• family,  On the Farm,  Swimming in the Deep End

    Merry Christmas!


    Christmas reminds me of all I have to be thankful for, especially the birth of Jesus!

    This year, at the Nelson Farm, excitement seems to be higher than usual.

    It’s been a crazy year with some serious losses, like my father passing away in May. We also lost a dear friend and another family member. While it’s tough, sometimes overwhelming, I’m trying to remember the good times we shared and not let the shadow of grief rule the season.

    There were some less serious losses too. My appendix is off to wherever thrown out organs end up. I can no longer say I have all my original parts, but after that pain, I’m okay with the goodbye.

    I did not lose any pounds, so, oh well.

    There were also some gains. I’m not really talking about my weight here, but yes, it does fit, unlike some of my clothes.

    Two sweet kiddos joined the Nelson Clan. While this addition was unexpected, it has been a surprise blessing. For now, we don’t know how long we’ll have this honor, but we’re thanking God day by day.

    With kids come goats? We’d been talking about getting a goat for a year or so, but when a sweet seven-year old gets so excited about the possibility, suddenly you can find yourself with three goats. They’re cute little Pygmy goats who are impossible to keep contained. Their favorite hobby seems to be escaping their pen and eating the steer’s food. He doesn’t act as though he minds.

    And, of course, I was blessed to add a new book in 2018! Swimming in the Deep End released in September and has been given wonderful reviews. Thank you so much to all my readers and reviewers. You have been a wonderful encouragement this year.

    As usual, the Nelson Farm is full of craziness and fun. I don’t imagine we’ll see a lot of boring this coming year either, and that’s just fine with me. We’re looking forward to the adventures 2019 will bring.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



  • family

    Christmas past


    This will be the last Christmas with all of my kiddos considered children. Next year my oldest will be eighteen and will already have made his first vote in a presidential election. I don’t know where the time went. Sometimes he walks in the room, and I have to do a double take. My 21 inch baby has turned into a 6′ 3″ man.


    It’s always the oldest and the youngest that make me feel nostalgic.


    A couple of days ago I was wrestling with the fact that my littlest baby will soon be entering the middle school years and will be on her first mission trip this coming summer. It’s too soon!


    Step back in time with me and see a few of our earliest Christmas cards.






  • ACFW,  guest blogger,  writing

    Guest Blogger: Camille Eide




    I’m pleased to welcome Camille Eide to my blog today. Be sure to check out her just released book, Savanna’s Gift. I read it last week and really enjoyed the story.



    My First Publishing Contract!


    Last spring, I was in the middle of convincing my second novel to quit stalling and finish itself when I heard about the call for submissions at White Rose Publishing. They wanted Christmas Romance novellas for their holiday Extravaganza. The deadline was two months out. I decided to give it a try just for fun, to take a break from my obstinate WIP, and as an exercise in plotting story on a smaller scale. It took me about a month to write it. Though I have an agent, WRP didn’t require agent submission so I followed their guidelines and submitted the story. I was told I would hear back in a few months. But a friend who also submitted for this heard back quickly, so when weeks turned to months, I figured my story wouldn’t make the cut.


    I was surprised to get an email from the publisher in July. They liked the story and asked if I would be willing to add something—the hero’s point of view. My word count was at the low end of the required range, so I had plenty of room. I agreed to the addition, so they sent me a contract—my first!


    Since Savanna’s Gift is an eBook, I’ve had the gratification of seeing the publishing process in a short time. I worked with in-house editor—a first for me—and I have to say it was great and not at all scary. Through this, I’ve also had a chance to test all the promotional tips I’ve been gleaning over the years. So Savanna’s Gift has been a great first glimpse of life on “the other side.”


    It has also been my first venture into the public eye, my way to test the “reader” waters. Since I’ve been focused strictly on pursuing novel publication, my writing has not been “out there” for public feedback. I’ve gotten feedback from friends, writing partners, contests and industry folks, but until now, I’ve never had an audience or known if people would like my work. (I haven’t been a super active blogger . . . ) The response to Savanna’s Gift has been amazing. Shocking, actually. Makes me wish all the more that my other books were out. I feel like I’ve gotten a taste of what authors feel when they release a book only to have readers devour it in a day and clamor for the next one. I don’t say this to boast, but to say my “detour” into publishing a novella has given me an extra leg to stand on as I press ahead with my full length novels. Knowing total strangers have read my work and want to read more is probably one of the most gratifying things I’ve experienced so far as a writer, maybe even more than being offered a contract. Makes me wonder why I haven’t tried publishing shorter works before.



    Question: Are you a cave-dwelling novelist with no clue if you even have an audience? Have you offered freebies such as short stories on your blog or website? If not, what do you think about publishing short stories, articles or novellas as a way to begin building readership?



    About Savanna’s Gift:

    When Savanna gets a second chance at the love of her life, will her dream that once divided them get in the way?


    Forced to return to the ski lodge where she once worked, Savanna Holt is reminded of one special Christmas and how ambition led her to make the worst mistake of her life: Leaving Luke Nelson.  Stunned to discover Luke never left, but worked his way up from lift operator to manager, Savanna sees the opportunity as a gift from God. She’s determined to win Luke back. But Luke wants no reminders of his past hurt, or a relationship with the woman who put ambition before love. Can Savanna convince Luke she’s changed and her interest isn’t because of his position? And when her dream job beckons, will she sacrifice her dream for a second chance at love?


    Savanna’s Gift, A Christmas Romance (eBook novella) now available for $1.00

    Please note: No eReader? There are free apps for phone, computer, etc. Download Amazon’s Kindle for PC app in minutes and take advantage of lots of free Kindle books!


    White Rose Publishing

    Amazon (Kindle)

    Barnes & Noble (Nook)


    Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5cJlr7KmSk&feature=youtu.be




    About Camille:

    Camille Eide writes contemporary Christian romance and romantic women’s fiction. She lives in Oregon with her husband and is mom to three brilliant college-age kids. She’s grateful for the amazing grace of God, and either in spite of or thanks to that grace, she has a PhD in Learning Stuff the Hard Way. She’s also a church secretary, a bassist, and a passably devoted fan of classic rock, muscle cars, and Jane Austen.


    Blog: Extreme Keyboarding


    Website: www.camilleeide.com

    FB: https://www.facebook.com/camille.eide

    Twitter: @CamilleEide

  • ramble,  writing

    Buy Books!


    So, you have a hard to shop for person (or two or three) on your Christmas list? Me too. What do you get the person who seems to have all they need? Or that person who wants for nothing?


    How about a book!


    Don’t give up on me here. I have reasons.


    1. There’s a book out there for everyone. From women’s fiction to steampunk, these days a shopper can find any genre that the mind can imagine.


    2. We all need an excuse to step away from techno overload.


    3. A book is great when the electricity goes out. Just think how much your gift will be appreciated when that winter storm hits and the power is out. All you need is a flashlight.


    4. Stories give us a new perspective. They allow us to step into the shoes of another person and give us a broader view of our world. Okay, that may not be a reason to buy a book as a gift, but it is one of the reasons I love stories.


    Are you buying books this Christmas? Any favorites you’d like to share with us?



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