Friday, February 20, 2015

Favorite Quote Friday #162

Happy Friday!!  Exciting news is brewing.  I'll share it with you soon.  (I can't wait!)  Until then . . . I wanted to thank everyone who picked up an Immortal Guardians book while they were on sale.  The first four books in the series were a Kindle Daily Deal on Monday and all four hit the Amazon Best Seller lists!


Thank you, too, everyone who helped me get the word out about the sale!  Night Unbound, Immortal Guardians Book 5, is still on #sale for $2.99 (63% off) if you'd like to pick up a copy for yourself or give one as a gift.  :-)


I also joined tsu this week!  If you haven't heard about it, it's the latest social media networking site.  It's very much like Facebook, but is much more author friendly.  When I first joined Facebook, anyone who liked my page would see my posts.  Now, unless I pay a fee each time I post, Facebook will only let about 2-8% of the people who have liked my page see my posts.  With tsu, anyone who friends or follows me can see my posts, so I'll be able to interact with more readers and writers.  I'd love for you to connect with me there.  I think you have to be invited, so here's a link that will allow you to do so:  tsu.co/DianneDuvall

From what I understand, tsu is also known as the social networking site that pays you to socialize.  But I don't know anything about that.  I just want to be able to be able to socialize with all of my friends, and like that tsu won't hide my posts from them or theirs from me.  :-)  

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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Since Night Unbound is still on sale, I've chosen a quote from it for today's selection.  It's a narrative quote, told from the point of view of the hero, Zach.
She made him feel so much that was new to him. 
All these millennia of existing, and he hadn’t really begun to live until he had laid eyes on Lisette d’Alençon.

Have a wonderful weekend!  And, if you're on tsu, I hope I'll see you there!

Dianne

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

It's the Ultimate Hero Showdown!!!


Round One of Kensington's Ultimate Hero Showdown has begun and the battle is off to an exciting start!  Not only can you vote for your favorite heroes, you can also take advantage of the huge sale that accompanies the event.  That's right—every featured hero's book is on sale, including . . .

A USA Today Bestseller
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~ ~ ~ Just $2.99! ~ ~ ~
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Zach, from NIGHT UNBOUND, joins the fight today.  You can vote for him Today Only on Tumblr (you don't have to have a Tumblr account to vote) and on Kensington's website.


Not familiar with Zach?  Here's a glimpse of him in action:
Zach vanished, then reappeared only a few feet in front of the pack. 
Lisette raised the tranquilizer gun and aimed it at the big vamp. 
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.

And he loves Lisette with a depth he hadn't thought possible.  Zach would do anything to make her happy:
She brushed his hair out of his eyes.  “You’ve been pulling me into your dreams, haven’t you?  Intentionally?” 
He nodded.  “I knew you missed the sun and wanted to share it with you.” 
Her eyes burned as tears rose.  “Thank you,” she whispered. 
He brushed a kiss across her lips.  “Anything for you.”
So I hope you'll join the fun and cast your vote!  

Have a fantastic week!

Dianne

Friday, February 6, 2015

A Sale, an Excerpt, and a Hero vs. Hero Smackdown

Happy Friday!  I've been hard at work, designing some new swag.  I hope to finish and order several boxes of it this weekend.  I'll post a pic here when it arrives.  :-)  I also mailed off some packages to contest winners.  Yay!



Great news!  Night Unbound, Immortal Guardians Book 5, is on sale for a limited time for just $2.99 on Kindle and Nook!  That's 63% off!  Woohoo!!



Also, Zach — the hero of Night Unbound — will be competing with other heroes in Kensington's big Hero vs Hero Smackdown.  The event begins next week.  Zach will compete on Wednesday, February 11th, so I hope you'll drop by and vote for him!  Voting only lasts 24-hours for each match.  You can get a sneak peek of the action and vote once it begins HERE.



