A Blade of Darkness Character Interview
Hello! Thank you for joining me today. And thank you, Lucy, for letting me visit again! I’m so thrilled to be here at EBookObsessed, celebrating the upcoming release of BLADE OF DARKNESS, the seventh book in my Immortal Guardians series, which features powerful immortal heroes, kick-ass heroines, and a lot of action, passion, humor and romance. For those who haven’t yet pre-ordered or who aren’t familiar with my series, I thought I would give you a glimpse of my Immortal Guardians crew in a character interview. (Also, if you’re new to the series, don’t worry. Each book can be read as a stand-alone. You’ll just be more familiar with the secondary characters if you read them in order.)
Today Sheldon, one of the mortals in my series (and a favorite of myself and many readers, thanks to the comic relief he provides) will be interviewing Aidan and Dana, the hero and heroine of BLADE OF DARKNESS.
Sheldon: Hi, guys. Thanks for agreeing to do this.
Aidan: No problem.
Dana: What are we doing again?
Aidan: Sheldon is interviewing us.
Dana: For what? *eyes widening* Seth didn’t decide to go public with the whole immortals, vampires, and gifted ones thing, did he?
Sheldon: *shakes his head* This is for the Network. Some of the humans who work at network headquarters have been a little . . . antsy after what happened last year.
Aidan: *mutters* That’s an understatement.
Dana: Well, I can kind of understand that. Aidan told me what happened. And, considering it wasn’t the first time the Network came under attack, I’m not surprised that they may worry about it happening again.
Sheldon: *glances at Aidan* It’s not so much another attack they fear as . . .
Dana: As what?
Aidan: *rueful smile* Us.
Dana: *eyebrows flying up* They fear Immortal Guardians?
Aidan and Sheldon: Yes.
Dana: Why? I mean, the whole reason they work for you is because they know you’re the good guys. Without Immortal Guardians, vampires would roam unchecked, killing humans at will.
Aidan: Yes, but until the last couple of years, very few of the network employees actually encountered us in person. They spend their time in labs researching the virus, or developing new weapons and technology that make our job easier, or in offices monitoring the internet for leaks and the like.
Dana: But didn’t you pretty much live at network headquarters for two years before you met me?
Sheldon: And apparently working for powerful immortals who possess special gifts and spend their nights hunting and slaying psychotic vampires is one thing. Bumping into them in the hallway at work is another.
Dana: *lips twitch as she glances up at Aidan* Well, you ARE kind of a lot to take in.
Aidan: *winks* I don’t recall your complaining when YOU were taking me in.
Dana: *flushes and give Aidan’s shoulder a shove*
Sheldon: Gross. Let’s keep the sexual innuendo to a minimum, guys.
Aidan: I make no promises.
Sheldon: So, Aidan, let’s start with you. For the newbies at the Network, would you explain what a gifted one is?
Aidan: Gifted ones are mortals who were born with advanced DNA that lends them various and assorted gifts ordinary humans lack.
Sheldon: You were once a gifted one yourself before your transformation.
Sheldon: I think everyone down at the Network already knows this, but just in case: Vampires are humans who have been infected with the vampiric virus, and immortals are gifted ones who are infected, right?
Sheldon: Can you tell us what your gifts are?
Aidan: I’m an elder. My bloodline has been less diluted by ordinary human DNA, so I have more gifts than younger immortals.
Sheldon: Such as?
Aidan: I have telepathic and telekinetic abilities.
Sheldon: You can move things with your mind? *yelps as his chair abruptly rises into the air, nearly bumps his head on the ceiling, then drops back to the floor* I’ll take that as a Yes.
Dana: *grins* I still think that’s cool.
Aidan: *smiles* Fun, too.
Sheldon: What else?
Aidan: I can teleport.
Sheldon: That. Is. AWESOME. Richart never teleports me anymore because of what happened in Italy.
Aidan and Dana: What happened in Italy?
Sheldon: *shifts uneasily* You, uh . . . you didn’t hear about that?
