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My Hometown Military Romance – Mobile, AL

Search & Rescue, my first military romance was released yesterday by Secret Cravings Publishing. This is my first book that I’ve located in my hometown, Mobile, Alabama. It was fun traveling the streets and visiting places that I knew so well. No location research necessary for this book. My hero (a hometown West Point grad) and heroine (a coed at Spring Hill College) even made a trip over Mobile Bay to Baldwin County to the family condo at Gulf Shores and hooked up at the Grand Hotel and dined on some of my favorites from the menu, though I usually prefer the seafood. Couldn’t fit the Sunday Brunch into the story but savored the memory anyway. The blurb about the hero and heroine is on the July 8th post below. Here’s a short excerpt, part of one of Taylor’s dreams about Lexie that kept him sane after he was captured in Afganistan:

     Taylor regretted he’d volunteered for the Hometown Recruiter Assistant Program. He’d wanted a long visit with his family, but he’d been away from Mobile for too long. After graduating from Murphy High School, he’d attended West Point, been assigned to the Infantry, completed a few rotations in Iraq, and then attended Ranger School. He’d found his home there. Several challenging courses and a couple of missions later, he’d become all that he could be—a well-trained agent and killer, one of the best. He didn’t belong at a Career Day at a Catholic liberal arts college in southern Alabama surrounded by innocents.
     The girl stood up and walked across the room toward the recruiter’s table, her long golden-blonde hair swaying with each step. She was petite, but had some nice curves. Her expensive clothing and jewelry screamed high-maintenance. Not the kind of girl who sought out men like him.
     Captain Jeffries, the recruiter, smiled, mumbled his standard greeting, and held out a brochure. She walked past Art as though he didn’t exist. She only had eyes for him. She stopped inches away. A man coming that close would have been on the floor, but she was either fearless or clueless.
     She looked up a foot and more and batted her leaf-green eyes at him. “I’m Lexie. What’s your name, Captain?”
     He was speechless, captured by a pixie half his size. She would be his—and no one else’s—forever.
   A kick in his ribs awakened him.
     “Eat, infidel.”
     The stale bread, his usual morning fare, landed on the filthy floor beside him. Hussein, the bearded, middle-aged Afghan farmer who’d been his captor for the last two months, slammed and locked the door.
   Hussein walked into the main living area. “We’ll soon be rid of the dog.”

I should mention that the book is rated  FOUR FLAMES for explicit language and sex AND battlefield violence. Didn’t say they were saints. Click HERE or on the Search & Rescue graphic on the left to read longer excerpts or download the ebook from Secret Cravings ($2.99).



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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 a 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 fell hard for young Lexie Carter. He introduced her to passion and she taught him to love. While on a mission in Afghanistan, Taylor is captured by insurgents. When he 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 – explicit 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

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M. S. Spencer Visits An Author’s Desk & a Giveaway

M. S. Spencer AuthorM. S. Spencer is my guest today at “An Author’s Desk.” M. S. writes contemporary romance and action/adventure and is published by Red Rose Publishing and Secret Cravings Publishing.

M. S. has a fascinating bio. Although she has lived or traveled in every continent except Antarctica and Australia (bucket list), the last 30 years have been spent mostly in Washington, D.C. as a librarian, Congressional staff assistant, speechwriter, editor, birdwatcher, kayaker, policy wonk, non-profit director and parent. She is about to heave the entire ho to Florida, leaving behind the cherry blossoms, the monuments, and the political hacks. M. S. will give a mouse pad and key chain to a lucky reader who leaves a comment—for use in their own place of work!


M.S.’s Desk

M. S. Spencer's studyI’m lucky enough to be able to write full time at home, so I control my schedule. This is my fantasy day: I rise just before noon, take a large English breakfast (eggs, bacon, muffins, fruit) (no kedgeree), followed by about three hours of aimless wandering through emails, Facebook and other social media, at which point I remember to brush my teeth before taking my mid-afternoon constitutional. I’m too hungry at that point to write, so I have a light lunch and a nap. By that time we’re into cocktails, and the entire day’s shot.
And my actual day: I rise fairly early in the morning, let the cat out, eat a muffin and coffee, read the newspaper, write or do research for three hours, walk, eat, nap, and get my second wind about 4:30. The only accurate thing about my fantasy day is the cocktail.


M. S. on writing Lapses of Memory

As journalists, Sydney and Elian fly a lot. Since in the story they only meet every few years, the dates of their meeting on a plane coincided strangely and wonderfully with new aircraft designs coming on line. Research on the development of flight technology led me to learn some interesting facts. First, the early commercial airlines were designed for comfort rather than speed. The Boeing Stratocruiser that Sydney takes when she is five had sleeping berths and a lounge, and meals were served on china plates with fine wines in etched crystal goblets. As with most advances, luxury was soon sacrificed to speed, and by the 1970s we had the SST Concorde, which made the flight from New York to London three hours. Second, the amazing growth in passengers blew me away. In the 1950s air travel was limited to a few adventurous souls and planes carried 100 passengers. Today the Airbus A380 can handle up to 840. In 1950 17 million people used air transportation. Just sixty years later in 2011, an estimated 2.75 billion people winged it.


Lapses of Memory

A Romance, Action/Adventure from Secret Cravings

 Click to buy Lapses of MemoryIn Lapses of Memory, two romances intertwine as a mother recounts her life-long love affair while her daughter juggles two lovers. Sydney Bellek’s love for Elian Davies is reignited each time they meet, but in the long years following each encounter she forgets him. For his part, Elian knows from the age of seven that they are meant for each other, but when she finally understands, he has lost his memory—literally. Can she make him remember her? Will their new love be enough to replace the old one?
Meanwhile, her daughter Olivia chronicles the ups and downs of her parents’ romance, making it difficult to concentrate on her own dilemma—how to choose between the rich and dashing Rémy de Beaumec, who wants to take her around the world, and the strong, silent, American-to-the-core, Benjamin Knox, who only wants to make her happy. CLICK the cover to buy or read an excerpt.


Thank you, M. S., for visiting Rita Bay’s Blog. Contact or learn more about M. S. here: BLOG FACEBOOKTWITTERPINTEREST  Please leave a comment to enter to win M. S.’s swag. Until tomorrow,


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