Beth Williamson: Whoever Said Boys Were Easier Has Lost Their Minds 45


Today’s guest blogger is Beth Williamson.

Beth is the author many novels and novellas with Samhain Publishing, Kensington Publishing, and Loose Id with many more in the works for the coming years.

Born and raised in New York, she holds a B.F.A. in writing from New York University. Currently, Beth lives just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and two sons.

Okay, that’s an awful dry way for me to introduce Ms. Williamson, isn’t it? What can I say? Beth is a soul sister to someone stranded in a sea of testosterone. Either that or she has installed a spy cam in my house. She would totally get yesterday’s Zits comic.

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I’ve heard people say that boys are easier as teenagers than girls because after all, there’s no drama, make-up, shoes and tears, right?

Well I’m here to tell you that is so very incorrect. I have two teenage sons, yes that’s right TWO. One of them is 17, the other 13. And oh my God, I thought playing with Legos and Matchbox cars was hard. (Never did get to do the Barbie or tea party thing since I didn’t have a daughter.)

Let’s start with the misconception there’s no drama. *rolls eyes* There’s more drama in this house than all of the CBS soap operas combined. Sarcasm, bickering, complaining, whining, and of course, the ever present “Why not?” constantly coming out of their mouths. If they weren’t boys, they would so be drama queens. I guess I could call them drama kings though…

The 17 YO was just horrible for about three years and its only in the last year he’s been liveable without the snarling, snapping responses I came to dread. He’s a young man who is growing up and in another year, will be off to college. *clasps heart* I really will miss him.

However, the 13 YO is just entering the horrible phase… I can only hope the drama won’t get any worse. He’s taken a slightly different path than his brother and only wears polo shirts. I foresee the insistence on Abercrombie and Fitch clothes in the near future.

Speaking of clothes, *sigh*, yes the four approved stores for clothes are Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch, Aeropostale and American Eagle. Anything else would be gauche and God forbid anyone find out they get their socks at Walmart.

Then there’s no girlie stuff like make-up and purses. This is definitely true, however, there’s the hats (did you know a cap can cost $45?), the shoes are important as well. The brand is of course uber important, as is the way they lie on the shoes. They can’t be too lumpy or too long, they have to be just right or they ain’t workin’.

One thing teenage boys have in abundance is hygiene issues. I’m shuddering just thinking about it. Have you ever smelled a teenage boy’s room? Or *ack* their bathroom? I have those darn Febreze plug-ins in every damn room upstairs but it STILL SMELLS. I can’t begin to describe it, so I’ll just call it teenage boy funk.

As you might imagine, their laundry smells just as bad, as does their sweat. Just picking up the 13 YO from summer camp and riding in the car with him for 20 minutes, oh the stench. I tell ya, it’s indescribable.

And their rooms… I’m not sure when the last time I saw the carpet in the 17 YO’s room. I try not to go in there if at all possible. Self preservation, I’m sure you understand. The best I can do is make sure they know how to clean even if they don’t practice it.

And food. My grocery bill looks like the national debt y’all. They NEVER stop eating! Gads, it’s amazing so much food actually goes into their bodies at at constant rate of speed. They can eat an entire package of cookies in one afternoon, along with popsicles, pizza, fruit, candy, soda, cereal, Rice Krispie treats, chips… The list is endless, y’all. Endless!

Now for the good things, I do occasionally get hugs (of course only after a shower) and I have the privilege of being the only female in the house. They are also wonderful people whom I love to pieces.

And of course, people say to me, “You can’t possibly have a 17 year old son!” I smile and murmur thank you.

They have no idea. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh, and Beth writes too. Over at Samhain, she’s got two erotic historical western series – both about cowboys. Yum. You can read about The Malloys, or the Devils on Horseback. She also writes erotic contemporaries and historicals for Liquid Silver and Loose Id.

Today, Beth is graciously giving away an autographed copy of her Education of Madeline published by Kensington Brava. (I lurve me a good cowboy, historical or contemporary, doesn’t matter to me.)

