Memorial Day Giveaway!
Update: Thanks for spending a little of your Memorial Day with us. I love to hear from YOU! Elisabeth Naughton’s winner is (drumroll, please!) JULIE! Please drop me an email with your snailmail info and I’ll forward your address to Elisabeth.
If you didn’t win, please don’t despair. My contest is still running and the prize is a whole box of box suitable for beach reading! Be sure to visit again next Monday when my guest blogger will be Anita Clenney and her Highland Warriors. Of course, I’ll be here throughout the week too with the odd observation. Enjoy!
Hope you’re enjoying your long holiday weekend. I’ve been reading like a fiend. After the cookout, I plan to dive back into Mad about the Duke by Elizabeth Boyle, which I recommend to all historical lovers. But I also enjoy a gripping romantic suspense and I’ve been a fan of today’s blog guest since I read her STOLEN FURY. You’re in for a treat! Please welcome my blog guest, the very talented Elisabeth Naughton and her latest release!
Big thanks to Mia for having me here today! I’m really excited because my first Kensington Brava book releases tomorrow. BODYGUARDS IN BED is a romantic suspense anthology featuring Lucy Monroe, Jamie Denton and yours truly. Not only is romantic suspense one of my first loves, but my novella in this book holds a special place in my heart. Why? Because it marks the end of a very special series.
When I was first asked to participate in this anthology I had only one requirement: my novella had to include a bodyguard. I’d never written about a bodyguard before, but I almost immediately knew my heroine—supermodel Lauren Kauffman. Those of you who read my Stolen Series will recognize Lauren’s name. Though she never showed up on any of the pages, she was referenced in all three books. In STOLEN FURY, it was Lauren’s fancy Key Biscayne house where Lisa and Rafe took refuge for a few days. In STOLEN HEAT, Pete talked quite a bit about his sister Lauren and their childhood growing up. And in STOLEN SEDUCTION Lauren’s name comes up again when Hailey and Shane wound up back in Southern Florida.
When I finished the last book in the trilogy—STOLEN SEDUCTION—I was happy with the way the series ended. I didn’t feel there were any threads left hanging or characters that didn’t get their happily ever after—except Lauren. She’d always captivated me, but since she never physically showed up on any pages, her HEA wasn’t imperative. However, Acapulco Heat, my novella in BODYGUARDS IN BED gave me the opportunity to finally give her what she (and I) had been missing. And with the conclusion of this novella, I finally have closure.
I also have a beginning. Because Lauren isn’t the bodyguard in this book. She’s the model being “guarded”. And her bodyguard works for an elite security company which is so intriguing, it has the potential to spawn a whole new series. It’s something I’m playing with right now. I love writing romantic suspense, especially stories like this that are fast paced, suspenseful and sexy as hell, and this novella was so much fun, I can’t wait to dive back into this exciting world.
Just to give you a sneak peak, here’s a quick blurb about my novella, Acapulco Heat, the BODYGUARDS IN BED anthology:
Acapulco Heat by Elisabeth Naughton
Sun, sand, skin and plenty of sex. That’s the name of the game in beautiful Acapulco.
Bodyguard Finn Tierney’s new gig in the sultry city is nothing short of perfect. Too bad he can’t stand it. Hired to protect supermodel Lauren Kauffman during her very public, very sexy cosmetic shoot on the beach, Finn’s itching for a serious assignment and the chance to get away from the hot bod who’s set her sights set on him. Their mutual attraction has been brewing for some time, but he’s got no use for the super wealthy, isn’t about to become another diva’s boy toy. His no-fun-at-work motto might get him booted out of her bed, but when danger strikes, she won’t be able to shake him. And when he discovers things aren’t what they seem and that she’s more than a pretty face and smokin’ body, all bets are off. Lauren Kauffman’s about to take Finn for a ride he never saw coming. And there’s no telling who will survive.
Doesn’t that sound fun?
One lucky commenter today will win an autographed copy of BODYGUARDS IN BED! Just tell me…are you a fan of bodyguard stories? Why or why not?
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.