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Friday, July 1, 2011


I'm so pleased to have Elizabeth Camden on my blog this week. I just finished reading this excellent novel about the era of robber barons, a time period we don't hear much about. You won't want to miss this debut book from an exceptionally talented author, published by Bethany House.

Thanks for hosting me on your blog, Louise! As a brand new writer on the scene, it is terrific to have folks like you help me get the word out that I exist.

I work as a librarian at a small college in Florida, which is a fabulous day job for a writer. Not only is the work a joy, but it provides me with the fuel I need to be creative. Some days I help students research the arcane details of a 19th century court case or the symbolism in a Botticelli painting. Other days I am dissecting the migration patterns of sea birds or how cheese is made. All of this helps trigger ideas that I can pump into my writing.

My first book, The Lady of Bolton Hill, just hit the shelves. It is set during the Gilded Age and features one of my favorite themes, lovers who are reunited after several years apart. In The Lady of Bolton Hill, Daniel and Clara were quite young when they met and shared one of those intense, immediate bonds that can sometimes flare up between teenagers. They are separated by Clara’s disapproving father. The book begins when Clara returns to the United States after more than a decade abroad, and the chemistry between Clara and Daniel immediately blazes back to life. The problem is they have followed such wildly divergent paths that they don’t know if they can find a way back to each other, even though they both crave it.

Something that was very important for me is that both my characters be very passionate people, but who are still fiercely intelligent and sensible. Have you ever read a book where the conflict between the hero and heroine could be solved by a simple honest conversation? There was no way I was going to let Daniel and Clara off the hook so easily! Although it is clear they are madly in love, they will be put through the wringer before they can get to a happy ending. I love a good turbulent story with love, betrayal, heartbreak, all punctuated with periods of soaring joy and utter delight. That is what I aimed for with The Lady of Bolton Hill. I’ll be curious to hear from folks if they think I got it in the ballpark.

I think it is a particularly exciting time to be writing in the inspirational genre. I love mainstream romance, but sometimes I feel that the new stuff is getting hijacked by a bunch of vampires, serial killers, or leather-clad, kick-butt heroines. I’ve read great novels featuring all of the aforementioned characters, but so often these novels sacrifice great character development and chemistry in order to cram in a few more werewolves or warlocks. Since these plots are mostly off-limits in the inspy world, we are forced to work pretty hard at developing a great, heart-pounding romance with characters who feel like they are about to leap off the page. That is why I think the inspirational genre has a lot to offer.

I blog at http://elizabethcamden.com/blog. Three times a week I write about my thoughts on the romance genre (in novels, movies, real life, etc.) Since I am a librarian, I also post lots of pictures of mouth-watering libraries. I hope you’ll swing by for a peek!

The Lady of Bolton Hill is available at amazon.com, cbd.com, and fine bookstores everywhere.

If you would like to be entered into a drawing to win a copy of The Lady of Bolton Hill, leave a comment below. (Click on "comments.") This drawing is limited to residents of the United States and Canada and is void where such drawings are prohibited. It is the responsibility of entrants to know the laws of their own state or province. The drawing will be held on July 15, 2011. We must have ten entries, or this drawing will not take place. So tell your friends! AND BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOUR NAME IS DRAWN!!!


Blogger DeAnna Julie Dodson said...

"I love a good turbulent story with love, betrayal, heartbreak, all punctuated with periods of soaring joy and utter delight. "

Oh, me, too!!

This sounds great!


July 1, 2011 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Ann Lee Miller said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

July 1, 2011 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Charity said...

I would love to be entered in this giveaway! Looks like a nice book. Thanks!


July 1, 2011 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger misskallie2000 said...

I love second chances and The Lady of Bolton Hill sounds like one great entertaining story.
I look forward to reading Elizabeth's book. So great to have a new author that is not into weres, vamps, half necked strong arm women and to much sex. lol I do love a good romance with HEA.
Congratulations on your release Elizabeth.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

July 1, 2011 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger April W Gardner said...

Gorgeous cover. Congrats on your first release, Elizabeth! aprilmarieg@gmail.com

July 1, 2011 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Anne Payne said...

I look forward to reading your book. Sounds like a good premise and the cover is stunningly beautiful!


July 1, 2011 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Carla Olson Gade said...

This sounds like a wonderful novel. It was so nice to learn about Elizabeth. What a super day job, and am glad it gives you plenty of inspiration for writing. Looking forward to reading The Lady of Bolton Hill.

carlagade [at] gmail [dot] com

July 1, 2011 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger Carmen7351 said...

This sounds like a great book, and the cover calls me to read it! So beautiful.

Linda At:
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

July 1, 2011 at 11:15 PM  
Blogger Frances said...

Sounds like a wonderful book.

July 2, 2011 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger by Pegg Thomas said...

Great interview and I've subscribed to Elizabeth's blog - thanks for posting the URL!

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

July 3, 2011 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Pat Iacuzzi said...

Hi Louise...
Stopping in to your beautiful site to say hi to you; still love those Currier & Ives! Also would like to be added for the giveaway for Lady of Bolton Hill. Thanks for the opportunity. Hugs--and Blessings for a Happy Fourth!

July 3, 2011 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Camden said...

Thanks for everyone's kind comments, although I can take no credit for the gorgeous book cover. It was designed by Jenny Parker, who does wonderful work for Bethany House. I can tell you that I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief when I saw it. A new writer like me has almost zero input into the cover, so what a relief to be belssed with a beautiful one!

July 6, 2011 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger GladysMP said...

The Lady of Bolton Hill sounds wonderful and my, what a beautiful cover! That beautiful dress has to capture eyes on a book shelf and knowing the process an author has to go through to get a favorable cover decision, I would say you hit the jackpot on your very first book. Congratulations on the story and the cover and the best of luck with your future stories. You are off to a great start!

July 6, 2011 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Louise M. Gouge said...

Gladys Paradowski asked me to leave a comment for her. She admires the cover and would be interested in winning the book.

July 7, 2011 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Sandee61 said...

Hi...I'm a reader, and would love a chance to win The Lady of Bolton Hill. I really enjoy this genre and finding new authors to read.
Thank you for the entry.

Have a blessed day,


July 8, 2011 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Patsy said...

Sounds like a great book! Would love to read it.


July 12, 2011 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger karenk said...

i would love to read this wonderful novel...thanks for the opportunity :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

July 14, 2011 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Wilma said...

This sounds like a book I'd like so I would love to win it. Beautiful cover too.

June 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM  

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