Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Laurie Alice Eakes

Posted June 5, 2017 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, Laurie Alice Eakes / 55 Comments

It is always a pleasure to chat with Laurie Alice Eakes, and today you get to eavesdrop!

“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. As a child, Eakes began to tell herself stories. Since then, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with more than two dozen books in print. Accolades for Eakes’s books including winning the National Readers Choice Award and Rita finalist status.

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 learn more about Eakes and her books, as well as connect with her, on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Her newest novel, True as Fate, releases tomorrow (June 6) from Waterfall Press.

Lady Chloe Ashford detests going to balls, loathes social pretense, and finds the very idea of hunting for a husband obscene. But she has an even more scandalous secret: she once helped an American—the enemy—escape from Dartmoor Prison. Now, nearly three years later, Ross Trenerry is back—and in trouble again. So is her traitorous heart. He doesn’t know she’s the one responsible for sending him to a second prison, and she has no intention of telling him.

A former privateer, Ross has finally run out of his legendary luck. Only one woman lies between him and freedom. He desperately needs Chloe’s help to prove he hasn’t committed treason, but he’s distracted by the passion that flares between them.

They set out on a cross-country adventure together to prove Ross’s innocence, but peril soon dogs their heels. As they race to reach their appointed rendezvous on time, they must fight their growing attraction and focus on discovering who is behind this deadly plot. Will they finally admit their love and put the pieces together before it’s too late?

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Hi Alice! Welcome back to the blog! As you know, I start all of my guests out with a fast four:

Alice: Chocolate mousse cake—Because I love the flavors and different textures, especially the creaminess of the mousse filling.

Carrie: I love desserts with a combination of textures – and temperatures. I love a yummy chocolate lava cake where you have all the warm gooey center contrasting with the cold ice cream!

Alice: Hyacinth—Because I love purple and I love their smell. Plus they come out in spring, which signals the end of winter.

Carrie: Any naturally purple flower becomes my fave and I love hyacinths!

Alice:  Fourth of July—I like fireworks and ice cream, water melon and hotdogs—at least Chicago-style—and it’s summer. Plus it reminds me of the risk our forbearers took in signing the Declaration of Independence.

Carrie: I never appreciated the significance of the 4th of July as I should have until I taught a citizenship class and the enormity of what they risked and sacrificed really hit me.

Alice: I can’t answer this one. I love all kinds of music, so favorite song depends on my mood. Probably something like “I am the Highway” by the late Chris Cornell, but that probably shocks my readers—that I like more contemporary rock music.

Carrie: I can totally see that about you!

Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Alice: Writing. Or maybe being a cat whisperer, though my husband is better at that than I am.

Carrie: My dog Zuzu says to go with the writing superpower. She says being a cat whisperer is nothing to aspire to 😉

Tell me some good books you’ve read recently!

Alice: A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas; The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith; Here I Go Again by Jenn Lancaster; The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women—I read a lot and lots of them are excellent, but these are the ones that stand out.

Carrie: They all sound great!

Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

Alice: I was taking my laundry to the cleaners and then going on to the gym after, so got a Lyft. The driver was unable to communicate because, I learned later, he was deaf. He passed the cleaners, which is only two blocks from my house. I tried to tell him he had passed it. He just kept going. The streets are busy around here and he was driving quickly, not speeding, but keeping up with traffic. He went around about six blocks and got on the right street again—and passed the cleaners again.

By this time, I, being the suspense writer that I am, was kind of freaking out. I was having all sorts of wild thoughts. I mean, the guy had GPS. I could hear it on his phone giving him directions, so couldn’t figure out what in the world he was doing.

Finally, he had to stop at a stop sign on a fairly quiet street, so I got out in the middle of the street, scurried to the sidewalk, and took off in the opposite direction. Fortunately, I knew where I was.

I put this down to incompetence on his part, not malice, and Lyft refunded my money, but—well, it was kind of scary being trapped in a car with someone who was . . . not with it.

Carrie: Oh. My. Goodness. The suspense READER in me would have been freaking out too lol.

Between Chloe and Ross – the main characters in True as Fate – who are you most like?

Alice: I am definitely most like Chloe—bossy, micro-managing, impulsive. . . Definitely one to say, “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

Carrie: haha! I have a couple of friends like that …. doesn’t resemble me at all. 😉

We first met Chloe and Ross in My Enemy, My Heart. Did you know back then how their story would play out or did they surprise you at all along the way?

