Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Like Contemporary Romance? You'll Love Securing the Handyman's Heart!

Hi, Readers! I really want to introduce you to a friend and fellow writer--well, we used to be critique partners until life got crazy--Katie Clark, who has written a lovely contemporary romance called Securing the Handyman's Heart.

I am confident that you will love this sweet romance between a rather shy but conscientious handyman and a sweet and slightly clumsy bakery owner who specializes in cupcakes. My 15-year-old daughter and I both loved it! And it just released TODAY! So get it while it's hot! (So to speak.) 😊 Also, just as a warning, you may have a distinct craving for strawberry lemon cupcakes after reading it! 


ABOUT KATIE:
KATIE CLARK started reading fantastical stories in grade school and her love for books never died. Today she reads in all genres; her only requirement is an awesome story! She writes inspirational romance as well as young adult speculative fiction, including her YA supernatural novel, Shadowed Eden, as well as The Enslaved Series. You can connect with her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.
Katie Clark


Hi Melanie! Thank you so much for hosting me. I’m so excited to introduce Securing the Handyman’s Heart to the world, and I’m looking forward to sharing all about it!

Q. What inspired you to write Securing the Handyman’s Heart?
            A. This might sound a little cooky (is that a word?!), but I get a LOT of my ideas from dreams. One day I dreamed of this girl who was so frustrated because her longtime, on again-off again boyfriend wouldn’t commit already. The more I thought about the dream, the more real the idea became—and I could see the hilarious potential in the story!

Q. What, if anything, do you and your heroine have in common?
            A. Kayla, my heroine, has lots of things in common with me. We both love to bake. We both love fantastic and hunky handymen (yes, my husband can fix anything!). And we both really just want to do what’s right by the world.

Q. Which character in your new release did you most enjoy writing? Why?
            A. Lou Ann, Kayla’s best friend, was a hoot to write! She is quirky and crazy and fun. In fact, book 2 will be all about her!

Q. What smell do you love most, and why?
            A. This will come as no surprise, but I love baking scents. Vanilla, cinnamon, cookie scents, fruity pie scents…you get the point!

~Katie, please share a verse of scripture that is especially meaningful to you, and why it is special.

Life it tough. Very, very tough. I like how Securing the Handyman’s Heart isn’t the typical “head over heels” romance (though there’s definitely lots of romance!), because sometimes in real life things just don’t work that way. We don’t always get our happy endings exactly the way we’d thought they would happen, you know? My favorite verse these days is Psalms 121:1-2, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” Our help and our hope is in God alone—not relationships, not jobs or presidents or money. Only God.  He is our help (and I’m so thankful, because He is faithful!).

ABOUT THE STORY:
Local cupcake queen Kayla Dobbs is feeling the heat—just as her bakery is finally taking off, her retired parents start pressuring her to move to Florida. Determined to prove her success, she takes on extra work at the bakery and fibs a little about the depth of her love life. When her mother announces an upcoming visit to meet the lucky guy, Kayla makes a pact with her friends to get a proposal from George Marks, town handyman extraordinaire. The problem is, George seems totally indifferent.

George Marks has enough on his plate with running his business, taking care of an ailing but feisty grandmother, and the possibility of a new business venture on the horizon. But when bumping into Kayla becomes a strangely routine thing, he’s surprised to realize it has also become the highlight of his days. As business spirals out of control and Granny takes a turn for the worse, he’s sure he made one too many commitments.

With a dash of matchmaking granny and a pinch of secret cupcake recipe, Kayla and George find themselves in one messy kitchen. But will they find themselves in love?
*Buy it now on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, and more!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Winners!

I have winners!

I do not yet have the grand prize winners of the Scavenger Hunt yet, but please check back here on this post. I will update with those winners' names when I have them.

For now, I am thrilled to announce the winners of my own giveaway of a copy of either The Silent Songbird or The Golden Braid (though, if you prefer a different book of mine, I can probably do that too). And the winners are . . .

Chrystiana Silva
Mallory O.
Serena Dawson
Elly
Faith Song

Yay! Congrats! And now, because I forgot to remind everyone to include their email address in the comments, I need you to contact me by email, melanie [at] melaniedickerson [dot] com 
or leave me a comment with your email address so I can contact you privately and get your mailing address.
Thanks to everyone who participated!!! I appreciate each and every one of my readers so much! God bless.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt Stop #12




Welcome to the Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt! where we are helping the Kinsman people find a new home. If you’ve just found us, be sure to start the adventure at Stop #1, which is Jill Williamson’s blog. 

