Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
One week until release day!
Preorder FATAL PURSUIT here.
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
And the $50 book gift card winner in my HOLD ON TO ME review contest is…
Kathy Kayas Arguelles!!
Kathy, I just sent you an email so look for it in your inbox.
Thanks to everyone who participated and left reviews of HOLD ON TO ME. The BEST thing you can do for an author is leave a review of their book on book vendor or book discussion sites, so please keep doing so!
Friday, February 21st, 2014
Enter to win a $50 giftcard to the book vendor of your choice – Amazon, B&N, iBooks or Kobo. All you have to do is leave a review for HOLD ON TO ME at one of the following locations:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | iBooks
You can leave a review at one or multiple locations. For each review (any length), you’ll be entered into the drawing. Enter up to four times by posting four reviews at four different locations (reviews can be the same at each vendor location or different)!
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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
Aegis Security Series Book 1
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Being prepared for any scenario is the trademark of any good CIA operative, and Eve Wolfe is one of the best. But when her latest mission literally explodes in her face, she wakes up labeled a traitor and—even more surprising—in the custody of elite Aegis Security operative and ex-lover Zane Archer. Although she still secretly has feelings for Zane, he’s now demanding the one thing that she can’t give him: the truth.
When he caught her breaking the rules years ago, Zane let Eve walk away without an explanation. Now someone has not only sabotaged Aegis but also turned an American city into a war zone, and all signs point to Eve. Zane needs answers that can come only from Eve’s still-tempting lips, and he finally has the elusive operative right where he wants her—at his mercy.
The first book in bestselling author Elisabeth Naughton’s new steamy romantic suspense series brings a spy in from the cold…and sets her heart ablaze.
I’m doing page proofs on this right now and can’t wait for readers to get their hands on this book! Hope you all love this new series as much as I love writing it!
Saturday, February 1st, 2014
Anonymous asked: “You said some books are hard to write. Why?”
If I had the answer to that question I would be a GENIUS and I’d never struggle writing a book again. (I’d also sell that secret for billions of dollars and all writers would bow to me.)
Alas, I am not a genius. (Don’t tell my husband.) But I will try to give my best guess.
All books are different. From a writer’s perspective, I never know which book is going to be easy to write and which book is going to be hard. I’ve written both. Some books seem to write themselves, and these are what I call gimmee” books. MARKED was a “gimmee” book for me. The idea came to me fully formed. One day I just started writing, and a few weeks later I had the entire book on paper and the start of a brand new series. EXTREME MEASURES, the first full-length book in my Aegis Security series (which releases July 8, 2014) was another “gimmee” book. I had the idea, I started writing, finished the proposal and sat on it until release dates could be worked out with my publisher. Then when I dove back into the book, I basically wrote it in six weeks. Writers LOVE these kind of books because they’re fun and they make us feel like, well, total geniuses. Unfortunately, most books are not this easy to write.
The “other” books…the ones writers normally get stuck with…fall into two categories. Most are what I call “muddle through” books. You have an idea, you start writing it, you realize your opening sucks, you go back and revise, you push forward and get to the halfway point, then discover your middle drags so you go back and revise again…on and on and on. It’s like two steps forward, one step back. “Muddle through” books aren’t miserable to write, but they’re not exactly fun either. They’re work. They’re the books that make a writer think a lot. They keep us up at night. They force us to research for hours on end. Sometimes we want to pull our hair out while writing them, but usually the excitement for the original idea encourages us to plod on even when we feel like we’re wading through a river of chocolate pudding. “Muddle through” books always leave a writer feeling a sense of accomplishment when they’re done. That “Whew! I did it!” feeling is a small piece of euphoria similar to scaling a mountain. For a writer, when you get to the end of a “muddle through” book, if you made it there in one piece, you know you can accomplish anything.
