Publication Date: October 1, 2013
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Synopsis: 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.
Interview: Thank you, Star, for letting me visit The Bibliophilic Book Blog and for helping me celebrate the release of DARKNESS RISES! I’m so happy to be here!
Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.
Paranormal romance has long been my favorite genre, combining everything I love in horror novels and movies with the romance and happily-ever-afters I crave. Sometimes it’s dark. Sometimes it’s light. Since I enjoy both, you’ll pretty much find it all in my Immortal Guardians series. DARKNESS RISES is the fourth book in the series and features as hero Étienne d’Alençon. He, his twin brother Richart, and their sister Lisette were secondary characters in the previous novels and kept clamoring for my attention. They’re a close-knit family unit, you see, and have attempted to stave off the loneliness of their existence with the laughter and teasing they’ve always shared.
But a cloud hovers over them. Lisette accidentally transformed her brothers roughly two hundred years ago and can’t forgive herself for denying them the happiness they could have found as mortals in the form of love, marriage, and families of their own. So I thought I would see what I could do to change that. I helped Richart find his HEA with single mother Jenna in my novella “In Still Darkness” that was released in the PREDATORY anthology this past May. And now I’ve thrown together mortal Krysta Linz — a courageous, incredibly effective vampire hunter — and Étienne, who happens to adore strong women. I hope readers will enjoy the sparks that ensue. :-)
Q. How did writing this book affect you?
I enjoyed it immensely. I was raised in a family that teases and laughs a lot, so the banter my Immortal Guardians engage in made me laugh a lot. For the first time, they even made me laugh during a very intense action scene that would have otherwise been quite dark. I hope readers will laugh, too. :-)
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
For me, it’s writing or editing one book while promoting the release of another. If my mind is consumed with one, it isn’t always easy to abruptly transfer my attention to the other.
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I don’t know how interesting it is, but I tend to snack a lot while I edit. The crunchier the treat, the better. I don’t know why. I can spend hours writing manuscripts without pausing for a single nibble, but editing them never fails to give me the munchies.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
Absolutely. Though each Immortal Guardians book can be read as a stand-alone novel, there is a series arc building that will continue to progress in subsequent books. Enemies will rise up and challenge the Immortal Guardians’ in ways they’ve never imagined. The fellowship immortals share will strengthen through adversity. New friends will be welcomed into the fold. Old friends will be lost. Some will test the bonds of friendship. And more immortals will fall in love.
Q. What are you currently reading?
I just finished reading Ditter Kellen and Dawn Montgomery’s’ Haunting of Melody St. Claire’ and am currently devouring Laurann Dohner’s “New Species” series.
Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).
In addition to the contests readers will find at each stop on my Darkness Rises Blog Tour, I’ve launched a HUGE Darkness Rises Release Giveaway with some awesome prizes. Details can be found on my website:
I’m also currently writing Immortal Guardians Book 5, which is entitled NIGHT UNBOUND and will feature Lisette d’Alençon as heroine. (Now that both of her brothers have found happiness, perhaps she can allow herself to find a bit of it, too.)
And, VERFLUCHTE SEELEN, the German translation of PHANTOM SHADOWS, will be released on October 17th!
Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!
I once crawled out of a moonlit grave in an independent film. :-)
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for your support! You’ve been so generous, helping me spread the word about my series. And your wonderful comments, messages, and emails never fail to make me smile. I hope you’ll enjoy Étienne and Krysta’s story! Thank you again!
If you could interview any author, who would it be?
Let me know for a chance to win a signed copy of PREDATORY, Ms. Duvall’s last release, + Immortal Guardians swag.
TO ENTER: please leave a comment with your answer and email address. The winner will be chosen at random once the giveaway ends October 31, 2013. This giveaway is open Internationally.