Tuesday, December 08, 2015

THE GOLDEN BRAID - Melanie Dickerson - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’ve loved Melanie’s books since the first one. She has been writing Young Adult books that are retelling of fairy tales as historical novels set in the middle ages. I don’t know why they are called YA novels, because I believe they are novels for all ages. I know you’ll love this one, too.

BIO: Historical romance author Melanie Dickerson earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has taught students with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee. She has also taught English in Germany and Ukraine. Dickerson has won numerous awards, including the 2012 Carol Award in young adult fiction and the 2010 National Readers’ Choice Award for best first book. Her novels The Healer’s Apprentice and The Merchant’s Daughter were both Christy Award finalists. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and two guinea pigs near Huntsville, Alabama. Connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and her website, www.MelanieDickerson.com

Welcome back, Melanie. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
That’s a pretty interesting story, Lena. I had in mind to write a Rapunzel story at some point, though no definite plan. And then one day on Facebook, one of my friends made a suggestion about a heroine. I think it may have been for my book, The Princess Spy. But I told her No, the heroine was going to be Valten and Gabe’s oldest sister, Margaretha. But the more I thought about her suggestion, which had previously never occurred to me, the more I realized what a great heroine she would make for a Rapunzel story. The heroine’s identity and the Rapunzel story quickly came together in my mind. So that’s how it started. And that friend’s name was Terry Bell, whom I did not know personally, but we have since become good friends. I even got to visit her last May when I went to Dallas for the RT Booklovers Convention.

That is awesome. If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Oh, Lena, this a cruel question!!! There are so many Christian authors that I would love to get to know better (might even wish I was BFFs with, but that might sound stalker-ish). Some I would invite are Betsy St. Amant, Janice Thompson, Mary Jane Hathaway, Katherine Reay, Tina Russo Radcliffe, Amy Matayo, because they all seem fun and interesting. I could go on and on, truly.

Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
This is even harder, since I’m already friends with so many. Kristy Cambron, Mary Connealy, Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd, Pepper Basham, Tamera Alexander. Again, these are already ladies that I admire, and many of them I already know are funny and sweet. Funny and sweet, my two favorite qualities in a friend.

Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
Isn’t it so true, Lena? Most people never have an inkling of the struggles. At this very moment (and this could easily change) my biggest problem is just trying to find the time and the FOCUS to get everything done by the deadlines. But this is of course not the worst problem a writer could have! I just worry a little bit about burn-out.

I so understand. Tell us about the featured book.
The Golden Braid is a Rapunzel story set in Medieval Germany, a new story in the Hagenheim series, also known as the Fairy Tale Romance series. It’s very romantic, but is also a sort of coming-of-age kind of story about a 19-yr-old girl who has been dominated all her life by her overprotective mother. Rapunzel learns and grows and breaks out of her rut, and by the end of the story, she’s in a much different place, in every way, than when she started out.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Late winter, 1413, the village of Ottelfelt, Southwest of Hagenheim, the Holy Roman Empire
“Rapunzel, I wish to marry you.”

At that moment, Mother revealed herself from behind the well in the center of the village, her lips pressed tightly together.

The look Mother fixed on Wendel Gotekens was the one that always made Rapunzel’s stomach churn.

Rapunzel shuffled backward on the rutted dirt road, “I am afraid I cannot marry you.”

“Why not?” He leaned toward her, his wavy hair unusually tame and looking suspiciously like he rubbed it with grease. “I have as much land as the other villagers. I even have two goats and five chickens. Not many people in Ottelfelt have both goats and chickens.”

She silently repeated the words an old woman had once told her. The truth is kinder than a lie.

“I do not wish to marry you, Wendel.” She had once seen him unleash his ill temper on one of his goats when it ran away from him. That alone would have been enough to make her lose interest in him, if she had ever felt any.

He opened his mouth as if to protest further, but he became aware of Mother’s presence and turned toward her.

I love that opening. How can readers find you on the Internet?
I'm on facebook a lot, and I have a personal page https://www.facebook.com/melanie.dickerson.author
and I am happy to interact with readers on either.
I’m also on twitter https://twitter.com/melanieauthor

Thank you, Melanie, for visiting with us again with this new book. I always love having you.

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The Golden Braid - Christianbook.com (Best price today)
The Golden Braid - Amazon
The Golden Braid - Kindle

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Anonymous said...

would love to win. Angela in KY.

Anonymous said...

This is one of my #1 favorite series' ever! I can only think of two other series that I've ever read and liked as well. My sister owns the first two books, but I'm eager to have the entire collection! I LOVE these books! I'm so excited about this giveaway!
J.C. -Indiana-

Mary Preston said...

This sounds like an amazing re-telling of one of my favorite tales. Loving the cover too.

Mary P


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Loraine Nunley said...

Oh, I am really looking forward to reading this one. I love the Rapunzel story and that cover is just wonderful! Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Loraine in TX

Beth Gillihan said...

My girls and I love Melanie's books! We look forward to reading this one! Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway, SC.

Brenda Arrington said...

After reading the first page, I want to read more. Thank you for the giveaway.
Brenda in VA

Kim Amundsen said...

One book I would love to read. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom. North Platte Nebraska

Amada Chavez said...

I'd LOVE to read and review this one! :) Sounds awesome!

Merry CHRISTmas! Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a), NM

Just Commonly said...

A wonderful story, indeed! Thanks Lena for the interview. I always enjoy reading up on authors whose books I've read. I already have a copy, so no need to enter me in the giveaway. Just stopping by. Thank you, Annie from MD.

Deanna Stevens said...

This is on my wanted list! thanks for a chance to win a copy ;)
dkstevens from Nebraska

Abby Breuklander said...

I've heard so many wonderful things about this book, I can't wait to read it for myself!

Abby from Michigan

Trixi said...

Ahhhh, that first page draws you in!! Melanie, I'm a brand new fan of yours, and have two books on my shelf waiting their turn to be read :-) Even my grown niece has enjoyed your books, recommending them to me. This one is much anticipated!

Thank you for the author interview and chance to win the book. Sounds like another fantastic story!

Trixi in OR

Abigail Richmond said...

Looks awesome!!! Please enter me.
Blanch, NC

Melanie Backus said...

Would love to read this one!

Melanie Backus, TX

Kathy Anderson said...

Kathy from Missouri

I would love to sit and listen to your stories about teaching English abroad. I hope this doesn't make me sound like a stalker.

I have lived abroad but never had the pleasure of teaching abroad.

Thank you for a chance to win this book.

Kathy Anderson said...

Kathy from Missouri

I would love to sit and listen to your stories about teaching English abroad. I hope this doesn't make me sound like a stalker.

I have lived abroad but never had the pleasure of teaching abroad.

Thank you for a chance to win this book.

Bonnie Roof said...

Thanks for the wonderful interview, Melanie & Lena!!

I've yet to read any of Melanie's books, however, they have been on my TBR list for some time. I've read glowing reviews of them. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of "The Golden Braid"!!

Bonnie R.

kam110476 said...

Hi Melanie & Lena! I have truly enjoyed the few retellings Melanie has written that I've had the chance to read! I look forward to The Golden Braid no less!
Kristen in OK
kam110476 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Love to win this book! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

Deanna Stevens said...

At the top of my wanted list ;)
Dee S in NE
dkstevensne AToutlookD OTcoM

Deanne Patterson said...

I know I am missing out. I have yet to read a book by Melanie Dickerson but I sure look forward to doing so.

Deanne in PA

Connie said...

This is a beautiful cover!
Connie from KY

Pam Graber said...

I've always loved the Rapunzel fairy tale and can't wait to read your rendition.

Pam in OH