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Saturday, 11 February 2012

Interview and Giveaway with Elizabeth Amber!

Continuing our historical month event, we are extremely excited to have with us today Elizabeth Amber.  Her books are erotic paranormal historical.  Such an exciting mix ;)  Please help us welcome to A Scandalous Affair... Elizabeth Amber.

Thank you for letting me visit your Under The Covers Book Blog! I can’t wait to delve into your questions…

Why did you decide to be a writer? What steps did you take that lead you fulfill your dreams as a writer?
I’ve been a huge fan of the romance genre since my teens, but it wasn’t till I got the idea for the Lords of Satyr series that I began writing romance. After I finished Nicholas, the first satyr novel, I went to an RWA conference. That’s where I learned about the romance market and where to submit my manuscript. I submitted to Kensington right away. Six months later, I got a call with an offer for the first three books.

What gave you the idea for your Lords of Satyr series?
I studied art history and archaeology in college, so my choice to write about creatures from Roman mythology was a natural. Since the satyr are the carnal followers of Bacchus (the Roman god of wine), I thought they would make intriguing alpha heroes. It seemed natural to make them winemakers and archaeologists, to set the books in Tuscany and Rome, and to have the brothers engage in ancient rituals. I updated the mythological satyr to fit the 1800s, since I like that era.

Why did you decide to set your series as a historical instead of current times?
I enjoy reading historicals and like the male-female dynamic of the period from the 1820s to the 1880s. I also like the clothing of that time. There’s nothing androgynous about it. Women’s clothing is frilly with underlying corsets. Men wear dark, imposing suits.

What does your daily writing schedule look like?
I write from about ten in the morning till six p.m., plus sometimes at night and on the weekends as well.

Everybody says they don't have a favorite character but, who is the favorite heroine you've written and why?
I used to say I liked Jordan, the heroine in Raine The Lords of Satyr. She’s a hermaphrodite, forced to present herself to the world as male in order to sustain the family fortunes. Yet, she isn’t male. She’s a woman, with a woman’s needs. And she doesn’t apologize for anything.

My new favorite heroine is Silvia, the heroine in Bastian. She’s an ephemeral--a creature who must inhabit the bodies of the freshly-dead in order to live on. In exchange for the use of a body, she fulfills the last wish of her host. She exchanges hosts once a month, and has since she was one of the Vestal Virgins of ancient times. So when she meets Bastian, she inhabits the body of a twelve-year-old boy bent on stealing an important artifact from him. She comes to love Bastian, but he has no idea who—or what—she is. Until she changes hosts yet again.

If the Lords of Satyr could have a man-date with another group of guys from any other series, who do you think they'd like to hang out with?
Ha! What a fun question, Francesca! I think the Satyr Lords would enjoy hanging with J.R. Ward’s brotherhood. There would be plenty of locking horns, but they’d all respect one another.

How much research goes into the books and what's your favorite part of it?
Quite a lot. I’ve been to the Roman Forum and Tuscany, which are the settings for the two satyr clans in the satyr novels. I’ve gone to vineyards and talked with winemakers. I’ve read a bazillion books on these subjects as well as 1800s period clothing. I think my favorite part of research weaving it into the core makeup of these Satyr Lords. Their ancient ties to the land are who they are. Their heritage affects their life choices, and sometimes even their choice of mate.

What's your favorite book and why do you love it so much?
There are so many favorites! Maybe Exposure by Susan Andersen. I love the hero in that book.

Sooooo, two cocks, what inspired you to double the endowment of your heroes?
This is the question I’m most often asked. It’s pretty simple really. The satyr are the sexiest male creatures in all of mythology. I wanted a tangible way to show their dominant masculine sexuality.

Of all your books, which was the hardest to write and which was the easiest and why?
Nicholas was the first Lords of Satyr novel as well as the first novel I’d ever written. It was easy because I was writing it for myself and had no deadline. It was a new, exciting adventure.
Raine was the second Lords of Satyr novel and wasn’t quite as easy. Nicholas had been well-received and I was concerned about how readers would view the unusual heroine in Raine. Luckily, readers stuck with me for the most part. Raine went into a second reprinting within a week of publication.

Which one of your guys would you chose to...
...have one passionate night with? Nicholas (I love take-charge eldest brothers.)
...have a summer fling with? Sevin (He owns an upscale brothel and knows women.)
...marry? Bastian (Again, I love hunky eldest brothers. He’s the head of the Roman clan of Satyr.)

What’s next?
My 7th novel in the Lords of Satyr will be out around May 1st. It’s titled Sevin. An excerpt is available by clicking here But beware—the cover of this book could singe your eyebrows off!

Anything else you’d like readers to know?

I do a monthly giveaway at my e-newsletter group. Click here to join!

 

Man-gods born to live and love forever, the Lords of Satyr are renowned for their sexual prowess…and unquenchable lust…
Call My Name
The forum excavations in Rome go on, directed by the iron-willed, charismatic Lord Bastian Satyr. Out of nowhere, a mysterious, haunting voice calls out to him…and lures him to the site of a long-vanished temple, where vestal virgins once performed rites of erotic surrender. The temple is the find of his career, but his heart is about to face the unknown…
Michaela is a pure Ephemeral. She can enter the bodies of others—and become any woman a man might wish to possess. His choice is her pleasure. And the commanding and utterly virile Bastian is the only man she desires…

Ms. Amber is giving away an autographed copy of Bastian, The Lords of Satyr (USA only) 

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33 comments:

Renee said...

