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Guest Author: Dianne Duvall (Guest Post & Giveaway)

My guest today is paranormal romance author Dianne Duvall.  The first book in her new Immortal Guardians series, Darkness Dawns,  recently hit bookshelves on February 1, 2011.  Please join me in welcoming Dianne here today to Dark Faerie Tales. You can read an excerpt of the book here.

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Darkness Dawns.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

Dianne also have an amazing Kindle giveaway to celebrate the release of Darkness Dawn. Click here or visit her Contest page for details on how to enter.

Author Bio:

Born in Houston, TX, 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, is scheduled for publication in late 2011, courtesy of Kensington (Zebra Imprint). Darkness Dawns won first place in the 2009 Indiana Golden Opportunity contest, then was chosen as the Best of the Best. It also won second place in The Emily and fifth place in the Golden Acorn Excellence in Writing contest. The second book in the series has tentatively been scheduled for release in December 2011.

Dianne has completed two other paranormal romance novels that are stand alone 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.

When she isn’t writing, Dianne is very active in the independent film industry. She edits films, constructs movie trailers and designs movie posters. One of the short films she edited, a surreal drama, won an award at the Jamerican International Film and Music Festival. She also participates in preproduction 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.

Welcome Dianne!

Strong Heroines Ready to Meet the Paranormal Challenge

by Dianne Duvall

Heroines in paranormal romances generally tend to fall into one of three categories.  Some have been preternatural beings for centuries, if not millennia, and revel in the power and strength they wield.  Cocky and sure, they’re always up for a fight, suffer no qualms or second thoughts when it comes to destroying their enemies and rival alpha males in their determination to call the shots . . . or seduce.  These heroines don’t wait for heroes to fight battles for them.  These heroines instigate the battles themselves.  They also were fairly rare in the early days of paranormal romance, but have become far more prevalent today.

Other heroines are new to the preternatural state, either born into it and just coming into their powers or recently transformed.  These heroines are still adjusting to their new state of being.  They also often possess the same insecurities and uncertainties we humans suffer, but are no less strong than the heroines in the above category.  While challenge after challenge buffets them, often threatening their lives or the lives of those they love, these heroines hone their new abilities, toughen their resolve and come into their own in an impressive way, fighting side by side with the hero . . . even coming to his rescue.

And then there are the human heroines.  Frequently in paranormal romances, human heroines are thrust into the preternatural realm without warning and find themselves facing beings they thought only existed in fictional tales.  Lacking the power, speed and special abilities so prevalent in this frightening world, they are at a distinct disadvantage.  These ladies should by no means be considered weak, however.  As the story progresses and they adapt, they find within themselves previously undiscovered or unexplored sources of strength that can lead to them turning the tables and aiding paranormal heroes in defeating their enemies.

Sarah Bingham, the heroine in Darkness Dawns (the first book in my Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series), falls into the last category.  A music theory professor, she longs only for peace and quiet and plenty of relaxation at the end of a particularly stressful spring semester.  Instead, she finds immortal Roland Warbrook being tortured just before sunrise, rescues him and becomes the target of a vampire army bent on Roland’s — and the other Immortal Guardians’ — destruction.  Yanked out of her element, she doesn’t flounder in this new, terrifying world, but quickly rises to the occasion and displays extraordinary strength and valor.


Here’s a peek at her introduction to Roland:

EXCERPT

The trees weren’t as thick here as she had thought.  After just a few steps, Sarah stood at the edge (with any luck, still concealed by their branches) and peered anxiously into the next field.

A whiff of rank body odor struck her.

There were three men.  One, whose face was hidden from view, lay on the ground on his back, what she could see of him bare.  His arms had been pulled away from his sides and appeared to be held down by something she couldn’t glimpse through the tall grasses.  Closer to her, his ankles had been lashed together with . . . rope?  The weeds obscured them too much to tell.  But they, too, were held down, judging by the way his thigh muscles continually flexed and strained.

