Friday, July 24, 2015

Shadows Strike Sneak Peek & Giveaway News

Happy Friday!  The days are really heating up here, and we seem to be plunging back into a drought.  So I've had to work without the wonderful rumble of thunder providing atmosphere as it did for much of the earlier part of the year.  Nevertheless, it has still been a good week.  :-)


A Sorceress of His Own, the first book in my new series The Gifted Ones, just received it's 100th 5-star review on Amazon!  Woohoo!!  Thank you so much, everyone who has taken time to write a review.  I'm so happy you're enjoying the story!  :-)  A Sorceress of His Own is also still in the Top 10 on three of Amazon's Top 100 Bestseller Lists.  You all rock!!



Fantastic reviews continue to roll in for my upcoming releases Shadows Strike and On the Hunt (the anthology that contains my Immortal Guardians novella Phantom Embrace).  To celebrate, I'm going to give away an ARC copy of each book over on my Facebook page this weekend.  I'll also throw in some Immortal Guardians swag:  postcards, bookmarks, and trading cards.  The giveaway is international and begins today.  I'll use random.org to select a winner late Saturday night.  Good luck!

— Coming August 25th 
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Kindle  Nook  iTunes  Kobo
paperback
Amazon  BAM!  Walmart
audiobook
Amazon  Tantor


It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Just over a month to go until Shadows Strike releases!  I'm so excited!  So I've chosen another snippet from it that features Heather and Ethan (the heroine and hero) for today's selection:
At last she found a faint smile.  “Could you maybe not mention my dad while we’re both standing here naked?  I mean, I know I’m too tired to do any fun stuff, but . . . still.”  
Laughing, he looped an arm around her and guided her into the shower.  “Yeah.  I didn’t think that one through.”
I hope you'll like these two together.  I had such fun writing their story.  :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, July 17, 2015

Favorite Quote Friday: News, Reviews & More

Happy Friday!  Well, this week had a bit of a rocky start, but I ended up getting some great news that has me smiling as we go into the weekend.  :-)


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Shadows Strike, Immortal Guardians Book 6, received a fabulous review from RT Book Reviews.  Here's a snippet:

"As we learned in the previous chapter of Duvall's outstanding Immortal Guardians series, both humanity and the Guardians have more than vampires to worry about . . . Fans of terrific paranormal romance have hit the jackpot with Duvall and her electrifying series."
I was so thrilled to see this.  But the good news didn't end there.  :-)

Amazon • Nook • iTunes • Kobo • Walmart • BAM


Publishers Weekly gave "Phantom Embrace", my Immortal Guardians novella in the On the Hunt anthology a fantastic review:
"Four paranormal novellas, tied to their authors' series, explore very different ideas of love on the prowl . . .  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."
Hauntingly beautiful!  Isn't that sensational?  I really like Yuri and Cat's story, so I did a happy dance over this.  :-)


I'll probably celebrate the awesome reviews above with a giveaway or two over on my Facebook page this weekend, so be sure to stop by.  If you're active on Facebook and want to ensure you don't miss future giveaways, sneak peeks, and more, you may also want to Like my page, then (from the Liked menu) select Get Notifications.  Facebook only allows about 2-6% of people who like a page to see its posts in their news feed unless the page owner pays to "boost" the post.  Personally, I'd rather spend that money on giveaways, so . . .  :-)

If you select Get Notifications, you should see all my posts.  And don't worry.  I won't fill your feed with a dozen posts per day.  Writing limits my online time too much for that.  ;-)



I also got some packages in the mail to giveaway winners, reviewers, and some of my favorite author friends this week.  :-)  I can't wait to hear what they think of my latest Immortal Guardians stories.  

