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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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I’m Back!!

I haven’t posted since the first week in June but sometimes life gets in the way. My writing career was interrupted by a death in the family, a rat bastard burglarizing and trashing my mama’s house, and the difficult decision to make permanent a joining of households – all while living for the last month in an internet dead zone. Couldn’t have done it without my husband Steve working REALLY hard to pull things together.

Everything should be back to normal in the next few weeks but I couldn’t wait to catch everyone up on everything. I was recently notified that His Obsession (Click cover on left to buy) received a 5-Cup Review from Coffee Time Romance AND was awarded Reviewer Cherokee’s “Coffee Time Reviewer’s Recommend”  Award for the month.

Into the Lyons’ Den, a paranormal shapeshifter novella, is scheduled for release by Champagne Books in August. Champagne also contracted to publish The Aegis in April, 2013. The Aegis is the first novella in Light Warrior series in which a race of immortal Light Warriors and their shield-bearing lifemates defends mankind from the evil vampires who happen to be their kin. Check out the excerpts on my book pages.

Today I’m blogging about “A Window into the Paranormal World” which suggests elements of world building for paranormal stories. Check it out at http://thewritersvineyard.com/ . Still can’t manage daily posts yet but promise several each week. RitaBay

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HIS DESIRE, Book 2 of the Montclair Chronicles (MF, Sensual, Regency Historical)

His Desire, Book 2 of the Montclair Chronicles was released this week by Siren BookStrand. His Desire and His Obsession, Book 1 of the Montclair Chronicles are #1 and #2  in the Top 10 of BookStrand’s Mainstream Top Sellers today. Buy or read an excerpt of His Desire (on sale for $3.59 thru June 6th) and His Obsession at http://www.bookstrand.com/node/834699.

William Montclair, the only child and heir of the Earl of Ashford, is determined to find a wife who will bear the children he needs and accept what he has to offer—marriage without love. Georgiana Janson fell in love with William Montclair during the war but she can’t accept what Will offers—love without marriage. When her circumstances change, Georgi must decide what she wants in her life. Too late, Will discovers what he needs most in his. He mounts a campaign to court and win the love of his life. 

London  March, 1815       Will’s Plan

“You cannot be serious about your intentions unless there is something you are hiding, something so horrific you will not tell me.”

His father, who usually sipped his brandy, savoring its rich flavor, drank deeply and exhaled.

“Are you a lover of men?”

The brandy burned as it spewed out his nose and sprayed his spotless cravat. He gasped for air, then choked, laboring to catch his breath.

It was several moments before he could speak. “No, Father, I can assure you that I am not. You yourself have chastised me for my exploits as a young man.” Some of the Ashford Hall staff and the village women had been very open to his attentions, indeed, had even seduced him. But his father had held him responsible and punished him accordingly.

“No offense intended, but your mother and I had noticed your lack of attention to the young ladies since your return. Before you left for the Peninsula, you were a favorite of the ton. The matrons practically threw their daughters at you. Since your return, you are seldom at home and never at the ton parties.”

Thank God his father was not the meddling sort. He could not say the same for his mother who gloried in gossip and intrigue with her friends from her school days in Paris. For that very reason, he had decided to approach his father in the one place in the house his mother refused to enter. By tradition and mutual consent, his father smoked only in the pool room where he and his influential friends and acquaintances were free to gather, smoke, and determine the fate of the world.“I am aware of that, sir. Rest assured that you will see me out at every opportunity. I do not plan to take an inordinate amount of time to make my selection. This is a case of if it is to be done then let it be done quickly.” 

In His Desire, Robbie and Emmy (young Emmy was kidnapped and sold into slavery in a harem in the pirate Republic of Bou Regreg in His Obsession ) are determined that their son will not ruin his life by marrying without love. Tariq (the former harem master) is as loyal as ever to Emmy and Will but maybe a bit distracted.  The villains, and there are several, are really the nasty sort. Check out both at http://www.bookstrand.com/node/834699 or click the book cover.       Tomorrow, Rita  Bay

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His Desire (M/F, Sensual, Siren BookStrand)

His Desire, Book 2 of the Montclair Chronicles and His Obsession, Book 1 of the Montclair Chronicles are both in BookStrand’s Mainstream Top 10 Sellers this week. Click cover to buy or read an excerpt of His Desire (on sale for $3.59 thru June 6th) and His Obsession. Check out the blurb and excerpt below:

William Montclair, the only child and heir of the Earl of Ashford, is determined to find a wife who will bear the children he needs and accept what he has to offer—marriage without love. Georgiana Janson fell in love with William Montclair during the war but she can’t accept what Will offers—love without marriage. When her circumstances change, Georgi must decide what she wants in her life. Too late, Will discovers what he needs most in his. He mounts a campaign to court and win the love of his life. 

