The Greatest Love Stories

Happy belated Valentine’s day to you all! To celebrate the occasion, and todays release of 51O2btV6eUL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Dancing up a Storm, the analogy with my short story, When I’m Gone, I’m giving away an ebook to someone. Just leave a comment!

“When I’m Gone” by Angela K. Couch 
First Place Romance 
Summer 1942. Just before the competition that could launch their careers as professional ballroom dancers, Elaine Mathews’s partner, James Larson, gets drafted into the army. Now, with her dreams and the man she loves hanging in the balance, Elaine must acknowledge what she’s most afraid to lose. 

As a historical romance writer, it doesn’t take Valentine’s Day to get me thinking about love. As a Christian, I think about it even more, for the greatest love story of all is the one of our Savior’s love for us. Completely platonic, but oh, so powerful! Today I have been “musing” about aspects of Christ’s love for us – aspects that are present in all the best love stories. Even the romantic ones….

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Celebrating 3 – Birthday Bash!

I’ve decided I’m not going to celebrate turning 34. I wasn’t even going to mention my age to anyone, because really, what women over 23 does that? But than I sat down and was contemplating my 33rd year, and it was too amazing to leave unnoted. It was the year of the #3.

This year:

  • We celebrated living in our home for 3 years.
  • Did well in 3 notable writing contest (Was a semi-finalist in the ACFW Geneses contest and won two short story contests).
  • Signed 3 short story contracts with publishers.
  • Published 3 short stories. (Only two mentioned above, so there is still one to come next year.)
  • Signed contracts for 3 full novels!
  • Welcomed our 3rd child into our family (on the 3rd month, no less!)
  • Bought 3 bookshelves! (I saved this till the end because it was so exciting.)

Next year should be much more relaxing- I don’t have room for more book shelves and I’m not ready for baby #4. But, oh, I did forget one thing, the reason for even having this post:

  • And gave away 3 print copies of my books on my birthday!

Thanks for partying with me! Leave me your e-mail address or how to get a hold of you and Wednesday I’ll pick three winners to receive a copy of one of the following:

Coming Feb 3, 2015

Feb 3, 2015

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Dec 1, 2015

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Nov 1, 2015

Fixing an Old-Fashioned “Flat”

By Crystal L Barnes

“Why did this have to happen now? I knew I should’ve waited until next week to come to town for supplies.” Catherine set her fists on her hips and kicked a clod of dirt rather than the separated wagon wheel she longed to vent her frustrations on. No sense in making a bad situation worse.WLOD-3D-wood

“Mama, someone’s comin’.”

Her hands dropped from her hips. “What?”

Benin pointed back up the road.

A familiar paint cantered toward her with a rancher on board. Joe Matthews. Well, good. At least she wouldn’t have to figure out how to fix this on her own.

A second horse, a buckskin, came alongside the first, a broad-shouldered man in a black duster on board, riding tall in the saddle.

Her pulse quickened. “Breathe, Catherine, just breathe. That might not even be him.” But even as she tried to convince herself otherwise, she had no doubt who rode the second horse. Only one man ever sat a saddle like that. What should she do? Call out a greeting? Pretend she didn’t recognize him? Grab her son and run for the hills? That last one held merit. Then the general couldn’t hurt them. Her boots, however, had other ideas. They wouldn’t budge.

—Excerpt from Win, Love, or DrawThe Prairie Traveler

Howdy y’all! Crystal Barnes here. Have you ever wondered how people in the old west handled a “flat”? Well, I had to slow my heroine down so I started doing some digging. Surprisingly, it took a lot to break one of those wagon wheels. You’d be more apt to break the spokes or have the spokes separate from the rim than to actually break the rim itself. Crazy, huh?

So how did they fix things if they broke or separated? Depends on how close they were to a blacksmith and his forge. My heroine was blessed enough to not be too far from town. I took the tips from The Prairie Traveler and put the men in my story to work. 🙂

 

Have you ever found yourself with tire issues? Did you fix things yourself, or did you have some strapping hero come to your aid?

 

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Crystal L Barnes is an award-winning author, who also happens to be a born-n-raised Texan and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). She has a degree in Computing Science because she loves putting things into their proper place, and she enjoys writing because she gets to share her love of old-fashioned things and the Lord. When she’s not writing or reading, Crystal enjoys knitting, sewing, or crocheting while watching old movies/sitcoms. I Love Lucy is one of her favorites. You can connect with Crystal here at her website or on her blog, her Amazon Author page, GoodreadsPinterestGoogle+, or on her Facebook author page. Want to be notified of her latest releases and other fun tidbits? Subscribe to her newsletter.

 

 

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Catherine McGarrett is a strong woman. Life in Texas demands such. For five years, she has built a growing horse ranch while praying for the return of the one man who stole her heart and shattered it in a million pieces when he left.

Now he’s back.

Samuel McGarrett rides into Cater Springs, Texas toting two six-shooters and too many scars. The trouble and pain from the past erupts around the couple. And not just in their marriage.

Can Sam win Catherine’s trust? Will their love survive? Or will his final draw be his last?

A Kiss is Still a Kiss- now available!

Yesterday, a second anthology, A Kiss is Still a Kiss, released with my short story, Shackled.

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He came west to find freedom and ended up shackled to a chair. She’s not sure she ever wants to let him go.

The best thing about an short story anthology is that you don’t have to stay up all night because you got into a novel and can’t set it down. This book is filled with many lengths of  stories so you can settle in for as long, or short, as you want.

So far I’ve read, besides my own story, Deborah Raney’s Going once, Going twice, and I thoroughly enjoyed the twists of the plot. Sarah Monzon’s  Carousel Kisses is short but very sweet. And Crystal Barn’s Let’s Make a Deal was a very fun ride.

I hope you enjoy them all as much as I have so far!

Available on Amazon and from Next Step Books.