A Viscount’s Proposal

by Melanie Dickerson

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Oh, Melanie! How you love us to write a Regency series!

In the second book to her Regency Spies of London series, we continue on with the Langdon family. This time it’s the story of Leorah, Nicholas’ sister, and Viscount Edward Withinghall. These two do not appreciate each others’ differences, to be sure! Their bickering and irritability are very entertaining and keep you laughing throughout.

Melanie is a YA author, but her books are enjoyable by all. The characters are very deep and hilarious. There are a lot of fun Regency “celebrity” references and many scenes reminiscent of Jane Austen’s novels (P&P especially!).

Make sure to pick up a copy! Loads of fun and you will fall in love with Edward! (Links in the pics). Be sure to pick up some of her other fun novels as well!

Thanks for this fun read in exchange for my thoughts. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!

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The Golden Braid

by Melanie Dickerson

Reading Melanie’s books is always fun and easy. Love these Young Adult retellings of popular fairy tales. As you can guess, this is the story of Rapunzel. Kept a prisoner by her mom’s strict rules, Rapunzel has yet to see much of the world or even make friends. While on a journey, they are attacked and then rescued by a handsome knight. In a surprise turn of events, she then turns around and saves his life. A beautiful friendship blooms and grows throughout 😉

I always recommend these books. Your kids will love them (and, heck, so will you!). Easy and light read with intriguing storylines. I enjoyed how this one referenced Bible verses more often than the previous books in this series. It was great to see how she intertwined them into the story.

Thank you, Thomas Nelson, Netgalley and Melanie, for this wonderful read! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

by Melanie Dickerson

Let me be clear. This is Melanie’s best book yet.

As you probably know, her books are based off of fairy tales. This one is a reversed Robin Hood story where a female, Odette, is a poacher in the king’s forest. She is only acting as such to provide for the poor. Of course, the man she falls in love with happens to be the forester hired to keep poachers off the land. Ahhh…Thus we have a great story!

What I really love about this book is how faithful the characters are. They seek God and both are mature from the start. Desiring to serve God and help the poor and needy, she is torn over breaking the laws to do so. Jorgan, the hero, is of solid character and also seeks to serve God. If you know me AT ALL, you know that I love a hero that stays true in all circumstances. I will not elaborate, but will only say that he is true.

Well written. It is obvious that this is written for a broader, older audience. Melanie’s previous books have been YA novels and I believe this one is different. The plot moved quickly, without too much description (you know what I mean…I don’t need to know the color of everybody’s shirt and each decoration at the masquerade). The characters were heroes that you could adore from start to finish. 5 Solid Stars.

Please pick one up for yourself and a friend! In fact, the Kindle versions are ONLY $4.74 right now! The price will double when it releases in a couple of weeks. Link is in the pic above AND the first few that pre-order will receive a BEAUTIFUL bookmark from me in the mail (of Melanie’s books!!!).

Thank you, netgalley and Melanie, for this wonderful read! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!


If you would like to check out my fun face-off with Melanie Dickerson, just head on OVER HERE! You can find out all about which x-man is the cutie patootie, wardrobe malfuntions, and much, much more! :-/ ALSO…..

balloonsMelanie is giving away a paperback copy of The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest!! Who knows…maybe she’ll even sign it 😉

All you have to do is head on over to this a Rafflecopter giveaway
and sign up!

*For US rez only (Sorry, guys! We do love the rest of you….)

**All entries will be checked and any falsified will be disqualified!!

Face-Off with Melanie Dickerson!!!!!!

I am sure pretty much all of my readers have heard of this fabulous lady!!! Let’s take a look at some of her achievements, shall we?

For The Healer’s Apprentice:

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For The Merchant’s Daughter:

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Best part? Each of those books are only $5.12 right now!!!!!! 

Ok, now that we have that cleared up….

We Play.


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BRING IT!

The rules are simple: I ask Melanie some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Are you an avid ice skater?

Melanie – I’ve never ice skated in my life. It seems like a very painful way to get hurt. Blades? Solid ice? No thanks. But I was a fair roller skater in my childhood.

I distinctly remember the last time I roller skated. It was right after I finished college. I was 22 or 23 years old. Ever since then, I’ve been too afraid I’d break something.

Charity – Girl, I hear ya!!! I would definitely break something. I trip over air!!!

I miss the good old days of roller rink parties!!! Man! We need to bring back roller skating. That’s what’s wrong with this generation…

— Tie. Wimps.

Charity 0 / Melanie 0

2. What’s the most embarrassing wardrobe malfunction/or accidental leaving the house in pj’s etc… outfit you have worn in public?

