~Lela Bay's Books~
Lela Bay is the author of Ruined Reputations and appears in Meant to Be…Mine. She likes historical romances with sweetness and a touch of comedy. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys strolling, gardening, reading, and tea time with friends.
Meant to Be KISSED Love Notes # 2
November 17, 2018
Historical ~ Regency ~ Holiday ~ Sweet Romance
Love sweet romance? Meant to Be – KISSED is a collection of short stories to sample Meant to Be Press romance authors.
“The Grand Gesture” by Lela Bay, takes a public humiliation and turns it into an act of heroism. Rosamund Windham, daughter to the duke, literally drops herself into a pool of filth to save an innocent and in the process befriends the girl’s brother. His sister quotes him as saying, “You can’t just throw two people together and expect sparks. It takes the right sorts, like flint and steel. They may not look like they go together until they hit up against each other. Then, sparks.”
“Miss Montague’s Winter Kiss” by Emmy Z. Madrigal turns sadness into hope. Grayson is a man who has lost everything, but Cecelia saves his life and rekindles his belief in love. Broken ice and traumatic losses give way to the start of something new, if only the hero can give up past hurts. As Emmy writes, “It was more of a feeling that, if the flame between them was fanned, they could be happy for the rest of their lives. He’d endured so much grief, she longed to bring him joy.”
Finally, as a bonus, check out the contemporary romance flash fiction from Meant to Be Press’s newest author M. M. Genet, “A Year and a Day.” Behold of the promise of the future.
Like the seasons, love has many variations, so let these stories inspire you to discard what holds you back and welcome new opportunities.
March 2, 2018
Historical ~ Regency ~ Romantic Comedy
"A tantalizing pair of Regency tales" ~Emmy Z. Madrigal
"Ruined Reputations is a love letter to high romance of the Brontes with the meticulous eye for detail that readers crave like oxygen itself." MJ Sherry-author of the Back Page Babylon series
--The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons--
Rumors of Mr. Aarons unconventional ways are confirmed when he nearly yanks the bonnet off Emmaline's cousin's head. Drawn by his charm and good looks, Emmaline finds herself assisting him in his mysterious mission.
His obscure search appears to lead to her cousin, beautiful Catherine Connersfield. She is the more sensible choice, but will she have him? More to the point, will Emmaline let her?
Experience has taught Eleanor it’s better to be practical than passionate.
When she discovers Bitsy eloping with her French tutor, scandal threatens to ruin the girl.
To keep her reputation intact, Eleanor reluctantly chaperones the rebellious heiress.
Eleanor’s spotless character protects Bitsy, but behaving respectably proves difficult when tempted by the dangerously attractive Mr. Stinson.
If she fails it will end with ... Ruined Reputations.
Meant to Be MINE Love Notes #1
January 26, 2017
Contemporary ~ Sweet Romance ~ YA/New Adult ~ Historical ~ Regency
Ah love… Love is grand. It’s sometimes painful, blissful, or a feeling that tears us apart. It’s often unexpected or unplanned. When it’s true, it forgives. Some say, “All we need is love.” Others say Down with Love!
Whatever your experience with love, we here at Meant to Be Press wish you success in love. In this book, we bring you two stories to inspire love.
“That Feeling” by Emmy Z. Madrigal is of the unexpected type. In this modern tale, rock front man Greg Stang, falls in love at first sight (or is that first hear?) when he overhears the melancholy piano playing of the hauntingly beautiful Raven. Will she return his affections? Or is he just another guy blindly following her?
“The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons” by Lela Bay is of the unplanned variety. In this Regency tale, Emmaline is taken by Mr. Aaron’s good looks and peculiar interests, but it appears like he’s after her cousin. Beautiful Catherine Connersfield is the more sensible choice, but will she have him? More to the point, will Emmaline stand by and let her?
As a bonus, if you’re searching for stories to love, get to know the characters of some of our other Meant to Be authors in the 21 Questions section of this book.
Whether you are in love with your soulmate or still searching, we hope these stories inspire hope, imagination, and love.
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