Monday, February 20, 2012

Release Party for Heart's Safe Passage by Laurie Alice Eakes "Different Daily Giveaways" Ends February 26th

We are having a week long celebration here at The Sword and Spirit for Laurie Alice Eakes new release, A Heart's Safe Passage. Today we are giving away a copy of her novella, Highland Crossing. For an extra chance to win ask Laurie Alice a question. Come back Friday to read her answers to the questions. We will be giving prizes away all week long so be sure to check in each day.


Laurie Alice Eakes used to lie in bed as a child telling herself stories so she didn't wake anyone else up.  Sometimes she shared her stories with others; thus, when she decided to be a writer, she surprised no one. In the past three years, she has sold six books to Baker/Revell, five of which are set during the Regency time period, four books to Barbour Publishing, as well as two novellas to Barbour Publishing and one to Baker/Revell. Seven of her books have been picked up by Thorndike Press for large print publication, and Lady in the Mist, her first book with Revell, was chosen for hardcover publication with Crossings Bookclub. She also teaches on-line writing courses and enjoys a speaking ministry that has taken her from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast. Laurie Alice lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs and two cats, and is learning how to make tamales.

I asked Laurie Alice some questions about her new release Heart's Safe Passage. If you haven't read it, put it at the top of your to-be-read pile because this is a book you will NOT want to miss reading!

Phoebe’s pregnant sister-in-law forces her to go to sea, and once aboard the privateer, Phoebe cannot leave. How does her compassion for her captors demonstrate her character?
Phoebe works hard to be the quintessential Christian. Showing compassion and kindness even to those who hurt her—hurt us—is one of the tenets of Christianity. It’s mentioned often in the Bible, especially the New Testament. As one gets further into the story, one sees that compassion is second-nature to Phoebe because her life hasn’t been the bed of roses it appears to have been on the surface.

Rafe has spent 9 years seeking revenge and privateering.  Yet he has compassion and cares about people what has kept him from becoming hard and jaded?
Only a sociopath has no compassion for others, and we couldn’t have a hero who is a sociopath, at least I couldn’t. Rafe deeply loves those whom he loves, and that includes most of mankind. His target is narrow, and he doesn’t let this spread to the rest of mankind. As with Phoebe, more is revealed about his past, too, that has contributed to this gentler side of hisnature, traits that show the reader why these two are meant to be together.

Rafe has 2 friends on board that witness to him. Why does he continually reject the Lord if he believes that what he is doing is the right thing?
Because, in the depths of his heart, when he thinks of the faith he has rejected, he knows what he is doing wrong, so he rejects his faith in favor of pursuing his own will. He has to suffer the consequences of that pursuit to rediscover what he has given up to go his own way.

It's 1813 and all Phoebe Lee wants out of life is to practice midwifery in Loudon County, Virginia. When Belinda, her pregnant sister-in-law, presses Phoebe to accompany her onto a British privateer in order to cross the Atlantic and save her husband from an English prison, Phoebe tries to refuse, then finds herself kidnapped.
Captain Rafe Docherty is a man in search of revenge. His ship is no place for women, but he needs Belinda in order to obtain information about the man who destroyed his family and his life. Between Belinda's whining and Phoebe's hostility, Rafe can't help but wonder if he made the right choice.
When it becomes apparent there is an enemy among them on the ship, the stakes are raised. Will they reach the English shore in time? Can love and forgiveness overcome vengeance?

Follow this link for study questions that go along with the Heart's Safe Passage with the following message. Laurie Alice Eakes is available to join your book club via telephone when you discuss one of her books.


TODAY'S GIVEAWAY:
 
Head to historic North Carolina where a brooch unites the lives and loves of four women. Dangerous accusations force Seona to leave Scotland with the brooch in tow, but will she find peace before her past is revealed? Years later, Fiona hopes to recover the brooch only to wind up on the whipping block. Can she trust the man who comes to her rescue? Seren sells the brooch to open a confectionery, but will the precious heirloom be lost to a hopeless dream? When the brooch is stolen, can Brynna reclaim it before she loses something even more valuable?

