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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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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
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Rita Bay’s New Release

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Thank you visiting  the MFRW Book Hook Hop. Please check out the blurb and excerpt from Conquering Cupid –  my new release from Champagne Books, then click link to visit the other authors.

Love and lust, the perfect mix for a happily ever after. When popular artist Diana Harper dumped her cheating fiancé and accepted an invitation “to attend a private event at Miss A’s island retreat to experience your most secret dreams and fondest fantasies,” her hostess gave her Teddy as an “attendant.” Despite his best efforts, Teddy is no submissive. Diana, however, plays his game for the profound passion, the best sex ever, and love that could last a lifetime.

ConqueringCupid180x280JBillionaire philanthropist Theodore Cooper “Coop” Bareston III fell in love with Diana when he saw her working out at his elite gym in New York City. He was willing to do anything to win her love, including wearing a skimpy thong in his “Teddy” role and posing nude in chains when Di’s interest in her art revived. As the sexual tension builds and passions explode, Teddy discovers he is intensely aroused by playing the submissive.

After moving into Coop’s East Side penthouse, Diana is sucked into a world inhabited by supernatural denizens with powers beyond her imagination. Can she survive the challenges confronting her to live in Coop’s world or will she turn her back on the extraordinary destiny within her grasp?

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Teddy peeked at her over his shoulder. “May I speak, Mistress?”

She frowned, irritated by his interruption. “Keep it brief.”

He tossed back the curly dark brown hair that had fallen forward to cover his face. “I would have done anything to get you away from that asshole, Franklin Thompson.”

“Get up.” She tossed the riding crop on the bed, grabbed the back of his thong, and pulled him to his feet. “Play time is over.”

Teddy knew her rat bastard ex-fiancé? Exactly what was his game? “What in hell are you talking about?”

He sat gingerly on the bed, apprehension flickering across his face.

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The Caretaker’s Lady #MFRW Hop

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The Caretaker’s Lady, my erotic contemporary romance from Liquid Silver Books, released this week. Check out the blurb and excerpt below, then click the link to buy. Note: Hot, contains Spanking, Mild BDSM (with a chuckle). Visit the other authors by clicking the link.

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Click to read an excerpt.Pass the grits and call me y’all. Jasmine Bloom, queen of the bodice rippers for three decades, never thought she would become a victim of writer’s block. When family stress causes Cathy Morrow, who writes as Jasmine Bloom, to miss a deadline, Blaylock Publishing accepts a mysterious invitation for Cathy to visit The Mountain Ridge Resort to revive her muse.

Divorced for two decades with three grown children and two grandsons living in her home, Cathy can’t find the inspiration she needs to write the sizzling-hot romances that gained her fame and fortune. At the resort, Cathy meets a hot maintenance worker who warms the cool nights. Will she be content to role-play his favorite scorching-hot love scenes from her novels then return home to her dull routine?

The caretaker’s job at the resort allows billionaire John Murdock to live the life he loves in the Blue Ridge Mountains and keep a centuries-old family vow. When Cathy Morrow arrives at the resort, she lights a fire he’d banked years ago. Will she look beyond his white hair and menial job to appreciate what he offers—passion with the prospect for love?

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John was flirting with her. How long had it been since she’d flirted with a handsome man? Way too long. Could she play the game? Perhaps. Did she want to? Hell, yes! “No, but you’re handsome.”

“You think so? Thank you. I’m glad to hear that.”

Damn they were moving fast! “You’re welcome. Why?”

“Because when I proposition you, you won’t be too pissed off if my performance is not up to par. It’s been a while for me too.”

Oh my God! This wasn’t happening. Not to her, at least. It had been so long. “You’re going to proposition me?”

He laid his hand over hers. “Would you like for me to?”

