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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