Friday, January 20, 2017

News, a Giveaway, and a Favorite Quote

Happy Friday!  It looks like a lot of us experienced some pretty wild weather this week.  I hope you all stayed safe.  It stormed for hours here a few days ago.  You know how much I love thunderstorms.  The noisier the better.  And this one was pretty noisy.  So I had a great writing day.  More than one actually, since it rained the next day as well.  I don't know what it is about storms, but they really spark my creativity.

I'm very happy with the way Aidan's book is coming along.  Aidan and his heroine are entertaining me as much as Ethan and Heather did in Shadows Strike.  :-)  And some very interesting things are brewing in the Immortal Guardians world.  

Pretty cryptic, right?  ๐Ÿ˜€  I know.  I'm rather obsessive when it comes to avoiding the mention of anything that might be considered a spoiler.  I have some fun quotes in mind, though, for future Favorite Quote Fridays.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Which reminds me . . .  

A lot of readers have been asking if I have a newsletter.  I don't have one at this time, but—because of the many requests—was thinking about starting one.  I can't have both a blog and a newsletter, because it would take too much time away from writing.  So I thought I would ask:

Which do you prefer—Newsletter or Blog?

If you prefer newsletters, how often do you
like to receive them from authors?

I'm always interested in your thoughts.

Since Facebook continues to limit the reach of Author Pages, I've begun to mention posts here and provide links in case you missed the fun and would like to join the conversation.  Here are some of my latest posts:

I'll also be giving away two more Immortal Guardians and The Gifted Ones Swag Packs on my page this weekend, just for fun.  So if you'd like one, hop over to My Author Page and enter to win!

More fantastic reviews continue to roll in for Rendezvous with Yesterday.  I'm so glad readers are enjoying Robert and Bethany's story.  And I'm particularly thrilled to see so many readers who don't usually care for time travel romance giving it 5-star reviews.  ๐Ÿ˜Š  Here are a few of the latest on Amazon:

"Wow!  If you like time travel romance, you should definitely read this. It's so different than all the rest out there! I enjoyed it so much . . ."
— CharlotteSP

"Great second installment in the gifted ones series . . . Can’t wait for the next one."
— Katrina

"Dianne Duvall has created an amazing fantasy world . . . The whole series is absolutely captivating from beginning to end."
— K. Smith

"Very entertaining, loved all the characters in the book."
— Monica Lindemann

"This story was perfect. The characters were perfect. Can I please have my very own Robert . . ."
— Milagos

"Best book this year!  One of my favorites."
— cyn

It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Today I thought I would share a snippet from Rendezvous with Yesterday.  If you're unfamiliar with The Gifted Ones series, Dillon and Alyssa (who can heal with her hands) are the hero and heroine of A Sorceress of His Own (Book 1) and Robert and Bethany are the hero and heroine of Rendezvous with Yesterday (Book 2).

Chuckling, Robert drew Beth up against his side and kissed her hair.  “The day has been a long one, love.”

“For all of us,” Alyssa added, kindly wiping the shock from her expression.  “May I congratulate you, Lady Bethany, on your victory over Robert’s men?  My husband told me of your contest.”

“Thank you.  And please, call me Beth.”

“Then you must call me Alyssa.”  She smiled.  “I wish I could have been here to see Sir Faudron’s and Sir Stephen’s expressions.”

They turned as one to look across the hall at Stephen just as little Ian’s wooden sword hit Stephen squarely in the groin.  Dropping his own sword, the irascible warrior slammed his knees together, cupped himself with both hands, and—whimpering—toppled over onto the floor.

Robert and Dillon both winced.

Beth pursed her lips.  “Too bad he wasn’t still wearing his armor.”

Michael and the other men in the great hall found it wildly amusing, their laughter swelling and echoing off the walls.  

Alyssa narrowed her eyes at Dillon.  “Do not dare laugh.”

“I would not,” he said with a grimace.  “Ian has done the same to me on numerous occasions.”

Robert grunted.  “I will not ask if Alyssa healed you with her hands.”

Alyssa’s cheeks flushed while Dillon donned a naughty grin.

“Perhaps now would be a good time for us to retire to the solar,” Beth suggested brightly, hoping to alleviate the other woman’s embarrassment.

The others agreed, and—with lighter spirits all around—they exited the great hall.

Have a wonderful weekend!  I'll be spending mine with my Immortal Guardians. ๐Ÿ˜Š


Friday, January 6, 2017

News, Reviews, & Favorite Quote Friday

Happy Friday!  The first week of 2017 has been a productive one for me, as was the last week of 2016.  I’m loving Aidan’s book (Immortal Guardians Book 7).  I think Aidan and his heroine have made me laugh as much as Ethan and Heather did in Shadows Strike.  :-) 

I also got an idea for what I think will be a great Immortal Guardians novella.  And this time, since I’m not going to traditionally publish it, I won’t have to adhere to a word count.  For the first two, I was given a word count limit of 20,000—25,000 words (or 80–100 manuscript pages), which I admit I exceeded both times.  LOL!  But now there will be no limits, so I’m even more eager to write it.  

