Secret Cravings Anniversary Blog Hop: A True SCP Story, a Contest, & Freebie

Congratulations to Secret Cravings Publishing on Anniversary #4!  I share an anniversary with SCP. I signed my first book contract about the same time the SCP owner, Sandy Sullivan (a successful author in her own right – love those cowboys), was opening SCP’s virtual doors. I met Sandy the following spring at a writer’s conference. I was signed with two well-known epubs and didn’t have anything to pitch, but I didn’t forget the dynamic lady with a plan to make her company a success.

Sandy’s philosophy and business plan were a recipe for success. She was committed to operating a successful epub while keeping her authors happy with fair contracts, unsurpassed interaction with editors, monthly sales reports, and input into the covers. With an extensive offering of stories in many genres, outstanding customer support, and an easy-to-navigate site, SCP flourishes when many new publishers close their doors in months. Congrats, Sandy & staff, on four successful years and wishes for many more.

When I left my comfort zone writing historicals and paranormals and penned a couple of contemporary military stories, I submitted the manuscripts to SCP.  Fortunately for me, both were accepted.  In Search & Rescue, a steamy M/F contemporary military romance, college coed Lexie meets her future Army Ranger husband who is mistakenly reported killed in action in Afghanistan before their wedding. He returns home to discover his fiancée is missing.  In Ely’s Epiphany, a scorching hot M/M romance, two ex-Green Beret partners (Lexie’s guardians) consider the future of their relationship – will the holidays bring happiness or heartbreak?

I’m offering  an ecopy of either SEARCH & RESCUE or ELY’S EPIPHANY  to a randomly-selected commenter on my blog who shares a personal challenge or success.  The winner will be posted on Monday – usual rules apply with 48 hours to claim the prize.  There’s also a FREE DOWNLOAD FOR EVERYONE – RECEPTION INTERRUPTEDnewlywed Army Ranger Captain Taylor Jackson is offered marital advice by his wife’s gay ex-Green Beret guardian, Ely Locklear, at the wedding reception. Jackson offers some “advice” of his own to Locklear. Needless to say, the bathroom of The Oyster’s Shell will never be the same, especially when the bride and Todd Anderson, Ely’s partner, join in.

Thank you for visiting. Return to the SCP Anniversary Hop by clicking HERE or the blog graphic above. Grand prize is a Kindle Fire HDX.

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Jan 12, 2015: Congrats to Lynne who is the winner of one of my ebooks from SCP. I’ve notified her by email. Please respond within 48 hours, so I can send the book.   Rita   7:30 pm Lynne claimed and received Search & Rescue. Enjoy the read!

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New Year’s Resolutions – Have you made yours yet?

Resolpic2Looking forward to the New Year, it’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Have you made your resolutions yet? Here are some of the most popular:

  • Spend More Time with Family & Friends
  • Fit in Fitness
  • Tame the Bulge
  • Quit Smoking
  • Enjoy Life More
  • Quit Drinking
  • Get Out of Debt
  • Learn Something New
  • Help Others
  • Get Organized

I’m in for managing my writing time, fitting in fitness and taming my bulges. What about you?

Have a happy holiday season and an outstanding new year!   Rita Bay

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The Christmas Story According To Matthew

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Matthew 2:1-23   Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem. Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

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Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.  

And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. And when they departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

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When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled with was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called Nazarene.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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Another Vintage Christmas Card

Here’s another 1930s card. Love the paper – it feels as good as it looks.

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A Vintage Christmas Card

Here’s an example of a 1930s card:

Regency Xmas Card

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Spicy or Sweet: Rita Bay’s Blog

 

ELY’S EPIPHANY is a scorching hot M/M Christmas read with two ex-Green Beret lovers facing the prospect of commitment. THE TWELFTH NIGHT QUEEN is a sweet Christmas Regency with Lady Amelia committed to an arranged marriage when her heart lies elsewhere.

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ELY’S EPIPHANY. Will Christmas bring a breakup or a new beginning for ex-Green Berets Ely Locklear and Todd Anderson? For Todd Anderson, a West Point graduate from a wealthy family, it was love at first sight. Living with Ely wasn’t easy, but it was the only life for him. When Ely plays too nice, Todd fears his partner is preparing him for a Christmas breakup. Will this Christmas be their last together?

Ex-Green Beret Ely Locklear survived a childhood filled with poverty and abuse by building a wall around his heart. When his ward’s new Army Ranger husband shows him that loving someone isn’t a weakness, he wonders if it’s too late for a fresh start with his partner. Buy HERE

I can’t share the first scene from ELY’S EPIPHANY here. Let’s just say Todd’s not dreaming about sugar plums and his bedside Christmas tree is put to unusual use. IF YOU’RE OKAY WITH HOT M/M SEX, read an excerpt of the first scene HERE today only before it gets reported and taken down.

TheTwelfthNightQueen_SMTHE TWELFTH NIGHT QUEEN. Fontaines always married Westburys, until the Twelfth Night Queen rebelled. Amelia Fontaine was betrothed to her cousin, Percy Westbury, while she was still in leading strings. When Percy and his family arrive for a long holiday visit, Amelia is dismayed by the prospect of the impending arranged marriage. Will she choose to follow tradition or pursue happiness?

Edward Thornton, the Earl of Bridgwater, couldn’t remember a time he didn’t love Amelia. When Edward discovers Percy’s secret life and his sinister plans for Amelia, he embarks on a campaign to rescue her. Will the Twelfth Night Queen help him save his beloved from her cruel fate? Buy HERE
Thank you for visiting! Rita Bay

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Elizabeth Fountain’s Gift

someoldideascover3Author Elizabeth Fountain writes SciFi and Fantasy with a sense of humor for Champagne Book Group. Having read Liz’ latest book, You, Jane, I’m looking forward to reading her freebie short story, “Some Old Ideas.” The story, according to Liz, is “more like time-travel adventure with a hint of romance.” When the tagline/blurb is “Why would your dead father try to kill you? Brian is about to find out,” what’s not to love? Best of all, it’s free. Read about Liz’s latest, You, Jane, then pick up your freebie HERE.

You, Jane

Champagne Book Group (2014)

 you-jane_300dpiJane Margaret Blake’s problem isn’t her drinking. Sure, she’s missing work, and forgetting she’s already fed her cat, who’s getting a little fat. But Jane’s real problem is the reason she drinks: she writes stories that come true and wreak havoc in her life.

In her “fables” animals, people, angels, and the Universe itself conspire to destroy Jane’s last chance to be with her old love, or, just maybe, to bring her into the arms of a new love. Years ago, a fable pushed Jane’s best friend Charlie into marrying another woman. Now another fable shoves Charlie’s little boy in front of an angry dog – or worse, a wicked spirit bent on getting Jane and Charlie to face the truths they’ve spent a lifetime avoiding.

As her drinking and writing spiral out of control, Jane must finally discover how to write her own happy ending.

Buy Links: Champagne Books / Elizabeth’s Website

Elizabeth’s Social Media Links: Webpage / Facebook

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Secret Cravings Winter Release Party!

Secret Cravings Publishing Winter Release Party starts at 9am. Visit SCP authors every half-hour for games, giveaways, and fun as we share our new releases. I’m up at 4pm but plan to visit throughout the day. Stop by for a chance to win a copy of my new SCP release, The Twelfth Night Queen. Click graphic to visit.

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Author Olga Godim’s Christmas Gift

Olga Book180Fantasy author Olga Godim is my bringer of gifts today. Olga is published with Burst/Champagne Books. Her freebie download, The Answer Is Yes (©2014), is a complementary short story for her novel Almost Adept published by Burst/Champagne Books. A thief, a healer, a magical trap, and knitting yarn make for a wonderful bedtime story. Consider adding her new novel Eagle en Garde, from Burst/Champagne  (2014)  to your Christmas shopping list.

