BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 25 April 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – RELEASE DAY EVENT – THE PATRIOT AND THE LOYALIST BY ANGELA K. COUCH
TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – RELEASE DAY EVENT – THE PATRIOT AND THE LOYALIST BY ANGELA K. COUCH
Completing his three years in the Continental Army, Daniel Reid still has no desire to return home—not after losing the woman he loves to a British Captain—so he volunteers to ride south through enemy lines and deliver a message to Colonel Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. With his temper needing a release and a dark haired beauty finding her way into his broken heart, Daniel decides to join the Swamp Fox’s efforts against the British. Little does he know the British still have the upper hand.
Lydia Reynolds has learned that love comes at a price, and she refuses to pay. Better to close her heart to everything and everyone. When her brother-in-law won’t grant her passage to England, where she hopes to hide from her pain, New Englander, Daniel Reid, becomes her only hope—if she can induce him to give her information about the notorious Swamp Fox and his troops. When the British grow impatient and Daniel evades her questions, Lydia must decide how far to take her charade. The poor man, already gutted by love, hasn’t grown as wise as she. Or so she supposes.
Until the truth is known, the muskets are loaded and it is time to decide where true loyalties lie.
Lydia huffed and settled back into her seat. The New Englander sat there looking all too confident and sure of himself. Nothing she hated more than an arrogant man. Except perhaps an arrogant rebel—so certain breaking with England was the only way. They were instead destroying the colonies with this war and murdering good men. Like her father.
She lifted a corner of the thick velvet curtains. Only two and a half blocks to go. She’d suspected Wilsby of his inclinations toward the rebels for a while now. The arrival of Daniel Reid seemed only to solidify both their guilt, and if she was wise, she could use them to her advantage. “We’ll be there soon.” Lydia dropped the folds of crimson curtain.
She met his gaze. “Why do you say that?”
He shook his head and looked to his cane. “No reason.”
“I do wish you would be more forthright, Mr. Reid, before our journey comes to an end. I can help you.”
She gave him a knowing smile. “Before I incriminate myself, tell me truthfully that you are a Patriot.”
He studied her for a full minute or more, the methodical plod of hooves and the squeak of the axels marking the passage of time. He sighed and raised his hand. “All right. Now tell me how you plan to assist me?”
I knew it. She grinned and slid to the edge of her seat. “We have a British major billeted with us. And my sister’s husband is very loyal to the crown—an outspoken man. You would be surprised how often our table is laden with talk of military strategy and plans.” She tipped her head slightly to one side, feigning the look of innocence. The bait was laid for him. The question remained as to whether he would bite.
rem: Hullo Angela, congratulations on your newest book baby! (and the next baby baby too) If you could live anywhere in any time period, where would you go?
ANGELA : Live or visit? In all honesty, I would LOVE to visit the Colonial era, the Victorian era and the 1940s, but I’m pretty fond of indoor plumbing and refrigeration (the first four months of my marriage was without those and I do not take them for granted!) That and not being in the middle of a world war! Also, I acknowledge that in any other time period, before dishwashers and washing machines, I probably wouldn’t have time to write as a mom with 4 kids.
rem: There is definitely something to be said for modern conveniences! Where did you find this story idea?
ANGELA : I grew up watching reruns for the old Disney Swamp Fox movies. When I decided to write another Revolutionary War story, I had to give him a role. The rest of the story fell easily together from there.
rem: As a resident of South Carolina, it’s particularly interesting to me. Who was the easiest character to write and why? The most difficult?
ANGELA : Daniel was pretty easy because he’d already been introduced in The Scarlet Coat. I knew him well. Lydia on the other had… She is a pretty complex character and I needed to work hard to make it so readers could understand her motives, pain, and to help her grow.
rem: Yeah, well, Daniel is pretty easy to look at too….. What do you munch on while you’re writing / researching / editing?
ANGELA : Most of the time, chocolate. Any chocolate. J
rem: Good answer! What do you do to recover once you’ve typed “THE END?”
ANGELA : Eat chocolate! I also take some down time with my hubby watching movies and cuddling on the couch. And then get started on the next book!
rem: Yes, please, readers need the next book!!
Angela K Couch is an award-winning author for her short stories, and a semi-finalist in ACFW’s 2015 Genesis Contest. Her childhood was spent listening to her father read chapters from his novels, and Angela decided young to follow his path. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in there, as well. Angela lives in Alberta, Canada with her “hero” and three munchkins. Visit her at http://www.angelakcouch.com, or follow on Twitter or Facebook!
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- She looked at him, but only briefly. “Nothing about this war is safe.”
- “What is the life of an animal to the life of a man? Any man. I’m so tired of this killing. This waste of life.” ~ Daniel
- “’He only is the rock of my salvation: He is my defense.’” A rock. A defense. That was what she wanted. But what she needed… “’My refuge is in ’”
- “Did you know that Mr. Jefferson wanted to declare freedom for all men when he wrote our Declaration of Independence from Britain? No man should be enslaved, not by a king or his neighbor.” ~ Daniel
- If the British had success today, perhaps she could also be done with spying, lies and all-too-confident rebels with rich brown eyes.
- Angela Couch is Canadian. J
- Has a 6, 4, and 2 year-old…and another on the way!
- Enjoys reading romance from any era (even contemporary) as long as it’s clean.
- Used to train horses for western riding.
- Has a second degree black belt in Hap-Ki-Do, but most recently learned some Brazilian Capoeira.
- Loves writing fight/action scenes.
- Loves writing kissing scenes, too!
- The Patriot and the Loyalist’s timeline was based off the actual movements of Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion and his men.
- Any American soldiers or officers mentioned by name in the Patriot and the Loyalist are historical figures.
- During the revolutionary war, at least 400 Americans were shipped as prisoners to Britain.
Oh what tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.
Nothing remained. All who were dear to her had been taken, her mother, her baby brothers, her father. And now her sister. Lydia Reynolds won’t even allow her heart to embrace her infant niece lest she be taken away from her, too. With her heart securely locked away, Lydia is set on one thing—to gain passage to England where she can live her life quietly, as a loyal subject of the Crown
Daniel Reid is running from his past, from a temper. And from a broken heart. And he has no intention of letting a pretty face draw him in again.
But Lydia Reynolds has captivated him, and even as he fights against it, his heart betrays him.
Lydia’s intentions are not as they seem, though. Daniel holds no romantic interest for her. Daniel is her ticket to her freedom. But as she walks the fine like of pretense, her heart, too, betrays her. But will Lydia’s betrayal be Daniel’s death sentence? Or will she be able to unweave the web she has so carefully woven?
Ms. Couch has once again riveted my attention with a stunning story of betrayal and deceit. Of hearts betrayed and deceived. I felt Lydia’s brokenness at her losses, and her resolve to escape. And I struggled with her as her heart began to awaken. I wept with Daniel at every remembrance of what he had lost, and allowed my own heart to quicken with hope as his stirred with affection for Lydia.
Ms. Couch writes with sparkling and riveting dialogue, with compelling emotion, and brilliant descriptions that place the reader in the middle of the action.
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