Brita Addams joins me on my blog today, speaking about historical fiction and offers a giveaway.
Do you like historical fiction?
If so, you’re not alone. If not, I invite you to give it another try.
Hi everyone. I’m Brita Addams and I write historical fiction. From a young age, I preferred spending my time in the past and now I enjoy helping readers find a connection to another era. Historical fiction doesn’t have to be a history lesson, but it should immerse the reader in another time, another place. A true getaway.
Personally, I love to learn and history is a passion for me. My books reflect those interests. I’ve written several tales set in Regency England, because I love the unique feel of that era. I’m an amateur genealogist and wrote a book, Her Timeless Obsession, based on my genealogical adventures.
A lifelong passion of mine is old Hollywood. As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved old movies and the enigmatic stars that played out the melodramas of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. They don’t make ’em like that anymore! The glamor and innocence of those times draws me in, no matter how many times I’ve seen the movies.
Among the many books I’ve written are those in my Tarnished world. The characters aren’t perfect, nor are they completely imperfect. All strive to find a life that satisfies them, while navigating the pitfalls that the world presents. All are men who face the unsure world of secrets and lies.
The three books are:
Tarnished Gold, which takes place in the early days of Hollywood and relates the story of Jack Abadie, a young man from Louisiana who has dreams of matinee idol fame.
Tarnished Souls – Frankie and Gent, a look at a1930s-era mobster’s hold on Hollywood and the man contracted to loosen his grip.
Beloved Unmasked, a story about Picayune, the unwanted son of a New Orleans Storyville prostitute. Pic recreates himself as David Reid, but discovers life isn’t much different beyond the streets of the infamous Red Light district.
I’m working on the fourth installment, the story of Emile Dauterive, who plays a significant role in Pic’s life. I expect to finish before the end of 2016.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on historical fiction. What do you especially like? What don’t you like?
Thank you, Brynn, for having me today, and I hope you’ll invite me back.
I’d like to offer a random commenter a copy of any book in my backlist, found on my website (link below.) The comment must be substantive and relative to historical fiction to qualify, not just “I’m in.”
Here’s a closer look at the books from my Tarnished world:
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.
Tarnished Souls – Frankie and Gent
Hollywood’s Golden Age is not all glitz and glamor. Mob boss Frankie Monetti controls the unions and the studios, which makes him and the syndicate very rich. But after five years, Frankie runs afoul of the law and those who put him in power.
Primo hit man, and Frankie’s lifelong friend, Arvin “Gent” Vitali, goes west with orders to clean up the mess and then bring Frankie back to New York to answer for his double cross. But as the noose closes tighter around Frankie’s neck, Gent questions where his loyalty truly lies. Is business just business, or is freedom worth the risk?
Born in 1898 to a heartless prostitute in Storyville, the red-light district of New Orleans, David comes into the world as Picayune, a name meaning “of little value” or as his mother reminds him, “nothing.”
In the early 20th century brothels and clubs, his love of music sustains young Pic until a fortuitous meeting places him on the road to respectability, and Pic reinvents himself as David Reid.
As David realizes happiness for the first time, conscription forces his friend and first love, Spencer Webb, into the Great War. A telegram from the War Department deals a staggering blow and interrupts David’s pursuit of a law degree. He must gather his wits and move forward. While his future looks bright, specters from Storyville return.
The past holds both pain and love, and facing it head-on might destroy David or give him the freedom to live the life he has dreamed.
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. All their children are grown.
Given her love of history, Brita writes both het and gay historical romance. Many of her historicals have appeared on category bestseller lists at various online retailers.
Tarnished Gold, the first in her gay romance Tarnished series for Dreamspinner Press, was a winner in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, Historical Romance category. The book also received nominations for Best Historical and Best Book of 2013 from the readers of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group.
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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