Monday, May 21, 2012

Heart's Safe Passage and Lady in the Mist by Laurie Alice Eakes Ends May 28th

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'm very happy to have my dear friend, Laurie Alice back with me this week. Laurie Alice is sharing from her heart today. If you ever wondered why her novels are so moving, your question is about to be answer. If you haven't read any of her books, you need to put her on your HAVE TO READ list! One book and she'll have you hooked. Laurie Alice is generously giving away two books this week (your choice of print or e-book), a copy of A Heart's Safe Passage and a copy of Lady in the Mist. Answer the question, How has a novel you've read helped you in your spiritual walk? Or leave a comment to be entered. Let me know if you are a follower for a second entry and don't forget to leave your email address so I know how to contact you should you win. Good Luck!
The Writing of a Heart

Recently, someone said that a writer should be able to produce a romance novel in one to two months. Don’t we wish—or not. Writing the heart of our characters takes time and thought, and exactly the right words.

The weird thing about being a writer is that it is a solitary profession in which we write about people and the human condition; i.e., emotions like love and distaste; antagonism and hope; rage and yearning. Although one would hope that no writer has faced the difficult situations into which she has set her characters, a few have, and, ironically, that makes writing the scene all that much worse.

Writing from personal experience is risky. I put a lot of personal stuff into a novel once and had an editor tell me I didn’t know what I was talking about. Sigh. I knew that I knew a whole lot more than she did in this particular situation, but was helpless to tell her so.

So when I started writing Heart’s Safe Passage, I didn’t want to write a background for Phoebe I knew the story demanded me to write. It meant digging deep into my soul, my spirit, the very heart of my being to dredge up memories.

No, I was never locked in a room to keep me from going out with friends. Not exactly. I never had things happen to me that happened to Phoebe, which I won’t say here so as not to create spoilers. Yet I understand from the places inside me that matter, what emotions Phoebe needed to feel.

When I was young enough to think it didn’t matter, and old enough to know better, I got involved with someone who dragged me away from my faith and from myself. By the time I managed to extricate myself from that period in my life, thanks to the last words to me of a dying friend, the prayers of my parents, and, yes, Christian fiction, I knew how to walk the appearance of a godly woman, say the right things, do the right things, while buried beneath my veneer  of spiritual renewal, my spirit ached like a tooth that looks just fine, but has a cavity deep inside at the root.

Ironically, I had long since forgiven him and held no enmity toward the person who hurt me. I had long since moved on, married, launched my writing career. And yet, as I wrote Phoebe’s story in Heart’s Safe Passage, I dug deep enough into my heart to write down what was going on in Phoebe’s, and found my own buried secrets and spiritual issues needing healing, God’s love, and, above all, self-forgiveness.

Yes, this is the theme of my midwives books—self forgiveness. As I began writing of the hearts of women, strong, independent, courageous women, in this series, I realized that accepting God’s forgiveness, though not always easy, is far easier than accepting the forgiveness of ourselves. We bully ourselves. We beat ourselves up. We call ourselves fat, stupid, ugly, and often act like self-deprecation is amusing. Yet Mark 11:25 says, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

I had to come to realize that “anyone” includes myself.

This is my story—or part of it—that I made a lot of bad choices. God has forgiven me; therefore, I am required to do nothing less.

This is Phoebe’s story—she made choices mainly because of social pressure of her day and standing in the community. God forgave her, but the events that follow because of how she has not forgiven herself are a thread that runs through the swashbuckling romance of the story until she finds her Heart’s Safe Passage home.

 One woman takes the treacherous journey toward redemption . . . and love.All Phoebe Lee wants out of life is to practice midwifery in Loudon County, Virginia. But when she refuses to accompany her pregnant sister-in-law to help save her husband from an English prison during the War of 1812, Phoebe finds herself pressed aboard a British privateer.

Captain Rafe Docherty promises to get Phoebe's brother-in-law out of prison in exchange for information Rafe needs to exact revenge on the man who destroyed his family. As he realizes his attraction to Phoebe, she determines to get ashore before her patient goes into labor--and before her own heart is in danger. But an enemy in their midst threatens to end their plans--and their very lives.


 By virtue of her profession as a midwife, Tabitha Eckles is the keeper of many secrets. Dominick Cherrett is a man with his own secret to keep: namely, why he, a British aristocrat, is on American soil working as an indentured servant.

In a time when relations between America and England rest on the edge of a knife, Tabitha and Dominick cross paths, leading them on a journey of intrigue, threats, public disgrace, and . . . love. But can Tabitha trust Dominick? Finding true love seems impossible in a world set against them.

 DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING by following my blog with Powered by FEEDBURNER on the right, and don't miss any giveaways (the button with the flame). If you already follow my blog go ahead and follow by FEEDBURNER so you can be entered twice. If you're not getting an email telling you I have a new giveaway you're not following through Feedburner. Just mention that you follow through Feedburner when you leave a comment with each giveaway and you'll be entered twice.

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, May 28thh. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

52 comments:

  1. I never read the midwives series but they sound wonderful! Thanks for a great giveaway!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Oops! I follow via FEEDBURNER too.

      ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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    2. I've read them and they are AWESOME!

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  2. These look great!! I have not read this author yet. Must add her to the list. :)

    Oh, I follow by Feedburner.

    Thanks!!

    ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Yes, definitely add her to your MUST READ LIST. You'll be coming back and thanking me, I promise. ;o)

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  3. "How has a novel you've read helped you in your spiritual walk?"
    Reading about overcoming life's obstacles because the Truth is the truth!! Continuing in faith knowing Jeremiah 29:11 IS True. I received an e-mail from Fiction Addiction Fix alerting me to your blog.
    Thank you for this double giveaway. This is a new author for me.
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. I'm excited to hear you're finding a new author. You are going to love her.

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  4. I am a new subscriber to your blog through Feedburner e-mail follower.
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  5. I am a new member follower on your blog. The little window with the brown hearts hanging down is my icon.
    I hope I win! My daughter's birthday is May 28 and my birthday is May 30th, the REAL Memorial Day! thanks, Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  6. (My daughter's name is also DEBBIE! ~*~ with the May 28 birthday, the day of your drawing)
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  7. Oh, my goodness, I don't mean to be redundant! but, just noticing your full name... Her name is Deborah Lynn and goes by Debbie (she says never ever Dah-Bore-Ah ~*~ I pronounce Deb-or-ah). Okay I'm done now.
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. LOl! Kathleen, you had me giggling through your posts. I hope you win! What a wonderful birthday present. And I like your daughter's name too. ;o)

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  8. I'm reading Heart's Safe Passage right now, and loving it. Thank you for sharing your heart for this story, Laurie Alice. As writers, we do mine our experiences to give our characters depth, and sometimes it is painful for us. I can relate.
    Blessings and hugs to you!
    Ann

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    1. thanks for stopping by, Ann. I love a good fleshed out character and sometimes that's just what it takes, sharing a part of ourselves.

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  9. This is an author I dearly love. Her books will uplift and encourage you daily. I see Ann Shorey posted right above where I am writing and that is another author who's books I love. You can find some reviews on Amazon that I wrote for Laurie. She is a sweetheart annointed of God. Be sure and enter me.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Throwing your name in the hat right now. Laurie Alice's work is for sure anointed by God. Have a I mentioned I love her work? Well, she is my mentor so I should! LOL. She is super generous to a fault too. And yes, Ann is a wonderful author too.

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  10. I love this author's books. Please enter me in this giveaway, and thank you for offering it! I follow this blog through Feedburner.
    Nancee
    quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net

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    1. You're entered! Thanks for stopping by, Nancee.

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  11. a great posting (as always!)....thanks for the chance to read laurie's latest novel :)

    i'm a follower, too.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hey Karen, Thank you so much! I appreciate you coming by regularly. Good luck on winning!

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  12. I've read both, and loved them. They spoke to my heart and my spirit and provided hours of reading pleasure. The heroines were strong and yet vulnerable, wise and yet teachable. The heroes offered that perfect combination of inner struggles and rugged outer strength that I find irresistible. It adds even more to know that Laurie Alice writes from that place of authenticity and depth that only grace and healing can lend. I'm a solid fan.

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    1. Hey there, girlfriend! You said it better than I ever could!

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  13. Laurie Alice Eakes is an exceptional writer, teacher and kind hearted person. I already have her books and graciously autographed but would like to recommend them to everyone. In many ways she's the Jane Austen of this century!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Steve. And thank you for recommending her books. I too highly recommend them.

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  14. You all put me to the blush, and warm my heart. Often I read what I've written and know that God gave me the words. In no way could I have come up with some of the things I have. :-)

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  15. Wonderful interview, Deb. And thanks, Laurie Alice, for sharing. The self-forgiveness theme is one of the most important, and writing from the heart is the root of all good novels.

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  16. I've read Lady in the Mist, would love to read the second in the series!

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. The second is every bit as good as the first! You will love it.

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  17. I am also a follower

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. It's so neat to see how closely you identified with Phoebe, Laurie Alice. I don't think that I'd want to write a character that I identified with too much. And whoever said it only takes one to two months to write a romance novel probably has a little more to learn about writing them.

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    1. LOL! Or their novel was 20,000 words long. ;o)

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  19. a gfc follower :)
    faithhopecherrytea at*gmail.*com

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  20. How has a novel you've read helped you in your spiritual walk? ~
    seeing characters develop thru realistic life issues maturing in their responses .. i am much more impacted by novels that show faith and growth in action than 'preach' a message . i don't like a telling documentary type of approach..
    thanks for asking :) ! great offer and pleased to be able to participate ! luv to see all the responses - gratifying for any author !!
    faithhopecherrytea at*gmail.8com

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    1. I'm with you. I don't care for preachy either. Much rather see it unfold.

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  21. Faithhopecharity, I completely agree that no one wants to be preached to, which is why I try to show God's love and power to heal hearts, through the character's actions. I figure if the World knows us by how we live and that shows more than how we preach to them, then my characters should do the same.

    Naomi, I don't relate that closely with Phoebe, of course, but closer than I found comfortable. It was a terribly difficult book to write.

    The person who said a romance novel should be able to be written in one to two months was a male "troll" on an agent's blog comments.

    For the rest, thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. Iam alays happy to introduce mysefl and my books to new readers.

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  22. Yes I want to be in this wonderful contest......I follow the blog....I posted on twitter and facebook....babyruthmac16@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you for posting this for us! good luck on winning!

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  23. My daughter loves historical s and I love romantic suspense.
    Please enter me in your drawing and these books are going on my "have to read" list.

    seventysevensusieq[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Hey Susieq, You and your daughter will love this series. It is fabulous.

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  24. Don't enter me.. I already have this book. I'm just dropping by to say Hi and tell everyone that this book is beyond fabulous! One of Laurie's best and I loved all her books! I enjoyed the interview too, Laurie.. Especially the part about learning to forgive yourself. It really hit home with me. Thanks.. So, Ladies if you don't win, you simply must go out and buy this book!!!

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    1. Hey Marylu, Thanks for stopping by! It's so good to see you. I will add that this is a very high endorsements as Marylu writes phenomenally. So like she said, if you don't win, you just have to buy this book.

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  25. The last book I read that lifted me spiritually is Rooms by James Rubart. I'd like to be entered in the drawing--I'm also a subscriber. Thanks for having the contest.
    Jo

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    1. Thanks for coming by Jo. I've heard a lot about Rooms, but I've never read it. Maybe I should pick it up. :o)

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  26. Sorry, I didn't leave my email address:
    johudd[at]bellsouth[dot]net.
    Thanks

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  27. I have read Lady in the Mist and it was excellent. I look forward to reading Heart's Safe Passage.

    Thanks for the chance to win. I just became a follower.

    Ginger

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    1. Thanks for following my blog, Ginger. I'll be throwing your name in the hat twice!

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  28. It sounds like a great book. I love the title of the website "Southern Kissed Fiction."

    Carolyn
    authorboyles at swbell.net

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn. I have to admit a friend came up with that for me. And I Fell in love!

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  29. Marylu, thank you for stopping by and for your kind endorsement for Heart's Safe Passage. You know I'll be promoting Veil of Pearls in July.

    Ginger, thank you for your kind words on Lady in the Mist. These two books will always hold a special place in my heart.

    Carolyn, welcome to Debbie Lynne's blog. She's one of the kindest, dearest ladies you will ever meet in person or virtually.

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    1. thank you, Laurie Alice. It's been fun having you on here! You know I always love it when you guest on my blog.

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