Plum Creek, Colorado 1872

The Right Man Comes Along

Madeline Brewster practically owns Plum City, Colorado. But at thirty-two, she knows she has missed any chance for happiness. Until she finds a tall, strong, handsome Irishman on the wrong end of the hangmanโ€™s noose. Suddenly this unconventional woman comes up with an outrageous idea . . .

Teague Oโ€™Neal has rugged cheekbones, tousled black curls, and eyes as blue as the sky, even if he is caked in Colorado mud. The men insist they caught him horse-thieving, and thereโ€™s something desperate about him that says heโ€™d do anything for a buck.

Maybe it was pure chance, or maybe it was something more that brought Madeline and Teague together. But one thingโ€™s clear, between a woman who has just about everything she could ever want, and a man whoโ€™s lost that and more, they might find something in between worth living for.

If you want to find out more about Beth and her books, visit her webpage.


45 thoughts on “Beth Williamson: Whoever Said Boys Were Easier Has Lost Their Minds

  • Beth Williamson

    Hey Leah! Thanks for the invite and the guest post. Looks simply mahvelous. And yes, darlin', we appear to have the same stinky boy problem.
    I love the Zits comic – makes me LOL every time I read it. Even have two of them on the fridge!

  • host

    Hi Leah and Beth!
    Loved the story about teenagers, I had two sisters so I didn't know the boy's side of the story!

    Education of Madeline sounds great, please count me in in the giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a great day

  • elaing8

    I don't have kids but I do have teenage nephews and they are actually really good.Hardly any complaining except for food..lol…its all about Lacrosse for them.

    the book sounds great.thanks for the chance to win!!

    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

  • Rhonda

    I have a 15 year old son, so I know exactly what you are saying…lol I have most of Beth's books, love the Malloys and the Devils on Horseback.

    Rhonda
    rwolf(at)evansville(dot)net

  • Karen H in NC

    Hi Beth,

    Enjoyed reading your post & excerpt.

    I had one of each, nine years apart..so it was like raising an only child…TWICE! All I can say is each child came with their own set of issues. It is my experience that what you learn raising one child will not necessarily apply to the other. Now, before I break my arm, patting myself on the back, may I say I think both kids turned out pretty damn good…daughter is 41 and son is 32 and we all get along better than we did when they were kids!

  • delitealex

    Great excerpt. I have 3 boys ages 4 and 2. The 4 year just got potty trained it was a nightmare. My twins are really a handful. I don't even want to think about them as teenagers yet.

  • Aliens

    Thanks Beth for sharing your story with your boys. I can actually say that I know girls who are as bad as that minus the boy funk. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    please count me in ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Lori

    Waving hi to Beth! And hi to Leah also, who I know relates, too. Totally laughing. Because you have a camera inside my house. In addition to my book blog, I also have a second (ok, third, she guiltily admits) blog called Living in the House of Testosterone where I lament exactly the types of things you are talking about. I SO relate!

    The smells, the food bill, the dinnertime conversations, the drama… oh yes. It's all true!

    Congrats on Micah's release! No need to put me in the running for Maddie, as I've read her several times ๐Ÿ™‚ Just stopping by to say hi and congrats!

  • HockeyVampiress

    I have the same problem x2 add on each end a 10 and 20eah yo. Yeah it is nice for them to say you don't look like you could have a…. but do you ever get those that actually argue with you about it? Anyway the clothes stores thing is true to but in Canada they are sometimes harder to find esp Hollister so West 49 and Bluenotes are sometimes fine. I work at the bargain shop not walmart but LOL we get seconds from AE Areo Holli and I buy for them from there… LOL they go Mom did you get this at work again??? Then the next day all their friends come in and buy us out!!! LOL Thanks for assuring me it is not a localized problem… and stinky… you should travel with teenage hockey players and their equipment…..

  • Natasha A.

