Friday, November 8, 2013

GIVEAWAY! A Reluctant Courtship by Laurie Alice Eakes!

First of all, I'd like to announce the winners from my Elusive Hope Pre-release Party last month.
The winner of the final book is: Tamara Wilkins
The winner of the Brazilian goodies which include: Chocolate covered Brazil nuts, Brazilian coffee, and a Body Shop Brazilian nut Body Butter  is: Mallori!!!!

Congratulations to all the winners!!  My heartfelt thanks to all who left comments and helped me celebrate the release of yet another book! I wish I could have given you all a prize! I hope you had as much fun as I did.

Now, onto today's guest!!  Laurie Alice Eakes is one of my TOP Favorite Authors!  She's also a good friend, which means I get to read her books early.  Laurie Alice is giving away a copy of her latest release, A Reluctant Courtship, so please give a hearty welcome today to Laurie Alice!!

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. To date, she has sixteen books in print with five more under contract for release over the next two years. Eight of her books have been published in large print editions, one as a Crossings Bookclub hardcover edition, and one book has been put into Braille.
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 writes articles in writers publications, teaches writing workshops, and gives inspirational talks.
She lives in Texas with her husband, dogs, and cats. She enjoys long walks, all too rare rainy days, and knitting—rather badly—while watching movies or listening to music.
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A woman without a prospect. A man without a homeland. Can love give them a future?
Honore Bainbridge has been courted by two men, one of whom turned out to be a traitor, the other a murderer. Banished to her family’s country estate, where she will hopefully stay out of trouble, she finally meets the man she is sure is exactly right for her: Lord Ashmoor. Tall, dark, and handsome—what more could a girl ask for?
But he too is under suspicion because of his American upbringing and accusations that he has helped French and American prisoners escape from Dartmoor Prison. If he’s to keep out of a British prison himself and secure his place in British society, Lord Ashmoor needs a wife beyond reproach—something the vexingly beautiful Honore certainly is not. Yet he may be honor-bound to court her because of a promise made in haste.
For the sake of her heart, Honore determines to prove Ashmoor’s innocence—even if doing so risks her own life.

Available at, Amazon,, Family Christian, Lifeway, Parable, Books-A-Million and your local bookstore.

MaryLu Here!!  I LOVED this book! I think it's one of Laurie's best. Here's my quick review:
   I can't put my finger on exactly what it was about this story that had me captivated, but captivated I was! Maybe it was the gorgeous location.. the countryside in England with rolling green pastures, magnificent country homes, steep white cliffs and rolling turbulent seas! But I imagine it had most to do with the fascinating characters.. both hero and heroine outcasts from society, one for nothing but an improper perception, the other for the unconvicted crime of a relative, both thrown together against their wills and against the dictates of a society that deemed lineage and propriety above all else. Laurie Alice Eakes left me hungry for more as she always does... Excellent read. :-)

Beyond the Romance

By Laurie Alice Eakes

A Reluctant Courtship is a romance, a Regency romance to be specific. I make no claims to writing anything literary or intellectual. I am an entertainer.

And yet I am an entertainer who uses what gifts God has given me to minister to His people and grow His kingdom. Through the lives and events that unfold within the pages of my books, I pray over every
word I write in the belief that, through the story that entertains my
readers for a few hours also speaks to their hearts.

With this in mind, I began to write A Reluctant Courtship about a year
and a half ago. After her eldest sister Lydia (A Necessary Deception)
had to deal with issues of putting the past behind and embracing the
future that God has for her, and then the second sister, Cassandra (A
Flight of Fancy) had to learn about forgiving herself for her
mistakes, I found myself with Honore, the spoiled darling of the
family turned the black sheep.

She has had a little problem with falling in love with men who used
her for their own ends and, in the end, ruined her reputation to the
point she has been exiled to her family estate in Devonshire. And here
is where the story steps beyond the ensuring romance.

