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3.18.2011

Guest Post & Giveaway Dianne Duvall


Hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day Yesterday. St. Patrick's day makes me think of Irish...Irish make me think of hot Irish men...and hot Irish men make me think of Paranormal Romance. So, I'm pleased as a PNR hero with a new pair of handcuffs to introduce an author of one of the most original PNRs that I've read recently, Dianne Duvall, author of DARKNESS DAWNS.
Ms. Duvall is celebrating her debut with this very titillating title and as gracious as she is has offered up  a Signed copy of DARKNESS DAWNS (see below for deets)


Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Series: Immortal Guardians Book 1
Fantasy Element: Vampires, Immortals
Order Online:  Amazon.com
Stalk the Author: WebTwitter

A Quick Guide to the Immortal Guardians
 

Hello, all!  I’m Dianne Duvall, the creator of Kensington/Zebra’s new Immortal Guardians series, which began with the release of Darkness Dawns on February 1st.  The second book in the series -- Night Reigns -- will be released in December. 

As an avid paranormal romance reader and a new paranormal romance author, I am thrilled to be participating in the big Paranormal Spring Break!  Rachel had a great idea for a post today, so I’m going to take her up on her suggestion, follow the example of some of my favorite authors and fashion a mini-handbook for Darkness Dawns and the Immortal Guardians series.  I hope you enjoy it! 

Logline

When Professor Sarah Bingham rescues a wounded stranger, she unexpectedly finds herself thrust into a war that erupts between vampires and immortals, then loses her heart to the dark, enigmatic warrior who seeks to protect her.

Terms of Interest

Gifted Ones:  Men and women born with unusual talents and abilities (healing, telepathy, shape shifting, telekinesis, teleportation, etc.) as a result of far more complex DNA than that of ordinary humans.

Immortals (Immortal Guardians):  Gifted ones who have been infected with a rare symbiotic virus that first conquers, then replaces their immune system, lending them incredible strength, speed and longevity.  Unfortunately, it also leaves them vulnerable to sunlight and in need of regular infusions of blood. 

Vampires:  Ordinary human men and women who have been infected with the same rare symbiotic virus that infects immortals.  Because they lack the advanced DNA of gifted ones (which mutates the virus into something less corrosive), they suffer brain damage from the virus’s continuous assault and rapidly descend into madness.

The Network:  A network of humans amassed over the centuries to aid the Immortal Guardians.  The employees range from Seconds (personal assistants and guards of individual immortals) to cleaners (those who “clean up” the messes immortals sometimes leave behind when hunting vampires) to doctors and scientists who are searching for a cure for the virus or at least some way to prevent the brain damage that occurs in vampires.

Cast of Characters

Sarah Bingham:  A music theory professor at UNC Chapel Hill.  The spring semester has ended and her only desire is rest and relaxation . . . until she finds Roland staked to the ground, being tortured by two others, in the meadow behind her home and uses her trusty shovel to liberate him, becoming the target of a vicious vampire army.

Roland Warbrook:  A nine-hundred-and-thirty-six-year-old immortal born with the ability to heal with his hands.  Betrayed one too many times in the past by those he loved the most, he now distances himself from relationships of any kind and trusts no one . . . until Sarah charges into his life.

Bastien (Sebastien Newcombe):  Roland’s new nemesis.  He has done what was previously considered impossible -- raised a vampire army large enough to pose a serious threat to the Immortal Guardians -- and intends to eradicate them one victim at a time while pursuing a personal vendetta against Roland. 

Marcus Grayden:  An immortal who disregards Roland’s reclusive disposition and calls him friend.  He recently lost the woman he has loved for eight centuries and, consumed with grief, is skating the edge as he aids Roland in battling Sebastien and his vicious army.

Seth:  The eldest and most powerful Immortal Guardian.  He possesses all of the paranormal abilities the others boast combined and then some.  As their self-proclaimed leader, he considers it his responsibility to seek out all newly transformed immortals, ease their transition into their new life, train them, guide them, give them a new purpose and, if necessary, punish them should they stray from the boundaries he sets for them. 

David:  The second eldest and most powerful Immortal Guardian.  Like Seth, he considers all Immortals and their Seconds family and opens his homes to them, aiding them in any way he can and putting their safety and happiness above his own.

Amiriska (Ami):  A mysterious woman of unknown origins Seth and David rescue from a facility heavily guarded by either the military or mercenaries. 

Favorite Quotes

“Beautiful, brave and possessed of violent tendencies.  I like her.”
~ Marcus ~

“I’m not antisocial.  I just want to be left alone.”
~ Roland ~

“I may be small, but I can put away a lot of food.”
~ Sarah ~

“What -- are you high?  You just told me my hair is beautiful.”
~ Seth ~

“Speaking of bloodbaths, what happened at the meeting?”
~ David ~

“You stabbed me in the ass?”
~ Bastien ~

Blurb

Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control . . .

