Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Casting Call with Dianne Duvall + Giveaway


Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians series has taken the romance world by storm. A new twist on the vampire myth in which vampires aren't sexy but deranged bloodsuckers and a group of Immortal Guardians are sworn to eradicate the threat. The immortals are gifted, living for centuries. Seriously, doesn't this sound like an awesome book series that could totally be made into a movie or show on HBO or Starz? After all, it would be too sexy for basic cable.

Welcome To the Blog Dianne!!!

Meet Dianne:
Dianne 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 Book of 2011 - Debut Book (Romance) by The Romance Reviews, and for Best Book of 2011 by Long and Short Reviews. NIGHT REIGNS, the second book in her Immortal Guardians series, has been nominated for Best Book of 2011 - Paranormal Romance by The Romance Reviews and was declared an "utterly addictive" Top Pick by RT Book Reviews, "intense, passionate and engrossing" by The Romance Reviews, and "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 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.

Connect with Dianne: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook | Goodread | Blog


Thank you, Kati and Jamie, for letting me participate in the big celebration! I’m thrilled to be here today! If you’ve seen my post over at Ramblings From This Chick, you already know why I jumped at the chance to cast my books. If not: When I’m not writing, I work in the local independent film industry. And, while I help directors cast their feature film, short film and music video projects, I admit I spend a lot of time imagining casting my own projects, namely film versions of my books. I had so much fun choosing the actors I would like to see portray my characters. In my Night Reigns cast, you’ll see many of the same faces from my Darkness Dawns cast plus some new additions. I hope you’ll like them! :-)

About The Series
In my Immortal Guardians series, vampires aren’t dead. Or undead. They are humans who have been infected with a very rare symbiotic virus that lends them dramatically increased speed, strength, and senses. It also bestows upon them an unfortunate photosensitivity and need for blood. Immortals in my series are gifted ones (men and women born with extremely advanced DNA) who are infected with the same virus and boast the same enhanced abilities, photosensitivity, and need for blood. But the similarities end there.

Vampires also suffer progressive brain damage, as a result of the virus, that causes them to rapidly descend into madness. The advanced DNA Immortals possess protects them from this. It also lends them special abilities vampires lack, such as telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation, and others. Immortals have, therefore, taken it upon themselves to hunt down the insane vampires who prey upon humans, and enlist the aid of a network of human assistants to do so. The employees of the network range from Seconds (personal assistants and guards of individual immortals) to cleaners (those who “clean up” the messes immortals sometimes leave behind when hunting vampires) to doctors and scientists who are searching for a cure for the virus or at least some way to prevent the brain damage that occurs in vampires.

Cast

Marcus Grayden (Hero): An immortal who recently lost the woman he has loved for eight centuries and, consumed with grief, appear to be skating the edge. When his actions become reckless enough to concern his fellow immortals, Seth (the Immortal Guardians’ leader) assigns Marcus a new Second who proves to be an immense distraction and will forever alter his world.


Ami / Amiriska (Heroine): A mysterious woman of unknown origins Seth and David rescued from a facility heavily guarded by mercenaries. Brutally tortured for months, she sometimes questions her own sanity and must fight to overcome the fear instilled in her by her captors. Nevertheless, she is determined to perform her duties as Marcus’s Second and astounds him with her skills and ferocity in battle, winning his heart even as she loses her own.


Roland Warbrook: A nine-hundred-and-thirty-six-year-old immortal born with the ability to heal with his hands. Betrayed one too many times in the past by those he loved the most, he distanced himself from relationships of any kind and trusted no one until Sarah charged into his life. Though notoriously antisocial, he is like a brother to Marcus.



Sarah Bingham: Once a music theory professor at UNC Chapel Hill, she desired only rest and relaxation . . . until she found Roland staked to the ground, being tortured by two others in the meadow behind her home, and used her trusty shovel to liberate him, becoming the target of a vicious vampire army.


Seth: The eldest and most powerful Immortal Guardian. He possesses all of the paranormal abilities the others boast combined and then some. As their self-proclaimed leader, he considers it his responsibility to seek out all newly transformed immortals, ease their transition into their new life, train them, guide them, give them a new purpose and, if necessary, punish them should they stray from the boundaries he sets for them.


David: The second eldest and most powerful Immortal Guardian. Like Seth, he considers all Immortals and their Seconds family and opens his homes to them, aiding them in any way he can and putting their safety and happiness above his own. He is a very powerful healer and telepath, but possesses other interesting gifts as well.


Bastien (Sebastien Newcombe): Roland’s nemesis. He did what was previously considered impossible — raised a vampire army large enough to pose a serious threat to the Immortal Guardians — and tried to eradicate them one victim at a time. While doing so, he earned the hatred of immortals, vampires, and humans alike.


Dennis – The Vampire King: A vampire steeped in madness who raises an army even larger than Bastien’s and enlists the aid of a new enemy who will endanger the Immortal Guardians’ very existence.


Chris Reordon: Head of the East Coast division of the network of humans who aid the Immortal Guardians. He is fiercely protective of both the immortals and his employees and will do anything to ensure their safety.


Darnell: David’s Second, or human assistant, who played an integral role in helping Ami recover and interacts with more immortals than any other Second.


Dr. Melanie Lipton: A doctor with the human network who is daring enough to work hands-on with vampires as she searches for a cure for the virus or a way to prevent the madness it induces in humans.

Lisette d’Alençon: A French immortal and telepath, roughly two hundred years old. After being infected and nearly slain by her husband, she inadvertently infected both of her brothers and still labors beneath the guilt.

Richart d’Alençon: A French immortal, roughly two hundred years old. He is Lisette’s brother and Étienne’s twin. Born with the ability to teleport, he’s a strong ally in any battle.


Étienne d’Alençon: A French immortal and telepath, roughly two hundred years old. He is Lisette’s brother and Richart’s twin.




NIGHT REIGNS:
Genre: Paranormal
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Zebra (December 1,2011)

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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Thanks so much for joining in the celebration! Today I’m giving away a signed copy of Night Reigns + Immortal Guardians swag. (International entries are welcome.) I’d love to hear what you think of my cast. And don’t forget to head over to Ramblings From This Chick and enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Darkness Dawns + swag. :-)
  • Leave a comment for Dianne letting her know what you think of her cast. If you haven't read her books, would you put them on your reading list?
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***Dianne has cast Darkness Dawns over at Dani's blog (Ramblings From This Chick) and she's giving away a copy of it over there.***
A huge thank you to Dianne for hanging out at the blog and sharing her Hollywood picks as well as donating the giveaway books and swag.

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