Monday, February 14, 2011

Guest: Dianne Duvall

Please welcome Dianne Duvall to the hot seat on this day of sparkly hearts and smirking vampires!  Dianne will give away a copy of DARKNESS DAWNS to one lucky commenter, so share the Valentine's Day love with her!  [winner announced after Wednesday]

A Vampire Valentine?

Ahh Valentine’s Day.  A time when bunches of fragrant flowers flourish everywhere the eyes turn and greeting card aisles fill with mortified men who look longingly at the “funny” cards even as they reach for the “mushy” ones.  Tiny pastel colored candies boast cutesy phrases like “I ♥ you” and, for me, bring back childhood memories of painstakingly constructing Valentines using construction paper, crayons and glue.  Popular treats that normally aren’t pink or red suddenly become so.  As I watch men congregate around chocolate candy displays to ponder whether they should buy the rectangular box with the big red bow or the heart-shaped one, I can’t help but wonder how the immortals in my new Immortal Guardians series might approach the holiday.

The vampires in my series certainly wouldn’t celebrate it.  The virus that infects them and lends them their vampiric qualities -- increased strength, speed and accelerated healing -- damages their brains and rapidly drives them mad.  So the most they would do is take advantage of couples’ distraction on the holiday and prey upon them.  Immortals are infected with the same virus, but possess advanced DNA that mutates it and protects them from the virus’s more corrosive aspects.  Nevertheless, most would ignore Valentine’s Day as they tend to eschew immortal/human relationships.  (Such never end well.)  So they would probably spend the night as they usually do:  hunting vampires.

A year ago Roland Warbrook, the immortal hero of Darkness Dawns -- the first book in the Immortal Guardians series -- would have sneered at Valentine’s Day.  And he, too, would have spent the night hunting.  Having twice been brutally betrayed by women he loved, nearly losing his life both times, he hasn’t pursued a romantic relationship in centuries.  Then Sarah Bingham plows into his life, rescues him from vampires and minions bent on his destruction and . . . everything changes.  Suddenly he’s laughing again.  Teasing and being teased.  Battling an insatiable curiosity about her coupled with a fierce desire as he succumbs to that elusive emotion love.

Now Roland is seriously rusty when it comes to interpersonal relationships of any kind.  But he has two things going for him:  his desire to keep Sarah safe and his desire to please her.  So I suspect Roland would spend weeks puzzling over what he should do to make her Valentine’s Day a special one.

He’s an excellent cook, so a candlelit dinner would be first on the list, boasting all of her favorite foods in warrior-sized quantities.  A box of her favorite organic chocolates would follow.  Because Sarah is a plant lover, Roland would forgo the dozen roses and instead present her with a dozen rose bushes or, better yet, exotic flowering plants he spent months coaxing from seed.  He might even sheepishly offer her a greeting card it took him hours to choose . . . a radical change from previous Valentine’s Days and one his fellow immortals wouldn’t believe even if they witnessed it firsthand, considering his irascible reputation.  Roland is, after all, most often described as antisocial.

If you’d like to see how Roland and Sarah meet, an excerpt is available on my website:

Darkness Dawns Blurb

In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts . . . where passion can last forever, if you're willing to pay the price . . .

Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her  students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a  wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle  between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also  need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most  compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his  desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control . . .

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible -- when it mean forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect.

Question:  What paranormal romance hero would you most like to see attempt to woo his heroine on Valentine’s Day?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Dianne Duvall

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jeanette8042 said...

I would love to see Curran woo Kate on Valentine's Day (from Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series)!


Kirsten said...

Love to see Shannah's special Valentine with her hubby Ronan, from Amanda Ashleys: Dead Perfect. They make the greatest couple.

SandyG265 said...

I have to second Curran and Kate.

sgiden at

Dianne Duvall said...

jeanette8042 and SandyG265: I haven't read this series, so you've peaked my interest. I'll have to check it out!

Kirsten: Great choice! Thanks for dropping by!

tetewa said...

Riley Jensen and Quinn from Keri Arthur's series!

booklover0226 said...

Zsadist and Bella from J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood Series.

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Spav said...

Adam and Mercy from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.


Dianne Duvall said...

tetewa: Another great choice!

booklover0226: Ooh. Zsadist and Bella's story is one of my favorites. I'd love to see Zsadist woo Bella on Valentine's Day!.

Dianne Duvall said...

Spav: I'd like to see that, too!

Diane said...

Raphael the Archangel and Elena from Nalini Singh's Angel series!

Denise Vega said...

Quinn & Riley from Keri Arthur's Riley Jenson Guardian Series

Katrina W said...

Eric and sookie ;) it has been a whirlwind ... they have been through thick and thin and i think Eric being like he is could be quiet the romantic.. Fairy and vampire what a cute combo !!! and sizzlin hot !!

Barbara E. said...

I'd like to see Jeaniene Frost's Bones woo his lady Cat on Valentine's Day.


donnas said...

Wow, lots of great choices already mentioned. Im going to have to agree with the above about Cat and Bones and Curran and Kate.

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