Lorhainne Eckhart - Drama, Tension, and Romantic Suspense
New York Times & USA Today bestseller Lorhainne Eckhart writes Raw Relatable Real Romance is best known for her big family romances series, where “Morals and family are running themes. Danger, romance, and a drive to do what is right will see you glued to the page.” As one fan calls her, she is the “Queen of the family saga.” (aherman) writing “the ups and downs of what goes on within a family but also with some suspense, angst and of course a bit of romance thrown in for good measure.” Follow Lorhainne on Bookbub to receive alerts on New Releases and Sales and join her mailing list at LorhainneEckhart.com for her Monday Blog, books news, giveaways and FREE reads. With over 120 books, audiobooks, and multiple series published and available at all retailers now translated into six languages. She is a multiple recipient of the Readers’ Favorite Award for Suspense and Romance, and lives in the Pacific Northwest on an island, is the mother of three, her oldest has autism and she is an advocate for never giving up on your dreams. As our Author of the Day, Lorhainne tells us all about her book, The Family Secret.
Please give us a short introduction to what The Family Secret is about.
The Family Secret, an O’Connell family novel, when a body is discovered at the edge of town, rumors, circumstantial evidence and a chance for revenge lead to one family members’s arrest, and an all out effort to take several other O’Connells down as well.
Just what is the mystery behind Raymond O'Connell's disappearance?
“This was a very explosive and heart-wrenching story. A body is found and the DA is out for blood. As long as it's O'Connell blood, he doesn't much care whose.” KEC200
Raymond O’Connell was the love of Iris’s life—from the day she met him, to the day a year later when she married him, to the tragic night before she never saw him again.
What inspired you to write about a missing O'Connell?
When I created The O’Connell series, I wanted a to create a family that were close but at the same time had the kind of secret about a father who had gone missing, and everyone in the family knows something or believes something and hasn’t shared it. The kind of secret in a family that could turn on anyone of them.
The O’Connells of Livingston, Montana, are not your typical family. They were raised by a single mother after their father’s mysterious disappearance eighteen years ago, the six grown siblings live in a small town with all kinds of hidden secrets, lies, and deception. This romantic suspense series follows the lives of the O’Connell family as each of the siblings searches for love and at the same time the mystery of their father and what happened to him the night he disappeared will slowly unravel.
Why did you include a scandal and widespread rumors in this story?
The scandal and widespread rumors is the kind of destructive happening that I think most of us can relate to and understand. It’s what it does to a person, to a family when this kind of deep violation happens. It either has family, friends rallying or walking away. It’s the kind of cruelness that happens and has happened and continues to happen becoming like the court of public opinion and really shows a depth of character and humanity about someone who has to endure this. It also shows too how quickly lies, deception and rumors are given a platform for. Iris O’Connell is a mother first, but at the same time, everything she did was to protect her children even when she lost the love of her life. How she held up her head, the mistakes she still makes because she’s fallible, and the whispers that she heard behind her back that she had to swallow even though she wanted to scream and yell and rage at the cruelness. Communities have scandals, they have rumors but including this in was showing that everything as black and white as everyone believes.
What scene in The Family Secret was your favorite to write?
There were a few pivotal scenes, including the last chapter, which I really really enjoyed. But it was one destructive moment in the O’Connell family where Iris’s home had been turned upside down, the destruction from law enforcement, the very personal violation that was done in such a cruel and thoughtless and deeply violating manner that had the family rallying and then one of their own showing up and forced to arrest a woman whose life was being destroyed all because of circumstantial evidence. It was the reaction of all the family, their desperation, and the fact their worlds were turned upside down. It was the reaction of the community, the spotlight and the cruelness that the family suddenly found themselves on the other side of the law and very much in the court of public opinion.
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