Tuesday, October 11, 2022

New Release—THE AKSELI

 I have exciting news!

THE AKSELI is Now Available
in ebook, audiobook, paperback, & hardback!

A #1 Amazon & Audible Bestseller

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(Narrated by Kirsten Potter)

New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall brings readers the next stand-alone novel in a thrilling new sci-fi romance series full of action and humor.

Simone has hunted and slain psychotic vampires night after night for hundreds of years and desperately needs a change. When the leader of the Immortal Guardians offers her an opportunity to guard ten mortal women who are venturing to another planet, she dives right in and finds traveling into space and meeting amazing alien races just as exciting as she'd hoped… until an enemy attacks. Simone saves everyone she can before she's thrust into an escape pod and the ship explodes. Alone, fearing some—if not all—of her friends have been killed, she vows to seek vengeance.

Despite his fierce reputation and propensity for violating the law, Janwar has formed a friendship with strait-laced Prince Taelon of Lasara. When the prince's ship is destroyed, Janwar joins the massive Aldebarian Alliance-wide search and rescue mission and soon locates the Gathendien ship that launched the attack. An odd thing happens, however, as he and his crew stealthily approach it. The lifeforms inside begin to perish, two or three at a time in quick succession. Much to his surprise, someone else has reached the ship first: one of the very Earth women he hoped to rescue.

Fascinatingly fierce, Simone bands together with Janwar and his crew to search for her missing friends and wreak havoc upon those who wish to harm them. She also widens eyes, drops jaws, and sparks laughter and mischief as she banishes the warriors' world-weariness and makes each day seem like a new adventure. The friendship that grows between Janwar and Simone swiftly deepens into love. But the enemy warriors they face are tenacious and boast more weapons in their arsenal than the alliance knows. Can Janwar, Simone, and such a small crew vanquish them?

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She laughed as they left the lounge and headed toward the area sporting the crew’s sleeping quarters.
Janwar’s heartbeat increased when Simone took his hand in hers and squeezed it.
“This has been such an amazing day,” she said, “that I admit I’m sad to see it end.”
He was, too. “You must be tired, though, after the big battle.”
She tilted her head first one way, then the other, considering it. “Maybe a little.”
Their steps slowed as they turned onto the corridor their respective rooms were on.
“Do you know what my favorite part was?” she asked.
“Of the day or the battle?”
“The day.”
“The battle,” he answered with a grin.
“Nope. Guess again.”
Hmm. “The stroll in the park?”
“Nope, but that was a close second. Guess again.”
He’d thought for sure it would be one of those two. “Visiting a bar full of aliens on an alien planet?”
“Nope. But damn, I had a big day today, didn’t I?”
He laughed as they halted outside her door. “Very big. What was your favorite part?”
She stepped closer, tilting her head back to smile up at him. “The good-luck kiss you gave me.”
Surprise swept through him, followed closely by desire as he recalled the feel and taste of her. “What?”
“I’m not used to being the aggressor,” she confessed softly. “There aren’t many female Immortal Guardians on Earth. And breaking up with someone you know you’ll run into over and over again for hundreds or thousands of years afterward can be awkward, so we females tend to be very careful not to do anything that would invite amorous attention.” She inched closer. “I haven’t… dated in a very long time, Janwar. I’m out of practice, behind the times, and honestly don’t know what the hell I’m doing.”
She was setting him on fire. That’s what she was doing.
His heart began to batter his ribs. “What do you know?”
Amber light flared to life in her alluring brown eyes. “That I want another kiss.”
Srul, yes. Dipping his head, he pressed his lips to hers. Not with the desperation he’d felt the first time he’d kissed her, but with the same wonder he’d seen on her face in the park.
Simone—the remarkable woman he already cherished as a friend and whose company he constantly craved—wanted him.
Her lips were soft and warm beneath his, the kiss they shared gentle and full of affection.
He drew back just enough to break the tantalizing contact and stared down at her.
“Magnificent,” she whispered.
He chuckled, amused by the description he’d applied to himself earlier to make her laugh.
“I am so drawn to you,” she said with a smile.
What those words did to him.

Read a longer excerpt on my website.

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The first reviews have begun to roll in, and I could not be happier.

Caffeinated Reviewer gave THE AKSELI a fabulous 5-star review. Here's another snippet:

"Simone is a take-no-prisoners kind of gal with a bright, sunny personality... The first meet between her and Janwar let me know I was in for a treat. The chemistry, humor, and admiration were so genuine."

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Blog Tour & Giveaway

The Akseli Blog Tour has begun! We're celebrating the big release with excerpts, favorite quotes, a playlist, 5 reasons to love Simone and Janwar, fun facts about THE AKSELI, and more. It also includes a...


2 - $25 Amazon.com Gift Cards

2 - Aldebarian Alliance Swag Packs

Here are the stops we've made thus far:

Join the fun and enter for a chance to win! You can find the Full Schedule—which is updated daily—on My Website.

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Thank you, everyone who pre-ordered THE AKSELI and everyone who is purchasing it. You've already catapulted it up the charts to #1 internationally. I had so much fun writing this. I hope you'll enjoy Simone and Janwar's story!

Have a wonderful week!