Apr 17

Guest Author Wednesdays ♥ Brita Addams

Hello everyone! I’m ecstatic to have Romance Author Brita Addams with me. Please say hi and leave her a comment or two below.

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 her Sapphire Club series. Not the activities, just the floor plan. J

A bit of trivia – Brita pronounces her name, Bree-ta, like the woman’s name, and oddly, not like the famous water filter.

    

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We’re going to Britain

Three things in my life have gotten me to the point of more excitement than one person should possess – marrying my husband, having my three children, and getting ready for our trip to Britain.

For many months now, we have planned, scheduled, reserved, and purchased, all in expectation of spending two weeks in England, Scotland, and Wales. We now have spreadsheets with our itinerary, a dining room table full of new must haves, and our guest room is the official staging area for packing.

On May 2, we take our cat and his possessions to our youngest daughter’s home, where he will spend two blissful weeks with Fiona, our darling grandpuppy, and Stormee’s nemesis. Let’s just say that she never fails to sniff him, all over, when she visits, and he complains endlessly.

Then on May 3, our oldest daughter will pick us up and take us to the airport. We arrive in London on May 4, at 9:45am, hopefully with some sleep, because we hit the ground running with a visit to Portobello Market, after we drop our luggage at our B&B.

My husband and I love history and have spent many a vacation in museums and battlefields in the US. We also love British history, so this is a trip of a lifetime for us. We’ll visit the usual places—the Tower of London, Westminster, St. Paul’s, Hyde Park to see the Serpentine and Princess Diana’s Fountain. We hope to see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace as well.

I‘m excited for each of those things, but maybe more so when I think about visiting Doughty Street, where my heroine, Desiree Huntington from Lord Decadent’s Obsession lived. I want to go to Green Park where I placed a duel in Her Timeless Obsession (written under my real name.)

After we leave London, we will visit Holkham Hall, which, when I looked for an estate that fit my vision of the Sapphire Club, that was it. Perhaps I am most excited about that, because I remember scouring the internet for English estates and I fixated on that one, particularly because it had deep niches in the walls and I had a very naughty and delicious idea of what to do with them. In Serenity’s Dream, I did just as I planned.

We will also visit Wales because we are huge Dr. Who and Torchwood fans. The Dr. Who Experience is something we are truly looking forward to.

In Scotland, Edinburgh is our main destination, though will see a bit of the countryside. Some years back, I was in Scotland on a tour. My son was very young at the time, a baby in fact. We went to Stirling Castle, but he was asleep and was difficult to put down, so I sat in the bus and thought that I would see Edinburgh Castle and that would suffice. Sadly, by the time we reached the parking lot in Edinburgh, the castle had closed for the day. L Not so this time. We are going to stay a night in Edinburgh, and I will immerse myself in the city.

Gretna Green requires a stopover, as that was where many Regency couples hied off to when escaping the glaring eyes of their parents. Weddings over the anvil was what made Gretna Green famous. We hear there is a blacksmith shop there where the weddings were conducted. We shall see.

I’ll be snapping pics from the London Eye, and Canary Wharf, in the Tower (if they permit,) and at each of the locations on our vast itinerary. I will also be posting said pics on my blog, every day, so anyone who wishes can join me, albeit vicariously.

Starting May 4, look for my running travelogue at Brita’s blog. I’ll include commentary and some interesting historical tidbits.

For a peek into some of the places I write about, check out my backlist.

My newest release, Tarnished Gold, is set in Old Hollywood.

In 1917, starstruck Jack Abadie strikes out for the gilded streets of the most sinful town in the country—Hollywood. With him, he takes a secret that his country hometown would never understand.

After years of hard work and a chance invitation to a gay gentlemen’s club, Jack is discovered. Soon, his talent, matinee idol good looks, and affable personality propel him to the height of stardom. But fame breeds distrust.

Meeting Wyatt Maitland turns Jack’s life upside down. He wants to be worthy of his good fortune, but old demons haunt him. Only through Wyatt’s strength can Jack face that which keeps him from being the man he wants to be. Love without trust is empty.

As the 1920s roar, scandals rock the movie industry. Public tolerance of Hollywood’s decadence has reached its limit. Under pressure to clean up its act, Jack’s studio issues an ultimatum. Either forsake the man he loves and remain a box office darling, or follow his heart and let his shining star fade to tarnished gold.

Read an excerpt and purchase the Tarnished Gold ebook or print, signed by the author (if one of the first twenty sold.)

I also have For Men Like Us, which takes place during the Regency in England. You can find it at Dreamspinner Press. Just click the title to be magically transported.

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.”

And the book that started it all. Serenity’s Dream

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?

You can purchase Serenity’s Dream – Lucien and Serenity at Amazon

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