Character interview with Prince Loren, dark elf hero of Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicity Heaton
It’s great to be here at Romancing the Dark Side today as part of the Claimed by a Demon King Book Tour celebrating the release of the second book in my new Eternal Mates series of paranormal romance novels.
Today, I’m going to interview Prince Loren of the elves, who is the hero of Kissed by a Dark Prince, the first book in the Eternal Mates series.
But before we get to the main event, I want to introduce myself. I’m a British paranormal romance author and a USA Today best-seller. I have been writing since 2005, and went indie in 2006. I love to write big worlds, populated by vampires, shifters, demons, fae and angels, and I have several series. This tour is about the Eternal Mates series, which is actually a spin-off from my Vampire Erotic Theatre series. That series focused on a family of vampires at one theatre in London but it had glimpses into the wider world outside the theatre. It’s that world of fae, dark elves, demons, witches, shifters, and other incredible species that the Eternal Mates focuses on.
Now, on with the show…
I’m sitting here on one of the twin sumptuous red velvet armchairs in my black-walled interview room. The fire is burning brightly to my left in the elegant marble fireplace, and opposite me sits a stunning example of masculinity.
Prince Loren is beautiful yet dark, and deadly. He radiates danger that hums like an undercurrent through the room. I’m too transfixed by his utterly male beauty to care whether I’m in danger, and to be honest, I feel safe around him because I know he is an honourable man, the leader of a whole kingdom in Hell.
Today, he sits with his legs crossed at the knee, leaning against the tall back of the armchair, his arms resting at his sides. His skin-tight black armour hugs his lithe figure, accentuating every honed inch of his body. The black scales run from the tips of his toes to his neck and his wrists. The only parts they don’t touch are his hands and his face. He isn’t wearing his kingly helmet, leaving his wild black-blue hair visible together with the pointed tips of his ears as they poke through the silken lengths. His violet gaze holds mine, steady and unwavering, calm and unfazed, adding a confident edge to his appearance. He’s every bit a ruler. A man born to lead people. A dark prince on his throne.
I should probably stop staring and start interviewing.
FELICITY: I have Prince Loren here with me today to talk about his book, Kissed by a Dark Prince, and also about the second book in the Eternal Mates series, Claimed by a Demon King. Firstly, can you tell us a little about yourself?
LOREN: I most certainly can. I am prince of my people, the dark elves, and have led them for almost five thousand years. In that time, I have moved them from this realm to the one you think of as Hell, creating a kingdom for them there where they could live in peace and could prosper. My home in that realm is a castle in the centre of my lands. They are not grim as many expect Hell to be, but rather verdant and colourful.
FELICITY: You’re sort of just starting to talk about your kingdom now… I know it means a lot to you, all your people do, but I did ask about you.
LOREN: *frowns* I see. I am trying to think of something to say about myself but all of my thoughts seem to lead back to my kingdom and my people.
FELICITY: I guess it’s understandable. I mean, you are their prince. Their ruler. I suppose you’ve led the elves for so long now that it has become who you are. If I had to describe you, I would say you were beautiful, masculine, honourable, charming, noble and graceful. You are every bit the prince, with a little dash of darkness in there too.
LOREN: Darkness? *scowls* I do not think that I am dark.
FELICITY: Dark, dangerous and deadly. You make the image most people have of elves look like a fairy. I’ve seen you fight. You’re a one-man army with that black blade, telekinesis and teleporting. Plus, that armour. Come on. Black scales that hug you like a second-skin and serrated claws in place of your fingers? It is a little dark… and sexy.
LOREN: *mentally calls his armour so it covers his hands, transforming his fingers into claws* I suppose a dash of darkness is acceptable.
FELICITY: Olivia certainly seems to like it. You met her in, ah, rather poor circumstances. How did you meet and how did you feel about her initially?
LOREN: I woke in a strange white room surrounded by mortal machinery with a beautiful angel hovering above me. The moment I set eyes on Olivia, I wanted her. I was in pain though. My injuries were extensive and I had lost a lot of blood, and when in such a condition I have a tendency to fall foul of my instincts. Those instincts drove me to heal and restore my strength. Unfortunately, I did so by attacking Olivia.
FELICITY: You bit her.
LOREN: Yes. You must understand, all elves have strong survival instincts. When we are injured and weakened by blood loss, we tend to end up controlled by those instincts. I needed blood to restore my strength and took it, without a single thought about the consequences of such an action.
FELICITY: But your consequences were far more than you could have ever anticipated.
LOREN: *nods* I ended up triggering a bond between us. I did not know it at the time, but Olivia is my ki’ara… my fated female. She is my one true mate.
FELICITY: You weren’t exactly looking for a mate… and neither was Olivia. I mean, a human scientist working for one of the biggest demon-hunting organisations in the world isn’t going to leap at the chance to have a non-human as their lover…
LOREN: No, she did not desire a mate, and I told myself I did not either. I could not risk her in my fight against my enemy. He intentionally left me in her care, bringing us together under the worst of circumstances. When I accidentally triggered the bonding process between us, I sought her out and we decided we would find a way to break the growing bond, freeing Olivia and ensuring she was no longer a target for my enemy.
FELICITY: The pained look in your eyes tells me you still hate the thought of losing your bond to Olivia. Things didn’t quite work out how either of you had planned at the start of your story… but have they been working out since we left you at the end of your book?
