Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Spotlight on Europe

Today it's Surrender the Wind by Rita Gerlach! It just released on the first, so look for it! Here's the back cover blurb, taken from Rita's website.

Surrender the Wind . . .

A quick~match tale of unexpected love . . .

A fuse that burned rapidly ...

After a harrowing escape from the British, patriot Seth Braxton finds his father dead at Yorktown. Now battle scarred and grieving, he endeavors to settle down for a peaceful life along the shores of the Potomac by restoring the land his father loved.

Thinking he will forever stay in the secluded wilderness, he receives a message that he has inherited his grandfather's estate in faraway England. Seth is torn between the land he's fought for and the prospect of reuniting with his sister, Caroline, who was a motherless child at the onset of the Revolution, taken to England in order to spare her the horrors of war.

With no intention of making his stay at Ten Width permanent, he journeys to England to do his duty. When he arrives, he finds his sister in the throes of grief after being told her young son has died of a fever. In the midst of so much tragedy, he meets Juleah, the daughter of an eccentric landed gentleman. Her independent spirit and gentle soul steal his heart, and she becomes his wife and lady of the manor, enraging the man who once sought her hand and hoped Ten Width would be his own.

From the Virginia wilderness, to the dark halls of an isolated English estate, Seth inherits more than a crumbling ancestral home. He uncovers a sinister plot that leads to murder, abduction, and betrayal --- an ominous mix that threatens to destroy his new life and new love.

Rita is a fellow HisWriters member. Over the last two years we all had the privilege of watching Rita finish this novel, tweak it, submit it to just about every publishing house in the industry and garner enough rejections to wallpaper a bathroom! Then we all celebrated with her when Abingdon Press bought it. I will never forget her joy at getting that contract.

By going to her website and clicking on the "Surrender the Wind" link at the top of the page, you can go to Abingdon's website and read the first chapter of the novel. Rita also has the privilege of being the debut novel for Abingdon, and they have shown a great willingness to look at and buy novels with non-American settings.

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