This week LeAnn Harris, Lynette Eason and Rita Gerlach

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Congratulations to Liz for winning Krista Phillips’ Sandwich with a Side of Romance, to Vonda for winning Donn Taylor’s Deadly Additive and to Kim for winning Janet Bly’s Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot.

This week I’m hosting  LeAnn Harris with Fresh-Start Ranch, Lynette Eason with When a Heart Stops and Rita Gerlich with Beside Two Rivers. 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 (October 7th) evening.

On Friday I will be taking part in a Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt over the weekend. Stop by and check out the opportunity to win a lot of books. The starting place on Friday will be: . Come join in the fun.

Bio of Barbara Harrison aka LeAnn Harris:

When Barbara was first introduced to her husband in college she knew she would never date the man.  He was a graduate student getting a PhD in physics, and Barbara had purposely taken a second year of biology in high school to avoid taking physics.  So much for first impressions.  They have been married forty years and still approach life from very different angles.

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Barbara taught math and science to deaf high school students for a couple of years until the birth of her first child.  When her youngest child started school, Barbara decided to fulfill a life-long dream and began writing.  After both her children left home, she went back to teaching high school deaf.

She is a former president of the Dallas Area Romance Writers and the program director for Ready Writers, D/FW ACRW chapter.  Barbara presently lives in Plano, Texas with her husband.  Her latest book, Fresh-Start Ranch is her 15th release. Visit her at her webpage or

Blurb for Fresh-Start Ranch by LeAnn Harris:

Healing Horses—And Hearts

After seeing Tessa Grand calm his storm-spooked horse, Ethan McClure is impressed.  But does the vet have what it takes to prove her mettle with Ethan’s local horse-rescue group?  Ethan can’t deny her healing touch with animals…or her powerful effect on this rancher. But Tessa is busy trying to get her footing after leaving Kentucky to start over in this mountain town.  When she learns a family secret that turns her worked upside down, Tessa’s ready to push everyone away.  Unless Ethan can help her embrace forgiveness—-and forge a path to her heart along the way.

Bio for Lynette Eason:

Lynette Eason has written/contracted 33 romantic suspense novels, including Too Close to HomeDon’t Look BackA Killer Among Us, and When the Smoke Clears. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She has a master’s degree in education from Converse College and lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. Lynette loves writing and talking about writing. You can find more about her books at or you can like her page on facebook at She’s also on Twitter at @lynetteeason. 

Blurb for When a Heart Stops by Lynette Eason:

A killer’s deadly game needs new players . . . but someone’s about to change the rules

As a medical examiner, Serena Hopkins is used to dealing with death. But that doesn’t make it any easier when she’s called to the eerie scene of a murder–especially when Serena realizes that she knows the victim. Nearly as unnerving is the presence of FBI agent Dominic Allen, her childhood crush.

As evidence mounts and points to a serial killer with disturbingly familiar methods, Serena and Dominic must work to find a pattern and stop the killings before the murderer strikes again. And when Serena’s own life seems at stake, she must decide if the secret she has been keeping has put her next on the killer’s hit list. Can she trust Dominic with the truth before it’s too late?

Bio for Rita Gerlach:

Rita Gerlach writes historical novels with elements of romance and intrigue.  She is a monthly contributor to Colonial Quills a blog focusing on the Colonial era and ACFW authors that write in that subgenre. In addition to her blog InSpire where she shares about her writing life, her blog Stepping Stones 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. 

Blurb for Beside Two Rivers by Rita Gerlich:

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

The sequel to Before the Scarlet Dawn.

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.

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

“Rita Gerlach’s prose will open you up and take you for a journey and educate you in history reminiscence. Just the way I love it with a bit of America and a bit of England as well. 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? Now, how am I supposed to wait until Beyond the Valley? How can there be more?! Yet, oh please let there be plenty more!” – 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

Beside Two Rivers is available in both ebook and paperback in bookstores everywhere.

For purchase online.


Barnes & Noble:

Christianbooks :

In buy books 1 & 2 in a set.

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

Rita’s Website: