Friday, May 10, 2013

ONLINE GARDEN PARTY AND BOOK COVER SIGNING!

 FREE EBOOK TODAY IN KINDLE!

Hello Everyone! Well the day is over and rain is beginning to fall on my garden in Maryland. I'm so glad you were able to come by today, and stepped through my garden gate. Yes, that really is my gate and my cat Pookee.


For ambiance that reflects the era in which these novels were written, here's some music by that legendary composer of the 18th century, Mozart, and the soundtrack from the movie The Patriot.



Have a virtual glass of sparkling apple cider from McCutcheon's Apple Store, a locally owned shop in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland close to where I live.




Help yourself to a Cheesecake Cookie cupcake. Here's the recipe. 
 http://tinyurl.com/2fky4tx 
How I wish we could for be together for real. But here we are together, when years ago this would have been impossible, let along imaginable.


I will be taking requests for e-signed, 'suitable for printing and framing', book covers. I'll include a personal note to you alongside my author signature.  I'll email you your signed cover as soon as possible. Just leave your request in the comments section with the cover(s) you'd like along with your email address.


Also, in celebration of the book's release, I'll be giving Thorns in Eden & The Everlasting Mountains away for FREE today only in Kindle ebook

 http://tinyurl.com/c6pwlzd





73 comments:

Debra E. Marvin said...

Congratulations on this release, Rita! I'm so happy for you. Such a lovely cover and I know I'm going to enjoy the stories. I grabbed it up today. What a blessing and I hope the promotion goes very well for you.

I look forward to starting the books!

Debra E. Marvin said...

I'm off to make a salad here but I'll be dreaming of those cheesecake cookie cupcakes. Oh they look dangerous!

Rita Gerlach said...

Welcome, Debra! So good to see you. Thanks for coming by. Salad sounds great! I'm making one later.

Rita Gerlach said...

I first began writing this book back in the late 90s, and spent many hours at the library pouring over old books on historical accounts in central and western Maryland in the late 1700s. Amazing how much things changed in such a short period of time.

Diana montgomery said...

Covers are just beautiful. Would love to own a autographed one. When did you begin writing?

Diana montgomery said...

What do I need to do to get a autographed copy?

Mrs Tina said...

Afternoon Rita, lovely garden party. The cheesecakes look yummy, will have to try one later. Getting some lunch now, then sitting back and enjoying your garden party.
Love the cover of your book and thank you for the free kindle copy.
Blessings,Tina

Cymraes said...

Cheesecake cookie cupcakes -yummy!
I would love an autographed copy, but don't know if you would send one to Wales?

Rita Gerlach said...

Hi Diana,

I began writing in the early 90s after attending a family reunion where my cousin, a famous romance writer with the initials NR, gave me one of her books. I read it and it sparked the desire to try my hand at the craft.

First I wrote a short novella, and I so fell in love with writing that I kept at it.

Boos Mum said...

Your books always have such beautiful covers. I very much would like to have an autographed one. I picked up on Kindle your new book and I have the print copy ordered and coming to me on Monday.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Rita Gerlach said...

At this time, I am not sending out autographed copies on my own. However, I'd be happy to send you a sticker to place inside your book that will be autographed with a personal note from me.

Send me your address and I'll get it out to you along with a lovely bookmark.

My email address is, rpkg@comcast.net

I'm also offering signed covers that go out to readers via email

Joanne Compton said...

Thank you for inviting me and congratulations on your books.Joanne Compton

Boos Mum said...

Sorry about that. I actually meant I wanted the one by email. My kids were asking and showing me a dozen things when I was writing to you. Thanks.

Rita Gerlach said...

Thank you, Joanne. Have a cupcake!

Rita Gerlach said...

Oh, I'd love to send one to you. Send me your email address.

That cupcake recipe might be fun for your kids.

Rita Gerlach said...

One of my readers requested the signed book covers and she sent me a message to say she printed them out and they came out so lovely she is framing them.

Here they are on my website. If you click on 'Print Preview' on your computer's tool bar, you can see how they will look.

http://ritagerlach.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_7.html

Mrs Tina said...

I will take one of those cheesecake cupcakes now with the sparkling apple cider....love to shop at McCutcheon's.

