September 19, 2014

Lena Nelson Dooley is giving away a copy of my book...

Lena Nelson Dooley is hosting me and my upcoming novel on her Christian Fiction blog TODAY! For the next few days, you can leave a comment on her blog and enter a drawing for a free copy of the book.

(Print book sent to US addresses only. eBooks to the ends of the earth.)

Come on over!

http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/2014/09/like-theres-no-tomorrow-camile-eide-one.html

September 1, 2014

Labor Day & Birthing a Book-baby

It’s Labor Day in the US and I am doing my part by laboring. Specifically, on preparations for the upcoming release (WooHOO!) of my first full-length novel. 

Bringing Like There’s No Tomorrow from conception to reality has truly been a labor of love. For more than 7 years, I've been writing, revising, re-revising, polishing, and preparing this “baby” in hopes of publication. The book has been picked over by critique partners. It’s been represented by a highly-respected literary agent. It’s been submitted to all the major publishing houses. It’s been adored by editors and considered by publishing committees. It’s been through all the growth and healthy development I could give it myself.
Christina Tarabochia-AL Publisher, Nicole Miller-AL Designer,
Camille Eide-Author, Sherrie Ashcraft-AL President

And now, it’s being “delivered” by an amazing team of women who I like to call The Three Midwives.

My daughter recently gave birth at home with the help of three excellent midwives. They were so professional and so personally attentive to her and her sweet infant (my gorgeous granddaughter! I have pictures...) that I couldn't help but see an obvious similarity. 

The women of Ashberry Lane (Sherrie Ashcraft, Christina Tarabochia, and Nicole Miller) are much like midwives when it comes to birthing a book-baby. This team has worked hard to make sure my book is as healthy as it can be and are working to help it make the best entrance into the world possible. They see purpose and potential in this baby. They have grown to love it as their own and are as invested in its future as I am.

I submitted my book to Ashberry Lane because their mission is to see good quality, God-honoring literature available to readers, and to see hard-working, talented authors succeed. And after "laboring" with them, I am more confident than ever that my baby and I are in the best of hands. As I gaze once again at the beautiful (sneak-peek) face of my book cover, I am thankful for this team and their desire to honor God. We’re more than business partners; we’re like family. And our family is growing! I pray God’s best success for Ashberry Lane and for the authors who are blessed to call themselves part of this wonderful family.

August 15, 2014

How to Win Books And Influence People

Would YOU like to be an Influencer?

My upcoming book, Like There’s No Tomorrow, releases in print and eBook at the end of September from Ashberry Lane Publishing. Authors and their publishers love to find “influential” people who like our book and who can help spread the good word.

Would YOU like a tender, heart-tugging love story sprinkled with a wee bit of humor about two quirky old Scottish sisters bent on reuniting, and their young pen-pals who fall in love even though her family secret could break his heart—again? 

Like There's No Tomorrow is a tale of family, falling in love, faith, fiery furnaces, and the gift of each new day. If you like books by Deborah Raney, Karen Kingsbury, Debbie Macomber, Susan Meissner, Denise Hunter, Robin Jones Gunn, Sandra D. Bricker, Susan May Warren, or Rachel Hauck, you might like this book.

An influencer would receive a copy of the book, then read it and use one or more (or all) of the methods suggested at the end of this post for sharing the book with the people in your reach. 

Are you interested in being an influencer for Like There's No Tomorrow? Please answer the following questions:
  1. Do you have a blog or website?
  2. Are you a reader who likes to review books?
  3. If you have never written a review, are you willing to read a dozen or more online reviews to get a feel for what makes a helpful book review?
If you can answer “Yes!” to one or more of these, leave a comment below (with a link to your blog/website if you have one) and how you would like to be contacted with details. (Please note: number of influencer copies and time-frame is limited, copies assigned at author's discretion.)

How to be an Influencer: 8 Ways To Help Your Favorite Author (from Rachelle Gardner’s Blog)
1. Amazon reviews. If you have positive things to say about a book, go ahead and say them! Don’t be false; don’t rave about a book you don’t really like. But write a good review if you can. Reviews are a powerful tool on Amazon that can make a big difference in an author’s sales. (Camille’s Amazon Page)

Check out the rest of these 8 Book Influencer Tips from Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner.

June 23, 2014

The Writing Process Blog Tour Continues...

Ever wonder what goes on in the mind of a writer? Fellow author and fabulous friend Carla Stewart “tagged” me last week in the Writing Process blog tour, so I’m up next to share about my “Writing Process.” Next week, the tour continues with authors Patty Smith Hall and Jennifer Anne Messing.

My Writing Process 

1. What are you working on?
First off, SUPER BIG NEWS, more on that in a minute. I have completed three full length novels and am currently pondering what to do for a 4th. I might resume work on a story I began for NaNoWriMo a few years ago – one with a couple quirky characters who won’t leave me alone. I LOVE quirky folk, especially older ones. This story includes an earthy Gram who rescues spiders by hand and makes tea from things she finds growing in the forest, a kind-hearted cop, a sweet little boy, a young woman who keeps a terrible secret out of love and desperation, and an unfortunate accident that threatens to expose her. We'll see where that story leads...

2. How does your work differ from others of its genre? 
I write "Faith-Inspiring Love Stories," but is not what you would call category romance. It fits more into a genre called "Romantic Women’s Fiction." Inspirational authors whose work most resembles mine in genre might be Deborah Raney, Susan Meissner, Jamie Langston Turner, and perhaps Charles Martin, although I blush to tack my name onto this bunch of literary greats. My work is neither purely romance nor straight women’s fiction but is usually a strong blend of both—equal parts love story AND heart-tugging relational drama woven around a journey of faith. I really enjoy stories with a solid thread of all three. Life is such a twisted blend of the things that move us, right? Novels ought to be just as twisted. J

3. Why do you write what you do?
See #2. J Actually, I am intrigued by what fears, loves, wounds, doubts, and longings drive people, and the courage, faith, and self-sacrifice it takes to overcome obstacles. I like to pose writer’s cue of "What If?" and then hold my breath along with the reader to find out. For example: What if you had a terrible secret you needed to take to your grave, but a brain injury causes your closest confidante to lose her ability to keep quiet? What happens when bad boy tries to reform a good girl? What if a widower’s broken heart is healed and he falls in love only to find she might not have long to live? What if the one thing you fear is the one thing you are forced to trust?

4. How does your writing process work?

By the sheer grace of God! It somehow gets done in spite of me. In my writing cave, there is much plotting and planning and coaxing the Muse, but there’s also far too much staring and re-tweaking the same lines. There are equal parts inspiration, revising, moping, asking for feedback, more revising, more moping, and then usually as a last resort: gut-wrenching prayer involving laying the whole mess at God’s feet and asking him to guide it, make it his story, make it harmonize with his song, bring it to life by his heartbeat.



SUPER BIG NEWS . . .

I am *ECSTATIC* to announce that I just signed a two-book contract with Ashberry Lane Publishing! My first full-length novel, Like There’s No Tomorrow, is set to release September 2014, and Sandcastles In Snow will release in 2015. Details at www.camilleeide.com
Also: Sign up for book release news & updates at www.ashberrylane.com




And NOW . . . . Be sure to follow the Writing Process Tour on June 30 with:

Patty first found publishing success with her short stories in the God Allows U-Turns series as well as Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul; a Second Dose and Guidepost magazine. Her debut novel, Hearts in Flight, won the 2008 American Christian Fiction Writer’s Genesis Award in historical romance and was picked by Publisher’s Weekly as a top inspirational read for the 2011 spring and summer season.
Patty lives with her husband of 28 years in suburban Atlanta and finds her greatest joy in spending time with her family and friends.
Learn more about Patty at http://www.pattysmithhall.com

Author Jennifer Anne Messing of Portland, Oregon—who was originally from Manila, Philippines—is an award-winning author and poet, online columnist, speaker, and a wife and mother of three children who has a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education and a diploma in Journalism and Short-Story Writing. A past president of the Oregon Christian Writers, Jennifer Anne has over 200 articles, short stories and poems published in 60 magazines. Her latest book, Morning's Promise: Poetic Moments in His Presence (Ellechor Publishing, 2012), was honored as a TOP FINALIST in the “Poetry: Inspirational” category of the 2013 International Book Awards, sponsored by USA Best Books. Her next book, a collection of short fiction entitled, Everlasting Love: Romantic Vignettes for a Woman's Heart will release from Mockingbird Lane Press (print and ebook) in the summer of 2014.
Visit her website at: www.JenniferAnneMessing.com

June 21, 2014

Camille Signs 2-Book Contract!

I am thrilled to announce that I just signed a two-book contract with Ashberry Lane Publishing!! My first full-length novel, Like There’s No Tomorrow, comes out in print & eBook this September! The second book, Sandcastles in Snow, will release sometime in 2015.

Ashberry Lane is a small but bright new star in traditional publishing and I’m extremely thrilled to be working with such a fun, super-savvy, God-honoring team! Look for quality Heartfelt Tales of Faith from Ashberry Lane & sign up for their (& my) book release news at www.ashberrylane.com.


If you would like to receive news, updates, & SPECIAL offers from me, please join my mailing list at http://www.camilleeide.com/contact.html

Like There’s No Tomorrow is a sweet, faith inspiring love story about two quirky old Scottish sisters bent on reuniting, and their young co-correspondents who fall in love even though her family secret could break his heart—again.

If you’d like to help spread the word, I will have a "mini press kit” available to make it super easy for friends & readers to grab "ready-to-go" tweets, FB blurbs, and other fun stuff. If you are a blogger and would like a guest post or fun Q&A about the book, let me know.

Also, if you or a friend would like an "influencer" copy to review & talk up among friends and followers, I will have copies available for that.

Let me know if you would like a press kit, a book to review, or both.


ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF. . . .

RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME:

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.

I hate shopping (Yes, I'm aware that I'm a girl)

My ringtone is the theme from "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"(whoo-00-oo-00-oo, waa waa waa)

MY ROOTS:
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 niece, Emily, to let her 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 an amusing yet heart-tugging love story about two kind, single caretakers, two quirky, old sisters bent on reuniting, and too many agendas. It’s a tale of family, fiery furnaces, faith, and the gift of each new day.

Like There's No Tomorrow will be released in print & eBook in September, 2014 by Ashberry Lane Publishing and will be available at most major booksellers. Visit www.ashberrylane.com and sign up for their book release newsletter, and visit www.camilleeide.com to sign up for author news, updates, and giveaways.

Like There's No Tomorrow Book Trailer