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Rita Bay

Rita Bay has worked as a Registered Nurse, educator and school system administrator. While juggling family and work, she has participated in archaeological digs, earned a black belt in Shotokan karate, prospected for gold and crystals, and camped across Europe. She lives on the Gulf Coast, except when she's in Atlanta, at least for now.

Rita is happily published with Champagne Book Group (paranormal, erotic mythology), Secret Cravings Publishing (contemporary M/F and M/M), and Siren BookStrand (historicals). She posts random bits of trivia for lovers of American and European history and culture at Rita Bay's Blog at

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A Note From Rita Bay

I loved writing my stories - especially the research. If someone is going to pay for one of my historical novels, they deserve a well-researched read. I like to include information from primary resources often written by contemporaries of the characters in my stories.

For instance, when Emeliese (the heroine in His Obsession, my first historical novel with Siren-BookStrand) arrives in the pirate Republic of Bou Regreg to be sold in the slave market, I used original captive accounts of ransomed Barbary slaves to describe what she encountered. The Republic of Bou Regreg remained a center for pirate activity until 1817 when a confederation of European countries destroyed it. Other historicals take the reader to the battlefield of Waterloo (His Desire) and the beginning of the French Revolution as English students flee to safety (Duchess in Waiting.

The paranormalsInto the Lyons Den (Lyons Tales’ #1 feline shapeshifers), Finding Eve (Lyons’ Tales #2), and The Aegis (a vampire vs Light Warriors) allows me to create whole new worlds at Champagne Books. Her Teddy Bare and the upcoming Cupid series will feature scorching, humorous contemporary stories with characters out of Greek mythology.

Recently, Secret Cravings Publishing has published my first contemporary stories. Search & Rescue is a military romance set in my home town – Mobile, AL. The sequel, Ely’s Epiphany, is a double first – my first M/M (a scorcher) and my first holiday story.

Hope you will enjoy them all!   Rita

Current Releases
Amelia Fontaine had been 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. With his estat...
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The Twelfth Night Queen
Lady Ellen Hammond languished for years at Madame Foret’s Academy for Young Ladies while her fiancé and guardian, the Duke of Ralston, enjoyed a rake’s life in London. When she must return to England to escape the violence of the R...
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Duchess in Waiting

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Ely's Epiphany
Can a feral cat ever return home? Nicholas Lyons, chief physician to the Lyons clan of shapeshifters, has mourned the death of his promised lifemate until a rogue shapeshifter reports having seen her at an exotic animal sale. Accompanied by Marie ...
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Finding Eve
One look at Captain Taylor Jackson at a Career Day at Spring Hill College 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 is reported killed in action ...
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Search & Rescue
After dumping her cheating fiancé, Diana Harper accepts an invitation "to attend a private event at Miss A's island retreat to experience your most secret dreams and fondest fantasies."  Miss A gives "Teddy" to ...
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Her Teddy Bare
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Melinda Kildare, antiquarian and rare book dealer extraordinaire, returns to her shop after an estate sale with a massive, sealed barrel. Too late, she discovers that the Aegis medallion that traps her head-first in the bottom of the barrel is the...
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The Aegis
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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.  ...
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Into the Lyons' Den
After the war with Napoleon, Lord William Montclair is determined to find a wife who will bear the children he needs and accept what he offers—marriage without love. Georgiana Janson, an impoverished soldier’s widow, fell in love w...
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His Desire, Montclair Chronicles 2
[BookStrand Historical Romance, HEA] 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 Montc...
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His Obsession, Montclair Chronicles 1

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