Thursday, July 9, 2009

Guest: Elizabeth Amber and The Lords of Satyr, and Giveaway

Good Morning Everyone!

Today is a very special day in my blogger life. The very sweet Elizabeth Amber has done me the great honor of being my very first guest author. Please help me give her a very warm welcome!

Elizabeth Amber's Nicholas was the very first book classified as erotic romance that I ever read. Elizabeth not only opened the door for me to the this genre but she kicked the darn thing down. There is no closing it now!

Elizabeth is responsible for the sexy historical paranormal romance series, The Lords of Satyr. This series is about half-human, half-satyr brothers who go in search of endangered half-faerie brides. The four titles in order are Nicholas, Raine, Lyon, Dominic , and Dane will be out in 2010. (click on the titles to read an excerpt)

Nicholas* Raine* Lyon* Dominic

In the heart of Tuscany's centuries-old wine country,
the satyr lords protect ancient secrets

Nicholas The Lords of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber bookpeek

Romantic Times said this of Nicholas: “The leading man is the sexiest one this reader has seen in a long time!” Nicholas has won, placed, or finaled in 9 RWA regional awards, including the National Readers Choice Award. Lyon and Raine are both currently finalists for numerous RWA regional awards, including the 2009 Booksellers Best award and Passionate Ink’s Passionate Plume. All the satyr novels have received numerous five-star reviews, and are in multiple printings.

Dominic (released March 2009) Blurb:
They are S
atyrs, men endowed with legendary carnal knowledge who demand total and complete control with their sexual prowess...

A Night Of Bliss

Emma anxiously awaits her husband's return home to Tuscany on Calling night. She hopes that the night-long copulation will draw them closer together for she questions whether they truly love one another. But when Carlo arrives, injured in battle and unable to perform, she learns she must mate instead with Dominic, a lusty, royal Satyr. It is a night of hedonistic passion that leaves her wanting much, much more...

A Moment Of Rapture

Like other Satyr lords, Vincent is driven to mate from dusk to dawn every Calling night. But as a bachelor, Vincent must conjure a female from the mist who will satisfy his sexual needs. While his brothers summon a different partner with each full moon, Vincent calls upon the same one time after time. He wants her to experience the same erotic pleasure he feels and one night she does the magic is real...


Elizabeth has so generously agreed to answer some of my questions today!

Heather: Welcome, Elizabeth. Let’s get started with my first question: Why do you write alpha males?

Elizabeth Amber: Hi Heather. Thanks so much for having me! In answer to your question…

An editor once asked me, “What kind of man do most romance readers want?” My reply was, “an alpha male.” She countered with, “Women want a man who’ll commit.” I replied, “How about an alpha male who’ll commit?” She laughed, but I definitely meant it. That’s my idea of the perfect romance novel hero.

The satyr brothers are physically strong and dominating, but disguise this beneath civilized veneers that allow them to move in the highest social circles of 1800s Italy. They have enormous appetites for pleasures of the flesh, which are unleashed in a sacred gathering place ringed with statues of Bacchus, nymphs, dryads, and fauns. Yet each satyr lord is searching for the one woman meant for him.

Heather: I recently read that you are an Art Historian who specializes in Greco-Roman artifacts. Did this have any influence on The Lords of Satyr series? How much?

Elizabeth Amber: Yes, that’s what gave me the kernel of the idea for the series. According to Roman myth, satyrs are the male followers of the wine god, Bacchus. (Dionysus in Greek myth.) They were portrayed on ancient objects used in the consumption or storage of wine, such as amphorae and urns.

Because they are unapologetic in their relish of any number of sexual acts, they’re often depicted in pursuit of nymphs or maenads, and are usually shown in a blatantly aroused state. Who better to showcase as the hero of an erotic romance?

I updated this mythology to create The Lords of Satyr. This is a family of half-satyr half-human men who own an ancestral Italian vineyard, where they guard ancient secrets. A deathbed decree sends them on a quest for endangered brides in Rome, Paris, and Venice.

There was actually a blight that nearly destroyed all of Europe’s grapevines and the entire wine industry in the 1800s. That comes into play because this threat has will have dire repercussions for the satyr brothers and their families.

Heather: I read somewhere that some authors start their book simply with the hero or heroine. They allow the H/H to lead them in the right direction. Was this the case for you, or did the ideas come before the H/H?

Elizabeth Amber: I think the very first scene I thought of was the erotic one in chapter 22 of Nicholas, the first book. So right away I had the scene and the characters of Nicholas and Jane. I’m not sure if I thought of this first or thought of the whole satyr/vineyard idea that I described above. I think they sort of happened together.

