Tarnished Gold & Tarnished Souls

on Dec 05, 2013 by Brita Addams

Thank you so much, Michael, for having me over to visit.

I have a giveaway for your readers.

presentI’ll choose two winners. One random commenter will win an ebook copy of Tarnished Gold or For Men Like Us and I’m offering to send swag to anyone who’d like it. U.S. only please.

 Writing Characters Readers Can Relate To

This topic is interesting to me because it is something I’m not particularly conscious of when I read gay romance. As a woman, gay romance doesn’t offer me like characters, and while het romance does, I don’t very often read or write het. Why? I enjoy reading and writing gay romance more.

In writing all male characters, I have to dig deep and explore my knowledge of men. What appeals to me? What makes male characters real for me?

Dialogue brings a character to life, but the words have to be realistic. Most guys aren’t gushy and overly emotional. They don’t notice their surroundings in detail, they don’t cry unless something touches them deeply, and then many men are guarded.

An author must factor these traits into their portrayal. If the character is emo, make that a part of their personality. Show that to the reader. If they are stoic, demonstrate that as well, in action, not it a telling fashion.

I prefer older characters – mid to late thirties and older. Why? The answer is simple – I’m older and anything younger gives me a squicky feeling. I have a son, sons-in-law, and a grandson. I don’t relate to the romantic machinations of twenty-somethings, or college-age men. I like my guys with some silver on the roof.

In writing Tarnished Souls: Frankie and Gent, I took a risk in writing with two late-thirties gangsters. From the moment Frankie hijacked my book by telling me Tarnished Souls was his story, I dithered about the how to make Frankie and Gent sympathetic and yet maintain the integrity of their gangsterness. No small undertaking.

In the end, I chose to have them act as they will in any given situation, while they, in the more quiet times, reveal their innate selves. No, we don’t have highly romantic gangsters here.

The story takes place over a tense three days, during which things happen that force Gent and Frankie to act in not terribly flattering ways.

We can all relate to those times in our lives, when we have to fight back against that which threatens us.

TarnishedSoulsFS [600x900]I couldn’t write these two guys as touchy-feely men – they aren’t. They feel, of course, but they don’t wear their hearts anywhere close to their sleeves. They take what they want, consensually, and do it in a way that I think is sexy.

I ask readers to peel away Frankie and Gent’s mobster veneer and see them as the men they are. What would you do to survive? Are there any lengths you wouldn’t go? Would you protect yours at all costs?

Tarnished Souls: Frankie and Gent:

Hollywood’s Golden Age is not all glitz and glamour. 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? 

Purchase Tarnished Souls: Frankie and Gent

 

 

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Schedule for Tarnished Souls: Frankie and Gent Blog Tour

November 14 –The Rainbow Studio – Author Interview

November 18 – Dreamspinner Press Blog – Writing Sympathetic Gangsters, Gangster Slang, and Mobster Loyalty

November 18 –Brita Addams – excerpt from Tarnished Souls.

November 19 –Sid Love – Getting to Know Frankie and Gent

November 20 –Joyfully Jay – Research for the Tarnished series

November 21 –You Gotta Read – Author Interview

November 25 –Jacob Flores – Generla information re: Tarnished Series

November 26 –The Novel Approach – My Lifelong Love of Hollywood

I’ve issued the prizes for the above stops, but I invite you to visit those blogs and read the other posts on this tour.

December 3 – J.P. Barnaby – The Romance Novel Formula

December 4 – Lynley Wayne – Writing a Continuous Series

December 5 –Michael Rupured – Writing Characters Readers Can Relate To

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.

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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. 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.

Given her love of history, Brita writes both het and gay historical romance. Many of her historicals, as well as few contemporaries, have appeared on category bestseller lists at various online retailers.

Tarnished Gold, the first in her Tarnished series for Dreamspinner, received honorable mention, and is a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, historical romance category.

Brita and her husband love to travel. They’ve taken no less than twenty-five cruises and countless long car trips, as well as completed a Civil War battlefield tour, and visits to many sites involved in the American Revolutionary War. Their 2013 anniversary tour of England, Scotland, and Wales gave Brita fodder for many new tales.

On a trip to Hollywood, California, Brita stood in the footprints of some of her favorite actors—Clark Gable, Henry Fonda, Tyrone Power, and many others, at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and has even kissed Mickey Rooney.

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.

Thank you so much, Michael, for having me over to visit.

I have a giveaway for your readers.

presentI’ll choose two winners. One random commenter will win an ebook copy of Tarnished Gold or For Men Like Us and I’m offering to send swag to anyone who’d like it. U.S. only please.

 Writing Characters Readers Can Relate To

This topic is interesting to me because it is something I’m not particularly conscious of when I read gay romance. As a woman, gay romance doesn’t offer me like characters, and while het romance does, I don’t very often read or write het. Why? I enjoy reading and writing gay romance more.

In writing all male characters, I have to dig deep and explore my knowledge of men. What appeals to me? What makes male characters real for me?

Dialogue brings a character to life, but the words have to be realistic. Most guys aren’t gushy and overly emotional. They don’t notice their surroundings in detail, they don’t cry unless something touches them deeply, and then many men are guarded.

An author must factor these traits into their portrayal. If the character is emo, make that a part of their personality. Show that to the reader. If they are stoic, demonstrate that as well, in action, not it a telling fashion.

I prefer older characters – mid to late thirties and older. Why? The answer is simple – I’m older and anything younger gives me a squicky feeling. I have a son, sons-in-law, and a grandson. I don’t relate to the romantic machinations of twenty-somethings, or college-age men. I like my guys with some silver on the roof.

In writing Tarnished Souls: Frankie and Gent, I took a risk in writing with two late-thirties gangsters. From the moment Frankie hijacked my book by telling me Tarnished Souls was his story, I dithered about the how to make Frankie and Gent sympathetic and yet maintain the integrity of their gangsterness. No small undertaking.

In the end, I chose to have them act as they will in any given situation, while they, in the more quiet times, reveal their innate selves. No, we don’t have highly romantic gangsters here.

The story takes place over a tense three days, during which things happen that force Gent and Frankie to act in not terribly flattering ways.

We can all relate to those times in our lives, when we have to fight back against that which threatens us.

TarnishedSoulsFS [600x900]I couldn’t write these two guys as touchy-feely men – they aren’t. They feel, of course, but they don’t wear their hearts anywhere close to their sleeves. They take what they want, consensually, and do it in a way that I think is sexy.

I ask readers to peel away Frankie and Gent’s mobster veneer and see them as the men they are. What would you do to survive? Are there any lengths you wouldn’t go? Would you protect yours at all costs?

Tarnished Souls: Frankie and Gent:

Hollywood’s Golden Age is not all glitz and glamour. 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? 

Purchase Tarnished Souls: Frankie and Gent

 

 

Tarnished Badge

Schedule for Tarnished Souls: Frankie and Gent Blog Tour

November 14 –The Rainbow Studio – Author Interview

November 18 – Dreamspinner Press Blog – Writing Sympathetic Gangsters, Gangster Slang, and Mobster Loyalty

November 18 –Brita Addams – excerpt from Tarnished Souls.

November 19 –Sid Love – Getting to Know Frankie and Gent

November 20 –Joyfully Jay – Research for the Tarnished series

November 21 –You Gotta Read – Author Interview

November 25 –Jacob Flores – Generla information re: Tarnished Series

November 26 –The Novel Approach – My Lifelong Love of Hollywood

I’ve issued the prizes for the above stops, but I invite you to visit those blogs and read the other posts on this tour.

December 3 – J.P. Barnaby – The Romance Novel Formula

December 4 – Lynley Wayne – Writing a Continuous Series

December 5 –Michael Rupured – Writing Characters Readers Can Relate To


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.


Find Tarnished Gold:


About Brita Addams

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.

Given her love of history, Brita writes both het and gay historical romance. Many of her historicals, as well as few contemporaries, have appeared on category bestseller lists at various online retailers.

Tarnished Gold, the first in her Tarnished series for Dreamspinner, received honorable mention, and is a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, historical romance category.

Brita and her husband love to travel. They’ve taken no less than twenty-five cruises and countless long car trips, as well as completed a Civil War battlefield tour, and visits to many sites involved in the American Revolutionary War. Their 2013 anniversary tour of England, Scotland, and Wales gave Brita fodder for many new tales.

On a trip to Hollywood, California, Brita stood in the footprints of some of her favorite actors—Clark Gable, Henry Fonda, Tyrone Power, and many others, at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and has even kissed Mickey Rooney.

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.


Find Brita Addams:


3 Comments

  1. jenf27 says:

    Thank you for the blog and the giveaway. I have Tarnished Gold, but would love to win a copy of For Men Like Us.

    I don’t need characters to be like me to relate to them. But do need them to be realistic, complex with strengths and weaknesses. I actually like to read about people who are unlike me.

  2. Brita Addams says:

    Hi Jen,

    I tend toward your way of thinking myself, though I appreciate characters in my reading that hold my view that love is love, and that alone is beautiful.

    I appreciate your thoughts, and totally agree that strengths and weaknesses are complex and should be portrayed that way.

  3. Lara Brukz says:

    Don’t you just love it when characters hijack your story. I need to read it, Brita! Looks so interesting!

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