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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Amazon  Nook  iTunes  Kobo
Amazon UK • Amazon Canada

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.

A USA Today Bestseller

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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BAM!  Walmart • Amazon UK • Amazon Canada

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

Friday, January 15, 2016

Cover Reveal & Favorite Quote Friday

Happy Friday!  I have something exciting to share with you:


“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
Kindle  Nook  iTunes  Kobo  Amazon UK  Amazon Canada

The cover of Phantom Embrace!  Woohoo!!  If this is your first time hearing about it, Phantom Embrace is the Immortal Guardians novella I wrote for the On the Hunt anthology.  It will be released as a solo novella on June 28, 2016, tells Yuri's story, and is now available for pre-order.  I've been so pleased by the reviews it has received, so I hope you'll pre-order a copy if you haven't read it yet.  It's only $1.99!  :-)



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USA Today Bestseller
Amazon • Audible • Nook  iTunes  Kobo
BAM!  Walmart • Amazon UK • Amazon Canada

I had to drop offline for a bit.  And when I came back, I was very happy to discover that Shadows Strike made several Top 10 and Best Books of 2015 lists:





I had such fun writing Ethan and Heather's story.  I'm glad so many readers are enjoying it.  Thank you so much!


I also made Amorous Reads Top 10 New-To-Me Authors of 2015 list with my Immortal Guardians series.  :-)



It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  I've been getting a lot of requests for Aidan's story, so I thought today I would give you a mini-excerpt from Shadows Strike that features him.  For those who haven't read Night Unbound or Shadows Strike, Aidan is a nearly 3,000-year-old immortal who is searching for a woman who can love him and banish his loneliness.  :-)
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Seth closed his eyes and did a quick mental search for Aidan. Once he found him, Seth touched Bastien’s and Cliff’s shoulders and teleported them to the Celt’s side.

Aidan smiled at them, a tire iron held in one hand. “I thought I felt a disturbance in the force.”

Cliff laughed.

Bastien smiled.

Seth shook his head. “What have you been doing?”

Aidan held up the tire iron. “Helping a lovely woman change a flat tire.”

Bastien arched a brow. “A lovely gifted one?”

“As it happens, yes.”

Seth sighed. “Did you flatten her tire, Aidan?”

“Yes, I did,” the nearly three-thousand-year-old immortal admitted without remorse. 
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I'll be spending this weekend with Robert, Bethany, and a teenaged Marcus (Rendezvous With Yesterday).  I hope you'll have a fun weekend, too!

Dianne

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!


I can't believe it's already 2016!  2015 passed so quickly!  Thank you all for making it such a wonderful year.  I took a big step in 2015 and indie published A Sorceress of His Own, a book that has always been a favorite of mine, launching an all new series at the same time.  And I'm so glad I did.  I couldn't have done it without your support, which means so much to me.  Thank you again.  :-)


I'm ringing in the new year with giveaways over on My Facebook Page.  I hope you'll join me and enter to win signed books, Immortal Guardians pens, flashlight keychains, bookmarks, trading cards, and postcards.  :-)

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I hope you all had fun on the Christmas Treats Giveaway Hop.  The winner of my prize—signed copies of Shadows Strike and A Sorceress of His Own + swag—is . . .

Carol L.

Congratulations!!

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I hope you all have been enjoying the holidays and staying safe during the harsh storms.  Thank you again for making 2015 such an exciting year for me.  I wish you and yours a very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

Dianne

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas Treats Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the Christmas Treats Giveaway Hop!  What are our favorite Christmas Treats? Books, of course! So each blog participating in the hop will be giving away fabulous book-related gifts for the Holidays!

When cold weather rolls in, there's nothing quite like toasting your toes in front of a crackling fire as you lose yourself in the pages of a great book.  Alas it will be too warm for a fire here.  BUT I still intend to get in some fun reading time.  :-)  In addition to reading back through my next release (Rendezvous With Yesterday), I'm looking forward to diving into lovely Laurann Dohner's new VLG series, the first book of which releases on December 22nd.  Woohoo!  Perfect timing!  (I love her New Species series).


My Giveaway



For my giveaway, I thought I would warm up your winter with signed paperback copies of my latest releases:  A Sorceress of His Own, The Gifted Ones Book 1 and Shadows Strike, Immortal Guardians Book 6 + a Swag Pack (2 postcards, 8 bookmarks, and 8 trading cards).  If you're new to my Immortal Guardians series, don't worry.  The books can all be read as standalones.


