Saturday, September 10, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Elisabeth Naughton

Hello everyone!  Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are proud to welcome Elisabeth Naughton to our sites today!  
Elisabeth was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. She didn’t have imaginary friends. She didn’t write stories in her journal or entertain her relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, she was just a normal, everyday kid. She liked to read, but she wasn’t exceptional at it. When her teachers complimented her on her writing abilities, she brushed them off. She did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as her mother told her all throughout her childhood, she should have been an actress—yeah; she was a drama queen before her time.

Years ago, her husband bought Elisabeth Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. She sat and read it from cover to cover, and then dreamed of one day becoming a writer. But she didn’t actually try her hand at writing until years later when she quit her teaching job to stay home with her kids (and after that week of reading where she neglected the hubby and everything else until she finished Scarlett, the DH vowed never to buy her another book again, though little did he know she’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting her own stories).

Elisabeth is the proud creator of the STOLEN TRILOGY and the ETERNAL GUARDIANS series.  The latest book in the ETERNAL GUARDIANS series, “Tempted”, was just dropped on September 6, 2011 and we’re here today to help Elisabeth promote and celebrate!

For those of you not yet familiar with the ETERNAL GUARDIANS, we’d like to give you the synopsis of the 1st three books, including the new release, “Tempted”. 

BOOK #1-“Marked”:
THERON—Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He’s the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld.
From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn’t exist in real life—silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her.
She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron’s duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendent of Hercules, he wasn’t strong enough to resist the pull in her fathomless eyes, to tear himself away from the heat of her body.
As war with the Underworld nears, someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

BOOK #2-“Entwined”:

Forces of daemons are gathering and have broken through the barriers of the Underworld. Now more than ever the Eternal Guardians are needed to protect both their own realm and the human world. Zander can't afford to think about what might have been with the bewitching physician he once regarded as his soul mate. But with eternity stretching out before him, he also can't fathom spending his life without the one woman who makes him feel most alive. Perhaps he's found his weakness, after all . . .

BOOK #2-“Tempted”:
DEMETRIUS—He’s the hulking, brooding warrior his fellow Guardians avoid. Too dark. Too damaged. And given his heritage, he knows it’s best to keep everyone at arm’s length.

Isadora is missing. The words pound through his head like a frantic drumbeat. For her own protection, Demetrius did all he could to avoid the fragile princess, his soul mate. And now she’s gone—kidnapped. To get her back, he’ll have to go to the black place in his soul he’s always shunned. As daemons ravage the human realm and his loyalty to the Guardians is put to the ultimate test, Demetrius realizes that Isadora is stronger than anyone thought. And finally letting her into his heart may be the only way to save them both.

DON'T FORGET!:  Elisabeth will be available to chat LIVE with members, followers, fans and guests in the LITERAL ADDICTION Author Chatroom from 4:00 - 6:00pm EST!

Well, now that we’ve got you all online downloading and buying the series, how about we get to the interview and learn more about the remarkable woman behind the ETERNAL GUARDIANS shall we!?

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Hi Elisabeth!  We’re very happy to have you here today, and are excited to help you promote “Tempted”! 
ELISABETH: Thanks so much for inviting me! I’m thrilled to be here.
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  We like to start out by finding out a bit more about our guest author, and then we’ll dig into the books… 
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
ELISABETH: Hm…okay, let’s see.
1.    I have two Dalmatian pups – brothers - who are seven months old. Their names are Calvin & Hobbes. Hobbes is a real sweetie; Calvin can be a total stinker.
2.    Even though I’ve completed several half marathons (recently, not when I was young, LOL), I hate to run. If my running partners weren’t pushing me, I’d turn into a total couch potato.
3.      I was a child bride (no joke). Got married at the age of 18 (thankfully I was smart enough not to have kids for a looooong time) and 20 years later (did I just give away my age?) am still (okay, more than before) happily married. My hubby (who is several years older than I am) is my biggest fan.
Q2):  What are 3 things that never fail to make you smile?
ELISABETH: Hearing my kids laugh (I have three, ages 12, 9 and 6), spending time with my hubby (especially in Hawaii!), and walking into a store and seeing my books on the shelf.

Q3):  What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
ELISABETH: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” –Henry Ford

Q4):  What are some of your hobbies or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not working, writing or taking care of other business?
ELISABETH: Watching Oregon State Football, going to Yoga, traveling, hanging out with family and friends.

Q5):  What are some of your favorite TV Shows and Movies?

