Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dianne Duvall Guestpost & Giveaway

The New Vampires on the Block
Thank you, Vanessa, for letting me visit your blog!  I’m here today to celebrate the upcoming release ofNight Reigns, the second book in my Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series.
One of the things that excites me about this book is that it gives readers greater insight into the plight of vampires.  If you missed Darkness Dawns, the first book in the series (The Jeep Diva gave it 5 stars!) and are unfamiliar with my vampires, let me tell you a little bit about them.  The vampires in my Immortal Guardians series aren’t dead.  Or undead.  They are very much a live.  They also aren’t heroes.   They are villains, but not by choice.
You see vampires and immortals are both infected with a rare symbiotic virus that first conquers, then replaces their immune system, lending those who transform incredible strength, speed, and longevity accompanied by extreme photosensitivity and a need for blood.  Both the immortals and the vampires in Darkness Dawns andNight Reigns are infected with the virus and share these characteristics.  But for vampires, there is another adverse side effect of the virus:  Humans who are infected with it suffer brain damage that causes them to rapidly descend into madness.  Even if a vampire was kind and honorable as a mortal, he is destined to become a ruthless killer as a vampire.
Immortals, fortunately, are spared this because they were something more than human before their transformation.  Each was born with incredibly advance DNA that protects them from the more corrosive aspects of the virus and lends them special abilities vampires lack.  So they have taken it upon themselves to protect humans by keeping the vampires in check.  This task, however, has become more and more difficult of late as new enemies have arisen, challenging immortals in ways vampires never have in the past.  Readers received a first taste of the vampire madness in Darkness Dawns.  In Night Reigns readers will become much better acquainted with it, in all of its manifestations, as Marcus and Ami -- the hero and heroine -- work together to combat a new adversary who poses an even greater threat to them than they can imagine. 
Night Reigns
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?
Brief Excerpt
Up ahead, small lights flickered like fireflies.  Amber.  Green.  Blue.  Silver.  Sometimes individually. Sometimes in pairs.  Moving and shifting.  The length of time they remained visible varying.
Ami swallowed hard and questioned her sanity as she came to an area where the trees thinned and paused, concealed by the denser foliage on the perimeter.
Ahead, too small to be called a clearing, lay a patch of land the size of a two-car garage that just happened to be treeless.  In its center, a fantastical scene unfolded that -- for many -- would defy belief.
The flickering lights she had spied swam in and out of focus as the faces that housed them moved so quickly to and fro that they blurred.  Men, who were clearly more than mortal men, engaged in a surreal battle that resurrected her first description:  a lion facing down a wolf pack.
The lion -- a dark, menacing figure in the center of the storm -- bore glowing amber eyes and long black hair that floated around his head like tendrils of smoke as he spun, fought, and slashed at his attackers with a speed that brought to mind the Tasmanian Devil in the Warner Brothers cartoons Darnell had shown her.
Immortal Guardian.
No other creature could move so swiftly.
The pack of wolves -- growling and snapping like their namesakes -- also bore glowing eyes, theirs green, blue and silver.  Though they all, like the immortal, were garbed in midnight hues, their hair varied.  Blond. Brunet.  Auburn.  Long.  Short.  Shaved.  Spiked.  Pulled back in a ponytail.  They, too, moved faster than humans ever could, darting in and striking at the immortal with indistinct motions, then leaping back and pausing to gauge the damage and let their comrades have a shot, their blades dripping crimson liquid.
Though they couldn’t match their enemy’s speed and strength, the vampires outnumbered the immortal . . . eight to one as best as she could count.  Ami could only make out individual features when the vampires paused between strikes.
She discerned none of the immortal’s features because he remained in continuous motion, his swords or sais or whatever blades he wielded defending him from assaults on all sides.
Ami reached into her left pocket, palm sweating, and pulled out a cylindrical aluminum silencer that was longer than the Glock itself.  Keeping her gaze on the conflict before her, she screwed it onto the barrel.  The top-of-the-line suppressor would reduce the explosive expulsion of each hollow-point bullet to a mere click that would not rouse residents slumbering in the houses and townhouses beyond the trees.
Raising the Glock with her right hand, she supported it with her left and waited.
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Dianne has been kind enough to offer winner's choice of either a signed copy of Night Reigns or a signed copy of Darkness Dawns.  International is fine. I will announce the winner on Saturday December 10. To enter just comment below with your email address.  

