Jul 25

Guest Author Wednesday’s ♥ Elizabeth Noble

Hello everyone! I’m ecstatic to have Gay Romance Author Elizabeth Noble with me today. Please say hi and leave her a comment or two below.

Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.

Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by three mutts, a foster mutt, and two cats. She lives in her native northeast Ohio. When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three. When at work she meets all sorts of interesting characters who often find their way into some story or another.

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Today Elizabeth has stopped by to answer a few questions for us and will stop by to answer any you leave in the comments.

 

Sequel to Together Bound

Todd and Nick Ruger are alive and on the run in the Yellowknife Protectorate, but maybe not for long. After narrowly escaping New Colorado, where they were implicated in the assassination of Chancellor Shaffer, they’re running out of steam: Todd is gravely ill and Nick’s injured. Just when it seems like the harsh winter will get the best of them, they find refuge with a doctor in the isolated town of Elk’s Ridge.

On the surface, Elk’s Ridge seems the ideal place to rebuild their lives. Nick begins training as the doctor’s apprentice, and Todd works in a lumberyard until they’re recovered enough to return to their duties as Sentries. They make friends, forge a new life, and most importantly, there’s no sign of anyone from New Colorado.

They should have known it was too good to be true. Victor Raleigh, the new Vice Chancellor of New Colorado, knows all about Nick’s psychic abilities, and he wants them in his corner. When Nick is betrayed and captured, Todd sees no alternative but to head back to the war zone to rescue him. But will Nick be the same man Todd loves after Raleigh’s pet psychic vampire is through with him?

What do you find the hardest part of being an author?

First of all let me say a big thank you for giving me space on your blog, it’s a great blog!

Hmm…the hardest part is after the manuscript is done, it’s been gone over and polished and then sent off to a publisher. Waiting to hear if it’ll be a book has got to be, hands down, the most difficult part.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Creating something that makes others happy and gives them a few hours of entertainment. Well and the “research” I do finding some inspiration for my characters, got to check out all sorts of types of men dontcha know!

Just how H.O.T. are most of your books?

There is much discussion amongst authors on the use or non-use of sex in their books. For me, it’s a natural expression between a couple. People in relationships have sex, some like to experiment.

I’d like to think that at least parts of my books are HOT and not only because of the physical relationship between the guys, but because of the emotional one as well.

Hot sweet or romantic do they tend to be?

I try to fluctuate. Not everyone is hot or sweet or romantic at all times and some people tend to one more than another because of personality. I try to mix it up for each character and of course for the situation they are in.

In Sentries, Todd is more the romantic of the two, while Nick is mostly the sweet guy, but he’s got a kinky streak that comes out.

As far as Daniel and Kyle from Strays, I think Kyle is the more romantic of them. Daniel, despite his tough guy exterior is really very sweet. Just don’t say it to his face…lol

I think they’re all hot!

Do you have a specific writing style?

Everyone in the world, writer or not, has a writing style. Before my writing is unedited it’s very similar to how I speak.

There are technicalities I learned about writing, but the basic style isn’t anything I’ve ever worked on developing. It just happens. I hope that makes sense.

Which is your favorite storyline/angst situation and why? What inspired you to write about it?

Wow, that’s a tough one.

In a general sense I like to write a story with action, and things paranormal. I prefer that challenges to the couple come from outside and they have to work together to overcome whatever they are faced with. I really like the idea of a partnership (romantic or otherwise) and MCs that like one another. The “them vs the world” scenario is a favorite of mine. I like taking my men out of their comfort zone and seeing what they do to get back to that comfortable place.

So far I think my favorite story line in Sentries is during Together Bound where Nick is forced, for the first time in his life, to function completely on his own. It was a great chance to let his personality show through and gave him the opportunity to grow as a character. I like shape-shifters, but wanted to use one as an adversary. I got the idea from the Native American legends of skin walkers.

In Chained Hearts the inclusion of a new paranormal baddie, the pyrahni was great fun and inspired by the idea that someone could be controlled via their dreams and even become addicted to them.

Marked Yours (and by extension the entire series) was inspired by the idea of taking these two guys from totally different worlds, putting them together and having them create with each other a family. I’ll also admit I’ve watched a lot of documentaries on the Wyoming Super Volcano.

