Monday, October 28, 2013

Roaring Mice—and a 2 book Give-Away by @LaurieAEakes

Please welcome a very dear friend and mentor of mine, Laurie Alice Eakes. We are celebrating the release of her third book in the Bainbridge series, A Reluctant Courtship. Laurie Alice is graciously giving away books one and two in the series, A Necessary Deception and A Flight of Fancy. Choice of paperback or e-book in the lower 48. E-book only outside the contiguous 48 states. BE SURE TO ANSWER ONE OF THE TWO QUESTIONS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST TO BE ENTERED. Be sure to let me know if you are a feedburner follower so I can give you an extra entry and don't forget to leave me your email addy.

I’ve never seen the play “The Mouse that Roared” and I know the concept—a tiny little country goes to war with a bigger one and surprisingly, it wins.

In 1812, that was the United States of America. We had a miniscule Army and our Navy consisted of 18 ships, most of which weren’t seaworthy, while Great Britain’s Navy consisted of more than 500 seaworthy ships and the best trained Army in the world. We should not have won, let alone gotten every concession we wanted, but we did.

This war has fascinated me for decades because we were so much the underdogs. So when I was asked to come up with a proposal for a Regency, historical novels set in the early days of the eighteen hundreds in Great Britain, I looked to this war.

Every historical novel, even romances, need a background. If they do not include the history of the time, they are little more than people dressed up in costumes moving on a vague background that has carriages instead of cars and other inconveniences. True historical fiction includes some events of the time. The Regency is full of such events that make great backgrounds for stories.


The Napoleonic wars—France v. England—were also going on at this time. These are covered again and again in Regency novels. Other incidents were the Luddite Rebellion, an internal conflict with fighting between the authorities and the weavers in the north over price fixing and other issues, and more personal events such as poor harvests, enclosures of common land, and the growth of evangelism. Ballooning
was also a growing interest.

Napoleon’s desire to add England to his quiver of countries under France’s control makes for lots of fun ideas, and I used this to my advantage in A Necessary Deception. I have blackmail and spies and a dashing French hero, so dashing First for Women calls it a thriller. That makes me giggle.

In A Necessary Deception, I have a ballooning heroine and a hero who gets mixed up with the Luddite rebellion.

So what did I do for a Reluctant Courtship?

Yes, my favorite war—if that doesn’t sound too bloodthirsty—in history:  The War of 1812.

By the time of my story, the two countries had been at war for a little over a year. Britain wasn’t doing all that well. We didn’t have many naval vessels, and we had hundreds of privateers—privateers that were fast and maneuverable. For protection, the British sent out their merchant ships in convoys escorted by the Navy. But our privateers could dart in, cut out one of those merchantmen, and sail away with it
before the Navy got its guns run out. This happened so often the merchants began to scream to Parliament to do something about it.

But America didn’t win every battle. Sometimes the English ship prevailed and took an American ship. The men from that vessel had to end up somewhere, and one of those places was Dartmoor Prison.

This was  built in 1809 for the French prisoners of war, so why not toss in a few hundred Americans as well. Set on the high moors of Devonshire with icy winds and damp a constant there in that county with the sea on two sides of it, conditions were appalling…

And not always as secure as the English would like. One advantage of the sea on two sides was escape close at hand. Many prisoners managed to get out of those prison walls with the help of…

Traitors. Yes, if an Englishman helped them escape, that Englishman was committing treason, but money Is a powerful lure.

So who is helping American French prisoners escape from Dartmoor in A Reluctant Courtship? My hero, who is English through his parents, born at sea, and raised in America is the natural suspect. Or what about a heroine who is known to have consorted with a traitor in the past?

For a chance to win the first two books in The Daughters of Bainbridge series, answer one of the following questions. (E-Book only outside the contiguous 48 states.)

If my hero is guilty of helping men escape from this prison for those captured in battle, would you think him justified and why?

What is your favorite time period in history?


Honore Bainbridge has been courted by two men, one of whom turned out to be a traitor, the other a murderer. Banished to her family's country estate, where she will hopefully stay out of trouble, she finally meets the man she is sure is exactly right for her: Lord Ashmoor. Tall, dark, and handsome-what more could a girl ask for? But he too is under suspicion because of his American upbringing and accusations that he has helped French and American prisoners escape from Dartmoor Prison. For his part, Lord Ashmoor needs a wife beyond reproach, which Honore certainly is not. Amid a political climate that is far from friendly, Honore determines to help Ashmoor prove his innocence-if she can do so and stay alive.