LOREN: Yes, in a manner of speaking. The threat to my kingdom has ended and the people are at ease. Olivia continues to work for Archangel, but she splits her time between her laboratory there and studying my realm, and she has moved into my rooms in the castle. She has also been training with Sable, her friend and huntress at Archangel. I am glad that her friend is taking the time to help my mate learn how to protect herself. In days past, when I would visit Olivia at Archangel, Sable would keep Bleu occupied by sparring with him. My second in command has a tendency to get twitchy when we visit Archangel headquarters to see Olivia and I fear one day he will end up in a fight with one of the hunters there over something trivial.
FELICITY: I’ve seen Bleu in action. He can be a little overprotective of you. You say ‘in days past’ because this isn’t the case anymore?
LOREN: Sable is now busy with battle preparations in the Third Realm, and with King Thorne of the demons there. Bleu desired Sable for himself but since those desires went unrequited, he has kept his distance from her. He does still accompany me to Archangel whenever I happen to visit, but for his sake I have been keeping my visits to a minimum. I do not desire to hurt my friend.
FELICITY: That’s very noble of you. You had a difficult time in the Third Realm when you went there to help King Thorne with his war against the demons of the Fifth Realm. It can’t have been easy for you to be there with Bleu, seeing him want something he could never have.
LOREN: Bleu was a handful, but I showed him leniency because I couldn’t imagine what he was going through. It must have been hard for him to see Sable falling in love with Thorne. He tried me at times, stoking my temper, but looking back, I feel perhaps I was sometimes harsh on him. He is a different man these days.
FELICITY: I know. I’ve spoken with him a few times throughout the tour and he has certainly grown. He even talks about finding his fated female now.
LOREN: *smiles* I would like that. I would like to see him happily mated.
FELICITY: What about your brother?
LOREN: *sighs* I know he is in Hell but I do not know where. Thorne keeps his warriors on alert for him since the last place we saw him was in his realm, but I do not believe he is still there. I fear my time is running out and soon it will be too late to save Vail. The darkness is eating away at him. He is in danger of losing himself to it.
FELICITY: I’m sure that you’ll find a way to bring him back from the darkness. Olivia said she has been working on finding methods of alleviating the darkness in tainted elves. I know she wants to help you cure your brother and bring him home. Bleu doesn’t have such a positive view on things.
LOREN: *pinches the bridge of his nose* Bleu believes the kingdom should not welcome Vail back if I do save him from himself. Perhaps he is right. My brother has done many terrible things. Perhaps he does not deserve salvation.
FELICITY: I don’t think that’s the case. Vail deserves his shot at redemption, but you can’t expect your people to just welcome him back with open arms. It’s going to take time.
LOREN: *forces a smile* Something I am not short of. I have waited this long to bring my brother home. I can wait however many centuries more it takes to have his people accept him back into the kingdom.
FELICITY: I’m actually setting out to track down your brother, so that should give you a little hope. Can we expect see more of you in other stories in this series?
LOREN: I would hope to be in his story, and of course, I will no doubt be in Bleu’s when you orchestrate his downfall.
FELICITY: That isn’t a very nice way of putting it, but it’s probably correct. I fully intend for his fated female to knock him on his backside. Let’s finish this with something easy and fun. Describe yourself in one word.
LOREN: Loyal… even when it can be a fault.
FELICITY: Thank you for meeting with me today and chatting. Is there anything else that you’d like to add?
LOREN: Thank you for having me here, and thank you to everyone who is reading this, and it was most interesting reading your interviews with Olivia and the others. And please… no more visits to Bleu. He is always irritable for days after you have been to see him.
FELICITY: Noted. No more poking Bleu’s sore spots. Promise!
I hope you enjoyed this interview with Prince Loren, hero of Kissed by a Dark Prince, the first book in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series.
Be sure to follow this fantastic tour to learn more about the passionate alpha heroes and sassy heroines in the Eternal Mates romance series! You can also find yourself in with a chance to WIN a $50 or $25 Amazon Gift Certificate if you follow the tour. More details, including how to enter and a full list of stops, are available at the Claimed by a Demon King Virtual Book Tour page:
Claimed by a Demon King is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback. Find the links to your preferred retailer at and a downloadable 6 chapter excerpt at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/cbadk
Claimed by a Demon King (Eternal Mates Romance Series # 2)
by Felicity Heaton
The moment the demon King Thorne of the Third Realm set eyes on the mortal huntress Sable, he knew she was his fated one. The fiery, dangerous female awakened hungers he had never experienced before, a dark craving and passion that has consumed him in their time apart. As the lunar cycle wanes, she enters his world again and nothing will stand in the way of him claiming his forever with her—not the relentless assault from the Fifth Realm or the dark elf male determined to seduce her out of his grasp.
Intent on achieving the coveted position of commander at Archangel, Sable leads her small team into the dark underworld and the Third Realm, to a war where her allies are the very creatures she normally hunts—vampires, werewolves, and demons. Her eagerness to lead the deadly mission has everything to do with winning her promotion, and nothing to do with the kingdom’s brash, lethally seductive demon king—a king who stirred fierce desire and wildfire heat in her with just a look and an innocent touch when they first met, and has been in her wicked dreams ever since.
As the gathering storm between rivals unleashes irresistible passion that flares white-hot and the heat of the battle brings life-shattering realisations, can Sable place her duty before her heart? Or will she surrender to her deepest desires and be claimed by a demon king?
Claimed by a Demon King is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/cbadk
Books in the Eternal Mates romance series:
Kissed by a Dark Prince (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 1)
Claimed by a Demon King (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 2)