Hello, fellow book-a-holics. Today, I’m delighted to be a part of a blog tour. Cliff’s Descent by Dianne Duvall. It’s the latest novel in her best-selling action-packed paranormal romance series, Immortal Guardians.
I completely fell in love with Dianne’s Immortal Guardians series, after reading Darkness Dawns back in 2015. Therefore, I was overjoyed to be given the opportunity to ask her some bookish questions for the blog tour Cliff’s Descent is due to be released on 27th July and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
So it’s on with my post Blog Tour: Cliff’s Descent. Keep reading to find out about Dianne’s writing process in our fun little Q&A and more about her Immortal Guardian series. Plus don’t forget to enter the amazing tour wide-giveaway!
But first, let me tell you…
What’s Cliff’s Descent about?
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Title: Cliff's Descent: A Vampire's Tale by Dianne Duvall
Series: Immortal Guardians #11
Published by Self-Published, Tantor Audio on 27th July 2021
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult Paranormal Romance, Fiction, Romance, Vampires
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes
No. of Pages: 290
For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall brings readers a novel--set in the "fast-paced" (Publishers Weekly) and "totally addictive" (RT Book Reviews) world of the Immortal Guardians--that revolves around a vampire... one who has become a friend and trusted ally of the powerful warriors.
Every mortal who works at network headquarters knows that vampires reside below them. They were the first to surrender to the powerful Immortal Guardians who hunt them. And they did so, hoping they can be saved, that the doctors and scientists the Immortal Guardians employ can halt the progressive brain damage that robs all vampires of their sanity. Though curious, Emma never thought she would meet any of the vampires who remain under heavy guard several stories beneath her office. Then mercenaries strike, bombarding the building with heavy artillery. The vampires are freed to join the fray... and Cliff saves her life.
From that moment on, she can't stop thinking about him regardless of the restrictions placed on interactions with vampires. When Emma discovers a way to speak to Cliff at network headquarters, she becomes even more fascinated by him. He's smart, charming, and honorable to his core despite the darkness that lies ahead. And he seems to crave her company as much as she does his. Aware of the eyes that watch them, they keep their encounters innocent, limiting them to those of mere acquaintances. Nevertheless, their attraction grows and she soon falls in love with him even as the madness begins to claim him.
Cliff realizes his future is dark. As one vampire friend after another succumbs to insanity, hope that network doctors will be able to find a cure in time to keep him from meeting the same fate begins to dwindle, leaving him little to look forward to... until he meets Emma. Just speaking to her brings him a happiness and contentment he hasn't experienced since before his transformation. And when they finally find a way to be alone together, everything changes. Emma burrows her way right into his heart and quiets the voices. She sparks dreams of a future with her that strengthen his determination to beat back the madness. But as time passes, the voices grow louder and insanity begins to chip away at him until he fears it will eradicate every part of him she fell in love with.
Will the two of them find a way to defy the odds and find their happily-ever-after? Or will Cliff's descent consume him?
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Keep reading to find out about Dianne herself. Read our fun little Q&A. Plus don’t forget to enter the amazing tour wide-giveaway that’s running until the 2nd August.
Fun Q&A with Dianne Duvall
Flora: Hello Dianne and welcome to Flora’s Musings…
Dianne: Hi, Flora! Thanks so much for letting me visit again.
Flora: Dianne, I‘m a huge fan of the world that you’ve created in your three series – the Gifted Ones, Aldebarian Alliance and, of course, Immortal Guardians – and have loved reading each one. How do you decide which series to work on? Do you have lots of notebooks with partial plots, character bios, and potential story arcs?
Dianne: Since I’m a pantser (meaning I fly by the seat of my pants) rather than a plotter, I don’t have any notebooks, files, or even scraps of paper with partial plots, bios, or story arcs scribbled on them. All of that information just rambles around in my imagination constantly. 🙂 At any given moment, there are at least five stories in my head either begging me to write them or already beginning to write themselves. Whichever one clamors the loudest is the next one I’ll sit down to write.
