Keira: The Eternal Guardians are seven warriors descended from the seven greatest heroes in all of Ancient Greece who protect the mortal realm from threats of the Underworld. Which one does Nick descend from?
Elisabeth Naughton: Nick is a special case. Technically, he’s not a guardian. Though he has the marking of the guardians and he’s Demetrius’s half brother, he isn’t one of them. He’s the leader of the half-breeds, the exiled half-Argolean, half-human population that resides in the human world. From book one, MARKED, Nick has been a mystery. Though he and Demetrius are brother’s, they don’t hail from the same hero. In fact, he doesn’t hail from any hero. Nick and Demetrius share the same mother mother—the once mortal-turned goddess-now dead Atalanta. However, Nick’s true father was revealed in BOUND, book six. He is the son of Krónos, the most malicious of all the gods. And in an attempt to free himself of his prison in Tartarus, Krónos has hidden special powers inside Nick which are now coming to the forefront.
Keira: How does he end up in the son of Hades’ clutches? Why must his will be broken?
Elisabeth: Nick and Demetrius share the same soul mate – Isadora, the queen of Argolea – and Isadora chose Demetrius. In the end of Bound, Hades arrived to claim Isadora’s soul because of a deal she made with him earlier in the series. In an attempt to save her, Nick made a deal with Hades…his life for Isadora’s. But Hades took one look at him and realized he was Krónos’s bastard son and could sense the powers hidden inside him. Hades wants those powers for himself, so he’s handed Nick off to his son Zagreus—the Prince of Darkness—to break him and unleash those powers. And when that happens, Hades will swoop in and claim them and become the strongest of all the gods.
Keira: Cynna is not a typical heroine. She’s had to do some pretty bad things (especially to our hero). Does this make her a damaged heroine?
Elisabeth: Yes, definitely. Very damaged. She comes from a very dark place, made some bad choices, made a deal she can’t change, and she’s had to live with that ever since. In Nick she sees a glimmer of the person she could be. The question is whether or not she’s willing to stand against the god she’s indebted to and take the chance to become something more.
Keira: We know the appeal of damaged heroes – was there any differences (pitfalls/pluses) to writing about a damaged heroine?
Elisabeth: Emotionally closed off heroines are very hard to write because authors have to walk a fine line between being true to the character and making her likeable. In romance, it’s a lot easier to get away with a jerk hero than it is with a jerky heroine. Tough females—especially ones like Cynna who are so very damaged—often come across bitchy. The struggle with Cynna was making her tough, but allowing readers a glimpse inside her head so they could see why she was doing the things she was doing and how she felt about them.
Keira: How does Nick reconcile the differences between her outward actions and inner beliefs?
Elisabeth: At the beginning of TWISTED, Nick has been imprisoned for six months. Six months of torture, all at the hands of the heroine. He’s had plenty of time to watch her. And watching her has given him something to think about other than his pain. And in watching her, he’s observed several interesting things. The most important of which is that he’s not so sure she’s the captor like she wants him to believe. He’s starting to wonder if she’s just as much a captive as him.
Keira: How do you define love? What makes it last for the long haul? And will Nick and Cynna have what it takes?
Elisabeth: True love, to me, is sacrifice. When you’re willing to give up everything you love and the one thing you want most in the world for someone else, that’s love. Do Nick and Cynna have what it takes? I guess readers will have to decide for themselves when they read TWISTED.
Before topping multiple bestseller lists—including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal—Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A rabid reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Naughton now writes full-time. Besides topping bestseller lists, her books have been nominated for some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, such as the RITA® and Golden Heart Awards from Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Golden Leaf Award. When not dreaming up new stories, Naughton can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home. Visit her website atwww.ElisabethNaughton.com to learn more about her books.
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Series: Eternal Guardians, Book #7
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2014
Publisher: Elisabeth Naughton Publishing, LLC
NICK – Leader of the half-breeds and the last true hero. He’s spent his life fighting a dark pull toward the gods. A pull he now knows is linked to his father Krónos and the Titan’s plan to escape from the Underworld.
But Nick’s hidden powers are coveted by more than just his father. Imprisoned by Hades, Nick battles every form of torture imaginable as the sadistic god schemes to break him. Only one thing is keeping him sane. One woman who gives him the strength to fight the relentless darkness. She has a dangerous plan of her own, though, and as Nick’s powers grow stronger, even she might not be enough to alter his destiny.
As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, Nick’s allegiances are tested. And no one knows whether he will choose to fight for good or succumb to the sinister lure of evil. Not even him.
Other Books in Series:
Marked (Eternal Guardians Book 1)
Entwined (Eternal Guardians Book 2)
Tempted (Eternal Guardians Book 3)
Enraptured (Eternal Guardians Book 4)
Enslaved (Eternal Guardians Book 5)
Bound (Eternal Guardians Book 6)
Elisabeth is giving away a bag of goodies – books, lotions, chocolates, jewelry, etc.