Guestpost “Why, yes, I do cry when I write” by Emma Lang + Giveaway

Filed in Emma Lang , featured , Giveaways , Guest Post , The Geeky Lover Posted on May 30, 2012 @ 7:00 am 34 comments

We are very happy to welcome Emma Lang aka Beth Williamson here at Book Lovers Inc today. Her latest Emma Lang release, Endless Heart was released yesterday and let me tell you I gobbled this book up. It’s wonderful heartfelt and soul-warming book. Makes me all warm inside just thinking about it. Today Beth will tell us a bit about emotions in books and how those actual find their way into one of her novels. Please give her a warm welcome and be sure to answer her question for you chance to win her giveaway. 

Hi, my name is Beth and I cry when I write my books. It’s true, so very true, and I always have a box of tissues nearby. My hubby has looked at me and said, “Why are you crying, these people aren’t real. You made them up!”
But he’s wrong, they are real to me. When I sit down to write a book, I have not only a mental image of the character, but I also know their background, their history, their likes/dislikes and their problems. My characters are three-dimensional people with real issues, similar to those the rest of us face every day.

You may think, what? You write historical westerns, how are their issues like mine?

Social and personal issues haven’t changed much over the course of history. People have substance abuse problems, lose their jobs and homes, are abused by someone who has power over them, have physical disabilities or bills they cannot pay.
All of these happened in the 1800s as they do in the 2000s, perhaps a different flavor, but at their core, they are the same issues. My characters fight against these types of issues and thanks to the magic of the HEA, find a way to conquer them or accept them.
I feel their pain, deep into my molecules, as I write their stories. After all, I’ve had problems myself, who hasn’t? I’ve had to deal with them, and that emotional well burbles up when I write my books. It’s real emotion, y’all, straight from my heart.

ENDLESS HEART is a prime example of a book with characters who have Herculean tasks to overcome. Lettie survived physical abuse, but the emotional damage lingers. She’s built a shell around herself for protection, using her natural defenses to keep people at a distance.

Shane is an alcoholic, drowning his sins in whiskey until he nearly dies from a beating he received while blacked out from drinking. He sits at the bottom of a barrel, hiding his pain and huddling in the shadows from the world.
The two of them were like two stars, drawn to each other by the force of gravity. The universe aligned and bam! They were helpless to fight against the attraction and fate. Together they find a way to heal their wounds and put the past behind them.

I wept quite a bit writing ENDLESS HEART, one particularly powerful scene gets me teary-eyed just thinking about it. I took the journey with them, emotionally and as a writer, the ups and downs and everything in between.

I hope readers find the characters and stories as real as I do. I put my heart and soul into them, fighting my way through the words until I find that HEA. As a reader, if a book can make me feel – whether it’s laugh, cry, squirm, or whatever – then I know the writer has felt the same while creating it.

What about y’all? What aspect of a book most appeals to you as a reader?

About the Book:

She’s learning to live. He’s forgotten how. Love will be their teacher.

Heart, Book 3

Lettie Brown has lived in the shadow of violence. After escaping her brutal past, she’s finally at home in Forestville, Wyoming, where she would live a normal life—if she knew how. She’s content working at The Blue Plate and printing the town newspaper, if not happy. Then a stranger stumbles into her world and turns everything upside down.

Shane Murphy is a shell of a man, destroyed by the aftermath of the war, his personal tragedies and a penchant for cheap whiskey. When he lands, literally, on Lettie’s feet, his future takes a hard right turn.

As they fumble through a relationship that should not have been, a deep love takes root, one that cannot be denied. Together they discover a bond as unbreakable as steel and as undeniable as life itself—until the past rears its ugly head and threatens the happiness they’ve found in each other.

Product Warnings
Get ready for a deep, intense love story that will leave you crying, cheering, shouting, squirming and sighing. Prepare for a hero who needs to be held, a heroine who needs to be loved, and a story that needs to be told.

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About the Author:

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. 😉

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Beth has generously offered a US$15 gift card for  one lucky commenter!

 All you have to do is  answer her question at the end of her post!

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open to all!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, June 9, 2012; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • Laura May 30, 2012 at 8:02 am

    The thing I love most about romance novels is the tension between the main characters.. I don’t know why, I just love a good conflict and fight — and then that oh-so-great scene where they make up in the end. Love it!
    I like knowing that you get so emotional writing your books…I think it probably just adds to the depth of the characters. Thanks!

  • Janhvi May 30, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Endless Heart sounds amazing! 🙂 For me the characters have to grow through the book and overcome their struggles.Everyone of us is flawed so I don’t like perfect characters but mostly if I can somehow relate to the people in the book I’m very happy 🙂

  • erinf1 May 30, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I love what you said about problems being the same no matter what time period it is. That’s sooo true! What appeals the most to me as a reader is having characters that I can care about. I don’t want too angsty but if they are to perfect then I lose interest fast 🙂

  • Fedora May 30, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Beth, what I love is what makes you cry–that the author makes the characters come to life for me, and then makes that time period real to me in a way that a textbook cannot. I recently read a WWII novel, and then by coincidence, our family visited one of the original Liberty ships that was active during that time. I cried over the memorials in part because the writer had done such a beautiful job bringing to life that entire part of history for me. Thanks for continuing to write such incredible, REAL stories, Beth!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  • Danni May 30, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Great post. I’m really looking forward to reading the book, loved the blurb. The thing that appeals to me most as a reader is, its definitely all about the characters. If I don’t like a character then it’s takes a tremendous effort to get through the book. I want to be able to like the character and root for them to get everything they want.