Heather: Which Lord is your favorite? What about the wives, which heroine captured your heart?

Elizabeth Amber: Of course, I love them all. Each satyr lord harbors some sort of wound from the past. Raine was rejected by a human family and later by a human wife, but he’s determined to do the right thing. Lyon has a sense of humor and is beloved by the ladies. Dominic is the hero of his people, yet they fear and scorn him.

But I’d choose Nicholas from the first book as my favorite because he’s the eldest brother and has a strong sense of family duty. His goals are to sire an heir, safeguard ancient family secrets, and watch over his brothers. He’s charismatic and is a very creative lover. All the satyrs are inventive when it comes to lovemaking, but the sex scenes evolve organically from their characters and the plots.

My heroines are all strong, some more than others. Jordan, the heroine in Raine has garnered the most attention. She’s a hermaphrodite, who is living a lie. I didn’t write her to shock anyone. I wrote her because I had come across some information about the plight of hermaphrodites in the 1800s. I empathized with them and was driven to write an unapologetic hermaphrodite heroine. I love the fact that Raine’s love for her is truly complete and unconditional.

Heather: Did you model any of the heroes/heroines after anyone close to you?

Elizabeth Amber: No, I think all the characters I write are some sort of amalgam of character traits we all come across throughout our lives.

Heather: Nicholas and Lyon have both won in the Houston RWA’s Judge A Book By Its Cover contest and Raine finaled. The covers for this series are to die for. I did notice a slight change though. With Nicholas, Raine, and Lyon the face of the model is mostly hidden. Dominic, on the other hand, the entire face is visible. I know authors have very little say in the cover art, but do you know why they changed it?

Elizabeth Amber: I’m one of those authors who don’t see the covers until they’re printed and I’ve never discussed them in-depth with my editor. I’ve heard from many readers asking who the cover models are and jokingly pleading for them to “drop their drapes.” :o) I remember how thrilled I was when I saw the first one--the Nicholas cover. It’s gorgeous, sexy, and classy, and gave the series a boost right off the bat. Kensington made sure it got seen in bookstores and things took off well from there for the series. I have loved each cover, but I admit I prefer covers where the face isn’t seen. I like to imagine it.

Heather: Elizabeth, if you like, please tell us about your contest, which runs through December 2009.

Elizabeth: I haven't included a dedication in any of the satyr novels so far, but I'd like to dedicate DANE #5 to readers. So, I'll be giving away one dedication and a satyr novel--choose from Nicholas, Raine, Dominic. I'm out of Lyons. The monthly winners through December will be included as a group in the front matter of DANE, as in something like this:

This book is dedicated to my readers --

Heather Brewer, Mippy Carlson, Your Name Here . . .

~ Elizabeth Amber

To enter, join my enewsletter group at and email me at with Dane Contest in the subject line.

Thanks again for inviting me, Heather!
Elizabeth thank you so much for stopping by and sharing so much with us! I have really enjoyed having you here.

If you would like to read more about the books in the Lord of Satyr series please take a stroll over to Elizabeth's website.

Thanks to Ms. Amber's generosity I have a copy of Dominic to give away to one lucky winner! And to celebrate my first ever guest blog, I am throwing in a $20 gift certificate to either Barnes and Noble or Amazon (winners choice)! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here about this post. If you would like an extra entry into the contest spread the word through your blog, Myspace, or Facebook; come back here and post the link where you have shared the news. The giveaway will be open until July 15. The winner will be posted that afternoon!
Open to U.S and Canada only.

Contest Closed!!


Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Hello Ladies!!!!
Heather, thanks for having Ms. Amber! The interview was great!
I love to learn the indepths author go through with their characters.
Nicholas stole my heart and Lyon holds the key!!! These brothers are something else!!!! They are all sex on a stick!!!
Good luck everyone!!!
Heather... I already have Dominic, so please dont enter me... but Iwill be pimping you out on my right side bar for the contest!!!
Hope everyone has a great day!!!

Ms Elizabeth... Where is Dane coming from? Is he going to be a lost brother, or one of the off springs... Just curious... very!!! =)

Heather D said...

Thanks for stopping by Cecile!

You guys have fun today, I forgot I promised my son Six flags today, so I will be out most of the day. I am not really looking forward to this, would much rather sit on my couch and chat with everyone here. But he has been looking forward to this since he got the free ticket for reading so many books, and stupid me didn't look at my calendar when I told him Sunday that we would go Thursday.

I will check in with everyone later today!! Have a great time!!

Anonymous said...

Hi ladies!
Great book covers... or should that be "UNcovered"? :o)

Leontine said...

Hi Heather, Elizabeth and the rest who I'm sure is gonna drop by ;-) I am not reading erotica/romantica/erotic romance - however you wanna call it - for very long. I know one thing, my two very first romantica authors were Shayla Black with Wicked Ties and Elizabeth Amber with Nicholas. For different reasons I love both authors and their hawt imagination. The thing is with Elizabeth Amber is that she has developed some amazing and unusual and different characters.

Though I have only read Nicholas and Raine I am glad to have the rest of the series as well, it is only a matter of time before I will get to them :D

I enjoyed this interview very much, thank you Heather & Elizabeth Amber!

Cindy W said...

I still need to start this series, but want to win! I'm posting a link on my blog! C

Cathy M said...

Hi Elizabeth, I am another big fan of your cover models. Have a soft spot for Nicholas's story and would love to read Dominic.

Mari said...

Thanks Elizabeth and Heather for this contest. Love your books!!!

Elizabeth Amber said...

Hi Heather! It's so cool to be your first blog guest. I hope Six Flags turns out to be fun--it's great that your son is a reader. Your influence, I'm guessing. :o)

Hi Cecile!!!
How fun to see you here. I've been having a blast reading your blog this past week. My next satyr novel Dane involves olives instead of wine and takes place later in the 1800s. It's pretty erotic--I can't help it! :o)

LOL MsMoonlight!

Leontine--it's great to see you here, too! I enjoy Shayla too. I once took an online class from her which was wonderful. She's a really giving person.

Thanks for posting the link, Cindy! I hope you enjoy the satyr novels if you get a chance.

Hi Cathy, thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed Nicholas. I loved writing it.

Thanks, Mari!

VampFanGirl said...

Wonderful interview ladies!!

While I haven't read anything by Elizabeth Amber, I have been enjoying Cecile's reviews of the series and I find myself more and more intrigued. I'd love a chance to give this author a try.

Count me in!

;) VFG

Lea said...

Hi Heather and Elizabeth!

What a wonderful post and giveaway! I have the first 3 of Elizabeth's novels and have enjoyed the first 2 very much. (I'm planning to read the 3rd one very soon.

Your characters are so well developed and the erotic prose in your novels is beautiful Elizabeth. I also love the lovely setting for the stories.

I'll go back to my blog and post about your contest right now Heather.

Sorry to be so late, long day at work today...

Best To You both..


Anonymous said...

Hi Heather and Elizabeth!! What a great interview!! Sorry I'm late. I was running around like crazy today.

I think Ms. Amber has quite possibly the most AWESOME COVERS EVER!!! Raine...sigh...

Congrats on your blog anniversary, as well, Heather!! I love visiting and look forward to many more posts!!

Good luck everyone!!

Heather D said...

Thank you Everyone for stopping by and good luck to you all in the contest!!

Elizabeth, Thank you again for doing this interview with me and being my first ever guest!!

I just got home from Six Flags and I am beat!! There wasn't much of a crowd today, thankfully, so we ended up staying much later than I had anticipated. My son dragged me all over the place and was able to ride everything (that he was tall enough for) at least twice.

Tami W. said...

All I have to say is holy hot covers batman! I think I would like those Alpha Males! Mmmmm Mmmmm Good!


tami.winbush @

Blanche said...

Hi Heather and Elizabeth!!

Awesome interview! I've had these books on my wishlist/TBB list for some time now!! I need to go book shopping!:)

Very nice contest Heather!! :)

The Brunette Librarian said...

:) Just finished Nicholas, Raine & Dominic...I think the only one I havn't read is Lyon! :) Ha! REALLY enjoyed your interview Elizabeth and Heather - so glad to find your blog!! :D

Blanche said...

Hi Heather......forgot to tell you that I pimped your contest here...


The_Book_Queen said...

Great interview, Heather! And I really enjoyed learning a bit more about you, and the stories, Elizabeth!

All the books are on my wish list, but I haven't read them yet. Now I can't wait-- I really love the covers too, yummy! ;)

And Heather, I'm also heading back to post a link and info on my blog side bar. (


housemouse88 said...

Hello Heather and Elizabeth,

The covers of your books are so hot. I could look at the covers all day long and never get bored.

Thanks for the contest. Have a great day.

budletsmom said...

I haven't read any of these books but I think I will be adding them to my shopping cart soon. Please enter me in your drawing.

budletsmom at yahoo dot com

M-square said...

Hi Heather and Elizabeth,
This interview was great, very informative. I read the first book, and have to get started on the others. I agree with the others - your covers are wonderful! I could just stare at them all day, and THEN read the contents. Thanks for keeping us entertained...

jeanette8042 said...

