Monday, September 7, 2015

"Shadows Strike" by Dianne Duvall

Bestselling author, Dianne Duvall, returns with the sixth book in her exciting and addictive Immortal Guardians series - Shadows Strike!





Shadows Strike
(Immortal Guardians #6)
by Dianne Duvall
Paperback/eBook, 320 pages
Expected publication: August 25th 2015 by Zebra
ISBN 1420129821
The Immortal Guardians protect the innocent in secret. Sometimes the secret gets out…

U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can’t guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.

Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she’s awake, she isn’t sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn’t trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that’s coming, it will take everything they have just to survive…









Previous Books in the Series:





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.

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

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Interview with Dianne Duvall 



First I would like to say “Thank you Dianne Duvall” ! – Thank you for giving readers of paranormal books a reason to love this genre again. There are so many books out there, that just seem to all copy the same general ideas. However, the Immortal Guardians are different. I know I wrote in my review on “Darkness Dawns” that I was annoyed by all this healthy food, but even back then I knew I would pick up the next book because I felt this series would be different.

And it took me quite a while… to be precise until Zach was sitting on that roof with my ever famous Lollipop, that I noticed what you did. You managed to sneak in all those other “Beings” that no one ever would have suspected to find in a Vampire novel. This was an amazing job and I cannot tell you how much I look forward to reading many more of these novels. 

Which brings me to my questions (you have any idea how hard it is to just pick 5 – when I have like at least 10 for each book floating in my mind?)



1) Everybody loves a certain character in a series more than the others. At first I would have said my favorite is Bastien as I am all in for the reformed bad boy - but I lost my heart to Zach on a rooftop...
If you could choose to BE or MEET one of your characters, whom would you choose to be/meet and why? 






First, thank you for the wonderful introduction!  I’m so thrilled that you’re enjoying the series.  I admit, Bastien are Zach are amongst my favorite characters to write, because I just never know what’s going to come out of their mouths next.  LOL.  As for choosing one character I would like to meet . . .  

That’s a tough one.  It’s actually a draw between Seth and Ami.  Both have seen and experienced sooooo many things.  I could pepper them with questions all day and still want to know more. 




2) The Immortal Guardians series is very complex in details and often refers to events and characters from previous books. I felt you do an amazing job as I never found any obvious mistakes, so I wonder ...how do you organize your writing ?







I don’t organize my writing as much as I probably should.  J  One thing I do, though, to keep events fresh in my mind is listen to the audiobooks periodically.  I know that may sound odd, but I never outline my books, so this helps me keep track of major plot points and the like.  I also tend to skim back through previous manuscripts anytime I’m a little fuzzy on details.  The hardest thing for me to keep track of is the names.  (One of these days I’m going to make a list.)  In Shadows Strike, for example, I couldn’t remember if Alleck was spelled with one “l” or two, and had to go back through Night Unbound to find it.  For the scenes in which the local Immortal Guardians and their Seconds gather together at David’s place to discuss strategy or the latest crisis, I make a diagram of the table and mark where each character sits to ensure I keep it straight.  I’ve even made drawings of the mercenary compounds so I would have a clearer picture in my head and keep those handy for future reference.



3) Please tell us a little bit about the fact that this series started as 'vampire' novels and developed into something so much more, which includes 'aliens'/'angels' and now even 'ghosts'. 
Was this a conscious decision that you planned in the beginning or something that kind of evolved as the series progressed? And will we see more of those developments in future? 




This is something I planned from the beginning.  Both the alien and the ghost appeared in the first book (although Marcus was the only one who saw the ghost).  And I always intended to give each of them their own HEA.  I didn’t realize just what a prominent role Ami would play in the series, however, until the end of the third book.  That was a real game changer.  I also never intended to give any of the Others their own book.  But, again, PHANTOM SHADOWS (book 3) changed my mind when Zach perched on David’s rooftop and accepted the lollipops from Ami.

There will be similar developments in the future.  One that has been floating around in my imagination for some time now may even be so big it could launch a spin-off series.  J


4) Is there anything that you can tell us about the future of this series ? (This is the point to reassure your fans that there will be at least another 10 books!) 







LOL!  I can tell you two things: 

1.  Seth’s book, which many readers have requested, is not far down the line now . . . and the big, climactic action scene in it will be a real jaw dropper. 

2.  It’s looking more and more like Seth’s book won’t end the series.  It will, however, conclude this particular story arc.  Then the series will move in a new direction.  




