Author Rita Gerlach - Surrender the Wind ~ FREE Book!

Today, we're visiting with Rita Gerlach, she's a wonderful lady I know from a European historical writers group I lurk around, LOL. I'd love for you to meet Rita and she's here to chat with us about her recent release Surrender the Wind.

Surrender the Wind takes place post Revolutionary War in the Georgian period. How did you go about researching for this book?
For a historical, it took quite a bit. I cannot give you an amount of time, but I can tell you that I had to research facts concerning the American Revolution, military protocols, landownership, clothing, uniforms, weaponry, marriage customs, peerage, etc. I also studied locations such as Devonshire, England and the village of Clovelly, Yorktown, Virginia, and Annapolis, Maryland.
I didn’t take any trips to England...just internet journeys. However, I am familiar with Annapolis, western Maryland and Virginia, and the area along the Potomac River that I wrote about in the novel. I live in central Maryland and visited all of these places.

Surrender the Wind has intrigue, romance, murder plots, triumph and great loss, betrayal.--you covered it all in one great story. What did you really enjoy in particular when writing this story?
What I enjoyed most was seeing the story unfold, mysteries revealed, hearts won, and justice served as I was writing the book. I also enjoyed moments when a new character would pop up in the story and I had the chance to delve into this person. And then there were those ‘eureka’ moments, when an idea for moving the story along would pop into my head. One of the joys of writing a novel is creating a story that did not exist before.

Tell us about Seth's relationship with his grandfather. And, what are Seth's intentions in traveling as so far from the America he fought for in the war to his grandfather's estate, Ten Width, in England?

Strained. That sums it up in one word. Seth and his grandfather did not see eye-to-eye politically, as far as the Revolution goes. Benjamin was loyal to the King and to Britain having sovereignty over the Colonies. Seth and his father were patriots. Seth is uninterested in inheriting the family estate in England. But because Benjamin raised Seth’s sister (Caroline) there in order to shield her from the war in America, this is the incentive for him to journey there.

How would the heroine, Juleah, describe Seth Braxton?

When she first meets Seth, he is nothing like she had imagined he’d be. She would describe him as being strong spiritually and mentally. That he is courageous and willing to help others at a moment’s notice. She would say he is the handsomest man she had ever laid eyes on.

What quality does Seth most admire about Juleah?

There are so many good qualities about Juleah. But to narrow them down, Seth would say he admires most her loyalty to her family and friends.

What sort of stories are you working on now?
I am writing a 3-book series set in England and Colonial Maryland along the Potomac River beginning in 1775. You can expect much of it will be from the female characters’ points of view. Adultery, betrayal, and blackmail will challenge the main characters. But keep in mind light dispels darkness. You can expect love will triumph over all these, in three stirring tales of fidelity and forgiveness.

Do you have a question you'd like to pose to our readers?

I’d like to know what character, or what fictional couple, from fiction readers would like to have over to their house for dinner.

For a chance to win a copy of
please leave your answer & email
in the comments
(contest ends Tue, Feb, 02 2010)


Tina Dee Books said...

I'll answer that one, LOL! I'd like to have Mr. Darcy over for lunch, but I think I would stare at him (very rude) and he'd be rather annoyed and refuse to come back. We'd have something they'd have served during Regency times, (I'd want the whole experience.)

I know there's another, so I'll answer again later.

Carmen7351 said...

I would like to have the Cooper Family in Savannah by Eugenia Price, to get their take on slavery during the Civil War, and their take on the war itself.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Tina Dee Books said...


That would be an interesting lunch. I'd love to be there too.

Anonymous said...

i would welcome 'eve' from "eve: a novel of the first woman" to my table...great question...


Tina Dee Books said...

Great answer, Karen. Another interesting lunch that would make.

Tina Dee Books said...

Keep checking back, I'll ask Rita to drop by with a few of those she'd love to lunch with.

Anna Weaver said...

Definitely Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. :)

writer_weaver at yahoo dot com

April said...

I have read Surrender the Wind and it is wonderful,delightful and the characters are charming. A great read. A must keep novel. I am waiting for her next book. She is a great author.

Edna said...

Great book, please enter me


Rita Gerlach said...

Hi Everyone,

First I'd like to thank Tina for having me on her blog. There are so many fictional couples that I'd love to have for dinner that I couldn't narrow the answer to my own question down to just one pair.

Sunday - Ross and Demelza Poldark
Monday - Jane Erye and Mr. Rochester
Tuesday - Elizabeth and Darcy
Wednesday - Orry Main and Madeline (North & South)
Thursday - Elinor Dashwood & Edward Farris
Friday - Marianne Dashwood & Colonel Brandon
Saturday - Jane & Mr. Bingley
Sunday - Although there are no couples, I'd enjoy having the ladies from Cranford over for tea and biscuts.

Debra E Marvin said...

I guess I'd go with Claire and Jamie Frasier from the Outlander series. Though I'd probably be a wee bit juvenile around the man.