A blond in faded jeans and a yellow T-shirt straddled the man’s thighs, his back to Sarah.  A second with brown hair stood beside him, mostly turned away, gaping down at the naked man.

Though she only caught a quick impression of their faces, Sarah guessed the assailants were around twenty years old.

The blond suddenly raised both hands above his head, his fingers curled around the grip of a pocketknife, then slammed them down.

Thud.

The naked man jerked and grunted with pain.

The brunette yelled, “Dude!  Awesome!”

Sickened, terrified, trembling uncontrollably, Sarah stepped out of the trees, skulked forward and swung the shovel.

The blond looked up at his accomplice.  “You wanna–”

Thunk.

Yellow Shirt slumped sideways, hit the ground and lay still.

The second man gaped at his friend in stupefaction, then spun toward Sarah . . . just as she swung again.

Thunk.

Right between the eyes.

“Ow!”

Uh oh.

Staggering back a step, he swore profusely, blinked hard several times, then frowned.

Thunk.

That did it.  His pale eyes rolled back in his head as he sank bonelessly to the ground.

When Sarah turned her attention to the naked man, her stomach lurched and she thought for a moment she might be sick.

He had indeed been restrained.  Thick, rough rope stained with blood bound his ankles and had rubbed his skin raw.  A T-shaped metal spike as thick as her thumb had been driven into the ground between them, immobilizing him and cutting deep grooves into his flesh.  Identical spikes had been driven through the palm of each hand, pinning his arms to the ground.

It was as if they had wanted to crucify him but, lacking the necessary lumber, had staked him to the ground instead.

“Oh sh**.”  The whisper escaped her involuntarily.

If the stakes weren’t enough, two stab wounds marred his abdomen, courtesy of the blond.  Deep gashes, weeping copious amounts of blood, scored the man’s muscled arms, chest and legs.

As she fought back nausea, Sarah directed her gaze to his face.

He was perhaps in his mid-thirties and handsome, despite the clenched jaw and lines of pain that bracketed his mouth and eyes.  Short, jet black hair.  Matching brows.  Straight nose.  Piercing, dark brown eyes that caught and held hers as she unlocked her stiff limbs and forced herself to move forward.

You can visit Dianne around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Darkness Dawns.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

Are your favorite paranormal romance heroines human or preternatural?  Mortal or immortal?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Wednesday, March 2nd at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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38 Responses to “Guest Author: Dianne Duvall (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. BwyattNo Gravatar
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    The best heroines are mortal humans. But the sexiest badasses are usually immortal!
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  2. kristen my bookish fairy taleNo Gravatar
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    I love Cat from Jeanine Frost’s Nighthuntess series. There is nothing better than a female who can kick some serious a$$ lol! Great giveaway this book looks really good!

    moc.liamtohnull@lrugybab_netsirk

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  3. Karen WapinskiNo Gravatar
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    I usually like the supernatural heroines more because they are generally less reliant on the supernatural male to save them. That said, I do love a strong, smart human heroine too ^_^

    +1 question
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    +3 tweeted about contest here: http://twitter.com/Parakiss25

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  4. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    I love Cat and Bones as well as Elena and Clay. But if I could have them it would be either Larissa Ione’s Wraith, Gena Showlaters Maddox, or Sydney Crofts Creed. YUM! +1

    Am a follower +2

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Jovial_1/status/37918026158313472 +3

    This book sounds wonderful. And getting a thumbs up from Alexandra – YES!

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  5. marie beckNo Gravatar
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    that’s hard, I think I’ve only read where the heroine is human and the lover to be preternatural. Mortality I’m split on.

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    and tweeted: http://twitter.com/celtica82/status/37920119619321856

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  7. TracyNo Gravatar
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    I just read Darkness Dawns yesterday. I really Liked it. Just a note but I think Sarah’s gift (the one she ends up having) could have made an appearance somewhere. I don’t remember reading about her dreams. Even if she couldn’t interpret them. I can’t wait for the rest of the Immortals to have their stories! Keep up the good work.

