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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

"A Sorceress of His Own" (Dianne Duvall) Blog Tour with GIVEAWAY!!!

The Gifted Ones Book 1
Dianne Duvall
Expected publication: June 2nd 2015 by Dianne Duvall

From the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Immortal Guardians series comes an enchanting new series full of romance, danger, and loyalty: The Gifted Ones

Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.

For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon's side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed—or cursed—with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.

All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon's life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything—even the wrath of his king—to be with her


(I’ll preface this excerpt by mentioning that Dillon just accidentally and quite literally joined Alyssa in her bath.  J)

Silence descended upon them as they stared into each other’s eyes.

“Why did you do that?” Dillon whispered finally, wondering how long it would take her to realize that her legs were still wound around him.

“Do what?” she responded, her voice equally hushed.

Supporting himself on one hand, Dillon raised the other and waggled his fingers to draw her attention to the water that dripped from them.  “Invite me into your bath.”  He gave her a teasing grin to stave off the nervousness he could see creeping in.

“I did not wish you to look upon me,” she admitted.

His eyes crinkled with suppressed laughter.  “And you thought pulling me down atop you would prevent that?”

Tears unexpectedly filled her eyes, contradicting the smile she forced and erasing his own.  “You were the only covering available to me.”

Dillon stroked her cheek, sensing that more than simple modesty troubled her.  “Why did you not want me to look upon you?”

She shook her head mutely.

“Is it your promise to the other wisewoman?  Your vow not to show yourself to others?”

“Nay.”  A sparkling teardrop overflowed her lashes and bathed his thumb. 

“What then?”

“I did not wish to disgust you.”

’Twas not at all what he had expected.  “Disgust me?” he repeated, disbelieving. 

“I am scarred.”  Her brow furrowed.  “Or I was.  When I woke to find you standing over me, I forgot the scars had healed and…”  She swallowed hard.  “I did not want you to see them.”

“Alyssa, those scars were mine.  You acquired them healing me.”  When she parted her lips to speak, he touched a finger to them.  “If those scars had remained where they belonged—on my body—would they have disgusted you?

“Nay, but you are a warrior.”

“As are you.  You have ridden into battle by my side more than once.  And…”  He shook his head.  “Do you not know how beautiful you are to me?  So lovely your image lingers always in my mind when we are apart, distracting me from whatever task I am attempting to perform and leaving me utterly useless to those around me.  ’Twould be no different were you still scarred.”

Another tear fell.  “You must not say such things when they are not true.”

“But they are true,” he insisted.  “You are touching me.”  He brought one of her hands to his cheek and held it there.  “Can you not see the truth in my words?  Can you not feel it?”

She stared at him, unspeaking.


“I cannot think clearly when you touch me,” she whispered.

His heart skipped a beat.  He could feel hers pounding wildly against his chest.  “You must forgive me.”

“For what?”

His head dipped.  “For this.” 

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.

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  1. Thank you for hosting Dianne today! I hope everyone enjoys the excerpt from A Sorceress of His Own - available now!