Friday, November 20, 2015

Thankful For You Blog Hop

Welcome to the Thankful for You Blog Hop!  This week we're letting everyone know just what we're thankful for.  And that includes...YOU!  There's a new giveaway at every single stop so be sure to hop around and visit your favorite blogs and find a few new ones to follow too!   

Like many writers, it took me quite a few years and several manuscripts to land my first traditional publishing contract.  While pursuing publication, I often imagined how awesome it would be to "get the call", or to get a fantastic review from RT Book Reviews, or to hit the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists.  What I didn't imagine was how thrilling it would be to hear from readers who are enjoying the books I write.  

I've received letters, emails, messages, and comments that shocked me (in a good way), made me laugh, and sometimes touched me so deeply I cried.  I'm not sure readers realize—when they write to thank me because this book or that one helped them through a particularly stressful week at work, or provided the distraction they needed to get through the loss of a loved one, or made them laugh at time when they didn't think they could—that their letters and messages and comments do exactly the same thing for me.  

I'm so thankful for all of the readers who have lured smiles, big grins, or even laughs from me on dark days or made good days even better by simply mentioning looking forward to my next book.  I'm thankful for every reader who has picked up a book by this new-to-her/him author and given it a try.  And I'm thankful for the support, encouragement, and—yes—laughs you continue to deliver.  I hope you know just how much I appreciate you.  :-)

My giveaway for the hop will be signed paperback copies of two of my latest releases:  A Sorceress of His Own and Shadows Strike + swag.  

The Gifted Ones Book 1

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. 

Immortal Guardians Book 6
(Can be read as a stand-alone novel
for those who are new to the series.)

U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can't guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.

Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she's awake, she isn't sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn't trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that's coming, it will take everything they have just to survive...


The Thankful for You Blog Hop runs from November 20, 2015, 12:00am EST through November 27, 2015, 11:59pm EST.  My giveaway is open internationally to those who can legally enter.  No purchase necessary.

Mandatory entry
Leave a comment on this post during the hop (please include your email address) and tell me something you're thankful for—big or small.  :-)  Also mention extra entries.

Extra entries
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Selecting a Winner

I will use to choose my prize winner after verifying all entries and will announce it here by December 1st.  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!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Favorite Quote Friday

Happy Friday!  I've been having fun, working on Robert's story—Rendezvous With Yesterday, The Gifted Ones Book 2.  (I can't wait to share it with you!)

I also had such a nice surprise.  Cocktails and Books is having a great month-long event celebrating Indie Authors that includes lots of fun posts and giveaways.  One such post is by Elizabeth from E-Reading After Midnight, who named me one of her Top 5 Indie Authors.  Woohoo!!  This is what she had to say about my Immortal Guardians:

"The sheer imaginative power behind the Immortal Guardians series absolutely blows me away.  Ms. Duvall has created an entire world that blends the paranormal and romance with a twist I've not seen before."

Drop by to see who the other authors in her Top 5 are and enter to win an e-book!  You can find her post HERE.

A USA Today Bestseller
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Just a reminder:  Night Unbound, Immortal Guardians Book 5, is on sale for just $1.99 in ebook format for a limited time.  That's 75% off!  If this is your first time hearing about the series, don't worry.  All of my books can be read as stand-alones.  You'll just be more familiar with the secondary characters if you read the series in order.  :-) 

— Join me on Facebook —

I also thought I would remind you to pop over to my Facebook page and join the fun.  This week we chatted about everything from Orlando Bloom as Robert in my The Gifted Ones Dream Cast to "Dali Atomicus" and cat surfing to hilarious ways dogs can invade your personal space.  So you never know what topic we'll tackle next.  :-)

AND I have a giveaway almost every week.  If you do join us, be sure to "Like" my page and—in the "Liked" menu—tell Facebook to notify you of my posts under "Get Notifications" or to see them in your feed under "Posts in News Feed," otherwise there's a good chance Facebook's algorithm will keep you from seeing them.  And I don't want you to miss out on any giveaways.  ;-)

A USA Today Bestseller
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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  I heard the best things from readers this week about A Sorceress of His Own, The Gifted Ones Book 1.  Hearing that readers enjoyed it (it even made one reader's Top 5 Books Ever list) and that they're looking forward to Robert's story means so much to me.  I'm SO excited about Robert's story and can't wait to start posting sneak peeks and quotes from it.  

