Guest Author & Giveaway: Emma Lang featuring Ruthless Heart

Wednesday, June 30

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We're continuing our celebration of cowboys this week with Emma Lang's new novel, RUTHLESS HEART published by Brava.  Yesterday was the official release day of Beth Williamson's debut as Emma Lang and I couldn't wait to read this book.  She's been baiting me (ok not just me....other readers too) with excerpts on her blog over the past week during her countdown to release day and I couldn't wait to actually read the whole thing.  I've finally gotten my booklover hands on it and I am loving it even more than I expected too (and I had high expectations) .  

The characters feel so real, and I think a lot of it has to do with the dialogue between the hero and the heroine, Grady and Eliza.  One of the things that struck me when reading the tempting excerpts on her blog was not only how different these characters were, but how each of them compliment each other in unexpected ways.  Opposites attract stories don't always work for me because sometimes it's not always apparent why the characters end up together...what they see in the other that makes it all work.  Even though I'm not done reading it yet, I already know that Eliza will be the woman to show Grady how to love and be loved, and Grady will be the man to let Eliza become the true Eliza.  Emma Lang is here today to talk about RUTHLESS HEART, her heroine Eliza and her hero Grady...Read and enjoy!

Book Learning vs. Life Lessons

Yesterday was the official release day for my first book as Emma Lang, RUTHLESS HEART. It's the story of a runaway closet scientist Mormon-raised heroine named Eliza and the dark, hard hired killer sent to track her sister.

Eliza Hunter has spent her life learning and living in the books she finds so precious. She's relied on them to be her friends and confidantes, and to guide her through everything. When she leaves home to find her runaway sister, Angeline, her books are her companions.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Grady Wolfe. He has had a hard life, learning lessons from the cruel side of reality, relying on his instincts to guide him through life. When he takes the job of chasing and killing the missing Angeline Brown, he never expects to run into the bible-toting, spectacled Eliza.

She surprises him by building a fire by using only her book knowledge. Yet he surprises her by taking one of her inventions and improving it based on his experience and instincts.

They could not be more different, truly salt and pepper personalities and lives. And somehow, they find the other half of what they were missing all their lives. Two lonely people who fall in love through the craziest, most dangerous journey of their lives.

Each one is unique, and has their strength from either books or life. It's an interesting juxtaposition of opposites. What makes it even more interesting is how they teach each other through the story. And, of course, they fight the lessons tooth and nail. LOL.

What do y'all think? Do you believe we learn more from books or from life experiences?

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 the teacher, transforming herself in the process. And she when she finds herself sharing the warmth of Grady’s campfire, wrapped in his arms, hypnotized by his power, soon she is a naive 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…

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Congrats Emma!  I hope Ruthless Heart is a big success for you :)  If you'd like to learn more about this author and the books she writes as Emma Lang and Beth Williamson you can find her at her website and blog...where she encourages you to "Read a book, Ride a Cowboy"...yeah I'm so there :)  She's also on Facebook, and Myspace, as well as at Loves Western Romances and After Midnight Fantasies.

To celebrate the release of RUTHLESS HEART Emma/Beth is giving away one $15 Gift Card to you're anything like me you'll be able to imagine spending that $15 about twenty different  cowboy ways (ie Grady, Connor, Lee, Nate, Zeke, Jake, Micah...).  She's got so many great books that I don't envy the winner their dilemma :)  Here's how you can enter to win:

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Carol L. June 30, 2010 at 4:01 AM  

I love cowboys, the are such men.
Congrats on your debut as Emma Lang and the new release. I am definitely going to put it on my TRL along with all your other cowboys.
Actually, I think we learn some from both. Because of the research Authors do I have founf I've actually learned more from my readings then I did when I was in school. :) Then again there is no substitute from the learning experience from life's lessons as well.That's just my opinion. I wish you much success Emma. Thank you for the opportunity.

Carol L. June 30, 2010 at 4:02 AM  

sorry, I forgot to mention I was GFC follower. So you don't have to count this comment I just wanted you to know. :)
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Jane June 30, 2010 at 4:38 AM  

Congrats on the release of your first Emma Lang book. It's hard to say where you learn more. You can learn a great deal from books including history, but there are some things you can only learn from experience.

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Caffey June 30, 2010 at 5:35 AM  

Hi Booklover. Going to be a great week here! Hi Beth/Emma! Huge congrats on the new release!! The teases on the excerpts have been so brutal, LOL I love a strong heroine and this sounds so how Eliza will be. And with them opposites, I can see the sparks flying in all ways!!

Is there going to be a book on Eliza's sister Angeline in the future?

That's hard to decide if its one or the other, books or life experiences, because I think you need them both to appreciate those experiences more. Like I'd visit an art exhibit of Degas here a few years ago so before the showing, I read up about his art, his techniques, his people he drew etc. So when I went to the show to experience it for myself, it was even more understandable and more and more I could see that I probably wouldn't have been able to see if I didn't read about it first. So for me its both in most ways you'll need.

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Emma Lang June 30, 2010 at 6:19 AM  

First, let me say thank you to Carrie for hosting me today. You're wonderful and patient with a crazy author like me!

Carol L ~ I've learned a lot of history from reading fiction too. If only they'd teach us that way in school. LOL.

Jane ~ Thanks so much!

Caffey ~ *tackle hugs* Hey there doll, thanks for coming by! I aim to tease everyone on the planet so I'm glad my evil plan is working. :)

Yes, there is a book on Eliza's sister, Angeline, called RESTLESS HEART. It releases in February 2011.

I love your example about Degas - perfect blending of both book and experience. Just like Eliza and Grady. :)

debbie June 30, 2010 at 6:19 AM  

I think it is both. Books gave me a chance to see what a family could be like, so I formed ideas on it. Then when I had my own family, real life set in. I learned some new things. For me it was a combination of both.
This sounds like a great book, I would love to read it.
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Amy S. June 30, 2010 at 8:36 AM  

I'm going to say both. There is a lot I've learned in books and a lot I've learned in life. Ruthless Heart sounds great!

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Stuff Rhys Likes June 30, 2010 at 9:00 AM  

I think it depends on what type of thing one is learning. We learn facts and more unusual information from books (I'll never walk on the moon but I can learn how to do it by reading a book), but more personal learning and growth comes from life experiences (you really can't learn how a kiss feels by reading about it).

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Book Junkie June 30, 2010 at 9:14 AM  

Ohhh, I can't wait to read this one! I would have to say I get ideas from books so you can say that the start of the learning process. Then doing well that is the kicker!

librarypat,  June 30, 2010 at 9:14 AM  

Life experiences certainly teach us a lot, but there are experiences and mistakes I would much rather read about and learn that way. Learn from the mistakes of others has always been good advice.

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Bethie June 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM  

I think you still learn more from real life. Even though I do think you learn some from books.
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jellybelly82158 June 30, 2010 at 12:17 PM  

I think you can learn from both.

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Anonymous,  June 30, 2010 at 2:17 PM  

Hmm I've learned quite a bit from reading - so much about different cultures, time periods, etc. History is much more entertaining through my romance novels ;). I also think certain things can only be learned through experience. Both often go hand in hand though I believe and one brings out appreciation for the other.

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Anonymous,  June 30, 2010 at 3:12 PM  

I think it's a combination of the two. Life can lead you to certain books/genres and reading those books can alert you to so many wonderful things that are out there. This can help to broaden your thoughts and books can alert you to things that are harmful.


Estella June 30, 2010 at 3:25 PM  

There is book learning and then there is life----where you are supposed to learn to use common sense.

So I guess my answer is both.

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Brandy W June 30, 2010 at 3:50 PM  

I got my copy from the UPS guy not too long ago and I've started reading too. I loved the excerpts/teases over the past week.

I'm loving it!

As for the question I do think you can learn from books but practical application is when everything falls into place.

chey June 30, 2010 at 4:23 PM  

Congratulations on the release of your first Emma Lang book!
There are some things you can only learn by experience.
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Lea June 30, 2010 at 5:11 PM  

Hi Emma and Booklover.

Excellent thought provoking post! And congratulations on your new release.

I have to say it's a combination of life experience and "book learnin", I've enjoyed a variety of literary work during my life and learned a great deal about history, geography, broadened my literacy, and most importantly there has been great enjoyment associated with my reading. Life experience, raising two children a career etc. that has taught me a great deal also .

