If you shop through my Amazon link for anything, I'll earn a small percentage. Thank you so much. :) Christian Books and Bibles

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Interview & Giveaway! Laurie Alice Eakes ~ Author of A Necessary Deception!!

Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Laurie!! Will you tell us a little about yourself?

Since I presume you don’t want the official author bio, I’ll attempt something more personal here.

Most of the time, I have no problem being alone. Books have been my companions since I was a small child, or so it seems. Myers Briggs personality test calls me an “I”, which means, though I like people and being around them, doing so drains me.

So a profession as a writer is a natural choice—I don’t have to spend my energy going to an office so I can spend my energy being with my friends, my readers, my family.

Sadly, I don’t live near my family. At present, my husband and I are in a far-flung town in Texas. That is supposed to change soon. We’ve had to move a great deal due to my husband’s job, so, again, a profession as a writer is a blessing. It also helps me to meet people I wouldn’t otherwise be able to do.

For fun, I love watching movies with my husband—or anyone else around—trying different kinds of foods, and going for walks. The weather here is so hot I’ve exchanged walking for swimming, which I also love, though prefer the sea or a lake to a pool. I love being on the beach or a boat.

What is A Necessary Deception about?

When young widow Lydia Gale helps a French prisoner obtain parole, she never dreams she will see him again. But just as the London Season gets under way, the man presents himself in her parlor. While she should be focused on getting her headstrong younger sister prepared for her entrée into Society, Lady Gale finds herself preoccupied with the mysterious Frenchman. Is he a spy or a suitor? Can she trust him? Or is she putting herself and her family in danger?

What is something the average reader wouldn't know about you?

I’m quite shy in person.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was probably about ten-years-old. I was already writing poetry and making up stories in my head.

How many books have you written/published and do you have a favorite? 

At the moment, I have nine books in print, three more written and awaiting their release dates, and another one in progress. So far, Heart’s Safe Passage is probably my favorite.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? 

My most interesting writing quirk is that I really don’t have any writing quirks. I can write pretty much anywhere at any time, though I prefer quiet and early morning.

Where do you like to write?

I love to write in coffee shops.

What is the best and/or worst part about being a writer?

The best part is being able to keep my own schedule during the day and not having to dress up. The worst part is not having a set schedule and having to dress up. That lack of schedule can make a body a little undisciplined and deluded into thinking she has all the time in the world to meet a deadline.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I love watching movies with my husband, hiking, though I have little opportunity for that nowadays, and meeting people. Yes, the latter is odd for a shy person, but if someone else talks to me first, I’m all right.

Is there a place you’d like to visit, but haven’t yet? 

Several. Venice, Athens, Scotland, Cornwall. . .

Do you have a favorite song and/or movie?

Again, I have to say several. What I consider favorite depends on the mood I’m in at the time. I like intense music, and the genre doesn’t particularly matter. For movies, I love romantic ones most of all, though a few others grab me again and again.

What is your favorite dessert?

Chocolate mousse cake, though I haven’t seen it on a menu in a long time, alas.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Romans 8:37 “For we are more than conquerors” and on through 39.

Here are a few this-or-that questions:

Snowstorms or Thunderstorms?


Tea or Coffee?


Kindle or Nook?

No preference

Early-bird or Night-owl?


Cats or Dogs?

Cats, but don’t tell my golden retriever.

Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint?

At present, I am writing the third book in the Daughters of Bainbridge House series. The heroine, Honore, is the headstrong youngest sister mentioned in the blurb for A Necessary Deception. Flight of Fancy, the middle and nerdy sister’s story, comes out this coming October.

Thanks so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?

I love to hear from my readers. They can reach me through a web form on my site http://www.lauriealiceeakes.com

And I love readers to follow me on Twitter, where I’m under Laurie A Eakes https://twitter.com/#!/LaurieAEakes


Enter to win a copy of Laurie's book, A Necessary Deception! If the winner lives in the US they have the choice between a print or eBook copy, but if the winner lives outside of the US they will receive an eBook copy. Open Internationally!

Enter via the Rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Sounds like a great read. I'll put it on my list.

  2. Great interview! Thanks for the the chance to win!

  3. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!! I LOVE those covers... just beautiful!