Until then, here is a quote from A Sorceress of His Own that features Lord Dillon and Alyssa—the hero and heroine:
“Good journey, love.” 
Her gaze roaming his face, Alyssa pulled her hood forward once more and left to retrieve her things.  Soon after, she joined Simon and the others assigned to protect her.   
The thunder of hooves accompanied their departure as mud splattered in their wake. 
Left behind in the crowded bailey, Dillon had never felt so alone.
Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend!                                                              

Friday, November 6, 2015

Good News, a Great Sale, & Favorite Quote Friday

Happy Friday!  Can you believe it's already November?  :-)

I have good news to share.  A Sorceress of His Own has been selected as Book of the Month over at Long and Short Reviews.  Thanks so much, everyone who voted for it when it was nominated.  Voting only lasted a couple of days, so I appreciated your zipping over to cast your votes.  :-)  

Long and Short Reviews also gave A Sorceress of His Own a wonderful review.  Here's a snippet:

You can read the full review HERE.

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Kindle  Audible  Nook  iTunes  Kobo

The good news doesn't stop there.  Night Unbound, Immortal Guardians Book 5, is on sale in ebook format for just $1.99.  That's 75% off!  If you're new to the series, Night Unbound can be read as a stand alone novel.  You'll just be more familiar with the secondary characters if you read the books in order.  ;-)

USA Today Bestseller
Amazon • Audible • Nook  iTunes  Kobo
BAM!  Walmart • Amazon UK • Amazon Canada

It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Fantastic reviews continue to roll in for Shadows Strike, my latest Immortal Guardians book.  I'm so glad readers are enjoying it!  :-)  For today's selection, I thought I would give you a snippet of Shadows Strike that features the hero and heroine, Ethan and Heather, and includes Zach and Lisette (hero and heroine of Night Unbound).  I'll preface it by mentioning that Zach is the tallest character in the series.  He's also a telepath.  :-)
Zach removed Lisette’s hand from his mouth and pressed a kiss to her palm instead of bending over to reach her lips.   
Heather glanced up at Ethan and thought him the perfect height for her.  He was tall, but not tall enough that he would have to pick her up to kiss her properly. 
“Ahh,” Zach said, “but picking Lisette up always puts her right where I want her—pressed up against me with her legs wrapped around my waist.” 
Lisette’s mouth dropped open.  “Zach!” 
Heather didn’t know whether to laugh or to complain about Zach’s having read her thoughts. 
Ethan settled a hand on her lower back.  “I’m not even going to ask.”

Have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Giveaways, Favorite Quote Friday & More

Happy Friday!  And, since I won't be posting tomorrow, Happy Halloween!

Join me over on My Facebook Page for a special Halloween Giveaway.  Up for grabs is:

The giveaway begins today and lasts through Saturday night.  See you there!  :-)

There is also still time to enter Kensington's Take a Bite Out of Romance Giveaway.  The paranormal prize pack up for grabs includes:

  • Physical copies of Shadows StrikeOn the Hunt, and Night's Surrender
  • Set of four Halloween themed ceramic plates
  • One Halloween scented candle (with bat wing decoration)
  • One Black Cat stuffed toy
  • Assorted Halloween candies including: Sugar gel blood packs, dismembered sucker fingers, gummy fingers, eyeball gumballs
  • Pack of skeleton blood bubbles
You can find the details and enter HERE.