But there’s always that wrench thrown in. The lone wolf. The demon lurking in the shadows, whispering, “Try me. I’ll be easy. You want to write my story.” These are what I call “gremlin” books. Why “gremlin” you ask? Simple. You remember that movie, The Gremlins, from the 80s right? With the little fuzzy creatures who cooed and ran around looking all adorable? Everyone wanted one. They were sweet and easy to care for. But they really weren’t! They had a dark, evil side and turned into violent killing machines in the dead of night! Books can be like that for an author too. An idea hits, it seems innocent enough, almost easy, and the author thinks…”Oh, this is going to be a “gimmee” book!”, and foolishly sets off writing. But then something changes. That “gimmee” slowly transitions to a “muddle through”. The opening has to be revised. The characters aren’t acting the way the author envisioned. So the author, thinking she just misread the book from the start, pushes on. She revises. She keeps going. She applies the two steps forward, one step back principle. And it “seems” to work…until she realizes she keeps writing and writing and writing and…ISN’T MAKING ANY PROGRESS.
Yep, these are nightmare books. They don’t make writers just *want* to pull their hair out, they make writers *physically* pull their hair out! These are the books a writer complains about to her CP constantly, until that CP (Joan Swan) starts pulling *her* hair out. They are the books that never end and the ones that muck up a writer’s schedule. And every writer, no matter how successful or what she “claims”, has had a “gremlin” book. Luckily, they’re few and far between, but they’re out there, just waiting to strike. And a writer never knows when she’s going to be waylaid by one.
And that, dear reader, brings me back to the question of “Why?” Why are some books “gimmes”, some “muddle throughs”, and some “gremlins”? I just don’t know. My guess is it’s different for every author. For me, the first book in a series is always way easier to write than any that come after, and every book later in a series (whether that series has an overarching plot or not) gets more difficult as there are more threads weaving together. Likewise, intensely deep, emotional books are a lot harder to for me to write. Some, like ENSLAVED, are just really really tough “muddle through” books because the content is so dark. Some, like HOLD ON TO ME, are true “gremlins”, and part of that could be my mental state during the writing of the book, or the emotional toll the story is taking on me. I do know that the actiony books–the ones that are super fast paced–are easier for me to write. But if I wrote those all the time, I think they would get difficult in different ways. (I mean, really, how many various ways can you run from the bad guy? At some point just trying to change that up would cause me to rip out a few eyebrows.)
So, Anonymous, the answer to your question is simply…your guess is as good as mine. But I can assure you this. Whether a book is a “gimme”, a “muddle through”, or a “gremlin”, I will keep writing until it’s done. That’s my job. That’s why I’m an author.
(And for those of you waiting on HOLD ON TO ME…my most recent “gremlin” book is FINALLY done and currently in the hands of my editor. I’m hoping it will go live very very soon. I’ll post release dates as soon as I possibly can. Trust me…no one wants this book off my plate more than me!)
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Recently, I participated in a fabulous booksigning event with Kobo at Jan’s Paperbacks. Attendees received promo codes to download two of my books from Kobo at a 100% discount (yes, you read that…FREE!) through November 30. Just because you couldn’t attend, doesn’t mean you should miss out! Below is the list of pre-holiday presents for you–a list of ALL of the free books available via the event. You’ll need to “purchase” them from Kobo (via Jan’s Paperbacks, which supports a local bookstore, so that’s a feel good thing right there!) using the 100% discount code: JANSBOOKS. Follow the procedures below and get yourselves some free books! And tell your friends!
- Click the Buy Now button. (Don’t worry you won’t pay anything because you have the download code–jansbooks.)
- Sign in with your Kobo UserID and Password. If you don’t have one, you will need to set up one. If you are already signed in, just make sure your address is entered.
- Once you are signed in and selected the book with the BUY NOW button, choose PayPal to avoid entering a credit card number. This will take you to the “Confirm Your Purchase” page.
- Click on “Have a gift card or promo code?”and enter JANSBOOKS.
- Click the APPLY link.
- Now you will see at the BUY NOW button that $0.00 will be charged. Click the BUY NOW button.
