Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on the Darkness Rises Blog Tour!
My stop includes a guest post from author Dianne Duvall and giveaway.
But first, check out Darkness Rises.
Series: Immortal Guardians #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: 10/1/13
Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her "special abilities" aren't much, but the plan is simple -- she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it's bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He's a vampire, all right, but different. Mysterious. Handsome. And more interested in saving her skin than draining it.
Étienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years -- long enough to know that Krysta is special. He can't stop thinking about her long legs, even more than her short swords. Then he discovers the vamps she's exterminating have friends in high places, and the Guardians are in danger, too. He'll have to accept Krysta's help to save them. The stakes for a mortal are high. But the cost to his heart might be higher . . .
Dianne Duvall Answers Readers' Questions
Thank you for joining me! And thank you, Andrea, for letting me visit The Bookish Babe and for helping me celebrate the release of DARKNESS RISES. DARKNESS RISES is the fourth book in my Immortal Guardians series and, I’m happy to announce, just hit the USA Today Bestseller List! If you like strong heroines, powerful preternatural heroes, action scenes that will keep you flipping pages well past your bedtime, and romance that is alternately sweet and steamy and laced with humor, then DARKNESS RISES is for you. J I’m so thrilled by the response it has received from reviewers and readers. And, speaking of readers . . .
The readers who frequent my Facebook page were kind enough to offer up some questions they would like to me answer in an interview. So, without further ado, here is my Author/Reader Q&A:
Lisa, Carolyn, and Gwen: Who are the hot men on the covers? Do you get to pick which sexy man goes on the cover of which book?
Dianne: I actually have no idea who the men on the covers are. Janice Rossi, the art director at Kensington, designs them. I’ve been very pleased. J
Michelle: Do you use any music as inspiration?
Dianne: I wouldn’t say I use it for inspiration, but music does occasionally make an appearance in my series. Readers will find quite a wide variety of it in DARKNESS RISES, much of it unexpected. J
Vanessa: Do you plan on curing the vampires during the series?
Dianne: I don’t know yet. For those who are unfamiliar with my Immortal Guardians series, vampires aren’t the heroes. Vampires are the bad guys. (Or rather, they’re ONE group of bad guys. Others have arisen of late.) Vampires are humans who have been infected with a very rare symbiotic virus that conquers and replaces the immune system, then lends its hosts heightened senses along with incredible speed, strength, and regenerative capabilities. It also causes photosensitivity, a need for blood, and progressive brain damage that rapidly drives humans infected with the virus insane.
Immortal Guardians, on the other hand, are men and women born with extremely advance DNA who are infected with the same virus. Their advanced DNA lends them abilities humans and vampires don’t possess — such as telekinesis, shape shifting, or telepathy in the case of Étienne, the hero of DARKNESS RISES — and protects them from the more corrosive aspects of the virus so they suffer no brain damage. As a result, immortals spend their nights hunting and destroying the insane vampires who prey upon humans.
The network of humans who aid the Immortal Guardians has been searching for a cure for the virus, but there’s a catch: If they succeed in killing the virus, the vampire or immortal turned mortal will be left with no viable immune system. As of yet, they’ve found no way around this.
Jackie, Liz, Kristine, Misty, and Patricia: Will Seth and David be given their own stories or find their true loves?
Dianne: Yes, I do intend to help the eldest immortals find their HEAs. Both work so hard to create a familial atmosphere among the Immortal Guardians and give so much of themselves to others. They’ve lived so long, however, and have seen so much that it’s taking me longer to find the perfect women for them. :-)
Vanessa: Who is the next immortal to get his/her HEA?
Dianne: Lisette, Étienne and Richart’s sister. For two hundred years Lisette has been burdened with the guilt of having accidentally turned her brothers — of having denied them the happiness they could have found as mortals in the form of love, marriage, and children. I knew she would never let herself find happiness until her brothers did and, I admit, I was eager to see the twins fall in love. So Richart found his HEA with single mother Jenna in “In Still Darkness” (PREDATORY anthology). Now Étienne has found his HEA with mortal vampire hunter Krysta in DARKNESS RISES. And Lisette can, at last, release the guilt and try to find happiness for herself. Perhaps she’ll find it with a certain mysterious, dark and powerful winged being who lingers outside the Immortal Guardians’ fold. ;-)
Sarah and Andreia: How many books will there be in the series?
Dianne: I haven’t decided. I know where I want the series arc (plot) to take me. I just don’t know how many books it will take me to get there or how many immortals will find their HEAs along the way.
Ashley: Do you have any one favorite Immortal Guardian over all the others or one character out of all your books that you just fell in love with—whether they are a main or side character?
Dianne: My favorite characters tend to change with each book. Étienne and Krysta are my current favorites. I simply love the teasing banter they share. But, if I had to choose just one, it would be Seth, the eldest and most powerful Immortal Guardian. He’s seen so much, suffered such tragedies, and carries so many responsibilities on his broad shoulders. I’m looking forward to finding the woman who can ease some of the weight of that and brighten his nights.
Josette: What’s your favorite line/scene that you’ve written?
Dianne: I have a long list of favorite lines from the series and couldn’t choose just one. I usually jot them down as I edit and share them in the Favorite Quote Friday posts on my blog. I don’t think I could pick just one favorite scene either. My favorite scene in DARKNESS RISES, though, would have to be the big climactic action scene. I think this is the first one that made me laugh several times despite the violence and destruction taking place in it. I hope it will be a favorite of readers, too. J
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About the author
Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series. Her debut novel, Darkness Dawns, was 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. Ensuing books in the series — Night Reigns, Phantom Shadows, and Predatory — have all been deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and/or Night Owl Reviews. Her latest release, Darkness Rises, has also been chosen as a Night Owl Reviews’ Top Pick.
Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac not unlike the vampires in her novels.
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