Marked Yours in part came about because of something I’d read on an online board about books with slaves/servants. Someone posted the comment they wanted to see more stories with slaves that weren’t forced into slavery and weren’t constantly at odds with themselves over being a slave. Something I wanted was a story where there was slavery, but that wasn’t the main focus of the story. Being a slave is one part of Nick and being an owner is one part of Todd.

I think many readers might be surprised to find that Nick is far more accepting of being a slave than Todd is of being forced into ownership. I wanted to convey the idea that things aren’t always how they look on the surface. Mostly I wanted to create something that wasn’t the same slave story as all the others out there.

Strays came about because of a writing challenge, so part of the general plot was from a prompt. My favorite part of the story line is the older, hardened guy totally falling for this younger man who is dropped into his life and he takes it upon himself to care for and protect. Then what his reaction is to the idea he might someday lose that young man. Exploring how Daniel finds a balance between his need to keep someone he loves safe and Kyle’s need to learn to fight back against those who hurt him was what I liked best about Strays.

Boxers or Briefs? I know which I prefer . . . *wink*

LOL…I never gave it much thought. I think boxers.

Favorite author?

Greg Bear

Favorite quote?

“To believe is the first step to making your dreams come true.” I have no idea who said it.

What’s next for you?

Right now I’m working on the next book in the Sentries series, Collared Souls. I also have a scifi series I’ve begun. The series name is Novi Orbis and I’m hoping to have book one done and submitted to my publisher by autumn.

I have a novel coming out Sept 12. It’s titled For the Long Run and combines contemporary romance with BDSM and paranormal elements. There are spreader bars, a shape-shifter and a parent who is homophobic. Add to that a hot Dom, heroic sub, so what could be better?

Sequel to Marked Yours

Todd and Nick Ruger have settled into their life and work, the master/slave bond in New Colorado tying them together in a sacred rite of service, protection, and—in their case—love. But out of the blue, Todd receives a letter from the vice-chancellor of New Colorado threatening their bond, demanding ownership of Nick under eminent domain.

It turns out Vice-Chancellor Clarke desperately needs the help of the sentries, especially Nick, to investigate a problem involving the Chancellor. With New Colorado on the verge of war with West Caldera, a rift in the government would be disastrous. Todd and Nick agree to help, and Nick enters the orphan slave compound while Todd joins the Estate security force.

They don’t expect the danger they discover. Now the target of an unimaginable threat, Nick and Todd will face terrors that lead to murder, imprisonment, and the threat of separation forever as the hopeless battle escalates into full-scale war.

Three hundred years ago, natural disaster reformed the face of North America, and the people who lived in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains would never be the same.

Now, the master/slave bond in New Colorado has become a sacred rite of service, protection, and, sometimes, for the lucky, love. Nick and his intended Master, Todd Ruger, a sentry of the territories, have grown up knowing that they were pledged to this bond. They’re looking forward to the ritual with both excitement and trepidation—it’s something they’ve prepared for their entire lives. But New Colorado’s institution of slavery has made dangerous enemies on a frontier fraught with trouble, and they are unprepared for the trials their new relationship will face. Their bond needs to grow very strong, very fast if it’s going to survive the collision of old superstition, new beliefs, and the ever-present danger of the natural and supernatural frontier.

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  1. This looks great! Thanks so much.

    Elizabeth

      • TempeO on July 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm
        Author

      You are more than welcome, Elizabeth. Thank you for visiting and sharing with us! ♥♥

    • Maria D. on July 25, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Good interview! I like the sound of “Chained Hearts” – actually the whole series sounds interesting with “sentries” and paranormal abiilties with good vs bad – I’ll be checking it out:)

      • TempeO on July 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm
        Author

      I’ve read all three and LOVED then, Maria. Sentries is a mix of sweet, paranormal, action and intrigues.
      Thanks for stopping by

    1. Thank you Maria. I hope you enjoy the series.

  2. Great interview Tempste! I’m with Maria. “Chained Hearts” sounds like a fantastic read. The series sounds amazing!!=) Chock this one and series for my very over piled TBR and most wanted for a review. =)

      • TempeO on July 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm
        Author

      Thanks, Christine. Chained Hearts is my favorite of the Sentries :c)
      Glad you stopped by ♥

    1. I hope you enjoy the series!

    • annebarwell on July 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Loved the interview. I’m with you on the them against the world scenario. It’s one of my favourites.

    1. Thanks, Anne.

  3. Tempeste, thank you again for sharing your blog with me. I’m rather fond of the Sentries series too, so I’m glad to know others like it as well.

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