Meet the Author: Laurie Alice Eakes
Bristol Public Library will host a “Meet the Author” book signing for Laurie Alice Eakes on Saturday, December 12, 2015, from 2:30 pm until 4 pm In the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room in the main Library.
Eakes is the nationally known author of of historical romance novels set in the Regency period. Her newest book is the Mountain Midwife which tells the story of a courageous midwife who has served her community for years. Ashley Tolliver knows her people well, and she cares deeply for them. When a young woman is abducted right after she gives birth, Ashley sets out to find her and her baby before it is too late to save them. At the same time young Hunter McDermott comes to Ashley and asks her to help him find his birth mother. Working with Hunter forces Ashley to look deeply into her heart and rediscover her dreams of going to medical school and serving her people.
“Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic Times. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, Laurie Alice has fulfilled her dreams of becoming a published author, getting her degree in English and French from Asbury University and a Master’s degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University. Even though legally blind, Eakes now has nearly two dozen books in print.
Many of Eakes’ novels are presented in series such as the Iowas Historical Series, the New Jersey historical series, the Midwife series, the Cliffs of Cornwall series, and the Daughters of Bainbridge House series. Interweaving stories and characters from one series to another keep the readers intrigued and coming back to find out what happens. Family Guardian, her first novel, won the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007. Eakes novels are based on great story-telling and character development without much of the language and sexual content found in modern romances.
After enough moves in the past five years to make U-Haul’s stock rise, Eakes now lives in Houston, Texas, where she and her husband are exploring their new neighborhood. Although they have not been blessed with children, they have a sundry assortment of lovable dogs and cats. If the carpet is relatively free of animal fur, then she is either frustrated with the latest manuscript, or brainstorming another one, the only two times she genuinely enjoys housework.
This program is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the BPL marketing office at 276-821-6148.