Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Dianne Duvall

Hey there Book Monsters and Literal Addicts! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome award winning author Dianne Duvall to our sites today.

Dianne Duvall earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of St. Thomas, where she studied fiction writing, playwriting and poetry writing.  "Darkness Dawns", the first book in her IMMORTAL GUARDIANS paranormal romance series, was released on February 1, 2011, courtesy of Kensington (Zebra Imprint).  It has received many 5-star reviews and was deemed a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews and a Best Book by Long and Short Reviews. "Darkness Dawns" also won first place in the 2009 Indiana Golden Opportunity contest, then was chosen as the Best of the Best.  "Night Reigns", the second book in the series, is scheduled to be released on December 6, 2011.

Dianne has also completed two not-yet-published paranormal romance novels that are prequels to "Darkness Dawns".  "A Sorceress of His Own" is a medieval romance with paranormal elements that won awards in the Lone Star, Where the Magic Begins, Southern Heat, Picture This, Book of Your Heart and Suzannah national writing competitions. "Rendezvous With Yesterday" is a time travel romance and won second place in the Picture This writing contest.

In addition to writing romance, Dianne has completed a one-act play (comedy) and teamed up with an award-wining screenwriter to write a spec script for a new situation comedy. Several of her poems have also been published in anthologies. n ad
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When she isn’t writing, Dianne is very active in the independent film industry. She edits films, constructs movie trailers and designs movie posters. Some of the film projects she has worked on have been Official Selections of the Cannes Independent Film Festival, The London Independent Film Festival, the Jamerican International Film and Music Festival, and others. She also participates in pre-production and production and has done so in varying capacities for several years. Some of the functions she has performed in the past are script editor, special effects make-up artist, shooting scheduler, special effects creator, casting coordinator, production assistant, movie extra and web site designer.

Know that we've learned a little bit about Dianne, let's take a peek at the IMMORTAL GUARDIAN series and see what the books are about.
"Darkness Dawns" - Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control . . .

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible -- when it mean forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect.

published in anthologies.

"Night Reigns" - 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?

The IMMORTAL GUARDIANS sound amazing don't they?  Let's get to the interview so we can learn more about Dianne and this great new series.

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Hi Dianne!  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us!  We’re so happy to have you with us today!

Dianne:  Thank YOU.  I’m very excited to be here.

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  We always like to start out by getting to know you a little bit better.

Q1):   Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we can't find out on the internet, in your bio, etc?

Dianne:  1) My favorite shoes are Converse Chuck Taylor high top sneakers.
2) I took eleven years of piano lessons.
3) I snack compulsively when editing my manuscripts.

2)  We know when you are not writing, you are very active in the Independent Film Industry.  Can you tell us more about what you do there?

Dianne: In Pre-Production, I usually serve as casting coordinator, issuing casting calls and scheduling auditions and callbacks, which has helped me conquer a little bit of my shyness. J   In Production, I more often than not work as script supervisor, ensuring that continuity is maintained.  So when a scene is shot multiple times from multiple angles, I’m the one who makes certain the actress carries her purse on the same shoulder in each take or that an actor reaches for the doorknob with the same hand at the same time in each take.  I also provide special effects and special effects make-up, which is always fun.  I love the challenges such can present.  I’ve appeared onscreen a few times, too, as an extra.  I’m actually very camera shy, but admit running at the camera while swinging a machete and screaming at the top of my lungs can be quite entertaining.  J  In Post-Production, I edit films shot in HDV or DV, make trailers and design movie posters.

3)  What are some other hobbies and interests you like to do when you're not writing?

Dianne:  I’ve loved to read ever since I was a kid and do so every chance I can get.  No matter how big my TBR pile becomes, I just can’t resist adding another book.  Then another.  And another.  I love gardening, too.

4)  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Dianne:  I wrote my first romance when I was around twelve or thirteen, but didn’t decide to pursue romance writing seriously until college.  I originally studied journalism, but just didn’t enjoy writing articles as much as I did fiction, which allowed me to give my imagination free reign.

