Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Today, we have the pleasure of welcoming back author Elisabeth Naughton here on M&LBP! Her latest release is ENTWINED, a paranormal romance and the second book in her new Eternal Guardians series. It comes out this coming Tuesday, July 27th! Please join us in welcoming her...

Hi Elisabeth! Please tell us a little about yourself... say in 160 characters?
Elisabeth Naughton pens sexy romantic adventures and dark, hot paranormals from her home in Western Oregon where she’s currently trying to survive the summer with her three gremlins. The three gremlins, however, are working very hard to make sure she gets nothing done.

Since you write paranormals, who are your top 3 paranormal character crushes?
Oh, this is hard. Okay:
1) Aragorn – The Lord of the Rings. Great in the book. Better in the movie.
2) Butch – Lover Revealed – I don’t know why, but I just really liked his character. Zsadist and Rhage were great, but there was something endearing about the oddball trying to fit in.
3) Teague Creek – Maximum Exposure – my critique partner Joan Swan’s upcoming paranormal romantic suspense from Kensington. I know this is sorta cheating since very few people (besides me!) have read this book yet, but it’s an awesome story, and Teague is a fantastic hero. (Be sure to buy the book when it releases!)

There are a lot of Greek gods in your Eternal Guardian series but do you have a favorite Greek god or a Greek myth?
One of my favorite Greek myths is the turning of Medusa. It’s a twisted tale, but I understand why Medusa ended up the way she did. She was a virgin, beautiful and sought after by gods and men alike. Poseidon, allegedly overcome with lust, raped her in Athena’s temple and Athena, both jealous of Medusa and angered by the fact Poseidon had taken the maiden, transformed Medusa into a hideous creature with snakes in her hair, so horrible to look at one would be turned to stone if they did. Medusa, abandoned and hated, became the monster Athena created, and she spent the rest of her life turning anyone who ventured near her to stone. Until, of course Perseus succeeded in beheading her.
Poseidon is really the one who should have been punished in this tale, but it goes a long way to explain how monsters can be created through excruciating, outside circumstances. Medusa was a horrible creature at the height of her terror, but part of me can’t help but feel sorry for her.

Hmm... that's interesting. I never knew that about Medusa. Okay, with your new book ENTWINED coming out in exactly a week, is there something you always do (a ritual of some sort) on the day a new book of yours is released out into the world?
Stress. Oh, wait, you mean something FUN. Hm…my hubby takes me out to dinner and we toast the new book. And I continue to stress.

Aww... that's sweet. Please give us a one sentence blurb about ENTWINED.
ZANDER — The most feared of all the Eternal Guardians - it’s rumored he can’t be killed, and he always fights like he has nothing to lose, but as a descendant of the famed hero Achilles, he’s got to have a vulnerability… somewhere.

Three songs that would be in the Entwined soundtrack?
My Immortal by Evanescence
New Divide by Linkin Park
Love Story by Taylor Swift

I'm happy to see "Love Story" in that list--it's one of my favorite songs. So, which of the characters in ENTWINED are you most like? The most different?
Oooh, another hard one. Okay, let me see. I think I’m most like Callia. I see a lot of myself in her. The most different would be Zander. The guy has a serious death wish. I understand it, but I can’t ever see myself wanting nothing more than to die. That’s pretty extreme.

What was the hardest part to write in Entwined? Easiest?
ENTWINED is a reunion story, so the hardest part for me was when Callia and Zander had that deep talk about what happened in the past and each realized why the other did the things they did. Seeing events through someone else’s eyes – those are always tough to write. Their past relationship is mired in betrayal, pain and conflict, and bringing all that out—having them talk about it—was hard for me to write. Love scenes are also hard for me. I don’t know why – I toil over those a lot more than anything else.
The easiest part of ENTWINED? The fight scenes. I love writing the action/fight scenes. The reviewer from RT BookReviews called it “bloody and violent” and I laughed out loud when I read that. Obviously, my enthusiasm for the fight scenes came through loud and clear.

A reunion story with "bloody and violent" fight scenes--I love it already! What is next after ENTWINED?
The third Eternal Guardians book is TEMPTED, which hits store shelves in February 2011. I won’t tell you whose book this is just yet… you have to read ENTWINED to figure that out. I WILL tell you it’s smokin’ hot and that I cried writing the end. That’s never happened to me before.

Not even a little hint? Okay, I guess I'll have to wait until I read ENTWINED--good thing I have it on pre-order--but I'm crossing my fingers it'll be about Nick (he is my favorite from Marked). Thank you so much for stopping by and answering my questions Elisabeth!