Free Download Link:  http://www.wattpad.com/67642407-the-answer-is-yes

 Eagle En Garde

Olga2180The mercenary officer Darin Barclay lives in Talaria, a kingdom surrounded by a magic-resistant spell. While some people wish to break the spell and invite magic back into the country, the fanatical sect of Cleaners is determined to prevent the return of magic. Darin doesn’t agree with the Cleaners’ doctrine but he doesn’t dispute it either. He is a soldier, not a philosopher. Then he accidentally overhears the Cleaners’ hidden agenda to destroy all magic workers in Talaria, including witches and elves, and his orderly life is turned upside down. His sweetheart is a witch, his daughter is a half-elf, and he has many elven friends. He can’t allow the Cleaners’ murderous scheme to succeed, but what can a lone mercenary do against a horde of rabid zealots? His only choice lies in trickery and deceit to outsmart his enemies. And the anti-magic spell on the border suddenly becomes his only ally.

Buy Links:  Champagne/Burst / Amazon (Kindle)

Olga’s Social Media Links: Webpage / Twitter / BookLikes /Wattpad

Thanks to Olga and readers for dropping by. Check back for more Christmas cheer.  Rita

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Author Pippa Jay’s Christmas Gift

Author Pippa Jay writes science fiction romance/superhero romance for SFR Brigade/Breathless Press. Pippa shares her freebie anthology and her latest sweet traditional release from Breathless Press, When Darkness Falls. Experience love and adventure among the stars in ‘Tales from the SFR Brigade,’ a free digital anthology of eight Science Fiction Romance stories. From Earth to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, explore the sizzling worlds of Science Fiction Romance with stories from Linnea Sinclair, Marcella Burnard, Erica Hayes, Liana Brooks, Pippa Jay, Berinn Rae, Amy Laurens, and Kyndra Hatch.

‘Tales from the SFR Brigade’

TFTSFRB_Revise_Title-1 - Copy• A space captain discovers the cyborg she loves just might be her greatest enemy. 

• A mind-wiped prostitute risks all when she recruits a dangerous stranger to help her escape a terrible fate.  • A prisoner-of-war confronts the comrade who loved her, then left her for dead.

• A space-obsessed physics teacher is kidnapped by a far-too-charming alien. 

• An apocalypse survivor battles the biomech-enhanced hunter who seeks to capture her.

• A young artist must choose between her comfortable life on Earth or a war-torn space colony with her beloved. 

• A daring thief is on the run from the alien law man who is determined to bring her to justice. • A widowed rebel leader tries to save the last remnants of humanity, one stranger at a time.

Download ‘Tales from the SFR Brigade’ for free at Kobo  / Barnes&Noble / Amazon

When Darkness Falls

whendarkfalls_1650x2550In a city where Dark Technologies Inc. now runs the show, Kadie Williams has more immediate concerns than the fall of Blaze, their guardian superhero. Almost every morning for the last few months she’s woken up with cuts and bruises on her body, and no idea how she got them. There are no nightmares. No evidence that she sleepwalks, or any sign of a break in. And nothing to tell her who’s been cleaning up after her. As just one of thousands of civilians conscripted to slave away in the labs of Professor Dark, she knew there’d be trouble ahead. But  she never expected it to be so bad, or so personal.

Desperate for answers, Kadie looks to the new defender of the night, the only person who can hinder the total domination of Professor Dark—Nocturnelle. The mysterious vigilante superhero came from nowhere with her cybernetic sidekick Shadow, set on putting an end to the brutality of Dark’s regime. But as his laboratories work on a new secret super-weapon, Nocturnelle and Shadow may not be enough to save Nephopolis…or to save Kadie either.

Buy Links:  Breathless Press Website

Pippa Jay’s Social Media Links: Webpage / Facebook / Twitter

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