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Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.

For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon's side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed—or cursed—with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.  All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon's life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. 



U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can't guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.

Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she's awake, she isn't sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn't trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that's coming, it will take everything they have just to survive...

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Details

The Christmas Treats Giveaway Hop runs from December 19, 2015, 12:00am EST through December 25th, 2015, 11:59pm EST.  My giveaway is open internationally to those who can legally enter.  No purchase necessary.

Mandatory entry
Leave a comment on this post during the hop (please include your email address) and tell me what book or books you're looking forward to reading over the holidays.  :-)  Also mention extra entries.

Extra entries
I'd love to connect with you online.  So 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.  (I like to thank readers with frequent giveaways on Facebook, so if you like my Facebook page you might want to also tell Facebook to show my posts in your feed in the "Liked" menu to ensure you won't miss any.)

+1  Follow me on Twitter.

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+1  Follow me on Amazon.

+1  Share my giveaway (on Facebook or Twitter or the like)

Selecting a Winner

I will use random.org to choose my prize winner after verifying all entries and will announce it here by January 1st.  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.

Have Fun on the Hop!


Friday, December 11, 2015

An Excerpt, a Sale, & Exciting News

Happy Friday!  I have exciting news for you:


Phantom Embrace, my Immortal Guardians novella that was released in the On the Hunt anthology, will be released as a solo ebook on June 28, 2016.  It features Yuri as the hero and Bastien's sister Cat as the heroine.  AND it's only $1.99 (USD)!  If you're new to my Immortal Guardians series, don't worry.  Each book and novella can be read as a standalone.  Here are some pre-order links:


Kindle • Nook • Kobo • Amazon UK • Amazon Canada


RT Reviewers' Choice Award Nominee
Best Book — Long & Short Reviews
Top Pick — The Romance Reviews

More great news:  Darkness Dawns, the first book in my Immortal Guardians series, is on sale for a limited time for just $1.99 (USD) in ebook!  See how the series began or, since this is the holiday season, give it as a gift and help another reader discover my Immortal Guardians family.  :-)  Here are the links:


Kindle • iTunes • Nook • Kobo • Amazon UK • Amazon Canada


USA Today Bestseller
Amazon • Audible • Nook  iTunes  Kobo
BAM!  Walmart • Amazon UK • Amazon Canada

It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Today I thought I would share an excerpt of my latest release, Shadows Strike.  It features Ethan and Heather, the hero and heroine.  :-)
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Calling himself six kinds of a fool, he collected the items he’d set on the roof of the car and strode up the wooden stairs. Bending, he set the goods to one side, out of her line of sight. Then, taking a deep, bracing breath, he knocked on the door.

Sneaker-clad feet carried Heather to the door.

Good. He hadn’t woken her.

The light behind the peephole darkened. The rattling of bolts being turned and a chain being removed preceded the opening of the front door.

Heather peered up at him. “Ethan. Hi.”

“Hi.” He smiled. She was as beautiful as he remembered. It had been hell, trying to stay away. He had only made it two weeks before he had given in and come to see her. He knew he shouldn’t lure Heather into his world, especially with Chris Reordon waiting in the wings to recruit her, but . . . he had been unable to stop thinking about her.

“What are you doing here?” she asked and looked past him. Not the friendly, flirty response he had hoped for.

His gaze drifted beyond her. Did she have a guest? A male guest?

His hackles rose. “Are you alone?”

“Yes.”

But she neither opened the door wider nor welcomed him inside.

Had he read things wrong with her?

“I was just hunting nearby,” he began.

Alarm swept across her features. “Hunting vampires? You saw more vampires hanging around?”

“No,” he hastened to assure her. “No. You’re safe, Heather.”

She didn’t relax. Nor did she stop visually searching the yard behind him.

“I meant I was hunting in the area and . . . was passing by on my way home and just thought I’d . . .” He rubbed the back of his neck and sighed. “Ah, hell. I suck at this.”

“Suck at what?”

“I wasn’t hunting nearby,” he admitted. “I was hunting forty miles away. But I can’t stop thinking about you and wanted to see you again.” Bending, he retrieved what he hoped she would see as a romantic gesture. When he straightened, he held a newspaper in one hand and a stainless steel coffeepot in the other. He offered her a sheepish smile. “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

Heather bit her lip. And he did think he saw a little Aww, how sweet enter her pretty brown eyes.

