|Prentice and Desiree|
Creating the Provocative Sapphire Club Series, By Brita Addams
As much as I love reading, my favorite kinds of books are those that come in a series. I love revisiting characters, discovering aspects of their lives that might not appear during their starring role.
Write what you love, right? When I decided to write, I had an idea for a series set at a fictional sex club outside of London and Sapphire Club series was born. I wanted a historical with modern thinking characters. Characters that let it all go when it comes to sex.
The name of the club came easy, given that my youngest daughter is my greatest cheerleader. At her suggestion, I named it for her birthstone.
Aside from creating the first story, then Serenity's Dream, I had to create the club itself, a decadent place where every sexual fantasy is fulfilled. Given that I set the club London's posh St. John's Wood area, I had to find an elegant estate as the model.
I googled English Estates, and came upon a beauty, located further away from London than St. John's Wood.
The rooms suited my purpose—elaborately decorated with the most beautiful period furniture, paintings, tapestries, and statues. One thing I loved was the Marble Hall, an elaborate reception room with statuary, marble columns, and an unbelievable flight of stairs. But what caught my eye was the huge niches in the upstairs gallery.
In Serenity and Lucien, I fashion these niches as part of the reception room, where "players" at the club go to set up assignations. Each night, these niches are filled with naked people, in various poses. A job that takes patience to say the least.
In May of 2013, I went to the estate I'd patterned the club after as part of a trip to England that gave me a huge cross-off on my bucket list. The picture of the Marble Hall is one I took from a position opposite. The niches are all over the house and the statuary is all naked or scantily clothed. Here is a picture of the Hall head on. We walked up those steps and looked back from the landing—an amazing view.
The bedchambers in the Sapphire Club had to be sumptuous, elegant, inviting. Of course those at the real estate are. Here is one that figures into the story. As I wrote the first book, I clearly saw Serenity lounging on the bed, beneath the rich canopy. The opulence of these rooms speaks to unimaginable wealth. Of course, electric lamps weren't used in 1810, but you get the idea by this picture.
To suit the members of the club, armoires and clothes presses are used as storage places for the implements used in each of the rooms—paddles, floggers, even Serenity's preferred leather strap. Each room in the club is outfitted with an array of toys used for the pleasure of the guests.
Of course, Lucien Damrill spends a great deal of time in his library, which doubles as his office. It is here that he confronts Serenity after her return. When I visited the estate, the library fit my imagination perfectly. Bookshelves to the ceiling, seating scenarios, padded sofas for impromptu spanking sessions, and an overall comfortable atmosphere.
One piece of furniture plays a significant role in the series, and that is the Biedermeier chaise, with its rolled padded arms of different heights. Excellent spanking piece. Lucien outfits each room with one and has one in his office for sessions with his wife.
I wanted something that indicated a theme for the club, so I found a brandy snifter that featured the naked torso of a woman as the stem. This is mentioned throughout the series.
A few trivia facts – Lucien is named for my husband's great-grandfather, but the person I had in mind when I created the character was Clark Gable. Gable had a swarthy quality about him that fits Lucien. His dark hair is how I imagine Lucien, with the occasional lock hanging unrestrained by pomade.
I will admit to an easy association between Vivian Leigh and Serenity, particularly as Miss Leigh and Clark played off each other so well in Gone with the Wind. Serenity starts
With a cast of characters like Haynes, Simon, and Prentice Hyde, the book delves into issues that bring out the best and worst of each character.
In the second book, Prentice and Desiree, we get to know Prentice, and man of many layers. Haynes sticks around in a supporting role. In Serenity, you'll meet the Duke of Thornhill. He had no first or last name when I wrote him in passing, but he haunted me throughout the first two books. He comes to life in the third book, Thornhill's Dilemma, when we learn more about the inimitable Phillip Allard, the Duke of Thornhill.
I hope you enjoy Lucien and Serenity, and will continue to follow the series and the characters. Aside from a spanking good time, these characters each have stories that I truly enjoyed writing.
About the Book
Fulfill your most decadent and debauched fantasies at The Sapphire Club
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. She needs Lucien's protection, and she is determined to repair her marriage.
Quite happy running the Sapphire Club, where his clients live out their wildest fantasies, Lucien has no need for the frigid wife who deserted him the day after they were married. Though he still desires her, he doubts she'll consent to the type of intimate relationship he craves.
But in the Sapphire Club, where rules don't exist, anything is possible...
Contains elements of bondage, anal play, voyeurism, spanking, and lots of romance.
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Prentice and Desiree is available at Musa Publishing as well. Watch for Thornhill's Dilemma, due out on November 7th.
Prentice and Desiree's blurb:
Lost in grief, Prentice Hyde, the much sought after Marquess of Wycroft, salves his broken heart at the Sapphire Club. He wants love, but finding it presents problems of disloyalty to his dead wife.
Widow Desiree Huntington appears at the Sapphire Club, sees Prentice in action, and presents him with a request so seductive, he finds it difficult to refuse.
As their arrangement progresses, Prentice takes Desiree to the heights of sexual endurance and enjoyment, mires her in passion, and sees a way out of the loneliness that is his life.
But Desiree wants all Prentice has to offer—but his heart.
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.
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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