Monday, January 9, 2017

My Enemy, My Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes ends January 16th

Please welcome my good friend a wonderful author, Laurie Alice Eakes. Laurie Alice shares an inspiring post with us this week. Read on down to see how to enter into the giveaway of her new release, My Enemy, My Heart.

In Spite of or Because of?

Often we are told to never give up our dreams. We are told this so often it has become a cliché and therefore rather meaningless, the sort of comment at which we roll our eyes. At the same time, human nature is such we all hope and pray that, if we hold onto our dreams, they will come true in spite of circumstances more than due to whatever we try. In the end, these past ten years in the publishing business have taught me that dreams come true in spite of and because of life circumstances.

Nearly eleven years ago now, my husband was in law school, as well as working. That meant he was gone about sixteen hours a day. Because I had lost my job a few months before, I was alone most of those hours, so I dove into my writing head-first. I had sold one book and rather wanted to sell more. Unfortunately, the muse just wasn’t speaking to me to write what I knew the market wanted. I felt so stressed over this that I decided to write something I wanted to write and not worry about the market. In short, I wanted to regain my love of putting words together to form a story.

That story, something that had rattled around my head for a long time, so long I had done the research and developed the characters, poured from my brain, to my fingertips, and onto the page. I wrote over four hundred pages worth of story in about five weeks. Hey, it was winter in Washington, DC, and I wasn’t working. Not much else to do.
This was the story of an American woman raised aboard a merchantman owned and captained by her father, who ends up a noncombatant prisoner of war during the War of 1812. She is an American in England when the two countries were engaged in hostilities—shooting hostilities. While learning to be a proper English lady, though she failed at becoming a proper American lady, she plots to free her crew, what she views as her family, from an English prisoner of war facility. While she learns of love and the joy of being a true part of a kind, giving family, she must make choices that could destroy everything she has come to hold dear, especially her husband in a marriage that isn’t convenient at all.

But that story sat on my computer until I got a new computer and transferred it to that one, then another new one and then another new one. . . because I had nowhere to market that story. At the same time, I loved it. I didn’t want to let it go. It continued to haunt me until I decided I would indie publish it.

Except I sold it to Waterfall Press, or rather, my agent did.

In November, 2016, I saw a dream come true—that Deirdre’s story, My Enemy, My Heart, was released in not only paperback and digital versions, but also another dream of mine—audio. Not only that, but the sequel, my master’s degree in writing thesis novel, will be published in June of this year.

Despite the publishing world more often than not being capricious and volatile, I sold these two books of my heart. At the same time, if I had not continued to work on them, rewriting them and improving them, my agent never would have found an editor who wanted to buy them, as they would not have been good enough.

Yes, dreams come true, and that does not happen by accident.

My Enemy, My Heart

The sea has always been Deirdre MacKenzie’s home, and the crew of her father’s Baltimore clipper
is the only family she loves. She’s happier wearing breeches and climbing the rigging of the Maid of Alexandria than donning a dress and learning to curtsey. But, when the War of 1812 erupts, the ship is captured by a British privateer . With her father, the captain, dead, Deirdre sees her crew herded into the hold as prisoners-of-war. Their fate is the notorious Dartmoor prison in England. Her fate as a noncombatant prisoner is uncertain, but the one thing she knows—she must find a way to free her crew.

 Kieran  Ashford has caused his family one too many scandals. On his way to exile in America, he is waylaid by the declaration of war and a chance to turn privateer and make his own fortune. But he regrets his actions as soon as the rich prize is secured. Kieran figures his best chance at redeeming himself in the eyes of his family is to offer Deidre the protection of his name in marriage. He has no idea that secrets from his parents’ past and Deirdre’s determination to free her crew are on a disastrous collision course.

 Love and loyalty clash, as Kieran begins to win Deirdre’s heart despite her plot to betray him and his family.  While Kieran works to mend the relationship with his family, he begins to love his bride in spite of what lies between them.

About Laurie Alice Eakes:

“Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic times of bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with more than two dozen books in print and several award wins and nominations to her credit, including winning the National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency and being chosen as a 2016 RITA® finalist in the inspirational category.
She has recently relocated to a cold climate because she is weird enough to like snow and icy lake water. When she isn’t basking in the glory of being cold, she likes to read, visit museums, and take long walks, preferably with her husband, though the cats make her feel guilty every time she leaves the house.

You can read more about Eakes and her books, as well as contact her, through her Web Site:

Laurie Alice is giving away a copy of her new release, My Enemy, My Heart. To enter answer the question, Have you ever seen a dream come true because you persevered?   Or ask Laurie Alice a question about her writing or her books. Be sure to leave your email address and don't forget to let me know you are a Feedburner follower for a second entry. And if you share this post let me know and I'll give an extra entry for sharing on FB and/or Twitter.


