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Monday, February 27, 2012

Guest Post With Demands Of The Heart Author Brita Addams And A Giveaway


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We here at Sinfully Tasty Reads are glad to welcome back AMAZING romance/erotica (she actually wears many hats....lol) author Brita Addams. Today she is gifting us with a guest post and a phenomenal giveaway. Without further ado we give to you Britta Addams....^_^.

Thank you Raquel, for having me at Sinfully Tasty Reads today. I always love stopping by and
telling you my latest book. Today, I thought I'd talk a bit about our real stories, for we are
nothing if not for our stories.

The Stories We Tell

As an author, I create stories with characters that speak to me, sometimes in my dreams but
always in the very early morning hours! Muses have little respect for a writer's sleep.

When we are young, we think the world begins and ends with us. As we get older, we discover
there was indeed a world long before any of us and it will most certainly go on without us. For
me, that was a revelation of massive proportions. I was the kid who thought TV shows stopped
when we turned the set off, but I could never figure out why that didn't happen. Somehow, there
has to be the germ of the DVR invention there, no?

Anyway, I digress. I've been a non-professional genealogist for over twenty years. During that
time, I've uncovered some very interesting stories about my ancestors, some of which involved
some rather unsavory creatures. Ultimately, they are great fodder for the stories I write, changing
the names to protect the not so innocent, of course.

My grandmother died when I was seventeen. I adored her and miss her all these years later. My
greatest regret is that I didn't know her better. Yes, I saw her nearly every day, I talked to her, but
never asked a single question about who she really was, other than my Gram, I mean. After her
death, I began asking my mother the questions, and found she didn't know much more than she
would as someone who had grown up with her mother.

Of course, that only made me more curious, for my grandmother was an interesting woman, if
only in her simplicity. She was wholly uneducated, though she could read and write. I began to
dig, and oddly, the more questions I asked, the more answers I easily discovered. I grilled my
mother's siblings, all five of them, and slowly a glorious picture emerged.

Doris Moon was motherless at fourteen, an orphan at sixteen. Four days after her father died, she
married my grandfather. My aunt said they'd planned on marriage but it was sped up by events
beyond their control. Being poor, several of her siblings went to an orphanage, the two youngest
were adopted out, the rest were taken in by families in town. My grandmother was the third
oldest.

By the time Gram was thirty-one years old, she and my grandfather were the parents of six
children. They never lost any in childbirth, something quite common at the time. Their children
grew to adulthood, four still living today, my mother and her brother Jim being the ones lost.

I visit my former home every couple of years, during which time, I sit with my aunts and uncle
and they tell me stories. One of my favorites was the one about the time my Uncle Pete and his
classmates tied their schoolmaster to the bench on which he slept. He loves to tell that story and I
really don't believe he remembers he's told it to me dozens of times. I'd listen to it a dozen more
just to hear his laugh as he remembers that day.

In my research, I discovered my Gram's brother Roy was a hero, died during a flood while trying
to save a family's possessions. He died at thirty-five, leaving four small children and a lovely
young widow. I met her, fifty-two years after Roy's death, when she was aged and frail. She told
me of that rainy day, the creek overflowing its banks. Dorothy begged her husband not to go, but
he felt compelled to go and offer his help. It wasn't an hour later that a neighbor came banging
on her door and she knew. She told me she ran from the house, leaving her children with the
bearer of the bad news. She was there when they found Roy's body, which had been washed
down the creek and wrapped around a tree. Though she'd remarried many years later and bore
two more children, she never recovered from Roy's death. She followed him in 2007, sixty-two
years later. She maintained to her dying day, according to her children, that Roy was the love of
her life.

I wrote An Evening at the Starlight, which is loosely based on Roy and Dorothy's story. It's a
story about timeless love and the appreciation of that love.

Then there was my great-great-grandmother, who bore my mother's paternal grandfather and
gave him up. He was then 'adopted' by the family I grew up thinking were related my blood. It
appears that great-great granny was complicit in a murder. She was also rather loose with her
favors, acquiring several "husbands" and uncles for her passel of children, thirteen in all.

From old newspaper reports, I found out she and husband number two conspired to commit the
murder of her first husband, Samuel. It would seem she enticed her first husband to sign over his
life savings to her and their two children. She rode with him to the big city, where he assigned
the vast sum of $200 to her and that night, her second husband, William, lured Samuel into a
barn and murdered him. Of course, he was caught, as was most of his family, and they were all
jailed, including my charming great-great-grandma.

