Monday, November 07, 2016

WINNERS from the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!

I have WINNERS!

As promised, here are the overall winners!

Grand Prize: Deb Beach
2nd Prize: Erin Larimore

3rd Prize: Beth Gibson Rumbaugh

I wanted to go ahead and announce the winners from my post, chosen from the commenters who "Liked" my Facebook page and/or signed up to follow me on Amazon and/or signed up for my newsletter. These winners will receive an autographed copy of their choice of my 10 published books. And since I couldn't bear to only give away one, there are NINE winners!

So, the winners are . . . 

Princess Emma
Just Commonly
Ro Davidson
Justina Baisley-Wilson
Kim v.
Lanna Webb
Anna A.
Bethany Marks
agboss
Carrie (meezcarrie)

Congratulations! And please believe me when I say I wish I could give one to every commenter! Also, please forgive me, but I cannot mail physical books outside the U.S. If any of the winners are not in the U.S., we will work out something--I will get a digital copy to you or will have the book sent from Book Depository. Thanks for joining the scavenger hunt!
Oh, and if you are a winner, and if I have your email address, I will contact you, or you can contact me through my website email address, melanie at melaniedickerson dot com.


Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #28

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 31 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes!
·         The hunt BEGINS with Stop #1 at Lisa Bergren’s site. 
·         Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
·         There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 11/6)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books.
·         Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the clue on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at Stop #31. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

It is my pleasure to host suspense and mystery author Susan Sleeman! 

Here’s a brief summary of her new book Silent Sabotage: 


Emily Graves left everything behind to save her aunt's struggling bed-and-breakfast, but she's hardly through the door before she's the one who needs saving. Someone in Bridal Veil, Oregon, will go to any lengths—even murder—to keep her from making the B and B a success. Sheriff's deputy Archer Reed has made it his personal mission to bring down the culprit. But first he has to convince Emily to accept his protection…and determine why anyone would want to harm her. As Emily's unknown enemy becomes increasingly violent, Archer may be the only person who can keep her alive.


And here is Susan Sleeman:
My Life Outside of Writing


When I am not writing, I have two favorite things to do. Reading is my first love, but right up there on my fav list is gardening. Both flower and vegetable gardening. I love spending time outside, seeing God’s handiwork as the flowers unfurl and the seeds sprout to produce organic fruits and vegetables for my family. Outwitting squirrels who steal my first tomatoes and strawberries of the year and the birds who think I have planted raspberries and blueberries just for them. And I also just plain love digging in the dirt. Maybe I didn’t get enough of it as a child. LOL

And I enjoy trying out new varieties. These purple tomatoes are just like God’s jewels in the garden.



Here are a few of my favorite flowers from my garden this summer.




We have only lived in our current house about a year and so in the spring, my husband built lovely gardens bed for me. It took him many weekends to build the beds and then to fill them with healthy soil, and finally to cover the path with gravel. Here’s a picture taken early in the summer. Didn’t he do an amazing job?


 And last, but most important to me, is sharing my love of gardening with my daughter and my grandson seen here picking his annual pumpkin from Nana’s little pumpkin patch.



 Melanie here. Thank you, Susan, for sharing your beautiful garden with us!




Susan Sleeman is a bestselling and award-winning author of inspirational/Christian and clean read romantic suspense books. In addition to writing, Susan also hosts the popular website TheSuspenseZone.com.



You can order Susan’s book on Amazon,   Barnes & Noble,   CBD,   itunes

or at your local bookstore! 


Here’s the Stop #28 Skinny:
Clue to Write Down: pages

Link to Stop #29, the Next Stop on the Loop: Susan Sleeman’s own site! 

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And for an additional prize, I'm offering your choice of one of my 10 books! (They are listed on my website, MelanieDickerson.com.)  You can enter by letting me know in the comments that you "Liked" my Facebook author page. Additional points if you signed up to follow me on Amazon, or if you signed up for my newsletter--sign-up form at the top right of this page. 
I will choose a winner from the comments, so please do leave your email address so I can contact you, putting in spaces and spelling out "dot com" to fool the bots. :-) I will announce a winner on the 6th.

