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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Serenity's Dream Re-Release Blog Tour Featuring Brita Addams And A Giveaway


I am so happy to welcome back the lovely author Brita Addams. Today I got to interview her and find out all about her re-release of Serenity's Dream and some other great things you may not know about this phenomenal author. Brita is also giving to the followers of Sinfully Tasty Reads, because she is offering one lucky random commenter (Adult 18+ or older), who leaves a meaningful comment with their e-mail address, over at Sinfully Tasty Reads, their choice from her backlist. Now without further ado I  give you my interview.

1) How do you always come up with new unique ideas for your stories?

Honestly, it's difficult. They say that there are only seven tropes and that all stories revolve around them. For example, the clichéd boy meets girl, boy loves girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. Most all romances revolve around a variation of that trope.

Often, publishers demand that we keep our stories within a formula, much like a movie. When a publisher requires a happy ending or a happy for now ending (which sets the reader up for a sequel,) it restricts the authors who would write differently. I really think that readers are mature enough to accept that not all romances end happily.

Some authors create new worlds, fantasy worlds, outer space, an alternative universe, even alternative history. I can't do that, I guess I'm too grounded in reality. What I do is place my characters in situations that I've never read about or present them with situations that are unique to me. I'm a huge reader of romance and I know that if the characters and setting are different enough, the trope doesn't matter.

When I write historicals, I give them the flavor of the time period, which requires a great deal of research. For me, there is nothing worse than reading a purported historical and finding the author has simply dressed the characters up, plunked them in the period, but they speak to each other as though they just met at the corner bar.

That is a roundabout way of saying that I find inspiration everywhere. Most recently, I've delved into my background as a genealogist. Some of those interesting stories will show up in the next couple of years as novels.

2) If a movie studio approached you about turning one of your books into a movie, which book would it be and why?

If that were the case, I would select my upcoming Tarnished Gold made into a movie. It is set in the early days of Hollywood, 19teens to 1930s. The story traces the career of a star-struck young man who goes to Hollywood to become a star and encounters a life he never imagined. The ups and downs, the emotion, the redemption is something that I think would make a great film.

3) You have recently decided to expand the three books in your Sapphire Club Series. Can you explain why you decided to re-tool your series?

Actually, my editor approached me and asked if I would like to have the books re-edited. In the four years since I first wrote them, I have thought, off and on, about what I could add to them, as well as apply all that I'd learned over the years. More than anything, I definitely wanted to have a good re-edit on them. The stars aligned and I grabbed the opportunity.

Time also changed my view on some aspects of the stories. Reader comments helped with that and I tried to implement changes/deletions/additions that I thought would make the stories better. In the case of Serenity Dream and Lord Decadent's Obsession, I have added about 13k to each. Serenity has a new subplot that I envisioned when I wrote the original, but wasn't sure how to implement. It's all there now and draws in one of my favorite characters, Haynes. In LDO, I have bolstered the characters and given the story more meat.

For Thornhill's Dilemma, formerly called Chocolate, Tea, and the Duchess, I have added a sequel to the book, which greatly enhanced the word count to almost double the original. I have also retooled the original story, using reader's comments as an impetus. Alexander Chilton comes into the story much earlier and plays a pivotal part in the entire book. I think readers of the original will be surprised by what I've done, and new readers will love the dynamic between all the characters. A vastly different story, with just a few things that stayed the same.

4) I am a huge music fanatic, and some authors are now including playlist at the back of their books that helped inspire their stories so, my question for you is do you have a playlist that helps inspire you or is there any other thing that helps to set your writing mood?

One word—no. Though I love music, I don't listen to it often, and definitely not when I'm writing. The house is quiet when I write, no TV, no music, no chatter. I lose focus easily if there is a commotion going on around me. Besides I'd end up either singing the words or making words up to instrumentals, which again, isn't conducive to getting the writing done.

5) If you found a magic lamp and a Genie was going to grant you three wishes (other than wishing for more wishes....lol) what would you wish for and why?

First—many more years with the love of my life. There will never be enough to spend with my amazing husband. Second—that my children have comfortable lives and that they are always loved as much as we love them. Third—A ton of do-overs. There's a few things that I didn't get right the first time.

6) Out of all the stories you have written which one is your favorite and why?

That is almost like trying to pick your favorite child, except books don't get their feelings hurt. J I love what was Chocolate, Tea, and the Duchess, which will be re-issued with the title Thornhill's Dilemma. Phillip and Alex are two of my favorite characters and in the new story, and it is almost completely new, Alex plays a much bigger role in the book.

In the story, Felicity understands Phillip's needs as well as her own failures. I think that is very humane (not human.) Though young, she isn't selfish in any way. Her thoughts are for Phillip, which makes him an extraordinary character to write. She sees Phillip as no one else can, which causes him to cast a more critical eye upon himself.

Phillip has always lived with honor and duty in mind. In Thornhill's Dilemma, the two collide when Phillip loses his way for a bit. Dilemma is much grittier than Duchess, deals with a full range of problems and emotions and more, Phillip is faced with several crises that test the fabric of his life and his perception of who he thought he was.

7) Which is scarier writing your novels or getting readers feedback and why?

Definitely reader feedback. We always want readers to like our books and when we get a bad review, it is devastating. I've gotten better at accepting the criticism. I understand that not everyone will like what I write, and that is okay. I don't like everything I read. However, I pour everything I have into each story, so a bad review can hurt for a while.

8) What piece of advice would you give to someone who might want to consider stepping into the writing arena?

If you aspire to be a writer, study your craft. You have to know how to put a sentence together, know what passive voice is, learn grammar and punctuation. You have to have a viable story that can develop into a book. Never lose sight of the fact that people pay money for your book and you should give them 110% of your effort with each new title.

It is a humbling experience to have someone buy a story that started out as a germ of an idea on a dark night while you were trying to sleep. We should always remember that.

9) If you could check off one or two things from your bucket list what would they be and why?

*smiles* I actually have a bucket list! In May, my honey and I are going to England, which is the number one thing on my list. We will spend two weeks in England, Scotland, and Wales.
The second thing would be to ride in a helicopter, which I don't see happening any time soon. My son-in-law rides in one every week for his job and he says there's nothing to it, but I'm still scared.

10) What do you have coming up this year book wise (i.e. next book, book signings, blog tour, etc)?

I have lots happening, though nothing happens quickly. I mentioned Tarnished Gold above. I've just finished the first round of edits on it and it will be out in the April/May time frame at Dreamspinner Press. I am very excited about that book. It's 100k+ and spans nearly 20 years.

Lord Decadent's Obsession and Thornhill's Dilemma will come out in the next two months or so, to round out the Sapphire Club series rewrite/reedit. Each has enhanced storylines, and Thornhill is almost a completely new story. Even when I wrote Chocolate, Tea, and the Duchess, I knew there was more story there, and now I've written it.

I am working on a couple of new pieces, one the first book in a series I am writing. Historical, this one set in 1754 in Upstate New York. Actually one of those snatched from my genealogy research. This series will involve one family, by generation and will span 100 years. I see five or six books in that series, written over the next couple of years.

I'll also be rewriting Love Immortal and Splendid Captivity, as the rights were reverted to me in November. Once rewritten, they will go to a new publisher.

Travel-wise, my husband and I are going to England in May. We'll actually spend our anniversary in London. Then in Sept/Oct, we are going on a cruise from Quebec to Boston, then driving across New York State to visit family and friends, then on to Atlanta on October 16 for Gay Rom Lit. That will be a month-long trip all told.

Newest Releases

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

Here is the blurb for Serenity's Dream and a link to purchase:
 
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?

About Brita
 
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. J

A bit of trivia – Brita pronounces her name, B-Rita, like the woman's name, and oddly, not like the famous water filter.