It's interesting that you write with a schedule and without. Does the muse just strike sometimes?

Joanne said...

The Roman Forum is beautiful. I visited several years ago. I liked the interview, especially the part about the "man date" with J. R. Ward's Brotherhood. I don't know how I missed this series. I plan on correcting that now.

e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

Di said...

I was in Rome for just one day - really needed a lot more time there. This concept is really interesting with history, mythology & paranormal elements.

sallans d at yahoo dot com

Sharon said...

I would also like to see these guys and the Black Dagger boys together! Talk about drowning in alpha goodness :) thanks for taking the time to answer questions. Oh, your covers are to DIE for...just saying...:) sstogner1 at gmail dot com
(I entered the form twice cause I hit enter to soon and didn't get to add my extra entries)

erin said...

Thanks for a great interview and giveaway! These books look hawt!!!

I love the premise of this series. Definitely original. Going right now to check them out :)

Elf2060 said...

You have wonderfully imaginative tales, thank you for sharing.

traci16 said...

thanks for the great interview. The books sound great!!! Love the BDB reference!!!
iluvmik16@gmail.com

June M. said...

I have had this series on my wishlist for a while now. It sounds like a terrific, hot set of books. I only started reading romances about 2 1/2 years ago, so I have a lot of catching up to do.
June
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Red said...

Oh I loved Raine and Jordan. Definitely not your average hero/heroine but they were wonderful!

I've got Bastian on my to buy list :)

amandakgc said...

Great interview! I would love to read a short story on the Satyr's and BDB. Could only imagine what Rhage would have to say about them.

Andrea said...

I've never heard of these books. After reading that interview and checking the review I'll definitely be reading them.

Catherine Lee said...

Sevin does have a hot, hot, hot cover. YUM.

Sophia Rose said...

I had never heard of this author or the books. Satyrs and archeology (so into that after Indiana Jones)! I'm totally interested.

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Kassandra said...

LOVE THE LORDS OF SATYR!!!!

sionedkla@gmail.com

Lexi said...

Oh does this sound promising and super hott! You have sexy covers, they fit the descriptions of your books perfectly.
What a great way to bring old myth to life!

Laurie said...

You are new to me, but I can't wait to start reading these! Thanks for the interview and chance to win.

megblod said...

I've been really been meaning to getting around reading this series but you've just made want to read it even more

Megblod@yahoo.com

Shelly said...

Enjoyed the interview. This sounds like an awesome series. Bastain's and Sevin's book covers are sizzling hot. Have added this series to my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway.

Lady D said...

I am so intrigued with this series. I love archaeology, and even though I don't drink it, I love wine and the making of it as well. I really need to start this series! :)

*yadkny* said...

I can't recall if I've ever read an erotic paranormal historical, but these books definitely have me intrigued since I love erotic stories, paranormal stories, and historical ones! Great interview on a new to me author!

yadkny@hotmail.com

kandj7299 said...

I just love this series. Can't wait to read Sevin's story. Thanks for having this giveaway.

kandj7299 at verizon dot net

Elizabeth Amber said...

Hi all!

Renee, sometimes deadlines get that muse up and running! :o)

Joanne, it is beautiful, isn't it? My husband took the photo and I like how he got the flowers in. LOL about the man-date. The questions were great in the interview!

Sharon, me too!

Erin, I'm glad you like the premise. It was a hook that intrigued me so it was fun to write these books.

~ Elizabeth A

Elizabeth Amber said...

Francesca, thank so much for the interview! I forgot to say this in my first comment. Your questions were amazing and some made me laugh. xox

Elizabeth Amber said...

Yadkny, it's a mouthful, isn't it? I checked a lot of boxes with this series. :o)

It's awesome to meet so many readers who haven't read the satyr novels. I hope you enjoy them if you get a chance. If you prefer to read a series in order, start with Nicholas or Dane. They're the first books in each clan.

Kassandra, thank you! You're a sweetie for saying so. I'm so glad you've enjoyed the books.

Thanks again to you all for coming out to Under the Covers! I look forward to find out who wins the giveaway.

~ Elizabeth A

Under the Covers said...

Awww thanks Elizabeth, we tried to make the questions a bit different, thanks for being a good sport and answering them!! =)

Francesca

The ParaNormal Romance Party said...

I Love your Lords of Saytr's Elizabeth!! I need to catch up thou cuz I stopped at Dominic! I can't wait to read the next one. they are all so good and that cover is just YUM!!

<3
Samantha dacier

Betty Hamilton said...

I adore your books!!! ...and am patiently awaiting Sevin!!

Carol L. said...

I'm late getting here but I have to say I love The Lords Of Satyr. Nicholas will probably always be my favorite but having flings with the rest is okay too. lol I cannot wait to read Sevin.Thanks for posting .
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Jackie54736 said...

wow this sounds like a great series of books. rings@wwt.net

kyreadinggirl said...

I hadn't heard of this series, but since I used to teach Latin and love all things classical, I hope I can win one of the books in this series! I know I want to get a start on it!

Ann
Kyreadinggirl@yahoo.com

SdyLion said...

You have some very interesting characters to work with. I love the Roman Forum. I am a huge fan of BDB series, so can I come too? Those brothers and your men/god/men...well, I am done for. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Patricia said...

I love reading and I have a handicap niece that I got into reading. I would like to enter for a chance to win for her.
Thank you,
Patricia Perez

mcv said...

I'm a little behind in reading the series. I've read books 1-3 and have 4 on my TBR pile at home. The books are great and I would love to win a book.
mcv111 at hotmail(dot)com