This week Rita Gerlach, Mary Connealy, Rebecca Lyles, and Roseanna White

» Posted on Feb 6, 2012 in Blog | 14 comments

Congratulations to Abi for winning David Bond’s The Attache, to Cynde for winning Deanna Klingel’s Bread Upon the Water, to Angela for winning Jill Williamson’s Replication, and to Ellie for winning Rebecca Janney’s Who Goes There?.

This week I’m hosting Rita Gerlach with Before the Scarlet Dawn, Mary Connealy with In Too Deep, Rebecca Carey Lyles with Winds of Wyoming (ebook), and Roseanna White with Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland. If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at The drawings end Sunday (February 12th) evening.

Bio for Rita Gerlach:

Rita Gerlach has published three historical novels plus articles and is a contributor to Colonial Quills blog. In addition to her blog InSpire, her blog Stepping Stones Magazine for Readers, showcases the latest releases by inspirational writers of various genres. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons. See her websites at: .

Blurb for Before the Scarlet Dawn

On a windswept night in April of 1775, Eliza sat at her father’s bedside hoping he would recover. Forced to leave the home she grew up in, Eliza grows desperate. She could marry her former suitor, but cannot bear the thought of a loveless marriage.

Instead she falls in love with Hayward Morgan, the condescending son of a landed gentleman. When Eliza learns of his plans to leave England and build a life in the Maryland frontier, she decides to present a proposal of her own.

From critically acclaimed novelist, Rita Gerlach, comes book 1 in ‘The Daughters of the Potomac Series’, a timeless tale of love and betrayal, loss and redemption against the backdrop of the American Revolution.

Bio for Mary Connealy:

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy…with cowboys. She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita and Christy finalist. She is the author of The Kincaid Brides Series: Out of Control, In Too Deep, Over the Edge.

Lassoed in Texas Trilogy containing three full length books: Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon and Gingham Mountain. Petticoat Ranch was a Carol Award Finalist. Calico Canyon was a Christy Award Finalist and a Carol Award Finalist.

The Montana Marriages Trilogy: Montana Rose, The Husband Tree and Wildflower Bride. Montana Rose and The Husband Tree are Carol Award Finalist.

Cowboy Christmas and Deep Trouble: Cowboy Christmas is the 2010 Carol Award for Best Long Historical Romance, and an Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Finalist.

The Sophie’s Daughters series. Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats, Sharpshooter in Petticoats. Doctor in Petticoats was a finalist for a Rita Award.

Mary is also the author of Black Hills Blessing a 3-in-1 collection of sweet contemporary romances, Nosy in Nebraska, a collection of cozy romantic mysteries and, writing under the pseudonym Mary Nealy, she’s the author of Ten Plagues.

Find Mary online at:

Blurb for In Too Deep:

In 1866 Colorado, Ethan Kincaid agrees to a marriage of convenience with the same casual disregard he gives every decision. Audra Gilliland, young mother of two, accepts his proposal because she wants to stop being a burden to her newly married stepdaughter.

And suddenly both of them are in far deeper than they’d planned.

Ethan doesn’t expect Audra to affect him so profoundly, and when she begins to, he’s terrified of the pain he’s felt before when someone he loved was seriously injured on his watch. He’s determined that his new wife will do as he says so he can keep her safe from the dangers that lurk on their ranch.

Audra has been cared for all her life by one man or another–and they’ve done a poor job of it. Now she’s planning to stand up for herself. And her new husband had better agree or get out of her way!

What will it take to transform two wayward hearts fearful of getting in too deep into two trusting hearts ready to risk falling deeply in love?

Bio of Rebecca Carey Lyles:

Debut novelist Rebecca Carey Lyles grew up in Wyoming. Her nonfiction titles, both available on Amazon, are It’s a God Thing! Inspiring Stories of Life-Changing Friendshipsand On a Wing and a Prayer – Stories from Freedom Fellowship, a Prison Ministry.Currently, she and her husband, Steve, live in the neighboring state of Idaho. She enjoys the creativity and beauty that abound throughout her adopted state as well as opportunities to hike, camp and cross-country ski in the midst of God’s grandeur. Visit her at:

Blurb for Winds of Wyoming:

Fresh out of a Pennsylvania penitentiary armed with a marketing degree, Kate Neilson heads to Wyoming anticipating an anonymous new beginning as a guest-ranch employee. A typical twenty-five-year-old woman might be looking to lasso a cowboy, but her only desire is to get on with life on the outside—despite her growing interest in the ranch owner. When she discovers a violent ex-lover followed her west, she fears the past she hoped to hide will imprison her once again.

Bio of Roseanna White:

Roseanna M. White grew up in the mountains of West Virginia, the beauty of which inspired her to begin writing as soon as she learned to pair subjects with verbs. She spent her middle and high school days penning novels in class, and her love of books took her to a school renowned for them. After graduating from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, she and her husband moved back to the Maryland side of the same mountains they equate with home. Roseanna is the author of two biblical novels, A Stray Drop of Blood and Jewel of Persia, both from WhiteFire Publishing ( and Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland from Summerside Press. She is the senior reviewer at the Christian Review of Books, which she and her husband founded, the senior editor at WhiteFire Publishing, and a member of ACFW, HisWriters, and Colonial American Christian Writers.

Blurb for Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland:

In 1784 peace has been declared, but war still rages in the heart of Lark Benton.

Never did Lark think she’d want to escape Emerson Fielding, the man she’s loved all her life. But when he betrays her, she flees to Annapolis, Maryland, the country’s capital. There Lark throws herself into a new circle of friends who force her to examine all she believes.

Emerson follows, determined to reclaim his betrothed. Surprised when she refuses to return with him, he realizes that in this new country he has come to call his own, duty is no longer enough. He must learn to open his heart and soul to something greater … before he loses all he should have been fighting to hold.






  1. I’m a fan of historicals, so anything by Rita, Mary and Roseanna sounds good! Sorry, Rebecca, but I find real life challenging enough, without reading about it. Give me some fancy dresses and past times and I’m happy.

    • Hi Alison – You have a point! Real life is challenging – and the other books sound great. I read from a variety of genres but cannot fathom the research required to write a book based on another era. We are blessed by authors who enjoy research and blessed to have such a variety of Christian fiction to choose from these days. Once upon a time, that wasn’t the case.

  2. i would love to win. thank you for the chance.

  3. Winds of Wyoming sounds enthralling. Thanks for this chance.

  4. would love to read any of these novels 🙂

  5. Great books! Please enter me for “Before the Scarlet Dawn” and “In Too Deep”! 🙂

  6. All four books sound SPECTACULAR this week. I would love to win any of the four. Thank you for the chance.

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  7. The cover of Scarlet Dawn is captivating … and I’m thinking In Too Deep is gonna be a fun read.

  8. I love reading Mary Connealy’s books. I’m looking forward to getting a copy of “In Too Deep” somehow so I can continue the story of the Kincaid brothers and their brides. I really enjoyed “Out of Control.” Thanks for featuring her book on your blog.

  9. What a suburb collection of books. They all look like wonderful reads.


  10. I would also love to be enter for Roseanna White’s book 🙂

    jen.whitney08 at gmail dot com

  11. Please include me in the drawing for In Too Deep and LFY in Annapolis, MD.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  12. All four books sound great! Enter me for a chance to win “In Too Deep”. Thanks for the opportunity. All 4 books are going to be added to my “have to check out” book list. The list is growing quickly. Becky – your comment is so true, glad to see many great stories being published. What a change in the last few years!

    smoore at tcq dot net

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