Friday, November 11, 2011

Author Serendipity #1: Melanie Dickerson

This is a new monthly feature which will hightight those authors I have recently discovered, and whose books I would love to read.  Such discoveries might come about through browsing on the Internet, a chance encounter with an interesting book in a bookstore (I no longer go to libraries -- it's much too painful), or through other bloggers' recommendations.

The authors I choose will be those who write in my favorite genres: paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, literary fiction, Christian fiction, historical romance, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance.  (Although I also love to read classics, this genre will not be included for obvious reasons.)  These writers might have been in print for a while, but will be completely new for me.

Here's my first discovery!!

Christian Author

Goodreads Bio

Melanie Dickerson is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Her novel has been a finalist seven times in RWA-sponsored contests, including winning the 2007 Fiction from the Heartland Contest over all categories. Melanie earned a bachelors degree in special education of the hearing impaired from The University of Alabama and has worked as a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

This is Dickerson's new novel,
to be released later this month!

Melanie Dickerson
Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Expected Publication Date: Nov. 29, 2011
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Romance

From the Goodreads Synopsis

Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf's bailiff---a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past.Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff's vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf's future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.

The following book is Dickerson's 
first novel, which received
which honors and promotes 
in Christian fiction!

Melanie Dickerson
Trade Paperback
October 1, 2011
(first published Sept. 10, 2010)
Christian Fiction, Historical Romance

From the Goodreads Synopsis

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.


  1. Such a cool new feautre!

    I haven't read anything by this author, but have been seeing Merchan'ts Daughter around as of late... I'm not sure I'd be able to relate to the nunnery dilemma once she's fallen in love with Ranulf, though. But still, it does sound quite interesting!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ron @ Stories of my life

  2. Hi, Ron!

    I'm so glad you like this feature! I would love to do it on a weekly basis, but just don't have the time, since I work two jobs...

    THE MERCHAN'TS DAUGHTER caught my eye as I was browsing blogs, so I went to Goodreads to look up the author. I really liked the synopsis! I also found the other book there, which was her first. Then the idea came to me -- why not feature authors I've discovered, whether they've just started publishing or not?

    I started playing around with titles, until my subconscious mind came up with the word "Serendipity", and I was all set! I already had the picture (royalty-free) from the Internet, so I went to Picasa, and created the banner there!

    I don't think I'll be making this a blog hop, though. It's not easy getting people to participate in those...

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!! I GREATLY appreciate it!! : )

  3. Thank you for this, Maria! Congratulations on your new monthly feature! I love reading Christian fiction. I already wishlisted this and I hope to read these TWO books soon! I think I'm going to move them up to my priority list because I really like the synopsis of the two.

    Nancy @ Simple Clockwork

  4. Hi, Nancy!

    You're very welcome, and thanks for the congrats! Yes, these two books sound just wonderful, so they're on my wish list, too!

    Thank you so much for dropping by and commenting!! : )


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