Friday, April 28, 2017

Catching Up

Greetings, all, and Happy Friday!  What a busy month this has been.  :-)  I'm very excited about how well Aidan's book is coming along.  I'm so glad I'm a pantser (a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants writer) instead of a plotter (someone who meticulously outlines each chapter of the book before writing it).  When I just let the writing take me where it will, things tend to happen that surprise even me.  And every once in a while, something will happen that unexpectedly ties in perfectly with an event that took place in Book 1, 2 or 3, as if it's just been sitting in the back of my subconscious, waiting for the right time to leap forward and take center stage.  I love that.  



Congratulations to the winers of my four contests in The Romance Reviews' month-long 6th Anniversary Party:

Angeles G.
Samantha H.
Patricia P.
Tiana S.

I hope everyone who attended found exciting new reads, some new favorite authors, and won fun prizes.  :-)  I'm going to be participating in another multi-author event on Facebook next month and am looking forward to it.  I'll tell you more once I have all of the details.  




The IRC (Indie Romance Convention) is now accepting Readers' Choice nominations for indie books published in 2016. If you enjoyed Rendezvous with Yesterday, I would appreciate it so much if you'd take a moment to nominate it.  (Time Travel Romance is the best category. Historical Romance is a second choice.)  You can do so HERE.

There are a LOT of categories, so if you'd like to show your support for other indie authors, too, I'm sure they'd appreciate it. :-)


I was thrilled to discover that Book Munchies gave Rendezvous with Yesterday (The Gifted Ones Book 2) a fantastic review:

(You can read the full review here.)

And more reviews have rolled in for Rendezvous with Yesterday on Amazon.  Here are some of the latest:

"Unbelievably WOW! I read this book at least twice and listened to the audio at least 4 times. I love this book. I did not realize that I forgot to put in a review. This is a well written story with a good plot that is so entertaining it just keeps you glued to the kindle. I cried, laughed and cheered. . . Excellent standalone. Excellent book."
—GSKM

"Wow and Wow again! I don't usually write reviews. With this book I felt that I had to. This is the best time travel book I have read so far. Well written, good historical research and modern day research too. Your characters, written words , and descriptions are so clear that I had trouble putting down this book and was sad when it ended."
—Kindle Customer

"I loved this story! I love learning about Beth after learning about her in Marcus' book! It was so cool to see him as he was and see the love of Beth and Robert. I laughed and cried during this story."
—Andi

"I so enjoyed reading about Robert and Bethany! I was very curious about their story when I read the Immortal guardian series. Big fan of Dianne Duvall's work and look forward to read more about Seth and David."
—Vampire lover

"I loved this book and even the extra at the end! The plot was great and characters were fantastic. Im definitely checking out the rest of her stuff!"
—tallen7



I thought I'd kickstart the weekend with a Giveaway, so I'll be offering up a couple of Immortal Guardians and The Gifted Ones Swag Packs over on my Facebook Page.  It will run from Friday through Sunday.  

If you've liked my page, but aren't seeing my posts (thanks to Facebook's annoying algorithms), you're welcome to send a friend request to and/or follow my Personal Profile.  I usually mention all of my author page giveaways there (as well as the latest bits of news), so you'll be less likely to miss them.  Until then, here are some of the more popular posts you may have missed:









Some of these are older, because I forgot to mention them in my last blog post.  I also shared some videos that were well-liked, but can't remember how to give you a link to the videos on my page.  LOL.


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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Today I thought I'd share a quote from Rendezvous with Yesterday that Cyn mentioned in her review over at Book Munchies.  Robert (the hero) is speaking to Bethany (the heroine):

"'Tis necessary, this bra?" he asked cautiously.

LOL.  I love these two together.

It looks like I won't have time to start my newsletter until this summer.  I'm really trying to devote all the time I can to finishing Aidan's story.  So, for the time being, I'll continue to blog whenever I get a chance.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, March 24, 2017

Latest News and Giveaways

Happy Friday!!  Sorry for the long hiatus.  Whatever nasty bug is going around has been making its way through the family.  I was down with it for a couple of weeks.  And I've been hard at work on Aidan's story (Immortal Guardians Book 7).  I'm really enjoying it.  Aidan and his heroine . . . and Sheldon, of course . . . have been making me laugh quite a bit.  And I already have favorite quotes and scenes I can't wait to share with you.  :-)



The most frequently asked question I've received of late is:  

Q:  When will Aidan's book release?

A:  Right now I'm estimating late summer.  When I have the exact date, I'll announce it on my website, Facebook page, here or in my newsletter if it's up and running, etc.



Have you heard about The Romance Reviews 6th Anniversary Party?  Over 300 authors are participating and giving away over 300 prizes.  The Grand Prize is a $50 gift card.  I've already given away a couple of books.  But there's still a chance to win another.  



