Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Meet debut author, Rita Gerlach and her new release, Surrender the Wind!

And win a free book too!
I have the privilege to introduce to you today, not only a good friend of mine, but an excellent new writer on the Christian Historical Romance scene, Rita Gerlach!

Here's a bit about the story to wet your appetites:
A patriot of the American Revolution struggles with his loyalty to his country when he inherits his grandfather's estate in faraway England. Upon his arrival in Devonshire, he meets and falls in love with Juleah, the daughter of an eccentric landed gentleman. Amid the joys of new love, Seth and Juleah face tragedy and trial. A nephew is believed dead. A woman is found murdered in the woods. And most heartbreaking of all, Seth is told Juleah has perished in a fire. What is the truth behind these tragedies? One man holds the answer --- one that despises his American enemy for gaining the two things he wanted most --- Ten Width Manor and the woman he desired.

And my review:
Your heart will soar from the shores of America to the lush green hills of England and then plunge into despair as the characters you’ve grown to love face a cruel and bitter enemy, kidnappings, murders, and deep sorrows. But do not despair, God’s justice and true love prevail in the end. Ms. Gerlach’s historical research is evident throughout the story, and her attention to detail and literary descriptions of scenes placed me right in the middle of the action, whether in England or on a ship crossing the Atlantic or in America. I could smell the flowers, the salt in the sea, feel the wind, and hear the sounds of birds, the clank of wagons, and the lap of waves. Though the story starts out a tad slow, your perseverance will be rewarded with an action-packed adventure that will keep you up in the late hours of the night. A thoroughly enjoyable story. I look forward to reading more from Rita Gerlach.

Now, take a moment to meet Rita!

Rita Gerlach lives with her husband and two sons in a historical town nestled along the Catoctin Mountains, amid Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War outposts in central Maryland. She has published three historical novels, and is editor of Stepping Stones Magazine, an online website focused on marketing, and the promotion of writers. Her fourth book Surrender the Wind, an inspirational historical romance set in Virginia and England, is due to be released from Abingdon Press in August 2009.

I asked Rita to tell us what she has learned or how she has grown through the process of publication.:

When everything is said and done, there is just me and my Lord. His love is the cohesive bond that helps us face adversity. I learned while writing Surrender the Wind that when we surrender all to our Creator the winds that shove and batter us may do so for a time, but He is there to take the brunt of it and bring us through the most difficult, heartbreaking moments of our lives. It caused me to ponder what are the most important things in life. Even having a book published fades in significance in light of eternity.

Amen, Rita. I couldn't have said it better!

You can find out more about Rita and her books at : Visit her website at http://ritagerlach.com

And please leave a comment and I'll enter your name in a drawing on the 14th for a free copy of Surrender the Wind!


  1. I saw this book featured on a website a few months ago and knew I HAD to have it! I'm so happy the release is here! I've never read anything by Rita and would love to start with Surrender the Wind! I love historical romances! Please enter me!


  2. WOW! sounds like a great book! I'm gonna have to read this one!!!! Historical Romances are on my top 10 for favorites!!!!


  3. Surrender the Wind looks like a great read! It's definitely a book that I would buy. If MaryLu Tyndall recommends it, then it must be an excellent book to read.


  4. I love historical romance books. It sounds great!


  5. I'm so excited for you Rita! I can't tell you how many of those prayers I whispered for you. Wishing you the best and God's blessing on your journey.

  6. DebbieLynne,
    Oh that just touched my heart in a profound way, that you whispered prayers for me. It was nothing short of God's hand moving in my life that I found out that Abingdon was launching a fiction line.

    Thanks for you wonderful comments. I appreciate that you want to read Surrender the Wind. If you'd like an oversized bookmark just email me at rpkg@comcast.net

    Thanks for the endorsement and support. I got your newest yesterday, The Blue Enchantress. I can't wait to immerse myself into it's pages.

    God bless,

  7. I've seen this book too, and even went to the authors website recently. It looks different than the usual and good too. Please enter me for the giveaway. Thanks.


  8. This book sounds great and I totatlly agree- if MaryLu thinks it's good- than it's GOOD! I love to read about Revolutionary history and this books sounds like it is jam packed with action.

    I love your witness, that alone is the most important part for me and I want to read a new author- what is their testimony. Thanks!

  9. Sorry, I forgot my email


  10. I have this book on my Wishlist, though it might be a while for me to get a copy since I have spent all of my Book Money Allowence. This book sounds very intriguing and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

  11. This sounds like a great book! I love historical fiction. I really like the way you spelled Juleah's name. So beautiful.


  12. I'm very interested in this one and have been watching for its release!

    ldneuhof at hotmail dot com

  13. I requested that my library buy this, and they did. But, I would love to own a copy myself! Please enter me for the contest!
    booklovercb at yahoo dot com

  14. Sounds like a great book. Please enter me for this giveaway. Thanks. :)

  15. MaryLu, you're always offering us these wonderful opportunities when we come to your blog, to be introduced to amazing books that I never heard of. Thank you!
    I think this is a book I would read. I love stories that have mystery and a twist of romance.

  16. Sounds like a great book. Please enter me:

  17. "Surrender the Wind" sounds very interesting. I am always on the lookout for a promising author, especially one whose books have "novel" plots! I love that time period too.


  18. Sounds like a wonderful story. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


  19. I would love to win A copy.I love historical fiction.tracee77@windstream.net

  20. I love historical romances! Thanks!

  21. Wow this book sounds really good. I love historical fiction! It's the best kind of read, in my opinion.

  22. Please enter me in your drawing. This book sounds very interesting!


  23. My favorite genre is Comtemporary romance, but I do enjoy Historical romances from time to time. This looks like a great one to try ~ please enter me!

    Thank you,


  24. Surrender the Wind sounds really exciting and gripping. Please include me in the drawing, thanks!


  25. I've never read one of her books, but would to. I would love to win this book. May God Bless you.