Do you spend time in the Maryland room at the library here in Frederick for your research too?

Blessings Tina

Rita Gerlach said...

Dear Cymraes,

Wales is a bit far. Wish I could visit. But I can send you via email a signed and personalized book cover that can be printed out, even framed.

http://ritagerlach.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_7.html

Debra E. Marvin said...

I'm enjoying the music 'video'. An excellent choice to bookmark. I know you enjoy writing to just the right music as background.

Rita Gerlach said...

I'll try to respond to everyone. If I miss you, give me a swift virtual kick.

Rita Gerlach said...

I do, Debra. I listen to a lot of soundtracks when I'm writing, too.

linda said...

So looking forward to this new book!
Congratulations on the release. I trust it will go well for you. I really enjoy the historical themes you present, and I know lots of research went into them. Thank you!

Rita Gerlach said...

Thank you, Linda. The research was intriguing to say the least, especially the accounts I read of settlers in the area that face dangers such as Indian attacks. A war was ignited between Chief Logan and the whites when his family was brutally massacred. He was peace-loving all his life. But when this happened his heart was broken and he gutted his revenge.
The romance between John and Rebecah Nash are fictionalized, but like so many couples of that era, they faced situations we today could not imagine facing. Love, God, and family were the most important things in their lives.

Joanne Compton said...

Thanks Rita I will although it's dinner time here! My email address is purpletulip@btinternet.com would like a personalised book cover as it's beautiful

Mrs Tina said...

Joanne, they print out well-plan to put mine in a frame and hang them on the wall...
Blessings Tina

dandelionfleur said...

Congrats on the release, Rita! All your book covers are so beautiful!

chaplaindebbie said...

Hey Rita! I am able to drop in shortly to say hello! I truly love the cover of this book and it sounds great! I got my free Kindle copy, thank you so much! Congrats on the release!
I love apple cider, so you can pour me a tall glass! And Cheesecake Cookie cupcakes? Yes, please!
I will be entertaining family all day today, but know that I have prayed for you and the success of this newest release. Hugs and God bless!

Morag said...

I'm looking forward to reading your book Thorns in Eden and the Everlasting Mountains after just geeting it down-loaded to my kindle for free!

Would love a signed cover

Rita Gerlach said...

Tina, thank you for commenting on the signed book covers. I'm really happy to offer them. It's so fun!

Thanks, dandelionfleur, Morag, and Chaplain Debbie.

So glad you all stopped by. Now grab a cupcake and don't think of the calories!

Teresa Mathews said...

HI RITA!
I can't wait to read your new book. I know it will be terrific. :) Thanks for serving all the goodies. I love cheesecake and these look delish!

Cynthia Howerter said...

Congratulations on your newest book, Rita! I am looking forward to reading it, and will be ordering it as soon as I leave my comment. I wish you much success!

Rita Gerlach said...

Oh, don't those cupcakes look yummy, Teresa! The recipe is easy.
Thanks for reading this new release!

Rita Gerlach said...

Thank you, Cynthia. I am always honored when a fellow writer reads one of my books.

Joanne Compton said...

That sounds like a great idea! Thanks

Rita Gerlach said...

I'm posting some music of the era, but one soundtrack that I love --- The Patriot. When I hear the first track, it makes me think of the scene in the book when Patriot John Nash first sees the lovely British Rebecah Brent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRdKX0fzjLM

Rita Gerlach said...



More from the Dedication and from The Patriot Soundtrack -The Colonial Cause. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EotGv418Omk

Dedication

On the corner of Bentz and 2nd Streets across from the majestic stone Methodist church in the historic district of Frederick, Maryland, is a plot of ground where the remains of Revolutionary War patriots lay beneath green sod.

Their chiseled tombstones are buried with them, their names now unknown to those whose feet tread over them while visiting the War Memorial and the Ten Commandments Stone.

This book is dedicated to those brave patriots who fought for America’s liberty, whose names are written in the Book of Life.

Mrs Tina said...

Am enjoying the music--I like the Patriot too.

I am going to take a nap for awhile, will be back later....
Blessings, Tina

Krysti said...

What a neat idea, holding a garden party! :-) Congratulations on your new book--I hope you sell lots of them!

Anne Payne said...

Rita, Congratulations on your new release!