My audiobook A Sorceress of His Own (The Gifted Ones Book 1) received a great review from Books and Things.  Here's a snippet:

You can read the full review here.
A USA Today Bestseller
Amazon • Audible • Nook  iTunes  Kobo
BAM!  Walmart • Amazon UK • Amazon Canada

It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  For today's selection, I've chosen a narrative quote from my recent release Shadows Strike.  For those who aren't familiar with it, Heather is the mortal heroine and Ethan is the immortal hero.
Heather felt honored to sit at a table with such powerful immortal warriors.  It seemed so surreal, like sitting down to chat with a bunch of superheroes, only these guys—and gals—didn't wear colorful tights.  They wore black to conceal the blood they would spill later in the night when they hunted. 
A sobering thought.
Have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, October 23, 2015

Favorite Quote Friday

Happy Friday!  How was your week?  We've been having fun over on Facebook, imagining my Immortal Guardians dressed up in Halloween costumes.  :-)

And, speaking of Halloween . . . Are you looking for some good books to put you in the Halloween spirit? Well, Barnes and Noble is running a cool Halloween promotion, recommending horror, sci-fi/fantasy, and kids and teens books, some of which are discounted up to 70%.  I was thrilled to see that they've included one of my latest releases, A Sorceress of His Own.  :-)

A USA Today Bestseller
Amazon  Audible  Kindle  iBooks  Kobo  Nook

Feared and reviled as a sorceress, Alyssa must conceal her youth and the love she harbors for the fierce Earl of Westcott beneath umbral robes.  All is revealed, however, and passion soon flares when an enemy threatens Dillon's life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him.

You can find the Halloween Promotion HERE.

Fantastic reviews continue to roll in for Shadows Strike.  Night Owl Reviews has deemed it a Top Pick!  Here's a snippet from their review:

You can read the full review HERE.

Shadows Strike also received a great 5-star review from Read What I Like.  Here's a snippet:

You can read the full review HERE.

A USA Today Bestseller
Amazon • Audible • Barnes & Noble •  iTunes • Kobo • Walmart

It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  √Čtienne and Krysta have been on my mind a lot this week.  :-)  Instead of contemplating my Immortal Guardians dream cast, I found myself thinking how much I would love for Michael Bay to produce and direct if my Immortal Guardians books were made into movies or a TV series.  And the first scene that came to mind as I imagined it was the big climactic battle scene in Darkness Rises.  So, for today's selection, I thought I would share a brief snippet of it:
The helicopter began to move away, strafing the yard with machine gun fire. 
Krysta veered toward a Humvee, jumped onto the hood and, without slowing, leaped into the air. 
√Čtienne nearly dropped dead of a f***ing heart attack as he watched her fly through the air and dive through a side door, tackling one of the door gunners.
I love that scene.  :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, October 16, 2015

Favorite Quote Friday + Giveaway

Happy Friday!  I am so ready for the weekend.  Aren't you?  :-)  So let's start it off with both a giveaway and a giveaway reminder.

Join me on My Facebook Page for a Swag Pack Giveaway.  The giveaway begins today an lasts through Saturday night.  :-)

If you want to ensure you won't miss any of my other Facebook giveaways, including flash giveaways I don't mention here or on my website, then Like my page and—in the Like menu—select either "Get Notifications" or "See First" so Facebook's ever-changing algorithms won't keep you from seeing my posts.  :-)

Just a reminder.  Kensington is giving away lots of goodies—including a copy of Shadows Strike, On the Hunt, and Night's Surrender—in the Take a Bite Out f Romance Halloween Giveaway.  You can find all of the details and enter HERE.