    My brother must have lucked out. My nephews (14 and 12) are great. Although it helps that my brother is 6'3" and can (I guess I should say could, as my oldest nephew is now 6') beat the living snot out of them. I'm kidding…..kind of…. lol
    Man, reading this makes me realize that I miss them a ton! *sigh* oh and Beth, the book looks great! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • flchen1

    Lordy, Beth–I'm scared! I've got two boys with a girl in between, and I've got a few years yet before we hit the teenage years, but I fear that no amount of time is going to properly prepare us for what's to come ๐Ÿ˜‰ Aiyi… Saints preserve us!

    And boy, I love a good cowboy, too! I'd be stock up to have escapist reading at the ready when I need it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Julia Smith

    I loved your post, Beth! I have two nephews who could fill a theatre with their dramatic scenes… And yet who would miss out on such performances? Not I.

    Your Education of Madeline looks pretty irresistable!

  • Eva S

    Hi Beth,
    loved the story about teenager boys, have only two daughters myself!

    The book sounds great, count me in please!

  • Melissa

    I dunno, guys, I have a 16 yr old daughter, and I swear a demon possesed her sometime about a year ago. It comes and goes, with NO warning.
    Congrats on the release of Micah, Beth!! And I've already been eyeballing Madeline, lol.
    Good luck!!

  • Babyblue22

    Hey Leah & Beth!! Great Post!
    I'm with Beth, I have one boy and he's only three and I already call him a drama king..LOL
    I can only pray that when he's a teenager I can just stay on my side of the house and he on his.

    The Education of Madeline sounds great, I'd love to win it!!

    ~Afshan
    Afshan522@aol.com

  • Leah Braemel

    Melissa – I'll have to admit, I'll still take my two boys over my sister's daughter. OMG drama queen doesn't begin to describe her.

  • SiNn

    First let me welcome you to this lovely blog lol being the step mom of two boys i deff deff feel you there where they put the food ill never know then again they pack it in like their father and never gain a pound we stare at it and gaine 20 lifes never fair but hey i like you adore my two monsters

    I have to say i love your work but i was wondering what inspired you to write about cowboys besides the hotness factor ?

  • Armenia

    Hey Beth,

    Too funny, I really enjoyed that one! Growing up with 3 brothers, I can completely agree with you on the bathroom thing …peewhew. Branded with that experience, I taught all the XY chromos here to sit, or else, toilet duty for them.

    Count me in. I'd love a chance for your giveaway. Thanks again.

  • Cathy M

    Hi Beth, I can so relate. I have twin boys, well men, technically, in their 20's and both are back living at home. Never mind the dynamic of them sharing a bathroom and tv time, lol, it's the whole I'm an adult and have lived on my own for years, so why do I have to follow the house rules debate, sigh. And along those lines, why do all those years of independence and personal responsibility just magically disappear as soon as they are living with mom and dad???? Could they please, just once, clear the table and take out the garbage without being asked first!!!

  • mamasand2

    After raising 5 of my own, 2 boys and 3 girls, I had to laugh over the tale about teenagers.

    I have several of your great books Beth and love them. I am picking them up one at a time, as I work on collecting them all.

    Too many great books, too little time. SIGH!

    Sandie

  • Carol L.

    Hi Beth and Leah,
    Loved the post and the excerpt. Educating Madeline has my interest. Time for a good Western.
    I have 5 girls and 2 boys, all adults now but talk about drama ? And boy funk ? Good God, it's a wonder these boys survive childhood. lol lol I didn't think I'd see the day where my 2 boys grew up to be career Army and stickler clean. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750@aol.com

  • Beth Williamson

    Wonderful to hear all your comments – glad I'm not the only one stuck with teenage boy funk. Ugh.

    SiNn – you asked about why I chose cowboys besides the hotness factor. Well, I grew up watching westerns and for me, the cowboy was a modern day knight. They had a code of honor, tireless workers, could shoulder the world on their broad backs. They represent a simpler time, when men were bound by their word and worked hard to earn those muscles. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Anonymous

    Haha, loved this post.

    I have eight boys and the last one is now 14. I will be glad when those teenage years are all over…hehe!!!

    I've read some of Beth's books and I have really enjoyed them.

    Keep up the good work.

