RELEASE DAY: Into the Lyons’ Den

 INTO THE LYONS’ DEN was released by Champagne 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. We’re discussing Second Chances at Love. I’ll offer up blurbs and excerpts of His Obsession & His Desire (Books 1 and 2 of The Montclair Chronicles from Siren BookStrand), give 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

Sometimes Life Gets in the Way

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.

Everything should be back to normal in the next few weeks but I couldn’t wait to catch everyone up on everything. My debut Regency Historical Romance His Obsession, Book 1 of the Montclair Chronicles, was released in April by Siren BookStrand. It was on the Mainstream bestseller list for two months. I was recently notified that His Obsession received a 5-Cup Review from Coffee Time Romance AND was awarded Reviewer Cherokee’s “Coffee Time Reviewer’s Recommend”  Award for the month. His Desire, Book 2 of the Montclair Chronicles, was released the end of May and is on the BookStrand Mainstream bestseller list.

Into the Lyon’s 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.

Today I’m blogging at The Writer’s Vineyard about “A Window into the Paranormal World” which suggests elements of world building for paranormal stories. Check it out at http://thewritersvineyard.com/ . Next week, my first Paranormal Hunk in History. Rita Bay

HIS DESIRE RELEASE (MF, Sensual, Regency Historical Romance)

His Desire (released this week) and His Obsession, Books 1 & 2 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 and Countess of Ashford (Robbie and Emmy from His Obsession) has always done his duty. When Will 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.

 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.   BTW, check out my blog today on “You Can Tell a Book By It’s Cover” at the Writers Vineyard http://thewritersvineyard.com/        Next Week, French Heroic Hunks in History         Rita Bay at ritabay.com

Moonday’s Heroic Hunks in History: The Beauty of Torcs

Before introducing you to the beauty of torcs, I want to commend Sizzler Jillian Chantal for her outstanding work in chairing the Silken Sands Writers Conference that was held this weekend on beautiful Pensacola Beach, FL. Loads of fun and food with old and new friends and an awesome lineup of editors and agents. Awesome scenery, too – beautiful beaches and handsome hunks on Spring Break. Then there was the St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl through 17 pubs on Santa Rosa Island. Anyway, on to torcs.

It’s so exciting to watch my first book (a historical romance), HIS OBSESSION,  journey towards publication with Siren BookStrand next month. Part of the process allows the author to complete a Cover Art Questionnaire that gives the artist ideas for the cover. I recently completed the cover art for HIS DESIRE, the second book in the Monclair Chronicles which will be released in May. While searching for a pic of a torc, one of those gorgeous necklaces/bracelets worn by the ancient Celts and Anglo-Saxons, I discovered an old friend and a new hottie – both wearing torcs and little else –  which I had to share. SO,  meet my 2,000+-year-old Celtic Dying Gaul (his long hair was  reshaped due to damage) which is in the Capitoline Museum in Rome and a modern – Greek, I believe – hunk modeling torc jewelry.

Until next week, when my countdown to publication begins with pirates and other outrageous characters,  Rita Bay

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