Be sure to stalk Dianne! In celebration of Night Reigns she is giving away 2 Kindles!


  1. How awesome congrats to Dianne on her new release and many thanks for the giveaway. As this would be a new series for me I'd go with the first one Darkness Dawns. Those be some nice abs on the cover :)


  2. These books sound very intriguing!!! Luv vamp reads!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!! :-)


  3. I like the premise for these books. I haven't read anything by Diane before so thanks for the heads up!

    sstogner1 at gmail dot com

    BTW, the twitter and FB links on this post don't work

  4. I have been eyeing this series for awhile now, it sounds right up my alley! Thanks for sharing today, I love that excerpt and I would love to win book 1, Darkness Dawns (it's already on my wish-list). Book Savvy Babe
    booksavvybabe at gmail dot com

  5. I'm liking the background to these books, it's a nice to see a "twist" on the vampire story.

    I have yet to read either of these books,thanks for the giveaway


  6. Loved Darkness Dawns and have been counting the days til Night Reigns is here. love your books Dianne.

  7. I loved Darkness Dawns, fantastic book. Looking forward to Night Reigns!

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  8. Congrats on the release! Ive really been looking forward to Night Reigns.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  9. I'm so excited about next book can not wait keep them coming :)

  10. I can't wait to read Night Reigns!

  11. Jessica ( frellathon ): Thanks! I admit Darkness Dawns’ cover is my favorite. :-) Good luck with the contest!

    jfort357: Thanks! I love vampire romances, too, and just can’t get enough of them!

    Sharon: Thanks for joining us! I hope you’ll like my series if you give it a try! :-)

    Book Savvy Babe: I’m so glad you liked the excerpt! I hope you’ll enjoy Darkness Dawns!

    drakenfyre75: Glad you like the premise. :-) I really wanted to approach the genre from a new angle. I hope you’ll enjoy it!
    December 1, 2011 10:31 AM

    Sharon W: Hi, Sharon! I’m so glad you liked Darkness Dawns! I hope you’ll enjoy Night Reigns!

    Liz @ Fictional Candy: Thanks for joining us! I’m so glad you enjoyed Darkness Dawns! I hope you’ll like Night Reigns!

    donnas: Hi, Donna! Great to see you hear! I hope you’ll enjoy Night Reigns!

    Karla Noel: I hope you’ll like Marcus’s story and seeing Roland and Sarah again in Night Reigns! Thanks for dropping by!

    Connie T: I hope you’ll enjoy Marcus and Ami’s story! Good luck with the contest!

  12. I really enjoyed reading Darkness Dawns and cant see what book 2 brings to the series


  13. I loved Darkness Dawns and have been waiting so patiently for this book. I cannot wait to read it.

  14. Ami sounds like my kind of heroine! She didn't hesitate to get into the action herself. I can't wait to read Night Reigns. Congrats on the new release!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  15. I'm so excited about Night Reigns. Darkness Dawn was wonderful.

    Thanks for the contest.
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  16. cant wait to find out more about Ami! (do we finally discover what she is??) thanks for the contest, cant wait to get Night Reigns!!

    alainala At hotmail DOT ca

  17. The book hasn't hit the bookstore yet butshouldn't be long now!

  18. Dianne, I can't wait until Night Reigns gets here. Congratulations on its upcoming release. Thank you for sharing an excerpt :)


  19. I loved Darkness Dawns...for the story and the cover *sigh* Can't wait for Night Reigns!

    Thanks for the chance to win and opening it up to internationals.


  20. I really enjoyed Darkness Dawn and have been looking forward to Night Reigns ever since.

    Loved the excerpt. Thanks for the opportunity to win.


    knitrix29 at gmail dot com

  21. I do love vampire stories and how each author makes their own world and characters. This makes the stories unique from everyone else. Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy of this. I have the first books so would love the second.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  22. I can't wait to get my hands on Night Reigns. I loved Darkness Dawns and the world you have created with your vampires. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  23. OH i cannot wait for the new book. I happened to run across the first story during a book sale and couldn't have been happier. Loved finding a new author to add to my favorite list. Thanks for the giveaway!


  24. Awesome! Congrats too. I am so excited for you. I absolutely loved Darkness Dawn and I can hardly wait to read Night Reigns.

    I would love to have a signed copy of either book because your writing is excellent and your books are the ones to keep on the shelf to read over and over again.

    Thank you for doing this post and the giveaway.

    Ronda Tutt

  25. Both of the books look fabulous! Thanks for the giveaway and congrads on the new release!!

  26. I just loved Darkness Dawns! Sexy alpha hero with a cat, too yummy. Even if part of the story took place around "that which can never be named" in NC, it was still a great book. Night Reigns is making it's way to the top of the TBR. This is definitely one of my "must read" series.

  27. What a great giveaway. The excerpt was great I would love to read one of her books.

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at

  28. Thanks for introducing me to a new (to me) author and series. These books sound great! I'd love to win!
    WildAboutBones {at} gmail {dot} com

  29. I'm a fan of Darkness Dawns and i can't wait to put my hands on night Reigns! Congrats for your upcoming release! Thanks for the giveaway :)


  30. It never ceases to amaze me how many more new (to me) authors and books there are. This series sounds fantastic! Thank you for taking the time to share with us today and congratulations on the new release of Night Reigns! I would love to read this series and appreciate the giveaway opportunity.


  31. Thank you for the chance to win Darkness Dawns! :)

    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-darkward [at] yahoo [dot] com

  32. Thank you very much always wanted to read this book sounds so good! Great giveaway thanks for the chance!
    Latisha D

  33. I would love to read these books. They sound very good. Please enter me in contest.

  34. I would love to read these books. They sound very good. Please enter me in contest. rogcaprino[at]hotmail[com]

  35. Hi
    Very interesting idea for a vamp read!
    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

  36. Fabulous giveaway! I'd love to win! Vampires are my favorite supernatural beings!

    riverinaromantic AT aol DOT com

  37. I am determined to win this book! Seriously determined LOL

  38. Congratulations to Dianne on her new release andthank you for the giveaway.I love paranormal especially vamps and these sound like fantastic reads .Thank you again for the chance to win one .

  39. Congrats on your new release..would love to win!

    dpostell2 at

  40. I have not started this series yet. I must. Both books look amazing.


  41. Would love a signed copy of Night Reigns!!! Thank you for this giveaway!

  42. Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Much appreciated.

    I have not read either of the books but they sound like very good reads.

    Please enter me for a copy of the first in the series Darkness Dawns.


    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  43. Thank you for the giveaway! I would love to read Night Reigns. I follow via GFC: Brenda Demko.

  44. Dianne, I must tell you that I love your profile pic. You look natural and not necessarily posed.

    Now for the vampire part. I have never read the Immortal Guardians series however Goodreads rates the books as a Good Read! That's enough for me. I want to know how the Immortals handle the Vampires. I also want to know what the Immortals were when they were human. Looks like the series is something that I want on my Kindle or book shelf.

  45. Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I just got book one and can't wait to start it :)


  46. these books look awesome! hot covers and they sound good. ive liked your page on fb for a while. these are def on my TBR list.


  47. I have been wanting to read this series forever now, and that excerpt makes me want to read them even more. Plus I have to say you have some hot looking covers.


  48. I loved the Darkness Dawns and I'm really looking forward to Night Reigns! Thanks for the chance!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  49. I love Vampire stories... I'd love to win Night Reigns..