Friday, August 28, 2015

Blog Tour: A Character Interview and Review of Shadows Strike by Dianne Duvall

Today, we are excited to have an interview with a couple of characters from Dianne Duvall's exciting series The Immortal Guardians.  They are here to help promote Dianne's latest book, Shadows Strike.  Enjoy it after my thoughts on the book.

Publisher: Kensington

Date of publication: August 2015

The Immortal Guardians protect the innocent in secret. Sometimes the secret gets out…

U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can’t guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.

Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she’s awake, she isn’t sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn’t trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that’s coming, it will take everything they have just to survive…

My thoughts:

I'm not even sure I need to write a review for this one because you all know what I will say already.  It's amazing, sexy, fast paced, and just plain fun! You know when I get a new book by Ms. Duvall, I am going to just devour it!  Shadows Strike was no exception. The story picks up about a year after the last book.  It was fast paced and full of twists.  

I loved Ethan and Heather together!  They were just too cute.  It was so fun to see Ethan finally find a love.  It's funny that Ethan kept saying that his gift was nothing special.  I thought it was pretty cool.  Imagine being able to remember everything and have the added benefit of not having your mind manipulated ever.  I'd say that was pretty cool.  I also loved seeing Adira interact with the warriors.  She is too cute.  I can't wait to watch her grow up!

All I can say about this book and series is go buy it and read it!  You won't be sorry!

An interview with Zach and Lisette:

Thank you for joining me!  I’m very happy to be here at From the TBR Pile, celebrating the release of SHADOWS STRIKE, the sixth book in my Immortal Guardians series.  For those who haven’t yet picked up a copy or who aren’t familiar with my series, I thought I would give you a glimpse of Ethan and Heather—the hero and heroine—and the rest of my Immortal Guardians crew in a character interview.  (Also, if you’re new to the series, don’t worry.  Each book can be read as a stand-alone.  You’ll just be more familiar with the secondary characters if you read them in order.)

Today 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 Zach, the dark and powerful winged hero of the last book (Night Unbound) and his heroine, Lisette.  Both play prominent roles in SHADOWS STRIKE.

Sheldon:  Thanks for agreeing to an interview, guys.

Lisette:  Of course.

Zach:  Why are we doing another one of these?  Did the last one not suffice?

Sheldon:  It, uh . . . it . . . sufficed.

Zach:  *arches a brow*

Sheldon:  Well, the whole purpose of these interviews is to make the humans down at the Network feel more comfortable around you immortals and you MIGHT have come across a little . . . scary in the last interview.

Zach:  To whom?  To you?

Sheldon:  Yes.

Zach:  You asked me if you could climb onto my back so I could fly you around like Superman.

Lisette:  *lips twitching*  I forgot about that.

Sheldon:  I asked you HYPOTHETICALLY how you would respond if SOMEONE were to ask you if he could do that.

Zach:  And I offered you an honest answer.

Sheldon:  *mutters something under his breath*

Zach:  I heard that.

Sheldon:  I know.  *raises his brows*  Any chance you’ll change your mind?

Zach:  *baleful stare*

Sheldon:  *shoulders slump*  Right.  What about shapeshifting?  Heather said you shifted into a HUGE lion in front of her.

Zach:  *exchanges an amused glance with Lisette*  Yes, I did.

Sheldon:  Will you do that for me?

Zach:  No.

Sheldon:  Spoilsport. 

Zach:  It’s not a parlor trick, Sheldon.

Sheldon:  That’s what David keeps telling me.  Come on.  I’ll bet Lisette would read my mind if I asked her to.

Lisette:  No I wouldn’t.

Sheldon:  *surprised*  You wouldn’t?  Why not?

Lisette:  Because I’ve read your mind before and there’s too much freaky stuff up there.

Sheldon:  Freaky how?

Zach:  *looks askance at Lisette*  Freaky sex stuff?

Lisette:  Yes.  A LOT of it.

Sheldon:  *grins unrepentantly*  That’s what Heather said.  I don’t see what’s so freaky about it.

Lisette:  Well, I’m certainly not going to explain it to you.  So shall we move on? 

Sheldon:  Fine.  What do you think of Heather? 

Lisette:  I like her.

Zach:  As do I.  I think she has handled her introduction into the world of Immortal Guardians, gifted ones, and vampires admirably.

Lisette:  *grins*  I think your shapeshifting might have thrown her a bit.

Zach:  *laughs*  Just a bit.  But she had already been through quite a lot by then.  And I think her passing herself off as a FACS specialist and earning a living using her gift was exceptionally clever.

Sheldon:  Okay, explain to me what exactly that means, because I don’t remember. 

Zach:  She tells the military and law enforcement agencies who enlist her services that she is using the Facial Action Coding System to determine whether or not someone is telling the truth.