Please visit my website, blog, say hello on Twitter or Facebook. I love to meet new people:

Twitter@britaaddams

Monday, February 11, 2013

Excerpt And Giveaway With Author Beth Williamson/Emma Lang


BETH WILLIAMSON’S  Month of Cowboy lovin’  BLOG TOUR,

February 1 – February 28

CALEB by EMMA LANG

Today I have the great pleasure of bringing you all an excerpt of Caleb by author Beth Williamson (who also writes under the name of Emma Lang). She is so nice and giving of her time and an e-book copy of her book Caleb (Circle Eight Series Book #3). I have read it and LOVED it (review coming soon). To get your hands on your very own copy of Caleb all you need to do is leave a meaningful comment with your e-mail address. Giveaway is International as long as you are able to accept e-books and ends February 17,2013 at 11:59 PM EST.

                          

SPREADING THE CALEB LOVE THE ENTIRE MONTH OF FEBRUARY


Caleb blurb:

A Texas Ranger, a lady blacksmith, a fierce passion, a dangerous game.

Caleb Graham has spent the last four years in too many dangerous situations to count. As a Texas Ranger, he knows no fear, or at least he never shows it. When he’s sent to force a blacksmith off government seized property, he runs face to face into the woman who will change his life.

Aurora Foster grew up on the very land the obnoxious Ranger is trying to throw her off of. Her parents and her husband died for it and there is no chance she would leave without a fight. A lady blacksmith might be an anomaly but she has the strength of the steel she forges and the courage to fight for what she believes is right.

When Aurora is inadvertently injured by Caleb, he seeks medical help from a neighboring ranch. The sprawling hacienda is full of the finer things in life and the one person Caleb never expected to see again… his youngest brother Benjamin. Forced to flee from a man who has kept the boy captive, the trio become traveling companions in a deadly game where no one wins.

Life turns upside down and sideways for Caleb and Aurora, caught in a game neither of them expected while they desperately try to save the boy who was lost to his family. Pursued and hunted, the three of them ride for the Circle Eight ranch. The unlikely pair of rescuers fight their attraction and for their lives.

Caleb Excerpt:

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Caleb was pleasantly full of meatloaf and green beans, and even a piece of peach pie. The restaurant in the tiny town of Marks Creek was a treasure. He hadn’t had such a wonderful meal outside of the Circle Eight. He was in a good mood, surprisingly good.

Not only had he located Rory Foster but he had directions to the smithy. The mission was by far the easiest he’d ever been sent on. Now he had to convince Foster to leave the property. Texas had plans for that particular parcel of land and they had let him squat there long enough. Caleb didn’t know the particulars, and he didn’t want to know. All he had to do was carry out his orders and then ride back to headquarters for his next assignment.

It should be easy as the ride out to Foster’s smithy. Regardless of what a good mood he was in, Caleb made sure his pistol and rifle were both loaded. He was about to evict a man of what was perceived as “his” property. There would be resistance, but if Caleb was smart, he would control the situation from the moment he stepped foot on the property.

The area was beautiful with rolling hills, a plump creek running freely and the kind of thick grass cattle could get fat on. It was clear why the smithy stayed when the Republic of Texas told him to leave. Caleb might have stayed too if he’d been smack dab in the middle of such rich land.

He followed the smell of smoke and rode up to a square building with a sign that read “Foster’s Smithy” in faded red letters. It was a typical blacksmith’s shop, with large windows controlled by hinged wood panels. The smoke and heat could get fierce inside the building. There was an enormous stone forge inside and a large number of tools scattered around, not to mention an anvil that probably weighed more than a team of horses. It was a solid shop and Caleb felt a pinch of guilt for arriving to take it all away from Foster.

He dismounted and finally noticed the tiny shack in the shadows behind the smithy. It wasn’t quite a house, but it did have a door, one tiny window and a smoke stack, which meant there was a heat source inside, likely a stove of some sort. It must be where the blacksmith lived, modest as it was. There was great care taken in the actual smithy which told Caleb the man might be more difficult to remove than he expected.

“Foster?” Caleb walked into the larger building. The forge wasn’t fired up, the embers glowed orange. “Is anybody here?”

He hoped like hell nobody told the man there was a marshal on the way. If so, his job got even harder. Caleb kept his hand on his pistol as he walked around the building. Whoever the blacksmith was, he had skills. The iron work was top notch, even in the pieces that weren’t finished yet.