Author Nana Prah gave A Sorceress of His Own, The Gifted Ones Book 1, a great review.  Here's a snippet:

Megan, from Riverina Romantics gave Darkness Dawns, Immortal Guardians Book 1, a great review, too.  Here's a snippet:

A USA Today Bestseller
Amazon • Audible • Nook  iTunes  Kobo
BAM!  Walmart • Amazon UK • Amazon Canada

It' time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  For today's selection, I thought I would give you another peek into the pages of Shadows Strike, Ethan and Heather's story:
“Your eyes are glowing again,” she whispered. 
He swore and brought a hand to them as if he could rub the damned luminescence out of them.  “I’m sorry.  I had a fleeting image of lying in bed with you and . . .” 
“Oh.”  Her tone reflected surprise and he couldn’t decided what else. 
“I know.  But I promise I’m not a total degenerate.  I’m just tired and seem to have no control over my body when I’m around you.”  Lowering his hand, he forced himself to meet her gaze and almost did a double take. 
A wide smile brightened her features.  “That is so cool.” 
He arched a brow.  “What is?” 
“I don’t have to guess if you’re attracted to me because it’s all right there in your eyes.  And I don’t mean in a corny chick flick kind of way.  But in a Bam! in-your-face kind of way.  It’s like a sexual barometer or a mood ring.” 
He laughed. 
Have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, October 9, 2015

Favorite Quote Friday, News & Reviews

Happy Friday!  I hope you had a good week.  We actually got a brief break from the heat finally, so I snuck in some outdoor time.  :-)

Thank you again, everyone who joined me on my big SHADOWS STRIKE BLOG TOUR.  The winners of my tour-wide giveaway are . . .

1st Prize — $50 Amazon Gift Card
Iris Salazar

2nd Prize — $20 Amazon Gift Card
Rita Wray

3rd Prize — signed copy of Darkness Dawns + swag
Sherry Strode

All three winners have been notified and sent their prizes.  Congratulations again!!

Fresh Fiction gave Shadows Strike, my latest release, a fabulous review.  Here's a snippet:

See the full review HERE.

Fresh Fiction also has deemed On the Hunt—the anthology that contains my Immortal Guardians novella Phantom Embrace—a Fresh Pick.

See the full review HERE.

USA TODAY Bestseller
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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  I heard from several readers this week who have been enjoying A Sorceress of His Own on audiobook.  (Audiobooks sure come in handy when you just can't find time to sit down and read or have a long commute to and from work.)  So I thought, for today's selection, I would give you a mini-excerpt from it.  If this is your first time hearing about it, I'll preface the quote with a brief blurb:

Born with extraordinary gifts that label her a sorceress, Alyssa is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for Lord Dillon beneath umbral robes that lead him and his people to believe she is the same aged wise woman who served his father.  All is revealed, however, and passion soon flares when an enemy threatens Dillon's life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him.

Dillon’s expression sobered.  His cerulean eyes turned watchful.  “Am I different with you, Alyssa?” 

The sound of her name falling so smoothly from his lips after so many years should not inspire this depth of pleasure.  Swallowing nervously, she wished now that she had held her tongue.  “You know that you are.” 

“In what way?”  His gaze swept her hidden form.  His voice deepened, turned husky.  “Tell me.” 

Alyssa’s heart hammered beneath her breast.  What was he doing to her?  With just a look… such a look… he peeled away her exterior and threatened to expose all of her hidden desires.   

“In this way,” she managed to say, heart pounding.  “The way you look at me.”  As though you are a starving wolfhound and I a choice bit of venison that has fallen at your feet. 

“I thought you gray-haired and wrinkled beneath your robes.  Yet, here you are, younger than myself by several summers unless I miss my guess.  To discover such exquisite beauty…  ’Tis not surprising that I look at you differently.”  Still reclining on one elbow, he leaned forward and, with his free hand, brushed his fingers across her forehead, traced the arch of one brow and trailed down her temple to her cheek. 

Images stirred in her mind.  Erotic images that stole her breath and began a flash fire in her body.   

Dillon drawing back the blankets, baring her body to his heated gaze.   

Dillon’s hands and mouth touching her in the most shocking places.   

His clothing miraculously vanishing as he lowered his body to hers.

Have a wonderful weekend!