I’m very excited to have awesome romance author (and awesome person) Elyzabeth M. VaLey back to talk about her latest novel in the extremely sexy Alpha Protectors series. Keep reading for a great interview, a steamy excerpt, and buy links!
1.) Tell us a little bit about what inspired you to write Seamus’s Mate.
Seamus’s Mate was inspired by an anthology call that took place back in the year 2014. The anthology was going to be about the 7 deadly sins and I was appointed the sin of Sloth. After some research on the sins, during a walk with my dog, Seamus and his story popped into my head. Sadly, the project fell through, but I liked the idea, my characters and the world I had built so much, that I couldn’t forget about it. Fun fact, I actually wrote Seamus’s Mate before writing Reine’s Salvation.
2.) What was your favourite part of writing Seamus’s Mate?
I think one of my favorite parts of writing Seamus’s Mate was the world building. Kaila and Seamus find themselves immersed in Sloth’s lair and they are out of their depth. Creating the labyrinth of that world, with all its levels, the monsters and creatures and what that implied for the characters, was a lot of fun.
3.) Seamus’s Mate is the second book in the Alpha Protectors series, after Reine’s Salvation. Can you tell us a little bit about the world you’ve created for it? How many books do you plan to write for the series?
Sure thing! There will be 7 books in the series. As I said before, the idea for Seamus’s Mate came from an anthology call about the 7 deadly sins and each book in the series revolves around one of these Sins. Reine’s Salvation fought against Wrath, whilst Seamus’s Mate battles Sloth. The Sins are the bad guys, they are the entities that create havoc on humans and Earth. They disrupt the balance between good and evil. The Guardians, are the good guys. They’re an elite group of soldiers that fight, both on Earth and in the enemy’s domain, to maintain that balance.
4.) Do you have a favourite Protector between Reine and Seamus, or someone we haven’t met yet? Who and why?
That’s a difficult question! I can’t really pick between Seamus and Reine or any other protector. They each have their own troubles and tribulations. They’re different and special in their own ways. For instance, Reine has lost everything, whilst Seamus, can’t have what he desperately craves.
5.) Do you have any other projects that you’re working on right now?
I’m currently working on two projects. One, is a dark romance momentarily titled Break me. The other is a male/male shifter story. Once that is done, I will be going back to the Alpha Protector series and writing Max’s story. You might remember him from Reine’s Salvation. Finally, I’m happy to announce that my latest shifter story, Alpha’s Sunshine, has been accepted into my publisher’s upcoming shifter anthology,
6.) What is it you love about writing?
Absolutely everything. I love the possibility of creating new worlds, exploring characters, humanity and with that, human emotions, anger, hate, love, lust, etc. Most of all, I enjoy building a story that ends well. Our lives, the world, is full of so many hardships, that being able to escape to another place where happy ever endings are guaranteed, is a wonderful feeling.
7.) What kind of advice would you give to someone who is planning to start their career?
Don’t give up. Always remember that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If you love writing and it makes you happy, keep doing it. I’m the first person to admit that sometimes I get frustrated about the industry, but I love what I do and not writing, not telling stories, is simply not an option.
Alpha Protectors, 2
Kaila is His. His Mate. Forever.
When Seamus discovers Kaila is in danger he sets out to save her. He couldn’t care less that she doesn’t want him there. His objective in life is to love and protect her. Besides, she might refuse to be with him, but her body knows better. With both their lives on the line, she can’t say no to his aid, can she?
For years, she has ignored her feelings. Kaila’s mission was supposed to be easy: enter the demon’s lair and save her sister. Then, he came along. For close to twenty years she has been fighting against the mating pull. She has avoided Seamus at all costs, but now they’re both trapped in hell and she has nowhere to run, except, maybe, into his arms.
“Wait up, Kaila.”
She didn’t acknowledge him, and he rushed to catch up with her. He grasped her wrist, spinning her around with force.
“Didn’t you hear me?” he asked.
Kaila’s gaze narrowed. Her lips pursed into an ugly grimace.
“Let go of me, Seamus. Why don’t you let this weak human die already?” She poked him in the chest with her index finger. “I didn’t ask for your help.”
Seamus scrubbed a hand over his face. “What is wrong with you? You’re not making any sense. I know you didn’t ask for my help. I gave it freely, but you aren’t going to deny that we are different, are you?”
Blinding rage took over him. Seamus dug his fingers into her arm. He was tired of all this nonsense. He pulled her closer. Her arm shot out to keep him away, but not fast enough. He swooped down and claimed her lips. She gasped, and he seized the chance to push his tongue into her warm recess. He groaned. She tasted better than he remembered. For a brief moment, she grappled with him, attempting to break lose, but he grabbed her arms with ease and held them behind her back.
He twisted his tongue around hers, drawing it out from its reluctance and forcing it to battle with his. Something in his chest tightened as she responded. Yes. He sucked and tugged and demanded more. She gave it to him. Her body arched against his, her mouth seeking his with almost as much desperation as he possessed. His hold on her slackened. He wanted to touch her everywhere. To press his lips to her body and taste every inch of her. His hand trailed to the curve of her ass, then to her waist. Then, bang! Her knee slammed against his leg. He released her, cursing. He’d probably be incapacitated for life if she’d hit her mark.
“Fuck you, Seamus.”
“Whenever you want, babe. I know you’ve got the hots for me, even if you just tried to castrate me and failed miserably.” He laughed.
Kaila spun and walked away from him again. She was probably not trying to be sultry, but her hips swayed in that way that drove a man to stare. She lifted her arm and gave him the finger. He grinned. She was pissed and sexy. He loved it.
Seamus took in a shaky breath. Watching her back on her feet, her spirit alive and surging, was soothing. He rubbed at the spot where she’d kneed him. It hurt, but it was proof that she was herself again, not lying in a puddle of blood, shredded to pieces by a monster. He glanced at the Dream Catcher’s skeleton out of the corner of his eye. He hadn’t told Kaila the details of what he’d suffered inside the beast. The images of her dead body, broken, destroyed. He didn’t wish his worst enemy a fate like that.
He stretched his wings and snapped them back into place. Even they ached. He adjusted his now-flaccid cock and shuddered. He hurried after Kaila. The place appeared deserted. There were no scones in the wall giving off light. Instead, the walls themselves seemed to pulse with energy. They glowed from the inside as if behind them a relentless flame burned. He frowned. He extended his arm and placed his pinkie on the rock. It burned.
“Damn it.” He put the digit in his mouth, hoping to sooth the sting. “Don’t touch the walls, babe. They’re hot.”
Kaila didn’t reply, but she moved a little closer to the center of the path.
About Elyzabeth M. VaLey
Elyzabeth M. VaLey is a writer of sizzling, sexy romance who firmly believes in happy ever after. From paranormal to contemporary, fantasy, or historical, she enjoys exploring her characters’ darker side and writing stories about tortured heroes, strong heroines, and all that comes between them and their love.
When she’s not writing, she can be found walking in the Spanish countryside with her black Lab, exploring castles, or enjoying some tapas with her friends.
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My review for Seamus’s Mate will be coming this Saturday, but I can already tell you that it’s sexy, feisty, and a whole lot of fun. Also, be sure to check out Elyzabeth on Weekend Writing Warriors for more great snippets. Happy reading!