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  8. TracyNo Gravatar
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    MY Favorite male paranormal male is Wrath from J.R.Ward Lover Mine and female would have to be any from Lara Adrain series.

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  9. TracyNo Gravatar
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    This too!
    http://twitter.com/#!/tracy516

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  10. Wendy MitchellNo Gravatar
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    The quality of the heroine determines the worth of a book as far as I’m concerned. I lone Apollymi from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s DH series. She is utterly ruthless when protecting those she loves and is totally comfortable being one of the baddest beings around. I generally don’t care for indecissive or passive heroines.

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  11. Wendy MitchellNo Gravatar
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    The quality of the heroine determines the worth of a book as far as I’m concerned. I love Apollymi from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s DH series. She is utterly ruthless when protecting those she loves and is totally comfortable being one of the baddest beings around. I generally don’t care for indecissive or passive heroines.

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  12. Donna/BLHmistressNo Gravatar
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    I love usually love the heroine that’s human but there as been a few where that the heroine was immortal(in the Dark Hunter series for example) that I loved so I would say I think it depends on the book.

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  13. KaityNo Gravatar
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    I tend to lean towards the human heroines for PNR. I enjoy seeing them become emersed in a new world with the hero. I especially love it when the book ends with them somehow becoming immortal though, I’m a sucker for everlasting love affairs.

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  14. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I tend to like heroines who are human, but at long as I like the heroine, it doesn’t really matter what she is. She can be either mortal or immortal, or mortal but becomes immortal later. As long as the story and character development is good, I will like the book!

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  15. lulilutNo Gravatar
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    +1 Are your favorite paranormal romance heroines human or preternatural? Mortal or immortal?
    I like my heroines (and heros) with a little something extra. It can make a story unusual in the telling when you don’t know everything until the author writes it. I like the unexpected and being surprised. So I like a combination of any of the four: human, preternatural, mortal and/or immortal.
    +2 I am a blog and twitter follower.
    +3 Tweeted the giveaway here: http://twitter.com/lulilut/status/37967450674827264

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  16. debbieNo Gravatar
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    I like them preternatural. I like it when they are a little different than everyone else, and I like them mortal.
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  17. Teresa WarnerNo Gravatar
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    Mine would have to be immortals! moc.loanull@914renraWt

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  18. Ammy BelleNo Gravatar
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    I like my heroines to be either – but I like a hero to be somewhat strange in some way. Vampire, ghost, whatever. I like it when he is somewhat held back like that. The heroine herself – as long as she is kick ass, I don’t mind a human or a super/peternatural one!

    Thanks!

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  19. Tracey DNo Gravatar
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    Are your favorite paranormal romance heroines human or preternatural? Mortal or immortal?

    +1 I like mortal human heroines who can kick butt and handle many types of weapons.

    +2 I’m a GFC follower (booklover0226) and I follow on Twitter (bl0226)

    I look forward in reading Darkness Dawns.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
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  20. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    My two favorite paranormal romance heroines are Jeaniene Frost’s Cat (who is mortal, but half vampire) and Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson (who is mortal, but supernatural).

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  21. Dianne DuvallNo Gravatar
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    Bwyatt: I do like to”watch” human heroines steal immortal heroes’ hearts and pose unexpected threats to immortal enemies.

    kristen: Heroines who kick butt rock!

    Karen Wapinski: For the longest time, supernatural heroines were pretty rare, I think because publishers and, perhaps, readers didn’t like seeing the heroine capable of easily overpowering the human hero. (One or the other was almost always human.) I rarely see that combo any more in paranormals. Usually if the heroine is supernatural the hero is, too. And Sarah, in Darkness Dawns, is definitely a strong, smart heroine!

    Viki S.: I like Maddox, too. That’s one of my favorite series!

    marie beck: I think I’ve only read a couple that were the other way around with a preternatural heroine and a human hero. I’ve read several in which both were preternatural, though, evening the playing field.

    Tracy: I’m glad you liked it!

