and the encounter strips bare emotions that the hero or heroine didn’t even know was there. Sometimes it’s further in, when both the emotional investment and stakes of the game have reached a boiling point producing an emotionally charged and passionate scene. And then there are the really good times when you get both :-)  Oh la la...  Elisabeth and I talked about it and decided that we want to share with you a small glimpse into one of our hero and heroines emotionally charged scenes. But, we also wanted to make a tad more fun. So... today we thought it might be fun to play “guess the sex scene.” We’ve gone through and removed all the names and blatant world-build references from the text.  Anyone who hazards a guess which book it’s from will be entered in the giveaway. And if you are our winner and you guessed right, we’ll toss in a little bit of extra swag. 

Excerpt 1:
...The cold air in the bathroom froze her vocal cords. She raised her hand, letting the warmth of her palm seep some heat into her throat. He wouldn’t hurt her. She tried again. “I mean, why did you leave?”
His shoulders lifted and he spun around. He was obscured by the running water and the rippled shower door, but there was no hiding the fact that she’d been right about the state he was in—both his eyes and fangs, and his cock.
She sucked in a breath, forcing her chin up to keep herself from staring. Even distorted by the glass, she could tell he was impressive. Of course, she’d known that, having felt his erection pressing against both her belly and her ass on numerous occasions. And just the memories of those moments were enough to send heat pooling down between her thighs.
“If I let myself go, I’m going to bite you.”
She blinked. Her first thought was would that be so bad? But she quickly tossed that away. Yeah, it would be bad. Worse than the supposed link the marking ceremony might bring, he could flat out control those he’d drank from. It was a legitimate concern. Yet, for some reason she wasn’t concerned.
She took a step forward, her hand unclenching so the sheet dropped to the floor behind her. Completely naked, she closed the distance so she stood inches away and mirrored him through the shower door. “No you won’t.”
He laughed, running his hands down over his face, wincing when the action cut his canines into his lip.
“Oh yeah?” He smiled an evil twisted smile that emphasized the bead of blood forming along the wound. “How do you know that?”
“I just do.” The fact that he was trying to protect her told her as much. She grasped the door handle, yanking it open, then before he could object, she stepped over the lip and into the cold stream of water.
He didn’t attack her, didn’t grab her up either, but quickly gave ground, retreating as far as the five-by-five custom tiled shower would let him.
“It’s cold in here.” She reached out, twisting the knob to the right. She looked over at him, noting that though his hands were both fisted at his sides he was also panting, his eyes locked on her breasts.
She stepped forward. He trembled, so much so that she thought the only thing keeping him up was the tile at his back. Except his cock. His cock was having no problems standing to attention.
And all of a sudden the shower was too hot, even though the water had yet to make it past lukewarm.
Better to not look there. Not if she wanted to keep her nerve.
She desperately wanted to explore that tantalizing piece of flesh though, so she reached out, her fingers tentative as they closed around his throbbing length. Silken velvet over iron. Not grossly long. Well proportioned for his height. But wide, oh so wide.
He sucked in a sharp breath, his cock jerking in her hand as he moaned her name. It sounded like a plea for mercy.
“Trust me, okay?”
“Isn’t that supposed to be the other way around?”...

Excerpt 2:

...“Like that?” His voice was a soothing growl in her ear. She may have responded; she may not have. It was hard to say because the circular motion of his thumb on her clit while his fingers plunged in and out of her lit up her nerves and veins like a Christmas tree. A thousand questions and problems banged on the door of her brain, but they faded into white noise as he picked up the pace with his fingers and murmured filthy things in her ear. All the while, her body rushed toward what promised to be the most perfect of free falls.
“Oh, God….” A wholly undignified whine came out when he backed off, slowing the pace just enough to keep her riding the edge without going over. Her fingers combed through the short brush of his dirty blond military haircut and then marched down the back of his neck to grab his arm so she could urge him to pick up the pace. The muscles of his arm bulged and flexed delightfully beneath her fingers.
Firm, velvet lips nuzzled at her cheek. The heat of his tongue seemed to trace over each and every scar on her neck and face, giving them the sort of loving kindness not even she had ever graced them with. Heat and cold shimmied through her.
The cap of one muscular shoulder hovered near enough for her to do a little tasting of her own. his skin was musky and salty and all male, and as the pace of his fingers sped up once again, Her gums throbbed with the lengthening of her fangs. When he paused from his ministrations and his blue-eyed gaze met hers, the swallow and bob of his Adam’s apple pulled her gaze to the frenetic ticking of his pulse like a heat-seeking missile.
Before she realized what she’d done, she had already struck.
She broke apart the second the flavor of his sweet, spicy blood burst on her tongue...