From the transcripts of the trials, I gleaned an exact picture of her, red hair, 'not a very handsome
woman', stutter and all. It was many years later, after a couple of years in prison, that my greatgrandfather
was born. My mother adored him and his red hair.

Stories, real or fictional, are wonderful. I have many real stories, some charming, and some not
so much. However, they are all part of my history. I have doctors, lawyers, even the first fire
chief in Boston in my family tree. All with great, interesting stories attached to their names.

Writers are constantly creating stories, some with unlikely characters, others quite predictable.
However, I dare guess, even the most unusual characters could never equal those characters
found hanging in my or anyone else's family tree.

I will continue to use my ancestry to provide me with bits and pieces of personalities for my
characters. The stories I write will always have a germ of reality, taken from those who came
before.

Now, if you've read my books, you know some of my characters have rather kinky propensities.
They, my friends, are strictly from my imagination. At least I haven't discovered any lurking
about my ancestry.

The point I'd like to make is, ask questions of your family, dig into the history of your family. I
can't guarantee you will find characters as colorful as some of mine, but if you do find any with
some interesting, ahh, practices, please contact me and maybe your ancestor will appear in a
future book! *wink, smile, and raised eyebrow*
Demands of the Heart
Link to my review of Demands Of The Heart Here.

Here's the blurb from my newest release, Demands of the Heart.

In 1807, idealistic Richard Fanshaw and Victoria Bramhill are consumed with each other,
their young love blooming amidst a series of carefree soirees and stolen moments.
But jealousy and greed turn what they have into something ugly and twisted. They're
wrenched apart amid vile lies and deceit when Victoria's freedom is bought to pay her
father's debts.

Six years later, Victoria is widowed and a cynical Richard has just returned to England
after years in India. Having been given the impression that Victoria's marriage was a
happy one, a chance meeting renews Richard's anger over Victoria's betrayal and sets in
motion a plan for revenge.

One must answer the demands of the heart.

To read an excerpt and purchase, click here: Demands of the Heart

I'd love to hear from you. You can find me at any of these places:


Email address: britaaddams@gmail.com
Website
Blog
Twitter: @britaaddams
Facebook
Goodreads Page

20% off To celebrate the release of Demand's of the Heart, Noble Romance Publishing is
offering my entire backlist at 20% off. This is for sales on the Noble Romance Publishing site
only and only my titles.

There's no limit. Buy one book, or all seven, you'll get 20% off your purchase. The eligible titles
are: Serenity's Dream; Lord Decadent's Obsession; Chocolate, Tea, and the Duchess; The
Rogue's Salvation; A Minute After Midnight; An Evening at the Starlight, and the book I wrote
under the name Tina Ordone, Her Timeless Obsession.

The price you'll see is the reduced price.

The sale will run from midnight, Pacific time, February 20 to 11:59 pm Pacific time, March 2.

This is a backlist sale, so it doesn't include Demands of the Heart.

I have several contests running during the book tour, ending at midnight, March 2.

Contest #1:
I'll choose a daily winner from the commenters. I'll will be giving
away an ebook from my backlist at each stop. The only exclusion is Demands of the Heart. One
book per commenter, please.


Contest #2:
Demands of the Heart T-Shirt Contest:

If you answer the three questions correctly, you could be one of four
winners. The prize will be a T-Shirt with the cover of the book on
it. The shirt also says that the cover is model, Jimmy Thomas's
1500th cover. There will be four winners, each winning a T-Shirt
and other swag.

All answers are found on Brita's website.

Please do NOT put the answers in the comments section of this blog or on Brita's site. Email
them to Brita, with T-Shirt Answers in the subject line.

1. What book did I write under another name?
2. Who is the character, Lucien Damrill, patterned after?
3. Describe the signature brandy snifter at the Sapphire Club.

Contest #3: GRAND PRIZE


This contest is about Demands of the Heart. Of course, you're under no obligation to buy or
read the book, but if you choose to, this contest is for you.

I've put three questions up on my website, all relating to my book, Demands of the Heart.
Answer the questions and EMAIL me, with the answers, at britaaddams@gmail.com Be sure to
put GRAND PRIZE in the subject line.

You must have all three questions answered correctly to be entered into the drawing.

The Grand Prize is the entire Sapphire Club series in print, signed by the author. I'll also include
some other signed swag.

Good luck and I hope to hear from you soon.

