One of the hardest parts of writing for me is coming up with a title once the manuscript is finished, because I believe it is so important . . . as important as finding just the right names for the novel’s main characters. It is, after all, the first thing readers will see when they peruse the shelves at their local bookstore: spine after spine lined up neatly before them. The right title will both draw their attention to a book and give them some clue as to what it will be about or what genre it may involve. With this in mind, I entitled my debut novel Darkness Dawns.
Darkness Dawns is the first in my Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series. In it, Music Theory Professor Sarah Bingham wants nothing more than to relax after a long, stressful spring semester. Instead, when insomnia drives her to spend a little time in her garden at dawn, she finds a wounded man staked to the ground, being tortured by two others. Little does she know when she rescues him that Roland Warbrook is far more than a man. Nearly a millennium old, he is an immortal who has acquired a new formidable foe amongst the vampires he hunts, one who has raised an army to defeat him and to destroy the rest of the Immortal Guardians. When Sarah thwarts the vampires by saving Roland, she too becomes targeted by the army and is soon thrust to the forefront of the conflict, aiding the immortals in their quest to defeat the vampires and losing her heart to the dark enigmatic warrior intent on protecting her.
The word “darkness” is a common component of paranormal romance titles since many of the preternatural creatures within them are nocturnal by nature . . . or involuntarily if they can’t tolerate exposure to sunlight. This isn’t, however, the reason I utilized it in my own title. While the immortals in my novel are more active at night (and vampires are only active at night), I chose the title I did because I thought it symbolized the plot and what takes place in the story well. Darkness dawns, or arrives, in Sarah’s world the moment she saves Roland’s life and is drawn into his world, which is quite dark and violent. At the same time a new threat or enemy arises whose actions will irrevocably alter the Immortal Guardians’ world, so I thought Darkness Dawns would be doubly appropriate.
The next book in the Immortal Guardians series is scheduled for release in December. It’s title: Night Reigns. I’ll leave the reason behind that a mystery for now. :-) Until then, I hope you enjoy Darkness Dawns and the peak into the hero and heroine’s character that the Hot Seat Questions below provide!
Now for some Hot Seat fun with Darkness Dawns' starring couple....
Hero and Heroine Hot Seat Questions
Cats or dogs?
Roland: Who are you and why do you want to know?
Sarah: *sighs* Roland, sweetie, you know Seth wants you to do this for the network to . . . improve your image somewhat.
Roland: You mean so the network employees won’t tremble in fear whenever they encounter me.
Roland: Fine. Cats. Nietzsche may be crazy, but he has proven to be a good companion.
Beach or pool?
Roland: Beach. They’re usually deserted at night and I find them . . . soothing.
Sarah: Me, too. Beach.
Paperback or Hardback?
Roland: Hardback. They withstand the test of time better.
Sarah: Hardback. I reread favorites often and hardbacks fare better.
Coffee or tea?
Sarah: Tea. I loathe the scent of coffee.
Triple threat: sing, dance, or act? Pick one.
Roland: None of the above.
Sarah: Sing. I’m a music professor and love music, though I wish I could do more than just stay on pitch.
Roland: You have a beautiful voice.
Sarah: *kisses his cheek* You’re biased, honey.
Make the call or send a text?
Roland: Who would I call?
Sarah: Make the call.
Cake or pie?
Sarah: Both. I can put away a lot of food.
Roland: *laughs* Yes, you can.
Super strength or super speed?
Roland: I don’t have to choose. I have both.
Sarah: Super speed . . . You can get so much more done every day with it. :-)
Roland: I don’t sing.
Sarah: Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On”
Vamps or Shifters?
Roland: Since all of the shifters I know of are immortals . . . shifters.
Sarah: There are immortals who can shape shift?
Summer or winter?
Roland: Winter. I like the longer nights.
Sarah: Winter. I like the longer nights, too, and prefer the cooler weather.
Boxers or briefs?
Roland: Seriously? You’re asking me about my underwear?
Sarah: *whispers* Boxers.
High heels or flats?
Roland: Sarah looks beautiful in either.
Sarah: Flats . . . *grins* preferably Converse Chuck Taylor high tops.
Dianne Duvall earned a BA in English from the University of St. Thomas and has won multiple awards as a romance writer. Her debut paranormal romance novel Darkness Dawns was awarded 4 1/2 stars by RT Book Reviews, received 5-star reviews and was declared a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews and a Best Book by Long and Short Reviews, and received 5-star reviews from Bitten by Paranormal Romance, Reading Between the Wines, Books and Things and Paranormal Romance Addict. It also won first place in the Romance Writers of America Indiana Golden Opportunity contest, then was chosen as Best of the Best. It is the first book in her Immortal Guardians series.
When she isn't writing, Dianne is very active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.
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In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts . . . where passion can last forever, if you're willing to pay the price . . .
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 means forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect.