Saturday, August 6, 2011

Keeping up with the Roses...

Hi readers! I’m excited about The Roses of Prose’s new direction and new members. My name is Amber Leigh Williams and I’ve been blogging with The Roses of Prose since it began. For those who don’t know me, I’m a multi-published romance author, a member of Romance Writers of America, and former Secretary of GCCRWA. I’m a passionate writer, reader, and blogger here at The Roses of Prose, western romance site Sweethearts of the West, and my personal blog The Cozy Page!

When I was a child, I had difficulty learning to read so in third grade I was enrolled in a reading program designed to accelerate my reading skills. I owe that program both my love of reading and writing. Not only did reading become easier, I developed a keen interest in storytelling itself. The next year, my teacher gave a book-writing assignment. I chose to retell Cinderella. The resulting story was created on construction paper with Crayola markers and it was then laminated. The finished product gave me a tingly, champagne-bottle feeling and I spent the rest of my childhood chasing that sensation with several short, young adult manuscripts that I hope never see the light of day. In high school, my mother gave me a romance novel by Nora Roberts to read. From that point on, I wanted to write and publish my own romance novel.

I’m happy to say that my first romance manuscript, after being revised several times, has been published in the last several years. The historical romance, Forever Amore, based in World-War-II Italy was nominated by Long & Short Reviews for Best Book of 2009! It is published with Black Lyon Publishing.

In the last five years, I've discovered a new passion: western romance! I published a contemporary western romance trilogy called the Ridges of Wayback, TX. The trilogy follows the ranching family, the Ridges - primarily siblings, Stella, Casey, and Keefe Ridge. The first book, Blackest Heart, was the 1st Place Novella in the 2009 More Than Magic Contest. Silent cowboy, Judd Black, also happens to be my favorite hero! Last year, a follow-up entitled Bluest Heart and the final book in the trilogy, Bet it on my Heart were published back-to-back. The ebooks are available at The Wild Rose Press.

In addition to ebooks, the trilogy was chosen by The Wild Rose Press to be published as an audio book collection with newly redesigned covers. All three audio books are available now at AudioLark.

Blackest Heart was also chosen to be published in a paperback anthology, The Way Back Home, with two other western romances by Marguerite Arotin and Abbey MacInnis. The Wild Rose Press has published my romantic suspense novel, Denied Origin. I’m represented by D4EO Literary Agency. In progress are my paranormal romance series, a Regency romance, and a contemporary romance revision.

This year I redesigned my official author website, There you can sign up for my exclusive reader newsletter. Subscribers get a treat every month in the form of an interview with a hero or heroine from my backlist. My EXTRAS page was updated this month to include bonus material from a few of my books: read a sexy, short story called “Wayback Valentine” and a fun deleted scene from Bet it on my Heart here:

Readers, I’d love to connect with you on Twitter! I’m also on Facebook and Goodreads. Visit my blog, The Cozy Page, this month for the 30 Days of Promo Goodness event where readers can learn about new books, guest authors' takes on the promotional process, and win tons of book-related prizes!

Currently, I live on the Gulf Coast of Alabama with my husband, Jacob, and our three labs! I'm looking forward to getting to know our new Roses and getting settled in again here at The Roses of Prose! My question for readers today is where in the world is this post finding you today?


Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Amber,
Lovely to find out more about you. You have certainly had great success with your novels.



Brenda Whiteside said...

What a beautiful post, Amber. I love the World War II era and cowboys have a special place in my heart, too. Nice to get to know more about you.

Colleen Connally said...

Nice story. Your love for writing is evident. Busy, busy, busy girl! Good luck with all you do.

Christine DePetrillo said...

Hey, Amber,

Love that you got hooked on writing in elementary school! I love making books with my students.

This post finds me in my backyard in teeny-tiny Rhode Island where the sun is a little undecided at the moment.


Jannine Gallant said...

Hi Amber,

I'll have to check out your Wayback stories. Are you writing one for the new Honky Tonk series?

The world can find me at home in Tahoe today - hopefully getting some writing done!

Barbara Edwards said...

Hi Amber,
So nice to meet you and learn more about you.

Alison Henderson said...

Hi Amber,
Congratulations on all your successes following your childhood dream. I'm also a lover of Western romance, although I write historical. This post finds me today in fog-shrouded (but still gorgeous) Carmel, CA, camped out in my brand new vacation condo. Can't believe I have to go home to Minnesota tomorrow morning.

Laura Breck said...

Amber, now I'm curious about the YA books you wrote as a teen. Wouldn't it be fun to rewrite them and submit???

Emma Lai said...

A big howdy-do from Houston, Texas! Glad you've realized your childhood dream. May you continue to find the champagne bubbles.