Happy Scavenger Hunting, everyone! And thanks for visiting my blog!
***Thanks for stopping by! The Scavenger Hunt is now over. Winners will be announced very shortly!






Wednesday, July 06, 2016

5 Inspirational Series, with guest blogger Varina Denman


Today I’d like to introduce guest blogger, Varina Denman.

Varina writes stories about the unique struggles women face. Her award-winning Mended Hearts series, which revolves around church hurt, is a compelling blend of women’s fiction and inspirational romance. A native Texan, Varina lives near Fort Worth with her husband and five mostly grown children. Connect with Varina on her website or one of the social media hangouts.

Welcome, Varina!


Melanie, thank you for hosting me on your blog today. It’s summertime, and we’ve all got extra time on our hands. My holiday break is swiftly getting filled with events, camps, and projects, but I still have plenty of time by the pool doing what I love best ... reading! I’ve put together a list of books to recommend to friends, specifically Christian book series that have been described as "can't-put-it-down." That's what we all LOVE to read, especially during the lazy summer months. I hope your blog readers find a new series on the list, and I hope they pour themselves a tall glass of iced tea, and sit down and relax. Happy reading, girlfriends! (Don't forget the suntan lotion)

Jan Karon’s Mitford Series.


A little about At Home In Mitford: It’s easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable.
Yet, Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won’t go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that’s sixty years old.
Suddenly, Father Tim gets more than he bargained for. And readers get a rich comedy in which mysteries and miracles abound.

Dawn Crandall’s Everstone Chronicles.

A little about The Hesitant Heiress: After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy in her hometown of Seattle, Washington, disappearing before her very eyes. Now, the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: Marry within the year to inherit the immense fortune of her estranged grandmother. Amaryllis reluctantly moves in to her aunt's Boston home and rubs shoulders with fashionable society. Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself quickly falling in love with the most unlikely of men--Nathan Everstone, the envy of every eligible female, whose father has haunted her dreams for the decade following her mother's tragic death. However, Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems...and everything she never knew she wanted. But just as everything Amaryllis has recently hoped for comes to fruition, it all falls apart when she finds that the real culprit who has been managing her life isn't who she thought at all.

Katie Ganshert’s The Gifting Series.


A little about The Gifting: In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she’s going crazy. What other explanation is there for the things she sees? After her complete freakout at a high school party, her parents worry she might be right. So much that they pack their bags and move across the country, next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill.
Despite the whispers and stares, Tess is determined to fit in at her new school. But when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she’s unused to a stare that intense. Then the headaches start, and the seemingly prophetic dreams that haunt her at night. As Tess tries harder to hide them, she becomes increasingly convinced that Luka knows something—that he might somehow be responsible.
But what if she’s wrong? What if Luka Williams is the only thing separating her from a madness too terrifying to fathom?

Melanie Dickerson’s Hagenheim Fairy Tale Romance Series.


A little about 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.

Varina Denman’s Mended Hearts Series.



A little about Jaded: As a child, Ruthie was shunned by the local congregation. Now, thirteen years later, Ruthie’s heart begins to stir when an attractive single preacher arrives. But their relationship is bitterly opposed, and a string of secrets are unearthed that threaten to turn the church, the town, and her world upside down.
Jaded is the rare novel that is a love story between both a woman and a man … and God and His church. Plunging deep into the waters of shame, forgiveness, and restoration, this book will resonate with every woman who’s experienced a loss of heart … and a thirst for hope.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Winner of the Kindle Prize Pack Giveaway!

I'm pleased to announce the winner from my recent The Beautiful Pretender Kindle Prize Pack giveaway and blog tour. Thanks to everyone who entered!


Congratulations to the winner: Rachelle O'Neil. My publicists from Litfuse Publicity Group will be in touch via email with details on how to claim your prize. You can also email your mailing address to info {at} litfusegroup {dot} com. Congrats!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

British Blooms and Books! 6-Book Giveaway!