Join the fun at The Romance Reviews on Thursday, March 30th, answer a quick question about A Sorceress of His Own, and you'll be entered to win a signed paperback copy + an Immortal Guardians and The Gifted Ones Swag Pack.  


Speaking of A Sorceress of His Own, some great reviews have rolled in for it in recent weeks.


Rabid Reads gave A Sorceress of His Own a wonderful review.  You can read the full review HERE.

And readers continue to post reviews on Amazon:

"Enjoyed this book and the characters. I have read the immortal guardians series and liked that the author included some of the characters in this book. Can't wait to read the next one."
— Amazon Customer

"Needing a change from vampires and space aliens, I chose to go back in time and I am so glad that I did, I found the story to be entertaining and well written."
— S. B. Designs

"Loved it!  I couldn't put the book down! Not only a romance, but about the selflessness of this young heroine, inspiring bravery and courage in the face of scorn and adversary. Written beautifully! I look forward to reading the rest of the series!"
— Brenda Pontow

"I loved every aspect of this book. From Alyssa to Dillion. To Camden and Seth. I truly could not put this book down and devoured it in a few hours."
—Kindle Customer

"Lovable characters, decent story arch, and some very sexy scenes. If you enjoy forbidden magic stories, this is a great read."
—Taylor
    


If you haven't read Rendezvous with Yesterday yet and would like to get a glimpse of Bethany, the woman Marcus (from my Immortal Guardians series) loved for so long, you can enjoy an excerpt in which Beth makes Robert's jaw drop over at Cover Reveals and view the trailer.  :-)

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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday.  For today's selection I've chosen a quote from Rendezvous with Yesterday that features Robert and Beth (the hero and heroine) as well as Dillon and Alyssa (the hero and heroine from A Sorceress of His Own).  

Ian, by the way, is Dillon and Alyssa's very young son and loves to engage in mock battles with a little wooden sword.  :-)

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Please, call me Beth.”

“Then you must call me Alyssa.”  She smiled.  “I wish I could have been here to see Sir Faudron and Sir Stephen’s expressions.”

They turned as one to look across the hall at Stephen just as Ian’s sword hit Stephen squarely in the groin.  Dropping his own sword, the irascible warrior slammed his knees together, cupped himself with both hands, and—whimpering—toppled over onto the floor.

Robert and Dillon both winced.

Beth pursed her lips.  “Too bad he wasn’t still wearing his armor.”

Michael and the other men in the great hall found it wildly amusing, their laughter swelling and echoing off the walls.  

Alyssa narrowed her eyes at Dillon.  “Do not dare laugh.”

“I would not,” he said with a grimace.  “Ian has done the same to me on numerous occasions.”

Robert grunted.  “I will not ask if Alyssa healed you.”

Alyssa’s cheeks flushed while Dillon donned a naughty grin.
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Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne

Friday, January 20, 2017

News, a Giveaway, and a Favorite Quote

Happy Friday!  It looks like a lot of us experienced some pretty wild weather this week.  I hope you all stayed safe.  It stormed for hours here a few days ago.  You know how much I love thunderstorms.  The noisier the better.  And this one was pretty noisy.  So I had a great writing day.  More than one actually, since it rained the next day as well.  I don't know what it is about storms, but they really spark my creativity.



I'm very happy with the way Aidan's book is coming along.  Aidan and his heroine are entertaining me as much as Ethan and Heather did in Shadows Strike.  :-)  And some very interesting things are brewing in the Immortal Guardians world.  

Pretty cryptic, right?  ๐Ÿ˜€  I know.  I'm rather obsessive when it comes to avoiding the mention of anything that might be considered a spoiler.  I have some fun quotes in mind, though, for future Favorite Quote Fridays.  ๐Ÿ˜‰



Which reminds me . . .  

A lot of readers have been asking if I have a newsletter.  I don't have one at this time, but—because of the many requests—was thinking about starting one.  I can't have both a blog and a newsletter, because it would take too much time away from writing.  So I thought I would ask:


Which do you prefer—Newsletter or Blog?

If you prefer newsletters, how often do you
like to receive them from authors?

I'm always interested in your thoughts.



Since Facebook continues to limit the reach of Author Pages, I've begun to mention posts here and provide links in case you missed the fun and would like to join the conversation.  Here are some of my latest posts:







I'll also be giving away two more Immortal Guardians and The Gifted Ones Swag Packs on my page this weekend, just for fun.  So if you'd like one, hop over to My Author Page and enter to win!



