Friday, July 6, 2018

Blog Tour: Awaken the Darkness by Dianne Duvall

Author: Dianne Duvall
Publisher: Self
Date of publication: July 10, 2018

He awakens encapsulated in dirt with no knowledge of how he came to be there. Riddled with injuries, he can remember neither his past nor who he is. Nor can he remember what he is. But surely no mortal man could survive being buried deep beneath the earth. All he knows with certainty is that the soothing voice and presence of the woman moving around above enables him to endure the agony of his wounds. And he will do whatever it takes to be with her.

When Susan first sees the old two-story house for sale, such warmth and longing fill her that—against all reason—she makes an offer. It will take years of hard work and money she frankly doesn’t have to fix up the place. So she can’t explain why she bought it. She also can’t explain what compels her to spend hours one night, digging in the basement until she unearths a man. A man who still lives and breathes despite having been buried alive. A man whose intense brown eyes glow amber with pain, declaring him far more than ordinary. Susan knows she should keep her distance. He has no memory and possesses gifts that would make most fear him. But as the two work together to unravel the mystery of his past, she finds herself drawn in by his teasing nature and tender touch. So much so that she loses her heart to him even as they find themselves hunted by unknown enemies who are ruthless in their quest to capture them.

My thoughts:

Awaken the Darkness is the latest installment in the Immortal Guardians series.  And just like all of the other ones that I have read, I loved it.  This is Stanislov's story.  If you haven't read the series up to this point, make sure to read the prologue.  It will catch you up a bit.  Stan has been missing form the group for two years and feared dead by his friends.  I loved finally finding out what happened to him.  Thank you to the author or bringing him back!

 I'm not going to spoil where he has been, so you'll have to read how Susan rescues him.  It's a shorter book than others in the series and one I devoured.  I loved Susan and Stan together.  I can't wait to see more of them in the next book.  It can't come fast enough....who is it going to  feature?  I'm dying to know!  I love this series and highly recommend it!

Enjoy this special post from the author, Dianne Duval:

Hello! Thank you for joining me. I’m thrilled to be here, celebrating the release of AWAKEN THE DARKNESS. If you like powerful preternatural heroes who adore strong women, kick-butt action scenes that will keep you flipping pages well past your bedtime, and romance that is alternately steamy, tender and laced with humor, then I think you’ll enjoy this book.

Today I thought I would whet your appetite for Stanislav and Susan’s story and give you a glimpse of what you’ll find in my Immortal Guardians series if you’re new to it (don’t worry—each book can be read as a stand-alone, you’ll just know more about the secondary characters if you read them in order) by sharing some of my favorite quotes from it. I’ll preface them by mentioning that Susan is telepathic.

Top 5 Favorite Quotes from Awaken the Darkness

Several minutes passed while he stroked her hair and held her close despite the pain it caused. She was petite and looked as though she only weighed about a hundred pounds. After spending all damned night digging his sorry ass up, no wonder she’d passed out.

“I haven’t seen it yet,” she mumbled against his neck as consciousness returned, “but I’m willing to bet your ass is actually quite nice.”

Startled laughter escaped him, inspiring another groan. “Don’t make me laugh. It hurts too much.”

“Sorry. I couldn’t resist.”

Before she could change her mind, she crossed to the bed, slipped beneath the covers, then looked at him expectantly.

“Where’s Jax?” he asked, unmoving.

“Downstairs. He likes to sit on the ottoman at night and watch out the back window for raccoons and opossums. Why?”

“He’s the only chaperone available to us.”

She grinned. “And you think he’d object to your trying to cop a feel?”

He smiled. “Maybe not. But a dog staring balefully at me from across the room might
dampen the temptation somewhat.”


He winked. “Just wait until I confirm I’m not married. Then I’ll take flirting to a whole new level.”

“Hell yes, you will,” she declared.

He laughed.

If we find out you’re single, I might hit you up for a nice long massage. 

He cursed when his body immediately responded to the image of her naked and laid out before him, waiting for him to run his hands all over her body. Now who’s flirting? 

Ooh, she purred. That’s so cool. Even in your thoughts, your voice deepens and gets all growly when you’re turned on. Before he could respond, she made a sound of impatience. Damn it. Now I’m turned on. 

He laughed, delighted that she inspired him to do so even in such grim circumstances.

 “Maybe I’m someone who simply found something that doesn’t belong to her.”

I belong to you, Stanislav couldn’t resist countering.

Her lips twitched as she rounded the driver’s door and cautiously walked forward. Let’s just make sure you’re single first, cowboy.

Available for pre-order:


The Immortal Guardians Series:
Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians, #1) —
Night Reigns (Immortal Guardians, #2) —
Phantom Shadows (Immortal Guardians, #3) —
In Still Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #3.5) —
Darkness Rises (Immortal Guardians, #4) —
Night Unbound (Immortal Guardians, #5) —
Phantom Embrace (Immortal Guardians, #5.5)
Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians, #6) —
Blade of Darkness (Immortal Guardians Book 7) —

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About the author:

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

For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit You can also find Dianne online . . .


Author's Taproom said...

Thank you for the wonderful review, Kari. So glad that you enjoyed AWAKEN THE DARKNESS. I hope that your readers enjoyed Dianne's favorite quotes from the book as well. AWAKEN THE DARKNESS releases next week, July 10th. Happy reading!

Debra-Ann Kummoung said...

Super excited for this next book. Thanks, Dianne for creating such a wonderful collection of heroes/heroines and the people who love them.

Rachel Richardson said...


Linda Townsend said...

Thank you, Dianne, for your books! They've given me many hours of enjoyment!

Unknown said...

Really excited for this book

Rachael said...

I've been waiting for this book! So excited and I'll be up all night reading it!

Buffy Kennedy said...

Awesome quotes, I can't wait for the book!

lynnb said...

I too love this series it is so exciting. It has it all strong men and women , romance, Suspence, love, friendship

Michele said...

Really excited..cant wait..