Readers, to learn more about Elisabeth and her books, visit her website
or follow her on Twitter. You all should definitely check out Marked (the 1st book in Elisabeth's Eternal Guardian series) if you haven't already and while you're at it, make sure you pick up ENTWINED as well--it's out on July 27th--exactly a week from now! Or you can try your luck here...

GIVEAWAY
Elisabeth is giving away a copy of MARKED and ENTWINED today! If you want to be entered to win, leave a comment on this post telling us Who is your favorite Greek god or goddess? Also, be sure to tell us what book you're interested in reading. You can put your name in the hat for either MARKED or ENTWINED.

**You must answer the question to enter and the title of the book you want to win with your email address (no email no entry). Ends July 27th and open INTERNATIONALLY. Good luck!**

49 comments:

  1. This is quite hard but I love Perseus ever since I watched The Clash of Titans.But he's Demigod so i think I will stick with Poseidon. (He's Percy Jackson father after all! *wink*)

    I would love to read her book!I want to win Marked!

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

    thanks girls!

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  2. My problem is that I like most of them =D but if I have to choose one... I suppose that Eros is the best for me.

    I want to win Marked XD

    sandymanga@hotmail.es

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  3. My favorite is Dionysus. I even named my first cat Bacchus. The god of wine and theatre what could be more fun together.

    I would like to win Entwined.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  4. My favorite is Athena, because she is intelligent and strong.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. My fav goddess is Aphrodite..She is beauty, she is sexy and strong.

    I would love to be entered to win entwined.

    sugarw @ q dot com :)

    thanks!!

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  6. My favorite is Athena.
    would love to win Marked..

    vidishamun@gmail.com

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  8. Aphrodite is mine!

    I would like to win Marked please :)

    chidoryx AT hotmail DOT com

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  9. Of course, Venus!

    Marked!

    Thanks... delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. Hmmmm favorite Greek god or goddess? I liked Athena a lot, but yes she could be cruel (totally messed up in Medusa's case... more justified with Arachne).
    Persephone has always been one of my favorites though. Her name, her story, the fact that she's younger (I related more to her as a kid I guess.) Although if I think about it, the whole creepy old guy... ok stopping now.

    Haha - definitely excited for your next book in this series, Elisabeth!

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  11. Poseidon is my favorite Greek god.
    Great interview. Elisabeth's books sound fabulous.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot}com

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  12. I'm going with Artemis, the ultimate cool chick. :D I'd love to win Marked, please!

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com

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  13. My favorite Greek goddess is Athena. I'd love to win Marked, so I can start the series with the first book.
    Barbed1951(at)aol(dot)com

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  14. My favourite too would be Athena.

    Yes I would like to win Entwined.

    I follow you.

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  15. Such a tough one to answer.. so many of the gods and goddesses intrigue me for different reasons. But, I guess I'll go with Persephone for now. Something about the tragedy of her makes me want to read more about her life.

    I would love to be thrown into the hat for MARKED please!

    ~Tanya
    amongthemuses @ gmail . com

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  16. Athena is my favorite :) I would love to win a copy of ENTWINED please
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  17. Athena is my favorite as well because she defies the ancient sterotype of the woman who tends hearth and home. Instead, she is portrayed as a brilliant woman who chooses to use her intelligence to problem solve and there's a lot to emulate there!

    I would like Marked, please.

    phisiglady AT gmail DOT com

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  18. I like artemis, because she is the goddess of animals and young girls, childbirth, and women. I would like the book entwined.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  19. My favorite greek goddess is Aphrodite!!I am interested in reading Marked.

    Misha

    mishamary@gmail.com

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  20. My favorite is Athena. She is strong and very smart. My kind of woman. lol

    Just looked at other comments and it seems a lot of us like Athena.

    I would love to win Entwined as I have Marked and this way I can continue reading the series. lol

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  21. Great interview! My favorite goddess is also Athena. You've got to love her! :P
    Thank you for making this contest international! I would love to enter the contest for both books.

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

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  22. I love all these great choices! Athena seems to be a very popular goddess - I can totally see why!

    Keep them coming. This contest is open until the 27th!

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  23. Dionysus sounds fun lol. I'd like to read Marked first, then Entwined.

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  24. I think I'd have to go straight to the top with Zeus, but I'm sure I could have a thing with Ares.

    Thank you so much for the great interview and generous giveaway.

    I'd love to win Marked (first that is).

    Jules
    onebookshy (at) yahoo dot com

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  25. I always enjoyed stories of the Greek Gods but they are so flawed chosing a favourite is difficult. Probably Demeter because she is frequently depicted as the calmer old woman providing food and prosperity for the farmers.

    I would love to read Marked.

    eva.s.black[@]gmail[.]com

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  26. I always loved the story of Persephone and her mother Demeter. It was so amazing what the power of a mother's sorrow could do to the Earth. To know that because Persephone ate six Pomegranate seeds caused her to have to spend six months in Hades and for those six months Demeter grieves for her daughter causing six months of winter. That story always touched me so I could never choose between then so they are both my favorite.