Elizabeth Amber's satyr novels were also one of the first erocyic romances I read and I think her books are brilliant ans steamy!

Martha Eskuchen said...

Hey Heather! Congrats on your first author guest and what a good interview. Those alpha males do look and sound Very interesting!

Martha Eskuchen said...

Okay Heather I posted it here:
(My first post to this group!) *G*

Cybercliper said...

Congrats Heather on your first guest interview and you definitely hit a home run!!! I've drooled over these covers for a while now but haven't read the series yet. Looks like I'm missing out big time :-)

LighthouseSandy said...

OMG, new books in the series! I need to catch up!

I've posted about Elizabeth's interview at Facebook:

and two MySpace pages:


Thanks Heather and Elizabeth for a great interview and contest!

Amy C said...

Hi Heather and Amber,

Great interview! I haven't read this series. I do have the first book. It sounds very interesting.

I posted a link on my side bar :).

Mandi said...

Great interview and contest!!

I posted a link in my sidebar:)

Chris said...

I just picked up Nicholas a few days ago - that cover totally drew me in!

CrystalGB said...

Great interview. Elizabeth's books sound good. Thank you for the great contest.


Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Very nice interview! The cover art on this series alone would have me picking them up at the bookstore! Then, reading the excerpts, I'm sucked in! Please enter me in this contest so my door can get kicked down too... lol


malleycc said...

WOW great interview and the book sounds great. I would love to read it. I have never read any of her books.

Shawn said...

The book covers alone make me curious as to what is inside! Great interview, I am very interested in her books now. May have to do a B&N run this weekend! Thanks for the interview, awesome!

Anonymous said...

Heather, congrats on your first contest! Doesn't Elizabeth Amber just ROCK! I just love her books! I haven't read Dominic so this would be a real treat. Please count me in. I have also posted to my Contest Sidebar for today!

Heather D said...

Ladies thank you for stopping by and commenting on the interview. Ms. Amber is awesome and I really enjoyed doing this with her. The Satyr books are a treat to read!!

tetewa said...

This would be a new series for me, sounds good!

I ♥ Book Gossip said...

What a great interview and post.
Please count me in.

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

+1 extra entry posted on sidebar.

The Scarf Princess said...

Congrats on your first contest Heather! And lucky you having such a great author here for all the fun. I have these books on my tbr list and think they sound absolutely wonderful.

I posted this on my Facebook page in the MyStuff section on the left.....

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Booklover1335 said...

Congrats Heather! And you could not have picked a better author to start out with. Loved the interview.

I first picked up Nicholas just for the cover. I had never read a book by Elizabeth at the time (later found it was her first), but I loved it and could not wait to find out the fates of the other brothers, and was even more happy when the series continued beyond the original three. I think this was the first book I got from the Aphrodisia line, and remains a fav to this day!

I would love to win a copy of Dominic

And I added a link to your contest on my sidebar of my blog :

Always glad to help out a fellow blogger :)



i came here to enter your contest but this is not an entry. i hope you will take this into consideration. i read books and blogs all day. i love to enter and win book contests. i love reading reviews and interviews. however, i have old eyes (64 next month). little print and light print are hard to read for me. the color you are using some of your the way this comment will show up is extremely hard to read. i have no trouble with the green or purple pt turqoise but wow this other... i like your interview. i cannot read what you wrote after because it is too faded to see. i hope you understand and can fix this so that next time i come back i can read and then enter your giveaway.

Heather D said...


Thank you for bringing this to my attention, I changed the color on the interview. I hope the blue works better for you! Enjoy the interview and good luck in the contest!


Sandra Vaughan book giveawa "Dominic"

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Estella said...

Have not read anything bt Ms Amber, but would love to give the great looking books a try!

Armenia said...

Great interview Heather. Thanks for the giveaway Elizabeth. I love your Satry series and the covers are beautiful eye candy. Yummy.

Fedora said...

Thanks for the terrific interview, Heather and Elizabeth! I blogged about it here (at least I think I did...):

Thanks so much!

Unknown said...

Great interview! Books sound great!

Caffey said...

Hi Heather! Hi Elizabeth! I so love this series! I have all on the keepers shelf but Dominic (only because I haven't gotten his yet). And I still love teasing about dropping the towels on those covers! Elizabeth so beautiful to read your interview! So will be looking forward to DANE too and beautiful what you doing to dedicate it to your readers! Too beautiful on the awards for these books!!

Unknown said...

Hi Heather!

Thanks for sexy book covers and the lovely interview with Ms. Amber! I've put all of her books on my wish list! They all sound so good. I love the Satyr and half-faerie theme and can't wait to read them. I'll post your contest on my blog at


Dottie :)

Anonymous said...

