Sunday, September 30, 2012

Book Giveaway:

DESIRE THE NIGHT by Amanda Ashley




A VAMPIRE IN CHAINS...

Held captive in a basement prison, wrapped in silver chains, the vampire Gideon is too weak to fight the monster who enslaves him. For years, she’s tapped his precious blood like a fountain of youth—sustaining him with human females she captures for his pleasure. But with the latest victim she brings him, he senses something intriguingly different. Something dangerous, yet oh so tempting.

Kay Alissano is no ordinary woman. Every full moon, she must answer the call of the wild—unleashing the wolf within. As daughter of the Shadow Pack’s Alpha, Kay is extremely powerful—and when she’s offered up to Gideon, she doesn’t surrender easily. In wolf form, she might be able unchain Gideon’s heart and set them both free—if only he can resist the urge to consume her, body and soul, before the next full moon…



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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Q & A with Melissa Cutler!



Note: Check the end of the interview for a fantastic contest to win a copy of The Trouble with Cowboys!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

The Trouble with Cowboys is a mash-up of western and culinary romance novels, with a cowboy hero who not only raises prime beef but knows what to do with it once it hits the kitchen and a heroine who's a failed reality cooking show contestant (a lá Top Chef) who's returned to her small town home to open a restaurant featuring locally grown food. It's the first of a trilogy.

Amy, the star of the first book, has a serious weakness for everything cowboy. As she tells her sister Jenna, she's the only woman she knows who gets turned on when the song 'Desperado' comes on the radio. She attributes her epic fail on television to a conniving fellow contestant posing as a cowboy and has sworn off cowboys for good to focus on her career. So it figures that her key supplier is Catcher Creek's most eligible bachelor, Kellan Reed—exactly the sort of Stetson-tipping bad boy she finds impossible to resist.

2. What was one of the most surprising things you have learned as a writer?

One of the most surprising things I've learned is how much I adore talking to and connecting with readers and fellow writers. My whole life, I considered myself an introvert, complete with that slightly out-of-place feeling in every situation I was in. As soon as I embraced the romance community and the notion that I was a writer, I felt like I'd finally found my rightful place in the world. Everything clicked, and it's been the most amazing journey ever since. As it turns out, I'm a hardcore extrovert (who knew?!?).

3. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you to become a writer?

Probably the most influential aspect of my "writerly development" wouldn't be a person or specific author, but access to public libraries beginning at a very early age and into adulthood. Growing up, we couldn't afford to buy books, but my mom took me to the library all the time. It's always been my happy place.

Then, when my kids were super little, my local library designated the book shelves closest to the children's section for paperback romances. It was the only adult book section I could browse while still keeping an eye on my kids. I believe I read Every. Single. One. I'd been reading romance since I was a young teen, but there in the library with those paperbacks was when I figured out that if I was going to ever follow my dream and write, it would have to be romance. Life's too short to read books with unhappy endings.

4. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

I'm loud and proud about the genre I love to write and read, and am so fortunate to have had my family and my husband's family support throughout every phase of my writing journey. Trust me, I know how lucky I am to be surrounded by people who not only give me their blessing, but help watch the kids occasionally so I can work. That being said, I'm razzed constantly (and good-naturedly) about my "dirty books" and shirtless cowboys, but it's all in good fun and helps me not take things too seriously.

5. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

There's more to life than writing? What??? I'm kidding. I play piano and relax by riffing and writing my own songs. I also fancy myself an accomplished amateur bartender. One of my favorite ways to spend Sunday afternoon is to have friends over for cocktails on the patio.

And I love to travel. Melissa fun fact: I've been to more countries than states in the U.S, including Turkey, China, Spain, Italy, Greece, and so on. I'm hoping to balance out that ratio someday, but mostly I'm compelled to seek out the off-the-beaten-path places throughout the world and learn about how people live

6. Can you tell us about what's coming up next for you writing wise?

This November, my first Harlequin Romantic Suspense book is coming out, which is so exciting. Titled Seduction Under Fire, it tells the story of two cops who love to hate each other, but are on the run together in Baja. I live super close to Mexico and spend a lot of time south of the border, so this is a story close to my heart. Then, in 2013, the follow-up to The Trouble with Cowboys, titled The Secret to Loving a Lawman, will hit the shelves.

7. How can readers connect with you online?

I'm online every day and treasure the opportunity to connect with readers, who can find me on Twitter (@m_cutler), Facebook (www.facebook.com/MelissaCutlerBooks), and Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/cutlerromance/ ). Readers can also find out more about me, my books, and my event schedule (including guest blog posts) at www.melissacutler.net or email me at cutlermail@yahoo.com.

Time for me to hear from you. Since I'm such a passionate traveler, I'd love recommendations for off-the-beaten-path places in the world I should visit, even if it's a reader's hometown. I'll be giving away a copy of The Trouble with Cowboys to one commentator.

Bio:

Melissa Cutler is a Southern California native living with her family in beautiful San Diego. In 2008, she decided to take her romance novel devotion to the next level by penning one herself. She now divides her time between her dual passions for writing sexy, small town contemporaries for Kensington Books and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense for Harlequin.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Winner is....

Congrats to LSU Reader, who wins the $10 Amazon giftcard!

Please contact me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your Amazon email addy.

Chat with Dianna Love!


 


New York Times Bestselling author Dianna Love joins us to discuss her book, THE CURSE. 

 
Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of THE CURSE! Moderated by Sandi
When? This Wednesday night at 9:00PM Eastern time
 
Once the login screen loads, just type your name and choose Mo's room from the chat room menu ;)
 
 
Hope to see you there! 
 

Mo

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Spotlight Review:

COURTING CAROLINA – Janet Chapman
Spellbound Falls Series, Book 3
Jove Books
ISBN: 978-0-515-15106-0
September 2012
Contemporary Romance w/ Magic

Spellbound Falls, Maine, Early Fall

Some years ago, a group of twelfth-century Highlander warriors—and their horses—arrived in modern day Maine through the machination of an old wizard. The MacKeage clan settled on TorMountain and have since married and had families. Alec MacKeage spent time—as all the MacKeage sons have—serving his country in the military, Alec in a clandestine unit. Now he spends his winters on his family's ski resort on the mountain. He's spending this summer building a wilderness trail up a mountain for another resort by the new inland sea recently created by a huge earthquake. (How that came to be is another whole other story to be found in Ms. Chapman's CHARMED BY HIS LOVE, out last June.) This tale begins with a storm coming up and Alec finding a woman on the new trail being manhandled by two men. He hastens to her rescue and succeeds…with the help of her dog. Leaving the men unconscious, Alec carries the woman to his sheltered camp where he takes care of her slight wound and gets her dry and warm, meanwhile noticing that the dog is a wolf . When the woman comes to, she gives Alec her name as Jane Smith and pleads with him not to contact the authorities. Jane tells Alec there was a third man still after her. Alec has his doubts about her name, but goes along with her wishes. (When he goes back to check on the men, he finds them where he left them, but dead from a lightning strike or two.)

Alec and Jane get along quite well for the next few days, but he's right about her name. Jane is really Carolina Oceanus, sister of Maximilian Oceanus, for whom Alex is presently working. She is also the daughter of Titus Oceanus, the most powerful Dr ù idh on earth and the one responsible for creating and hiding Atlantis beneath the sea. Jane/Carolina ducked her bodyguard and ran away from home to escape being forced into an unwanted marriage. Jane keeps all this from Alec while they spend a happy interlude together. He allows her to keep her secrets, and she learns what it's like to be respected as a person, not as just a female with no mind of her own.

Inevitably, however, Carolina is located, and her parents come to the area. Her father invites a group of suitors to vie for her hand, warriors all, but from various places and past times. They have until the grand opening of the new resort to win her hand. But Jane likes being Jane, and she has no idea Alec has figured out who she is. For some reason, Mac doesn't want his sister to have anything to do with a MacKeage.

In spite of the intrigue, suspense and sometimes amusing aspects of COURTING CAROLINA, it's essentially a story of two people finding themselves and each other. Alec had vowed never to marry and father children after a heartbreaking mission for the government. Carolina's parents are loving, but after centuries of societies where women have little control over their lives, even in Atlantis, she chafes under restrictions and blooms in present day soil.

COURTING CAROLINA has a large cast. Some of special note are Katalanta, AKA Kitty, wolf on land and killer whale at sea; then Nicholas, Carolina's body guard; they love each other as brother and sister. I was hoping he would get his own book…and he will! There is also a MacKeage among the suitors summoned from the past. He seems very interested in the delights of the modern world, so maybe he'll join his descendants and stay around.

Janet Chapman has created an endlessly captivating world with heroic and likable characters. Her world is spread through all her series and, while self contained, are connected. It's a magical world in which astonishing things may happen, but the focus never strays far from the human heart and its capacity to love. Check out www.janetchapman.com .

Jane Bowers

Monday, September 24, 2012

Q & A with Poppy Dennison!





1. Tell us about your newest release.

My newest release is Body Magic, book two in the Triad Series. In continues the story of Gray Townsend, alpha werewolf, and his new mate Simon Osborne, an apprentice mage. What happens when Mind Magic and Body Magic combine, breaking years of tradition? Gray and Simon must face the Were Council to find out! Gray’s best friend Cade gets into the action as well. He’s not happy that Gray brought in outside help to improve their security. Something about the expert rubs him the wrong way. Just what is Rocky’s secret and how will it change them all?


2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

LOL. Well, to tell you about my favorite scene would give away a huge spoiler! How about I tell you about my favorite character? Garon is the alpha’s ten year old son, and he’s such a fun character to write. I love thinking of how a young boy would view the changes going on in the world around him. In this book, one of the most fun things I wrote was Garon asking his Dad and Simon about having sex. Garon thinks his dad must have sex because he’s an alpha—and that’s what alpha’s do. It was a fun way for me to tease the typical role of alphas in paranormal stories while adding a significant moment in the development of Simon and Gray’s relationship.


3. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?

In researching different types of magic, I came across this old tradition called Cromniomancy. Never heard of it? Neither had I! Basically, it’s fortune telling based on onions. It was too funny not to include in the story. I love coming across random things like that in my research and finding a way to incorporate them into the book.


4. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

Too many to name. The biggest influence in my writing has been my family. I come from a family of readers. In fact, as I sit here typing this, my grandma, aunt, and cousin are sitting around me with their heads in a book!

As for authors, there are so many. I’ll stick with other paranormal authors to keep it simple. In the M/M genre, Mary Calmes “Change of Heart” series has been a huge inspiration as well as Jourdan Lane’s “Soul Mates”. I’m also a big fan of the early Laurell K. Hamilton books, Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampires, and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series.
 

5. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My family is incredibly proud of me.  They honestly thought I should have done this years ago… and one of my cousins (also one of my best friends) likes to remind me of that! (And yes, she’s sitting next to me right now, so I had to give her credit.) But all kidding aside, I’m really blessed to have such a supportive family. One of the first people to read my first book was my 87 year old grandmother. I have friends who don’t tell anyone what they write, and it breaks my heart for them. Not too long ago, my mother was getting her hair done, and bragged on me to her stylist. Next thing I know, I’m down at the beauty shop dropping off autographs!

6. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

I love being crafty—at the moment, I’m into sewing but as the weather turns cooler I’ll switch to crochet or something else that will keep me warm. As you can tell from my author list above, I love reading. Research books are what you’ll normally find me reading these days. It’s how I find those quirky types of magic that inspire my characters.

7. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

Next up is the third book in the Triad series, “Soul Magic”. It’ll wrap up the story of Simon and Gray and finally tell the story of Cormac, which I’m told by readers I must do or else. Then I’ll have two paranormal novellas out next year and I’m working on a new Urban Fantasy series that I’m really looking forward to delving into.

8. How can readers connect with you online?




Blurb:
 
A pack is only as strong as its weakest member. 

Rocky Harris knows how the system works. He’s been on the bottom rung his whole life. But when his alpha consigns him to the High Moon Pack to help them improve security, he finds his beliefs not just challenged but outright assaulted.

Cade Montgomery’s confidence took a hit when the pack’s cubs were kidnapped on his watch. He’s prepared to do anything to protect his family, even if it means working with Rocky. Maybe Cade doesn’t trust Rocky, but with the turmoil surrounding pack Alpha Gray’s unpopular decision to break tradition and mate with a mage named Simon, Cade knows more threats are coming.

Then someone declares war on shifters and puts the entire pack in danger. Cade and Rocky will need each other’s strengths to survive the impending battle—and the power of their growing attraction.
 
 Buy Links Dreamspinner Press



About the author


A sassy southern lady, Poppy Dennison developed an obsession with things that go bump in the night in her early years after a barn door flew off its hinges and nearly squashed her. Convinced it was a ghost trying to get her attention, she started looking for other strange and mysterious happenings around her. Not satisfied with what she found, Poppy has traveled to Greece, Malaysia and England to find inspiration for the burly bears and silver foxes that melt her butter. Her love of paranormal continues to flourish nearly thirty years later, and she writes steamy love stories about the very things that used to keep her up all night. If her childhood ghost is lucky, maybe one day she’ll give him his own happily ever after.

Sunday, September 23, 2012



September 2012 Reviews





Contemporary Fiction
THE ELUSIVE MR. McCOY - Brenda L. Baker - 7/2012 - Diana - New!
GOODNIGHT TWEETHEART - Teresa Mederios - A Love Story in 140 Characters or Less - 9/2012 - Jane

Contemporary Romance
ANGEL'S LANDING - Rochelle Alers - Cavanaugh Island, Book 2 - 9/2012 - Robin
BLAME IT ON TEXAS - Christie Craig - Hotter in Texas, Book 2 - 9/2012 - Patti
COURTING CAROLINA - Janet Chapman - Spellbound Falls, Book 3 - 9/2012 - w/ magic
DARKEST DESIRE - Tawny Taylor - Black Gryffon, Book 2 - 9/2012 - CeCe - Erotic
FLANKED - Cat Johnson - Studs in Spurs, Book 5 - 9/2012 - CeCe - Erotic
FOOL FOR LOVE - Beth Ciotta - 9/2012 - Patti
HER AMISH MAN - Erin Bates - 9/2012 - Diana - New!
HUNK FOR HE HOLIDAYS - Katie Lane - 9./2012 - Jane
NIGHTINGALE WAY - Emily March - A Eternity Springs Novel - 9/2012 - Patti
NO MATTER WHAT - Janice Kay Johnson - 9/2012 - Marilyn
PITCH PERFECT - LuAnn McLane- A Cricket Creek Novel - 9/2012 - Marilyn - New!
PLAYING TO WIN - Jaci Burton - A Play-By-Play Novel -9/2012 - Holly - Erotic - New!
STRANGER IN THE MOONLIGHT - Jude Devereux - Edilean Trilogy, Book 2 - 9/2012 - Jane
THE DIRTY GIRLS BOOK CLUB - Savanna Fox - 9/2012 - Patti

Fantasy
BITING COLD - Chloe Neill - Chicagland Vampires, Book 6 - A Perfect 10 - 8/2012 - Amanda
SOUL TRADE - Caitlin Kittredge - Black London Series, Book 5 - 9/2012 - Robin
THE WHITE FOREST - Adam McOmber - 9/2012 - Marilyn - New!
WIDOW'S WEB - Jennifer Estep - The Elemental Assassins series, Book 7 - 9/2012 - Robin

Historical Fiction
THE QUEEN'S PLEASURE - Brandy Purdy - 7/2012 - Amy - New!

Historical Romance
BY STARLIGHT - Dorothy Garlock - 8/2012 - Jane
A DANGEROUS LIAISON WITH DETECTIVE LEWIS - Jillian Stone - The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard, Book 3 - 8/2012 - Carolyn
A PERFECT KNIGHT FOR LOVE - Jackie Ivie - 9/2012 - Jani
LOVING LADY MARCIA - Kiernan Kramer - The House of Brady, Book 1 - 9/2012 - Robin
THE LAST RENEGADE - Jo Goodman - Bitter Springs series, Book 1 - 9/2012 - Jane
RUINED BY MOONLIGHT - Emma Wildes - A Whisper of Scandal Novel - 9/2012 - Jani - New!
THE UGLY DUCHESS - Eloisa James - The Fairy Tale series, Book 4 - 9/2012 - Jane
THE WAY TO A DUKE'S HEART - Caroline Linden - The Truth about the Duke, Book 3 - 9/2012 - Jane - New!

Inspriational Romance
MONTANA DREAMS - Jillian Hart - The McKaslin Clan - 9/2012 - Diana - New!

Mystery
GARMENT OF SHADOWS - Laurie R. King - A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes - 9/2012 -Jani - New!

Paranormal Romance
ARCHANGEL'S STORM - Nalini Singh - A Guild Hunter Novel, Book 5 - 9/2012 - Jennifer - New!
DRAGON'S MOON - Lucy Monroe - Children of the Moon, Book 4 - 9/2012 - Jennifer - New!
IMMORTALLY YOURS - Angie Fox - 9/2012 - Jennifer - New!
THE LOST NIGHT - Jayne Castle - A Rainshadow Novel - 9/2012 - Marilyn - New!
SHADOW RISING - Kendra Leigh Castle - A Tale of the Dark Dynasites, Book 3 - 8/2012 - Carolyn
A TALE OF TWO VAMPIRES - Katie MacAlister - A Dark Ones Novel, Book 10 - 9/2012 - Amanda -New!

Romantic Suspense
GUARDIAN - Catherine Mann - A Dark Ops Novel - 9/2012 - Patti - New!

Series Romance
THE MAID'S DAUGHTER - Janice Maynard - The Men of Wolff Mountain, Book 4 - 9/2012 - Patti - HD #2182 - New!
A MAN OF DISTINCTION - Sarah M. Anderson - 9/2012 - Robin - HD #2184 - New!
A SILKEN SEDUCTION - Yvonne Lindsay - The Highest Bidder, Book 3 - 9/2012 - Patti - HD #2180 - New!
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL - Maureen Child - 9/2012 - Patti - HD #2179 - New!
WHATEVER THE PRICE - Jules Bennett - Billionaires and Babies series - 9/2012 - Patti - HD #2181 - New!

Suspense
CLOSE YOUR EYES - Iris and Ray Johansen - 7/2012 - Diana - New!
FOUND - Shelly Shepard Gray - The Secrets of Crittenden County , Book 3 - 9/2012 - Diana-- New!
TIES THAT BIND - Natalie R. Collins - 8/2012 - Diana - New!
              


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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Best Books of 2012...

Romance Reviews Today has its Perfect 10's (click here) and everyone talks about their best books of the week, month and year. 

But what have been your best books of 2012 so far?

Post your answers and you'll be entered to win a $10 Amazon egiftcard from me.

Contest ends 9/24/12 and the winner will be chosen shortly afterwards.  Good luck!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Winner is....

Congrats to.... flchen1 who wins the Loretta Chase book!!!

Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com to claim your prize.

Chat Wed Night with Shana Galen!


 


National bestselling author Shana Galen joins us to discuss her book, WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND. 

 
Door prize: One lucky USA or Canadian reader will receive a signed copy of WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND! 
Moderated by CrazyMo. 
 
When? Wed night at 9:00 PM Eastern time (9/19/12)

Where? http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122 or go to www.romrevtoday.com and click on RRT CHAT. Once the login screen loads, just type your name and choose Mo's room from the chat room menu ;)
 
Hope to see you there for a chat that will be diamond-in-the-rough caliber ;)
 
Mo
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Author's website: http://www.shanagalen.com/

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Q & A with Brita Addams!




Contest:

At each stop of the tour, I'll give away a copy of an ebook from my backlist to one randomly drawn commenter. For Men Like Us, the newest release, isn't eligible.
At the end of the tour, I'll select one person from all of the commenters and that person will win a swag pack, containing *tons* of Brita Addams swag.


1.      Tell us about your newest release.

My newest release is, For Men Like Us and is available at DreamspinnerPress. It is about two men who find their lives entwined by tragedy. War has left them both scarred, physically and emotionally. Should one fail in his self-appointed mission, the other will forever be mired in memories of a life lost. However, success could mean destruction to them both.

Here is the blurb:

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.” 

