It’s that time again, the time for a visit from our friend Brita Addams, who has created a webpage on Facebook dedicated to the act of promoting the books and authors we love.
As a site dedicate to doing that very thing, we very much approve! Thanks, Brita, now take it a way.
I’ve live next door to people for five years and have only a nodding relationship with them. Most times, I don’t speak to friends on the phone for months on end. It isn’t that I’m antisocial, but I am busy and so are they. My neighbors don’t know Brita Addams, they don’t know I write, and likely, they don’t care. When we share the same space, we smile, comment on the weather, then we go about our business as before.
I’d love to start a campaign for Random Acts of Promotional Kindness. With that, I challenge everyone who reads this to do something to remedy that solitary feeling so many of us have.
With the advent of Facebook and Twitter, the opportunities for random acts of kindness are immense. In my corner of those outlets, authors and readers interact, enabling us to get to know our readers and other authors.
In being in epublishing, the onus for promotion is on the author, for the most part, unless you have an exceptional publisher that gets out there and helps you out. There are those, Dreamspinner and Riptide to name two of the best, that go the extra mile for their authors. Nonetheless, the author shoulders a tremendous weight in getting the word out about their latest releases.
Here is what you do. When you see an author’s post about an interview or guest post, a review, or perhaps a sale, please share or retweet that post and ask your friends to do the same. It takes a moment to do but the rewards are tremendous.
I did that for an author friend recently and he sent me a message, thanking me. I smiled at the thought that he appreciated the effort and took the time to thank me. I didn’t do it for his thanks, but it was nice to get it.
Blog tours take many hours to set up and even more preparing the posts. You always want your posts fresh and new, which takes research into new topics. You don’t want the same pat answers in every interview, so you have to take time to answer questions in a new and refreshing way.
Internet chats are an iffy proposition, which is why I haven’t done them. I still have that feeling that no one would show up and I’d be talking to myself. Believe me, there is enough of that going on as it is!
Share or retweet for your favorite authors and those who might be new to you. If you see they are on a blog tour, promo their stops. You might want to stop by and leave a comment, see what they have to offer.
If your favorite publisher has a sale, spread the news. If an author has posted a great review, help them out by sharing.
Do you have a blog and would welcome guest bloggers or interviews? Reach out to authors, leave a message on the Random Acts of Promotional Kindness Facebook page. You can like our page too.
If you love books, help those who write them to spread the word. Believe me, you will incur the appreciation of authors and publishers alike.
Don’t forget to follow my Brita’s British Travelogue, which chronicles my trip to England, Scotland, and Wales.
As you read this post, we are away, but I’m sending back photos and stories. Share our trip of a lifetime. I’ll be chronicling our adventures, which will include many locations I’ve written about in my historicals.
Toward the end of our trip, we will visit the estate that inspired the setting for my Sapphire Club series. Not the activities, just the floor plan. :) Little did I know that I would ever have the opportunity, but it is upon us!
The first book in that series is Serenity’s Dream, and details the inner working of the infamous (if fictional) Sapphire Club.
Blurb for Serenity’s Dream – Lucien and Serenity
Serenity Damrill has returned to her husband, Lucien after a ten-year absence. She carries with her a secret that could destroy her life and possibly all that Lucien has built.
Lucien was quite happy in his life running the Sapphire Club and has no need for the frigid wife who deserted him the day after they were married.
Can Lucien teach Serenity that her fear of the marriage bed is unfounded? Will Serenity’s secret be the death knell for their marriage?
You can purchase Serenity’s Dream – Lucien and Serenity at Amazon
You can also snap up my latest releases at Dreamspinner Press.
In 1917, 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.
I also have For Men Like Us, which takes place during the Regency in England. You can find it at Dreamspinner Press. Just click the title to be magically transported.
Blurb for For Men Like Us:
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.”
About Brita Addams:
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.
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 road trips. They completed a Civil War battlefield tour a couple of years ago, and have visited many places involved in the American Revolutionary War.
A bit of trivia – Brita pronounces her name, Bree-ta, like the woman’s name, and oddly, not like the famous water filter.
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