July Next Big Thing Blog Hop

nbtbhThank you to Celia Breslin for tagging me in to the Next Big Thing Blog Hop. Check out her gorgeous website HERE  featuring original artwork in the header and her new release Haven, my current read. Here are my questions and answers about my new contemporary military romance, Search & Rescue, for the blog hop.
 
 
1: What is the working title of your book(s)?

Search & Rescue

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

The story just popped in my head demanding to be written while I was in the middle of NaNoWri Mo. Never did finish that story.

3: What genre does your book come under?

Search & Rescue is a contemporary military romance.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

The hero is an almost-thirty, battle hardened Army Ranger – maybe Chris Hemsworth from the Avengers.  The heroine – Kirsten Dunst. I’m not very good with this.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

After escaping captivity in Afghanistan, Army Ranger Captain Taylor Jackson carries out a frantic search and rescue for his missing fiancée, Lexie Carter.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

Search & Rescue was recently published by Secret Cravings Publishing.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Less than two weeks. Didn’t need to do any plotting, they story was already there.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

None that I know of, but it’s not my usual genre.

 

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

 

The characters just popped up and I HAD to write the story. I was a nurse in the Army Reserve and was familiar with Army protocols. I set the story in my hometown – Mobile, AL – so there wasn’t a lot of research there.

 

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

 

The heroine, Lexie Carter, is a wealthy orphan – a college coed – raised by two former Green Berets who are gay which creates some interesting situations between Taylor and the guardians. 

 

I’d like to write a freebie quickie about the aftermath of Search & Rescue and maybe a short on the guardians – they are just too much fun to let go and they certainly have a story to tell.  

 

You can read an excerpt or buy Search & Rescue at Secret Cravings Publishing or Amazon.

 

Now I’m tagging Champagne author Graeme Brown with his edgy paranormal, The Pact HERE.  

 

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Release Day for Search & Rescue!

Search&Rescue_200x300Today I’m celebrating the RELEASE DAY for SEARCH & RESCUE, my first contemporary military romance. Search & Rescue is my first novella published by Secret Cravings Publishing. I used my experiences as a military dependent and a nurse in the U. S. Army Reserve to write the story. Here’s the blurb:

Not every search ends with a rescue. One look at Captain Taylor Jackson at a college Career Day 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 was reported killed in action in Afghanistan two months before their wedding, Lexie was 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 falls hard for young Lexie Carter. He introduces her to passion and she teaches him to love. While on a mission in Afghanistan, he is captured by insurgents. When Taylor finally escapes and returns home on what should have been their wedding day, Lexie has disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Can he find her in time to rescue her from her fate?

Search & Rescue is an erotic military romance that is rated four flames by the publisher because of the subject matter – language, wartime violence, and sex. There’s a bit of humor, also, because Lexie’s guardians (two former Green Berets) aren’t exactly happy when she brings Taylor home. Read an excerpt or buy HERE or click the cover.   Rita Bay

World’s of the Imagination 7-7-7 Challenge

Have you ever picked up a novel, opened it to a random page and read a snippet to see if the book was worth reading? During July, the Worlds of the Imagination writers are going to put our books to the ‘snippet test’ with the 7, 7, 7 challenge. We will be posting 7 lines starting from the 7th line of page 7 or 77 of our latest works. Check it out and let us know how we do! (Thanks to Audra Middleton for this “snippet.”)

Today is my day at the WOTI Challenge. Since I’m first, I’m sharing a snippet of my next Champagne release .”Finding Eve,” Book 2 of The Lyons Tales from Champagne Books in September. Click the icon to visit.

Tomorrow, my new release from Secret Cravings Publishing. Rita Bay

Moonday’s Heroic Hunk in History: William Harvey Carney

Black MOHWilliam Harvey Carney (February 29, 1840 – December 8, 1908) was the first African American soldier to be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Fort Wagner. His actions at Fort Wagner preceded those of any other black recipient but he was not presented with the honor until nearly 37 years later. He was the second African-American to be awarded the Medal, the first recipient having been Robert Blake, in 1864.
Sgt. Carney was born a slave in Norfolk, Virginia but escaped through the Underground Railroad to join his father in Massachusetts. They bought the rest of the family and settled in Massachusetts where Carney joined the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry where he participated in the Battle of Fort Wagner. He saved the colors (the flag), even though suffering multiple wounds. He eventually made his way back to the Union lines, and turned over the colors to another survivor of the 54th, modestly saying “Boys, I only did my duty; the old flag never touched the ground!”
Citation: When the color sergeant was shot down, this soldier grasped the flag, led the way to the parapet, and planted the colors thereon. When the troops fell back he brought off the flag, under a fierce fire in which he was twice severely wounded.
After the war he worked at a post office and was a guest speaker at public events until his death in 1908.

Tomorrow, Another MOH winner. Rita Bay

Moonday’s Heroic Hunk in History:

CusterTHOMAS W. CUSTER, brother of the famous General George Armstrong Custer, was one of only nineteen recipients of TWO medals of honor. Thomas W. Custer, Company B, 6th Michigan Cavalry, was only 18 years old when he earned his first Medal of Honor on May 10, 1863, at Namozine Church, Virginia, by capturing an enemy flag. Two years later, Custer captured a Confederate color guard, in spite of being shot in the place.
Riding up to his brother Brevet Major General George A. Custer, the lieutenant told him, “The Rebels shot me, but I have their flag.” He turned to return to the fight, but the general, realizing the severity of Tom’s wounds, ordered him to the rear. His brother refused, so the young major general placed him under arrest and had him escorted to the aid station. Custer died on Jun. 25, 1876 with his brother in battle at Little Big Horn. He is buried at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Next Week,  A Greek Hero              Rita Bay

Moonday’s Heroic Hunk: The First Medal of Honor Recipient

Jacob_Parrotedal of HonorThe Memorial Day observance brought to mind the military heroes who defend our nation. In particular, the Medal of Honor recipients who distinguish themselves by conspicuous bravery should be remembered for their bravery. For the next couple of weeks, I’m blogging at ritabay.com about the Medal of Honor and those who received it. Today, our first hero is the first recipient of the Medal of Honor, James Parrott.