Hello, gentle reader, and welcome to the first annual British Blooms and Books giveaway! This week I and several other authors would like to celebrate the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show with you. After enjoying this post, please visit each of the other five authors’ blogs (links provided below) and, after a bit of reading fun, follow one simple instruction and then leave a comment on each to be entered to win a fabulous British Blooms and Books prize. (US winners only, please, due to shipping the petit fours. Sorry, non-US friends.) Enjoy and thank you for stopping by! 
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Melanie here! I've always loved flowers, and their beauty and fragrance remind me of different things. I love the bright and colorful hibiscus and poppies, both of which remind me of Germany, and tulips, which make me think of Holland and Audrey Hepburn, my favorite actress. I also love the wonderful-smelling gardenia, which transports me back to my grandmother's front yard, or magnolias, which remind me of my elementary school playground.

In my novel, A Spy's Devotion, there's not a lot about flowers, but my hero Nicholas Langdon and heroine Julia Grey agree to exchange secret messages about her guardian's nefarious activities by placing them in a knothole in a tree at Hyde Park. In this excerpt of a scene from A Spy's Devotion, Julia has just left him a note.
           

She arrived at the park, making her face a picture of contentment and calm. It was the hour when many people were out, taking the air, walking or riding, and she was forced to acknowledge several people before she turned the corner to find her tree.

She approached it and slipped the paper out of her reticule and then placed it into the knothole.

What if her uncle had followed her and seen her put the paper in the tree? Or Mr. Edgerton? They’d make sure Mr. Langdon never received the information. Perhaps they would even kill Julia—and Mr. Langdon.

She had to stop these racing thoughts. She concentrated on breathing and walking and not thinking.

When she was nearly home again, a man turned the corner and was walking toward her. Julia’s breath went out of her, and she stumbled.

It was Nicholas Langdon.

He caught sight of her when she was still several feet away, and he smiled.

She approached him. They were actually in sight of the Wilhern house. Anyone looking out of the front windows might see them. People were passing them on foot and in carriages.

“Mr. Langdon.”

“Miss Grey.” He tipped his hat to her and then leaned his head toward her. “Forgive me for saying so, but you are looking a bit pale. Are you unwell?”

“There is something for you at the park,” she said as blandly as possible. Should she risk telling him that her uncle was planning to force her to marry Mr. Edgerton on Friday? Of course there was nothing he could do, and she did not want anyone seeing them talking.

He kept his eyes trained on her face, as he said quietly, “Are you in danger, Miss Grey?”

What could she say? “No. You should go. It’s very important.” She smiled to put him at ease and so no one would suspect that their conversation was anything but polite and appropriate.


I hope your interest is piqued!  Please sign up for my newsletter in the upper right corner of this blog and comment below to be entered to win the grand prize. 
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One grand prize winner who comments on each of the six authors’ blogs and agrees to the one boldfaced condition posted at the end of each post will win a signed copy of each of the books plus delivery of six English hat petit fours to enjoy while you read! 

Name will be drawn via random.org

Once you have left a comment saying you signed up for my newsletter (or that you're already signed up), please visit these other fabulous authors of England-set historicals to see what flowers mean to them and their heroines.
Click these links and follow the instructions there:









Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Kindle Prize Pack Giveaway!


Who wants to win awesome prizes, including a Kindle? 
I hope you do, because my publisher, Thomas Nelson, is giving away this amazing prize pack right here on my blog! Enter to win, and tell your friends and family! 

Here are some ready-made tweets for you:

What happens when a margrave realizes he’s fallen in love with a servant? New from @melanieauthor (and a #giveaway)! http://bit.ly/205V35N

Love fairy tales? Don't miss @MelanieAuthor's new reimagined medieval fairy tale—plus a Kindle #contest! http://bit.ly/205V35N #ChrisFic

And here's a look at the entire prize pack:


Click HERE to enter!