The Scarlet Coat – Now Available!

Hello all, I am so excited to announce the release of my debut novel, The Scarlet Coat!

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Here is what’s being said:

“The Scarlet Coat by Angela K. Couch is captivating in the dilemmas it presents, in the characters it introduces, and in the romance it embraces. The history of the era becomes personal and dimensional, and there are moments so wrought with tension that it takes your breath away. Fans of Amber Lynn Perry and Laurie Alice Eakes will feel right at home here, and the issues Couch raises are just as timely today as they were then. A sweet romance with depth and insight into grace and prejudice and forgiveness.” ~ Reading is My Superpower Reviews (Full review here)

“He came to them in a time of death and so much hatred. She was fearful, and tired of the war. Enter the opportunity for love and change and you have the making of a bestseller…

Angela used historical information and details to give this book life. I felt as though I was in this small family, in this big war. I truly have a loss for words to describe how this book read for me. All I can say is that anyone can pick this book up, and they will fall in love with the book. They will want more. I want more.” ~ Bibliophile Reviews (Full review here)

“I absolutely fell in love with this story, getting to know the characters I called friends, the rich historical details, every heart-pounding scene, and even a touch of humor the author included…!”  ~ Trixi Oberembt on Colonial Quills blog.

“This is a thoroughly engaging read, especially for historical fiction/romance lovers, and the last quarter of the book, in particular, kept my eyes riveted to the pages.” ~ Fiction Aficionado (Full review here)

For an interview with me on writing The Scarlet Coat, click here. 🙂

Pinterest Board for The Scarlet Coat here!

Thank you!

The Scarlet Coat     (Hearts at War – Book 1)

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A Woman Compelled by Christian Charity
Surrounded by the musket fire of the American Revolution, Rachel Garnet prays for her family to be safe.  When the British invade the Mohawk Valley, and her father and brother don’t return from the battle, she goes in pursuit of them. She finds her brother alive but her father has been killed at the hand of the enemy. Amidst the death, how can she ignore a cry for help…? Rachel reluctantly takes in a badly wounded British officer. But how long can her sense of Christian duty repress her hatred for his scarlet coat?

A Man Lost to the Devastation of War
Passages of Scripture and fleeting images of society are all Andrew Wyndham recalls after he awakens to the log walls of his gentle prison. Even his name eludes him. Rachel Garnet insists he is a captain in the British army. He mourns the loss of his memory, but how can he hope to remember war when his “enemy” is capturing his heart?

A Scarlet Uniform Holds the Power to Unite or Divide
Andrew’s injuries are severe, his memory slow to return, and the secret of his existence too perilous to ignore. As Rachel nurses him back to health, his hidden scarlet coat threatens to expose the deeds of her merciful heart, and Andrew is forced to face a harrowing decision—Stay hidden and risk losing the woman he loves or turn himself in and risk losing his life.

Available at:       Barnes & Noble           Indigo/Chapters         Amazon

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Pre-conference mix and mingle [ACFW]

So with ACFW writing conference approaching I am participating in an online get-to-know-you game. Here is the link if you are interested. 🙂

Name: Angela K. Couch

Location: Alberta, Canada

What you write/tagline/trademark: Historical romance, “Making history and fiction fall in love.”

Place in the book world: I have four short stories published in anthologies, one novella released, and my first novel is being released by Pelican Book Group in Jan 2017! I also have four more novels contracted.

On a scale of hugger to 10-foot-pole, please rate your personal space: I’m good for hugs. 🙂 .

Something VERY serious: How do you take your Starbucks? Not a coffee drinker, but I love hot chocolate!

The unique talking points that will get you going for hours: Finances (if I wasn’t writing I would totally be a financial planner!), WWII, American revolution, gardening, training horses, homeschooling.

Loved ones at home you’ll be missing: My husband, 5-year-old son, 3-year-old daughter, and my 17 month-old baby. 😦

Conference goals we can pray for? I have one book I’m pitching this year, and really hoping to make some good connections in the industry… but most importantly with an agent.

Anything we can celebrate with you?  Really excited about the four book series I have with White Rose/ Pelican Book Group! Book one releases in January!

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One or two ways we can help you build your platform? It’d be great to connect on Facebook and Twitter. 🙂

What’s in a name?

As a writer of Colonial fiction, one of funnest things to do is choose names for characters. More and more I see the huge influence the Puritans had on what became common names in the American colonies. They also had a lot of names that didn’t rise in popularity as some of the Bible names did, but still hold a lot of meaning…and sometimes a chuckle (like ‘Search-the-Scriptures’, ‘Joy-in-sorrow’ or ‘Sorry-for-Sin’)

Here are a few of my favorites:

For girls: (Besides the usual Bible names)
Berenice
Charis
Charity
Chastity
Comfort
Constance
Chloe
Clemence
Damaris…

Pop over to Colonial Quills for the rest of this blog, including an excerpt from The Scarlet Coat!

Battle of Oriskany-where Hearts at War begins

At our last tea party I had the pleasure of unveiling the cover of my Revolutionary War novel. The Scarlet Coat will be the first book of my Hearts at War series that Pelican Book Group/White Rose Publishing will release. Today, I want to take you to where it all begins, a horrific battle that plays a role in each book in the series.

In August of 1777, one year and one month after the Declaration of Independence was signed, the British decided to use the Mohawk Valley as a spike into the heart of New England. Barry St. Leger was promoted to Brigadier General for the campaign and took with him eight hundred British, German, Loyalist, and Canadian troops, and almost one thousand allied Iroquois.

One of their first stops was Fort Stanwix (for a time renamed Fort Schuyler by the Continental forces, and near present day Rome, New York).

                                                         Areal view of Fort Stanwix

The British laid siege, but the Fort’s commander, Colonel Peter Gansevoort, with his almost eight hundred men, refused to surrender…

To read more come on over to Colonial Quills!

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….

Click here to read more on Stitches Thru Time blog!

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:

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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?