    Wendy Mitchell: Passive doesn’t work for me either. I like strong heroines, human or preternatural, even when they’re ruthless. Sometimes ruthless is necessary. :-)

    Donna/BLHmistress: Nice to see you here! I like human heroines, too. It’s fun to see how they react to the preternatural beings and paranormal occurrences they must face. I also like the way the heroine being human can complicate the relationship that inevitably develops between her and the hero.

    Kaity: I totally agree. :-)

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  22. Dianne DuvallNo Gravatar
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    Amy: Great answer!

    lulilut: That’s what I love so much about paranormals. There are so many surprises!

    debbie: A preternatural heroine can certainly make things interesting. And can challenge the hero in a whole new way. :-)

    Teresa Warner: And immortal heroines come in so many forms today. :-)

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  23. Dianne DuvallNo Gravatar
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    Ammy Belle: I like the hero to be preternatural, too. If he’s human and the heroine is preternatural, the fact that she can overpower him with little effort tends to be a big source of conflict. At least it has been in the few I’ve read with that combination.

    Tracey D: Hi, Tracey! Thanks for dropping by!

    Barbara Elness: Preternatural and mortal is a great combination! :-)

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  24. Martha LawsonNo Gravatar
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    I like my heroines human and mortal! I like for them to transformed into whatever the hero happens to be.

    follow on gfc

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  25. ThrouthehazeNo Gravatar
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    +1 Most of my favorite heroines are mortal humans (or at least they start off that way).

    +2 follow here and on twitter @throuthehaze

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  26. MissieNo Gravatar
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    Preternatural immortals. The vampire craze hasn’t die down for me. I love vamps, and have for a long time. I love to read about their more sinister natures.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’m a follower.

    missie at theunreadreader.com

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  27. latisha depoortereNo Gravatar
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    I like heroines human and mortal but I like a hero to be vampires my favorite but like alot if their are strong badass and kickbutt! I really like Lara Adrains Vampires Great giveaway thank you.
    +2 GFC and twitter follower/latishajean
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  28. Maija from FinlandNo Gravatar
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    Just wanted to drop by and tell that I really liked your book. I look forward to reading more from you. So Marcus is next, right? And please please… write Seth’s story someday! :)

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  29. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    I think that the best heroines are spunky humans and the best heroes are kick ass paranormals (vamps, shifters etc.) I really can’t wait to read this book. It sounds fantastic. +1 for comment +2 for blog follower.

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  30. Susan BaxterNo Gravatar
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    My favorite heroines usually start off as a mortal. She meets a supernatural creature,who is hopefully tall,dark and a real macho type.And the heroine is no weak Wilma either,but a kick-butt type who can hold her own! Together, she and Mr. Supernatural take on the evil creatures,saving each other and humanity in the process. Somehow,our heroine also gets turned supernatural and she and her mate go onto to star in several more books,lol!

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  31. donnasNo Gravatar
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    They are really pretty much a mixture. Although a lot of the humans end up immortal before too long.

    follower of both

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  32. Andrea INo Gravatar
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    I tend to like them immortal.

    GFC follower 7 follow on twitter – @lillieblue613

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  33. MarieeNo Gravatar
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    Great excerpt! I’m definitively adding Darkness Dawns to my TBR list.

    +1 My favorites paranormal heroines are immortal.
    +2 twitter/blog follower
    +3 tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/marieimy/status/39381598340128768

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  34. AmandaNo Gravatar
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    I’ve read both human and paranormal I mostly like the ones that are human and mortal they are super courageous cause they can die at any time but still risk it all.
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  35. Danielel GormanNo Gravatar
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    Honestly I like both human and immortal. I think for me it just depends on the hero and where the story is going.

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  36. JennaNo Gravatar
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    Definitely human heroines and paranormal heroes. Since I’m a girl I can relate a lot more to the heroines when they are human. It makes it seem more “real” to me. I Loved Darkness Dawns by the way!!

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  37. Meredith MillerNo Gravatar
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    My favorite heroines are tough as nails mortal human females.

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  38. Kimberly BrasherNo Gravatar
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    My favorite paranormal romance heroines is human.

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