- HAPPY READING!
You can get two of my books for FREE:
WAIT FOR ME
Plus, you can get all of these amazing books for FREE too!!
HIS WICKED HEART
HER WICKED WAYS
FIRE & FROST
THE DARKEST NIGHT
Erin Kellison, KC Klein, & Jessa Slade
HOTTER ON THE EDGE
LADY OF PLEASURE
ROMANCING LADY STONE
THE COMMODORE’S DAUGHTER
CHAMALEON: THE AWAKENING
LORD OF THE CITY
CITY OF THE LORDS
SECRETS OF A MAYAN MOON
MARSHAL IN PETTICOATS
THE WOMAN IN THE WING
AN UNCLUTTERED PALETTE
SHADOWS OF KINGS
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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
I’m extremely excited as “Stolen Chances” releases today!!
I hope you all enjoy it!
Nine years ago, Archaeologist Maren Hudson lost everything when a member of her team was killed during a routine dive. Now she’s been drawn back to Mexico and the career she walked away from in order to protect the most precious thing in the world: her daughter.
One desperate phone call brings salvage expert Thad Leighton back to Mexico. For his murdered brother, he’s ready to settle the score, but one look at Maren and everything changes. Years may have passed, but she’s still as mesmerizing as she once was, and a few days on site together have him questioning his priorities and why the hell he walked away from her so long ago.
Sparks between them reignite, but Thad knows Maren is holding something back. Thrust together in the middle of the sweltering Yucatan, Thad is more than willing to strip away her layers. But while the truth might offer the second chance he’s been searching for, forgiveness may be as elusive as the relic they’re both hunting. Because when Thad unearths Maren’s biggest secret and discovers who she’s really working for, suddenly it’s not just about a life that was stolen from both of them, it’s about staying alive and outwitting a madman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
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“Stolen Chances” can be read as a stand alone.
Thursday, June 20th, 2013
I’m extremely excited to share with you all the cover for “Hold On To Me”!
He thinks he’s finally found the one.
Mitch Mathews never believed in love—at least not the happily ever after kind. Then he met Simone Conners. Just one night with the sexy lawyer made him reevaluate his priorities and look toward a future he never planned. The only hang up is making her see it too.
She’s almost ready for a second chance.
What started out as a casual hookup with a rugged geologist has turned into something a whole lot more. Simone’s on the verge of handing over her heart, but fear over what Mitch will say and do when he learns who she used to be holds her back.
The past could destroy their future…
Just when Simone is about to take a chance on forever with Mitch, the mistakes of her past catch up with her. Suddenly it’s not just her safety on the line anymore, it’s his too. Forced into hiding, Mitch demands answers, and Simone realizes the only way to protect everything she holds dear is to delve into a past she’s spent fourteen years trying to forget. As they search for the truth, they discover secrets, lies and a rekindled passion that burns hotter than before. But they also uncover a conspiracy that threatens the very fabric of society. One that could cost them more than just their future…it could cost them their lives.
THANK YOU to all the bloggers who participated in the cover reveal blitz today! Totally appreciate your support!!
Sunday, May 19th, 2013
With the release of DARK NIGHTS DANGEROUS MEN I’m doing a ‘Spread the Sale Word’ contest! Some of you might know what this is but for those who don’t, here’s what this contest is all about: I’m asking readers to help me spread the word about DARK NIGHTS DANGEROUS MEN, which is on sale for 99 cents for a limited time!
6 Bestselling Authors, 6 Sexy Reads…let’s spread the word about this deal because it won’t last long!
It’s currently on sale at
Amazon, Barnes & Noble and All Romance eBooks
To enter this giveaway, simply spread the word about this sale. You can post on Facebook or tweet about it. You can blog about it or even change your twitter avatar to the cover. Don’t have a twitter account? You can change your facebook profile picture to the cover. There are a lot of options to pick from to enter. It’s basically as much or as little as you’re comfortable doing. Each share or action counts as one entry. The contest is open from now until Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:59 PM Central.
