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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Elaine Cougler: Loyalist's Wife

Happy Tuesday everyone.  Welcome to the Writer's Revolution.  I am your host, the author of The Phoenix BladeAndrew Hess.  Yesterday we previewed a fellow author Elaine Cougler, but today we take a look at her book, The Loyalist's Wife


When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler's Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.
With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist's Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles

Excerpt from The Loyalist’s Wife

Hours later, a piece of wood in the fire fell and Lucy jerked upright, her wild eyes darting about the dark cabin. The candle had died. By the dim light from the stove she could see she was alone, but outside Molly [the cow] bawled and the chickens were clucking in a dreadful cacophony of frightening sounds. What was out there? She bumped against the table on the way to the window.
Solid black was all she saw through the running raindrops on the glass, except for a faint patch of limpid light, not even light, just a silver lightening in the grass, the window’s weak reflection. The animals settled and she breathed more slowly. They could wait till daylight.

The fire fixed, she went to the bedroom where she lay under the patchwork quilt, fully clothed, eyes wide open, the loaded rifle scant inches from her hand.

Pickup your copy of the Loyalist's Wife today; now available on

And join us tomorrow for part 1 of our interview with Elaine.


  1. Andrew, thank you so much for featuring The Loyalist's Wife on your site this week. This is very generous and you have been excellent to work with. I wish you all good things, Elaine.

    1. Thank you Elaine. It has been wonderful getting to know you as well.