New Year! New Post! New book! New series! New author? No wait – not that last one. 😉 Today we have the wonderful Emma Lang visiting with us! I’m going to call her Beth [Williamson] though, because that’s how I first met her and I’m a brat like that. (Also if you type in EmmaLang.com it redirects to Beth Williamson’s site.) I’m really excited to start out 2012 with Beth, because I think she’s absolutely fantastic. And how could it be bad to start out the year with someone who is so nice? Well, to me at least, and isn’t that all that really matters? 😛
Whaddya mean it’s a new series? A new family? Impossible!
How can I top the Malloys? Or the Devils? How can I start a new series with a new family? It’s impossible, right? Like betraying the family you love – because I do love the Malloys and all my Devils, and yet…
It was time to move forward. Time to find a new family to create grand adventures for and to fall in love with. It was time.
And so, the Grahams, and the Circle Eight series, were born. This family of 8 children in 1830s Republic of Texas has a true frontier life. Hard, unforgiving, deadly and violent – they also have an incredibly strong family bond. It’s a circle that cannot be broken.
Book 1 is Matthew’s story – he is the oldest of 8 at 24 and shoulders the responsibility of the ranch after their parents are murdered and the youngest Graham, 5-year-old Benjy, disappears. The circle isn’t broken, but it’s definitely injured.
Each of the Grahams is different of course, and creating their individual personalities was a challenge. I didn’t know them well but I had to get to know them.
Here they are… Olivia is 21 and has a temper to rival any forest fire. She’s stubborn and bossy, yet she hides her vulnerable side, the one that weeps for her parents and Benjy.
Caleb is 19, a young man who has lived in the shadow of his father and Matthew all his life. Desperate to prove himself, he bucks Matthew’s authority at every turn. He needs to find his place in the world, come hell or high water.
Nicholas is 16 and worships Matthew. He’s smart, perhaps the smartest Graham, and will prove to them he has more to offer than just an extra hand on the ranch.
Elizabeth is 12 going on 40. She is very serious for a pre-teen, not the hothead like Olivia, but not sweet like her younger sisters. She will surprise them all.
Rebecca is 9, a girl trying to shake off childhood and embrace being a young woman. Life’s tragedies has changed her into a girl who is afraid to ask for anything, or to love, for fear she will lose what she holds dear.
Catherine is the youngest girl at 7. She’s precocious, honest and still holds the shine of innocence. She misses Benjy, her closest friend and brother, but she holds the rest of her family dear, showing everyone just how they should be have.
Benjy is the youngest Graham, missing before we can meet him. His disappearance fuels his siblings’ quest and shapes their future.
There you have them – the Grahams. My new family, my new series. Matthew is going to find that being the responsible one isn’t easy…
A man learns to hold what is his…
It is a vast spread in the eastern wilds of the newly independent Republic of Texas, the ranch their parents fought for … and died for. To the eight Graham siblings, no matter how much hard work or hard love it takes, life is unthinkable without family…
In the wake of his parents’ murder, Matthew Graham must take the reins at the Circle Eight. He also needs to find a wife in just thirty days, or risk losing it all. Plain but practical, Hannah Foley seems the perfect bride for him . . . until after the wedding night.
Their marriage may make all the sense in the world, but neither one anticipates the jealousies that will result, the treacherous danger they’re walking into, or the wildfire of attraction that will sweep over them, changing their lives forever.
You can also read an excerpt of there book here. Beth has very kindly offered up a copy of Matthew to one lucky commenter. And I bet if you ask nicely she’ll even sign it for you. 😉 So what do you think of new series? Or series in general? Have any questions for Beth aka Emma? (She’s been massively swamped at work, so I doubt she can stop by quickly, but I know she’ll definitely stop by when she can!)
I love the sound of this new series. I love reading series. Series to me is a way of learning more about certain characters that are involved with first story. I’m looking forward to reading this new series of Beth’s.
I love when authors begin new series and give us another family of characters to learn about and love. The Circle Eight series sounds like books I will enjoy reading. I do love historical fiction.
How otten will a book be published in this new series?
Emma/Beth is(are) new to me, so I’m hopping over now to check out the other series that were mentioned, but the Circle 8 sounds like a good one. I’m certainly enjoying getting into the historicals that Lime has suggested. Best wishes, Emma/Beth!
I’m looking forward to reading MATTHEW. I enjoyed the excerpt. I like reading series. It’s like catching up with old friends & meeting new.
I love series of books. They allow you to know more about the world and characters of the stories. They also allow you to catch up with previous characters when they make appearances in subsequent books. The series sounds great. I am looking forward to reading it.
i cant wait to read this new series 🙂
This sounds like a great read, and a wonderful start to the series. Can’t wait to see more!
Hi Emma/Beth and Lime! I love to read series books. When I read them, it is like reading about your own family or a dear friend’s, and all of them become a star when it is their turn. You are a new author to me, but it sounds like your books are a must read. I look forward to reading about the Grahams and the Circle 8. BTW, is Benjy captured by Indians, or do we have to wait to read the book? Lol! Thanks for your interview and the great excerpt!
Congrats on your new family, the Grahams!
Hi Emma/Beth and Lime! I’ve always loved to read series books because it;s like visiting old friends. Thanks for the entertaining interview.
Congrats on the new family release!
Oh dear, this is a new author for me so I haven’t read her books….yet. But look at that cover…oh yum! Matthew looks very nice…I mean the book sounds really good.
I do love series though, they let you get to know the characters so much better and the secondary characters get more face time as well.
I like the sound of this series! I usually like new series.
I love series. I am so excited that Beth broke it down the way she did. I am really looking forward to this series.
Hey y’all! First let me say thank you to Lime for hosting me today. I have been crazy busy at work and y’all are awesome to come out and read about my new series. I’m super excited about it!
I love a new series! I can’t wait!
First, Happy New Year, Lime.
If it is a PRINT giveaway, count me in. The book sounds good. Thank you.
Hi Emma/Beth. Your new series sounds amazing. I love your writing. Thanks for the giveaway.
No need to enter me. Just stopping by to say how much y’all need to read this book. So awesome.
Hi Beth! And thank YOU for visiting with us and having a giveaway! I’m torn about series in general, but I love new ones. Variety being the spice of life and all – and it’s always a hope for me that a new series means an author will move on before they kill a previous one. DEFINITELY not saying you’ve done that. Just… you know. We’ve all seen it happen. And now I’ll hie me and my Debbie Downer self off. …
Bet you’re sorry I even bothered to comment now, aren’t you. :X
I am looking forward to this new series. I have read several Beth Williamson’s books and love her books.
I was very lucky to receive ARC of Matthew and it is wonderful and everyone should check it out! Good luck and Emma/Beth you are a magnificent writer!
Thank you everyone! Even the lovely Debbie Downer – Lime, you crack me up. Hee!
Pam and Cinful1121 – You’re so sweet! Thank you both!
Beth… hoping she hasn’t killed any series lately… 😉
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