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Monday, July 9, 2012


Hello All!

I am happy to announce the release of my inspirational historical romance The Rebel's Pledge in a new and refreshing revised version. The Rebel's Pledge is available now on Kindle for 2.99. Soon it will be out in paperback. If you would like to share this post on your blog, I would appreciate it so much.
This week I am giving away one free Kindle copy. All you have to do is post a comment why you would like to read this book and I'll be in touch with the winner.

      Matthew Hale was a rebel to King James, hunted down, captured, and enslaved in Colonial Maryland. Haunted by war and wrestling with a troubled past, Matthew Hale pledges to protect the daughter of his former owner and bring her from England to her father's plantation along the Chesapeake, an undertaking that challenges the depth of his courage, and the strength of his faith.
     Lara Carey will only wed for love, having kept the story of her parents' unwavering devotion for each other in her heart. When she learns her guardian has promised her in marriage to a rich English lord in order to save the ancestral home, her hopes unravel, until she meets the heroic stranger that rescued her from the hands of a highwayman.
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  Comments from Readers.
'It's 2am and I'm halfway done. My goodness. What a page turner and great character depth.'

'It seems some authors forget the little details that make history come alive, but not Rita!! No, she’s a historical expert and brings in the yummy stuff. And thankfully, the characters aren’t 2012 shoved back to 1600’s, thank God!! Instead they are 1600’s people set in 1600’s, not 2012.'

  If The Rebel's Pledge were made into a movie, here are the actors that I would chose.

The heroic Matthew Hale ~ Richard Armitage
The story's lovely heroine, Lara Carey Hale ~ Natalie Portman

The infamous Lord Barrington Grey ~ Rufus Sewell

Lara's exiled father, Edmund Carey ~ Michael Gamdom

Lara's kindly uncle, Lord Phillip Wade ~ Tom Wilkinson

Friend and advocate, Sir John Fitzhugh ~ James Norrington 

Please visit my website at http://ritagerlach.blogspot.com for more details on this book and others, like The Daughters of the Potomac Series and the inspirational historical romance, Surrender the Wind.


  1. This book sounds like it is exactly the kind I love. Thanks so much for the info and the giveaway! I love the cover; it really draws you in.

    Thanks and blessings,

    1. Thank you, Karen. I was so happy to revise this book and get it back out to readers. The paperback should be out in the next week or two. I'm not one to toot my own horn, but I was pleased to see it has received three reviews already and each five stars.

  2. I really enjoyed the original book and look forward to reading the revised edition!

    1. ...And I hope you know that you inspired me to put the books in my backlist out there again, Carrie. I'm working on Thorns In Eden and The Everlasting Mountains and hope to have the revisions done by September.

  3. I love reading from this genre would love to win thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

    1. Thank you for your post. Your username is so cute!

  4. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I just recently came across your books, my first being Before the Scarlet Dawn. I was so intrigued with it that I preordered the second book in the series.

    Thanks once again

    1. J. Grace, thank you for your kind words. I am so glad you liked Before the Scarlet Dawn that you preordered Beside Two Rivers. It will be out this fall. I've seen the cover to the third book, Beyond the Valley, and will put it up soon. Book 3 is Sarah's story.

    2. Dear J.Grace,

      Please get in touch with me at rpkg@comcast.net
      I tried to find your email address and could not.


  5. Like the others, I love reading this time period. I'd love to read your book, especially since I'd be reading and "seeing" Richard Armitage as Matthew!

    1. You are so right about Richard Armitage. When I found that photo I saw 'Matthew Hale' written all over it! One thing I'm hearing from readers is they are enjoying the 'heroic hero'. So many Christian romances focus mainly on the heroine. I enjoy that too, but bringing out a strong male lead was exciting.

  6. I simply love historical romance, and from the summary it seems like there will be a lot of character development as the young man works through his past and war and as Lara searches for love. It sounds like an amazing book!

    And your choice of actors intrigued me even more to read the book. Great choices!

    1. Thanks, Kris, for your comments. I loved writing this book.

  7. Hi Rita, thank you for you Post, I love all your Books and I know I will love this one too. Please add me to your Giveaway.
    Blessings to all.


    1. Thank you, Ingrid. I'm glad you have enjoyed my books.

  8. I can't wait to read The Rebel's Pledge. Sounds like a great historical romance with girl being saved from marriage devoid of love by heroic stranger that rescued her from the hands of a highwayman.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  9. This sounds really good! I would love to be entered in the drawing :) And I will definitely share this.


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