Friday, July 13, 2018

Awaken the Darkness News & Giveaway

Happy Friday! This has been such a fun and exciting week! Awaken the Darkness, Immortal Guardians Book 8, released on Tuesday in paperback, ebook, and audiobook. Woohoo!! Thank you, everyone who has purchased a copy. You catapulted the ebook up to #1 on Amazon's Vampire Thrillers Best Seller List!!

You also drove the audiobook all the way up to #1 on Audible's Paranormal Romance Bestseller list and #2 on Audible's Romance Bestseller list! :-)

I'd like to send a big thank you out to my friends on Facebook and Twitter, especially members in my Books Group. I have eagerly devoured your comments and could not be happier. I can't believe some of you have already read or listened to the book twice! That is one of the best things an author can hear, along with "I laughed and I cried," which quite a few of you have also admitted. I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed Stanislav and Susan's story. I know I've said this before: I love to write. I really do. But I love making readers happy even more.

And I have the best readers! You all rock!! đŸ’–

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If this is your first time hearing about the release . . .

Kindle • iBooks • Nook • Kobo

Return to the "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly) world of New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians.  

He awakens encapsulated in dirt with no knowledge of how he came to be there. Riddled with injuries, he can remember neither his past nor who he is. Nor can he remember what he is. But surely no mortal man could survive being buried deep beneath the earth. All he knows with certainty is that the soothing voice and presence of the woman moving around above enables him to endure the agony of his wounds. And he will do whatever it takes to be with her.

When Susan first sees the old two-story house for sale, such warmth and longing fill her that—against all reason—she makes an offer. It will take years of hard work and money she frankly doesn’t have to fix up the place. So she can’t explain why she bought it. She also can’t explain what compels her to spend hours one night, digging in the basement until she unearths a man. A man who still lives and breathes despite having been buried alive. A man whose intense brown eyes glow amber with pain, declaring him far more than ordinary. Susan knows she should keep her distance. He has no memory and possesses gifts that would make most fear him. But as the two work together to unravel the mystery of his past, she finds herself drawn in by his teasing nature and tender touch. So much so that she loses her heart to him even as they find themselves hunted by unknown enemies who are ruthless in their quest to capture them.

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I have a lot of giveaways going on now. The latest is an Awaken the Darkness Release Week Giveaway over on Facebook. The Prize: an Awaken the Darkness pillow, a signed paperback copy of Blade of Darkness, and lots of bookmarks, trading cards, and postcards. You can join the fun and enter to win on My Author Page.

I will be contacting the winners of my Pre-Order Giveaway later today. Thank you everyone who entered! Once they've all responded, I'll post the winners here on my blog. :-)

My Awaken the Darkness Blog Tour will end soon. But there's still time to enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card, a $25 Amazon Gift Card, or an awesome Immortal Guardians and The Gifted Ones Prize Pack. You can find the schedule on my Tours page.

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The reviews rolling in for Awaken the Darkness are utterly fantastic!! Thank you, all of you who have taken a minute to post one on your favorite online site (Amazon, Audible, Goodreads, etc.). I always peruse reviews before purchasing a book by a new-to-me author, so I know how important they are. They can encourage new readers to give the book a try and get to know my Immortal Guardians. AND I admit they really brighten my day. I really do love making readers laugh . . . and cry, though I feel weird admitting the latter. LOL. Here are snippets from a few of the reviews readers have left on Amazon:

"Again, Dianne takes you away to a fantastic world of danger passion grief and joy. With remarkable character that you love."

"Stanislav and Susan are fantastic together, and their journey is so exciting and intriguing that I couldn't put the book down and have read or listened to it more than 3 times already. If you haven't already picked up an Immortal Guardians book and found yourself hooked, now is a fantastic time to start."
Amazon Customer

"Totally absolutely hooked on this series!!!! Loved the concept she took with this story!!!"
Markie Pickrell

"As always Dianne Duvall has done it again. I absolutely love this series. I love everyone of her characters in the series and I want them all to get their HEA!! You need to get them all!!! Bought the Audible version of them as well and Kirsten Potter does an awesome job!!!"
zina fritz

"One of my favorites so far."

"Must read! Amazing! I absolutely love this book! This series draws you in, makes you fall in love with the characters, and then takes you on a journey. And even though this isn’t a comedy, I laughed a lot! There’s a lot of action, romance, and witty sarcasm that you just can’t put it down!!"
Jessica Monhollen

"This is such an amazing series. The characters are fun and lovable. I’ve had many laughs and tears. Awaken The Darkness is another great installment in the series."
 Mrs. Froth

"OMG! Started this book yesterday afternoon and was still reading at 1:30 AM. Kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning until the end. A beautiful love story mixed with lots of danger and excitement for both Stan and Susan.”
Patricia Elliott 

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It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday! Today I'm going to give those of you who haven't read it yet a glimpse of the first meeting of the hero and heroine in Awaken the Darkness:

Flying into motion, she brushed dirt away from the head those soft strands hid. Careful, but urgent, her heart slamming against her ribs.

Breathing heavily, she sat back on her heels and stared down with utter amazement at the treasure she had uncovered.

A man—a very tall man—lay curled on his left side, facing her, his right arm drawn up over his face, a large hand sporting numerous lacerations shielding his head.

He was thin. So thin as to be almost skeletal. But his skin…

It didn’t look leathery or decayed or mummified.

Nor did it appear to be plastic. This was no mannequin.

So why wasn’t she afraid? She should be very afraid. She should be shaking in her proverbial boots right now.

Cautiously, she grasped his wrist and lifted the arm a couple of inches, slowly drawing it down away from his face.

“Oh no,” she breathed. Lowering his arm to his side, she leaned in close and brushed his dark hair back from his dusty face. “What did they do to you?” she whispered.

He was handsome… or would’ve been were it not for the wounds that scored his compelling features. His eyes were closed, his brow furrowed as though he still suffered. His ears had bled, as had his nose. His cheeks, coated with perhaps a week’s worth of dark stubble, were sunken and marred by so many deep gashes and scratches. What had happened to him?

Tears welled in her eyes.

How long had he been buried there? She glanced down his long length. And how had he remained so well preserved? As though he had just lain down and breathed his last breath five minutes ago?

She returned her attention to his face, drew her fingers across his forehead, carefully avoiding the jagged line carved into it.

His skin was gritty from the dirt. Cool to the touch.

She shook her head. “What did they do to you?” she whispered again.

One of his eyelids lifted.

She sucked in a breath.

His brown eye blinked, then focused on her.

Amber light flashed in it.

The fear that she should have been feeling all this time now struck with a vengeance.

Her heart doing its damnedest to burst from her chest, she yanked her fingers back and tried to scoot away.

His hand shot out and clamped around her wrist, preventing her from withdrawing.

“Oh sh**!” she cried, struggling to free herself from his hold while Jax began to bark.

Thank you again for making this such a fantastic release week!

Have a wonderful weekend. :-)


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