Honore’s past has exiled her from love—the love of her family, the
love of the man she is supposed to marry, and, consequently, the love
of Jesus. Her isolation symbolizes how we allow ourselves to be exiled
from God’s love through letting our errors in judgment, the judgments
of the world, and our own hearts reject it.

Prisoners are also escaping from Dartmoor, a stone edifice built to
house prisoners of war from the French wars and, by this time, the war
with America. They are not criminals; they are men trying to get back
to their homeland. … Just like Honore.

Honore wants nothing more than to find a welcoming home, love, acceptance.

Even without reading this story, can you relate to Honore’s plight?
What, if anything, has made you feel isolated from others or the Lord?

I’d love for you to share, and it’s not necessary. Simply comment with
your contact information if you prefer, for a chance to win a copy of
any of the books in the Daughters of Bainbridge series. (Note:
Paperback versions only available for those living in the contiguous
48 states. Outside the lower 48, I can offer an e-book only.)

MaryLu Here again!  Thank you so much, Laurie Alice, for being my guest today!!  Ladies, please leave a comment with your email address and I will pick a winner next Friday, the 15th.  You don't want to miss this book!  I suggest you check out the rest of Laurie Alice's books as well. If you haven't read her writing yet, you're in for a real treat!



  1. Sounds like a wonderful story! I hope to get a chance to read it soon!

    aeputney [at] liberty [dot] edu

  2. Cool! I think I've read some of this author's books before and would love to win this one!
    genuinegagirl (At) gmail (dot) com

  3. I REALLY want to read Laurie's latest. It looks SO good.
    Thanks for the great post!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  4. This book looks so interesting. I would really love to win a copy of the book.

  5. I love the cover of this book! And it sounds really good! Throw me name in the hat, Cap'n! ;)


  6. can't wait to read this book

  7. Congrats to the winners of MaryLu's book and goodies! :)
    Thanks, MaryLu, for introducing me to Laurie Alice Eakes. I think it was here on your blog that I first heard of her and her books. I have since enjoyed several of the books, especially The Midwives series. Yippee!

    Have a beautiful day! :)

  8. I can't wait to read this. I loved the first one in this series A Necessary Deception. Thanks for offering a chance to win this one.

  9. This book sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. This sounds like a wonderful book! Both outcasts from society through events that were not really in their control. I look forward to reading it! Thank you for the chance to win.
    Brittany McEuen
    kbmceuen at yahoo dot com

  11. This one is in my Christmas wish list! Sounds great. Ewe_r_merrit(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. I read the first two the series and I'm looking forward to Honore's story. Thanks for the giveaway

    arieljo12 (at) Hotmail (dot) com


  13. I really liked Laurie's first two books in this series. I am looking forward to reading this one to. So Far A Necessary Deception is my favorite. I like the characters in A Reluctant Courtship and the story line sounds great. Thank you
    mcnuttjem0(at)g mail(dot)com

  14. Thanks for offering this giveaway!


  15. I would love to read this novel; it sounds wonderful and the Regency period is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway! Danandlyndaedwards (at) msn (dot) com.

  16. Congrats to the winners. This book looks like a good one. Thank you for the chance to win.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

  17. As a kid I was told by my stepmother that I wasn't good enough, or pretty enough or smart enough. What few times I had been to church, I felt awkward and had trouble praying out loud. So I was made fun of. I still struggle with self doubt. I know God loves me but I still feel unworthy. I would love to read this series. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

    1. Jan, I'm so sorry you had to deal with that. I also grew up feeling awkward and unworthy... Only God's love and realizing how precious we are to Him heals those wounds... God Bless!

  18. I am loving this series by Laurie Alice! A Reluctant Courtship sounds awesome, thanks for the giveaway.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  19. I wasn't familiar with this author til I read this post. Really looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  20. This sounds like a wonderful book! I have not yet read anything by Laurie Alice, but this sounds like a series I would enjoy. Thank you for all the giveaways you do!