Stepping closer, he leaned against the door frame opposite her. “I’m afraid I don’t really know how to do this.”

He heard her heartbeat pick up. “Do what?”

“Date. I haven’t tried to court a woman in about a century. I don’t know how to get things going and can’t ask Ed or he’ll never let me live it down.” Damned if he didn’t feel like a teenager with his first crush.

Her throat moved in a swallow. “You want to date me?”

“If dating you means spending lots of time with you, getting to know you, and exploring every inch of your delectable body as soon as you’re ready to take things further, then yes. I really want to date you.” He held up his goodies. “I remembered your neighbor with the newspaper analogy and . . .” He released a rueful chuckle. “As I said, I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t even like coffee. I just liked the idea of it and wanted to see you again.”

“Oh, Ethan. It’s perfect.”

His heart leapt.

“But I really wish you hadn’t come.” Stepping back, Heather opened the door.

Disappointment struck. “Why?” He had been so sure she’d felt the same spark.

She brought the hand he hadn’t realized she had been hiding behind her back around and raised a Walther PPQ 9mm. “Because I dreamed you would.”

As Ethan gaped down at her, she pulled the trigger.


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Have a wonderful weekend!  And don't forget to join me on My Facebook Page, where I often have Flash Giveaways.  ;-)

Dianne

Friday, December 4, 2015

Favorite Quote Friday

Happy Friday!  We've had the most wonderful cloudy, chilly days here.  Perfect writing weather.  So I've been deeply engrossed in early 13th century England this week, working on Rendezvous With Yesterday, The Gifted Ones Book 2.  :-)


Amazon  Audible  iBooks  Kobo  Nook

Wonderful reviews continue to roll in for the first book in The Gifted Ones series—A Sorceress of His Own.  Here are some of the latest on Amazon:


"Excellent.  Really enjoyed this book.  Very unique.  Well written.  Loved the super-naturalness of it.  Can't wait to read more from Dianne Duvall."
—C. Foster

"Very good story.  This story had it all, love, adventure, and mystery.  Most of all you really liked the main characters.  Thank you Miss Duvall for a wonderful journey!"
—Westdog 

"Wow.  Best book I have read all year, didn't want to put it down.  Was amazing from start to finish.  I am not normally a fan of romance heavy stories but this book was flawless."
—Chris

"Excellent.  This was an excellent story, from start to finish.  The hero (arguably maybe two) and the heroine were strong characters.  This is probably one of the nest stories I have ever read and made me cry on more than one occasion.  I look forward to reading future books by this author."
—T. Jennings


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BAM!  Walmart • Amazon UK • Amazon Canada

Great reviews continue to roll in for Shadows Strike, too.  :-)  Here are some of the latest on Amazon:

"This book was so exciting and romantic.  I was hooked from the beginning.  This is a wonderful paranormal series."
—Glynda H Roy

"Dianne Duvall writes such fun and exciting stories.  A great read!"
—Christy Kennedy

"This is one of the very best series I have ever read.  I absolutely love the story line and the characters the author has created.  Each book just gets better and better.  I want more every time a book ends."
—Niecew

"Ethan and Heather are a wonderful addition to the Immortal Guardians series!!  Dianne did it again and I cannot wait for the next book!"
—Cindy Foreman


It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Today I thought I would give you a glimpse of some of the secondary characters in A Sorceress of His Own.  :-)
Meghan looked to her grandfather. 
“Go with him.” 
But go with him where?  The man couldn’t sprout wings and fly her there. 
She eyed the stranger uneasily.  Could he? 
His lips twitched.  “There are faster means than even that to convey you.” 
Again her mouth fell open.  Had he read her thoughts? 
“Aye.”  He turned to her grandfather.  “I shall return her anon, and thank you for trusting me to ensure her safety.” 
So saying, he again reached out and touched Meghan’s shoulder. 
Darkness engulfed her, shutting out all light.  Her head swam with dizziness.  Then she found herself standing in a moonlit forest. 
Seth chuckled.  “’Tis a bit unsettling the first time, but ’twill pass.”
For those who haven't read it:  Yes, that's the Seth from my Immortal Guardians series.  There's a bit of crossover.  :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne