Happy Friday, everyone!
Today, I’m pleased to welcome author Rita Bay to the Paranormal Unbound blog. She’s here to chat about all things paranormal. Plus she’ll give us a look at her latest release The Aegis. And one lucky commenter will receive an e-book copy of her book.
Hi Rita! Thanks for being with us today for a chit-chat.
Thank you for the invitation, Celia. I LOVE to talk books with people who love to read.
What do you love about writing paranormal?
Writing paranormals allows an author to create new worlds. From worldview to customs to dress, the writer has a blank canvas on which to paint a world and fill it with compelling characters. On the other hand, authors can give a paranormal twist to the mundane world by creating exceptions to the “real” world.
Historical romance which is my other genre is self-limiting. History is fixed; if a writer changes history for the sake of a book, then it becomes a paranormal (alternative history). I love history, even write a daily blog (ritabay.com) on European/American history and culture, so the research needed is minimal and easily accessible. Compare that to the complexity of creating a new world.
What kind of heroes and heroines do you like to write?
I LOVE conflict (external) between my gorgeous heroes and beautiful heroines. Then there’s the internal conflict of the heroes and heroines where they confront their pasts and their present perceptions, so that they are open to developing satisfying relationships.
Most of my heroines are feisty and can take care of themselves, but choose at some point to love and support their Alpha heroes. The Alpha heroes might behave as cavemen in the beginning but change their perceptions over time as a result of interaction with the heroines.
There’s always a humorous element throughout my books that are the result of conflict and its consequences.
Do you also read paranormal? Any other genres catch your fancy?
I read what I write–paranormal and historical romance. Since I’m a tad obsessive-compulsive, I track my books in an Access database. I’ve read over 4,000 books in the last two decades. Over time, I’m reading more paranormal.
I like stories set in other worlds that provide the ultimate opportunity for world-building. Anne McCaffrey’s Drangonriders of Pern stories are particular favorites. Recently, stories based on Greek and Roman mythology have become more popular.
Her Teddy Bare, my short novella which will be released by Champagne the first of May as part of the Aphrodite’s Island series, is my first erotic romance. I enjoyed writing the mythology so much that I plan a second story that will be filled with gods, goddesses, and mythological creatures of all sorts.
If you could have a paranormal power, what would you wish for?
The power to heal and regenerate myself and others. If I could live longer that would be nice, but longer and healthier is better. The power to heal others would be awesome and less selfish than personal longevity.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would make a LONG return visit to England and Scotland to revisit all the places I enjoyed and check out all the places I missed the first time.
What is your favorite book of all time?
You’re asking someone with six large bookcases, three small bookcases, and six large boxes full of books to choose a favorite? The stress of it all. My favorite scifi series is Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern books. Johanna Lindsey’s novels are at the top of the historicals. I also read a lot of nonfiction, especially about archaeology and history.
What are you reading right now?
I just finished Arlene Knowell’s One Too Many which is #2 in the Aphrodite’s Island Series. A guy’s fantasy destroys his relationship with the woman he truly loves. Just started How Beauty Loved the Beast by Jax Garren, the third book in the Underlight Trilogy. In a world in the near future, a group of citizens battle against “philantropists” who seek world domination.
Where do you find inspiration for the worlds you build in your paranormal stories?
When I was writing my posts for my blog’s paranormal October, I was surprised at the lack of a comprehensive explanation for vampires and those who fight them. I wrote a story, The Aegis, which incorporated a comprehensive explanation for both.
Tell us a bit about your latest release, The Aegis
The Aegis which was released in April is a hot love story between a Light Warrior who has waited for a lifemate for four centuries and an antique store owner whose awakening powers attracts the attention of a family of vampires. Damian answers the Call of a lifemate and discovers Melinda under attack by vampires. He is determined to protect her until her powers are fully developed, but Melinda is more concerned with taking her revenge on the vampires who destroyed her store and home and her unexplainably intense attraction to Damian.
Thanks for visiting with us today, Rita! 🙂
Rita Bay has lived and traveled extensively in the US and western Europe, participated in archaeological digs, earned a black belt in Shotokan karate, and prospected for gold and crystals. She has worked as a Registered Nurse, educator and school system administrator.
Rita is the author of several historical and paranormal novels. Each Monday she introduces an Historic Hunk in History at the Southern Sizzle Romance blog and blogs daily about Western history and culture at ritabay.com. She lives with her family on the Gulf Coast. Visit her website at ritabay.com.
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 bait used by a family of vampires to capture and enslave women of power.
Light Warrior Damian Sinclair who has battled the Dark Ones for centuries answers Melinda’s call–the Call of a lifemate. While protecting her from the Dark Ones who pursue her relentlessly, he introduces her to passion, love, and her heritage as a Shield Bearer of the Light.
Will they find happiness as they unite to fight the Dark Ones or fall victims to the Dark forces ranged against them?
The Aegis is available now at Champagne Books
Cover art by Petra K. All rights reserved. Used here with permission of author.
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The gods at random.org have spoken! The winner of the e-book copy of The Aegis is: Linda Thum!
Love the sound of a Light Warrior hero! Tweeted https://twitter.com/LindaThum/status/330236446541750273
Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Me, too. I never tire of reading Light vs. Dark, Good vs. Evil. Thanks for the tweet!
Enjoyed your interview very much. The Aegis sounds intriguing. I will have to add it to my TBR list.
Thanks for stopping by, Liz. 🙂
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I tweeted this! https://twitter.com/linda_lindalou/status/330321422679425024
Thanks for the contest!
Thanks for the tweet. 🙂
I forgot to mention that I really enjoyed the interview… and have added The Aegis to my TBR list… It sounds like a story I’d enjoy! TU!
Thank you to Celia and the other Paranormal Unbound authors for the invitation to visit. I love Alpha heroes, especially when they are confronted by a no-nonsense heroine. Hope you will enjoy the story, Rita
Our pleasure, Rita. 🙂
It might be interesting if an author wrote a historical type romance but set in an alternate history.
The fantasy genre lends itself nicely to that concept. Steampunk, too.
Check out the Iron Duke by Meljean Brook. It’s steampunk, and it’s fantastic. One of my top ten favorite romance novels.
I have yet to read steampunk. So many good reads, so little reading time…
Hi, Sandy. Great idea. I LOVE history, have two Regencies published with Siren BookStrand. My blog (ritabay.com), unless I’m promoting a release, consists of daily bits of history as you’ve never seen it.
Some books that aren’t well-researched end up as alternative history, a subgenre of the paranormal romance, when they go beyond the believable.
I would love to see a time travel YA in which a team of young people would travel back in time to get history back on the right path. Rita
Very nice interview
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Thank you BN 🙂
Thanks for joining us today, Rita! I’m a huge Anne McCaffrey fan, too. The Dragonriders of Pern series was the first series I glommed as a kid, and I still reread them from time to time. Best of luck with your new release!
Thank you, AJ. It’s been a while since I’ve read them. It’s time to buy the whole set and reread them again. A birthday is coming up, so the time is right. Rita Bay