Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Giveaway- Melanie Dickerson's, The Healer's Apprentice

I'd like to welcome my good friend Melanie Dickerson to my blog today. Melanie is giving away her debut book, The Healer's Apprentice. Be sure to leave a post and your email addy to be entered.

Melanie Dickerson is an award-winning author who earned her bachelor's degree in special education from The University of Alabama. She taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and she taught English in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on the web at http://www.melaniedickerson.com


In this historical romance loosely based on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, a woodcutter's daughter becomes the town healer's apprentice. Rose's job is to care for the sick and injured in Hagenheim Castle. But she gets sick at the sight of blood and is more suited to making up stories than sewing up wounds. She is determined to overcome her weakness and prove herself a competent healer, or she faces marrying a disgusting old merchant her mother has picked out for her.

Lord Hamlin, the future ruler of the region, is injured and Rose must overcome her squeamishness to save him. He is everything that is noble and good, but loving him is forbidden. He is already betrothed to a mysterious woman in hiding. With two noble-born brothers vying for her affections, Rose learns that the people of Hagenheim are not always who they seem.

1) Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.

I am in my study and I am wearing my “around the house” clothes, a tank top and a skort.

2) Who's your one biggest fan/supporter of your writing?

I have to say my daughters, Grace and Faith. Grace has read The Healer’s Apprentice three times (I won’t let her read my other books yet) and she says it is “yummy.” Faith is my publicist. She tells everybody—and I do mean everybody—about my book. And they prayed for a long time for me to get published!

3) This is your debut book? Can you tell us what it feels like to finally get the call that your book is being published?

Well, I was in shock for about 30 minutes! Then I was really happy and excited, but I still could hardly believe it. It’s amazing, a dream come true.

4) If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?

That’s a tough one, because in most books, the characters go through all kinds of bad stuff before they can have their happy ending! Maybe I would be Scarlet O’Hara so I could straighten up and realize what a doofus I was being and prevent most of the bad stuff from happening!

5) How many times have we heard Medievals aren’t selling? Can you tell us why you think yours was picked up?

Well, my short answer would be, because of the grace of God! He’d heard me crying for three years … Seriously, I think it didn’t really matter about the setting. My publisher was ready for something that would appeal to young people, a young adult romance that was different and yet sort of timeless. I think Twilight, which was such a huge bestseller and was also a young adult romance, opened the door to The Healer’s Apprentice getting published. I was (finally) in the right place at the right time, market-wise.

6) Did anyone inspire you to write?

Yes and no! No one in particular, but all the great authors I’ve read in my lifetime.

7) If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)

Can I offer my top two? Jane Austen and Beth Moore. With Jane, I’d want to ask her tons of questions. We’d go for walks for our health when the weather was nice and discuss about all the eligible men and women in the neighborhood and who had been gazing longingly at whom. With Beth Moore, we’d talk about God and the Bible and what God has done in our lives, and then we’d laugh and eat whatever her favorite food is and laugh some more! She would be a lot of fun.

9) What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)

Hmm. I’m really not materialistic at all, I guess because nothing is coming to mind! I don’t own precious keepsakes from a relative, nor do I own anything of great worth! I guess I would have to say my picture albums. I used to scrapbook a lot, so I have a lot of time and money in my albums, not to mention the great memories with my husband and kids!

10) What is something that very few people know about you?

That I’m really uptight. People think I’m calm because I like projecting that image, but really, I’m an emotional mess! I keep it hidden most of the time. I get really anxious, though, and tend to overreact and panic. I put that characteristic on one of my heroines, in a yet-to-be-contracted book, and it was fun. I laughed at myself when I laughed at her!

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 Friday, September 27th.


  1. This book looks so good! :O)

    estrella8888 at roadrunner dot com

  2. Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Debbie Lynne!

    Diana, thanks for stopping by!!! I hope you win a book, but if you don't, I hope you will request The Healer's Apprentice from your library! I love libraries and always have. :-)

  3. Hey! I'd love to enter. :)


    Bleah Briann @ blonde4christ.blogspot.com

  4. Melanie, I've heard SO much about your book - its all over the blogging world!! :-) lol

    Seems like a wonderful read! I'd love a chance to read and win this book!