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible -- when it mean forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect.

Excerpt

Roland awoke as the sun was setting, his body wracked with pain.  It took several minutes of intense concentration before he was able to distance himself from it enough to open his eyes and take in his surroundings. 

The television was on, tuned to a news channel, the volume low.

He was lying on his back on the futon, his left leg bent at the knee and resting against the cushioned back.  His right leg was stretched out with his foot hanging off the end.  What utterly astonished him and nearly made him forget the pain, however, was Sarah, who was sprawled atop him, peacefully ensconced in slumber.

Her cheek was pillowed by his chest.  Emitting a pleasant citrus scent, her hair again clung to his stubbled jaw and fell across his shoulder in curly disarray.  One of her small hands loosely clutched his shoulder.  The other was tucked into his side.  Her full breasts warmed his stomach.  Her hips rested against his groin, arousing him despite his discomfort.

Damn, but it felt good.

Giving in to temptation, he wrapped his arms around her and buried his face in her silky hair.

She stirred, her hand tightening on his shoulder as she snuggled closer, then fell still.

He hadn’t slept with a woman in the literal sense in over nine centuries, refusing to let down his guard enough to experience such intimacy as this.  Not even with Mary, who had feigned such devotion.  He had obeyed the proprieties when he had courted Mary and, fearing her reaction when she found out what he was, had never left himself so vulnerable.

But Sarah didn’t know what he was and he had no intention of telling her.  He didn’t want to see the same loathing in her eyes that had darkened Beatrice’s or the fear that had widened Mary’s.

To Sarah, he was just a man.

His body hardened even more when he remembered the way her heartbeat had sped up at his touch.

Her pulse was slow and steady now, the blood in her veins calling him to come and satiate his hunger.  As he listened to the steady thrum of it, his own heart began to pound.

Roland slid one hand up her back, tunneling through soft, thick curls, and rested his fingers upon the satiny skin of her neck just over her pulse.

What would she taste like?  Sweet like her smiles?  Or spicy like her daring spirit?

Would drinking from her merely dull the pain?  Or would it set him aflame?

His body was struggling to heal itself.  The need for blood clawed at him.

Roland felt his fangs descend and lengthen.

Just one taste.  Sarah is sleeping.  She need never know.

Find Me on the Internet

Website:  http://www.DianneDuvall.com
Blog -- The Immortal Realm:  http://dianneduvall.blogspot.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/people/Dianne-Duvall/100000816605112
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/#!/DianneDuvall





Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians)

Contest Deets ONE WINNER:
One (1) winner will receive a SIGNED copy of Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians) by Lee Nichols


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84 comments:

Kah Woei said...

Thanks for hosting the giveaway! :-)

Emily H. said...

Great giveaway!

treerose AT yahoo DOT com

Kelly said...

I already read this so please don't count my comment as an entry but I just wanted to say that I loved this book! It was the first paranormal romance book I have ever read and now I'm HOOKED!

http://secretsofabooklover.blogspot.com/

Stephanie M. Lorée said...

Looks like an excellent new PR. The quotes really hooked me!

stephanie AT stephaniemloree DOT com

SandyG265 said...

I have this book on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway.

sgiden at verizon.net

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Please add my name to the hat as well. I love the stories where normal life turns into a paranormal circus!

mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

ChrisS said...

Thank you for the guide to The Immortal Guardians. I found it quite interesting and helpful. For me, names are really important in bringing a story to life and I just love your character names. This looks like a really good series I can't wait to check out.

rjofus(at)gmail(dot)com

Jez said...

Sign me in! I'm a new follower.

theJeepDiva said...

Dont want to enter the contest. Ive read the book & OMG it was pure AWESOMENESS! You're a sweetie for sharing the awesomeness.

Lil said...

This sounds like a fabulous read.

little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

Chelsea / Vampire Book Club said...

Excerpt definitely got my attention. lol

chelsea AT vampirebookclub DOT net

Queentutt said...

Awesome! Great Giveaway, please enter me

mrsqueentutt@yahoo.com

cait045 said...

Yes please I would love to start this new series.

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Tore said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Judy said...

Looks like a great read. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Judy
magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

Nicole Zoltack said...

Awesome giveaway! Love the quotes!

BLHmistress said...

I love the quote 'You stabbed me in the ass" lol , that has me curious- well even more curious now. I love her take on the Vampire lore too.

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/BookLovershaway/status/48811383445397504

vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

Vivien said...

Fantastic!!

Vivien
deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

nat said...

