Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Phantom Shadows by Dianne Duvall (Character Interview/Giveaway)

I am very excited to welcome paranormal romance author, Dianne Duvall, back to RBtWBC today for the release of the third book in her fantastic Immortal Guardians series, Phantom Shadows! And a very happy release day to Dianne, Phantom Shadows is available today

Thank you for letting me visit again, Crystal!  I’m so excited to be here!  PHANTOM SHADOWS, the third book in my Immortal Guardians series, is now available!  Woohoo!  I thought I would help readers get to know Bastien, the hero, through a character interview. 

In case you’re new to my 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.

An extensive network of humans aids the immortals, including Seconds (personal guards).  One such Second will be interviewing Bastien today:

Sheldon:  Hey, man. 

Bastien:  Sheldon.  Where is everybody?

Sheldon:  Okay, here’s the thing.  You’re being interviewed don’t kill me.

Bastien:  Who’s doing what now?

Sheldon:  You’ve probably heard about the other immortals being interviewed to help the network employees get to know them better?

Bastien:  Yes.

Sheldon:  Well, you’re next.  I’m here to interview you.

Bastien:  Yeah, right.  Why are you really here?  Did Richart send you to irritate me?

Sheldon:  Dude, I’m here to interview you.

Bastien:  You know damned well no one is interested in getting to know me better.

Sheldon:  True.  But Seth has mandated it, so . . . here I am.

Bastien:  Still trying to force people to like me?

Sheldon:  Seth’s a good guy.

Bastien:  And I’m not.

Sheldon:  Few would disagree with you there.  Look, I’m not here to judge, just to ask questions.

Bastien:  You say this was Seth’s idea?

Sheldon:  Yes.

Bastien:  *sighs heavily*  Fine.  Shoot.

Sheldon:  First question.  When did you first realize that you’re Satan?

Bastien:  *deadpan*  Funny.

Sheldon:  Absolutely humorless.  Fine.  You’re the only man whoever truly succeeded in both raising and controlling – mostly – an army of vampires.  Considering the fact that vampires are driven insane by the virus that infects them and are pretty much psychotic, how did you manage that?

Bastien:  Not very well, apparently, or there would be no Immortal Guardians.

Sheldon:  You really wanted to kill them all?

Bastien:  Yes.

Sheldon:  Why?

Bastien:  Vengeance.

Sheldon:  So . . .  Okay . . .  Maybe I’ll leave that part out of it.

Bastien:  It will make little difference.

Sheldon:  Dr. Lipton mentioned that you visit the vampires at the network often.

Bastien:  *Face lightens with interest*  Melanie – Dr. Lipton mentioned me?

Sheldon:  Yeah.  She said she sees you almost every day.

Bastien:  Yes.

Sheldon:  *stares*  Dude, are you smiling?

Bastien:  No.

Sheldon:  I’m pretty sure you’re smiling.

Bastien:  What’s your point?

Sheldon:  Nothing.  It’s just . . . weird.  And a little creepy.  Anyway, what do you think about Melanie?

Bastien:  I think she’s the most courageous person I’ve ever met.

Sheldon:  Really?

Bastien:  Yes.

Sheldon:  Because she stands up to YOUR evil ass?

Bastien:  Because she works every day alongside vampires who could suffer violent psychotic breaks at any moment.  The virus that infects vampires causes brain damage in all humans infected with it.  But that brain damage progresses more swiftly in some than in others.  As does the accompanying insanity. 

Sheldon:  I actually didn’t know that.  I thought it always followed the same time frame.

Bastien:  Living among maddened vampires for two centuries taught me something different.  Melanie – Dr. Lipton has been tirelessly searching for a cure or a way to prevent the madness ever since she graduated from medical school. 

Sheldon:  I thought she was new.  She’s been with the network that long?

Bastien:  Yes.  And, when Chris Reordon asked her if she would be willing to work hands-on with three vampires, one of whom was already descending into madness, she didn’t hesitate despite the monumental risk to herself.  She’s mortal.  They could kill here in less than a second.  Many of her male counterparts shake in their boots whenever they must work with the vampires.  Melanie never quails.

Sheldon:  You just called her Melanie again.

Bastien:  Dr. Lipton.

Sheldon:  You have it bad for her, don’t you?

Bastien:  I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Sheldon:  Dude, I walked in on the two of you *swallows when Bastien’s eyes flash a brilliant amber as his fangs descend*

Bastien:  You walked in on . . . what?

Sheldon:  Not a damned thing.  And, if anyone asks, that’s what I’ll say.  Thanks for the interview. 

Bastien:  You’re welcome.

Sheldon:  I’m out.