Collect all the clue words in order so you can enter to win the Kindle. If you want to enter to win the second Kindle, you’ll have to take a quiz at the end, so take your time and read each post carefully. The main prizes in the hunt are open to international entries. Individual author contests, however, might have different rules, so please read the parameters on each site. You have until Sunday night, February 19, at midnight, Pacific time to finish.

If you need help, or get lost along the way, click here for assistance.



As the pilot steered the space shuttle toward the red planet, Wilek thought it sure looked large enough to have room for their people, but Trevn was worried there might not be enough water. They landed and quickly discovered that Trevn was right. There was another space shuttle headed back to earth, so Wilek, Trevn, and the kinsman party boarded the shuttle for the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.
The trip was not a short one, and even after they landed, they had a long way to go. They traveled west-southwest until they reached Stop #12, the realm of the Holy Roman Empire, the German regions, and a castle stronghold called Hagenheim, from Melanie Dickerson’s novel The Golden Braid. Hagenheim looked much more familiar to Wilek and Trevn—knights were riding horses! They began to hope for the first time in weeks.



Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author whose two favorite time periods are Medieval, which she has combined with her love of fairy tales, and Regency England, which stems from her love of Jane Austen. She is a 2-time Christy Award finalist and winner of the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing, hanging out on facebook, and being with her husband, two daughters, and two guinea pigs near Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on the web at www.MelanieDickerson.com

Here’s a closer look at Melanie’s novel The Golden Braid


Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel in turn rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to this knight than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?

What's a Fairy Tale Retelling?
The Golden Braid is the 6th book in what my readers have dubbed my “Hagenheim” series, also known as the “Fairy Tale Romance” series. Each book can stand alone, and each one is based on a different fairy tale.

The stories are set in Medieval Germany in the 14th and early 15th century, with two books set in Medieval England. Each story takes a fairy tale and shows how the story might have played out if it had really happened. There is no magic spell that turns a wicked step-mother into an old hag, although there might just be a poisoned apple.

No fairy godmother turns Cinderella’s animal friends into a coach and four, but a kindly neighbor friend whose husband is a wealthy merchant might just loan her a carriage and pretty dress for the night.

I get a few emails from readers who say they can’t figure out which fairy tale The Princess Spy is about. Or they look it up and find that it’s a “Frog Prince” story, but they ask how.

In The Princess Spy, the heroine, Margaretha, is the oldest daughter of the powerful Duke of Hagenheim. She is much sought-after by suitors, and she has a new one, Lord Claybrook, whom she is considering marrying. Along comes our hero, the “Frog Prince.” His name is Colin and he’s from England. But though Lord Claybrook’s maternal family is from Germany and he speaks German very well, Colin, our hero, does not. He is brought into the healer’s chamber beaten, half-dead, and emaciated, and speaking gibberish.

Margaretha sees him brought in and offers to help. She realizes he’s not a madman speaking gibberish, he’s speaking English—though she’s not too sure he isn’t mad! He refuses to tell her his name, and says Lord Claybrook is a murderer bent on taking over Hagenheim. He is like the frog prince in the fairy tale—he is really a wealthy lord from England, but everyone sees him as a lowly madman not even worth their notice. And almost no one can communicate with him besides the studious Margaretha, who knows English.

Later there is a scene in which Margaretha loses her bracelet. Colin offers to help her and he finds it—and retrieves it—from a well, which is similar to what happened in the original fairy tale: The Princess drops her ball in the well or pond and the frog prince retrieves it.

So yeah, since the original story was extremely short and does not have a lot of things going on, I embellished the fairy tale A LOT in my story, using the basic premise of a “prince” who is in a situation not of his own choosing in which his appearance is also altered. But it is probably the most fun story I’ve written. The characters were a hoot to write, and poor Colin, our frog prince, does win out in the end, along with true love.

It is a romance, after all.


You can order The Golden Braid on Amazon, 
Barnes and Noble
CBD 
or at your local bookstore
CLUE! Write down this clue: beyond
The next stop on our map is Stop #13, Ahavel, on Chawna Schroeder’s blog


Before you move on, I am giving away a hardcover copy of your choice of The Golden Braid or The Silent Songbird to three lucky winners. To enter, 1. sign up to get my email newsletter, and 2. leave me a comment saying you did so, OR let me know in the comments that you're already a subscriber. I'll announce the winners on or before Monday the 20th. Thanks for visiting my blog. Enjoy the rest of the scavenger hunt!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Ready for Another Scavenger Hunt???

Stay tuned!

On Friday, Feb. 17th, I'll be posting a new scavenger hunt, where you can win a Kindle! And lot of books. You don't want to miss it!

It's all in honor of Jill Williamson's new series, the Kinsman Chronicles.



But lots of other authors are participating and giving away books, so come back on Thursday!

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!