Thursday, April 19, 2012

Q&A With Elisabeth Naughton - W*n ENRAPTURED

Quick commercial break...If you’re in and around Alabama this weekend, stop by and see me! I’ll be at the Barnes & Noble (at the Summit) in Birmingham Friday night 4/20 at 7 p.m., showing photos and reading corresponding scenes in the book. Find more on the event and location HERE.

And on Saturday, brave the rain and come to the Alabama Book Festival, located in Old Town Montgomery. I’m reading at 10 a.m. at the church. The festival is free, and you can find more about it HERE.

Now, today I'd like to welcome to the blog author Elisabeth Naughton, whose newest book in her Eternal Guardians (i.e., hotness) series, Enraptured, came out a couple of weeks ago. Want to win a copy? Sourcebooks is offering up TWO copies of this new paranormal romance, so leave a comment to enter!

About Enraptured:
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

Welcome, Elisabeth!

Give us the “elevator pitch” for Enraptured.
EN: When a devil-may-care loose cannon finds himself part of the Eternal Guardians—the
elite warriors assigned to protect the human realm—the only way to save his brother from the Underworld is to team up with the sexy assassin sent by Zeus to destroy him.

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile.
EN: An ARC of His Wicked Ways by Darcy Burke

Favorite book when you were a child.
EN: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Your five favorite authors.
EN: J.R.R. Tolkien, Judith McNaught, Elizabeth Lowell, Joan Swan and Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Book you've faked reading.
EN: Jane Eyre (Shhh…don’t tell anyone!)

Book you're an evangelist for.
EN: Fever by Joan Swan. AMAZING debut romantic suspense with paranormal elements. If you haven’t read this book…you MUST! It’s really, really, REALLY good.

Book you've bought for the cover.
EN: I don’t buy books based on the cover. I buy based on word of mouth, book blurb or favorite author.

Book that changed your life.
EN: Perfect by Judith McNaught

Favorite line from a book.
EN: I’m a sucker for a good sarcastic anti-hero, so basically anything that comes out of Tyrion Lannister’s mouth in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire & Ice series is a favorite.

Book you most want to read again for the first time.
EN: Perfect by Judith McNaught (I see a pattern here. LOL If you haven’t read this one…add it to your list, too.)

Most horrifying moment while reading a book.
EN: As a reader I was horrified and very disappointed in the end of Message in A Bottle when the hero went out in his boat in a hurricane and died. There was no reason for that ending except to close the book on a sad note. The hero was finally happy, and I felt it was done just to end a Nicholas Sparks book the way they all end – with one of the main characters dying. I’m okay with books ending unhappily if the author does it for a legitimate reason – for example, if the death of the main character creates needed growth in the other characters to complete their character arcs. This one wasn’t (in my opinion). I stopped reading Nicholas Sparks at that point.

Favorite book about books or writing.
EN: It’s not a book. It’s a DVD or workshop. Michael Hauge’s Story Mastery. I’ve read tons of books on writing. Nothing hit me like listening to Michael Hauge explain the hero’s journey within his Story Mastery workshop. Thousands of aha moments which changed my writing for the better.

Want your own copy of Enraptured? Leave a comment for one entry; extra entries for a blog follow; Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson; and a Tweet or Retweet.


  1. Hi Elisabeth! Love the series! I agree with most of your book comments and in particular, Jane Eyre (I promise that I won't tell). Loved the interview and thanks for the awesome giveaway! +1 Comment, +1 Follower

  2. Killing off the main characters is why I NEVER read Nicholas Sparks. That drives me nuts! And I can't wait to read this book - falling for the sexy assassin sent to kill you sounds pretty cool to me!

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  3. I'm in agreement with you on buying books. Don't get me wrong, I love the covers but would never buy a book because of one. +1
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    Thank you for the giveaway.


  4. Great interview! I've been following your blog tour so you'll see me popping up :-). Thanks for the heads up on Nicholas Sparks, now I know I won't try him out. I HAVE TO HAVE MY HEA. It just kills me when a book or movie ends like Message In A Bottle... I will buy a book because of the cover only if the blurb on the back intrigues me as well. That's how I stumbled onto Thea Harrison's Elder Series and Melissa Mayhue's Daughters of the Glen. The art will attract then the story has to intrugue :-) I found you by a trusted blogger/friend's recommendation.
    glittergirl54 at ymail dot com

  5. The cover is certainly eye-catching but I never buy a book just on the cover.

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  6. I enjoy the series. This book sounds very good.

    I follow the blog.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  7. I absolutely love this series. Congrats on the release and thank you for a great giveaway.

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  8. I follow this series - love it! I also cannot stand when characters are killed off for no reason. As far as covers - I don't buy for them, but they certainly have been known to grab my attention to read the blurb on the back and buy!


  9. Mmm I have only read the first one, need to catch up, so I would love to win this one. Great incentive for me.
    Thanks for the interview ladies, and I love that you are a fan of Elizabeth Lowell!

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  10. Thanks for the interview and best wishes on the new release. I'd love to win a copy.

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  11. I really would like to win your book to discover your universes because after so many good reviews i'm really intrigued

    thanks you for the opportunity

    JRR Tolkien is the one who made me want to read ( my first big book when i was 6^^)

    all the best

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  12. I've read a series that ended with the hero dying (I was most upset with the author!) that I felt was a pure cop out on the author's part. Having him die was the easy way out of the situation she'd crafted.

    I read an abridged version of Jane Eyre was I was a kid. Does that count? That's probably when I started having a penchant for the dark, tortured hero types!

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  13. This serie look great!!!! And I love greek I will definetly check it!!!

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  14. I have the first 3 books in the series. I haven't read them yet but I can't wait. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. lovely interview! and I totally agree with the whole 'let's kille the protagonist at the end' thing.

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

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  16. I have bought a book based on a cover and was pleasantly surprised.
    I hated that ending in Message In A Bottle too. There really was no need for it.
    I can't wait to read Enraptured. It sounds amazing. Has a great cover, too. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. hi Elizabeth! nice to know you :)

    i'm thinking about starting Game of Thrones soon. i'll pay extra attention for what Tyrion Lannister's words ;)

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  18. I love the cover, thanks for the chance to win

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  19. I'd love to have her book. Please count me in. Thanks
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  20. Reading Marked now and loving it! I also totally agree with your Tyrion comment, as you know! Ha!