Dr. Melanie Lipton is no stranger to the supernatural. She knows immortals better than they know themselves, right down to their stubborn little genes. So although a handsome rogue immortal seems suspicious to her colleagues, Sebastien Newcombe intrigues Melanie. His history is checkered, his scars are impressive, and his ideas are daring. But it's not his ideas that have Melanie fighting off surges of desire. . .Bastien is used to being the bad guy. In fact, he can't remember the last time he had an ally he could trust. But Melanie is different--and under her calm, professional exterior he senses a passion beyond anything in his centuries of experience. Giving in to temptation is out of the question--he can't put her in danger. But she isn't asking him. . .

And don’t miss my big kindle contest.  I’m giving away THREE Kindles (or Kindle Gift Cards if you already have one) to celebrate the release of PHANTOM SHADOWS.  See my website for details. 

Thank you for joining us!  Have a wonderful week!

Dianne Duvall

Dianne is giving away a signed copy of one book from her Immortal Guardians series (winner's choice) to one reader, plus swag! Open Internationally. To enter, just leave a question or comment on this post for Dianne and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!
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  1. I haven't read this series yet. The interview was great. How many books are planned for this series?

  2. Thanks for the awesome interview!! I love this series and I can't wait for Phantom Shadows! My question for Dianne is, do you have any other works in progress besides this series?
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  3. Love this interview. I'm new to the series, and now I can't wait to got out and buy them all. Great Character. I do have a question, how many books do you have planned for this series?
    denadepauloAT gmail DOT com

  4. thank you for this interview. i really loved the first book but the second disappointed me so i'm really curious about the new one

    thank you for the international giveaway

  5. I was just reminded why I love this series! That interview was great!

    Thanks so much!

  6. That gave me a good laugh! Enjoyed the interview and the interaction between these two.

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

  7. Hi, JoAnna! I haven't decided how books there will be yet, but know there will be at least seven + at least one novella. :-)

    Hi, Elizabeth H.! I do have two manuscripts I wrote before this series that are prequels and plan to revisit them and begin a spin-off series. :-)

    Hi, Dena! I'm glad you enjoyed the interview! Right now, I'm contracted for seven books, but intend for the series to continue beyond that. :-)

    Hi, miki! Great to see you here! I hope you;ll like Bastien's story!

    Hi, Texas Book Lover! Thanks! I'm so glad you're enjoying the series!

    Hi, Diane! Great to see you here! I'm glad you enjoyed the interview! Sheldon's character has really grown on me as the series progressed. :-)

  8. Love this and i can´t wait for my chance to read! =)

    Love the giveaway & Happy Tuesday!

  9. Congrats on the new release. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the great interview with Sheldon and Bastien. Sheldon's right, Bastien has it bad for Melanie.

  10. I've heard about your latest book and am excited to read it. It's the first time I've sen the trailer and it makes me want to read it all the more :)

  11. I just adore Bastien :) Gotta love the bad boy sarcasm hehe
    I cannot wait to read Phantom Shadows. I love getting the chance to learn more about our favorite Immortals. Been waiting forever for book three!!

  12. Sounds like a great series. I will have to add it to my tbb list. Always like to add new authors.

    Thanks for the giveaway,

    Elizabeth Gray

  13. I've never read any of these book,but would like to. Thanks for giveaway/contest.

  14. Thanks for a great interview and congrats to Dianne on the new release! Sounds fantastic!

  15. Congratulations on the new release, this book looks and sounds great.

  16. Great interview. Have the first two books in my TBR pile. Getting closer to top of pile. Thanks for the giveaway.
    How many books total will be in this series?

  17. I have the first 2 in this series and am looking forward to this one. Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

  18. I would love to read this series. It sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

  19. The book sounds really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. SQUEEEE! I've been waiting for this book and it sound ROCKING AWESOME!!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  21. I love this series! I read the first two book and can't wait to read this one!

    Bastien sounds devilishly sexy!

    Thanks for this giveaway!


    Ollie aka DarkBloodyVamp

  22. I haven't read any of this series yet, although I have tried and tried to win copies of all the books. They all look like fantastic reads. All the book covers are excellent and really draw me to the books.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  23. I haven't read this series yet, but it gets such good comments that I think I really should.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  24. I am really looking forward to this book. I have the first 2 and have been waiting for this one for a while now. Thanks so much for the great post & the giveaway.

  25. Best character interview I've ever read. Most of them feel forced, but this one had me smiling.

  26. Can't wait to start reading this series! Congrats on the latest, Dianne!!!

  27. congratulation for the new release...and i really apreciate it ur giving away this book from international's readers...
    thx u so much ^^

  28. Loved the interview...still smiling!;) I can't wait to read this book. Congratulations on the new release....(raising coffee cup) Here's to the next!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    kcnrhtx (at) charter (dot) net

  29. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I'm looking forward to reading this series.