  5. I would love to win this book. I have been reading reviews about it and I am simply dying to read it.


  6. I forgot to mention in my last post that I found you through Carmen's blog Christian book giveaways. Thank you!

  7. Please include me.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  8. This book looks so GOOD! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

    Amy S.
    artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

    (P.S. I'm moving on Sept. 27 and won't have Internet until Sept. 28 or 29...just so you know in case I win the draw.)

  9. Jane Austen and Beth Moore...what fun that would be.


  10. I would love a copy of this book.


  11. I've seen the book trailer for The Healer's Apprentice, it sounds enchanting. Please include me, I'd love to win!

  12. This has been on my to-read list since I learned it was a Sleeping Beauty re-telling! I would love a chance to read it :)


  13. Thanks for the fun interview : ) I would love to win this book! potosrose(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. AH! This book looks amazing! I can't wait to read it!! Please sign me up to win :) thanks

  15. I love seeing the different questions the interviewers ask on these blogs. =) I've been entering all the "Healer's Apprentice" book givaways I can find . . . so far I'm hitting .200 (basically 0 of . . . I don't know how many, LOL). "Ditto" to the person above . . . seeing the cover online is what got my interested. ;)

    Thank you for putting on this contest!

    jafuchi7 [at] hawaii [dot] edu

  16. My sister bugged me to enter this after seeing it on Carman's givaway blog . . . I'd love to enter this contest please, Ms. Costello!


  17. Greetings,
    Sounds like a super book.
    Enter me please.
    Have a great day,
    Trinity Rose
    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

  18. Please enter me! I would absolutely love to win this book! Thanks! God bless!

    katiegalyean (at) yahoo (dot) com

    Katie G.

  19. I would love to enter!! Thank you so much!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  20. I would love to win "The Healer's Apprentice" to give to my daughter (after I read it!). She reads a lot of YA books; I think this would be an excellent alternative to many of the other books for this age group.
    Thanks for the opportunity.


  21. I would love to read this book, thanks for the chance to win!

    ~Lauri M

  22. This book looks really good, I would love to be entered in the drawing! Carman sent me, ih823putt@cox.net. Thank you!

  23. Thank you everyone for your comments. We are at conference right now and I'm rooming with Melanie Dickerson. Her book sold out at the bookstore here! Good luck to all of you. If you don't win, either buy it or ask your library to get it in. IT is a must read!

  24. Congratulations on being published, Melanie! I have followed The Healer's Apprentice on blog tours and read lots of great reviews, which have made me eager to read this book.

    I like your choices for two people you'd like to meet. I've seen movie adaptations of Jane Austen's books, but have yet to actually read one. I recently downloaded one on my Kindle and hope to read it soon. As for Beth Moore . . . I think anyone would come away from that meeting totally on fire for the Lord!

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  25. I love the concept of your book. It's number 1: historical, and number 2:romance, and 3: Christian... MY FAVORITE!
    Love to read this!

  26. thanks for the chance to win this book, it sounds really lovely. i also enjoyed reading the interview, God bless.
    email: alexandrapen at gmail dot com

  27. Sounds like a good book! Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  28. Thanks to everyone who has left a comment! You all encourage me! Hope you all get a chance to read the book.
    And Debbie Lynne is a wonderful roommate, sweet and generous and loving, just in case you ever wondered! :-)

  29. I've been wanting to read this!!

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

  30. I have heard so much about this book. I can't wait to read it.

  31. Congratulations on being published, Melanie! Some of my recent favorites have been YA books and I love the way you draw from fairy tales. I am eager to read The Healer's Apprentice and hope you have many more books for us.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  32. I keep hearing great things about this book so I guess I'll enter!


  33. Hi Melanie!
    Hannah from Seekerville : )

    This book really does look great. I haven't seen it in stores here, all the more reason I'd love to win! LOL!

    Anyway, Jane Austen - GREAT answer! She'd be fascinating, wouldn't she? Did you see Becoming Jane? I feel like Anne Hathaway did an awesome job portraying her : )

    Not sure if this contest is still open or not, but if it is, I'd LOVE a chance to be entered!
    Thanks so much,