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Friday, January 13, 2012

Special Guest Blogger — Elisabeth Naughton

Hi, all

First, an update on Defiant. I’m deep into polishing the manuscript and working out all the kinks. I’ve been very focused on it at the expense of many things, but I am enjoying it, which is wonderful. I’m very excited to share this book with all of you.

In the meantime, I’ve asked author Elisabeth Naughton to come talk with us about her latest release, Wait for Me, and her love of reunion stories. I’ve written only one reunion story — Unlawful Contact — but that seems to be a favorite. So what is it about lovers getting a second chance that we cherish so much?

Here is Elisabeth to share her thoughts...

Thanks so much to Pamela for having me here today!

I have been a fan of reunion stories as long as I can remember. My very favorite is Paradise, by Judith McNaught. For those that haven’t read it (and you should!) it’s a book about a man and woman who meet when the heroine is still a teenager. They have an intense fling, get married on a whim and find their relationship torn apart by time and distance. Years later, they meet up again, and that’s when the real story starts—as the lies and betrayals they each thought were true in the past are seen in a whole new light.

While I love reading reunion stories, writing them is an entirely different story. The toughest books I’ve ever written have been reunion stories—STOLEN HEAT, ENTWINED, ENRAPTURED—primarily because there’s so much angst from the past an author has to convey to the reader in order to make them work. Every time I write one, I complain to my critique partner and make her promise to slap me upside the head if I start to write another. She agrees. Then forgets. And months later I find myself ready to tear my eyelashes out as I’m stuck in the middle of yet another one. It really is like a sickness – I love them so much I can’t stop writing them. But at the same time they test my writing patience and push me to the limit. The only consolation is that at the end—when it’s all said and done—those reunion stories are my favorite books that I’ve written to date.

WAIT FOR ME is one such book. It’s a romantic suspense about a happily married man—Ryan Harrison—whose life is torn apart when his wife is killed in an accident. The book opens five years later with Ryan’s life being turned upside down—yet again—when a woman who looks just like his deceased wife shows up on his doorstep. It’s angsty, it’s emotional, and it’s filled with romance and mystery as the two work together to find answers as to what really happened five years before. And even though it was a very hard book for me to write, it is, without a doubt, one of my all-time favorites.

Are you a fan of reunion stories? What do you like about them? I’m giving away a copy of WAIT FOR ME to one lucky commenter today!


A woman without a past…

After a tragic accident left her with no memory, Kate Alexander struggled to fit in with a husband and world that didn’t feel right. She’s had no reason to question what friends and family have told her, not until her husband is suddenly killed and she finds a photo of a young girl in his office. A girl who can’t be anyone but a daughter Kate didn’t know she had.

A man desperate for a reason to live…

Ryan Harrison lost his wife in a plane crash five years ago. To cope with the pain of her loss, he dedicated himself to his job and to raising their daughter. Now a successful pharmaceutical executive, Ryan has everything a man could want—money, fame and power—but he’d give it all up in a heartbeat for just one more day with the woman he still loves.

Two lives about to converge.

As Kate begins to dig into a past she doesn’t remember, evidence leads her to San Francisco and puts her on the path toward Ryan, a man who sees in her the woman he loved and lost. Kate feels a draw to Ryan, one she can’t explain, but is that feeling enough to convince her this is where she’s supposed to be? As Ryan and Kate search for answers, they uncover lies long buried, a passion hotter than either expected and a danger that threatens…even now…when the second chance they’ve both been searching for is finally within reach.

“Full of twists and turns, lies and deception, and the ultimate revenge, WAIT FOR ME is a great romantic suspense read.”
—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick

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 ballpark or dreaming up new and exciting adventures. Visit her at to learn more about her and her books.


KristinCP said...

I LOVE reunion stories, and yes, Unlawful Contact is probably my favorite! There's something hopelessly romantic about second chances.

Thanks for the heads up on your favorite Elisabeth! I'm adding Paradise to the TBR pile!


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Kelsey said...

I love reunion stories because it gives the couple a second chance at love

krisgils33 said...

I love reunion stories and I absolutely adored your Stolen trilogy. I'm looking forward to reading this book!!!

2shay said...

Unlawful Contact is one of the very best romance nooks, ever. Period. Pamela Clare likes your stories, and that's enough for me. I will put you on my very short lost of authors who's books I intend to read all of, and soon. Thank you for your interesting blog.

I love reunion stories because they are so emotional and, for the most part, you become so emotionally attached to the characters. Like you said, there is tons of emotion to the couple because of their past and to be able to watch it all come together is so gratifying for me, the reader. And it's also very romantic!

Can't wait to read this book!

Wow!! Sounds like a great read!! I would LOVE to wind a copy!! Thanks for the opportunity.

I'm a sucker for a reunion story! I find them so heartbreaking, and hard to read, at times...but I still love the happy ending!

Hey Elisabeth and Pamela! Waving madly from the frozen tundra of Alabama!

Elisabeth, just wanted you to know that I read WAIT FOR ME last week and thought it was absolutely fabulous. Could not put it down! Angst, laughter, tears, chilling suspense, sweet romance and lots of sizzle! Just the way I like my romantic suspense. Congrats on another fantastic release!

TrishJ said...

Love reunion stories. I read your stolen series and enjoyed them as well. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your latest book.

Alison said...

Wait for Me sounds amazing! I can't wait to read it!

I love reunion stories! Unlawful Contact is one of my faves...there's just something about a couple meeting up again and realizing the love they had before is still there that makes me melt.

Jane said...

Congrats on the release, Elisabeth. I do enjoy reunion stories. It's nice when a couple gets a second chance at love.

Sue P. said...

This book sounds so great! Sorry to say I haven't read your work, but love Pamela's. It's like opening a gift when an author recommends another authors work. I know I will start with this book and go on from there.

Love reunion stories because we all search for our soul mates, and that is what reunion stories are usually about. When there is intrigue, mystery and unanswered questions, plus a threat of some kind, all the better!


Anonymous said...

I love Pamela Clare unlawful contact so much because of the reunion theme . For me reunion story gives two people a new chance to love again and to realize what is the most important thing in their life and who is the most important person in their love life:D. Aretha zhen,

So glad to hear reunion stories are a hit (especially because I can't seem to stop writing them)!

Pamela - Thank you for sharing my book with your readers!

Kristin - Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy WAIT FOR ME.

Kelsey - I'm all about second chances. I think that's why I love reunion stories. How many of get things right the first time? Not just relationships but anything?

Krisgils33 - Ww, thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed the Stolen books! I loved writing them.

2shay - Thank you! I really hope you like my work.

Alyssa - That why I love them too. So much emotion. I'm a sucker for the deep emotion in a romance. Reunion stories are brimming with those emotions.

Betty - Thanks! Hope you enjoy WAIT FOR ME!

Nicole - Me too. As long as there's an HEA.

Christy - Aw, you just made my weekend! I'm so happy you enjoyed WAIT FOR ME! This is the book that got me writing. The story that's been in my head the longest. Took me a long time to finally decide to write it because I wanted to do it right. So to hear that people are enjoying it thrills me even more. Thank you!!

Trish - Thanks for stopping by. So happy you enjoyed the Stolen books!

Alison - Thanks for the comment! I hope you enjoy WAIT FOR ME!

Jane - Thank you. I agree!

Sue - Love your comment about the gift. I hope you like WAIT FOR ME.

Aretha - What a great explanation. I agree!

Elisabeth, I think it's fantastic that you got to write a story that means so much to you. Even more than that, I think it's great that you WAITED until you felt you could tell the story the way it needed and deserved to be told.


Nicole Andrews, you are the winner of a copy of Elisabeth's new book WAIT FOR ME!

Congratulations! And thanks to everyone who commented.

Nicole, if you send your me or Elisabeth your email address, she'll get your prize out to you.

Thanks, Elisabeth, for sharing the word about WAIT FOR ME here, and thanks to everyone who stopped by.

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