Tuesday, August 23, 2016

COLLISION OF THE HEART - Laurie Alice Eakes - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’ve known Laurie Alice for a long time. Several years ago, she, Lisa Harris, and I wrote a three book series for Heartsong Presents that later was published in a single volume under the title Wild Prairie Roses, which is now out of print.

Welcome back, Laurie Alice. Since you’re being published regularly, what new avenues will your future books take?      
I think my books will take the same avenue of a blend of American and English-set historicals, as well as some contemporary romantic suspense. All that should change is a constant improvement in my storytelling ability.

What conferences will you be attending this year? Will you be a speaker at any of them?
I have attended two conferences this year—Romance Writers of America and The Beau Monde conference, both of which were in San Diego, California. I was a speaker at The Beau Monde conference.

If you were in charge of planning the panel discussion at a writing conference, what topic would the panel cover, and who would you ask to be on the panel, and why?    
The topic nearest and dearest to people’s hearts is what is the future of publishing in these ever-changing times where self-publishing is no longer looked down upon. People on the panel would likely include my agent, Natasha Kern, someone from Amazon Publishing, someone from Gilead Publishing—the new kids on the block—someone from one of the older publishers like Bethany for a Christian panel or Harper Collins for a secular one, and an author published in both traditional and self-publishing means and successful at both.

That should be very interesting. How important is it to you to be active in writing organizations?          
I think this is highly important. We need to connect with colleagues to keep up on trends in the industry, know what is going on with publishers, editors, and agents, and give and receive feedback on our work.

Where in the community or your church do you volunteer?     
Due to the fact that I am unable to drive and live in a city with terrible public transportation, I no longer volunteer my time in my community.

Who are the five people who have made the most impact on your life, and how?       
Other than my mother, father, and husband, finding others who have made the most impact is difficult to whittle down to just two more. The thing is, those people keep changing. The impact my life for a while and then circumstances change and the impact comes from another source. I might have to say Lee Tobin McClain, though, as she suggested I apply to the Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University, where I obtained my master’s degree. There I learned how to turn an idea into a novel publishers wanted to buy. So that leaves just one more we shall call Person at Large.

If you could write the inscription on your tombstone, what would it be?         
All that comes to mind are rather smart-alice words like: She has now joined the history she loved to study.

I like that. Tell us about the featured book.         
Collision of the Heart is a second chance at love story of two people who allow ambition and selfishness to interfere with the longings of their hearts for one another. The year is 1856 and Mia Roper is on her way back to Hillsdale, Michigan, to write an article about the women attending the second college in the country to allow women to gain an education alongside men, the same education. She left a year and a half earlier to take a job in journalism after obtaining her own degree. She thought Ayden would go with her, but he stayed behind to take a teaching position at the college. She hopes to avoid him on her visit, but the train on which she is arriving wrecks on the outskirts of town and launches her right back into Ayden’s life.

The train wreck is real. In 1856, two trains heading on opposite directions on the same track collided during a snowstorm outside Hillsdale, Michigan. Passengers were stranded in the town, and the townspeople came together to take care of them, providing food, shelter, and clothing.

This book was previous published by Love Inspired Heartsong, but I have rewritten it, adding several thousand words I had to cut for the Heartsong version, and re-edited by Amazon Publishing’s fabulous editorial team. And the cover is positively stunning.

This book is available in five formats: Kindle, Paperback, Audio CD, MP3CD, and audible.com download. The reader is Angela Dawe, who is also from Michigan and an experienced narrator.

I agree. I absolutely love the cover. Please share the first page with us.           
Hillsdale, Michigan
February 8, 1856
Near Midnight
In ten minutes, the westbound train would reach the town Euphemia Roper once vowed to never set foot in again.

Hillsdale, Michigan, was the town Euphemia—Mia to her friends—had called home longer than anywhere else in her twenty-six years and the town she had left with a broken heart. Only opportunity knocking too loudly to be ignored had drawn her back. For a week, she would research the story that would establish her as a professional lady of letters, while she avoided encounters with Ayden Benaiah Goswell.

She twisted in her train seat and rubbed frost from a patch of glass with her gloved fingers. The action accomplished little beyond making her hand damp through the knitted wool. The lights of Osseo had already dimmed beyond a veil of falling snow. The train gathered speed.

So did Euphemia’s heart.

Muscles twitching in her legs, Euphemia tucked her handbag under one arm and her writing portfolio under the other. Rustling pages, snapping locks, and a child asking if they were there yet rose like a wave before a high wind. Euphemia rose to get up the aisle and near the door before the train stopped so she could be one of the first passengers to disembark. Others preceded her, including a child barely old enough to walk. He paused to grasp the side of her seat.

“Are you lost?” Euphemia leaned toward the boy. Someone should be frantically searching for the little one.

Wow! This book sounds so interesting. Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
You can read excerpts from my books on my web site:
And I have a Pinterest account, but am just building it.

You can also find all my books in all their versions on http://www.amazon.com

Thank you, Laurie Alice, for sharing this book with us. I know my readers are as eager to read it as I am.

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Melanie Backus said...

I am intrigued by this one and would love to read it. Thank you for the opportunity, Lena!
I love the cover!