What are the prizes?
One winner: $25 Amazon.com or B&N.com gift card
One winner: Signed copy of WAIT FOR ME
One winner: Signed copy of MARKED
One winner: Signed copy of STOLEN FURY
Two winners: Digital copies of SLAVE TO PASSION
Two winners: Digital copies of POSSESSED BY DESIRE
One winner: ETERNAL GUARDIANS SWAG PACK (bookmarks, set of four fabric coasters, trading cards, and other fun stuff)
*International entries accepted!*
If you’re game, will you please help spread the word about DARK NIGHTS DANGEROUS MEN? You can enter on multiple days, multiple times.
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If you have any questions, please ask!
Open to all readers, 18 years or older, who are legally allowed to participate in such a contest as allowed by their local laws. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. By participating in the contest, participants agree to be bound by the decisions of the contest sponsor, Elisabeth Naughton. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Winners will be randomly chosen and notified via email after the conclusion of the contest. Winners will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification before they forfeit their winning and a new winner is chosen to replace them. Open until May 26, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM Central.
Saturday, April 6th, 2013
I’ve wanted to write a series of blog posts about self-publishing for a while but haven’t had time. Now that BOUND is out and I can breathe a little easier between deadlines, I thought this would be the perfect chance to share a little of what I’ve learned about publishing and how the market is changing. Hopefully, some of what I share will be of help to those of you who are looking at your publishing options.
First off, I have to say I am by no means an expert when it comes to self publishing, but I’m happy to pass on what I’ve learned because I had great authors who shared (and continue to share) with me. Authors like Bella Andre, Marie Force, Tina Folsom and Gemma Halliday. What’s fabulous about the industry these days is that authors are willing to help each other. When I started writing everything was hush-hush. You didn’t ask what authors got paid because every publishing house treated their authors differently. Some amazing writers were handed BIG contracts, and some amazing writers got paid next to nothing. It all came down to which authors a publisher wanted to push. When I first told my husband I wanted to seriously pursue my dream of being an author, he said, “Well, what kind of income do authors make?” I answered, “I don’t know. It’s all different. No one talks about money.” He was shocked. “What? How can you not know what to expect?” I just shrugged my shoulders and went back to work on my laptop. He was right to be horrified, of course. Part of the reason authors have been treated as non-essential to publishers for so long is because we never stood up for ourselves. For years authors took crappy contracts all for the “prestige” of saying they were published (and I know this is true because I was one of them). I wrote for four years for traditional publishers and spent more money on marketing and promotion and conference travel than I ever made in profit. Something’s wrong with that. Thanks to self publishing, though, that isn’t the case anymore. Instead of publishers deciding who sinks or swims in this business, readers are now choosing who to support. And authors who write books readers want to buy are the ones who are succeeding. For a determined writer, for someone with book business sense who wants to make a living doing what they love, this is a fantastic time to be an author.
To give you a little background, I began writing in 2003 with the goal of one day becoming a published author. It took me five years to sell to a New York Publisher. When I finally got “the call”, I thought I’d made it. Yeah, the contract wasn’t that great, but I was PUBLISHED. My dream of seeing my name on a book had finally come true. STOLEN FURY was my debut book and released in 2009. It got great reviews and was nominated for two RITA awards in 2010 in both best first book and best romantic suspense. Over the next few years, I wrote four more books for Dorchester–two more romantic suspense books in my Stolen series, then the first two books in my (ongoing) Eternal Guardians series. I did a novella for Kensington which linked back to my Stolen books and could spur a new series. When Dorchester started having problems I moved to Sourcebooks and continued my Eternal Guardians series by writing three more books for them. From a professional standpoint, I was doing great. I had all the accolades of being a published author–my books were on store shelves and in airports, I was getting rave reviews, I was a top seller in romance for Sourcebooks, I even hit the USA Today bestsellers list! But what no one saw was the hard reality: I wasn’t making any money. I was working my ass off for a couple thousand dollars, which I was then spending on promotional materials, conference travel and expenses to write MORE books. In fact, I was spending more money than I was making. It was a vicious cycle, one I kept convincing myself would one day pay off. But the truth is it didn’t change. Not because of traditional publishing, at least. It changed because of self publishing.
