Friday, February 22, 2013

Review: Edge Of Dawn By Lara Adrian

Edge Of Dawn
By Lara Adrian
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 300 pages
Expected publication: February 26th 2013
by Delacorte Press

Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn—when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them—the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost.

Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift—and even lethal—justice. But the one thing she desires more than the Order’s hard-won acceptance is Kellan Archer, a sexy but troubled Breed fighter. In love with him since childhood, Mira once broke through his tough exterior during an unexpected night of rapture, but the next day he mysteriously disappeared, never to return.

Kellan didn’t think he would ever see Mira again—or have to confront the truth of why he left. After abandoning the Order years ago, he now leads a band of human rebels intent on carrying out their own vigilante rule of law. Yet a high-profile kidnapping assignment brings him face-to-face with the past he sought to avoid, and the striking woman he has tried desperately to forget. And as tensions mount and the risk of bloodshed grows, Kellan and Mira must take sides—between the competing missions that dominate their lives, and the electrifying passion that claims their hearts.

I forgot how much I missed this series! Sometimes when a series carries on of a long time it feels like its the same book over and over. Not the case here. It has been 20 years and so much in the world has changed. Yet it is still the same characters we have come to love so much.

Mira has grown up so much in the last twenty years and she has become a tough fighter for the Order. Leading her own squad she does what she was trained to do. She is lethal in her own way and knows how to do her job right. But one mistake puts everything in jeopardy. As a punishment Lucan makes her play bodyguard to a human scientist. Mira thinks it a stupid routine assignment, but what happens next sets her whole world upside down! Mira comes face to face with a ghost of her past, a man she has never stopped loving even after she knew he was dead.

Even though Kellan never really died he let the Order and Mira continue to think he was dead. He thought it was best for Mira if he never went back.  However when his team messes up a simple abduction and captures a member of the Order, he know immediately its Mira, and he can't let her go.

Even though it has been eight years Mira and Kellan both feel like they were never apart. Both knowing they could never be together, they can't help fight for each other. Kellan tries with all he has to rid himself of Mira before his mistakes cost her anymore harm. Mira will fight with all she has to never lose kellan again, no matter what the cost to herself. When a new threat to the Breed comes about, it is up to Kellan and Mira to fight side by side to save them all. But can they do that knowing they might loose each other for good this time?

It is so good to see all of the Order together again! I loved reading how all the mates are still happy and how so many of them have kids now grown up. I can't wait to see where this all goes and who each book will be about. A great love story with the action and passion we have come to know out of Lara Adrian's books!

5 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: Giving Up The Ghost By S.A.Price

Giving Up The Ghost
By S.A. Price
Kindle Edition, 1
Published February 19th 2013
by Sisters Price Publishing

Rhys Bellamy is the front man for the wildly successful 13 Shades of Red, a band hailing from New Orleans that is just a bit more then they appear. He’s sexy, caustic and on a path of self destruction that has everything to do with the fact that he can speak to the dead. A man hounded by the death of his fiancée, Rhys is a lothario of the highest caliber. His life, his band, and his agony celebrates his lost love, Phaedra, and it has made him a very popular man with the ladies, even if they will never mean anything to him. Too bad Phaedra has never and will never contact him.

When the band’s first US tour meets with some unforeseen management issues, Saffron Richards is brought in to take care of it. A veteran of the business, Saffron knows all about Rhys and his reputation and doesn’t want to become another notch on his belt. Too bad fate has it in for the both of them, and gives them an attraction neither can deny.

But life on the road with an up and coming band has its problems, from bosses to groupies to just plain old flat tires. And Phaedra, who has been watching from the mists and reveling in the misery of her lost lover doesn’t want to see him happy. Being together is harder than it sounds, especially when Phaedra crosses the veils on All Hallows Eve to reignite the love that Saffron has set to ash in Rhys. And Phaedra is not giving him up without a fight. Not because she loves him, but because she doesn’t ever want him to forget.

Warning: this is considered a New Adult genre release. Reader discretion is advised

Wow where to begin on a such a good book. When I first heard about this book, I knew it was going to be good. I mean come on a sexy rock star who is still passionate about a lost love. A man so broken he can't love again, or can he? A little paranormal twist thrown in and you have success!

