Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Release Party for Heart's Safe Passage by Laurie Alice Eakes -Today's giveaway- $25 B&N Gift Card 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 $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble. 
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.


 Lady in the Mist


Today, I was going to discuss how Lady in the Mist came into being. That, however, comes up in tomorrow’s post on where I get my ideas; thus, for today, I am going to give you a bit of my writing testimony.
In 2009, my writing career was finally going somewhere. I had sold six books, two to Avalon and four to Heartsong Presents (Barbour Publishing). But, of course, being a writer, I wanted more. I wanted to write big, lush, panoramic, mainstream books. And I thought it would never happen. Big book publishers like Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, Baker, which includes Revell and Bethany, had always been the dream since I started writing Christian fiction. It just wouldn’t happen.
Yet that midwife idea I’d had for ten years and started to brainstorm with my critique partners the previous year before selling more books to Avalon and Heartsong, was burning a hole in my computer.
So I finished up my first book I had to write for Barbour, The Glassblower, and before starting on the second, The Heiress, decided to turn out a proposal.
And this one I did in proper form, the way my writing thesis adviser had showed me to do—I outlined every scene ahead of time. I did the character sketches. I knew this story nearly inside and out. That done, I wrote three chapters. They flowed from my keyboard as first chapters rarely do for me. The vague image of a woman walking along the beach through a misty morning and encountering a charming stranger, wasn’t in the least misty to my creative mind.
On March 31, 2009, with lots of prayers and anxious heart anyway, I sent the proposal to my agent. On April 1, she called and said something like, “this is going to sell.”
Three weeks later, she called to tell me that the editor from Revell was taking the proposal to committee.
I’d gotten to committee before with a big book publisher, but not Revell. Those had been form rejections. This time. . . Let’s just say I’m not sure I breathed for about four minutes.
But of course I had to wait for the committee to meet. May 12, I think it was. Somewhere that week.
It was a crazy week. My husband was graduating from law school that weekend. Relatives were coming in from out of town. I had a party to get ready and people to entertain. Probably good. It kept me from thinking too much about it.

But of course I did. And I heard nothing. I figured the answer was no. Alas. Well, maybe someone else.
Yet my heart cried. I’d been so sure this was it, the big break we all wanted. We were moving across country in two months and I was more than a little scared. I needed some kind of boost, reassurance. My husband and I prayed for strength for our future and guidance and the right thing to happen for both of us, him in his new career, mine in my, as a writer, always shaky career.
We came home from my husband’s party and there it was—voice-mail from my agent. Yes, Revell wanted what became Lady in the Mist, the first book in the midwives series.
I’ve always thought that when people say don’t give up on your dreams they are being trite and a little New Agey. Yet here I am, living proof that holding onto one’s dreams and taking the steps to keep them flowing, is not at all trite.
Do you have a dream you sometimes think you should give up on? What steps have you taken to help that dream come true?

Heart's Safe Passage
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?

Today's giveaway:

$25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card! 
For an extra chance to win ask Laurie Alice a question. It can be about her writing, writing in general, one of her characters, her books, you name it. Come back Friday when she'll answer those questions.

37 comments:

  1. I'd love to be included in the giveaway. And for an extra chance to win, here's a question for Laurie Alice:

    How long had you been writing before getting your first book contract?

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  2. I enjoyed reading your interview here and will continue to enjoy getting to know more about you. How long did it take for you to get your first book published after you seriously realized that you wanted to become a writer?

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  3. Please include me in this giveaway. I just purchased your new book yesterday. Looking forward to reading it. Your covers are beautiful. Do you have much say in your book covers? And with everything going on in your life at the time, how did your move go?

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. She is an amazing woman. Not many people could have finished so many deadlines in the middle of a move with no furniture just a laptop and boxes!

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  4. Thanks for stopping by Cheryl and Jo. YOur question is one many people want to know. As great of a writer as Laurie Alice is I think we all imagine the first editor who saw her book snatched it up. But we will have to wait til Friday to find out...

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  5. Great giveaway.

    How are you able to work on two series at the same time without things getting jumbled in your mind?

    angelmom1165(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Another great question. I was writing my 3rd story and my crit partner caught where I'd used the wrong hero's name! I'd used the one from my previous story. sheesh!

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  6. Please count me in! Have not read any of Laurie's books, but am very anxious to do so. Question...are they available on Kindle?! Thanks!
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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    1. Yes they are. And if you haven't read any, honestly do yourself a favor and buy one. She'll hook you from her first book and then you'll want to read all she has put out!

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  7. Sounds like a great book! Thank you for hosting the giveaway.

    Laurie, when is your favorite 'time' to write and where?