Melanie Backus, Tx

Trixi said...

I've seen this one around for a little bit and am very interested in it! Thank you for the fun interview and giveaway chance :-)

Trixi in OR

Connie said...

No, I haven't read Laurie Alice's books and I have never experienced a train wreck but our county had a major train wreck in the early 1900s. Many people were hurt, some were killed and the train eventually became extinct in our county.
This book sounds fascinating!
Connie from KY

Connie said...

No, I haven't read Laurie Alice's books and I have never experienced a train wreck but our county had a major train wreck in the early 1900s. Many people were hurt, some were killed and the train eventually became extinct in our county.
This book sounds fascinating!
Connie from KY

Britney Adams said...

The last Laurie Alice Eakes book I read was The Mountain Midwife, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would love to read Collision of the Heart!

Britney Adams, TX

Laurie Alice Eakes said...

Trixi, Connie, and Britney, I have something in common with all three of you: I went to college in Kentucky, I currently live in Texas (though onlyfor another month), and I met my husband in Oregon.

Train wrecks are still all too common. I rode the Aceella once from wWashington, DC, to New York City and was terrified it would wreck. It goes so fast we would have been in a gazillion pieces if we had. But it was fun at the same time, and faster than flying by the time one got to the airport, checked in, etc.

Trixi said...


How interesting that you have something in common with three of us here...wow...small world huh?

I've not had the chance to ride a train yet, although I'd love to take the Amtrak across country for fun. Although I love flying, I'm more worried about crashing that way...yikes! :-\

Dianna said...

I have not read any of her books, nor have I experienced a train wreck.

I live in Elizabethton, TN.

Anonymous said...

angela in ky would love to win

Mary Preston said...

I have had the odd metaphorical train wreck.

I have Laurie Alice Eakes on my reading list.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

I love the cover and excerpt. Would love to win a copy.

Blessings from Indiana.
Cindy W.

Sandy Quandt said...

I have Laurie Alice's Midwife series and Wild Prairie Roses on my bookshelf. I've also read several of her novellas. I love historicals, and Collision of the Heart sounds like a great next read.

Sandy Q TX

Laurie Alice Eakes said...

Thank you all for stopping by. I haven't experienced a train wreck either, but right now I feel a bit like I'm riding the crazy train, as I'm moving 1,100 miles in four weeks and still don't have a house in our new location.

Emma said...

I haven't experienced a train wreck. I have not read any of her books. A new to me author.Have a wonderful week. PA.Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Beth Gillihan said...

I haven't experience a train wreck or read any of her books. Love the cover and it sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

rubynreba said...

I have not yet read any of her books but would love to! I've never been on a train nor have I ever witnessed a train wreck. Thanks!
Beth from IA

Raechel said...

What a stunning cover! My goodness. :)
Thank you for the interview and giveaway!
God bless,
Raechel in MN

Kim hansen said...

Love the cover. North Platte Nebraska.

Loraine Nunley said...

I read Laurie's Daughters of Bainbridge House series which I just loved! This new one sounds really interesting with the train wreck. I am adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway.

Loraine in TX

Karen Hadley said...

Laurie's books are always a great read!!

kam110476 said...

Hi Laurie & Lena! I think the Hillsdale trainwreck, while scary, is a fascinating story in our history! I started to collect this 4 book set, originally put out my Barbour, but I was only able to get Gina Welborn's and Patty Smith Hall's stories before they all went out of print. So I would love to add Collision of the Heart so that I'll only need one more book for the whole set!
Kristen in OK

Dianne Casey said...

I haven't read any of Laurie Alice's books nor have I been in a train wreck. This book is intriguing to me because it's a true story about a train wreck in Michigan and I'm from Michigan and I enjoy books about the history of Michigan.

Dianne Casey said...

Dianne from IL

Abigail Richmond said...

Enter me.
Blanch NC

Karen G. said...

Collision of the Heart sounds very interesting. Can't wait to read it. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
Karen G., NY

Amanda Geaney said...

I have not read any of Laurie's books, but it was this cover that caught my attention on social media. Her upcoming book My Enemy, My Heart set during the War of 1812 also looks good. Both are on my goodreads tbr. :)

Cabot, Arkansas

Laurie Alice Eakes said...

Sorry I have been so absent. I had a terrible allergy attack this week, and am in the middle of moving--a major move.

Anyway, Kristen, you might be able to find the fourth book in the series, Pamela Griffin, at harlequin.com. They published the series and I'll bet Pamela hasn't taken her rights back as Gina, Patty, and I did. Her book isn't as connected as are Gina and my books. If you've Read Gina's, I have a major scene there with a fencing match between Mia and Ayden that Gina has in her book. It was actually her idea, and I ran with it. Lots of fun.

Dianne, I'm from Michigan, too, so when Patty Smith Hall came to me with this concept of writing about the train wreck, I was all about doing it.

Amanda, My Enemy, My Heart is a special story to me, one I wrote a long time ago, then set aside because it wasn't right for any publisher at the time.

Loraine, I'm glad you enjoyed my Daughters of Bainbridge books. They were so much fun to write.