Movies: Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, The Princess Bride
TV Shows: Friday Night Lights (Sob! Gone!), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, X-Files (also gone!), and Rescue Me (soon to be gone…hm…I’m seeing a pattern here.) I also got hooked on the Chicago Code last year and really hope it’s back this season.
Q6):  Who are some of your favorite authors, and what’s in your TBR pile right now?
ELISABETH: Mm…great question!
I love Judith McNaught and Elizabeth Lowell. Wish they’d put out more RS. I recently discovered Catherine Mann, whom I’m enjoying, and auto buys for me include Juliana Stone, Larissa Ione and Galen Foley.
Q7):  If you could spend the day with one of your characters, who would you want it to be, and what would you want to do?
ELISABETH: I can’t pick just one! I think I’d like to spend the day with all seven Eternal Guardians. I’d love to “see” them in action.
Q8):  What are the best and worst parts of writing for you?
ELISABETH: The best part is getting lost in a story. When the words are flowing, there’s nothing better. The worst is the same answer…when you’re lost in the story and the words are flowing, any interruption is one too many. Being pulled out of that rhythm by responsibilities totally sucks.

 Q9):  What’s a typical work day like for you?  Do you have a routine; is there something that you absolutely have to have with you to get through your day, etc?
ELISABETH: I’m hoping to GET into a routine! My youngest just started school full time on Wednesday (first grade) so my routine is changing as we speak. Hopefully, my plan at this point is to get up, check email and twitter, then dive into my book. I’m easily distracted when I’m writing so I have to turn off the internet while I work.
Q10):  With Fantasy being such a popular genre these days, what about it fascinates and draws you personally?

ELISABETH: For me it’s the “What if?” factor. What if I write it this way? What if I take the story in this direction? In fantasy, you can change the rules, make things happen that wouldn’t happen in the real world, create characters that readers have never seen before. I love never knowing exactly where a story is going to end up when I sit down to write. When I’m writing fantasy, that “what if” factor is always hovering right at the end of my fingertips.
Q11):  If you could live your childhood over again, would you, and is there anything that you would change and/or make sure to do?
ELISABETH: No. The teen years were brutal. My family—like most—had struggles. But those struggles shaped me into the woman I am today and I wouldn’t change them now if I could.

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  O.K, now we’ll ask some questions directly related to “Tempted” and the ETERNAL GUARDIANS series…  J
Q12):  Was there any specific inspiration that lead to the concept and creation of the ETERNAL GUARDIANS series?
ELISABETH: I never planned to write paranormals. When I was working on my Stolen Series, however, I did a lot of research on Greek mythology. The relic my characters were looking for in STOLEN FURY was a statue of the Three Furies from Greek Mythology. While researching that book I became entrenched in the Greek myths and I knew I wanted to write something related to those myths. Then one night the idea for MARKED hit me. It was totally different from anything I’d written before, but it grabbed on and wouldn’t let go. I wrote it, sent it to my agent, and she loved it. And the rest is history.
Q13):  Is there a specific message in the books that you’re hoping your readers will grasp?
ELISABETH:  I’m a “glass is half full” kind of girl, so my hope is that when readers pick up my books, they find optimism within the pages. I write about very dark situations, but always at the end of the tunnel, there’s light. There’s the opportunity to take a path toward happiness instead of sadness and there’s the promise that good will triumph over evil. The world is depressing enough all by itself…my job as a writer (at least in my head) is to show readers that no matter what you’re facing, it can always get better.
Q14):  What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, logistical, etc) in bringing “Tempted” to life?

ELISABETH: I write linearly, from start to finish, and I don’t always know the exact plot points of a story when I start. So in every book I struggle to tie loose ends up by the end of the story. In TEMPTED I knew the basic plot of the book when I started. I knew how Demetrius and Isadora’s relationship would develop. I even knew how the suspense plot and romance would be resolved. But the one element I couldn’t figure out was linked to previous books. You see, in MARKED, book one, Isadora trades her soul to Hades in order to save her sister’s life. That deal has been hanging over Isadora’s head all through ENTWINED (book 2) and continued through TEMPTED. After racking my brain over how I was going to resolve this problem in TEMPTED, I finally realized…I couldn’t. Within the plot of this book, that story question could not be answered. It killed me to know I was leaving that hanging, and the entire time I was writing the book I was sure my editor was going to insist I fix it somehow. But then I got to the end of the book and I discovered WHY it couldn’t be resolved in this book. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will tell you this: A big secret is revealed at the end of TEMPTED that explains how several characters are connected. And when I wrote that scene, the solution to Isadora’s soul issue became crystal clear. She can’t get her soul back in TEMPTED. It may be several books before she eventually does—IF she does at all. But at least now I know how I’m going to resolve that situation. (And oh…the entire thing will make for a really good future book.)
Q15):  How many books do you have planned for the series?