Lisette:  So they think she’s studying minute changes in facial expressions when she’s actually reading minds.

Zach:  As I said, very clever.

Sheldon:  It is.  Most gifted ones hide the special abilities they’re born with for their own safety.  Yet she was able to find a way to make a career out of hers without falling under suspicion.  What do you think about her and Ethan getting together?

Lisette:  I think they’re perfect for each other.  She’s telepathic and—

Zach:  Ethan’s head is too hard to read.

Sheldon:  Why is it so hard to read his mind?  Even the elders can’t do it without causing him incredible pain.

Zach:  *shrugs*  Just not much up there to read, I guess.

Lisette:  *laughs and punches him in the shoulder*  Be nice.  *to Sheldon*  Ethan’s mind is just wired differently.  It has something to do with the gift he was born with.

Sheldon:  And what gift is that?

Lisette:  If you don’t know, you’ll have to ask Ethan.

Sheldon:  Oh, come on.  Why are you guys always so reluctant to tell me your gifts?

Zach:  Because you pester us for demonstrations when we do.

Sheldon:  *sighs*  You’re no fun.

Lisette:  *casts Zach a flirtatious glance*  Actually, Zach can be quite fun on occasion.

Sheldon:  Don’t flirt with him!  His eyes will start to glow and . . .  Ah, hell.  His eyes are glowing.

Zach:   *stares at Lisette with eyes that now hold a golden glow*  Sheldon . . .

Sheldon:  You’re going to ask me to wrap up the interview early, aren’t you?

Zach:  Why don’t we wrap this interview up early?

Sheldon:  I still have dozens of questions to ask you.

Lisette:  *strokes Zach’s face*

Zach:  Just what I was thinking.

Sheldon:  What was?  That I need to ask you more questions?

Zach:  I enjoyed it as well.

Sheldon:  You aren’t listening to a thing I’m saying, are you?  Enjoyed what?  The interview?  Wait.  Are you talking to me?  Or are you two doing the telepathic thing?  You aren’t feeling each other up mentally, are you?

Lisette:  Goodbye, Sheldon.

Sheldon:  *mutters as he rises*  And you think MY sex stuff is freaky.  *louder*  Just don’t get naked until I’m out the door.

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About the author:

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

For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit

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Blog Tour Schedule
August 11
Little Shop of Readers – Exclusive Excerpt
Diane’s Book Blog – Spotlight
August 12
August 13
Ramblings From This Chick – Exclusive Excerpt
August 14
KT Book Reviews – Exclusive Excerpt
August 17
E-Reading After Midnight – Spotlight
August 18
Taking It One Book at a Time – Author Interview
Addicted to Books – Exclusive Excerpt
August 19
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm – Exclusive Excerpt
TheSubClubBooks – Character Interview
August 20
Belle’s Book Bag– Chapter One
August 21
Buffy’s Ramblings – Review
August 24
August 25
Indy book fairy – Spotlight
Books and Things – Author Guest Post
August 26
Books-n-Kisses – Guest Post
Author’s Taproom – Exclusive Excerpt
August 27
Rabid Reads – Review
Bookgatherer – Chapter One
August 28
From the TBR Pile – Character Interview
a wife in progress – Author Interview
August 31
Monlatable Book Reviews – Spotlight
The Reading Cave – Favorite Shadows Strike Quotes
September 1
EBookObsessed – Author Interview
Cat’s Reviews – Spotlight
September 2
Reading in Pajamas – Review
September 3
Booklover Sue – Chapter One
September 4
Tome Tender – Review
Angel’s Guilty Pleasures – Author Guest Post
September 7
Books That Hook – Spotlight
Jeri’s Book Attic – Author Interview
September 8
Geeks In High School – Top 10 Immortal Guardians Quotes
Cocktails and Books – Review


AuthorsTaproom AuthorServices said...

I love Sheldon's interviews! :) Thank you for hosting Dianne today and for your wonderful review. I hope that your readers enjoy SHADOWS STRIKE - available now. Happy Reading ☺

Vanessa Hinman said...

Wonderful interview Sheldon :) Nailed it lol.

Ezinwanyi said...

Sheldon is so silly. He cracked me up with his porno comment in Shadow strikes. Perhaps Zach and Lisette should have interviewed him regarding the new allies they've acquired.

Peggy said...

Love these interviews! And I love how Sheldon is maturing in the books ;-) without losing how sweet and funny he is

Dianne Duvall said...

Vanessa Hinman: So glad you liked the interview!

Ezinwanyi: LOL! Sheldon is one of my favorite humans in the series. :-)

Peggy: So glad you like the interviews! I’m having a lot of fun with Sheldon. I’m even thinking about giving his own book or novella. :-)

Diana Tidlund said...

thanks for hosting Dianne on her tour!