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Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the
author. Today’s featured book is For Men Like Us by Brita Addams.
About
the Book
Title
For Men Like Us
Genre
LGBT
Author
Brita Addams
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.” 
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This Book
About
the Author
Born
in a small town in upstate New York, Brita Addams has made her home in the
sultry south for many years. In the Frog Capital of the World, Brita shares her
home with her real-life hero—her husband, and a fat cat named Stormee. All
their children are grown.
A
bit of trivia—Brita pronounces her name, Bree-ta, and not Brit-a, like the
famous water filter. Brita Addams is a mash-up of her real middle name and her
husband’s middle name, with an additional d and s.
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For Men Like Us

Romance Lives Forever welcomes Brita Addams to the blog
for an article on why it takes so long to write.

What took me so long?

I have asked myself that question
many times. Given that I’ve read all my life and aspired to be a writer since
middle school, even I am astounded that it took me so many years to actually
sit down and write for publication.
The simple explanation is that I
didn’t feel I had anything to say, but, as I said, that is the simple answer
and partially untrue. The truth of the matter is, I never knew my niche. My
thoughts were scattered to the four winds, interests in any number of directions,
and nothing concrete to anchor me.
Then along comes life and that
conspired to put my passion for the written word on the back burner, save for
the constancy of reading.
There was also the niggle in the
back of my head, that I couldn’t cut it. In seventh grade, my teacher, Mr.
Green, sent one of my short stories off to a famous writer, Hal Borland. I had no idea
until Mr. G. called me to his desk one day and showed me the paper, with myriad
comments in the margins, most of them positive, others constructive. He
explained that he thought the paper good enough to send to Borland, author of
one of the books we had read in English class. The final comment, at the bottom
of the page, was, “This girl has talent and shows great promise.”
Excited, I took the paper home
and showed it to my father. Now, Dad wasn’t a particularly encouraging fellow,
having never overcome his lifelong depression and issues that followed him to
the grave. He was also a frustrated writer, though he never got past the first
draft stage in anything he ever wrote. Anyway, he looked at the paper, got very
angry, and ripped it up. Amid mutters of “wasted time,” he stalked
off, leaving me upset and discouraged.
Now I say this because I hope that
others won’t let something like that to do then what it did to me. I never
wrote another word, save for continual journals and articles for the local
newspaper. Every time I picked up a pen, I heard those words that my father had
said. Isn’t it strange how words meant to hurt often drown out even the most
encouraging?
In later years, I often wrote
letters for friends who’d read things I had written, but that was the extent of
it. Something was missing, something that lived in my heart, while I refused to
let grow. My husband and I raised our children and went on with life. I still
read constantly, but by then, life was so busy, that writing wasn’t even a blip
on the radar.
One year for my birthday, my
husband gave me several of Philippa Gregory’s books, particularly The Other
Boleyn Girl and Earthly Joys. I have always loved non-fiction, have read
biographies and historical accounts for as long as I can remember. I hadn’t,
however, read romance. Gregory combines both, taking real people and creating
circumstances around them that tell a story that has some grounding in the
truth.
After devouring everything I
could by Gregory, I sought out other historical romances, not particularly
worried if they featured actual people, historical was enough for me. Oh, my,
did my world open up. I discovered Mary Balogh, Lisa Kleypas, and so many other
wonderful authors, and I couldn’t get enough.
After reading hundreds of
historical romances, my creativity came to life. I started plotting stories
long after I turned the light off at night. I got excited and told my husband
about the stories and patient man that he is, he listened. One day, he asked
me, “Do you think you could write a book?”
Thank God he did, because I
haven’t stopped since.

Previous Books

Tarnished Gold
Tarnished Gold

In 1915, 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.)
ForMen 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.
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.” 
Serenity’s Dream
Lucien and Serenity – the rewritten, expanded version of the
first book in my Sapphire Club series.
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

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 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.

Giveaway

Ebook giveaways at each stop. Random commenter’s choice from
my backlist
Serenity’s Dream

Signed 8×10 glossies of Jack Abadie

Grand Prize is a Kindle, along with the winner’s choice
of five (5) of my backlist titles, sent to them by email.
Rules: 
Leave a comment at one or all the stops. At each stop, a
random commenter will be selected to win their choice of backlist book
(Tarnished Gold excluded.) This selection will be made daily throughout the
tour, except where blog owners wish to extend the eligibility. Be sure to leave
an email address in your comment. 
All names of commenters and their email addresses will be
put into the drawing for the Kindle, even if they have won the daily drawing.
The more comments you make the more chances you have to win.
Other prizes include five (5) 8×10 glossies of Jack Abadie,
signed. The winners will be selected on April 10, from all the commenters at
all the stops, and notified by email.
The Grand Prize winner will be selected on April 10th and
notified by email. Once I have heard from the winner and obtained a shipping
address, I will order the Kindle and have it shipped directly to the winner.
They will also be eligible to select five (5) of my backlist titles and I will
email them to the winner.
Contest valid in the United States.
Full schedule for the Tarnished Gold Virtual BookTour

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Please welcome
Brita Addams to the Romance Lives Forever blog, with her take on writing and
the not-always-smooth life of an author.

– – –
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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