I’m delighted to welcome Diane Duvall back to the blog to celebrate the release of NIGHT REIGNS, the second book in her increasingly addictive Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series. In my review, I described the series as having, “Complex and captivating mythology, strong and sexy supernatural alpha males, smart and resourceful women, and stories that capture all the dark and dangerous moments that bring them together.” Thanks to Dianne, one of you will win a signed copy of NIGHT REIGNS. Details below.
Get to Know the Immortal Guardians Crew 6
Thank you, Abigail, for welcoming me back to All Things Urban Fantasy! And thank you for the fabulous review! I’m very excited to be here today, celebrating the release of Night Reigns, the second book in my Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series.
I’ve sprinkled my blog tour with character interviews to give visitors a glimpse of the Immortal Guardians crew. Once more Sheldon, one of the immortals’ Seconds (a human assistant or guard who aids immortals), has volunteered to pose the questions. Today’s guest is a favorite of readers: Seth, the leader of the Immortal Guardians. He was interviewed once before, but had to leave before it concluded. 🙂
In case you’re new to my series, I’ll just take a moment to explain that the vampires and immortals in my series are both infected with a rare symbiotic virus that produces the increased speed, strength, and regenerative properties, as well as the photosensitivity and need for blood, that both possess. Vampires are humans who have been infected with the virus. They suffer brain damage that causes them to rapidly descend into madness. Immortals are gifted ones, men and women born with advanced DNA, who have been infected with the virus. Their advanced DNA protects them from the madness and bestows upon them special abilities that help them as they hunt the maddened vampires who prey upon humans.
On to the interview:
Sheldon: Thanks for sitting down with me for another interview, Seth.
Seth: No problem. The last one ended precipitously.
Sheldon: Did everything go okay in Germany?
Seth: It did.
Sheldon: Glad to hear it. Now. Last time we talked, I asked you who you would want to be the leader if you were to step down. But I forgot to ask . . . Has anyone ever challenged you for leadership of the Immortal Guardians or tried to force you to step down?
Seth: *laughs* No.
Sheldon: Are you laughing because you’re so powerful that no one could defeat you?
Seth: While that’s true, I was actually laughing, because . . . who would want the job? I love each and every one of the immortals–
Sheldon: Even Roland?
Seth: *still smiling* Even Roland. But they require much of me. And watching over them is a neverending task. I don’t know from one day to the next where I will seek my rest. I have no downtime. No days off. And sometimes go for days without sleep.
Sheldon: I never thought of it like that. You don’t have a Second, do you?
Seth: No. I don’t need one. I’m old enough and powerful enough that I can walk in sunlight without suffering any ill effects. David can withstand a few hours, but even he benefits from having Darnell for a Second.
Sheldon: Will you assign Roland a Second now that he and Sarah are together?
Seth: No. Roland wouldn’t agree to welcome a stranger into his home before. He’s doubly committed to refusing one now that he worries over Sarah’s safety.
Sheldon: Do you think Roland and Sarah will be together for the long haul?
Seth: Absolutely. Sarah makes him very happy.
Sheldon: I have noticed him smiling quite a bit.
Seth: As have I.
Sheldon: It’s actually kinda creepy.
Seth: *laughs* Well, get used to it. He promised Sarah he’s going to try to be less anti-social in the future.
Sheldon: That’s even scarier. So, has any immortal ever rejected your leadership?
Sheldon: Was it Roland? It was Roland, wasn’t it?
Seth: No, it wasn’t Roland. Roland was happy to see me after his transformation. He was concerned he might harm his children and was glad I was there to aid him in adjusting to his new life.
Sheldon: Then, who was it?
Seth: There have been a few over the millennia. Men who were leaders themselves as mortals and found it difficult to suddenly have to report to someone else.
Sheldon: What did you do?
Seth: *dark smile* convinced them it would be unwise to cross me.
Sheldon: *swallows* So, what about refusing to follow an order you give? That ever happen?
Seth: Every time I sent Roland a Second. He absolutely refused to trust a human guard. Marcus didn’t exactly welcome Ami as his Second either.
Sheldon: David, Roland, and Sarah seemed to think Marcus wouldn’t be able to scare Ami off if he tried.
Seth: They were right. Ami may appear small and fragile. But she can kick some serious ass.
Sheldon: Mortal ass maybe.
Seth: Haven’t you heard? She’s bested a couple of the younger immortals in sparring matches.
Sheldon: *stares* Ami?
Sheldon: Tiny, shy Ami? With the red hair and pretty green eyes?
Seth: Don’t be fooled. Beneath that shyness, she’s stubborn as a mule and wickedly proficient with both guns and blades. I’ve given her a job to do and she’s going to make damned sure she does it. Whether Marcus likes it or not.
Sheldon: So this could actually get interesting.
Seth: Especially since Marcus has a deep abiding respect for women and a particular fondness for strong women. *frowns* Wait.
Sheldon: Dude. Do you think he might fall for her the way Roland fell for Sarah?
Seth: *furrowed brow* Nnnnnno. I don’t– *cell phone buzzes* Hold on. I have to take this. Do? . . . Ble? . . . Sut drwg? . . . Rwyf ar fy ffordd *puts phone away* I have to go.
Sheldon: Yes, sir. Thanks again.
Seth: You’re welcome. *vanishes*
If you’d like to find out what happens when Ami is chosen to serve as Marcus’s Second or would like to know more about the Immortal Guardians crew, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Night Reigns!
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, was released on February 1, 2011, courtesy of Kensington (Zebra Imprint). It has received many 5-star reviews and was deemed a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews and a Best Book by Long and Short Reviews. Darkness Dawns also won first place in the2009 Indiana Golden Opportunity contest, then was chosen as the Best of the Best. Night Reigns, the second book in the series, is scheduled to be released on December 6, 2011.
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Ami isn’t much for trusting strangers. She has a hard time trusting anyone. But she’s no coward, and she’s no pushover in the protection department either. So when she comes across a mysterious warrior taking on eight deranged vampires on his own, she doesn’t hesitate to save his bacon. Of course, that was before she realized what one little rescue would get her into . . .
Marcus Grayden has been an immortal protector of humanity for eight hundred years, and at the moment he’s not interested in backup. From the moment Ami arrives in his life, he can’t deny that she’s strong, smart, and extremely skilled at watching his back. But she’s also destroying his protective solitude and stirring desires he can’t bear to awaken. After all, whatever her secrets — how can she defeat death itself?
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