Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bound Book Tour ~ Guest Post and Giveaway with Elisabeth Naughton


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.

********* GUEST POST ********* 
 
Tell us about your “writing cave”. What are some of the must have you need within reach when you’re writing (snacks, drinks, trinkets, etc.)? What’s the atmosphere like (quiet, soft lighting, aroma therapy, etc.)?  Do you set a specific schedule or write when it comes to you?
 I am not a highly organized person (I know...shocker!) so I don’t really have a set “writing cave” or even a writing schedule. I’m also a huge procrastinator so give me six months to do something and I’ll push it off until the last 2-3 then stress out and drive everyone in my house absolutely bonkers. (My husband is a saint, truly.) I do try to write every day because writing is a habit and when I get out of the “habit of writing” it takes me a long time to get back into my characters and stories. But if I go more than 2-3 days away from a book I totally lose focus.

(Okay, let’ssee...unorganized...procrastinator...distractible...these are not great traits I’m bragging about, are they?)

can write a book in six weeks if I push myself.

(Ha! Now I’ve just added liar to my list of attributes. Maybe we should start over...)

Where were we? Oh, writing cave...right...

I don’t write in the same place. I can’t sit at a desk very long or I get bored. I have a coffee shop I go to when my kids are too loud at home, but I can only manage 3-4 hrs there, max. I like to get up and move, switch locations, try something new. Anything to keep from being unorganized...or to stop procrastinating...or to keep me from being so darn distractible. So far today I’ve worked at my desk, on the couch, on my bed, and at the kitchen table. And wow...that wasn’t intended to sound kinky but it totally does!

What else do I need when I write? Either absolute silence (which I RARELY get), or instrumental music. When writing, I can’t listen to anything with lyrics because I find myself singing along and then...in the middle of an intense battle scene, I find I’ve written the entire lyrics of a 3 Doors Down song.

When I’m plotting or thinking about my characters, though, I listen to a wide variety of music, and I tend to listen to these songs over and over and over until a book is done. (Another reason my husband is a saint. Honestly, for the last month, every time we’ve gotten in the car, I’ve put on Adele’s ‘Set Fire to the Rain’. The man is sick of it.) Music touches me in a way nothing else can, and it has a huge impact on my books. I get a lot of ideas not only about story elements, but characters from good music. And I’m a sucker for anything that helps me write...and not be unorganized or a procrastinator or insanely distractible.

I have links to most of my Eternal Guardians soundtracks on my website (go to the right sidebar of each book page and you’ll see the soundtracks listed under “iMix”), but for those of you who are interested in the songs that inspired BOUND--Eternal Guardians book #6, releasing on March 26, 2013--here they are:

Set Fire to the Rain - Adele

Use Somebody - Kings of Leon

How to Save A Life - The Fray

Break the Spell - Daughtry

The Forgotten - Greenday

Your Arms Feel Like Home - 3 Doors Down

Burn It Down - Linkin Park

Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall - Coldplay

When I’m Gone - 3 Doors Down

Skyfall - Adele

She is Love - 3 Doors Down

The Messenger - Linkin Park

A Thousand Years, Part 2 - Christina Perri

I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.

Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett:The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.

My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.

I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.


********** GIVEAWAY  ********** 
1 e-copy of "Bound"
1 "Eternal Guardians Coaster"
1 "Eternal Guardians Temporary Tattoo"
Character Cards
1 Book Marker
1 "Bound" Key chain
1 "Bound" Car Charm

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28 comments:

Katrina W said...

Havent yet read this series but will certainly be checking it out.

Greatpost

kat

sheryl said...

I LOVE this series. If you like reading about Mythology, you will be hooked. Elisabeth is a great storyteller.

Heather Coulter said...

Read through 3, need to get caught up. Heather

Stephanie Dalvit said...

Love this series!! Inspiring to know that someone else functions like me in craziness!! Can't wait to read BOUND!!

Donna Mccabe said...

I found the EG series when Marked was a Free Friday for my Nook and fell in love with all the Guardians! I have told so many people about these fabulous books!

I am thrilled that Titus' story is finally available to us!

Richelle Barry said...

I have really enjoyed the guardian series thus far, I know this one will be as well written and interesting as the others in this series.

Regina said...

Love this series!!!

Laurie said...

I do love this series! I don't know if I could pick a fav, can't wait to read Bound!

robinky42 said...

I love this series. Can't wait for Bound.

Marci Stamas said...

This is, by far, the BEST series I have ever read. I'm not exaggerating! Titus is my favorite and I am SOOOO glad his story is next!!

Victoria said...

Right now I'd say it's Zander but I really love them all :).

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Of course I love this series! Oh Naughtiness!! And I have to say that despite it all O is still my favorite and Nick..

As for the book Scarlett I have that book, haven't read it yet, but I do have it. That book is pretty thick, but I have read a book just as thick as that one before so that's not holding me back.

Olga Sergejeva said...

I haven't read the series.

Mickala said...

I haven't read any of the books, but I really want to! I've heard that they are amazing. Thanks for the giveaway!

LisaJo said...

I love me some Guardians!! Yep! ;)

tina said...

I love Elisabeth and this series!!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Thanks Lindsey for being part of the tour! I'm excited about sharing Titus's story with you all!

Best of luck everyone!!

Doll Lil said...

I absolutely LOVE this series!

gamistress66 said...

hard to pick a fave but I'd say Orpheus is .. he has all the real insticts of a hero, but tries so hard it even as he can't help himself
thanks for a chance at bound, am looking forward to it.

Aleigh said...

I have read the series and love it. Waiting for this book!!!

jmcgaugh said...

I've only read the first one, but I love Theron.

gussie said...

I've just read the series for a second time and can't wait to read about Titus.

Artemis said...

I just finished reading ENSLAVED and enjoyed Gryphon and Maelea's story so much. My favorite Argonaut is Demetrius. What he had to overcome to prove himself to the Argonauts and Isadora *le sigh*. Yeah, so far TEMPTED ranks as #1 in my book.

Cheryl said...

I've read the first four books in the series. So far Demetrius is my favorite Guardian.

Caitlyn Nicholas said...

Wow, what a great interview, thanks Elizabeth :)

Glittergirl said...

I can't wait to start this series. I have them all except this one! I love greek mythology coupled with paranormal romance!

bn100 said...

read one book in the series; don't have a fav

Elf2060 said...

Looks like an interesting series, unfortunately I have not read any of these titles yet. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck with the new release.

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