Interview & Giveaway: Dianne Duvall & win your choice of Immortal Guardians books

October 4, 2012 Giveaways, Guests 137

We are excited to have Dianne Duvall here today to talk about her sexy paranormal romance series Immortal Guardians as part of her PHANTOM SHADOWS blog tour.  In her reviews, Abigail said that, “Fans of J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series will love this new series about a dangerous group of Immortals who battle against vampires. PHANTOM SHADOWS, the third book in this series is out now from Kensington Publishing.

Thank you, Abigail, Julia, & Kristina, for letting me visit All Things Urban Fantasy!  I’m so happy to be here today!

ATUF: The mythology in the Immortal Guardians is fascinating.  Can you give us a quick breakdown how Immortals differ from vampires?

DD: Vampires and immortals are both infected with a very a rare symbiotic virus that first conquers, then replaces their immune system, lending them increased speed, strength, and regenerative properties, as well as an unfortunate photosensitivity and a need for blood.  Vampires are humans who have been infected with the virus.  They suffer progressive brain damage that causes them to rapidly descend into madness.  Immortals, on the other hand, are gifted ones, men and women born with advanced DNA, who have been infected with the virus.  Their advanced DNA bestows upon them special abilities – like telepathy, telekinesis, or teleportation – and protects them from the more corrosive aspects of the virus, so they don’t go insane.  Immortal Guardians have thus taken it upon themselves to hunt and destroy the vampires who prey upon humans.

ATUF: Bastian, the hero in PHANTOM SHADOWS was originally introduced as a villain.  Did you always know you were going to reform him?  Will he ever truly reform?

DD: I didn’t know, at first, that I as going to try to reform him.  My goal initially was simply to create a multifaceted villain readers couldn’t quite hate.  But he grew on me so much that I had to continue his story.  And readers ended up liking him so much that many mentioned hoping he would have his own HEA.  Will Bastien ever truly reform?  Not completely.  He’s too accustomed to being a leader himself and doing whatever he wants to conform.  Many an Immortal Guardians rule will be broken on his watch.  J

ATUF: So far, all of your heroes have been Immortals that fell for non-immortal women.  Do you have any plans to flip those roles in future stories?

DD: Such a story HAS been teasing my imagination and could possibly make an appearance later in the series.

ATUF: In most paranormal romance series, vampires are the heroes.  What made you decide to portray them the way you did?

DD: When vampires first hit the fictional scene over a century ago, they did so as villains.  Creatures who preyed upon the innocent.  Nasty individuals capable of truly horrific deeds.  I wanted to return vampires to their roots . . . with a twist.  I wanted their evil to be involuntary.  Once infected with the virus, even good human men descend into madness and become monsters.  So I hoped some readers might sympathize with them or pity them for their plight.

ATUF: If PHANTOM SHADOWS were ever made into a movie, who would your dream or, to keep things interesting, nightmare cast be?

DD: Since I do the independent film thing when I’m not writing, I tend to think about this a lot.  J  My dream cast thus far is:

Bastien:  Jake Gyllenhaal

Dr. Melanie Lipton:  Evengeline Lilly

Seth: Alexander Skarsgård

David:  Jason Momoa

Darnell:  Damon Wayans Jr.

Chris Reordon:  Ryan Reynolds

Roland:  Hugh Jackman

Sarah:  Michelle Monagham

Marcus:  Johnny Depp

Ami:  Milla Jovovitch

Lisette:  Angelina Jolie

Richart and Étienne:  Sam Worthington

ATUF: What other projects can we look forwarding to reading from you soon?

DD: I’ve written an Immortal Guardians novella entitled In Still Darkness that will be included in the Predatory anthology (May 2013) alongside stories by Alexandra Ivy, Nina Bangs, and Hannah Jayne.  It features Richart as hero.  I’m also currently working on Immortal Guardians Book 4 (September 2013), which will feature Richart’s twin Étienne as hero.

ATUF: What are some of your favorite titles/authors in the paranormal genres?

Fear the Darkness (Guardians of Eternity, #9)Last Kiss Goodnight (Otherworld Assassin, #1)The Lady is a Vamp (Argeneau, #17)

DD: I have SO many favorite authors, including Alexandra Ivy, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Linsay Sands, Lynn Viehl, Christine Feehan, J. R. Ward, and Kerrelyn Sparks to name a few.

ATUF: Finish this statement with as much/little detail as you like: You’ll like PHANTOM SHADOWS if you like…

DD: . . . strong, intelligent, courageous heroines, alpha male heroes with a soft side, villains you can’t quite hate, lots of action, passion, humor, and tender moments, and plenty of tall, dark, handsome immortal secondary characters.  🙂

ATUF: Thanks so much for stopping by Dianne.  Come back anytime!

Immortal Guardians Books 1 - 3

 Dianne Duvall Author Pic.jpgDianne Duvall is the award-winning author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series. Her debut novel Darkness Dawns has been nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance 2011 by RT Book Reviews, for Best Paranormal Romance – Vampire 2011 by The Romance Reviews, for Best Debut Book 2011 – Romance by The Romance Reviews, and for Best Book of the Year 2011 by Long and Short Reviews. Night Reigns, the second book in her Immortal Guardians series, has been declared an “utterly addictive” Top Pick by RT Book Reviews and has been nominated for Best Paranormal Romance 2011 by The Romance Reviews. It has been described as “intense, passionate and engrossing” by The Romance Reviews and as “a clever, unique, and brilliantly executed book” by Long and Short Reviews. Phantom Shadows, the third book in the series will be released in October 2012.

When she isn’t writing, Dianne is very active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.



Giveaway provided by Kensington Publishing
One signed copy of one book from Immortal Guardians series by Dianne Duvall

Phantom Shadows (Immortal Guardians, #3)


Available now from Kensington Publishing


Dr. Melanie Lipton is no stranger to the supernatural.
She knows immortals better than they know themselves, right down to their stubborn little genes. So although a handsome rogue immortal seems suspicious to her colleagues, Sebastien Newcombe intrigues Melanie. His history is checkered, his scars are impressive, and his ideas are daring. But it’s not his ideas that have Melanie fighting off surges of desire . . .

Bastien is used to being the bad guy. In fact, he can’t remember the last time he had an ally he could trust. But Melanie is different – and under her calm, professional exterior he senses a passion beyond anything in his centuries of experience. Giving in to temptation is out of the question – he can’t put her in danger. But she isn’t asking him . . .

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137 Responses to “Interview & Giveaway: Dianne Duvall & win your choice of Immortal Guardians books”

  1. daphne

    WOW If I had all those abilities I would travel the world and not only take out the vamps but do good in other areas as well, where needed, in and out quick, I do not like fame. But I do enjoy the buzz of being able to save mankind in small chunks.

  2. Kt.

    I’d find a way to make my family immortal first, then I would travel the world.

    • Dianne Duvall

      Immortality would be hard if your family couldn’t join you, something some of my Immortal Guardians learned the hard way. How great if they could be immortal, too. 🙂

  3. Laurie

    If I were immortal, I’d travel the world and learn all I could, then use that knowledge to help those who needed it the most. Thanks for the giveway.

  4. JenM

    If I were immortal, I’d study some other languages, then go back to school and become a doctor.

  5. cait045

    Your made the hottest dream cast! I would love to see them all together.

    If I were immortal I would change my favorite people/family so we could go do and see things we haven’t done but wish we could.

  6. Kerry

    If I were immortal – I would travel – probably tend to be an adrenaline junkie and just generally get in trouble 🙂

  7. Anne

    Being practical, I would do research and find out the best way to accrue money to pay for my immortal lifestyle. I’d also try to stay current and continue learning.

    • Dianne Duvall

      Fortunately, my immortals have a network of humans who build their wealth for them. 🙂 I would love to have time to learn everything I’d like to learn. 🙂

  8. Eric Townsend

    I think it would depend on what other, if any, abilities I had to go along with the immortality. Do I have any powers with which to help people? Or am I simply an immortal version of myself? If the latter I don’t know that I would change too much.

    • Dianne Duvall

      My immortals come with a wide range of abilities. Some can teleport. Some can shapeshift. Some can heal with their hands and are telekinetic. The older the immortal, the more gifts and power he or she possesses. 🙂

  9. Jennifer Demarais

    I would keep learing new stuff and try to help as many people as I could and do all I can to make the world a better place. I’d also have a lot of fun doing things I can’t now.
    As for the books, I am just now discovering them and can’t wait to read them!

  10. Rebe

    Honestly? I’d read a LOT of books! I probably still wouldn’t make a dent in my TBR list, lol.

  11. justpeachy36

    Hopefully find another immortal to spend my life with. It would be hard to not have someone by your side for eternity. Traveling would also be a given I think.

  12. Imel Cullen

    If I Were Immortal, I’m going to do the things I love, like travelling, around the world

  13. Heather Fowler

    Oh, WOW. Immortality? I would do SO many things — mostly having to do with traveling, immersing myself in other cultures, learning, and READING. Sometimes I lament all the thousands upon thousands of books I’ll never get to read in my brief lifetime. If I could live forever, I’d read as close to all of them as I could!

    I think it would be awesome to reinvent myself every once in a while as well.

  14. erinf1

    Thanks for a great post and congrats to dianne on the new release! Thanks for the giveaway!

    If I were immortal, I’d be able to finally read everything in my TBR pile and do the traveling that I want 🙂

  15. Amber D.

    Is this give-away international (mainly, up here in Canada).

