Tuesday, April 03, 2012

FAQ: Elena & Raphael

I get certain questions multiple times a week (sometimes several times a day!), so I thought I'd answer some of them on the blog for easy reference.

Will there be another Elena/Raphael book?

Yes, absolutely. At this stage, I can't confirm in which book they'll take center stage again, but it won't be too far off.

Will Elena and Raphael be having a baby?

There is no baby in their near future. Quite aside from the fact that the angels have a lower birth rate, you have to remember that Elena has only been an angel for a number of months according to the timeline of the books. She needs time to grow and settle into her new life.

37 comments :

fishgirl182 said...

i love elena and raphael and can't wait for another book. i've never thought about the baby question but i think a little baby angel would be quite adorable.

maritza said...

I'd love to see a baby angel from those two but I think Elena needs time to become.... an archangel? ;D
Btw, will we ever see the archangel Alexander awaken?

sheena said...

What about Illium!!!! He has to be next after Jason!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes! I have been dying to read Illium's story! I would read a hundred Raphael / Elena stories!

Quibbler said...

I'd love to see Aodhan find someone who can help him heal, He's the one who intrigues me the most (He's the one I daydream about ;-P).
But on the other hand, I can't help wondering how Illium will react when he finds out that Honor is the reincarnation of Dmitris long lost wife. I can't help feeling that it might raise certain hopes?

Quibbler said...

Oops... sorry about the spoilers people. I realised just after I posted and I can't go back and edit it!

Sorry!

A.Weber said...

I kind of thought that maybe the fact that Elena had been recently Human might actually have helped her fertility, since humans obviously have little problem reproducing. It seemed to make sense to me. But I do love the Elena/ Raphael stories and I think that they need more time as a couple before children. But Raphael as a father would be even more priceless than Lucas. Actually I want Galen to be a father more than Raphael, especially after his comment to Jessamy that he would carry their child wherever they needed. They would be super awesome parents.

Eva said...

Ah...the baby question:-).

- You write your love stories so well Nalini that everybody want to see their relationships to progress.

As for me, I would love to see Hawke as a father. (I´ll be patient an wait until you´ll make it happen. - At least I hope you`ll give him his little troublemaker when it`s time).

nirbhava said...

More than Hawke I would love to see Judd as a father, it will be awesome to see him with a baby. And Riley & Mercy too. I am keen to know if they have a cub or a pup. I think Hawke & Sienna need more time to grow into their relationship before having a baby.

Annika said...

Ah yes, Galen and Jessamy would be awesome to see as parents! I actually wouldn't mind an unexpected pregnancy book for Aodhan, it would make for an emotional read for sure. Can angels have babies with humans? I can't remember what has been said about that..

Liz C said...

I'd like to see Aodhan's story next- I really like the glimpses we keep catching of him in the books. As to the baby question, I'd love to see Riley and Mercy or Clay and Tally have a baby -I really love these couples. I agree with Hawke and Sienna needing more time in their relationship but I do hope we see them with a baby, I think Hawke would be a fantastic father (although I think he'd probably take the protectiveness a little too far) :)

Schenni said...

I'm not so sure if I'm happy about the news that Elena and Raphael will get another book. It just means more drama in their relationship and I think they have gone through enough. It's not as if being an archangel/a new angel isn't hard enough...
I adored their three books and I loved it when they appeared in "Blade", but I would rather hear the stories of all the other fantastic characters, like Venom and Holly, for example (and they can have A LOT of scenes in those books!).
But that's just my opinion and I'm sure tons of readers are really looking forward to another book about Elena and Raphael.

Quibbler said...

Oh, Elena and Raphael definitely need another book (or more). Quite apart from anything else, we haven't got to the bottom of Elenas nightmares and what really happened that day, why her father is so anti-hunter, her mothers background etc. there's still a lot of ground to cover.
I can't wait!

Chanpreet said...

Any Guild Hunter or Raphael's Seven book, makes me happy. And I do think Elena and Raphael have more in store, Quibbler is right regarding Elena's past.

The worst thing is the wait!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Nalini! For me, I think Raphael and Elena are the anchors of all the Guild Hunter books regardless of the leading characters and their stories - I think that is what makes the series so spectacular. I love the tapestry of all these characters woven together, existing in this world, and all their relationships - i.e. Raphael and his Seven, Elena and the Guild, Elena vs. her father, the Cadre with the evil Lijuan, and of course, the awakened Caliane. The connections are endless and strong. One word - AWESOME! Might I add, I have great hope for Aodhan's story! ;) Professional Romance Fans approve!
best,
Stephanie

Sherri L. said...

I agree with everyone. I started off with the psy/changeling series then decided to try a guild hunter book and read all of them so far. I can't wait to see what happens with all the couples in the future and see who ends up a couple. Venom and sorrow would make quite the interesting couple with both of them having the kind of eyes they do. I was also wondering if the picture Aodhan did for Raphael of Elena that he has in his bedroom at the tower is what the cover for Archangel's Consort was based on?

Hnossi Valkyrie said...

