Baring My Soul

This Savvy Saturday I bared my soul about writing for Champagne Book Group. While I have been blessed with great publishers, Champagne was my first home. I share a sneak peek about submitting and publishing for readers and prospective authors.   Check it out here:  Savvy Saturday: Rita Bay on Her Experience with Champagne Book Group   Later this week, I’ll have the cover reveal for my latest book with Champagne, Search & Rescue – a sizzling military romance with a twist.  Rita

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My Last Orphan

   Ely’s Epiphany, my last Secret Cravings orphan, is a contemporary M/M military erotic Christmas romance. It is a humorous, scorching hot, stand-alone sequel to Search & Rescue that contains very explicit M/M sex scenes and graphic language. It is scheduled for release in November in Champagne Book Group’s Carnal Passions line. Ely and Todd, now living in a palatial home in South Georgia with Lexie (their former ward) and her new husband, are ex-Green Beret gay partners who are in the process of examining their relationship. It’s a difficult, at times humorous, proposition, since they’re not on the same page.Here’s the blurb:

    Will Christmas bring a breakup or a new beginning for ex-Green Beret partners Ely and Todd? 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—his first and only lover who introduced him to the gay lifestyle and sizzling hot sex—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. Although the millionaire mercenary and entrepreneur has a family and partner who love him, the wall and rough edges remain. 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.

In Ely’s Epiphany, Ely is a master chef. While I’m not a master chef, I love to cook and used my own recipes in the story. I’ll share them as we near publication.   Rita

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My Orphans Have A Home

Great news (for me, anyway)! My two short contemporary military romances that were orphaned when Secret Cravings closed last year will be published by Champagne Book Group (CBG). The two-book series, “Lexie’s Guys,” will be published in CBG’s erotic line, Carnal Passions. Thanks to CBG for allowing me to expand and update both books. Check out the blurb for Search & Rescue, a sizzling M/F romance, which is scheduled for publication in October, 2016:

   Not every search ends with a rescue. One look at Captain Taylor Jackson at a Career Day at Spring Hill College and wealthy coed Lexie Carter knew he was The One. In six months they’re engaged and the wedding set for after graduation. When Taylor is reported killed in action in Afghanistan two months before their wedding, Lexie is devastated, her hopes for a family of her own crushed. Can she survive a future without Taylor or will she succumb to her grief?

   Army Ranger Taylor Jackson fell in love at first sight with young Lexie Carter. While on a mission in Afghanistan, he is captured by insurgents after taking his brother’s place on patrol. When Taylor escapes and returns home on what should have been their wedding day, Lexie has disappeared under ominous circumstances. Can he find her in time to rescue her from her fate?

I look forward to sharing an excerpt or two when edits are completed. Later this week, Ely’s Epiphany.  Rita

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A Change is Coming

   Notice anything new about my webpage? EVERYTHING!! I updated my webpage with a new background and graphics, removed my old data, and checked and edited all my book purchase/review links.

   I also revised my tagline from “Celebrating Romance Across the Ages” to “Risqué Tales of Romance, Adventure & the Paranormal” which better reflects my writing plans for the future, while covering most of the past. Even my new signature graphic reflects my writing plans and matches my webpage (Check it out at the end of this post).

   WHerTeddyBar88x132hy change my writing focus? While I’ve written in several romantic sub-genre, I personally enjoy writing paranormal stories. To be honest, other than the Lyons’ Den series, my personal favorite story was “Nimue’s Daughter” a contemporary Arthurian Armageddon in a short story collection, Secret Whispers. My erotic mythological contemporary stories Her Teddy Bare  &  Conquering Cupid were loads of fun to write. (Click pics to the left to buy) I’ve already plotted two additional stories in the “Cupid’s Back in Business Series.”

