Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Guest Blog by Dianne Duvall - A Little Light With the Dark - and Giveaway - October 16, 2012

Please welcome Dianne Duvall to The Qwillery as part of the Phantom Shadows Official Blog Tour!




A Little Light With the Dark

“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” This famous quote has been credited to a number of different actors, including Peter O’Toole. I can’t remember what famous actor I personally heard say the words, but they’ve stuck with me over the years. The actor was discussing the difference between playing dramatic roles and comedic roles. Comedy, he explained, was harder because everyone has a different sense of humor. What makes one person guffaw may not even draw a chuckle from another, so it’s difficult to create something that will make a majority of viewers laugh.

I believe the same holds true for writing. I’ve read things in the past that I knew were supposed to be funny, but felt no temptation to laugh myself and read other things that cracked me up, yet suspected some readers may not find it amusing in the least. Laughter has always been a part of my life. I was raised in a family that teased each other mercilessly. My husband and I are always making each other laugh. So, some of that humor unconsciously crept into my Immortal Guardians paranormal romance novels.

I wasn’t sure how that would be received and, with each release, have waited patiently for readers’ responses. Much to my surprise and pleasure, one of the comments readers have made is that they are enjoying the humor in the series. Some even mentioned drawing odd looks when they laughed out loud while reading one of the Immortal Guardians books in public. I love making people laugh, so it is such a thrill to know my immortals are sparking some chuckles and giggles.

While my latest release PHANTOM SHADOWS, like the previous books in my series, has its fair share of dark moments, it, too, has a little humor. The Immortal Guardians are like one big family and treat each other like brothers and sisters. Their Seconds and other members of the human network that aids them are considered family as well. And, like many families, they often tease and razz each other . . . whenever they aren’t hunting psychotic vampires.

I hope you’ll join in their fun!

Oh, and I just found out that PHANTOM SHADOWS made the USA Today Bestseller List! I was so happy I had to share the news! :-)




The Immortal Guardians

Phantom Shadows
Immortal Guardians 3
Zebra, October 2, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

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 . . .






Night Reigns
Immortal Guardians 2
Zebra, December 6, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook 320 pages

Dianne Duvall portrays a world of temptation, loyalty, and heartbreak…a world where danger and desire walk hand in hand…

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 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?



Darkness Dawns
Immortal Guardians 1
Zebra, February 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

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 means forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect…






About Dianne

Dianne Duvall is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series. Her debut novel DARKNESS DAWNS was nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and for Best Paranormal Romance - Vampire by The Romance Reviews. NIGHT REIGNS, the second book, was declared an "utterly addictive" Top Pick by RT Book Reviews. And PHANTOM SHADOWS, the third book in the series, was deemed a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews. In addition to being a writer and an avid reader, Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn't burying her nose in a book or weaving stories of her own, 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.



Dianne's Website : Blog : Facebook : Twitter : Youtube : Goodreads : Pinterest




The Giveaway/Contest

Thank you so much for joining me here at The Qwillery. To celebrate the release of PHANTOM SHADOWS, I’m giving away a signed copy of the winner’s choice of one of the first three Immortal Guardians books + swag.

THE RULES FOR THE QWILLERY GIVEAWAY

What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of the winner’s choice of one of the first three Immortal Guardians books + swag From Dianne.

How:   Answer the following question: 

Do you enjoy a little humor in a Paranormal Romance novel?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry) and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry).  This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook or Twitter mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*



Kindle Contest**

And don’t miss my big kindle contest! In addition to the giveaway here at The Qwillery, I am giving away THREE Kindles (or Kindle Gift Cards if you already have one) to celebrate the release of PHANTOM SHADOWS. See my website for details (or just click on the image below).





** The Qwillery is not affiliated with Dianne's Kindle giveaway and is providing this for informational purposes only. Please follow Dianne's rules to enter to win 1 of 3 Kindles.

