Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Good Karma, Good Books: Beloved Unmasked by Brita Addams

Every Wednesday, I put on my pimp clothes (zoot suits, feathered hats, platform shoes, and the like) and introduce you to something new and wonderful in the literary world. This week, I’m excited to shine a spotlight on Beloved Unmasked by Brita Addams

"Research for Beloved Unmasked threw me into a New Orleans long gone, but the echoes are still there. The ghosts of Lulu White and Tom Anderson haunt their old stomping grounds, longing for their time to return. E.J. Bellocq, an enigmatic fixture in Storyville, photographs my characters, Pic and Spence, on Basin Street, the hub of activity from 1897 to 1917. My characters rub shoulders with the controversial figures who once ruled the nineteen square block area of New Orleans known as Storyville.

"I worked in the Vieux Carre (French Quarter) the heartbeat of the city, experienced the smells and tastes of the food as well as the throb of jazz and ragtime beneath my feet. Curiosity drove me to research this unique era in American history and then write about what life might have been like for a boy born to a Storyville prostitute. My love of New Orleans and my many years of living in the area gave me the perspective to give New Orleans a leading role."
A random commenter can win their choice of my backlist (simply leave a comment with a contact e-mail below). Beloved Unmasked is excluded from the giveaway. More information about my backlist is found on Brita's website. Winner will be selected by Tuesday, January 19.

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.

Dreamspinner Press
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Born in a small town in upstate New York, Brita Addams has made her home in the sultry south for many years, where she shares her home with her real-life hero—her husband, and a fat cat named Stormee. 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.

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1 comment:

  1. Angela:
    I enjoyed reading about your research for Beloved Unmasked. It is always a pleasure to read what inspires an author and how the story became a novel.