U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can’t guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.
Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she’s awake, she isn’t sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn’t trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that’s coming, it will take everything they have just to survive…
Read my review of Shadows Strike on Goodreads.
Interview with Dianne Duvall
When did you realize you had a book (or some books) inside you?
I realized it for the first time when I was about thirteen years old and wrote a YA Historical Romance. (I still have that one tucked away.) School, work, and the like got in the way for the next several years and I did very little writing. But my imagination continued to thrive. Then I started college and majored in journalism, which triggered my desire to again put pen to paper and write a romance novel. I found journalism too dry and constricting. Much of my spare time then was spent with my nose buried in beloved romance novels. So when stories of my own continued to dance around in my head, I transferred my focus from journalism to fiction writing and wrote my first adult romance novel. I haven’t stopped writing them since.
Why is the theme of this project important?
The same themes can be found in all of my books. You will always find the classic good conquers evil theme. The villain in this one is more evil than his predecessors, his intention being to trigger Armageddon and watch the world burn. So the Immortal Guardians have their hands full. As to why I think this theme is important . . . In real life, good clearly doesn’t always conquer evil. And that can really wear on one. So seeing good succeed in thwarting evil in books—and movies and television shows—provides a much-needed escape.
What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?
That I love humor. When I started my Immortal Guardians series, I intended for it to fall into the dark paranormal romance category. But laughing and teasing has always been such a big part of my life that humor inevitably found its way into every manuscript, including SHADOWS STRIKE. Even in some of the most tense scenes, humor reared its head.
How do you find time to write?
It isn’t always easy. Writers have to wear a lot of hats, marketing and promoting as well as writing and, in some cases, serving as publisher. And, when I’m not writing, I work in the local independent film industry, which can require long hours. But I still manage to lose myself in the world of my Immortal Guardians and The Gifted Ones, even writing and editing manuscripts on the set. It’s what I love to do most, so I can always find time for it.
If you could work on a writing project with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be? Why?
Stephen King. He’s such a superlative writer. Every time I’m asked what advice I would give other writers (both new and established), I recommend that they read or listen to his book ON WRITING. I firmly believe every writer should constantly seek ways to improve his or her writing. And this book covers things (like passive writing) that the creative writing classes I took in college didn’t even mention.
Also Stephen King never fails to describe something in his stories in an utterly unique way that impresses me, inspires me and makes we want to write, write, write. So I would love to work on a writing project with him.
About Dianne Duvall
Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series and The Gifted Ones series. Her books have twice been nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and/or Night Owl Reviews. Reviewers have called Dianne’s books “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews), “fast-paced and humorous” (Publishers Weekly), “extraordinary” (Long and Short Reviews), and “wonderfully imaginative” (The Romance Reviews).
Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn’t writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she has created in her books.
For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit www.DianneDuvall.com.
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Note: I received a copy of Shadows Strike from the publisher to review. While I did receive the book for free, the opinions I express in the linked review are of my own.
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