5)  What made you decide to write a novel in the paranormal romance genre?

Dianne:  I LOVE paranormal romance.  It combines my two favorite genres:  romance and horror.  It makes the ordinary world extraordinary and has very few boundaries.  Almost anything can occur in a paranormal romance, so you just never know what might happen when you turn the page.  And, since I love it so much, I couldn’t resist exploring the genre in my own writing. 

6)  Do you have any interesting writing quirks?

Dianne:  Hmm . . .  I have to keep a kitchen timer on my desk because I tend to become so engrossed in writing or editing that I lose all track of time and forget I’m cooking. J  I also seem to become oblivious to noise when I write on my NEO.  When I work on the computer, sounds (music, conversation, television, etc.) easily distract me.  But with the NEO, for some reason I can tune out just about everything and can write in any environment. 

7)  Who are some of your favorite authors and series?

Dianne:  I have SO many favorite authors in so many romance sub-genres.  Since we’re talking paranormal romance today, I’ll name some of my favorite authors of paranormal series I enjoy:  Alexandra Ivy, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, J. R. Ward, Alexis Morgan, Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynn Viehl, Lynsay Sands, and Amanda Ashley.

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Know we'd like to ask you some questions about the IMMORTAL GUARDIANS series.
8)  Can you please give us some more detailed information about who the IMMORTAL GUARDIANS are and what it is that they do?

Dianne:  Absolutely.  The immortals and vampires in my books aren’t dead.  Or undead.   Rather both are infected with the same very rare symbiotic virus that first conquers, then replaces their immune system, lending them dramatically increased strength, speed, regenerative capabilities, and enhanced senses.  Immortals, however, were something more than human even before they were infected.  Unlike vampires (ordinary humans who have been transformed by the virus), immortals were born with extremely advanced DNA that bestows upon them wondrous gifts (telepathy, telekinesis, and others) and protects them from the insanity vampires suffer as a result of the brain damage the virus causes.  Under the leadership of the eldest among them, the Immortal Guardians have devoted themselves to hunting down the vampires who have succumbed to insanity and begun preying upon humans even as the immortals seek a cure for the virus and attempt to prevent the general public from becoming aware of their existence.   

9) Where do you get your information or ideas for the IMMORTAL GUARDIANS series?

Dianne:  A wide variety of sources.  Television often fires my imagination, whether I’m watching something on the History Channel, Animal Planet, and news channels or losing myself in movies, animated shows, or sitcoms.  Books, biographies, the internet . . . ‘what ifs’ spawned by sheer boredom when I’m stuck in traffic or struggling to ignore the dentist’s drill.  (You know the kind: “What if, while I’m lying here having my teeth cleaned, one of those ceiling panels above me were to slowly ease back one millimeter at a time to reveal a pair of glowing eyes staring down at me?”)   I find ideas all around me. 

10)  How many books do you have planned for the series?

Dianne: Right now I don’t have a specific number in mind.  I’ll let the series story arc be my guide.

11)  What can we expect as the series progresses?

Dianne: A lot of danger and excitement, coupled with romance.  J   The villain in Darkness Dawns starts the proverbial snowball rolling down the hill.  The world of the IMMORTAL GUARDIANS forever changes and will continue to do so as the threats barreling toward them increase.  Their relationship with vampires will alter.  Their belief that immortals, vampires, and gifted ones are the only paranormal beings on the planet will come into question.  And some will find love in the most unexpected places.

12)  Which of the IMMORTAL GUARDIANS is your favorite and why?

Dianne:  I really like Roland.  But I’m going to have to choose Marcus simply because his character has been with me the longest.  Before Darkness Dawns, I wrote a time travel romance (not yet published) in which Marcus was an immortal in the present and the hero’s teenaged squire in the thirteenth century.  I loved his character when he was a gallant, flirtatious boy and still do now that he’s an immortal man skating the edge . . . that is, until a certain woman throws his life into chaos. 

