July 29, 2015

BOOM News for WCTH Fans and a GIVEAWAY!

Are you a fan of faith-friendly, family-safe TV and film? It has been rare to non-existent in today's viewing fare. If you've known me for even a short time, you know I'm a MAJOR fan of the Hallmark (or CBC.ca) TV Series "When Calls The Heart" based on the Canadian West series by Janette Oke. Produced by Michael Landon Jr and Brian Bird, and starring Lori Loughlin (Full House, Garage Sale Mysteries), Daniel Lissing, Erin Krakow, and a full cast of talent, this clean, romantic family drama has launched a grassroots swell of fans known as "Hearties." 

The good news? The Hearties' hard work in spreading the love about this wonderful show has paid off. Hallmark has renewed the series for third season! Season 3 will kick off with a Christmas special, followed by new episodes beginning Feb 2016.

To celebrate, I'm holding a drawing for a chance to win a super cool "Hearties" t-shirt, compliments of Fish Flix Christian Film Distributors.

Winner will be selected by Random Result.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment quoting either your favorite line from When Calls The Heart (any season), or if you have not yet seen it, a line from your favorite family-safe TV series or film (name the show). Also, please leave your email (spell out "at" and "dot" to avoid spambots finding you) with your entry so winner can be contacted.

Entries received until midnight (pacific) July 31. So quote away! 


PS: Be sure to follow Hearties on Twitter (#hearties) and join the 27,000+ fans on Facebook

Void where prohibited. 
FISH FLIX - Christian Movies to Inspire and Entertain.

July 25, 2015

Bookstore Sighting & The Super Cool Scoop

Bookstore Sighting!
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.

GLOWING Feedback!
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!)
releases December 2015 from Ashberry Lane! I am especially excited about this "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 deliberate grace.

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.

Mark your calendar! Better yet... sign up for Ashberry Lane's Newsletter to keep up on my new releases and special pre-order price deals.

And Thank You!

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.



I've published three novels and a novella (more about those on my website.) I've been writing 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 Grammy. Don't even think about taking candy from my babies.

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

I've lived in Oregon all my life, spent time in Eugene (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.