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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Since Night Unbound featured prominently in my news this week, I thought I would give you a micro-excerpt from it today.  I try to keep my blog fairly family friendly for all the moms and dads out there who may have little ones perched in their laps or peering over their shoulders, so I'll preface this excerpt with a WARNING that it may not be appropriate for younger readers.  :-)  

And, for those who haven't read Night Unbound, you should know that Lisette is telepathic, and I altered one sentence that I consider a spoiler in case you choose to take advantage of the sale and grab a copy.  ;-)  The excerpt features Zach and Lisette, the hero and heroine, and is told from Zach's point of view.  
"I know you.”

He smiled.  She did.  She knew him better than anyone else in the world.  He supposed that should unnerve him, but it didn’t.

She leaned back.  “For example, even if I couldn’t feel how tense and bunched up your muscles are, I would know you’re feeling stressed.”

Stressed didn’t quite cover it.

Peeking up at him between her lashes, she drew a circle on his chest with one finger.  “Maybe I can do a little something to help you relax.”  

Every muscle in Zach’s body tightened as she drew that finger down his abdomen and tucked it into the waistband of his pants.

“You know, I’m still not used to seeing you in so many clothes,” she purred, and flicked open the button.

Zach swallowed, already hard and aching for her.  Tonight he had dressed as the Immortal Guardians did:  black pants, black shirt, long black coat, wings tucked away.

“It’s almost like I have two different lovers,” she continued, taking his zipper in her hand and lowering it an inch, knuckles brushing the erection straining against the black material.  “A mysterious Other who comes to me bare-chested and embraces me with wings as soft as silk.”  She lowered the zipper another inch.  “And a hunter, who comes to me dressed all in black and loaded down with weapons.”

Hell, he’d come to her dressed as a party clown, if she would just finish lowering the damned zipper. 
She laughed.  “I heard that.”

You'll see quite a bit of Zach and Lisette in Shadows Strike.  Until then . . . have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne


Friday, January 30, 2015

Favorite Quote Friday #161

Happy Friday!  It's been a VERY busy week for me.  



I finished going over edits for Shadows Strike, Immortal Guardians Book 6.  I wrote down a lot of favorite quotes for you while I went over them and also selected a few excerpts.  Can't wait to share them with you!

Next will come the copyedits.  Then the proofs.  Then the ARCs.  Then BAM! — Release Day on August 25th!  



I also went over copyedits for Phantom Embrace, the novella I've written for the On The Hunt anthology.  I really like Yuri's story and hope you will, too. 

And I'm currently working on designing some new swag.  So . . . as I said, it has been a very busy week.  :-)





#Giveaway!  Tomorrow is the last day you can enter to #WIN a signed copy of Night Unbound, Immortal Guardians Book 5!  I don't think the contest mentions swag, but I almost always throw some of that in there, too.  ;-)  You can learn more and enter HERE.


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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Today I thought I would give you a micro-excerpt of Phantom Shadows, Immortal Guardians Book 3.  In it the hero, Bastien, is hunting with Richart, the hero of In Still Darkness
“You’re doing it again.” 
“What?”  Bastien looked over at Richart as the Frenchman held his thermal scope up to his right eye and scanned UNC’s campus for the fiftieth time from their position on the roof of Davis Library.  “I’m doing what?” 
“Mooning.” 
Bastien snorted.  “Last time I checked, my ass was still in my pants.” 
“Not the drop your drawers and bend over mooning.  The sighing as you fantasize about Melanie mooning.” 
“Bollocks.” 
“You’re infatuated with her.  At the very least.” 
Bastien thought about denying it, but . . .  “Can you blame me?” 
“No.  But your distraction with her last night may have contributed to your not noticing the soldiers earlier.” 
“So what was your excuse?” 
He sighed.  “I was distracted by Jenna.”  He gave Bastien a rueful smile.  “We’re a pair, are we not?  Two hundred years old and behaving like we’re each caught up in a first crush.”
I just love watching kick-ass warriors fall for their heroines.  :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, January 23, 2015

Favorite Quote Friday #160

Happy Friday!  This week really flew past!  I'm still working on Shadows Strike edits.  I know that makes it sound as if I'm completely rewriting the manuscript, but I'm not.  :-)  Thus far the edits on Shadows Strike have only entailed adding a sentence or a paragraph here or there to clarify or expand upon something.    


 



So what's taking so long?  One of the wisest things you can do as a writer is set your manuscript aside for a couple of months after you finish it, then pick it up again and read back through it once it's out of your head.  Unfortunately, deadlines don't leave me time to do that.  So I always view edits as my chance to go over the manuscript again with fresh eyes.  Instead of just skimming through it and addressing the occasional comment in the margins, I start at page one and don't stop until I reach the end.
  So far I'm loving it. ;-)  Ethan and Heather are great together.  And you get to see a lot of Zach and Lisette (hero and heroine of Night Unbound) in this one.  If you'd like to read the blurb or Pre-Order it, here are some links:

#Amazon • #iTunes • Barnes and Noble • #Kobo • #BAM!

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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Something else you may not know about me is that I periodically like to listen to my books on audio, starting with Book 1 and continuing to the latest release.  It helps me remember things like what this or that character's weapon of choice is, affectionate names couples have for each other, and the like.  Well, this week, I've been listening to Night Reigns, Immortal Guardians Book 2, and—for today's selection—thought I would share with you a quote that made me laugh.  

This scene takes place at a meeting in which all of the local Immortal Guardians and their Seconds are strategizing.  If you aren't familiar with the series—Marcus and Ami are a couple, and Roland and Sarah are a couple:  
Marcus settled a hand on Ami’s thigh.  “He thinks Sarah is still human, that she’s Roland’s Second.”
“That will work to our advantage,” Sarah pointed out.  “They won’t be anticipating my strength and speed.”  
Étienne inspected her from the corner of his eye, a sly smile stealing across his face.  “Are you sure I can’t talk you into leaving this old sod and running away with me?  I do so love strong women.”
Roland’s jaw twitched.  “She’s strong enough to kick your ass if you don’t stop hitting on her.”
The sly smile became a grin full of amusement.  “As long as she spanks me first.”
Ah, Étienne.  Such a shameless flirt.  I'm glad he finally found a strong woman of his own in Darkness Rises.  :-)

Have a great weekend!

Dianne

Friday, January 16, 2015

Favorite Quote Friday #159

Happy Friday!

I'm still going over edits for Shadows Strike, Immortal Guardians Book 6, so today's post will be a short one.  :-)  I would like to say, however, to those of you who are in school or who teach:  I hope your first week back after the holidays went well!

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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Today I thought I would give you a quote from Darkness Rises, Immortal Guardians Book 4.  The following is spoken by Étienne (the hero) to Krysta (the heroine):

"I don't know why you have issues with your body.  The only issue I have with it is that it's clothed far too often."

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Dianne

Friday, January 9, 2015

Favorite Quote Friday #158

Happy Friday!!  2015 is off to a very busy start.  I heard from my editor, who thought Shadows Strike was a great read and loved the action and romance in it, all awesome things to hear.  ;-)  I'm working on edits now, so I'm enjoying reading back through it and having fun with Ethan and Heather. 

If this is your first time hearing about it, Shadows Strike will be the 6th book in my Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series and is already available for Pre-Order.  Here is the awesome cover, along with some links for you:

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I haven't had a chance to mention it on my website yet, but I'm giving away a signed copy of Night Unbound this month over at Fresh Fiction.  I'll include a nice swag pack (the postcards, bookmarks, and trading cards pictured above) AND may even have some new bookmarks and trading cards to add to it.  It depends on how quickly I get through edits.  :-)  You can find the contest and enter HERE.

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with over 150 5-star reviews on Amazon
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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Since I'm working on edits for Ethan's story, I thought today I would give you a quote from Night Unbound, Immortal Guardians Book 5, that features Ethan and Lisette (the heroine in Night Unbound).
They held each other for a long moment.  “Do you understand now?” she asked. 
Withdrawing with some reluctance, he stared down at her.  “Why you’re helping Zach?” 
She nodded. 
“Yes, damn it,” he grumbled, the battle he waged within obvious.  “At least you aren’t doing it because you think he has a nice ass.” 

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Dianne