Next stop on the Virtual Blog Tour is over at: Dawn's Reading Nook Blog

Friday, December 2, 2011

Riptide Publishing Blog Tour

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Riptide Publishing


Grown Men By Damon Suede

Welcome to Damon Suede's stop on Riptide Publishing's Blog Tour. We love getting to know the authors from Riptide. Damon Suede has stopped by today to guest post for us. Damon is so giving to our followers because he is offering one lucky person (18+ or older) who comments with their e-mail address a copy of Hot Head. Now, it's time to sit down and let's hear what Damon has to say.

Action Pact by Damon Suede
(why some “sexy” books just aren’t)

All of us have had the misfortune to read erotic romance that, y’know, isn’t. Ugh. What’s worse?

In theory the characters look hot, the setup seems charged, the intercourse pushes every kind of
blistering sexual boundary but in the end… meh. How does that happen? When does taboo and
carnal become tedious and comical? How can something salacious become a snoozefest? Like
comedy, sexiness that falls flat can actually kill the enjoyment of an entire romance or even
doom a book to the will-not-finish pile… and yet erotic romances need a certain amount of
sexytimes to merit the name, right?

Well, I write erotic romance, so I think about this problem constantly. When I’m reading or
writing, I’m always tracking how stories gets under our skin the right and the wrong ways. After
20 years writing for film and theatre, here’s what I’m learned about hotness on the page:

Actions fascinate people; activities bore them to tears.

That almost sounds like a tautology, but it ain’t.

Readers connect to characters making choices and making change happen in and around their
lives; they always pay attention to specific actions focused on a goal which must overcome
friction. Two naked people rolling around sticking parts of themselves into and onto each other
may be titillating for a couple minutes of rubbernecking, but what engages the reader beyond the
wet spots is the ways that the interaction transform the people involved or the events around
them. Action arouses interest, provokes desire, and sparks empathy. On the other hand, activity
defines tedium: a task or motion repeated without consequence or alteration. The only difference
between the two is the will of the person involved. As Gilda, Rita Hayworth seduces in order to
survive and in order to keep her secrets buried.

Specificity is the source of everything great.

THIS is the reason that Jane Austen can make you hold your breath when hands brush or eyes
meet. Charged by the strictures of Regency Britain, her protagonists risk ruin every time they
speak too candidly or allow intimate improprieties like a lingering glance. The tension allows
actions to occur in maddeningly subtle and seductive ways. Contrariwise, Showgirls will always
be a piece of flaccid sophomoric trash entertaining for all the wrong reasons, no matter how
much groping/grabbing/grinding goes on. Even with the relentless nudity and “kinky”
shenanigans, all of the incessant repetitive activity affects nothing, changes nothing, means
nothing; Wall-to-wall candy-colored sleaze and it cannot even succeed as softcore porn! Yikes.

Readers pick up romance with certain expectations. At the most basic level, they want to
experience the unfolding of a relationship that ends positively. Fair enough. But if the
protagonists hop in the sack on page two then squirm and squirt for 200 pages without sense or
consequence, it will have the emotional and erotic impact of a re-grouting a tub.
Hot Head
Since Hot Head came out, I’ve gotten anywhere from 40 to 50 fan letters focusing entirely on the first kiss between my heroes. That scene is ten pages long and not by accident! I’ll admit, I LOVE kissing and I know that fetish crept into the writing of that scene… but I believe the reason that liplock nails people is because there are about four actions occurring at that exact moment their mouths meet. Those actions infuse the kiss with thermonuclear friction and so it sticks in people’s minds. The readers remember the heat and
charge of that moment because of the actions woven through it.

There’s an old chestnut about Hamlet being this amazing tragic hero who does nothing. This is,
of course, complete bullshit. Hamlet never stops doing things for a moment: he argues with a
ghost, pretends to be insane, stages a play, attacks his friends, insults his family and sullies his
innocent lady love with some very nasty innuendo, murders and betrays and wrestles with cant!
Hamlet’s actions in the play never STOP; in fact the only thing he doesn’t do until the gory
finale is take his justified revenge… but all of those other actions lead inexorably and ineffably
to that perfect bloodthirsty finale.

Okay, so fair enough. Shakespeare knew his shit. Big whoop. How does that translate to the juicy
bone-dance you have planned for your protagonists?

Action or activity? Any activity can be elevated to an action, if the stakes escalate and the
context carries enough charge. And any action can be made into a boring activity if the author
removes the stakes and context. The simplest way to test a love scene? Ask yourself after the
characters climax: what changed because of the intimacy that just occurred? If the answer is
“nothing” then you’ve just wasted time reading (or writing) an activity which fits the story like a
concrete swimsuit.

