Write On! Wednesday with Special Guest Elisabeth Naughton Back to Blog

Update:  We have a winner!  Elisabeth randomly selected one commenter to win a copy of MARKED, and that winner is…Angela! Congrats, Angela. Please send an email to cynthia@cynthiaeden.com to claim your prize. And thanks to everyone who commented!


Big thanks to Cynthia for having me on the blog today!

So for those of you who didn’t hear me screaming from Oregon yesterday (what? My raucous excitement didn’t reach you???), I’ll recap what the hullabaloo was all about:

My first paranormal released yesterday!

MARKED is the first book in my new Eternal Guardians Series which centers around seven warriors descended from the greatest heroes in all of Ancient Greece. The first book, MARKED, is Theron’s book. He’s the leader of the Argonauts—the band of guardians who defend their race—and he’s been sent on a quest to locate the human woman who fulfills a prophecy that will save his realm. The catch? He falls for her, big time, even knowing bringing her back ensures her certain death.

I have had so much fun writing this new series. Part of that fun is getting to do whatever I want with the paranormal aspect of the story. For a writer who has stayed pretty much in the romantic suspense realm and ha had to work with real world boundaries, writing paranormals is almost freeing in a sense. But the bigger reason I’m having a great time with these books is because I LOVE Greek mythology. I love the research aspect, I love twisting the myths to fit my characters and my world, and I really love that most characters in Greek mythology straddled the line between good and evil so I can decide if I want them to be hero or villain.

The one downside to this series? I could spend all day researching. Seriously. It sucks me in every time, and before I know it, four hours have gone by. There are so many stories associated with Ancient Greece, I don’t think I’ll ever get through them all. But man, I am having fun trying.

Are you a mythology nut like me? Whether you are or aren’t, what do you love most about paranormal romances?

I’ve got a copy of MARKED just itching to find its way into a reader’s hands. Leave me a comment to be entered to win!


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44 responses to “Write On! Wednesday with Special Guest Elisabeth Naughton”

  1. Barb P says:

    Hi Elisabeth! I really am a mythology fan. So many fun books and movies to read and watch, revolving around the subject. I have been desperately wanting to get my hands on Marked. Can’t wait to read it!

  2. Hi Elisabeth!

    I love greek mythology the way the worshipped not one god but many very cool. I like to read about them.

    I am a big Paranormal lover. Although I tend to read just about anything I love the paranormal gener the most though.

    And the cover wow!

    Thanks for the opportunity

  3. Edie says:

    Eli, I’m SQUEEing for you! I read Leah Hultenschimidt’s Romantic Reads yesterday, and it was all about you and your books. 🙂 I’m eager to read your paranormal. I’m a mythology fan, too, and know I’ll love it.

  4. Connie T says:

    I love greek mythology. I can’t wait to read the book!

  5. Viki says:

    Hi Elisabeth,

    This sounds so good. I read mostly paranormal fiction. I loved Greek Mythology when I was younger. It’s time to revisit :). Looking forward to this read.

  6. Danny says:

    Hi Elisabeth,

    I absolutely love mythology, especially Celtic and Greek

  7. Dinah says:

    I love fiction where history and myths are given a twist. I will be looking forward to your series.

  8. Desiree says:

    I love mythology!!! I can research it all day long. My oldest son is the same way. I can not wait to read your series.

  9. Teresa W. says:

    I’ve been hearing alot about this one, sounds good! I also enjoy mythology.

  10. laurel says:

    i like paranormal romances the best- things that seem like they really could happen. can’t wait to read the Eternal Guardians Series!

  11. Thanks for all the great comments, everyone! I’m a little slow commenting today due to a bunch of different things, but here we go…

    Hi Barb – love hearing that! I hope you enjoy MARKED!

    Andrea – thanks. Isn’t that cover awesome! I definitely got lucky. I love the second one – ENTWINED – just as much (you can see it on my website).

    Edie – Aw, thank you! I was totally surprised when I saw the post on Romantic Reads! My editor totally rocks. (And thanks for the Squee!!!)

    Connie T – love knowing so many others are big myth fans as well!

    Viki – so cool! Hopefully MARKED will reinspire your love for the classics.

    Danny – me too!

    Thank you, Dinah!

    Desiree – thanks. Me too. I get totally sucked up in the research. Have to limit myself. LOL

    Thanks, Teresa!

    Laurel – I hope you like my Guardians. 🙂

  12. Julie says:

    Happy day-after-release day! 😀

    I love reading about mythology, and I totally understand about falling into a research black hole–it’s so fascinating, you don’t want to stop!

