Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Merchant's Daughter--New Book to Release Dec. 2011

It's official! I have a new book coming out December, 2011, with Zondervan. This one is a Beauty and the Beast story titled The Merchant's Daughter.

Here's a short summary:

Annabel grew up as the daughter of a wealthy merchant, but her father died and left them penniless. Her family is in trouble with the new lord of the village for shirking their duties, and she is forced to become Lord Ranulf’s servant. But Annabel is terrified to work at the manor house, since the bailiff once tried to molest her. Perhaps even more terrifying is Lord Ranulf himself, whose temper is as frightening as his appearance.

Lord Ranulf saved a servant from a wolf attack years before, which left him scarred physically, while his late wife’s betrayal left him scarred emotionally. People say he’s a beast, growling at anyone who tries to get close to him. If he didn't require someone to read to him at night, he'd never allow Annabel so near. She is a beauty and could never look at him with anything but repulsion. But when both their lives are at stake, Lord Ranulf is willing to sacrifice everything to keep her safe.

It has sort of a Gothic, romantic atmosphere (think Jane Eyre but with even more romance), and the cover designers did the most amazing job of capturing that mood. I can't wait to show you the cover! And I can hardly wait to see the trailer. The same people who created the cover and trailer for The Healer's Apprentice are also doing the cover and trailer for The Merchant's Daughter. I just wish December wasn't so far away! LOL!

Oh, and I just heard about a new medieval mystery series. I haven't read the books, but they look really good, sort of a Christian version of the Cadfael mysteries, which are by author Ellis Peters.

I hope I get to read them soon. I like the Cadfael mysteries. Although I am more of a romance reader, personally. :-)

Keep your eyes and ears out for my new book, The Merchant's Daughter!
Have a blessed week!


Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Whoa hello! Jane Eyre but with even more romance??!! I am sooo there! I can't wait to see the cover!

XOXO~ Renee

Kav said...

Congratulations, Melanie! That's exciting news!!!! I almost can't wait until December too...but then that would mean we'd be back in the middle of winter so I think I'll savor the new releases for spring, summer and fall!

Hayden said...

Congratulations on your new book! I'm so excited! Can't wait to see the cover :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Melanie! That's great news. :)

Lieder Madchen said...

Congratulations! I just read your first book and loved it, it is very exciting that you have another one coming out. :)

Courtney said...

Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite Disney princess movie! Lol! I enjoyed your first book, so I'll definitely look for your second one in December...although I'm ready for THIS winter to be over and done with. Lord, bring the spring!

Virginia C said...

"Beauty and the Beast" and "Jane Eyre"--you outdid yourself! Definitely a must read for me : )

Keli Gwyn said...

Congratulations, Melanie! What wonderful news.

Meagan Myhren-Bennett said...

I just finished the Advanced Reviewer Copy of The Merchant's Daughter and it is fabulous. It is the perfect book for a nice cozy all night read. I stayed up till 4 AM because I couldn't put it down! ( My bad for work, but I couldn't help myself!) Thanks for a well spent evening and night. Now I have to read it again!
Meagan -