Friday, July 18, 2014

Favorite Quote Friday #138

Happy Friday!

September 2nd

Exciting news!  RT Book Reviews gave Night Unbound an absolutely fabulous review!  Here's a snippet:

4.5 stars
"In this latest exceptional chapter . . . the war the Guardians are fighting continues to get more complicated as unknown forces are changing the battle lines.  Book after book, Duvall brings her readers complex, fascinating tales of romance, danger and loyalty."
—RT Book Reviews

I'm so thrilled!  And some of the blogger/reviewers I sent ARCs have already contacted me and told me they loved it!  A contest winner on my Street Team, did, too.  Yay!!!  Whew!  I always get so nervous as a book release approaches.  LOL.  If you haven't pre-ordered your copy yet, here are the buy links so far (I'm still waiting for the Audible link to become available):  

Amazon • Kindle • Barnes and Noble • Nook • iBooks • Kobo • BAM!


Pre-orders are SO very important to authors.  They increase the attention a book receives, hopefully tempting new readers into giving the series a try and, at the same time, increase the book's chances of hitting the bestseller lists when it is released, so I hope you'll consider it.  :-)  If you do pre-order Night Unbound, hang on to your confirmation email, because I have a BIG contest coming up in September!  (Don't panic if you deleted it!  A screenshot of the order in your order history will work fine, too.)  :-)


While you're waiting for your copy of Night Unbound to be instantly downloaded to your device or delivered to your home on September 2nd, you can enter to win an ARC of it!

Kensington is giving away 50 ARCs of Night Unbound on Goodreads.  The contest is open to entrants in the US and Canada and lasts through July 31st.   You can enter HERE.


I'm also giving away an ARC of Night Unbound myself, along with Immortal Guardians swag, in the Summer Reads Blog Hop.  This giveaway is international!  You can also enter to win one of two grand prizes:  a $100 Amazon Gift Card and a $30 Amazon Gift Card.  The hop lasts through July 23rd, so hop on over and join the fun!  You can see my post HERE.



Romance Writers of America just launched a great free app for readers called Novel Engagement.  Here's their pitch:

Finding a romance novel to read is easier than ever with the Novel Engagement app.  Novel Engagement is a book discovery app, focused exclusively on romance novels, that helps readers discover new romance novels and connect with authors.

You can find me and my books on there and many other authors, too.  You can read excerpts and listen to audio samples and watch videos.  It's awesome.  You can learn more and find free download links HERE.


It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  In honor of the awesome review it just received, I thought I would delve into the pages of Night Unbound today and provide you with another sneak peek.  This particular quote will give you a chance to see Zach, the hero, in action:
The vampires shuffled to a halt. 
"Who the f*** are you?" one demanded, either too insane or too stupid to be afraid. 
Zach smiled.  "It doesn't really matter.  You won't live long enough to tell anyone."   
Drawing katanas, he shot forward. 
Lisette gasped as he tore through the vampires like a tornado. 
Holy sh**, he's fast! Richart thought and took a step forward, his fascinated gaze glued to the tempest below. 
It didn't take long. 
Zach stilled in the center of the pack, knees bent, blades dripping, face marbled with blood.  Seven vampires sank lifelessly to the ground, their bodies spread around him like the petals of a flower, as the virus went to work and they began to shrivel up like mummies.
Ahh, Zach.  How quickly you became a favorite.  :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Reads Blog Hop

Welcome to the Summer Reads Blog Hop!  Summer is in full swing!  Come in out of the heat and check out our favorite Summer Reads!  Each blog will feature their favorites and a giveaway so visit them all!  Plus there's a Grand Prize giveaway happening too!

Summer has always been my favorite time to read.  Schedules slow down a bit . . . unless the kids are home from school.  :-)  Many try to find some rest and relaxation time.  Families flock to the beach or the lake.  Or, if you're like me, you curl up with a good book inside to escape the sweltering heat and humidity.  :-)  So, today I thought I would present you with two books, both of which I think are great summer reads that are exciting enough to take your mind off of the heat and provide you with a nice escape.

July 29th — $1.99

"Readers will appreciate the rich characterizations and 
the kick-butt action of Duvall's In Still Darkness, as 
Richart d'Alençon . . . woos charming Jenna McBride 
with warmth and passion."
—Publishers Weekly
It's not the first time Immortal Guardian Richart d'Alençon has saved a human life from eternal damnation. Usually, he moves on, a nameless savior like a ghost in the night. But this time he can't seem to forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he rescued her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist... 
Jenna never imagined she'd end up a single mom working overtime to put her son through school. But she might have daydreamed once that a devastatingly gorgeous Frenchman would sweep her off her feet. Now that a package of tall, dark, and handsome seems intent on doing just that, doctors are telling her she may not have long to live. But Richart is telling her just the opposite. All she has to do is abandon her humanity... 

The first is In Still Darkness, my Immortal Guardians novella.  It was previously published to great reviews in the Predatory anthology and will be released as a solo ebook on July 29th.  If you're looking for a quick read that has lots of romance, humor, and action, then I hope you'll give this one a try.  In in, Richart d'Alençon—a 230-year-old immortal— attempts to do something none of his fellow immortal warriors have attempted in decades (if not centuries):  He tries to date a mortal, namely single mother Jenna McBride.   You can read an excerpt HERE.

September 2nd

4.5 stars
"In this latest exceptional chapter . . . the war the Guardians 
are fighting continues to get more complicated as unknown 
 forces are changing the battle lines.  Book after book, Duvall 
brings her readers complex, fascinating tales of romance, 
danger and loyalty."
—RT Book Reviews
For centuries, Lisette d'Alençon has been a warrior against the dark. She fights alongside her brothers and comrades. But when the dreams start coming, she can't bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians' command. Dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for--and a man she knows has been declared a traitor.

Zach is an exile, a loner. He won't defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him. But he'll damn sure defend the woman who kept him sane against a plague of super-vamps that seems to have appeared from nowhere. The Guardians will blame him, and that will make Lisette suspect, too. With life, death and eternity on the line, who can they really trust? 
The second is Night Unbound, Immortal Guardians Book 5, which will be released in paperback, ebook, and audiobook on September 2nd.  Like In Still Darkness, this one boasts a lot of romance, action, and humor and is a real page-turner.  It also has already been named one of Smexy Books' Best Romances of 2014 (so far)!  Perfect for getting lost in at the beach or while escaping the heat.  :-)  You can read an excerpt HERE.

My Giveaway
Night Unbound ARC + Immortal Guardians swag
(6 bookmarks, 6 trading cards, two postcards).

Grand Prize Giveaway

1st Prize — $100 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Prize — $30 Amazon Gift Card


Details

The Summer Reads Blog Hop runs from July 17th, 12:01am EST through July 23rd, 11:59pm EST.  My giveaway is international.

Mandatory entry for my prize
Leave a comment on this post during the hop (please include your email address) and let me know what one of your favorite book covers is.  :-)  Also mention extra entries.   

Extra entries for my prize
For extra entries you may do any or all of the following, but be sure to mention them in your comment.

+1  Follow my blog. 

+1  Like My Facebook Page.

+1  Follow me on Twitter.

+1  Share my giveaway on Twitter.

+1  Share it on Facebook.

+1 Pin my giveaway pic on Pinterest.

Selecting a Winner for my prize
I will use random.org to choose my prize winner after verifying all entries and will announce it here by July 25th.  If the winner's email address is included in her/his comment, I will email her/him, too.  The winner will have one week to contact me.

There are lots of other prizes up for grabs on the hop!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Favorite Quote Friday #137

Happy Friday! 


Amazon • Kindle • Barnes and Noble • Nook • iBooks • Kobo • BAM!
Coming September 2nd!

Exciting news!!  Night Unbound made Smexy Books' Best of 2014 . . . So Far list! Woohoo!! Here's a quick quote:

"If you are a paranormal romance fan, I recommend this series!"
_____________________________________________________


The lovely ladies at Author's Taproom are planning an awesome Book Blast for In Still Darkness.   In Still Darkness is my Immortal Guardians novella that was originally published in the Predatory anthology.  It will be released as a solo ebook on July 29th.  If you're a blogger and would like to participate, you can find more information HERE.
_____________________________________________________



Author's Taproom is also planning a Blog Tour for Night Unbound.  If you'd like more information on how you can participate, you can find it HERE.  I'm so excited!!  Thank you, everyone who has signed up so far!

