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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Interview with Author Dianne Duvall and Giveaway

Hi everyone, today I would like to welcome to the blog the lovely Dianne Duvall. Dianne is currently on tour promoting her newest release Night Reigns, which I totally can't wait to get my hands on! Seriously, if you haven't read Dianne's Immortal Guardian series you are missing out and you definitely need to rush out and buy Darkness Dawns. You will thank me, it's so good! Dianne was kind enough to allow me to ask her a few questions and I would love to share them all with you.

First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
Thanks so much for having me here at Ramblings From This Chick, Danielle. I am an avid reader and love all things creative. I also love happy endings, so romance writing is my favorite activity, with reading a close second. When I’m not doing those, I work in the independent film industry, another great outlet for creativity, though I will admit I’m camera shy and don’t often appear onscreen.

Did you always want to be a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed writing and creating stories. I actually wrote my first romance when I was twelve or thirteen. And I began writing poetry in high school. But it wasn’t until college, after exploring journalism and playwriting, that I realized romance writing was what I wanted to pursue as my profession.

Where do your ideas come from?
Everywhere. My imagination is constantly active, drawing inspiration from everything around me. Ideas can come from dreams, documentaries, biographies, intriguing settings, inanimate objects, strangers walking past . . . pretty much anything that catches my attention and makes me think, “What if . . .?” The last time I did the laundry at night, for example, I stood in front of the washing machine, sorting clothes, with my back to the dim garage, and wondered what would happen if I were to turn around, look up, and see a large, slimy, humanoid creature creeping across the ceiling toward me. :-) So I never know what might spark that next idea.

A la Twitter style, can you describe your book NIGHT REIGNS in 140 characters or less.
Grieving immortal Marcus Grayden is assigned a new Second . . . who proves to be immensely distracting and turns his world upside down.

Why paranormal? What about this genre pulls you in?
Paranormal romance combines my two favorite fiction genres: romance and horror. I love happily ever afters and couples finding love when they least expect it. I also like action and intrigue and characters overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds to defeat villains and monsters.

What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
I like stories in which the hero and heroine begin as friends, then fall in love. I like stories that surprise me with twists and turns I don’t see coming. I like exciting stories that keep me turning pages until dawn, yet also contain tender moments. And I like stories that are fresh and new or that make the old new again. Most importantly, I like any book that sparks my own creativity. :-)

Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
I don’t have one particular favorite book. Rather I have dozens and dozens by authors such as Alexandra Ivy, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Amanda Ashley, Maggie Shayne, Stephen King, and more.

Have you ever fallen for another author's hero? If so, who and why?
Many times. Appealing characters will draw me into a story as quickly as a good plot. There are quite a few books on my shelves that I’ve read over and over again. The reason: a great hero. One who isn’t afraid to love. Or one who is learning to love for the first time. One who would do anything for his heroine.

Human, Vampires, Demons, or Shifters, which are your favorite and why?
I’m going to go with vampires, since I have a hard time passing up any paranormal romance that features them. I think it’s simply a case of first love. The first paranormal romances I ever read revolved around vampires. I was instantly captivated . . . which is why I had to write my own. And, now that I have, I’ll toss in immortals as favorites, too. ;-)

Describe the characteristics that make up your perfect hero.
Strong. Honorable. Intelligent. Brave. Caring. Neatness and an the ability to cook sumptuous meals doesn’t hurt either. ;-)

If you could have dinner with any three book characters, who would you choose and why?
Seth and David from my Immortal Guardians series. They’re both thousands of years old, so I could easily pester them with questions all night. :-) The third would be Ami, the heroine of NIGHT REIGNS. Because of her background, on which I can’t elaborate without spoilers, I would love to bend her ear and ask her as many questions as I would Seth and David.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Stephen King- I think he is an exceedingly talented author. I learn something new about writing every time I read one of his books and would love to sit down and talk with him about any number of subjects.

Alexandra Ivy- I love her books and think she is just the nicest person . . . which is why I still smile a giddy little smile when I reread the cover quote she gave me. :-)

Gena Showalter- I love her Lords of the Underworld series and have heard nothing but good things about her as a person. :-)

What do you like to do in your free time?
Aside from spending time with my family, I enjoy reading and gardening. I think the gardening goes along with my fondness for all things creative. I like to watch things grow and change and develop, which is what writing and filmmaking are both all about. :-)

Favorite song?
There are too many to choose just one. I come from a family of musicians, so I listen to music of all genres and eras. I’ll listen to Disturbed and Slipknot one day and mellow out to Nat King Cole the next.

Favorite movie?
Also too many to choose from. Since I enjoy indie filmmaking, my movie library is nearly as large as my book library.

Favorite color?

Last question, are you working on anything right now?
Yes. I am currently editing PHANTOM SHADOWS, Book 3 in my Immortal Guardians series. And, once I hand that in to my editor, I’ll get to work on Book 4. I’m very excited about the changes taking place in the Immortal Guardians’ world and hope readers will be, too.

Dianne Duvall portrays a world of temptation, loyalty, and heartbreak . . . a world where danger and desire walk hand in hand . . .

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?

Places to purchase:

**Author Info**

Dianne Duvall earned a BA in English from the University of St. Thomas and has won multiple awards as a romance writer. Her debut paranormal romance novel Darkness Dawns was awarded 4 1/2 stars by RT Book Reviews, received 5-star reviews and was declared a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews and a Best Book by Long and Short Reviews, and received 5-star reviews from Bitten by Paranormal Romance, Reading Between the Wines, Books and Things and Paranormal Romance Addict. It also won first place in the Romance Writers of America Indiana Golden Opportunity contest, then was chosen as Best of the Best. It is the first book in her Immortal Guardians series.