The first time Rhys sees Saffron he is so taken by her looks. Rhys plans to bed her at first chance, what he doesn't plan for is how much work it was going to take to get there, or where it would all lead in the end. Still hurting over his lost fiance, Rhys beds anything that walks his way. No woman has ever said no to him until he meets Saffron. She could not care less about what he has to offer, so different from any other women he has met before. That sparks an interest and a fire in him; the game of seduction, one he has not played in a very long time, but one he plans to win at all cost.

I love the sauciness of Saffron!  That girls takes no crap from anyone and she has a set on her bigger than most men. Saff is bold and wild and knows how to get her way. She never backs down from a challenge even if it means bearing it all. So happy to finally get a big job in the business, she plans to let nothing get in her way of making a name for herself, but when she sees Rhys for the first time, she knows its not going to be easy to stay away from this man or his bed. Even with the connection she feels with Rhys, she wants more than to be another girl in a long line of groupies, so she sets out to keep him at bay. Which ignites a game she can't win.

I was hooked on this book the second Saffron walked into a sound check and saw Rhys in person for the first time. Once he was off stage the connection between them just sparked out of control. The game of seduction that Rhys plays to get her in his bed was just amazing!  I loved the way he set to getting her where he wanted her. Some of the scenes were HOT!!!! For example, I will never look at a dance floor the same lol.

Overall this was an amazing book. Great lead characters and supporting characters. A great realistic glimpse into the world on the road with a rock band, with a paranormal twist. Just when you think all is good and happily ever after the story changes and I liked that little bounce back and forth. It keeps you engaged and interested. If you like sexy men who know how to please a woman, and a leading lady who knows how to fight for what is right, you have to check this book out!

Now the long wait until the next book :(

5 out of 5 stars

Monday, February 18, 2013

Review: Hot Ticket By Olivia Cunning

Hot Ticket (Sinners on Tour #3)
By Olivia Cunning
February 1st  2013
by Sourcebooks Casablanca

There are things in bassist Jace Seymour’s past that he is unwilling to share with anyone. To cover his guilt and anguish, he seeks dominatrix Mistress V (Aggie) to temporarily placate his inner turmoil. Aggie doesn’t have much use for men–besides the power rush she gets when they’re begging for mercy at her feet–but Jace isn’t like her usual clients. His cool defiance and unexpected dominance in the bedroom drives her to distraction and quickly steals her heart. When circumstances threaten Jace’s position in Sinners, Aggie must help him regain his rightful place in the band while showing him that time and love can heal all wounds.

Ok who does not like a hot sexy famous rock star! I think at some point every girl has the fantasy of falling in love with a rock star and him taking her away. This is book 3 in the Sinners on Tour series. While it can be read as a stand alone, I think it is so much better if read as a series and in order.

Jace has a very troubled past that led him to play with Sinners. He was not an original member of the band. Once he joined he has always felt like an outsider and does anything he can to fit in. But with a dark past he never feels worthy or fully accepted. I loved seeing the vulnerable side of Jace. He plays it so tough with the band but once he meets Angie he really opens up, and after reading the first 2 books I just could not wait to get his story!

Jace is so hot! The steamy sex scenes between him and Angie just set the pages on fire. Now while I prefer a man in charge, I did enjoy the exchange of power between Angie and Jace. I liked her rough side that knew just how to break down Jace's walls and get him to heal. Angie is just perfect for Jace and does eveything to help him not only accept and move on from his past, but also to build trust with his bandmates and open up to them more.

Olivia Cunning has painted a hot sexy erotic world with her Sinners on Tour and I look forward to the next 2 books in the series. Trey is my favorite!!!  Although I love them all and so wish they were real men (hehe). I loved that there is also a band website to make them even more realistic.

If you like famous men who live on the wild side until they meet their perfect match, even when they don't know it yet, check out this series! You will not be sorry. Besides doesn't everyone want to know what really happens when the band is backstage or off the road?

5 out of 5 stars

Friday, February 15, 2013

Melting The Millionaire's Heart by Linda Morris -- Interview/Giveaway

Tell us a little about yourself and your latest/upcoming release.