Alice:  Well, I actually wrote True as Fate first. It was my thesis novel for when I got my master’s degree in writing popular fiction.

Carrie: Oh i love that!!

What do you most want readers to take away from True as Fate?

Alice: If you want to love and be loved, if you do not want to be lonely in your life, you need to forgive those who hurt you.

Carrie: Such an important truth!

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Alice: I am working on the third Ashford story—Remember, My Love. This is Juliet’s story.

Carrie: Yay!!

Laurie Alice Eakes is giving away a Kindle version of My Enemy, My Heart and a copy of True as Fate in Kindle, Paperback, or audio – winner’s choice – to one of my readers. Open internationally, except where prohibited by law, but international winner will only receive Kindle or audio copies. This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? When was the last time YOU found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

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55 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Laurie Alice Eakes

  1. Pam K.

    I really can’t think of a time when I got into a situation that was difficult to get out of. I lead a very quiet life! Both of these books sound really good. I don’t think I’ve read any of her books yet but know there are some on my humongous “want to read” list. Thanks for the interesting interview and giveaway.

  2. Shash

    I can’t think of anything major. Just needing to end conversations sometimes when the other person doesn’t seem ready to. Then, I guess I just wait for a lull and try to graciously say good-bye.

  3. Debbie Clatterbuck

    The only time I was in a situation that was hard to get out of was when I was raped. I just had to endure it until he let me go. Getting counseling is the way I made it out of the whole experience. Not a pretty example, but the only one I have.

    • Carrie

      oh Debbie – my heart hurts for you. I’m such a huge fan of counseling. It’s vital. HUGS.

    • Laurie Alice Eakes

      No, not a pretty example, and nothing about rape is pretty. My heart aches for you to have gone through that. I am glad for counseling. Cyber Hugs.

  4. Paula S.

    Can’t think of a time recently. Oh yes — a couple of tyrannical bosses. But they got reassigned and I retired! Yay! Thanks for a cute interview.

  5. Lucy Reynolds

    The last time I was in that kind of situation was when I was trapped in an abusive marriage for 18.5 years. Praise God for healing.

  6. MH

    I can’t think of one right now….but remembering to have grace and humility will probably save me when I land in a situation!

  7. Marilyn

    i can not think of any thing. If I were to be in that situation I would pray.

  8. I can only think of a time when a lady lied about me to my best friend. It took several years for the rift between us to mend. And then sadly my best friend died of cancer. It does hurt to think that someone would malign you. It was a very touchy situation.

  9. Martha T.

    Various things like helping my sister put up a wallpaper border. Neither of us had ever done it before and it was terribly hot that day! I couldn’t think of a way to stop helping after 5 minutes!?

  10. Trixi

    I can’t recall a sticky situation lately, sorry!

    Thanks for the fun interview and giveaway, Carrie.

  11. Winnie Thomas

    I can’t think of anything at the moment. I tend to relegate those types of things to the dark recesses of my mind! 🙂

    Fun interview, Carrie! And I must put this book on my TBR list/mountain! It sounds fascinating, Laurie!

  12. Kay Garrett

    I think most situations that I find myself between a rock and a hard place are when someone is wanting me to do something I do not want to do. It can be very uneasy in times like this. Specifically I love to cook and bake but have found times when I feel taken advantage of for this ability. I love to cook when it’s my choosing and what I want to make. Then it’s a great pleasure that I love to share the bounty with others. Like all hobbies or crafts, it can become rather expensive and very time consuming. Just because someone eats some of your labors doesn’t mean they understand those two concepts. When asked nicely if I could or would I mind, I generally try to compile with the wishes. However, there are times that I just don’t have the time of money to spare for others indulgences. Use to I didn’t know how to handle it and would give in to their wishes which added to my many ulcers through the years. As I have gotten older, I have learned to stand up for myself and that it’s ok to say NO when I just can’t or it’s not convenient for me at that time. Surprisingly I found that what I assumed was a sticky situation either mad them mad to which they weren’t really friends to start with or they understood and got what they wanted done another way.

  13. carylkane

    Daily I find myself in a tough situation. With the Lord’s help, I am pressing through!

  14. I loved The Mountain Midwife, which surprised me because it was both a contemporary and about midwives (Oprah scarred me – I was stuck on a long flight with only an Oprah book club pick about a midwife 🙁 ). I have 3 more of Laurie’s books waiting to be read 😀

    I’ve been in tough situations, and living below my upstairs neighbor is a daily exercise in compassion and tolerance, but they all pale in comparison to those shared in some of comments. My heart goes out to them.

  15. emilee

    I am suffering with a migraine right now. I am taking meds and relaxing on the couch hoping it’s better soon. I love to read and enter giveaways!

  16. Lori Smanski

    cant think of a time off hand. I just keep praying that He keeps me in His hands and under His protection.
    This sounds like a fascinating story line.

  17. This is a good question and one I can’t think of an answer for. But when I do find myself in awkward situations I tend to go the path of least resistance. I really want to work at standing up for myself more and improve at confrontation.

  18. Deanne Patterson

    Talking to people I don’t know is hard for me and can be awkward . I think when I get nervous I talk to much. Taking deep breaths and praying help.

  19. Melanie Huttner

    Wedding planning- my soon to be mother in law wanted me to invite a lot of her friends but I didn’t want to. We compromised and invited a few but not all.

  20. Sabrina Templin

    I thought I was moving and then found out that was not going to happen as I had thought or planned. I prayed hard. And the right opportunity provided itself. Now I am truly moved and very blessed that a place to move to opened up so soon and I love where God landed me. 🙂

  21. Connie Saunders

    Nothing major but I often find myself unable to say No and then I must hustle to get it all done!

  22. Donna B

    I have a hard time, seeing that I have an identical twin, convincing people sometimes without being rude when they come up to me in a store and start talking that I don’t know them. It happens to both of us when we are not together. We try to make light of it and just tell them not to worry, it happens all of the time. But it is kind of awkward when they look at you like they think you are lying to them, if they are not aware that you have a twin.

  23. Alison Boss

    I am going through several tough situations right now. It is hard not to lash out when you’re hurting, feeling like you are drowning when you are overwhelmed. It is only by God’s grace and strength, prayer, reading the Bible and support of loved ones that sees me through. What would we do without Jesus?!!! So thankful for Him!!!

    • Carrie

      you are so right, Alison. Thankful that you are going to the right places for comfort and support. Praying for you!

  24. Debi M. Brown

    nothing like public humiliation to keep me humble! i had to admit i was stuck and ask for help from the person that already had it all figured out :/…..but we laugh about it now.

  25. Andrea Stephens

    Hmm…Most recent sticky situation, talking to a sales manager at a car dealership. My car had been in their repair lot for 8 months at the time waiting for recall parts to repair it. I was given several loaner vehicles, a nice, just above basic model minivan was one of them. I was interested in buying it. The guy was all rude and wanted me to trade in my car and lease the van. I said no, I’m not interested in a lease. He refused to tell me how much he would give me if I traded in my car for purchase, and would not tell me the exact price of the van I was interested in. He then said some very rude things to me. So, I said “thank you very much” to the poor salesman who was just sitting there dumbfounded, and got up and walked out. I called the national customer care line, politely complained a bit, someone else called. This went on for a couple more months. Finally, I said I just wanted my car fixed. After 11 months of waiting, I just got my car back! The service manager was great, he could not believe all the stuff I went through just wanting to buy a van. I told him as much as I liked him, I would not be buying anything from that dealer again. He told me the Manufacturer paid nearly $13,000 to keep me in loaner vehicles. I nearly fell out of my chair.

  26. I couldn’t think of anything specific, but then I read the comment above mine. When my husband and I first married, we purchased a nice car for ourselves. It was used and had so many problems that we didn’t know about. The dealer gave us the run around for months. Finally, we traded it in (with full disclosure about its problems) and resolved never to buy from that dealer again!

  27. Connie Scruggs

    I don’t get into too many difficult situations, thank goodness. Usually, it’s just awkward stuff like speaking before I think.

  28. Honesty is the best policy. The last time I wanted to remove myself from a situation, I just explained my reasons. Have you seen the t-shirt that reads “Sorry I’m late I didn’t want to come”? I’d buy that shirt, except I usually save myself from having to make excuses by just saying no to begin with.

  29. Nicole

    I can’t really think of anything major. Earlier today, I almost got hit by the end of a long truck turning left. I thought I was stuck since there were multiple cars behind me. I beeped so the driver would stop and motioned to the person behind me to back up. Thankfully, everyone behind me backed up so I could back up (quite a ways) to allow this truck to complete its turn. I thought for sure I’d be in for car repairs.

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