More fantastic reviews continue to roll in for Rendezvous with Yesterday.  I'm so glad readers are enjoying Robert and Bethany's story.  And I'm particularly thrilled to see so many readers who don't usually care for time travel romance giving it 5-star reviews.  ๐Ÿ˜Š  Here are a few of the latest on Amazon:

"Wow!  If you like time travel romance, you should definitely read this. It's so different than all the rest out there! I enjoyed it so much . . ."
— CharlotteSP

"Great second installment in the gifted ones series . . . Can’t wait for the next one."
— Katrina

"Dianne Duvall has created an amazing fantasy world . . . The whole series is absolutely captivating from beginning to end."
— K. Smith

"Very entertaining, loved all the characters in the book."
— Monica Lindemann

"This story was perfect. The characters were perfect. Can I please have my very own Robert . . ."
— Milagos

"Best book this year!  One of my favorites."
— cyn




It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Today I thought I would share a snippet from Rendezvous with Yesterday.  If you're unfamiliar with The Gifted Ones series, Dillon and Alyssa (who can heal with her hands) are the hero and heroine of A Sorceress of His Own (Book 1) and Robert and Bethany are the hero and heroine of Rendezvous with Yesterday (Book 2).
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Chuckling, Robert drew Beth up against his side and kissed her hair.  “The day has been a long one, love.”

“For all of us,” Alyssa added, kindly wiping the shock from her expression.  “May I congratulate you, Lady Bethany, on your victory over Robert’s men?  My husband told me of your contest.”

“Thank you.  And please, call me Beth.”

“Then you must call me Alyssa.”  She smiled.  “I wish I could have been here to see Sir Faudron’s and Sir Stephen’s expressions.”

They turned as one to look across the hall at Stephen just as little Ian’s wooden sword hit Stephen squarely in the groin.  Dropping his own sword, the irascible warrior slammed his knees together, cupped himself with both hands, and—whimpering—toppled over onto the floor.

Robert and Dillon both winced.

Beth pursed her lips.  “Too bad he wasn’t still wearing his armor.”

Michael and the other men in the great hall found it wildly amusing, their laughter swelling and echoing off the walls.  

Alyssa narrowed her eyes at Dillon.  “Do not dare laugh.”

“I would not,” he said with a grimace.  “Ian has done the same to me on numerous occasions.”

Robert grunted.  “I will not ask if Alyssa healed you with her hands.”

Alyssa’s cheeks flushed while Dillon donned a naughty grin.

“Perhaps now would be a good time for us to retire to the solar,” Beth suggested brightly, hoping to alleviate the other woman’s embarrassment.

The others agreed, and—with lighter spirits all around—they exited the great hall.
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Have a wonderful weekend!  I'll be spending mine with my Immortal Guardians. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Dianne

Friday, January 6, 2017

News, Reviews, & Favorite Quote Friday

Happy Friday!  The first week of 2017 has been a productive one for me, as was the last week of 2016.  I’m loving Aidan’s book (Immortal Guardians Book 7).  I think Aidan and his heroine have made me laugh as much as Ethan and Heather did in Shadows Strike.  :-) 


I also got an idea for what I think will be a great Immortal Guardians novella.  And this time, since I’m not going to traditionally publish it, I won’t have to adhere to a word count.  For the first two, I was given a word count limit of 20,000—25,000 words (or 80–100 manuscript pages), which I admit I exceeded both times.  LOL!  But now there will be no limits, so I’m even more eager to write it.  

I’ll keep you in suspense as far as who the hero will be.  And for those who have already begun asking, I intend to finish Aidan's book first.  I don’t like to work on two projects at once, so—once I start one—I keep going until I finish it.  :-)



I also received more good news from Kimberly at The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  A Sorceress of His Own made her Top Ten Romances of 2016 list.  Woohoo!!  Here's what she had to say:

"I loved this tale from the setting to the characters.  Duvall is an auto-buy for me.  Dillon and Alyssa are one couple you'll want to spend time with."

You can read her full review HERE.



If you don't have a business page on Facebook, then you may not know that Facebook is letting fewer and fewer of the people who like an author/business page see that page's posts in their feed.  So I've begun to post links here to some of my posts for those who may have missed them.  :-)  Here are the most popular recent posts:


I also thought I'd kick off the new year with a giveaway this weekend over on Facebook.  You can find it on My Author Page.  


A USA Today Bestseller
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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday!  Since A Sorceress of His Own was on my mind a lot this week, I thought I would share a narrative quote from it today:
His eyes returned to her face, taking in every detail of her features, struggling to come to terms with the fact that this lovely young woman was the same treasured friend and companion who had been by his side for the past seven years.  The same one who had seen through his formidable facade to the quiet man beneath.  Who had advised him so wisely, never once thinking him weak for seeking her counsel.  Who had argued with him, challenged him, comforted him, brought laughter into his life, and been there for him in so many ways.   
The wisewoman had possessed every quality he desired in a bride save youth. 
Now she possessed that, too.
Have a wonderful weekend!  And stay warm.  It looks like it may be a chilly one for many of us.  Perfect weather for curling up with a good book in front of a crackling fire.  :-)

Dianne