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Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday, January 26th. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

42 comments:

  1. I am so loving this book, Laurie Alice! I'm round about halfway through now, and as usual, you do such an excellent job with your characters. Just wanted to stop by to give you a big huzzah!

    And what a cake in that picture! Gorgeous. I'll have a slice of that too, with my coffee. Perfect breakfast, right? LOL.

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  2. Hey Roseanna! Thanks for stopping by. I figured why candles when we could have gorgeous flowers instead. Heart's Safe Passage was excellent from start to finish. Couldn't put it down.

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  3. Congratulations Laurie Alice! I still think about how much I enjoyed Lady in the Mist,and recommend it often, so I am definitely putting this one in my wish list.

    I'll take a piece of virtual cake but I already have a copy of Highland Crossings. Someone is going to really enjoy this anthology!

    Enjoy the special week, ladies!

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  4. Thanks for stopping by and helping us celebrate, Debra. I loved Lady in the Mist, too. This is just a great series.

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  5. Laurie Alice is one of my favorite authors, so I'm always thrilled when she has a new book released. I loved Lady in the Mist, of course, and have read the first few chapters of Heart's Safe Passage. The spiritual lessons in these books are always a blessings.

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  6. I forgot to ask my question! Laurie Alice, when did you first fall in love with this time period? And how did you get interested in the seafaring of that age?

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  7. That cake looks fit for the governor! I'm stopping by for just a moment, as I'm reading Lady in the Mist and must get back to Seabourn to see what mischief Dominick is stirring up, whether the difficult birth Tabitha is faced with will go well for mother and child, and why her ex-fiancé is back in town so prematurely after his forceful conscription by the British navy. Roth6@comcast.net

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  8. Thanks for stopping by Debbie and Louise! And thank you for your questions, Louise. That gets you extra entries and really helps with Fridays posts when Laurie Alice will be answering those questions.

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  9. Love Laurie's books and her attention to historical detail. My question: What do you consider some of your favorite go-to historical research books or on-line sources?

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    1. That is part of what I think makes Laurie Alice's books so amazing...her accuracy and the way she makes you feel like you are seeing history unfold.

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  10. Hi Laurie! Debbie Lynne!! Hearts Safe Passage is one of my favorite books of Laurie's... there's just so much happening between the characters... so much passion and angst. My question to Laurie is how do you come up with such deep, interesting characters? Do you use character charts? Personality charts? Or do you take them from real life experience?

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    1. OH! OH! Mine too! I was sad when it ended! I felt like I was moving away from old friends and I wouldn't see them again.

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  11. Thank you all for coming to my party, and a huge thank you to Debbie Lynne for hostessing it for me.

    Also, thank you all for your kind words on my books. Everytime one comes out, I feel incredibly blessed all over again, especially things like this one. For so long I've wanted to see a sea story in print, as I love sea stories.

    I'm going to enjoy answering these questions. Keep 'em coming and tell all your friends to keep 'em coming.

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  12. From the looks of this blog, I need to find and read some of your books! I would love to win this particular book! I love your covers on the two books listed here!

    I am amazed that you told yourself stories as a child instead of waking others so early. Never would have crossed my mind. When did you get your first book published? Did you 'publish' the stories you used to tell yourself?

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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    1. Great question, Linda. Can't wait to hear the answer to that!

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  13. Laurie,

    One of my life-long themes is beyond forgiveness... Loving others who have hurt us. Why is this theme important for you in the book?
    warriorranch@yahoo.com

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  14. Lovely cake! And goodness, does this interview make me want to read the book! I'm hoping to get my hands on a copy soon. I love the bad-boy hero angle to this novel. :-)

    snowboundintheup at hotmail dot com

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  15. LOVE the cake and your beautiful new blog appearance, Debbie Lynne! I am so looking forward to digging into this book. I have the pb copy, thank you Laurie Alice and Revell, but haven't read as I am going to download onto Kindle to read. Just got my Kindle replacement on Friday, yay! DL, Gina and I got to help with a little snag in the middle of the book with Word acting all cranky so I got a taste of this great novel and am looking forward to a good read. Blessings!

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    1. That sounds like that would have been fun! I'm weakening on getting a kindle...but I do like the feel of a book in my hands. :o)

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  16. You all are asking great questions. I'm collecting them and am looking forward to answering them.

