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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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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
Thank you for visiting! Rita Bay

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Soul Cakes: A Halloween Tradition

On Halloween in parts of ancient Britain, soul cakes were distributed to the poor. Soul cakes’ origins date at least back to Medieval times. Why were they given to the poor, especially around Halloween? Check out my post at Secret Cravings Publishing on the ancient tradition of Soul Cakes with a recipe, no less. So soft and delicious!

 

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An Author’s Desk: Author Jamie Salisbury

My guest today is bestselling author Jamie Salisbury who writes women’s fiction and contemporary and historical romance. Jamie is a 2012 RONE finalist and her historical-romance westerns have topped Amazon’s Bestseller’s List. Choice Matters, a contemporary erotic romance from Secret Cravings Publishing, is the first in the brand new series, “Southern Heat.” Jamie will share a bit about her writing style, her current work in progress and her current release, Choices Matter.

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10565693_10203449290425467_2065799498_nThis past winter I was forced to take to my bed in an effort to allow an ulcer on the bottom of my foot to heal. No longer could I sit at my desk and gaze out at the peaceful landscape of  a rolling lawn and trees as I wrote. While out on a rare shopping trip with a friend, and in a wheelchair we came across this. My new writing space!

Well that was last winter. Since then my foot has healed and I’m free to move about as I please. Though I could easily go back and write at my desk, I find my new environment far more attractive and coy.

My writing style is more of a panster. I let the characters tell the story. I keep a running notebook of each project containing character names, plot ideas, etc. I write the book, then go back and begin the self edit process of what is working and deleting what is not. At present I’m on a much needed vacation at an undisclosed location. My current project is the sequel to Choice Matters, tentatively called, Choice Affairs.

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Choice Matters

Secret Cravings Publishing  (August, 2014)

ChoiceMatters_SMApolo Choice…self-made billionaire before the age of thirty. At a time when most men are still trying to figure out what direction to take their careers, Apolo Choice is enjoying luxuries they are still dreaming about. But behind every powerful man come secrets, and Apolo is no exception.

Confident, intimidating, arrogant and handsome, Apolo Choice is a man who gets whatever he wants. At least in the boardroom. Away from the power deals, he has a dark side. One he allows few to enter. Until he meets Caitlyn White.

Caitlyn White…smart and self-assured, she has quietly worked at Choice Enterprises for four years. Until one day her world is turned upside down by the man at the top. Taking her from the cubical to executive suite faster than you can blink an eye.

Together they become a power couple both in the boardroom and the bedroom.

Will Caitlyn learn Apolo’s darkest secrets? Will he reveal them to her, when he has no one else? Or will she leave screaming as others have in the past, leaving him alone once again?

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Thank you for visiting, Jamie.

Tomorrow, The Eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD

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An Author’s Desk: V.L. Locey

Author V.L. Locey is my guest at “An Author’s Desk.” Her O Captain! My Captain!, , the third book in the ‘To Love a Wildcat’ series from Secret Cravings Publishing,  is  an Amazon bestseller in sports fiction. V.L. will share some tidbits about herself, her writing area, and her writing routine.

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I love worn jeans, belly laughs,  reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers,  comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) I share her life with my husband, my daughter, one dog, two cats, a steer named after a famous N.H.L. goalie,  a pig named after a famous President, and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

Building a ficitonal sports teamAs you can see, my work area is my kitchen table. We live in an incredibly small house, so this is where I sat up shop when I began writing seriously. Once my daughter is on her own (she`s a commuting college freshman this fall so it won`t be for a few years yet) I have plans to convert her bedroom into an office. One with a real desk and a Fathead of Henrik Lundqvist on one of the walls. *sighs dreamily*

I do my best writing in the morning, although I do put in about 6 to 7 hours per day at the laptop. I generally begin writing at 8 am, if not before, break for lunch, do a bit more, then attend to the domestic chores as well as the farm chores. After dinner I try to do an hour of editing every night, but sometimes Pinterest or Facebook distracts me. When it`s hockey season, there is nothing that gets done after dinner aside from me putting on my lucky Rangers t-shirt and getting ready for that night’s game!

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O Captain! My Captain!

