Saturday, April 24, 2010

Today, we are excited to have one of my favorite romantic suspense author Elisabeth Naughton as our first ever guest blogger! Her latest release is MARKED, a paranormal romance and the first book in her new Eternal Guardians series comes out this coming Tuesday, April 27th! Please join us in welcoming her... Take it away, Elisabeth!

Thanks so much to Michelle and Leslie for having me here today!

Help! My Favorite Author Has Abandoned Me!


As I make the jump from romantic suspense to the paranormal genre, I find myself fascinated with what it is about the paranormal genre that draws readers. I’ll admit, I was never a huge paranormal fan until just a few years ago. My genre of choice has always been romantic suspense. Danger, intrigue, romance…those are the elements that always pull me. But as I’ve read more, branched out into different genres, I’ve discovered paranormals aren’t all that different from what I’ve been reading for years.


Take my two series, for example. My Stolen Series is considered light romantic suspense or romantic adventure. All three books deal with some kind of treasure hunt, characters on the run from bad guys out for their own gain, and everyday people forced into extraordinary circumstances. Broken down distinctly, in each of my romantic suspense books you’ll find murder and mayhem, danger and suspense and a super hot romance twined through the entire thing.

Compare that to my new paranormal series—the Eternal Guardians—which begins with MARKED (April 27, 2010). These books are different in that the heroes are all descended from the heroes of Ancient Greece—Hercules, Odysseus, Achilles, Jason, etc. They are the protectors of their realm who battle daemons from the Underworld and one specific god hell-bent on revenge. But broken down to its most basic level, these books also contain murder and mayhem, danger and suspense and a smokin’ hot romance. They just happen to have a little something “extra” that my romantic suspense books don’t.

I’ve heard from some fans of my Stolen Series who love romantic suspense and aren’t big paranormal readers. A few have expressed frustration that I am “switching genres so soon”. I can understand this disappointment. You find an author you love in a genre you adore, and then that author moves off to write something else. And the paranormal genre seems to be so wide sweeping. Why is everyone switching to that genre?

I don’t know about other authors, I can only answer for me, but I will tell you flat out that I never planned to write paranormals. I have, however, always been fascinated with Greek mythology. When I was writing STOLEN FURY (my 2010 Double Rita nominee), I immersed myself in the stories from Ancient Greece. That book centered around three ancient relics of the Three Furies – the goddesses of punishment and crime in Greek mythology—and when I got done, I knew I wanted to do something else that was as steeped in the old stories as that was. The result was MARKED, my first paranormal. Yes, there are daemons and snarky gods, immortal beings and a millennia-old prophecy that could bring about the end of the world. But the book is still written in my voice, it still combines romance and danger, suspense and intrigue. So at the heart, when you peel away that paranormal layer (which is all the Greek mythology that I have always loved), you’re left with a book that’s really not all that different from my romantic suspense work.

I’m hoping fans of my Stolen Series will give MARKED a try. A good friend (who only reads romantic suspense and contemporary romances) read it recently and told me she was shocked by how much she loved it. More than my other books, in fact. That was quite a compliment coming from someone who has avoided paranormal novels pretty much altogether. The more I read (and write) the more I’ve realized that if I love an authors voice in one genre, regardless of where they go next, it’s a pretty good bet I’m going to love them in the new genre as well.

And for those readers who are worried I’ve abandoned my RS roots? Don’t fret, I haven’t. I love writing romantic suspense and always will. As publishers are willing to buy my work, I’ll continue writing it. In fact, my next project is an RS novella I’m writing for Kensington, which I can’t wait to start. I truly love writing in BOTH genres.

How about you? Have you ever felt abandoned by an author you fell in love with? Did you give that author a chance in their new genre? I’d love to know why or why not.

GIVEAWAY
I have an ARC of MARKED to give away to one lucky commenter today, so tell me what you think! And to learn more about me and my books, please visit me at www.ElisabethNaughton.com. (Elisabeth assured me that INTERNATIONAL entrants are welcome and ends May 1st)



MARKED is one of my most anticipated releases in 2010 so I'm really excited! I love her Stolen series (my review of Stolen Fury) and I can't wait to read her jump from romantic suspense to paranormal. Don't forget to pick up your copy on Tuesday!
Leslie and I want to take this time to thank Elisabeth for stopping by today and for writing this wonderful post.

29 comments:

  1. Wow great post. Loved reading about Elisabeth's switch from suspense to paranormal. I am also a huge fan of anything mythological. My all time favorite lessons I taught were on Greek mythology, so having this in the book is a bonus! I will definitely be getting Marked.

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  2. Hi Michelle and Hi Elizabeth!Wow.I love reading how you wanted to give it a try switching from suspense to paranormal genre. I have soem of my favourite author who switch genre so many times. Even better, from thriller to romance type genre =) And since your friend said the new genre you pick is even better, than i think it is a good read =)

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  3. Thank you for posting this! Marked sounds GREAT and a love the cover! Thank you for making this awesome giveaway international! This book is on my wishlist and I can't wait to read it!
    Thank you for the chance!

    Giada M.

    fabgiada @ gmail.com

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  4. I have heard great things about this book! And what a switch Elisabeth made:)
    Yes I have felt abandoned by an author...Patricia Cornwell. Her books used to drag me in from page 1. Then I could hardly get myself to read them. I read somewhere that she was having some personal issues so I think that was why her writing seemed to go downhill. I didn't stop reading her books in hopes they would start to get better. And yes they have! The last 2 books seem to be getting back to where she used to be.
    Thanks!
    email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

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  5. Thanks for the great comment, Jan! I love hearing from readers who are Greek myth fans! From an author's perspective - there are so many ways build off the ancinet classics. I hope you enjoy what I've done with MARKED.

    dArLyN - thanks so much. My paranormals are bit darker than my romantic suspense books, but paranormals just tend to lend themselves to darker topics, don't you think?