    Valerie
    valb0302@yahoo.com

  • Leah Braemel

    Val. Eight? EIGHT boys? O.M.G. And you're still sane? And your house is still standing?

    I. Am. In. Awe.

  • Mari

    I have to agree that raising boys is no easier than girls. my nephew will only use a certain kind of gel on his hair that he gets at the salon. God forbid his mother tries to pawn off something she got at the drug store. I swear he spends more time on his hair than his sister. I thinks the boys can be just as image conscious as the girls! They are just on the down low about it.

  • tigger9

    My mom says that i was the easy one (the girl) and my brother is the hard pain in the ass. We have three years and about a month between us (i'm older) and my mom always says that I'm the easiest between the two of us. I totally understand what your saying and at least I only had one brother to deal with.
    lexeetoste@sbcglobal.net

  • Susan

    Hi Leah and Beth!
    My cousin has 2 girls and 2 boys. She says if the boys came first there wouldn't be the girls for fear they would have been boys. lol

    The Education of Madeline sounds wonderful. I love cowboys!

  • Beth Williamson

    I'm still trying to imagine having EIGHT boys… Gads, Valerie, how the heck did you do it?

  • joder

    Beth's book sounds wonderful! Please sign me up.

    And you are so right about teenage boys. I have two teenage brothers and there are some days they're absolutely awful.

  • Jane

    Happy Release Day, Beth. I can't imagine being the only female in the house. I would definitely lose my sanity.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  • fcammer2

    Loved the post about the teenage boys. As I am the mother of two daughters I've not experienced the teenage boy thing. My daughters are now 23 & 26 and it does seem to be easier finally. LOL! The oldest is engaged so now planning a wedding. Beth I would love to read your book! Love your cowboys! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Beth Williamson

    Thank you everyone! Y'all have been so welcoming and fun, not to mention funny as heck.
    And a special thanks to Leah – she's been a wonderful hostess!

  • Karin

    Beth, your rant about teenage boys so reminded me of my brothers as teenagers. And teenage boy funk, boy do I remember that. There was a reason my sister and I avoided the basement while they were there. Now they're both adults, but their teenage years definitely gave me a lot of ammunition to use. lol

  • Kytaira

    Well, I have a 17 yr old son and a 13 yr old daughter. The daughter is already shaping up to be the harder child. I am living in fear of her next couple of years. The 17 year old has been an issue when it comes to getting school work done. Which is very frustrating since he is super smart. At least that's one thing I won't need to worry about with my daughter. She's very diligent.

    Neither one can see their floor. I shut the door and ignore it.

    I have to agree about boy funk. What's funny is that a friend and I were complaining about that very thing. Boys wallowing in their own stench.

  • iokijo

    Just one of the reasons I don't have kids.. after growing up with 4 older brothers & 3 older sisters.. uh.. no thanks.. I'll stick to dogs & cats thank you..
    Great & funny blog.. thanks for sharing.
    ioki_jo at hotmail dot com

  • LadyVampire2u

    Congrats on your new release! And I just love this post. I have to hand it to you though, to juggle your family and be able to find time to write your wonderful books…amazing. But we all appreciate that you manage to do it all that much more.

  • Anonymous

    Hehe, you certainly don't have to be sane to raise eight boys…infact it's better if you're not!

    Oh, and I forgot to tell you that I also have three girls!!!

    I think I worried more about the girls when they became teens and started going out at night. But they usually went out with their brothers who kept a watchful eye on them…sometimes too much of a watchful eye…haha!!!

    Valerie
    valb0302@yahoo.com

  • Sue L

    I know I'm a day late, but I have to sympathize and agree. I also have a 13 and a 17 yo. … also a pair of brothers that live with us that are 19 and 21 …. and the endless supply of friends. Chris, Tanner, Dirk, Corbin … .the list goes on. …. I find myself accustomed to having this one or that one around all the time (Chris just left this afternoon after about three days, or maybe five…*scratching head*) and they all get a laugh when I question where he is, as if he shouldn't have run off without telling me. *sigh*

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