London  March, 1815   Will’s Quest

“It is time to fill my nursery.”

William, Baron Montclair, winced when his father’s pool cue missed the ball entirely and skidded along the rich-green felt of the mahogany pool table.

Father cleared his throat, glanced over his shoulder toward the bar, then turned his attention on him. “Did I hear you correctly, Will?”

“You did, sir.” He had always felt uneasy when his father’s piercing blue eyes pinned him like an insect in a display case.

“Do you have a mother in mind for these children?”

“Not at this time.” He had hoped the conversation would be less difficult. He had always had a close relationship with his father, ever since he and his mother had moved  to England from his childhood home in the Bahamas. “I plan to begin my search this season and to have the deed done within a month or so.”

“Let me understand this.” His father stood to his full height and faced him, eye to eye. “You plan to marry an as-yet-to-be-identified young woman because you want children?”

“Yes, sir. It is past time.” He would not dwell on the horrors he had seen as an officer during the late war with Napoleon. He had come to appreciate life when his own had been at risk daily. His command of the French language and knowledge of the culture had made him a natural choice for missions when General Wellesley, now the duke of Wellington, required a presence behind the French lines.

“I, too, had concerns about the succession when you were on the Peninsula. God forbid that your drunken cousin inherit. He would have bankrupted the earldom in a few years.”

His father draped an arm around his shoulders, a rare display of affection since he had grown into adulthood. “Knowing for three years that our only child and heir was in constant danger was a great burden on your mother and me. But we were proud of you, son.”

“A man could do no less, sir, after Ciudad Rodrigo.” It had not been an easy decision when he was but twenty-two to leave all he held dear for a war on foreign soil, but Napoleon had been a threat to his country and his family. Now it was time to fulfill the rest of his responsibilities, however distasteful.

Tomorrow, Tattersall’s    Rita Bay

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Release Day!

Today I’m celebrating the release of His Desire, Book 2 of the Montclair Chronicles by Siren BookStrand. William Montclair, the only child and heir of the Earl and Countess of Ashford (Robbie and Emmy from His Obsession) has always done his duty. When he returns home after the war with Napoleon, he is determined to find a wife who will bear the children he needs and accept what he has to offer—marriage without love.

Georgiana Janson, an impoverished soldier’s widow with a young daughter, worked as a nurse in the field hospital where she and met and fell in love with William Montclair. On their return to London Will sets her up nicely, but she realizes that she can’t accept what Will offers—love without marriage.

When her circumstances change, Georgi must decide what she wants in her life. Too late, Will discovers what he needs most in his. Despite interfering relatives and answering a call to war, Will mounts his own campaign to court and win the love of his life. 

Loved doing the research for this book, most of this month’s Regency posts on my webpage/blog (ritabay.com) were bits of info collected along the way. Click the book cover to read an excerpt of or buy His Desire (M/F, Sensual)  His Obsession is available there also. In His Obsession Emmy was kidnapped and sold into a pirate’s harem in Rabat, the capital of the pirate’s Republic of Bou Regreg. It’s in the Top 10 Mainstream Bestsellers this week at BookStrand.

The blogs for the next two weeks will visit places from the Montclairs’ Regency World.

Tomorrow, An Excerpt from His Desire, then Tattersall’s. Rita Bay

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The British Regency

This month we’re celebrating the British Regency – the period of my recently-released debut novel, His Obsession and the upcoming release of the sequel, His Desire, on May 24th. The British Regency era technically covers the period between 1811 and 1820.  When King George III could no longer rule because of poor health, his son and heir George was named the Prince Regent. He assumed the British throne in 1820 on the death of his father. More often, the period is extended from 1795 until 1837 when King William IV (George’s younger brother and heir) died and a new era was ushered in with the accession of QueenVictoria.

The British Regency period was one of upheaval. The French Revolution resulted in the deposition and execution of the King of France. Thousands of the nobility and their associates and servants were imprisoned, guillotined, or exiled. The rise of a short-lived democratic rule which gave way to the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte as Emperor of France.

