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How my LOVE for Game of Thrones influences the Eternal Guardians.

 

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a Game of Thrones FANATIC. I’m absolutely addicted to the HBO series. I will also admit something else. I haven’t read the books. I know…cringe all you want. I mean, I’m an AUTHOR, for crying out loud. I know the book is ALWAYS better than the movie/TV series made from it. However, in this case, I also know myself. And if I start those books I won’t stop until I finish them. It’s not easy to admit you are OCD, but I am. When I find something I love, I can’t rest until I’ve finished it…even to the detriment of everything else, including my own writing.

 

There is also another reason I haven’t read the books yet. You see, it’s not often that I fall in love with characters the way I have in the HBO version of Game of Thrones. And I love the show so much, I don’t want to NOT love it because the book is better. I don’t watch much TV as it is, so Game of Thrones has become my one guilty pleasure. And boy, is it a pleasure…I never thought I’d say this but the dwarf is hot! Of all the characters, I’m most enamored with Tyrion Lannister. It’s not just that he’s got amazing writers giving him great lines, it’s that Peter Dinklage is in an incredible actor. At this point I don’t want to know if the REAL Tyrion Lannister in the book is better than him. I don’t think I could take it. My favorite TV quote of all time from the dwarf:

 

“The Lord of Light wants his enemies burnt. The Drowned God wants his enemies drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious c-nts? Where is the god of t-ts and wine?”

– Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones

 

How can you not love that?

 

But I’m getting away from myself. You want to know what Game of Thrones has to do with me and my books. Don’t worry…I was just about to get there. Anyone who knows me knows that I love fantasy and adventure. Lord of the Rings is one of my all-time favorite books AND movies. Throw in some kings, some back stabbing, some witty repartee, a little love and sex and you’ve got a winner in my opinion. It comes as no surprise then that these are all the things I try to add into my own books – power struggles, behind-closed door deals, humor, emotional angst, snarky characters, steamy romance and the battle between good and evil. That pretty much sums up my Eternal Guardians (with a little Greek myth sprinkled around for effect). The problem with loving what I write is that I don’t want to be influenced by what other authors are doing. This is the other major reason I’m not reading the Game of Thrones books right now. I want my stories and characters to be unique and I don’t want another fantasy author’s voice to worm its way into my writing. Watching a movie or TV series is different because you don’t “hear” the authors voice in that, but reading it right now…I think that would be too much. Maybe when I’m done with the Eternal Guardians series I’ll be able to enjoy the Game of Thrones books without being overly influenced. Time will tell…

 

So here’s what I love about Game of Thrones, the TV show, and how it’s impacting the Eternal Guardians. I love the imagery. I love the world building. I love the connections between the characters,  as well as their individual stories and struggles. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching the show, it’s that smart dialogue is key to any story. That characters linger with you longer than plot twists. That even the villain (and there are many in Game of Thrones) has his own story that needs to be told. These are all things I strive to bring to my readers in every book. And seeing it done so well is always an inspiration. When I finish watching an episode of Game of Thrones I’m ALWAYS excited to get back to work on my Eternal Guardians series story. And to me (and hopefully my readers), that’s a major plus to my watching Game of Thrones in the first place.

 

How about you? Are you a Game of Thrones fan? If so, who’s your favorite character? And if you’ve read the book(s) I’d love to hear your opinion on the books vs show. If you’re not a Game of Thrones fan…you really have to give it a try! If you like fantasy and adventure, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

I’ve got a copy of my latest release, ENSLAVED, up for grabs to one lucky commenter.

 

 

 

ENSLAVED BY ELISABETH NAUGHTON – IN STORES NOVEMBER 2012

“Do not miss this series.”—New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione

 

GRYPHON—Honorable, loyal, dependable…tainted. He was the ultimate warrior before imprisonment in the Underworld changed him in ways he can’t ignore.

 

She calls to him. Come to me. You can’t resist. But Gryphon will not allow himself to be ruled by the insidious whispers in his head. And there’s only one way to stop them: kill Atalanta, the goddess who enslaved him. But with so much darkness inside, he can’t be sure what’s real anymore. Even the Eternal Guardians, those who protect the human realms and the gods, want to exile him.

 

Finding Malea is like a miracle. Somehow he doesn’t feel the pull of the dark when she’s near. And he’s determined to keep her as near as possible, whether she wants him close or not. But she’s a temptation that will test every bit of control he has left. One that may ultimately have the power to send him back to the Underworld…or free him from his chains for good.

 

Praise for Elisabeth Naughton:

“Entertaining and smoldering.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review of Tempted

 

“Creative worldbuilding and ever-present danger pull the reader into this mesmerizing tale.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ star review of Enraptured

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A former junior high science teacher, Elisabeth Naughton traded in her red pen and test-tube set for a laptop and research books. She now writes sexy romantic adventure and paranormal novels full-time from Oregon, where she lives with her husband and three children. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards, including the RWA RITA© Award, the NJ RWA Golden Leaf, and the RWA Golden Heart. When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ball park, or dreaming up new and adventures. Visit her at www.elisabethnaughton.com and follow her on Twitter, @ElisNaughton.

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