Thanks so much to Karin for having me here today! For those of you who don’t know me, I write romantic suspense/adventure for Dorchester, and my second book, STOLEN HEAT, just released last week. I met Karin years ago through RWA and I’ve really enjoyed following her career as it’s bloomed. So it’s especially fun to be here today as her “guest” talking about something we all love â€“ books.
Though I’m sure this will show up somewhere in an interview down the line, I’m going to admit it anyway. When I was in college, I used to schedule my classes around the air time for Days of Our Lives. (That sound you hear is me cringing over here.) Popcorn, Diet Coke and Days. Those were my afternoons, as embarrassing as it is to admit now. But looking back, even I have to admit there’s something hypnotic about soap operas. Suspense, romance, secret babies, reunions, lies, betrayal, emotional angst and (for a few minutes) happy endings….what’s not to love about soaps?
And then of course there’s the fact loyal viewers have been watching these shows for years. If that’s not proof soaps have some pretty awesome writers, I don’t know what is.
But this blog isn’t about my TV-watching habits from 20 yrs ago. (Not entirely). It’s about books…
The following Christmas my husband (who wasn’t my husband at the time) bought me a gift that changed my life. It was Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With the Wind. Remember that book? I think it was about a thousand pages, and I read it, pretty much in one sitting. (I really loved the original GWTW). My not-yet-hubby was less than thrilled that I parked it on the couch for three days straight and did nothing but read, but I was in Heaven. And I discovered something profound in that book: it had all the elements I love most about a story…suspense, romance, secret babies, reunions, lies, betrayal, emotional angst and (finally!) a happy ending.
I’m sure you can imagine my reaction…
Who the heck needs soaps?! And you can read a good book with all of that inside and STILL make your classes on time? Insane!!!!
One would think I’d discovered the cure for cancer with that little epiphany. It wasn’t until years later that I didn’t start writing my own books, but that moment with Scarlett was sort of the beginning of the end for me. (Or the end of my soap-watching life.) These days, I write books with all the elements I love most about those old soaps. STOLEN HEAT, my current release, is a reunion story with a back-from-the-dead element, lots of suspense, lies, betrayal, emotional angst and plenty of steamy, hot romance. Whenever a book I’m working on isn’t gelling, I step back and remember what it was about those old soaps that kept me hooked day in and day out, and usually, that gets me back on track. At least, it has so far.
Of course, I haven’t figured out a way to write that “perfect” book yet…the one with the amnesia, secret baby, reunion, back-from-the-dead, kidnapping, stalker, romantic suspense plot. But maybe someday…
Ever had an aha! moment from a book? If so, what was it, and what was the book?
A previous junior-high science teacher, Elisabeth Naughton now writes sexy romantic suspense and paranormal novels full time from her home in western Oregon where she lives with her husband and three children. Her debut release, Stolen Fury, was a 2007 Golden Heart Finalist and has been heralded by Publisher’s Weekly as “A rock-solid debut.” When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ball park or dreaming up new and exciting adventures. Visit the author’s website at www.elisabethnaughton.com
Her latest release is STOLEN HEAT:
Book Two in the Stolen Trilogy
His past tore them apart. Her lies thrust them back together. Now a killer’s out for revenge, but the biggest threat for both may just be the heat they thought they’d already lost…
Antiquities dealer Peter Kauffman walked a fine line between clean and corrupt for years. And then he met the woman who changed his life—Egyptologist Katherine Meyer. Their love affair burned white-hot in Egypt, until the day Pete’s lies and half-truths caught up with him. After that, their relationship imploded, Kat walked out, and before Pete could find her to make things right, he heard she’d died in a car bomb.
Six years later, the woman Pete thought he’d lost for good is suddenly back. The lies this time aren’t just his, though. The only way he and Kat will find the truth and evade a killer out for revenge is to work together—as long as they don’t find themselves burned by the heat each thought was stolen long ago…
“Exciting, action-packed and fast moving, this story seamlessly alternates from the present to the past. A first-rate mystery, it has well-developed characters and a suspenseful and satisfying climax. A fine romantic thread winds through it all.”
“STOLEN HEAT is an awesome combination of deadly suspense, edgy action and a wonderful romance with characters that you’ll laugh, cry and yell with. I had a great time reading it and I’m definitely looking forward to more of Ms. Naughton’s books.”
–Wendy, Night Owl Romance
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