Monday, May 25, 2015

Guest Post: Dianne Duvall, Author of A Sorceress of His Own

We are really excited to have back with us, author Dianne Duvall.  She joins us today with a guest post as she promotes the first book in her new series, A SORCERESS OF HIS OWN.  Make sure to come back on June 4 for my review on the book!

Publisher: Self
Date of publication: June 2, 2015

From the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Immortal Guardians series comes an enchanting new series full of romance, danger, and loyalty: The Gifted Ones

Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.

For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon's side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed—or cursed—with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.

All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon's life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything—even the wrath of his king—to be with her.

Thank you for joining me today!  And thank you, Kari, for letting me visit From the TBR Pile again!  I’m very excited to be here today, celebrating the upcoming release of A SORCERESS OF HIS OWN, the first book in my new series The Gifted Ones.

If you’ve ever wondered what inspired my Immortal Guardians series (paranormal romances that feature powerful immortal warriors and kick-ass heroines, action, passion, and some laughs in between), this book, A SORCERESS OF HIS OWN did.  I actually wrote it before I wrote DARKNESS DAWNS, the first book in my Immortal Guardians series.  And, thanks to the what ifs the characters and ideas in it prompted, moved on to create my Immortal Guardians series.

But I couldn’t forget Dillon and Alyssa’s story.  So—inspired by the many readers who have written, asking when A SORCERESS OF HIS OWN would be released—I decided with much excitement to self-publish it as the first book in The Gifted Ones series.

Launching a new series while continuing my Immortal Guardians series has presented a number of fun challenges.  It helps that there is some crossover between the two series.  Both contain gifted ones:  men and women who were born with extraordinary abilities.  In the case of Alyssa, the heroine of A SORCERESS OF HIS OWN, those abilities inspire fear in others and compel them to label her a sorceress.  Interestingly, the historical research I did while writing A SORCERESS OF HIS OWN aided me in creating more realistic characters in my Immortal Guardians series, because Roland (the hero of DARKNESS DAWNS, Immortal Guardians Book1) and Marcus (the hero of NIGHT REIGNS, Immortal Guardians Book 2) were born in 11th century and 12th century England.  You’ll actually see Marcus as a teenaged squire in A SORCERESS OF HIS OWN, because it takes place before he was transformed into an immortal.  J

I think the biggest challenge for me has been shifting from one time period to another.  While The Gifted Ones series will eventually span multiple eras (the Spring 2016 sequel, RENDEZVOUS WITH YESTERDAY, will be a time travel romance), A SORCERESS OF HIS OWN takes place in 12th century England.  So the language used in dialogue has more of a medieval feel to it.  And I had to be careful in narration to avoid words that weren’t used until well after the 12th century, to continue to cultivate that historical feel.  So moving back and forth between working on my latest contemporary paranormal book and working on the historical took some adjustment.

Another challenge, of course, is enticing fans of my Immortal Guardians series into giving the new series a try.  I hope the fact that Marcus, Seth, and Roland (all characters found in my Immortal Guardians series) make an appearance in A SORCERESS OF HIS OWN will help on that front.  :-)   I’m also hoping historical romance fans who have never read my Immortal Guardians books will be tempted to read the new series.  I’ve always loved Dillon and Alyssa’s story.  Both have lived somewhat isolated existences, their fearsome reputations keeping others at bay.  So I enjoyed “watching” the two find friendship, passion, and love with each other as they battled the despicable enemy who rises up against them.  A love so deep they will even defy their king to be together. 

I hope readers will enjoy their story as much as I enjoyed writing it.  :-)

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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.

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Author's Taproom said...

Thank you for hosting Dianne today and I hope that you enjoy A Sorceress of His Own (June 2nd)! :) ~Crystal @ Author's Taproom

Unknown said...

It's eating my comments But that sounds like a awesome read

Dianne Duvall said...

Thank you, Heather! And thanks for joining us! :-)

Racheal said...

The book sounds so awesome I had to preorder it. Smiles *)

Raven Rose said...

I'm excited to see some of the Immortal Guardians make appearances in this new series. I had already pre-ordered before knowing this so that's a bonus. I love Dianne's IG series and look forward to much more from her.

Unknown said...

The cover draws me. Looking forward to read how Seth relates to this story. He is one of my guardian favorites.

Dianne Duvall said...
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Dianne Duvall said...

Thank you, Rachel, Raven Rose, and Janet! Seth, Marcus, and Roland have been with me for a loooooong time, so I hope you'll enjoy seeing them in a different environment. :-)

kimbers1701 said...

Can't wait for the new series!!! Love your work!

Unknown said...

I love your work. Your writing has captivated me from the first book of Immoral Guardians. I actually read them all several times while waiting for new books to come out by you.

Unknown said...

I Can't wait for this book Dianne!!!