Friday, July 29, 2016

Favorite Quotes Friday #115

Happy Friday!  We've had the most wonderful weather here the past couple of days.  Lots of clouds, (you know how much I love cloudy days), thunderstorms, and lower temperatures.  Our afternoon temps were actually in the 70's yesterday.  This time of year, we're usually lucky if the over night low dips into the 70's.  So it was a very nice change.  Since we probably won't see temps like again that for a couple months or more, I managed to sneak in some outdoors time.

I've also been working on Rendezvous With Yesterday edits.  I'm going to read through it one more time, then will send it back to my editor.  Did you know that Marcus and Seth both appear in all of my published novels, both Immortal Guardians and The Gifted Ones?  Those two have been with me for quite a long time, so they will always be particular favorites of mine.  :-)




This month has been so hectic that I believe I forgot to formally announce the winners of my Phantom Embrace Blog Tour Giveaway (all of whom have been contacted):

1st Prize — Jeanna M.
2nd Prize — Irma J.
3rd Prize — Bridgett W.

Congratulations!!  And thank you again, everyone who joined me on the tour!


I thought I would begin answering Frequently Asked Reader Questions periodically in my weekly posts.  I'll start with one I've been asked quite a bit this year.

Question:  Will you be making more trailers or videos?

Answer:  Yes.  I still work occasionally on independent film projects.  It's another fun creative outlet for me.  So, naturally, I love being able to work on my own projects.  I don't know yet if I'll be able to make a trailer for Rendezvous With Yesterday.  Even small productions like trailers can be time-consuming, because I approach them like a feature film, casting professional actors, hiring a director and crew, etc.  And time has been in very short supply this year.  But I've been tossing some ideas around with an indie filmmaker colleague of mine.  So, we'll see.  :-)

If you aren't familiar with my trailers and videos, you can find them on My YouTube Channel.  Here is my most recent video, a trailer for A Sorceress of His Own, The Gifted Ones Book 1:



A USA Today Bestseller
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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  My medieval crew from The Gifted Ones series have been major players in my thoughts this week.  So today I'll share a brief excerpt of A Sorceress of His Own, Book 1, with you:
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Freeing her hand from her robe, Alyssa placed it on Michael’s nose, closed her eyes, and concentrated on mending the breaks.  Heat raced through her body, down to her arm, then to his nose.  Soon her own began to ache.  Bone shifted position beneath her fingertips, weaving itself back together.  Something warm began to tickle her upper lip.

“Cease!”

Startled by Dillon’s abrupt command, she jumped and released Michael, whose eyes remained steadfastly screwed shut.  Her gaze flew to Dillon.

Jaw clenched, he leaned forward around Michael and drew his finger across the skin beneath her nose.  It came away wet with her blood.  “No more,” he ordered in a tone that brooked no argument.

Alerted to his distress by his touch, she nodded and raised her cowl.  

Dillon moved to stand beside her.  “You may open your eyes, Michael.”

Complying, Michael raised a hand to his nose and explored it experimentally.  It was straight once more, no longer bleeding.  The throbbing and much of the swelling had vanished as well.  “My thanks, Healer.”

She nodded.

“Return to the village and aid in the repairs,” Dillon bid him curtly.

“Aye, my lord.”  Standing, Michael bowed respectfully.  He froze for a moment as he started to turn away.  Alyssa saw his gaze go to Dillon’s fingers, still painted with her blood, then fly to her.

In the next instant, he was gone.

Dillon kicked the door shut, then returned to her side and lowered her cowl.  Picking up one of the clean cloths she had set aside to use as a bandage, he grasped her chin and tenderly dabbed her nose with it, wiping away the blood.  “I like this not, Alyssa,” he told her.

“I know.”  Her body had already begun to heal itself.  The bleeding ceased even as he watched.  “’Twould not have affected me at all,” she assured him with a smile, “were I not weary from healing so many other paltry wounds before it.”

