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The Dragons of Alsace Farm are loose… Dementia & Alzheimers

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Agnes, an 82-y-o French WWII survivor will teach Noah and Tayte the greatest lessons of their lives:

The strength of tested love.

The promise of new love.

The power of family love.

And the courage each requires.

In need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia.

Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew.
Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years.
The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.

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Laurie (L.C.) Lewis was born and raised in rural Maryland where she and her husband still reside. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a lover of sappy movies. The Dragons of Alsace Farm, her eighth published novel, was inspired by a loved one’s struggle with dementia. Her women’s fiction novels include Unspoken (2004) and Awakening Avery (2010), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

She is currently completing a political suspense novel planned for a late spring 2017 release, and in March 2017 she will release a romance novel for Gelato Book’s “Destination Billionaire’s Series.” She loves to hear from readers, and she can be contacted at any of these locations.
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The author provides us with excellent reading, especially if you know or care for a person with dementia. I have one, and many things in this book match what I have seen and done. Still, I was surprised at the insights on how to deal with people with this problem, or how to make them more responsive to your needs. I learned a few things in the pages of this book that I found interesting and it is a great read. The story of forgiveness of oneself is viewed in this story and helps readers find strength beyond their own.
Tate is a lovely woman that doesn’t know what she wants until she re-unites with her grandmother. Her mother had told her, years before, that her grandmother was dead. Agnes is the only person who has made her feel normal and Tate wants to reconnect with her.
Noah, on the other hand, has many ghosts of his own and has finally come to see his uncle, who caused him great sorrow when he was ten years younger. He left home and never looked back. Now he is back and finds his uncle almost on the door of death itself.
Agnes has a farm that needs great care, as much as she and the animal’s do. She forgets things and she loves the new guy who helps her on the farm. Noah see Agnes up close and identifies himself with her. He figures out ways to help her return to the present and be active in her everyday life.
All is well until Noah meets Tate and a collision course is drawn between them and Agnes.
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All The Dragons of Alsace Farm… get loose

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Laurie C. Lewis, what makes you passionate about writing?

Oohh, there I have so many triggers, Anna. Current events, a setting that fascinates me, or an interesting plot, idea can send me off daydreaming and plotting a new chapter or an entirely new book. Meeting an interesting person can do it too. That’s why I love traveling and meeting people. My current book was actually born in a swimming pool one night. I love that scene in the book.

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I can see you in the pool. 🙂 Do you have a writing routine?

During my “Free Men and Dreamers” series days I blocked out the morning and the evening for writing, but that was hard on my family, and I burned out after eight years on that project. As a result, I let things swing the other way. I was only writing when no one else needed me. I missed the steady adrenaline of the creative process, so now, I’m writing, editing, or working on media and marketing for a portion of every day except Sunday. I protect those days.

Me too. What is the title of your book?

My current release is “The Dragons of Alsace Farm.” “Dragons” is the term the main character—a French WWII survivor named Agnes—uses to refer to her fears. It ties back to the Nazis and the war. Agnes has dementia, so when she can’t put her fears into words, she calls them dragons.

That is very interesting. What genre does your book fall under?


It’s Book Club Fiction or General Fiction. I have a list of book club questions in the back of the book, and I’m offering to video chat with books clubs because I’m anxious to hear the discussions they will launch.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

One screen writer has approached me about adapting the book into a screenplay. I don’t think we’re there yet, but it makes this question especially interesting. As I write, I do “cast” my characters. I’d love to cast Elyes Gabel and Katharine McPhee of Scorpion fame as Noah and Tayte, and Faye Dunaway or Blythe Danner as Agnes.

How fun… What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

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Circumstances bring a broken young man and a distrustful young artist together to help an eighty-year-old French farm woman suffering with dementia, who proves that despite all she has lost, she still knows volumes about what matters most—courage and love.

So powerful. Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

I’m self-publishing “The Dragons of Alsace Farm,” but I contracted with my former Covenant editor, Angela Eschler, and publisher Beth Bentley, to make sure the quality of the book was on par. I hope to attract an agent, but right now, self-publishing allows me to control my writing schedule, and to get this book out more quickly to my readers.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first draft was completed in about a year, but I dragged the edits out two more years while I wrote a second novel. I plan to release them in quick succession.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I call it Dear John meets Still Alice. Noah Carter opens his wary heart to three people who each prove to be high risks for the previously abandoned loner. He learns that love leaves us vulnerable, and requires us to accept people as they are, which is a theme in Nicholas Sparks’ novel, Dear John. For Noah, that means dealing with Tayte’s inability to trust, Agnes’s dementia, and Uncle John’s cancer. We also get into Agnes’s point of view as she deals with the dragon chewing away at her memories and cognitive function, much like Alice’s challenge in Still Alice.

Awesome… Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My mother was diagnosed with dementia about six years, ago. We excused her symptoms for years until it was impossible to ignore. She had a farm she adored, so Mom is the inspiration for “Dragons.”

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Two delicious mysteries are subtly woven through the book, and readers say they never saw the resolutions coming. But for me, the greatest value in the book is the insight into Agnes, and recognizing that our loved ones with dementia are still in there.

Where can we find your book? (Please live links work best)

“The Dragons of Alsace Farm” went live as an e-book on July 1st.  Pre-orders are available now.

https://www.amazon.com/Dragons-Alsace-Farm-Laurie-Lewis-ebook/dp/B01HKMU014?ie=UTF8&ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

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Author of the Free Men and Dreamers Series
Upcoming release: The Dragons of Alsace Farm”