Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Guest Blogger - Elisabeth Naughton

Hi all! For those of you who don't know me, I'm what you would consider a long-distance member. I live in Salem but rarely make it to the meetings simply because I have three kids in sports. (And, wouldn't you know it...Saturdays are "sports" days around here.) But I'm thrilled to be with you all today.

In following with this month's theme and the fact this is the end of 2008, I thought I'd blog about things that made me smile this past year. Obviously, as this is release day for my debut romantic suspense, STOLEN FURY, top of the list for me is...well...release day!


Archaeologist Lisa Maxwell has staked her career on collecting the priceless set of ancient Greek reliefs, the three Furies. She finds the first, Alecto, and while lecturing in Italy, meets Rafe Sullivan, a man who briefly distracts her from her goal. After a passionate seduction, Lisa wakes to an empty bed and, worse yet, an empty safe. But she’s not the kind of woman to get mad, she plans to get even…even if she has to partner up with the sexy scoundrel who swindled her. Together they’re on the run to find the last two Furies. But Lisa soon finds Rafe is the least of her worries. Other treasure hunters are hot on their trail--and they'll kill to get to the prize first.

STOLEN FURY was a joy to write. I remember smiling when I finished it because I knew I had something special. But there have been other writing moments that have made me smile this past year. Including...

1. Getting "the call" in February.
2. Talking to my editor on the phone for the first time and hearing how much she loved the book and my writing.
3. Getting my first cover (which I LOVE).
4. Meeting my editor, face to face, at Nationals in San Francisco.
5. Hanging out with some of the RCRW girls in San Fran. (Super fun times!!)
6. Each good review as it's trickled in. Especially the Publisher's Weeekly one where they called STOLEN FURY "A rock-solid debut."
7. Receiving a copy of my book from my editor, hot off the press.
8. Having my book compared to Romancing the Stone and Indiana Jones.
9. Having a reviewer compare my hero to a "Han Solo/Indiana Jones rogue" (how fun is that?)
10. Getting my box of author copies.
11. Every email from friends who are excited about the release.

I know I'm leaving off moments this past year that made me smile, but those are the big ones I can remember off the top of my head. It's been a fun year - this time from unpublished to publshed - a bit stressful, but a year I wouldn't change for the world. Big thanks to all of you who have been so supportive of me on the loop and in person.

How about you? 2008 is winding down. Time to look back at your year and tell us...what happened in your writing life this year that made you smile?

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10 comments:

Genene Valleau said...

Huge CONGRATULATIONS, Eli! Hope you are staying sane on this very special day!

You've worked very hard for this and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of STOLEN FURY--though I've told myself to wait until your in-person launch party, which will be soon!

(((HUGS!!!)))

Alice Sharpe said...

Writing things that made me smile?
1. You selling your first book. That was tremendous fun and I will sweep all the other special moments you've had into that one big grin as I've loved watching them all. (I, too, am waiting to purchase an autographed copy at your launch party!)

2. Selling a book with the premise of quadruplets (Multiples Mystery.) Yikes, that was a challenge and I loved both writing it and having written it!

3. Just working. After the rush of a first book which was a long time ago for me, comes the joy of each book conceived and completed and wondering what comes next. Is it always smiles? Uh, no way. But it's always good.

Happy Launch Day!

Jessa Slade said...

Yay, launch day! How exciting. Looks like there's a trip to Powells in my future -- long suffering sigh :) And how cool to have all those great memories stuffed into one year.

Paty Jager said...

Congrats, Eli! Happy Release Day!
What made me smile-- some good reviews, winning the EPPIE with my contemporary western, visiting with old friends and meeting new ones at Nationals, and watching friend's successes.

Kendra said...

Wow. You've had quite a year! I'll second the fun times in San Fran. ;) It doesn't reflect well on me that I can't think of anything else this year!

Delle Jacobs said...

Congratulations, Eli! I love everything about your release- the great plot, the fabulous cover, even the release day. It's sure to set off fireworks!

Writing things that make me smile? The one that's hitting me right now. Going through a second draft with the thought in my head of how awful it's going to be, only to discover the excitement I had the first time around. It wasn't just "not so bad after all". It's that "Damn, this is good!" feeling.

Maggie Jaimeson said...

Happy Release, Elisabeth! I ordered your book from Amazon a week ago, so this means maybe they will actually ship it to me now. :)

Enjoy the moment.

Susan Lute said...

Congratulations on your release day! STOLEN FURY sounds fabulous. Will be picking up a copy this week on my way home from work.

Things that make me smile? Seeing your excitement and being excited for you.

Lisa Hendrix said...

So, Eli -- If you're still reading comments...Dish. How'd your launch party go?

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Aw, thanks, all!

Lisa, the launch party was wonderful. Better than I expected. A friend said, "I hope you do one of these for each of your releases." Ha! Don't think I'm up for that, but I'm glad to hear others had a good time as well.

Sue...that's so sweet of you. I hope you enjoy the book.

Maggie, I hope you finally got the book. I think earlier this week Amazon only had one copy left (though they were getting more), but since I'm forcing myself to stay away from Amazon, I'm not sure anymore.

Delle, oh, I've been there! I think every book I write sucks at one point or another (usually more than one point).

Kendra...LOL. 2009 is the year.

Paty, thanks. Your eppie was definitely a high for the year. You should still be smiling over that one.

Jessa, it WAS a good year. Better than I could have hoped for. Here's to 2009 and great years for all of us!

Alice, I'm up for just working these days too. Feels like forever since I just sat and wrote and did nothing else.

And Genene, THANK YOU! And thanks for coming to the launch. I hope you're enjoying the book!