Monday, February 28, 2011

Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway with Dianne Duvall

Please welcome Author Dianne Duvall and characters Roland Warbrook and Sarah Bingham to LovLivLife Reviews.  Dianne has prepared a Guest Post sharing her debut paranormal romance title with us and she's also invited Roland and Sarah to answer a few Hot Seat questions.  Be prepared to have your interest piqued.

February 1st 2011   Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians #1) by Dianne DuvallAnd the Title is...

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.
Sarah:  Yes.
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?
Roland:  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?
Roland:  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.  :-)

Favorite sing-in-the-shower-song?
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, AuthorAuthor Bio

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.

For more information, visit:

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*Dianne has a Kindle giveaway that ends today the 28th.  It's not too late to enter so be sure to head over.

Giveaway:  Ends 3/16

Dianne Duvall has kindly offered to send a copy of Darkness Dawns (A MUST read but be forewarned I will fight for Roland) and a cover flat to one lucky winner.
Open worldwide.

To enter: (mandatory +1)
Answer one of the Hot Seat questions for yourself or answer How much does a title tell you? 
Leave an email if not in your profile

Extra entries should you choose to do so (+1 ea):  ADD the total points in your comment!
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February 1st 2011   Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians #1) by Dianne DuvallBlurb:
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.



♫♥LovLivLife Reviews♥♫ said...

I will start off by answering the question.
I find a title can tell me a whole lot. A title gives a little insight to what genre it is and what may be between the covers. Most important it's a big factor in my choice to peruse for further info or not.

Be it in a book store or on a site like Goodreads. A title does have importance.

Aloha Dianne and thank you for popping in today!!=)

JerseyGirl22 said...

Summer or winter?
Of course summer because it's my b-day.
+1 I'm a follower

Jen said...

High heels or flats?
I'm definatly a flats girl :)
I can't wait to read this book! It looks great!
+1 I'm a follower -
+1 I'm following her Twitter too
+1 I retweeted you :)

Cleverly Inked said...

The cover tells you this is one steamy book. I also could tell that it was a vamp book. In general you can't judge books by cover but they sure help.

That was a funny interview with the characters!

booklover0226 said...

Make the call or send a text? For me, make the call. There is something about actually hearing someone's voice which warms me.

+1 I retweeted (I think I did it right. I'm so Twitter ignorant!)

+1 I follow Dianne via FB/Twitter/Blog (FB-Tracey D, Twitter-@bl0226, Blog-booklover0226)

+1 I follow your blog (booklover0226)

+1 I commented on review (Tracey D)

Total = 4

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

LadyVampire2u said...

Summer or Winter? I would pick winter. Its much easier to get warmer then it is to get cooler. Thanks for entering me in your contest.

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

Mocha ღ Latte said...

A book title tells me a lot about a novel. It helps me imagine what could possibly happen in the book therefore informing me whether or not it would be something i'd be interested in picking up.

+2 entries
I follow this blog:D


Tore said...

A book title can tell me alot about book. Sometimes just seeing the title of the book makes me want to pick it up to see what it is about or the picture on the book. I prefer summer. I don't like the cold or snow. I rather text someone than talk on the phone. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this

Virginia C said...

"Immortal Guardians" sounds like a sensational paranormal romance series, and I love the characters of Roland and Sarah! I think that titles can play a large role in the successful acceptance of a book by the public. A poorly matched title, one that is too long, or one that is simply unappealing, can all detract from the content of the book. Having said that, I know that I could read a great book without a title or cover, and I would still be impressed. "Darkness Dawns" has a great cover and a strong, simple title. The trick is to find a "short but sweet" title that makes an impact and leaves a lasting link to the book.

Hot Seat:
Dog person owned by cats.
Beach in Autumn.
Paperbacks easier to handle.
Hot coffee and iced tea.
Sing my heart out.
Call or email.
Cherry Cheesecake--"pie cake"
Give me strength.
Something operatic.
Shifty Vamps : )
Brief Boxers ; )

US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber


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.Ambur. said...

-A title can tell a lot, sometimes a title will attract me to a book, although for the most part the cover's more likely to draw my attention. Sometimes the title lets me know what genre it is though, which definitely helps when I'm picking a book. :)

+1 I follow your blog (.ambur.)

BLHmistress said...

A Title can usually tell me what I can expect - what type of book it possibly is that and combo of the cover usually attracts me to a book.

I am a pie lover-pumpkin is my favorite.

+1 I am a follower of both -BLHmistress
+1 Twitter follower of both @BookLovershaway

+1 Retweeted!/BookLovershaway/status/42301608897417216

+1 Commented

Total 4

ladystorm said...

