Farewell to a Great E-Pub

As a romance author who writes in several genre, I wanted to keep my romance books separated by sub-genre. Secret Cravings published my contemporary hot military books and Sweet Cravings published a sweet Christmas story (with a touch of spice) last year. Unfortunately, the publisher closed last week. My books published there are no longer available. After they are taken down and the rights revert to me, I will speak with my other publishers about releasing them there. SCP was great to work with and I wish things had gone better for them. Their business model was great, their contract fair, and they paid on time. It’s difficult, however, for publishers to be successful when readers download pirated books for free, authors believe that giving away books is a great marketing tool (I disagree), and self-publishing has become so easy. The publisher/owner was a pleasure to work with and I wish her and the other authors only the best.

Since I will need a new publisher(s) and covers, I plan to take advantage of rewriting and editing all the books. More later.

Monday: I edited the above and am adding a bit. I published my unfinished post yesterday because The Last Ship finale was about to start. Sic semper tyrannis – Thus always to tyrants. It’s from Julius Caesar and the words John Wilkes Booth shouted when he shot President Lincoln. What a cliffhanger!!

Anyway, every author wishes they could have written a story a bit differently or, in my case,  added a scene or two. I plan to do that before I send the books out to publisher(s). More later,on how it goes.


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Flag Day & a Birthday

FlagOn June 14th we celebrate Flag Day in the United states. On  this day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental the flag of the United States was adopted. Also, the United States Army celebrates the Army Birthday on this date. Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. In August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. God bless America our military!!

Returning soon, Rita Bay

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Washington’s Home: Mount Vernon


President George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon was far more elegant than Lincoln. Although orphaned early in life, Washington was home-schooled by tutors, then worked at various jobs until he found a home in the military. His best personal decision was marrying the rich widow, Martha Custis.

While managing his own estate and those of his wife and step-children, he became one of the wealthiest men in the state. His enterprises included farming and a distillery. In spite of his wealth, Washington spent many years in service to his country –  first, as a soldier in the French and Indian Wars, in the politics of the Virginia colony, as Commander of the Continental Army, and then as President of the United States. Washington was both wise and patriotic.

In my opinion, his greatest act of patriotism was refusing a third term as President of the United States. The United States could have become a monarchy with  George as its first king.


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Lincoln’s Childhood Home


Lincoln’s family wasn’t wealthy. He was born in 1809 in Hardin Co, Kentucky in a log cabin like the one above.  (Another vintage postcard.) No running water, indoor toilets, or electricity (Electric lights weren’t invented yet.) for this future president. He studied by candlelight at night from borrowed books after a hard day’s work. His education was won hard, but it carried him far.  Next post, a more elegant Presidential home.  Rita Bay


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Happy President’s Day Vintage Postcard



LOVE this vintage card of President Lincoln – very appropriate for President’s Day. Found ANOTHER stash of vintage postcards when family downsized. All are scanned and ready to share. Up later this week – some Presidential homes – part of a set from the 1930s.


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Happy Valentine’s Day Vintage Postcard


Another Vintage Card from the Family’s Hoard!

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Pre-Valentine’s Day Vintage Postcard


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February 13, 2015 · 9:52 am

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.


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


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.


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.



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