Melanie – Oh, gosh. I have probably blocked out some of them, as I tend to do that with painful memories. Once, as a teenager, I went to school all day with tuna in my shirt pocket. I had on a button front shirt with a little pocket on one side. I hated breakfast food, so sometimes I ate a sandwich for breakfast. That morning, I’d eaten a tuna sandwich. When I got home from school, I smelled the fish on my shirt and looked and there was about a teaspoon of tuna in my pocket. No one said anything, but I must have smelled like fish all day!

Charity – AHH! haha. At least you didn’t get nicknamed “fishy”, or something horrible like that!!

I used to re-enact Civil War. The stars aligned one day and the back of my skirt had a hole in it. The back of my hoop had a hole in it. Let’s just say I had lest than modest undergarments on… Somehow those darned holes found each other and lined right up. I wore it all day like that. Nobody said a word! OMGosh….

— I am so taking that one! It was close….but I’d take the tuna in my pocket any day!!

Charity 1 / Melanie 0

3. If you could be an x-man, which one would you be?

Melanie – Well, since I’m a little in love with Hugh Jackman, I’d be any one of the female x-men who might have a shot at Wolverine. LOL!

Charity – OMGosh!! hahahahahahahaha. I couldn’t have said it better 😉

— Tie!!! *swoon*

Charity 1 / Melanie 0

4. Weirdest fan incident?

Melanie – I have had a few. One girl wrote to me and said my book confirmed to her that she was supposed to marry a certain famous person’s son. She had never met this guy, but she believed that God had told her she was going to marry him. I intended to write her back, but I just did not know what to say! I feel guilty that I never wrote her back SOMETHING, even if it wasn’t the right thing. So, if you’re out there and reading this, I’m sorry! I do believe God sometimes speaks to us, but you should be wary of thinking that God has ordained something, especially when it comes to another person’s life and free will, and especially concerning who you will marry. Pray about it every day and let the Holy Spirit lead you to your life’s calling and the person you are to marry.

Charity – Wow. There are no words… I suppose God is sovereign enough to tell you your future through a fictional, historical piece of literature, but… ?? I’m thinking not so much in this case.

— Uh, I’m just glad she didn’t say me!!!

Charity 1 / Melanie 1

5. Do your kids have any “toys” or “Games” that you like to play on the sly?

Melanie – I dearly detest any sort of electronic games, like angry birds, etc. I have two teen daughters, and their games they play on their iPods and whatnot just do not tempt me. But I do love putting together puzzles. I buy them “For” my daughters, but then I have to cajole them into putting them together with me! LOL! I also try to force them to play Scrabble with me, but they’re like, “Oh, Mom, I think I have to go…wash my hair.”

Charity – Nice!!! ha. I love puzzles too, but I just own it. I also LOVE building their Legos!! Both boys always gave them to me to build because I love it and they don’t. They just wanted to play. They jumped around all Christmas morning waiting for me to finish this huge starship or some nonsense.

— I think Melanie gets that! She’s a trickster with the puzzles 😉 and that was the question!

Charity 1 / Melanie 2

6. Favorite TV marathon?

Melanie – Psych. Oh my goodness, my younger daughter is completely addicted to that show, and since they put the entire 8 seasons streaming on Netflix… Let’s just say, it drives my older daughter crazy sometimes. I do love Psych too, but I always feel like I don’t have time to just sit and watch an entire episode. but, that’s okay. I’ve seen and listened to bits and pieces of every single episode, so that I still feel like I’ve seen them all.

Charity – I suppose I don’t have a favorite. I have plowed through many… Survivor, Turn, ONCE, and Blacklist are the shows I love. (I also have a secret affinity for Pretty Little Liars. shhhhh. Don’t tell)

— Who has time to watch tv when you are writing books or reading them?!?!

Charity 1 / Melanie 2

7. Any festivals you attend every year?

Melanie – We have a Christian music festival, Soulstock, that comes every May that we usually go to. I’ve seen some great bands there, including the Newsboys. Also, we go to the Tennessee Renaissance Festival almost every year. Lots of medieval costumes and it’s held at an actual castle just outside of Nashville – a modern castle, but it’s made in the old style and it’s amazing!

Charity – *drooling* I want to gooooo!!!!!

You know where else I want to go? To Creationfest. Ahhhhh!! Someday I’ll make it!

— You had me at castle..

Charity 1 / Melanie 3

8. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Melanie – I hope my books are doing that. And I just strive, rather imperfectly, I’m sure, to have a positive attitude and to attribute the good things in my life to God’s provision, because I know without God, I wouldn’t even be here. The good things are all due to Him and certainly no to my own goodness or strength.

Charity – Beautiful. I’m so in love with Him ❤ I just want to go to Heaven already! I’m going to sit in His lap and be a total God hog. Booyah!

— God ALWAYS WINS!

Charity 1 / Melanie 3

9. Favorite time in history?

Melanie – Would have to be the 1300’s Medieval times in general. I love everything about that period – the knights, the castles, the half-timber houses, the political structure (of Germany), the fact that people could reinvent themselves, since there was no photography, no TV news, broadcasts, etc. I also love that no one really doubted God was real. Everyone believed in the supernatural, which is just so different from our time of skepticism and having more faith in science than God.

