Monday, February 28, 2011

meet Laurie Alice Eakes

Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes does not remember a time when books did not play a part in her life; thus, no one was surprised when she decided to be a writer. Her first hardcover was an October, 2006 Regency historical from Avalon Books and won the National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency, as well as being a finalist for Best First Book. She was also a finalist for the ACFW 2010 Carol award in the short historical category.

After selling her first book in the inspirational market, she also wrote articles and essays for Christian publications. A brief hiatus in publishing climaxed with her selling thirteen books in thirteen months, to publishers such as Barbour, Avalon, and Baker/Revell.

She is an active member of RWA and ACFW, and started the Avalon Authors group blog. A graduate of the Seton Hill University Master of Arts Degree in Writing Popular Fiction, And a Bachelor of Arts graduate in English and French from Asbury College, she is an experienced speaker, and has made presentations at local and national conferences, as well as schools, universities, and libraries.

Until recently, she lived in Northern Virginia, then her husband’s law career took them, and their dogs and cats, to southern Texas, where she writes full-time and enjoys the beach whenever possible.

You can find her online at her web site and read excerpts from her books and about her journey through life and publication at:

Lady in the Mist

Lady in the Mist brims with tension, intrigue, and romance.”—Julie Klassen, bestselling author of The Silent Governess and The Girl in the Gatehouse

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, what he, a British aristocrat, is doing 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.

With stirring writing that draws you directly into the story, Lady in the Mist takes you on the thrilling ride of love’s discovery.

Lady in the Mist is a book you won’t want to miss.”—Golden Keyes Parsons, author of In the Shadow of the Sun King

“I loved, loved, loved this book. It grabbed me by the heart and held on.”—Lena Nelson Dooley, author of Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico

“Secrets, suspense, and a sweetly told love story make this a highly rewarding read.”—Cheryl Bolen, Holt Medallion–winning author of One Golden Ring

“A fascinating story of redemption and sacrificial love. It captivated me from the first page.”—Ann Shorey, author of At Home in Beldon Grove series

Here's an excerpt of Lady in the Mist:

From Chapter 1 of Lady in the Mist

But as she turned and crunched her way along the hard-packed sand toward home, she couldn't stop herself from slipping into the hope, the dream of a beloved striding out of the mist to greet her, take her hand in his--

Lost in her imagination, she blundered straight into a person standing on the beach. He grunted. She reeled backward. Her heel caught in the hem of her skirt. Her other foot slipped on the wet sand, and her posterior struck the ground with a splat like a landed fish.

The person moved, looming over her. "What do we have here?" Quiet, the voice was real and male, deep and unmistakably English. "Are you all right?"

He sounded friendly, even warm, and not threatening. Yet no one should be about on this stretch of beach in the wee hours of the morning. No Englishman should be about on the Atlantic coast, where young men disappeared with regularity unless he were--

"Pressgang," the word burst from her like a curse, and her heart began to race. Her mouth went dry, tasting bitter.

She tried to scramble to her feet. She needed to warn the village men to stay inside. But her cloak and skirts tangled around her, holding her down.

"Let me help you." Still speaking in an undertone, he stooped before her. She caught an exotic scent like sandalwood, saw no more than a shadow outline and dark hair tumbling around features pale in the misty gloom.

Listening for others moving about on the beach, Tabitha waved him off. "No, thank you. I can manage myself."

She tugged at her skirt, and nearly toppled sideways.

"You don't look to be doing such a good job of it." Laughter tinged his words. The hand that clasped one of hers was real and masculine, strong and too smooth to belong to a fisherman or sailor. "Perhaps you can get to your feet if I help. Do you have feet? There does seem to be something trailing behind you. Perhaps it's a tail. Are you a mermaid?"

Tabitha snorted and tried to wrench her hand away. Flirtation would get the stranger nowhere with her. The instant she regained her feet, she would run back to town and warn the sheriff or mayor that the English were at it again, stealing young American men to serve aboard their ships in their endless war with France.

If the man let her go. At that moment, he gripped her hand with a firmness suggesting he would not.

You can purchase Lady in the Mist from Amazon.

Laurie has a gift to give away. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great read!

Lee Smith said...

This one has been on my list for quite a while.

Marianne said...

Would love to win this book. Thanks for the interview and chance to win. Marianne

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel...

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jo said...

This sounds like a fun read. Please enter me!


Jackie S. said...

Thanks for a chance to read this great sounding book!

Mona said...

The story sounds interesting. I enjoyed the excerpt and the cover is pretty.

Joanne Sher said...

This one definitely sounds good. Enter me please :)

Lady DragonKeeper said...

When I first saw the title and the cover, I was hoping that this would be a medieval historical, but it turns out to be from my second favorite time period -the birth of America. =) Beautiful cover and an interesting summary --and the excerpt? Wow ... thanks for the chance to win!


amber said...

I want to be entered!!


lgm52 said...

Sounds great...I love historical fiction.

Charity said...

Please enter me! Thanks!


Leanne said...

I'd love to read this!

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

Pam K. said...

I enjoyed the excerpt and would like to read the rest of the book.
Thanks for the interview with Laurie also.
Please enter me.


kristia4 said...

I loved the excerpt ... sounds like a great book!

Meredith said...

Loved the excerpt. The cover's gorgeous!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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