Kindle • Nook • iBooks • Kobo • BAM!
Coming July 29th!
$1.99

It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Only two and a half weeks to go before the release of In Still Darkness!  Yay!  For those who haven't read Richart and Jenna's story, I thought I'd give you a nice teaser today:
Squeezing his eyes closed, he turned his head aside. 
"Richart?  What's wrong?  Is it your head?" 
He shook his head.  "It's my eyes." 
"Are they hurting?" 
This was so not the time for his nature to assert itself.  "No, it's . . ."  A huff of frustration escaped him.  "They glow when I'm in the grips of strong emotion and—trust me when I say I realize now is not the time for this—but just the thought of making love with you . . ." 
He jumped when her small, cool fingers touched his jaw and turned his face back toward her. 
"Let me see," she coaxed. 
He did as bidden. 
Her hazel eyes brightened, illuminated by the amber glow emanating from his own. 
She raised her other hand, cupped his face in both, and studied him with such painful intensity that he forgot to breathe.  "They're beautiful," she whispered. 
A lump rose in his throat.  "Don't fear me, Jenna." 
Amusement lit her features.  "It's kind of hard to be afraid of a vampire who apologizes for using harsh language in front of a lady." 
Could he really be so lucky?  "I'm not a vampire." 
"And I'm not a lady."
I know I'm biased, but I love this story.  Richart is the first immortal in my series to even attempt a normal courtship with a mortal, and I really like how it progressed.  :-)  He and Jenna have a funny scene in Night Unbound.  I can't wait for you to read it.  :-)

Have a nice weekend!

Dianne


  


Friday, July 4, 2014

Huge Sale! And Favorite Quote Friday #136

Happy Friday!

And Happy 4th of July!  I hope all of my friends in North Carolina and on the East Coast are weathering the storm safely!  We've been having the most lovely weather here, though it may dampen some families' barbecuing plans.  Dark.  Windy.  Drizzles.  Downpours.  Lots of wonderful rumbling thunder.  Perfect writing atmosphere.  And I've been writing away on Immortal Guardians Book 6.  :-)


To celebrate July 4th, some of the online ebook retailers are running a sale on my Immortal Guardians books!  If you haven't picked any up yet, now is the time to do it!  


The Kobo Sale lasts through the weekend.  I'm not sure how long the Amazon Sale with last, though, so grab your copies today!


Look what finally came!  My awesome new In Still Darkness postcards!  Finally!  Aren't they pretty?  UPS was supposed to have delivered them on June 19th.  They didn't come until the 30th.  So annoying, because I wanted to include them in the latest swag pack winners' packages, so it took me longer than usual to mail them.  Sorry for the delay, everyone.


And, while I was mailing the swag packs, I also sent quite a few Night Unbound ARCs to reviewers.    Including the swag packs, I think I must have mailed about 30 packages altogether.  I'm sure the people in line behind me at the post office were all silently cursing me.  LOL.

If you haven't pre-ordered your copy of Night Unbound (Immortal Guardians Book 5) yet, here are the buy links for it so far:

Amazon • Kindle • Barnes and Noble • Nook • iBooks • Kobo • BAM!

September 2nd is just around the corner!  :-)

KindleNookiBooksKoboBAM!

It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  The countdown has begun!  Less than a month to go until the July 29th release of In Still Darkness!   Woohoo!  I'm so excited.  This is my Immortal Guardians novella that tells Richart and Jenna's story and was originally published in the Predatory anthology.  If this is your first time hearing about it, Richart d'Alençon, a 230-year-old Immortal Guardian, attempts to do something no other immortal has done in decades:  He attempts to date a mortal woman.  :-)  Single mother Jenna, the heroine, is working nights shifts in an attempt to put her son, John, through college.  So today I thought I would share my Four Favorite John Quotes:

1)  "Is this going to get weird?  Like kinky weird?" 
2)  "If he threatens you, hit him with the pepper spray, then carve him up." 
3)  "Really?  You're going to put that image in my head?" 
4)  "If anything happens to her, I'll hunt you mother f*****s down and feed you your own entrails."
Have a great holiday weekend!

