Saturday, September 22, 2012

Beside Two Rivers by Rita Gerlach

Today I'd like to share with you about Beside Two Rivers by Rita Gerlach. Rita is a friend who writes  historical romance novels of the colonial era that will sweep you away! We belong to Colonial American Christian Writers and both contribute to the Colonial Quills blog. 

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.


by Rita Gerlach  

Book 2 in the ‘Daughters of the Potomac Series’ published by Abingdon Press, October 2012.

From the banks of the Potomac to the misty moors of England, comes a tale of love won and love lost, and the faith to find it again.
Vaguely can Darcy Morgan recall the day her father returned home from fighting in the American Revolution.  When he discovers his unfaithful wife had borne a child in his absence, the marriage is broken, and Darcy’s quiet childhood along the two rivers was changed forever. She grows up believing her mother dead and that her father journeyed west to the lands beyond the Blue Ridge. Her indulging Uncle Will, excitable Aunt Mari, and her five female cousins, cannot shield her from thinking of the mother she loved and the father she barely knew, nor can she escape the fleeting images in her memory of the babe Ilene and Ilene’s surrogate mother, Sarah, or the grandmotherly servant, Fiona Goodall.

Beside Two Rivers
is the sequel to
Before the Scarlet Dawn.
In this dramatic saga that began with 'Before the Scarlet Dawn', Darcy seeks to unravel a lifetime of memories unaware that the young Englishman who loves her holds the answers. Her search takes her far from her beloved home along the Potomac, to a manor house in faraway England. Soon the secrets of the past slowly rise to the surface. Will she be reunited with the most important people in her life? Will Hayward and Eliza find peace and reconciliation? Will Darcy's faith sustain her to make the difficult choices, and will the love she and Ethan share endure?


"Beside Two Rivers is much more than the sequel to Rita Gerlach’s popular Before the Scarlet Dawn. It’s the heart-rending story of true love threatened by secrets and deceit, of family torn apart by tragedy, and most of all, of the redeeming power of love and faith. Filled with vivid descriptions of life along the Potomac and rural England during the late 18th century, this is a story that will linger in readers’ memories." - Amanda Cabot, author of Summer of Promise and Christmas Roses 

"Beside Two Rivers stirred me like no other book has. Rita Gerlach has an epic style to her writing that is guaranteed to sweep you away to another place and time. With a deeply emotional storyline, characters of uncommon depth, heart-throbbing romance, and the boundless love of family lost and regained, this is truly a magnificent novel!" - MaryLu Tyndall, author of the Surrender to Destiny Series and Veil of Pearls

"This is the epitome of romance with a flavor of Persuasion. I definitely had a flavor of regency in the wilderness that touched me like no other. Bring in a mix of Jane Austen with a kick of Laura Frantz and I'm on every page. Goodness, just looking back at my thoughts I feel like Rita Gerlach is presenting the best of all my favorite authors on the page! That and with Darcy's wit she even gives me a humor worthy of Mary Connealy. Could it get any better?” - Margaret Chind,

"What do you get when you combine authentic history, picturesque settings, dynamic characters and a feels-like-you're-there storyline? You get a Rita Gerlach novel, and in Beside Two Rivers, book two in her Daughters of the Potomac series, she delivers all that and more. My advice to readers: Make room for this one on your "keepers shelf." My advice to Rita: save space on your "awards wall," because this tale is sure to earn a bunch!" - Loree Lough, best-selling author of more than 85 award-winning books, including Honor Redeemed, book two in the First Responders series

Actors Rita would choose if Beside Two Rivers was made into a movie…or her dream of a Masterpiece Theater Series.  
British actor Dan Stevens as Ethan ~ British actress Imogen Poots as Darcy    

Beside Two Rivers is available in both ebook and paperback in bookstores everywhere.
For purchase online:
Christian Book
At Christian Book buy books 1 and 2 in a set. 

  Side Note: Book 3 in the series, ‘Beyond the Valley’, will be released February, 2013, and is available for pre-order.

Be sure to visit Rita at her home online at:
(Sorry about the formatting issues on this post, blogger is jumpy today!)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Interview at Colonial Quills

Please join me today at Colonial Quills where Carrie Fancet Pagels interviews me! She had some fun questions about my research and love for the colonial period.  We are giving away a copy of Colonial Courtships so be sure to leave a comment there!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

News from my quill!

I dream that I could write each of my books using a quill pen as they did in colonial times. Or a fountain pen as they did during the 19th century. Instead, I am blessed that I have a computer so the task is less daunting, more efficient and expedious! Now, with  wrist in cast, while recovering from surgery in two areas, I am attempting to use Dragon Naturally Speaking. Those early American writers would have never been able to imagine such a feat!

Today I received my first cover flat for Colonial Courtships and my author copies of the book will arrive any day! Hopefully by Thursday so I can bring it along with The Shadow Catcher's Daughter to a women's conference in Alton Bay, New Hampshire where I'll do my first official book signing. Before my surgery I signed many copies of TSCD and signed labels for Colonial Courtships since it will be difficult to write, though I might manage a few. And I do have some promotional bookmarks to share.

I have a mention on the USA today blog about my book Colonial Courtships which is releasing Oct. 1st! The article was written by the founder of our Colonial American Christian Writers group and the Colonial Quills blog I designed, help facilitate, and contribute to. I'm so proud to be among the group of talented authors who belong to this group and write historical fiction set in the earliest years of our country!


Colonial Courtships is available now for pre-order! 

Christian Book Distributors
Barbour Books
Barnes and Noble

Ooops! Looks like I have a stowaway!