Thanks so much for having me here at Good Choice Reading today. My latest release is a novella from Entangled called Melting the Millionaire's Heart. It's a funny, sexy, and sweet story about two strangers who end up snowed in together. (Snowed-in stories are some of my favorites -- there's something so romantic about the idea of having to spend time with someone that maybe you normally wouldn't, and then finding something to love about that person.) In Melting the Millionaire's Heart, the heroine, Kayla, has a bad attitude toward the millionaire whose estate she is traveling to when her car slides off the road in a snowstorm. Her boss has told her to kiss up to this unknown donor to encourage him to give money to the school for special-needs kids where she teaches. Based on past experience with other donors, she suspects the guy is probably a wealthy blowhard making a donation to the school for PR purposes. She's rescued by a handsome stranger, little dreaming that he is in fact the donor she's come to meet. He doesn't admit it, either, which leads to all sorts of complications as their attraction to one another grows!

Do you read reviews of your books? What do you do when you read a not-so-nice one?

I do read reviews, although I may have to revise that policy if I'm going to keep writing and preserve my sanity. This may sound nuts, but when I get a bad review, I look up bad reviews for books I love. It could be a recent romance I really enjoyed, an all-time keeper, or a classic by Austen or Dickens. No matter how much I adored the book, I can always find bad reviews for it. It's a good reminder that some people just want different things out of a book than I do, and that no book pleases everyone.

What's the one piece of technology you can't live without?

My laptop with Internet connection. I'm not actually all that fond of cell phones, and although I enjoy reading on my Kindle, I often still read print books too. But if I have to go too long without checking my favorite blogs, Goodreads, Twitter, and so on, I get a little itchy.

If you could choose one book cover to put on your wall as a poster, what would it be?

The cover for Melting the Millionaire's Heart, which was designed by my editor at Entangled, Heather Howland. Heather's covers have won numerous contests, and no wonder. She's awesome!

Do you have a book in your house that's just destroyed because you've read it so much?

I've been lugging around my favorite keepers from the late 80s/90s by Patricia Gaffney and Laura Kinsale for years -- I've reread them heavily and they're in pretty bad shape! I don't mind, though. A book so good that you read it again and again--what could be better than that?

How much of the characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?

I wouldn't say any of my characters are based directly on myself or anyone I know, but most of my heroines start off somewhat less-than-confident, and that's true of me as well. I don't think I could relate to a brash, full-of-herself heroine who's always sure she's right.

How many times were you turned down form a book offer before you finally got published?

My first book, Forget-Me-Not, was bought by the third publisher I submitted it to. Most people think you never have to worry about rejections again after you're published, but that's not true. I wrote Melting the Millionaire's Heart specifically for an Entangled call for submissions, but other books I've written since being first published have been rejected multiple times. Your work has to be at a certain standard of quality to be publishable, but once you reach that threshold, it's really about getting your work on the right agent's or editor's desk at the right time. You need a little luck to go along with all your hard work to be a success.

What are you working on now?

I have a finished category contemporary romance that I'm shopping around now, and I'm working on a follow-up to Melting the Millionaire's Heart right now. It's Carolyn's story.

Can you share a teaser of your book with our readers?

Sure, here's a short scene when Kayla and Ryan have taken shelter together to ride out the storm. The power is out, so they're roasting some hot dogs and making s'mores over the fireplace:

A dimple appeared in his left cheek. Whoa, he was adorable. If her mother hadn’t raised her right, she’d be tempted to lean forward right now and explore that cute little indentation with the tip of her tongue. Maybe she would, later—she couldn’t rule it out.

She finished off her hot dog. Should she have another?

No, the s’mores beckoned. “I’ll do the honors for dessert. I’ll have you know I’m a s’mores expert.” She stuck a couple of big marshmallows on the end of her skewer and held them over the fire. The sonorous tones of the grandfather clock announced eleven o’clock.

“Really?” He leaned back on the hearth rug, propping himself up on his hands. The position showed off his long, leanly muscled thighs. “And where did you come by this expertise?”

“Years of relentless training in the Brownies and Girl Scouts.”

“Ah. Sounds grueling.”

“It was,” she said. “I made sacrifices and suffered a lot. In the end, it was worth it because I became a Jedi master of marshmallow toasting.”

“Do tell,” he said, his white teeth flashing in the firelight.