Dianne


Friday, June 27, 2014

Favorite Quote Friday #135

Happy Friday!  I had so much fun at the Author Takeoever yesterday!  Thank you, everyone who dropped by and chatted with me.  I enjoyed getting to know you better.  We had giveaways and sneak peeks and more.  The hour really flew by!  :-)



My new Immortal Guardians swag arrived!  Or rather, most of it arrived.  UPS only delivered eleven of the twelve boxes and marked them all as delivered, so my awesome In Still Darkness postcards are missing.  *grumble, grumble, grumble*  I'm hoping they'll eventually be delivered next week.

That's a lot of swag.  LOL.  I'm hoping it'll last me a year.  :-)  Here's what it looks like.  I gave away five swag packs at the Takeover last night.




If you missed the Author Takeover and would like a chance to win some of the lovely swag pictured above, hop on over to Kindles and Wine.  They're celebrating their 2-Year Blogiversary with a massive giveaway.  My Prize Package includes signed copies of Darkness Rises and Predatory + an Immortal Guardians swag pack.  (I'd better have my In Still Darkness postcards by the time the contest ends!)  You really don't want to miss this one, because they're giving away 17 Author-Sponsored Prize Packs (like mine), 17 Publisher-Sponsored Prize packs, and 128 Miscellany Giveaways.  That's 162 Winners!  You can find all the details HERE.  Good Luck!  


Amazon • Kindle • Barnes and Noble • Nook • iBooks • BAM!
September 2, 2014

It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Only a little over a month to go until the July 29th release of In Still Darkness the Immortal Guardians novella that tells Richart and Jenna's story.   And there are only a little over two months to go until the September 2nd release of Night Unbound, Immortal Guardians Book 5, which tells Zach and Lisette's story.  So I thought I would give you a taste of both by choosing a quote from Night Unbound that features Richart and Jenna for today's selection:
"I did not need to see that," Richart said.  "I mean, I really did not need to see that.  Jenna, honey, grab one of my daggers and poke out both my eyes."
:-)  If you aren't familiar with the series, Richart and Lisette are brother and sister.  Have a great weekend!

Dianne

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Author Takeover



This is just a quick reminder that I'll be doing an Author Takeover over at Little Shop of Readers on Facebook tonight at 8:00pm EST.  There will be giveaways, sneak peeks, trivia, and more, so I hope you'll stop by and join the fun!  You'll find it HERE.

Have a great day!

Dianne

Friday, June 20, 2014

Favorite Quote Friday #134

Happy Friday!  I had some really great writing days this week.  :-)  Immortal Guardians Book 6 is coming along very nicely.  I love the banter between the hero and heroine . . . who shall remain nameless for a little bit longer.  ;-)


For those of you who are on Facebook, I'll be doing an Author Takeover on the Little Shop of Readers page on Thursday night, June 26th.  This is my first ever Author Takeover.  Woohoo!!  I'm thinking there will be giveaways.  My new swag will have arrived by then.  :-)  Perhaps some sneak peeks.  And I'd love to chat with you and answer any questions you may have, so I hope I'll see you there!


I thought I would also mention that Tantor Audio, producers of my Immortal Guardians audiobooks, is having a sale this month.  50% off all titles and all formats with free shipping over $25.  Here's a link to my books on Tantor.com.

Amazon • Kindle • Barnes and Noble • Nook • iBooks • BAM!
September 2, 2014

It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  I thought I'd give you another sneak peek of Night Unbound, Immortal Guardians Book 5, today.  :-)  In this scene, you'll find immortals Lisette (the telepathic heroine of Night Unbound), Bastien (villain of Darkness Dawns and hero of Phantom Shadows), and Ethan:
[Bastien] scowled.  "Are you reading my thoughts again, telepath?" 
"I didn't have to.  It was all over your face.  Besides, I stopped peeking into your head a long time ago because all you ever think about is Melanie naked and your vampire friends." 
Ethan's eyebrows flew up.  "He thinks about Melanie naked with his vampire friends?" 
Bastien popped him on the back of the head.
The thing I love most about writing a series is not having to say goodbye to my favorite characters.  :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne