Title: The Choice
Author: Lorhainne Eckhart
Published: February 5th 2012
Series: Walk The Right Road, #1
Genre: Romantic, Suspense
Length: 300 pages
Source: Enchanting Books
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Marcie Hollis is a Wiccan, who’s always played by the rules. That’s until she meets Dan McKenzie, a man who she believes to be the knight in shining armor she’s been searching for all her life. However, Dan’s not who he appears to be. He lures Marcie into his world of lies, greed and high-grade marijuana. But fate intervenes on Marcie’s illicit trip for Dan to New Orleans, when she’s robbed in a crowded airport. The thug not only makes off with her suspicious backpack, he knocks her down, her head slams on the concrete floor, and she loses her memory right in the path of DEA agent, Sam Carre.
After a six-month investigation into the activities of a big time drug dealer crumbles, the same day damming evidence is found stuffed in Sam’s locker – evidence suggesting he’s the notorious leak on the team, Sam jumps on the first plane home. Arriving in a crowded airport in New Orleans – his reputation and loyalty are in question. But even though Sam’s tired, disillusioned and haunted by a past that gives him no peace, he stops to help an attractive stranger when she falls in front of him. Then in an act of chivalry, he takes her to his home until the police can identify her. When questions arise about Marcie, and what she’s involved in, the answers lead them to the exact felons Sam investigated in the Pacific Northwest.
When her illusive memory returns, this complex case pushes them both to explain the unexplainable, and leaves Sam with a haunting question. Was she set up, or was this a game she played? Sam’s forced to make a choice, walk away from the attraction that connects them, or risk losing everything.
Please help me welcome Lorhainne Eckhart to the House Millar! She’s been wonderful and answered a few questions for us . . . Check out her excerpt and we even have a giveaway!
Don’t forget to stop back in on the 27th for my review of The Choice!
How long have you been writing? Has writing always been something you wanted to do?
Becoming a writer was a dream in the back of mind since I was young. But I never pursued writing until after my daughter was born. Eight years ago, the busiest time in my life with three young children, one of them being a special needs child, but believe it or not this was when my focus became clear on what was really important—and one is to turn your dreams to reality.
Although I’d always wanted to write, it was not something I shared, and it wasn’t until I received an offer for publication for my first novel that I shared it with my family and friends. In 2009, my first novel, The Captain’s Lady was published.
What books or stories have you written?
I’ve written three full length novels, and one young adult historical. Two of my novels are contemporary romances and one is a romantic suspense filled with an element of mystery, the first of a series.
The young adult historical, A Father’s Love is illustrated by Vancouver Island Artist Sherrill Welz for all those young readers who love a short story, filled with adventure, mystery and suspense.
My Contemporary Romances, The Captain’s Lady and The Forgotten Child. The Forgotten Child is my newest release, a western romance surrounding a man betrayed by the wife that abandoned him and his autistic son, and the woman that loves them now. Reviews have been exceptional, and currently The Forgotten Child is in the top 100 kindle bestsellers for western romance.
My romantic suspense, The Choice is the first book in Walk the Right Road Series, and the sequel Lost and Found scheduled to be released this month.
What are some of the hardest things you’ve had to overcome as a writer, in order to be published?
Persistence! Don’t give up, which has actually become part of my vocabulary. And if something isn’t working out the way you’re approaching it, re-evaluate and come at it in a different direction. This business is filled with criticism so you must develop a thick skin and tune out all ill-wishers and align yourself with positive people who are in this business to succeed in a positive way to help others.
And one of the most important lessons is to overcome procrastination and learn that in order to have a great novel you’ll need to rewrite your story so many times you’ll become sick of seeing it. And seek out professionals. Hire them to edit your work, and really listen to the feedback they give you to help improve your novel—you’re writing.
Become an expert in your industry, what I mean by that is it’s essential to study your market, know what’s going on in the industry and remember don’t blindly sign on with a publisher if it’s not in your best interest. Recently technology has become available allowing authors to take charge of their own career. I’m both self-published and traditionally. But even though I’m self-published, I still hire a professional editor and cover artist to ensure my novel and its presentation is the finest it can be.
Is there any advice you have been given that you could give to a young up-and-coming writer?
You need to like your own company in order to write, because it’s an isolated occupation. If you truly want to write, then write and don’t let anything stand in your way. Be persistent and make time every day.
It’s important as well if you decide to self-publish that you hire a professional editor and book cover designer. You want to put your best foot forward. Presentation is everything, and the criticism directed at self-published authors is much harsher than traditionally published.
Do you think writing has any benefits, and if so what would they be?
Absolutely. It’s the opportunity to tell your story and get it in front of a great number of people to read. I believe we all have a message in our stories–knowledge to share with others.
Has writing made you a better person? Was there a point in your life where writing helped you deal with something, a death or a problem relationship perhaps?
I like to be able share some of what I’ve learned in life. And found the written word to be quite a powerful tool. Writing helps to keep me in balance and in the present so whatever life deals my way I’m dealing with in a grounded calm manner.