Flora: Dianne, you pride yourself on the fact that all your books can be read as standalone titles although they’re set in the same world. Cliff’s Descent is different from previous books as Cliff isn’t an Immortal Guardian or Gifted One. However, he is a well-established character. He’s been in the series almost from the beginning. How do you decide what information new fans will need? I imagine it’s a fine line to ensure readers aren’t bogged down with explanations.
Dianne: Cliff’s story, as you mentioned, is one that has been building for years. But we’ve really only seen glimpses of it here and there. Much of it has actually taken place outside the pages of the other books. Even so, I decided to start CLIFF’S DESCENT with the very first scene in which he appeared in the Immortal Guardians series so new readers can see how it all began and won’t be lost. 🙂
Flora: Cliff’s played a role in lots of adventures since the Immortal Guardians series began. When did you decide that Cliff needed his own book? Will we see other non-IG characters getting their own books? I’m hinting at Reordan and Kate, and Sheldon and Tracy. 😉 I’d love the idea of a box set of novellas about the supporting characters.
Dianne: I knew when I wrote SHADOWS STRIKE that I wanted to give Cliff his own book, something BLADE OF DARKNESS made a certainty. Everything you’ll see in CLIFF’S DESCENT has been vividly taking place in my imagination while I wrote the other books in the series. And I very much wanted readers to see what has been happening behind the scenes, so to speak. I also very much wanted them to meet the woman who helps Cliff hold the madness at bay far longer than most vampires do. I really love these two together and hope you will, too. 🙂
As for other non-IG characters getting their own books… I love that the secondary characters resonate so well with readers. I’ve actually been toying with the idea of launching a sister series that revolves around the mortals in the Immortal Guardians series. I’ve received so many requests for Chris Reordon’s, Sheldon’s, Linda’s, Darnell’s, and even Tanner’s stories, some of which have already begun writing themselves in my head. So I’m thinking quite a few non-IGs will be getting their own books in the future.
Flora: Ooh, yes, please. I’d love to get my hands on those stories. Thank you, Dianne, for answering my questions and for writing such mind-blowingly good stories.
Dianne: Thank you, Flora, for the fun interview and for helping me celebrate the big release. I hope you’ll enjoy CLIFF’S DESCENT!
Dianne’s latest book, Cliff’s Descent (Immortal Guardians #11) will be available to buy from 27th July in print, ebook and audiobook!
Blog Tour: Cliff’s Descent continues, keep reading to find out about Dianne herself. Plus don’t forget to enter the amazing tour wide-giveaway! But first, here’s info about the Immortal Guardians series.
The Immortal Guardians series by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Guardians series sits in the paranormal romance genre. However, it could also sit happily on an urban fantasy shelf due to much of the content. Set in our modern human world, it features a new twist on the vampire genre.
Immortals and vampires are both infected with the same virus, which lends them dramatically increased strength, speed, healing capabilities and enhanced senses. Vampires are humans who have been infected, whereas Immortals are Gifted Ones who have been infected. Gifted Ones are men and women who were born with extremely advanced DNA that lends them special gifts, such as healing, telepathy, precognition and the like. Vampires rapidly descend into madness when the virus damages their brains but Immortals don’t; their advanced DNA protects them from that aspect of the virus.
Books in the Series
If you haven’t read any of the series yet, it’s never too late to start your adventure with these gripping alpha heroes and truly awesome heroines. Follow the links to read my reviews or buy your own copy.
- Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians, #1) (2011)
- Night Reigns (Immortal Guardians, #2) (2011)
- Phantom Shadows (Immortal Guardians, #3) (2012)
- In Still Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #3.5) (2014)
- Darkness Rises (Immortal Guardians, #4) (2013)
- Night Unbound (Immortal Guardians, #5) (2014)
- Phantom Embrace (Immortal Guardians, #5.5) (2016)
- Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians, #6) (2015)
- Blade of Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #7) (2017)
- Awaken the Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #8) (2018)
- Death of Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #9) (2019)
- Broken Dawn (Immortal Guardians, #10) (2020)
- Cliff’s Descent (Immortal Guardians #11) (2021)
- An Immortal Guardians Companion (2021)
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Keep reading to find out about Dianne herself. Plus don’t forget to enter the amazing tour wide-giveaway at the end of this post!