In essence, readers trust authors to provide action that sustains the story and rewards the time
spent inhabiting its world. The author’s tacit promise to provide action separates pros from hacks
(and prose from pablum). This responsibility to provide action is the basic contract between
entertainment and audience. It’s the root of the overworn “Show don’t tell” criticism from
English 101 classes across the world. It’s a relentless reminder to professional authors that
writing is a job and not a hobby.

My question to you is: how do you plan to keep the sex active rather than an activity. What does
the act of sexual intercourse do, get, or make change in their relationship that drives the story
forward? As an author, you have to move beyond the mechanical porno model (“time for
another cumshot.”) towards character. How is THIS sex scene different than the last or the next
sex scenes? How do the intimacies build upon each other and refract in the characters’ lives? In
life people have sex for any number of reasons, but only some of those offer the kind of drama
needed to sustain a narrative. Having sex for revenge, having sex to heal, having sex to cement a
bond are all clear, playable actions for a character. Activities that will kill the story or cripple it:
having sex to scratch an itch, having sex because you’re bored, having sex because the editor
said, “It’s been 30 pages.”

Of course that’s not just sex; EVERY scene in your story flourishes with action and buckles
under activities. Unfortunately love scenes in particular tend to become literary quicksand if
nothing’s going on but the smoosh. As Hollywood has often observed, any sex scenes on screen
stop your film dead for the three minutes it takes to run a montage of body parts over a song.
Most popular film and television treats love scenes voyeuristically…as boring, static,
inconsequential activities; small wonder that popular fiction does the same.

Bottom line: if you give your readers permission to skim they will. Agatha Christie knew this,
she provided new information on every page. Readers couldn’t skim or they’d be lost. Sex
scenes need that kind of precision and context. No two couples make love the same way; sexual
intimacy is (and should be) as singular as the people involved. Why would any author waste an
opportunity to flesh out these subtle gradations in a character by foisting generic hokey-pokey
onto their readers?

A book is a promise.

When a reader trusts me enough to plunk down hard-earned money to buy something I made, I
believe I owe them something. Labeling a book “erotic romance” establishes a pact with our
audience, and we flout it at our peril. I have a novella called Grown Men coming from Riptide
on October 30 and in many ways it’s raunchier and riskier than my first novel.

In a sci-fi universe which encourages genetic modification and franchised sex
resorts, things were gonna get a little kinky and carnal. An eight-foot giant presents certain…
umm …challenges and opportunities to a normal-sized human lover. My two heroes demanded a
different kind of eroticism, and the vast disparity between their sizes made certain things
possible and other things scary. The eroticism needed to be specific or it would have sucked
asteroids. Discovering the intimacy between them allowed me to map the relationship between
them on their terms. They made the love, I just caught it on paper.

So, the next time you pick up an erotic romance, get specific! Pay attention to the sex. Is
something happening during the scene or does everything stop so they can insert tab A into slot
B enough to punch the meter? Distinguish between actions and activities. Learn to spot activities
when they crop up. Don’t put up with them in your own writing or anyone else’s. Does sexiness
only appear when literal SEX is occurring or do they build sexiness into the characters’
transformations and the world of the book. When and how does it turn you on? If you eliminated
a scene of intimacy how would that affect the story if at all?

Hold all your erotic scenes accountable, those you write and those you read. Are your characters
doing the deed, having sex, or making love? Invest your intimacy with meaning and context to
wring every drop of possible power out of each moment.

Action is a pact all books make. As writers, it’s a promise to our readers, a bargain with our
characters, and an discipline we owe ourselves.

Here’s the blurb from Grown Men:

Every future has dirty roots.

Marooned in the galactic backwaters of the HardCell company, colonist Runt struggles to
eke out an existence on a newly-terraformed tropical planetoid. Since his clone-wife died
on entry, he’s been doing the work of two on his failing protein farm. Overworked and
undersized, Runt’s dwindling hope of earning corporate citizenship has turned to fear of
violent “retirement.”

When an overdue crate of provisions crashes on his beach, Runt searches frantically for a
replacement wife among the tools and food. Instead he gets Ox, a mute hulk who seems
more like a corporate assassin than a simple offworld farmer.

Shackwacky and near-starving, Runt has no choice but to work with his silent partner
despite his mounting paranoia and the unsettling appeal of Ox’s genetically altered
pheromones. Ox plays the part of the gentle giant well, but Runt’s still not convinced he
hasn’t arrived with murder in mind.

