Badurday- January 19, 2013- Tavares

I wrote a short story this week with the heroine age 46 and the hero age 55. I thought it was time for me to do that since that’s my demographic now. LOL! I plan to submit it this weekend. I think there’s at least one more story with these characters so I think I’m going to be visiting with them some more. I started this story back in December but concentrated on getting it finished this week. It was initially called, The Stranger. I since decided to rename it in honor of the Tavares song, It only Takes a Minute, Girl but to stop any confusion about whether the story is about a quickie or not, I’m extending the title of the story to include more of the song so the title is It Only Takes a Minute to Fall in Love.
Here’s the video of it from Youtube:

I also have a new release this week on Tuesday- it’s called Doctor, Lover, Baronet and is available on preorder here at this link. It’s at a 10% discount until the 29th of January.

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 . 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

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

The Making of a Book and its Cover

After a book has been written, accepted by a publisher and contracts signed, it could be months or more than a year before a book is published. Depending on the size of the publisher, as few as a half-dozen or as many as 100+ books can be released in a month. The e-publishers can have a shorter to market time because they can omit the print prep and distribution that print pubs must take into account.

After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, it is placed in a queue and assigned an editor. The editor will complete a comprehensive edit, including story content and grammar/punctuation using the publisher’s house style sheet and/or a generally accepted manual (as in Chicago Manual of Style). Both of my publishers use Track Changes in Word  for editing. The manuscript is returned to the author to accept/reject/discuss the changes. A second edit is completed and returned to the author. After the author has completed editing the manuscript for the second time and returned it to the publisher, the ARCs are prepared for one last proof. I have been blessed with two incredible, patient editors.

At some point, the author will receive a Cover Questionnaire which asks for descriptions of the main characters, the period, and other pertinent info which might be useful to the cover artist. Depending on the publisher, the author can make suggestions about the cover content. The cover is a combination of  art, posed photos, and stock photos. The final cover is the publisher’s call. From recent experience, that first cover is when the reality of being published hits.

Robert Montclair, the hero in His Obsession, is tall but not bulky, a champion fencer. Some authors display pictures of their characters as they write. When I needed to select a picture to serve as a model for the artist, I chose Carter Oosterhouse, the TV host/carpenter. I love Jinger Heaston’s (Siren BookStrand) cover for His Obsession (Cover pictured on right). She catches their moods and the emotional distance between them perfectly. 

Throughout May, Regency Rakes.  Rita Bay


Two and one-half years ago the Sizzlers of Southern Sizzle Romance united to pursue our path to publication together. Tomorrow, with the publication of His Obsession, we will meet our goal.  All seven of us are in print, an achievement to celebrate. Check out our titles on the right. The  blurb and a short excerpt  for His Obsession with buy info is below.

In 1788 when Emeliese Alexander, a student at an elite Parisian finishing school, boarded a yacht bound for England, she never imagined she would be kidnapped and sold into slavery. Devastated by Robert Montclair’s betrayal and doomed to live in a pirate’s harem in the Republic of Bou Regreg, Emmy vows to create a life for herself and her unborn child – whatever the price.


Off the coast of France, 1788

     Emmy’s skin crawled. She opened her eyes to find her captor staring at her, his eyes traveling up and down her body, assessing her like the merchants examined the cargoes of her family’s ships when they came into port.

     “You are a beautiful girl, all golden. Small for my taste, perhaps, but perfect. Some men find that very desirable. My son does have good taste in his women.”

     “You are Robbie’s father?” A silly question. He had just said that, but she was still a bit groggy. She must put her fear aside and gather her wits, then discover his intentions. His men had thought nothing of murdering Jacque. Was he toying with her before she met the same fate or worse?

     “I admit my guilt.” He saluted her with his snifter. “Jonathan Montclair, the seventeenth Earl of Ashford, at your service.”

     “Robbie is from a noble family?” Robbie had introduced himself as Robert Montclair, he had never mentioned that his family was noble. The English nobility were very particular about who their offspring could and could not marry. She would almost certainly fall into the “could nots,” and Robbie knew why.

     The earl cocked a brow. “Baron Montclair. The heir. He did not tell you? I thought you were a fortune hunter looking for a wealthy protector.”

     “No, I am a student at Madame Foret’s Academy for Young Ladies. I am not looking for anyone. I will return home to my family next year.” At least, that had been her intention until she had met Robbie. Her future was neither bright nor secure now. The man was evil or insane or both. And he controlled her fate.

Read more/preorder/buy:    

Scheduled for release April 10th, Preorder available now  (M/F, R)

(eBook $3.99, on sale for $3.59 through April 17)     Until next week, Rita Bay

Moonday: His Obsession

SO counting the days until next Tuesday (April 10th) when Siren BookStrand releases His Obsession, my Georgian Regency historical novel. Love my cover. Artist Jinger Heaston pictured Emmy and Robbie before he begins his courtship to win her back. Perfect choice of models, too. Emmy is small but feisty – a student at an elite finishing school in Paris, and Robbie is a champion fencer, a nobleman on his Tour of the Continent. A young couple in love but Robbie’s father has other plans for his son and kidnaps and sells Emmy into slavery in the pirate stronghold of Bou Regreg in North Africa. His Obsession is historically accurate, using primary sources including the centuries-old captive narratives of British slaves ransomed from North Africa. All this week I will feature historical background posts for His Obsession at Until next week, Rita Bay

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