I would love to be in the drawing for Rita's book. I've long wanted to read this one!

thanks Tina and Rita!

Debra E Marvin said...

oops. me again.
debraemarvin (at) yahoo

Thanks. I signed up for email notification so I don't have to remember to go looking.

Vickie McDonough said...

Oh, too hard to chose just one. But whomever I pick, I'd rather visit their house and have lunch there. I'm a historical romance writer, so I want to visit the 19th century.

Your book sounds great, Rita!

MaryLu Tyndall said...

I've read Surrender the Wind and it's fabulous! Now, brace yourself, becuase I know everyone's going to think me crazy, but I'd have Peter Blood from Raphael Sabatini's Captain Blood over for an intimate dinner (If I wasn't married, that is!)

Tina Dee Books said...

Oh yes, Vickie! I'd rather visit the 19th Century and dine at their home (except I know I would make many social blunders, MANY! LOL)

Lee Smith said...

I would love to read this book. Great trailer. :o)

As for a couple, I'm so boring ~ I'd have to pick Lizzie & Darcy as well.

I have to say I wouldn't mind a second choice of Claire & Jamie Frasier (One of the books I'm reading right now is Voyager). What is it about either refined regency gentlemen or warrior Scots?


Tina Dee Books said...

Lee, I agree w/your question, but they do capture our hearts,don't they? LOL.

I hope you stop by and enjoy Rita's site.

Rita Gerlach said...

Yes, please stop by and visit my website at

I have a page 'Novels In Progress' that gives a sneak peek at the series I am currently writing.

Also on the 'Surrender the Wind' page, scroll down to the bottom and click on the link to read the first chapter.

Feel free to sign my guestbook.

I'm on Facebook so 'friend' me!


DebbieLynne said...

IT would have to be the Westcott sisters and all three of their very handsome husbands (ML Tyndall's Charles Towne Belles Series) If I had to choose just one of those couples it would be Grace Westcott and Rafe Dubois (ya gotta love him)=)

Debbie Lynne

A J Hawke said...

Sounds like a fun read.
Put my name in the pot.

I'd like to go over to Mr. Darcy's
house for dinner, and I would take
Tina Dee with me. Now that would be fun.

A J Hawke

Tina Dee Books said...

Thank you, AJ--someone will have to nudge me when after I've stared rudely at the poor man! LOL!

Michelle said...

I'd like to go to the O'Connor's house for dinner(Daughters of Boston series).

Thank you for entering me in the giveaway!

scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

Casey said...

I would really like to win this book, please enter me- it looks great :)


Marci said...

I would love to win this book! Let's see, I'd love to have Rhett Butler and Scarlet O'Hara from "Gone With the Wind" over for dinner. I'd try to get them back together :-)

june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

Renee said...

I would love to win this book! My goodness, picking just one couple....I'd definitely pick Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. They are classic!
If they were unavailable, I would pick Michael and Angel from Redeeming Love. Two wonderful, complex characters! Thanks again, and thanks to Carmen for letting people know about the opportunity!


Tina Dee Books said...

Renee, I hadn't even remembered Michael and Angel. That would be an interesting visit!

collettakay said...

Belle from "The Husband Tree" would be an interesting dinner guest!


Rita Gerlach said...

Seth and Juleah Braxton from Surrender the Wind would be a delight to have at my dinnertable. They would be my first choice over the list I posted above.

Edna said...

I don't want to enter for the book just wanted to say I have read it and it is great


Tina Dee Books said...

Edna! Thank you so much for stopping by to tell us, very sweet of you (and the others who've done the same) to endorse Rita's book! Thank you all so much for making Rita's visit so nice!

Rita Gerlach said...

Thank you, Edna, and to everyone that has shown support by endorsing my writing!


Anonymous said...

Love to read this book! I'd love to have Dorothea from Middlemarch by George Eliot. I admire/relate to her character.

bethnaf at hotmail dot com

G.R.I.T.S. said...

There are so many ppl i would want to have over...but where to start...male or female? I have to say Mr.Darcy would be nice, and just about any cowboy (they would be handsome, and God Fearin' of course & single :)
There are so many more...but hey I'll start w/Mr. Darcy!

please enter me!


Trinity Rose said...

This is a super book. Would love to be entered in the giveaway. I think having Elizabeth and Darcy for dinner would be super.
Have a wonderful day.
Blessings, Wanda Chamberlain

wandaelaine AT gmail DOT com

Michelle V said...

Ok, I'm totally going to steal one from the other Michelle but when I read her answer, I said... OH, ME TOO! Definitely have dinner @ the O'Connors from the Daughters of Boston series!!

Michelle V

Diane said...

Alfred Hitchcok or Rod Serling. Both very talented at less is more. :O)

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

I would like to say I'd have Mr. Darcy over for tea but that probably wouldn't be the best idea. Nobody likes a girl drooling all over them :-P

xoxo~ Renee