Please help me welcome multi-published, historical author, Laurie Alice Eakes. Laurie’s books range from England to Scotland and across the Atlantic to America. Today Laurie has agreed to give a copy of any of her Midwife books or Regencies, including Family Guardian, winner’s choice, in print or electronic, to one lucky commenter. All you have to do to be eligible is leave your email address.
Ella: Laurie Alice, tell us a little about yourself, and your writing journey.
Laurie Alice: Writing a novel was always something I wanted to do, and I played around with various ideas and time periods for a while until finally managing to finish something I thought might have a chance at publication after I received my master’s degree in writing fiction. Since I felt called to write for the inspirational market, and it wasn’t open to Regencies at the time, I wrote a Regency for Avalon, now Montlake, and sold that one. It won the National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency, and I was sure I’d made it. Hahahaha. The next step up the ladder was a long one, and I got there, and then another long step until something broke free. Since October 28 of 2008, I have sold fifteen more books and three novellas.
Ella: What drew you to write historicals?
Laurie Alice: History fascinates me. What happened hundreds of years ago effects us more than what we acknowledge. For me, it’s not so much of what did happen as what could of happened within the context of history. Those what ifs spawn historical fiction.
Ella: How would you categorize your books?
Laurie Alice: I call all but the two Avalon books inspirational historical romance. Some, like The Midwives series and The Daughters of Bainbridge (these latter three Regencies) Historical romantic suspense. Most of my books have at least some mystery or suspense element sin them because that’s what I like to read.
Ella: Tell us a bit about your latest release and what you’re working on now.
Laurie Alice: Choices of the Heart is my latest release. It’s the third book in The Midwives series and focuses on Esther, the daughter of the hero and heroine from the first book in the series. The year is 1842 and set in my favorite part of the country—Southwest Virginia, the edge of the decline of midwifery. Doctors were beginning to take over childbirth with the advent of forceps and, soon, anesthesia, but in remote areas like Appalachia, midwives were still more common. But Esther wants to leave her past behind so thoroughly she intends to refuse to practice…
Just a couple of weeks ago, I finished edits on my next Regency, A Reluctant Courtship, the third book in The Daughters of Bainbridge series. That’s out in October. And now I’m researching and plotting and researching…
Choices of the Heart
Laurie Alice Eakes
Esther Cherrett comes from a proud line of midwives and was trained by her mother to take over the family calling. But when a terrible scandal threatens all she holds dear, Esther flees, taking a position as a teacher in the wild western mountains of Virginia. But instead of the refuge she was seeking, Esther finds herself in the midst of a deadly family feud—and courted by two men on opposite sides of the conflict. All she wants is to run away again.
But could it be that her past holds the key to reconciliation—and love?
In this gripping story of trust, deception, and bittersweet loss, you’ll discover the true meaning of choices of the heart.
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First Kiss – Excerpt
“Note: This is from pages 199 and 200 of Choices of the Heart, The Midwives #3. For resons you will understand when you read the book, I have not included any names so as not to include any spoilers.)
She clung to his fingers, pressed them against her cheek, and began to tremble as though the temperature had dropped to freezing.
“Shh. Hush now.” He knelt and gathered her against him, holding her close, stroking her hair down her back, murmuring, murmuring over her keening wails. “Hush now. Hush.”
“Yea, you can. You don’t want nobody else finding us like this. They’d have us before the preacher by morning.” His tone was light, teasing.
It worked. Her shuddering diminished. She managed to swallow the wailing sobs. If he released her, she wouldn’t tumble over or be sick. She would get to her feet and start walking.
He didn’t release her. He slid his hand beneath the fall of her hair and cupped the back of her head, tilting her face up toward his. Too close to his. His breath brushed her lips. His eyes gazed into hers. He was going to kiss her. She must stop him. It was wrong. They weren’t even courting. If the mere touch of his hand made her insides quake, how much more would his kiss do to her body, her heart, her soul?
His lips covered hers before she worked that out, and then she couldn’t think. She could only feel—warmth and excitement. She could only taste—lemons sweet and tart on his lips. Despite her head saying, No, no, no, she wound her fingers through his ragged curls and held him near for the first closeness she’d allowed herself in nearly six months, a closeness she thought she feared, believed she didn’t want.
Knew she shouldn’t have.
She tensed and dropped her hands to his shoulders.
He raised his head only enough to break the contact. “I expect that was a right foolish thing to do.”
“Should I apologize?”
She shook her head. “I didn’t stop you.”
“I’m right glad about that.” He brushed his lips across hers. “I’ve been wanting to kiss you practically since I met you. But you’ve been running from me since you got here.” He cupped her face in his hands. “Why?”
“I. . . I’m . . .” She jerked away and grabbed for her torn neckline. “Please. Please forget this happened.”
“Forget?” He smiled. “If you think I can forget that, you don’t know noth—anything about men.”
About the Author
“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 the release of Choices of the Heart, The Midwives #3, she sees her twelfth book published, in addition to two novellas with more novels and novellas releasing over the next three years. A graduate of Asbury University with a degree in English and French, and Seton Hill University, with a masters degree in Writing Popular Fiction, she also teaches writing and gives inspirational talks.
She lives in Texas with her husband, dogs, and cats, where she enjoys long walks, rainy days, and knitting—rather badly.
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