Friday, October 4, 2013

Review, Giveaway & Guest post: Darkness Rises by Dianne Duvall

We are so excited to have back with us, Dianne Duvall, as she promotes book #4 of the Immortal Guardian series: Darkness Rises.  She is sharing her top 10 quotes form the book.

Giveaway!!!!  Dianne has also generously offered is a copy of the anthology, Predatory, which features Richart and Jenna's story.  Just leave a comment below with a valid e-mail and tell share with us one of your all-time favorite quotes, either from a book or a movie. On winner will be randomly chosen.  This is open internationally and will close 10/10/2013.  Good Luck!

Publisher: Zebra
Date of publication: October 2013

Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her "special abilities" aren't much, but the plan is simple—she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it's bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He's a vampire, all right, but different. Mysterious. Handsome. And more interested in saving her skin than draining it.

Étienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years—long enough to know that Krysta is special. He can't stop thinking about her long legs, even more than her short swords. Then he discovers the vamps she's exterminating have friends in high places, and the Guardians are in danger too. He'll have to accept Krysta's help to save them. The stakes for a mortal are high. But the cost to his heart might be higher. . .

I'll start out by saying, this series just keeps getting better and better.  I know I say this every time, but I am so sad when I finish one of these books.  They just don't some out fast enough for my liking. Having to wait a year is agony!  

I loved Etienne and Krista.  As with the other Immortal couples, their fall for each other is effortless.  I think that is what appeals to me most about this series, there is minimal angst. I love that! Sometimes, I just want to see a couple fall hard and fast and admit it already!  These two are well matched.  Krista has been hunting vampires for years.  Because of that her ability and willingness to jump right into the thick of the fight was believable.  

Darkness Rises is essentially Etienne and Krista's story.  But there are a lot of other things going with other characters as well.  Ami is pregnant and that is causing all sorts of worries among those who care for her.  Lisette seems to have an admirer in Zach (whose origins are unknown) and someone is assembling para-military troops again to hunt vampires and immortals alike.  The books ends with some BIG questions.  I'm hoping Lisette's story is next!

I would recommend not starting with this book.  Because it is book #4, I felt like there was too much back story that one would need to know to jump into the book at this point.  So, start with Darkness Dawns.  Check out the Tour Schedule to see what other are saying!

Top 10 Darkness Rises Quotes

Thank you for joining me today!  And thank you, Kari, for letting me visit From the TBR Pile again!  I’m thrilled to be here, celebrating the release of DARKNESS RISES, Book 4 in my Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series.  There are so many things I love about paranormal romances, including those irresistible alpha males that tend to inhabit them.  There is quite a wide variety.  Some are tortured.  Some are light-hearted.  Some are reclusive.  Some fun-loving people persons.  Some are overbearing and dictatorial.  And some simply can’t resist a strong woman. 

Étienne d’Alençon, the hero of DARKNESS RISES, falls into the last category (although he can be a light-hearted, fun-loving tease at times, too).  Étienne has always admired strong women.  And he has made no secret of it throughout the series.  So when he sees Krysta Linz, a mere mortal, take on four vampires by herself, he is instantly intrigued.  How has this entrancing vampire hunter escaped the Immortal Guardians’ notice for the past six years?  How does she hold her own so well against psychotic vampires with preternatural speed and strength?  Unable to resist her lure, he endeavors to learn more about her and soon the sparks begin to fly as he struggles to convince her that not everyone with fangs and glowing eyes is her enemy.

To give you a glimpse of what you’ll find between the pages of DARKNESS RISES, here are my top ten favorite quotes from it:

Darkness Rises Favorite Quotes


“Sweetie, I’m not a flowers and chocolates kind of gal,” she said, leaning into him.  “Well, maybe the chocolate.”

“I was going to say.”

— Krysta and Étienne 

Krysta sighed.  She had been sure he was going to kiss her.

“I thought I would be pushing my luck if I did,” he murmured.

“Oh.”  She didn’t even care that he was reading her thoughts again.

“I also thought you might need a little distance.”

She fought the urge to laugh.  Their sides were glued together and his arm now rested across her shoulders, his fingers toying with her hair.

His lips twitched as he glanced at her from the corner of his eye.  “Note I said I thought you needed some distance.  Tonight I find myself needing the opposite, so this was my compromise.”

She smiled.  “I’ll take it.”

— Étienne and Krysta 

“Great.  There goes our security deposit.”