ELISABETH: Ideally, I’d like to do one book for each guardian. But there are outlying characters whom I’d also like to write books for – Orpheus, Nick…even Max. So the answer to this question is…as long as readers are buying and enjoying the books, I’ll try to keep writing them.
Q16):  What can we look forward to as the series progresses?
ELISABETH: New characters, more mythology, increased worlds colliding as new elements are revealed. I love uncovering different mythological characters and investigating myths I didn’t know existed. Every time I read a new one, I can’t help but wonder, “How could I work that into my Eternal Guardians world?”
Q17):  What else is in the works for Elisabeth Naughton outside of the ETERNAL GUARDIANS?
ELISABETH:  Right now I’m working on two new romantic suspense proposals. One is straight RS, one is RS with minor pnr elements. I’m not sure yet which direction I’ll go—I’m going to let my agent weigh in with her opinion—but either way I’ll definitely be continuing to write romantic suspense.
Q18):  Is there a question that you have always wanted to be asked in an interview but have never been asked?  How would you answer that question? 

Who do you turn to when you get stuck?
I have several author friends I couldn’t write without. My critique partner, Joan Swan, is the first. We brainstorm together, we send chapters back and forth, we talk nearly every day via IM. Joan’s debut book, FEVER, releases from Kensington in March 2012 and it is, in a word, AWESOME. If you like pnr RS, you’re going to LOVE this book. In addition to being a fantabulous author, Joan is my rock. I’ve told her several times she’s never EVER allowed to drop me as her CP. (If she does, she knows I’ll hunt her down.)
The second is my mentor, Alice Sharpe, who writes for Harlequin Intrigue. Even though Alice has written some 50 published books, she still asks ME for advice. I love Alice because she’s a wealth of publishing information, she’s a master at the synopsis, she’s still as neurotic after 50 books as I am after seven, and because I know when I have a question or concern about my chosen career, she’s always there to answer (or drink away the worry with) me.
And finally…I have several authors I’m so thankful to be friends with. Authors who celebrate my accomplishments, listen to me whine when things get rough and are always there to pull me up when I need it. These include Kristina McMorris (Kensington), Delilah Marvelle (HQN), and Juliana Stone (Avon).
Q19):  What legacy do you hope to leave behind with your work?
ELISABETH: At the end of the day, I want readers to remember an Elisabeth Naughton book as being a deep and emotional love story set amidst a highly suspenseful backdrop. One they know they can lose themselves in and find hope.
Q20):  Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
ELISABETH: Thanks to everyone who has bought my books and given the Eternal Guardians life! And to those who have contacted me to let me know how much they enjoy my work…you make my day!
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Elisabeth, thank you so much for being with us today!  The ETERNAL GUARDIANS are fantastic, and we’re very excited for more.  We’d LOVE to have you back to help promote the next installment &/or any of your other upcoming releases if you’re interested…
ELISABETH:  Thank you so much! I would love to come back. ENRAPTURED – book four in the Eternal Guardians series – releases April 1, 2012!
 If you would like to learn more about Elisabeth and her books, please visit her at the following sites:
Elisabeth's  website:
ELISABETH is graciously offering up an Autographed Eternal Guardians Series (MARKED, ENTWINED, TEMPTED) to a very lucky Book Monster Reviews follower.  
To Enter: Make sure you are a follower of the BMR Blog and then post a comment on the interview and make sure you leave a valid email address. Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing. You must also be a follower of the BMR blog.
Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website ( and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!  They are giving away a signed set of the ETERNAL GUARDIAN  series also.



Victoria said...

I love these books and can't wait for Demetrius' book. The interview was excellent - giving some insight into what's coming in Tempted :).
Thank you.


maureen said...

can't wait to start reading your books!

dpbussie said...

I Love this series. And I believe that Tempted is my Fav so far. Can't wait for Enraptured. Thanks.
And I am a follower of BMC!

dpbussie said...

I Love this series. And I believe that Tempted is my Fav so far. Can't wait for Enraptured. Thanks.
And I am a follower of BMC!

Amberia said...

This series sounds great. I haven't heard of this author before but I'd love to read her books.

Ren said...

