I am super excited to have these characters for a visit today, as well as Dianne. Please give a warm welcome to Dianne Duvall.
It’s such a pleasure to be here at Book Lovers Hideaway! Thank you for helping me celebrate the release of Night Reigns, the second book in my Immortal Guardians series! I’ve sprinkled my blog tour with some character interviews this time so visitors can get to know the Immortal Guardians crew and today thought I would have Todd, a member of the human network that aids the immortals, pose a few more questions to the hero and heroine since their first interview ended precipitously. :-)
In case you’re new to the Immortal Guardians, I’ll just take a moment to explain that the vampires and immortals in my series are both infected with a rare symbiotic virus that produces the increased speed, strength, and regenerative properties, as well as the photosensitivity and need for blood, that both possess. Vampires are humans who have been infected with the virus. They suffer brain damage that causes them to rapidly descend into madness. Immortals are gifted ones, men and women born with advanced DNA, who have been infected with the virus. Their advanced DNA protects them from the madness and bestows upon them special abilities that help them as they hunt the maddened vampires who prey upon humans. Seconds are members of the human network who assist individual immortals by taking care of business for them during daylight hours when they must shun the sun and backing them up, if necessary, when the immortals hunt vampires at night.
Now on to the interview:
Todd: Thanks for granting me another interview, guys. Last time we had a problem at network headquarters that called me away.
Ami: What was it? I never heard.
Todd: One of the vampires living at the network had a psychotic break.
Ami: Oh, no! I thought the madness hadn’t progressed that far in them.
Todd: It has in at least one of them.
Marcus: What happened?
Todd: You know how it goes. He was fine one minute, then just . . . snapped. Some network employees were injured before the vamp was brought under control. Then Bastien showed up. It was a mess. Anyway, Marcus, one of the questions everyone wanted me to ask is . . . how have you managed to befriend
Roland? He’s the most antisocial immortal on the planet.
Marcus: Pure stubborn perseverance. Every time he tried to push me away, I refused to let him. After a while, he gave up trying and just sort of . . . tolerated me.
Ami: He more than tolerates you. I heard him tell Sarah he loves you like a brother.
Marcus: *smiles* Really?
Todd: Don’t get mushy on me, man.
Marcus: I wasn’t, wiseass. What’s your next question?
Todd: Rumor has it there was a bit of strife between you and Roland recently. Is that true?
Marcus: Roland and I are good.
Todd: That didn’t really answer the question.
Todd: Right. So, Ami, how long did you train to become a Second?
Ami: I wasn’t actually trained for that position. Seth, David, and Darnell trained me to fight, but . . . I wasn’t given any specific instruction regarding the duties of a Second and had no idea Seth wanted me to become one.
Todd: Really? Then Marcus, how would you rate Ami’s performance as a Second on a scale of one to ten with ten being the highest quality work?
Marcus: *thoughtful* About five hundred and forty-seven.
Ami: *grins* Thank you.
Marcus: It’s well-deserved. I’ve already lost count of the times you’ve saved my ass.
Ami: *winks* It’s an ass worthy of saving.
Marcus and Ami: *laugh*
Todd: Ami, is it true you’ve actually bested an immortal in sparring sessions?
Ami: Yes. One of the youngsters.
Todd: What’s a youngster?
Ami: To Seth and David, it’s any immortal who was turned in the past century and a half.
Todd: And you beat one?
Todd: How is that possible? You aren’t immortal.
Ami: *looks uneasy*
Marcus: Trade secret. Next question.
Marcus: Next question.
Todd: *mutters something beneath his breath*
Marcus: You know I can hear you, right?
Todd: *grins* Yes.
Marcus: *shakes his head*
Todd: Ami, the ladies at the network wanted me to ask you what it’s like to be one of the few females swimming in the sea of super testosterone.
Ami: Well . . . you see a lot of nipples.
Marcus: *sputters* What?
