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Monday, February 27, 2012

Guest Post With Demands Of The Heart Author Brita Addams

I am so 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 over at Sinfully Tasty Reads Blog. Without further ado I give to you Britta Addams....^_^.

Thank you Raquel, for having me 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 (Sinfully Tasty Reads Blog). 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 over at Sinfully Tasty Reads Blog, 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

Review Of Demands Of The Heart By Brita Addams

Demands of the Heart
Demand Of The Heart By Brita Addams

ebook, 210 pages
Source: GoodReads
Published February 20th 2012 by Noble Romance Publishing (link to purchase HERE)
Age: Adult 18+*


*I added the age restriction. The age restriction was not provided by GoodReads.Com.


Blurb:


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.


I have not read one Brita Addams book that I did not absolutely love and Demands Of The Heart is no exception.  The way she weaves her storytelling web is beyond compare. This book literally sucked me into Richard and Victoria's world of love, pain, loss, and intrigue.


Richard Fanshaw, although his family has money, has always been a self made man. He worked and earned every dollar he ever had. Victoria Bramhill is a dutiful daughter of a father, who wishes merely to stuff his coffers, than his to see his daughters truly happy. Because her father feels he has been financially put out by launching his two daughters into society, Victoria feels she must wait til after the season is over to convince her father to accept Richard's suit of her, even though he has no title.


With less than a month to go before the season is to end, Victoria and Richard are torn apart by an unforeseen enemy and her greedy father. From there, the heartbreak and rage begin to simmer and boil for six years. When Richard and Victoria chance to meet again a new world of hurt and denial begin to unfold. So much goes on after Victoria and Richard's chance meeting but I don't want to spoil the story for anyone.


This book kept me on an emotional roller coaster from page one. I felt their pain and suffering like it was my own. I don't know how Brita is able to make her readers feel so much when you read her books. I have always been a HUGE fan of Historical Romances and Brita has such an amazing gift for details and settings that I can't help but feel I have been transported there through her descriptive details and creative writing. On a scale from 1-10 I give Demands Of The Heart an off the charts 20. My scale could not contain how awesome this story was. If you are looking for a phenomenal Historical Romance with first love, deceit,  mistrust, and true love than Demands Of The Heart is the book for you. I employ everyone age 18+ to go grab a copy of Demands Of The Heart and judge for yourself whether Richard and Victoria should answer their Demands Of The Heart.


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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Review Of The Bride Wore Black Leather (Nightside Series Book #12) By Simon R. Green

The Bride Wore Black Leather (Nightside Series #12)
The Bride Wore Black Leather (Nightside Series Book #12) By Simon R. Green

Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Ace Hardcover; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937007138
ISBN-13: 978-1937007133
Source: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)
Purchase: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)

Blurb:

In the secret heart of London, under the cover of endless darkness, the Nightside caters to anyone with any unusual itch that needs to be scratched. But enter at your own risk. The party animals who live here may be as inhuman as their appetites...


My name is John Taylor. The Nightside is my home. I didn't plan it that way. In fact, I once tried to get away. But I came back. And now it seems I'm settling down, with a full-time job (in addition to my work as a very private eye) as Walker-the new Voice of the Authorities in the Nightside-and a wedding in the offing.


I'm marrying the love of my life, Suzie Shooter, the Nightside's most fearsome bounty-hunter. But nothing comes easy here. Not life. Not death. And for certain, not happily-ever-after. Before I can say "I do," I have one more case to solve as a private eye-and my first assignment as Walker.


Both jobs would be a lot easier to accomplish if I weren't on the run, from friends and enemies alike. And if my bride-to-be weren't out to collect the bounty on my head...


I want to start off by saying I had no idea when I started reading this book that it was number 12 in an existing series. When I started reading it there were really great aspects of this story but at times I really was so confused by certain things and wanted to give up reading it. With that being said, I do have to say that I really enjoyed this book. It was like nothing I had ever read before and it kept me coming back to it time and time again. There were some really original ideas and characters in this book and I liked how it was told from the male point of view for a change.


John Taylor is a private eye who has recently been appointed the new Walker of the Nightside. This book starts off with John Taylor settling his affairs before his upcoming wedding to Suzie Shooter a.k.a. Shotgun Suzie (who is a feared bounty hunter in the Nightside). John wants to end his private eye career with one last great case. In finding this one case John sets in motion a chain of events that send him on a man hunt, as well as, on the run for his very life. John has to decide who he can trust, but in The Nightside, that is easier said than done. He has to chase down a murderer, while dodging some very terrifying citizens of The Nightside and have it all said and done by tomorrow which just so happens to be his wedding day. There is SO MANY kool things I want to say but I so don't want to ruin this book for anyone.


Simon gave very descriptive details. I often found myself trying to visualize the world of the Nightside in my minds eye. Not only did this story have great characters, it had really great sidekicks and gadgets. I would so love to own John Taylor's white trench coat (but maybe in black....lol). I so wish I had the first 11 books on hand so I could dive right into them this very minute. There was never a dull moment to this book. On a scale from 1-10 I give The Bride Wore Black Leather an 8. I wanted to give it a 10 but because this was book 12 and I was a little confused I feel I can't give it the rating I think it deserves if I had read the whole series. If you love alternate realities, immortal beings, crime solving, or a good old fashion chase then The Bride Wore Black Leather is the book for you. If you are a fan of The Nightside Series I urge you to run don't walk to the bookstore and pick yourself up a copy of this book. If you haven't read this series and don't mind a little confusion then you also need to get this book. Pick up a copy and start rooting for John Taylor to start kicking some butt.


Link:
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