Saturday, March 7, 2015

Lucky is Reading Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the Lucky is Reading Giveaway Hop!  Since St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, the theme for this fun hop is luck.  :-)

One of the questions I'm often asked as a writer is whether I'm a plotter or a pantser.  I am completely and wholeheartedly a pantser.  I don't create a detailed outline of my stories before I sit down to write them.  Nor did I outline my Immortal Guardians series before I wrote the first book.  And I am very lucky that I didn't.  If I had plotted out the series in the beginning, deciding whose story I would write in what order, I would have never written Zach's story—Night Unbound, Immortal Guardians Book 5.  

When I first introduced Zach's character, I intended for him to remain a dangerous and shadowy background character.  Then a scene in Phantom Shadows, Immortal Guardians Book 3, made me sit up and take notice.  (For fans of the series:  It was the lollipop scene.)  Much to my surprise and pleasure, Zach rapidly became one of my favorite characters in the series.  And I had such fun writing his book.

So I definitely feel lucky that I'm a pantser.  ;-)


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"Book after book, Duvall brings her readers complex,
fascinating tales of romance, danger and loyalty."
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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? 

Excerpt

“Why are you doing this?”  Confusion colored Zach’s voice.

Lisette set the pasta down and gave him her full attention.  “Doing what?”

He hesitated.  “Helping me.  Being . . . kind to me.”

Why indeed?  She kept getting deeper and deeper and deeper into this . . . whatever this was.  “You saved my life.”

His lips tilted up in a faint smile that seemed to reflect cynicism, relief, and disappointment all at once.  “Ah.  You feel obligated.  I understand now.”

“Not obligated,” she corrected.  “Grateful.  And . . . ”

“And?” he prompted.

“Don’t you know?” she asked curiously.  “Haven’t you looked into my thoughts?”

“No.”

Interesting.  Seth and David seemed to lack any reservations when it came to reading the minds of their charges.  And, if she were honest, she and Étienne intruded on their friends’ thoughts far more often than they should.  One would think Zach, perhaps the antithesis of Seth, would possess even fewer scruples. 

Or did he lie?

Could he be testing her to see if she would tell him the truth?

Hell, what did she have to lose at this point?  

Crossing the kitchen, she stopped a foot away from Zach and tilted her head back to look up at him.

“Ask me again,” she ordered softly.

“Why are you doing this?” he murmured.

“Because I’m drawn to you, Zach.” 

His heart began to beat faster.  

As did hers.  “I’m drawn to you in a way that makes me want to risk everything just for the chance to know more of you.”

His eyes lit with a mild golden glow.  “Why?”

She gave her head a slow shake.  “I don’t know.  But I suspect . . . I hope . . . that it’s the same for you, that that’s why you came here—to me—when you were so badly injured and needed help.”

He raised one of his hands and, almost as though she were a bird he feared he might frighten away, captured a damp strand of hair that dangled in front of her ear, testing its texture with his fingers.  “I came to you because you were all I could think of while I was being tortured.”  He drew the lock closer to his face and breathed in the citrus scent of her shampoo.  “I came to you because you were all that enabled me to endure it.”

I am in so much trouble here, Lisette thought. 


My Giveaway



An autographed copy of Night Unbound along with an Immortal Guardians swag pack (2 postcards, 7 bookmarks, and 7 trading cards)


Details


The Reading Is Lucky Giveaway Hop runs from March 7, 2015, 12:00am EDT through March 21, 2015, 11:59pm EDT.  My giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada.

Mandatory entry
Leave a comment on this post during the hop (please include your email address) and tell me a book you are lucky (glad) you read.  :-)  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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+1  Share my giveaway on Twitter.

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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 March 25th.  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!!


40 comments:

  1. The Sleeping God by Violette malan
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  2. I feel lucky to have read Cat Adams Blood song.
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  3. pride and prejudice

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  4. I'm so glad you're a pantser, since we wouldn't have Zach, otherwise! I'm glad I read Outlander.
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    1. Would you believe I still haven't read Outlander? I've been curious to see if the TV series follows the book closely and what readers think of it. :-)

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  5. My latest lucky book find was The Bastard by Inez Kelley. This series promises to be phenomenal, almost as good as The Immortal Guardians.

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    1. I'll have to add that one to my TBR pile, Sebella. :-)

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  6. i'm glad you''re a pantser to as Zach is one of my fave BBF's -- love him :)
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  7. koukkunokka@anvianet.fi
    I feel lucky to have read Harry Potter series.

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    1. I think I'm the only person who HASN'T had a chance to read that series yet. :-)

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  8. I'm glad I read Hunger Games.
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    1. I haven't read the books, but I'm enjoying the movies. :-)

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  9. I am glad I read JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
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    1. I haven't read the trilogy, but enjoyed the movies. :-)

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  10. I'm in love with so many books that's a hard question.....I'm glad I discovered Anne Bishop, Michelle Sagara, Patricia Briggs, Devon Monk, Stacia Kane, Kalayna Price...

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    1. I'll have to look these up and add them to my ever-growing TBR pile. :-)

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  11. I am lucky to have read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
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    Thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. I haven't heard of this one. I'll have to check it out. :-)

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  12. I am lucky to have read Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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    1. I haven't read this one, but have heard good things. :-)

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  13. I am lucky to have read Poison Princess by Kresley Cole.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
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    1. I haven't read this, but love Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series.

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  14. I am lucky to have read Tales of Known Space by Larry Niven - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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    1. I'll have to check this one out, Daniel. :-)

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  15. I'm glad to have read The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.
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    1. I've heard good things about this one. :-)

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  16. It was my go to book Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.
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    1. Oh, wow! I forgot about this one. Great read! :-)

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  17. So many books to choose, can I list a couple? Darkness Dawns, because I love Roland and it introduced me to these books. Provoked, my first from Rebecca Zanetti. And I guess one more..Room for You, my first from Beth Ehemann.

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    1. Yay! Thank you, Lori! You'll see a new side to Roland in SHADOWS STRIKE. ;-)

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  18. My latest on the whim buy is the one I´m happy for atm =) Rowe´s The Club - awesome!!

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  19. Lucky I found Darkness Dawns for free because otherwise I wouldn't have found your amazing series!

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    1. So glad you're enjoying the series, Sonja!!

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  20. I'm happy to have read Dark Guardian by Christine Feehan because it led me to searching for paranormal romances.
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    1. I've enjoyed Christine Feehan's Dark series for years. :-)

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