The sight gave her a pang somewhere very near her heart.

God, she really liked this guy.

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Published December 18th 2012 by Entangled

Special-needs teacher Kayla Johnston writes off any shot at New Year's Eve romance when she's summoned to a fundraising event for her school at the remote estate of a wealthy would-be-donor. But when a massive snowstorm hits and Kayla careens off the road, the sexy stranger who rescues her brings to mind cozy fireplaces and steamy midnight kisses…among other things.

Reclusive entrepreneur Ryan Langford may be missing his own fundraiser, but being marooned in a cabin with Kayla beats ducking a room full of people after his money any day. Too bad she's so irritated with the gazillionaire who ruined her New Year's Eve that he feels like he has to lie about his identity. But when the sparks fly and they fall into each other's arms, Ryan knows he's made a big mistake. Will she be able to trust him once the snow melts and the truth comes out?



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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Review: The Shamrock & the Rose By Regan Walker

The Shamrock & the Rose
By Regan Walker
Kindle Edition, 44 pages
Published February 1st 2013
by Boroughs Publishing Group

Set in London in 1818, it's the story of Rose Collingwood, daughter of a baron, who wanted to play Portia in The Merchant of Venice. To accept the part at the Theatre-Royal at Haymarket, the very proper young lady assumes the disguise of Miss Lily Underwood, the actress. Who knew all of London would soon be at her feet sending her love notes? One such Valentine goes awry only to be found by the dashing Irish barrister, Morgan O'Connell. Though he would have seduced the actress, Morgan must court the lady. Given three choices much like Portia's suitors, can she resist the handsome Irish rogue? And who is it who is following her?

This was a great short story in time for Valentine's Day. I good little mix of romance and mystery.

I liked the spunky wild side of Rose. She did not want to live a cookie cutter kind of life and chose to follow her own path. Women of her time simply did not live so open and free. Rose set out to make her mark on the world but to do so she  live a double life. She had to change her name and pretend to be someone else while on stage and yet still maintain the life of the Ton.

Morgan and Irish man in London to study sees Miss Lily on stage and is so taken by her he feels the need to seek her out and seduce her. When he discovers who she really is, her knows he needs to court her not to ruin her name, while seducing her into never leaving him. But coming from different backgrounds is that even possible? Can she accept him as he as accepted her? 

Though the story you know Rose has many admirers but one seems very dangerous and has Rose on edge. Meeting Morgan is just what she needs and he will stop at nothing to protect her physically as well and her reputation. I loved the connection between them both and felt the spark of romance right at their first meeting.

 A great short story of suspense and romance, I loved it and can't wait to read more by Ms. Walker. A great short story to pass the time!

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Serenity's Dream Re-Release Blog Tour Featuring Brita Addams And A Giveaway

We at Sinfully Tasty Reads are so happy to welcome back the lovely author Brita Addams. Today we got to interview her and find out all about her re-release of Serenity's Dream and some other great things you may not know about this phenomenal author. Brita is also giving to our followers because she is offering one lucky random commenter (Adult 18+ or older), who leaves a meaningful comment with their e-mail address, their choice from her backlist. Now without further ado I (Skyla) give you our interview.

1) How do you always come up with new unique ideas for your stories?

Honestly, it's difficult. They say that there are only seven tropes and that all stories revolve around them. For example, the clichéd boy meets girl, boy loves girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. Most all romances revolve around a variation of that trope.

Often, publishers demand that we keep our stories within a formula, much like a movie. When a publisher requires a happy ending or a happy for now ending (which sets the reader up for a sequel,) it restricts the authors who would write differently. I really think that readers are mature enough to accept that not all romances end happily.

Some authors create new worlds, fantasy worlds, outer space, an alternative universe, even alternative history. I can't do that, I guess I'm too grounded in reality. What I do is place my characters in situations that I've never read about or present them with situations that are unique to me. I'm a huge reader of romance and I know that if the characters and setting are different enough, the trope doesn't matter.

When I write historicals, I give them the flavor of the time period, which requires a great deal of research. For me, there is nothing worse than reading a purported historical and finding the author has simply dressed the characters up, plunked them in the period, but they speak to each other as though they just met at the corner bar.