Dillon dropped the cloth with a groan and pulled her to him, locking his arms around her as he rested his cheek upon her hair.
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Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, July 22, 2016

Favorite Quote Friday #114

Happy Friday!  I have good news to share.  My editor got back to me on Rendezvous With Yesterday, The Gifted Ones Book 2, and . . . she really liked it!  Woohoo!!  She said the characters have amazing chemistry and the fast pace will keep readers turning pages.  Awesome!  I'll be working on edits this weekend, so I'll be having fun with Robert and Bethany.  I've been compiling quite a lengthy list of favorite quotes and excerpts from it for you.  These two are a really fun couple.  :-)


A USA Today Bestseller
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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Since Robert, Bethany, Dillon, and Alyssa will be entertaining me this weekend, I thought I would give you a quote from A Sorceress of His Own that features Dillon and Alyssa:  

They had dressed silently at dawn, each trapped in his or her own thoughts.  Before calling Gideon in to dress him in Simon’s armor, Dillon had repeated what Alyssa now thought of as his ritual.  Helping her don her robe, he had gazed down at her for many long minutes before dipping his head to steal a quick, hard kiss.  Then, his resentment clear, he had drawn the hood up to hide her features.  But he had embraced her, too, clutching her so tightly she had thought she might break, his fear still for her rather than for himself.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, July 15, 2016

Favorite Quote Friday #113

Happy Friday!  How was your week?  I've been working on something very exciting that I'll share with you soon.  I can't wait!  I also handed Rendezvous With Yesterday, The Gifted Ones Book 2, over to my editor.  Woohoo!!  The manuscript came in long, as usual, so I expect I'll have some cutting to do.  But, it's always such a good feeling to finish writing and editing the manuscript myself and move forward with the next step. :-)


A USA Today Bestseller

A Sorceress of His Own, the first book in The Gifted Ones series, has received some great reviews on Amazon this week.  Thank you, Jeanie Welge, Manda, and Debra Allen!  I'm so glad you enjoyed Dillon and Alyssa's story, and I appreciate so much your taking time to write a review!


"One of the best romance novels I've ever read.  I even actually reread it on occasion. It's well written and the plot is just as captivating as the romance."
— Jeanie Welge

"This book was wonderful! Strong, intelligent main characters, a bit of sorcery, romance, adventure, all put together so nicely it leaves you begging for more! If you're in a "book drought", this one will restore your faith in authors! She makes you feel the world instead of simply telling you about it. Kudos! I'll be looking into more of her work!"
— Manda

"I loved this book from the beginning to the end. I always loved healers so I loved Alyssa and Dillon together. It was a powerful, breath taking passionate, mesmerizing story. It captivates you from the beginning to the end. You won't want it to end. I hope there will be many more like this one. I highly recommend this book and give it 10 stars."
— Debra Allen


A USA Today Bestseller
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(Previously published in the On the Hunt anthology)
Only $1.99
“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
It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Thank you again for making Phantom Embrace a USA Today Bestseller!  If you missed the news, this is the first time Yuri and Cat's novella (previously published in the On the Hunt anthology) has been released as a solo novella.  :-)  And thank you for celebrating its release with me!  You always make book releases so much fun.  

I thought I would give you another quote from it today that features the hero and heroine.  
Yuri found a love seat on the fringes of the room and claimed it for his own, his heart thumping madly as it always did when Cat seated herself beside him. 
“Did your hunt go well?” she asked. 
He nodded. Those delightful little tingles shot up his arm where it brushed hers, and he wished for the millionth time that they could truly touch. That he could hold her in his arms and feel her slight weight against him.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, July 8, 2016

Favorite Quote Friday #112

Happy Friday!  How was your week?  Mine was very busy, very productive, and very exciting.  I finished my last read-through of Rendezvous With Yesterday, The Gifted Ones Book 2.  Yay!  I always consider it a good sign when I get choked up while reading one of my manuscripts, and secretly hope that when you read it, you'll end up crying, too.  LOL.  But don't worry.  The book isn't a tear jerker.  I laughed a lot while reading it, too.  The heroine in this one would fit right in with my Immortal Guardians family.  And you know how those guys like to razz each other.  The ladies get their fair share of teasing in, too.  ;-) 



Guess what!  Phantom Embrace hit the USA Today Bestseller List!  Woohoo!!  When it was originally released in the On the Hunt anthology, I heard from so many readers who enjoyed Yuri and Cat's story and thanked me for giving Yuri a HEA.  I'm glad readers who don't read anthologies now have a chance to pick it up as a solo novella.  :-)

Here are some more reviews that have rolled in:




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(Previously published in the On the Hunt anthology)
Only $1.99
“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
It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  I thought I would give you another quote from Phantom Embrace today.  This scene features Yuri and his best friend, fellow immortal Stanislav, but is told from the heroine's point of view:
Yuri offered him his hand.
Stanislav clasped his arm instead and pulled Yuri into a hug, clapping him on the back.
Yuri grunted as pain flashed across his features.
When Stanislav released him and stepped back, he arched a brow, lips twitching. “That’s for scaring the sh** out of me earlier.”
Yuri huffed a laugh, then grabbed his side again with a grunt. “Don’t make me laugh, damn it. It hurts.”
I'm glad readers had such a strong reaction to these two in Night Unbound. :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, July 1, 2016

Favorite Quote Friday #111 — Phantom Embrace

Happy Friday!  Exciting things are brewing.  I'll have something awesome to share with you soon and can't wait!  Until then . . .