Sounds like a cool book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Paperback or Hardback Hot Seat question:

I am a paperback kind of gal.

What does a title tell me?
Sometimes the title can let me know what type of a book it is, though sometimes a title really doesn't have much to do with the actual content of the book.

I am already a follower: Ladystorm +1

I am following Dianne Duvall on her blog, facebook (Stormi Johnson) and twitter (ladystorm33). +1

I retweeted your tweet @ladystorm33

Total entries: 4

Scoot said...

Summer or Winter? Summer!! I love the warm weather. I am not a fan of being cold.

+1 RT:!/lll808/status/42173218672345088
+1 Blog follower

Total = 3

Thanks! seescootread[at]gmail[dot]com

winnie said...

High heels or flats? I'd pick high heels because I love pretty and elegant heels even though they kill my feet, lol.

+1 GFC follower

Total = 2


Dianne Duvall said...

♫♥LovLivLife Reviews♥♫: Aloha! Thanks so much for having me here! And I'm the same way. A title strongly influences whether or not I pick a book up to read the blurb.

JerseyGirl22: And if it's hot in your neck of the woods, you can have a pool party!

Jen: Me, too!

Cleverly Inked: I would love to know the stats on how much covers influence sales, because they are SO important. Glad you liked the character interview!

Tracy D (booklover0226): I agree. Glad to see you here!

LadyVampire2u: So true. You can always add more layers in winter. But there are only so many you can take off in summer . . . and still be uncomfortably hot!

Mocha ღ Latte: That's why I obsess so much over finding just the right title! :-)

Tore: Intriguing titles have helped me discover many new favorite authors! :-)

Virginia C: I'm glad my series has peaked your interest! Great response regarding titles. And I loved your Hot Seat answers . . . particularly the "Dog person owned by cats." :-)

.Ambur.: I like that titles can clue me in to the genre before I even pick up the book. I often go through "genre phases," in which I'll only read romances from one particular genre for weeks or months on end and will go to the bookstore looking solely for books that apply. :-)

BLHmistress: *big wave* That's why I try so hard to find the right title. It and the cover create a vital first impression.

ladystorm: True. Sometimes a title tells you nothing about the book. And sometimes a title tells you more about the series the book is a part of than the book itself. I've read books with titles that seemed to have nothing at all to do with the book, it's series or its genre, but it was intriguing enough that it compelled me to pick the book up and check out the blurb. :-)

Scoot: Summers are just too hot here, so I'm going with Sarah and Roland: WInter. :-)

winnie: LOL! If anyone ever manages to design ulra-comfortable high heels, he or she will make a fortune!

Linda Young said...

A title can tell me different things. sometimes, it is what grabs me first. Other times, it is clue that I will find once I get into the story. Sometimes, it is something totally different. It's all part of the joy of reading.

qladyhawke at gmail dot com

+1 RT @lll808
+3 Follow Dianne blog/FB/Twitter
with @qladyhawke

+1 comment
+1 Hot seat ?
+1 Follow blog
=7 points

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Don't enter me.. I just wanted to see the great Q&A! I still love that towel image at the beginning. ;)

Great job with this post! Loved it!

-petit said...

A title says a lot of things to me: What is the plot of the book, what genre and things like that, but I do believe that a cover says more things to me, that the title. :x

I RT your tweet (@petit_sayumi)
I follow Diane in FB (Debora Lima), Twitter (@petit_sayumi) and blog (-petit)
And I follow your blog :) (-petit)

Thanks for the giveaway! :D

Mariee said...

Super strength or super speed? Definitively speed.

+1 GFC follower.
+1 Follow Dianne on twitter
= 2

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Book Flame said...

For me a title of the book says a whole lot. It gives me insight on what the book may be about, and even at times the genre of the book. Not to mention besides the cover the title is the second thing that grabs my attention for me to go check out the synopsis of the book.

+1 following Dianne Duvall's blog
+1 added to facebook under aanchal gounder
+1 following on twitter under bookflamereview
+1 commented on review

buddyt said...

Hot Seat question: Cats or Dogs

I love both and in fact all animals but unfortunately I am very allergic to cats. I end up with itching all over, swollen sinuses etc., so I don't have any but I still end up petting friends cats and suffering afterwards !

Thanks for the giveaway.

+1 I am a Follower via GFC
+1 I have joined as a Follower on Dianne's blog.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Kaity said...

Favorite sing-in-the-shower-song?
I'm a huge dork. I catch myself singing songs from The Little Mermaid all the time. It's been at least fifteen years since I've seen the movie but apparently showering brings out my mermaid side. I'm a terrible signer too.

+1 Following Dianne on twitter (bittenbooks)
+GFC follower

(3 entries total)

Dianne Duvall said...

Linda Young: So true!

Melissa (Books and Things): Hi, Melissa! Thanks for stopping by!

-petit: The cover as a whole is definitely crucial to drawing the eye . . . which is why I was so thrilled when I saw the cover of Darkness Dawns for the first time! ;-)

Mariee: I want super speed, too. I could write sooooo many novels if I had that! :-)

Book Flame: That's why it takes me so long to choose one. I think the right title can make a huge difference in attracting readers. It certainly makes a difference to me when I peruse bookstore shelves.

buddyt: I'm an animal lover, too, and will feed just about anything that makes its way into my backyard. Sorry about your cat allergy. :-(

Kaity: Okay, since you confessed to singing Little Mermaid songs, I'll confess to singing . . . *sigh* . . . songs from The Pirate Movie. I haven't seen the film in years and don't know why those songs stuck with me but . . . they did.

donnas said...


The title can tell me a lot of the time whether I want to pick the book up or not. While that is not always the deciding factor and doesnt mean I will read it. It is usually what grabs my attention first. And hopefully it gives me a clue as the genre of the book I am looking at.

+1 blog follower
+1 tweet -!/DonnaS1/status/43543925373419520
+1 follow Dianne's blog
+1 sent a friend request on FB - Donna S
+1 twitter follower
+1 commented on your review

total - 7

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Katrina W said...

Ok... So for starters ,, I like dogs, to swim in the pool, hardbacks they are more durable, coffee, No interest in acting singiing or dancing lol.. i have two left feet,I love vamps, and to have super speed ;) ** faster housework ** I love winter- snuggling, i wear briefs :) and I like to wear flats ;) ** that was fun ** so ok,,, the good stuff. I already follow

Dianne on twitter I am run_with_wolves +1

I follow her blog
and facebook under Katrina whittaker
I follow you
Have re tweeted the comp under run_with_wolves ;)
Commented on review +1

6 big points all up .. thanks for making the comp worldwide ;)

Mary said...

I think a title and picture tells a lot about the book. If the title grabs you most times the book will also. If it's combined with a good and relevant picture well that's usually a book you don't want to put down.

Thanks for the giveaway.

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Twitter name is @sweepingme


Dinda said...

High heels or flats?
definitely flats

+1 retweet this giveaway
+1 Follow you via Facebook (Dinda Lestarini)
+1 Follow this blog

Total = 4

Dianne Duvall said...

donnas: I hope you like Nietzsche, Roland's cat. He isn't a major player, but likes to grab attention whenever he can. :-)

Katrina W: Thanks for entering the contest and answering the Hot Seat questions. (I have two left feet, too.) :-)

Mary: Exactly! Thanks for entering the contest!

Dinda: I favor flats, too! :-) Thanks for stopping by!

JessS said...

High heels or flats?
Flats, I'm way more of a sensible shoe person.

I like to think the title doesn't mean too much to me but if a books got a really cool one it would make me want to read it a little more.

latishajean said...

Summer or winter I like warm but as long as I have a warm blanket and good book I can put up with cold :) Cats or Dogs big cat lover grew up with them had the same cat all my childhood lived 21 years.
I love the cover of this book I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the great giveaway!
+1 GFC follower/latishajean
+1 Follow Dianne Duvall twitter
+1 follow on facebook/latisha D

Diana said...

Coffee or tea?
Coffee(I'm addicted to coffee)
I am a follower of both via GFC as Diana
I commented on review

Total: 4

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Gian Faye said...

Note: I have to delete my previous comments because I just read that I should add the total entries in one comment. Apologies!

Coffee or Tea? +1

Coffee. :) I don't know why. I also love tea (green tea) but I love coffee more.

Retweeted by @gianfaye +1

GFC Follower +1
Followed Miss Dianne via GFC +1
Followed her via Twitter +1

Total entries = 4


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Laura H. said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

+1 I would have to say I'm one of the few who prefers paperbacks. IMO they are easier to hold, lighter to carry and cheaper! But I just got a Kindle last week so my preference may change. :-)

+1 Tweeted giveaway:!/MamaHendo3/status/48068011910905856

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+1 Already follow your blog via GFC (Bornajhawk).

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Meredith said...

Summer or winter?

Neither...fall or spring when the temps are more reasonable!

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FB Fan of Dianne
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♫♥LovLivLife Reviews♥♫ said...

This giveaway has ended. Thank you Dianne for a fun Book Tour.

I'm going to make my way through the comments and tally entries. In the meant time.... Happy St. Pat's everyone!!

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