February 10, 2013

Why Brita Writes Fanciful Tales @britaaddams #RLFblog #gayromance

Please welcome Brita Addams to the Romance Lives Forever blog, with her take on writing and the not-always-smooth life of an author.
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I will not deny that being a published author is a wonderful advent in my life. It is also one that I never expected to happen.
Brita Addams
I've written all my life, started at about age ten, with a diary that my parents gave me for Christmas. I so clearly remember sitting in my bedroom, on January 1, and writing that first entry. I poured my heart and soul into those pages and over the years, I filled many a volume. I had missed years in there, as life does tend to get in the way of our best intentions. Sometimes, I was too heartbroken to even tell Dear Diary all about it, after all, the conversation is always one way.
When I married for the second time, I already had two children. My wonderful husband took on the responsibility and even told me, upon the marriage proposal, that "There are three of us you know," a play on the fact that I had told him the same thing when we started talking about something more serious. Today, nearly 33 years later, he often playfully sides with the kids, but now the ranks have grown considerably.
When we decided to have a child of our own, I decided to chronicle the, at times, bumpy ride. I started a diary from the day we said, "Yes, let's do it," right through the pregnancy, her birth, and the long and sometimes discouraging journey through a world I knew nothing about--that of a handicapped child, one who cannot bend her arms or her legs.
Having a physically disabled child is heartbreaking and there is no way of sugar coating it. We tread water that, at times, threatened to drown us, but then we'd look into her sweet little face and that grounded us in what was most important.
Her strength and fortitude, her uncomplaining manner, inspired me then and inspires me now, 28 years later. She twice graduated from college, is a published author, and is married now. She's patient and impatient, loving, kind, and has a caustic tongue at times. She is independent and takes no prisoners. Oh, yes, and she does all the things the doctors said she'd never do--brush her hair, her teeth, feed herself, walk, etc., but she is indeed above average in intelligence, as they promised.
I tell you this because the diary entries during this period were probably the most honest I've ever written. As an adult, our daughter read them and has learned the true nature of my feelings, both good and bad. She understands that the bad had to do with me, and she appreciates knowing that Mom had that vulnerable side. Sometimes life isn't all lollipops and roses, and sometimes Mom caves under the pressure.
I loved English class, and wrote short stories for them, with the encouragement of my teachers, who apparently saw a budding writer in me. Today, I often dedicate my books to those teachers, for they are the ones who inspired me early on, when I encountered resistance from those who should have been the most encouraging.
Raising a family occupied most of my early adult life. We have three children and their ages span a 14 year difference between oldest to youngest. There wasn't a lot of Mom time back them.
Now, I have the time and I use it to full advantage. I suppose most writers write because they can't imagine not writing. That's the way it is for me. Yes, it's nice when a publisher wants your work and sends you a contract, but I have many stories on my hard drive that will never see a publisher's desk. Writing is a need in me, an urgency to say what I have on my mind, without regard sometimes, to the marketability of the piece.
Sometimes I write things and get part way through and lose interest or find that a brick wall stands in the way of completion. Sometimes, there was no story there at all. Just a few words. A smidge of an idea that had no legs. It happens all the time.
I write because I can't imagine not writing. Aside from being a wife, mother, and grandmother, I am a writer. I've given my all to raising a family, to employers along the way, to extended family. Now is my time to fulfill the goals that I set aside for so long.
Regrets? I have a few. Don't we all? But if I spent the rest of my life lamenting the "shoulda dones," that wouldn't leave much time for anything else. Will I ever write the next great worldwide best seller? Probably not. But I will write what is in my heart, and for me, that's the better gamble.

Newest Releases

Serenity's Dream
Serenity's Dream is book one of my Regency historical Sapphire Club series. It originally came out in June of 2010. I recently revisited the series and rewrote the books. My editor re-edited them and seemed please with the additional thirteen thousand words I added to Serenity. I hope readers will be as well.
You can find Serenity's Dream here.
Blurb: 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?
I also have ForMen Like Us, which also takes place during the Regency. You can find it at Dreamspinner Press. Just click the title to be magically transported.
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.”
In the April/May timeframe, Dreamspinner will publish Tarnished Gold, set in 19-teens-1930 old Hollywood.

About the Author

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.
A bit of trivia – Brita pronounces her name, B-Rita, like the woman's name, and oddly, not like the famous water filter. Brita is her real middle name, after her father's ex-girlfriend.

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February 9, 2013

True Love, Romance, and Valentines@BoroughsPubGrp #RLFblog


Boroughs Publishing Group

This is Publisher Week at Romance Lives Forever. Four publishers will be featured, each during one special week. Those publishers are Boroughs Publishing Group, Liquid Silver Books in June, JMS Books LLC in September, and Changeling Press in December.

