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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.

Rita Bay – FACEBOOK / PINTEREST / AMAZON

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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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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Annette Mardis’s Christmas Gift

Annette Mardis, a Contemporary romance author published by Liquid Silver Books, brings her Christmas gift for readers – Getting Her Money’s Worth, a chick lit Christmas gift with a touch of sweet romance. Read the freebie blurb, then check out Annette’s newest book, Shore Feels Right, a sensual romance from Liquid Silver Books (Nov, 2014).

 Getting Her Money’s Worth

Money's Worth Cover (2) (697x960) (697x960) (697x960)Life often has been unkind, and sometimes cruel, to Allie Charles, and she’s determined not to be shortchanged and to live in the moment whenever possible. She and close pal Shelby Martin want many of the same things: romance, fun, good friends and satisfying work. After meeting on a softball field on a frigid fall evening, they enjoy many adventures together: watching the piranha feeding at the National Aquarium; overturning their canoe in the deepest, blackest part of a river; getting stuck thigh high in mud on a golf course water hazard; winning tacky prizes at skee ball machines in Ocean City, Md. Only one woman will see her heart’s desires fulfilled, while the other faces the biggest challenge of her life. This touching, poignant and funny story will make you laugh, cry and go for the gusto in your own life.

Free Download links for Getting Her Money’s Worth: Smashwords / Barnes and Noble 

Shore Feels Right 

HRshorefeelsright Once a pariah among her coworkers, marine biologist Monica Sims has spent months reinventing herself as she seeks redemption. A history of failed relationships leaves her leery of romantic involvement until she meets Cosby Williams, the new co-owner of Nauti-Toys watercraft rentals.

 As things heat up between them, Gulf Shore Aquarium responds to the stranding of a group of pilot whales. When a billionaire bachelor lends his private plane to the rescue effort, Monica catches his eye—and an obsession is born.

 How will she cope with the unwanted attention? And will her past sins come back to doom her newfound happiness with Cosby?

 Buy Links for Shore Feels Right: Liquid Silver Books / Amazon

Annette’s Social Media Links: Webpage / FacebookTwitter

Thank you, Annette for visiting. Readers can snag another Christmas freebie from author Pippa Jay this Sunday.  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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My Free Mini-Book is Up

I posted a mini-book freebie today on my webpage/blog for downloading. The complete story in the mini-book, Reception Interrupted, is a short story of 4,500+ words that occurs in the men’s restroom of The Oyster’s Shell during a wedding reception. Most of the action is between Ely, the ex-Green Beret-turned-bride’s guardian, and the Army Ranger husband. Lexie and Todd, Ely’s partner, eventually get involved in the action. The bathroom, maybe even the whole restaurant, will never be the same. Reception Interrupted is a full stand-alone story that bridges the action between the Search & Rescue and Ely’s Epiphany. There are two versions – PG and R – to choose from.

Search & Rescue is a steamy contemporary military romance in which college coed Lexie meets her future husband – an Army Ranger who is mistakenly reported killed in action in Afghanistan.  My Christmas book,  Ely’s Epiphany, is a scorching hot M/M romance, – a story of two ex-Green Beret partners who rescued Lexie, a wealthy heiress as a toddler, were hired by her grandfather as her security, and later became Lexie’s guardians after her grandfather died. The action in the bathroom of The Oyster’s Shell sets up the story for Ely’s Epiphany.

Click the book cover or the Freebies tab to download Reception Interrupted. Authors interested in compiling a mini-book can find the how-to directions under Author Freebies on the Freebies page.  ENJOY!!

RITA BAY’S WEBPAGE & BLOG / FACEBOOK / TWITTER

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SHARED WHISPERS IS FREE TODAY AT AMAZON

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD FROM AMAZONSHARED WHISPERS, an anthology of sixteen complete stories about romance, mystery, adventure, and the paranormal contributed by authors of  Champagne Book Group, is available today for free from Amazon. It’s available from Amazon.com for $2.99, but today IT’S FREE.  Check out the blurbs below. Click cover to download free from Amazon.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Beyond Forever by M. W. Davis – Two ill-fated lovers from the past show a modern day couple the real meaning of love.
Special Delivery by Linda Rettstatt – During a blizzard, a road sign promised sanctuary from the storm until a woman running from her past learns the doctor is a veterinarian.
The Setup by Victoria Roder – Blowing off a blind date might mean avoiding an unpleasant evening with a stranger—or being saved by one.
Life at Full Speed by Ute Carbone – Sparks fly when a prosecutor and a man she almost sent to prison meet under unusual circumstances—a speed dating event.
Frozen Section by Jane Toombs – An acknowledgement of a past loss does more than thaw a woman’s heart. It opens the path to an unplanned future—and a family she never expected to have.
After the Tears by Angelica Hart and Zi – Grief darkened the future, until love took a hand.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE/WESTERN
Colours by Chris Fenge – One woman seeks to escape the grey coloring her world and return to the bright colors of yesteryear and her true love.
Wailing Down the Wall by Julie Eberhart Painter – A Chinese legend comes to life amidst the creation of one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels.
Journey Home by Linda LaRoque – Life is hard and dangerous on the Texas plain for a couple separated by time, distance, and duty. Love brings them together—forever.

FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION WITH A ROMANTIC CORE
Hatchling’s Guardian by Helen Henderson – The last of his kind, Trelleir longs for companionship. Even if it is only that of a human. However, the one he has chosen to spend eternity has to overlook the fact he is a dragon.
Solitude by Ronald Hore – All Keith Sommerville wanted was a little time alone aboard his sailboat. What he found was a future beyond belief.
Cymru Am Byth (Wales Forever) by Jude Johnson – The freedom of Wales came at a price—love. Centuries later, fate intervened
Heart of a Rebel by Dani Collins – Plans can be undermined when love and destiny take charge.
Heaven by Elizabeth Fountain – Angels are not always found in heaven.
Nimue’s Daughter by Rita Bay – The past and the future collide when the Merlin of King Arthur’s court seeks his true love in a world on the precipice.
Gods and Zombies by January Bain – Do humans dance at the whim of the gods or do we write our own destiny.

Tomorrow, a weekend pic.  SUNDAY January Bain will be my first guest at “An Author’s Desk”   Rita Bay

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RELEASE DAY for INTO THE LYONS’ DEN & a Freebie

INTO THE LYONS’ DEN was released by Champagne Books today (Click cover to buy). The story is a paranormal shapeshifter novella about an abandoned, street-smart cat who makes a home for herself at an elegant Atlanta hotel until she’s lured back to Lyons’ Den where her host discovers that his Kitten has grown claws. Check out the blurb and excerpt below:

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     Wealthy recluse Anthony Lyons offers a mint to lure Marie Maxwell, Atlanta’s most sought-after event planner, to coordinate a wedding and reception for a “very special couple” on his isolated estate in the mountains of North Carolina. 

     Despite her sophisticated veneer, Marie’s a tough street-smart orphan without a past.  Adopted by the owners of the elegant Hotel Maxwell, she’s been raised in the business.  Known for her uncanny ability to “make things go right,” Marie accepts the challenge of planning a wedding for 200 guests in 10 days.

     Marie soon discovers that an absent bride and groom is the least of her problems.  Her arrogant and exasperating employer displays far too much interest in her and her personal life, especially her lost years. Confronted with a mysterious stalker, two thwarted murder attempts, and dark shadows from her shrouded past, she finds an ally in an amorous feline of some unknown species.  But who’s got it in for her?  And what’s with Anthony and all the cats?

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     Marie Maxwell’s internal warning system went on high alert. Someone was stalking her. That was particularly offensive since she was used to being the predator, not the prey. She sniffed the air, then inhaled deeply. Something peculiar, yet familiar. Dangerous.

     “Good evening.”

      Damn! No one could get that close without me knowing it. She spun around to find herself nose to chest with the most gorgeous male she’d ever seen. He was golden, from his close-cut hair to those oh-so-inviting eyes and that luscious tan. Her own ash blonde hair and blue eyes paled in comparison.

     “Pardon me if I startled you.”

     His voice was liquid gold, a baritone for sure. The black Armani tux was a perfect fit, hinting at a kick-ass body. His chiseled features, down to that cleft chin, would be the envy of a male model. He held himself with the assurance that came with power and wealth. He could be thirty, or even forty. Usually, she would be drooling but something about him set off alarms. Best to put some distance between them.

     “I am Anthony Lyons.” He offered his hand. “And you are …?”

     “Hired help. If you will excuse me, sir, I am needed elsewhere.” She bolted from her observation post behind one of the hotel’s palms, then forced herself to a sedate stroll through the dining area surrounding the dance floor. Her elegant black suit and discreet ear-clip set her apart from the guests swirling around her in designer formals and glittering jewels.

     A shortcut behind some props took her to a service area where she could monitor the event’s progress undisturbed. The bride and groom were on their way to Hawaii and the reception was winding down. A popular DJ blasted dance music for the post-reception partying. The couple’s parents relaxed at a table with drinks in hand and smiles on their faces. She breathed a sigh of relief but something wasn’t quite right and that set her on edge.

Available from Champagne Books –  http://champagnebooks.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=593  ($2.99)

BTW, this afternoon I’m visiting the Book Brew at The Coffee Thoughts Blog at Coffee Time Romance. Books about Second Chances are our topic. I’ll offer up blurbs and excerpts of His Obsession & His Desire (Books 1 and 2 of The Montclair Chronicles from Siren BookStrand), share a bit of backstory, and give away a digital ebook of His Desire. Visit The Coffee Thoughts Blog at http://coffeetimeromance.com/CoffeeThoughts/ 

Next week, A Final Salute to the Olympics    Rita Bay

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