Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Blog Hop

Easter Blog Hop

Welcome to the Easter Blog Hop, sponsored by Mina Carter and Milly Taiden!  There's a giveaway at every stop!  AND the overall hop has two grand prizes:  a digital romance set plus $50 Amazon gift certificate OR a Kindle HD Fire!

For my own prize, I've chosen to give away a signed copy of Darkness Rises, Immortal Guardians Book 4, + swag.  Love paranormal romance that's dark and intense with humor thrown in?  Want to see vampires returned to their evil roots and watch strong heroines fall in love with the powerful immortal warriors who hunt them?  That's what you'll find between the pages of Darkness Rises!

Here's a brief excerpt:

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He bowed as she turned and entered her bedroom.  He expected her to close and lock her door, not that it could keep him out. 

Instead, she drew back the covers and climbed into bed.

Étienne turned off the overhead light and attempted to stretch out on the futon.  His feet and most of his calves hung over the arm.  One of the metal bars beneath the cushions dug into his back.

He sighed.  He could always wait until Krysta drifted off, then sleep on the floor.  That would probably be the more comfortable solution.

He heard bedding rustle and closed his eyes, trying not to picture Krysta sprawled across the covers under other, less appropriate circumstances.

She laughed.

Opening his eyes, he glanced at the doorway.

She was leaning over in bed peeking at him.  "Comfortable?"

"Yes, thank you."

She shook her head.  "You're lying."

"With good intentions."

Still grinning, she waved him toward her.  "Go ahead and come sleep in here with me."

His body went rock hard at the notion even though he knew damned well she didn't mean it the way he wanted her to mean it.

"I . . ." want to rip your clothes off with my teeth, so I don't think it would be a good idea.  "That's very kind of you, but . . ."  I really do want to rip your clothes off with my teeth and explore every inch of your beautiful body.  "I'm fine."

"Your legs are hanging off the end by a good foot and a half and I can't even sleep on that lumpy piece of crap when I'm drunk."

He smiled.  "I've slept on worse surfaces."

"Have you ever slept in a coffin?"

"Yes, but only as a practical joke."

"What about in a crypt?"

"More than once when it took me longer than expected to track down a nasty vampire and I couldn't find any other shelter before the sun rose."

"Was the crypt more comfortable than my futon?"

He grinned.  "Hands down."

Again she laughed.  "Then get in here.  We're adults.  We can do this."

He couldn't find the strength to refuse.  "Merci."  Rising, he strode into her room and circled the bed.  "I'm surprised you trust me enough to sleep beside me."

"To be honest, I am, too.  You really aren't going to bite me?"

"No."  He settled beside her on top of the covers.

"Any plans to cop a feel?"

Her scent enveloped him as he turned his head to stare at her.  "Would you mind if I did?"

"I'm still considering that one."

Yes.  This was definitely a bad idea.

"What is it about you that makes me want to forget what you are," she asked softly, "that makes me believe you are what you are and not one of the vampires I hate so much?"

"I don't know.  Perhaps the same thing about you that makes me want to believe you won't drive a stake through my heart or chop off my head as soon as I doze off."

Curling onto her side to face him, she raised one hand and drew delicate fingers down his cheek as her gaze roved his face.  "Truce?"

"Truce."

"Good night, Étienne."

Heart racing, he clasped her fingers and brought them to his lips.  "Good night, Krysta."

She fell asleep holding this hand.

Trailer

Grand Prize
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My Prize
A signed copy of Darkness Rises + a Night Unbound cover flat and Immortal Guardians swag.

Details

The Easter Blog Hop runs from April 21st, 12:01am EST through April 27th, 11:59pm EST.  My giveaway is international.


Mandatory entry for my prize
Follow my blog and leave a comment on this post, telling me you did.  Please include your email address and mention any extra entries.   :-)


Extra entries for my prize
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Selecting a Winner for my prize
I will use random.org to choose my prize winner after verifying all entries and will announce it here by May 2nd.  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.

There are more prizes up for grabs at the
other stops on the hop!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Darkness Rises Video & Contest

Happy Friday!  I have something special for you today—a visual peek into the pages of Darkness Rises, Immortal Guardians Book 4.

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If this is your first time hearing of it:  In Darkness Rises, mortal Krysta Linz was once the victim of a vicious vampire attack and has dedicated her life to killing every blood-sucking vampire she can find.  Immortal Guardian Étienne d'Alençon has always admired strong women.  So, when he sees Krysta take on four vampires by herself, he is instantly smitten and vows to convince her that not everyone with fangs and glowing eyes is the enemy.