Today's festivities feature the Boroughs Publishing Group, Where Story Matters. E-publishing has changed the way the world reads. Boroughs Publishing Group is part of that revolution and joins with readership from Abu-Dhabi to Vancouver in demanding memorable stories that you’ll return to over and over.
Day One - Lunchbox Romances
Day Two - The Red Ridge Pack series
Day Three - Celebrating Regencies
Day Four - Our Editor-in-Chief, Chris Keeslar, on Writing
Day Five - Naughty and Loving it - Bad Boy Heroes
Day Six - The New Year's Eve Club series
Day Seven - True Love, Romance and Valentines

We're on the final day of our journey with a look at true love, romance, and valentines.

From Boroughs to RLF
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A giant smooch for hosting us all week long. It’s been a blast!

Love and romance are about to get their day on the calendar, but for those of us that can’t live without our daily fix of our favorite heroes and heroines, here’s some sexy, steamy, sweet, heart-tugging reads to fill the bill.
Auction
In order to conceive a baby Kat goes to a bachelor auction and buys back her ex-husband for a week. She doesn’t need him to rekindle the one-of-a-kind love that led to their fairy-tale wedding and he doesn't have to atone for the mistakes that led to their divorce, but he does have to...well, deliver.
Tumbleweed Heights

Tumbleweed Heights
Danger won't find Gilly in tiny Briarwood, Colorado. Right? Banking on her instincts is all she has left. That and a dream of a simpler life as a rancher. Luke Hudson has secrets. Living a lie, he recognizes a kindred spirit the moment he lays eyes on Gilly. Will truth ruin their fragile bond or will time run out before they have the chance to admit their love?
Postcards From Broadway

Postcards From Broadway
Some lovers nothing can keep apart - The first one arrived unexpectedly. As Mike opened the mailbox, it slipped from the pile and fell to the ground at his muddy feet; otherwise he might have missed it. As soon as he saw the picture of the Statue of Liberty, he knew who it was from.
Confounding Cupid

Confounding Cupid
Coworkers Leigh and Ryan are perfect for each other, but why should that make things any easier for Gerald, a hapless Cupid-in-training eager to earn his wings? http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/confounding-cupid

Fangs for the Memories
An escort service run by vampires, Sharp Happenings promises one unforgettable night. Gabrielle Evans is about to get more.



 The Trouble with Love
The Trouble with Love
Sometimes the trouble with love is timing...but for Amy Stevens and Nathan Jepson, this Valentine's Day is finally theirs.

Happy valentine’s day! With love from everyone at Boroughs publishing group.

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This is the end of our first Publisher Week at Romance Lives Forever. We hope you've enjoyed the in depth look at a publisher, and that you've found some great new books and authors.
See you tomorrow!

February 8, 2013

Publisher Week: New Year's Eve Club @BoroughsPubGrp #RLFblog

New Year's Eve Club
This is Publisher Week at Romance Lives Forever. Three publishers will be featured, each during one special week. Those publishers are Boroughs Publishing Group, Liquid Silver Books in June, and JMS Books LLC in September.

Today's festivities feature the Boroughs Publishing Group, Where Story Matters. E-publishing has changed the way the world reads. Boroughs Publishing Group is part of that revolution and joins with readership from Abu-Dhabi to Vancouver in demanding memorable stories that you’ll return to over and over.
Day One - Lunchbox Romances
Day Two - The Red Ridge Pack series
Day Three - Celebrating Regencies
Day Four - Our Editor-in-Chief, Chris Keeslar, on Writing
Day Five - Naughty and Loving it - Bad Boy Heroes
Day Six - The New Year's Eve Club series
Day Seven - True Love, Romance and Valentines

We're on day six of our journey, with the New Year's Eve Club.

Loving Mick
Back in college, five friends created at list that defined the perfect man. Ten years and a lot of heartache later, they reassess the list and give each other one year to find Mr. Wonderful. Yeah, right. Like that’s gonna work... or will it?
Loving Mick
Betrayed and abandoned by a cheating husband, Jessie wants nothing more than a fling until handsome detective Mick Landers finds both her missing son and the way to win forever.
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A Real Man
A Real Man
Stifled by her previous marriage, widowed Melissa swears to find herself a real man--but Matt finds her instead, rescuing her from a car wreck and proving that the years since high school have only made him more desirable.
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Sarah's Cowboy
Sarah's Cowboy
Looking for thrills, practical Sarah signs up to be a schoolteacher on a western movie set and gets more than she’s looking for with cowboy stuntman Kit Stewart, adventure with a capital A.
Buy links:
Boroughs Publishing (Coming Soon) http://boroughspublishinggroup.com


Deadline: Romance
Deadline: Romance
Emma has met Mr. Right, but dotcom millionaire Daniel first has to learn how to let go before he can lead Emma out of her fear of the future and into the miracle of the moment.
Buy links:
Boroughs Publishing (Coming Soon)  http://boroughspublishinggroup.com


Chef's Delight
Chef's Delight
Ex-SEAL and next-door neighbor Joss Stone has taken everything from diner-owner Heather--and he’s the one man who can give it all back...and more.
Buy links:
Boroughs Publishing (Coming Soon) http://boroughspublishinggroup.com

 

 

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