Friday, April 29, 2016

Favorite Quote Friday #103

Happy Friday!  I've been working on Phantom Embrace promo, writing Blog Tour posts and designing new swag—bookmarks, postcards, and trading cards.  Here's a sample:


(trading card)

I'll look over the swag one last time this weekend, then order several boxes of each.  Can't wait to start giving it away!!

I also wrote a new blurb for Phantom Embrace.  This novella (Yuri and Cat's story) was first released in the On the Hunt anthology last year, so the blurb—of necessity—had to be very short.  I thought readers who are unfamiliar with either the story or the series would like a little more information, so I wrote a longer blurb:
Born with the ability to see spirits, immortal Yuri Sokolov avoids making contact with them, because such has always yielded negative results . . . until lovely Cat Seddon begins haunting his home and his dreams. As a new threat rises against the Immortal Guardians, Yuri disregards all the rules so he can be with Cat, even though the consequences are substantial.

For centuries, Catherine Seddon has been alone. When her brother is forced to join the Immortal Guardians’ ranks, she haunts the primary home of the powerful warriors to keep an eye on him, and soon finds herself captivated by Yuri. The handsome Russian immortal swiftly banishes her loneliness as friendship grows between them and deepens into love. But can two people who can never touch find a future together? 
“Duvall's hauntingly beautiful novella, set in the world of the Immortal Guardians, portrays the deep love between two people who can never touch, with a wonderfully unexpected ending.”
—Publishers Weekly


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Only two months until the release!  :-)



Thank you, everyone who has voted for A Sorceress of His Own, which has been nominated for The Romance Reviews Readers Choice Award for Historical Romance.  I know I've probably said this before, but I'm so thrilled that my first indie release was nominated.  This book in particular means a lot to me, because it inspired my Immortal Guardians' series and introduced me to Seth, Marcus, and Roland.  :-)  

Voting lasts through Saturday, April 30th.  So if you enjoyed Dillon and Alyssa's story and would like to vote, there's still time to do so HERE.  


"Readers will appreciate the rich characterizations and kick-butt action of Duvall's "In Still Darkness," as Richard d'Alençon, a 200-year-old Guardian, woos charming Jenna McBride with warmth and passion while keeping his vampire-hunting like secret."
—Publishers Weekly
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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  While anticipating Phantom Embrace's upcoming release, I've been thinking about my first novella's solo release, so I thought I would give you a brief excerpt from In Still Darkness today.  :-)
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Weaving on her feet, the woman straightened and looked up at him.  She couldn’t be much more than five feet tall and he was six foot one.  “Y-your eyes are glowing.”

Her pupils were dilated, blocking out almost all of the pale green, leaving only a few flakes of brown.

Richart retracted his fangs.  “Yes.  I know it looks bad, but—”

She shook her head.  “I think they’re beautiful.”

Was that the drug talking?  Or did she really think so?  

“You saved me,” she said, awe and gratitude in her melodic voice.  Loosening her death grip on his shirt, she cupped his face in both hands.

His heart skipped.  

When was the last time a woman had touched his face so tenderly?

When was the last time a woman had touched him at all?  Other than his sister punching him in the shoulder, doing her damnedest to kick his ass when they sparred, or doling out a hug here or there, he honestly couldn’t remember.

“Thank you,” the woman whispered.  Rising onto her toes, she drew his head down and brushed her lips against his.

The contact hit him like an electrical shock.  His heart began to pound as she tilted her head and increased the pressure, brushing, stroking.  She combed her fingers through his short, black hair, sending shivers through him.

He parted his lips, met her tongue with his when she boldly thrust hers forward.

Pure heat.

She leaned into him, clutched him tighter.  

His body hardened.  His breath shortened.  His arms tightened around her.

Her knees went limp.  Her lips tore away from his as her head fell back.  Her eyes closed.  Her mouth hung open, lips pink from kissing him.

Richart stared down at her as his pulse pounded in his ears.

Yeah.  She was out.

Damn it.  That had been the best kiss he’d had in at least a century.
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I still love these two together.  :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, April 22, 2016

Favorite Quote Friday #102

Happy Friday!  This has been a rather tumultuous week.  Storms rolled in, bringing hours of unrelenting hard rain, harsh winds, near constant lightning, and a lot of flooding.  It was almost like having a tropical storm park itself over us. But it looks like the sun is finally coming out and will stay out, at least for a few days.  So I will be ungluing myself from the news, radar, and windows and will spend the weekend with Robert and Bethany (and Marcus) from Rendezvous With Yesterday.  :-)


“Duvall's hauntingly beautiful novella, set in the world of the Immortal Guardians, portrays the deep love between two people who can never touch, with a wonderfully unexpected ending.”
— Publishers Weekly

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Just a reminder:  Phantom Shadows, the Immortal Guardians novella that tells Yuri and Cat's story, will release on June 28th and is available for Pre-Order.  It was previously released in the On the Hunt anthology, but I know some readers don't care for anthologies and haven't read it yet.  I hope you'll enjoy it!  I've wanted to write Cat's story ever since Darkness Dawns.  :-)


It's also time to plan my Phantom Embrace Blog Tour, which will include Author Posts, Interviews, Excerpts, Spotlights, Reviews, a tour-wide Giveaway, and more.  So if you're a blogger and would like to participate, you can learn more and sign up here.  




If you missed my last post, A Sorceress of His Own—The Gifted Ones Book 1 and my first Indie release—has been nominated for The Romance Reviews Readers Choice Award in Historical Romance.  Voting continues through April 30th.  So if you've read it and enjoyed it and would like to vote, you can vote here.  You have to sign in to vote, but accounts are free.  (I have one myself.)  And there are a lot of other categories to explore while you're there.  :-)

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"Fans of terrific paranormal romance have hit the 
jackpot with Duvall and her electrifying series."
—RT Book Reviews
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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Today I thought I would share a favorite narrative quote from Shadows Strike, my most recent Immortal Guardians novel.  (If you haven't read the series, don't worry.  Shadows Strike can be read as a stand alone.)
The immortals’ eyes all flashed amber as they shot forward, a sea of black that rose like a tidal wave, swept over the walls, and poured inside.
I hope all of my friends out there are staying safe and dry!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, April 15, 2016

Favorite Quote Friday

Happy Friday!  I haven't posted in quite a while.  Those of you who have been following my blog for several years or who are friends with me on Facebook know that I believe in putting family first.  And I needed to put family first for a bit.  Though I still managed to pop onto Facebook periodically, I wasn't able to do my weekly blog posts.  BUT I'm back.  :-)  



And I have great news to share!  A Sorceress of His Own has been nominated for The Romance Reviews Readers Choice Award in Historical Romance!  Voting has already begun and lasts through April 30th.  You have to sign in to vote, but accounts are free.  (I've had one for years.)  So if you'd like to vote, you can Vote Here.


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Phantom Shadows, the Immortal Guardians novella that tells Yuri and Cat's story, will be released on June 28th.  (This was previously released in the On the Hunt anthology.)  Author's Taproom is busy planning my Phantom Embrace Blog Tour.  The tour will run from June 20th—July 3rd and will include a tour-wide giveaway.  If you're a blogger and would like to join it, you can Sign Up Here.


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I thought I would also mention that I'm going to give away a swag pack over on My Facebook Page this weekend.  I hope you'll drop by and join the fun!

“Duvall's hauntingly beautiful novella, set in the world of the Immortal Guardians, portrays the deep love between two people who can never touch, with a wonderfully unexpected ending.”
— Publishers Weekly
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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Yuri and Cat have been on my mind a lot this week, so I thought I'd give you a quote from their novella.  :-)  The following is a snippet of a conversation that takes place between Yuri (the hero) and Marcus, one of his fellow Immortal Guardians:
Yuri looked at Marcus and found him scrutinizing him a little too carefully. “What?” 
“Are you insane?” 
“No. Why? What’s the word on the street?”
Have a wonderful weekend!  :-)

Dianne

Friday, February 26, 2016

Favorite Quote Friday—Excerpt

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone weathered the storms safely this week.  We had some hard rain and harsh winds here, but no tornadoes or hail.  And you know how much I love rainy, thunder-rumbly days.  :-)


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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Dillon and Alyssa has been on my mind a lot since the Audie Awards announced A Sorceress of His Own is a Finalist.  So for today's Favorite Quote Friday I thought I would share an excerpt of A Sorceress of His Own, the first book in my new series The Gift Ones.  For those who are just hearing of the book for the first time, I'll preface the excerpt with a brief blurb. :-)
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Feared and reviled as a sorceress, Alyssa must conceal her youth and the love she harbors for the fierce Earl of Westcott beneath umbral robes that lead him and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.  All is revealed, however, and passion soon flares when an enemy threatens Dillon's life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him.

Frustration beat at Dillon.  Months had passed and the lord of Brimshire seemed no closer to surrender than he had been when the siege began.

“Do you think they are as well-fortified with provisions as Lord Edward would have us believe?” Sir Simon asked.