    If I were immortal, I would travel so much and see the world. Be able to read everything I wanted to read, which still might be impossible even with immortality. But mostly, I am intrigued by these good looking immortal men…mwa ha ha ha.

    • Dianne Duvall

      LOL. And, if you were immortal, you would have plenty of time to pursue them! I’m glad they’ve caught your interest. 😉

  16. Chelsea Foust

    If I was immortal, I would spend much of my immortality helping others, maybe behind the scenes like research, or giving when in need but not telling them…

  17. Barb P

    Oh My! Too many things to list them all. Travel, going back to school etc! Although, being immortal sounds exciting, I think that it could be awful lonely. It would be great to be able to have my family immortal too. I am a huge fan of the series! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

    • Dianne Duvall

      Thanks, Barb! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series. I agree that immortality would be lonely without family. That’s why I decided to have Seth and David do whatever they could to create a family atmosphere among the immortals. I thought it would be too difficult without that.

  18. Chinyere Ezinwanyi

    If I were immortal, I would be a historian to document events so that knowledge isn’t lost over time. I mean, how is it we can’t duplicate the Pyramids in Egypt, but we are so much more advanced now.

    I would be the Keeper of Knowledge if I were immortal. Knowledge is Power

  19. Dusia

    If I were immortal, I’d read books, cos I love doing it – I hope they’ll get better and better each year 😀

    • Dianne Duvall

      LOL. That’s one of the many things the human network that works for the Immortal Guardians does, build their wealth for them while they’re busy hunting vampires. And it doesn’t hurt that some of the immortals can see the future. 😉

  20. Tobi H

    hmmmmm do I have super powers??? I have no idea! IS that bad???
    Thanks for the giveaway! <3

    • Dianne Duvall

      Immortality with no special abilities would be weird, wouldn’t it? I hadn’t thought of it really. My immortals all have special abilities like telekinesis, teleportation, shape-shifting, healing with the hands and the like. The older the immortal, the more varied and powerful the gifts. 🙂

  21. reading mind

    ruling the world is not an option, right? Okay, I’ll probably attend ALL the great universities and colleges around the world, acquire a great knowledge, write endless books

    • Dianne Duvall

      LOL. I don’t think I’d want to rule the world. Too much stress. Gaining knowledge and writing endless books sounds great, though. 🙂

  22. Iris P.

    If I was immortal I think I’d travel the world and try to do some good.

  23. anita clay

    I would try and help as many people as I could. I like the ideal of taking out the bad guys of this world and if I were immortal I would have the resources to do it.

  24. Jolene A

    First thing I would do is go skydiving 🙂 It’s always something I’ve wanted to do but have been way too scared

  25. Elizabeth H.

    Hugh Jackman as Roland?? I Like! I love this series! If I were immortal I would have enough time to read all the books I wanted!! And, do something good for humanity and such…but the reading books is number 1! Thanks for the chance to win!

    • Dianne Duvall

      I think those are the top two answers: Help people and read, read, read. I think we all have massive TBR piles. 🙂 I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series!

  26. Diane

    Live a long time!!! And hopefully do good deeds while I’m living.

  27. June M.

    If I were immortal I would travel and learn as much as I could. Doing these would help to keep you from getting bored with life and doing the same thing over and over.

  28. Erin Koiso

    If I were immortal – I would do whatever I wanted! Throw caution to the wind and just LIVE!!

  29. susan platt

    WOW, Immortal with powers?? Learn as much as I could to help the world, get rid of politians ( can I , Please??), travel the world, get rid of politians (did I already ask this?? please!), lots of reading and meeting new people.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  30. JenniferK

    I would travel the world and live in as many places as possible. I would also try to give back and help others as an immortal. Study to be a doctor or some career similar.

  31. Kai W.

    I would travel the world, go to the deepest part of the ocean, and fly into space.

  32. tiana

    If I were immortal I would learn to read my favorite classics in their original language. Having a working knowledge of what the characters on the page mean in ancient Greek. Being able to read in French. Wow! I can struggle through in Latin, but to understand it as clearly as English would be great. I don’t care if I ever learn to speak the hundreds of languages, I just want to read them.

  33. Barbara Elness

    I’d have a lot better shot at reading all the book I want to read if I were immortal. 😀 I think I’d study a lot, learning new things, and I’d find challenging projects to do, whether that was making something, helping someone, or what have you, it would make life more interesting.

  34. Natasha

    I would do more things that I love and travel. Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. nurmawati djuhawan

    if i were an immortal, i will looking for the other immortal like mo…i i have frieds (and lovers ? :p ) to company me…

  36. Lilian S

    If i’m immortal i will travel around the world, since i must not stay in one place for to lpng, and try to find my mate, so i not will be lonely in my immortal live

  37. Filia Oktarina

    If i’m immortal, i wanna travel around the world and build a library for my books collection. LOL!!

