(An Eternal Guardians Novella)
by Elisabeth Naughton
Erebus – Dark in every sense of the word, a skilled and lethal warrior, and sinfully sexy by design.
Since the dawn of modern man, Erebus was Hades’ secret weapon in the war between the immortal realms. Until Hades lost the minor god in a bet to his older brother Zeus. For the last hundred years, Erebus has trained Zeus’s Siren warriors in warfare and the sexual arts. But he’s never stopped longing for freedom. For a life filled with choice. And lately, he also longs for one Siren who entranced him during their steamy seduction sessions. A nymph he quickly became obsessed with and who was ripped from his grasp when her seduction training was complete. One he’s just learned Zeus has marked for death because she failed the last Siren test.
Before Erebus can intercede on the nymph’s behalf, she escapes Olympus and flees into the human realm. In a fit of rage, Zeus commands Erebus to hunt her down and kill her. Erebus sees his opportunity to finally go after what he wants, but he’s torn. Freedom means nothing if the Siren at the center of his fantasies doesn’t truly crave him back. Because defying the gods will unleash the fury of Olympus, and if he chooses her over his duty, whether she joins him in exile or not, the hunter will become the hunted.
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An Exclusive Interview With Elisabeth Naughton:
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
I loved Erebus and Seraphine’s story so much! How did you choose them for this novella?
Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed!
Erebus and Seraphine were both secondary characters in AWAKENED, the last full-length Eternal Guardians book. I knew as soon as they showed up on the pages that they each had their own story to tell and I was thrilled to get to tell their stories and how they came together in HUNTED.
Who would you love to see play these two characters if a movie was being made for Hunted?
Oh, this is always such a hard question to answer. Hm…for Erebus I’d have to go with Mike Colter, and for Sera, Dianna Agron.
Your world building is so phenomenal. Do you have tricks or tools to keep all of the details straight?
Spreadsheets! I have multiple spreadsheets detailing each character in the series and how he or she relates to the other characters and the rest of the world. I used to be able to keep it all organized in my head, but the longer this series goes, the harder that is to do. Before I dive into a new story in this world, I also find it helpful to go back and re-read the last few books just to refresh my memory with what happened recently!
If you could choose a theme song for this couple, what would it be?
This one’s easy. 🙂 “You Are Not Alone” by Lifehouse. Absolutely fits these two perfectly.
What book would be your choice for a beach read this summer?
I don’t get as much time to read these days as I used to. (All authors say that, don’t they? LOL) When I find time to read something other than what I’ve written, I usually veer toward books written by my awesome author friends. I recently plowed through Julie Kenner’s SIN series. (Warning…dark, sexy, and totally addictive.) I also happen to be a little OCD so when I find a series I like, I HAVE to read them all ASAP. A book I’m looking forward to reading this summer is Darcy Burke’s So In Love (I helped her plot this one and it’s going to be hot! Releases in August.) And if you’re a romantic suspense fan, I can definitely recommend Rachel Grant’s Tinderbox. Perfect beach read!
Can you give us a hint as to what you’re working on next?
Right now I’m finishing up the third book in my Deadly Secrets series for Montlake. This one is tentatively titled Infamous, but we haven’t finalized that yet. It will release in early 2018, I believe. I’m also moving ahead with the next full-length Eternal Guardians book, Wicked (which as of yet does not have a release date.) I’m also working on a brand new, three-book dark erotic series I can’t wait to release. I’m currently in the middle of the second book and am ~hoping~ to release all three of those back to back in either late 2017 or early 2018. Watch my website and FB pages for updates on all those release dates!
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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