Great contest thanks!

Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/natcleary

natcleary at gmail dot com

andreat78 said...

Sounds like a great book. Can't wait!

andreat78@yahoo.com

Sandy Jay said...

This one is on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Robin K said...

Would love to be entered. I also tweeted!

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Miss Lissy said...

I would love to be entered!
mkzellmer at yahoo dot com

Paranormal Opinion said...

This book sounds great! I have it on my TBR list. Please enter me in the contest :)

http://paranormalopinion.blogspot.com

Barbara E. said...

I've been seeing Darkness Dawns around the web. It sounds like a great story and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Dianne Duvall said...

Rachel: Thank you again for letting me participate in the great Paranormal Spring Break! And for the fabulous intro!

Kah Woei, Emily H, and Jez: Thanks for joining us! I hope you enjoy Darkness Dawns!

Kelly: How exciting -- to be your first paranormal romance! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

Stephanie M. Lorée, SandyG265, and Lil: Thanks! I hope you enjoy it! March 18, 2011 7:51 AM

Sweet Vernal Zephyr: “paranormal circus” :-D What a great description!

ChrisS: I’m so glad you like the names. One of my favorite tasks when writing paranormal romance is choosing names. My Immortal Guardians come from several different countries and boast a wide variety of ages. It has been fun, looking up what names were common in the country of each character’s birth in the century in which he or she was born. :-)

theJeepDiva: Thanks for stopping by! And thanks so much for the wonderful review!

Chelsea / Vampire Book Club: I’m glad you liked it! I hope you enjoy the book!

Queentutt: Thanks for joining us and for the great review!

cait045 and Tore: Thanks for entering! I hope you like enjoy Darkness Dawns

Dianne Duvall said...

Judy, andreat78, Sandy Jay, Paranormal Opinion and Barbara E.: Thanks! I hope you enjoy it!

Nicole Zoltack : Thanks for entering! Glad you like the quotes!

BLHmistress: *big wave* Thanks for stopping by! That particular quote seems to be a favorite among readers. :-D


Vivien: Thanks! I hope you enjoy Darkness Dawns!



nat, Robin K, and Miss Lissy: Thanks for entering!

mpyff said...

This book looks like one I would love! thanks for the great excerpt :)

mpyff(at)hotmail(dot)com

Nicki J Markus said...

Great giveaway - please count me in

nickijmarkus @ y7mail.com

elaing8 said...

This sounds really good.Thanks for the chance to win
elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

elaing8 said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/elaing8/status/48894463451467776

elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

skyla11377 said...

Loved the guest post, and this book sounds fantastic. I am a huge Paranormal Romance fan and always love discover new ones. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. I would love to be entered into this giveaway.

I tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter 9@skyla11377).
http://twitter.com/skyla11377/status/48893105272913920

skyla11377(At)AOL(Dot)Com

Moonlight Gleam said...

Thank you so much for hosting PSB with Tynga! you girls rock! and thank you for making this giveaway international!

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Moonlight Gleam said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/MoonlightGleams/status/48900704248676352

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YzhaBella's BookShelf said...

Oooooh! I've been dying to get my hands on a copy of Darkness Dawns! Thanks for the chance to win!

mleger0546(@)rogers(dot)com

Martha Lawson said...

Been wanting this one!! It looks great. Thanks for the giveaway.

follow on gfc

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Aanchal @ Book Flame said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

bookflamereviews@gmail.com

Christy said...

This is definitely being adding to my TBR list! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

shortcut_2_mushrooms(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)nz

Diana said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Book sounds Very interesting.
artgiote at gmail dot com

faefever25 said...

Thanks for the giveaway I can't wait to check this book out.
Tweeted here: http://twitter.com/Parakiss25

faefever25 at hotmail dot com

Tina said...

omg those quotes are soooo funny! A couple I would like for my wall! I have had this on my tbr pile for awhile but haven't purchased it yet. Hope to win!

tinadudley at sbcglobal dot net

-petit said...

I really want to read this book. The story sounds amazing! :D

sweet.sayumi@yahoo.com.br

Natasha said...

Awesome giveaway! Thanks:)

natashajennex(at)gmail.com

Katie said...

thanks for the giveaway!

katie_tp@yahoo(dot)com

donnas said...

Heard a lot of great things about this. Cant wait to read it.

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donnas said...

tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/DonnaS1/status/49348053563486208

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chidori said...

Thanks of giveaway, count with me .))
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Ammy Belle said...

Thanks so much! Great giveaway! I cannot wait to check this out - I have heard such great things! Thank you!
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winnie said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This book is on my TBR, it would be awesome to win a signed copy :)

chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

Kyo_Fangirl9 said...

