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?
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!
Cinder: Book One in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Even in the future, the story begins with Once Upon a Time…. Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.
One More thing in regards Marissa Meyer's tour and other events,
Marissa Meyer has also kicked off an extensive author tour in the US; you can access all her dates on her blog. http://marissameyer.livejournal.com/ If you will be attending any of her events and would like the opportunity to meet and interview her, please let us know and we will put you in contact with the publicist.
Lastly, there will be an author event on January 9th as a Facebook/ Twitter party at 7:00 EST. Feel free to let your readers know as well!
From Amanda Hocking, million-copy bestselling author and internet sensation comes the Trylle series… it all begins with Switched, available everywhere 1.3.12. As a special gift to readers, Switched contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “The Vittra Attacks,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.
The Trylle series continues with Torn, on-sale 2.28.12, and concludes on 4.24.12 with Ascend.
SWITCHED… at birth:
When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.
Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.
Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…
One winner will win a copy of Switched, All You have to do is comment and leave your email addy so I can contact you if you should win. The giveaway is going to run from Jan 3rd to Jan 8th and the winner will be announced on Jan 9th! Good Luck! Update: US and Canada Only
With the challenge complete and the corrupt Alpha of Coldspring defeated Fane is now free to complete the mate bond with Jacque and perform the Blood Rites. Although the challenge is done, the affects are far reaching. Once it is known that Vasile, one of the strongest Alphas in the world, is in America, specifically Coldspring, TX, there is one Alpha who cannot over look the significance of this.
An Alpha who happens to share Jacque's DNA, but is this the one she needs to fear?
With her mom driving and her two best friends, Jen and Sally in tow, Jacque set off for her happily ever after. She will soon realize a plan has been put in motion that will change her course and possibly tear her from Fane's grasp forever. It will take a wolf pack, her mother's love, her two best friend's unrelenting determination, her own will to survive and the undying love of her mate to bring her home. The question remains, if she fights, if she endures, who will she be, what will be left once she is back in her mates arms?
An Excerpt from Fane Lupei from Blood Rites, Book 2 in the Grey Wolves Series Journal.
August 24, 2010
I killed a man yesterday. A man, but also an animal. I wish I could say that I feel remorse but my wolf would have had me shred him because he dared to touch what is ours. I want to feel something about Lucas Steele's death, but I don't.
Today is the Blood Rites ceremony with Jacquelyn, and I'm more nervous about this than I was about a life and death challenge. My father says that I am blessed to have found my mate so young. Honestly, now that I know Jacquelyn, now that I have felt her, have her scent in my lungs know her, I can't imagine waiting a century or longer for her. She amazes me, captivates me, inspires me and makes me want. My wolf have never felt such peace as he does when we are with her. Her touch alone is like a cool breeze across my skin on the hottest of days. I expressed my fears to my mother about making Jacquelyn happy, about the depth of the love I feel for her when I have only known her for such a short time. But she assured me that as her true mate I alone can complete Jacquelyn's soul. Just as only she can complete mine. I can say that at no other time in my life have I been happier to be a Canis Lupis, to have one perfect match that shines light into the darkest part of me. Have you ever just wanted to scream at the top of your lungs because there was so much emotion filling you that it had nowhere else to go but out? I want nothing more than to have my mate in my arms this moment, but she wants to spend the day with her friends. I am happy she has them, but I'm jealous of my time with her, especially after fearing I could lose her to another. My mother says like all male Canis Lupis I am bound for barbarism. Tonight I will show my Luna just how much of my heart she owns. Tonight I will finally make her mine. God help any who stand in my way.
About the Author:
Quinn is a 31 year old wife, mother, nurse, and writer, not necessarily in that order. She lives in beautiful North West Arkansas with her husband, son and Nora their Doberman pinscher. She loves writing, reading, and crocheting. Her favorite holiday is Christmas, favorite book(s) is Pride and Prejudice, The Alpha and Omega Series by Patricia Briggs, and the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. She loves to be silly and have fun, loves music and thinks there is no greater sound than the sound in the world than that of her little boy's laughter.
I would like to wish all my followers, author's who have graciously stopped by, fellow bloggers the Happiest of New Years! May it be filled with good health, love and happiness oh yes and tons of books as well.