    Paranormals are fun because they make me wonder… 😉

  13. Caffey says:

    Hi Elisabeth!! I remember when I first read a Greek god book and was so hooked on it that I was looking up more and trying to find more romance with Greek gods. Then to find more Mythology and legends, I so look forward to these kind of reads now. I learn as I get to enjoy these romances! And too Elisabeth, even those legends and mythology romances that even are created are so neat to read. Paranormal romances can go anywhere and you make them believable! Thanks!


  14. Virginia C says:

    Hi, Elisabeth! Congratulations on your fantastic new “Eternal Guardians” series and the release of “Marked”. Yes, I heard you all the way over here in VA. Whoo-Hoo, back to you!

  15. Natasha A. says:

    Marked looks like a fantastic yummy book to read. I can’t wait to read this!!

    And…can I please lick him? No, really 😀 mmmmm

  16. Robin K says:

    I have been following this book and it’s release around the blogspere. Wow, you are a busy woman. I am looking forward to this read and wish you loads of future success!

  17. I just love the worlds that authors create in paranormal romances. I love to learn about mythology…have been fascinated by the stories since I was little.

    Congratulations on your new release!

  18. Diva Donna says:

    Lucky You!!! It sounds Fabulous. I love the Greek mythology. Good Luck. I hope this is the first of many.

  19. Nikki B says:

    Hi!! Im trying to keep up with all these blogs today….

    Can I just say that Im in LOVE with this idea of yours? I LOVE mythology, even though I don’t know all the much more then the next person. Have you ever watched “Supernatural” on tv? One of my favorite shows(2 hotties too, which is a PLUS)…anyway this season has been focasing on different angels, demons, gods and godesses. I spend lots of time on wikipedia while Im watching that show LOL. They are taking characters straight out of texts and putting them into the show in a showdown of good vs evil. I LOVE IT. So when I read your blog over at the at home conference…I knew Id love this book. Mythology and sex i the same book…yeah Im def down with that! It moved directly to the top of my “to read” list. Can’t wait to read!

  20. azteclady says:


    So that’s what the noise was!


  21. Mythology, heroes too hot for mere mortal women, action adventure and oh yeah hot heroes did I mention the hot heroes!!! Elisabeth when the first news came out about your first Paranormal release being based on the descendants of the greatest heroes in all of ancient Greece I was thrilled to also see that strong self assured women would be their human allies and love interests. I love paranormal romance between equals, no wishy washy pouting spoiled females heroines for me…


  22. Barbara Elness says:

    What I love about paranormal romance is that there are no boundries, and the possibilities are endless. You can have just a few fantastical elements based on a specific mythology, or you can just make up your own mythology and come up with any character you wish – I love the many authors that are letting their imaginations run wild and coming up with wonderful stories in the process.

  23. Mariska says:

    what do I love most about paranormal romances, i love mystic, i love paranormal activities, love ghosts 🙂

    in paranormal romance genre, i can get all those mystic things that i love with touch of romance (well, who doesn’t love romance anyway ? 🙂 )

    I’m sooooo want to read your book, coz you are a new for me Author !

  24. Michele says:

    Love, love, love greek mythology 🙂 Have been so excited about this new series you are writing.

    What I love about paranormal books is that anything can happen. Gives us that fantasy world that we all envision 🙂

    Happy Release Week 🙂

  25. Angela says:

    Hi Elisabeth, happy release of MARKED 🙂

    Love everything to do with paranormal books and excited for you to enter this genre. Like that you added greek mythology to your series. I saw on your website that you already have a release date for the second book, how far into the series have your written.

    Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  26. Diane Sadler says:

    Good luck with your new book Elisabeth!

  27. Julie – research black hole – I love that description!

    Cathie – Love that you enjoy the Greek myth element. I find it entertaining (and educational) myself, but then I’m probably biased. LOL

    Virginia – LOL. Was I *that* loud?! Thanks for the congrats.

    Natasha – lick away (though you may need something to wipe down your screen after).:)

    Thanks so much, Robin K!

    Anna – I love all the different takes on mythology and paranormal stories. No two authors do them the same, do they?

  28. Diva Donna – Thank you! MARKED is actually the first of five contracted books, but hopefully the series does well because there could be more.

    Nikki – that’s so cool Supernatural is inspiring you to learn more. I love that! And yes, MARKED is greek myths and sex (LOLOL). Definitely a winner!

