Message From The Author
It’s always the quiet ones . . .
We’ve all heard the saying: “It’s always the quiet ones you have to watch.” Well, I’m a quiet one myself ... shy, introverted, with a wicked sense of humor and a very vivid imagination. I’m not sure if I prove or disprove the saying, but heard it more than once when I told friends and acquaintances about my debut paranormal romance Darkness Dawns and showed them the tempting cover.
While quiet in person, I certainly wasn’t quiet while pursuing publication. Like many other authors, it took me a few years and a few manuscripts to land a publishing contract. But those earlier manuscripts led me directly to the concept of Darkness Dawns. I began with a medieval romance that contained paranormal elements and revolved around a gifted one: a woman with far more advanced DNA than ordinary humans that bestowed upon her special abilities. Though the manuscript did very well in contests, most publishers and literary agents at the time weren’t interested in romance novels with a paranormal bent. Undeterred, I then wrote a time-travel romance, which not only featured gifted ones, but also introduced two mysterious figures who were clearly more than mortal men. Seth and Marcus were immortals and the inspiration for Darkness Dawns. Seth became the leader of the Immortal Guardians in Darkness Dawns and Marcus a friend of Roland, the hero.
My time travel romance was also well received by contest judges, yet didn’t land me that long-desired publishing contract. Again, I refused to fade quietly into the background and, continuing to send out query letter after query letter, once again put pen to paper. This time I decided to indulge fully my love of the paranormal and write my favorite sub-genre of romance: a vampire romance. But a vampire romance with a new twist.
My vampires are not the heroes. They are the villains. And they are living, breathing beings rather than the undead. Their speed, strength and regenerative abilities -- as well as their photosensitivity and need for blood -- are a result of a rare symbiotic virus ... one with no cure and no hope for a cure. Tragically, my vampires do not choose to succumb to bloodlust or become evil. Their descent into villainy is involuntary and unavoidable, a result of brain damage caused by the virus. So even the kindest of men infected with it will become monsters.
Immortals in my series are infected with the same virus. They, however, weren’t humans when they were transformed. They were gifted ones like the characters in my previous manuscripts. And their advanced DNA protects them from the more corrosive aspects of the virus so they don’t suffer the same fate as vampires. They also posses special abilities the vampires lack, bestowed upon them at birth by their advanced DNA, and use those gifts in their quest to keep the human race safe from the corrupt vampires who prey upon them.
Like me, the main characters in Darkness Dawns, the first book in my Immortal Guardians series, may also inspire the saying, “It’s always the quiet ones you have to watch.” Sarah Bingham, the human heroine, may not be an introvert, but she does lead a quiet life ... until she meets Roland. A music theory professor, she longs only for peace and to alleviate stress now that the spring semester has ended. Instead of spending a nice tranquil morning working in her garden, however, she rescues a wounded Roland, lands herself in the middle of a war that erupts between vampires and immortals and really rises to the occasion.
Roland Warbrook is definitely a quiet one to watch. More often than not described as reclusive and antisocial, if not downright dangerous, he has been betrayed one too many times in the past and has shunned any and all relationships for centuries ... until Sarah charges to his rescue and begins teasing smiles and laughter from him. Utterly fascinated by her and drawn to her warmth, he soon softens and will sacrifice anything to ensure her safety.
Two quiet individuals who -- together -- find friendship and love even as they battle a vicious vampire army intent on destroying the immortals, Sarah and Roland will take readers on an wild, exciting ride. I hope you will enjoy their journey in Darkness Dawns.
The second book in my Immortal Guardians series -- Night Reigns -- is scheduled for release in December. To celebrate the release of Darkness Dawns and the beginning of my series, I’m holding a Win a Kindle contest. You can learn all about it, read another excerpt of Darkness Dawns and more on my website: http://www.DianneDuvall.com
- Dianne Duvall
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