Wednesday, March 21, 2012

18 & Over Book Blogger Giveaway Hop

Today is the first day of the
18 & Over Book Blogger
Giveaway Hop!

The 18 & Over Book Blogger Giveaway Hop runs from 12:01am March 22nd through to 11:59pm March 25th 2012, and is hosted by Bitten by Paranormal Romance and Getting Naughty Between the Stacks.

Since I'm supposed to do something naughty for the hop, I thought I would post an excerpt of Darkness Dawns that is a little spicy.  :-)  For the prize, I'm giving away your choice of either a signed copy of Darkness Dawns or a signed copy of Night Reigns.  I'll also throw in some Immortal Guardians swag.  :-)
Darkness Dawns

(I'll preface this by mentioning that Roland can heal with his hands.)

Curling her hand around his strong biceps, Sarah rose onto her toes and kissed his freshly shaven cheek.

Roland’s pulse increased as warmth unfurled in his chest like a cat awakening from a nap.  Sarah returned her heels to the floor and gazed up at him with tenderness softening her hazel eyes.

“Why did you do that?” he asked, reaching up to touch the tingling skin her lips had brushed.

She smiled.  “I wanted to.  And you looked like you might need it.”

Had he?  The old anger had risen up to choke him as it always did when he thought of Edward.  Yet it had dissolved the instant she had kissed him, her delectable scent sweeping over him, intoxicating him.

He had needed it.  Needed that and so much more.  He needed her.  He needed . . .

Slowly lowering his head, Roland claimed her lips in an excruciatingly gentle exploration. 

Her breath caught.  Eyelids drifting closed, she parted her lips and invited him within.

Roland eagerly complied, his tongue gliding in to stroke and tease hers.  His body tightened as lust hit him hard.  Touching her sides just beneath her arms, he drew her nearer.  She was so small.  So delicate.  He could feel the faint ridges of her ribs beneath his fingers as his thumbs brushed the sides of her full breasts.

Sarah thought her heart might burst from her chest as Roland’s lips seduced hers, first gently, then hungrily, speeding her pulse.  Fire danced through her as his thumbs stroked the sides of her breasts, straying ever closer to the sensitive peaks.  Again she rose onto her toes so he wouldn’t have to bend down so far.  Smoothing her hands up his chest and around his neck, she leaned into him and buried her fingers in his hair, clutched a silky fistful.

He wrapped his arms around her and pressed her to him, a low growl rumbling in his throat.  Sarah winced when one of his hands slid up her back and put fleeting pressure on the large bruise a tree had spawned.  At least, she assumed there was a bruise.  She had forgotten to look earlier, but it hurt badly enough.

His other hand followed the same path, triggering the same sharp pain.

A niggling thought pricked her.

Dragging her lips from his, she turned her head aside and tried to clear her muddled thoughts.

Roland merely kissed a path along her jaw and down her neck, making her knees go weak.

“Wait,” she protested feebly.

His body hard and throbbing with need, Roland drew his tongue across the pulse that beat rapidly just beneath the soft skin at the base of Sarah’s neck.  “You smell so good,” he whispered hoarsely.

“That isn’t me.  It’s your expensive bath products.”

He shook his head.  “It’s you.”  He drew in a long deep breath and held it a moment.  It was stronger now and mingled with the even more enticing scent of her budding arousal.  “You could set me down blindfolded in the middle of a packed football stadium and I could find you by your scent alone.  No perfume on the planet can compare.”

She tasted good, too, he discovered, brushing his lips over her soft skin.  And there was so much more of her he wanted to taste.  To feel.  To stroke.  Explore.

Resenting the T-shirt that kept him from touching bare flesh, he caressed her back and sought her succulent lips once more.

“Wait,” she said again, pressing against his chest.  “Where are your hands?”

A groan of frustrated desire welled up inside him, but he didn’t let it escape.  Swearing silently, Roland forced himself to take a step back, held his hands out to his sides where she could see them and wished fervently that she had waited a little longer to come to her senses.  They were both breathing hard as she stared up at him with lips red and swollen from his kisses.  Her lovely breasts rose and fell rapidly beneath the cotton of her T-shirt, making him clench his hands into fists to avoid reaching for her.

He supposed he should apologize.  He had taken an innocent gesture of affection and turned it into something else entirely.  Not what she had expected, he was sure.

“Were you healing me again?” she demanded breathlessly.

He blinked at the odd question.  “What?”

“Your hands were on my back.  Were you trying to heal me on the sly again?”

He frowned.  “What’s wrong with your back?”

Her fingertips still touched his chest, holding him at bay.  She waved the other hand dismissively.  “Just answer the question.  The last time you kissed me, you only did it to distract me while you healed me.”

She didn’t really believe that, did she?

The suspicion and hurt reflected in her eyes suggested she did.

Well, hell.

“Distracting you while I healed you was only an excuse.  I’ve wanted to kiss you ever since I woke up with your beautiful body stretched atop mine and your enchanting scent making my head swim.”  He paused.  “No.  No, that’s not true.  I’ve wanted to kiss you ever since you held me in your kitchen after helping me remove the spikes.  That was a bit earlier.”