  30. I haven't heard of this series before. I really must crawl out from under my rock sometimes. It sounds awesome. Would love to win.

  31. I haven't had a chance to start this series yet, but the books sound fantastic so I guess I better get started before I have even more catching up to do. :D

  32. This is a series that I've seen around the blosphere a bit and I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  33. Character interviews are always very revealing. Just wonderful.

  34. I read the first two books and I can't wait to get my hands on book 3!

  35. Hi
    I haven't started this series yet, but I enjoyed the interview a lot. Bastien sounds like an interesting guy, hehe
    Congrats on the new release and thanks for the chance to win!

  36. thanks for the great interview, i have not read this series yet. but love to read this book ^^thanks for the chance to win :)


  37. Thanks, Linda! I hope you’ll enjoy it!

    Thanks, Joanne! Bastien definitely has it bad. :-) I hope you’ll like his story!

    Hi, Na! Yay! I’m glad you like the trailer. I hope you’ll enjoy Phantom Shadows!

    Hi, Krissy! Great to see you here! Bastien is such a fun character to write. I love that he rubs everyone wrong. LOL. I hope you’ll like Phantom Shadows!

    Thanks, Elizabeth! I hope you’ll like my immortals!

    Hi, Queen of Books Sue! Thanks for joining us! I hope you’ll like my immortals!

    Thanks, Erin!

    Thanks, what...more books!

    Hi, Chrisbails! Thanks! I hope you’ll like the first two! I’m not sure yet exactly how many books will be in the series, but right now intend for there to be at least seven.

    Hi, Carin! I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  38. Hi, Tore! I hope you’ll like the series. Thanks for joining us!

    Thanks, fundinmental!

    Hi, books4me! LOL. I hope you’ll like it!

    Hi, Ollie! I had so much fun writing Bastien’s story! I hope you’ll like it!

    Hi, Julianne Keller! I’m glad you like the covers! I hope you’ll like my immortals!

    Hi, Di! I’m glad you’re hearing good things. :-) I hope you’ll like my series!

    Hi, June M.! Thanks for joining us! I hope you’ll like Phantom Shadows!

    Hi, Rita Webb! Wow! Thanks! I’m so glad you liked it. For some reason, writing character interviews always seems easier to me than doing author interviews or regular guest posts. LOL.

    Thanks!, *yadkny*!

    Thanks, nurmawati djuhawan! And thanks for joining us!

  39. Thanks, Kimberley! I hope you’ll like it!

    Hi, Lauren B! Thanks for joining us! I hope you’ll like my immortals!

    Hi, Lisa Cox! LOL. It’s still pretty new and I’m still getting the word out there through awesome blogs like this one. I hope you’ll like it!

    Hi, Barbara E.! Thanks for joining us! I hope you’ll like my immortals!

    Hi, justpeachy36! I hope you’ve been hearing good things and will enjoy the series. :-) Good luck!

    Thanks, Mary Preston! I think character interviews are my favorite kind of post, both as a reader and as a writer. :-)

    Hi, Ipro55! Thanks for giving my series a try! I hope you’ll like Phantom Shadows!

    Thanks, DANIELA! First a villain, then a hero. Bastien’s not your ordinary guy. LOL. Good luck!

    Hi, Olivia Tan! Thanks for joining us! I hope you’ll like my Immortal Guardians!

  40. Best wishes on the release. I love books where the author takes a villain and then redeems him, so I will definitely have to check this out.

  41. Hi Diane! Thank you for the chance to win! I've had the Immortal Guardians series on my TBR since last year. I love your book covers! They are all so hot!!

    -Selena Mc

  42. I read the first two books and enjoyed them. I look forward in reading book 3.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  43. Thank you for the give way! Sounds like another hit!

    gcosta AT mufley DOT com

  44. Sounds like a great series, love the covers. I look forward to reading these books. Thx for the giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  45. I can't wait for this book!!

  46. Excellent author and book series. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  47. Great interview and congratz on the new release! Looking forward to read this book

  48. Hi, Dianne.
    I just finisehd "Phantom Shadows". I wanted to tell you that I loved how you worked with Bastien. It made me emotional the way he was treated by everyone. And I also loved how he's sarcastic and always looking for trouble ;) He made me laugh a lot!
    And Ami, wow! Can't wait for the next book.
    Speaking of the next book, will Richart be the main character?
    Nice work again!

  49. Sounds like some really great characters.

  50. Congrats on the new release!! I loved the first book.

  51. Your interview was very creative. I'm looking forward to reading about Bastien and Melanie.

  52. I am curious how you came up with the idea of the virus causing vampirism also causing madness.

  53. great interview This looks like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway.


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