— Sean (Krysta’s brother) 

 “I like you more with every tidbit I learn about you.”
She smiled.  “You’re pretty likable yourself.”
“Now that you know I’m not a vampire?”
“You were likable even as a vampire.  It was very annoying.”
He laughed, flashing those pearly fangs.
— Ètienne and Krysta

“What makes you think you’ll see him again?”

“Oh, I’ll see him again.  He left me alive for a reason.  And I’m going to kick his ass until he tells me what it is.”

— Sean and Krysta 

Seth nodded.  “They’ll think I’m playing matchmaker.”

And playing favorites.”

“That’s ridiculous.”

“Exactly.  Everyone knows I’m your favorite and yet I remain distressingly unattached.”

Seth grinned.  “Angling for me to set you up on a blind date?”

“Hell, no.”

— Seth and David (the eldest Immortal Guardians) 


“There is no reason to feel embarrassed, Krysta.”

“Easy for you to say!  You weren’t caught mentally checking out my package!”

— Étienne and Krysta 

“Are you the one they call the Day Walker?”


“Why do they call you that?” another asked.

Seth glanced at Bastien, who clapped a hand to his forehead.  “Because I can walk in daylight,” he explained.


Okay, so he wasn’t the smartest kid Seth had encountered.  At least he wasn’t manic.

— newly turned vampires, Seth, and Bastien 

“Could I just say holy crap again?”

— Krysta 

Krysta looked at her watch.  “We still have a few hours of hunting left and nothing much is happening.  You want to make out a little?”

He laughed in surprised delight.  “You’re a saucy wench, aren’t you?”

“Hey, when I want something, I go for it.”

— Krysta and Étienne 

About the author:

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series.  Her debut novel, Darkness Dawns, was nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and for Best Paranormal Romance—Vampire by The Romance Reviews.  Other books in the series, including Night Reigns, Phantom Shadows, and the Predatory anthology, have been deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and Night Owl Reviews.  When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac not unlike the vampires in her novels.

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sin said...

I loved this book. Those quotes had me laughing all over again. Thank you for sharing your favorite ones Dianne.

Unknown said...

One of my favorite quotes in "Darkness Rises" - Chris Reordon to Seth and David:

"Admit it," Chris said. "You're both a couple of old farts who are technologically challenged".
"Admitted without shame."

LOL Seth and David are so powerfull that it's surprising theu are "technologically challenged".

Texas Book Lover said...

The first quote that comes to "Nobody puts Baby in a corner." Obviously from Dirty Dancing. I can remember quotes all day long when I am watching or reading but not just out of the blue.

I am currently reading Phantom Shadows and it is great so far!

Thanks so much!
mmafsmith AT gmail dot com

Stormy Vixen said...

It is hard for me to remember quotes from books, I am too busy enjoying the story. But I did love the one where Krysta said, "Easy for you to say! You weren't caught mentally checking out my package!" That one was cool. I love this series and I enjoyed Darkness Rises very much. Thanks for sharing the quotes and the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

I read so many books that I love, but when you ask the question about a mind goes blank. But this one comes to mind from Pretty Woman...
"What happens after the man rescues the princess?"
"She rescues him right back."
Congrats...Would love to win.

jmcgaugh said...
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Unknown said...

One of my absolute favorites is.

“I'm saying that I'm a moody, insecure, narrow-minded, jealous, borderline homicidal bitch, and I want you to promise me that you're okay with that, because it's who I am, and you're what I need.”
― Jeaniene Frost, Halfway to the Grave

and a favorite from one of my favorite books

“Beautiful, brave and possessed of violent tendencies. I like her.”
― Dianne Duvall, Darkness Dawns


jmcgaugh said...

Great excerpts; I look forward to meeting Krysta and learning more about Etienne.
jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

Dianne Duvall said...

sin: So glad you liked it! And I'm doubly happy it made you laugh!

Sonia Ferreira: Hi, Sonia! That one almost made it to the list. It's a favorite of mine, too. I'm glad you like it!

Texas Book Lover: I remember that one! I hope you'll enjoy the rest of Phantom Shadows!

Eva Millien: I'm so glad you enjoyed Darkness Rises! Thanks so much!

Brenda Rumsey: Blast from the past. :-) I remember that one!

Steph F.: I'm so glad you enjoyed Darkness Dawns! I've had Jeaniene Frost's series on my TBR list for the longest and can't wait to start it!

jmcgaugh: Thank you! I hope you'll like their story!