Great blog post Heather and Elizabeth!

Congrats on this wonderful series Elizabeth, you are such a wonderful writer... and your book covers are just too hot :).

I posted a note over on my facebook:

Pam S

LadyVampire2u said...

Congratulations on this being your first guest post. You did an awesome job and definitely introduced me to a new author I'm adding to my wishlist.
Also, I have posted about this giveaway here:

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful guest post. I loved reading it and I love these books. I have read Nicholas and am dying to get my hands on the rest of these sexy hunks.

Mariee said...

Great interview. Love the covers!
Please count me in for the giveaway.

afstone3 said...

Heather great interview with a wonderful author. Elizabeth you did it again, got me thinking of reading the Lords all over again.

Elizabeth Amber said...

I don’t think I mentioned it before--the color you chose in this interview are beautiful. I love being your first guest! Thanks again for inviting me. :o) I’m glad you had fun with your son at Six Flags. I used to live in Texas and never made it there. My husband still loves theme parks, so I get dragged to them now and then. I can't do the rides--I'm a chicken.

Hi Vamp,
Good to see you here. I was just posting at Cecile’s earlier, too. :o)

Hi Lea,
I hope you enjoy Lyon! I’m glad you liked the first two. I really enjoyed writing these books. Brothers are so much fun.

I know! I lucked out with these covers, didn’t I? Alpha males. Yeah!

Hi Rachie,
I hope you enjoyed them as I much as I enjoyed writing them. :o)

I agree—I look forward to many more posts from Heather.

Thanks, Book Queen! The interview was fun for me too.

Hi Housemouse,
I sometimes wrap the covers around wine as giveaways. I haven’t done that in a while because I ran out of cover flats—I’ll do it again with Dane.

Ack! I’ve got errands to get done before six. I’ll drop back by soon.


Ms. Asphyxia said...

An art historian? That's amazing. I love art and art history. If I weren't already fully dedicated to Roman history, I would go into art history.


Ms. Asphyxia said...



mrsshukra said...

Elizabeth Amber is a new author to me. Thanks for introducing her to me on this post!

throuthehaze said...

Elizabeth Amber is a new author to me as well. I can't wait to start reading her books!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

dag888888 said...

Good interview with an author I haven't read but look forward to reading now!

throuthehaze said...


throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Lil said...

I have read some of Elizabeth Amber's Lords of Satyr series. They are wonderful and I was really impressed with the handling of the story with Jordan.

kim h said...

ggreat interview

hot covers

do u get any inputs for the covers

Elizabeth Amber said...

Hi Heather and everyone. It's so fun to see familiar faces and others who are new to the satyr series. Great questions and comments!

Lighthouse and fichen--
Thanks for posting about the blog interview. Much appreciated.

So many nice comments on the covers! Thanks! Although I can't take any credit, I love them too!

Kim, I usually don't see the covers till after they're printed. That's true of most authors I think. But Kensington does listen to my comments about them and they'll act on them.

Booklover, I commented on your blog just now. Seductive Musings. Lots of great contests!

Jeannette, Thanks so much. You're a sweetie for saying that.

Thanks Book Junkie.

Hi Caffey!

Are any of you watching Hung and Entourage tonight? After a long spell of reading my nights away, I'm tuning into TV a bit and finding some shows I like. I've always been and Entourage fan and Season 6 starts tonight.

Heather D said...

Hi Elizabeth, my son and I had a wonderful time. It wasn't crowded nor was it too hot. We went to Six Flags in Atlanta, and managed to miss all traffic!! Thanks for asking about it! Oh and I think the fear comes with age. I realized after my son made me ride the Mindbender for the second time and insisted on riding in the very first car that I have a healthy fear of the roller coaster now. This fear however will not beat me!!! lol I will conquer it and continue to ride these ridiculous rides. There is just something about the adrenaline rush.

I want to say thanks to everyone for making my first guest blog and contest so successful!! I know we have a few more days, but I am so grateful for all of you great ladies stopping by, commenting and in some cases blogging about it. I really appreciate it!!

Good luck and Happy Reading!!

Anonymous said...

Really good interview! I love Elizabeth Amber! I listed your contest in my sidebar at


melissaconatser at gmail dot com

Rebecca Knight said...

Please enter me :). twoheadknigh(at)gmail(dot)com.

Hooray for free books, and thanks for hosting!

dag888888 said...

Please count me in, thanks!


Kytaira said...

I haven't read anything by Elizabeth yet. And I do mean YET. I love paranormals, historicals and hot books. How can I turn down a series with all of the right flavors!?

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