Thanks again to both of you!

Emma Lang June 30, 2010 at 6:53 PM  

Ah, so good to see everyone feels the same way I do. That's why Grady and Eliza are so perfect for each other - it's the combination of real life and book learning.
We're a pretty smart group. :D

Scorpio M. June 30, 2010 at 8:12 PM  

Definitely you need both because it is simply impossible for one person to experience every facet there is in life. So you learn by living & experiencing and with books!

Martha Lawson June 30, 2010 at 10:16 PM  

I can't wait to read Ruthless Hearts! It sounds awesome, I love me some cowboys.. I think you have to have book sense, but also life lessons can teach you alot. Congrats on the release.

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throuthehaze July 1, 2010 at 2:00 AM  

It is one thing to read it, and another thing to live it. I believe a person is more likely to take things to heart and really learn more from life experience.

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Mitzi H. July 1, 2010 at 2:50 AM  

Hi Beth/Emma,

It think it would be great if we could all heed the knowledge we get from reading...but I don’t think many us do it. We know what is right in a relationship and what isn’t working...and yet I think many of us ignore the information and go forth to experience it for it successful or heartbreaking.

I’m a huge fan of yours and can’t wait to read Ruthless Heart!!! Congrats on your new novel and series!!!

I’m a follower on GFC and I just got my Kindle in the mail today!!!! I’m so excited...I can’t wait for my household to return to normal and all my wonderful visiting relatives to depart so I can play with it...Uggg.

P.S. There is not doubt that I’ve learned more about historical events and places from the novels I’ve read than I ever did in the school room.

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Hawkeyegirl July 1, 2010 at 11:03 AM  

I think experience is a great teacher, but there are somethings we just can't, for whatever reason, experience. I could never know what it's like to grow up as royalty, for example- or know what it's like to live during the Civil War. Therefore, books fill those holes. I do think living something is probably the best teacher overall, but books a equally important, otherwise the scope of learning would be far too narrow.

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Stella (Ex Libris) July 1, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

I'm big for learning from books, I mostly acquire my knowledge that way and by observinga nd learning from ym friends' mistakes, but it's true that if you learn something from experience it will stick more.

Congratulations on your release, LOVE cowboy stories, they are always so yummy and hot! ;-p

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scottsgal July 1, 2010 at 8:14 PM  

I think we learn from real life experiences. Life experiences shape our thoughts and direction and paths we take.

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JenM July 1, 2010 at 11:59 PM  

I think that everyone has a learning style that suits them best. I'm totally a book learner - give me an instruction manual and I'm a happy camper. On the other hand, my DH is completely hands on. The first thing he does when he buys a gadget is to take it apart and put it back together (assuming it isn't sealed). Luckily, he does always manage to get it back together and get it working. LOL.

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Deb July 2, 2010 at 7:28 AM  

Tough question. So much to be learned from life experiences, yet their is a ton of knowledge in books....hhmmmm...that's one to contemplate. If forced to choose I would have to go with life experiences because I think they shape our character more.

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Emma Lang July 2, 2010 at 9:11 AM  

I love to hear everyone's viewpoint on this. You all have great points on which method might be better, or if they're both equally important.
I think there has to be a balance between the two - Eliza proves that well when she learns all about what she's been missing.
And then some. ;)

Maureen July 2, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

I think both books and experience can work together to give you the skills you need in life. If I had to choose one I would pick experience.
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Amanda July 3, 2010 at 1:05 PM  

I think you can learn just as much from books as you can from life. Reading helps to expand your knowledge

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flchen1 July 3, 2010 at 6:56 PM  

Hi, Beth/Emma! Congrats on your Emma debut!

As for whether I learn more from books or real-life experience, I guess it depends. Usually I would say real life, since few things have quite the impact of hands-on, heart-in experience... On the other hand, there are scores of things that I would never want to experience in reality and thus learn WAY more about through what I read! I think I definitely benefit the most from a mix!

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Ladytink_534 July 3, 2010 at 11:01 PM  

I think we learn from both. Using lessons we learn from books and applying them to our life.

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