    Giada - I LOVE your name! So beautiful. Thanks for the comment, and I hope you enjoy MARKED!

    Angie - I have a friend who's a big Patricia Cornwell fan. I'll have to ask him if he had the same reaction you did.

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  6. Thank you,

    Bill ;-)

    billsmith2003 (at) gmail (dot) com

    Hope you'll check out my book giveaway:
    http://drbillsbookbazaar.blogspot.com/2010/04/book-giveaway-moonlight-falls.html
    http://thehomeplaceseries.blogspot.com/

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  7. Great post! Some of my favorite authors are making the switch over to YA and I enjoy tagging along and seeing what they come up with. I enjoy romantic suspense but my favorite books are urban and paranormal fantasy.

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  8. Awesome post! I love reading this kind of genre so I'm really looking forward to reading this.

    hewella1@gmail.com

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  9. I often check out the new books. I've read genres that I never would have tried if the story wasn't written by an author I already knew and enjoyed.

    chey127 at hotmail dot com

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  10. This sounds great; awesome cover too!

    sexywomenread@yahoo.com

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  11. If I enjoy an authors writing style then I will often follow them into a genre that I may not usually read.

    Marked sounds wonderful. I would love a chance to win!

    xx,
    E.J.

    e.j.stevens.author[at]gmail[dot]com

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  12. avalonne83 & Bill - thanks for stopping by.

    Bookie - many romance authors also write YA. I have a few I'm following into the genre as well.

    Ashley - thanks so much! I hope you like MARKED!

    chey - totally true!

    CallmeKayla - thanks for the nice comment! I do love the cover.

    E.J. - thanks, and good luck!

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  13. If I enjoy an author and they decide to write in another genre, I'll usually follow them into that one. An example is Jayne Ann Krentz, also known as Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick. I love her historical and paranormal books, but I don't read that much contemporary romance. If I run across one of her contemporaries that sounds enjoyable, I'll pick it up because I know she's a great writer, even though that's not my usual preference.

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  14. This looks like a really great book! My two daughters have gotten me into Greek mythology. We might have to fight over it.

    I like to fight over books. I usually win.

    ntaylor228 at gmail.com

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  15. woot thank you for this giveaway!
    btw sounds really great, I thought it was very lack-of-romance when I first read the summary lmao.

    but anyway, i usually will give my fav authors a chance in their new genre, they're my fav authors and I believe in their works :D

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  16. Great post. I will generally try a new genre if my author switches genres. But there are few genres I don't read, nonfiction, self help or religious based fiction. If I loved an author in one genre there's a pretty good chance they'll click with me in a different genre.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

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  17. I've never had that kind of problem with an author. Usually, if I like how they write one genre, I will like how thay write another different one.

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Barbara E - Love that answer! It's good to know for authors like me. ;)

    Taylorclan6 - LOL. Your poor daughters! (But mom should always win!) The Eternal Guardians series has been a lot of fun to write. So many things to build off of in Greek Mythology! I hope you enjoy it.

    LOL FionaChan - Definitely not a lack of romance in this book. It's really the romance that drives the entire story.

    Lisa R - I can't think of any genre writers who have branched out into those areas - unless they're contributing to craft/writing books which are really only of interest to authors like me. ;)

    Spav - yay! Love knowing that.

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  19. I find that if I like the author in one genre that chances are i will like the other.
    9oofus@gmail.com

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  20. Wow sounds like a great book, I mean "smokin’ hot romance" I'm in!!

    celene4ever(AT)hotmail(DOT)com or celene08(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  21. This sounds like a great book! Once I like an author I continue to read them even when they switch genres :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  22. this sounds like a smokin good read! Usually if it is the same author, it doesnt matter is they change genres, because im still familiar with their writing and i trust that it'll still be a good book. :)

    bianca.riot.08(@)hotmailDOTcom

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  23. I love the supernatural and would love to read this :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
    theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com

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  24. I love murder and mayhem. With the added spice of Ancient Greece I really look forward to reading this book.
    eva.s.black[@]gmail[.]com

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  25. I've only heard great things about this book, I'd love to read & review it!

    kpic724 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  26. Like the mix in this book. And its international! Please count me in

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  27. Ooooh a new paranormal series and decendents of Ancient Greece's heroes - right up my alley!

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  28. This sounds great!
    An author that abandoned me...Patricia Wrede is usually amazing and yet I haven't liked her Frontier series, which is odd. Oh! K. M. Grant's Blood Red Horse is a work of genius. I absolutely love it, and then everything else I've read by Grant was ....eh.
    rae_sunshine4(at)yahoo.com

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  29. What an interesting question... and I guess it's true that sometimes you do feel abandoned by an author. I really like Sophie Kinsella (of Shopaholic fame) for her light-hearted chick lit but when I found out that she also writes under her real name (Madeleine something) but writes "bodice-rippers" under her real name... I dunno, I tend to find erotic-romance books pretty boring so I was pretty disappointed in her! I haven't read any of those books, and don't plan to.

    On the other hand, an author I LOVE is Maria V Snyder, who writes adult fantasy... her new book, INSIDE OUT, is YA fantasy, which I'm not such a big fan of - I much prefer the depth and intensity of adult fantasy books. I often find YA fantasy a big high-schooly for me. But I love Maria Snyder so much, I'm definitely getting the new book anyway. Same with Juliet Marillier, actually - started writing YA instead of adult fantasy, and while I don't enjoy her YA books as much, they're still always a good read.

    I blush to admit I haven't actually heard of Elisabeth Naughton before, but this book sounds pretty awesome. And I promise if I won the book, I wouldn't be prejudiced against the romantic suspense she's written! ;)

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