69 comments:

  1. I do like a little humor with my PNR, but Dianne is right - humor can be so subjective!

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  2. Hi

    I personally enjoy humor with my PNR, sometimes it just adds to the characters and makes them more "human".

    Thanks for the giveaway

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    Pam
    tpibrew@msn.com

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  3. Yes for me a little humor is really necessary too, i don't like too dark paranormal romance. However this humor must come from situation or a secondary character ( if the main hero is dark is suffering he won't be joking)


    thank you a lot for this giveaway

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    1. I hope you'll like the humor in Phantom Shadows! :-)

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  4. thanks for a great post and congrats to Dianne on the newest release! I love humor in my PNR. Especially when the plot is heavy and the action thick. It's nice to break up the tension with a bit of levity.

    +1 gfc: erin
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    1. Thanks, Erin! I agree. I like a little humor to break the tension and lighten things when they get heavy. :-)

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  5. I like a little humor with my PNR as long as it's fresh. The snarky heroine for example can be fun, but lots of authors write snark the same way and it's hard to keep some of those snarky heroines apart from each other.

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    1. I hope you'll like the humor in my Immortal Guardians series and that you'll find my heroines unique!

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  6. I LOVE a bit of humor in PNR.
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  7. I love humor with everything. Life is not about frowning all of the time and while I would endeavor not to giggle at a funeral, there are few occasions that are not made better with laughter. I prefer books with humor in them because I need all I can get!
    GFC: April V.
    april dot vrugtman at gmail dot com

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    1. I agree, April. And I love making people laugh. I hope you'll enjoy my Immortal Guardians' humor!

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  8. I like humor in paranormals.

    I follow the blog.

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    1. Me, too. I hope you'll enjoy the humor in my series!

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  9. I definitely like a little humor in paranormals. They events and banter more fun.

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  10. I don't think I'd like my PNR without humor. Given the subject matter and the suspense of belief required at times, masterfully handled humor can make the difference in a reading experience. I especially like when it sneaks up on me. Thanks for the guest blog and the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks for joining us Aisling! I hope you'll like the humor in my Immortal Guardians series!

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  11. I love humor in my paranormal books and that is one of the reasons why I love this series. I look forward in reading book 3.

    Congrats on making the best seller list!

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    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Tracey! I actually found out the day after I submitted the post that I also made the New York Times Bestseller list. I'm still excited by the news and am so glad you're enjoying the series!

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  12. I love a little humor in my reads.
    Thank you.

    GFC Victoria Sloboda
    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/Jovial_1/status/258311375271649282
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Me, too. Whatever the genre, I like humor in the books I read. :-) Thanks for entering!

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  13. I actually love it. I don't like all action or sex or love story. Humor and witty lines are what keep me reading

    GFC reading mind

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

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    1. Then I hope you'll like the humor in my Immortal Guardians series! I do love making people laugh. :-)

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  14. I love the covers. I love Peter O'Toole. I really enjoy comedy in my books. Nothing better than a little laughter.
    debby236 at gmail dot com
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    1. I'm glad you like the covers! And, yay! A Peter O'Toole fan! That man can do comedy! I hope you'll like the humor in my series!

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  15. Everyone loves it when someone has a good sense of humor. In a romance I think it is imperative.
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    1. Me, too. I hope you'll like my Immortal Guardians' sense of humor. :-)

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  16. I do love humor in all books. Some of my favorite authors of PNR include a lot of humor in their stories. I love the cover of PHANTOM SHADOWS and am very eager to read this book #3 of the series.

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    1. I'm glad you like the cover! I hope you'll enjoy Phantom Shadows!

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  17. 1+ I always enjoy a good laugh while I read, that makes the book more lovable!
    1+ GFC: Gisele Alvarado
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    1. I think so, too. I hope my immortals will make you laugh!

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  18. I definitely enjoy a little humor in a Paranormal Romance novel! Sometimes things can get a little too heavy and intense, so adding a little humor breaks that up... it's kinda refreshing.