13)  Is there a character in the series that you are finding it a challenge to write about?

Dianne:  Chris Reordon, who runs the network of humans who aid the Immortal Guardians, is proving to be somewhat of a challenge.  He appears in every book and is fiercely loyal to the immortals, but . . .  Chris knows how to hold a grudge.  Events in Darkness Dawns and Night Reigns lead him to hold a major grudge against a certain individual (can’t say whom because it’s a spoiler for those who haven’t read Darkness Dawns), and I’ve had to tread carefully when letting him express his anger in order to prevent him from coming across as unlikeable.  (He really is a nice guy.)

14)  What's next for Dianne Duvall?  What do you have planned in the upcoming months?

Dianne:  First and foremost, I plan to complete book three in the series.  I’ll also continue to promote Darkness Dawns and begin scheduling a big blog tour full of contests to celebrate the release of Night Reigns.  I’ll host an even bigger contest on my website and blog as the December 6th release date approaches and will return here (Yay!) on December 5th.

15)  Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Dianne:  I know readers are sometimes reluctant to try new authors, so I’d like to thank all of those who have read my debut novel, Darkness Dawns.  You’ve been so supportive and have inspired many, many smiles.  I really appreciate it and hope you’ll enjoy Night Reigns!   

Thank you so much Dianne for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk to us.  We are looking forward to having you back on December 5th, to help you promote and celebrate the release of "Night Reigns".
Dianne:  Thanks for having me here!  I can’t wait to return in December!

If you would like to find out more about Dianne and the IMMORTAL GUARDIANS, you can visit her at any of the sites below.


CONTEST:  Dianne is giving away a SIGNED copy of "Darkness Dawns" to a lucky Book Monster Follower.

To Enter: Make sure you are a follower of the BMR Blog and then post a comment on the interview and make sure you leave a valid email address. Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing. You must also be a follower of the BMR blog. GOOD LUCK!!!!
Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!


Christina said...

Thanks for the interview I look forward to reading your books!


Leanne109 said...

1st question: How do I go about getting the men on the covers?

2nd question: Same ass the 1st :D

Great interview! I look forward to reading thee books!


Johanna R Jochum said...

I'm adding these books to my wish list! Thanks for sharing with us! Yeah, the covers are smokin' hot!!!


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alainala said...

never read them, but they look amazing!! just put one on hold at the library, thanks! i hope i win!


Victoria said...

These books look great. Enjoyed the interview. I also love the covers.
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Dianne Duvall said...

Christina: Thanks for joining us1 I hope you enjoy them!

Leanne109: LOL! I wish I knew! Hope you like the books!

Johanna R Jochum: Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you like the covers!

alainala: Thanks! I hope you like it!

Victoria: Thanks! Carla’s a great interviewer. :-)

AmyS. said...

I admit I am reluctant to read new authors. That's why I like reviews like this and giveaways. Gives you an opportunity to read a author that otherwise you probably wouldn't have. I have read a lot of awesome books by a lot of great authors this way.

GFC follower: AmyS.

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Dianne Duvall said...

AmyS: I'm the same way. I love the many opportunities the internet gives me to get to know a little more about both a book and its author before I give it a try. Winning a free copy is always nice, too. ;-) If you read Darkness Dawns, I hope you'll like it! Thanks for dropping by!

roro said...

thanks for the interview, mmm, living vampires, never heard of that intresting, who r the men on the covers

rogcaprino ( At)hotmail (dot)com

lynnrush said...

I LOVED Darkness Dawns. Great book. Dianne is a great writer for sure.

Thanks for this post. :)

Maureen Fisher said...

Your books sound great. I look forward to reading them.

Dianne Duvall said...

roro: I don't know who the cover models are, but think they make a great Roland and Marcus! :-)

lynn: Hi, Lynn! Great to see you! Thanks for stopping by and for the great review!

Maureen Fisher: Thanks! I hope you like them!

Crystal Trent Dotson said...