How do you market/promote your books?
Social Media is key and I had to learn to share information without selling my books. I write two blogs, The Choice of Giving and Illusions. And I’m active on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, Triberr and Linked In.
List your three all time favourite books:
You can always tell a lot about your favorite author from the books they read. I have man favorites, but if I have to narrow it down to three, they are:
- Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson
- The Vow by Linda Lael Miller
- Prey by Linda Howard
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Absolutely this novel is packed full of life lessons, moral lessons. The main lesson this based on is the legend of The Two Wolves:
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a
battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two
“wolves” inside us all.
One is Evil. It is fear, anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret,
greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false
pride, superiority, competition and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, friendship, respect, sharing, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:
“Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied
“The One you Feed”
Almost done. Peace, blessed peace, blossomed in her heart. Marcie offered thanks to her angels for guiding her safely through.
Marcie glanced at a magical jazz mural exploding with vibrant color. It drew her into the rhythm and music that pulsed to life in the vivacity of the art. Marcie loved art, but then she grew up around artists that sojourned on Las Seta.
Overhead a saucy Cajun lilt announced incoming and outgoing flights, and it melted the tension in her tummy a little more.
Then everything went into slow motion. One moment she clutched the black and red knapsack over one shoulder. The next she felt a cut, snag and pull, at the same time a large, rough hand shoved her. Unable to stop the momentum and regain footing, she went down in a hazy blur. Her ears roared. Her blood pounded through her veins. She felt nothing when she smacked her head on the hard concrete floor.
Her ears rang and vision blurred. She struggled to focus on the maze of faces wreaking havoc on her overloaded senses. But she couldn’t think. As she pushed herself up, she started to sway to some indistinguishable hum buzzing in her head. She shifted her bottom on the cool floor and balanced on a shaky arm to keep from tipping over.
What happened? She couldn’t think. The downy hairs on the back of her neck spiked with icy unease, adding to her discomfort. Something remained vaguely out of reach, an ache—and wow, when it hit it became a ripe sting burning the side of her head. She couldn’t understand what she was looking at—her hand, and it was streaked with blood.
Voices, sounds, chaos existed in slow motion. Like a puzzle in her brain. A strong hand grabbed her shoulder. Another touched the side of her face. At first, she gazed unseeing, and then blinked. A crowd gathered close behind the rough, unshaven face of a stranger who resembled a fallen angel. He peered into her eyes. His full, firm lips moved. But she couldn’t make sense of the rumbling sound. He turned away. This time she heard his smooth smoky voice shout out to the crowd of bodies behind him.
What was it about this man with his shabby light hair? Even his intense blue eyes appeared tired, with lines of life that deepened his god-like appearance. Did she know him? There was something familiar about him. She wanted to trust him.
“Ouch.” She flinched when he touched her head. Her brain blanked out. “There’s blood on my hand.” She didn’t mean to speak. But her voice cleared away the fog and piercing ring buzzing in her ears.
“Your head’s bleeding. You’ve got a big gash. It’s going to need some stitches. What’s your name, sugar?”
She liked the honey richness in his voice. Except something worried her, and she didn’t know why. “Marcie, ah … what happened?”
“Don’t you remember?” He watched her again in a way that made her want to reach out and touch him. He seemed nice. She liked him. Maybe it was his husky southern drawl, or maybe the concern this good-looking stranger showered over her.
Marcie reached up to touch her head. The stranger quickly grabbed her hand.
“No Marcie, don’t touch.”
“Oh.” He pressed something against her head, bringing on a wave of dizziness. She wanted to lie down and close her eyes. But when the room tilted out of control, she grabbed his shirt instead.
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- We will only be holding one big giveaway. The giveaway will begin on March 3rd and end on March 29th. There will be a grand prize(signed copy of The Choice and Lost and Found[U.S. and Canada] OR e-book of The Choice and Lost and Found[International], $10 Amazon giftcard, signed bookmarks), and two e-book copies of The Choice will be given away for second and third place, too. The Rafflecopter form will be found on the members’ posts, and down below(links will guide you to where you need to comment to gain an entry). Don’t forget to check back for updates!
Lorhainne Eckhart began her writing career in 2008, when she published her first novel, The Captain’s Lady, a Contemporary Military Romance through The Wild Rose Press.
Lorhainne Eckhart is a member of the RWA, Sisters in Crime and Victoria RWA. She makes her home on beautiful Vancouver Island, and lives in the country with her three children. The mother of a special needs child. And one her greatest gifts was having to learn, organization, structure, and how to stay focused on what’s really important in life. She lives by simple rules, the same she teaches her children. Stay honest, be impeccable with your word, never take advantage of anyone, and treat everyone with respect. She’s an advocate for children with special needs. Passionate about preserving our environment, wildlife, and protecting what natural resources we have left, so there will be a future for our children.
Lorhainne is the Author of two contemporary romances, The Captain’s Lady and The Forgotten Child, a romantic suspense, The Choice, and a young adult holiday historical.