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Western Wednesday: Angela Raines

WesternWednesdays I’ll be featuring authors from a Facebook group I am a part of, Pioneer Hearts. The authors at Pioneer Hearts have two things in common, we write historical Westerns and we write Romance. You can find almost any heat level there that you’re looking for except erotica. Because of this fact, I’ve added a new little icon on the bottom of my Western reviews, a heat level, so you as a reader know what to expect.


Angela Raines joins me today for Western Wednesday. Scroll to the bottom for a giveaway!

Angela writes novellas, some may even call them novelettes. They read in a nice few hours, but I wasn’t left feeling like I was missing part of the story or who the characters were. It is obviously her calling to fit in this niche and she does it well. Both stories are well-written and I recommend them for anyone looking for a good story but only has a few minutes at a time to devote to the book.


Given a chance at freedom for a crime he didn’t commit, Drew Carson must kill for his pardon. Taken to a lush valley where a beautiful woman lives, Luke, Drew’s “rescuer”, lets him know that the woman is his target–kill her, and he’s a free man. But there’s something strange about the valley. Time stands still, and nothing is as it seems. Will Drew trade murder for love?

You can buy Angel of Salvation Valley from Amazon.






Clara Cross ran away as a young girl after the suspicious deaths of her parents, and has spent the last nine years trying to find safety from a man she had reason to fear. Finally landing in the small town of Agate Gulch in the high Colorado mountains, she believes she may have found a safe home at last, and can send for the brother she had to leave behind. Sam Tower is the man she loves—but would he ever give her a second glance? When Clara’s past catches up with her, her survival depends on her own strength and courage, as well as Sam’s.

Sam Tower runs on a ranch with his friend, Paul Ward, near Agate Gulch. Sam has been running from the past since the loss of his family, and the injury he received as a fife and drum boy in the Civil War. Clara is everything he admires and loves—but she is too good a person for him. When Clara is kidnapped, Sam begins a journey of discovery and finds what he’s always wanted—a HOME FOR HIS HEART.You can buy Home For His Heart from Amazon.


Angel of Salvation Valley: I wasn’t sure where this story was headed at first, but that is a good thing. I knew it was romance and that was all I really needed to know. I loved how both characters came together in this story and how they grew, even in such a short time. I really enjoyed the spiritual warfare within the story and the pets are a wonderful addition.

A Home for His Heart: The west was a tough place to call home, you had to love it or it would eat you up and spit you out, especially if you already have a past chasing after you. The hero and heroine in this story both come from tormented pasts that cloud how they see today. I love how the real-life issue of self-depreciation can so accurately play out in both this time and today, giving us a lesson without being preachy.

Author Bio:


Angela Raines is the pen name for Doris McCraw. Originally from the mid-west, Doris now calls the Rocky Mountains her home. Doris is a writer, historian, actor,and teacher. An avid reader, Doris loves to spend time in history archives looking for the small, unknown pieces of history. Many times these pieces end up in her stories or poems.

Currently, Doris is working in both the Medieval and Western Romance genre. Both have a wonderful history, much not commonly known which adds to the joy of telling these stories.

A photographer, Doris also writes haiku and combines them with her photography on her haiku blog:

You can find Angela on Facebook! Angela Raines or by email:

For a chance to win a copy of Home for His Heart, tell us what type of novels you like to read, novelette, novella, novel, or epic novel…or maybe all of the above! Winner announced next Wednesday!

Heat Rating: 2 flames

There is some mild language in Home for His Heart.

light touches, no kissing


27 thoughts on “Western Wednesday: Angela Raines

  1. Appreciate your ‘flame’ rating system! I like all of the above although not too much time for epic novels right now with a live in 91 yr old, helping as needed for 2 adorable grandgirls and running my business!!

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    1. I find that though I write Sweet Christian romance, my readers enjoy a wide spectrum of novels. It helps those who like it spicy and those who like it sweet. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!


      1. Paula, what a task you have, but grandchildren can make things interesting. I also love Kari’s rating system. It’s for people who want to read a story, but have limited time, that I write my novellas for. Thank you for stopping by. Angela/Doris

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  2. Doris, I always look forward to your stories–they’re unusual and make me think while “taking me away” in the process. I know you also write medieval stories, too, and I enjoy those as well. Excellent reviews, too! I know you are thrilled!

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    1. This has been a wonderful experience, and I thank Kari for that. Your words warm my heart and help keep my fingers going. I love telling ‘my’ stories and thank you and PRP for the opportunity to share them. Thank you everyone. Angela/Doris

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    1. Thank you Tracy. I confess I also like the ‘happy ending’ even if there are more than a few bumps along the way. It may take me a bit longer to write than some folks, but I want to tell the story in my heart/mind and to shut up the characters yakking in my head. LOL Angela/Doris

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    1. Thank you Connie. We authors sometimes feel we live in a vacuum, so hearing from folks who read our stories is so exciting. Kari has done a wonderful job and I can’t thank her enough. Angela/Doris

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  3. I look forward to Angela’s new book. I greatly enjoyed a home for his heart and recently purchased Angel…. She loves history and knowing her attention to the details and accuracy are apparent. She’s a great storyteller too!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. It makes the hours of sitting at the keyboard worth it when someone says they like your writing. Enjoy Angel. And yes, I do love history! Angela/Doris

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  4. Doris, I’m looking forward to reading your medieval story, too. Haven’t gotten to that one yet. And I love your haiku. You always find just the right photo to go with. What a talented lady you are!

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    1. Jacquie, you make me blush. I love writing haiku, medievals and westerns. Plus photography is relaxing. Thank you for stopping by and lending your kind words to this ‘ingenue’ writer. Anglea/Doris


    1. Dawn, me too. Of course about any Historical Western Romance will get my heart pumping. Thanks for stopping and commenting. Angela/Doris


  5. I prefer novels but have read some novellas. I don’t like the story to be over too quickly, but don’t want an epic novel either.

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    1. Michele, I also love novels, but there are times when a short read is just the thing. It is for those times I write novellas. The lovely thing, there are choices for everyone, and I love that about the authors who write Western Historicals. Thanks for stopping by. Angela/Doris

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    1. You are welcome Judy. I love almost anything Western. That may be one of the reasons I moved West. I can experience it a bit that way. (Smile) Thanks Angela/Doris


  6. Doris, I’ve read just about everything you’ve written, except your Mdieval and I’m working on that one, and love them all. I get lost in your characters and stories and come away with a smile on my face and complete satisfaction. So thank you and wishing you much continued success. So enjoy your blogs too.


    1. Bev, What a wonderful thing to hear! You just made this new writer’s week. I am so happy enjoy the stories of the people who are special to me. Thank you for stopping by and for the success wishes. I wish the same for you.

      Also, I’m glad you enjoy what I share on my blogs, the haiku, the history. I confess they are passions for me. Angela/Doris


      1. Please send your contact information to angelarainesauthor at gmail dot com and I will send your ebook to you right away.

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