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Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Immortal Guardians Character Profiles

Thank you for joining me here at Prufreads!  I’m here today to celebrate the release of PREDATORY, an anthology that contains my Immortal Guardians novella “In Still Darkness,” along with stories by fabulous authors Alexandra Ivy, Nina Bangs, and Hannah Jayne.

 Richart d’Alençon — the hero of “In Still Darkness” — was born in the eighteenth century with the ability to teleport.  Back then, humans with special gifts simply called themselves gifted ones.  He didn’t discover until recent decades that his unusual ability is the result of extremely advanced DNA.  As an adult, he was also infected with a very rare virus, sometimes referred to as the vampiric virus, which gave him greatly enhanced strength, speed, senses, and regenerative capabilities, coupled with an unfortunate photosensitivity and a need for blood.  Since gifted ones infected with the virus are extremely difficult to kill, they often refer to themselves as immortals.  Vampires, on the other hand, are ordinary humans who have been infected with the same virus.  Without the protection provided by gifted ones’ advanced DNA, infected humans suffer progressive brain damage that rapidly drives them insane.

 Richart, therefore, spends his nights hunting and destroying psychotic vampires . . . which is how he meets charming single mother Jenna McBride.  When Richart rescues Jenna from the clutches of vampires intent on killing her, Jenna surprises him by rewarding him with a scorching kiss.  A kiss that drives him to defy all caution and attempt to carry on a traditional courtship with her, all the while keeping his vampire-hunting profession and his immortality a secret.  Needless to say, it does not go smoothly.  :-)

 If you’re new to my Immortal Guardians series, I thought I would give you a little glimpse of some of the major players you’ll find in it by composing character profiles for those who appear in “In Still Darkness”:

“In Still Darkness”

Character Profiles

Richart d’Alençon

Hero of “In Still Darkness,” PREDATORY

A French immortal, roughly two-hundred-and-thirty years old.  Born with the ability to teleport, he is one of the most daunting immortals in a battle, spawning terror and utter chaos as he appears and disappears within the enemy’s midst, slaying as he goes.  Richart is also the only immortal in recent decades who is brave enough to attempt to date a mortal woman. 

Favorite Quote:  No touching, he admonished himself.  At least no touching that might lead to more touching. ~ “In Still Darkness”

Jenna McBride

Heroine of “In Still Darkness,” PREDATORY

A single mother, struggling to put her son through college, who fears that Richart — with all of his charm and good looks — is too good to be true.  He’s smart and funny.  He cooks sumptuous meals for her.  He gets along well with her son.  He’s exceedingly easy on the eyes and makes her heart race.  Yet there is something . . . different about him.  What dark secret does he conceal?  And how will she react when she discovers it?

Favorite Quote:  “Wow, you guys really know how to make a girl feel self-conscious.” ~ “In Still Darkness”


Richart’s Second, or human assistant/guard.  Sheldon is unusually young for a Second  and notoriously green.  Still learning the ropes, he tends to spawn mischief wherever he goes.

Favorite Quote:  “Dude, I say go for it.  Dr. Lipton is smokin’ hot and you’re . . . you.” ~ PHANTOM SHADOWS

John McBride

Jenna’s son.  John hasn’t seen his mother date very often and doesn’t know quite what to make of Richart.  He seems like a good man.  Yet, like his mother, John fears Richart is hiding something.

Favorite Quote:  “Is this going to get weird?  Like kinky weird?” ~ “In Still Darkness”

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, he distanced himself from relationships of any kind and trusted no one . . . until Sarah charged into his life and stole his heart.

Favorite Quote: “I'm not antisocial.  I just want to be left alone.” ~ DARKNESS DAWNS

Sarah Bingham


Roland’s wife.  Formerly 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, used her trusty shovel to liberate him, and was drawn into his preternatural world.

Favorite Quote: "Oh lovely. I'm sure that went over big. Don't go home without calling firts, David. They might be having sex on your couch."    ~ DARKNESS DAWNS

Lisette d’Alençon

Richart’s sister, a French immortal and telepath.  After being infected and nearly slain by her husband, she inadvertently infected both of her brothers and still labors beneath the guilt of it.

Favorite Quote:  “Now they've gone and gotten a battering ram.  How rude.” ~ PHANTOM SHADOWS

Étienne d’Alençon


Richart’s twin, a French immortal and telepath.  Étienne will meet his match in the next book in the series, DARKNESS RISES (October 1, 2013).