Between brutal desire and the seeds of a relationship, Runt’s fears and Ox’s inhuman past
collide on a fertile world where hope and love just might have room to grow.
This title is #1 of the HardCell series.

You can read an excerpt and purchase Grown Men at Riptide Publishing.

BIO

Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon
as it was legal. Though new to M/M, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two
decades. He’s won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his
demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who
keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Get in touch with him at:

Website
Goodreads
Facebook
FB Fanpage
Google+

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Guest/Giveaway: Susan Mallery, Author of "ALREADY HOME" Blog Tour

Guest: Susan Mallery, Author of ALREADY HOME

Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories of women and the relationships that move them. In her latest novel, ALREADY HOME, Jenna Stevens, still reeling from a recent divorce, is unpleasantly surprised by the arrival of her birth parents, who seem to want her to feel a family bond immediately. She was perfectly happy with the loving, traditional parents who raised her. Can she learn to love a second mother without damaging her relationship with the woman who raised her? Join Susan’s Members Only area at www.susanmallery.com for exclusive sneak peeks, short stories, and more.

I’m fascinated by creativity. My career as a writer depends on it, of course, but I’m in awe of people whose creativity takes a different form than mine does. I think we all admire what we can’t do ourselves, when it seems to come so naturally to others. Recently on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/susanmallery), I invited my fans to post pictures of things they had made. They posted pictures of quilts and sweaters and paintings… truly beautiful, inspiring work!
I think most people are creative in some way. Engineers, architects, graphic designers… creativity is as much a part of their job as it is of mine. If I had followed my original intended career path – to be an accountant – I think I would’ve found a way to be creative. Howver, “creative accounting” is not generally considered to be a good thing, so I probably would’ve had to use my creativity to decorate my cubicle for every holiday with pictures and streamers and balloons and a pretty bowl of colorful candy.

Yes, I would’ve been that girl.

This month, I released two stories that deal with creativity in different ways: ALREADY HOME and Coming Unraveled, my story in THE KNITTING DIARIES anthology.

In Coming Unraveled, Robyn is a triple threat – a singer, dancer, and actress – who dreamed of taking Broadway by storm. In every creative endeavor, luck and timing play a major role in success. After years of auditions and rejections, Robyn just wants to go home to have a nice, normal life. Does giving up a dream have to be sad? Especially when it frees her to meet a man who is more than she ever dreamed a man could be?

In ALREADY HOME, Jenna didn’t willingly give up her dream of being a gourmet chef, she’s simply lost her creative spark, and she doesn’t know how to get it back. Her ex-husband mocked her food creations so often that she started to believe him when he said she had no talent for creating recipes. As she’s struggling with the loss of creativity and what that means to her, she’s also dealing with such major life complications as a new career, the sudden appearance of her birth parents, and a new man who just might be the love of her life.

In what ways are you creative? Do you like to write, knit, quilt, paint, garden? What do you wish you could do?





You can find more information about Susan and her books at:

www.SusanMallery.com
Make sure to sign up for her Members Only section :) 






Giveaway:


Sinfully Tasty Reads is giving away a copy of "Already Home" to one lucky follower. 

To enter it's simple... Leave a comment answering Susan's question,
"In what ways are you creative? Do you like to write, knit, quilt, paint, garden? What do you wish you could do?"
 
Leave your name and e-mail address as well.


This giveaway is open International
Ends April 15th 11:59 PM EST
Winner will be chosen by Random.org



Good Luck!!


Make sure to check out all the stops in Susan Mallery's "Already Home" Blog tour!

April 1st - Girls in The Stacks
April 5th - BaffledBooks
April 7th - Skyla11377
April 9th - Good Choice Reading 

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Day 6 With Our Featured Author Brita Addams

For today I thought everyone might enjoy Brita's book trailer. Also we will be having a special treat tomorrow. Not only will Brita be guest posting on our blog BUT she will also be hosting a giveaway on our blog. If you have loved this week long dedication to her and her Sapphire Club Series then YOU won't want to miss out tomorrow.



Link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUj1Q2DEnzg

Can't get enough of Brita Addams then stop by tomorrow for her giveaway along with her guest post.


Link:
http://www.britaaddams.com/

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Day 5 With Our Featured Author Brita Addams

Today I have the honor of presenting my awesome interview with the lovely lady herself Brita Addams.