I love book with myth, esp Greek myth, so this series already at my wishlist. Interesting review, I love the part when Elisabeth still do brainstorming with other authors :)

BMR follower : Ren

sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

Cathy M said...

Hi Elisabeth, I love the mythology behind your stories. Already read all the Stolen series and working my way through the Guardians.

Hope you are enjoying a fabulous release month.

gfc follower
cathy m
caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Analiz said...

I have have not read your books before even though I don't know how I missed them they sound really interesting. Going to add them to my TBR pile.

Blue Shedevil said...

For some strange reason, i always fixate on the second character in a series. I looooved Zander, but I am still a fan of Theron and the rest of the boys, and I really would love to see how she developes Demetrius' story. Thanks for the contest. You guys rock.

Tanya1224 said...

I would love to try Elisabeth's books. I really enjoy mythology and just started Deidre Knights series. I think this sounds great. Thanks for the interview and the chance to win. You guys have an awesome blog. Such good choices in books.
Gfc follow as Tanyaw1224

Scorpio1974 said...

Wow what a great interview! The books sound really good too! =) Thanks so much for this giveaway opportunity! =) I'm also a blog follower.

Valerie Long

Book Savvy Babe said...

wow, seriously awesome interview! I have been stalking/following Elisabeth's tour hoping to win one of these books, I only hear great things about the series, and I really have enjoyed learning more about Elisabeth and the books! Thanks so much for the contest and the interview :) Book Savvy Babe
booksavvybabe at gmail dot com

Trish said...

Thanks for the interview.


Lori in Philly said...

I missed everything today getting my mother to my sisters wedding .I'm just getting a chance to read now. Thanks for the interview taking time to tell us about yourself and for the giveaway. Going to look at the covers again they are inviting.

alba said...

Hello Elisabeth I have read the first in this series & Loved it I'll have to get the rest now.
Wonderful Interview, That's what I like most about the Blogs I follow You get to know more about the Author other than they are Fabulous Story tellers.
I Follow,

mrsworldwidewebb said...

Oh I am so glad I caught the end of your interview..I am so hyped to read the third book now.. I will be reading it soon! Love your series!


aka Kathy :)

Cath said...

More, more, more!!!
Omg and those covers, hello
This series is totally going on my havetohavethem list :0
Thanks for sharing, great interview

alainala said...

the covers look amazing!!! i hope i win so i can try them out!

alainala@ hotmail . ca

*yadkny* said...

Sounds like I have a lot of reading to do since Elisabeth has so many great sounding books out already... plus more being released! Adding them all to my wishlist:)

*follower of the BMR Blog

Linda said...

I've been following Elizabeth's tour too, hoping to win a copy of her books! Love the snappy 1 word titles.

donnas said...

Great interview. I am really looking forward to Tempted.


bacchus76 at myself dot com

Sheree said...

The chat was a lot of fun! I'm glad I made it even if it was only for a little while.

ironss [at] gmail [dot] com

Sheree said...

Did I mention I'm a GFC follower? Well, I am.

SdyLion said...

I just loved the Eternal Guardians. The novels were amazing and I cannot wait for the next installment in the series to come out. Thank you for the interview. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Harshex said...

I just added this series to my TBR list. I found them a few days ago and thought they looked like a interesting read. The Q&A only peaked my interest more!

Amber Hughes said...

These books are definitely on my TBR list! Great interview and thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

I'm a follower :-)


Michelle H. said...

I've added these books to my TBR list! Loved the interview and am really looking forward to reading them. Thanks for the chance to win these.


GLORIA said...

your books have been on my TBR list but i just moved them up! Great interview and looking forward to reading this series!

xander_316 said...

Cant wait for Demetrius' story and then we have to wait until next year to read about Orpheus - The Eternal Guardians is one series that i def pimp out to my friends :)

xander_316 said...

sorry i forgot my email address : xander_316(at)hotmail(dot)com

Mary said...

I would love to win, omg I love these books and I loved reading the interview. That was just awesome.

Na said...

I really want to meet Elisabeth's guardians! Thanks for the chance and the great interview. I discovered other works by her to keep an eye on.

Cambonified [at] yahoo [dot] com

Luvdaylilies said...

Loved the interview=)
I love that you say you wouldn't choose to live your childhood over, each person's past made them exactly who they are today !
Thanks bunches,
Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

I follow ia GFC~Luvdaylilies

Amy@Amy's Book World said...

Great interview. The books look awesome. I'll have to add some to my ever growing wishlist.