Story is a powerful thing! 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.
I write stories that have what I call a gripping love story with an equally gripping spiritual theme. I hope in my stories, you'll fall in love, feel joy, laugh, 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, and Again!
The Memoir of Johnny Devine received a rare FIVE GOLD Star Top Pick rating from Romantic Times (RT) their highest rating. It is also a December Seal of Excellence, or Editor's Book Pick of the Month. Johnny Devine is the first inspirational novel to receive this award as far as I can tell. And now, RT Book Reviews has awarded The Memoir of Johnny Devine Reviewers' Choice BEST INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE of 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.