Dear Readers,



A new Barbour Collection of four WWII romances will be released on January 1, 2020 Homefront Heroines.

Rita Gerlach’s title Moonlight Serenade is set during the War years in Washington DC and a small Pennsylvania farm.

Included in this collection are authors Johnnie Alexander, Amanda Barratt, and Laurlee Bliss.



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In 2020 for the 400th Anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower a new novel, ‘Mercy’s Refuge’ set in 1620 will be released.

Mercy McCrea is a poor young woman without a dowry. Orphaned as a child, she is sheltered under the roof of her aging grandparents whose Puritan leanings cause #1cover designMercy to search out the answers to her troubled life. The chances of finding a husband who would provide well for her are slim to none. London is overflowing with the impoverished, and the only thing keeping her and her family from starvation is to work as a kitchen servant for a rich nobleman.

When catastrophe strikes and Mercy’s life is in grave danger, she flees England for her uncle’s farm in Leiden, Holland. There she meets Caleb, and finds refuge among the ‘saints’, also refugees from the wrath of the English King

In the autumn of 1620, when they face the dangers of the sea aboard the Mayflower, their faith and love for each other is strengthened by the strong bonds of a people whose courage changed a nation.


From Rita: Writing After Coming this Summer!the Rain. This is a story dear to my heart. I wrote this romantic historical while going through a tough year and recovery from breast cancer, which I beat.

It’s 1908, a year in the Edwardian era, the year J.M. Barrie’s play What Every Woman Knows premiered in Atlantic City and the first Model T rolled off the assembly line in Detroit, Michigan.

Louisa Jane Borden lives a privileged life in a mansion in Chevy Chase, Maryland, a new and thriving community on the outskirts of Washington, DC for the well-to-do. Against the wishes of her domineering grandmother, Louisa retreats from the prospects of a loveless marriage to the future Lord Pencroft, an upper crust Englishman who will be land rich but cash poor upon the death of his uncle. Rupert Eastcott finds Louisa’s dowry and future inheritance more desirable than her beauty or wit.

Louisa is unnerved her life has been planned out by her grandmother and decides to vent her frustration with a ride along Rock Creek Park. When her horse is spooked, she is thrown—an embarrassing situation for any affluent young lady. Soaking wet, bruised, and humiliated, she is helped by Jackson O’Neil, who changes the course of everything.

This epic novel is available from Amazon in paperback and ebook. Thank the Lord, we don’t wear corsets anymore!

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The Daughters of the Potomac Series is now available in audio at Audible. Listen to actress Christine Marshall read these stories as she captures each character and brings the stories to life.


Before the Scarlet Dawn: book 1     

Beside Two Rivers: book 2

Beyond the Valley: book 3