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.
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