Sheldon: Oh. Uh . . . nothing. It’s nothing. It wasn’t a big thing. Would you teleport me somewhere if I asked, Aidan?
Aidan: Hell, no.
Sheldon: *grumbles* Fine. What else can you do?
Aidan: I can heal with my hands.
Sheldon: You can just lay hands on a wound and heal it?
Aidan: That’s correct.
Sheldon: That is SO cool. Dana, what gifts were you born with?
Dana: I only have one. I’m psychic.
Sheldon: So you can see people’s futures?
Dana: Yes. I also get glimpses of their pasts and present. But people usually come to me with questions about their future.
Sheldon: Is that how you met Aidan?
Dana: *smiles up at Aidan* Yes.
Sheldon: Can you see MY future? And did you know I was going to ask that?
Dana: No. My gift stems from touch. I have to touch you in order to see your future.
Aidan: *scowls* Don’t get any ideas.
Sheldon: Dude, you can hurl me across the room with a thought. I’m not going to ask your girlfriend to grab my package.
Sheldon: *extends his hand to Dana* Would you tell me my future?
Dana: I’ll give it a try. Anything in particular you want to know?
Sheldon: Is Tracy ever going to get over our age difference? Or is she going to ditch me and go with an older man?
Dana: *takes his hand and concentrates for a minute before her eyes widen and she yanks her hand back* Oh. *face flushes* Wow. I did NOT need to see that.
Sheldon: *eyes widen* What?
Dana: *looks askance at Aidan* You weren’t kidding, were you?
Aidan: About what?
Dana: About why you don’t read Sheldon’s mind.
Aidan: Because there’s too much porn and weird shite up there?
Aidan: *laughs* No, I wasn’t.
Sheldon: *grins* Oh, come on. It isn’t THAT weird, is it?
Dana: *studiously avoids his gaze*
Aidan: *arches a brow*
Sheldon: *sobers* Wait. You were serious? It really IS weird?
Aidan and Dana: *glance at each other, but say nothing*
Sheldon: Like HOW weird?
Dana: I’m not going to go into it.
Aidan: Nor will I.
Sheldon: Why not? And why won’t Dana look me in the eye?
Dana: *looking everywhere but at Sheldon* Because I just saw what happened in Italy.
Sheldon: *winces* How MUCH did you see?
Dana: All of it.
Sheldon: Okay. Um. There’s an explanation for that. It, uh . . . it may sound a little crazy, but here’s what happened. I—
Aidan and Dana: *throw up their hands* We don’t want to know!
Sheldon: It wasn’t what it looked like!
Aidan: *mutters* The hell it wasn’t.
Dana: *flushes once more* We don’t need the details, Sheldon. Really.
Aidan: And Seth is summoning me, so we have to go.
Sheldon: He’s summoning you telepathically?
Aidan: *rises* Yes.
Dana: *rises, whispering* Thank goodness.
Sheldon: Even though he usually calls?
Sheldon: *narrows his eyes* Dude, are you just saying that because you don’t want to hear how I ended up—
Sheldon: *grumbles* Fine. We’ll continue the interview later.
Dana: *features fill with dismay* We will?
Aidan: *laughs and wraps an arm around her* Just make sure you don’t touch him next time.
Sheldon: Oh ha, ha, ha. Just get out of here before I start to feel self-conscious.
Dana: *regards him with disbelief* You don’t ALREADY feel self-conscious? After what I saw?
Aidan: *laughs harder*
Sheldon: Well, I do now!
Aidan: *shakes his head* Goodbye, Sheldon. *teleports away with Dana*
Return to the “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews) world of New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians.
Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember. But she never saw Aidan coming. When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception… and passion. Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan’s arms and in his bed. Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.
Immortal Guardian Aidan O’Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don’t trouble him. The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan’s brethren turning against him, so he can’t help but feel alarmed. While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together?
About the Author
Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series. 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). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews,and/or Night Owl 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 creates in her books.
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