That is a roundabout way of saying that I find inspiration everywhere. Most recently, I've delved into my background as a genealogist. Some of those interesting stories will show up in the next couple of years as novels.

2) If a movie studio approached you about turning one of your books into a movie, which book would it be and why?

If that were the case, I would select my upcoming Tarnished Gold made into a movie. It is set in the early days of Hollywood, 19teens to 1930s. The story traces the career of a star-struck young man who goes to Hollywood to become a star and encounters a life he never imagined. The ups and downs, the emotion, the redemption is something that I think would make a great film.

3) You have recently decided to expand the three books in your Sapphire Club Series. Can you explain why you decided to re-tool your series?

Actually, my editor approached me and asked if I would like to have the books re-edited. In the four years since I first wrote them, I have thought, off and on, about what I could add to them, as well as apply all that I'd learned over the years. More than anything, I definitely wanted to have a good re-edit on them. The stars aligned and I grabbed the opportunity.

Time also changed my view on some aspects of the stories. Reader comments helped with that and I tried to implement changes/deletions/additions that I thought would make the stories better. In the case of Serenity Dream and Lord Decadent's Obsession, I have added about 13k to each. Serenity has a new subplot that I envisioned when I wrote the original, but wasn't sure how to implement. It's all there now and draws in one of my favorite characters, Haynes. In LDO, I have bolstered the characters and given the story more meat.

For Thornhill's Dilemma, formerly called Chocolate, Tea, and the Duchess, I have added a sequel to the book, which greatly enhanced the word count to almost double the original. I have also retooled the original story, using reader's comments as an impetus. Alexander Chilton comes into the story much earlier and plays a pivotal part in the entire book. I think readers of the original will be surprised by what I've done, and new readers will love the dynamic between all the characters. A vastly different story, with just a few things that stayed the same.

4) I am a huge music fanatic, and some authors are now including playlist at the back of their books that helped inspire their stories so, my question for you is do you have a playlist that helps inspire you or is there any other thing that helps to set your writing mood?

One word—no. Though I love music, I don't listen to it often, and definitely not when I'm writing. The house is quiet when I write, no TV, no music, no chatter. I lose focus easily if there is a commotion going on around me. Besides I'd end up either singing the words or making words up to instrumentals, which again, isn't conducive to getting the writing done.

5) If you found a magic lamp and a Genie was going to grant you three wishes (other than wishing for more what would you wish for and why?

First—many more years with the love of my life. There will never be enough to spend with my amazing husband. Second—that my children have comfortable lives and that they are always loved as much as we love them. Third—A ton of do-overs. There's a few things that I didn't get right the first time.

6) Out of all the stories you have written which one is your favorite and why?

That is almost like trying to pick your favorite child, except books don't get their feelings hurt. J I love what was Chocolate, Tea, and the Duchess, which will be re-issued with the title Thornhill's Dilemma. Phillip and Alex are two of my favorite characters and in the new story, and it is almost completely new, Alex plays a much bigger role in the book.

In the story, Felicity understands Phillip's needs as well as her own failures. I think that is very humane (not human.) Though young, she isn't selfish in any way. Her thoughts are for Phillip, which makes him an extraordinary character to write. She sees Phillip as no one else can, which causes him to cast a more critical eye upon himself.

Phillip has always lived with honor and duty in mind. In Thornhill's Dilemma, the two collide when Phillip loses his way for a bit. Dilemma is much grittier than Duchess, deals with a full range of problems and emotions and more, Phillip is faced with several crises that test the fabric of his life and his perception of who he thought he was.

7) Which is scarier writing your novels or getting readers feedback and why?

Definitely reader feedback. We always want readers to like our books and when we get a bad review, it is devastating. I've gotten better at accepting the criticism. I understand that not everyone will like what I write, and that is okay. I don't like everything I read. However, I pour everything I have into each story, so a bad review can hurt for a while.

8) What piece of advice would you give to someone who might want to consider stepping into the writing arena?

If you aspire to be a writer, study your craft. You have to know how to put a sentence together, know what passive voice is, learn grammar and punctuation. You have to have a viable story that can develop into a book. Never lose sight of the fact that people pay money for your book and you should give them 110% of your effort with each new title.