    Azteclady – ROFLMAO!

    Jackie – I love strong heroines too. The heroine in MARKED definitely qualifies. 🙂 I’m so glad you’re looking forward to the series!

  29. Barbara – I agree. My critique partner and I both write paranormal books, but hers are human characters with mutated genetics and mine are the descendents of gods and goddesses. Same genre, different extremes.

    Mariska – I hope you like MARKED!

    Michele – I agree. Who doesn’t love a fantasy now and then?

    Angela – thanks. 🙂 Yes, the second book – ENTWINED – releases July 27th and the third book – TEMPTED – which I’m almost done with, will release in February 2011. After that, books 4 & 5 (currently untitled) are set to release about six months after, respectively (so Aug 2011 and Feb 2012)

    Diane – thanks so much!

  30. Fedora says:

    Happy release day, Elisabeth! I’ve always loved mythology and reading stories based on different cultures’ mythology. And I do love modern authors’ different takes on classics–those are always fun! Looking forward to this series, Elisabeth!

  31. Tracey D says:

    Congrats on your release; this must be so exciting for you. I have marked my calendar for you other releases and have started to the countdown for July 27th!

  32. Giada M. says:

    Congratulations Elisabeth! I really can’t wait to read Marked! If this giveaway is international, please enter me.
    Thank you for this chance!^O^
    Best wishes!

    Giada M.

    fabgiada @ gmail.com

  33. CrystalGB says:

    I like mythology. What I love about paranormal romances is you get to meet interesting creatures and visit fascinating worlds.

  34. Spav says:

    I love mythology, especially the egyptian one. I’ve always found it really fascinating.

  35. Eva S says:

    Congrats on your release! I love Greek mythology, this series with sexy warriors sound wonderful, I’ll look for your book!

  36. Cathy M says:

    Hi Elisabeth,

    All the recent blog posts leading up to your release of Marked, reminded me how much I enjoyed Greek and Roman history and mythology during my long ago school days.

    You gave us fascinating fun facts that have me totally ready to start reading Marked.

  37. Fedora – thanks for stopping by! Did you happen to catch the new Clash of the Titans movie? As much as I love Greek myth, I was a little disappointed. I think my new love of the *twists* on Greek myth have tainted me. LOL (However, looking at Sam Worthington for a few hours wasn’t a hardship.)

    Tracey – aw, thanks so much! The next book is Zander’s story and several people who have already read it say they love it even MORE than MARKED, so hopefully readers will as well. 🙂

    Giada – totally international. I hope you enjoy MARKED!

  38. Crystal – me too! The “fascinating worlds” is probably my favorite part.

    Spav – I love the Egyptian myths as well. My daughter was actually pestering me to do something with those down the line. Who knows? Maybe some day.

    Eva – Thank you!

    Cathy – aw, thanks. I’m glad you had fun on my blog. I had a great time coming up with fun facts, myself! I really hope you fall in love with MARKED!

  39. Jeanette Juan says:

    I love how paranormal romances are an escape from reality and I especially love it when it includes mythology. It’s also fun to learn more about various mythological characters and tales.

  40. Sheila Gallagher says:

    Congratulations on your new release, MARKED. It sounds interesting with the Greek mythology.

  41. Gayle Hudson says:

    I went to the bookstores on your release day and you were COMPLETELY SOLD OUT! Good for you but BAD for me!! I cannot wait to read this book. I took several Mythology classes in college and cannot wait to get my hands on this!! Hopefully I can win this one!!


  42. Ashley A says:

    I absolutely adore mythology! I love how they use the stories of God and Godesses to explain natural phenomenom they couldnt explain on their own. I love paranormal romances because I love the element of the unknown and I love the mystisism in paranormal romances.

  43. Willa says:

    Late to the party again! 😀

    What do I love about the Paranormal genre the most? Possibilities. When I crack open a romance novel I know that I am going to get a relationship and a HEA – but woven through that are endless possibiltes of different species, different myths, different codes of honor and some fabulous way-out-there-eye-popping worldbuilding. 😀

    Drool. 😉

  44. Hi Elisabeth, congratulations on the release of Marked!!

    I’m a huge mythology buff! In my pre-teenagers years that’s what I mostly read. I think paranormal novels are the new take on myths. What I love about paranormal romances is that they combine magic with the ordinary world. I love this concept that behind our normal world there are hidden things: supernatural creatures, supernatural powers. It spices things up and I also love the thrill, paranormal romances are much more tumultous, dangerous, exciting!