Friday, August 21, 2020

Favorite Quote Friday

Hello, all! A lot is happening right now. I hope all of you who are in areas that are battling roaring wildfires, flooding, or the aftermath of devastating storms are safe and well. Meteorologists are warning we may be facing not one but two hurricanes in the Gulf next week. As I write this, some of the models are calling for a direct hit here by the first one on Tuesday. The second could hit anywhere from here to Florida roughly 24 hours later. I've never seen that happen before, so I admit I'm feeling a little anxious. 

Forecasting should more accurately predict the paths of both storms over the weekend. The last hurricane that impacted us was Harvey, which didn't even hit us directly, but nevertheless made its way here after making landfall and delivered five days of constant downpours that left the city in dire straights. The flooding was so bad that a week after the rain finally stopped 80% of the city was still flooded. So I take any possible landfall very seriously. I hope everyone who ends up in the path of these storms will stay safe!

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Every day now I receive emails and messages from readers asking when The Segonian, Aldebarian Alliance Book 2, will release. (That thrills me immensely. I'm so glad you're enjoying the new series!) I don't have a release date for it yet. I'm still writing it. And I'm really enjoying it. Eliana is such a fun character. She reminds me a little bit of Bastien and Zach, saying or thinking or doing things that make me burst out laughing. ๐Ÿ˜€ As soon as I have an estimated release date, I'll let you know.

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On a lighter note, fantastic reviews continue to roll in for The Lasaran and Broken Dawn

AudioFile Magazine gave The Lasaran a wonderful review. Woohoo!! Kirsten Potter is such a talented narrator. If you haven't tried audiobooks but—like me—don't have a lot of time to read, consider listening to a sample and see if she can tempt you into giving audiobooks a try. She's the reason I have a library full of them today. I'm such a fan of paperbacks, hardbacks, and ebooks that I didn't give audiobooks much of a chance until she narrated Darkness Dawns. Naturally, since I wrote it, I couldn't wait to listen to it to see how it turned out. And Kirsten is really good. Her voice is deep enough to narrate female and male voices well. And she doesn't mangle the accents the way I do when I read the dialogue aloud while editing. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Here are some snippets of the fabulous Amazon reviews readers are posting for The Lasaran:

"Wow! Just, Wow! So much fun to read, you won’t want to put it down! I have loved all of the books by this author, and am excited for this new series."
—L. Rutt

"Omg! Yet another amazing story from this author! I don’t know how she continuously crafts these imaginative tales but I’m glad she does. I really loved this action packed story and can’t wait to read the next installment. So very good."

"I absolutely loved this story! Love this new world Dianne! I can’t wait to read more!"
—Patricia Mahan

"Honestly couldn't put it down... It was action packed. The bantering was so fun. The characters all worked well together. I am looking forward to the next book. WOW"

"I can't say enough about Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians and the new Aldebarian Alliance. I love the way she brings everyone to life and makes me not want to put the book down. I can't wait for more."
—Lynnette P

And here are some of the great reviews bloggers and readers have been giving Broken Dawn.

"Couldn't put these down. The characters are charismatic, captivating, brave, their exciting adventures stories full of compassion, friendship, family, and love. The kind of stories you can loose yourself in!"

"Love this series. The stories always makes me laugh and cry, the characters so real you care."
—Kindle Customer

"If you like the other Immortal Guardian books, you’ll love this one."
—S. Hawkins

"Dianne Duvall has another winner on her hands here. Broken Dawn introduces new characters in her Immortal Guardian world while not abandoning the ones we love so much!... Plenty of humor, drama, and romance, and with characters you just want to be real!"

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Narrated by Kirsten Potter

It's time once more for Favorite Quote Friday! Since I'm working on The Segonian, Eliana has been occupying and making mischief in my mind a lot. So today I thought I would share an excerpt of Broken Dawn, featuring Nick (the hero) and Eliana (his hunting partner), that shows the quiet, somber side she lets few see.

Silence fell between them. Or as much silence as their preternatural hearing would permit in a building this size packed with so many voices.

“I still think you’d be a fool not to tell her.” Eliana’s voice carried such sadness that he studied her. “I mean… don’t you get lonely?”

When her brown eyes met his, Nick swallowed hard at the stark pain he read in them.

He knew that pain, that loneliness well. One of the other reasons Seth insisted all Immortal Guardians have mortal Seconds who lived with them was to try to ease the loneliness that so often prevailed in their long lives.

Though it helped, it wasn’t the same.

“Yeah, I do,” he admitted.

She shifted her focus to Kayla’s still form. “I think Tomasso got it right. Though he’s destined to lose Cassandra in the end, they’ve had over a hundred years of love and affection and happiness together. I know losing her will tear his f***ing heart out… but he’ll at least have the memory of those years together to keep him going.” Her throat worked in a swallow. “I would give anything for that.”

Regret filled him. Eliana was always so full of energy and had such a friendly, buoyant personality, often laughing and teasing, that he had never suspected her smiles might hide a deep loneliness and unhappiness.

I'm so glad she's finding love. And lots of laughter. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Stay safe, everyone!