“Who are you?” A woman’s voice startled him from his perusal.

He turned to find a man wearing a leather apron and cap, and trousers that had seen better days. Caleb shook his head and frowned at him.

“Ranger Caleb Graham. Who are you?” He couldn’t equate the husky woman’s voice with the blacksmith. Was he hiding her in the apron?

“Aurora Foster.”

The voice came from the man’s mouth. The ground shifted beneath his feet as realization hit him. Sweet heaven above. Rory Foster. Aurora Foster. Holy hell. The blacksmith he was there to evict was a woman? When he got back to headquarters, he’d give his commander a piece of his mind about this particular assignment.

“You’re a woman.”

“I can see why you’re a crack man of the law, ranger.” She raised one brow. “You’re trespassing.”

He swallowed his response to her sarcasm. She definitely wasn’t a wilting flower but the leather apron should have told him that. “You have that backwards, Mrs. Foster. You are the one trespassing. This property belongs to the Republic of Texas.”

Her mouth twisted. “That’s ridiculous. My parents settled this land twenty years ago. The republic can go find someone else to harass.” A very large, lethal looking sickle appeared in her hand from beneath the apron. “Now leave.”

Caleb took a few moments to study her. Taller than the average woman, she also had muscles most women didn’t. Honed, lean arms and long hands, a heart-shaped face with an upturned nose. The one thing that set her apart were the amber eyes currently staring holes in him. They were an unusual shade, like the colors of the embers in the forge behind him.

“I can’t do that.”

“Then I will make you.” She pulled a huge cleaver out with her other hand. The woman was a lethal weapon with all the blades she made.

Caleb decided to appeal to the woman’s logical side, if she had one. Truth was, he was distracted by the way she looked and spoke. He’d had plenty of experience with females, but no one like Aurora Foster. “You’re the blacksmith Rory Foster. Is that correct?”

“Only my friends call me Rory. You can call me Mrs. Foster as you ride off my land.” She ran the sickle down the edge of the cleaver. It made a screeching sound that made the hairs on the back of his neck stand up. Was she going to chop him into pieces?

“It’s not your land.”

“That’s a pile of horse shit. This land belonged to my father and now it belongs to me.” Her tone and her expression told him he had a hell of a fight on his hands.

“Females can’t own property in Texas, Mrs. Foster. I’m guessing no one ever told you that. It’s understandable that you think this is yours—”

“I don’t think anything. I know.” She stepped closer, her hands tightening on the weapons. “Now get out before I make you leave.”

Caleb sighed. “I can’t leave.” He didn’t want to pull his pistol on the woman. Hell, even the most aggravating female deserved respect. “Ma’am, this is my job. I have an assignment to remove an illegal squatter off land owned by the Republic of Texas. I can’t leave until it’s done.”

She bared her teeth. “Get out of my smithy.”


Beth Williamson, who also writes as Emma Lang, is an award-winning, bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Her books range from sensual to scorching hot. She is a Career Achievement Award Nominee in Erotic Romance by Romantic Times Magazine, in both 2009 and 2010.

Beth has always been a dreamer, never able to escape her imagination. It led her to the craft of writing romance novels. She’s passionate about purple, books, and her family. She has a weakness for shoes and purses, as well as bookstores. Her path in life has taken several right turns, but she’s been with the man of her dreams for more than 20 years.

Beth works full-time and writes romance novels evening, weekends, early mornings and whenever there is a break in the madness. She is compassionate, funny, a bit reserved at times, tenacious and a little quirky. Her cowboys and western romances speak of a bygone era, bringing her readers to an age where men were honest, hard and packing heat. For a change of pace, she also dives into some smokin’ hot contemporaries, bringing you heat, romance and snappy dialogue.

Life might be chaotic, as life usually is, but Beth always keeps a smile on her face, a song in her heart, and a cowboy on her mind. ;)

Don't forget to enter all you have to do is leave a meaningful comment with your e-mail address and your entered. Giveaway is US only and ends February 17,2013 at 11:59 PM EST.

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