In late 2011 I got my rights back on my Dorchester books and wasn’t sure what to do with them. I was continuing my Eternal Guardians series with Sourcebooks, but what about books one and two–MARKED and ENTWINED? I didn’t want to see these books disappear. Sourcebooks was willing to put these books back into print, but for a ridiculously low advance. I wasn’t sure what to do. Luckily, self publishing was just starting to take off, and I’d been watching what my friends were doing. One phone call to Marie Force was all it took to convince me to give it a try. In December 2011, I put MARKED and ENTWINED back up online. Did I know everything about self publishing right away? No. I learned by trial and error. It took me a while to get the metadata right, to play with pricing and to advertise that the books were once again available to readers, but I slowly figured it out. To this day, that was the decision that changed my career in ways I never saw coming. If Sourcebooks had offered me the same advance they were giving me for my other books (which wasn’t much at all) I would have handed those two books over. I would not be writing this post today.
Just after I self published the first two Eternal Guardian books, I also decided to publish another book a few agents had told me would NEVER be published by a NY Publisher. WAIT FOR ME was actually the second book I wrote, but it was the book of my heart–the one I revised over and over every time I learned something new about writing. I never pursued a publisher with this book because I thought those agents had to know what they were talking about. The book straddles genres, it’s not a typical romance, it’s got an amnesia plot! But I loved that book and I wanted readers to love it too. So, when I decided to self pub my backlist books, I took a chance and put it out there.
Then…only a few months into my self publishing venture…I found myself up for contract renegotiation with my publisher. At this point I was just starting to see an income from my self published books. It wasn’t a lot, but it was growing every month, and I was starting to see how exciting it was to have total control. To be able to play with pricing, to be able to advertise how I wanted, to adjust metadata or change covers…it was liberating. And I was getting paid monthly instead of biyearly! That right there was a huge plus. I found myself with a decision to make: keep accepting what would be considered less than minimum wage for my work if I broke down all the time I was spending writing by hour, or take a chance. I chose to take a chance. I decided to continue my Eternal Guardians series on my own. I didn’t announce to readers that I’d left my publisher because the next book in my Eternal Guardians series (ENSLAVED) hadn’t even come out yet, but I told my writer friends. And as my revenue from self publishing continued to grow, I knew I’d made the right decision.
BOUND (Eternal Guardians #6) is the first book in my Eternal Guardians series that is straight-to-Indie published. I know that some readers are frustrated this book is not available in mass market form or on store shelves like the others in the series, but when deciding what to do, I had to take a lot of things into consideration. Book stores are closing, store shelves are shrinking, and my print run between ENRAPTURED and ENSLAVED (only six months!) dropped by 20,000 books. There was no guarantee Wal-Mart (who was the biggest buyer for my print books) was going to pick up the next book in the series, and at 4% royalties (most people don’t realize authors get reduced royalties from sales at Wal-Mart, so at a $4.99 sale price, I make less than 20 cents a book on my Wal-Mart print sales) I couldn’t come up with a valid reason to take a crappy contract JUST to say I was “traditionally” published. Especially when I looked at the fact the MAJORITY of my sales were coming in digital form. If there’s one thing I want readers to understand, it’s that this was not an easy decision for me to make, but at the end of the day I realized that if I wanted to continue writing this series (which I do!), I couldn’t do it for free anymore. It was a business decision, plain and simple. My books are still in print, they’re just not in MM size. And though you can’t casually pick one up in a grocery store, you CAN order them in print version online. My books–my writing–hasn’t changed. All that’s changed is where you can buy the print versions.