In Britain, the powdered wigs and panniers were replaced by short, curly hair and  high-waisted and low-cut dresses influenced by French fashion. The change of clothing was even more marked for men. But more on clothing later. This was a period of excess led by the Prince Regent’s taste for the expensive.  The plight of women working in mills and children laboring in the mines produced unrest among the British poor. Periodic riots had the some of the wealthy looking over their shoulders or across the Channel determined that their heads would not to be the next to roll while others campaigned for human rights.  Tomorrow, Farmer George.   Rita Bay

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The Strange Story of Aimée du Buc de Rivéry

The strange story of Aimée du Buc de Rivéry falls somewhere between history and myth. Aimée was the daughter of wealthy French plantation owners in Pointe Royale on the island of Martinique in the Caribbean. Aimée, a cousin of the French Empress Josephine,  attended a convent school in France. Aimée and Josephine were reported to have consulted a fortune teller who foretold that Josephine would marry a king but Aimée would be loved by one greater than a king in a land far away. Napoleon, Josephine’s husband, became an Emperor of France but Aimée was said to have landed in the harem of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

 In 1788, on a voyage home, Aimée’ ship vanished. She was only eleven years old (Some accounts say 15.) Story has it that the ship was attacked and taken by Barbary pirates. Further, the Bey of Algiers bought her and sent her to Constantinople as a gift to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

 Later stories have her as a harem concubine by the name of Naksh-i-Dila, who became Valide Sultan – a mother of a Sultan.  (All Christians in the harem were given Muslim names.) She was rumored to have borne a child (posthumously) who later became Sultan .  Aimée was said to have taught French to the Sultan, redecorated the palace in the Rococo style, and sent a permanent ambassador to France.

 My Take: There are no facts that support this story. The Sultan died the year after her ship was supposed to have been taken, so the chronology would be very tight – even if the child was born posthumously. Anyway, a nice story.

This May – The Regency Revealed.   Rita Bay

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Princess Niloufer: The Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Niloufer, an Ottoman Princess, was born in Istanbul in 1916. She went into exile with the rest of the Sultan’s family in 1924. Her family moved to Nice, France. Some of these previously rich families were reduced to relative poverty. The Nizam of Hyderbad granted her family a pension on which to live. In 1931 the Nizam’s two sons married Niloufer and her cousin who was also an Ottoman princess. Niloufer married Moazzan Jag, the younger son. She and Jag did not have any children. They divorced in 1952 when she was only 36. She lived with her mother in Paris until her death in 1989. She was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world.

Tomorrow, The Last Ottoman Princess    Rita Bay

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The Fate of the Sultanate and Topkapi Palace

 The Topkapi Palace became less important as the Sultans built elegant palaces on the Bosporus. Finally, Sultan Abdul Mecid I moved the court to the Dolmabahce Palace in 1856 (See pics). The treasury, mint, and library remained at Topkapi Palace. The Topkapı Palace was declared a museum of the imperial era in 1924.

On November 1, 1922, the Ottoman Sultanate was abolished by the Turkish Grand National Assembly. The last Ottoman sultan, Mehmet VI Vahidettin (1918–22) was 56 years old when he came to the throne and had lived in the harem or the Cage for his entire life (See Pic). He was confined to the Cage by his uncle (Abdülaziz) and had stayed there during the reigns of his 3 older brothers. It was the longest and last confinement of a sultan by his predecessors. He only reigned for four years before the Sultanate was abolished and the family sent into exile.

Tomorrow, The last Ottoman Princess.  RitaBay

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The Dark Side of the Harem

Life in the harem was not always glamorous. The women were often at risk from those who were jealous of their position or the favor of the sultan or master. The Seraglio could be deadly. The higher ranking women used tasters to avoid poisoning. Alliances were forged among the women of higher rank and lower rank, harem mistresses and the eunuchs that made life in the harem complicated and, at times, deadly.

The sons were also at risk. The mother of the son who survived to adulthood and became sultan would wield immense power. Until 1566 the sultan’s male relatives and brothers were murdered on his succession to the sultanate. After 1566, the princes were isolated in the Kafes (The Cage) in the palace near the harem. The kafes was a two-storied building without windows with only the company (the women were sterile). If for some reason the heir did not survive, the Empire was left with unprepared successors.

Then there was the danger to the women from the Sultan and the Chief Eunuch of the Harem. One of the Chief Eunuch’s responsibilities deliver any wayward harem residents to the executioner who would tie the woman in a sack and toss her into the Bosphorus. An angry Sultan who suspected one of his women had been unfaithful had several women tortured to discover the culprit. When he couldn’t find the guilty one, he had all of the 280 women in his harem (except for his mother and the kadins) tied into sacked and thrown into the Bosphorus. Only one managed to survive and swim to a friendly ship where the crew saved her.

Tomorrow, The End of the Seraglio Rita Bay

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