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 paranormals – Into 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