Laid Bare With Flair Contest – Day Nine!!

Today we’ve got the fabulous Beth Williamson here talking about her awesome historical western romance – The Redemption of Micah. She’s graciously offering up a copy of Micah and a gorgeous handcrafted necklace her very talented husband made. I’ve seen his work up close and it’s so very lovely.

What’s Life Without Bright Colors?

When Lauren announced her Laid Bare contest for her blog, I knew right away what I would give away and why. You see, the recent release of my book The Redemption of Micah has a wonderful heroine named Eppie.

The Redemption of Micah is a story about self-forgiveness, but also about embracing who you are. Eppie has a sketchy past, and a fractured present, a woman caught between what she can’t remember and what she’s afraid to face in front of her. Eppie had always been full of life, and never started a day without wearing bright colors. After all, what’s life without bright colors? I think she chose the colors because it reminded her of the beauty and hope that life had to offer.

Eppie awakens in the book from a three year long coma to discover she cannot remember who she is or who the man at her beside is, nor the little girl who claims to be her daughter. Eppie’s journey to self-discovery begins in the bedroom she awakens in. What she doesn’t realize is she automatically begins selected those bright colors again to wear.

However, Micah, the man who loves her desperately, recognizes it and knows that Eppie is beneath the confusion somewhere. They have to get to know each other all over again, fall in love again, and overcome a great number of obstacles beginning with the fact Eppie is a mulatto and Micah is white.

Life couldn’t be more complicated for Eppie and Micah and somehow, they find a way to make it through the mess. Eppie might not ever remember who she is, but she accepts who she’s become and the love Micah has for her.

People may think I’m too much of an optimist in general, but I love bright colors too. I think particularly for folks who have had really dark times, the brighter the color the better. If we can’t heal ourselves, who can? Perhaps the bright pink of Eppie’s necklace will bring you brightness of spirit and good luck.

Here’s Today’s Question:What do y’all think? Do you think colors can have an effect on our moods, our outlook on life, even our behavior?



Nothing about the room that Eppie awakens in feels like home—not the furnishings, the ill-fitting clothes, or the Colorado sunlight streaming in through the windows. And certainly not the stranger with long dark hair and silver eyes who claims to have been waiting for her for three long years.

Micah Spalding has spent each day hoping that Eppie would open her eyes and return to him. Yet the Eppie he loved was spirited and outspoken—utterly different to this reserved, aloof woman. Since her injury, Eppie has no memory of Micah or their daughter, or of a passion that was powerful enough to defy every convention. And though his scent and touch trigger something deep within her, Eppie can’t bring herself to believe in him.

Once, when war between his countrymen had almost broken him, Eppie brought Micah back to life. Now he must find a way to reach through the distance between them and remind her of everything they once shared, and prove that he has belief enough for both of them…

Today’s question is above, toward the top of the post. A winner will be chosen from the comments tomorrow at noon pacific! Good luck and remember, all winners must claim their prize within THREE days or I will dre-draw!

62 comments to “Laid Bare With Flair Contest – Day Nine!!”

  1. Calila
    July 11th, 2009 at 4:41 pm · Link

    I absolutely think colors can affect people’s moods.

  2. Llehn
    July 11th, 2009 at 5:33 pm · Link


  3. Shelly A
    July 11th, 2009 at 6:51 pm · Link

    I believe colors affect not only our moods but those around us. I know when I wear certain colors especially “cool colors”, I feel more confident about myself.

    The necklace is so pretty. Love the colors. 🙂

  4. Pat Cochran
    July 11th, 2009 at 7:16 pm · Link

    Oh, yes, colors affect all our life experiences.

    If I’m feeling down or sad, the brightness of
    the colors around me totally enhance and
    lift my spirits. If I’m looking for calmness in
    my life, give me pastels to bring serenity and
    peace to me and those about me.

    Pat Cochran

  5. Carol Woodruff
    July 11th, 2009 at 7:31 pm · Link

    I think colors affect our moods but they also affect the moods of those around us. Bright colors make everyone feel beter.

  6. Martha Lawson
    July 11th, 2009 at 7:34 pm · Link

    Yes, I definitely think colors affect the way we feel! I know in winter when it’s rainy and drab, my mood is not as good as when it’s sunny outside. I love bright colors to wear and in my home!

  7. april s
    July 11th, 2009 at 7:37 pm · Link

    i definately believe colors can effect our moods and can make our day brighter or miserable…i have noticed my co workers who tend to have a darker mood when wearing black or grey…and a bubbly,happy mood when wearing yellows,reds,pinks…I even tend to notice my mood will be heavier when i wear dark colors( black,purple) i think so. just based on my personal experience 😀 great question, btw

  8. Pamk
    July 11th, 2009 at 8:11 pm · Link

    yep I do. Ever been in a room with a drab color, It can really bring down your mood. I work in a hospital and it proven that certain colors and bad for you moods and can make you heal slower. Not sure what they are but i was told that by our interior designer lol.

  9. Larena Wirum
    July 11th, 2009 at 8:33 pm · Link

    I don’t think color really affects my mood but I think my mood affects what color I wear. :mrgreen:

  10. Andrea
    July 11th, 2009 at 9:40 pm · Link

    I completely agree that colors can affect our moods. For example, I was putting up black paper on the outside and inside of a large refrigerator box last summer in order to make a night sky/star simulation thing. While I was doing the inside, being completely encased in black even though there was light in the room, made me rather depressed/moody. It was very cathartic to use an ice pick and make small holes for stars. However, after that experience, I kept surrounding myself with lighter, warmer colors in clothing and surroundings.

  11. Beverly G.
    July 12th, 2009 at 12:54 am · Link

    i fullly agree colors can help change a mood or even make a mood if i see dull sad colors i feel down and moppy ifi s ee bright happy colors my mood pics up drasticly if i see sexy fun colors it alldepends but i fully believe that colors make or break a mood

  12. Beth Williamson
    July 12th, 2009 at 6:21 am · Link

    Wow, y’all, what an amazing response! I am so thrilled you came out to Lauren’s blog to hang out with me and chat.

    BTW – yep, that’s Nathan Kent on the cover. Aren’t I lucky? Too bad I wasn’t there to help him get dressed as a cowboy. 😉

    And a big huge thank you to the lovely, talented Lauren for hosting me. She’s an amazing woman and writer, isn’t she?