2/23/2013

Lucky SEven: Taking on the Backlist: Keeping House



Here are the rules for the Lucky Seven Meme:
*Go to page 77 or 7 of a backlist WIP
*Go to line 7
*Copy down the next 7 lines (sentences or paragraphs) and post them exactly as they're written. No cheating.
*Tag 7 authors
*Let them know

I'm using my backlist- and this is Keeping House, the first of the Truth or Dare books. 

Seven sentences from page 77. 

 “But…” the third brother tried to speak, but Donovan had listened to enough bullshit.
 “But nothing. You all need to figure out that Mischa is an adult capable of making his own choices and seeking his own path in life. He has strength of character and intelligence. Quit trying to force him into a mold you’ve made for him, and stop trying to manipulate him into doing what you want him to when he has the balls to tell you to go to hell.” Breathing heavily, he came to a stop as he realized he’d been shouting at the thunderstruck brothers.
 The eldest snarled at him.



I'll tag seven other authors when I post the link... 

2/21/2013

Crawl in Bed With Brita Addams






Crawling Into Bed With Brita Addams

And a Good Book

Brita Addams
February 19, 2013





Important things first, are these sheets silk or cotton?
800 count Egyptian cotton, in a nice sage green.

What are you wearing?
The usual – an old t-shirt and flannel pajama pants. I have to be comfy and warm.

What are we snacking on in bed while we read tonight?
 I actually snack before bed, but a nice bowl of double strawberry ice cream and peach iced tea did the trick. I have water beside my bed always, though.

If I open this nightstand drawer, what will I find?
*slaps your hands* As Rizzo said in Grease, "Keep your filthy paws off my" wooden "drawers." (artistic license taken. J)
Starting on the top, you can see how neat. The Kindle has a prominent place, then various sundries, and my water.
Below that, as you can see, I have three drawers. The top one has hand lotion, sleeping meds, a couple of books, one being Wanton Women by Anonymous, and an odd tie-back or two from the bedroom drapes. The second drawer, well… and the third, well-er…

Do you roll up in the blankets like a burrito, or kick the covers off during the night?
Neither. I am a pathetically neat sleeper. I do, however, steal the covers and am often the victim of hubby's tugs when I have left parts of him hanging in the breeze.


Can I put my cold feet on your calves to warm them up?
I was going to ask you the same question. I have notoriously cold feet, but I do have a warm heart. J
What are we reading?
Hope you like research. Personally, I am researching my Revolutionary War-era romance, so I have tons of books on my Kindle. I'm working on a saga, which begins during the French and Indian War and will trace generations of the same family through the Civil War.            
As for everyone else, I hope they are reading For Men Like Us, my Regency era gay romance.
It came out in September at Dreamspinner and I'm pleased to say that it has gotten terrific reviews.
Here's 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.” 
You can read an excerpt and purchase For Men Like Us by clicking here.

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. All their children are grown.
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 car trips. They completed a Civil War battlefield tour a couple of years ago, and have visited many places involved in the American Revolutionary War, with more to come in September of 2013. In May, 2013, they are going to England for two weeks, to visit the places Brita writes about in her books.
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

2/20/2013

Corn Cakes


Recipe Theme of the Month: Nostalgia
Hey there! I've been thinking a lot about recipes my mom used to make, that I loved as a kid but never seem to serve as an adult. This is a simple pancake recipe that was famous in our house for Saturday morning breakfasts. Served with honey or maple syrup, these are a tasty treat.

Sweet Corn Cakes
Ingredients:
2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 beaten eggs
1 can cream-style corn
2 cups milk
1/4 cup melted butter
Preparation:
Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Combine eggs, corn, milk and butter. Stir into dry ingredients, mixing lightly. Bake on lightly greased griddle or in lightly greased skillet until golden brown, turning once. Keep corn cakes warm in oven or warming drawer until all are cooked.
Serve hot with butter and maple syrup.

Can't beat these pancakes for comfort food with a half dozen slices of bacon, or a few sausage links.
Thanks for stopping by!
Lee

2/19/2013

Sage Advice




Awesome advice. Only problem is, then the phone rings...or you know, you open up Face Book...otherwise known as Time Suck.

Finding your own voice is very difficult for a writer. Learning to say what you mean, to put words together so they make sense is challenging. Then, when you think you've done it...along comes someone with an opinion.

And they may say that what you said was dumb, or ill-expressed, or wrong.

It can be discouraging, that certainty some people have that you aren't doing things right.

Just remember, its your voice, your story, your call.

I have to remember this.

2/17/2013

Links I Love

This post was Em Wood's idea- and I thank her for it. I think I'll probably be revisiting it as time passes.

First off...Today's links are for amusement. Places I visit when I want a quick laugh or pick up.

#1. TEXT FROM DOG

Tons of VERY funny posts there....

2.  DAMN YOU AUTOCORRECT


3. CRACKD

I can get lost over there for hours clicking links and chuckling.

It'll start with random curiosity over some thing like this...

The 6 Most Bizarre Things Ever Discovered in Space

And the things degenerate from there.

What are some of your time suck web links?

Be Yourself

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~e.e. cummings, 1955