About The Author
Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series, the Aldebarian Alliance sci‐fi romance series, and The Gifted Ones medieval and time‐travel romance series. The Lasaran, the first book in the Aldebarian Alliance Series, was a #1 Audible Mover & Shaker. The Segonian, the second book in the Aldebarian Alliance Series, was a Barnes&Noble Top Indie Favorite. Audible chose Awaken the Darkness as one of the Top 5 Best Paranormal Romance Audiobooks of 2018. Reviewers have called Dianne’s books “fast-paced and humorous” (Publishers Weekly), “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews), “extraordinary” (Long and Short Reviews), and “wonderfully imaginative” (The Romance Reviews). Dianne’s books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards. And her audiobooks have been awarded the AudioFile Earphones Award for Excellence.
Dianne’s books have all appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, and/or Kobo Bestseller lists. The first book in Dianne’s The Gifted Ones series, A Sorceress of His Own, is a prequel of sorts to Darkness Dawns. A USA Today bestseller, A Sorceress of His Own is a medieval romance with paranormal elements that was awarded the AudioFile Earphones Award for Excellence and was an Audie Finalist. The second book in the series, Rendezvous With Yesterday, is a time travel romance that won the GraveTells Readers’ Choice Award for Best Historical Romance.
In addition to writing romance, Dianne has completed a one-act play (comedy) and teamed up with an award-winning screenwriter to write a spec script for a new situation comedy. Several of her poems have also been published in anthologies.
When she isn’t writing, Dianne is very 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 psychotic vampires she creates in her books.
Before you go, don’t forget to enter the amazing tour wide-giveaway! 😉
Tour-Wide GiveAway Prizes:
To celebrate the release of Cliff’s Descent Dianne Duvall will be giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card to one (1) lucky reader and a $25 Amazon Gift Card to two (2) more readers! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form found in each tour post.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Remember to visit all the blogs taking part in this amazing tour for more fun and extra entries in the giveaway!
Blog Tour Schedule:
- 19 July: Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Top 5 Reasons to Love Cliff from Cliff’s Descent
Rincon de Joss – Excerpt from Cliff’s Descent
- 20 July: Rachael’s not-so-secret diary – Dianne Duvall’s Summer TBR List
Jeris Book Attic – Spotlight/Teaser of Cliff’s Descent
- 21 July: EBookObsessed – Favorite Quotes from Cliff’s Descent
I’m A Voracious Reader – Spotlight/Teaser of Cliff’s Descent
- 22 July: Books-n-Kisses – Excerpt from Cliff’s Descent
Buffy’s Ramblings – Spotlight/Teaser of Cliff’s Descent
- 23 July: Julie’s Strife Reading Nook – Excerpt from Cliff’s Descent
Flora’s Musings – Q&A with Dianne Duvall
- 24 July: Mrs. Clare’s Books – Q&A with Dianne Duvall
- 25 July: Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm – Excerpt from Cliff’s Descent
- 26 July: Nerdynovelreviews – Q&A with Dianne Duvall
Read All About It – Spotlight/Teaser of Cliff’s Descent
- 28 July: Lady with a Quill – Top 5 Reasons to Love Emma from Cliff’s Descent
- 29 July: Bury Oneself in a good book – Spotlight/Teaser of Cliff’s Descent
- 30 July: Obsessive Reading Disorder – Excerpt from Cliff’s Descent
- 31 July: Audioloversblog – Q&A with Dianne Duvall
- 1 August: From the TBR Pile – Excerpt from Cliff’s Descent
- 2 August: Perusal of Fiction – 5 Fun Facts about the Immortal Guardians Series
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