  38. anna

    Loving the cover on the new book!

    If I were immortal I’m assuming that calories no longer count. So I’d hunt down my favorite triple chocolate cake and have a huge piece. Or two. And pizza on the side. Then I’d start looking for a long forgotten property with an old mansion/castle to slowly start restoring since I’ll have forever I’d want to live somewhere off the beaten path. Then maybe I’d travel 😉

    Thanks 🙂

  39. Susan

    If I were immortal, I would travel and take the time to learn as much as I could.

  40. miki

    i would learn as many language as possible starting with the endangered one that way they would never be completly lost

  41. Karen Wapinski

    If I was immortal what wouldn’t I do? I would travel every square inch of this world, and maybe even get over my fear of space and one day go into it. I’d learn to cook with flavours from every culture in the world, and learn them in their homelands.

  42. Tracey D

    I would build homes in all the exotic places I have dreamed about and them READ, READ, READ!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  43. Gi Costa

    I would find a way to get filthy rich and go around the world trying to make it a better place.

  44. Joanne B

    I’d try to figure out a way to cure Cancer, stop wars, feed the poor, and in my spare time, I would read as much as I could.

  45. Lona Stringer

    I would make sure my Bff was with me and most likely cause some trouble somewhere, you can only travel so much before it gets boaring. Thx for giveaway

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  46. Texas Book Lover

    If I were immortal I’d want to travel…I never travel. Immortality would be a long time in one place.

  47. Sofija Kapranova

    I would learn to play piano. It is my dream and immortality gives plenty of time for this.

    • Dianne Duvall

      A little-known fact about me: I took eleven years of piano lessons. I love playing the piano, but rarely have time to do so anymore. I think one of the coolest things about being immortal would be having time to do all of those things you can’t now. 🙂

  48. Krissy

    I loved being able to see who you would cast as characters, there is always that thing between an author and a reader when picturing them in your mind. it makes me wonder if we see the same person or a whole other person. How fab!

    • Dianne Duvall

      Now, if I could just find a director, a producer, and the millions of dollars it would take to hire my dream cast . . . 🙂

  49. Damaris

    Try death-defying stunts. lol Test the limits of my immortality.

    • Dianne Duvall

      LOL. Someone else mentioned skydiving. It WOULD be nice not to have that pesky threat of death hanging over your head whenever you wanted to do something daring. 🙂

  50. Victoria Zumbrum

    I would find a soul mate and travel around the world.

  51. donnas

    I would set up things financially and get read to travel the world.

  52. Janie McGaugh

    If I were immortal, I think reading more and traveling would be at the top of the list. This all presuposes that I would have the money to do these things; after all, immortality doesn’t guarantee that you won’t have to work for a living (at least till you can build up enough money/assets to live off the earnings)!

    Diane, I enjoyed your books so much when I read them that I also bought the audiobooks! I’m looking forward to Phantom Shadows.

    • Dianne Duvall

      Thank you, Janie! I’m so happy to hear you liked them! I hope you’ll enjoy Bastien and Melanie’s story! I share your desire to travel and read more, as do many others it appears. 🙂

  53. Heather

    I would complete my bucket list, read,travel and make loads of money.

  54. Olivia Tan

    hmm, depend on what immortal i would be. if i become a vampire, make a lot of money and not worry again about my books wishlist and travel around the world, lol..

    thanks ^^

  55. eli yanti

    i love reading every one minds, so curious to know what they have in their brain 😀 or if i can see a vision, i hope i can help people 🙂

  56. Peggy

    I think if I was Immortal I would try to help people, travel and oh yea have to have the money cause I would need it to find others like me. I would also need it to keep away from all the Dr’s that would want to test me to see what I am lol .

  57. rosalina rusli

    if i were immortal… i don’t know what i’m gonna do,lol…
    i’d make my family immortal too,so i don’t have to be alone 🙂

  58. Jasmyn

    Build a huge library of books and set out to read all of them – I’d have plent of time right~

  59. Natalia J

    If I were immortal I would travel, learn and read. Always learning and hopefully make a difference in the world. 🙂

  60. DarkBloodyVamp

    If I were immortal I would live life. Do everything, learn about everything, travel the world and be a part of people’s lives.

  61. Kimberley C

    If I were immortal I would go back to school and learn as much as I could. i would travel and learn from other lands everything I could. I would try to live a good and honest life…I would buy a large house with a extremely large library for all the books I would collect.

  62. kyla whitley

    do what i’m doing now, just wouldn’t have to worry about growing old.

  63. Keslynn

    If I were immortal, I’d attend high school repeatedly and probably end up falling in love with a high schooler, despite huge differences in life experience. It’s what all the cool immortals are doing these days.