Monday, November 28, 2011

The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson Ends December 12th

I am so excited to have one of my crit partners and very good friend with me today! Melanie is such a blessing to me in both writing and her friendship. So as you read her description of me, keep in mind we are good friends and I am her critique partner. (I think she's just wanting to make sure I don't put a lot of red on her next ms she sends me. LOL) Melanie has generously offered to give away a copy of her new release, The Merchan'ts Daughter to one lucky winner! You are going to LOVE her new story.
 
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! And I am thankful to Debbie Lynne for inviting me to be on her blog. Debbie Lynne is a great friend of mine and I love her dearly, so it’s extra special being here today. You will never meet a kinder, more giving person. And she can do anything! Whether it’s embroidering her new grandchild’s name on her Easter dress—a dress she hand-smocked—or painting her entire church’s children’s rooms with Western cowboy themed scenes, and redo-ing the plumbing while the paint dries. Then donning a gorgeous evening gown and wowing her sweet husband at a fancy banquet because she’s just led her cheerleading squad as their coach (volunteer, of course) to a national championship. And all without chipping a nail and writing her 2,000 words for the day. Seriously, Debbie Lynne is AMAZING.

I could talk about Debbie Lynne all day, but she would probably delete it! So I better talk about my new book before I get in trouble.

The Merchant’s Daughter, is, in its basic form, a Medieval romance. It’s also a Beauty and the Beast story and Zondervan is publishing it as a Young Adult book. It’s a love story between two unlikely people who, as it turns out, have more in common than either of them would have imagined. They both have been through some really crushing circumstances in the past and must learn to let God heal them and help them overcome their fears. I really love the interaction between the heroine, Annabel, and the hero, Ranulf, and I hope my readers will too. I can’t tell you how real the characters are to me, and I hope they will be to you too.

The cover fits this story so well, so if you like the cover, I think you will like the story. And the same creative mastermind (Mike Heath) behind my covers for The Healer’s Apprentice and The Merchant’s Daughter also did the trailers, which you can watch on my website, www.MelanieDickerson.com .

I would like to share a little excerpt from the end of chapter one, where Annabel meets her new lord for the first time. She has heard lots of frightening stories about him and is dreading having to face him.




Excerpt:
She struggled to right herself as she fell, and landed on her hip in the dusty street.
Hooves pounded toward her and a horse’s high-pitched whinny sounded above her head. Annabel raised her arm to protect herself.

Just inches away, the horse danced to a halt, snorting and throwing dirt into her face. The animal’s hot breath ruffled her hair. Dust clogged her nose and throat and made her cough.

The rider dismounted. “What are you doing?”

The man’s voice and accent were unfamiliar. Her hair had fallen in front of her eyes, making it difficult to see the hands that slipped under her arms and hauled her to her feet. She pulled away, looking around on the ground for her headscarf.

“Throwing yourself in front of a galloping horse?” The stranger’s voice reminded her of a snarling animal in its pitch and intensity. “We could have both been killed.”

Shiny black boots waited beside her. Even his stance showed his irritation.

Finally seeing her scarf, she bent and snatched it from the dirt.

Her eyes traveled from his expensive leather boots to his broad chest. He wore the most elegant clothing she’d seen since the last time she visited London with her father—a red velvet doublet and gold-embroidered shirt sleeves—a vast departure from the dull gray and brown of the villagers’ coarse woolens.

She beat the dust from her skirt as anger boiled up inside her. It wasn’t her fault she’d fallen in front of his horse. Did he think she had tossed herself into the street? First that disgusting lecher, Bailiff Tom, and now this stranger … Her gaze finally met his face and she stifled a gasp.

A black patch covered his left eye, and a scar cut a pale line down his cheek, through his thick brown beard, all the way to his chin.

The back of her neck tingled. His expression demanded an answer as he glared at her from one brown eye.

Her surprise at his formidable appearance quickly turned to anger. She was determined to let him know she wasn’t a lack-wit and didn’t relish being treated like one.

“My lord.” Her voice was surprisingly steady. “My name is Annabel Chapman, and I am not in the habit of throwing myself in front of galloping horses. I was pushed.” She had to bite her tongue to keep from adding, And perhaps you shouldn’t gallop your horse through the village as though you’re the only person on the street.

She leaned down to continue beating the dust from her clothes.

“Who pushed you?” He shouted the question so thunderously, she forgot about her dusty clothes and stared up at him. “Where is the man who would push a woman into the street?”

Her gaze involuntarily shifted to the butcher shop’s doorway, where Bailiff Tom stood just inside. He immediately stepped back into the shadows.

The lord followed her gaze and then looked back at Annabel. “Wait here.”

His expression became even fiercer just before he turned from her and strode into the shop.
The Merchant’s Daughter is now available in e-book form for your PC, Kindle, Nook, or whatever e-reader device you happen to have! And it should also be available in bookstores everywhere any day now, or for pre-order. It will make a great Christmas present! For yourself or someone you know!

I love interacting with readers, so please check out my website, www.MelanieDickerson.com and friend me on facebook, http://www.facebook.com/people/Melanie-Dickerson/100000220838349
And please leave me a comment for a chance to win a copy of The Merchant’s Daughter! God bless you!

 The Merchant's Daughter

An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice. Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf's bailiff---a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past. Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff's vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf's future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.

The Healer's Apprentice

Two Hearts. One Hope. Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her---a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill. When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.




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Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday,  December 12th. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

The winner of Ramona Cecil's giveaway is Melanie! Congratulations!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The House in Grosvenor Square by Linore Rose Burkard Ends December 5th


Ms. Burkard was raised in New York, where she graduated magna cum laude from the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. She lives with her husband, five children and two cats (Calvin and Hobbes) in a town full of antique stores and gift shops in southwestern Ohio. Besides writing, her hobbies include family movie nights, swimming, and decorating. www.linoreburkard.com

I'm excited to have my very good friend and crit parter, Linore Rose Burkard here with me this week. Linore is giving away a copy of her book The House of Grosvenor Square. She is asking that each person who enters tell three people about the giveaway and leave a post to be entered. But that isn't all! Everyone can get a free copy of her first book in the series When the Season Ends. So be sure to download a copy.








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Before The Season Ends
Trouble at home sends Ariana to her aunt's townhouse in the fashionable Mayfair district of London. There, she soon finds herself neck-deep in high society and at odds with Mr. Phillip Mornay, London's current darling rogue. Then, a scandal changes Ariana forever. Her heart, her faith, and her future are all at stake in an unexpected adventure that gains even the Prince Regent's attention.
Will Ariana's faith survive this test? What about her heart? For it's Ariana's heart that most threatens to betray the truths she has always believed in. When she finds herself backed against a wall, betrothed to the wrong man, how can it ever turn out right?

 The House in Grosvenor Square
As Ariana Forsythe plans her wedding, she must adjust to the realization that she will soon become the wife of an extremely wealthy man. She wonders if it's wrong to rejoice that her future husband is rich. But, she promises herself to use her new position to do what she can to aid the numerous street waifs she sees all too often in London.
During a tour of her future home-the house in Grosvenor Square-Ariana impulsively makes plans to redecorate (just a little) according to
her tastes . But when Philip arrives home later, he is informed that an expensive silver candlestick and a miniature portrait of George III have gone missing. Moreover, each time Ariana visits the house, another item disappears.
When Ariana suffers an abduction attempt by two villains, and other mysterious goings-on are unexplained, Mr. Mornay must unravel the
mystery of who is after her, and why. He knows he has to prevent any harm from befalling his future bride, even if it means he must keep her
under lock and key in his own house!


REVIEWS FOR BEFORE THE SEASON ENDS
"Country girl, Ariana Forsythe, is sent to a wealthy aunt in London to head off an unsuitable match in this faith-based Regency romance. The author's command of period detail is impressive, evident in material details but also in dialogue. The theology is also period authentic. The novel even contains a glossary to help non-Regencyphiles get up to speed about the difference between ladies' pelisses and spencers...On the whole it's a tasty confection."
Publisher's Weekly, 2008

"Well-written, interesting, captivating, romantic, inspirational, and addictive, Before the Season Ends shows how the Lord can influence every part of your life without being overly preachy. To my surprise, I could not put this book down, and I'm recommending it to all my friends."
www.ArmChairInterviews.com
"For anyone looking for a truly refreshing romance, this beautifully written story is just that and more! This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys Christian Romance. It is fast-paced and exciting from cover to cover. In my opinion, Linore Rose Burkard is an excellent and intelligent writer. I will definitely be looking forward to more work by this talented lady."
www.ReaderViews.com
"Before the Season Ends is a delightful book that captures the spirit of Jane Austen! This is a beautiful love story with rich character development and wit. Out of the many books I preview for a book club, this one stood far above others in the same genre. The author helps readers take a good look at choices, motivations, feelings, and prejudices through the filter of Biblical truth and provides many areas for group discussion or just self reflection. Do yourself a favor by pouring a good cup of English tea and settling down with this book for a charming literary escape."
S. Andrews

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Quaker Christmas by Ramona K. Cecil or Christmas cookie cutters ENDS November 28th



Ramona K. Cecil is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance poet, and award-winning inspirational romance writer. First published in poetry, she’s had ninety inspirational verses published on gift items sold by Dicksons, Inc., a leader in the Christian gift market. Her other publishing credits include five inspirational historical romance novels and two novellas.
Ramona lives in southern Indiana with her husband, Jim. When not writing, she enjoys reading, gardening, and visiting places of historical interest.

I met Ramona on online, but had the privilege of meeting her at conference this year. So I am super excited about her being on my blog this week. Ramona is giving away a choice of her new Christmas book or a set of Christmas cookie cutters. Leave a comment to be entered.


Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I’m in our spare bedroom, which I use as my office. Yes, this is where all my stories happen. And maybe that’s why the room looks like a tornado has happened to it. I’m wearing my favorite raggedy sea-green T shirt top, black sweat pants, and fuzzy magenta slipper socks. At least I’m colorful. :o)
If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?
Elnora in A Girl of the Limberlost. First, I loved the story—one of my favorites by Hoosier author Gene Stratton Porter. I loved Elnora’s determination to realize her dream of attending college despite her poverty and an unloving mother as well as her capacity for forgiveness. I also like how Porter used the story to showcase the natural beauty of my state, Indiana,
What is something that very few people know about you?
I was a tomboy as a child and loved to climb trees. I grew up during the time when TV Westerns were all the rage and I knew all the shows’ theme songs by heart and could out-draw my younger brother in pretend “High Noon” type gunfights.
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
A necklace that belonged to my great-grandmother. It’s gold filigree with one tiny ruby and one tiny pearl.
If you could live in any time period when and where would that be and why?
I honestly think I’m happiest living in the time I’m living in now, though I’d love the chance to travel back in time for short visits.
If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and why?
I’d visit Northern Ireland, Wales, and Germany to experience the places where my ancestors lived.
If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
I’d love to meet my dad’s mom, my Grandma Jolly. She died when I was two and I never got to know her.
What is the hardest part in writing a story?
Writing that very first line. I agonize over what will be the best first sentence to catch the reader’s interest.
What is the funniest/strangest/or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
Oh my, I don’t know where to start, but what comes to mind is something I learned while researching a whaling novella. I learned about a substance called ambergris, which is occasionally found in the digestive system of sperm whales and was historically used in the making of perfume. 
If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
Dreamer by Birth, Author by God’s Grace.

Christmas is a simple matter among the Quakers of the historic Ohio River Valley, and a time to welcome love into four households. Mary’s family offers hospitality to a weary traveler, but can they bring light to his hurting soul? Lucinda struggles with faith after her husband’s death. Will knows he should have been the one killed. Can Lucinda and Will rediscover joy and love this Christmas season? Keturah loves God and her Quaker family. Yet the adventure of the river beckons.When two very different brothers vie for her affection, which will win her heart? Newlywed Susanna Griffith faces Christmas alone when her husband is imprisoned for his involvement in the Underground Railroad. Then a pregnant runaway slave’s arrival tests Susanna’s courage as well as her commitment to her husband’s cause. 