Her hands falling limply to her sides, she swallowed visibly.  “Really?”

He nodded slowly, then took a step closer as a spark of heat returned to her eyes.

When she backed into the counter, he braced his hands on either side of her, trapping her in between.  “You don’t know how much I regret passing out this morning.  Missing the feel of your hands bathing my naked flesh.”  Leaning down until his lips nearly touched the sensitive skin beneath her ear, he drew in a slow deep breath.  “I love your scent.”  He let his lips follow a path down her neck to the hollow where it met her shoulder, still close but not touching, breath warming her skin.  “Your every touch inflames me, leaves me hard and aching, unable to hide my reaction to you.”  Raising his head, he stared down at her.  “Can you truly not know how much I want you?”

She reached up and rested her palm against his cheek.  Roland covered her small hand with his and held it there, savoring her touch.

“Your eyes are glowing again,” she whispered.

“They’ll always glow when I want you.” 


Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control . . .

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible -- when it mean forfeiting the world she's always known, and the life he would do anything to protect.
Ami isn't much for trusting strangers.  She has a hard time trusting anyone.  But she's no coward, and she's no pushover in the protection department either.  So when she comes across a mysterious warrior taking on eight deranged vampires on his own, she doesn't hesitate to save his bacon.  Of course, that was before she realized what one little rescue would get her into . . .

Marcus Grayden has been an immortal protector of humanity for eight hundred years, and at the moment he's not interested in backup.  From the moment Ami arrives in his life, he can't deny that she's strong, smart, and extremely skilled at watching his back.  But she's also destroying his protective solitude and stirring desires he can't bear to awaken.  After all, whatever her secrets -- how can she defeat death itself?
Contest Details

The contest lasts from 12:01am March 22nd to 11:59pm March 25th 2012.

International entries are welcome.   

Mandatory entry
Leave a comment below.  :-)  Please mention any extra entries.  If you don't include your email address in your comment (feel free to write it out), you will have to check back here to see if you've won.  I'll announce it by March 28th. 

Extra entries
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.

Selecting a Winner
I will use to choose a winner after verifying all entries and will announce it here by March 28th.  If the winner's email address is included in her comment, I will email her, too.  The winner will have one week to contact me.

There are many prizes up for grabs by other authors and bloggers.  Good luck!  And have fun on the hop!

Dianne Duvall


  1. Yes, please! I would love to win a copy of Darkness Dawns.

    +1 Follow my blog. DONE
    +1 Like My Facebook Page. DONE
    +1 Follow me on Twitter. DONE @atobols

  2. Yaay, awesome prizes!! Thanks for making the giveaway international!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

    +1 following the blog via GFC: Veronika
    +1 Like on Facebook: Tw Veronika
    +1 twitter follower: twveronika

  3. Thanks you for this new opportunity to win Darkness dawns, i want to win it so much
    thansk you also for opening it to international again

    +1 follow you blog via GFC: miki


  4. I would love to win a copy of Darkness Dawns. I have read both books and can't wait till the next one is released. So far, Roland and Sarah have been my favorite.

    +1 I subscribe by email
    +1 follow on facebook Patti Williams
    +1 follow on twitter @patti1075


  5. Hi Dianne, thanks for the chance to win (I'm an international) I lovd your books as I have told you and can't wait for the next.

    + 1entry for twitter @aussiebookchic

  6. Thanks for the chance to win and opening it up to internationals! I have read Darkness Dawns and loved it, just need to get my hands on a copy of Night Reigns :P

    +1 Follow by GFC -Jet
    +1 Twitter Follower - @Jet_BDR


  7. Thanks for the chance to win, I hope I get it this time!

    GFC - Hillary
    FB - Hillary Curran
    Twitter - mebuffy


  8. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I'd love to win one of your books they sound terrific!

    Gfc-maria pronounced mariah
    FB-maria smith

    Thank you so much!
    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  10. I would love a copy of Darkness Dawns.

    GFC - proudarmymom32
    FB - Sue Sattler
    Twitter - @armyma32


  11. Lovin' this blog hop!

    +1 email follower - sallans d at yahoo dot com
    +1 FB - Diane Sallans
    +1 Twitter - DianeSallans

  12. Count me in!

    +1 Email follower -
    +1 Like My Facebook Page - Nathalia de Matos
    +1 Follow me on Twitter - nenssa1

  13. Thanks for making this international!

    +1 GFC follower: Nicola (pocketfullofbooks)
    +1 Twitter follower: @pocketofbooks
    +1 Facebook follower: Nicola

  14. That was a wonderful excerpt and I love the opportunity to win a book. Thanks for participating in the hop.

    +1 GFC: Sophia Rose
    +1 FB: Sally Michele Shaw

  15. Thank you for the great giveaway
    +1 gfc: Cynthia Garcia
    -+1 fb : Cynthia. Garcia
    +1 twitter : Cynthia. Garcia

  16. Loved the excerpt and thanks for the contest.

  17. The books do look amazing.

    GFC: Mary Preston

    FB: Mary Preston


  18. I would want the first book "Darkness Dawns". I follow, I liked on FB, and I follow on Twitter. Oh, and I'm most definitely over 18 years old.