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My Mullet Fry at Long and Short Reviews Anniversary Party & Recipes

Displaying participant banner nonanimated 7th anniversary copy.jpgMy post,  The Mullet Fry, goes live at Long and Short Reviews’ Anniversary Party on Monday at 2:30 HERE.  The mullet fry is an iconic celebration of summer on the Gulf Coast by those who are fortunate to live on the water. Writing the post brought back many fond memories of mullet, deep-fried in a cast iron pot over a gas flame, and family fun. Over at LASR, I promised my special recipes that accompany the mullet – potato salad, hush puppies, and tartar sauce/remoulade.

Tartar Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 finely chopped onion
1/3 cup dill pickle relish
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Preparation: Combine onion and relish with the mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Make a day ahead for best flavor.

Remoulade Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise
½ cup ketchup
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Louisiana Hot Sauce, or to taste
1/8 teaspoon Zatarain’s Shrimp & Crab Boil (Don’t Overuse!!)
Note: My daddy added 2 tablespoons of prepared horseradish
Preparation:
Combine all ingredients. Stir. Store in plastic container. Make a day ahead for best flavor.

Hush Puppies

1 ½ cups yellow or white cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 can cream-style corn
milk, as needed
finely chopped jalapeno pepper, optional to taste

Preparation:  Mix dry ingredients. Add onion, corn, and Jalapeno pepper (if desired). Mix well. Add milk for consistency, if needed. Drop by tablespoons into deep hot fat, about 360°. Fry until golden brown.

Rita Bay’s Potato Salad

Boil 8-10 medium potatoes with skin on until knife inserts easily.
Cool potatoes, then peel and cut into ½” pieces. Set aside.

For dressing for potatoes combine:
1 ½ Cup Hellman’s mayonnaise
1/3 Cup mustard
2/3 Cup sweet relish
4 boiled eggs, chopped fine
2 tsp black pepper

In blender combine and blend until pureed.
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/3 Cup onion, chopped
2 Tbl bell pepper, chopped (I use red)

Add above to dressing.
Pour mixture over potatoes and mix.
Salt and pepper to taste

Enjoy!

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Congrats to the Freedom Blog Hop Winners

Congratulations to my Freedom Blog Hop Winners:

Steph – Ely’s Epiphany, my M/M military romance from Secret Cravings Publishing.

Brandi – Search & Rescue, my M/F military romance from Secret Cravings Publishing.

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PDFs of the ebooks have been emailed to the addresses listed. Please contact me if you haven’t received yours at ritabayauthorat hotmail dot com

Hope you enjoy the reads.  Rita

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The Freedom Blog Hop & Giveaways & Free Book

Romance BeckonsWelcome to the Freedom Blog Hop to celebrate the Fourth of July
How better to celebrate the Fourth than with military stories from Secret Cravings Publishing?

I’m offering a short story (all the characters are military or retired military) for free download – RECEPTION INTERRUPTED (See below) AND one copy of SEARCH & RESCUE or ELY’S EPIPHANY to two randomly-selected commenters on my blog. Winner posted on Monday (July 7) – usual rules apply with 48 hours to claim prize. COMMENT ON:  Whether you prefer M/M stories or F/M stories and why. Be sure to leave contact info.

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Reception Interrupted is set in the men’s restroom of The Oyster’s Shell during a wedding reception. Newlywed Army Ranger Captain Taylor Jackson is offered marital advice by his wife’s gay ex-Green Beret guardian, Ely Locklear. 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 Lexie, the new bride, and Todd Anderson, Ely’s partner get involved.

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Reception Interrupted features characters from my two SCP books, Search & Rescue and Ely’s Epiphany (Secret Cravings Publishing). 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 that his fiancée is missing.

In Ely’s Epiphany, a scorching hot M/M romance, two ex-Green Beret partners must face the future of their relationship – will the holidays bring happiness or heartbreak?  The first chapters and blurbs of all of my books are included, thanks to my publishers (Champagne Books, Carnal Passions, Secret Cravings, and Siren BookStrand). Warning: The book features some R-rated content. To download the free PDF, click the FREE BOOK Icon above or visit my Freebie page. Enjoy!!

Buy or read excerpts of SEARCH & RESCUE or ELY’S EPIPHANY at my SCP’s AUTHOR PAGE or my AMAZON PAGE.