1) Sinfully Tasty Reads:What made you want to become a writer?

Brita Addams:
Honestly, I don't think it was a case of simply wanting to be a writer. I've always created stories and they have continued to float around in my head. I suppose it has something to do with having a bossy nature and with writing, I get to tell lots of people what to do.


2) Sinfully Tasty Reads:What are 2 things we wouldn't normally know about you?


Brita Addams:
Well, I lived in Iceland for two years, which I suppose isn't commonly known. It was an interesting experience and let me see what a wonderful country we live in. I was quite young, 20, married and had a baby. I missed home terribly but to have that opportunity was wonderful. I also got to go to Scotland and ALMOST saw the inside of Edinburgh Castle, but for the fact that our tour bus got there just after closing time! That is on my list of great regrets!

3) Sinfully Tasty Reads:What authors, if any, have influenced you and possibly your writing?


Brita Addams:
I love Cheryl Holt's erotics as well as Ava March's m/m historical erotics. I love reading them but I'm not sure they have influenced my writing. I have been directly influenced by Keta Diablo, who is a great friend and mentor. Her advice and helpful hints about how the business of writing works has been invaluable. Keta writes wonderfully woven tales in several genres and her books are a pleasure to read.


4) Sinfully Tasty Reads:If you were trapped on a deserted island what 5 things would you want with you?


Brita Addams:
My husband, my laptop (of course my island would have internet), my Sony e-reader, a yellow pad and a pen with endless ink. I wouldn't miss the phone, though I would miss my children. However, we'd stay in touch over the internet *wink*

5) Sinfully Tasty Reads:What person living or dead would you like to have dinner with and possibly get advice or whatever from?


Brita Addams:
This question is really quite easy and I'm glad you didn't say, famous person. I one person I'd love to have dinner with again would be my grandmother. I was 17 years old when she died, so there would be a lot of years to catch up on! She was a simple woman, who'd been an orphan at 16, married four days after her father died (her mother had died two years before) to keep herself from ending up in an orphanage (there was no family to take her or her siblings in). She knew my grandfather and I've been told they were "dating," if that's what people did back in 1927, but I'm sure they wouldn't have married at the time they did. My mother was born two years later and they had five more children and stayed married for 39 years, until my grandfather passed away. Gram died the next year and the family has already said she died of a broken heart and I believe it.


6) Sinfully Tasty Reads:What would you like your readers to walk away with after they have read your Sapphire Club Series?

Brita Addams:
I'd love my readers to enjoy the stories I write and be able to escape for however long it takes to read one of my books. I'm sure most authors say something similar, but for me, that's what I want. I have been a non-professional genealogist for over twenty-years and in that time I have uncovered hundreds of stories about my ancestors and those of people I've helped along the way. If those stories don't get recorded, they will die and the generations that come after won't have them. It is similar with the stories I write. I love to weave tales concerning people and places and events that none of us will ever experience. It's escape, fun, and hopefully my readers will come back for more and more. I'll keep writing as long as there is anyone to read it.


7) Sinfully Tasty Reads:What projects do you have coming up next?


Brita Addams:
Well, I just signed a contract with Silver Publishing, for my historical m/m vampire book, Love Immortal. They would like to publish the other two books I have planned for that series called Mysterious Moonlight, a title my grandson gave me and I simply love. The series involves Laurent Kinsdale and Sebastian FitzHugh and will take them through three different times in history. The first, Love Immortal, takes place in 1820, with a bit of a flashback to 1645, the year Laurent was turned. That book will be out December 4th and I am developing the other two books now.

I also have a book called Splendid Captivity, which is a menage, with Julian Madere, Isabella Malin and Nathaniel Thurber. Julian and Nate are highwayman and Isabella is out on a lark and is kidnapped by them. She is the wife of Serenity Damrill's late brother, though the Sapphire Club only make a small appearance in the book and doesn't play into the story at all. I couldn't resist the connection though. That book will be submitted in the next few days.

To connect my characters to my genealogy work, these two books have definite connections. Sebastian FitzHugh was named for my grandson, Sebastian. Julian's last name, Madere, is the maiden name of my husband's grandmother. Damrill comes from my father's great uncle, John Stanhope Damrill, who was the first fire chief in my father's native Boston (he actually grew up in Cambridge). There was a documentary made about him, called Damrill's Fire. It can be found online. And last in this group is Isabella married name, and Serenity's maiden name, Malin. One of my favorite aunts has the middle name Malin. (She is the daughter of my Gram from the other question). I've asked her over and over again where her middle name came from and sadly she has no idea, but there it is, for posterity.

