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Monday, January 31, 2011



Change is something many find unpleasant, something some dread and resist tooth and nail.  Yet life is all about change.  Our bodies change as we grow as does our view of the world as we mature.  We change schools as our education progresses.  We change environments when we find new jobs or move to new locations.  Our relationships change as old friends fade away, new friends enter our lives and we explore attractions to potential significant others.  Our society is in a constant state of change.  And still, we resist . . . at least some of the time.

I think one of the aspects of paranormal romances that intrigues me the most is the fact that the characters involved often must confront and accept incredible changes that could easily be termed enormous upheavals that completely reconstruct their existences, sometimes making them question their entire belief system.  How they meet the challenge of this captivates me.  Do the changes strengthen them?  Or weaken them?  Do they resist the changes or embrace them?

In my debut novel Darkness Dawns, the first in my Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series, much change occurs and the hero and heroine are definitely up for the challenge.  Roland Warbrook, a powerful, nearly millennium-old immortal, has been brutally and almost fatally betrayed one too many times in his past and now eschews all social interaction with others.  Even his fellow Immortal Guardians cannot lure him from his solitude, though Marcus -- his protégé of eight centuries -- has tried often enough.  No one seems able to breech the emotional barriers he has erected until he meets Sarah, who fascinates him from the first moment he sees her.  Or rather the moment Sarah saves him, charging to the rescue at great risk to herself, though she doesn’t know him.  And, in the days that follow, Roland finds many aspects of his life altering in ways he can’t resist.

Dr. Sarah Bingham, a music theory professor at UNC, faces even more dramatic changes than Roland.  One decision -- to intervene and save Roland from the vampire’s minions intent on torturing him to death practically in her backyard -- will alter her entire world.  An educator with a sedate lifestyle who longs only for peace and quiet and a little relaxation at the end of a stressful semester, she now must acknowledge the existence of preternatural beings -- immortal and vampire -- the latter of whom want her dead for liberating their enemy.  Sarah is completely out of her element, but rises to the occasion and loses her heart to Roland even as she chips away at his reserve and finds within herself a well of strength she didn’t know she possessed.

And the changes don’t stop there.  Much of what the Immortal Guardians as a whole have known for millennia will be called into question as their vampire enemies accomplish what should have been unachievable and prove to be a greater threat than the immortals ever could have imagined. 

I hope you’ll enjoy reading about the transformations that result as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Darkness Dawns
Back Cover 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:  With regards to paranormal romances, is there any change that you think would simply be too much for a hero to ask of his heroine (or vice versa) in order to pursue their happily ever after?  A deal breaker, if you will?

Dianne Duvall earned a BA in English from the University of St. Thomas and has won multiple awards as a romance writer.  Her debut paranormal romance novel Darkness Dawns received a 5-star review and was declared a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews, received a 5-star review from Bitten by Paranormal Romance and was awarded 4 1/2 stars by RT Book Reviews.  It also won first place in the Romance Writers of America Indiana Golden Opportunity contest, then was chosen as Best of the Best.  The second book in the series is scheduled for release in December 2011. 

When she isn't writing, Dianne is very 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.


booklover0226 said...

Hi, Dianne.

Darkness Dawns sounds great and I look forward in reading it.

I think if an immortal hero asks the mortal heroine to "change" in order to be with him is a big sacrifice, especially if she must leave family and friends behind. But if there is a way to work around all that and to protect everyone without saying goodbye, I say, GO FOR IT!!

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Crystal ♥ said...

Hey Lady, *bigwave* =)

This is a great post and so true. Change is such a key element in paranormal romances and how the characters come to terms with those changes.

Hmm...bad changes...I don't think I've encountered any 'bad changes' yet that didn't have a reason behind it and worked itself out. But I think if a hero ever asked a heroine to give up her children to be with him then that would be a deal breaker right there.

Have a great week!

Dianne Duvall said...

Hi, Tracey! Thanks for joining me on my blog tour!

Leaving family and friends behind is often a chief concern for human heroines in paranormal romances who are contemplating changing or transforming so they can spend centuries, if not eternity, with the heroes. I'm always interested in how authors address this. Can it be resolved in such a way that the heroine doesn't have to make such a big sacrifice? Or will she decide the hero and the happiness he brings her is worth it? WIll a solution be found at all? I can think of at least one author who dared to leave it unresolved.

Dianne Duvall said...

Hey, Crystal! *Big wave back*

I think you have come up with the ultimate deal breaker. I've been trying to think of any paranormal romances I've read that featured a heroine who had children. I can only think of one, possibly two, so far and wondering how she would raise her child (or children) if the hero changed her into a vampire was the heroine's primary concern and the source of the emotional/romantic conflict. Fortunately, the heroines didn't have to contemplate giving them up altogether. I agree that that would definitely be a deal breaker.

Sherry Gloag said...

This is a great post and your book sounds fascinating. I agree, change is one of three certainties in life. Birth and death are the other two.