Archive for June, 2010

Summertime Fun!

Just an update on me. I’ll be MIA for the next week or so, starting today. My girls and I are going on a road trip! We’re heading to Florida to visit family and while I plan to take my laptop with me, I am not sure that I’ll be able to get online. Last time we went to Mom’s house, the connection was iffy at best so can’t make any promises. Girls are busy making plans for us and as of right now I know there will be a trip to Busch Gardens while we’re down there, a collective birthday party/cook-out with family & friends for all the June & July babies in the family, a trip to Boomers & trips to the malls. (of course!!) 😉

“See” you all when I get back!

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He led her astray, and she never wanted to go back…

Sheltered all her life, Eliza Hunter never imagined herself alone in the vast Utah plains, much less trailing a mysterious, rugged man hired to hunt down her beautiful younger sister. Unable to reveal the truth about her pursuit of him, Eliza plays student to his teacher, transforming herself in the process. And when she finds herself sharing the warmth of Grady’s campfire, wrapped in his arms, hypnotized by his power, soon she is a naïve spinster no more…

Grady Wolfe is more than a loner, he’s a man forever on the run. With a body and soul finely honed from living off the land, Grady knows he should leave the irresistible woman alone, but she stirs something in him he hasn’t felt before. Now he’s lost in the woods for the first time in his life—with a dangerous job to do. And no one—not even the luscious Eliza—is going to stop him…


Is it Beth or Emma? Or both?

I’ve been asked by many different folks about why I am now being published as Emma Lang instead of Beth Williamson. Here’s the scoop.

I am still publishing as Beth, but now I have another pen name, Emma Lang. She’s a bit sweeter than me, and pink is her favorite color (mine is purple). Er, I guess I do sound like I’ve invented an invisible friend, don’t I?

Well, she’s not invisible (since she’s wearing my 38DD bras) and she’s very real. I am she and she is me. How is that possible? (more…)

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Mixing business with pleasure gets more complicated for Detective Charlotte Caissie when her sexy preternatural lover, Max Savoie, is accused of a high-profile murder.  To prove him innocent she must distance herself, but her tangled emotions don’t make it easy for her to stay away from him.  And neither does Max.


Left in charge of a criminal empire and protector of a clan of shadowy shape-shifters, Max walks a precarious line.  Can he believe the cunning stranger who claims he can teach Max the things he needs to know to stay alive?  A con man who would betray anyone to make a profit, who may be a ruthless killer?


The harder Cee Cee fights to clear Max’s name, the more he pushes her away.  He’s protecting a dark truth that could blow the top off her investigation.  And that means hiding his motives and lying to a woman who values truth above all.  The woman who can save him . . . if he’ll let her.


Creating my BY MOONLIGHT series was like mixing together an action-oriented Stephen Cannell prime time cop drama with a complex character-driven Adam Sorkin saga then pouring on the emotional pathos of Days of Our Lives.  Though each very different in look and approach, all bring an important element to the series party.


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Congrats to all the new winners!


Wins a download of Fatal Affair by Marie Force. (Please email me format preference.)


Wins a download of Destiny by Victoria Gray.

Brae & Armenia

Each won a copy of The Making of a Duchess by Shana Galen.

Email me your address at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces) within 48 hours or a new name will be chosen.

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In the “better late than never” category, allow me to point you to Ms Eden’s wonderful blog–and her summer-long celebration!

Cynthia Eden’s Deadly Days of Summer. Join Cynthia Eden at her blog for a non-stop summer party. When: Jun1-August 1, 2010. What: Great guest authors, fabulous prizes, & a fun time. Where: www.cynthiaeden.com/blog. This summer will be long, hot & deadly.

Deadly Fear Share I’ll Be Slaying You

Go forth and participate in the fun! (click on the image for more information)

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The second title in her new Eternal Guardians series, here’s the back cover blurb for Entwined:

ZANDER — The most feared of all the Eternal Guardians. It’s rumored he can’t be killed, and he always fights like he has nothing to lose. But as a descendant of the famed hero Achilles, he’s got to have a vulnerability… somewhere.

