Fiction may be “make believe,” but as most storytellers will tell you, fiction and story come from the guts and glory of life and reality. My aim has always been to create very realistic, authentic characters with whom we can all connect in some way, whose stories resonate with our own through the sharing of pains and desires, hopes and dreams, trials and triumphs. The characters in my stories may be invented, but the faithful, awesome God they encounter on their journey is very real.
Story is a powerful thing. I hope that in my stories, you'll fall in love, be inspired, feel joy, shed a tear. I also hope that in them, you'll find your faith bolstered, your spirit lifted, and your heart encouraged.
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RT Book Reviews Has Spoken... Again!
Before it released, my latest novel, The Memoir of Johnny Devine, received a FIVE GOLD Star Top Pick rating from Romantic Times (RT) their rarest and highest rating! It is also a 2015 Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee.
Since it released, Johnny Devine also received RT's December Seal of Excellence, or RT Editor's Book Pick of the Month. “Each month the RT editors select one book that is not only compelling, but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction. This book stands out from all the others reviewed that month, in the magazine issue and on the website.”
This means all the editors (reviewing ALL romance genres) agreed on Johnny, the first inspirational novel to receive this award as far as I can tell. It also means Johnny Devine is one of 12 nominees for Book of the Year (out of thousands reviewed in 2015).
One RT editor writes:
“I am having a difficult time finding the words to describe exactly how much I loved The Memoir of Johnny Devine. Religion, particularly as a person’s saving grace, is a deeply personal and highly subjective topic. However, Camille Eide introduces the plot point with such sensitivity and respect that it’s easy to identify with the characters. I cannot tell you how much I loved reading about an educated, unmarried woman making her own way in the 1950s. In a time where women were expected to stay home, marry and take care of the household, our heroine Eliza is committed to her career and correcting social injustice. Her intelligence, sensitivity and grace immediately endear her to her new boss, the famous Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Devine (whom I pictured as George Clooney...you’ll see what I mean when you read). The most intriguing (and also disturbing) thing about this story is that despite the 1950s setting, the need for gender and racial equality as well as the ongoing witch hunt that is the Red Scare are very relevant today, in 2015, and I applaud Eide for being part of the conversation. She has managed to intertwine a beautiful love story, the desire to build a personal relationship with God and the necessity for social change into one truly fantastic read.” --Kristin Wise
I am honored, of course! And still a bit stunned. But I am most of all thrilled for the sake of this story. I hope you'll see for yourself why RT continues to rave about Johnny.
The Memoir of Johnny Devine (Dec 2015)
Love can’t rewrite the pages of one’s past, but it can cover a multitude of sins one page at a time.
In 1953, desperation forces young war widow Eliza Saunderson to take a job writing the memoir of ex-Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Devine. Rumor has it Johnny can seduce anything in a skirt quicker than he can hail a cab. But now the notorious womanizer claims he’s been born again. 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, John and Eliza become entangled in an investigation that threatens both his book and her future. To clear her name, Eliza must solve a family mystery. Plus, she needs to convince John that real love—not the Hollywood illusion—can forgive a sordid past. Just when the hope of love becomes reality, a troubling discovery confirms Eliza’s worst fears. Like the happy façade many Americans cling to, had it all been empty lies? Is there a love she can truly believe in?
The Memoir of Johnny Devine is a romantic story within a story of a bad boy reformed and a good girl in need of reform. It’s a powerful tale of love, redemption, intrigue, and the miracle of God’s deliberate grace.