I'm holding a contest over on Facebook that begins today and lasts through Monday.  Help me get the scene out there by sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+,  your blog, or wherever you'd like to share it, then hop over to my Facebook Author page and tell me you did and you'll be entered to #WIN one of two signed copies of Darkness Rises or one of two Immoral Guardians swag packs.   Every place you share it nets you an entry.  :-)

(If you aren't on Facebook, you can post a comment here instead.)

I hope you like the video!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Alpha Male Madness Giveaway Hop


Alpha Males.  You know you love em.  And so do we!  We're celebrating them and all their delicious alpha male glory for an entire week with giveaways at every single blog.

The alpha male I've chosen to feature is Étienne d'Alençon, hero of Darkness Rises, Immortal Guardians Book 4.  He's a dark, dangerous, and powerful immortal.  He hunts vampires and kicks ass on a nightly basis.  And he adores strong women.  So when he sees mortal Krysta Linz take on four vampires with only a couple of shoto swords, Étienne is instantly smitten.  Now, if he can only find a way to convince her that not everyone with fangs and glowing eyes is the enemy . . .

Here's a brief excerpt.  I'll preface it by mentioning that Étienne is telepathic.  :-)

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A low chuckle wafted on the night.

Eyes widening, she drew her second sword and turned in a slow circle. "Damn it! Show yourself!"

"Well, since you asked so nicely," a deep voice laced with a French accent purred behind her.

Gasping, she spun around and swung a shoto.

Once more, he caught her wrist. "Careful." The warning was gentle, carrying neither malice nor anger.

Krysta stared.

His touch sent electricity tickling its way up her arm. His flesh was warm, his long fingers free of callouses.

Her heart slammed against her ribs as butterflies erupted in her stomach. She should be furious. Frightened. Instead, she felt as excited as she would on a first date.

Crap.

Stepping back, she withdrew her arm from his grasp.

Dropping his hand, he tilted his head and studied her with those entrancing amber eyes.

Yeah, he was hot all right.

Short midnight hair glinted in the moonlight. Faint stubble shadowed a strong jaw. Straight nose. Broad shoulders. What was clearly a well-developed, muscular build beneath a black T-shirt that clung to him courtesy of the vampire blood that saturated its front. Slim waist. Slim hips. All revealed by the gap in the long black coat he wore.

She didn't let her gaze stray further. The last thing she wanted to do while facing him was blush like a school girl if he had a nice package.

His tempting lips stretched in a slow smile.

Grand Prize


My Prize
A signed copy of Darkness Rises + a Night Unbound cover flat and Immortal Guardians swag.

Details

The Alpha Male Madness Giveaway Hop runs from April 11th, 12:01am EST through April 18th, 11:59pm EST.  My giveaway is international.


Mandatory entry for my prize
Leave a comment on this post during the hop, include your email address, and let me know who your favorite alpha male is.  :-)  Also mention extra entries.   


Extra entries for my prize
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.

+1  Follow me on Twitter.

+1  Mention my giveaway on Twitter.

+1  Share it on Facebook.

+1 Pin my Prize image or the Darkness Rises cover flat on Pinterest.


Selecting a Winner for my prize
I will use random.org to choose my prize winner after verifying all entries and will announce it here by April 23rd.  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.

There are more prizes up for grabs at the other stops on the hop!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Favorite Quote Friday #127

Happy Friday!  Can you believe it's April already?  At the rate this year is going, September—and the release of Night Unbound—will be here in a heartbeat.  ;-)


I have contest news for you.


Love paranormal romance that's dark and intense with humor thrown in?  Want to see vampires returned to their evil roots and fall in love with the powerful immortal warriors who hunt them?  Then enter to win a signed copy of Darkness Dawns, the first book in my Immortal Gardians series, + swag in my contest over at Fresh Fiction!  See how the series began with the book Fresh Fiction called "Electrifying, Funny, Lust-Inducing and Inventive."  The contest lasts through April 30th.  You can enter HERE.


I'll also be participating in the Alpha Male Madness Giveaway Hop coming up on April 11th.  Rumor has it there will be a grand prize.  Plus, I'll have my own giveaway here on my blog.  :-)


I'm eager to give away one of the cool Night Unbound cover flats I just received, so I'll launch another flash contest on Facebook today.  The prize:  A cover flat, four bookmarks, four trading cards, and a postcard.  More flash contests will likely follow throughout the month.  :-)  

(I haven't decided what book I'll give away in the Alpha Male Madness Hop, but will include this same swag pack in the prize package so those who aren't on Facebook will have a chance to win.)

RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance Nominee
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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  I was thrilled to notice that Darkness Rises (Immortal Guardians Book 4) has just received its 80th 5-star review on Amazon.  Woohoo!  The reviewer called it, "Absolutely one of the best series I've read in a while!"  It was a very nice start to my weekend.  So, for today's selection, I've chosen another quote from Darkness Rises that features the heroine and hero, Krysta and Étienne:
"Technically," Krysta said, "I saved Étienne's ass."
"After I risked it to save you."
"That's true.  I thanked you for that, right?"
Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, March 28, 2014

Favorite Quote Friday #126

Happy Friday!



Look what came in the mail!  Night Unbound cover flats!  Aren't they pretty?  If the image isn't clear enough for you to read it, here's the blurb:
Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians protect humanity from unspeakable horrors—but their hearts are as fragile as any mortal's . . . 
For centuries, Lisette d'Alençon has been a warrior against the dark.  She fights alongside her brothers and comrades.  But when the dreams start coming, she can't bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians' command.  Dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for—and a man she knows has been declared a traitor. 
Zach is an exile, a loner.  He won't defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him.  But he'll damn sure defend the woman who kept him sane against a plague of super-vamps that seems to have appeared from nowhere.  The Guardians will blame him, and that will make Lisette suspect, too.  With life, death and eternity on the line, who can they really trust?
I've been getting  a lot of emails and messages, asking if Night Unbound will be available in e-book format.  It will.  It takes longer for the pre-order for those to appear, though.  I'll let you know as soon as I see them go up.   :-)

Night Unbound will also be available in audiobook format.  


Coming September 2, 2014
Now available for Pre-Order in paperback!
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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  I thought I'd give you another peek into the pages of Night Unbound, Immortal Guardians Book 5.  What comes directly before this is a bit of a spoiler, so I'll just tell you that Zach is holding Lisette tightly in his arms with his face buried in her neck.
“I don’t want to be left with nothing but a pile of your clothing, Lisette,” he murmured. “I don’t think I could handle it.” He fisted a hand in the back of her shirt. “I think I would lay waste to the world if I lost you.” 
Tears burned her eyes. “I’m sorry.”
I love these two together and hope you will, too.  :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, March 21, 2014

Favorite Quote Friday #125

Happy Friday!  What an exciting week!


I finished Night Unbound copyedits and turned them in.  Woohoo!  I know September 2nd seems far away, but every writing/editing milestone I pass makes it seem as though it's right around the corner to me.  :-)  

I wrote down quite a few quotes to share with you between now and the release.  There are sooooo many more I want to share, but can't because they contain spoilers.  :-)  Next up is proofs.  Then the ARCs will arrive.  I can't wait!


I also passed 5,250 Likes on Facebook—Yay!—and celebrated by giving away two signed books and two swag packs.  Thanks so much, everyone who entered!  If you're on Facebook and missed the fun, don't worry.  There will be more flash giveaways.  You can find my page HERE.  :-)


RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance Nominee
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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Bastien was on my mind a lot while I read through Night Unbound copyedits.  He has some great scenes and plays a cool role in this one.  :-)  So I thought, for today's selection, I would give you a quote from Darkness Rises, Immortal Guardians Book 4, that features him and Melanie, the love of his life.
Rising, he took her hand and drew her up to stand before him.  “We can do anything as long as we’re together.”

She smiled up at him.  “I believe we can.”  Sliding her arms around his waist, she leaned into him for a hug.

Bastien held her for many long moments, so f***ing glad they were together.  He would do anything for her.  Anything.
If you're new to the series, Bastien was the villain in Darkness Dawns (Book 1) and the hero of Phantom Shadows (Book 3).  I think he'll continue to have a strong role in the series.  He's just such a fun character to write.  :-)

Have a fantastic weekend!

Dianne



Friday, March 14, 2014

Favorite Quote Friday #124


Finally!  Whew!  This has not been the best week for me, but I did get some awesome news.


Darkness Rises has been nominated for Best Paranormal Romance in the Affaire de Coeur Reader/Writer Poll!  Thank you so much, everyone who nominated it!  I'm very excited!  :-)


RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance Nominee
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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  In honor of the nomination, I thought I would give you another quote from Darkness Rises, Immortal Guardians Book 4.  Today's selection features Roland Warbrook.  For those who aren't familiar with the series:  Roland is the hero of the first book, Darkness Dawns, and remains a strong secondary character in the ensuing books.
Roland leaned forward.  “Any secret you share with us will be guarded with our lives.  Should anyone here betray you, I will take care of him or her myself.”
The pledge may have surprised everyone present, but none doubted the veracity of it.  Roland may be antisocial and grumble, but he could be ruthless when defending a loved one and was a man any warrior would feel fortunate to have guarding his back.
You'll get a glimpse of Roland's strong leadership abilities in Night Unbound (September 2).  ;-)

Have a great weekend!

Dianne