And that brings me back to a little book called WAIT FOR ME. The book that most people in the industry consider my “break out book”–the one that pushed me onto the NY Times list–was not a traditionally published book. Remember, I self published WAIT FOR ME in late 2011. Of all my books, it had the most amazing reviews, but it had the least visibility, so one day I decided…what do I have to lose? I made WAIT FOR ME free with the distinct goal of garnering a few more reviews. Readers started downloading it. Incredible reviews began popping up. I was thrilled. Then I took it off free, and because the book had generated buzz, it shot to the top of the paid charts. No one was more surprised than me. The book of my heart, the book no one wanted, catapulted me into a new publishing category. It spent nine weeks on the USA Today list, five weeks on the NY Times list and hit every other bestsellers list out there. My agent has sold numerous foreign rights for this book, it will soon be released in audiobook, and other exciting things are happening for the story (tho I can’t share details just yet.) The bottom line though is simple: if this had been a traditionally published book, it never would have reached the level it has reached. No publisher would have left WAIT FOR ME free for four weeks. No publisher would have GIVEN AWAY 500,000 copies with no promise of making those sales up somewhere in revenue. Because I self-pubbed this book, I had control over it, and I was able to let readers decide what would happen.
Every author has to look at his/her career and decide what is best for them. Self publishing is not for everyone. It’s a lot of work. Since I’ve done both (traditional publishing and self publishing), I see the pros and cons of each. I’m not trying to sway anyone toward self publishing here. I’m very thankful for the years I worked with traditional publishers because during that time, I learned a lot about the industry, about formatting and editing that I now find invaluable information as I self publish. But don’t let a publisher tell you self publishing is “hard”. It’s not hard. It’s more time consuming than anything else. How much time do I spend on publishing versus writing? I will be honest and say that I spend as much time wearing my “publishing” hat during my work day as I do writing, but it doesn’t bother me because I know I get the payout at the end–not someone else. To me, the work is worth the time spent because at the end of the day the profit is all mine. I mentioned before that I spent more money in expenses as a traditionally published author than I took in. (And this was even after hitting the USA Today list with one of my Eternal Guardians books). To give you an idea of how my life has changed since I began self publishing, in 2011 (traditionally published only) I reported a negative income on my taxes. In 2012 (after I began self publishing–and it’s important to note that the majority of my income that year came from self published books, NOT my traditionally published books), I reported six figures. In 2013, we’re projecting I’ll be approaching the seven figure mark. To me, that’s a HUGE difference.
Some authors don’t want to be publishers and that’s ok. If all you want to do is write books–then traditional publishing is for you all the way. But some of us–those of us that have that business savvy and want more control over our careers–can see amazing results through self publishing. Will I ever traditionally publish again? I’m contracted for three books with Montlake (a new RS series that links back to the novella I did for Kensington, with release dates in 2014), but after that…honestly, the contract would have to be enticing enough to draw me away from the income I’m now making. Thanks to self publishing, I have the time to write the books my readers are eager to get their hands on (like the sequel to WAIT FOR ME, which I’m working on, and the 7th Eternal Guardians book–Nick’s book!–which I’m in the process of plotting.) I get to write the books I want to write, the way I want to write them, and I get to release them when I want…not when a publisher can fit me into their schedule. For me, self publishing is a perfect fit and no matter where I go from here, it will definitely be part of my career plan.
Of course, this all seems fabulous and it sounds like I’m making tons of money, doesn’t it? But you have to remember that I wrote for ten years without making a penny. Three plus of which as a published author. If you add up what I’ve made self publishing and divide it by ten years, trust me, it’s not much in the long run. But the growth potential is there, and that’s what keeps me going. There was a time not long ago when I was pretty sure I was going to have to go back to teaching because I wasn’t making any money writing. I was even looking at job postings online, trying to find a science position in my area. Now that’s all changed. I get to keep doing what I love. I get to keep writing the books readers love because of self publishing.
I’m happy to share what I’ve learned, so if you have questions about self publishing, post them in the comment section and I’ll try to answer.