  1. In 7th grade I found my calling as a teacher and though it was hard and slow going, I persevered and completed my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and got a job as a pre-school teacher. My dream job. I shared on FB and Twitter. princessdebbie1_2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

  2. What prompted you to use this time period as your setting? Was it a book you read as a young person?

  3. I forgot to leave my email: paulams49(at)sbcglobal(dot)net. I emailed two friends.

  4. Knowing one's calling helps focus. S o great to get one's dream job no matter how lonmg it takes.

    As for this time period, I have always found the War of 1812 fascinating and loved reading about it, but then I read The Lively Lady and Captain Caution by Kenneth Roberts, books written around 1930 or maybe a little later, and was totally hooked.

  5. When I was young I wanted to be a teacher. I'm now a stay at home mom who home schools; and I have one graduating this year! mksmcpotter[at]msn[dot]com I'm a Feedburner follower; I also shared the post on FB and Twitter.

  6. I don't know that I have seen a dream come true, but I am glad you did. This sounds like a wonderful story. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    I am a feedburner follower.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

  7. There are so many things I'm trying to accomplish by persevering right now. At times it seems overwhelming. Changing habits, the way I eat, homeschooling my daughter, and especially spending more time in God's word. I keep reminding myself that the future holds great rewards if I'm just faithful one decision and one day at a time.
    Thank for the opportunity, email: yamma1212(at)aol(dot)com
    Also, I shared on FB

  8. As a young person, I always thought that I would become a teacher but a young man and marriage changed my mind. I have always been an avid reader and when I was given the chance to work part time at our public library, I accepted. 22 1/2 years later, I retired after a lovely career and the chance to achieve a Para-professional certificate.
    Thanks for a wonderful interview.
    Debbie, I follow your blog.

  9. Can't really think of anything that I had to really struggle to attain, so I guess I've been pretty lucky in that aspect. I've always admired authors & their ability to create such wonderful worlds for us to escape into! Thanks for persevering & writing such great books! Debbie, I follow you on feedburner. Thanks y'all! rw620 AT aol DOT com

  10. No, not that I remember. Dreams are just dreams, unless you get a break to make them a reality. Thank you for the chance. I follow on goggle.

  11. Kimp, being a mom is being a teacher. I don't have kids, but I have tons of nieces and nephews, and their moms and dads definitely teach every day.

    Dreams don't often becomer reality, and when they do, it makes them extra special.

  12. Laurie, it's great that you've finally seen this dream come true! I have read several of your books and enjoyed all of them. This one sounds especially enticing and is made even more special because of the story behind it! :) I'll be the first to admit that I don't really have any dreams that I hope to come true, except maybe to travel more (and I think I'm doing pretty good on that front--especially if my trip to the Mediterranean this fall comes to fruition). mallori(dot)norris(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. What kind of research do you do for your books Laurie?

    Historicals are my favorite and it's fascinating to learn history through fiction. I now wished I would have paid more attention in History class in school, lol!

    Thank you for the giveaway chance and fun interview, the book sounds really good! I'm also a feedburner follower & am sharing this via FB & Twitter!
    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Congratulations on your dream coming true. It's always exciting to hear of prayers and dreams coming to fulfillment.

    Do you have a particular setting and research outline for your next book. Are travels in your plans for research.


  15. I so appreciate your sharing. It's such a validation of pouring your heart into a dream..... I don't know if I have a dream that came true, but my husband and I decided to move to Maine about twelve years ago with no job and no place to live in order to be closer to our only(at the time) grandchild. We did it....and survived!!!
    bcrug(at)myfairpoint(dot)net I am a feedburner follower.

  16. I have seen a few dreams come true because I can wait. I don't think I'd call it perseverance, just a lot of waiting and waiting until all the elements that need to fit together to make it happen fall into place. Sometimes that takes years. Brava to you for sticking it out! I will share on fb, too. jlytranch at Hotmail dot com

  17. I did have a dream come true and that was being able to be a mom. After several miscarriages, God blessed my husband and me with 2 beautiful very thankful and they bring us so much joy! Thank you for the opportunity of this giveaway. I am a Feedburner follower and I also shared this giveaway on Twitter. ~Alison Boss


  18. Thank you all for stopping by.

    As for research, I do a lot of reading of secondary sources to get me going, then I dig deeper into primary sources. Google Books and the Gutenberg Project have been valuable for this research of primary sources. I also have been known to pick the brains of historians like college professors.

    My next book is the sequel to Enemy, called True as Fate.

    As for research travel, yes, I think I will be doing some of that this summer, but not going into deteails at this point in time. I did do some travel for Enemy, visiting the Pride of Baltimore II, on which Deirdre's father's merchantman is based, including sailing times to China, which were extraordinary for the time period.

  19. Sometimes dreams are small, but add up.

    Getting to be a mom is fantastic. That's one we haven't seen come to fruition, alas, but we never say never.

    Moving to Maine without a job is scary and I am so glad it worked out. My husband and I have done close to that, as his job here is temporary, and we are trusting for the next step, as we love this city and want to stay.

  20. Hello Laurie! You are a new-to-me author. It is a pleasure meeting you. What do you want readers to take away from your stories?

    I'm a feedburner follower with psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

  21. When writing, do you have to have complete silence? mauback55 at gmail dot com

  22. When writing, do you have to have complete silence? mauback55 at gmail dot com