Thank you, everyone who helped me celebrate Phantom Embrace (previously published in the On the Hunt anthology) being released as a solo novella!  And I'd like to send a huge thank you out to all of the readers who have emailed me, messaged me, etc, thanking me for giving Yuri a HEA.  I'm so glad you enjoyed his story!  And I was so thrilled to be able to tell Cat's story as well.  :-)  


Here are some of the reviews rolling in:









Don't forget to join me on my Phantom Embrace Blog Tour for chances to win a $35 Amazon Gift Card, a $20 Amazon Gift Card, or signed copies of Night Unbound and Shadows Strike + swag.  :-)  You can find the schedule on my Blog Tours page.

Kindle  Nook  iTunes  Kobo
Only $1.99
“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
It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  I thought I would give you another quote from Phantom Embrace today.  It features Yuri and Cat:
The amber glow in his eyes intensified. “I love old-fashioned underwear,” he hissed. 
She bit her lip. “You don’t prefer the tiny panties and bras women today wear?” 
He shook his head. “If you knew how many times, as a boy, I tried to catch a glimpse of underwear like this beneath frothy skirts, you’d know that this is what turns me on.” 
She smiled, imaging it
Have a wonderful weekend!!

Dianne

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Phantom Embrace Releases Today!

It's release day!!  Phantom Embrace, which was previously published in the On the Hunt anthology, is now available for the first time as a solo novella!

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Only $1.99
“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
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? 
If you're new to the series, don't worry.  All of the novels and novellas can be read as stand-alone stories.  You'll just be more familiar with the secondary characters' backgrounds if you read them in order.  :-) 


I'll be celebrating the release with giveaways.  I plan to launch one today over on My Facebook Page.  The prize: a $15 Amazon Gift Card.


And don't forget to join me on my Phantom Embrace Blog tour for chances to win a $35 Amazon Gift Card, a $20 Amazon Gift Card, or signed copies of Night Unbound and Shadows Strike + swag.  :-)  You can find the schedule on my Blog Tours page.


Happy Reading!  I hope you'll enjoy Yuri and Cat's story!

And have a fantastic week!

Dianne  

Friday, June 24, 2016

Favorite Quote Friday—The Countdown Has Begun

Happy Friday!  The countdown to the release of my Immortal Guardians novella Phantom Embrace has begun!  My Blog Tour and Giveaway has, too.  :-) Did you see this week's stops?



Author Post—Top 5
Tips on Romancing a Ghost

Spotlight and Excerpt

Spotlight and Excerpt

Author Q and A
What makes a great villain?
Whose story is begging to be written?

Spotlight and Excerpt

Spotlight and Excerpt

Author Post—Top 5 List
Cat's Favorite Things

Spotlight and Excerpt

Spotlight, Excerpt, and Review

Author Q and A with Review
When did I decide to match Cat and Yuri?
Will we see them again in future books?
Who is my favorite character?

Spotlight and Excerpt

Spotlight and Excerpt

Don't forget to enter to win a gift card or books and swag!


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I'm also celebrating the upcoming release with giveaways over on My Facebook Page.  Signed books.  Swag.  Perhaps a Gift Card or two.  I hope you'll hop over 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
Kindle • Nook • iTunes • Kobo
Amazon UK • Amazon Canada
$1.99

It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Phantom Embrace will release on Tuesday.  So today I'll give you another peek into Yuri's story.    
It was nice to be with a woman who, though three hundred years younger than he, was nevertheless nearer his age. A woman around whom he could be himself. A woman who wouldn’t wrinkle her nose and complain about him being old-fashioned. 
She made him laugh. Often. Made him happy in a way he hadn’t thought he could be again. A perpetual smile seemed to touch his lips now. Even Dmitry had remarked upon it. 
For the first time in a very long time, Yuri didn’t feel as though he only existed to hunt. His life, for centuries, could’ve been summed up as succinctly as the instructions on a shampoo bottle: Instead of wash, rinse, repeat, it had been hunt, sleep, repeat 
But now he actually found himself wanting to put off falling asleep and looked forward to waking. Hunting and slaying vampires was no longer the center of his world. Cat was. 
At last, he felt like he was living, not just going through the motions. And it felt good. 
Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne