Elisabeth Naughton: Unchained
(An Eternal Guardians Novella)
by Elisabeth Naughton
PROMETHEUS – One of the keenest Titans to ever walk the earth. Until, that is, his weakness for the human race resulted in his imprisonment.
For thousands of years, Prometheus’s only certainty was his daily torture at Zeus’s hand. Now, unchained by the Eternal Guardians, he spends his days in solitude, trying to forget the past. He’s vowed no allegiance in the war between mortal and immortal, but when a beautiful maiden seeks him out and begs for his help, he’s once again powerless to say no. Soon, Prometheus is drawn into the very conflict he swore to avoid, and, to save the maiden’s life, he must choose sides. But she has a secret of her own, and if Prometheus doesn’t discover what she’s hiding in time, the world won’t simply find itself embroiled in a battle between good and evil, it will fall in total domination to Prometheus’s greatest enemy.
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An Exclusive Interview With Elisabeth Naughton:
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
I flat out adored this story and Prometheus and Circe. How did you decide on them for this novella?
I’m so glad you enjoyed UNCHAINED! Prometheus and Circe were very fun to write about. A little different from my Argonauts, a little mysterious, both straddling the line between good and evil in a way my other characters haven’t before. I picked them for this book because they both showed up in earlier stories (Prometheus in BOUND and Circe in AWAKENED) and I felt they each had a story to tell.
Who would you dream cast as Prometheus and Circe?
This is always so hard for me! Hm…I could see Finnish actress Anna Easteden as Circe and Henry Cavill as Prometheus.
I really admire the amount of mythology you bring into this series. How much research do you have to do for your books?
When I first started the series I did a ton of research. Now that I’m more immersed in the mythology I don’t need to spend quite as much time researching, but I do try to stay close to the ancient Greek myths whenever possible, so I do need Internet access when I’m writing in case I need to “check” something really fast.
The symbol for the Eternal Guardians series is pretty amazing and, being someone who has many series symbol tattoos myself, I have to know – have any of your fans gotten the tattoo?
I love the Guardian symbol! Honestly, I don’t know if someone’s gotten a tattoo of it or not. I’d love to see that!
Do you listen to music while you write? If you do, do you create book-specific playlists?
Yes, but only instrumental music. Lyrics distract me from writing and I end up typing out the lyrics of a song instead of my story! Right now I’m listening to all the Game of Thrones soundtracks. The music in GOT works well for the Guardian books when I’m writing.
Can you give a hint as to what you’re working on now?
I’m always working on something, and often have several somethings in the works in different formats.
Right now I’m working on revisions for GONE, the second book in my Deadly Secrets series with Montlake. It will release late 2016/early 2017.
I’m finishing a proposal for a brand new erotic thriller for my agent. Seriously having fun with this as it’s unlike anything I’ve ever written before.
And finally, I’m plotting out the next Guardian book, which is going to feature a character so twisted and naughty, I’m still not entirely sure what I’m going to do with him! (I’ll let you ponder who that could be. *grin* )
Ok, so for 2016 I am going to be playing Mad Libs with the 1,001 Dark Nights authors for a bit of fun! Here is Elisabeth’s Mad Libs titled: Snow White
One of the most popular fairy butterflies of all time is Snow White and the Seven Swords. Snow White is a princess whose hard beauty threatens her stepmother, the queen. Snow White is forced to flee from the bed in which she lives and hide in the nearby ice cube. Once there, she is discovered by man-eating animals who guide her to the cold-blooded cottage of the seven dwarfs. The dwarfs take care of her until a prince, who has traveled the four corners of the cherry in search of Snow Magenta, arrives and gives her a magical snow on her breasts, which miraculously brings her back to life after she eats a poisonous Jell-O. Snow White and the prince live endlessly ever after.
Elisabeth Naughton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Elisabeth: “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.”
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