I haven't read any yet , but the cover looks so wonderful. It was great being able to read your interview , and Thanks for having this giveaway! When I'm writing book reviews I snack alot also !!!
Hope to win a signed copy!!
Crystal Trent Dotson

Caridad Pineiro said...

Thanks for the fun interview. It seems like you wear a lot of hats and it's great that you can juggle them all and still write. Good luck with the releases.

Michelle said...

You where blessed by the cover God's :)
Looking forward to reading the book, thanks for answering Carla's questions.


mrsworldwidewebb said...

Great interview, I am gonna read these books for sure..looks great :)


aka Kathy

Dianne Duvall said...

Crystal Trent Dotson: Yay! A fellow snacker! :-) Good luck with the contest!

Caridad Pineiro: Thanks for joining us! I was just admiring your awesome website and blog yesterday. I hope I will someday be able to say I'm as prolific and successful an author as you are!

Michelle: Thanks! Glad you like the covers. :-) I hope you enjoy Darkness Dawns! And thank you for dropping my!

mrsworldwidewebb: Thank you! I hope you enjoy them! Good luck with the contest!

Patti said...

Oh my what yummy covers. Thanks for the interview and giveaway. I am definately putting these on my to read list.
Oh I may have to keep looking back on these covers. yum yum yum.


Temperance said...

Loved the interview:)
I think your books look great,and im looking forward to reading them.

I love your book covers, there yummy;)


Lori Crows about Books in Philly said...

Don't know what I'll do when I start back to work next week. Dash for the coffee or the computer to read about the author and what books I can add while riding on the bus to work. The keyboard will have crumbs since I don't eat all day oh well it will be worth it. Thanks again for all you do,the covers are nice.

Na said...

Pretty cool! I now have another series to add to my wishlist.


deanna said...

I highly recommend this series. I read the sample on my Kindle and was absolutely hooked! I loved Sarah and Roland's relationship!


Supru said...

Great interview!

The books sound so good (an the covers even better) that I'm adding this serie to my to-read-list (at this rate I'm going to need another life to finish all of them hahaha)

Thank you for the chance


LIESA said...

Great interview!!

So more TBR list books!!


*yadkny* said...

Awesome Interview! I've been really wanting to read this book!!! I can't believe the second book will be coming out by the end of the year:)

Congrats on all of your success Dianne! I'm sure the second book will be a hit as well:)

*BM Follower

Dianne Duvall said...

Patti and Temperance: :-D Yay! I’m glad you like the covers! I hope you enjoy the books!

Lori Crows about Books in Philly: LOL! Thanks, Lori! Good luck with the contest!

Na: Thanks! I hope you enjoy it!

deanna: Thanks! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I hope you’ll like Night Reigns when it’s released!

Supru: LOL! Sounds like your TBR list is as long as mine. Thanks for adding the Immortal Guardians to it! Good luck with the contest!

LIESA: Thanks! I thought the questions were great! I hope you like Darkness Dawns!

*yadkny* : Thanks so much! I’m very excited about Night Reigns’ impending release! Good luck with the contest! I hope you enjoy Darkness Dawns!

Linda said...

The books sound good & I particularly like the cover of Darkness Dawns.


Trish said...

Thanks for the interview!


Dianne Duvall said...

Linda: Thanks! I hope you like them! Good luck with the contest!

Trish: Thanks for joining us!


Great interview. Your description of The Immortal Guardians has really piqued my interest -- the premise is very unique. (And I get the darnedest ideas from odd places like the History Channel too!) Wishing you the best with your series!

donnas said...

Great interview. Thanks for sharing!!

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Dianne Duvall said...

DANI HARPER: Wow! A fellow History Channel viewer, a Stephen King fan AND a new Kensington author. We have quite a bit in common. :-) Congratulations on your recent releases and the wonderful reviews they're getting! They sound great! I wishi you the best with your series, too.

donnas: Hi, Donna! Thanks for dropping by! Good luck with the contest!