5) If you had the chance to influence the questions people ask you in interviews, what question is the most annoying and you would love to never hear again?
What question would you really like to answer that you have not been asked yet, and what is your answer to that question?





 

I don’t think I’ve ever been asked a question in an interview that annoyed me.  I do see a question pop up on social media, though, that I always endeavor to avoid answering:  What five books would you want to have with you if you were stranded on a deserted island.  I have about 2,000 books on my keeper shelves.  There is no way I could narrow my favorites down to five.  J

Hmm.  How about — Question:  Michael Bay is a close, personal friend of mine and is interested in making your Immortal Guardians books into a series of films.  Can I give him your number?  Answer:  Absolutely!!!  You’re my new best friend!

LOL.  Seriously, interviewing is not my forte, so no questions are coming to mind.  And I’m always curious to see what questions someone will ask . . . particularly when they have to narrow it down to five.  J  Thanks so much for the interview!






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SCHEDULE:

August 11
Little Shop of Readers - Exclusive Excerpt
Diane’s Book Blog - Spotlight
August 12
August 13
Ramblings From This Chick - Exclusive Excerpt
August 14
KT Book Reviews - Exclusive Excerpt
August 17
August 18
Taking It One Book at a Time - Author Interview
Addicted to Books - Exclusive Excerpt
August 19
Lynn's Romance Enthusiasm - Exclusive Excerpt
TheSubClubBooks - Character Interview
August 20
Belle's Book Bag- Chapter One
August 21
Buffy's Ramblings - Review
August 24
August 25
Indy book fairy - Spotlight
Books and Things - Author Guest Post
August 26
Books-n-Kisses - Guest Post
Author's Taproom - Exclusive Excerpt
August 27
Rabid Reads - Review
Bookgatherer - Chapter One
August 28
From the TBR Pile - Character Interview
a wife in progress - Author Interview
August 31
The Reading Cave - Favorite Shadows Strike Quotes
September 1
EBookObsessed - Author Interview
Cat's Reviews - Spotlight
September 2
September 3
Booklover Sue - Chapter One
September 4
Tome Tender - Review
Angel's Guilty Pleasures - Author Guest Post
September 7
Books That Hook - Spotlight
Jeri's Book Attic - Author Interview
September 8
Geeks In High School - Top 10 Immortal Guardians Quotes


My Review : 
Shadows Strike by Dianne Duvall

Just let me sit here in silence and stare at the title for a little longer

Just enjoy the fact that I was one of the lucky ones to get my hands on this ARC

…There are “series with books” and there are “book series” 

If a book belongs to the first category you will soon …like after one or two books notice that an author is getting tired of his own characters. Actions start to repeat themselves. And the reader thinks at first (like in book 3 or so) 
“Didn’t I read something like this before in the other book” and later (in book 4 or 5) “Again ?!? – really?”….
and that is when the series slowly dies.

But enough of that depressing idea… because out there are also real “book series” … And for all those who do not know what I mean ? Please let me introduce you to Dianne Duvall’s “Immortal Guardians” … You want to know a secret ?

These books get better and better with each new release ! 
The worst book of this series (for me) was the first one … #laughing…  and not because of the actual story but simply because of vegetables … yeah go on .. #laugh … but I really thought if I was ever going to hear anything about vegetables I would throw the book out the window… I knew what she wanted to express then but it still annoyed the hell out of me - … but looking back it makes me laugh …

This series is the most surprising one I have ever read so far…

After reading all the books I am pretty sure I could be sitting on a roof devouring a DumDum Lollipop, while talking to an angel, start believing in aliens and still be in a vampire novel.  At least that is what it feels like when reading Dianne Duvall’s books – she really could sell the reader anything and everything – it’s just her way of writing that captures you… but of course angels and aliens would be going to far … so this is just my imagination as we are talking about vampires novels …or immortals? Or?

Well you should find out for yourself I refuse to go into details to avoid any kind of spoilers…

Just be sure of one or two things …

First - If you are new to this series – please start with the first book – even if I was annoyed by vegetables – it is necessary if you want to fully enjoy the story to start at the beginning…

Second -  If you are following the series so far – you can look forward to a beautiful story in Ms. Duvall’s wonderful world. A story that will capture you like her other books did before and I cannot wait to find out what will happen next.

Third – have enough time to devour it … I had to stop several times and believe me - STOPPING to read is not really an option -  when your heart is racing due to whats happening in a book AND is annoying the hell out of me…