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:~: Saturday, December 26, 2009 :~:

30 Days of Treasure Hunting! - DAY 11 - Beth Williamson!

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Today my guest is author and Romantic Times Career Achievement award nominee Beth Williamson!

Beth has never been able to escape her imagination and it led her to the craft of writing romance novels. She’s passionate about purple, books, and her family (not to mention long cruises). 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 honkin’ built. For a change of pace, she also dives into some smokin’ hot contemporaries, bringing you heat, romance and snappy dialogue. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two sons, and a whole cast of characters in her head.

Beth's latest release is The Stranger's Secret:

Sarah Spalding has learned to forge her own way and never to trust anyone - least of all a Yankee. But when her companion abandons her while on a train to Colorado, Sarah begrudgingly accepts the help of Whitman Kendrick - a Yankee, yes, but one with the most bewitching green eyes. Allowing Whit to be her traveling escort is one thing, taking him as a lover is another - even though she's tempted beyond reason...Whit Kendrick isn't quite sure what to make of the sharp-tongued, sassy woman sharing his train compartment. All he knows is that Sarah is refreshingly different from most women - and his urgent, primal attraction for her is unlike any he's experienced. Breaking down Sarah's wall of defense won't be easy. But Whit is determined to prove to Sarah that they're more alike than different - and loving each other is all they need.

Beth's giving away a copy of The Redemption of Micah to one lucky commenter today. To be entered into the drawing, find the answer to this question: What’s the family name in the series of 7 books that begins with The Bounty?

Welcome, Beth!

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Dark Secrets or Embarrassing Truths

Many guest blog posts are about books, writing, heroes, heroines, etc. Today I’m going to step away from that (although I have a new release next Tuesday – yay!), and tell y’all some dark secrets… or embarrassing truths.

You know we go through life with a face we show the world. It might be a happy face, an angry face, a cynical face or perhaps even an apathetic face. I’d like to think I have an optimistic face, whether or not I have reason to be optimistic.

However, my life is not always rosy. I find myself in daily battles with my two teenage sons (13 and 17) and stand-offs with my DH (also an alpha who tends to have an opposite opinion from me). And then of course, there’s my battles with myself. Therein lies my dark secret.

My self-confidence sucks. *sigh* I’ve always struggled with it, since I was a kid really. It was lost in the shuffle of marriage, kids in my twenties, and then a job to stay afloat in the tough world of reality. I finally got a boost up with my first book publication, which promptly took a nose dive when I found out I sold 26 copies. LOL.

It’s a long hard road to believe in yourself, m’dears. I know that for a fact. I’ve been on the mountain of loose dirt for a long time. With each foot I climb up, I’ll slide back a bit. Hanging on gets really hard some days but with help from my friends and family, I continue to climb.

What?? You might be shocked to think I have little self-confidence, or you might be nodding your head in agreement, stuck in the same boat. I envy people who are so amazingly self-confident they can forge ahead and climb the mountain without any safety gear. I’m so wrapped up in harnesses, ropes and carabiners, I can feel the weight of them.

The announcement a few weeks ago that I had been nominated for a Career Achievement award in Erotic Romance by Romantic Times magazine simply blew me away (http://www.rtbookreviews.com/temp/RT.09.Nominees.pdf). I mean, my first thought was, did they maybe accidently nominate me? Really, me??? I don’t mind telling you I cried a little. It was as if I could see the top of the mountain, still not quite in reach, but achievable.

It’s a struggle to be optimistic when you find yourself doubting your own abilities, but I put on my optimistic face every day. What’s life without hoping and dreaming for something? That’s why we read and write romance right? I always hope, always dream, and always hang onto the slope. Someday I’m gonna reach the top.

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21Comments:

Blogger RKCharron said...

Hi Beth :)
Thank you for the heartfelt post.
Congratulations on the Romantic Times!
I learnt in high school from a good friend to fake confidence and then real confidence takes over. It really does work.
Happy Holidays,
Rob

2:24 AM  
Blogger *ina* said...

Hi Beth!
your post is really heart-touching - you are a strong person, whatever you think *hug* each and every one of us has his way to go and you will achieve your destination - I believe in you!
I wish you and yours wonderful holidays!
Greetings, Ina

todays answer: it's the Malloy Family.

4:24 AM  
Blogger Eva S said...

Thanks for the great post! I love your books and I'm looking forward to every new release.
The answer is The Malloy Family

7:25 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Congrats on the upcoming release and the nomination.

The series is the Malloy Family.

8:44 AM  
Blogger robynl said...

Malloy Family

congrats on the book and the nomination. great excerpt

10:53 AM  
Blogger skyla11377 said...

What’s The Family Name In The Series Of 7 Books That Begins With The Bounty?
That Would Be The Malloy Family.

Awesome Post Congratulations On The nomination And upcoming Book Release.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Hello,

Good luck with the new book - it sounds like a great read and of course, with your nomination, as well.

The trivia answer is Malloy Family.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Cathy M said...

Congratulations, Elisabeth, the nomination is well deserved.

Beth's contest answer: the Malloy family

11:38 AM  
Blogger Cybercliper said...

Great post - I definitely appreciate your frankness. Congratulations and best of luck on the Achievement nomination. The family name of the series is Mallory.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Spav said...

Congrats on the nomination!

What’s the family name in the series of 7 books that begins with The Bounty? Malloy Family

11:57 AM  
Blogger joder said...

Thanks for such a heartfelt post!

Today's answer is...the Malloy Family.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Pam P said...

The Malloy Family series

Beth, congratulatons on the Career Achievement nomination!

1:42 PM  
Blogger Beth Williamson said...

Hey y'all! Sorry I'm a little late coming in - my parents just left. LOL. I'm free!!
Thanks to Eli for inviting me and of course, to all of you for coming by and posting. I really appreciate you reading my "dark secrets" and your wonderful comments. It means a lot!

1:46 PM  
Blogger sherry said...

I really enjoyed your post. Congratulations on the nomination and the new release. I really enjoy your books.

Answer: The Malloy Family

6:20 PM  
Blogger Sue A. said...

Kudos on your nom for the Romantic Times Career Achievement award!

Answer: The Malloy Family

7:43 PM  
Blogger SiNn said...

Hi Beth Congrats on the nomination! I totally get what ya mean about self confidence some days i have oodles and oodles other days none i envy those who have it all the time it deff isnt me


todays answer: it's the Malloy Family.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Mitzi H. said...

I've got all the books in the Malloy Family Series and love them...they will never leave my keeper shelf!!! There is nothing better that a confident man that rescues a woman from a bad situation....especially when that woman can be as fiesty as he is. Looking forward to more of your books. Your are one terrific author!!! Congrats on the nomination and Happy New Year too!!

10:10 PM  
Blogger Danny said...

Hi Beth,

I absolutely loved the Malloy books!

10:43 AM  
Blogger Beth Williamson said...

Thank you everyone! And thank you Elisabeth for hosting me. :)

12:52 PM  
Blogger booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed the post and look forward in starting this series.

The answer is The Malloy Family

Thanks,
Tracey D

5:45 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

The Malloy Family. :)

Thanks for giving us a look into your dark secret; I suspect that it's true enough for most of us. Good luck in the new year!

12:55 AM  

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