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Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday,  November 28th. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

The winner of Julie Lessman's giveaway is Linore! Congratulations!

Monday, November 7, 2011

His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons Ends November 21st

Golden Keyes Parsons is a popular retreat and conference speaker and author of historical novels. Her book, “In The Shadow Of The Sun King,” (Thomas Nelson Publishing), first in a three-book series based on her family genealogy, released Fall 2008, and was named a finalist in the ACFW’s Book of the Year Debut Author category. Her second book, “Prisoner Of Versailles,” was released September 2009 and was named a finalist in RWA’s prestigious Daphne contest and was also a finalist for the AWSA Golden Scroll Novel of the Year. The concluding book in the series, “Where Hearts Are Free” released September 2010 and is a Women of Faith Book Club selection. Her fourth novel, “His Steadfast Love,” a Civil War novel set in Texas, released November 2011.
Golden and her husband, Blaine, are retired from the pastorate and reside in Waco, TX. When she isn’t writing or speaking, she is busy with their three grown daughters, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren or attending sporting and alumni events at Baylor University.

Golden is giving away a copy of His Steadfast Love. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered.
 
HIS STEADFAST LOVE by Golden Keyes Parsons
   

His Steadfast Love is a Civil War novel set in Texas and deals with a divided nation, a divided state and a divided family. Here’s how the back cover blurb describes the book:
The Civil War—a defining time of great sacrifice, change, and betrayal which will determine the fate of the Nation. It isn’t until it comes into her very home that Amanda Belle must face impossible choices of love, loss, and loyalty.
It's the spring of 1861 on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Although Amanda never thought she would marry because of a promise to her dying mother to take care of her siblings, her attraction to Captain Kent Littlefield is undeniable.
When Texas secedes from the Union, her brother Daniel marches off to war to fight for the Confederate States, and Kent remains with the Union troops.
Her heart is torn between the two men she loves and the two sides of the conflict. When she turns to God for help, Amanda expects direction and support, but hears nothing. Is God listening to her anymore? Where is God in the atrocities of war—and whose side is He on?
Amanda senses her life is at a turning point. But she must trust God to bring her family through the chaos that threatens her home, her family, and the beloved state of Texas… with her heart, and her faith, intact.
When deciding what to do for my next book, after the conclusion to my Darkness to Light series, and being a Texan myself, I really wanted to write something set in Texas, but didn’t particularly want to write a western. I started doing some research and was drawn to the aspect of the Civil War in our state. In my opinion one of the most interesting aspects of His Steadfast Love is the unique setting in Texas. When one thinks of the Civil War, one ordinarily thinks of the Deep South, whereas the Lone Star State conjures up visions of cowboys, cattle drives and shoot-em-ups in saloons. But the coastline of Texas during the War Between the States was a hotspot. Federal troops set up blockades along the coastline to prevent supplies for the South from being brought in. Galveston was occupied by Union troops, as was the little town of Indianola, where my book takes place.
And much to my surprise, there was a prison camp in Tyler, Texas, in the very area where we had lived for about ten years. I was not previously aware of that fact of history at all. I thoroughly enjoyed the research and visiting the Civil War sites around the state.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share a bit about His Steadfast Love.

 Check out lasts weeks blog interview with Julie Lessman. It's not too late to leave a post and be entered to win one of her books!

 New Blog announcing giveaways! Want to know where all the book giveaways are? We've started a new blog that gives you the links to other blog giveaways. Are you a blogger or an author needing a way to get the word out to readers you have a giveaway? Check out and follow us: fictionaddictionfix.blogspot.com


DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING by following my blog with Powered by FEEDBURNER on the right, and don't miss any giveaways (the button with the flame). If you already follow my blog go ahead and follow by FEEDBURNER so you can be entered twice. If you're not getting an email telling you I have a new giveaway you're not following through Feedburner. Just mention that you follow through Feedburner when you leave a comment with each giveaway and you'll be entered twice.

Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday,  November 21st. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.