About Laurie Alice:
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.



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37 comments:

  1. Being from the South my favorite time period is reading about the Civil War.
    Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey Janet, thanks for coming by. I love the CW period too! But I live in the South too. :o) Good luck!

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  2. My favorite time period is Americas Revolutionary War. I find it a miracle that we won, and I'm amazed at all the brilliant men we had who all helped in the forming of our government and the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Book sounds great. Ewe_r_ merritt(at) yahoo( dot) com

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    1. I was reading through our family history and found out that my many times great grandfather and his 3 brothers fought right here (just about 30 miles from where I live) in the Revolutionary War! That was so cool to learn!

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  3. Great post! I loved hearing about the background of your inspiration to the story. I also love the War of 1812, mostly the Mackinac Island involvement. It's hard to say if any country man - freeing his fellow men - is justified. I would like to say that saving your own men is always justified, but I'm sure there are other details involved. Sounds like a very intriguing story!!
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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    1. The war of 1812 was another great time period! So interesting. And unless you are an avid reader it seems to get brushed over in history.

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  4. Yes, I lov these early years of our nation's history.

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  5. I really enjoyed A Reluctant Courtship and would LOVE to read the first two! :)
    Let's see...

    If my hero is guilty of helping men escape from this prison for those
    captured in battle, would you think him justified and why? Maybe :/ . Prisons were so deplorable and some are innocent men, but how you would be able to know the innocent from the actual guilty I'm not sure? Plus some where arrested for no good reason! :/

    What is your favorite time period in history?
    To read about I sometimes like 1860s (Civil War times), but I also enjoy reading about and I may have wanted to live around the 1813s or so. I'm not sure I would like to dress in ALL those layers (LOL!) but I think it would have been wonderful to see the land back then and the grand houses! :)

    Blessings, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavez{At}yahoo{DoT}com

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    1. Oh my! Amada. I'm with you. I'd LOVE to see those grand old homes. But I'd also want to be living in one of them. LOL!!

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  6. My favorite time period in history is the early 1900s or the WWII era. :-)

    kosterbind at gmail dot com

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    1. So much was going on at the turn of the century. It really was an interesting time in our nations history. Technology was exploding. Their way a life was in the midst of changing. Good luck!

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  7. My favorite time period is WWII because my Dad fought in it!
    Stimmer@familylife.com

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    1. Hey Sharon. God bless your dad! I really respect military men who are willing to die for our country and people they don't even know. Where did your dad serve?

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  8. Hmmmm...that first question is a tough one. I guess I wouldn't blame him for being sympathetic to the plight of the men in prison. Thinking about it, those men probably didn't have a lot of food (and terrible food at that), no hope of bathing, their necessary was in their cell or room, and there would have been rats. For anyone aware of the prison situation who could look past the war and "the other," it would be difficult to not sympathize with the prisoners and want to free them.

    One of my favorite time periods to study is the French Revolution. To read as a novel setting? 1800s definitely--anything Civil War or European related.

    mallori.norris@gmail.com and I am a follower on feedburner. Thanks! :-)

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    1. What is it about the Europeans that intrigues so many of us Americans? I love England and Scotland in novels. And I adore a Scottish hero. Thanks for answering Laurie Alice's questions. Good luck!

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  9. Love the mid 1800's when the pioneering spirit was strong. But I love history, any time period because I am a genealogist. It's what I live!

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    1. Hello again Sonja! We saw the ruts left by some of the pioneering spirits heading west. My! What hard lives those people lived. They were a strong lot to be able to endure what they did. Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

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  10. My favorite time period is the Civil War, but I'm truly drawn to almost any historic period!

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    1. My crit partner writes in the CW period and because of it I've grown to love the period. Of course living in SC helps! Good luck!

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  11. Interesting that you ask if I would support people who broke prisoners out of Prison
    Its a very hard question because God wants us to follow the rules of our Country.
    But it is also a time of War. I truly dont know
    I love many different time periods My husbands great grandfather was born in England in 1811
    and had a colorful history in 3 countries God bless you
    Chris Granville
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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    1. Hello Chris. Thanks so much for coming by and sharing. I think in times of war things are different. The bible says thou shalt not kill yet God sent the Israelites out to kill whole nations. So I think that is different. That is just my opinion though. ;o) How neat that your great grandfather lived in 3 countries! Love to hear his stories.

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  12. I love to read books set in the early 1900s.

    Katie J
    johnsonk133 at yahoo dot com

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    1. I follow the blog by feedburner.
      Katie J

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    2. That's a great time period, Katie. Thanks for coming by and for being a follower!

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  13. I've always loved history even in college. I have always favored the American Revolutionary War, because it defines a lot of our country such as The Constitution. Then my Mother started researching our ancestors and found that my great-great-grandfather was somehow involved with the Civil War. As of now, I still have to favor the American Revolutionary War. Thank you for the chance of this giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hey Barbara! Thanks for following my blog. How interesting about your great great granddad. Such interesting history in our lives. Wish they had written down things for future generations.

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  14. I'm a FeedBurner follower!!

    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. I like the WW ll era for I really know about that one, since I was a young girl and had a brother serving and lots of friends who later became a part of our family. And, another would have I believe if he had gotten to return. We had many family and friends in that war. Also we moved from a small town to Houston, Tx. so dad could work in the shipyards. Also, I got to experience how the American people stood together for those serving our country. The women also sacrificed alot to do all they could do help. Not like today when all they do is complain instead of supporting the service serving to help keep our country safe. For, after all they went to other places to keep the wars from coming here. I love so many Eras for different reasons, but do really love the era when the Pioneers were populating the west. They were brave to follow their dreams to find homes and land they could own. I also had relatives in the Civil War. And, I do think it was okay for someone to rescue our men who were held by the enemy. Maxie

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  16. I have a new love for historical fiction, the more I read historical, the more I love the stories! These books sounds wonderful, thanks ladies!
    http://www.theswordandspirit.blogspot.com/2013/10/roaring-miceand-give-away-by.html

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  17. "If my hero is guilty of helping men escape from this prison for those captured in battle, would you think him justified and why?" Hmm; depends on whether they were caught for the numbers rather than for an actual crime of battle entrapment. Reminds me of the game, Annie Annie Over ~ http://www.gameskidsplay.net/games/ball_games/annie.htm It is played over a lower building that you can throw a ball over and be able to run all the way around it. You call out Annie-Annie Over and throw the ball over the building to the kids on the other side. If they catch the ball they can sneak around the building and throw the ball at you or catch you and tag you. You have to keep an eye open for them coming and beat them to the other side of the building. If you make it then that is your side but if you are tagged then you are on their side. There can be an even number of kids on each side to start with. When there are three-four kids on a side they can split up and some go each way and then you don't know who has the ball. If the ball is not caught then they can wait a moment to try and fool you and then holler out Annie-Annie Over and throw the ball back. If the ball doesn't go over the building, the throwers can yell 'Pigtail!', and then try to throw it again. The ball must be caught in order to run around the building after you. When the last kid on a team is tagged then that team wins.

    Historical Fiction is my Favorite Genre. I like to read about the immigrants coming to America. My grandmother came from Norway when she was 16 with her family. My mother died when I was five and I did not see my maternal grandmother again until I briefly visited her an afternoon from out of state when I was 17. My grandfather was German and died before I was born ~ he owned a bakery, starting with hops when he was 15. I find that tidbit interesting. My father was all Irish so I love my ancestry ~ especially, that I belong to the Lord! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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    1. e-mail lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net
      I have not read book 1 ~ I have read 2 and 3. Would love to win and read the first book in the series.

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  18. I believe he was justified to help. He had an American upbringing and I'm sure that left an impression on what was right and wrong. The Americans left in prison should not have been incarcerated to begin with it was just convenient for the authorities at that time. I'm sure the horrible conditions there also came into play.
    As for a favorite time in history I think I like the 1800's . Such an amazing time in our history
    to become a great nation. Thank You.
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. To answer the first question--In war, I imagine that each person fights for the side he is aligned with by conviction, so I don't don't see that helping prisoners of war escape is wrong. If your hero has the means to help them escape, I think it is the right thing to do.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com
    I am a follower :)

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  20. What a great giveaway! I would like to win this contest. sharon,ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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