Title: Tall, Dark & Furious
Author: R.L. Mathewson
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Series: A Pyte/Sentinel Novel #6
From bestselling author R.L. Mathewson comes the sixth installment of the Pyte/Sentinel Series…
For readers who enjoy paranormal romance with a twist.
All he could think about was the woman that he’d claimed as his own. She was everything that he’d always wanted and once he had his revenge, he would make her his.
Sam had resigned herself to a lot of things over the years, being the town joke, blacking out at inopportune moments, and living with a dog that hated her, but what she hadn’t planned on was suddenly finding five large men destroying her basement, looking for a tomb that she never knew existed. In one moment, her life changed forever, leaving her to wonder how she was going to make it out of this alive.
“I really hate you,” Samantha informed the traitor that was following her as she tightened the towel around herself while she tried to ignore the splitting headache that was starting to concern her. She quickly made her way to her bedroom and once she was there, she slammed the door shut in the little bastard’s face only to bite back a groan when she realized that she wasn’t alone.
“What’s this?” the man that had barged into the bathroom a total of fifteen times to make sure that she was doing as she was told before stealing her clothes, asked from where he sat on her bed, examining her old iPod.
“It’s an iPod,” she said, absently noting that he was now wearing a pair of Nathan’s old jeans and had probably already searched her brother’s bedroom.
“What does it do?” he asked, as she walked over to her dresser, wondering if he’d found anything that she could use to get out of this.
“It plays music,” she said as she quickly grabbed some clothes, hoping to get dressed before-
“And this?” he asked, drawing her attention back to find him holding-
“Oh, my god!” she gasped as she dropped the clothes in her arms to rescue Bob before he realized what it was for, but something, mainly the way that his eyes suddenly turned red and that growl that she really shouldn’t find sexy was torn from his throat, told her that he’d just figured it out.
With a somewhat hysterical smile, she managed to grab Bob from him and shove it back in the nightstand drawer with the hopes that there wouldn’t be any follow up questions, but of course with the way that her day was going, she really should have expected it.
“What do you use that for, wife?” he asked, making her wince.
“It’s umm, a sleep aide?” she said absently, wondering if he’d found-
“And this?” he asked in that same deep sexy growl that let her know that yes, yes, he had indeed found her pocket rocket.
The sound of Bob Jr. turning on only confirmed it. Reminding herself that she needed to tread lightly here, she turned around, and mumbled, “It helps with the sleep aide,” noting the way that his red eyes narrowed on her before she quickly turned around as she shut it off and shoved it in the drawer with Bob. Once that was done, she turned around and-
“What’s a call?” he suddenly demanded as he picked up a large black duffle bag that she hadn’t noticed before and dropped it on her bed.
“A call?” she repeated back slowly as she did her best to keep her gaze from wandering towards the cellphone on her nightstand.
“I need a call,” he said firmly as those terrifying red eyes locked on her.
Q & A
- What is a Pyte?
A Pyte is a true immortal. He is the product of a vampire and a human woman. Pytes can also have children of their own day. They’re born as weak as a human baby, but the difference is that they need to consume blood as well food in order to thrive. If they don’t, they’re left weaker, will grow slower to the point that they’ll appear to be younger than they are.
If they survive to their sixteenth birthday, they will go into a coma where they’ll go through their transformation, becoming everything that they were meant to become and once they’re done, they’re immortal and nothing will be able to kill them. They’ll appear human but have all the strengths of a vampire with none of the weaknesses. They can go in the sun, withstand holy relics, and have the ability to create another Pyte.
Once they’ve created another Pyte, they’ll be able to create a stronger breed of vampire, which is why Masters, shifters, and Sentinels all over the world are desperate to get their hands on them. Masters want them to create a stronger army of vampires for them while shifters and Sentinels are willing to do anything to stop them.
Their immortality should make them unstoppable, but it’s their one true weakness.
- It’s been four years since Fated was published, what happened?
Life happened, unfortunately. In 2015 and 2016, we were dealing with a lot of stuff, a lot of changes, and thankfully, we were finally able to move. It was a very necessary move for our safety, so a lot of things were put on hold for a while. I focused on taking care of the kids, getting them settled, finally getting my son’s autism diagnosis, which has actually been a big relief finally getting answers. I did my best to keep working, I focused on contemporaries since they were the easiest to write.
When I write paranormal novels, I like to take my time, make sure the details are correct, develop the characters a little more so that they are able to make the world that I’m trying to create more believable. Basically, I stress over every detail.
I never planned on letting this much time go by between the books. I actually hadn’t realized it had until this past year when readers started to ask about the books. It’s the same for the Cursed Heart series. The books were supposed to be out a lot sooner than this. My goal for 2020 is to catch up with the books and get most of the series caught up.
- Who is Trace? We haven’t heard about him in the series before. Is he a new series?
Trace is new to the series. His father is Ethan, who you met very briefly in Tall, Dark & Heartless. He is the vampire that Caine contacted to get information about Pytes so that he could help his mate. Trace is his son that went missing centuries ago and has never stopped looking for.
Trace is a Pyte and brand new to the series as is his mate. With that being said, Kale plays a very important part in this book and you will get to see the others as well. Jill and Joshua are in this book as well. You will get more information in this book, more answers and a better sense of where the series is heading.
- Who will be next in the series?
Kale’s book will be next. His book is titled Unstoppable. His mate will be the key to the series. I have a lot of plans for that couple. It’s actually already started and I am looking forward to getting back to it. I am hoping for a Halloween release, but I don’t want to jinx myself. At this point, I’m just keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best.
- Will Jill and Joshua ever get their own books?
Yes, but it won’t be anytime soon. Joshua plays a crucial part in this series so I need him to do a few things before we can redeem him. As for Jill, her character has a few more trials to go through before her story will be ready to be told.
- There’s a rumor going around that there will be a YA series for the Pytes. Is that true?
Yes, there is a Pyte YA series in the works. I have been playing with the idea for the past few years and trying to narrow it done to what I want. I’ve been debating a few things and I’m almost ready to start. I will say this, Marc will not be in this series only because he will not have his mate until he’s well into his adulthood. The one thing that I’m truly debating about the YA series is whether it will be focused on one couple or a new couple for every book. I’ll know more about where the series is heading once the first book is done.
- What makes your Pyte/Sentinel series different than the rest?
Well, for one, the concept of a Pyte is my creation, something that I’ve been toying with since I was a kid. There are a lot of vampire romance novels out there, with different takes on what a vampire is, how they’re created, their weaknesses, etc. and they’re great, but the Pyte/Sentinel series does it a little bit differently. I’ve tried to create a world that could easily blend in with ours with humans completely oblivious to the real world around them.
I’ve created this world so that even readers who don’t normally like paranormal romance enjoy these books because I try my best to make the characters relatable. The Pyte/Sentinel world is not overwhelming with paranormal aspects filling every page. The books ease readers into the story and allow them to keep up without having to remember all the different rules or concepts that make up this world.
Growing up, R.L. Mathewson was a painfully shy bookworm. After high school she attended college, worked as a bellhop, fast food cook, and a museum worker until she decided to take an EMT course. Working as an EMT helped her get over her shyness as well as left her with some fond memories and some rather disturbing ones that from time to time show up in one of her books.
Today, R.L. Mathewson is the single mother of two children that keep her on her toes. She has a bit of a romance novel addiction as well as a major hot chocolate addiction and on a perfect day, she combines the two.