Monday, June 25, 2018

Interview + Giveaway: Awaken the Darkness by Dianne Duvall (@DianneDuvall @AuthorsTaproom)

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Awaken the Darkness Character Interview

Hello!  Thank you for joining me.  I’m very happy to be here, celebrating the upcoming release of AWAKEN THE DARKNESS, the eighth book in my Immortal Guardians series. If you like powerful immortal heroes, kick-ass heroines, and a lot of action, passion, humor and romance, then I think you’ll enjoy this book. Don’t worry if you’re new to the series. Each Immortal Guardians book can be read as a stand-alone novel or novella. You’ll just be more familiar with the secondary characters if you read them in order.

Today I thought I would give you a glimpse of the hero and heroine of AWAKEN THE DARKNESS—Stanislav and Susan—through a character interview.  Sheldon, one of the mortals in my series (and a favorite of myself and many readers, thanks to the comic relief he provides) will be interviewing them.

Sheldon: First, let me say it’s really great to have you back, Stan.

Stanislav: Thank you. And you are…?

Sheldon: *stares* Dude, you don’t know who I am?

Stanislav: *shrugs* Are you a reporter?

Susan: *nods* I think he is. He’s here to interview us, right?

Sheldon: I’m not a reporter! I’m Richart’s Second.

Stanislav: *lips twitch* I know. I was just kidding.

Sheldon: Uncool, man.

Susan: *laughs* You ARE here to interview us though, right?

Sheldon: Yes.

Susan: Why? I thought the whole immortals, vampires, and gifted ones thing was supposed to stay hush-hush.

Sheldon: It is. But the humans who work for the Network, researching a cure for the virus that infects immortals, providing them with weapons, cleaning up their messes, etc., have been running into more immortals lately and it’s sparked their curiosity.

Stanislav: Their curiosity or their fear?

Sheldon: *hesitates* Both.

Susan: *frowns* Why would Network employees fear you? They know you and your immortal brethren are out there every night, hunting and slaying psychotic vampires who prey upon humans. They even help you do it.

Sheldon: Yes, but you’ve been around immortals long enough now, Susan, to know that some of the sh** they can do is...

Stanislav: *arches a brow* Shocking?

Sheldon: To say the least. And some people find the special gifts coupled with the incredible strength, speed and regenerative capabilities you possess…

Susan: A tad frightening?

Sheldon: Yes.

Susan: I suppose I can understand that. I was born with a special gift myself and was STILL a bit unnerved by some of the things Stanislav can do.

Sheldon: *grins* So I’ve heard. BUT we’ve done enough of these interviews in recent years to temper the fear and spark Network employees’ curiosity. *looks to Stanislav* And everyone wants to know where the hell you’ve been, man.

Stanislav: *grunts* Stuck in the ground, consumed by pain.

Sheldon: Yes, but how did you get there? Contrary to popular belief, neither vampires nor immortals are dead. Or undead. Or go to ground during the day. So how did you end up… *trails off as Stanislav’s eyes begin to glow*

Susan: *reaches over and rests a hand on Stan’s knee* We don’t really need to talk about that, do we? That wound is still pretty raw.

Sheldon: Oh. Sure. I mean, no. We don’t have to go into that. But can I ask… Susan, you found him, didn’t you?

Susan: *smiles* Yes, I did.

Sheldon: In your basement.

Susan: Yes.

Sheldon: I think I speak for everyone when I ask… Why the hell were you digging in your basement?

Susan: *smile turns wry* That’s what I kept asking myself.

Stanislav: *winks at her* I have a way of compelling her to do things she ordinarily wouldn’t.

Susan: *laughs and gives his shoulder a shove* Don’t say it like that. You make it sound like we do weird things in bed.

Stanislav: *grins* Don’t we? Last night, did you or did you not ask me to—

Susan: *claps a hand over his mouth and blushes* Don’t say it!

Sheldon: *wide-eyed* Dude.

Stanislav: *peels her hand from his mouth and presses a kiss to her palm* I wasn’t. I just love to see you blush.

