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.
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
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
Falls State Park is the inspiration for The
Caretaker’s Lady, a contemporary erotic from Liquid Silver Books.
Pass 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?
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