Thursday, October 28, 2010

Outdoor Festival and Book Signing in Birmingham!

Come to McCalla, Alabama (near Birmingham) for Brooke's Book Stop's authors and crafts festival. It's this Saturday, October 30th from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and there will be food vendors and a live band! Also, several other authors will be there, including Christian author Elizabeth White, signing her latest book, Tour de Force.

I will also be signing my book, The Healer's Apprentice. The owner of Brooke's Book Stop and her daughter have been promoting The Healer's Apprentice! I'm excited to get to chat with them. :-)

If you're in the Birmingham area this Saturday, please come by! It's at 5928 Old Tuscaloosa Hwy McCalla Al. 35111, beside Brooke's Book Stop.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The ACFW Book Club is discussing The Healer's Apprentice

The ACFW Book Club is discussing my book, The Healer's Apprentice, for the rest of this month! If you are interested in getting in on the discussion, go to the yahoo groups website and click "join this group."

It's so much fun to get to "listen in" on the discussion of my very own book, especially since I used to be the coordinator of this book club and I used to imagine how fun it would be to have people discussing my book! :-)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Publisher's Weekly Reviews The Healer's Apprentice!

Publisher's Weekly reviewed The Healer's Apprentice! Here's their review:
"Alternating between the two protagonists' viewpoints, the plot unfolds at a satisfying clip with zesty supporting characters (the healer, the duke's younger son), which add intrigue. A light-handed Christian subtext weaves seamlessly through the novel: illness, injury, and malevolence are all combated 'in the name of Jesus.' Dickerson combines fairy tale ambiance (an unkind stepmother, a rat-filled dungeon, a caricature of a bad guy) with historical touches like herbal remedies, musical instruments, and architectural details to create a colorful and convincing atmosphere in this strong debut."

Pretty awesome, isn't it? Just the fact that they reviewed it all is an honor, and to get a positive review like this really makes my day ... no, my week!

Monday, October 04, 2010

"Clean" Young Adult Fiction--Two Reviews

In my header it says I review Christian fiction. But since it's so hard for teens today to find good "clean" fiction, and since there is nothing out there in the Christian realm quite like my historical romance, fairy tale retelling, The Healer's Apprentice, I decided to review some books from the general market that are similar to my book and are "safe" for teens.

Today I have reviews of two such books. I hope these are helpful.

Beauty by Robin McKinley

I just re-read this book for the second time. It is a classic fairy tale retelling. Based on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, it is a gentle romance told enchantingly by the author, Robin McKinley. She wraps you up in details, but the details are always pertinent to the story, so you never get bored. It is a fantasy but very well-told, and I would recommend it to girls who are starting to read romance, as well as to anyone else who loves romance. It’s very sweet and definitely one of my favorite fairy tale retellings.

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

A retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale, this is an intriguing tale with interesting characters and a wonderful hero who rescues not one but twelve fair princesses. I enjoyed this story and am happy to say it is very “clean” and is safe for young teens to read. There are even a few Christian elements in this fantasy that make it even better, like the fact that the late queen’s silver cross, which she dropped in the evil king’s kingdom, has caused a silver forest to sprout up which wards off evil and provides some protection from the evil king’s sons. I wouldn’t recommend the book to anyone younger than twelve, as there are a few scenes with the evil villain and his sons that are pretty intense, but I feel good about recommending it to the voracious reader looking for something that’s not too “dark.”

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Chance to Win The Healer's Apprentice

Teen blogger Prism is giving away a copy of The Healer's Apprentice on her blog, A Girl of Many Colors. Another giveaway can be found this week on K. Dawn Byrd's blog and on Elizabeth Ludwig's blog.

Lots of great reviews have come in on The Healer's Apprentice, and from some pretty prestigious places! For example:

Kirkus Reviews says: “The medieval German setting and fastidious details of period clothing, food, music and dance provide an ideal context for this courtly romance between two young lovers who choose duty, virtue and honor above self-interest. Female readers should savor this romantic fare.”

And Romantic Times says: “In her debut, Dickerson spins a magical tale loosely based on the story of Sleeping Beauty. Laced with plenty of romance, action, faith and fantasy, it's a perfectly romantic and well-told tale. Although it's written for a YA audience, it well satisfies the desire for sweet romance in all of us.”