Guest & Contest: Dianne Duvall

Have you ever heard an author mention that a character surprised them and took the story in a direction the author hadn’t anticipated?  I admit that, before I became a writer myself, I used to accept this with a healthy dose of skepticism.  I thought all writers plotted out their stories in detail before writing them.  So how could they be surprised?

Very easily, I learned when I picked up the pen myself.  I’m what writers call a pantser.  I don’t outline novels before I sit down and write them.  I “fly by the seat of my pants.”  And I can say with honesty that there are characters in my Immortal Guardians series who have totally surprised me, affecting the series arc or plot in ways I hadn’t anticipated.  Ami, or Amiriska, was the first.  I had no idea, when I began writing DARKNESS DAWNS, that Ami would rise above her torturous past and become Marcus’s heroine in NIGHT REIGNS.  Nor did I realize what a prominent role she would play in ensuing books and the series arc.

Bastien is another character who surprised me.  When Sebastien Newcombe first appeared in DARKNESS DAWNS, he burst onto the scene as a villain.  Heart full of vengeance, Bastien raised an army of psychotic vampires (that’s right – vampires are the bad guys in my series), intent on bringing about the destruction of the Immortal Guardians.  His actions then and in NIGHT REIGNS, incited the hatred of immortals, vampires, and humans alike.  But there was just something about him that I (and many readers, I was pleased to hear) believed was redeemable.  So, in PHANTOM SHADOWS, I lifted a surprising voice in his defense, that of Dr. Melanie Lipton.

The vampires and immortals in my series, you see, are both infected with a rare symbiotic virus that produces the increased speed, strength, and regenerative properties, as well as the photosensitivity and need for blood, that both possess.  Vampires are humans who have been infected with the virus, and suffer brain damage that causes them to rapidly descend into madness.  Immortals are gifted ones, men and women born with advanced DNA, who have been infected with the virus.  Their advanced DNA protects them from the madness and bestows upon them special abilities. Hoping to find either a cure for the virus or a treatment for the madness it causes in humans, Dr. Lipton is a mortal doctor who works hands-on with the only members of Bastien’s vampire army who surrendered to the immortals.

What would happen, I wondered, if Melanie championed Bastien each time someone called for his execution?  How many of his scars would heal when bathed by her tenderness?  Would the protective barriers he had constructed around his heart crumble beneath the onslaught of her teasing and kindness?  Could Bastien, one of the most dangerous villains Immortal Guardians have faced in centuries, in fact, become a hero?

Find out in PHANTOM SHADOWS, Book 3 in my Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series.

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About Dianne

Dianne Duvall is the 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 “excellent” by RT Book Reviews.  In addition to being an avid reader, Dianne loves all things creative.  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.

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Kindle Contest

And don’t miss my big kindle contest.  In addition to the giveaway here at Romancing the Book (see below), I’m giving away THREE Kindles (or a Kindle Gift Cards if you already have one) to celebrate the release of PHANTOM SHADOWS.  See my website for details.


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54 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Dianne Duvall

  1. Fiery Na says:

    The characters in The Taker surprised me. I kept learning new things about them and not knowing what to expect.

  2. Tracey D says:

    In Larissa Ione’s Demonica series, Shade’s cave and it’s items we’re quite surprising.

    I look forward in continuing the Immortal Guardians series.

    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  3. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for a great post and congrats on the newest release! I just finished Fury’s Kiss and there’s a supporting/comic relief character named Ray who really surprised me in the end 🙂

  4. Barbara Elness says:

    The character of Maddox in Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Night surprised me the most. I couldn’t figure out how things could end in a good way for this tortured hero, but he made it happen.

  5. gamistress66 says:

    sounds like a really interesting series, particularly if the guys are surprising even you 😉 I’m sure there has been the character or 2 that has surprised me as I was reading a book but I can’t think of any off hand (of course being tired & ready to call it a night doesn’t help the brain work either)

  6. Elizabeth H. says:

    I recently read J.R. Ward’s Rapture and while I don’t want to spoil the ending but talking about what surprised me, I’ll just say that the main character, Jim Heron, does something game-changing at the end that I was VERY surprised about! Thanks for the chance to win! I love the Immortal Guardians series!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  7. miriam roman says:

    I think it wa actually Xhex , she is the female lead in one of JRwards BDB series. her character surprised me the most. thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Diane says:

    The Archangel Raphael in the Guild Hunter by Nalini Singh surprised me. I thought he was bad and admit he still is, except for Elena.

  9. Crystal Newman says:

    I believe that no matter what every time I read that the character always surprises me. That is what is so great about reading. You never know and sometimes you like it and others you wonder what in the world they were thinking.

  10. Diane Sallans says:

    Can’t think of a character that had a major surprising action, but I’ve made note of those mentioned by the other commentors – I’m curious to see if I’m surprised too.

  11. I’d have to pick Zsadist from the BDB, too. I’d probably add Thorment, too, but the hardback is sitting on my bookshelf to-be-read. I also have a paperback of your book Darkness Dawns sitting there also. I really need to get to them both soon.

  12. Beckey says:

    I have to agree that some of the J R Ward’s Brotherhood characters did surprise me about them as well…
    There was another one that did as well Sebastian from Devil in Winter by L Kleypas
    Great question.

    Thanks for the great post 🙂


    • Hmm. I’ve read a lot of Kleypas books, but can’t remember if I’ve read Devil in Winter. I tend to read books in the same genre I’m currently writing to stay in that frame of mind, and I’ve been focusing on paranormal for a few years now. She’s a great write, though. 🙂

  13. donnas says:

    Dimitri from the Guild Hunter series, surprised me the most. His book really changed the way I looked at him.

  14. Texas Book Lover says:

    Dimitri from the Guild Hunters series surprised me. I really didn’t like him until I read his story and I absolutely fell in love!

  15. June says:

    I think one that surprised me the most is Shade from the Demonica series by Larissa Ione. His story was unique, he had to do something even though he did not enjoy it.

  16. I too was most surprised by Zsadist in the BDB series… I didn’t like him at all in the first, but after getting to know him that definitely changed.

    • Zsadist’s book was the first book in the series I read, so I had nothing to go on except that one. 🙂 I’m curious about how his character will appear in the earlier books now. 🙂

  17. Mary Preston says:

    I am constantly surprised by characters in the series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE by George RR Martin. Got to love that.

  18. Nora Sutherlin and Søren from Tiffany Reisz’s The Original Sinners series have surprised — and continue to surprise — me. They’re both so unpredictable, but that’s why I love the pair!

  19. Cheryl says:

    I’d have to say Agents Kristoff and Garner in Diana Rowland’s Kara Gillian series, though there are other characters that have surprised me in that series, too. Jaw dropping with those two, though.

    I’ve only read the second book in the Immortal Guardians series (actually I’m still reading it, just about done), but I’d say Bastien’s surprised me the most with what I know about him.

  20. Kristin says:

    Ray Lily from Harry Connolly’s Twenty Palaces series surprised me. I thought he’d be the typical UF protagonist, strong, kick-ass guy who saves the day. And while he is smart and can kick butt and save the day, he’s not the strongest person around, can admit that he doesn’t know it all and isn’t afraid to show when he’s sick or disgusted by something (these emotions usually manifest themselves in the form of him losing his lunch, which, for some reason, makes me snicker, okay, gag a little, then snicker) because it shows he’s not Superman, but a normal guy.

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