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Thursday, January 19, 2012


I’m so excited to be here at the Long & Short Reviews today!

Long before I was romance writer—or reader—I was a Soap addict. Not all Soap Operas, mind you, just one: Days Of Our Lives. It was a sick obsession. So sick, in fact, in college I used to schedule my classes around the show. I gave up Soap Operas about the time I found my first romance novel, but every once in a while, in the middle of the day, I’ll flip on the TV and watch for a few seconds. And whenever I do, I always find myself remembering just what it was about those Soaps that hooked me at an early age: the emotional angst, the mystery and suspense, the action and sexy characters. All the things I love in my romance novels today.

One of my favorite Soap story lines was the amnesia plot. When the hero woke up not knowing who he was. This storyline sucked me in every time because I couldn’t wait to see if he’d ever get his memory back. How would his family react to seeing him alive? Would he fall in love with the same woman? Would he be the same or different? I remember spending hours in front of the TV waiting to find out if John Black really was Roman Brady on Days of Our Lives. And when the answer wasn’t what I wanted, I made up my own alternate ending. (This should have been my first clue I was destined for a career as a writer, but, alas, it took several years for me to clue in.)

There’s something both romantic and mysterious about a character who can’t remember who they once were, and that fascination obviously rings true because shows like Once Upon A Time and movies like Unknown are employing the same amnesia plot lines today. Amnesia story lines can—and have been—worked into any genre, from paranormals to contemporaries to thrillers. So long as the amnesia element creates questions, readers (and viewers) can’t wait to find the answers. They keep reading (and watching), which is why writers (Soap Opera writers and mainstream writers) keep on writing them.

My latest release, WAIT FOR ME, is a contemporary romantic suspense with an amnesia twist.

A woman without a past…

After a tragic accident left her with no memory, Kate Alexander struggled to fit in with a husband and world that didn’t feel right. She’s had no reason to question what friends and family have told her, not until her husband is suddenly killed and she finds a photo of a young girl in his office. A girl who can’t be anyone but a daughter Kate didn’t know she had.

A man desperate for a reason to live…

Ryan Harrison lost his wife in a plane crash five years ago. To cope with the pain of her loss, he dedicated himself to his job and to raising their daughter. Now a successful pharmaceutical executive, Ryan has everything a man could want—money, fame and power—but he’d give it all up in a heartbeat for just one more day with the woman he still loves.

Two lives about to converge.

As Kate begins to dig into a past she doesn’t remember, evidence leads her to San Francisco and puts her on the path toward Ryan, a man who sees in her the woman he loved and lost. Kate feels a draw to Ryan, one she can’t explain, but is that feeling enough to convince her this is where she’s supposed to be? As Ryan and Kate search for answers, they uncover lies long buried, a passion hotter than either expected and a danger that threatens…even now…when the second chance they’ve both been searching for is finally within reach.

“Full of twists and turns, lies and deception, and the ultimate revenge, WAIT FOR ME is a great romantic suspense read.” —Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick
Are you a fan of amnesia stories? What do you like about them? I’m giving away a copy of WAIT FOR ME to one lucky winner today so leave me a comment to be entered in the drawing!


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 her home in western Oregon where she lives with her husband and three children. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards including the prestigious RITA® awards by Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, The Golden Leaf and the Golden Heart. When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ballpark or dreaming up new and exciting adventures. Visit her at to learn more about her and her books.


Debby said...

I used to enjoy reading them but then the plot became overused. Now I have not seen one in a bit. I would enjoy trying one again
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Paty Jager said...

This sounds like a great read, Elisabeth. I was hooked on soap operas, Days of Our Lives for a period when the kids were small. But when the writers started adding in things that were unbelievable, I stopped watching. As for a fan of amnesia stories...I've never really thought about it. I've read a few and enjoyed them but I don't like the idea of having lost control of your life.

Na said...

I used to watch soaps a lot too. I remember the days of All My Children and later on Passions. It's sad to see them all going away. As for amnesia stories, I do like them. I haven't read a lot but those I have I've enjoyed. I like that it gives characters a new start, often the character with amnesia has a dark past. It also lets them come to terms with who they are and they want to be once their memories start coming back.


Dawn said...

I am a soap opera watcher too but since they are taking all my favorites off the air, I have been reading more...Amnesia stories can be really good...just depends on where they go with it, especially if it changes that persons life for the better...

Jane said...

Congrats on the new release, Elisabeth. I love amnesia stories. It's fun to see the character rediscover their own identity and learn about themselves.

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Victoria said...

I don't think I've ever read an amnesia story. I've seen plenty of them on GH though. Can't say I liked those all that much. SOAPs seemed to have the same old same old plot.
I'd be interested in reading an amnesia story ;).