One final note. The Sapphire Club got its name because my youngest daughter's birthstone is a sapphire. Her birthday is September 4th. Happy Birthday, Linny!!
And Happy Birthday, Raquel. I have it on good authority that your birthday is September 7th. I hope you have a great one!

Thanks for having me. This has been great fun. Please, everyone, stop by my site and say hi. I love visitors.
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Luv,
Brita

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Day 4 With Our Featured Author Brita Addams

Today we have a special treat for our readers. An article written by Brita for your enjoyment. Ever wonder why a writer may do what they do? Well Brita let's you in on that tasty tidbit.


Why I Write Erotic Regency Romance


Brita Addams


I am writing this strictly as an author who prayed fervently for publisher recognition and finally found it. As a person who doesn't 'jump the gun' as my mother used to say, I did my homework before deciding to write something I hoped one day would find its way into a reader's hands, hand that didn't belong to someone I was related to.

Much like the experience our parents were always talking about us getting, in order to write anything, it had to be something I knew something about. I love romance and I also love history, particularly American and British. Reading Regency romance was almost a given, a perfect fit. The Regency was a time of social strictures and mores the like of which we, in our times, have never seen. As an author, I enjoy putting my characters into situations that are contrary to social expectations. When I can take an aristocrat and reduce him to mush with one look or touch from a feisty, independent lady or another gentlemen
I am a happy camper.

To write a romance novel, one must know the genre and the subgenres they chose. For me, research is a natural thing, as I love to learn new things. Research helps to bring the time period to life, placing the reader, for instance, in a carriage in Hyde Park at the height of the fashionable hour or in a ballroom, lit by beeswax candles and populated by some on the ton whose habits of hygiene leave much to be desired. I've read hundreds of Regencies, still do, and the quality of the story always depends upon the author's degree of research, her knowledge of human nature and her ability to connect with her characters.

In addition, it is a given that romance and sex sells or so my research tells me. Therefore, I took my writing one step further and created an erotic setting, where my characters can act upon their baser instincts. In the case of Lucien and Serenity Damrill, in my book, Serenity's Dream, Lucien owns the Sapphire Club, a sex club he has molded into a place where those of noble blood and those who are possessed of a more perverse nature, can retreat.

My vision of publication was realized when the acquisitions editor for Noble Romance Publishing
(www.nobleromance.com) wrote to say she loved (yes, loved!) Serenity's Dream. The next day, Jill Noble wrote, offering me the contract. And so my career as a published author began. Since then, the second and third books in the Sapphire Club series, Lord Decadent's Obsession and Chocolate, Tea and the Duchess have been released.

These books, erotic Regencies romances all, were written under my pen name, Brita Addams, a rather clever combination of my real middle name and my husband's, with some modification. Another Regency, sensual in nature, is scheduled for release at Noble on September 27th, and was written under my real name, Tina Ordone. I use a pen name to separate the erotic from the sensual, so my readers will know that when they pick up a Brita book, it is hot and steamy and a Tina book is just a tad less so.

The books I write combine love and the conflicts inherent in that wonderful emotion. I love a broken hero and a heroine who owns the tool kit to fix them. The books are sexually graphic and depict people at their best and worst. They show life as it is behind closed doors, where the language of desire and lust is spoken in plain terms.
Readers aren't to be underestimated, again a fact found in research. They like sophisticated, savvy novels and won't be told what type of sexual content they should read. They can certainly choose their own reading and do so every day, by selecting books that allow them to get away and enter another world, while satisfying their craving for either adventure, romance or some other form of entertaining escape.

I invite you all to enter the world of the Sapphire Club. The stories found there are no-holds-barred erotic. Content includes BDSM, m/m (Duchess), spanking, anal sex, oral sex, voyeurism, and strong language.


Visit my website for more information on the Sapphire Club and some of my inspirations for the characters and settings. I'd love to hear what you think.

Luv,
Brita Addams


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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day 3 With Our Featured Author Brita Addams

If you thought Serenity's Dream was HOT, and were BURNING Up by Lord Decadent's Obsession check out book 3 in The Sapphire Club Series Chocolate, Tea And The Duchess.