An Erotic Hockey Romance from Secret Cravings Publishing (July, 2014)

Naked man in hockey helmet and skatesO Captain! My Captain! is an Amazon bestseller in sports fiction, as well as being the third in the ‘To Love a Wildcat’ series. The story centers on two forty-somethings who decide to give romance another chance, even though both had previously been cross-checked by love

Being a single working mother isn`t easy. Just ask Maggie Charles. She`s juggling a job she hates, a rebellious teenage son, and the aftereffects of an abusive first marriage. There isn`t room in her life for a love affair, not that anyone would want to romance someone her age anyway, right? So why, after all these months, when she runs into the strapping Wildcats` captain at a charity event, does the sight of Derrick Andersson leave her so breathless once again? Is that really desire burning in the captain`s green eyes when he looks at her? Is it possible for a couple of been-there-and-done-thats to find love the second time around?

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Thank you for visiting, V. L. Tomorrow, A Special Guest Referral.

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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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An Author’s Desk: Tamsin Flowers

Tamsin Flowers visits An Author’s Desk today. She writes erotica and vampire stories for several publishers. Her most recent release—today’s featured story—is The Crimson Bond from Secret Cravings Publishing. In addition to her novels, Tamsin is published in the popular Smut collections which are edited by the well known British erotic romance author, Victoria Blisse.  Check out Tamsin’s desk and her novel, The Crimson Bond.

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IMG_20131213_122817As you can see from the picture, my desk is anything but tidy. But there are certainly a few writer’s essentials to be seen:
• my trusty vacuum mug because I can’t bear it if my tea gets cold while I’m writing
• a large bottle of water – in case I finish my tea
• on the right, a pair of fingerless mittens for typing in the cold and a wrist splint to try and prevent RSI (which would work if I ever bothered to put it on!)
• a box of tissues for when the emotional scenes get too much
• a wrinkled Satsuma to tempt me into having some vitamin C
• what looks like a dark brown glass is actually a scented candle – it’s either that or joss sticks for olfactory inspiration
• hand cream
• and right at the back between the water and the phone, there’s a beautiful snow globe music box with gold and black cranes inside it
• and sundry stuff…

I spend far too many hours a day seated here. In fact, I’d rather be writing on my laptop, sitting on the couch in our sunroom – but when I do that I get back ache from not sitting properly. So, back to the desk and the proper chair I go.
What am I working on at the moment? I’m busy finishing off the sequel to my current release, The Crimson Bond. By the time I get to the end, it will be a trilogy which tells the story of a passionate vampire love triangle. It’s sizzling hot and I have the most fun imaginable playing with my three vampire leads!

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THE CRIMSON BOND
Studio shotWillow Jackson develops an unhealthy obsession Etienne Corbeau; little does she realise he’s a suave, sophisticated vampire. After appearing in her dreams, Willow is astounded to find Etienne in her room for real and even more shocked when, in the throes of a passion she can’t resist, he sinks his teeth into her neck and drinks her blood.
But Etienne is greedy and to save Willow’s life, his wife Elouise forces her to drink vampire blood. From this moment Willow is herself a vampire, forming an unbreakable bond with Elouise which forces her to choose between the beautiful new vampire and her husband of two centuries.

As Willow learns to tame her bloodlust and vampire sex carries her to new heights of physical pleasure, Elouise is snatched away from her. The battle lines are drawn: now she and Etienne will fight for possession of the woman they both love…
Buy Links for The Crimson Bond: Secret Cravings, Amazon US, Amazon UK, All Romance Smashwords.

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Thanks so much to Tamsin Flowers for visiting An Author’s Desk.
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Tomorrow, A Free Short Story added to my Freebie page.  Rita Bay

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Ely’s Epiphany is OUT!!

Click to Read Excerpt/BuyEly’s Epiphany, my first erotic M/M story, is out! Secret Cravings Publishers released the sequel to Search & Rescue, my contemporary military romance, this Monday. This  is Todd and Ely’s super sizzling hot Christmas story after Taylor’s and Lexie’s wedding.  Dawne Dominique worked her cover magic again, with a holiday theme that reflects the story’s content so well. Check out the blurb below.

   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—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 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 of two decades.

Click cover to read excerpt/buy. A short excerpt coming soon.  Rita

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New Contract for Christmas Story

Christmas came early for me when Secret Cravings Publishing  offered a contract for ELY’S EPIPHANY. The novella is my first Christmas story and my first M/M. Todd and Ely were Lexie’s Carter’s ex-Green Beret guardians in SEARCH & RESCUE, my first contemporary military romance. I liked them so much I gave them their own story. Heads up, though. While SEARCH & RESCUE was a four-flame story, ELY’S EPIPHANY is a five-flame, for sure – another first. No cover yet, but check out the blurb.

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—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 of two decades.   

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