  4. Please enter me into the draw – thank you x

  5. Hello Laurie, your book sounds wonderful and enjoyed your comments in interview. I have family in Texas so know it can be hot..where would you really like to live?
    Glad to meet ya here, will be looking for your books.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

  6. This book sounds so good!! Would love to win!! julierupert@gmail.com

  7. This sounds like a great book! I know I'd read it, share it with my mom, then share it with my sister :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! I love your reviews.

  9. Necessary Deception sounds really good!

  10. I love Eakes writing and always look forward to her new books. Would love to win this one.


  11. I would love to win this book!!
    God Bless!
    Sarah Richmond

  12. Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Enter me this book looks absolutely wonderful!!

  14. Ooohh it looks like some more books to add to my TBR list. lol! Thank you for the giveaway.

  15. Great interview. I read Heart's Safe Passage earlier this year and just loved it! Looking forward to Necessary Deception. :)

  16. Can't wait to read this book. Maybe I will be lucky to win a copy.


  17. This sounds like a really good read! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Paula, I'd rather live back in Virginia, where I consider home, or maybe Chicago, where my husband hales from. I miss snow.

    Brook, so glad you liked Heart's Safe Passage. That's a special story to me.

  19. Awesome giveaway! Good luck everyone!

  20. Wonder if A Necessary Deception is on her part and not his! Enter me! Would love to win. What a fun interview. Thank you. Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net Missouri

  21. I would love to win this book. I love Laura's work - they are so annointed of God. Sure wish images would have been working.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

  22. Oooo this is an awesome giveaway! I would love to win this book! Laura is an awesome author!

  23. I like the interview! Sounds like me :-) I also LOVE historical romance so this one sounds right up my alley! Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. The necessary deception could always be on both their parts. Up to the reader to figure out whose is necessary and whose is not. :-)

    Thank you, Jane, for your kind words on my writing.

  25. I'd really enjoy this book. Thanks!

  26. Ooo, a Frenchman! Is he a saboteur? A Revolutionary, perhaps? Sounds delightful! Can't wait to read it!

  27. Ah the young lady on the cover has a bit of a mischevious glint in her eyes. Does that indicate a delightful run through the book? Would love to win :)

  28. Congrats Laurie! Your books sound great. You are a new author for me but not for long! I look forward to reading them.

    your1chef at aol dot com

  29. I can't wait to read this book! Thank you for the giveaway!!!

  30. Thank you all for stopping by. Yes, A Necessary Deception is a bit of a romp.

  31. I enjoyed reading the interview! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book! :)

  32. Thanks for the opportunity!

  33. Love the covers of both books! Great interview and thanks for letting the giveaway be international!

  34. Thanks so much..:D
    Raffle:Avie Serolf..:D

  35. I am posting excerpts from the next book in this series to my blog this coming Thursday: http://www.lauriealiceeakes.com/blog And I'll likely have a give-away the following week.

  36. What a sweet looking story! thanks for posting about it!

  37. Sounds like a good read.-Karen

    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

  38. Thanks! This book looks awesome.

  39. It sounds like a great book, I'd love to read it!
    katsaddress AT gmail. DOT com

  40. This is on my to-read list and I love Laurie Alice Eakes writing. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.


  41. great book !!
    i'll put on my list to read ;)


    chikojubilee at gmail dot com

  42. I LOVE historical fiction books!!!

    ~Camille M.

  43. I love Historical Fiction and 'clean' fiction. Would love to win.

  44. love Laurie's books thanks for chance to win

  45. I am a huge fan of historical fiction. Great Article!

  46. Would love to read this book. Sounds very interesting.

  47. Sound likes a great book, and like you I live a long way from my family. A 5 hours flight not including to and from airports. I have never been to England but I like stories set there.

  48. I love suspenseful romance books!

  49. Such an intriguing plot. I'm love to read this!

    Jemimah C. @ Ink and Iridescence


Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment - I love reading them! Comments are moderated and I reserve the right to not publish any comment that I find to be offensive (i.e. foul language, inappropriate content, etc.) or spam.

Thanks for stopping by and for commenting! =)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8

Some of the links in my blog posts, tweets, social media posts, etc. contain “affiliate links.” This means if you click on a link with my affiliate code and purchase an item(s), I will receive an affiliate commission. You won't be charged extra, I'll just receive a small percentage of the purchase price. See my disclosure page here.
Powered by Blogger.