Friday, September 19, 2014


Since I LOVE fall and often feature the season in my stories, I thought “fall traditions” would be an appropriate  topic for a first post at Romance Traditions – but there’s more. Check out my post about my favorite fall tradition in the mountains of North Georgia; the blurb about my latest release from Liquid Silver Books (The Caretaker’s Lady); and the giveaway of my paranormal shapeshifter (Finding Eve)—both of which are set in North Georgia. More also on the Southern Magic luncheon and Kindle Fire HD  Grand Prize giveaway.


Fall is approaching and, being from the Gulf Coast, I’m amazed at the change of color in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Georgia. In South Alabama we’re lucky to see an occasional popcorn tree change color. Over a weekend, green leaves clinging tenaciously to trees morph into crumpled detritus lying pathetically on the ground in desperate need of raking. Not so in Georgia.

A half-dozen years ago, the extent of my knowledge about Georgia was that it was mostly covered in red clay. Not being a fan of red clay, I pretty much crossed the state off the list of places I would live, even temporarily. When our only child moved to Atlanta after college to work, we re-evaluated and bought a second home nearby to visit her without disturbing anyone’s peace.

Recently, we find ourselves spending more of our time here, especially during the fall. Who would have thought that North Georgia boasts mountain vistas, apple orchards and pumpkin patches, and a short border with North Carolina?

Every year when the fall colors are at their best, my mother, my daughter, and I drive up Georgia 400 into the mountains. We leave the highway to travel a two-lane road that meanders through quaint villages onto the top of the mountain. The road follows the mountain ridge for miles with steep drop-offs on either side and incredible views of mountain color. Finally, we reach Amicalola Falls State Park. After a succession of heart-stopping switchbacks, we arrive at the chalet-style resort which features banks of windows overlooking several valleys and mountains. In the restaurant, we always request a table by the windows to enjoy the spectacular view while dining on incredible area specialties from a buffet prepared by local cooks. We take the short way home driving by farms with orchards, herds, and pumpkin patches that cater to urban tourists. A good time is had by all.


Amicalola Falls State Park is the inspiration for The Caretaker’s Lady, a contemporary erotic from Liquid Silver Books. the grits and call me y’all. Jasmine Bloom, queen of the bodice rippers for three decades, never thought she would become a victim of writer’s block. When family stress causes Cathy Morrow, who writes as Jasmine Bloom, to miss a deadline, Blaylock Publishing accepts a mysterious invitation for Cathy to visit The Mountain Ridge Resort to revive her muse.

Divorced for two decades with three grown children and two grandsons living in her home, Cathy can’t find the inspiration she needs to write the sizzling-hot romances that gained her fame and fortune. At the resort, Cathy meets a hot maintenance worker who warms the cool nights. Will she be content to role-play his favorite scorching-hot love scenes from her novels then return home to her dull routine?

The caretaker’s job at the resort allows billionaire John Murdock to live the life he loves in the Blue Ridge Mountains and keep a centuries-old family vow. When Cathy Morrow arrives at the resort, she lights a fire he’d banked years ago. Will she look beyond his white hair and menial job to appreciate what he offers—passion with the prospect for love?

DividerBar428x25 Amicalola Falls State Park is also the setting for a few scenes of Finding Eve, my shapeshifter romance from Champagne Book Group. To enter a drawing for an ebook copy of Finding Eve, share your favorite fall tradition in a comment (Be sure to leave an email address.) That will also get you entered into a drawing for the Kindle Fire HD Grand Prize on September 30th. REGISTER for the Southern Magic luncheon to  snag a bag of swag and books, dine with published authors hosting your table, and enjoy an evening with the marvelous international best-selling author Sylvia Day as the keynote speaker and our own Naima Simone as welcome speaker.


Rita Bay happily writes sizzling contemporary stories (Secret Cravings Publishers, Liquid Silver Books); historical romance sagas (Siren BookStrand); and shapeshifter and vampire tales, and humorous mythology-based erotic romps (Champagne Book Group). Her stories are set near her home in Atlanta, along the Gulf Coast, and in picturesque locales across Europe. Her webpage/blog offers more info about Rita and her stories, as well as risqué, macabre, and extraordinary posts about the history and culture of Western Europe and the United States. Visit Rita's website




Cari Hislop said...

It's lovely your Caretaker novel has older characters. In a few months my husband will turn sixty. Romance certainly doesn't end at forty. ;)

I love Fall too. When I was a kid it meant a new school year and the approach of my then favorite holiday (Halloween). After three hellish Halloweens spent working in a Costume shop I still haven't revived any love for Halloween (or sadly dressing up), and I'm no longer in school, but there is something special about Fall. I love the change in light and I love the "Fall" smell in the air. I love how the nights start to get crisp (any excuse for hot chocolate). I love seeing the leaves fall from the trees (now that I don't have any to rake up). The world prepares for a little cold sleep and it feels delicious.

Your annual trip sounds gorgeous! When I finally get over to visit my sister in West Virginia I'll have to persuade her to take some road trips Southward.

cari at thehislops dot co dot uk

Flossie Benton Rogers said...

Oh, wow, these two people are going to heat up the pages, I can tell! Great post, and yes, bring on the grits and coffee:)

Naima Simone said...

I love fall, too, Rita! It's my favorite season because it's so gorgeous, and the hell AKA summer starts to back off, but we have months before winter hits. Turtleneck weather! LOL! I love that in-between time. From your description of the trip you, your daughter and mom take, I'm in love! :-)
Great post!

Charlotte said...

Fall is my favorite time of year. For me it's the smell of peanut and corn picking time along with the cooler weather. I'm from South Georgia and the leaves do turn and the colors are incredible. The maple,elm,sassafras,sycamore,oak,dogwood,pecan,pear,magnolia,mayhaw,redbud and many others are just a few of the ones that parade an array of vivid yellows,reds, oranges,pinks and purples before they bashfully undress for the whistling winds of winter. Granted North Georgia has the mountain ranges and more plentiful forestation and it is breath taking. The good old southern pine is my favorite,I love raking the scented straw for my flowerbeds and using it in fall decorations for Halloween.I love stories set in Georgia so look forward to reading your Caretaker novel. It sounds very exciting.Best wishes.My email is

Rita Bay said...

Thanks to everyone for dropping by. Older characters can be a risk but I think our perceptions of old are changing. These two prove it.

I'm amazed that so many others love the fall weather. I enjoy working outdoors, but the summer sun and heat is a killer. I plant a lot of shrubs this time of year, then mulch like crazy. Seems to work well.

Callie James said...

I, too, love that you have older characters here. And Fall is also my favorite season. So colorful and has that hint of expectations of what's to come--gatherings, food, and celebration--even though I do little of that so far from my family. But I still like the spirit, and it's oh so romantic feels to curl up with a book and disappear.

Unknown said...

Hubba-luv and I love Amicalola Falls State Park. We've hiked there several times, but he's never taken me to the restaurant. He's gonna have to remedy that soon. :) The Fall colors are spectacular. Best wishes with the book.

Rita Bay said...

It's great to be with family during the holidays. From personal experience when you live far away from family, it's hardest during the holidays.

Kudos to you, Meda. Hiking the trail to the top of the falls is amazing! Close by is the start of the Appalachian Trail.

bn100 said...

Nice inspiration

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Rita Bay said...

Congrats to Charlotte B who won a copy of Finding Eve, my shapeshifter romance from Champagne Book Group.

Larynn Ford said...

I'm loving the older characters !

Dawn C said...

Fall means apple picking (which leads to applesauce, apple butter, Apple pie in a jar, etc) and Halloween!! We decorate more for Halloween than Christmas. And we love to dress up. :) Thanks for the giveaway and happy autumn to you!

Shadow said...

Im with ya! I love fall, its my favorite season. The cool temps, the colors, im gonna admit, im a kid at heart. Raking up the leaves, then jumping in them, yup, a great time! lol I also love Halloween, visiting haunted houses, going to this apple orchid and drinking warm homemade apple cider...sigh! Love it all! lol Thanks for sharing! Wonderful post! Great looking story too!