July 4, 2015

Amish Promises, A Novel (and a very tense novel at that!)

I just finished reading Amish Promises by Leslie Gould and am still wiping tears. This is no lighthearted story, but a gripping tale of love, family, and living with the aftermath of trauma that crackles with tension on every page.

From the book's back cover:
When Joel and Shani Beck arrive at their new home, they're looking for peace. Shani is thrilled to have Joel back from Iraq, but he needs time to heal, and the quiet of Lancaster seems just the place. They can't imagine any trouble with their Amish neighbors, the Lehmans, but things get off to a rocky start when their son is involved in an accident that injures one of the Lehman boys.


Eve Lehman has run her brother's household ever since the death of his wife, but Tim's a stern patriarch. Despite his protests, she's drawn to the new neighbor, Shani, and the two begin to form a strong friendship forged on faith and family. Things seem like they've quieted down until Joel's single and handsome army friend Charlie catches Eve's attention--a man unlike any Eve has ever met. Suddenly life for both families becomes more complicated than any of them could have ever imagined.



My Review:
Is duty and honor alone enough to sustain a relationship? What about love, acceptance, and tenderness? What if tragedy alters a family to the point that all one can do is go through the motions, holding on by sheer duty? What if you fall in love with the wrong person at the worst possible time? The two very diverse families in Amish Promises deal with all of this in a very powerful way. It’s a gripping story about what two families do in spite of challenges, differences, mistakes, and fears borne of past traumas. And the key that makes the impossible possible.


To be honest, I would not have expected an Amish story to hold so much tension, but this one grabs hold of you on the first page and tightens the tension with each page that follows. I laughed, cried, and worried about each of the characters and how the obstacles to their happiness could ever turn out. Leslie Gould is a subtly powerful storyteller and Amish Promises is the first book in a new series I very much look forward to reading.

Stay tuned for a little insider scoop from Leslie on the next book in this series, Amish Sweethearts, coming soon.


June 24, 2015

I Just Signed a Contract for My Third Full-length Novel!

Ashberry Lane Publishing has just offered to publish my third full length novel, The Memoir of Johnny Devine! I am so excited and can't wait to share this story with you. We will have launch date soon, so stay tuned.

A little history about how this story came to be:
I was working on another novel--one that was giving me trouble--when I woke one morning from a vivid dream. (My dreams are usually pretty boring, so this got my attention.) In this dream, a very handsome man who walked with a cane watched in silence as a lovely young woman walked out his door. He didn't say a word, but somehow--because dreams are like this--I knew that his heart was breaking and yet he couldn't do or say anything to stop her.

I woke instantly fascinated! Why was his heart breaking? Why couldn't he stop her? I mulled it over, and soon, Johnny Devine's story--or stories, to be exact--was born.

So with a lot of prayer and the weekly encouragement of a wise and wonderfulauthor friend, I pushed out chapters week after week until the book was finished in just 3 months (It usually takes me a year to complete a novel). I believe that when the Lord lends his divine help to my writing (or anything we do), he is affirming that what we are doing worthy of his time and the use of his beautiful, divine creativity. I believe this story was his idea, his timing. And I believe he helped me write it. I just hope that I've told it well, and that readers will find it worth their while.
The Memoir of Johnny Devine, A Novel
by Camille Eide

Love can’t rewrite the pages of your past, but it can cover a multitude of sins—one page at a time.
 

1953: Desperation forces war widow, Eliza Saunderson, to take a job writing the memoir of ex-Hollywood heart-throb, Johnny Devine. Rumor has it Johnny can seduce anything in skirt quicker than he can hail a cab. But now the notorious womanizer claims he’s born again. And so he seems to be. Eliza soon finds herself falling for the humble, grace-filled man John has become—a man who shows no sign of returning her feelings. No sign, that is, until she discovers something John never meant for her to see.

When Eliza’s articles on minority oppression land her on McCarthy’s communist hit list, both John and Eliza become entangled in a HUAC investigation that threatens both John’s book and Eliza’s future. To clear her name, Eliza must solve a family mystery. She also needs to convince John that real love—not the Hollywood illusion—can cover a multitude of sins.

But just when the hope of love becomes reality, a troubling discovery confirms Eliza’s worst fears. Like the happy fa├žade so many Americans cling to, had it all been empty lies? Is there a love she can truly believe in?
 
COMING SOON from ASHBERRY LANE PUBLISHING!

April 30, 2015

Like a Love Song is HERE!

Like a Love Song, my second novel with Ashberry Lane Publishing, releases today! 

It's a powerful love story about a fiercely loyal woman, some cast-off kids, and finding the courage to believe in a Love that never fails.

Like a Love Song won the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award in Women's Fiction (as My Father's House). It's now available online in ebook and paperback. 

For those who are local to the Portland, OR area, I'll be hosting a Book Signing event on May 23 where copies will also be available.

About the Story:
Susan Quinn, a social worker turned surrogate mom to foster teens, fights to save the group home she’s worked hard to build. But now, she faces a dwindling staff, foreclosure, and old heartaches that won't stay buried. Her only hope lies with the last person she’d ever turn to—a brawny handyman with a guitar, a questionable past, and a God he keeps calling Father.


“Eide writes great dialogue that nicely paces the narrative ... bears watching as a storyteller.” 
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Readers will genuinely love these characters and be heartbroken at what they go through... this emotional book touches on very tender subjects in a tactful, graceful way that allows readers to understand what is happening without being overwhelmed by it... Eide is a phenomenal writer who once again displays her wisdom in the way she tells the story.” 
ROMANTIC TIMES 4½ star Top Pick

This story is dear to my heart. Thank you for celebrating with me!

Find Like a Love Song at:

April 28, 2015

Are You Sure You Aren't a Rock Star?

Are others passing you by? Do you wonder if what you're doing even matters?

I'm a guest at Seriously Write today (thank you, my friends!) with a few thoughts for writers or anyone who fears you don't have Rock Star talent. Please stop by and say hi and ponder a seed-small word of encouragement.

http://seriouslywrite.blogspot.com/2015/04/rock-star-or-seed-sower-by-camille-eide.html

April 25, 2015

99 CENT eBook & Pre-order Sale Ends Soon!

If you like contemporary Christian romance with a little wry humor and family drama, and you like Scotland, and you have not yet read Like There’s No Tomorrow, this is your chance to grab it (ebook) for.99 cents but only until APRIL 30! It’s a tender romance about two care-taking pen pals, a pair of mischievous old Scottish sisters, and the gift of each new day. This book has thirty-one ALL 5 star ratings on Amazon!

My newest release, a contemporary love story called Like a Love Song, releases APRIL 30! The pre-order price is 3.99 but returns to 4.99 on release day, so here’s another chance to grab some savings. 

Like a Love Song is a heart-tugging romance about a fiercely loyal woman, some cast off kids, and the courage to believe in a Love that never fails.

Praise for Like a Love Song:
“Eide writes great dialogue that nicely paces the narrative ... bears watching as a storyteller.” 
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“This emotional book touches on very tender subjects in a tactful, graceful way that allows readers to understand what is happening without being overwhelmed by it ... Eide is a phenomenal writer who once again displays her wisdom in the way she tells the story.”
—ROMANTIC TIMES 4 ½ star TOP PICK

Both titles are published by Ashberry Lane and are available at:

Like There's No Tomorrow is also available as an audiobook at Audible.com.

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 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.

Like There's No Tomorrow is now available in print & eBook at Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, iTunes, & Kobo.

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Like There's No Tomorrow Book Trailer