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~~~ New Release ~~~
First, the Darkness Dawns audiobook has been released by Tantor Audio! Woohoo!
Don't you just love the cover? It's read by Kirsten Potter and has already been getting great reviews and ratings.
Hot Listens Romance Audiobooks gave it
"A very interesting, and distinctive take on the paranormal world of vampires"
It's available at Amazon. You can also listen to an audio sample here.
~~~ And the Winner is ~~~
Next, the winner of a signed copy of Darkness Dawns over at Paranormal Haven is:
Congratulations! I hope you enjoy it!
~~~ New Contests ~~~
I'll be interviewed and give away two signed copies of Darkness Dawns in a great Book Monsters and Literal Addiction Paranormal Book Blub collaboration on Wednesday, August 17th. I hope you'll join me!
~~~ Review ~~~
Proserpine Craving Books gave Darkness Dawns a great 5/5 review:
"Action from the beginning until the end! I couldn't put it down!"
That's it for now. Thanks so much for dropping by! I hope you all have a great week!
Now on to Favorite Quote Friday. Today's selection will give you another sneak peek into Night Reigns , the second book in my Immortal Guardians series:
"Are you sure I can't talk you into leaving this old sod and running away with me? I do so love strong women."
~ Étienne ~
Only 94 days until its release! Have a wonderful weekend!
Since the release is only 52 days away -- woohoo! -- I took today's Favorite Quote Friday selection from Night Reigns again. For those of you who haven't read Darkness Dawns , David is the second oldest and second most powerful immortal on the planet. He's also usually the most even-tempered of the bunch . . . until he sees several of the immortals doing something that makes him stop short and bellow:
"I can't leave you children alone for five minutes!"
~ David ~
Poor David. Poor immortals. I don't think it's wise to rouse David's wrath. :-)
Have a happy, healthy, fun-filled weekend!
Dianne [image error]
So, today I thought I'd take a break from Favorite Quote Friday and give you an excerpt from Night Reigns . Here are the first few pages. I hope you enjoy them!
It was not the cool breeze that made the hairs on the back of Ami's neck rise, but the low bestial growl that accompanied it.
She froze, one arm extended in front of her, fingers tightening on the DVD case poised half-in half-out of the movie rental Quick Drop slot. Gooseflesh broke out on her arms. Adrenaline surged through her veins and sped her pulse.
Swiveling to face the source of that disturbing warning, she surveyed the parking lot behind her and found it empty save her shiny black Tesla Roadster. Orange and brown leaves swirled and tumbled across patched black asphalt that still glistened in places from a midnight shower. Whole Foods, Blockbuster, and the other businesses in the strip mall had long since closed for the night.
She glanced to her right. East Franklin Street was deserted . . . as it should be. Chapel Hill, NC, was a college town. At roughly 3:20 on a Sunday night (or Monday morning), students and professors would be snug in their beds, catching Z's in preparation for an early start to the work or school week.
Ami relaxed her death grip on the DVD and let it thunk down atop the myriad of other movies and games that had been returned. She took a step toward her car. The growl sounded once more, seeming to buffet her and ruffle her bangs alongside the northerly wind. Deep and full of menace, it was not the complaint of some irritable house pet left too long in the elements. No dog produced this rumbling. Something larger did, bringing it closer in tone and texture to that of a lion or a tiger.
Another growl answered it, not as impressive as the first, but nevertheless disturbing. Then another. And another. And another. Frowning, Ami reached into her jacket, withdrew the Glock 9mm Seth insisted she always carry, and approached Franklin Street with caution.
It definitely came from the north. Not from the darkened businesses across the street, but from the bike trail to their right that veered left into the trees behind them. A snarling infused with such violence and fury one might think a lion were battling a pack of wolves.
Just as she reached the edge of the parking lot, odd shick, ting, and clang noises joined the fray.
Ami darted across the street and raced down the bike path. Tall trees formed spires on her right. A small meadow with a radio tower lay on her left, but soon surrendered to forest. When it did, Ami slowed to a brisk walk and entered the denser shadows. Her heart pounded. The babbling of a brook she couldn't see teased her ears.
Ten or fifteen yards in, she left the path, headed into the trees, and began wading through the undergrowth. Fortunately, it had rained earlier. The autumn leaves beneath the canopy were still damp and muffled her footsteps.
Up ahead, small lights flickered like fireflies. Amber. Green. Blue. Silver. Sometimes individually. Sometimes in pairs. Moving and shifting. The length of time they remained visible varying.
Ami swallowed hard and questioned her sanity as she came to an area where the trees thinned. She paused, concealed by the denser foliage on the perimeter.
Ahead, too small to be called a clearing, lay a patch of land the size of a two-car garage that just happened to be treeless. In its center, a fantastical scene unfolded that — for many — would defy belief.
The flickering lights she had spied swam in and out of focus as the faces that housed them moved so quickly to and fro that they blurred. Men, who were clearly more than mortal men, engaged in a surreal battle that resurrected her first description: a lion facing down a wolf pack.