Thanks for the lovely Scripture you quoted up there. God truly is the One I cling to and depend on to comfort me during this time as only He can.

I would love to have a signed book plate.

Have a wonderful weekend!

homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

Rita Gerlach said...

You got it, Anne. You want one to into the paperback, am I right?

Rita Gerlach said...

I loved the Garden Party scenes in Downtown Abby. I could never afford to throw one on that scale! But I've always loved sitting out in the garden and having a meal with family and friends on the deck, especially on warm evenings. The mountains can be seen from where we live, and in the summer, the sun sets below them.

Rachel said...

Rita, I didn't know it was online! lol This was a beautiful intro to the release of your novel! Just gorgeous! I'd love to find out more about getting a signed photo signature! Thanks for inviting me and best wishes on the sale of this new release! :)

Rachel Muller

Rita Gerlach said...

I'm sending via email personalized book covers that can be printed and framed. I'd love to send you one. I just need your email address.

Rita Gerlach said...

I put up some garden photos I took last summer on the Garden Party page.
https://www.facebook.com/events/183479521802695/?context=create#

Let's sip our cold sparkling ciders and stroll around and take a look at the flowers.

In the book, my heroine Rebecah, builds the garden at Laurel Hill. There are daffodils growing wild in the hills that she promises to dig up and plant. But will she get the chance when danger comes pouring out of the woods?

Julia said...

Loving the music and i'm sure i will love the book. Thanks for doing this as it's one of my favorite things to do on FB interact with the writers.

Rita Gerlach said...

So glad you came by, Julia. Help yourself to a virtual glass of cold sparkling cider. And don't forget to grab a cupcake.

Rita Gerlach said...

The weather is beautiful in Maryland today. A refreshing breeze is blowing and the valley where the book takes place is in full bloom. There are variegated shades of green and blue on the blooming Catoctin Mountains. I'm looking at them right now. The field across the way was plowed the other day and the contrast of golden brown against spring greens up to pale blue sky and misty clouds, is so soothing to look at. Our God's creation is awesome. Take time today to soak it in.

Jon and Vicki Marney said...

Thanks for having all of us in your garden for this party--it is lovely and I'm sure we will enjoy all the fat free/calorie free goodies as well. Also thanks for sharing the free e-books--I would love to receive copies of the signed covers. I also have Before the Scarlett Dawn, Beside Two Rivers, Beyond the Valley, The Rebel's Pledge, Surrender the wind & now Thors in Eden & The Everlasting Mountains. My email is vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

Vicki

Karen Ingalls said...

I am late getting to the garden party, but have enjoyed it. Thank you for inviting me and I wish you the very best. I am anxious to read your book and I will write a review once I have finished your book.
God bless.

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Rita, thanks for inviting us over to your Garden Party! I've enjoyed our conversations on Facebook and look forward to more. I hope your new release sells a ton and you lots of readers discover your great books. I am going to Tweet about the party and the free eBook.

Rita Gerlach said...

Vicki,
I will be happy to send your personalized book covers for all my books. Thank you so much for reading them.

Rita Gerlach said...

Karen,
Thank you for coming by, and I would be honored by a review from you!

Rita Gerlach said...

Thank you, Carrie! You just had an Edwardian novel come out, didn't you?

Rita Gerlach said...

As of 4:30, over 880 readers have downloaded the free ebook. My prayer is this 2 in 1 collection gives them, and all my readers, a respite from the cares of the world.

SusieMM413 said...

Hi Rita!

I'm so Happy you invited me to your Garden Party! What a wonderful way to Celebrate your Book! Thank you so much for the gifts of the party, your recipe treats, good company & of course, your e-Book! I can't wait to curl up with my iPad & get to know your heroine! I do love a hardback book but I'm learning to appreciate the Kindle app on my iPad.

I Love Historical Novels & the Title to this one got my attention! Oh & the Dedication you had above is precious! Thank you for honoring our Patriots of old.

Yes, Please! I would love copies of your Book covers. The Cover is Beautiful & well arranged for the reader! I also love that your son is the designer & you are the photographer of the two background photos! I agree that the cover is a critical marketing tool & the art of the cover does have an impact on the readers emotions...one way or another.

