Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: "Phantom Shadows" by Dianne Duvall

First, I'd like to welcome Dianne to the Romance Book Junkies its a great honor to have you here with us today talking about your latest book and hosting a amazing giveaway that I wish I could enter myself.

Thank you, Romance Book Junkies, for helping me celebrate the recent release of PHANTOM SHADOWS, the third book in my Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series and a New York Times and USA Today Bestseller! 

Black sheep.  They break the rules, rarely do what is expected of them, and engage in all kinds of forbidden activity.  They’re alpha males.  Bad boys.  And readers love them.  Sebastien Newcombe, the hero of PHANTOM SHADOWS, takes being a black sheep to a whole new level.  In fact, when my series began, he was the villain.  Bastien didn’t just buck the system.  He wanted to bring it down.  He raised an army of psychotic vampires and waged war with the Immortal Guardians, intending to destroy them.  His actions earned him the hatred of immortals, vampires, and humans alike.  So, of course, I couldn’t resist the challenge of trying to redeem him. 

What would happen, I wondered, if – among those clamoring for his execution – a single voice lent him support?  What changes might be wrought by Dr. Melanie Lipton if she saw in Bastien what others couldn’t?  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, become a hero?  Find out in PHANTOM SHADOWS.


Dr. Melanie Lipton is no stranger to the supernatural. She knows immortals better than they know themselves, right down to their stubborn little genes. So although a handsome rogue immortal seems suspicious to her colleagues, Sebastien Newcombe intrigues Melanie. His history is checkered, his scars are impressive, and his ideas are daring. But it's not his ideas that have Melanie fighting off surges of desire. . .

Bastien is used to being the bad guy. In fact, he can't remember the last time he had an ally he could trust. But Melanie is different--and under her calm, professional exterior he senses a passion beyond anything in his centuries of experience. Giving in to temptation is out of the question--he can't put her in danger. But she isn't asking him . . .

Again she stared at him.
“What?” he asked when the silence stretched.
“You can feel my emotions?  Right now?”
“No.  I have to touch you to feel them.”
“So . . .”
He could see her considering it, trying to remember every time he had touched her or she had touched him.  At the network.  In her car.  At David's.  Trying to remember what she might have inadvertently revealed.
“You might have mentioned it.  Given me a little warning.”
“Such didn't occur to me.”
More silence.
“What do you feel when you touch me?” she asked.
Bastien's attention dropped to her full lips as she licked them anxiously.  “Sometimes I feel your concern.  Sometimes uncertainty.  Clinical detachment.  Fear the first time we met.”
“Well, our first meeting was rather . . . explosive.”
That was putting it mildly.
“What else?”
He knew what she sought.  “Sometimes my gift tells me you feel what I feel myself every time I look at you.  Or think of you.  Or touch you.”
Her soft, smooth neck moved with a swallow.  “You're attracted to me.”
“I'm attracted to you.”
“I know.”
“What are we going to do about it?”


Here’s where you can find me:
Dianne's Website:  http://www.dianneduvall.com

So who is your favorite redeemed villain or villain-turned-hero?  Leave a comment below, including your email address, to be entered to win a signed copy of one of the first three Immortal Guardians books (your choice) plus swag. This giveaway is International. Whoohoo! Good Luck!

Thank you so much for joining me!

Dianne Duvall


Mary Kirkland said...

Right now my favorite villain turned hero would be Damon Salvatore from the Vampire Diaries. When we first met him, he was a bad boy...ripping throats out willy nilly. Now he's more of a good guy, with a soft side.


miki said...

daemon from the lux series by jennifer l armentrout , at first i wanted to strangle him now he is one of the perfect heros^^


erin said...

Thanks for the awesome interview and congrats to Dianne on the newest release! I love this series and I can't wait to start reading Phantom! I'm gonna have to go w/ Bastien, cuz even though I haven't read his book yet, I know he'll be my fav ;)

Irene Jackson said...

I think Lothaire from Kresley Cole's series.A very very bad boy!

Di said...

I can't think of a villian turned hero - I haven't read about those mentioned about the other commentors.
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Tore said...

Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. Tore923@aol.com

Heather said...

Eric from True Blood. bluepooh1@hotmail.com

Texas Book Lover said...

Couple of my favorites that I know are going to turn out good but haven't quite been fully redeemed yet are Ryodan from KMM Fever series (Barrons is a gimme). The other is Shock from Shayla Black's Doomsday Brethren series. There is just something about him...

