Rita Gerlach lives with her husband and two sons in a historical town nestled along the Catoctin Mountains, amid Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War outposts in central Maryland. She has published three inspirational historical romances. Her fourth book 'Surrender the Wind', an inspirational historical romance set in Virginia and England, is due to be released from Abingdon Press in August 2009. "Romantic historical fiction is one way people can escape the cares of life and be transported back to a time of raw courage and ideal love," she says. "The goal of my writing is to give readers a respite, and inspire them to live fully and gratefully."