Saturday, April 6, 2013

Studio Smexy Saturdays: Author Elisabeth Naughton + #Giveaway (ebook)

A note from Kati: Oh man. What is there to say about the awesome Elisabeth Naughton? She writes super sexy books that put a spin on Greek mythology. A super smexy twist. Today she's hanging out virtually at Studio Smexy Saturdays. She was actually at the Studio Smexy PDX shoot and let me tell you, her shots were pretty hawt!

Meet Elisabeth:
Bestselling Author Elisabeth Naughton writes full time from her home in western Oregon where she lives with her husband and three children. Her books have appeared on every major bestsellers list, including the New York Times, the USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Digital Book World and IndieReader, and have been nominated for numerous awards such as the prestigious RITA® awards by Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, The Golden Leaf and the Golden Heart. When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ballpark or dreaming up new and exciting adventures.

Connect with Elisabeth: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter

Jamie and Kati: Welcome to Studio Smexy Saturdays at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance!

J&K: Tell us 5 fun facts about yourself.
Elisabeth Naughton: Yikes…a tough question right off the bat! Let's see…
  1. I run half marathons in my spare time (i.e., when my running partners get me tipsy on wine and convince me to sign up for a race)
  2. I love watching baseball (especially really hot college players who fill out the uniforms like perfection)
  3. I'm a Game of Thrones nut (obsessed really, but we won't go THERE)
  4. I love to travel but hate to fly (claustrophobic much?)
  5. I started reading romance in college after picking up the sequel to Gone with the Wind (I knew there HAD to be better romances out there!)
J&K: What book(s) feature a Studio Smexy shot cover?
EN: BOUND, the sixth book in my Eternal Guardians series, which released on March 26, 2013.

J&K: How well does the cover illustrate your vision of the hero/heroine? Of the story?
EN: The cover of BOUND is PERFECT. The model looks exactly like my hero, Titus. And the water makes an odd sort of sense after you read the book. When I saw the image on Jenn's site I KNEW it was the cover of my next book.

J&K: What elements do you like to see on a book cover? (hero, heroine, landscape...)
EN: Depends on the genre. For contemporary romances I like to see a sexy couple. For paranormals I like a hot guy. For urban fantasy a kick ass woman. In romantic suspense I like both a sexy couple or a hot guy. And in historicals I really think the passionate couples are beautiful.

J&K: What drew you to choosing a photo shot by Jenn?
EN: Jenn knows what romance authors are looking for when it comes to cover shots. She has a great eye and knows what poses to put them in and how to capture a feeling.

J&K: Describe your cover in one word (smexy or sexy doesn’t count)

J&K: What can readers expect from you next?
EN: Right now I'm working on the sequel to my New York Times Bestseller, WAIT FOR ME. The second book, HOLD ON TO ME, is Mitch's story. I'm also diving into the 7th Eternal Guardians book—TWISTED—which is Nick's story.

Titus lowered his mouth close to Natasa's ear, only just missed brushing her lobe with the tip of his nose. “Whatever’s out there…I’ll protect you.”

She stilled against him, then slowly tilted her head back to look up. Heat radiated from her hands pressing into his sides, from her breasts resting against his leather chest plate. He wished he’d taken off the formal gear earlier in the forest. Wished right now they were naked, skin to skin, so he could see if she felt as good against him in other places. Wanted, more than anything, for her to rise up on her toes and press those plump, tender lips against his so he could know what it was like to be kissed again.

He couldn’t remember the last time he’d been kissed. Couldn’t remember what it felt like to press his mouth to someone else’s, to taste their essence on his tongue. Couldn’t remember how good it must feel to get lost in nothing but warm, blissful wetness.

She’d be all three, he bet. Not just in her mouth, but between her legs, where he ached to touch her, skin to skin.

“You can’t protect me,” she whispered. “No one can.”

The finality to her words slowed his racing heart and brought his focus up to her eyes. They were so green, so fathomless, he wondered if he could see her soul. But they were also haunted. By a fear he sensed was the root of who she really was.

Her panic attack back at the colony whipped through his mind. Followed by the way she’d run from him in Argolea. He had no doubt whoever or whatever was outthere was here because of her.

“Who’s hunting you?”

Her gaze slid from his eyes to his lips, where it hovered, jacking his already overheated body temperature up another five degrees. For the first time in his life, he wanted to know the thoughts of another. Then she licked her lips, like she wanted to take her own sinful taste, and all that supreme control he’d mastered during his lifetime flew right through the trees. His cock swelled beneath his fly until need consumed him.

Kiss me. Gods, just kiss me.

Excerpt from Bound ©2013 by Elisabeth Naughton. All rights reserved.


TITUS—To most his gift seems like a blessing, but for him it’s a curse the other Eternal Guardians—those who protect the mortal realm from threats of the Underworld—seek to exploit. One he would gladly trade for the chance to be free…

Obsessed. Her touch is like a drug. From the moment he met her, Titus knew she was different. Even dangerous. Yet though his guardian brethren are convinced Natasa is working for Hades, Titus can’t stop thinking about her. Can’t stop fantasizing about her. Can’t stop craving the one thing he knows could lead to the downfall of his world.

Possessed. Faced with stopping Natasa or joining in her quest, Titus falls to temptation and is thrust into a world of lust, deception, and deadly treachery designed by the gods. Her touch—only hers—frees him from his bonds, but desire may just condemn him. Because before the end he’ll have to decide which is more important: duty and honor to those he took an oath to defend, or a woman who could very well be the biggest curse to them all.
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Thanks to Elisabeth! And Jenn, always :)

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