When she isn't writing, Dianne is very active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.

Places to find Dianne:


Dianne has been nice enough to offer up a signed copy of Night Reigns to 1 lucky person. So make sure to leave a comment and fill out the Rafflecopter form.
*Open to International*


  1. Great interview! I love to read the interviews and get to know my favorite author's a little better :) Can't wait to read the new book!

  2. Thanks, Kristina! Thanks for joining us! I hope you'll enjoy Night Reigns!

  3. Hi!
    Nice interview! I really enjoy the first book of this series and I can't wait to read Night Reigns! I love your favourite authors! I love them all too! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  4. Fantastic interview!
    Vampires will always be my first love as well :P

    I loved the first book, you do some great work Dianne Duvall.

  5. I loved Dianne first book and have been waiting forever for the second one. I can't wait to find out what happens when Marcus gets his new second. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

  6. Loved the interview. The book sounds great and I have it in my wish list to get.

  7. Love your first book! :) Looking forward to your second book....

  8. Night Reigns looks great!
    Thanks for this international giveaway~ ^^

  9. Great interview! The book looks really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. loved the interview!!
    cant wait to get my hot little hands on this book! thanks for the giveaway.. and yay for making it international!

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

  11. What a fun and entertaining interview.

    I read Darkness Dawns and loved it. I look forward in reading Night Reigns.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  12. Wow what a great interview! I can't wait to read Night Reigns. I'm so excited for a chance to win a copy!

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  14. I loved your first book and have been waiting for this one; only a few days now.
    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

  15. I love it when the girl saves the guy!
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  16. This looks like a great book! Thank you for the great interview. My first paranormals were also vampires, so they will probably always be my faves too.

  17. NIGHT REIGNS looks amazing.

    Loved the interview thank you.

  18. I just loved Darkness Dawns and just loved the relationship between Sarah and Roland. I was hooked right away..Can't wait for Night Reigns.

    Great interview!

    dpostell2 at

  19. Great interview! I love finding new to me authors! Thank you for the chance to win! =D

  20. Proserpine: Hi, Proserpine! So great to see you here today! I love that we share the same favorite authors!

    Jet, Patricia and May: Thanks! I’m so glad you enjoyed Darkness Dawns! I hope you’ll like Night Reigns!

    Midnight: Thanks! Good luck with the contest!

    Mary and CYP @ A Bookalicious Story: Thanks so much for joining us! Good luck with the contest!

    alainala: Hi, alainala! Great to see another familiar face! I hope you’ll like Night Reigns!

booklover0226 : Hi, Tracy! Thanks for dropping by! I hope you’ll enjoy Night Reigns!

    K33p3rofViolence: Thanks! Good luck with the contest!

    Diane: Hi, Diane! I can’t believe Night Reigns will be released in less than a week! I’m so excited! Thanks so much for joining me on my tour!

    Di: Me, too. :-) Sarah (Darkness Dawns) and Ami (Night Reigns) may not be fearless, but they can hold their own in a battle and come to the men’s rescue more than once. Good thing my immortals love strong women! ;-)

    June M.: Thanks! I know some in the industry are asking if readers are getting tired of vampire romances. I say, “I never will!” :-)

    marybelle: Thanks! I hope you’ll like it! Good luck with the contest!

    deanna Hi, Deanna! I’m so glad you liked Darkness Dawns! Sarah and Roland are strong secondary characters in Night Reigns, so I hope you’ll enjoy seeing them again!

    Emily Tardy: Thanks! Good luck with the contest!

  21. I enjoyed the interview and I'm looking forward to reading Night Reigns, it sounds like a fantastic book. My favorites are vampires too, just can't resist a good vampire story.

  22. I've waited for what seems like forever for this book...
    Damn I can't wait to read it.
    Thanks for a great interview and giveaway.
    Vampires are my first love followed by shifters, weres, angels and demons...
    PNR all the way...
    ctrim at wi dot rr dot com

  23. Very excited for this book!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  24. Thank you so much for the great interview. I love books about vampires so this series is perfect for me. Looking forward to picking up Darkness Dawns and getting acquainted with these characters.


  25. the book looks and sounds amazing. great interview ad giveaway. thanks

  26. Great interview, that was fun to read. We also share some fav. authors, so that is a good sign. Your books are on my wishlist right now!

  27. Fantastic interview. I haven't read the series yet, but it sounds like one I will have to try out.

  28. Great interview... I love getting know more about the authors and their work this way! I completely agree with Dianne's answer to why paranormal... it's all about the romance and horror for me too:) Thanks for the great giveaway!

  29. I have your series on my books to buy list, I'm just too financially challenged to buy them right now.

    I usually flip flop between Vamps & Shifters, as my paranormal favorite of the week, depending on what book I am reading.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  30. Barbara E.: Thanks for joining us! I hope you’ll like Night Reigns!

    Cindy: Hi, Cindy! Great to see you here! I hope you’ll like Night Reigns!

    Megan G.: I hope you’ll like it! Good luck with the contest!

    Jennifer: I always like meeting other vampire lovers. :-) Thanks for joining us! I hope you’ll like Darkness Dawns!

    Maria Magdalena: Thanks! Good luck with the contest!

    Aurian: Great to meet you! I hope you’ll like my immortals! (And the vampires they hunt!)

    Jasmyn: Thanks, Jasmyn! I hope you’ll like it!

    *yadkny*: Hi, *yadkny*! I love, love, love romance and horror! Good luck with the contest!

    Kathryn Merkel: Maybe you’ll win one. There will be lots of giveaways on my blog tour. :-) Good luck!