Comment is filled with minor SPOILERS:

YAY! More Elena and Raphael! I'm so excited for that, I thought Archangel's Consort was their last... :'( I'm so happy it isn't!! I would advice for you to make them the center stage and not some weird Lijuan/Caliane/Uram problem. I hope there are more training scenes! I love those! (Wow, can't stop with the exclamation points!!)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad there going to be another R&E book, but I hope it's the last one where they at least come to a resolution with both their respective parents. After that I hope Nalini ends it there for them because out of all the couples they are at a level in their relationship where they can relax and Elena can keep learning and vis versa. I just don't want Nalini to keep going like other authors and keep creating drama that was non-existent before just to make more book, some authors don't understand that it turns readers off because it takes the charachters and makes them into something else and in the end just leaves a bad taste after all the good stuff . However, I can't wait for this book and I hope it leaves us with a good place to leave E&R.

Elizabeth Cerna said...

Thank you for answering my question! Darn I was hoping for a Elena/Raphael baby in the near future :(

Anonymous said...

i don't need babies.They are power couple,I love from because of i-like-you-in-a-dangerous-way :) when I think of GD series I think of them and I am glad to hear that they will be back,I don't want them to change,Elena is a kickass and Raphael is like...you know immortal archangel which is the epitome of any fantastic alpha.And they shouldn't disappear,never ever.

Anonymous said...

I so so so relieved Raphael and Elena are coming back. They are definitely my favourite couple in the series. Don't get me wrong I liked Archangel's Blade and the novellas a lot but they couldn't quite beat our favourite Archangel and Hunter. I hope they get many many more books.
As for the baby issue, it is an adorable image and the idea of Raphael as a father would be an absolutely ground breaking asset to the series but I agree it's a bit early to bring in something that big. If they do end up having a child it should be much later, maybe after all the seven have had their seperate romances and we know what really happened in Elena's mysterious past.

Anonymous said...

I’ll be very glad to see R&E back again. I think that’s what makes me like the Guild Hunter books more than Psy/Changeling. We got more of a chance to fall in love with the R&E before immediately moving onto someone else. It’s added so much more depth to them and the series as a whole. Honestly I would be content if you wrote the whole series just about them.

Dawn and Wini book lovers said...

You said… in the Near future, that not a YES or a No, but you only have a couple of books left. A baby will be a pleasant surprise. Thanks for being such a great writer.

Anonymous said...

A baby, if vampires and humans can :) awww
I read some where Seraphena

Anonymous said...

A baby would be amazing, but let's give Elena a hundred years or so! If she had a baby, she'd have to live at the Refuge and avoid high risk activities for quite a while. I don't see her character leaving her child behind or taking the risk of depriving it of its mother. I think this would change the format of the series too much. It would be pleasant but weird and possibly boring.

I look forward to as many Rafael/Elena books as Nalini wants to write!

Rachael said...

I am despirately hoping for another R&E book! Love love love them! I will definitely be reading them all and pre-ordering as soon as possible. I hate when authors create such powerful and fantastic characters you fall in love with them but the authors stop writing their tales. I hope she writes several first and ends with their child. They will make an amazing series!
Fingers crossed!

Marian Spisak said...

Baby would be great if possible

Anonymous said...

Hello nalini.. Please... let elena bare a child?? WE ARE SOOO LOVE THEM (ELENA and Raphael).. we want them to have some kiddies... PLEASE?? :(

Anonymous said...

More Elena and Raphael! I enjoy reading them the most!

Anonymous said...

Elena and Raphael should be the first to have children!!! They're love story is the most epic, and they'd be great parents when you decide to do that.

Anonymous said...

Can i ask a question? Will Elena gain powers or special ability?

Jermyn Joyce Maxino said...

I would love to read more about R&E. I love the stories about the Seven and I can't wait for Illium's book to come out. But I feel that after the events in A.L. I can't wait to find out what they (R&E) have in store next. A baby would be awesome! Just a thought, I know that angels have low fertility rates, but wouldn't the fact that Elena was not born an angel make her less likely to have this problem?

Mishel said...

OMGGG!!!
i'M SO HAPPY
be honest, Raphael and Elena are the best couple. is the center of everything in the saga, so I would like, love, adore to see more of R and E.

Xoxo

karen bailey said...

Please please write the rest of the seven Illium Aodhan Venom these dangerous beautiful loyal men need to have their stories told and to get their happy ever after they have earned it only then can Elena and Raphael move on to the next stage and possibly most difficult parenthood love these books so much can't wait for the new ones pre ordered on Amazon already for both series waiting is so hard thank you for writing such brilliant stories

Anonymous said...

Loveeee Elena and Raphael sooo much.
please write more books about them.
Raphael and Elena are not like other couple. Their story don't seem to be near an end yet. Really really hope there will be more story about Raphael and Elena. They are my favourite couple.
Hope you will continue Guild Hunter series past 10 books. Really love this series and will love it if you would make more sotries revolving around Guild Hunter series.
Cant wait for the next book.
Will be so happy if Guild Hunter series can come out 2 books a year.
Love this series even much more than the other series because of Raphael and Elena. ^.^

Kathryn Mac Intosh said...

It seems there is still so many characters we still need to learn more about. We haven't heard about all of the seven, and now Elena's getting her own seven. I hope this series can keep going. I love living in this world.

Jodi Derrick said...

Just finished Archangels Heart. Can't wait to read what's next for Raphael and Elena. This series has become one of my favorites and I hope to see many more books to come.