USA TODAY Bestseller
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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Thanks to you, A Sorceress of His Own, the first book in my new series The Gifted Ones and my first indie release, is still in the top 10 on three of Amazon's Top 100 lists.  It also has earned 93 5-star reviews!  So I thought I would give you another peek into its pages today:  
The men waited nigh the base of the castle steps when she emerged.  All were heavily armed and armored.  All eyed her warily, uneasy with the task they had been given—to guard a woman labeled Sorceress as she fled the keep in the dead of night. 
Alyssa could not blame them.  The air was thick with menace, heavy with cloying humidity.  The moon had chosen not to bathe the earth with its illusory light.  In its place, a phantom fog danced around their ankles and wrapped skeletal arms around them.
Have a wonderful weekend!  :-)

Dianne

Friday, July 10, 2015

Favorite Quote Friday—SHADOWS STRIKE Sneak Peek

Happy Friday!  What an exciting week this has been!


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Kindle  Nook  iTunes  Kobo
paperback
Amazon  BAM!  Walmart
audiobook
Amazon  Tantor

ARC reviews have begun to roll in for Shadows Strike, Immortal Guardians Book 6 (which will release on August 25th), and they are fantastic!!  I'm so excited!!  Even readers/reviewers who haven't read any of the other Immortal Guardians books are enjoying it!  Woohoo!!  So I've been doing happy dances all week.  :-)  Here are some snippets from a few:


"I really enjoyed Shadows Strike.  It's an interesting and completely engrossing story that will have you smiling one moment and biting your nails the next . . . I highly recommend Shadows Strike and the Immortal Guardians series to fans of paranormal romance."
—Parnormal Kiss

"This was a new author and new series for me and I truly enjoyed reading it.  The characters were great and the storyline kept you reading until the wee hours os the morning.  I could not put this book down.  Im looking forward to going back and reading #1 - #5 in the series . . ."
—Jennifer Crump

This may be my favorite book so far.  It had everything I want in a book and left me so excited for the next one!  If you haven't started this series, get the first one and catch up!  If you have then you won't be disappointed in this book - it's a fantastic story with all the characters you love, plenty of action, passion, romance, a few answered questions and some exciting clues about where the series is going!  I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could."
—Danielle Taylor

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USA TODAY Bestseller
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Reviews for A Sorceress of His Own, the first book in my new series The Gifted Ones, continue to pour in as well.  



 Jessica's Totally Over the Top Book Obsession gave it a fantastic 5-star review.  In addition to the awesome quote above, she said:


"I loved Dianne Duvall from the first book of hers that I picked up, Darkness Dawns from the Immortal Guardians series.  With each book of hers I have read my love has grown, and this book is no different.  Dianne Duvall continues to impress me with her writing.  Wow did I love this book!!!"

You can read the full review HERE.





ATTENTION BLOGGERS:  It's that time again.  Author's Taproom is planning my Shadows Strike Blog Tour.  The Tour will begin on August 11th and continue through September 8th.  It will include a wide variety of posts and a tour-wide giveaway.  If you'd like to sign up and maybe even get an ARC of 
Shadows Strike to review, you can do so HERE.



— • Coming August 25th • —

It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  A lot of audiobook listeners have been asking if Shadows Strike will be available on Audible.  It will.  I don't think Audible allows pre-orders, but the audiobook (narrated by the talented Kirsten Potter) should become available on Release Day—August 25th.  


I've also been hearing from paperback lovers.  Shadows Strike is now available for pre-order in paperback (as well as ebook).  I posted all the latest links above.  :-)  And I have another glimpse into its pages for you.  This scene takes place early in the novel and features Ethan and Heather (the hero and heroine) as well as Zach and Lisette (the hero and heroine of the previous book in the series, Night Unbound).  I'll preface it by telling those who haven't read the previous books that Zach has wings he can "tuck away" or make vanish at will.

Awkward silence engulfed them. 
Ethan wasn’t sure he liked the way Heather was studying Zach. 
Zach’s lips twitched.  “It isn’t what you’re thinking,” he told Heather, who blushed. 
“What?” Ethan asked. 
Zach nodded to the mortal in their midst.  “She’s still wondering what you wanted me to tuck away.” 
Lisette and Ethan both laughed.
Have I mentioned that I love Zach and Lisette's role in this one?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, July 3, 2015

Favorite Quote Friday and 2 Great Giveaways

Happy Friday!  I hope your summer has been a fabulous one so far.  I can't believe it's already July!


USA TODAY Bestseller
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Wonderful reviews continue to roll in for A Sorceress of His Own, the first book in my new series The Gifted Ones.  Here are some snippets:



I'm so very thrilled by readers' and reviewers' responses.  And I appreciate so much every review you post.  :-)  Both the ebook and the audiobook are still burning up Amazon's Bestseller lists.  Thank you so much!  You rock!!!



There are some great giveaways going on now that I thought I'd mention.  :-)



Less than two months to go until the release of Shadows Strike, Immortal Guardians Book 6!  Want to get your hands on a copy before August 25th?  I'm kickstarting the holiday weekend by giving an ARC away today on my Facebook page.  Hop on over and Enter to Win!



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One of my favorite blogs—Kindles and Wine—is celebrating their 3rd Blogiversary with a HUGE array of giveaways.  One lucky winner will win an Immortal Guardians Prize Pack that includes signed paperback copies of Darkness Dawns, Night Reigns, Phantom Shadows, Predatory, Darkness Rises, and Night Unbound + swag (bookmarks, trading cards, postcards).  You can join the fun HERE.

— Coming August 25th —
ebook

Kindle  Nook  iTunes  Kobo

paperback
Amazon  BAM!  Walmart
audiobook
Amazon  Tantor

It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Since both of the giveaways above are Immortal Guardians giveaways, I thought I would give you a peek into the pages of Shadows Strike today.  Here's a glimpse of a scene that features Heather and Ethan (the heroine and hero):
“Relax.  You don’t look a day over sixty.” 
Sixty!  
She burst into laughter and patted his knee.  “I’m just kidding.  You know you’re hot. 
Ethan groaned.  “You’re evil.” 
“And you’re tired.  Why don’t you sleep for a bit.  I signed the confidentiality agreement, so you don’t have to worry about me trying to sneak pictures of your fangs and calling all the news outlets while you rest.” 
Smiling, he shook his head.  “And what will you do while I sleep?” 
“Find a permanent marker and draw a mustache and bushy eyebrows on your face.” 
He laughed.  “I really like you, Heather.”
Have a wonderful weekend!!

Dianne

Friday, June 26, 2015

Favorite Quote Friday, Giveaway News & More!

Happy Friday!  I've been playing catch-up this week.  My computer went wonky on me and I had to leave it in the shop for several days.  But all is well now and, even better, I didn't lose any files.  Woohoo!!  So I have a lot to share with you today.

Books-n-Kisses has a fantastic event going on now called the Audio Book Lovin' Giveaway.  It's all about audiobooks, so if you love them or have never given them a try, but are curious, drop by and enjoy.  This week, Kelly interviewed me and Kirsten Potter—the narrator of my Immortal Guardians audiobooks and A Sorceress of His Own, the first audiobook in my new series the Gifted Ones.  It's a fun interview and includes audio samples. I enjoyed it and thought it was a fun way to give readers and listeners a peek into the process.  



I'll be giving away a Night Unbound Audiobook CD set to one lucky entrant.  And there is an additional month-long giveaway with lots of goodies up for grabs.  So drop by, join the fun, and enter to win!  Here's our interview.

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Thank you, everyone who joined me for the Favorite Heroines Giveaway Hop.  The winner of an A Sorceress of His Own ebook is . . .


Anne!

Congratulations!!  :-)




Look what came in the mail!  My Shadows Strike ARCs.  Hooray!!  Looks like it's time to plan my next blog tour.  I'll give you the details soon.

AND did I ever mention that Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians Book 6) is now available for pre-order in paperback?  If this is your first time hearing about it, this one features Ethan as hero.  :-)  Here are the latest links:


Coming August 25, 2015

Paperback

ebook
Kindle  iTunes  Nook  Kobo  BAM!  Amazon UK  Amazon Canada

Audiobook


USA TODAY Bestseller

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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  A Sorceress of His Own, my latest release and the first book in my new series The Gifted Ones, has received 100 reviews on Amazon!  Thank you, so much, everyone who has reviewed or rated it.  I've been so pleased by your responses to it!  Here's another snippet for you that features Dillon and Alyssa, the hero and heroine:
As she watched, he reined in his temper, then leaned down and fluffed the pillows beneath her befuddled head.  Dragging the covers up, he added a few more blankets until all was arranged to his satisfaction. 
He raised his eyebrows in silent question. 
She smiled gratefully, touched by his fussing over her, and murmured a shy, “Thank you, Dillon.” 
He stilled.  His eyes dropped to her lips.   
Her smile faltered under his regard.  For some reason her pulse skipped, picking up and thrumming through her veins.  Her mouth went dry as she was struck with the sudden need to lick those lips that held his attention.  A need to which she surrendered. 
His eyes narrowed, darkening with an emotion she did not recognize. 
Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, June 19, 2015

