A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes

Oh la la! Seriously! Laurie Alice Eakes newest novel, A Necessary Deception, is a must read for the reader who likes a little bit of everything wrapped up into one book. There is mystery, danger, romance, revenge, chases, escapes, true love (anyone else feel like they are hearing the first few lines of the movie The Princess Bride?)

But all of those things are involved in this novel about God using people and situations to draw His children to Himself.

Young widow, Lydia Gale, desires to do the right thing – but what is the right thing? When she graciously pays one of her husband’s debts by helping a handsome French prisoner gain parole, it begins a chain reaction of scenes that will change her life forever. Threats, kidnappings, and mysterious exploits shake the foundations of Lydia’s life just as she is trying to calm the typical storms of her sisters’ entrance into Society.

It’s an elegant portrayal of the glamour and extravagance of the London Season with the true corruption of it all underneath the lace and manners. Even the illusive villain follows Eakes imagery of the ‘appearance’ of right – so by the end you’re wondering who is genuine and who is not.

Without a doubt the hero, Christien de Meusse, is a worthy portrayal of the opposite. Someone who should not be trusted, but whom Lydia can trust. And he’s SO tres bon to look at too 😉 My, oh my, what a great bunch of romantic tension between the two.

Laurie Alice Eakes spins a tale that keeps you guessing up until the end. Her historical detail is impeccable and the way she draws the reader into the period snares you into the story so that you cannot escape. With page-turning suspense and delicious romance, this book is a delight to read.

Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

The House in Grosvenor Square by Linore Rose Burkard

house_atEngland, 1813: As Ariana Forsythe plans her wedding, she must adjust to the realization that she will soon become the wife of an extremely wealthy man. She wonders if it’s wrong to rejoice that her future husband is rich. But, she promises herself to use her new position to do what she can to aid the numerous street waifs she sees all too often in London. During a tour of her future home-the house in Grosvenor Square-Ariana impulsively makes plans to redecorate (just a little) according to her tastes . But when Philip arrives home later, he is informed that an expensive silver candlestick and a miniature portrait of George III have gone missing. Moreover, each time Ariana visits the house, another item disappears.
When Ariana suffers an abduction attempt by two villains, and other mysterious goings-on are unexplained, Mr. Mornay must unravel the mystery of who is after her, and why. He knows he has to prevent any harm from befalling his future bride, even if it means he must keep her under lock and key in his own house!

Romance, suspense, and a deft touch of humor are part of the wonderful story of Philip Mornay and Ariana Forsythe’s march to the altar. Fans of Linore’s first book, Before the Season Ends, will love this delightful addition to the Regency Inspirational Series, as will all readers of historical romance.

Now let’s hear from the author herself, Linore Rose Burkard. What a delight to have her insights to the creation of this exciting tale of love, adventure, and God’s grace.


Linore, what drew you to writing Regency Romance novels?




Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen books gave me a love for the period, and there weren’t any Christian regencies to be found. I wanted to change that.


Where did you find your inspiration for Ariana and Phillip?
I think they’re both amalgamations of people I’ve read about and/or known. All of my characters are very real for me, so I suppose I’ve had to pull them from the world in some way or other.


What do you think we could learn today from how society operated in the Regency period?
England in the 1800s is a world away from the 21st century. Times have changed, but people haven’t. Men and women of the time were concerned with their appearances, their finances, their futures, finding the right spouse, and so on, just as we are, today. How they went about pursuing these ends is where all the difference lies, however, and this is precisely where the interest and adventure opens up for writers; We get to bring to life the means and methods of everyday life and timeless concerns from the regency. It is fun and enlightening as a glimpse into the past, but readers can also identify with the basic human need to be genuinely loved for oneself, no matter the setting or time period, and to be certain of one’s convictions concerning life, eternity, and faith. Having said that, it is good to remind modern readers that valuing one’s purity can be mainstream, as it was then; or that the struggle to find a true love and a sense that one’s life has value, has always been a human issue.


What do you hope readers will take away from your books?
I hope my readers will feel as though they’ve been transported to the Regency for a good, satisfying visit; While they’re visiting, they’ll be reminded that God is involved in their life, and that happy endings are possible for everyone.


Any Regency romance is going to be compared to Jane Austen’s novels ~ how are your books similar / different?
I don’t think most regencies are written with this comparison in mind at all. However, other people say my book is “Austen-like.” That is a huge compliment, and one I would love to live up to.
Do you have more Regency novels planned?
Right now I’m working on my third book in the series,The Country House Courtship. I have a few more regencies in mind also, which I hope to have published after TCHC.


Can you give us a sneak peek into The Country House Courtship?
Country House is the third book in the Regency Series, and gives one of the minor characters from the first books her own “day in the spotlight,” her own romance. It begins about five years later (about 1818) and sees Mr. O’Brien (a curate, now) to a happy marriage of his own.


Novelists sometimes dig themselves into a hole over implausible plots, flat characters, or a host of other problems. What’s the most difficult part of writing for you (or was when you first started on your novel journey)?
I think for me the biggest challenge was to believe that I could write a novel in small increments. As a mom of five, four of whom are still home year-round (one is in college), having frequent interruptions is a fact of life. Writing takes a concentration so deep so that when I first started doing scenes, I would find myself getting woozy after standing up. I was shocked at the level of exertion it took to use my brain that hard, I guess! It happens less now–I guess I’ve grown accustomed to it. And I’ve learned to appreciate those small blocks of time. Ten minutes in a waiting room can yield a part of a scene I couldn’t get done at home. Every little bit counts. I don’t despise small beginnings. There are times when I’m in a deep level of involvement with a story or a character, and then getting interrupted can break the mood; but I’m getting better all the time at picking up where I left off, no matter how deeply I’ve got to dive to get back into the character or situation. For people like me with busy households, this is a must-have ability. I believe it can be the difference between making that deadline or not.


Some authors report writing 5-10 thousand words a day. Do scenes flow freely from your veins, or do you have to tweeze each word out?
In general, I write more than I need and later have to cut back. I don’t use a word count, but I may set a goal of one chapter a day or two chapters for a busy week. Other times, I don’t think in terms of chapters at all, just events. I may break an event down into four scenes, say, and so my goal for that day will be to get the whole event on paper. In other words, finish the four scenes. Life changes so rapidly with the children, that for me, a hard and fast writing goal just wouldn’t work. And, I focus on results, not time spent. Instead of, “Now I’ll write for three hours,” I say, “Now I’ll have this or that happen to a character, or, ‘I’ll show a different side to this person.” When I have accomplished that goal, no matter how long it took, I feel satisfied, and only then.
Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration with us, Linore. As an aspiring writer, with a busy household of my own, your words a true encouragement to me.


Take a chance to check out Linore’s website at http://www.linoreroseburkard.com/ and pick up your copy of The House in Grosvenor Square – the wedding date is set, romance is in the air, but does that mean there will be a happily ever after for Ariana and Philip Mornay? The path to matrimony is paved with mystery, kidnappings, theft, and murderous plots. Is their love strong enough to weather the struggles within and without, even before the marriage?


Sweet, adventurous, and filled with more suspense than her first novel, Linore gives us a glimpse into a blooming love between two people who want to serve God and each other. Phillip Mornay’s struggles with his own desires are so endearing, and Ariana’s personal discoveries of her own heart are tender and…at times innocently funny.


Get your own copy and enjoy a trip to the Regency era.

Dawn in My Heart by Ruth Axtell Morren

dawn_in_my_heart_cover_smTis the season for regency romances in my life, so I’d like to share with you the delights of this season and encourage you to delve into a beautiful trinity of romance, intrigue, and God’s grace framed within early 19th century England.

Not only is there a taste of England, but the delicacies of two people learning through life, fumbling through mistakes, and attempting to figure out the intricacies of love, flow within the pages of these novels. Today, I want to introduce you to Dawn in My Heart by Ruth Axtell Morren and tomorrow, I’m pleased to post a review about Linore Rose Burkard’s latest romance The House in Grosvenor Square along with an interview.

Dawn in My Heart is a beautifully crafted novel of man’s humanness and God’s grace. Lord Skylar, returned from the atrocities of war, must marry – for the sole purpose of producing an heir. Love, romance – even friendship are not his primary concerns. He takes the advice of his uncle to make a match for him in the lovely Lady Gillian, but their marriage begins with misunderstandings and secrets. Forced apart by hurt and bitterness, it takes an extreme love to begin the hope of rectifying this devastated marriage. When Lord Skylar’s heart is changed by God’s amazing grace, will it be too late for him to mend all the damage his anger has caused his wife? Will she find the ability to forgive him or allow herself to seek compassion…and possibly more…in the arms of her first love?

Ruth Axtel Morren’s novel is a spectacular romance about true love of the most intimate type – a man, a woman, and their Savior. This story takes two broken people and places them in the Master Craftsman’s guiding hands to wholeness, together. I’ve read the last two chapters about six times since I first read the novel two days ago. Their tenderness and poignancy is spectacular. Bravo, Ruth, I can’t wait to read more of your books.