About the Authors

Elisabeth Staab still lives with her nose in a book and at least one foot in a fantasy world. Her bestselling paranormal romance novel, King of Darkness, is available now. Her second book, Prince of Power, releases in January. Find out more at ElisabethStaab.com

Tes Hilaire’s idea of a perfect vacation would include her porch on a sultry summer night, a good glass of rich, red wine, and a book about darkness, passion, torture and love. Her first novel in the Paladin warriors series Deliver Me from Darkness is available now. The next, Deliver Me from Temptation, releases in December. For more, visit TesHilaire.com.


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.


Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human—although drifting through the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons' blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the sexy, arrogant king of the vampires, this party-girl's life turns dark and dangerous.

Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate had gotten it seriously wrong...


One lucky commenter will receive a T-shirt with the brooding cover of Elisabeth’s upcoming release, Prince of Power, and a fan-yourself-hotness sex book!
1. Must be a follower of Pimpin' Reads. Leave you follower name and email address along with your comment. 
*prizes given away by blog tour.  Pimpin' Reads is not responsible for lost mail. Thanks 

The Schedule:

June 5 – Books n Kisses – Loving the Vampire Hero!
June 7 – Grave Tells Burrowing into a Vampire Author’s Grey Matter…
June 9 – Lynn Chantel – Decadent Decisions Whose Line is it Anyway?
June 11 – The Qwillery Interview with a Vampire…or two…or three…or four..Gulp!
June 13 – Pimpin Reads
June 22 – I Smell Sheep
June 23 – Book Monster and Literal Addiction – LIVE CHAT FROM 2-3pm EST
June 28 – Darhk Portal


  1. Hi there..I am new to your blog and to Elizabeth..I would love to win this shirt..I love Tes...I am on her street team and getting her name out there. Thanks for this contest and looking forward to your blog :)

    Wendy Maszkiewicz Higgins

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! I love, love, love "King of Darkness" and am anxiously awaiting the release of "Prince of Power". I have been turning all my friends toward this series and so far they all love it too. I would love to win this T-shirt! I would sleep in it every night (though my husband may get jealous, lol).
    I have not yet read "Deliver Me from Darkness" but it is definitely on my to-read list.

    Crystal Guidroz
    cguidroz2 (at) cox (dot) net

  3. Well, I'm glad this wasn't a pop quiz because I would have failed. I look forward in reading the answers so I can buy the books!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  4. Thanks so much for stopping by, guys! For those of you who haven't read the sex scenes yet, we hope you enjoy finding out which are which!

  5. Great Post and a HUGE thanks to Jo for hosting Elisabeth and Tes.
    I'm not entering the contest just stopping by to say hi.
    Book Monster Reviews

  6. Awesome excerpts! Can't wait to read both of these stories and thanks for the giveaway!!!


  7. Hey all! Thanks for stopping in :-) It's been a crazy day here on the homefront for me... whoever said summer vacation was a VACATION was insane! Shh...don't tell my kids, but I've changed my mind about year round school! Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed the excerpts. Jo, thanks for hosting us... and, um, can I enter too? That man on the cover of Prince of Power is smookin! LOL!

  8. The first excerpt is from Deliver me from Darkness ;)
    The second excerpt is from King of Darkness. ??? lol

    These covers are certainly hot !!!Great giveaway !!



  9. Excellent guesses Katrina, I think you're right! Thank you for coming by and checking out the hot excerpts!

  10. I have not read Tes's book, but I do have Elisabeth's and I believe the 2nd excerpt is from her book King Of Darkness even though I have not gotten around to reading the book as of yet- but this excerpt sure wet my appetite. In fact both books sound like they have very yummy parts inside. This was really fun, thanks for making the contest enjoyable and I would love to be eligible for entry. Take care. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. 1) Deliver me from Darkness
    2) King of Darkness

    I think, LOL


  12. Yay me !!!!! lol.. Great excerpts, !! Now the others know the answer to ;)

  13. Both sound wonderful. Thank you.
    Victoria Sloboda vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com