AAD Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Beth Williamson

Another AAD author is joining us today!  Beth Williamson is a lady who loves her cowboys and her romances range from sensual to scorching hot.  Her newest book, Matthew, is out today under her other name Emma Lang.  Please help me welcome Beth to the blog! 
Jen: You write under two names: Beth Williamson and Emma Lang. Why? And is there anything markedly different between the books under one name or the other?

 

Beth: It’s not multiple personalities, I swear! LOL. The truth is rather boring – I write under two different names due to a publisher request. My writing style is the same, regardless of the pen name, and the books are generally in the same genre – historical western. I try to make it as seamless as possible – with one website etc.

 

Jen: Clearly you’re a woman who loves her cowboys. What is it that really pulled you toward the cowboy romance genre?
Beth: Oh yes ma’am, I do love my cowboys. Fer realz! I grew up watching westerns, the classics, y’know? Like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. These were tough men with hard lives, but had a code of honor that spoke to me. I also have a weakness for the way a man looks riding a horse or wearing chaps. The broad shoulders, the narrow hips, the swagger. Oh yeah, baby, bring it!

 

Jen: How do you approach writing those really hot love scenes?
Beth: They have to fit within the story, first of all, I don’t just throw love scenes in for the same of having one. If I try to force one, you can tell right away. I let the characters lead the story and the sex. Then, of course, I have to feel what they feel – I react to the heat just as a reader does. 😉

Jen: I’ve always wanted to ask a romance author this. The right language can make or break a love scene. There are some authors who are all flowery with “white lightning” and “velvet sheaths”… while other authors use words dirty enough to make an HBO executive blush. How do decide on your, er, anatomical terminology? It’s got to be a conscious decision, right?

Beth: Yes, it’s a conscious decision. Sometimes it’s driven by the genre I am writing to – if I know it’s going to be scorching hot, well then the words are going to be more explicit of course. If I’m writing for a broader appeal, I will tone it down and use only slightly explicit terms. Hee.

Jen: I just finished reading Matthew. How many books do you have planned for the Circle of 8 series? Will Olivia & Armstrong be next?

Beth: I have 8 books planned – one for each Graham sibling. Olivia and Brody Armstrong are book 2! It releases July, 2012 from Brava just in time for AAD. That book, wow, that one was intense.

Jen: Do you enjoy writing full length novels more, or novellas?

Beth: Oh, tough question! When I’m writing a novel, there is more opportunity for growth and a character arc. A novella takes more careful planning because of the short length. I definitely have written more novels than novellas!

Jen: Do you have a favorite among your published works?

Beth: I knew you’d ask me that. LOL. I think I have three favorites – The Treasure because Ray and Lilly are based on me and hubby. Ruthless Heart because I simply adore Grady and Eliza. And I also love The Stranger’s Secrets – my heroine is disabled and tough as hell – every time (and I mean EVERY TIME), I read that book I weep. Powerful books – all of them.

Jen: What are you working on now?

Beth: I am working on a prequel to the Malloy series, THE FORTUNE, it’s the story of John & Francesca, parents to the Malloy brood. I also have another stand-alone book, FIND ME, I’m going to bang out after this one. Oh and I need to write Caleb’s story for The Circle Eight. Wait and then there’s the other new series my agent is pitching that I’ve written book 1 for… Um, yeah, I’m super busy. LOL. I’d like more hours in the day please and thank you.

Jen: When people see your name on a book, what should they be expecting?

Beth: My books are very character driven – they tell the story not me. I don’t include big flowery descriptions or sweeping vistas. It’s a journey that involves real people with real problems and real love. There’s intense emotions, humor, hot sex and generally, a cowboy.

Jen: What are you looking forward to most at AAD in New Orleans?

Beth: Having fun! I love weekends for authors/readers where you can relax and have fun. No pressure but to get to know each other and break out the good times. I’ve never been to New Orleans either so I expect the city will just add to the fabulous adventure!