    I am interested in reading Marked.

    skyla11377(At)AOL(Dot)Com

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  27. My favourite Greek goddess is Athena.

    I would love to read Marked.

    cwilliams127 at gmail dot com

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  28. Great question and a hard one too. I will have to say Demeter. I appreciate what she stands for and so she would be the best choice for me.


    I would love to be entered to win Marked.

    lllinthe808[at]gmail[dot]com


    Thank you!

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  29. I'd to say it's a tie between Aphrodite and Athena as my favorite goddess. I love what they stand for. Aphrodite for love and Athena for crafts, wisdom...Althought Artemis is a great goddess too, the one of fertility and childbirth.. :)

    I'd like to be entered for either book!

    xprettyxnxpunkx AT gmail DOT com

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  30. Hi,
    One of my favorite Gods is Eros..the God of love, cupids, desire and pleasure.

    If I win I would pick - Marked..

    Sandra
    :)

    baby_blackroze@yahoo.com

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  31. I LOVE Greek Mythology! (seriously, if I could have married Edith Hamilton's book, I would have).

    Anyway, my favorite goddess has always been Athena (although Artemis comes in a close second). She is the patroness of crafts, but more importantly of wisdom and war. I've always been a military buff so she's always been my favorite. Besides, how cool is it to be born from your dad's head? Definitely an icebreaker!

    I would pick Marked if I was lucky enough to win this contest. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!!!

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  32. My favorite Greek goddess is Athena. I've always loved her and how others portray her too.

    I would love a copy of Marked.

    lilazncutie1215(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. I'm a big fan of Artemis--one smart chick!

    I'd love Marked; I've been dying to read that book ever since I read the blurb. Great contest, thanks!

    msbrebner@gmail.com

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  34. Q: Who is your favorite Greek god or goddess?

    A: I always liked the idea of Dianna the Goddess of the Hunt/Artemis. In some stories she is depicted as good. In some she is bad. In Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series, she is the bitch ex. And the simi calls her heifer goddess :)

    Please count me in! I would like to win Marked! ;)

    Re-posted your contest at: http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2010/07/win-marked-and-entwined-at-michelle-and.html

    Cherry Mischievous
    mischivus101-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  35. My favorite is Artemis.

    I would like to read Marked.

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  36. Oops, forgot my email.

    My favorite is Artemis.

    I would like to read Marked.

    my email is
    headlessfowl at jteers dot net

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  37. Hecate, Goddess of Magic & the Crossroads, is my favorite Greek goddess. She gets a bad rap as a "dark" god, but originally, she wasn't.
    I would like Marked

    gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

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  38. My favourite greek god is Poseidon.

    I would like to win Marked.

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. Athena and Eros are both amazing. I love all the greek god and goddess though.. It's hard to choose. hehe

    I would love Marked!!

    natashajennex(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. My favorite goddess is Aphrodite.

    I'd like to win Marked!

    allisonsbj3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. I like Zeus and Athena...awe..just to be a God(dess)!
    Put my name in the hat for both.
    Thanks.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com
    I follow....dor

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  42. One of my favorite goddesses is Venus. Goes back to my youth and Bobby Vinton!
    I am very interested in reading Entwined.
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

    terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

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  43. Thank you for the great giveaway!

    My favourite goddess is Athena: I love that in a time when women were treated as inferiors she was the only female recognized and respected yb men: she was the goddess of wisdom and intelligence, of strategy and culture, of fairness and learning. She is truly someone I could be in awe.

    Please enter me for Marked I haven't started this series yet, though I followed Elizabeth through her great release party of Marked :-)

    Thank you!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

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  44. I love Athena!!

    Please enter me for Marked.

    Thanks!

    melvautour(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  45. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I have to go with Artemis. It's really her Roman counterpart, Diana, who is my favorite goddess.

    There is something about her being the goddess of the hunt, and the bow and arrow, her coice of weapon, that speaks to me. (Probably my American Indian blood!)

    Please enter me in the contest: PolarisGreen[at]gmail[dot]com

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  46. I'd have to go with Hestia, goddess of Hearth

    Would love to win ENTWINED

    mbarten72(at)upcmail(dot)nl

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  47. My favorite is Artemis shes awesome .I would love to win Marked .

    wanda f
    flanagan@mebtel.net

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  48. Oh god (no pun intended) I have no idea which god or godess is my favorite. Probably Persephone, because she spent half her time with the devil, and it takes a strong woman to live through that! I want to read Marked.

    minnchica(dot)bookpusher(at)gmail.com

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