Favorite Quote Friday

Happy Friday!  I hope you all had a great week!



Look what came in the mail!  My author copies of my A Sorceress of His Own Audiobook!!  Aren't they pretty?  Kirsten Potter narrated it, so I can't wait to listen to it!  And it's still an Audible Romance Fantasy Bestseller.  Hooray!!  You're the best!!!



My A Sorceress of His Own Blog Tour and Giveaway has ended, but you still have a chance to win goodies.  I'm participating in the Favorite Heroines Giveaway Hop from June 17th through June 24th and will give away a Kindle copy of A Sorceress of His Own (a USA Today Bestseller).  There are prizes at every stop, so join the fun, meet some new-to-you heroines, and win, win, win!  You can start HERE.  :-)


USA TODAY Bestseller

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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Thank you, so much, everyone who has reviewed or rated A Sorceress of His Own.  I've been so pleased by the response to my new series.  Since some readers have mentioned enjoying the humor in it, I thought today I would give you a lighter snippet that features Alyssa (the heroine) and Robert (the hero's brother).  

(I thought I would mention that Alyssa is wearing a black robe and cowl in this scene.)
Eyes narrowing, forehead crunching up in a scowl, Alyssa faced a smug Robert and lowered her hood. 
“What did you do?” she demanded. 
When he caught sight of her less than pleased expression, Robert gave an exaggerated grimace, reached forward, and cautiously tried to raise her hood again to hide her frown from his view. 
Alyssa fought back a laugh and swatted his hands away.  “What did you do, Robert?” she repeated, less severe this time. 
I can't wait to bring you Robert's story.  ;-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Favorite Heroines Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the Favorite Heroine Giveaway Hop, hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup.  We're sharing our favorite kickass heroines with you! So come join the fun, meet some awesome ladies, and find out why they're the best of the best. 

I have always been a huge fan of strong, kickass heroines, which is why you will find one in every novel or novella I write.  As much as I love horror movies, those that feature women who trip over their own feet, then lie there and whimper as the murderer or monster slowly walks toward them always make me roll my eyes and sigh.  Either that or shout, "Oh, come on!  He's moving so slowly you can't even consider it a stroll!  Get up and run already!"  :-)  

So today I thought I would introduce you to Alyssa, the heroine of A Sorceress of His Own, the first book in my new series The Gifted Ones.  Alyssa is as tough as they come, even riding into battle alongside the hero.  She will always be favorite of mine not just for this reason, but also because her book inspired my Immortal Guardians series and the kickass women those books feature.  :-)

A USA TODAY Bestseller

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Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.



For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon's side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed—or cursed—with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.

All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon's life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything—even the wrath of his king—to be with her.


My Giveaway


A kindle copy of A Sorceress of His Own.  Note:  If you don't have a kindle, you can still read it on your iPad, iPod, computer, etc.  Amazon offers free kindle software and app downloads.)

Details


The Raining Romance Books Giveaway Hop runs from June 17, 2015, 12:00am EST through June 24, 2015, 11:59pm EST.  My giveaway is open to anyone who can receive a kindle book from Amazon.com.  (I've run into problems in the past gifting books from Amazon's foreign retailer sites.)

Mandatory entry
Leave a comment on this post during the hop (please include your email address) and tell me who one or two of your favorite heroines are.  :-)  Also mention extra entries.   

Extra entries
For extra entries you may do any or all of the following, but be sure to mention them in your comment.

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Selecting a Winner
I will use random.org to choose my prize winner after verifying all entries and will announce it here by Friday, June 26th.  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.

Have Fun on the Hop!