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:

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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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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






Friday, January 2, 2015

Favorite Quote Friday #157

Happy New Year!!!

I hope you've enjoyed the holidays!!  I also hope 2014 was a good year for you and that 2015 will be even better!!

2014 was another wild ride for me.  I had two book releases:  Night Unbound and In Still Darkness.  Thanks to you and your awesome support, I hit the USA Today Bestseller list again with Night Unbound.  And I have been so incredibly thrilled by the reviews that have rolled in.  Please don't ever think I don't appreciate those.  :-)

Night Unbound made Liz's Best Reads of 2014 List over at Kindles & Wine.  They're celebrating the new year with a big contest, in which you can enter to win a signed copy of Night Unbound + Immortal Guardians swag.  It ends Sunday, so hop on over and ENTER TO WIN!

Night Unbound also made Kari's Top 10 Reads of 2014 List at From the TBR Pile!  Woohoo!!  Thank you, Kari!

Night Unbound made Helyce's Top Reads of 2014 List over at Smexy Books!!  So excited!  Thank you, Helyce!


Night Unbound also made Rachel's Top 14 Reads of 2014 List at The SubClub Books!!  Hooray!!  Thank you, Rachel!

I can't believe 2014 has already come to an end.  2015 looks like it's going to be even wilder and crazier.  I look forward to spending it with you all!!



We're celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas with giveaways at Fresh Fiction!  Hop on over and enter to win a Night Unbound Audiobook!  The contest lasts through January 6th.  You can enter HERE.

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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  The first of 2015.  :-)  For today's selection, I've chosen a micro-excerpt from Night Unbound, Immortal guardians Book 5, that features Zach and Lisette (the hero and heroine):
His wings tucked away, Zach swung at her with preternatural speed. 
Lisette blocked the hit with her forearm and threw a punch of her own. 
A flurry of hits and kicks ensued, all blocked. 
“Halt,” she called out. 
Zach stilled, eyes glowing. 
She grinned and shook her head.  “You are so strange.” 
“Why?” he asked. 
“You’re turned on, aren’t you?” 
“Yes,” he said, exhibiting no embarrassment, then shrugged.  “Much like your brother, I admire strong women.  Or rather I admire the strong woman standing before me.   I don’t really notice others.” 
“And now I’m turned on,” she said dryly.  A dozen supermodels could stand naked in front of Zach, and Lisette honestly didn’t think he would pay them any attention. 
Smiling, he leaned down to kiss her.
Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend!

Dianne





Friday, December 26, 2014

Happy Holidays!


Rather than post a favorite quote, today I would just like to say that I hope you and yours are enjoying the holidays!  Merry Christmas!  Happy Chanukah!  And may you have a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!  Thank you so much for making 2014 such a fantastic year for me!  I appreciate your support and all of the smiles you inspire so much.  You're the best!  :-)

Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, December 19, 2014

Favorite Quote Friday #156

Happy Friday!  This was a fantastic week!  First things first:  I turned Shadows Strike, Immortal Guardians Book 6, in to my editor.  Yay!  I love-love-loved writing Ethan and Heather's story!  :-)


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A HUGE thank you to everyone who has already Pre-Ordered it!  It hit two Top 100 Lists this week on Amazon!  Woohoo!  I'm so excited!  



Thank you, too, everyone who entered my Shadows Strike Cover Reveal Contest.  The winners are . . .





an Immortal Guardians kindle or nook ebook of your choice
(of books already released)
Deidre Sexton

an Immortal Guardians Swag Pack
Linda Larsson
Joyce Cook

Congratulations!!  Don't forget to email me — dianne [at] dianneduvall [dot] com — and let me know where to send your prizes!





Want another chance to win an ebook?  Join me on my Facebook Page for a Flash Giveaway today!


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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!  For today's selection, I've chosen a snippet that features the hero and heroine, Zach and Lisette:
“You’re worth it.”  Cupping her face in his hands, he pressed a tender kiss to her lips.  “I would do anything for you, Lisette.”  He kissed her again.  “If you told me tomorrow that Tracy had inadvertently thrown away your favorite throwing star, I would fly to the nearest landfill and comb through the mountains of reeking, dripping garbage until I found it.”  He thought about it for a moment.  “Actually that would probably be a lot less irritating than dealing with your immortal brethren has been for the past forty-eight hours.” 
She laughed.  “Poor baby.  You’re just not a people person, are you?”  
“Not by any stretch of the imagination.”
You'll see quite a bit of Zach and Lisette in Shadows Strike.  :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!


Dianne

Friday, December 12, 2014

Favorite Quote Friday #155

Happy Friday!!  I've been working hard, editing Shadows Strike, Immortal Guardians Book 6, which tells Ethan and Heather's story.  I'll turn it in to my editor next week, so you might want to visit my Facebook page to see if I'll celebrate with a Flash Giveaway.  :-)



I've been getting a lot of emails, messages, and comments, asking who the hero of Phantom Embrace, the novella I've written for the On the Hunt anthology, will be.  Now that I've turned it in, I'm ready to announce that the hero of Phantom Embrace will be . . .  Yuri.  :-)

His heroine has been on my radar for a long time.  I'm glad Yuri finally found her.  ;-)



Today is the last day you can enter to win an Immortal Guardians Kindle or Nook ebook (winners choice of books already released) or one of two Immortal Guardians swag packs.  You can find the details and enter HERE.



Night Unbound received a fantastic 5-star review from Bears Read, Too, which declared it "Freakin' Phenomenal!"  Here's a snippet:

"There are so many things I love about this book and series!
  • The characters (especially the grumpy ones!)
  • The relationships and unbreakable friendships
  • The family dynamic
  • The plot and style of writing
  • The dialogue is hilarious!
  • The fact that the writing and pace is so good that each chapter flows with perfect ups and downs making it impossible to stop reading and the pages pretty much turn all of their own volition!
  • … and certainly not least but the hot & sexy romances"
You can read the full, fabulous review 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!  For today's selection, I thought I'd give you a narrative quote taken from Night Unbound, Immortal Guardians Book 5, which tells Zach and Lisette's story.  
Though shadows had been Zach’s friend for thousands of years, he found no comfort in them now.  He had not slept in two days, thanks to Seth’s precious Immortal Guardians.  Nor had he made love to Lisette. 
The last irritated him far more than the first, of course.  Zach craved her touch like a cat craved catnip.  His existence had always been so bereft of affection and passion and tenderness that—now that Lisette had given him a taste of it—he constantly wanted to drink more in, to bathe in it and relish every kiss and touch and gasp of ecstasy.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne