Monday, September 30, 2013

Darkness Rises by .@DianneDuvall (Guest Post/#Giveaway)

Today I would like to welcome one of my favorite people and an incredible paranormal romance author, Dianne Duvall, who is joining us with her upcoming release (OUT October 1st!) - DARKNESS RISES! 

Character Interview With Étienne

Thank you for joining me today!  And thank you, Crystal, for letting me visit again!  I’m so thrilled to be here at Reading Between the Wines Book Club, celebrating the release of DARKNESS RISES, Book 4 in my Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series, which will hit shelves tomorrow on October 1st.  Throughout my series, Étienne d’Alençon has made no secret of the fact that he loves strong women.  And Krysta Linz is one of the strongest.  Once the victim of a vicious vampire attack, Krysta has dedicated her life to slaying every blood-sucking, psychotic vampire she can find.  She does a fantastic job of it, too . . . until Étienne sees her take on four vampires by herself and is instantly captivated.  Soon sparks begin to fly as he endeavors to learn more about her and the hunter becomes the hunted. 

I thought I would have a little fun and give readers a glimpse of my Immortal Guardians crew through a series of character interviews.  Thank you, to my friends online, for providing some of the questions.  ☺  Today Étienne will be interviewed by Sheldon, his brother Richart’s notoriously green Second, or human assistant:

Sheldon:  Thanks for doing the interview, man.  I know things have been crazy lately, but these get-to-know-you pieces seem to be helping out down at Network Headquarters.

Étienne:  *arches an brow*  The mortal employees no longer fear us?

Sheldon:  Umm . . .

Étienne:  It always seemed odd to me that they WOULD fear us, considering all they do and all they risk to protect us and help us in our quest to eliminate the vampire threat.

Sheldon:  Well, in their defense, you guys can be a little intimidating.  *shifts anxiously*  And it’s hard to feel comfortable around someone who can read your mind.

Étienne:  Relax.  I stopped reading your thoughts a couple of years ago.  There’s just too much weird sh** up there.

Sheldon:  *laughs*  I hear you can’t read Krysta’s mind.  Is that true?

Étienne:  I catch the occasional stray thought, but most elude me.

Sheldon:  Is that a good thing?

Étienne:  Very much so.  I’m not as powerful as Seth and David.  They only hear the thoughts of others if they WANT to hear them.  I hear the thoughts of everyone around me all the time unless I consciously block them.  With Krysta, I don’t have to do that.  I can relax my guard and simply enjoy being with her.  *smiles*  And often the thoughts I DO catch from her are the titillating ones.

Sheldon:  *grins*  Lucky you.  That actually leads me to one of the questions the network employees wanted me to ask.  How does it feel, after two-hundred-plus years, to find someone who completes you?

Étienne:  It’s . . . bliss.

Sheldon:  Even when she scares the crap out of you in battle?

Étienne: *smiles*  How can I condemn her for the boldness, courage, and ferocity that drew me to her in the first place?  I do so love strong women

Sheldon:  I gotta say, I agree with you there.  Strong women are hot.

Étienne:  *eyes him speculatively*  Do you have your eye on any strong woman in particular?

Sheldon:  *avoids his gaze*  No.  And don’t read my mind! 

Étienne:  As you wish.

Sheldon:  So you were born a telepath.  That isn’t a result of the virus that gives you vampiric traits.

Étienne:  Correct.  The telepathy is a result of the advanced DNA I possess, which also protects me from the brain damage the virus causes in ordinary humans infected with it.

Sheldon:  Did your gift ever lead to any awkward moments when you were a child?

Étienne:  *wry smile*  It led to MANY awkward moments.  And still does, by the way.  Ask Krysta, if you don’t believe me.

Sheldon:  If you could choose to have any gift other than your own, what would it be?

Étienne:  Teleportation.  I have always envied my brother his gift.  He spawns such delicious chaos and fear on the battlefield.  *smiles*  And, if you think telepathy can lead to awkward moments, it has nothing on teleportation.  

Sheldon:  *laughs*  Awkward and dangerous moments.  I hear Roland still hurls daggers at him whenever Richart teleports to his home unannounced.

Étienne:  Yes.  Fortunately, my brother is good at dodging weapons.

Sheldon:  *consults tablet*  What was your favorite decade or century?  

Étienne:  This one.  I found Krysta in it.

Sheldon:  Dude, you are so far gone.

Étienne:  Happily so.  *music wafts from his pocket*  Excuse me.  *takes out his cell phone*  Yes? . . . Sheldon is interviewing me for The Network.  What about you? . . . *his brown eyes acquire an amber glow*  Really?  *voice drops*  I’ll be right there. 

Sheldon:  *watches him tuck his phone away*  I’m gonna go out on an limb and guess that was Krysta.

Étienne:  You guessed correctly.  

Sheldon:  Say no more.  We can continue the interview tomorrow.  Maybe you can bring Krysta along with you.

Étienne:  *smiles*  You’re a good man, Sheldon.

Darkness Rises 
(Immortal Guardians #4)
by Dianne Duvall
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. . .

Author Bio
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.  Other books in the series, including Night Reigns, Phantom Shadows, and the Predatory anthology, have been deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and Night Owl Reviews.  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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If you could interview any fictional character, who would it be?  Let me know for a chance to win a signed copy of PREDATORY, my last release, + Immortal Guardians swag.

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  1. I loved this series but am a little behind on this series so this giveaway is perfect.

    Thanks so much!

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  3. I'd interview Zach, I have so many questions for/about him!

    I read "Darkness Rises" and loved it! It has everything I expect from a good, very good, book: romance, friendship, thrill, action, surprises and characters that make me fall in love.

  4. I would interview Seth.

    Thank you for the giveaway. I love the Immortal Guardian series.

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  6. If I could interview any fictional character it would be " " Jim from Huck Finn. I think people would be amazed at how things really were.

    Now for fun it would be my book boyfriend Wraith Seminus ;).

    Thank you.

  7. I'd interview Kate and Curran. It would be fun to see them together and I know each would have some very interesting stories.

  8. I would totally interview Dracula. How awesome would that be? I have a list of questions a mile long.

  9. Thanks for sharing the fun interview. I really enjoyed Etienne's book and I am looking forward to reading more. evamillien at gmail dot com Thanks for sharing the giveaway.

  10. hmm .. I'm not very good at asking questions, but I did enjoy Etienne's interview

  11. I think I would have to say that I would interview Vlad from the Night Huntress series. Great interview with Etienne.

  12. Harry Potter! I love the series!

  13. I'm in love with Col. Brandon from SENSE AND SENSIBILITY right now.

  14. I love this series and i want to own this series. I really enjoyed reading this series.

  15. Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews' series :) Thanks for sharing!

  16. I think if I had a chance, I would interview Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter Series. He has lived so long, been through so much, seen the tides of change through much time and learned lessons most of us would cringe to even think of.

    I would like to send all of my wishes to Dianne for much success in her upcoming release, Darkness Rises. I have been waiting for this piece of work and can't wait...come midnight, my Kindle will start searching and find Darkness Rising to it. =)

    Thanks for the opportunity Dianne and thank you to Reading Between the Wines for hosting such a wonderful Author!

    Here's to tomorrow being a massively successful day!

    Much love,

    Shelbie Knight =)

  17. I would want to interview Rhett Butler.

  18. Great interview. If I could interview a fictional character it would be Sherlock Holmes. Great giveaway...Thank-you for the opportunity to win this.

  19. I loved the interview with Etienne. This is going to sound odd but I would love to interview Einstein, the dog from Dean Koontz Watchers. Love that book.

  20. I think I'd go with Kate & Curran; that would be a fun interview - if I survived it!

  21. I am just thinking how many great characters there are that I would love to interview. Both in books, movies, TV shows, etc. But I think for this interview I would pick Kim Harrison's Jenks. It would be a really interesting interview. Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. I´d interview Spike =D Love him - still a favorite of mine..
    Thanks for the giveaway, Happy Release & Happy Tuesday!

  23. I love Dianne's books. If I could interview any fictional character, it would be ... um, one of the characters in Christine Feehan's novels or Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter novels. I'm not sure I can narrow it down any firther right now.

  24. I would like to interview The Black Dagger Brotherhood


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