Hello my lovelies! Another birthday today! So many birthdays, and I just love it! 😀 Today as you see we have Beth Williamson visiting with us with a short and sweet post. Fun fact – did you know she writes as Emma Lang too? Happy birthday Beth! Thanks for visiting with us at ALBTALBS. I hope you have a wonderful day!
’Tis just another year, right?
Birthdays come each year for every person in every corner of the world. It’s just another year, right? 🙂
I turn 46 today – that number seems impossible! When did I get to be in my mid-40s? Sometimes life goes by so fast, we blink and ten years have passed.
What have I accomplished in the last 46 years?
*thin, think think* (Picture Pooh bear tapping his head…)
I married my teenage sweetheart and twenty-three years later, am still married. Yay!
I had two amazing sons who make me very proud. Woot!
I published 25 novels, 9 novellas, and 6 short stories. Holy cow!
I traveled to Spain, Holland, Portugal, Canada, Mexico and visited a number of Caribbean islands. Love travel!
I am lucky enough to have some amazing friends who have touched my life. Peeps!
I have attended more than a twenty reader/writer conferences over the last 9 years. Ah-mazing!
I have a job I love, and that I’m good at, which allows me to challenge myself every day. Booyah!
I have lived for 46 years on this earth, and consider myself very, very lucky. Huzzah!
What would you say has been your biggest “thing” in your life?
One commenter wins a download of choice from my backlist – any book, any format!
Fabulous question. I’m really curious too. And isn’t Beth generous, offering a present to one of you on her special day? So remember to wish her a very happy birthday too!
Y’all!!! It’s release day!!! Super jazzed that the lovely and awesomeBeth Williamson is guesting with us on her book release day! Whoo! The print copy of Gideon is now out in the wild! She’s also the “technical official guest author of the month.” See that “Guest Author & A Giveaway” title? So Beth of course chose an author interview. And it’s an AAD post of sorts, so release day and double duty! 😀 Let’s go!
1. Manicure, or pedicure? And what color(s) or styles?
Pedi for sure. I use my hands so much, a manicure lasts about 95 seconds before it chips. I usually get a sexy, rich color – like purple or deep pink. They have to pop.
2. What is your favorite drink? And then, let’s parse it out. Favorite juice? Favorite non-carbonated beverage? Favorite carbonated beverage? Favorite alcoholic drink?
Favorite drink, boring as it sounds, is water. I drink a lot of water, about half a gallon a day (meep!). I don’t normally drink juice – except when it’s mixed with alcohol. J. Non-carbonated beverage – iced tea, plain, no sugar. Yum! I used to love diet Coke, but I gave up soda a year ago. Favorite alcoholic drink – anything with vodka.
3. What was your first job? And what was your most interesting job that you’ve had?
My first job was working in the ladies department at Caldor in Brookfield, CT. It lasted 6 weeks then I got laid off because I was apparently holiday help. My manager didn’t even tell me – she just didn’t put me on the schedule.
Most interesting job? Hm, I don’t know that any of them are interesting. When I was in college, I interned at Lorimar Television on 6thAvenue in Manhattan reading submissions from the slush pile. That was super cool.
4. What’s the name of your first crush? Do you remember why you liked him?
Oh, that’s easy. Charlie was his name. I was 10 and he was 13, first kiss and all that. I liked him because he had a beautiful smile, one that lit up his whole face. I had it bad for that boy. I wonder where he is today…
5. What is your dream car? Or, if you don’t like cars, what would be your ideal mode of transportation?
I’m not much of a car person. I drive a Prius and it’s the perfect car for me. I rode the train a lot in college – I’d love to take a train tour of Europe!
6. Which fairy tale would you most like to be in? Which character would you be? And which would you least like to be in? Again – which character?
Oooh, fairy tales. Most of the women in fairy tales are wusses. Hm, tough choice to pick who I would be. Perhaps Red Riding Hood because she had to become a badass to fight the big bad wolf. Who would I least likely to be – Sleeping Beauty. Who waits around for a man to rescue her? Hmph.
7. How’d you come up with your author name(s)? Do you prefer one over the other?
Beth Williamson is my middle name and maiden name – so it’s really me. Emma Lang, well, that was a request from one publisher. My agent and I picked a name together, one in the middle of the alphabet, that would fit on a spine nicely, easy to spell and say. And of course I had to like it. I think it’s kinda sing-songy.
8. Who is your favorite artist? [painter/scuptor, singer/composer, dancer/choreographer?]
My favorite painter is a toss up between Degas and Monet, but I also love Mary Cassatt. I’m a fan of impressionists – definitely my favorite style of painting.
