I'm hugely pleased to welcome guest author
to the blog today to celebrate her release day for
Welcome, Elisabeth! Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
Thank so much for having me here, Laura!
For those who don’t know me, I write both paranormal and romantic suspense novels. My latest release – ENRAPTURED – is the fourth book in my Eternal Guardians Series based on the descendents of the heroes from Greek mythology. Publisher’s Weekly recently named ENRAPTURED as one of the Top Ten Romances of Spring 2012 and gave it a starred review calling it “Naughton’s best book yet.”
That’s so awesome! Congratulations! Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
The Eternal Guardians are seven warriors descended from the seven strongest heroes in all of ancient Greece. They defend both their world—Argolea—and the human realm from threats born of the Underworld—specifically, one evil goddess by the name of Atalanta who was herself once a hero but who made a deal with Hades for immortality and a shot at revenge. Atalanta has but one goal—to see the Guardians destroyed and the realm of Argolea in shambles. She commands an army of daemons—human souls she recruited from purgatory and enlisted in her war in exchange for a second shot at life. These “souls” now have the bodies of men, the heads lions, horns as if from a goat and ears of dogs. In one word, they are disgusting. They’re also tough as hell, and it’s the guardians’ job to track them down, kill them and prevent Atalanta from preying on mortals in her quest to break into Argolea and see it ruined.
ENRAPTURED is Orpheus’s book. Orpheus is not one of the Eternal Guardians. He’s Gryphon’s older brother, and because he was passed over to serve with the guardians, he’s had a major chip on his shoulder for years, usually to the point of doing whatever he can to undermine what the guardians do. In TEMPTED, book three, Gryphon is injured in battle and his soul is sent to the Underworld. Orpheus feels responsible for what happened to Gryphon, and in ENRAPTURED he’s trying to find a way to rescue his brother’s soul. He doesn’t consider himself a hero, doesn’t want to be a hero, and doesn’t want to serve with the guardians. He just wants to set right a wrong that never should have happened. However, he never imaged he’d be distracted along the way by an attractive Siren—one of Zeus’s elite assassins—or that they would have an unexplainable connection that could just change everything about the Eternal Guardians.
Oh, man, I’m loving everything about this! Which character is your favorite and why?
I love all my guardians but I have to admit to having a super soft spot for Orpheus, the hero in ENRAPTURED. He’s snarky and sarcastic and his dialogue is always super fun to write. I never planned to write a book for him but as the series developed I realized how important he was and I couldn’t not write his story.
Love those kinds of discoveries! As the author, what surprised you about this story?
The depth of the emotion surprised me more than anything. The deeper I got into the story, the more emotional it grew. There are layers to Orpheus I didn’t know were there, and it was fun to peel those away and see who he really is underneath.
Man, he sounds fantastic! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?
Absolutely. Book five – ENSLAVED – releases in November 2012, and I’m currently starting work on book six.
Woot! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?
Remembering what happened before! There are so many characters and so many plot threads, sometimes it’s hard for me to remember who did what and when. For that, I have nifty spread sheets telling me who is related to whom and what they did in previous books.
Ah, yes, the challenge of writing a series! I’m just learning that lesson myself! LOL What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m finishing the first in a new series about three djinn brothers imprisoned by an evil sorceress. BOUND TO SEDUCTION, the first book in the series, will release in May 2012.
Whoa! Cool! A new series! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
Oh, Lordy. It’s on a disk somewhere (literally) collecting dust. Never to be seen again.
LOL! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?
Easiest for me are the action/fight scenes. I love those. Hardest? The love scenes, by far. I want to make each one unique and finding a way to do that gets harder with every book. (No pun intended.)
*snort* Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?
Mm…hard questions. Not really. I do draw a few things from my own experiences but for the most part the characters are totally unique.
Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?
Most of my books are about redemption. About realizing that no matter who you are or what you’ve done, you deserve a second chance and a shot at happiness.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I’m a lot like Orpheus in ENRAPTURED—snarky, sarcastic. Probably why I like him so much.
*grins* Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
Game of Thrones. I’m totally addicted.
Oh, me too, me too! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
They’re all my favorites! That’s like asking which one of my kids I like the best.
So, which one do you like best??? *winks* Okay, now, just for fun:
Salty or sweet? Both. I recently discovered sea salt dark chocolate bars. Mmm…
Beach or mountains? Beach. WARM beach.
Give or receive? Give.
ENRAPTURED BY ELISABETH NAUGHTON – IN STORES APRIL 3, 2012
Orpheus—To most he's an enigma, a devil-may-care rogue who does whatever he pleases whenever he wants. Now this loose cannon is part of the Eternal Guardians—elite warriors assigned to protect the human realm—whether he likes it or not.
Orpheus has just one goal: to rescue his brother from the Underworld. He's not expecting a woman to get in the way. Especially not a Siren as gorgeous as Skyla. He has no idea she's an assassin sent by Zeus to seduce, entrap, and ultimately destroy him.
Yet Skyla herself might have the most to lose. There's a reason Orpheus feels so familiar to her, a reason her body seems to crave him. Perhaps he's not the man everyone thinks... The truth could reveal a deadly secret as old as the Eternal Guardians themselves.
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