Saturday, February 25, 2012

Release Party for Heart's Safe Passage by Laurie Alice Eakes -Today's giveaway- A Personlized Embroidered Tote Bag filled with goodies Ends February 26th

Day 6 of our 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 personalized tote bag full of all kinds of goodies from coffee, tea, cookies candy to book light and kitty bookmarker. You still have time to enter in this whole week's giveaways! Just stop by and leave comments. 

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.
Reader Question: If you could live anywhere where would that be?

LAE Answer: In Virginia probably on the Piedmont halfway between the mountains and ocean. That state has it all: mountains, foothills, beach, not to mention four seasons with none too extreme.

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

LAE Answer: That’s a really tough question to answer. I had a lot of fits and starts, encouragement along the way from writers I met, and was even in writer organizations; however, I didn’t get serious until the late 1990s, and again took a hiatus to go to grad school… It’s convoluted and confusing, so I generally say about four years after I decided to write Christian fiction and take writing seriously.

Reader Question: Do you have much say in your book covers?

LAE Answer: With Baker/Revell, yes, I do. I fill out a cover sheet with a lot of data for the publisher and give them my ideas. So far, they have pretty much used my ideas. I’ve provided them with some pictures such as one of Tabitha’s Cloak that she’s wearing on the cover of Lady in the Mist. They run with my vague idea, and I ask for a few tweaks sometimes.

Reader Question: And with everything going on in your life at the time, how did your move go?

LAE Answer: Insanely. We moved back to Virginia, then that didn’t work out after all, so we moved back to Texas, took two weeks to find a place to live where my husband’s new job is located down here. And all the while I was editing and writing.

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

LAE Answer: I’m a pretty organized writer, so this hasn’t been that much of a problem. The problem more enters in when I am in the middle of one book in one place and time, then have to read the galleys for the other and switch gears to another place and time. That makes me feel like I’m in an out-of-control time travel machine.

Reader Question: when is your favorite 'time' to write and where?

LAE Answer: Please forgive me, and I’m not sure if this is literally where and when I write, or the time period. Time period is pretty easy—Georgian England or early America. As for the other possible answer, I can write anywhere at any time from Starbucks, to my living room sofa, to my bright, sunny office.

Reader Question: 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?

LAE Answer: Let me refer you to Thursday’s post on this very subject, as I answer it at length.

Reader Question: are the two books, Lady in the Mist and Heart's Safe passage connected... characters, setting etc...?

LAE Answer: Yes. Phoebe, the heroine of Heart’s Safe Passage, is introduced and plays a minor, but important, role in Lady in the Mist. Dominick and Tabitha from LITM both have cameo appearances in Heart’s Safe Passage. The settings are not the same until the epilogue of HSP.

Reader Question: With the two Revell series well underway and probably finished (or all but) in the writing, what's next for you?

LAE Answer: That would be telling, Roseanna. Not ready to do so quite yet.

Reader Question: Do you do a lot of research for your historical novels? and where do you find most of your information?

LAE Answer: Yes, I do a great deal of research for my novels. My resources come from scholarly books, to original sources on Google Books and other places, to historical societies.

Reader Question: Do you have a favorite place to write, or a place you go to for inspiration?

LAE Answer: Funnily enough, not really. I’ve had to write in such crazy places, I have tried not to get attached to any one spot.

where do you start when researching a book? Do you at some point visit the place where the story takes place?

LAE Answer: Sadly, I don’t get to visit the places in which I write. I’ve been to New Jersey and Virginia, having lived in both states, and I did get to sail on the HMS Rose, which is an eighteenth century frigate, used as The Surprise in the movie Master and Commander, but haven’t yet made it to England. I just ask a lot of questions of people who have. The closest I’ve come is a visit to a printer’s shop in Colonial Williamsburg for “Printed on My Heart”, the novella in Highland Crossings, and Appalachia, where I also lived, the setting for Choices of the Heart, the third Midwives book coming out next year.

Reader Question: how much time do you spend on research before starting a new

LAE Answer: That depends on the book. I’ve spent anywhere from two days, to two months. I try to start researching one book while writing another.

Reader Question: Do you have a favorite character you have modeled from someone; you?

LAE Answer: My characters aren’t modeled after any one person. They are a combination of real human traits and emotions. As for favorite character, Dominick may still be my favorite hero. Not sure yet who is my favorite heroine. Probably Phoebe from Heart’s Safe Passage.

Reader Question: (In reference to Lady Lydia Gale) how did you get close enough to him to find him in prison?

LAE Answer: To answer that would be giving away the story. I’m afraid you’ll have to read A Necessary Deception to find out.

Reader Question: Someone asked about my favorite authors.

LAE Answer: This is one question I avoid answering because I have so many writer friends I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by leaving someone out, and leaving someone out seems inevitable. Authors who influenced me are Georgette Heyer, Patricia Veryan, Jane Aiken Hodge, and Jo Beverley. Yes, these are all secular authors. I started writing in the secular field, so was influenced in time and style before I started reading or writing Christian fiction. For anyone interested, Heyer, Veryan, and Hodge wrote squeaky clean books.

 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?


 Embroidered personalized tote bag filled with cookies, candy, tea, coffee, stainless travel cup, book light, kitty book mark and a few things that didn't make it into the picture.

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  1. I am always looking for new authors to read. your book sounds really good.

    1. Laurie Alice's books are great, Joy. You'll love them...All of them!

  2. i loved Lady in the Mist! please enter me!

    the character therapist
    charactertherapist at hotmail dot com

    1. Hey Jeanie! Thanks for stopping by. And congrats on your win over on FAF!

  3. Hi Laurie Alice,

    I just read your excerpt and , wow, what powerful writing! I have Lady in the Mist in my TBR pile. I think I'll have to move it to the top!

    Congrats on all your books - the covers are stunning!

    sbmason at sympatico dot ca

    1. Hey Susan,

      Slide Heart's Safe Passage right under it. YOu'll be glad you did! ;o)

  4. Hey, Deb and Laurie Alice -- WONDERFUL interview!! I love learning more about Laurie Alice, and I have to say, girl, your covers are STUNNING!! A Necessary Deception is taunting me from the my TBR pile, so like Sue above, I may just have to nudge it to the top ... :)


    1. Hey Julie! I loved A Necessary Deception, too. Are you seeing a pattern here? heehee

  5. LAurie, your books sound great! Can't wait to read them!
    I follow by feedburner.
    Ashley Roberts

    1. Thanks for stopping by Ashley. If you don't win any of Laurie Alice's books here, you really should buy one they are soooooo good!

  6. Susan, thank you for your compliment on my writing. And, Jeannie, so glad you liked Lady. It's pretty special to me. Julie, thank you for stopping by. A Necessary Deception was a fun book to write. I had fun driving my editors crazy with my French. Have to use that degree somewhere.

    Joy and Ashley, I hope you like my books when you read them.

  7. GREAT post, Debbie Lynne and congrats Laurie Alice. I really enjoyed getting a taste of this book last year when we got to help a teensy with that middle part - how exciting! Tomorrow is my hubby's birthday but boy does that cake picture look fabulous! Mine won't look a bit like that. Blessings!

    1. LOL! Made it myself. heehee. Glad you stopped by Carrie. So good to see so many great friends stop by!

  8. The premise of the story looks interesting.
    Tina P.

  9. Hello , I love your location for books of charleston and the era too, would love to be in your drawing.
    thanks for sharing
    Paula O(

    1. Hey Paula,
      I love Charleston. My daughter went to the Medical University there and we vacation near there every chance we get. I'm not a city girl but I must say I do love Charleston!

  10. Awesome party DebbieLynne and Laurie! :) I can't wait to read your new book Laurie. Debbie I also love Charleston, I live a little over an hour from there, it always fun when I get to make the trip, it's so beautiful.

    1. Thank you Teresa! An hour from Charleston! I'd be in heaven. Do you live in the Beaufort area? Love that area, too. Such a lovely area. Thank you for stopping by.

  11. what a fabulous giveaway :)

    would love to visit charleston, sc one day.

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

    1. Thanks for stopping by Karen. You should take a vacation to Charleston. So much to see!

  12. I'm in the process of writing my review for Heart's Save Passage and found your site. Love it! I'm a new ACFW member and look forward to finding out more about you and your books. LOVE the 19th century!

    And what a fun giveaway!

    1. Hey Linda. So glad you found us here. And welcome to the ACFW!

  13. Mocha/Linda, welcome to ACFW. Let me know when your review is up. And, as I've said earlier, feel free to contact me and ask questions. My e-mail address should be on the ACFW members only section. Or anyone can reach me through my web form or Facebook.

    Carrie, give Jeff a hug and a happy b-day wish for me. He's a nice man.

    The rest, yes, Charleston is great, at least on paper. Never been there. Will get there one day with DL as my tour guide. I want to see Savannah, too, as one of the first novels I attempted was set there partly.

    By the way, if anyone who wins a book wants a Kindle or Nook version, let me know and I'll get that to them. Just figured out how to do that. LOL

    1. Oh that sounds like fun, Laurie Alice. We can tour both Charleston and Savannah! I just went to Savannah in December. Another beautiful city.

  14. Great selection in the giveaway. I already have your books on my list list and looking forward to reading.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Miss Kallie. Good luck on the giveaway.

  15. OH WOW! Well, I have my doubts about even entering now. But I guess I'll give it a shot, anyway. Today's giveaway - a totebag - looks REALLY good! I hope I'm not too alte to enter for it, but I didn't know I could only enter HERE until a few minutes ago.

    I'd love to win, because it would give me the chance to see what you are like. I can already see that you are a wonderful person, Mrs. Eakes, and I'd love to have a "momento" of you. Well, anyway...... if I win, I win. If not, that's.....okay.

    My email address?

    1. You aren't to late! Your name will go into the hat. Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Great interview and party. Fun giveaway.
    Love Laurie's books.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Shirley. good luck on the drawing!

  17. Thank you all for stopping by. The totebag was Debbie Lynne's idea and I rather wish Icould win itmyself. :-)

    I've had a great time this week and hope I hear from you all again. You can always reach me through my web site