  19. I would love to win a copy of Night Reigns...

  20. I would loved to be added in to the contest.
    FB: Melissa Porter


  21. I would love Night Reigns :).

    +1 Follow my blog. DONE - DanielleJade
    +1 Like My Facebook Page. DONE - Dani Warhurst
    +1 Follow me on Twitter. DONE - @Dani_playdead
    And I am over 18 :)

    Danielle_warhurst(at)hotmail(dot) com

  22. I would love to win one of these books of yours

    GFC: Brittany Hiester

    Like ur FB page: Brittany Hiester

  23. Thanks for the chance to win

    GFC: April Alvey

    Facebook: April Alvey +1 liked

    Twitter @aprilalvey +1 Followed

    my email is

  24. I would like to read Darkness Dawns.

    GFC: Na
    FB: Fiery Na


  25. This was awasome giveaway!! I will love to win it!! Thanks for the chance to win and making international!!

    +1 follower GFC as Filia Oktarina
    +1 Like Facebook : Filia Oktarina

    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

  26. thanks for the giveaway :)

    +1 gfc follower
    +1 facebook follower : eli yanti
    +1 twitter follower : eli_yanti

  27. thanks for the giveaway

    +1 gfc follower as Olivia Tan
    +1 like facebook : Leev Whitfield De-Manganiello
    +1 twitter follower : Leev_7787

  28. Love the excerpt, =) can´t wait for it to read!

    best wishes, Linda

    +1 gfc as twitter fr_larsson
    +1 like fb as Linda Larsson
    +1 twitter follow as fr_larsson

  29. I absolutey loved Night Reigns! Thanks for an amazing giveaway!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    +1 GFC: BookAttict
    +1 Facebook: Elizabeth Kotkiewicz Hyatt
    +1 Twitter: @BookAttict

  30. Books look amazing.
    GFC JeanP
    Facebook JeanPatton
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  31. I love your books, but you already know that!
    I follow your blog and I follow you on facebook and twitter.Take care

  32. Thanks for the giveaway!
    +1 GFC: Susan White
    +1 Liked on FB Susan White


  33. GFC follower: Lauren Mackesy
    FB follower: Lauren Terry Mackesy
    Thanks so much for the great giveaway!
    Lmackesy at gmail dot com

  34. loving the blog hop

    following you on FB Twitter and blog,

  35. I am so excited about meeting the Immortal Guardians. Thank you for the tasty excerpt, as well as the awesome giveaway opportunity.
    GFC Denise Zaky
    FB Denise Zaky
    Twitter @ZDz59001

  36. I believe someone entering at my blog chose a character from your series as their fave naughty boy! Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust

    GFC Follow steph from and on twitter @fangswandsfairy

  37. Thanks for the chance! Cant wait to read Night Reigns.

    +1 Follow my blog. - donnas
    +1 Like My Facebook Page. - Donna S
    +1 Follow me on Twitter. - @donnas1

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  38. Thanks for the chance to win! I want these!!
    Blog follower - Dawn
    Twitter follower Drmgrl99dawn

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  40. Immortals, yummm! Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

    doodlebg44 (at) cox (dot) net

  41. I'm having fun ambling around this blog hop. Thanks for the chance to win one of your great series.
    GFC follow - irgl7
    facebook - Irene Jackson


  42. what a sexy hop! I'd love to win Night Reigns, as I loved Darnkess dawsn!

    GFC reading mind

    aliasigirl at libero dot it

  43. Hi Dianne, What a wonderful and sexy excerpt! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the chance to win!

    I have followed the blog via email subscription, followed your twitter (@talinaperkins) and liked your FB fan page (Talina Perkins)


  44. OMG! :O Thank you for the giveaway!! ~fingers crossed!!

    +1 Following the blog: Gisele Alvarado
    +1 Liked the Facebook Page: Ileana Alvarado
    +1 Following you on Twitter: @Gisselle_Alv


  45. Thanks for the chance to win :)
    GFC- Krysta Banco
    FB- Krysta Banco
    Twitter- @YearofTiger86


  46. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    GFC - Sherry S.
    Facebook - Sherry Strode
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  47. Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    GFC name - sweety

    Facebook name - Rosemarie Dimitri Belikov

    Twitter name - @sweetyindia


  48. I would love a copy of Night Reigns because I already have Darkness Dawns. Thanks for the opportunity

    GFC- JenniferK
    Facebook Name: jcalvertkaleta
    Twitter: jcalvert719


  49. I would love to win a copy of Darkness Dawns. Both books are on my TBR list, but I also like to read a series in order. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Facebook Name: Tina Rucci
    follow blog by email:

  50. Great excerpt! Thanks for the giveaway.

  51. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!
    gfc- shadow_kohler
    fb- shadow kohler
    twitter- LuvToRead09

  52. Great giveaway! Thank you for the HOP!

    trb0917 at gmail dot com

  53. what great giveaways Thanks
    Leigh Savage