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  19. I love humor in any novel, especially paranormal or urban fantasy. It doesn't matter how dark the story is, if a bit of humor shows up here and there, it lightens the mood and just makes everything more enjoyable, at least in my opinion. :D

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  20. Hi
    I always like a little bit of humor in paranormal romance or urban fantasy books.
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    +1 GFC follower: DANIELA

    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I'm glad I'm not alone! Thanks for entering!

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  21. Humor is always appreciated, no matter the genre! Have to admit that I feel it needs to be handled well, there are times where I felt the author was laying on too thick & it got me irritated instead of amused.

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    1. That's one of the reasons comedy is so hard. How much is too much? And if it seems forced or is repetitive . . .

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  22. I love humor in all my books! To me, it just makes them better. Thanks for the chance to win.

    gfc follower Martha Lawson
    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for joining us, Martha! I hope you'll like the humor in my Immortal Guardians series! :-)

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  23. I LOVE this series. Humor in books makes the reading more fun and break up the seriousness in books.

    GFC: books4me

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

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  24. I love humor in paranormal books - it just grounds the world so much. We all try to deal with the big stuff by making jokes so I love seeing it with my fictional characters ! :-)

    GFC: Mel S
    notanotherbookblog(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

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    1. So true! I WE use humor to deal with things, why wouldn't paranormal beings? :-)

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  25. I enjoy humor in any book since I love romance books the most; that is paranormal romantic suspense and contemporary romances!!!

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

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    1. Me, too. Whatever the genre, I enjoy the humor in it. :-)

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  26. I love humor in any book I read. As long as they don't get too carried away in some genres. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. Tore923@aol.com

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  27. Humor is a must for my favorite series and authors!
    GFC-sdylion
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  28. I enjoy humor in all my reads. It can add some much needed relief, or, in the case of black humor heighten the tension.

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  29. I do. I love when humor makes an appearance.

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    1. Hi, Donna! Thanks for joining me on my tour!

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  30. I enjoy a dash of humour in paranormal romance books. Some can get too intense and it is good to lighten the mood with a bit of a giggle!
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    1. I think so, too, Irene! Thanks for entering! :-)

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  31. I most definitely enjoy a little humor in my PNR! It makes the story even more fun. I love the series and can't wait to get my hands on Phantom Shadows! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net +1 Comment, +1 Follower

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    1. Thanks, Barb! I'm so glad you're enjoying it! I hope you'll like Bastien and Melanie's story!

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  32. I love love love humor in my supernatural romance and reading in general. It breaks the tension and definitely makes the characters more real for me. There are times when I enjoy a good dark tearjerker, but frankly I read more for fun and enjoyment :) I am really looking forward to Phantom, have been following the release celebration fun and wish you all the best and I know I have said it before elsewhere, but love the trailer.
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    +1 GFC Denise Zaky
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    1. Thanks, Denise! I like a good tearjerker, too, and admire authors who can make me tear up. But when I'm feeling stressed, I have to have the humor. :-) Thanks for joining in my release celebration!

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  33. "Why so serious?" xD
    I really enjoy humor in a Paranormal Romance!
    I like to have fun reading. (And several times on the subway I was caught laughing because of hilarious scenes in a PR) LOL.
    I'd really like to read Phantom Shadows, so thank you very much for this awesome giveaway and for making it international! :D
    GFC: kaya
    I tweeted: twitter.com/GiuliaAnnaGallo/status/259383976538554368
    My email is kaya_kuro.neko@yahoo.it

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  34. LOL. I've been caught laughing in public over a funny scene, too. I hope you'll like the humor in Phantom Shadows! Good luck!

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  35. I enjoy some humor with my Paranormal Romance. It sometimes makes the characters seem more "human".

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  36. of course,iam enjoy humo in paranormal..i dont like a so serious..
    thanks for the chance to win..

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    icha09 at gmail dot com

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  37. I love some humor in my PNR titles! A good sense of humor always makes a book more enjoyable. Not to mention that in a few a rare occasions, books I didn't really cared much about, I still remember them for their humor.

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