Ami: I’m at least a head shorter than you guys. If I don’t crane my neck to look up at you, all I see are nipples and arm pits. Clothed of course. Usually.
Todd: *laughs* I don’t think that’s what the ladies meant. Although I think some would like the nipples. The ladies all think the immortals are hot. Their word, not mine. They want to know what it’s like working with such *grimaces* tempting morsels. Again, their words, not mine.
Marcus: Yeah. Sure.
Ami: *shrugs* They’re like family to me. The only immortal who ever tempted me is Marcus.
Marcus: Excuse me for a moment, Todd. *dips his head and delivers Ami a scorching kiss that goes on . . . and on . . . and on*
Ami: *draws back and eyes Todd with flushed cheeks* Sorry.
Marcus: *eyes glowing a vibrant amber* I’m not.
Todd: Right. Perhaps we should just wrap this up now. Ami, before I go, I just wanted to say welcome to the network family. We have only the highest respect for Seconds and you seem to be the best of the lot. What you’ve accomplished thus far as Marcus’ Second has been nothing short of astonishing.
Ami: *smiles* Thank you.
Marcus: *offers his hand* Thank you.
Todd: *shakes his hand* And I’m glad you found happiness again, Marcus. It’s been a long time coming.
Marcus: Now who’s getting mushy?
Todd: *laughs* Momentary lapse. You guys have a good night.
Ami isn't much for trusting strangers. She has a hard time trusting anyone. But she's no coward, and she's no pushover in the protection department either. So when she comes across a mysterious warrior taking on eight deranged vampires on his own, she doesn't hesitate to save his bacon. Of course, that was before she realized what one little rescue would get her into . . .
Marcus Grayden has been an immortal protector of humanity for eight hundred years, and at the moment he's not interested in backup. From the moment Ami arrives in his life, he can't deny that she's strong, smart, and extremely skilled at watching his back. But she's also destroying his protective solitude and stirring desires he can't bear to awaken. After all, whatever her secrets — how can she defeat death itself?
Dianne's Website: http://www.dianneduvall.com
Thank you for joining us! Have a wonderful weekend!
Dianne Duvall earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of St. Thomas, where she studied fiction writing, playwriting and poetry writing. Darkness Dawns, the first book in her Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series, was released on February 1, 2011, courtesy of Kensington (Zebra Imprint). It has since been nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and for Best Paranormal Romance - Vampire by The Romance Reviews. It has also received many 5-star reviews, was deemed a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews, and was chosen as the Best of the Best in the RWA Indiana Golden Opportunity contest. Night Reigns, the second book in the series, was released on December 6, 2011 and was deemed a Top Pick by RT Book Reviews.
Dianne has also completed two not-yet-published paranormal romance novels that are prequels to Darkness Dawns. A Sorceress of His Own is a medieval romance with paranormal elements that won awards in the Lone Star, Where the Magic Begins, Southern Heat, Picture This, Book of Your Heart and Suzannah national writing competitions. Rendezvous With Yesterday is a time travel romance and won second place in the Picture This writing contest.
In addition to writing romance, Dianne has completed a one-act play (comedy) and teamed up with an award-wining screenwriter to write a spec script for a new situation comedy. Several of her poems have also been published in anthologies.
When she isn’t writing, Dianne is very active in the independent film industry. She edits films, constructs movie trailers and designs movie posters. Some of the film projects she has worked on have been Official Selections of the Cannes Independent Film Festival, the London Independent Film Festival the Jamerican International Film and Music Festival, and others. She also participates in preproduction and production and has done so in varying capacities for several years. Some of the functions she has performed in the past are script editor, special effects make-up artist, shooting scheduler, special effects creator, casting coordinator, production assistant, movie extra and web site designer.
Thank you so much Dianne for stopping by at BLH today!
Now onto the giveaway, Dianne has generously offered one signed paperback copy of Night Reigns and some awesome Immortal swag. All you have to do is comment and leave an email addy. The Giveaway is running from Jan 6th to the 10th with the winner being announced on Jan 11th!