In terms of music, I have eclectic taste – I love all music and listen to so many different genres. I have multiple favorites, Black Eyed Peas, P!nk, Rascal Flatts, Jason Mraz… Music moves me in the same way books do, emotional and powerful.
9. What did you do with the money from your first royalty check?
Um, what money? LOL. My first royalty check was something like $26.00. It went toward paying down the debt I’d accumulated trying to get published.
10. What TV shows do you watch? What did you watch that went off air and you wish was still around?
Favorite TV shows are Castle, Bones, CSI (Vegas), anything on HGTV, Survivor, Fringe and Justified. There are so many shows that should still be one – number one is Firefly. I missed Cap’n Tightpants.
11. Do you collect anything? (If yes, what and why?)
I collect teacups, believe it or not. My first was from my great-grandfather’s house back in 1976. It’s a beautiful purple and gold, fancy curly handle. Since then I find unique teacups at flea markets or tag sales, and sometimes people give me one. And yes, I’m a big tea drinker. J
12. Capers – do you like them or not? What “condiment” type food do you like?
Not a fan of capers – don’t hate them but could do without them. Condiment food? Hm, I love sauces, especially creamy ones. They don’t like me but yum, I like them.
13. What’s your favorite color? Can you remember how many times that has changed?
Easy question! Purple. It’s always been purple – the color of passion. I’m gonna own that one.
14. Would you shave your head for $50,000.00? If yes, would you do it for a lesser amount/what’s your minimum? If no, how much would it take for you to go bald? And then… would you do anything with your hair? Very interesting question. I think it’s more fashionable for a woman to be bald nowadays – there are some ladies out there sporting the no hair look and looking fly. Now as for me, provided there were ample stylish hats, I’d shave my head for $100,000. I’d donate my hair, if it was long enough, to locks of love.
15. What’s the most unique/strange silly skill your possess?
I have many unique and strange skills! Mwahahaha… I can move my pinky toes independently of my other toes. It’s magical to watch. I can also type about 150 words a minute and maintain a conversation while I type. Now whether what I type or speak makes sense, that’s another story.
Ms. Williamson is going to give away a download of any of the Devil on Horseback books and a $15 Amazon GC.
Beth Williamson, who also writes as Emma Lang, is an award-winning, bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Her books range from sensual to scorching hot. She is a Career Achievement Award Nominee in Erotic Romance by Romantic Times Magazine, in both 2009 and 2010.
Beth has always been a dreamer, never able to escape her imagination. It led her to the craft of writing romance novels. She’s passionate about purple, books, and her family. She has a weakness for shoes and purses, as well as bookstores. Her path in life has taken several right turns, but she’s been with the man of her dreams for more than 20 years.
Beth works full-time and writes romance novels evening, weekends, early mornings and whenever there is a break in the madness. She is compassionate, funny, a bit reserved at times, tenacious and a little quirky. Her cowboys and western romances speak of a bygone era, bringing her readers to an age where men were honest, hard and packing heat. For a change of pace, she also dives into some smokin’ hot contemporaries, bringing you heat, romance and snappy dialogue.
Life might be chaotic, as life usually is, but Beth always keeps a smile on her face, a song in her heart, and a cowboy on her mind. 😉
And now, the book!
Handing over the reins is hard. Handing over his heart…damn near impossible. Devils on Horseback, Book 5
Gideon Blackwood is on the run—from Tanger’s meddling matchmakers. With no intention of following the rest of the Devils down the aisle, he heads for the hills to reassess a life spent leading and caring for others…and runs smack into the business end of a shotgun. At the trigger: a curmudgeonly woman with a broken axle and a load of responsibility.
In Chloe Ruskin’s experience, men take what they want and leave a mess of trouble behind. The safety of two orphans and her granny is at stake, and the last thing she needs is Gideon’s “help”. This time, though, she has no choice but to allow the big cowboy to fix her wagon.
As they work into the night, grudging admiration grows into attraction—and desire. Gideon finds he can’t dig his boot heels in hard enough to avoid falling for the opinionated little female.
When Chloe’s family disappears, her suspicion threatens to destroy any spark of love before it catches fire. Gideon finds himself making promises his pride won’t let him break—even if it costs him the love of the woman who owns the missing half of his soul.
So – what do you think of Western romances? Do you prefer them as contemporaries, or historicals? Ever read anything by Beth Williamson or Emma Lang before? Have any questions for her? Or just have something you wanna say? Go for it – there’s prizes up for grabs! ;D
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!)