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com
    wrensthoughts.blogspot.com

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  8. Where do you get your ideas for your books? I know authors minds are 'busy' but can you nail down this series and how they came about?

    Please count me in for the giveaway! I loved Lady in the Mist!

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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    1. Great question, Linda. I know the answer because Laurie Alice is a dear friend and I've asked her most of these questions trying to pick her brain. LOL. Where the little niggling of an idea came from and how it grew into a series is very interesting.

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  9. I would love to win a B & N gift card!

    A question for Laurie Alice, are the two books, Lady in the Mist and Heart's Safe passage connected... characters, setting etc...?
    Patty

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  10. Thank you all for stopping by and for the questions. Do, please stop by Friday and see the answers.

    Writing is a strange and wonderful business.

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  11. wfnren and Patty, thanks for stopping by. Good luck on the gift card. You could buy Laurie Alices books with it!

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  12. I love hearing how Lady sold because it's such an encouragment to authors to stay persistent and passionate.

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  13. O.K....I'm in line; I have all of Laurie Alic's books so far, (plus the tote and cup for Lady in the Mist I bugged her about :). Heart's Safe Passage looks wonderful; congratulations Laurie Alice and thanks for the post, DebbieLynne!

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  14. Thank you for stopping by, Pat and GinaOne question I am going to answer here is abot whether or not my books are on Kindle.

    The answer is yes, Lady in the Mist, Heart's Safe Passage, and A Necessary Deception, as well as Highland Crossings, are all on Kindle, Nook, Sony, and about any other reader you can think of. The Apple store, too.

    Starting later this year, all my Heartsongs will go into electronic format, too, beginning with my release this autumn and The Glassblower. Whether or not my Avalon books go digital is still up in the air. They are talking about it. If they don't do it with mine because they're too old, I may work on getting the digital rights to do it myself. Not sure if that's possible. My agent can work on that. Though these two books aren't inspirational, they are squeaky clean.

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  15. And this is why everyone on our joint lists has heard me say, "I want to be Laurie Alice when I grow up." =)

    And you, Laurie Alice, were often my inspiration as I wondered if I was destined to stay small press forever. I got to the point where I was okay, if that's what the Lord wanted. But I never gave up seeking the "big" publishers, and I would look at your ever-growing signature line and say, "See, proof that it's possible!"

    Let's see, a question for you . . . one I haven't already asked over the years, LOL . . . um . . . hmm. Well, let's see. With the two Revell series well underway and probably finished (or all but) in the writing, what's next for you?

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    1. I think Laurie Alice hears that a lot! I just asked her last week if I'd ever get there. After reading Heart's Safe Passage I had to ask. LOL

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  16. Hi Laurie, I already have Heart's Safe Passage on my wish list and can't wait to read. Loved Lady In The Mist.

    How do you decide the H&H names and/or other character names? Do you ever use your own family names?

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! If you loved Lady in the Mist you HAVE to get Heart's Safe Passage!

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  17. Sounds like a great book! I'd love to be entered to win.

    My question is about the gorgeous book covers of the "Midwives" series. As a hopeful art major, I was wondering if you could describe how the book cover process went for you as an author. Did you have input into the final design? As a reader, it always bugs me if cover depicts a character's physical traits differently from the novel's text. =)

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  18. What a wonderful story, thank you Ms. Eakes for sharing with us today! A wonderful release party indeed :) I'm looking forward to reading "Heart's Safe Passage" in the very near future :)

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

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  19. Can't wait to read "Heart's Safe Passage"!

    My questions: "Do you do a lot of research for your historical novels? and where do you find most of your information?"

    seventysevensusieq[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  20. Thank you for stopping by, everyone. I'm looking forward to answering your questions on Friday. Hope you all come back and get a chance to win goodies, too.

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  21. laurie...how do you select the names for your characters?
    a wonderful posting :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  22. thanks for the giveaway love to read this book
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  23. Which is your favorite book you have written, one that is dearer to your heart and you cried for the outcome or before??
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  24. I am subscribed through FeedBurner!
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  25. I like to hold print copies in my hand and turn the pages myself ~*~ how might I become a reviewer for your future books from the publisher, or are they now becoming eBooks for review? thank you
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  26. Put me in for the $25 B&N gift card please
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  27. Lane, I know the publisher sends out scores of copies, and am not sure how people get on that list. I get a few gift copies the publisher sends out, too. I'll be collecting interested readers in a few months for Choices of the Heart, the third midwife book, so, if you're interested, send me your snailmail address through the web form on my web site, and I'll put you on that list.

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  28. I'd love to be in this giveaway. As for questions, where do you get your inspiration for your books.
    I'd love to review this book or Choices of the Heart on my blog.
    cllane2 at liberty dot edu

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