Susan: *laughs* You’re so bad.

Sheldon: *mutters* In more ways than one. *clears his throat* So Stanislav, you were born with empathic abilities?

Stanislav: Yes. I not only can read other people’s emotions, I can manipulate them as well.

Sheldon: And for the newbie’s at the Network, you have these abilities because you were a gifted one before your transformation.

Stanislav: Yes. I was born with advanced DNA that bestowed that particular gift upon me.

Sheldon: Immortals are gifted ones who are infected with the vampiric virus and vampires are ordinary humans who are infected with the virus.

Stanislav: Correct. And, unfortunately, without our advanced DNA—which protects us from the more corrosive aspects of the virus—humans infected with it suffer progressive brain damage that rapidly drives them insane, so they all ultimately become violent predators.

Susan: That’s so sad. Do you think the doctors at the Network will find a cure?

Stanislav: I don’t know.

Sheldon: For Cliff’s sake, I hope they will. Susan, you were born a gifted one, too. What gift do you possess?

Susan: I’m telepathic.

Sheldon: So you can read other people’s minds?


Stanislav: *turns to Susan* That reminds me, you might want to avoid reading Sheldon’s mind, because—

Susan: Oh! *winces and squeezes her eyes shut* Ewwww. I wish I hadn’t seen that. I mean I REALLY wish I hadn’t seen that.

Stanislav: *grimaces* Too late.

Sheldon: What’s too late? Did she read my mind?

Stanislav: Yes.

Susan: *slaps Stanislav on the thigh* Why didn’t you warn me sooner?

Stanislav: *chokes back a laugh* I forgot.

Sheldon: Oh, come on. I know the other telepaths like to complain about the porn and weird crap they find in my head. But it’s not THAT bad.

Susan: *still wincing* Yes, it is. It really is.

Stanislav: *grins at Susan* I love it when you blush.

Susan: You’re not helping, honey.

Sheldon: Okay-okay. You’ve had a big laugh. Now let’s change the subject and get back to the… Ah hell. Now she’s doing that thing Dana does.

Stanislav: What thing?

Sheldon: Dana gets red in the face whenever I look her in the eye.

Stanislav: Why? Did she read your mind too? I thought she was psychic, not telepathic.

Sheldon: She IS psychic. But apparently when she touched my hand she saw something from my past.

Stanislav: The incident in Italy?

Sheldon: *eyebrows fly up* You know about that?

Stanislav: EVERYONE knows about that.

Susan: *jaw drops as she stares at Sheldon with wide eyes* You actually DID that? In PUBLIC?

Stanislav: *motions to Sheldon’s reddening face* Look. Now it’s HIS turn to blush.

Sheldon: *rises* Okay. I can see this interview is going to go nowhere now, so let’s just pick it up again another time.

Susan: *calls after him* I’m sorry. I’ll try not to blush next time I see you. *looks at Stanislav as the door closes behind Sheldon* Seriously, you need to do something to get those images out of my head.

Stanislav: *lifts her over onto his lap and captures her lips a long, deep, passionate kiss*

Susan: *smiles up at him* That’ll work. Now do it again.

Stanislav: *complies with a grin*


Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and"wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers' Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews,and/or Night Owl Reviews.  

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she creates in her books. 

For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit You can also find Dianne online . . .

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Awaken the Darkness
 Immortal Guardians #8
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Return to the "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly) world of New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians.  

He awakens encapsulated in dirt with no knowledge of how he came to be there. Riddled with injuries, he can remember neither his past nor who he is. Nor can he remember what he is. But surely no mortal man could survive being buried deep beneath the earth. All he knows with certainty is that the soothing voice and presence of the woman moving around above enables him to endure the agony of his wounds. And he will do whatever it takes to be with her.

When Susan first sees the old two-story house for sale, such warmth and longing fill her that—against all reason—she makes an offer. It will take years of hard work and money she frankly doesn’t have to fix up the place. So she can’t explain why she bought it. She also can’t explain what compels her to spend hours one night, digging in the basement until she unearths a man. A man who still lives and breathes despite having been buried alive. A man whose intense brown eyes glow amber with pain, declaring him far more than ordinary. Susan knows she should keep her distance. He has no memory and possesses gifts that would make most fear him. But as the two work together to unravel the mystery of his past, she finds herself drawn in by his teasing nature and tender touch. So much so that she loses her heart to him even as they find themselves hunted by unknown enemies who are ruthless in their quest to capture them.

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  1. Dianne you leave us wanting more each time you write a book. Can't wait for Stan's and Susan's story.
    Sheldon your interview was amusing as always. .. you really need to think of other things

    1. LOL. Sheldon does some pretty bizarre things in my imagination.

  2. OMG I loved the interview . Sheldon is awesome no wonder Tracy has erotic dreams about him. He is a great interviewer. Dianne Duvall is one of the most talented writers I have read in forever. She does an amazing job with paranormal romance. I love all her books and can not wait for Awaken the Darkness

  3. I always love Sheldon's interviews! Looking forward to reading Stanislav and Susan's story.

    1. Sheldon's interviews are what made me want to give him a larger role in the series. ;-)

  4. I love this. Lol!! This seriously is one of the best series!! I am so glad Stanislov is back.

    1. I've been wanting to write his story ever since I finished Night Unbound. :-)

  5. Great interview!!! I can’t wait for the book! Super excited! Love Stan and was excited about him coming back.

    1. Thanks, Debbie! I hope you'll enjoy Stan and Susan's story!

  6. These interviews are so much fun! Thank you for posting, Stacy, and I hope that your readers enjoy AWAKEN THE DARKNESS - coming July 10th!

    1. Thank you, Stacy, for helping me celebrate the release!

  7. congrats on the new release! This was a fun interview :) thanks for sharing!

  8. Love Sheldon! Good interview too!

  9. Cannot wait until this book!! Already preordered!

  10. I really enjoy these tours and all the terrific books I have been able to pick up along with my kids and sisters who love to read. Thanks for sharing with us, always great to find books my family enjoy reading. And thank you for the giveaway as well.

  11. Great interview! Can't wait to read this one! Congrats Dianne on the upcoming release!

    1. Thanks, Eva! So glad you liked the interview. :-)

  12. I enjoyed this interview. LOL! I want to read more about the incident in Italy!

    1. If there's trouble, Sheldon will find it. :-D

  13. Love the interview. I love all the books and it's like Christmas every time a new one shows up in my to be read list.

    1. Thank you, Deborah! I'm so glad you're enjoying the series. :-)

  14. Great series. One of my go to rereads,I can not count the times i have read it.

    1. Thank you, Andrea! I hope you'll enjoy Stanislav and Susan's story. :-)

  15. Cant wait for the release of this book...ive re read the series as i wait in anticipation for this..

  16. Love this series and can't wait for the next one!

    1. Thanks, Christina! I hope you'll enjoy Susan and Stanislav's story!

  17. Love love loved this interview... Sheldon is my mortal hero ;) Tracey is one lucky girl! Cannot wait for Stan and Susan`s story!

  18. I love this series! It is one of my favorite paranormal romance series. Diana, will you be releasing an Audible format?

  19. Poor Sheldon ;) I love these interviews, they are always so funny :)

  20. Haha Poor Sheldon. He's so misunderstood. ;-)

  21. Absolutely love these interviews and so ready for this book

  22. have been wanting to read these just have not been able to afford them yet but there on my amazon wish list with a few thousand books that I wish I could afford. my wish list is so big that I have a few different folders. LOL

  23. So I just have to say, I want to say that in the past I was never interested in these type of paranormal books, I was more a Robert Jordan type. Then one day I picked this book up at my sisters (Darkness Dawns) and I have been hooked since. Now you and Nalini Singh have joined the Robert Jordan's EOW series as my favorites.

    Also, I am looking forward to Seth's story, I really hope his girl turns out to be that Moreno (sp) from Cali. And hey should you have ever wondered, this series would be an awesome video game, PC platform of course.



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