  • Inez May 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I love romance! The thing I love the most is humor mixed with deep emotion, this makes the story more real to me.

  • Susan T. May 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Endless Heart sounds like an amazing read and I can’t wait. I personally love the emotionally and growth journey that they take. I love flawed characters best. Thanks.

  • Gaby May 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Emma, I think it’s ok to cry. I cry while reading books so why not cry while writing them? Definitely what most appeals me as a reader are real characters, with real issues and their journey to overcome them.

  • Marika Weber May 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I.can.not.wait to read this books. It has the elements that I’m looking for in a book. 🙂 Trust me, I will have Kleenex next to me when I read it.


  • Cindi May 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I am tempted to say all of it but if I narrow that down I’d have to say I like balance (drama/passion/dialouge etc) as well as the pacing of the story. Too much detail and info can slow it down and stall the story so I like a nice flow to unfolding the story.
    Congrats on your latest release, your books are amazing ;D


  • Estella May 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I love the tension building between the protagonists.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • Barbara Elness May 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    The aspect of a book that most appeals to me as a reader is humor. I love it when I’m reading and laughing out loud – even though it can be embarrassing if I’m in public. 😀

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  • June M. May 31, 2012 at 12:01 am

    It depends on what mood I am having as to what I want to read. If I am feeling stressed or depressed, I tend to want to read something light and fun. But I also love a good intense story. And I love humor in any form, straight, sarcastic, etc.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  • bn100 May 31, 2012 at 2:54 am

    I like when the couple finally realizes their feelings for each other.

  • Mary Preston May 31, 2012 at 3:48 am

    I have to love the characters.I need to have a vested interest in their welfare.

  • sienny May 31, 2012 at 8:14 am

    hi emma! for me it’s the story itself. cause i read plenty of genre, from no-romance-at-all to saccharin-sweet-romance, i can’t pick any specific aspect.

  • Evie May 31, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I really like the chemistry between the main characters and an intense and captivating story.
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway 🙂

  • Victoria Zumbrum May 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I love the chemistry between the characters and the storyline. If the characters have no chemistry, the story just doesn’t seem to work. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Tamsyn May 31, 2012 at 10:11 am

    That was a lovely post. I do cry when I read books too. I love all aspects of a book – the characters, the interplay, the plot/storyline, the world building – but most of all, I need to have a HEA!


  • Joye May 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I like to read about how the characters meet, how they have a conflict and how their character comes into play to resolve that conflict.

  • Cathy M May 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    It’s the characters and their romance that keeps me reading, and for those very special stories, an emotional tug that tears me up and makes me so happy for their HEA.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  • Diane Sallans May 31, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I like the connection between the main characters, when they’ve admitted their strong feelings and are working together to succeed at whatever goal they have together.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  • Joanne B June 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

    This book sounds amazing. Can’t wait to read it. I love the humor, the tension between characters, the antics of the secondary characters.

  • eli yanti June 3, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Endless Heart sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  • Lexi June 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    If it made you cry, then you know you put your heart and soul into it. It is all we can ask for. I live for the end of a book, when answers are found and love wins the day. Though without all the stuff before that the end wouldn’t feel as complete. What a good question!

    eyesofblueice (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Na S. June 4, 2012 at 3:18 am

    The emotional aspect appeals to me. I want moments where I can laugh, cry and be happy. It’s filling to feel all these things as the characters grow on me throughout a story.

  • Jen B. June 4, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I want to connect with the characters on an emotional level. It can either be with heartache or humor but the characters must resonate as real or I won’t like the book. So often authors have great ideas but the stories are so flat that I find it hard to finish reading them. jepebATverizonDOTnet

  • Yadira A. June 4, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    CONGRATS on your latest release, Beth/Emma! Some of the best cry-worthy stories that I’ve read are historical westerns, so I definitely know what you mean:) I think the aspect that appeals to me most is the journey of the main characters. It’s too terribly different to overcome certain vices or ways of thinking back then versus now.

  • aurian June 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I’d love to say the story is the most important part of the book, but when I don’t like the h/h, I cannot enjoy the book either. So those are equally important to me.

  • Maureen June 5, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    The characters are what appeals to me and if I am feeling their happiness and sorrow and cheering for their happy ending.

  • Pat Lieberman June 7, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I need strong believable characters and a good storyline. Love gutwrenching tales, and sometimes secrets can be funny, not always making the h or h very mad.

  • aretha zhen June 8, 2012 at 3:05 am

    strong character yet vulnerable and especially strong heroine:)

  • Joanne B June 9, 2012 at 8:59 am

    The tension between the hero and heroine, strong characters, believable story lines, the emotional aspect. All thee things come together to make a wonderful book.

  • Diane June 9, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I cry with certain books, I also laugh, get angry or scream…. that’s what makes a book worthwhile for me, that it can affect me so much!

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