Forces of daemons are gathering and have broken through the barriers of the Underworld. Now more than ever the Eternal Guardians are needed to protect both their own realm and the humans’. Zander can’t afford to think about what might have been with the bewitching physician he once regarded as his soul mate. But with eternity stretching before him, he also can’t fathom spending his life without the one woman who makes him feel most alive. Perhaps he’s found his weakness, after all…

The first novel, Marked, introduces this wonderful new world: (more…)

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A very dangerous attraction…
Julien Harcourt, duc de Valère, is more than willing to marry the lovely young lady his mother has chosen. Little does he know, she’s been sent to prove him a spy and a traitor.

And an even more dangerous secret…
Sarah Smith’s mission is to find out whether the duc’s trips to the Continent are as innocent as he claims, but the way he looks at her is far from innocent…

Their risky game of cat and mouse propels them from the ballrooms of London to the prisons of Paris, and into a fragile love that may not survive their deceptions…


Thank you so much for having me here! I’m excited to talk about my new novel, The Making of a Duchess. If you don’t know anything about me, you might not realize I haven’t had a book out in several years. My last release, Blackthorne’s Bride, came out in November 2007. It was my best book to date and even garnered a nomination for the Romance Writer’s of America’s prestigious Rita award.

And then I sort of disappeared. I made some bad business decisions and was without a publishing contract for almost a year and a half. In that time I didn’t know if I’d ever be published again. I went back to teaching 7th grade English, took up some new hobbies, and decided to start a family.

But I couldn’t stop writing. (more…)

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Emma Davenport was going to be a bride, and no one was going to stop her, not even an outlaw.  Bound for a forbidden marriage to her father’s sworn enemy, Emma’s scheme shatters when she is abducted and spirited away to a remote hideout.  Any proper young woman would be frightened out of her wits, but she challenges her daring, seductive captor at every turn.

Major Jack Travis was used to the battlefield, not stealing spoiled, sheltered women from trains, but the by-the-book officer never doubted his ability to carry out orders until he laid eyes on Emma.  His captive is intelligent, headstrong, beautiful – and forbidden. He risks his neck to protect her.  But how can he protect her from himself?


Thanks, Fatin, for inviting me to discuss my new historical romance release.  Destiny is a Civil War-era historical that blends romance with adventure.  Emma Davenport, the sheltered daughter of a powerful Northern senator, runs away to marry Christopher Staton, a charismatic businessman  – a traitor with his own ruthless reasons for wanting Emma as his bride. Traveling to her rendezvous with Staton, she’s abducted by a daring train robber with a bitter grudge against the man she plans to marry.  Unknown to Emma, Jack Travis isn’t what he seems – he’s a cavalry officer tasked with keeping Emma out of Staton’s clutches.  Driven by duty and a deep-seated hatred of Staton, Jack risks his life to protect Emma, even as he falls in love with his spirited, challenging captive. She’s forbidden to him, but sometimes, even a man on a mission has to follow his heart. (more…)

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On the morning of the most important vote of Senator John O’Connor’s career he is late—again. His best friend and chief of staff, Nick Cappuano sets off to O’Connor’s apartment expecting to roust him from bed and hoping he is alone. But what Nick finds is that O’Connor, the handsome, amiable Senator from Virginia, has been brutally murdered, and Nick’s world comes crashing down around him. Complicating the disaster, the detective assigned to the case is none other than Sam Holland, Nick’s one-night stand from six years earlier, the woman who broke his heart and haunts his dreams. With six years worth of unfinished business hanging between them and more than a few scores to settle personally and professionally, Nick and Sam set out to find the senator’s killer while trying—and failing—to resist the overwhelming attraction between them that seems to have only grown over the years.

It soon becomes clear that the senator’s past holds secrets that not only led to his death but now endanger Nick and Sam as well. Working together to find a killer and to rediscover the love they thought they lost long ago, they must put the past behind them and build a future that offers a world of new opportunities for both of them—including an offer from the Virginia Democrats for Nick to finish the last year of John’s term.


I woke up today to a dream come true. You see I’d written this book, Fatal Affair, and it came together just the way I wanted it to. I’d created characters I’d fallen in love with and set up a potential series I wanted to write so badly. And then a funny thing happened on the way to my dream coming true. The book was well received by my agent and several of the editors we sent it to. However, the idea for the series was not. I wanted to write about a Washington, D.C. power couple. He becomes a United States senator. She’s a homicide detective. I figured Washington would provide me with an endless number of stories and situations to put them in. I was disappointed when the series idea turned out to be a stopper because romance editors want a new couple in the second book.

And then came Harlequin’s new digital arm, Carina Press, and they were determined to shake up all the established formulas. (more…)

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