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! 
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. 
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.
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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:

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

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Happy Release Day to The Beautiful Pretender!

Today's the day! I'm so excited! The Beautiful Pretender is already downloaded on ereaders and making it's way to mailboxes around the country! If you did not pre-order, then today is the day to get your copy! :-)

Here's what reviewers are saying:

"Truly, I devoured this medieval feast of treachery and love so gluttonously I’m sure I must have burped at the conclusion! Masterful storyteller Melanie Dickerson, once again delivers upon a feasting platter, an intriguing, original tale with phenomenal characters, exhilarating suspense, and a sigh-worthy romance. Enriching ‘The Beautiful Pretender’ is a meaningful reminder of God’s enduring love and faithfulness. Highly recommended!"
-- Blogger Noela from the Overcoming With God blog

"I stayed up WAY past my bedtime eagerly turning the pages on my kindle with this one. Loved Avelina right away and was amazed by her strength, discernment, faith, and courage throughout. This is the SECOND time Dickerson had my heart melting for a beastly/gruff character, this one named Lord Thornbeck, the first time was Lord Ranulf in The Merchant’s Daughter. No one writes heroes like Dickerson does and it’s crazy how much I enjoyed The Beautiful Pretender from START to FINISH." 
-- Book Reviewer Kara Grant

"The reader is just swept away as the story unfolds! She adds romance, intrigue, danger, and brings it to a satisfying finish, although I did NOT want it to end. Every time I read one of her fairy tales, I'm wanting another to begin right away!" 
-- Book Reviewer Susan Snodgrass

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