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Secret Cravings Contemporary Romance Blog Hop with MANY GIVEAWAYS

 Welcome to the Secret Cravings Contemporary Romance Blog Hop. I’m offering a short story for free download – RECEPTION INTERRUPTED (See below) AND a copy of either of my SCP books, SEARCH & RESCUE or ELY’S EPIPHANY  to a randomly-selected commenter on my blog.  Winner posted on Monday – usual rules apply with 48 hours to claim prize.

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Reception Interrupted features characters from my two SCP books, Search & Rescue and Ely’s Epiphany (Secret Cravings Publishing). 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 that his fiancée is missing.  In Ely’s Epiphany, a scorching hot M/M romance, two ex-Green Beret partners must face the future of their relationship – will the holidays bring happiness or heartbreak?

FreeBookSMRJReception Interrupted is set in the men’s restroom of The Oyster’s Shell during a wedding reception. Newlywed Army Ranger Captain Taylor Jackson is offered marital advice by his wife’s gay ex-Green Beret guardian, Ely Locklear. 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 Lexie, the new bride, and Todd Anderson, Ely’s partner get involved.

The first chapters and blurbs of all of my books are included, thanks to my publishers (Champagne Books, Carnal Passions, Secret Cravings, and Siren BookStrand). Warning: The book features some R-rated content. To download the free PDF, click the FREE BOOK Icon above or visit my Freebie page. Enjoy!!

Buy or read excerpts of SEARCH & RESCUE or ELY’S EPIPHANY at my SCP’s AUTHOR PAGE or my AMAZON PAGE.

Thank you for stopping by. Click the Blog Hop Badge on the left or HERE to return to SCP’s BLOG HOP CENTRAL.

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Love-Struck Blog Hop Winners

Thank you to J.A. Garland for organizing Love-Struck Valentine’s Day Blog Hop  and to J.A. Garland Books and Champagne Book Group for sponsoring the event.

CONGRATS TO THE LOVE STRUCK BLOG HOP WINNERS

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Lori Daamen Jolly  (Kindle Paperwhite packed with Books)

DAILY WINNERS
Debra Neiman (Valentine’s Headband)
Cathy Lee (box of chocolates)
Daniel M. (15 Amazon GC)

Congrats also to BookLover, the winner of my website prize (Into the Lyon’s Den ebook).

Thanks to everyone for participating. Here’s one more vintage postage card.

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Love-Struck Valentine Day Blog with Vintage Postcards

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Toward the end of the 19th century, many valentines and vintage postcards were humorous.The vintage cards pictured are from my ancestor’s ‘courting cards,’ vintage postcards from circa 1910 that my g-grandmother received from her friends and suitors which were saved by my packrat family.

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Her Teddy Bare, my erotic short from Champagne Book Group’s Carnal Passions imprint, is a humorous BDSM-with-a-chuckle story that has evolved into a series, Cupid’s Back in Business, with the first story, Conquering Cupid, my current work in progress. Check out the blurb for Her Teddy Bare in Champagne’s Carnal Passion’s Aphrodite’s Island Series. Click HERE or cover to buy.

HerTeddyBar88x132“Diana will be his to serve if only he can convince her to play the game.”  After dumping her cheating fiancé, Diana Harper accepts an invitation to attend a private event at Miss A’s island retreat to experience her “most secret dreams and fondest fantasies.” Miss A gives Teddy to Diana as an “attendant.” Despite his best efforts, Teddy isn’t a submissive and the skimpy gold thong is ridiculous on a man his size. Although she’s not a domme, Diana plays his game to see where it leads. When Teddy offers her profound passion, the best sex ever, and the prospect of love, will she take a chance on another broken heart?
Theodore Bareston will do whatever it takes to win Diana’s love, even though “whatever” includes wearing a thong and posing nude in chains when Diana’s interest in her art revives. As the sexual tension builds and passions explode, can Teddy convince Diana that he is the only man for her?

Commenters will be entered to win a copy of Into the Lyons’ Den. Click the Blog Graphic on the left or HERE to return to Blog Hop Central.

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