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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Author Guest Blog & Contest with Elisabeth Naughton

This week author Elisabeth Naughton is my guest here on Amberkatze's Book Blog!

Elisabeth is known in the Paranormal genre for her Eternal Guardians and already made an appearance on Amberkatze's Book Blog to tell us about about that series.

However this week Elisabeth is celebrating a non paranormal new release. She has a short story appearing in an anthology called 'Bodyguards in Bed'. Enjoy reading her guest blog about 'The Lure of the Military Hero' and then make sure you enter the contest for your chance to win a copy of Elisabeth's new release!


The Lure of the Military Hero

Thanks so much to Amberkatze for having me here today! I’m thrilled to visit during release week for BODYGUARDS IN BED, my romantic suspense anthology with Lucy Monroe and Jamie Denton, which hits store shelves on Tuesday May 31, 2011!

I have several author friends who write military romances, and after the news of Bin Laden’s death a few weeks ago, it seemed SEALs were the next hot thing. All over Twitter and Facebook I kept hearing how hot SEALs are and how romance readers are craving military heroes. Even editors and agents were saying they could go for some military romance submissions. I can definitely see the attraction—the whole good vs. evil thing, willing to put one’s life on the line for one’s country, the protective nature of those in uniform, etc. As my husband served in the Air Force for twelve years I definitely get this. (There is just something sexy about a guy in uniform, isn’t there?) And I agree that military heroes make for good romance heroes—tough, strong, dedicated, protective. What’s not to love?

I haven’t written many military heroes. Rafe, the hero in my first book, STOLEN FURY, was ex-Navy, but he was also a thief so some may argue that counter-acts the whole dedicated and protective piece. (I disagree…Rafe was definitely tough, strong, dedicated and protective…just in his own way.) The hero in my Acapulco Heat novella in the BODYGUARDS IN BED anthology, however, is a true military hero. Though he now works for a private security company, Finn Tierney and all his coworkers have some kind of military past. In Finn’s case, he’s an ex-special ops member of the Irish Army Ranger Wing, Ireland’s premier hostage rescue unit. He knows a thing or two about protection, and he’s the elite of the elite. What starts off as a boring assignment guarding a spoiled model quickly becomes a battle for life and death as he and the heroine find themselves running through the Mexican jungle, trying to avoid drug cartels and terrorists all while trying to figure out a mystery and avoid a smoldering passion that just might get them killed.

I had a lot of fun with this novella, and I can definitely say I’m hooked on military heroes now. And ex-military heroes have so much internal conflict. From a writer’s perspective its fun to figure out just what makes these guys tick.

What do you think about military heroes? Love ‘em or hate ‘em? I’d love to know your opinion. I’ve got an autographed copy of BODYGUARDS IN BED for one lucky commenter today!


A former junior high science teacher, Elisabeth Naughton traded in her red pen and test tube set for a laptop and research books. She now writes sexy romantic adventure and paranormal novels full time from her home in western Oregon where she lives with her husband and three children. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards including 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 ball park or dreaming up new and exciting adventures. Visit her at www.elisabethnaughton.com to learn more.


Contest Time

Elisabeth is giving away an autographed copy of BODYGUARDS IN BED!

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Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Gotta love those guys & girls in a uniform.




alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Barbara E. said...

I love military heroes. They're true heroes in real life, so it's nice to see them featured in novels as well.

Unknown said...

just wondering, did the seals, make themselves into major heroes more so now ?

yes i like a strong he man warrior army guy

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Hi Lisa, thanks for stopping by! Love your graphic!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Barbara - so very true. Real life heroes.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

blackroze - I would say yes, they did. But if you asked a SEAL I'm sure they'd tell you they're just doing what they were trained to do. I think what makes these guys even sexier is that they're not looking for glory and fame.

jbiggar said...

Love, Love military heroes!! They are just so sexy and mysterious,what's not to love? i especially love the Seals,those guys take training to a whole other level.Suzanne Brockmann is one of my fav's for writing about tough military men

Ellory said...

I happen to love military and ex-military types. Have been reading romances in this vein for a bit. :) Did not need current events to point the way. ;)

Victoria said...

I love military heroes. Really got into them via StephaniebTyler. Thanks for the giveaway.


Unknown said...

I love military heroes and books about military heroes.

Margay Leah Justice said...

I'm almost embarrassed to say I haven't read any books with military heroes yet, though I do love the military and appreciate all they do for us. I'd love for this to be my first, though!


debbie said...

I like military heroes. They are often very deep characters. I enjoy reading books that have them.

Unknown said...

What do you think about military heroes? Love ‘em or hate ‘em? I love military heroes. They are true heroes who sacrifice their lives everyday for our freedom. I love reading about them in book. I think men in uniforms are so hot. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

Unknown said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. Tore923@aol.com

Lisa G said...

I love military and ex-military heroes. We've had several in my family and I am so proud of them.
lisaguertin at yahoo.com

Aurian said...

I love romantic suspense, especially with Seals and such. My fav author is Christina Skye, who also makes them a fun read. But it is important that the heroine is tough too. I would like to read your book someday Elizabeth.

I am a follower and a subscriber.

auriansbooks at gmail dot com

Audra said...

I think military heroes-are the best !!!!!

Amy said...

I like military heroes because they are so sexy, with their great physiques and protective and lethal personalities.


Meredith said...

Love the military heroes! They support our country, and usually look pretty good in a uniform!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Sharon Stogner said...

Military heroes taste good ;) They are just as yummy as a paranormal hero.

Andra Lyn said...

Yummmmmm I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Military Men. They are so sexyyyy! Gotta love a man in Uniform (My current favorite is Prince Harry ) lol

hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

XOXO Andra

Maria D. said...

I love military heroes!

Tweeted the guest blog/giveaway


Anonymous said...

Yep, definitely gotta lov'em! Don't know why, but men/women in uniforms are sexy ^^ and they are doing a tough and important job out there. *thumbs up*

clynsg said...

Military personnel make great heroes--and heroines!

cgclynsg0 at gmail dot com

Pam S said...

I think Military men and women make great heroes/heroines. Nothing like an alpha male and a woman who can hold her own :).

pams00 @ aol.com

Gail said...

Anyone who chooses to serve his country & fight for freedom and the pursuit of happiness is a hero!


cherio1 said...

I think military heroes are the absolute best!