The lion — a dark, menacing figure in the center of the storm — bore glowing amber eyes and long black hair that floated around his head like tendrils of smoke as he spun, fought, and slashed at his attackers with a speed that brought to mind the Tasmanian Devil in the Warner Brothers cartoons Darnell had shown her.
No other creature could move so swiftly.
The pack of wolves — growling and snapping like their namesakes — also bore glowing eyes, theirs green, blue, and silver. Though they all, like the immortal, were garbed in midnight hues, their hair varied. Blond. Brunet. Auburn. Long. Short. Shaved. Spiked. Pulled back in a ponytail. They, too, moved faster than humans ever could, darting in and striking at the immortal with indistinct motions, then leaping back and pausing to gauge the damage and let their comrades have a shot, their blades dripping crimson liquid.
Though they couldn't match their enemy's speed and strength, the vampires outnumbered the immortal . . . eight to one as best as she could count. Ami could only make out individual features when the vampires paused between strikes.
She discerned none of the immortal's features because he remained in continuous motion, his swords or sais or whatever blades he wielded defending him from assaults on all sides.
Ami reached into her left pocket, palm sweating, and pulled out a cylindrical aluminum silencer that was longer than the Glock itself. Keeping her gaze on the conflict before her, she screwed it onto the barrel. The top-of-the-line suppressor would reduce the explosive expulsion of each hollow-point bullet to a mere click that would not rouse residents slumbering in the houses and townhouses beyond the trees.
Raising the Glock with her right hand, she supported it with her left and waited.
A blur of movement solidified into a blond vampire who halted — aqua eyes gleaming, bowie knives dripping — on the fringes of the pack.
Ami fired twice.
Blood sprayed from his carotid and femoral arteries. Dropping his weapons, the vampire emitted a garbled croak and clamped his hands to his neck in an attempt to cease the gush of his life's blood.
A vampire with shaggy brown hair appeared next to him.
Ami fired thrice more, striking the new vamp in his carotid, branchial, and femoral arteries.
All six remaining vampires stilled and glanced at their injured colleagues, who sank to their knees as they bled out faster than the virus that infected them could heal.
The Immortal Guardian paused and unerringly met Ami's gaze.
For one split second, her heart stopped and everything around her fell away, out of focus, a dark void. All but the immortal.
His hair settled on his shoulders and tumbled halfway down his back and chest in wild disarray, concealing much of his face. His eyes, viewed through the tangles, glowed a vibrant amber beneath raven brows. Dark stubble covered a strong jaw spattered with spots and streaks of scarlet. His full lips parted, emitting great gasping breaths interspersed with the rumblings of a lion, and displayed white, glinting fangs.
* * *
It was, perhaps, one of the oddest moments of Marcus's existence.
Well, odd may not be the correct word. Vampires still moving in packs larger than twos or threes was odd. Vampires remaining lucid enough to organize the ambush he had plunged into was odd. At least, it had been up until a year and a half ago.
This . . .
This was surprising.
And very little surprised Marcus.
Panting, losing blood from dozens of cuts and gashes that had not had time to heal before more were inflicted, he stared at the instigator of this fortuitous pause.
He had expected to see a Second decked out in black vampire-hunting togs. Instead, his fascinated gaze landed upon a sweet, undeniably feminine face with a halo of bright orange curls. Wide green eyes as vivid as emeralds peered out of concealing foliage and met his.
She was pretty. And small. And seemed to radiate innocence. Were it not for the weapon extended before her, he would wonder if he weren't imagining her.
Who was she? What was she doing here?
The clothing she wore labeled her a civilian — snug jeans, loose sweater, dark jacket — so why wasn't she screaming? Why didn't she shoot him? Why was she helping him instead of fleeing or firing at them all?
Marcus lacked the time to speculate further. He sensed the instant the six remaining vampires located the petite assassin and drew back his arm.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Favorite Quote Friday
Since the release of Night Reigns is only 31 days away (I can't wait!), I'll choose another quote from it for today's Favorite Quote Friday segment. The following words are spoken to Marcus, the hero, by the leader of the Immortal Guardians:
"I've had to tiptoe around you for almost a decade. Now that I'm free to irritate you at will, I find it exceedingly entertaining."
~ Seth ~
Thank you, everyone who has pre-ordered Night Reigns !!! I can't wait to hear what you think of it! I hope you'll enjoy it!
Also, the Year End Splash (Yes!) Party has begun over at The Romance Reviews !
Beginning on November 1st, it will continue through November 30th. Over 500 prizes are up for grabs, including TWO signed copies of Night Reigns . Drop by and play the memory game, answer Q&As, and more. The dates of my Q&As are:
Have fun! And have a wonderful weekend!
Darkness Dawns was nominated by RT Book Reviews for the Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance.
Darkness Dawns was also nominated by The Romance Reviews for Best PNR of 2011 - Vampire. Voting for this one continues throughout the month of November, so I hope you'll drop by, check out the nominees, and cast your vote!