It is a humbling experience to have someone buy a story that started out as a germ of an idea on a dark night while you were trying to sleep. We should always remember that.

9) If you could check off one or two things from your bucket list what would they be and why?

*smiles* I actually have a bucket list! In May, my honey and I are going to England, which is the number one thing on my list. We will spend two weeks in England, Scotland, and Wales.
The second thing would be to ride in a helicopter, which I don't see happening any time soon. My son-in-law rides in one every week for his job and he says there's nothing to it, but I'm still scared.

10) What do you have coming up this year book wise (i.e. next book, book signings, blog tour, etc)?

I have lots happening, though nothing happens quickly. I mentioned Tarnished Gold above. I've just finished the first round of edits on it and it will be out in the April/May time frame at Dreamspinner Press. I am very excited about that book. It's 100k+ and spans nearly 20 years.

Lord Decadent's Obsession and Thornhill's Dilemma will come out in the next two months or so, to round out the Sapphire Club series rewrite/reedit. Each has enhanced storylines, and Thornhill is almost a completely new story. Even when I wrote Chocolate, Tea, and the Duchess, I knew there was more story there, and now I've written it.

I am working on a couple of new pieces, one the first book in a series I am writing. Historical, this one set in 1754 in Upstate New York. Actually one of those snatched from my genealogy research. This series will involve one family, by generation and will span 100 years. I see five or six books in that series, written over the next couple of years.

I'll also be rewriting Love Immortal and Splendid Captivity, as the rights were reverted to me in November. Once rewritten, they will go to a new publisher.

Travel-wise, my husband and I are going to England in May. We'll actually spend our anniversary in London. Then in Sept/Oct, we are going on a cruise from Quebec to Boston, then driving across New York State to visit family and friends, then on to Atlanta on October 16 for Gay Rom Lit. That will be a month-long trip all told.

Newest Releases

I also have For Men Like Us, which takes place during the Regency. You can find it at Dreamspinner Press. Just click the title to be magically transported.
             For Men Like Us by Brita Addams eBook 
Blurb for For Men Like Us:

After Preston Meacham’s lover dies trying to lend him aid at Salamanca, hopelessness becomes his only way of life. Despite his best efforts at starting again, he has no pride left, which leads him to sell himself for a pittance at a molly house. The mindless sex affords him his only respite from the horrors he witnessed.

The Napoleonic War left Benedict Wilmot haunted by the acts he was forced to commit and the torture he endured at the hands of a superior, a man who used the threat of a gruesome death to force Ben to do his bidding. Even sleep gives Ben no reprieve, for he can’t escape the destruction he caused.

When their paths cross, Ben feels an overwhelming need to protect Preston from his dangerous profession. As he explains, “The streets are dangerous for men like us

Here is the blurb for Serenity's Dream and a link to purchase:
Serenity Damrill has returned to her husband Lucien after a ten-year absence. She carries with her a secret that could destroy her life and possibly all that Lucien has built.

Lucien was quite happy in his life running the Sapphire Club and has no need for the frigid wife who deserted him the day after they were married.

Can Lucien teach Serenity that her fear of the marriage bed is unfounded? Will Serenity's secret be the death knell for their marriage?

About Brita
Born in Upstate New York, Brita Addams has made her home in the sultry south for many years. Brita's home is a happy place, where she lives with her real-life hero, her husband, and a fat cat named Stormee.

She writes, for the most part, erotic historical romance, both het and m/m, which is an ideal fit, given her love of British and American history. Setting the tone for each historical is important. Research plays an indispensible part in the writing of any historical work, romance or otherwise. A great deal of reading and study goes into each work, to give the story the authenticity it deserves.

As a reader, Brita prefers historical works, romances and otherwise. She believes herself born in the wrong century, though she says she would find it difficult to live without air conditioning.

Brita and her husband love to travel, particularly cruises and long road trips. They completed a Civil War battlefield tour a couple of years ago, and have visited many places involved in the American Revolutionary War. In May, 2013, they are going to England for two weeks, to visit the places Brita writes about in her books, including the estate that inspired the setting for the Sapphire Club series. Not the activities, just the floor plan. J

A bit of trivia – Brita pronounces her name, B-Rita, like the woman's name, and oddly, not like the famous water filter.

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