Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Noble Tour Guest Blog and Giveaway ~ Brita Addams

I wrote two stories for the Noble Authors Timeless Desire Blog Tour. While they are different, they have the common theme of love lost, the pain fueled by timeless desire. We've all loved and lost. We all know how that feels. Can we say we came out of it unscathed? I think not.

A Minute After Midnight is the story of two men who've had to sacrifice years together for one reason or another. It's rather poignant, I think, when familial obligations require us to give up what we want the most. The selfish side of us wants what we want, while the practical side of us is often cowed into doing just the opposite of what our hearts tell us to do.
Early in my life, I had to make such a decision. Let's just say that my parents were none too happy when at the age of twenty, I got on a plane with my eight-month old son and flew to Iceland to join my sailor husband. Despite protestations to the contrary, my heart was set and it knew what it wanted.
In Logan Chalmer's case, his father is dying and he must make a decision whether to stay and take up his father's responsibilities or leave with the love of his life to begin their life together as  they'd planned throughout their college years.
Those decisions aren't easy and have long reaching consequences. Sometimes, life isn't what you make it. Sometimes it's what we make of the lessons along the way.
Here's the blurb for A Minute After Midnight:
A fateful decision haunted Logan Chalmers for years. A high school reunion brings Reid Wright back to the old hometown, but will Reid even remember Logan or has he moved on to the bright future they were to share?

Following the rejection of the man he'd loved for most of his life, Reid moved away to seek his fortune. The hurt and anger allowed him to move on, but years later, only thoughts of Logan could bring him back for the reunion – that, and timeless desire.
Read an excerpt and purchase A Minute After Midnight at Noble Romance.

An Evening at the Starlight
This is the story of Doe and Royal, lovers from the 1940's. Bud, the old bartender at the Starlight, tells their story to a young man desperate to put his marriage back on track.
I based this story on one from my own family tree. My great Uncle Roy and his wife Dorothy married in 1932, had four children, the first born in 1933, the last in 1944. In 1945, Roy left for work in a huge, freak rainstorm.
He never returned, instead dying as he helped some neighbors salvage their belongings from a house that was shifting on its foundation.
Though Doe and Royal's story is quite different, the sentiment is the same. Make the most of what you have, at all costs. Love truly can conquer all, given the chance.
I have a great deal of emotion toward this story. I met Dorothy, the woman I patterned Doe after, in 1997. Her poignant recollection of the day Uncle Roy died has stayed with me since. "I told him not to go," she kept saying of that day, as she held a tiny picture of Roy, their oldest daughter and Dorothy.
I hope everyone will enjoy An Evening at the Starlight. It's the closest I've ever come to writing a true story, though much about the real story has been changed. It really is a story of hope and triumph.
A bit of trivia about the cover – the lady in the frame is my mother. The photo was taken in 1948 when she was nineteen years old. If you'd like to read a tribute to her, I wrote one on the anniversary of her passing, November 20, on my blog.
To read an excerpt and purchase An Evening at the Starlight, click the title. 
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Thanks for having me over the Place, Amara. I love coming here and visiting with you. Big hugs and much love, sweetheart.


  1. These sound fab Brita :-D

  2. Anytime we open our heart to let another in, we risk incredible pain, but to not take the risk is to never experience the incredible high of finding the one who makes us complete in ways we never dreamed possible.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  3. I'm adding both to my must have list.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  4. Brita,
    The other day when I read your tribute to your Mom I was unable to comment because it was so beautiful and filled with so many expectations and emotion I had to wait. :) I really loved it. books are on my TRL.

  5. Great books to add to my tbr list.


  6. arella3173_lovelessNovember 23, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Wow... both of these stories are so... Moving. Inspiring. 
    I really look forward to getting and reading both. 
    I'm going to love these. <3

    Judi P
    arella3173_loveless @ yahoo . com

  7. Both of theses books look interesting.


  8. wow t hat sound like my neighbor  they are arguing over  going to grandma house use for t Thanksgiving  and mom and then the  brother  i would lov et read the book and then give it to them to read

  9. Hi! I love the sound of your books! I have so many books that i want from this tour! Great interview and thank you for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Please excuse my late arrival. Holiday and all. I'm so happy you all stopped by my sweet Amara's Place. She's the best! 

    Sarah, I hope you enjoy them. They are very different, but I really like them both. 

    Kathryn, My motto is "Just Dance." I take each situation on it's own merits and accept that there are consequences. With my wonderful, darling, I've never been disappointed. He is truly my heartbeat, my other half, the reason I breathe.

    Tracey D - let me know what you think.

    Carol, thank you for reading my tribute to a most wonderful woman, who honestly, didn't deserve the bad breaks so got. I miss her more than I can say. 

    Gabrielle, I hope you enjoy them both.

    Hi Judi, I hope you do love them both. 

    Andrea, same to you. I hope you enjoy them. 

    Desiree - Sadly, I think we all get caught up in the moment and don't take time to consider the big picture. I've gotten to a stage in my life when I treasure even the slightest smile and know that life is fragile and could be gone in an instant. Over the weekend, we received news that three of our neighbors near New Orleans  passed away recently and another has cancer. Petty arguments mean absolutely nothing. 

    Shadow, so nice to see you again. I hope you will enjoy these books.

    Amara, my sweetheart, I'm loving you lots.  



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