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awilliams said...

My favorite villian turned heroes are Angel & Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

gamistress66 said...

Sebastion from Kleypas' Devil in Winter -- was a great job of going from villian in the prior book to hero in his own without loosing what him sexy & charming :)

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Anonymous said...

My favorite villain-turned-hero is Zsadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I love him since his first appearance in the series: I "saw" something beautiful, deeply buried into him. I was so happy when he finally had an entire book dedicated to his story.
There are also two characters that I hope to see redeemed: Xcor (BDB by J.R. Ward again) and Galen from the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter.
I have to say I really like bad-but-not-so-bad-guys xD


Diane said...

Raphael from the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh though I can't figure out how redeemed he is!

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donna ann said...

Zorus from Laurann Dohner's Cyborg series. He was a real sob in the earlier books, that couldn't imagine being remotely redeemable, but she did an amazing story at revealing some of what made him seem like a jerk as well as the very well hidden nice guy underneath.

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Lisa said...

Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse books. I can't wait to read her final book! Thanks for the giveaway!!!


Liesa Manis said...

I HAVE TO AGREE WITH SEVERAL OTHERS HERE, Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse books is my favorite bad to good boy!!

Holly said...

I am with the majority here... Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse books

Lisa (Cold Moon Violet Books) said...

While I agree with Eric, I'll pick someone else and go with Dominic, the Earl of Glencrae (The Cynster Sisters Trilogy). He's the villain in the first two in the series so I enjoyed finding out why he kept trying to kidnap the sisters.

Anonymous said...

There are to many to pick just one!


Leigh said...

Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor or Barrons from the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. Both are Hot!!

Steelerlady2379 said...

Oh wow!! I would have to say that Eric is one of my favorites from Sookie Stackhouse series.
But there are many good ones out there lol....
Happy reading and writing*

Patricia Williams said...

I love the Immortals series. I waited so patiently gore Bastien's story. It was worth the wait. Awesome book! I think Eric from True Blood is probably my favorite.

Muffley said...

Klaus from Vampire Diaries. Call me an optimistic but I would like to see him happy.

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Lona said...

Zarek from the Dark-hunters.

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donnas said...

Eric from True Blood and Chase from the Midnight Breeds are two of my favorites.

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Carey said...

Chase from Midnight Breeds

Filia Oktarina said...

Zarek from the Dark-hunter series. This one make me cry because his dark past. Thank you for giveaway :)

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JenM said...

I love both Angel and Spike. They've both definitely had their villainous periods, but they were both successfully redeemed.


wanda f said...

Lothaire from Kresley Coles Immortals After Dark series.

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books4me said...

Vlad in Once Burned by Jeanienne Frost.

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winnie said...

Congrats on your latest release hitting the bestseller lists! :)

As for my favourite villain turned hero, I would pick Damon from The Vampire Diaries - TV show, since I haven't read the books.

Thanks for the awesome international giveaway!


beckie said...

so many bad boys to choose from i love them all but i would have to say that my favorit is malkom from kresley coles iad series... although im thinking sebastien in phantom shadows is going to give him a run for his money

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Joanne said...

So many to choose from, but I'd have to pick Lothaire from Kresley Cole's series. I do think that Bastien is going to give him a run though.


susan317 said...

Dmitri from Nalini Singh's Archangels series. The man is one hot vampire!

Pamk said...

I am going with lothaire. He was a total bad boy..

Rose, cambio y fuera. said...

I love Eric Northman just as anyone else but mi all time favorite bad to good guy is Zsadist, it was so... heartbreaking to read his book that it instantly became one of my all-time fav!

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Rose, cambio y fuera. said...

I also have to mention Judd Lauren, from the Psy/Changeling series just because I have this HUGE crush on him

jmcgaugh said...

Spike from Buffy, though I thought Lothaire was great, too.

JanD said...

Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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Liz said...

Wow, what great suggestions! I love Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse series and Zsadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Bastien is another good one too! I think I'm going to have to go with Bastien though. I can't wait for more Bastien in the next book!! Even if its just a little bit! :)

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Ipro55 said...

Although not necessarily vollaines, my two picks were the "bad boys" and their own brothers tended to steer clear of them. I'd have to say my favortes were Zsadist from BDB and Zane from Tina Folsom's Scanguards series.

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Sónia Cristina said...

Reseph, from the Lords of Deliverance series, by Larissa Ione. He's sexy as hell and has a kind heart.


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