Thanks so much to Beth for visiting today. To learn more about Beth Williamson, you can find her on her website. And in the meantime, you can enter to win a copy of Matthew! Just enter the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is International.

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Comments

  1. Matthew sounds great. Love cowboys.

  2. I have to agree, I love cowboys also. The broad shoulders, the swagger, but you can’t forget the cowboy hat and boots. Those are my fav things, especially if that is all they have on. Love the cover of Matthew and would love to win and read this book. I love series and this one is definately being added to my TBR pile.
    My question for you is: Any favorite books or authors you could recommend?
    Congrats on the new release and your upcoming ones.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
    christinebails@yahoo.com

  3. Love cowboys!! The book sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance.

  4. Hi y’all! First thanks to Jen and Red Hot Books for the feature! Okay, now for questions… Chrisbails – I read many different genres and authors. What genre are you looking for favorite books or authors? I have a lot! LOL
    Thanks Crystal and Sariah for popping by!

  5. Hello Beth! I really enjoyed all of the excerpts you posted on your website this past week. Matthew sounds like a lovely story. I’m a sucker for marriage of convenience stories anyway. Having it be a western is even better. Congratulations on the new release!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  6. Thanks so much Stacie!!

  7. I think cowboys are smoking hot because they work hard with there hands that leads to ruff strong hands!! Strong bodies from working the land
    and strong big thighs from gripping wild horses. They know how to survive out in the wild therefore they can cook and clean for themselves!!!
    And that’s always s plus!!!

    Those are my little thoughts and now I need to trade in my teamster for s cowboy;)
    Thanks
    Amber
    Tiranfam@gmail.com

  8. I think cowboys are smoking hot because they work hard with there hands that leads to ruff strong hands!! Strong bodies from working the land
    and strong big thighs from gripping wild horses. They know how to survive out in the wild therefore they can cook and clean for themselves!!!
    And that’s always s plus!!!

    Those are my little thoughts and now I need to trade in my teamster for s cowboy;)
    Thanks
    Amber
    Tiranfam@gmail.com

  9. I’m from Texas. Of course I love Cowboys…..

  10. I love cowboys. What could be better? Fun and informative interview. Congrats on the new release. Can’t wait to read Matthew.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

  11. Looking forward to reading this one. I’m pretty happy I’ve come in at the start of the series – plus there’s a big backlist for me to glom on if I decide cowboy love is my new thing! 🙂

  12. I love Westerns! Matthew sounds so good.

  13. Cover of book is hott!!! Thanks for talking to us, and can’t wait to read!!

  14. HOWDY! I LOVE those cowboys too! And Matthew sounds like a winner all the way around. And OMG…talk about a HAWT cover, whew! 😛 I need a cold drink! 😉

    barbbattaglia@yahoo.com

  15. I enjoyed your interview. This book sounds very good.

  16. I love the cowboys! And the start of another great lookin’ series!

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  17. Hi Beth!
    Congrats on your latest!!! Cowboys hold a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to get to know more about yours:)

    yadkny@hotmail.com

  18. I’ve been on a HUGE cowboy kick lately so I would LOVE to read your books! Thanks so much for sharing!
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark@yahoo.com

  19. Thanks to everyone who has popped by and read my ramblings. LOL. And of course, thank you to Red Hot Books for hosting me. I’m feeling the cowboy love in the room. Yeehaw!

  20. Hey Beth!

    I don’t care what name you write under as long as you keep writing! I’ve been reading all of the excerpts you’ve posted on your blog for Matthew and can’t wait to get my hands on him 🙂 LOL.

    I love your emotional reads, and Ruthless Heart was one of my favorite books of 2010. Eliza and Grady…sigh. I loved them.

    Thank you so much for the wonderful books (& cowboys) and congrats on the Circle Eight series. I hope it is a big success for you!

  21. Love reading about cowboys & would love to read this story. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

    geschumann at live dot com

  22. Thank you everyone – your comments have made my day/week/month! 🙂

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