ConqueringCupid180x280J   While I LOVE history and enjoy the research, I find myself watching paranormal stories – even the bad ones. I admit to geeking out on current stellar paranormal shows like Supernatural, Dark Matter, The Librarians, and Grimm to some not-so-stellar monster and shark movies, including the Sharknado series and ALL of SyFy’s recent Shark and Monster Week. What are your paranormal favorites?

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Celebrate the Past and Move On

   On my final non-patriotic post last year, I said farewell to one of my four publishers. Secret Cravings and Sweet Cravings closed last year – a real shame. Sandy treated her authors well, the contract was fair, and many new authors received a first chance to publish. The closing was a class act. Sandy, unlike some publishers I could name, kept the authors in the loop and made every effort to keep the finances fair. While the SCP site has closed, the authors stay close through Facebook, but it’s still time to move on.

   Every author remembers receiving that first offer to publish. Fourteen contracts later, I will always be grateful to Judy Gill, at the time the acquisitions editor for Champagne Book Group, for that first vote of confidence in what became Into the Lyons’ Den, the first book in the shapeshifter Lyons’ Tales trilogy. Again, though, it’s time to move on.

  12thNightQueenDeception Cover200x300 Last Christmas (2015) Champagne Book re-published my sweet Christmas Regency story, Twelfth Night Queen’s Deception. (Read Excerpt or Buy Here)  Recently, Long and Short Reviews awarded the story FIVE STARS (Read the review Here). Loads of research on apple production and processing in Somerset and the traditions of the Twelfth Night Queen celebrated there went into the story. Here’s the blurb for Twelfth Night Queen’s Deception:

    Fontaines always married Westburys, until the Twelfth Night Queen rebelled. Amelia Fontaine had been 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. With his estate in shambles, Percy flaunts his plans to use Fontaine Hall’s wealth to benefit his family’s fortunes. When Percy demands that Amelia end her friendship with her neighbor, Edward Thornton, will she choose to follow tradition or pursue happiness?

   Edward Thornton, the Earl of Bridgewater, couldn’t remember a time he didn’t love Amelia. He didn’t believe her grandmother would insist on an arranged marriage, until the entire Westbury clan invites themselves to Fontaine Hall. 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 Amelia from her cruel fate?

Next Post, More Writing News.

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Greetings from Ren-Cot

    I’m back and writing!! During a year-long hiatus, I moved to the magnificent mountains of North Georgia and restored the parts of my home in desperate need of restoration and repair. Gone are the moss-encrusted cedar shake shingles which littered the ground – replaced with composition roofing that is more tolerant of moisture. Thank God, the previous owners had installed the shakes on top of a traditional roof (against code) – otherwise I would have been doing some serious interior repairs. After exterior painting and a few fixes inside, I moved in exactly a year ago. It was a difficult move because of the life-long and generational accumulation of stuff – including over 1000 books – that I wasn’t ready to part with. I plan to leave here on a stretcher or in a hearse and leave the hard work to my daughter.

HouseFrontSM   Homes in the community are often named, sometimes for the views or location. Other names are more personal. Mine, which looks like it’s growing out of the ground, is of that sort. Ren-Cot is short for Renaissance Cottage, which wouldn’t fit on the sign. Renaissance refers to rebirth and Ren-Cot is my place for renewal and rebirth. My writing area is in the glass-walled loft that looks onto forest filled with deer, bears, wild cats, squirrels, and chipmunks. I’ve joined a few groups and volunteer with the community’s animal shelter, but stories and characters have been roiling in my mind demanding to be written. Next post, I’ll share my book news.

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Happy Fourth of July!!

This presentation of the Declaration of Independence to the members of the Second Continental Congress was painted by John Turnbull in 1817 and hangs in the Capitol Rotunda. The actual date that the Declaration was signed has been questioned. The reason for the dispute? Some of the signers were not present on the 4th of July; others had not been elected. The Declaration was presented to Congress on July 2nd, adopted on July 4th, and signed by most members on August 2nd.

On this day that we celebrate our independence, remember those who have given their lives to keep our independence.

Our freedom has a price.  Rita Bay

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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

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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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