Chocolate, Tea And The Duchess by Brita Addams
Genre: Historical
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing, LLC
ebook: 143 Pages
isbn13: 9781605921525
Special Content Alert: BDSM, M/M, M/F/M
Age: Adult 18+
Link To Buy: Nobel Romance Publishing.Com (http://bit.ly/cTdmoK)

Blurb:


Phillip Allard, the Duke of Thornhill, is caught in a compromising situation, not of his own making, with Lady Felicity Linden. He finds himself honor bound to marry the girl, who is twenty years his junior. Everything tells him if this course is taken, it can only lead to heartache, because Phillip has a secret. Without doubt, he fancies women but he also fancies men.
He finds physical fulfillment with a man at the Sapphire Club, but it's only for sex. When the liaisons end, Phillip meets the enigmatic and handsome, Alexander Chilton and what he discovers in the man's presence, changes his life. His need for Alex extends beyond sex, for when he's with Alex, he feels truly alive.
How does he explain this need to Felicity? He wants her as well. His explanation proves quite simple and poignant. Sometimes you might want a cup of chocolate in the morning and sometimes you might want tea. But there are other times when you may have need of both.
Will Felicity understand this and can Phillip live with a decision that is anything less than complete acceptance of Alex's in their marriage?

Excerpt from

Chocolate, Tea and the Duchess

Brita Addams

Phillip felt like shit. He'd returned home as the sun rose, dressed in day old clothing and reeking of sex, brandy and despair. He regretted going to the Sapphire Club, shame clung to him like a shroud. The dread of seeing Felicity was almost as profound as Haynes last statement as he left the room. "We are done. Go home to your wife, Phillip. Show her what I just showed you."

That would never happen. His ass burned and ached at this moment from his own introduction. There was no small degree of indignation, either.
Could he continue to live this life? Felicity was now a part of it, like it or not. They were bound together. Poor child had no idea what a bastard she had taken on.
He raked his hands through his hair for the hundredth time, trying to formulate a plausible explanation for his disappearance. By now, she surely knew he hadn't spent the night in the same bed as she, which might not seem so bad, if he didn't look so goddamn terrible.
In the end, rather than deal with the issue head on, he decided it wasn't any of her business. He wasn't going to change his life to accommodate a woman, no matter if she was his wife. He didn't want a wife, never wanted a wife, and that was the way it would be. Until he saw her, pretty as could be, smiling at him as though he'd hung to moon.
"Good morning, Phillip." Her voice was like a song, and she had not a hint of anger or revulsion in her eyes.
"Good morning, dear. Are you getting settled?"
"I have an appointment with Mrs. Landon this afternoon. We will go over the household accounts. Please be patient with me; I will learn to manage the household in due time."
"I have an efficient staff, Felicity. They will show you everything you need to know."
"Yes, so they have assured me. Is there anything I might get for you? You look as though you have slept badly."
Shaking his head, wondering how she could be so – sweet, given that he looked like hell and smelled worse. "I could use a bath."
Wrinkling her freckled nose, she said, "Yes, you could." She rang for Densham, then informed him of all the duke's needs.
Phillip tried to veer around her on his egress from the room, but she apparently had other ideas. She hooked her arm in his and went with him to his bedchamber, into his dressing room and waited until the bath was prepared. Then she dismissed the footmen, valet and butler. He had no idea what to do, but he knew he didn't want her to see the evidence of the thrashing he'd received. He also didn't know if he carried outward signs of what Haynes had done to him. He very much needed to be alone.
"Here, let me help you, darling." Her voice was like a spring breeze, pleasant, light and unassuming. She unbuttoned his coat and helped him remove it. Then she went to unbutton his shirt.
He put his hand on hers and said, "Please, I can undress myself."
"Is that why you employ a valet?"
There was more to this young girl than he suspected. She wasn't intimidated by him, which was, at this moment, much to his disadvantage.
"Please, I wish to take my bath in private. I will join you after I have readied myself for the day."
"Do you intend to have Glennon bathe, shave, dress and otherwise groom you?"
"Why, of course, that is the man's job."
"Well, I mean to do all those things for you, at least for today."
"You can't, Felicity. I won't allow it." He hated to show his temper, but his head was pounding, and she was being obstinate. He was used to people who jumped when he even thought of giving an order. She completely ignored him, bent on having her own way.
"I truly do wish to help you. Now please, allow me to remove these wrinkled trousers . . . ."
"Get out!" He could see the hurt on her face as the harsh words echoed in the small room.
She raised her chin, but acquiesced when he pointed in the direction of the door. In her own calm way, she turned on her heel and walked out, indicating neither anger nor disappointment. Simply hurt, which was the worst of all.

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