2.  Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

I'd love to. The scene takes place when Ben spies Preston outside the molly house. His intention is only to see him, not speak to him or engage him. He just wants to see that he is all right. However, when he moves his injured foot, the noise draws Preston's attention. Preston turns back toward the alley and begins a conversation with Ben. The poignancy of the scene has stuck with me. Ben is so lonely and so guilty for his part in the direction Preston's life has taken. Preston's kindness pushes him to do the one thing he didn't want to do.

I described the scene to Anne Cain, who recreated it on the beautiful cover of For Men Like Us. It is even better than I had envisioned.

3.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?

We are all human and have the basic need to survive, sometimes without regard to the price that survival might cost us. Ben paid a heavy price for his sexuality and continued to pay even after falling in love with Preston. Freedom isn't free, is what we say about our fighting men, and that hasn't changed. Ben's wartime experiences lived with him, as did Preston's. Their lives are inextricably interwoven, the good and the bad.

Ben's survival hinged on Preston's and that alone made "their" survival, as a couple, so important.

I'm not surprised by that revelation, but it is one that stays with me. When a person has the conviction to pursue what they want, no matter the cost, it makes for a powerful story.

4.  What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

The one person who has been my champion, always, is my husband. He encouraged me in the beginning to write, because he knew that was something I had always wanted to do. Many factors played into the delay in my writing career, but when I showed the interest to pursue it in earnest, my sweet darling provided the time and support I needed to do it.

He took over the house so I could concentrate on writing. That was huge for me. He does a mighty fine job of things too, and having a wonderful dinner ready every evening is something I'll never stop telling him "thank you" for.

5.  What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My family is extremely proud of me, because they all know this is something I've wanted since I was a girl. Each, in their way, has inspired me, if only with a smile and word of encouragement. They are a very special group of people.

6.  Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

We love to travel and do so as often as we can get away. History is a passion for me, so when I'm not visiting battlefields or famous historical landmarks, I'm reading about our past, as a nation and as a universe.

I am a genealogist and have been for many years. Many of my stories are inspired by things I've uncovered in researching my own family history.

I also love some reality TV—Big Brother, American Idol, Amazing Race, Chopped, Face Off. I'm hooked on Cake Boss (Hoboken style, baby!), and most any cooking competition show. Evenings are devoted to time with my honey, so you might find us watching just about anything. Our guilty pleasures. We also watch a ton of documentaries, period pieces, and biographical pieces. Right now, I'm immersed in the French and Indian War.


7.  Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

Expanding on my love of history, I've decided to write a series, which begins in 1754 and spans 200 years. Each book (four or five) will involve generations of the same family ie: the second book will be about the child of the couple in the first book, and so on.

The entire thing was inspired by a story in my family history, where my fifth great-grandfather was asked to marry a housemaid who was in the employ of a prominent New York family. The wealthy guy was married and had oopsied with the little maid, creating my fourth great-grandfather. However, the man's wife was the prominent daughter of the governor of NY, and well, you can see that this little indiscretion wouldn't have gone over well with the aristocracy.

This story was passed down through the family, but I honestly have no idea if it is true or not. There are elements of it that are entirely fabricated, such as my fifth great-grandfather being paid off to the tune of $30,000, and later becoming the mayor of Walla Walla, Washington. This great political victory supposedly took place at the same time he applied for his Revolutionary War pension in 1818, claiming to be worth a mere $29.00. The keepers of the family history didn't appreciate my investigation of Walla Walla and my getting the man's military records, which included his pension application. Then, there was the inconvenient fact that he never left upstate New York in his entire life, as recorded upon his death by a man who kept a journal of the town for nearly forty years.

However, the germ of truth might have been in the first part, the request for him to marry and raise the child, as my fourth great-grandfather was actually named after the prominent land lord (as in mogul.) Also, my fifth great-grandfather was apparently married three times, but the first two are undocumented, the names of the wives never discovered, though the children from those unions are known.

The second book in the series will deal with this particular event, while the first will fill in the background for my fictional version of my fifth great-grandfather.

8.  How can readers connect with you online?

I am everywhere and I love visitors.

Email address: Brita@britaaddams.com
Twitter: @britaaddams

Thank you so much for having me today. I've enjoyed my visit!
Hugs,
Brita