I’ll keep you in suspense as far as who the hero will be.  And for those who have already begun asking, I intend to finish Aidan's book first.  I don’t like to work on two projects at once, so—once I start one—I keep going until I finish it.  :-)

I also received more good news from Kimberly at The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  A Sorceress of His Own made her Top Ten Romances of 2016 list.  Woohoo!!  Here's what she had to say:

"I loved this tale from the setting to the characters.  Duvall is an auto-buy for me.  Dillon and Alyssa are one couple you'll want to spend time with."

You can read her full review HERE.

If you don't have a business page on Facebook, then you may not know that Facebook is letting fewer and fewer of the people who like an author/business page see that page's posts in their feed.  So I've begun to post links here to some of my posts for those who may have missed them.  :-)  Here are the most popular recent posts:

I also thought I'd kick off the new year with a giveaway this weekend over on Facebook.  You can find it on My Author Page.  

A USA Today Bestseller
Kindle • iBooks • Kobo • Nook • Amazon UK

It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Since A Sorceress of His Own was on my mind a lot this week, I thought I would share a narrative quote from it today:
His eyes returned to her face, taking in every detail of her features, struggling to come to terms with the fact that this lovely young woman was the same treasured friend and companion who had been by his side for the past seven years.  The same one who had seen through his formidable facade to the quiet man beneath.  Who had advised him so wisely, never once thinking him weak for seeking her counsel.  Who had argued with him, challenged him, comforted him, brought laughter into his life, and been there for him in so many ways.   
The wisewoman had possessed every quality he desired in a bride save youth. 
Now she possessed that, too.
Have a wonderful weekend!  And stay warm.  It looks like it may be a chilly one for many of us.  Perfect weather for curling up with a good book in front of a crackling fire.  :-)


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

I know 2016 was a tough year for many.  I admit it was a particularly challenging year for me.  So I'd like to thank you all for the countless times you made me smile with comments, messages, emails, reviews, and more and the many times you made me laugh.  I'm so glad I've been able to make some of you laugh and smile as well. 

I hope 2017 will bring you and yours great happiness, health, love, laughter, and prosperity. :-)

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One thing I've always loved about the holiday season is the lighting.  Since much of that is taken down shortly after we ring in the new year, I thought I'd share some of the lovely displays that caught my eye this year.

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I'd also like to thank Kimberly, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, for choosing A Sorceress of His Own as one of her Top 10 Favorite Audiobook Listens of 2016.

That was such a wonderful surprise and a great way to end my year.  :-)

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Have a fantastic week!


Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Holiday Character Interview & More

Happy Friday!  I had some great writing days this week and am really enjoying Aidan's book.  I can't wait to start sharing some favorite quotes with you.  ;-)  

I also received some wonderful news!  Rendezvous with Yesterday won the 2016 Readers Choice Award for Best Historical Romance at GraveTells!  Thank you!!  I admit I love to make people laugh.  And I've heard from so many of you who laughed along with Robert and Bethany while reading this one.  Thanks so much!  :-)

Since Facebook's algorithms keep limiting my page reach, I've begun to mention some posts here and provide links to them in case you missed them and want to join the fun.  Here are a few from this week:

Since the holidays are upon us, I thought—instead of my usual weekly favorite quote or sneak peek—I would share a character interview I wrote around the time Night Reigns released in which Sarah mentions an incident that took place while she and Roland were Christmas shopping.  Todd (one of the guards from network headquarters in my Immortal Guardians series) is interviewing Sarah and Roland (heroine and hero of Darkness Dawns). :-)  

Todd: Thanks for joining me for a second interview.

Sarah: *smiles* We're happy to be here.

Todd: I have to admit I was surprised to get your call.

Sarah: *elbows Roland*

Roland: *grunts* We're happy to be here.

Todd: Really?

Roland: *looks askance at Sarah* Sure.

Sarah: *big grin*

Todd: Okay, what's going on?

Sarah: What do you mean?

Todd: The only one Roland is ever happy to see and spend time with is you. And your smile, while lovely, is way too bright.

Sarah: *wilts* Okay, here's the thing. We're kind of . . . hiding out.

Todd: Why, what did Roland do?

Roland: How do you know I did something?

Todd: Because you're . . . you. They don't call you antisocial for nothing. So, what'd you do?

Sarah: I took him Christmas shopping.

Todd: You what?

Sarah: Well, I just thought . . .  The immortals have all been so sweet and wonderful, welcoming me into the fold . . . and I've been trying hard to bring Roland into the fold along with me, since he usually lingers on the outskirts . . .

Todd: Roland doesn't linger on the outskirts. He lingers about a hundred miles beyond the outskirts. So far beyond them, the outskirts can't even catch a glimpse of him, which frankly, neither the fold nor the outskirts mind.

Roland: *scowls*

Sarah: Anyway . . . while we were shopping—

Todd: Did he hold your purse for you?