I'm looking forward to reading this & your other books! if you would like for me to write a Book Review, please let me know. May God Bless you, your Family and writing ministry be Blessed!

Love Ya, Susie :)

Susie Cantrell, SusieMM413~Mountain Ministries
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Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

What a lovely Garden Party, Rita. Glad I could experience in my living room just now because it is 90 outside an d just started raining, too! Best wishes with this release!

LOis said...

I am looking forward to reading when on holiday in Cornwall. Thank you

Rita Gerlach said...

Thank you, Susie. If you like the book, which I'm sure you will if you like historicals with romance and adventure, by all means write a review.

I'll be sending out all the cover requests over the next few days. Thank you for requesting one.

Rita Gerlach said...

Hi Carrie,

Upper 80s here, and the sky is now cloudy and rain on the way.

Rita Gerlach said...

LOis,

Ah yes, Cornwall. I haven't been there in person, but when I was writing this book and Beyond the Valley, I took a tour with the little yellow man in Google maps. I went all along the coast and it was lovely.

Darla Duhamell said...

Great party! Congrats on the release. Beautiful cover! Thanks for the recipe. Continued blessings.

Diana Flowers said...

Hey, Rita! I'm always fashionably late. :) What a lovely party and the music is just perfect. Thank you for the cupcake recipe---hubby's favorite dessert is cheesecake.

Congrats on the release of your new book, which means more hours of reading pleasure for all of us, and as you so aptly put it above---a respite from the daily cares of this world. That's why we appreciate you authors so very much!

Rita Gerlach said...

So glad you stopped by, Diana. Have a glass of sparkling apple cider and a cupcake.

I love cheesecake too, especially with either strawberries, cherries, or blueberries on top.

Hershey's Kitchens website has some delicious cheesecake recipes.
https://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipe-search.aspx?cid=48&url=Cheesecakes

Rita Gerlach said...

Thanks for coming by, Darla.

Mrs Tina said...

Rita, up from my nap, starting dinner but am checking in to see how your garden party is doing.....

Rita Gerlach said...

It has gone great, Tina. Due to the Garden Party, Facebook, and friends, 1,070 ebooks were given away. We had fun interacting and getting to know each other.

Rita Gerlach said...

Well, it is 6pm and the Garden Party has come to a close. Rain showers are on their way.

I want to thank all of you that came by. It was fun!
I hope those of you that got the free ebook enjoy the read. And if you do, please post a comment on Amazon.

Big hugs to you all!
Rita

Mrs Tina said...

Thank you Rita for inviting us to your garden party to celebrate your books.

There are dark clouds across the road looking like a storm is brewing.
Have a great evening.

Blessings,Tina

Margaret Lepke said...

Hi Rita,
Unfortunately Australia is just a bit too far to "pop over" and join your party - besides, it's now 9:45 am here on Saturday, so you have been partying through our night :)
Loved the way you you celebrated and might even try a recipe...
Could you please send me a signed cover, but not signed for me but my friend Rita Stella Galieh who wasn't able to celebrate with you. She is also a writer of historical romance (http://ritastellagalieh.com)and would love one of your covers. Please send it to ritagal@optusnet.com.au
Thanks heaps, blessings, and with my prayer that God will use your book to speak to the hearts of many women...

Rita Gerlach said...

Margaret, I'd be very happy to send Rita Stella Galieh a signed cover.

Thank you for your prayer. It touched my ole heart.

Mary E Hanks said...

Oops, looks like I'm late for the party, but I'm having fun reading the comments! Congrats on the book. I look forward to reading it. And I loooove the cover. Mmm, cheesecake, YES!! :)

maryhanks (at) maryehanks.com

Krystyna said...

Hi RIta,
I tried to leave a comment around 10am PST before I left for the day, but I don't know if you have received it? I don't see it in your comments.
Congratulations on the wonderful'Garden Party' and all the goodies. Cheesecake is my favorite... Loved it all and for sure I will try some of those recepies.
I would love to received signed copies of your book covers. Everything was great and the music...
Thank you for your generosity of gifting us your e-book as well. Looking forward to reading it in the next while. God Bless You in Your Writing... Krystyna,

Rita Gerlach said...

Hi Krystyna,

Please give me your email address and I'll send you a signed copies of my book covers.

Thanks so much!