I also had the fun task of choosing the winners of TWO contests this week. Actually, Random.org chose the winners for me, because I wanted everyone who entered to win. :-) Proserpine won the Immortal Guardians swag pack I gave away to celebrate my first Immortal Realm guest - Author JoAnne Kenrick. And in my Get to Know the Immortal Guardians contest, Na won a signed ARC of Night Reigns, while Sherrie and Alainala each won an Immortal Guardians swag pack.
I've joined the fun over at The Romance Reviews for their Year End Splash (Yes!) Party and one of my Q&As was posted this week. The next and last one will be posted on November 27th, so I hope you'll drop by. I'm giving away TWO signed copies of Night Reigns . :-)
So, now that I've shared some news, it's time for today's edition of Favorite Quote Friday. Today's quote is once more taken from Night Reigns :
"I have lived for eight centuries, Ami. It would be far too humiliating to finally meet my demise in what would undoubtedly become known as the greatest skating catastrophe of the twenty-first century."
~ Marcus ~
I can't believe Night Reigns will be released in just over 17 days!
Have a wonderful weekend!
I have Phantom Shadows news!!! I actually have two tidbits to share with you.
1 My editor read Phantom Shadows over the holidays and thought it was "FABULOUS"! Woohoo! I'm so glad because I really had fun writing it. If you haven't heard already, it will feature Bastien as hero. :-)
2 Phantom Shadows is already available for Pre-Order on Amazon! I don't have a cover yet, but will share it with you as soon as I get it!
I'm guest posting at Vampire Book Club today! The subject: Friends and Lovers. :-) Drop by and enter for a chance to win your choice of either a signed copy of Darkness Dawns or a signed copy of Night Reigns .
I was interviewed by eBookObsessed earlier this week. If you missed it head on over and enter to win your choice of either a signed copy of Darkness Dawns or a signed copy of Night Reigns . :-)
Favorite Quote Friday
Today's Favorite Quote Friday selection is taken from Night Reigns , the second book in my Immortal Guardians series. It is spoken by Chris Reordon (the man in charge of the East Coast division of the human network that aids the Immortal Guardians) and he is referring to Ami, the heroine:
"Brave as hell. Stubborn as a mule. Thirsty for revenge.She's definitely one of the family."
~ Chris Reordon ~
I think Ami is going to fit right in. ;-)
I hope you all had a good week and will have an even better weekend!
Author Chat Today
I'm participating in The Romance Reviews' 1st Anniversary Party this month. Yay! Up for grabs is a signed copy of Night Reigns + Immortal Guardians swag and hundreds of other prizes. I will be chatting in their forum today . Here's a direct link: http://www.theromancereviews.com/forum/index.php?topic=29.0
If, for some reason, that one doesn't work, follow this link, scroll down to "EVENTS", click on ""TRR Anniversary Party March 2012" and you'll see "Author Chat: Dianne Duvall (March 2)". I'm pretty sure you have to login to post. I'll be popping in throughout the day and night to answer questions and just shoot the breeze with anyone who feels like chatting. I think I've only done a chat once before, so I hope it goes well. :-)
There will also be two Immortal Guardians "Q and As" at The Romance Reviews: One on Monday, March 5th and another on Thursday, March 28th.
And now it's time for Favorite Quote Friday! Today's selection is taken from Night Reigns , Book 2 in my Immortal Guardians series. In it, Marcus (the hero) is referring to Roland, his best friend and the hero of Darkness Dawns , Book 1 in the series. :-)
"He may be a crotchety old fart on the outside,but deep down he's a real softie."
~ Marcus ~
I'll leave Roland's response for another day. :-)
I hope you have a wonderful weekend! For those who intend to join me for the chat: See you soon!
Happy Friday! I hope all of my student, teacher, and professor friends out there have been enjoying Spring Break! :-) For those who, like me, aren't any of the above, I hope you'll soon be able to take a vacation, too!
Thank you so much, everyone who joined in the Feelin' Lucky Giveaway Hop fun and entered my contest! The winner is:
I'm being interviewed today as part of Elise Rome's 2nd Annual March Madness Blog Party! Find out why writing romance novels is so important to me, what I love most about being part of the romance community, and more, then enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Night Reigns + Immortal Guardians swag. :-)
You can find the interview and contest HERE.
Also, I'll be guest posting over at Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf on Tuesday, March 20th. The title: "Who's Your Second?" I had so much fun writing this post because I got to look up lots of pictures to ad to it. :-) So drop by, take a walk through fictional history, and get to know some great vampires and their human assistants, then enter to win a signed copy of Night Reigns + Immortal Guardians swag. :-)
See you there!
And now it's time for Favorite Quote Friday! Today's selection is taken from Night Reigns, the second book in my Immortal Guardians series, and is spoken by the hero:
"What the hell are you doing to my cat?"
~ Marcus ~
Poor Slim (the crazy kitty). LOL!
Have a wonderful weekend!