In July 1862 President Abraham Lincoln signed law into law the Army version of the Medal of Honor. Jacob Wilson Parrott (July 17, 1843–December 22, 1908) was the first recipient of the Medal of Honor, the new military award presented by the United States Department of War to Parrott and other Union Army soldiers who participated in the Great Locomotive Chase in 1862 during the American Civil War (1861–1865).

Under the command of civilian scout/spy James J. Andrews, a group of Union soldiers stole the “General” locomotive in what is now Kennesaw GA and headed north toward Chattanooga TN with the intent of cutting Huntsville AL off from military reinforcements by rail. They were captured and all the prisoners were tried in military courts, or courts-martial. Fourteen were hanged. The remaining raiders worried about also being executed attempted to escape and eight succeeded.

The remaining six were held as prisoners of war and exchanged for Confederate prisoners on March 17, 1863. Parrott was taken to Washington, D.C. where he met President Abraham Lincoln. Parrott who had been physically abused as a prisoner, was awarded the first Medal of Honor. He was presented with the Medal of Honor by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. He served with the Union Army for the rest of the war. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1863 after the Battle of Stones River and as a first lieutenant in 1864. Later, all but two of the other soldiers also received the medals, with posthumous awards to families for those who had been executed.

Parrott’s Citation Read: One of the 19 of 22 men (including 2 civilians) who, by direction of Gen. Mitchell (or Buell) penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad train at Big Shanty, Ga., in an attempt to destroy the bridges and tracks between Chattanooga and Atlanta. Date of issue: March 25, 1863.

Parrott returned to Kenton, Ohio after the war and worked as a cabinet maker and ran a stone quarry out south of Kenton, Ohio. Parrott suffered a heart attack and died while walking home from the county courthouse in Kenton, Ohio in 1908.

Tomorrow, the Great Locomotive Chase. Rita Bay

Memorial Day, 2013

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Moonday’s Heroic Hunk in History: Prince Paris of Troy

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Prince Paris of Troy was a common figure in Greek mythology. He is first seen when a seer predicted that he would bring about the ruin of Troy. Unable to kill the newborn prince, his parents gave him to a herdsman to expose in the country. legend has it that he was suckled by a bear until the herdsman returned and discovered that he was alive. He kept the child and raised him as a herdsman. When he grew up, he was recognized by the god Ares for his honesty in judging a bull fight. Later, when Eris, the goddess of discord, threw a golden apple labeled “for the fairest” into a wedding celebration of the Greek gods, Paris was asked to judge between three goddesses. Since the goddesses were all beautiful, he agreed to accept a bribe for his judgment. Hera offered him ownership of Europe. Athena offered him warrior skills and wisdom. Aphrodite offered him the most beautiful woman. That happened to be Queen Helen of Sparta who was already married to King Menelaus. After some encouragement from Aphrodite, Helen ran off with Paris to Troy with Menelaus and all of the Greek kings and heroes in pursuit. What happened is a story for next week.

The Attic red figure vase at Antikenmuseen in Berlin, Germany dates from the 5th century BC. Hermes (with the winged cap) leads the three goddesses Aphrodite (the figure in the middle), Athene and Hera to Paris for his judgement. The prize is a golden apple for the fairest. The Trojan prince sits in the doorway holding a royal staff and lyre. Before him stands Hermes, holding a kerykeion (herald’s wand) and wearing a chlamys (traveler’s cloak) and winged cap. Of the three goddesses, Aphrodite is veiled, and holds a winged Eros (god of love) and myrtle wreath in her hands; Athene holds a spear and helm; Hera is crowned and bears a miniature lion and royal lotus-tipped staff. Paris is about to make a judgment that will fulfill the prophecy made at his birth.

Badurday- May 18- Benedict Cumberbatch

I’m not a huge Star Trek fan- I prefer Star Wars and Doctor Who, but I am a very, very big fan of Benedict Cumberbatch. I think he’s absolutely brilliant and I’m planning to see the movie for him and him alone. It’ll be two hours of bliss for me- at least when he’s on the screen. I also like Simon Pegg and some of the other actors in this one but be sure Benedict is the lure for me and he looks to be deliciously evil in this one. If you see it, I hope you enjoy!

On my personal blog, I’m participating in a blog hop and have a couple of giveaways. I’m also donating sales proceeds for the weekend to my local animal shelter. Pop in and say hi at JillianChantal.com

Aphrodite’s Island Series

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Her Teddy Bare was recently released  by Carnal Passions, the erotic romance imprint of Champagne Book Group. This is my first erotic romance, but I’m in great company. Her Teddy Bare (a light BDSM e-book with a chuckle) is the third in the Aphrodite’s Island series where guests “experience their most secret dreams and fondest fantasies.” 

The stories are  stand-alones with Aphrodite and her island as common elements. Veteran erotic romance authors contributed Taming of a Sex God (Virginia Nelson) and One Too Many (Arlene Knowell), Books 1 and 2 in the series. All three ebooks are Quick Reads which are a bargain at $.99 each.  Click the graphic or HERE to read excerpts or buy the books which are listed together (thank you to our publisher).  Tomorrow, Her Teddy Bare’s Release & a Story     Rita Bay

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