This book sounds so good, I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway! =)

Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Kyo_Fangirl/status/49643472575135744

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Dana said...

I really want to read this book! SOunds very intriguing!

brigwife(at)gmail(dot)com

Jade said...

I liked the quotes, some of them are v. memorable, especially the last :-P
And I definitely couldn't be more excited to read this book. Sounds awesome!
I'm crossing my fingers :)

legally_write[at]hotmail[dot]com

justpeachy36 said...

Looks like a great book. Please enter me in the giveaway.

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

Fantastic giveaway! Please include me!

Thank you! mmafsmith@gmail.com

Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Maria_Smith_76/status/50577717116153856

mmafsmith@gmail.com

RachyBee said...

Thank-you for the giveaway =}

I tweeted too!
http://twitter.com/#!/RachyBee/status/50826356967223296

JaylieG said...

Thanks!

jgrissum AT att.blackberry DOT net

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/JaylieG

krysykat said...

The cover is drool worthy!

Morganlafey86@aol.com

krysykat said...

tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/YearofTiger86/status/51463856123412480

Morganlafey86@aol.com

Danielle Gorman said...

I can't wait to read this book. It looks so good and I have had it on my wishlist for sometime now.

iqb99@yahoo.com

latishajean said...

I have seen this book around the blogs alot and it sounds so good I can't wait to read it! Thank you so much for the great giveaway!
tishajean@ charter.net

latishajean said...

Tweeted too
http://twitter.com/#!/latishajean/status/52102028775784448
tishajean@ charter.net

Alex said...

Sounds fun! Enter me please! amazing_alex.0818[at]yahoo[dot]com

Taking it One Book at a Time said...

I have been entering to win this book since I featured Dianne on my FFF post! I want to read it SO bad!

Jessica

takingitonebookatatime@yahoo.com

Lori said...

Coll giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

ladyrogue@ymail.com

RachyBee said...

Thanks for the opportunity

I'm a follower and I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/#!/RachyBee/status/53269589290782721

rachybee101@live.com.au

Tracy said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE Darkness Dawns! I read it on my Nook but definitely need a copy for my favorites shelf. Can't wait until the 2nd book comes out!!

Tracy
tldahlstrom@gmail.com

stacy said...

I just finished the book and LOVED it although if I could I would like to smack you for ending it like that and making me wait till dec. sigh...I'm sure I'll live till then.

Stacy (Bluuvodka) bluuvodka@gmail.com

Julie S said...

Count me in the giveaway.
juliecookies(at)gmail.com

Aleetha said...

Wow. A book with many characters. I hope I can get a chance to get to know them well

aleetha.ally at gmail dot com

Aleetha said...

I link the giveaway at my sidebar
http://bacaan-ally.blogspot.com

aleetha.ally at gmail dot com

Ina said...

please count me in - I would love to read the book :)
inale87 at gmx dot at

Kasumi said...

I really thank the chance to win this book and read this new series! :D

kasumigogo[at]gmail[dot]com

Maria said...

Well i am kinda new to paranormal romance genre but the more books i read the more i like it!

i would like to win this book and ofcource i will def check out and read the new series too :)

follower as well to twitter @velvetmorning82 and ofcource i tweet about it http://twitter.com/#!/velvetmorning82/status/54154232626024448

email (just in case ofcource) maria111[at]gmail[dot]com :)

Pam S said...

This sounds like a great book. Love the spin on vamps.

pams00 @ aol.com

Pam S said...

http://twitter.com/#!/pams00/status/54254197343911937

pams00 @ aol.com

jen7waters said...

Loved the excerpt, more please :)

Throw my name in the hat, thank you!

jen7waters AT gmail DOT com

FidFid said...

Thanks for having a giveaway ! :))
It looks like an awesome book! I really love all these paranormal books . I would love to borrow it if the library in my country has it! Can't wait! WOOOO

Yours truly , Fidah from Singapore .

fidah.monster@gmail.com

PinkStuff28 said...

count me in !
I would love to read this !

Btw ..i absolutely love the quotes, especially Sarah and Roland's :D

raluk.93 (at) gmail (Dot) com

jenn said...

Thanks for running this! Please enter me in the draw.

jennifer.thorburn(at)gmail.com

Jolene Allcock and Family said...

Squeee, I want this book!! Thanks for the chance

june111(at)att(dot)net

Jolene Allcock and Family said...

I tweeted

http://twitter.com/#!/joleneallcock/status/55693831865253888

june111(at)att(dot)net

lindseye said...

Please enter me in the drawing.

linze_e at hotmail.com

DL Thomas said...

Love the cover and blurb.

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/de_mammy

I know following isn't required, but I am a follower.

Deb
mammy4423(at)yahoo(dot)com

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