  21. Hi Everyone!! Thanks for dropping by. I guarantee you'll love Laurie Alice's books!! They are everything you want in an historical romance.... you won't be disappointed. :-)

  22. Thanks so much for the chance to win this book! I have the first two in this series as well as the first two books in the Midwives series, but I hate starting a series if I don't have every book. I do have the Romancing America's Jersey Brides which I loved!
    I decided to take a detour from being a grown up when I was 24 and thought I'd give Meth a try. I was sucked in for 6 yrs but finally surrendered my life to the Lord and gave it up. Once I was clean and trying to get my life back on track and be the lady the Lord wants me to be, I have felt wicked isolated-from Him, family, people who can only see me for who I was & what I did, etc -thankfully today I have more confidence in myself through Him! I still feel isolated from people at times b/c they see my record of wrongs and mistakes, but today I know who I am in the Lord and the woman I've become and that's all that matters!!

    1. Oops! I forgot: kam110476 (at) gmail (dot) com

    2. Kam, Praise God, He delivered you from Meth! What a wonderful story! Thank you for being so honest with us. The thing about sin is ALL of us are horrible sinners.. we have NO right to look down on anyone else for anything they've done. If people knew some of my past, they probably wouldn't talk to me, but I don't care. God has washed it all away.. forgiven, forgotten, and now I am His princess. And you are too!!!

  23. I've read good reviews about this book and the book sounds fantastic. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the chance of entering this giveaway and please enter my name.
    Barbara Thompson

  24. I would love too read her book. It sounds so interesting. Thanks for doing the giveaway

  25. I would love to win the awesome giveaway!!! The book looks very interesting!!!
    Sarah Richmond

  26. I would love to win this book It sounds good.

  27. I forgot my email it is mommystuck1 {at} optonline {dot} net I still want to win

  28. would be blessed to win email me at praynATliveDOTcom Gods peace :O)

  29. MaryLu,
    Thanks for doing this interview:) I didn't realize this book was out yet ( loved A Necessary Deception). Can't wait to read A Reluctant Courtship!
    Happy writing!

  30. I've never read any of Laurie's books. This series looks fabulous. I would absolutely LOVE to win one of them. Thank you so much for having Laurie on your blog MaryLu, and for the chance to win one of her books.

    1. Forgot to put my contact info.
      Debora Wilder

  31. Honore does sound like she is having a lot of man trouble - I can absolutely relate to that.


  32. I think a lot, if not all of us have felt isolated at some point, myself included. I have felt isolated in so many ways: by friends, sometimes I feel like the odd one out, even sometimes with my family, I feel quite lonely at times, sometimes I guess I've even felt a bit isolated by GOD but I correct myself and I turn around to find HIS open arms there, waiting for me to run into HIS embrace.Lately, I've been having a bit of trouble connecting with GOD in worship, but tonight I think I had my breakthrough and I ran back to daddy GOD and HE gathered me up in HIS arms; I felt so much at peace that I never wanted to come out of that place and I still feel HIS arms around me now. At the moment I'm journeying with GOD and I have discovered some hidden talents deep within myself and I've got to say, It has been amazing just walking along the path of life with my daddy and finding a whole new person in me. What I'm getting at is that when you ever feel isolated, just remember that GOD will never leave you, nor forsake you, even if others have:)

  33. Thank you all for stopping by. Jan, KAM, and Hannah, thank you for sharing your stories. I know many of us relate. I cling to /Romans 5:38-39. Nothing can separate us from God's love.

  34. Having lead an isolated lifestyle for way too many years till the last few I can so relate. God has always been with me. This past year I saw things in me and so did others that I needed to work on and through encouragement and prompting I am doing things I never thought I would before. God is so good. I would love to win, read and review this book, it sounds so good. Thank you for sharing as I have not read her books before. Looking forward to it !!!!
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books


    2. God has been showing me some not so pretty things inside of me recently too... But He's always so gentle and loving about it.. not harsh and condemning ... Thanks for dropping by, Linda. :-)

  35. What a nice giveaway! Thanks---Connie