Favorite Quote: “You may as well drop the formality.  One, I've heard your thoughts and know your concern for her extends beyond that of a work colleague.  And two, I've seen your thoughts and keep coming across her naked.” ~ PHANTOM SHADOWS

Marcus Grayden


An immortal who disregards Roland’s reclusive nature and calls him friend.  He recently lost the woman he loved for eight centuries and, consumed with grief, skated the edge until Ami was named his Second and turned his world upside down.

Favorite Quote:  “What did you think I would do? Ask her if I could braid her hair 
after we gave each other facials and painted our toenails?” ~ NIGHT REIGNS

Ami (Amiriska)


Marcus’s Second.  Rescued by Seth and David (the eldest and most powerful Immortal Guardians) from a facility heavily guarded by mercenaries who brutally tortured, she sometimes questions her own sanity and still fights to overcome the fear instilled in her by her captors.

Favorite Quote:  “Do you think they’d miss us if we snuck down to the quiet room to fool around?” ~ NIGHT REIGNS

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. 

Favorite Quote: "If you tell me you have two gifts and one of the gifts is X-ray vision, I'm going to have to hurt you." ~ PHANTOM SHADOWS

Chris Reordon

Head of the East Coast division of the network of humans who aid the Immortal Guardians.  He is extremely protective of both the Immortal Guardians and his employees and can be quite ruthless when ensuring their safety.

Favorite Quote: " What is it with you immortals? You keep trying to hide your girlfriends from me even though you know I'm just trying to protect you."   ~ DARKNESS RISES (October 1, 2013)


Four of today's most exciting paranormal authors take readers into the thrilling realm of vampires, immortals, and other supernatural beings with a thirst for illicit desire...

Out Of Control by Alexandra Ivy

Ph.D student Angela Locke has a crush on her sexy professor, Dr. Nikolo Bartrev. When she learns he's actually a Sentinel with extraordinary powers, she joins forces with him to catch a psychopath. But soon, their hottest pursuit is of each other...

Ties That Bind by Nina Bangs

Cassie Tyler agrees to sub for her friend at the funeral home where she works. But she gets more than she bargained for when a group of men attack her and a vampire comes to her rescue. . .

In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall

Immortal Richart d'Alençon can't forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he saved her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist. . .

High Stakes by Hannah Jayne

When vampire fashionista Nina LaShay's design contest rival is found dead, she's the prime suspect. Sexy photographer Pike is number two. He's the kind of man who makes Nina salivate. But will she have to reveal herself to have him--and to save them both? Or does Pike have a secret of his own?


Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and 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, for Best Paranormal Romance - Vampire 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, was declared an "utterly addictive" Top Pick by RT Book Reviews.  PHANTOM SHADOWS, the third book in the series, was deemed a Top Pick by both The Romance Reviews and by Night Owl Reviews.  DARKNESS RISES, Immortal Guardians Book 4, will be released on October 1, 2013. 

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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One winner will receive a signed copy of  his or her choice of one of the first three Immortal Guardians books —DARKNESS DAWNS, NIGHT REIGNS, and PHANTOM SHADOWS — plus Immortal Guardians swag.

This contest IS international. To be entered in the giveaway, the rules are as follows...

1. Be a visible PRUFreads follower.

2. Comment below.

That's it! Winner will be chosen next Tues (May 21st) via Good luck everyone and thanks again to Dianne Duvall for stopping by!


  1. I LOVE Dianne's books, and it would be awesome to win this one!

  2. oooo gimme gimme gimme! haha a new series I need to get on it!

  3. I just loooooove this series and can't wait to read Seth's book...

  4. I have read the first two books and loved them. Definitely want to read the 3rd book. I do love the covers of these book.
    Following via GFC-Chrisbails
    christinebails at yahoo dot com

  5. The Immortal Guardians are my all time favorite heroes!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!!!! I LOVE THEM all but I fell hard for Bastien! His story was sooooo good!!!! October is sooooo far away lol!!!!

  6. This is one of my favorite series!! So excited when a new one is about to be released!!

  7. Great post! I haven't started the series yet. All characters seem very very interesting.

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    GFC: Diana

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  8. Absolutely love this series! Can't wait for the next book

  9. I love Roland's quote; I can so relate. LOL

  10. I love this series and can't wait to read Richart's story.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

  11. I haven't read this series yet. Read review and see news about this series,looking forward to reading this series. I hope soon.

    GFC : Filia Oktarina

    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

  12. I have heard such great things about this series!!! Thanks for the chance to win

    GFC Jolene and Family


  13. I love Dianne Duvall and the Immortal Guardians!

  14. Congrats on the release! Cant wait to read it.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  15. In it to win it!!Can't wait to read this series!!!