Roland: *growls*

Sarah: Don't poke the bear, Todd. While we were shopping, there was an . . . incident.

Todd: Ah, man. He didn't kill anyone, did he?

Roland: You like to live dangerously, don't you?

Sarah: You see, I know Darnell likes to play video games and wanted to get him some of the newest ones. There was quite a crush, what with Christmas right around the corner, and . . .

Roland: That little snot pushed you.

Sarah: Yes, he did. A boy pushed me.

Roland: He wasn't a boy. He was twenty if he was a day.

Sarah: It doesn't really matter. What does is that I would have handled it myself if you hadn't decided to step in and protect me. You know I can take care of myself.

Roland: *smiles* She can. She kicks ass.

Sarah: Yes, I do.

Roland: I love that about you.

Sarah: I know. And I wish you would have remembered that when that moron shoved me.

Roland: *eyes flash bright amber* He put his hand on you. He's lucky I let him keep it.

Todd: What exactly did you do?

Sarah: *jerks a thumb in her husband's direction* That. You know immortals can't keep their eyes from glowing when they're in the grips of strong emotion. Well, Roland was furious.

Todd: Oh, boy.

Sarah: And he flashed his fangs.

Todd: Ah, man.

Sarah: And tossed the man across the store as if he were a tennis ball.

Todd: Way to keep a low profile there, chief.

Sarah: Utter chaos ensued. Which led to more shoving and pushing.

Todd: *groans* Come on, man. There must have been children present!

Roland: The children thought it was cool. It was the parents who freaked out.

Sarah: I ended up having to call Richart and have him teleport us out of there. Chris had to send in Cleaners. Seth had to wipe a lot of memories. It was a mess.

Todd: *shakes his head at Roland* You just spread that . . . cheer wherever you go, don't you?

Sarah: I thought it would be best if we lay low for a while and do pretty much anything we can to get back on Seth's good side.

Roland: I don't think I've ever been on Seth's good side.

Sarah: Yes, but I have, sweetie.

Todd: Okay, well, let's see if another interview will help. *jumps when Seth appears*

Seth: Really? You can't even go Christmas shopping without scaring humans?

Todd: I'm out.

Sarah: What about the interview?

Todd: *on his way out the door* Call me tomorrow . . . if you can. 

Happy Holidays!!  :-)


Friday, December 16, 2016

Favorite Quote Friday—A Blast from the Past

Happy Friday!  I had a great writing week.  Aidan and his leading lady have been making me smile and laugh a lot.  I hope you'll enjoy reading their story as much as I'm enjoying writing it.  :-)

I'll be giving away an Immortal Guardians and The Gifted Ones Swag Pack or two on my Facebook page this weekend.  I hope you'll drop by and join the fun!

Great news.  Rendezvous with Yesterday has been nominated for Favorite Historical Romance in the 2016 GraveTells Readers Choice Awards.  Woohoo!  If you'd like to cast your vote, voting continues through December 19th, 9PM Pacific Time.  :-)  

Speaking of Facebook . . .  I've been hearing from readers who haven't been seeing my posts as often as they used to.  Those of you who have pages of your own know that Facebook is constantly changing its algorithms and letting pages reach fewer and fewer of the people who have liked their pages.  So I thought I'd share direct links to some of my posts from time to time.  :-)  Here are some of this week's:

And an older post that is still getting attention.  :-)

It's time once more for Favorite Quotes Friday!  Bastian played a role in a scene I just wrote, which brought his book to mind.  So today I thought I'd share a mini-excerpt of Phantom Shadows:

Seth returned his attention to Bastien.  “You have company.”

Bastien looked at Melanie.

“Not her,” Seth said with exasperation.  “A handful of vampires are headed this way.  You’ll hear them momentarily.”  He reached out and touched Tanner’s shoulder.



Bastien stared at him.  “What are you doing?  Aren’t you going to take Dr. Lipton with you?”

“No.  I want her to continue monitoring you.”

“While I’m fighting vampires?” Bastien asked incredulously.

“She’s been trained.”  Seth looked at Melanie, who nodded she was okay with it.

Then Seth and Tanner disappeared.

Bastien couldn’t believe it.  He turned to Melanie.  “What did he mean you’ve been trained?”

She shrugged sheepishly.  “I can kick ass.”

She said it with such reluctance that Bastien felt a rush of amusement.  His lips twitched as he fought a smile.

“What?” she demanded with a frown.  “You think I can’t?”  She crossed her arms in a defensive pose that only drew his attention to her lovely breasts.

“No, it’s just . . .”  Eyes up.  “You looked so chagrined when you said it, like someone admitting they’d just farted or something.”

She laughed and lowered her arms.  “It just felt weird to say it.  I’ve never been comfortable tooting my own horn.”

Something as simple as her smile should not make his heart race and his body react in unsuitable ways.  It really shouldn’t.

But it did.  It also cast a spell that made it impossible for him to avoid smiling back.

This was not good.

Have a wonderful weekend!