Camille Eide writes romantic, inspirational dramas about love, faith, and family. She lives in Oregon with her husband and is a mom, grammy, bass guitarist, and a fan of muscle cars, tender romance, oldies rock, and Peanut M&Ms. By day she’s a church office manager. She is a fan of oldies rock, Jane Austen, muscle cars, and Peanut M&Ms. Camille blogs about God’s amazing grace at Along the Banks (camilleeide.wordpress.com), and reviews books and inspirational TV/Film at Extreme Keyboarding (camilleeide.blogspot.com).
The Meeting of a Celebrity
by Camille Eide
Have you ever met a celebrity? If you have, how did you respond? With squeals? Fainting? A composed greeting? Was it an expected meeting, or a stroke of luck? I’m not sure which would be easier—knowing I’ll be meeting someone well-known face to face and having time to work up jitters, or a totally off-guard, chance meeting.
Last spring, I had the opportunity visit the film set of Hallmark’s When Calls The Heart TV series. While there, I met Lori Loughlin (“Full House”). As I prepared to meet her, I was terrified that I would ramble nonsense or trip and knock the lovely woman down (she’s insanely tiny). But as it happened, she was very gracious and seemed so genuinely happy to meet me that my nerves disappeared. She even hugged me and insisted on a group photo. I didn’t injure her once, so all in all, a celebrity-meet success.
Years ago, when the movie “Bandits” was being filmed in my very small hometown, I hoped for a chance to meet Bruce Willis, Cate Blanchett, and Billy Bob Thornton, and I almost did, but that’s another story. A friend who worked at a local coffee shop described the scene each morning when Mr. Willis and his assistant would come into the tiny café. Bruce, wearing shades at 5:30am, would stand at the back near the door while his assistant ordered coffees. That struck me as odd. If the highly recognizable film star didn’t want to interact with the public, why did he bother coming inside? Of course, that had me curious about the reason and I wondered if there was some mysterious story there, some deep loneliness masked by fame…
In The Memoir of Johnny Devine, Eliza discovers mere seconds before meeting her prospective new employer that he’s a major film star. She has very little time to prepare herself. And based on the pre-screening by the house maid, Eliza realizes she had better not squeal, go weak in the knee, or faint. The girl before her didn’t last a day, which was not a good sign. Eliza’s nerves go on instant high alert.
When Eliza sees the man she’s come to meet, she recognizes him instantly and it takes everything in her power not to visibly react. Based on his reputation, she’s not surprised her predecessor had a melt-down. Everyone knew of this man’s escapades—the tabloids had made sure of that.
What Eliza doesn’t know is that this man is about to tell her a story that will not only change her view of him, it will also change her life.
Q: What about you — do you have a “celebrity-meet” story to tell?
More about The Memoir of Johnny Devine (Ashberry Lane, 2015):
A young 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 the born-again, ex-Hollywood heartthrob whose scandalous past keeps him too busy to notice her. Or does it?
In addition to being an Romantic Times 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award Nominee, The Memoir of Johnny Devine has now been awarded the RT December Seal of Excellence — the RT Editors’ Book Pick of the Month!
Seal of Excellence: “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.”
RT reviews hundred of books in several romance genres ranging from erotica to paranormal to suspense/mystery to inspirational to New Adult. This award was decided by a board of RT Editors representing all romance genres. If I’m not mistaken, The Memoir of Johnny Devine is the first Inspirational title ever to earn this recognition.
For the next 2 weeks, RT Book Reviews is celebrating the 2015 Seal of Excellence winners with the “12 Days of Bookmas” and will ask those authors about their personal favorite reads of the year. They are also giving away a set of all 12 books. Here is a link to the titles and a giveaway for all 12 books.
And where you can find Camille:
Author Website: www.camilleeide.com
Fiction Blog: www.camilleeide.blogspot.com