July 29, 2015
July 25, 2015
Today, I saw my latest book in a "real" bookstore for the first time (yay!). How fun is that? What's even more fun is that it was rubbing shoulders with some of my wonderful author friends: Leslie Gould, Rebecca DeMarino, and several others with whom I've connected or met.
Like There's No Tomorrow (2014) and Like A Love Song (2015) have been extremely well received by readers. Reviews are trickling in and are all or nearly all 5 Stars. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, which is phenomenal and humbling!
Like There's No Tomorrow is a Finalist in OCW's Cascade Writing Contest (Published Contemporary). The winner will be announced on August 12.
Like a Love Song received a Romantic Times 4-1/2 star (the most they give) "Top Pick" review.
One reviewer writes about Like a Love Song:
"Very moving story about love, forgiveness, regret, and redemption. The characters are engaging and their situations compelling. From the first chapter I didn't want to put this one down. It was impossible not to root for the characters, cheering with them through their triumphs, mourning with them through their struggles. The romance was nothing less than sheer delight! A wonderful sampling of chemistry and passion, motivated by a growing and genuine love between Joe and Sue. The moments they shared a kiss produced that welcome warm and gooey feeling experienced in the best love stories. Yet without doubt, THE best love story in this tale is the one happening between the characters and God. The way Eide weaves a portrayal of the Lord's wooing of Sue and her wounded heart is - as the title implies - like a beautiful love song. Those who are Christian will be touched as they hear echoes of their own love story in this tale. Those who don't know Christ may find in these fictional events a stirring of their own heart by the truth that resonates so clearly about God's love. This is the third narrative I've read by Camille Eide (Savanna's Gift and Like There's No Tomorrow being the other two). This is her best offering yet! If you haven't read her work consider giving these stories a read. You won't be disappointed." ~M.L.
So readers are liking these stories! This is gratifying, especially when I've felt a distinct call from the Lord to write them.
The problem, in spite of such glowing feedback, is that word of these stories is taking time to spread. My audience is small (and growing, but slowly). My brilliant publisher and I are newer kids to the block and are working hard to gain more visibility, but it's not easy. It takes time and teamwork.
I suspect it may actually take a village.
Would you like to be part of this village?
If you want to help me and my books to gain more visibility, you can like my Facebook Page, write a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, share a link to my website with friends, Facebook, Twitter, etc, share your copies of my books with family and friends (& ask them to post a review if they like it), or talk to your library or local bookstore about carrying the book. These are a few ways you can help get my books and my hard-working publisher on the map.
Lastly, The Latest Super Cool Scoop: My third book, The Memoir of Johnny Devine, a Novel,
|(cover reveal coming soon!)|
Eliza, a WWII widow hired to write an exclusive memoir, lands on McCarthy’s hit list and must clear her name while trying not to fall in love with Johnny Devine, the born-again, ex-Hollywood heartthrob whose scandalous past keeps him too busy to notice her. Or does it?
The Memoir of Johnny Devine is a “classic” romance set in 1953 at a time when post-war America seeks security in prosperity, Hollywood’s Golden Age is coming to an end, the “Red Scare” reaches new heights of paranoia, and unrest over civil rights continues to grow. It’s geared toward women (and men) who enjoy a character-driven, inspirational drama, a strong but chaste love story, and a touch of intrigue.
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And Thank You!
July 4, 2015
From the book's back cover:
June 24, 2015
April 30, 2015
ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF. . . .
I've written three novels and a novella (more about those on my website.) I've been writing stuff - legit literary term - all my life, but decided in 2007 to get serious about being published.
I love action movies and Jane Austen. (she’s dead, I know. I found that out when I tried to get her to endorse my novel)
They let me play Bass guitar and sing in a worship band.
I can produce 4 dozen homemade cinnamon rolls in a flash for a crowd of drooling young adults. Or publishing house editors.
I used to have a Harley. Now we have twenty-something kids. Decent trade, really. The window-rattling grumble isn't quite the same, but we are still enjoying the ride.
I am a proud new Grammie. Don't even think about taking candy from my baby.
My ringtone is the theme from "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"(whoo-00-oo-00-oo, waa waa waa)
I've lived in Oregon all my life, spent time in Eugene (O! Go DUCKS!), Springfield, Reedsport, and Smith River. Which is not really a town, but a river, about 70 miles long, a tributary of the Umpqua River in southwest Oregon.
Although it's not a town, it is a community with a strong sense of pioneer history. It's cool to say you've lived there, especially if you lived there during the days when you had to take a boat to school. No joke! The old farmhouse my grandfather and my mother grew up in still stands, nestled into a narrow, pasture carpeted valley, complete with a swimmin' hole and its own 'crick'. It may turn up in one of my novels.
There's a rumor that my ancestors had a connection with the Mafia back in Sicily. I used to fantasize as a kid about a big black limo with tinted windows pulling up and whisking me away from school. Ahhh. So THAT'S why I'm having so much trouble conjugating my dangling participles now.
NOT RANDOM: I am challenged by the truth and amazed by the grace of God. And it's either in spite of or because of that grace that I hold a PhD in Learning Stuff the Hard Way.
Like There's No Tomorrow
What if loving means letting go?
Scottish widower Ian MacLean is plagued by a mischievous grannie, bitter regrets, and an ache for something he’ll never have again. His only hope for freedom is to bring his grannie's sister home from America. But first, he'll have to convince her lovely companion, Emily, to let the old woman go.
Emily Chapman devotes herself to foster youth and her beloved Aunt Grace. Caring for others quiets a secret fear she holds close to her heart. But when Ian appears, wanting to whisk Grace off to Scotland, everything Emily needs to protect—including her heart—is at risk.
Like There’s No Tomorrow is a tender, witty love story about two single caregivers, two quirky old sisters bent on reuniting, and too many agendas. It’s a tale of family, fiery furnaces, falling in love, faith, and the gift of each new day.