Laurie Alice Eakes – Romantic Character Interview – Part 1 of 1

Shannon here: Laurie Alice Eakes shares insight into her characters’ romance from her latest historical romance, A Stranger’s Secret. Comment or answer the question at the end of this post to enter the drawing. Rules: At least 10 individual commentors must respond, so spread the word. Anyone, regardless of residence, is eligible to win an
electronic copy. Only those residing in the contiguous 48 states are eligible to win a paperback copy. Deadline: April 11th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Laurie:

Laurie Alice EakesA Stranger's Secret by Laurie Alice Eakes

  • What’s the most romantic thing your hero ever did for your heroine?

Today, I’ve decided to talk about David and Morwenna’s romance. It’s a little unusual because Morwenna comes from a wealthy, upper class family during the Regency, though this is set in Cornwall and doesn’t have the usual balls and parties one associates with the Regency romance. This is also a mystery.

I give this background because the most romantic thing David does for Morwenna within the pages of the story is decide to trust her, though he has a dozen reasons why he shouldn’t. This is the best way he knows how to show her he loves her.

  • How soon after meeting the hero did the heroine know he was the one?

Morwenna is a little slow and, with her past, reluctant to translate any kind of feelings into love. She knows David for several weeks before she is willing to admit she cares for him. She nearly dies—literally—before she realizes he is “the one”.

  • How soon after meeting the heroine did the hero know she was the one?

Far sooner than he liked. He is all too aware of the differences in their social classes and financial resources, and there is that trust thing because someone is trying to kill him, and it looks like she is the one with reason to be guilty. And yet she rescues him from a shipwreck and is his anchor in the storm his life has become. In other words, he knows right away.

  • Who is most romantic, your hero or your heroine?

David is definitely the most romantic of the pair.

  • What is the most caring thing your heroine has ever done for your hero?

Morwenna thinks the most caring thing she does for David is to not love him. In modern terms, she thinks she has too much baggage and he deserves better. She loves him enough to discourage him from loving her. All this while literally caring for him after he is badly wounded.

  • Who said, “I love you” first, your hero or your heroine?

David tells her first in word and deed, and Morwenna stops him.

About Laurie Alice Eakes: “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 a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a master’s degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University contributing to her career path. Now she has nearly two dozen books in print.

After enough moves in the past five years to make U-Haul’s stock rise, she now lives in Houston, Texas, where she and her husband are exploring their new neighborhood. Although they haven’t been blessed with children—yet—they have sundry lovable dogs and cats. If the carpet is relatively free of animal fur, then she is either frustrated with the current manuscript, or brainstorming another, the only two times she genuinely enjoys housework.

About the book – A Stranger’s Secret: As a grieving young widow, Morwenna wants only a quiet life for herself and her son. Until a man washes ashore, entangling her in a web of mystery that could threaten all she holds dear.

Lady Morwenna Trelawny Penvenan indulged in her fair share of dalliances in her youth, but now that she’s the widowed mother to the heir of the Penvenan title, she’s desperate to polish her reputation. When she’s accused of deliberately luring ships to crash on the rocks to steal the cargo, Morwenna begins an investigation to uncover the real culprits and stumbles across an unconscious man lying in the sea’s foam—a man wearing a medallion with the Trelawny crest around his neck.

The medallion is a mystery to David Chastain, a boat builder from Somerset. On a quest to discover the mystery surrounding his father, all David knows is that his father was found dead in Cornwall with the medallion in his possession after lying and stealing his family’s money. And he knows the widow who rescued him is impossibly beautiful—and likely the siren who caused the shipwreck in the first place—as well as the hand behind whoever is trying to murder David?

As Morwenna nurses David back to health and tries to learn how he landed on her beach, suspicion and pride keep their growing attraction at bay. But can they join together to save Morwenna’s name and estate and David’s life—and acknowledge the love they are both trying to deny.

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20 Responses to “Laurie Alice Eakes – Romantic Character Interview – Part 1 of 1”

  • Anna McFarland says:

    I love the Regency Era!! It sounds like a good book.
    Thanks for sharing:)

  • Lis K says:

    I love Regency fiction and this sounds like a good mystery, too. To answer the question, I’ve moved 10 times (not including college/grad school moves). Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Shelia Hall says:

    only moved 3 times in my life and hope i never have to again!!Lots of work!

  • Carrie Schmidt says:

    I have moved to 3 different states over the course of my lifetime. Pondering/praying about a possible move in the near future but gosh, I hate moving! lol

  • Laurie Alice Eakes says:

    Thank you all for stopping by. As for moving, I have lived in Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Iowa, Virginia, Illinois, and now Texas. And I have moved within those states. I think I average a move every towers. Much of it is because of my husband’s job, at least for the past fifteen since I met him and subsequently married him. Every time, I get rid of more “stuff”. I told hubs I’m getting rid of even more next time, as in the furniture, or most of it.

  • KayM says:

    I’ve never counted the times that I’ve moved. Due to my father’s career, I once counted that during elementary and high school, I went to 12 different schools. As an older adult, I’ve been blessed to have lived in my current home for the last 24 years.

  • Britney Adams says:

    I enjoyed this insight into David and Morwenna’s romance and would love to read their story. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. I have moved several times within the state of Texas.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  • Patty says:

    Sounds like a good book!

    I have only lived in 2 different states, but if I am remembering correctly I’ve lived in 6 different homes throughout my life.

  • I’ve always lived in San Diego, but once I married I’ve moved to about six different apartments.

  • Laurie Alice Eakes says:

    I see a fellow Texan here. I have lived in three cities and five homes since moving here six years ago. It’s a little crazy.

  • This sounds like an interesting book, thank you for the chance to win a copy of it.

  • Janet Estridge says:

    I’ve only moved one time when I got married. I would move again but don’t want to deal with all that goes along with it.

  • This book looks marvelous! I like that David is more romantic. That’s sweet. Kind of like my husband. He enjoys chick flicks even more than I do.

    I’ve moved so many times. I had to stop and figure it all out. I was born in California and moved four times within California by age 15. I then moved to Rhode Island and moved four times in Rhode Island until I moved to Maine at 25. I moved back to Rhode Island at 27 and stayed put until 38 when I moved back to California, met my husband and then moved to Arizona. I’ve moved 12 times (not counting college moves). My husband and I plan to move again some day. Perhaps back to where he is from (PA).

    I don’t mind moves. When I moved to Maine, I had gone for a visit one weekend and moved the next. Of course I was pretty young then so it was easy to pack all of my stuff into my Subaru. 🙂

  • Laurie Alice Eakes says:

    Happy Resurrection Day everyone. Thank you for visiting. My husband isn’t romantic as a rule, and then he totally surprises me. For example, one of his favorite movies is The Princess Bride. Don’t tell me a man who loves that movie doesn’t have a deep romantic streak. He will do something to totally surprise me like when I was one a deadline and craving M&Ms, and we were living in a fairly promote place where I couldn’t get to them, he went to every snack machine in the courthouse looking for one with M&Ms.

  • Melanie Backus says:

    Loved your post! My moves have been short distances in my home state of Texas.

    melback at cebridge dot net

  • If I win, this would be the first book that I’ve read by Laurie Alice Eakes.

    I’ve shared this interview and giveaway on Pinterest and Google+

    I’ve moved states 8 times with the military (not counting temporary moves). I think we will call Arkansas home for a few years.


  • I moved ten times. Not bad since it includes 22 years of life in the military. I have another move coming. Love Laurie Alice’s books.

  • Karen says:

    Sounds like an interesting read.

  • I moved several times as a baby and toddler, but don’t remember those. The ones I remember as a kid – twice. As an adult – three.

  • I have a winner! Amanda Geaney won the drawing. I appreciate Laurie Alice for being my guest and everyone else for stopping by.

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