Charity – *drooling again*. Ok, so anyone that had a different answer has now changed their minds. Congratulations.

— Melanie

Charity 1 / Melanie 4

10. Have you ever been on a trolley (that was actually functioning as a trolley)?

Melanie – We called them trolley buses in Ukraine. I spent 11 months in Ukraine, nearly the entire year of 1996. They have a great system of public transportation, and since I had no car, I rode the trolley buses, which were powered by electric wires that ran down every major street of our town of Bila Tserkva. It was something I had never seen before in my life, being from rural Alabama! But, it was fairly efficient. Sometimes a bus would break down, and then you might wait an hour for a bus to come. But generally you didn’t have to wait more than five minutes for one.

Charity – Why do have to be such an amazing writer and make me forget all my cool stories????? blah.

I rode a trolley in Yorktown.

lame.

— waaahhhhhh

Charity 1 / Melanie 5

11. Coolest place you have visited?

Melanie – Besides Ukraine, which has the most amazing churches and history and art, and the sweetest people you can imagine, I would say Germany. I got to see a couple of castles while I was there, and lots of wonderful old churches, but I would love to go back and see more castles! I love nature and visiting natural wonders, but the coolest places in the world are the places that have some kind of wonderful old history about them.

Charity – Getting up and walking away. Oh, and throwing my computer across the room.

–Total annihilation.

Final:

Charity 1 / Melanie 6

76245498_55f95743f4I’ve never lost so badly. I got run over and someone is plugging my nose.


Wow. That’s gonna hurt for a few days! balloons

But…GUESS WHAT?? You’ve got it! Melanie is giving away a paperback copy of her NEW RELEASE, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest!! It’s shaping up to be my new favorite (review later today). Who knows…maybe she’ll even sign it 😉


Isn’t it so beautiful!!!! ❤

All you have to do is head on over to this a Rafflecopter giveaway
and sign up!

*For US rez only (Sorry, guys! We do love the rest of you….)

**All entries will be checked and any falsified will be disqualified!!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Melanie for taking time out of her insanely busy life to talk to me ❤


I also want to show you guys something really cool….You ready for a reveal of her OTHER New Release this year? It’s BEAUTIFUL!!! Coming this fall!! The story of Rapunzel…

Pre-Order for $4.99!!

Melanie Dickerson’s new novel will be releasing on May 12th. However, you can pre-order RIGHT NOW for only $4.99!!! That is an insane steal. Believe me, once it’s released, the price will go way up!

So, don’t miss your chance to get this at it’s cheapest!!!

And, for fun:

If you are looking forward to this new release, go to the bottom of my blog, hit the +button and scroll down for this week’s poll asking which new release you are looking forward to the most!!

Fairy Tale Romance Collection — by Melanie Dickerson

Melanie Dickerson knew what she was doing when she started writing YA novels. All girls, whether 3 years old or 90 years old, want to be a princess!! In retelling these fairy tales, she has won over the hearts of many!


In this collection, we have Melanie first book. The story of “Sleeping Beauty” is retold  in The Healer’s Apprentice. We are introduced to Rose Roemer. She is an apprentice under the watchful eye of her protector. Of course, you are familiar with the story and can guess the rest (;


Next, in Melanie’s second book, The Merchants Daughter,
we are introduced to Annabel as she must work for the the man that “has a beard and one of his arms is afflicted”. She finds herself inside the castle in the midst of a “Beauty and the Beast” retelling.



In her third book, The Fairest Beauty, she begins to introduce characters we will see throughout the rest of her books. Sophie is a servant in her own father’s home because he has died and she is left with her evil stepmother. Nope! Not “Cinderella”! Not yet!! This is the retelling of “Snow White”.


Now we have “Cinderella”!! In, The Captive Maiden, we find the story of Sophie and Valten. This, Valten, is the brother of Gabe (whom Sophie married in the last book!!)! I don’t need to tell you the details. You get the idea! It’s everyone’s favorite fairy tale!



Lastly, The Princess Spy, is a retelling of “The Princess and the Frog”. Now, this was a bit of a stretch, as far as calling it a “retelling” of that particular story. However, it was still fun and entertaining. The story is centered Margaretha, who is the sister of Gabe and Valten.


Whew! Did you follow all of that? Well, you will have to check them out for yourself! The link for this set is in the pic above. The individual links are also posted.

My thoughts? Love these books. They are written for YA, but so much fun. I, personally, like her first book the most. They are all wonderful! We need more of these type for our youth.

Keep an eye out for Melanie’s new book, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. Release date is set for May 12th.

Thanks, booklookbloggers, for this wonderful collection! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!