    To get a taste of the story, do come back tomorrow and read a fairly lengthy excerpt from maybe the middle of the book or around there.

    Carrie, I'll tell you excatly what chapters to skip, or not read before dinner. I do like making my characters do things that push them to the limit if that's what they ahve to do to find their redemption.

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  17. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novella...and i would love a piece of cake, please :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  18. Hi Laurie Alice, congratulations on all the books you're contracted for. That's great news. The covers to Highland Crossings and Heart's Safe Passage are really beautiful. I'm excited about reading Hearts Safe Passage, I've been looking forward to it since I read book 1, Lady in the Mist. You and your books are an inspiration to me and so many others, keep writing.

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  19. I finished Heart's Safe Passage over the weekend and am still savoring it. It's one of those books that you wish could go on another hundred pages, because you get to know and love the cast of characters so well.
    Congratulations on your newest book launch Laurie Alice, and thanks Debbie Lynne for hosting a great Christian author this week!
    Gorgeous new photos, BTW. Makes me feel like I'm meandering through a lovely Charleston estate.

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    1. I love this area. This is near where Joe and I go camping down in between Charleston and Beaufort. If you could see the whole picture there is a hull of a brick church in the center. It is a gorgeous area. WE need to meet there some day!

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  20. Wow congrads of all of your contracts....Love the covers to both of your books here. I have Hearts Safe Passage to read and review, and would love Highland Crossings as well.
    Blessings...Joy
    ibjoy1953(AT)yahoo.com

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  21. Great to have you stop by Debby and Karen. I totally agree, Laurie Alice is an awesome writer. One of my favorites.

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  22. You all put me to the blush with your kind words about my writing. God has blessed me richly in my work, and I am grateful to Him for it every day.

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  23. Awesome! I have Heart's Safe Passage and Highland Crossings on my shelf now :) Can't wait to read them.
    Please don't enter me. I just wanted to stop by and say that I'm a huge fan of Ms. Eakes :)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Faye. We have something in common. I'm a huge fan, too! You are going to love Heart's Safe Passage so make sure you start it when you have lots of time to read because you won't want to put it down!

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  24. Laurie - I was thinking of you last night as your book is on my stack of review books - close to being one I read.I learned to love Regency Romance this last year as I've reviewed some excellent books. What made you chose that time period. You sure make it come alive on the pages of your books.
    I lived in Texas for 1 year close to the Gulf and loved surf fishing while there.
    My husband loves tamales but I do not. A friend of ours in Arizona (she doesn't live there now) used to make them for him every New Years. She made the best.
    God continue to use and bless you.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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  25. I just joined your site. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

    Ann_Lee_Miller[at]msn[dot]com

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  26. I had no idea Laurie had that many books out/ coming out! What a busy woman! And I have to say, the cover of this book is simply gorgeous. *sigh*

    secretlysam (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  27. Thank you for stopping by, Faye, and for your kind words. That makes the writing worth every sleepless night to meet a deadline.

    I hope you all keep coming back for the excerpt and me talking about how I come up with ideas and to answer these excellent questions about the time period I choose, characters, research. . .

    And to give more chances to win goodies.

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  28. Hi Laurie, I read Lady in the Mist and loved the story. I have Highland Crossings on my wish list and can't wait to read. How do you pick or decide what to name your H & H?
    Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  29. Would love to win this book. I love everything by Laurie Alice! She has an amazing gift.

    Question? If you could live anywhere where would that be?

    angelmom1165(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. I want to find out what happens to the brooch!
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  31. I would like to know if these were books you had prewritten at different times or if you were writing more than one book at a time?
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  32. I have subscribed through FeedBurner
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  33. "Seren sells the brooch to open a confectionery..."
    looks like a wedding cake ~*~ is there more to "the story"??
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  34. Heart's Safe Passage has a beautiful cover! From Virginia to England, that is a switch going away from the colonies. How did you get interested in sea stories? Seasickness and pregnancy together! Are there midwives in your family line?
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  35. Laurie Alice is an inspiration to me!
    frosty_45142@yahoo.com

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