Several dead cows had been launched over the walls today.  At first, Dillon and his men had feared they were diseased.  ’Twas a common tactic in sieges.

But the cows had instead been meant to convey a simple message:  Those besieging the castle would starve long before the inhabitants of the keep would.  They had food aplenty inside the stout walls.

Dillon shook his head.  “I know not . . . and have reached the end of my patience.  Tomorrow we will begin constructing siege towers.”  He had hoped to take the castle—one King Richard had granted him when Dillon had saved his life—without violence.  Without death.  Without destroying walls and structures he would then have to rebuild once Brimshire became his.

“Do you wish to send for the trebuchet?”

Ready to be done with it, Dillon nodded and started to speak.

A twig snapped in the forest.

Every man present leapt to his feet and drew his sword.

A small, black-robed figure stepped into the firelight, seeming to manifest directly from the darkness itself.

Several knights hastened to cross themselves.

Dillon motioned for all to stand down and waited for them to relax before the fire once more.  Sheathing his own weapon, he crossed to the wisewoman’s side.  

“My lord,” she greeted him in her raspy voice.

Dillon guided her away from his men.  “What do you here, Wise One?  ’Tis not safe.”  How had she traveled such a distance?  He saw none of his men with her.  Had she come alone?

“My gifts told me you have need of my services,” she whispered.  

He could remember a time in his youth when her voice had been stronger.  But age had gradually weakened it, first cracking it then reducing it to this faint relic of its former self.

None knew the wisewoman’s true age.  The more superstitious of his people, those who crossed themselves whenever she passed them, believed she possessed the powers of immortality and could claim centuries to her past.  Others placed her age nigh that of the elders, who all swore she had served the Westcott lords for as long as the oldest amongst them had walked the earth.  All Dillon knew with any certainty was that she had seen at least two-score and ten years, for she had advised his father throughout Dillon’s youth.

He recalled his intense curiosity as a boy.  She had stood straighter then, had seemed taller, almost grandiose to a precocious child who would not see his final height of a few inches above six feet for many years.  A floor-length black robe with long sleeves that fell beneath her fingertips and a cowl that shielded every feature and defied even the strongest gust of wind had been and still was her constant companion.  As Dillon understood it, none had ever looked upon her unmasked.  Not even his grandfather, beside whom the elders insisted she had first stood. 

Since acquiring the title, Dillon had had little chance to speak with this mysterious woman who had served his family for so many years.  He had spent most of his time quashing a cousin’s rebellion, then attempting to claim Brimshire.  And, though he had known her peripherally all of his life, he had not yet decided how he felt about her coming to him as his advisor.  

“All goes well here, Seer,” he told her.  ’Twas not a lie.  There had been no losses on his side.  No sickness.  As far as sieges went, this had been an uneventful one.  “Tomorrow we will begin constructing siege towers—”

“Such will not be necessary.”

He stared at her, shocked that she had interrupted him.  Everyone else feared him too much to risk the fury they all believed would erupt if they did so.  “I know not—”

“Rest easy, my lord,” she whispered, interrupting him again.  “Brimshire will be yours by sunrise.”

So saying, she backed away and let the forest swallow her.

Nonplussed, Dillon heard no sound of movement but knew without grabbing a torch and thrusting it forward that she was gone.  

He turned to face his men.

Judging by their uneasy expressions, most had overheard.

“What do you suppose she meant by that?” Simon asked.

Dillon knew not and, retaking his place before the fire, decided to forgo sleep until she returned.

Hours later, as the sun rose and painted the land around them with a rosy dawn, a loud clanking sound disrupted the silence.

Dillon stood and faced the castle.

The drawbridge began to lower.

Waking his men with a single command, he mounted his destrier and drew his sword.

Squires fetched mounts.  Knights climbed into saddles and drew weapons that glimmered in the strengthening sunlight.

The heavy outer portcullis slowly rose as Dillon and his men took up a position some distance from the end of the drawbridge.

A charged silence followed.

The inner portcullis rose.

All waited in tense anticipation for men to pour forth with a battle cry.

Minutes passed as bird song serenaded them.  

Then a small black-robed figure emerged, face hidden by her cowl.  Striding boldly across the drawbridge, she halted when she reached Dillon’s side.  “As I said, my lord, siege towers will not be necessary.  Brimshire is yours.”

Dillon stared down at her in astonishment as his men all crossed themselves in a flurry of motion.

She had accomplished in one night what a six-month siege had not.

Just how far did her gifts extend?


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Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, February 12, 2016

Favorite Quote Friday # 100!

Happy Friday!  I have exciting news to share . . .



I just found out that the A Sorceress of His Own Audiobook (the first in my new series The Gifted Ones) is an Audie Award Finalist!  I'm so excited!!  Kirsten Potter did such a fantastic job narrating it.  I'm so glad listeners and reviewers are enjoying it.  :-)


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I also thought I'd mention again for those who may not have heard:  Shadows Strike is on sale on Kindle for a limited time – only $1.99!  That's 75% off regular price!  Some of the other book retailers are price matching, but I don't know how long that will last.  So if you'd like to give it a try, pick up a copy today!  :-)


It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  I'm going to do something a little different today.  Instead of posting one favorite quote, I'm going to post two.  Because today I realized that this is my 100th Favorite Quote Friday!  Yay!  I posted my very first on August 26, 2011.  And what was the quote?



"Dab, Abi.  How cad you turd me od
when my face feels like it just exploded?"
—Marcus

I admit Marcus has always been one of my favorite characters.  I've been working on Rendezvous With Yesterday, The Gifted Ones Book 2, and love seeing him as a mortal teenager.  :-)


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I also loved seeing Marcus in A Sorceress of His Own, the first book in The Gifted Ones series.  So I thought I would also give you a quote from that one, too.  It features Alyssa, the heroine:
Fury greater than any she had heretofore experienced flooded her veins, its fiery heat replacing the terrifying cold as she rose. 
“Go,” she ordered the youth still huddled inside her door.   
Marcus did not hesitate to obey her.   
Retrieving two cloth bags, Alyssa headed for the cages hidden in the farthest corner of her workroom.  Next, she retrieved a wicked-looking dagger that was older than the building that housed her. 
She would have her answers. 
She would have her revenge.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Sale, An Anniversary, & A Favorite Quote

Happy Friday!  February is here!  And with it came a big anniversary for me. 



Five years ago on February 1st, 2011, my first book—Darkness Dawns—was published.  Since then, I've published 6 more novels, 2 novellas, 9 audiobooks, and 3 German translations. What an exciting ride it has been!  Thank you all for accompanying me on my journey! You've been so wonderful and supportive and SO much fun.  :-)  I can't wait to see what the next five years will bring! 

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I have good news!  Shadows Strike is on sale for a limited time on Kindle.  Only $1.99 (USD)!  That's 75% off regular price!  Other vendors are price matching, but I'm not sure how long it will last.  So if you haven't read it and would like to give it a try, this would deb a great time to pick up a copy.

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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  For today's selection, I've chosen a quote from Shadows Strike, one of my latest releases.  It's taken from a scene that features Ethan and Heather, the hero and heroine.  :-)
Her lips quirked up in a smile as her brown eyes lit with amusement. “So . . . any other revelations you’d care to make while I’m sitting down?” 
“Actually, yes,” he said. “I’m not a vampire. I’m an immortal.” 
She studied him a long moment. “This is going to be one of those days, isn’t it?” 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, January 22, 2016

Favorite Quote Friday

Happy Friday!  I hope you had a good week, because you made mine pretty awesome.  :-)


“Duvall's hauntingly beautiful novella, set in the world of the Immortal Guardians, portrays the deep love between two people who can never touch, with a wonderfully unexpected ending.”
— Publishers Weekly
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Thanks so much, all of you who pre-ordered Phantom Embrace after my Cover Reveal last Friday.  You made it leap onto three of Amazon's Top 100 Bestseller lists.  Woohoo!!  You're the best!  

I hope you'll enjoy it.  I really like Yuri and Cat's story.  I think I may have already mentioned this when it was originally released in the On the Hunt anthology last year, but I've been wanting to write Cat's story ever since Marcus encountered her in Darkness Dawns and Night Reigns.  I'm so glad she and Yuri could find happiness together.  :-)


USA Today Bestseller
"Fans of terrific paranormal romance have hit the 
jackpot with Duvall and her electrifying series."
—RT Book Reviews
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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  For today's selection, I thought I would give you another quote from Shadows Strike, one of my latest releases.  This particular quote is taken from one of my favorite scenes in the novel, in which David—the immensely powerful Second in Command of the Immortal Guardians—is proving he is indeed telepathic by reading a skeptic's mind.  :-)
[David] looked at Tim. “Yes, I can read your mind . . . Yes, every thought.” His look turned resigned. “Perry the Platypus.  Camel.  Pink.  Jay Z.  Doc McStuffins Pizza.  Enough.  You’re giving me a headache.” 
I'll be spending the weekend with Robert, Bethany, and teenaged Marcus again (Rendezvous With Yesterday, The Gifted Ones Book 2).  Have a great weekend!

Dianne